7.8 magnitude earthquake between Russia, Alaska triggers tsunami warnings | syracuse.com

It’s the second strongest earthquake of the year.

A tsunami warning was issued after a massive earthquake struck between Russian and U.S. territory on Monday night.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a 7.8 magnitude earthquake had occurred off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. “Hazardous tsunami waves” were said to be possible for coasts within 186 miles of the quake’s epicenter.

The Weather Channel reports a tsunami of just 0.3 feet above the tide level was observed on Alaska’s Shemya Island, but the tsunami threat has since passed. Shemya, in the Aleutian Islands, is the site of a remote U.S. Air Force base.

“There is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake,” the warning center said Tuesday morning.

Source: 7.8 magnitude earthquake between Russia, Alaska triggers tsunami warnings | syracuse.com

MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. A tsunami alert issued after a powerful quake for Russia’s Kamchatka and the northern part of Kuril Islands has been lifted, the Kamchatka crisis management center of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports.

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Trump may want to steer U.N. climate cash to building coal plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Gore’s Opinion ‘I Was Wrong’–Huff Post

The U.S. can now use its Green Climate Fund seat to advance American-energy interests globally, a White House official said.

The U.S. already donated $1 billion to the so-called Green Climate Fund, and it can now use its seat on that board to advance American-energy interests globally, a White House official said.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe climate negotiations at the just-concluded summit of Group of 20 leaders in Germany. A U.S. commitment to “work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently” was highlighted in a statement issued by the group two weeks ago.

President Donald Trump previously announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord in which nearly 200 nations agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, Mr. Trump insisted he would be open to a new deal that better protects American interests. He also is keeping the U.S. in a longstanding United Nations convention on climate change that underpins the 2015 Paris pact.

 

Source: Trump may want to steer U.N. climate cash to building coal plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Vice President Al Gore says he’s given up hope that President Donald Trump will act on key climate issues.

“I went to Trump Tower after the election,” said Gore, who was on the show to promote his new movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” “I thought that there was a chance he would come to his senses. But I was wrong.”

Gore recounted to “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert his optimism after his meeting with Trump to discuss climate change and the landmark Paris Accord. Trump had promised supporters during the campaign that he would pull out of the agreement, arguing it was a “bad deal.”

Source:  Huffington Post

Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday : The Two-Way : NPR

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 startled many people out of their sleep in western Montana early Thursday. The shallow quake was felt for hundreds of miles from its epicenter southeast of Lincoln, including in parts of neighboring states and in Canada.

The earthquake was the strongest to hit western Montana in years; it was followed by at least 10 measurable temblors with magnitudes of up to 4.9.

Source: Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday : The Two-Way : NPR

Iceberg the Size of Delaware Will Break Off Antarctic Ice Shelf Any Day Now, Scientists Say

The soon-to-be iceberg is moving faster than ever. It’s a matter of “hours, days or weeks.”

The “calving” event, as scientists call the break, will take place within “days, hours or weeks,” the MIDAS Project predicted on Wednesday. A U.K.-based Antarctic research project, MIDAS investigates the effects of a warming climate on Larsen C and has been monitoring the growth of this major rift in the shelf.

Source: Iceberg the Size of Delaware Will Break Off Antarctic Ice Shelf Any Day Now, Scientists Say

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Texas-Louisiana border | abc13.com

This is a tropical storm that Travis Herzog is categorizing as “strange” because of how uncertain the timing of its landfall has been while you were sleeping.

Winds associated with the storm have dropped to 45 mph, and rains are now pushing inland for areas east of Houston.

So far, we have not seen any watches or warnings and there are no reports of damage for communities around the Houston area.

It appears Houston will dodge those flooding rains we’ve been concerned about over the last few days.

Source: Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Texas-Louisiana border | abc13.com

Global Collaboration More Crucial Than Ever As U.S. Abandons Climate Change Pact

The world waited with bated breath for U.S. President Donald Trump to announce whether he would move to take the country out of the Paris Accord — a decision that has global ramifications for climate change. It’s unlikely to alter the actions already taken to reduce emissions by many of the 190 countries that signed the agreement.

Source: Global Collaboration More Crucial Than Ever As U.S. Abandons Climate Change Pact