Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

A powerful earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands region in the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, briefly triggering a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the arc of islands, which are 800–1,000km (500-600 miles) from New Zealand’s North Island. There are no reports of damage. 

6.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

6.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit the Kermedec islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Kermedec islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 02a (Vayu), located approximately 264 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Florida, USA – Heavy rain across South Florida impacted people’s commute and caused some roads in Aventura to flood. The rain swept through parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Friday afternoon. Some drivers found themselves stranded while the water rose quickly.

Global Warming

What would life be like in a zero-carbon country?

Drastic restrictions on almost every aspect of people’s lives, from the cars they drive, the way they heat their homes, to the fridges they buy — even the food stored in them. That is the reality of what awaits us in 2050 if a UK government pledge to cut greenhouse emissions to “net zero” is to be met.

If it can do it, the country will become the world’s first major economy to stop contributing to climate change. Net zero means the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere is no more than the amount taken out.

Petrol and diesel vehicles will need to be phased out and replaced by electric or hydrogen powered ones by 2035. Consumption of beef, lamb and dairy must be cut by 20% by 2050. No houses built after 2025 will be connected to the gas grid. The owners of older buildings will need to switch their heating system to a low carbon one by around 2035. Aviation and shipping are other sectors where low-carbon alternatives don’t yet exist.

Emissions that can’t be cut, like the ones created by belching animals, must be offset for the country to reach the net zero target. Trees take carbon out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis, so planting more of them is one way to do this. But growing more trees is not always practical. Britain is a small island and space is limited, so the government wants the option of paying other countries to plant trees instead. Groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are sounding the alarm about that idea. They worry that being able to pay someone else to act could undermine UK’s domestic efforts.

Another way to offset emissions is by storing greenhouse gases underground or under the sea. But scientists are still figuring out how exactly to do that in a cost-effective and safe way.

Reaching net zero will cost about £1 trillion ($1.3 trillion), a price that for some, is simply too much. There are also those who argue the UK and other countries should move much faster. Extinction Rebellion, which recently staged major protests in central London and pushed the UK parliament to declare a climate emergency, wants the net zero target to be set for 2025.

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Disease

Dengue hemorrhagic fever

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) has officially declared a dengue hemorrhagic fever epidemic this year as there have been 28,785 patients, 43 of whom died, according to a Bangkok Post report Friday.

Malaria – Trinidad and Tobago

Health officials in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting that the majority of malaria cases reported so far this year are in Venezuelans. The Health Ministry said of the 17 malaria cases reported, 13 are in Venezuelans.