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Major Drought Devastates Crops in Southern Europe

Posted by feww on July 15, 2017

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Lingering drought destroying crops in Italy, Spain and Portugal

Six Spanish provinces issue red alert as temperatures hover between 45ºC and 47ºC. A further 21 provinces are on yellow alert.

[Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Teams.]

  • Report available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Forest Fires Force Mass Evacuations in Southern Spain

Posted by feww on June 25, 2017

Wildfires Plague Spain, Portugal and Greece

As many as 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes, and tourist accommodations in southern Spain as major forest fires continued to spread.

Much of Spain is on high alert for wildfires due to a major heatwave. A massive blaze was reported near the municipality of Moguer in the province of Huelva, Andalusia [pop: 500,000,] in southern Spain on Saturday night, authorities said.

Up to 70 people were killed in an apocalyptic forest fire in neighboring Portugal last week.

Forest fires have also been reported on several Greek islands, including the island of Chios.

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Tonga Declares Zika Outbreak

Posted by feww on February 5, 2016

Five cases of the ZIKV infection confirmed, hundreds of suspected cases being investigated

The South Pacific island-nation of Tonga has declared an outbreak of the Zika virus after five cases of the infection were confirmed.

The outbreak comes shortly after Brazilian government’s health authorities announced that active Zika virus had been detected in the saliva and urine of an unspecified number of patients.

Meanwhile, Spain confirmed Thursday that a pregnant woman was diagnosed with the Zika virus infection, the first reported case in Europe.

“The woman is among seven people who showed symptoms of Zika after visiting affected countries, the ministry said, adding that she was under medical treatment in the northeastern region of Catalonia,” said a report.

Earlier this week, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a new case of infection involving the spread of virus through sex in Texas.

Zika in the U.S. (as of posting)

  • A total of 35 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases have been reported to CDC from 11 U.S. states, and DC, including 9 cases in Florida and 8 in Texas.
  • No locally acquired vector-borne cases have been reported from the continental United States.
  • Nine locally acquired cases and 1 travel-associated case have been reported to CDC from U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Global map of the predicted distribution of Ae. aegypti. The map depicts the probability of occurrence (from 0 blue to 1 red) at a spatial resolution of 5 km × 5 km. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.08347.004

Zika Travel Notices -CDC

 

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M6.3 Earthquake Strikes Strait of Gibraltar

Posted by feww on January 25, 2016

Alboran Sea rippled by strong earthquake, significant aftershocks

Centered at 35.70ºN, 3.71°W (56 km NE of Tirhanimîne, Morocco) the strong quake occurred at a depth of 10km, reported Euro-Med earthquakes.

Magnitude:  6.3Mw
Location: 35.70ºN, 3.71°W
Depth: 10km
Region: STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR
Date/time: 2016-01-25 04:22:02.6 UTC
Distances:
156 km E of Gibraltar, Gibraltar [pop: 26,544]
83 km NW of Melilla, Spain [pop: 73,460]
56 km NE of Tirhanimîne, Morocco [ pop: 55,827 ]

Aftershocks
At least 8 aftershocks have occurred, as of posting, the largest of which registered 5.3Mw.

The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities. [USGS/EHP]

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Forest Fires Plague SW Europe amid Record Temperatures

Posted by feww on August 7, 2015

Iberia turned into a tinderbox

Thousands evacuated in Spain amid raging wildfires in the west and southeast of the country.

Meanwhile, about 80% of neighboring Portugal is facing severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the local climatologists.

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Meteorologists expect the temperature in southern Germany to break all-time high of 40.3C (105F) on Friday, a record that was set just over a month ago on 5 July in the town of Kitzingen in Bavaria, said a report.

France’s weather agency issued Extreme Heat Warnings for central and eastern France Friday, forecasting temperatures of up to 40C in many regions.

“This summer has been a particularly hot one for France and left many areas in drought and with water restrictions imposed,” said a report.

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Wildfires Rage in Southern Europe

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

Hundreds of people evacuated in Spain and Portugal due to wildfires

Portugal requested help from Spain and France as the wildfires devastate tens of thousands of hectares of forests across the country.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 31 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 31, 2013

Unemployment in Eurozone reaches new record high in April

Unemployment in the eurozone,  has hit yet another record high, with the seasonally-adjusted rate for April climbing to 12.2%, up from 12.1% the previous month, according to official statistics.

  • Some 95,000 additional people were out of work in the 17 countries that use euro (€), raising the total to 19.38 million.
  • Jobless rates were worst in Greece (27.0% in February 2013), Spain (26.8%) and Portugal (17.8%), Eurostat reported.

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Hundreds Evacuated as Major Brush Fire Burns Out of Control in Calif.

A brush fire is burning out of control in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, officials said. The so-called  Powerhouse Fire, had burned about 1,300 acres and was uncontained, said the U.S. Forest Service.

Authorities were forced to evacuate hundreds of people on Thursday as the flames threatened homes and high-voltage power lines.

The fire broke out on Thursday afternoon in Francisquito Canyon, near Drinkwater Reservoir, said a report.

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Iraq Body Count Continues Climbing

At least 38 more people were killed across Iraq on Thursday bringing the civilian death toll for May to 881 so far.

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US: Risk of Severe Thunderstorms

Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds from central Okla. to parts of the Ozarks forecast for Friday afternoon and evening; a Moderate Risk area is in place across extreme northwest Ark., extreme southeast Kan., extreme southwest Mo. and central and northeast Okla. Severe storms are also possible from northwest Texas to the Great Lakes. —NWS Storm Prediction Center

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 31 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,016 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,016 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Watching Events Unfold, Frame by Frame, Exactly as Forecast

Posted by feww on July 20, 2012

Drought 2012 could linger for months

Corn and soybean prices break all-time records. Corn prices have climbed 53 percent in one month, as worst drought and poorest crop conditions in decades decimate yields in the Corn Belt region and beyond.


U.S. Drought Map for July 17, 2012, released July 19.

List of Disaster Areas Continues Growing

On Wednesday, USDA designated an additional 39 counties in 8 states as Primary Natural Disaster areas due to worsening drought, making up a disaster total of 1,297 counties in 29 states.  Additionally,  several hundred other counties have been declared as contiguous disaster areas.

One Way Drought

Drought is intensifying in the Corn Belt region and creeping to the areas beyond including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, southern Minnesota and parts of Missouri, Kentucky and the Dakotas.

Drought and Deluge Double Whammy

The historic drought could finally end in an epic deluge, in which case what is already extreme stress on the topsoil would be incalculable.


NASS Crop Production Data. Map of drought superimposed on the corn production areas, July 10, 2012.

Drought Stats

  • Nearly two-thirds of Continental U.S. is currently in drought condition
  • More than 42 percent of the lower 48 states were in SEVERE, EXTREME or EXCEPTIONAL Drought Conditions (D2-D4) as of July 17, 2012, a rise of over 5 percent since last week.
  • As of July 17, 2012,  the entire Continental U.S. with the exception of Maine was experiencing Abnormally Dry or Drought Conditions (D0 -D4)  in full or in parts of the states, a situation which has since worsened due to scant precipitation and a persistent heat wave in the past few days.
  • More than 81 percent of the Contiguous United States was Abnormally Dry or in Drought  Conditions (D0 – D4).
  • Drought 2012 is considered as the worst drought since 1956 and worst agricultural drought since 1988.
  • About 40% of the U.S. corn crop is in poor-very poor condition.
  • Good-excellent soybean crop dropped to 34% – down from 56% at start of season.
  • Some 1,297 counties in 29 states have been declared as primary natural disaster areas, with several hundred other counties designated as contiguous disaster areas.
  • Less than 10 percent topsoil moisture is left in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
  • Topsoil moisture in the entire Central Region is below 50 percent of normal.
    • Drought is expected to persist or intensify across Central Region.
    • About 98 percent of corn is grown within Central Region.
  • About 80 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is experiencing drought.

Deadly Heat Persists

Meantime, preliminary records from NCDC showed 145 high temperature records broken Wednesday and 67 records tied in 23 states: Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.


High temperatures in the triple digits will be the norm for the next several days for parts of the central U.S., with heat indices reaching into the 110 degree range. Some NWS Forecast Offices have already extended their heat advisories to last through the middle of next week. Source: NWS


Daily Max Heat Index Forecast

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Image of the Day: Southern Spain

Posted by feww on June 15, 2008

Desertification of Southern Spain


The land of southern Spain has dried, leading to rationing and disputes over water. Photo: Monica Gumm for The International Herald Tribune. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The average surface temperature in Spain has risen 2.7 degrees compared with about 1.4 degrees globally since 1880, records show. (Source)

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Fuel Protests Flare in Europe

Posted by feww on May 28, 2008

Truckers and fishermen across Europe protest rising oil prices

Truckers and fishermen across Europe held protests against rising world oil prices on Wednesday, demanding government action to prevent the price hikes. Protests were held across Britain, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.


Trucks are driven along a section of the A40 highway during a demonstration, in London on May 27, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

In Britain a convoy of truckers converged on London on Tuesday, closing a busy main road and causing traffic backlogs. Similar protests took place in Wales, were Welsh hauliers threatened to blockade ports and refineries. Refinery blockades in 2000 caused shortages in many areas. The drivers demanded a rebate because they said fuel bills had risen by 50 percent in one year. Britain has the highest fuel taxes in the European Union.

In Bulgaria hundreds of truckers launched protests in the capital Sofia, the Black Sea port city of Varna and the Danube port city of Russe on Wednesday, demanding lower taxes on fuels and calling for price ceilings on fuels.

In France the fishermen continued their ongoing protest against high diesel prices on Wednesday with truckers and farmers adding their voice demanding action from the government. Fishermen demanded to buy diesel at discounted rate at half the market prices, which have increased by 30 percent in 2008. They staged similar protests last year asking government to cushion the effects of surging marine fuel prices that have eroded their profit margins. Farmers blocked access to an oil depot operated by Total near the city of Toulouse and demanded the government exempt them from a special petrol tax called TIPP.

French truckers group OTRE also threatened to take action across France if the government failed to respond to their demands by Thursday evening.

In Italy fishermen in the Adriatic will strike commencing Friday.

In Netherlands truckers are planning a national day of action for Thursday to protest against rising diesel prices.

In Spain the Fishermen’s Confederation is arranging a protest in Madrid for Friday and the main truckers’ association has called a strike for June 8 concerning high fuel prices. Farmers in Catalonia are expected to announce protests.
(Original report by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit, Reuters. Copyright Thomson Reuters). Partially edited by FEWW

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Food Fetishism + Cheap Oil = Mounting Pollution

Posted by feww on April 28, 2008

Excerpts from

The Death of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Part 1)

Cheap oil has distorted the notion of creating ‘economic gains’ to such great extents that governments subsidize the industry to export and import the same product, often in similar quantities, within the same fiscal period. Country A exports Q tons of product P to country B, while it imports Q tons of the same product P from country B at the same time, with a net zero gain in commodity exchange for either country. However, the exchange produces about 9Q tons of CO2e pollution, nine times the weight of the commodity that was flown in either direction, for every 1,000 miles that the consignment is airborne.

Our weekly shopping basket includes items that would have flown more air miles than the average family fly in their lifetime! A 1kg (2.2lb) bag of New Zealand kiwifruit (in any of its cadmium, arsenic, lead, mercury… or organochlorine varieties) produces about 142kg (313lb) of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent gases) pollution flying to the US, or 188.7kg (416lb) of CO2e to Europe.

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