Billions of locusts have laid waste to 500,000 acres of Ethiopian cropland and unleashed a food crisis. “A United Nations report found that the devastation caused by the swarms have left millions of citizens in need of emergency food aid.
“The findings from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, which recently concluded a joint assessment with the Ethiopian government, come as the region is bracing for new swarms that could be even more destructive.
“This second wave of pests to spawn in Africa could to be 20 times larger than the first – which was already the worst in 70 years in some nations.”
“With the coronavirus having taken center-stage around the world, it’s easy to forget the countless other crises impacting many people.
“Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, was hit by devastating floods in October, 2019, displacing over 28,000 people.”
A 58- year old partially blind man affected by floods in Nyando subcounty in Kisumu [Kenya] has appealed to the government to relocate him to safer grounds. “
“Francis Onam from Kakola Ombaka sub-location said his home is marooned by waters…
“His video went viral in the social media calling for help while wading through waters at his home.”
“Police have praised West Australian beachgoers for respecting physical distancing rules as Perth sweltered through its hottest April day on record.
“Perth’s temperature reached 39.5C on Saturday, eclipsing the previous April record set in 1910.”
Water in estuaries along 1,100km of Australia’s south-east coast warmed by more than 2C between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds. “
“The rapid change could have negative effects on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as impact coastal vegetation such as mangroves, scientists behind the study said.”
April 12 marked six months since Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan in October 2019, wreaking huge damage in many parts of the country. “
“The total number of those taking shelter in temporary housing after their houses were destroyed last autumn has reached around 10,350 people in at least 11 prefectures.”
The distribution of urgent cyclone relief supplies brought into Vanuatu by the Australian government has been delayed due to coronavirus, potentially endangering lives. “
“Last week Cyclone Harold hit the northern islands of the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, flattening buildings and killing three people – raising the international total to 30.”
This Easter holiday, in a time of a coronavirus pandemic, water flows over dirt roads and an interstate snaking to the Canadian border; it laps around the properties of some North Dakotans; it seeps into the basements of others.”“
The forecast is a veritable index of meteorological plagues: above-normal rainfall; greater than normal spring runoff; thoroughly saturated soils; and an aging system of nearly a thousand levees where nobody knows how many were damaged last year and in previous floods or how many were repaired.”“
Severe weather swept across the southern US on Sunday and Monday, killing at least 30 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian mountains.“
“The storms piled fresh misery atop the coronavirus pandemic, leaving more than a million homes and businesses without power amid floods and mudslides.”
As the novel coronavirus continues to have an impact on the lives of millions of Americans across the nation, residents of Puerto Rico are already feeling the toll of a crisis within a crisis.“
“In the last three years, the U.S. territory has gone through a deadly hurricane, an unprecedented financial crisis, hundreds of earthquakes and government scandals.”
“Mexico’s National Meteorological Service predicts that in the coming days, temperatures could exceed 45C / 113F in parts of Yucatan, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Campeche. A high pressure system at medium levels of the atmosphere isn’t going anywhere soon, forecasters predict.
“Friday in Progreso [Yucatan, Mexico], where people traditionally go to beat the heat, temperatures soared to 41.8C / 107.2F, the highest since weather data was recorded here.”
The intense heat wave produced during the month of April by the perpendicular incidence of solar rays on Venezuela has generated numerous forest fires throughout the entire national territory…“
“In addition to the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is going through, the pandemic of the Covid-19 coronavirus and the lack of fuel supply, this wave of fires now adds. A whole context that plunges the country into chaos.”
“Dozens of wildfires of various sizes have blazed through forests, scrublands and pastures around Mostar, Konjic, Jablanica, Prozor-Rama and other places in the Herzegovina region over the past several days.”
Dramatic aerial pictures have captured the ferocity of the fires ripping through Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, which are now perilously close to the site of the nuclear explosion. “
“Firefighters on their tenth day battling the blaze are desperately trying to extinguish it before it wreaks a path to the reactor’s protective sarcophagus.”
“Satellite observations measuring plant growth with the normalized difference vegetation index found cities surrounded by rings of abnormally verdant vegetation 2 to 3 times larger than the city itself.
“And places such as the Siberian taiga are now sprouting plants more appropriate to climates up to 600 kilometers south.”
Global methane levels have hit an all-time high after what appears to be a near-record yearly atmospheric increase in the potent greenhouse gas. “
“The concentration of methane in the Earth’s atmosphere reached nearly 1,875 parts per billion in 2019, up from the previous year’s 1,866 parts per billion…”
“March 2020 was Earth’s second-warmest March in 141 years of temperature records, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reported in its monthly summary of global climate.
“NOAA’s report released Monday found that global land and ocean temperatures in March were 2.09 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average.”
“…despite the potential short-term dip in emissions, there is a risk that the pandemic — which is likely to dominate debate for months or even years to come — will overshadow environmental concerns.
“Climate talks have already been delayed and new policy initiatives postponed. The convention centre that was set to host the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November has been converted into a hospital for coronavirus patients.
“Governments and world leaders have attention for only one crisis right now.”