Severe weather in the U.S.

BBC news says that major storms have hit the US states of Georgia and Mississippi and that at least 18 people have died mainly when a mobile home park was hit by a tornado.  In Mississippi, four people died in the path of a tornado which had winds of over 218 kilometres per hour. More storms and a “tornado outbreak” is expected in Florida and Southern Georgia. These states fall into the area known as “tornado alley” which is used to describe the area in the US where tornados strike most often.




Trump’s Mexican Wall could cause environmental disaster

The London Independent says that Trump’s Mexican wall could emit nearly two million tons of carbon dioxide and cut off endangered animals from their territory. Trump has not said exactly what the wall will look like, or what it will be made from, but it could be 10-17 meters high.Environmentalists are worried about emissions and also that the wall will prevent many animals from moving into different areas and from heading north as the climate warms.

The Sierra Club’s Borderlands project Dan Millis said “In terms of climate adaptation, building a border wall is an act of self-sabotage”.


El Jefe is the only known wild jaguar in the US

Why are there so many earthquakes in Italy?

Italy is often struck by earthquakes because the Eurasian and African tectonic plates grate against each other along a series of fault lines there. This was seen most recently when 29 people died in an avalanche that destroyed a hotel on Grand Sasso Mountain which is 135 km north east of Rome.  Eleven people survived, with nine being pulled out from under the rubble and snow. Three sheepdog puppies were rescued 4 kilometres away from the hotel.  The avalanche was triggered by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.