- WHO declared monkeypox a public emergency.
- First time in 40 years, the Rio Grande runs dry in Albuquerque.
- US inflation might have peaked.
Economy, gas, supply chain
US inflation might have peaked:
Fwiw, private surveys keep indicating a rapid drop in inflation. From S&P's PMI: pic.twitter.com/FGQ5IMst9x
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 22, 2022
Russia struck the port of Odesa just a day after they signed the grain port agreement. Ukraine says the missiles did not cause major damage, and they continue to prepare grain exports.
Russia’s Gazprom announces another reduction in the Nord Stream 1 gas flow. With its current inventories at nearly 66%, Germany fears it won’t be able to achieve a storage level of 95% by November without additional measures. Also mostly affected by the reduction are France, Austria, and Czechia.
A heatwave is sweeping across China’s Xinjiang, causing flooding and mudslides, and threatening cotton production. About 20% of the world’s cotton is grown in Xinjiang, a water-hungry crop. According to some estimates, 1 kg (2 lb) of cotton takes 20,000 liters (5,282 gals).
Don’t you all hate hidden fees? Drip pricing (splitting up the cost of a product into two or more parts) is on the rise as sellers look to pass high costs on to consumers. Here is how it works and what you can do about it.
FedEx Ground will suspend Sunday home deliveries in some US markets beginning the week of Aug 15.
Climate change, environment, extreme weather
The Rio Grande runs dry in Albuquerque for the first time in 40 years. The drought could worsen if the area doesn’t receive consistent rain soon. More than 73% of New Mexico is in extreme or severe drought. To supplement scarce river water, some farmers started pumping water from wells. The problem is that pumped water is saltier, and it’s also more expensive. Officials say that more stretches of the Rio Grande will dry up in Albuquerque in the coming days. Because of an interstate compact with Texas, New Mexico can’t store extra runoff in upstream reservoirs.
— Robert Romero (@rgoalierob) July 24, 2022
The California Oak Fire (near Yosemite National Park) burned at least 21 sq miles and is uncontained. At least 6,000 people are under evacuation orders. California declared a state of emergency. Here are photos.
Smoke clogs the sky above California as the Oak Fire rages, burning more than 15,000 acres in central California and prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to proclaim a state of emergency. https://t.co/MxB9VNfB2i pic.twitter.com/8DHY6WNYC4
— ABC News (@ABC) July 25, 2022
Hundreds of temperature records were broken in the US. According to NOAA, 1,403 daily high-temperature records and 2,856 warmest overnight low-temperature records have been set or tied in the past 30 days:
[New Records] Several high temperature records were broken today including Boston and Providence, while Hartford tied its record.🥵 pic.twitter.com/LbH7M9BIMa
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) July 24, 2022
Phoenix, AZ is cooling down its streets by coating them in sealant that reflects the sun. 73 miles of streets have already been coated with a gray sealant which is meant to deflect heat, rather than absorb it. The so-called “cool pavement” is 10-12 degrees colder to the touch than traditional asphalt. Residents report that they can already feel the difference.
Greenland lost 6 billion tons of ice in three days. Temperatures were 10 degrees warmer than normal. All that melted ice was enough to cover the entire state of West Virginia with a foot of water. If all Greenland’s ice melts, it would raise the seas by more than 24 ft.
Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupted. Meteorological agencies have issued Level 5 alerts, the highest level of alert possible, to residential areas directly adjacent to the volcano. Those evacuating were warned about falling volcanic rocks, lava flows, ash clouds, and searing gas within 2 miles of the crater. The Sendai atomic plant, located 31 miles from the volcano, had no irregularities. No injuries, deaths, or damage were immediately reported. Sakurajima is the most active volcano in Japan:
— Volcano Time-Lapse (@DavidHe11952876) July 17, 2022
Tagged turtles are boosting tropical cyclone predictions in the southwest Indian Ocean. The southwest Indian Ocean gets nine or 10 cyclones a year but can’t get reliable weather data. Enter: sea turtles. Turtles are excellent candidates for a tropical cyclone forecasting tool because they can wear a 250-gram (9oz) tag, travel thousands of kilometers each year, and reliably return to their natal beach.
WHO declared Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), as nearly 17,000 cases of monkeypox were reported across 75 countries. Almost 3,000 cases have been confirmed in the US, including two children. Declaring a PHEIC is not the same thing as declaring a pandemic. The US is considering declaring a national emergency and is planning to name a monkeypox coordinator. Here’s what declaring a PHEIC means:
The #WHO is meeting today to discuss whether #Monkeypox is a #PHEIC. I hope this determination is made. Why is this important?
PHEIC declarations can:
-mobilize international coordination, streamline funding and accelerate the advancement of the development of vaccines,
— BK Titanji #IAmAScientist🇨🇲 (@Boghuma) June 23, 2022
New York reports the first US polio case in nearly a decade. Officials say the NY resident is an unvaccinated adult. It appears the person had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus. In 1979, polio was declared eliminated in the US, meaning the disease was no longer prevalent. Rarely travelers with polio have brought infections into the US.
According to an FBI investigation, Chinese-made Huawei equipment could disrupt US nuclear arsenal communications. Sources told CNN the FBI found equipment from Huawei on cell towers in the midwest can disrupt Department of Defense communications, including those from the force that oversees nuclear weapons.
US army bases are unprepared for chemical and biological attacks. An internal audit says safety shortfalls likely exist across the Army, which operates chemical weapons storage facilities and a research institute that works with lethal pathogens.
A dog led rescuers to his owner after he fell 70 feet on a hike and broke his ribs and hip. I would love to have a furry companion that could help me through emergencies like this 😀