The stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stop

first_imgHomeNewsThe stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stop Dec. 29, 2020 at 5:00 amNewsThe stormy, fiery year when climate disasters wouldn’t stopGuest Author5 months agoclimateweather Nature struck relentlessly in 2020 with record-breaking and deadly weather- and climate-related disasters.With the most named storms in the Atlantic, the largest-ever area of California burned by wildfires, killer floods in Asia and Africa and a hot, melting Arctic, 2020 was more than a disastrous year with the pandemic. It was a year of disasters — and climate change from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas was a big factor, scientists said.The United States didn’t just set a record for the most disasters costing at least $1 billion — adjusted for inflation — the nation obliterated the record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. By September, 2020 had tied the old record of 16 billion-dollar disasters and when the count is completed in early January, officials figure it will be 20, likely more. Only three states weren’t part of a billion-dollar weather disaster (Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota) — and all the coastline from Texas to Maine, except for a tiny part of Florida, was under a watch or warning for a hurricane, tropical storm or storm surge from those systems in 2020, according to U.S. weather officials.With 30 named storms, the Atlantic hurricane season  surpassed the mark set in 2005, ran out of storm names and went deep into the Greek alphabet, making meteorologists reconsider how they name future storms, officials said. Ten of those storms rapidly intensified, making them more dangerous. A dozen made landfall in the U.S., easily smashing the old record of nine. And Louisiana got hit five times. At one point, the American Red Cross had 60 New Orleans hotels filled with refugees.With a devastating 20-year megadrought  and near-record heat, California had at least 6,528 square miles (16,907 square kilometers) burned by wildfire, doubling the previous record area burned. Five of the six largest wildfires  in California history have been in 2020. Oregon and Colorado had immense fire damage, too. More than 10,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed and at least 41 people killed.Between fires and hurricanes, the American Red Cross provided a record 1.3 million nights of shelter for disaster-struck Americans — four times the annual average for the previous decade.“Since April, we’ve seen a large disaster occur somewhere in the country every five days,” said Trevor Riggen, the Red Cross vice president in charge of disasters. “It’s really been a non-stop pace, and not all those disasters make the news.” It was such a busy and crazy a year that a derecho that savaged the Midwest somehow flew under the radar, despite damage nearing $10 billion, and is barely remembered. Other billion-dollar severe storms, often with tornadoes and hail, struck the U.S. in January, February, twice in March, three times in April and another three times in May.All these U.S. disasters have “really added up to create a catastrophic year,” said Adam Smith, a NOAA applied climatologist. “Climate change has its fingerprints on many of these different extremes and disasters.”“Nature is sending us a message. We better hear it,” United Nations Environment Programme Director Inger Andersen told The Associated Press in an interview. “Wherever you go, whatever continent, we see Nature socking it at us. The warmest three-year period we’ve ever seen. The Arctic temperatures, the wildfires, etc. etc.”Worldwide, more than 220 climate- and weather-related disasters hurt more than 70 million people and caused more than $69 billion in damage. Over 7,500 people were killed, according to preliminary figures from the international disaster database kept at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.Of the disasters the group tracks, including earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides, 85% to 90% are climate and weather related, said Director Debarati Guha-Sapir.Unlike the United States, which saw a rare break in 2020 from increasing non-hurricane flooding, worldwide “floods is your biggest problem,” Guha-Sapir said. “It’s a huge mistake to underestimate floods.”Floods killed more than 1,900 people in India in June and affected 17 million people, according to the center’s data. Other flooding and associated landslides in Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and again in India killed at least another 1,250 people. African floods killed nearly 600 people. And flooding along Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam in China killed at least 279 people in the summer and caused economic losses of more than $15 billion, according to the World Meteorological Organization.Hue, Vietnam had a record 103 inches (261 centimeters) of rain in October, according to the WMO. Extremes, including heat waves and droughts, hit all over the world. Siberia reached a record 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) as much of the Arctic was 9 degrees (5 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and had an exceptionally bad wildfire season. Arctic sea ice shrank to the second lowest level on record and set a few monthly records for melt. Death Valley saw the warmest temperature recorded, 129.9 degrees (54.4 degrees Celsius), on Earth in at least 80 years.The pace of disasters is noticeably increasing, said disaster experts and climate scientists. The international database in Belgium calculated that from 1980 to 1999, the world had 4,212 disasters affecting 3.25 billion people and costing $1.63 trillion, adjusted for inflation. From 2000 to 2019 those figures jumped to 7,348 disasters, 4.03 billion people affected and $2.97 trillion in damage.“Disasters are very much becoming a chronic condition in this country,” said Riggen, who has noticed the change since 2006 when he joined the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina.Climate change figures in the growth of disasters, especially wildfires worsened by drought and heat, said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann.“I didn’t expect to see a season with 30 named storms in my lifetime,” Mann said, noting that hurricanes were fueled by a natural La Nina cooling of parts of the central Pacific combined with human-caused warming of water temperatures. National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport said: “It was an exhausting year.”Tags :climateweathershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA divided nation asks: What’s holding our country together?Year in Review Part 3: JulyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more


Superdata: Apex Legends digital revenue down 74% in two months

first_imgSuperdata: Apex Legends digital revenue down 74% in two monthsEA’s battle royale title shows second month of steep digital revenue decline, falls out of PC and console top tenMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefThursday 23rd May 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleElectronic ArtsEA’s battle royale shooter Apex Legends is experiencing a steep decline from the highs of its launch, according to the latest report from Superdata.Apex Legends earned $24 million in April, Superdata said, which is “down significantly” for the second consecutive month. In February, the company put Apex Legends’ digital revenue at $92 million, meaning that it has declined 74% in the space of two months.Despite its incredible start, which Superdata claimed was the best ever for a free-to-play title, Respawn Entertainment’s game is no longer even in the top ten for either console or PC.The game making the most noise in the April console chart was Mortal Kombat 11, which kept Epic’s Fortnite from the top spot. Earlier this week, NPD said MK11 is the second best-selling game of the year in the US.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Across PC and console, MK11 sold 1.8 million units digitally, the highest in the series’ history. The previous game, Mortal Kombat X, sold 400,000 units, a huge disparity that Superdata said is due to the general increase in digital downloads.This drove a 17% year-on-year increase in the premium console segment, which showed the most growth overall. PC declined 4% over the previous year, despite some growth in free-to-play revenue.Overall, $8.86 billion was spent digitally across console, PC and mobile in April, an increase of 7% over the same month last year.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 2 hours agoEA acquires Super Mega Baseball developer Metalhead SoftwareCanadian studio fills another gap in FIFA publisher’s expanding sports portfolioBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


NEWS SCAN: Seizures and H1N1 vaccine, prepandemic vaccine, chikungunya in France, anthrax heroin probe

first_imgSep 27, 2010Australia finds slightly higher kids’ seizure rates for pandemic H1N1 vaccineIn its review of suspected side effects from the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, Australia’s drug regulatory authority recently reported an increased rate of febrile seizures in children, though the rate was lower than that seen with one of the seasonal flu vaccines, according to a Sep 22 report from country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Both of the vaccines are made by the same company, CSL Ltd., based in Australia. Increased reports of febrile convulsions in children that surfaced in late April led to the suspension of seasonal flu vaccination in Australian children age 5 and younger. Officials have not determined a cause for the increased reports of the seizures, but the company withdrew the product from the market, pending an investigation into the reports. In the TGA’s report, regulators said from Sep 30, 2009, through Sep 17, 2010, the agency had received 48 reports of febrile convulsions in children after receiving CSL’s Panavax vaccine. In nine instances children had received other immunizations at the same time. It said a working group that explored the reports of febrile seizures in kids who received Panavax estimated that the rate was between 0.8/1,000 to .18/1,000 doses administered, which is less than the .7/1,000 estimated rate for CSL’s seasonal flu vaccine. The TGA also said the rate of febrile seizures in children who received the pandemic vaccine is within predicted rates for influenza vaccines in general. Dr Jim Bishop, Australia’s chief medical officer, downplayed concerns, noting that the final number of verified reports will likely be lower and that the seizure rate for Panavax was a fraction of what was reported for this year’s seasonal vaccine, the Sydney Morning Herald reported today. He said the rate of seizures with the pandemic vaccine was four times higher than usual, much lower than the 50-times-higher rate seen for CSL’s seasonal flu vaccine.Sep 28 Sydney Morning Herald storyEuropean panel endorses prepandemic H5N1 vaccine from NovartisA committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) last week endorsed a prepandemic H5N1 influenza vaccine made by Novartis, signaling its likely approval by the EMA for marketing in the European Union later this year. The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended approval of the vaccine, called Aflunov, for use in adults, according to statements from Novartis and the EMA. In a Sep 24 statement, Novartis said a marketing authorization for the vaccine is expected by the end of this year. In clinical trials, two doses of Aflunov generated antibody titers considered protective against the vaccine strain of H5N1 in more than 85% of volunteers, and it also triggered cross-reactive antibodies against other H5N1 strains that have caused human disease, the company said. The vaccine contains Novartis’s MF59 adjuvant. The company said the vaccine may offer a way to provide healthcare and emergency workers with some advance protection against the threat of an H5N1 pandemic. The CHMP said it began reviewing Novartis’s Aflunov application in December 2009.Sep 24 Novartis news releaseCHMP meeting highlights with information on AflunovFrance confirms two cases of indigenous chikungunyaOn the heels of reports of the first cases of locally transmitted dengue fever in the French Riviera region, French health officials have released an alert after detecting two cases of indigenous chikungunya infection in the same region. In an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story yesterday, authorities said two 12-year-old girls in the town of Frejus have contracted the virus, which, like dengue, is carried by mosquitoes. The girls had not traveled to countries in which the disease is endemic. A ProMed-mail commentary on the cases said they were “not surprising” and said the risk of chikungunya was highlighted in a Jul 27 French government warning. The commentary from ProMed-mail, the Internet reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said, “This risk is due to the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), mosquito populations in southern France, and frequent imported cases of chikungunya virus-infected travelers.” In 2007, an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Italy affected more than 200 people.Sep 26 AFP articleSep 26 ProMed-mail reportJul 27 French government warning2007 Italy outbreak summary reportHeroin anthrax investigation raises new questionsAnthrax infections in UK heroin users may become endemic, and the rising number of cases has led to a fourth form of the disease, injectional anthrax, public health officials said earlier this month at a Health Protection Agency (HPA) conference, according to a Sep 24 report on the Emerging Health Threats Forum Web site. The forum is supported by the HPA. Investigations still haven’t determined how or when the drug became contaminated, though authorities have found that older drug users are more commonly affected and that initial tests on the anthrax strain suggests that it belongs to the “trans-Eurasian” strain that closely resembles those found in the Near- and Middle East. Cases have been reported since December 2009, with the latest case in a 29-year-old English man who died from the disease in late August. Some suspected that the heroin could have been smuggled in an anthrax-contaminated goat skin, though others have not ruled out intentional contamination or a tainted ingredient used to cut the pure heroin. According to a Sep 25 ProMed-mail post, the anthrax-laced heroin has killed 16 people so far, 13 in Scotland and 3 in England.Sep 25 ProMed-mail postlast_img read more


It’s a miserable life

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Beresford bags the ‘Ace’

first_imgIn an article published in last week’s Pattaya Mail relating to the Pattaya Sports Club’s 130th monthly golf tournament we erroneously credited a hole in one to Barry Oats when in fact this should of course have been Mick Beresford.  We apologize to Mick and offer our congratulations to him on achieving this rare feat in golf.  Mick celebrated his ‘Ace’ by making a donation to charity rather than the usual bell ring back at the bar.  Well done Mick!Hole in one for Mick Beresford.last_img read more


Two callouts in Cardinia

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Defying the odds after dream trip tragedy

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Teams of 87 and 88 Throw Down Gauntlet to All-Ireland Champions for Keady Challenge

first_imgConor Hayes was speaking to John earlier and he gave me a rundown of who will be playing tomorrow night.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CONOR%20HAYES%20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The All-Ireland winning Galway Senior and Minor Hurling teams will be in action tomorrow evening in Kenny Park when they take part in a charity fun game with all proceeds going to the Tony Keady Family Fund. The Game will throw in at 6.30 with possibly a few of the legendary 87 and 88 teams togging too! Admission at the gate is €10 with under 16’s free. The game starts at 6:30 and Galway GAA Sponsors Supermacs have organised a meet the players’ event after the game so there will be a chance to get autographs and have a few selfies taken with the players afterwards.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more


Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgFootballFixtures Sat02 Mar Division1 LeagueAt Tuam Stars, TuamStars V Mountbellew/Moylough, 2pm, Ref: Frank KinneenDivision3 LeagueAt Dunmore, DunmoreMacHales V Corofin, 3pm Ref: Gerry DalyJohnDunne CupAt Cregg, Annaghdown vKilkerrin/Clonberne, pm, Ref: Tbc; Sun03 Mar Division1 LeagueAt Killannin, KillanninV AnSpidéal, 2pm, Ref: Kieran QuinnAt Caherlistrane,Caherlistrane V Salthill-Knocknacarra, 2pm, Ref: Tony KeatingDivision2 LeagueAt Oughterard,Oughterard V Claregalway, 12i.n.Ref: Brenadan KinneavyAt Maigh Cuilinn, MaighCuilinn V Oranmore-Maree, 2pm, Ref: Ronan McNultyAt Kilconly, Kilconly VBearna, 2pm,  Ref: Austin O’ConnellAt Brownesgrove, CortoonShamrocks V An CheathrúRua, 2pm, Ref: P.J. RabbitteAt Mervue, St. James VOileáin Árann, 2pm, Ref: Muiris MacGearailtDivision3 LeagueAt Menlough, Menlough VMícheál Breathnach, 2pm, Ref: Gearoid O ConamhaAt Clonbur, An Fhairche– Clonbur V Headford, 2pm, Ref: Thomas Murphy At Monivea,Monivea-Abbey V Killererin, 3pm, Ref: Martin FlahertyDivision4 LeagueAt Letterfrack, RenvyleV Williamstown, 2pm, Ref: Noel GorhamAt Glenamaddy,Glenamaddy V Fr Griffins/Éire Óg, 2pm, Ref: Tom Ryder At Carna, Carna Cashel VClifden, 2pm, Ref: Máirtín Ó GríofaAt Kilconnell, StGabriel’s V Mountbellew/Moylough, 2pm, Ref: Gerry Moore At Ballygar, StBrendan’s V Caltra, 2pm, Ref: Noel Dempsey Hurling FixturesFri01 Mar Division2 Hurling LeagueAt Mullagh, St Mary’s,Athenry V Mullagh, 7:30, Ref: TBC; Sat02 Mar Division1 Hurling LeagueAt Ballyloughane, LiamMellows V Loughrea, 11am, Ref: Paul FahyU21AHurling ChampionshipAt Kinvara,Kilnadeema-Leitrim V Clarinbridge, 3.30pm, Ref: John McDonagh U21A1Hurling ChampionshipAt Eyrecourt,Meelick-Eyrecourt V Oranmore-Maree, 3.30pm, Ref: Derek Kelly At Craughwell,Craughwell V Loughrea, 3.30pm, Ref: Liam Gordon At Killimor, Killimor VKillimordaly, 3.30pm, Ref: Peter MurphyU21BHurling ChampionshipAt Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry,Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Cappataggle, 3.30pm, Ref: Gerry Donoghue Sun03 Mar IntermediateHurling League Semi FinalsAt Killimor,Meelick-Eyrecourt V Oranmore-Maree, 11am, Ref: Shane Curley At Lackagh, SylaneV Carnmore, 11am, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas U21A1Hurling ChampionshipAt Kilconieron,Kilconieron V Michael Cusacks, 11am, Ref: James Lundon U21BHurling ChampionshipAt Castledaly, StThomas V Tommy Larkins, 11am,  Ref: NoelQuinn Mon04 Mar SeniorHurling League FinalAt Duggan Park, CappataggleV Pádraig Pearses, 7.30pm, Ref: Paul Fahy print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more