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Earth's water is substantially and rapidly losing oxygen, new study reveals

Gulf Stream
© NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization StudioNASA visualization showing the Gulf Stream
Supplies of dissolved oxygen in bodies of water across the globe are dwindling rapidly, and scientists say it's one of the greatest risks to Earth's life support system.

Just as atmospheric oxygen is vital for animals like ourselves, dissolved oxygen (DO) in water is essential for healthy aquatic ecosystems, whether freshwater or marine. With billions of people relying on marine and freshwater habitats for food and income, it's concerning these ecosystems' oxygen has been substantially and rapidly declining.

A team of scientists is proposing that aquatic deoxygenation be added to the list of 'planetary boundaries', which in its latest form describes nine domains that impose thresholds "within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come."

So far, the planetary boundaries are climate change, ocean acidification, stratospheric ozone depletion, interference with the global phosphorus and nitrogen cycles, rate of biodiversity loss, global freshwater use, land-system change, aerosol loading, and chemical pollution.

Comment: What's particularly notable is that Earth's history shows that deoxygenation events, also known as anoxia, have occurred numerous times in the past, and it often seems to coincide with a variety of other phenomena, including climate change - more specifically global cooling - and mass extinction events (none of which occurred as the result of CO2): See also: Volcanoes, Earthquakes And The 3,600 Year Comet Cycle


Flood submerges houses after nine-hour downpour in Makurdi, Nigeria

A nine-hour torrential rainfall has left many houses submerged with flood water, leaving property worth millions of naira destroyed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Friday.

Mattress and other personal belongings could be seen floating on flood water following the downpour.

Areas affected are Wadata, Logo 1/ 2 Wurukum market and Garage, Low Level along NKST Church Low Level all in Makurdi.

Many residents could be seen hurriedly packing their belongings and moving to safe areas as the rain intensified.

Cloud Lightning

2 children killed by lightning strike in Telangana, India

Two children died after being struck by lightning in Bhadradri Kothagudem as heavy rains continued to lash several parts of the state.

The flood situation in Kothagudem district remained grim on Friday as several streams were in spate and tanks overflowed.

Borra Siddhu, 15, and Borra Chandu, 11, both brothers, of Jamendar Bazar village in Dammapet mandal were in an agriculture field when it started raining on Thursday evening.

The siblings, who took shelter under a tree, died instantaneously when lightning struck.

Arrow Down

China bridge collapse kills at least 11 after floods

The 11 dead were found in five cars that were pulled from the river below
The 11 dead were found in five cars that were pulled from the river below
At least 11 people have died and more than 30 are missing after a highway bridge partially collapsed during torrential rains in northwest China.

The bridge over a river in Shaanxi province's Shangluo city collapsed on Friday night due to a sudden downpour and flash floods, the provincial authority said.

Rescue teams have recovered several vehicles that fell into the river, with efforts still underway according to authorities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged an "all out" effort to find those still missing.

The 11 dead were found in five cars that were pulled from the river below. It is thought 20 more vehicles plunged into the water, according to state media.

Comment: Related: China's Henan province drowns in flood: A year's worth of rain falls in a day - 2 FEET of rainfall in 24 hours


Merapi Volcano eruption continues, emitting lava flows and fumes in Central Java, Indonesia

The activity of Mount Merapi issued incandescent lava flows, in Tunggul Arum, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on July, 20, 2024.

Report of the Center for Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development (BPPTKG) conditions of Mount Merapi in Sleman.

Issuing 19 Lava Flows with a Maximum Glide Distance of 1.7 Kilometers and weakly pressurized crater smoke observed in white with moderate intensity and a height of 10-20 meters above the crater, the current status of Mount Merapi is still alert level III.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood havoc across Trinidad after heavy rainfall

Taking a chance: Two boys ride their
© ISHMAEL SALANDYTaking a chance: Two boys ride their bicycles through flood waters along the Eastern Main Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.
Homes and streets were flooded, commuters stranded, and vehicles damaged all by early afternoon yesterday, as heavy rains from Wednesday night into yesterday morning wreaked havoc and exacerbated already flooded conditions in some parts of the country.

While yesterday morning's showers gave way by afternoon to sunnier skies, and drier conditions are expected into the weekend, forecasters have maintained cautions to the public that additional rainfall could impact saturated soils and cause further flooding, as well as landslides.

Heavy street flooding was widespread yesterday while some communities in South Trinidad, where homes were already under water, found floods rising by morning.

A number of areas in Central, North and East Trinidad were impacted by early yesterday morning into midday by severe street floods, as well some residential flooding.

In Port of Spain, street floods distressed motorists and commuters, with several reports of vehicles shutting down while navigating flood waters, including on the Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of Abattoir Road.


Man watches as his roof gets torn from his apartment during storm in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15

Evan Headley from Des Moines, Iowa, filmed how a tornado swept over his apartment in mid-July.

Parts of the roof suddenly flew off.


Waterspout spotted off Philippines coast

Social media users capture footage of a waterspout moving off the Philippine coast on Thursday.

The spout was spotted in the city of Opol, Misamis Oriental.

Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes, but they form over a body of water.

Local authorities said some homes in nearby villages lost their roofs, but no other significant damage was reported.


108-year-old woman mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

Ram Kali, said to be over 108 years old, was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs outside Friends Colony in Uttar Pradesh's Amroha district during her morning walk around 4am on Wednesday, reports Harveer Dabas.

Neighbours found her body lying outside the colony and alerted her family, who rushed her to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared her dead.

Speaking to TOI, Lakshmi, a relative, said, "My grandmother-in-law was 108 years old.

She was mentally ill and often left the house without informing us. Dogs had scratched her entire body and even separated one leg from the body."

The family has not filed a police complaint regarding the incident and she was cremated on Wednesday afternoon. Speaking on the stray menace, Amroha Nagarpalika executive officer Brijesh Kumar said, "Efforts to capture the stray dogs are under way."


6.0 magnitude earthquake off Amukta Island, Alaska

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the North Pacific Ocean near Amukta Island island, USA, in the afternoon of Thursday, Jul 18, 2024 at 5.13 pm local time (GMT -10).

The quake had a shallow depth of 42 km (26 mi) and was reported felt by some people near the epicenter.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.