• 2016 set all kinds of records for disasters and costs and earthquakes and floods.
  • India is suffering many crisis on many fronts, and none seem to be getting any better.
  • Cyclone Debbie is strengthening as it approaches landfall, which is expected later Monday.
  • In the remote mountainous north of Afghanistan, the Nuristan province the death toll now exceeds 100 from the weekend's avalanches.
  • The worst forest fires in Chile's (South America) history are burning, but firefighters are making headway.
  • Corporations and citizens alike will suffer from global deforestation sooner than most expect.
  • Whether man-made or a weather cycle, climate change is affecting both man and beast. Various social, scientific and political pressures push back and forth to reach outcome.
  • Driven by climate, civil unrest and poverty Africa is facing a major food crisis.
  • Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria are all suffering from catastrophic issues that have put more than 20 million people at great risk.
  • An ongoing storm system in the south eastern United States has turned deadly.
  • Take extreme caution outside as a wicked Polar Vortex is here and will have a second wave that's even colder.
  • The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is the disaster that keeps giving. Recent radiation levels are far higher than expected.
  • (Reuters) Hurricane Matthew edged closer to Haiti on Monday, bringing 130- mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and torrential rain that could wreak havoc in the Caribbean nation, although some 2,000 people in one coastal town refused to evacuate.

    Matthew's center is expected to near southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

    Crawling towards Haiti's Les Cayes, Jamaica and Cuba at five miles per hour (seven kph), the storm could be just as slow leaving, giving its winds and rain more time to cause damage.

    "We are worried about the slow pace of Hurricane Matthew, which will expose Haiti to much more rain, and the country is particularly vulnerable to flooding," said Ronald Semelfort, director of Haiti's national meteorology center.

  • Scientists are documenting what appears to be the sixth mass extinction event on Earth.
  • Fukushima reactor threatened, again, by large earthquake and tsunami.
  • (News & Observer) Around Kinston, where the Neuse River swelled to 28 feet Friday and split the town in half, so many roads remain closed that truckers spent two hours just getting to work.

    Delivery routes that normally last five miles in flooded parts of the state now stretch more than 100 miles thanks to drivers navigating around washed-out roads.

  • San Jose is suffering a 100 year flood, but governmental communication failures have made it worse for local citizens.
  • (NPR.Org) A large space rock came fairly close to Earth on Sunday night. Astronomers knew it wasn't going to hit Earth, thanks in part to a new tool NASA is developing for detecting potentially dangerous asteroids.
  • All parties are blaming one another for the impending water crisis in Gaza.
  • ( An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy on Sunday morning; just four days after three successive quakes shook the same area, according to the US Geological Survey. A number of people have been injured, said Italy's Civil Protection Department. Many residents had been evacuated out of unstable buildings before the latest tremor.
  • With the recent heavy rainfalls is California's drought over?
  • Eastern Australia is experiencing incredible record-setting temperatures, some as high as 113 degrees.
  • With a perfect storm of dry conditions and high winds, three die as wildfires continue to affect Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
  • One of the world's largest living things has been dying off at record rates in 2016. 
  • Reports of two dead as tornadoes move through Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois Monday afternoon and evening.
  • India is seeing deep water shortages; exploding populations, severe pollution and climate change are all making the shortage even worse.
  • Wildfires in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia creating concern, but as of yet no major life nor property issues.
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