Geo-Hazard Report

A weekly review of environmental hazards and disasters

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The Geo-Hazard Report will return in June 2022.

Geo-Hazard Report
May 9, 2022

Last Week in Review

Severe Weather

Multiple damaging tornadoes tear through the Southeast

Tornadoes strike Texas and Oklahoma, causing widespread damage
Associated Press


Water officials issue emergency drought declaration for most of Idaho

California’s 2 largest reservoirs reach critically low levels as dry season begins

Lake Powell’s low water level endangers hydroelectric power generation for 7 states
NBC News


Wildfire burns over 40,000 acres in southwest Nebraska
Omaha World Herald

At least 37 active wildfires burn over 22,000 acres in Florida

Multiple fires destroy hundreds of structures and force evacuations in New Mexico
NASA Earth Observatory

Experts forecast high fire danger in upper elevations as Nevada drought deepens

Changing Climate

Global climate system at risk as global warming speeds up water cycle
Nature World News

Climate scientists say South Asia’s heat wave (120F) is a sign of what’s to come
NPR News

Climate change will increase water scarcity in more than 80% of croplands globally
Science Daily

Infectious Disease

15 million people have died in the COVID pandemic, WHO estimates

COVID-19 in the US: Infections surpass 83 million, with 1 million-plus deaths

COVID-19 worldwide: Infections surpass 517 million, with 6.2 million-plus deaths
Johns Hopkins University – Coronavirus Resource Center

In-Depth Look at Environmental Hazards

Plastic Production Is Poisoning Nearby Communities
Climate Pod (audio)

Inside Big Oil’s Push Against Climate Change Action
Frontline Dispatch (audio)

2022 US Wildfire Forecast
AccuWeather (report)


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