Have beavers in Englad created wetlands that are resilient to droughts

News roundup for Tue, Aug 30, 2022

In short: Early signs suggest monkeypox may be slowing in some US cities. Pakistan declared a national emergency over floods covering a third of the country. BP refinery in Indiana shut down, affecting fuel supply in the US Midwest. Economy, energy, supply chain The UK will raise its cap on energy bills to an average

Were flamingos herded into bathrooms during Hurricane Andrew

News roundup for Fri, Aug 26, 2022

In short: Global monkeypox cases declined by 21%—cases in the US still rising. Europe’s worst drought in 500 years will last until November. The tropics will have up to six months of dangerous heat a year by 2050. Economy, food security, supply chain The White House announced a student loan forgiveness plan; some worry it

Is polio back in NYC

News roundup for Tue, Aug 23, 2022

In short: EIU says energy shortages and inflation will cause a recession in Europe in 2022-23. China’s shutdowns could disrupt the supply chain as much as Covid lockdowns. Omicron-specific boosters should be available in the US within three weeks. Economy, supply chain, food security The National Bureau of Economic Research (NABE) says 72% of economists

Is drought forcing British animal farmers to dip into their winter forage reserves

News roundup for Fri, Aug 19, 2022

In short: Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico are facing historic emergency water cuts. Drought is forcing British animal farmers to dip into their winter forage reserves. Scientists found a simple way to break down PFAS and make unlimited water safe. Economy, food security, supply chain UK’s inflation reached 10.1% in July, pushed higher by food and

Is drought creating conflicts between elephants and people

News roundup for Tue, Aug 16, 2022

In short: A leaked document predicts a 50% crop failure in England due to drought. California is due for a megaflood like the one that happened in 1862. There’s been a massive fish die-off in the River Oder in Poland and Germany. Economy, energy, food security A leaked document predicts up to 50% crop failure

Are backyards eggs in Australia full of lead

News roundup for Fri, Aug 12, 2022

In short: The River Rhine is drying up and threatening the flow of 80% of Germany’s commerce. Backyard hens’ eggs in Australia contain 40 times more lead than store-bought eggs. Rainwater almost everywhere on Earth has unsafe levels of PFAS. Economy, energy, supply chain A key economic gauge shows US inflation has cooled in July

Was a WWII bomb found in parched river Po in Italy

News roundup for Tue, Aug 09, 2022

(Editor’s note: removed an incorrect statement about the size of the McKinney fire.) In short: The US Senate passed a landmark climate bill that could slash emissions by 40%. Early signs suggest that monkeypox in the UK might be peaking. 30% of Americans cited climate change as a reason to move in 2022. Economy The

Is the river Thames running dry

News roundup for Fri, Aug 05, 2022

In short: The US declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The source of the river Thames is almost dry. Coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef is at its highest in 36 years. August is FEMA’s Back to School – Children & Youth Preparedness Here’s FEMA’s Ready Kids page. It has different resources for kids,

Is the aftermath of flood dangerous

News roundup for Tue, Aug 02, 2022

In short: The first grain ship leaves Ukraine after months of Russian blockade Floods killed hundreds across the US, Iran, Pakistan, and Uganda California, New York, ad Illinois declared a state of emergency over monkeypox Floods kill hundreds across the US, Iran, Pakistan, and Uganda Flash floods in Kentucky left at least 37 people dead,

Aren't yaks amazing

News roundup for Fri, Jul 29, 2022

In short: The US economy shrinks for the second time in a row, but is it a recession yet? The world’s first named heatwave, Zoe has hit Seville, Spain. Heat deaths have outpaced hurricane deaths over the past decade. Economy, energy, supply chain US economic growth shrunk by 0.9% in the second quarter of 2022,

Are sea turtles helping with tropical cyclones predictions

News roundup for Tue, Jul 26, 2022

In short: 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

Has a man survived 18 hours at sea clinging to a soccer ball

News roundup for Fri, Jul 22, 2022

In short: Ukraine and Russia sign deal to reopen grain export ports. The EU is asking its members to ration gas ahead of winter. Australian report reveals severe deterioration in biodiversity, habitat loss, and pollution. Economy, energy, food, supply chain US sales of previously owned homes in June fell 5.4% from May. Housing is a

Are the police watering the Queen's Guard outside Buckingham Palace due to the heat wave

News roundup for Tue, Jul 19, 2022

In short: Gazprom declared force majeure on gas supplies to Europe Monkeypox cases in the US rose to almost 2,000 The UN chief warns that humanity faces ‘collective suicide’ over the climate crisis Economy, food security, gas 75% of US middle-class households report that their income is falling behind their living costs.  US gas prices

Is the UK experiencing the highest temperatures ever recorded

News roundup for Fri, Jul 15, 2022

In short: US inflation rose to new 41-year highs in June—but gas prices have already started falling The UK could reach 40 C this weekend—the highest temperature ever recorded There’s a chance an agreement to free up grain exports in Ukraine will be reached next week Economy, food security, supply chain US inflation rose to

Is Seattle at risk of being hit by a tsunami within three minutes

News roundup for Tue, Jul 12, 2022

In short: This wildfire season in Europe started earlier and with more intensity than usual Seattle could be hit by a 42-ft tsunami wave within three minutes of an earthquake Jackery will offer up to 30% off portable batteries and solar panels on Prime Day (July12-13) Food prices are falling, but they are still near