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The coronavirus is followed by flood, drought and famine. Forecasts for 2020 are getting darker

The coronavirus is followed by flood, drought and famine. Forecasts for 2020 are getting darker 86

Drought, fires, locust invasions, hurricanes and floods. Global warming continues. In 2020, the coronavirus alone was clearly not enough for the planet…

The pandemic that has covered all countries is not the only natural disaster that will plague our planet. A snowy winter, brought in low water on rivers and lakes, threatens droughts, and this will inevitably entail a significant reduction in yields, which for countries with an agricultural economy threatens with real hunger. Meteorologists warn that this year we should expect a wide variety of abnormal natural phenomena – from monstrous hurricanes and floods, to drought and locust invasions.

At any other time, the world would have no difficulty coping with the elements. But just not now, when the coronavirus pandemic takes away all the forces. Business and transport seemed to have hibernated. And now, any natural disaster can be a real disaster. Moreover, it will have to cope without the help of the international community.

After all, even money now may not solve the problems – transport and trade in the world are practically frozen. Ships with cargo stopped at raids, planes fly only as a last resort, traffic volumes fell in some areas by more than 20%.

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Bans on the export of medicines and food have been introduced, many countries are blocking the financing of even planetary projects, for example, the United States refused to finance WHO.

Global warming

Humanity on Earth as if hibernated. But natural processes go on and do not stop for a moment. And the worst in recent years remains global warming. The largest observation stations indicate that March was perhaps the warmest month since 1880 in the entire history of observations. Moreover, people have nothing to do with it – traffic flows are significantly reduced.

The oceans are heating up. In March of this year, it became 0.8 ° C warmer than usual. It is known that hurricanes are born over warm streams in the ocean. And the warmer the current. The more powerful the hurricane. This year, they already managed to “pat” the US coast, and the time of the hurricane season has not yet arrived …

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It is known that over warm waters it rains more often and more abundantly than over land – which means that continents are waiting for drought. The increased temperature of the western waters of the Indian Ocean is dangerous because it can cause dry summers and forest fires in Australia, and in the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean they can cause fires in the Amazon.

Global warming is not scary in itself. It upsets the balance of the natural cycle: hotter and drier in summer, harsher and colder in winter. Any wind can turn into a hurricane, rain – into a flood and flood. It is enough to recall the last year, which became the hottest ever recorded. Moreover, this has been going on for at least the second ten years – since the beginning of the XXI century 11 summer temperature records have been recorded.

The rains that began only this week do not have time to fill the reservoirs in Romania and Ukraine to at least an average level, drought is already tormenting French agricultural land

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In Germany, the situation is not much better, but the authorities are in no hurry to sound the alarm.

Russia and Kazakhstan, leaders in wheat production in the world, are restricting grain exports, fearing a shortage of this crop in the domestic market due to increased demand and uncontrolled exports.

Long dry weather, of course, is not only a minus, but also a plus – “green” electricity is becoming an increasingly significant part in energy consumption and, therefore, the supply of electricity from thermal plants is becoming smaller, which, of course, has a great impact on the environment.

It\’s not only dry in Europe: America also suffers from a lack of rain. Texas, California, and Oregon are already talking about a drought of the second degree, and the third degree is already plaguing a dozen southern and central states.

True, the state of crops in the world can not be called catastrophic – at least two months ahead, decisive for the ripening of food crops around the world. Record harvests of the past also inspire understandable optimism.

All would be well if the coronavirus pandemic did not supplement the picture with bright colors. She violated the usual patterns of moving freight flows from global to local — warehouse workers, truck drivers, aircraft and ship crews are ill. Which, of course, sharply reduced transportation.

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The situation is not even better for farmers – the crops of early crops ripened, which there is no one to harvest and export – labor migrants returned to their countries during quarantine. Poles do not go to Germany, Ukrainians go to Poland, Moroccans cannot get to Spain to harvest strawberries … And this problem is still far from being resolved, which threatens a much worse crisis than it did in 2007–2008 or 2010–2012 years.

Famine and Locust

The threatening food crisis is becoming a hefty problem for rich countries — difficulties in logistics cause a reduction in aid to poor countries. True, even without the appearance of coronavirus, the world lived in anticipation of one of the largest humanitarian crises. But now the likelihood of such a course of events has increased significantly. At least 30 of the poorest countries will experience massive hunger in 2020. This may affect at least every eighth inhabitant of the planet. And then help will need to increase dramatically.

The largest humanitarian organization in the world “feeds” every day about 100 million people. If this help is not available, almost 300 thousand will die of hunger every day …

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But this is not all the disasters that await us in 2020. It would seem that hunger, drought and a pandemic are enough. But no … Another “Egyptian plague” raised its head – locust invasions.

By the beginning of 2020, 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East were already suffering from the appearance of these huge gluttonous insects. And this was only the first wave. Now the world is waiting with horror for the second – in Kenya, Iran, Ethiopia … Harvest in many countries of Africa and Asia, not all will survive.


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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 96

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 97

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 98

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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