Global & Disaster Medicine

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The California wildfires as seen from Outer Space

Pakistan: 70 dead and another 30 are injured after gas cylinder explosion sparks fire on train

“According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades…..”


“…….The report, titled Implications of Climate Change for the U.S. Army, was launched by the U.S. Army War College in partnership with NASA in May at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. The report was commissioned by Gen. Milley during his previous role as the Army’s Chief of Staff……..


The two most prominent scenarios in the report focus on the risk of a collapse of the power grid within “the next 20 years,” and the danger of disease epidemics. Both could be triggered by climate change in the near-term………

The report also warns that the US military should prepare for new foreign interventions in Syria-style conflicts, triggered due to climate-related impacts. Bangladesh in particular is highlighted as the most vulnerable country to climate collapse in the world…..

“The permanent displacement of a large portion of the population of Bangladesh would be a regional catastrophe with the potential to increase global instability,” the report warns. “This is a potential result of climate change complications in just one country. Globally, over 600 million people live at sea level.”

Sea level rise, which could go higher than 2 meters by 2100 according to one recent study, “will displace tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people, creating massive, enduring instability,” the report adds……..

Annual Temperature Anomoly

Annual Temperature vs Average


The Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017: Who’s to blame?


“Some of the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 would have survived if firefighters and emergency operators had not told them to stay in their apartments, according to a government report to be released on Wednesday.

The 1,000-page report, which comes more than two years after the deadliest fire in recent British history, is harshly critical of the London Fire Brigade, calling it dangerously unprepared for such a tragedy, according to multiple British news organizations that gained access to the conclusions before their release.

The fire on June 14, 2017, began on the fourth floor of the 24-story building and spread rapidly upward because of flammable exterior cladding and insulation that had been added to the building the year before…….”

“…..Climate change will lead to more wildfires nationwide as hotter temperatures dry out plants, making them easier to ignite. ….”


“…….Many residents in Northern California faced a twin threat on Thursday: fires, but also the deliberate power outages meant to mitigate the blazes. Both the Kincade fire and a small fire that ignited Thursday morning, the Spring fire, occurred in or near areas where the state utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, had turned off the power.

The fires “brought out some longer standing institutional issues around equity,” Mr. Gossman said. Critics say electricity cutoffs disproportionately harm low-income people who cannot afford solar and battery backup systems or gas-based generators, as well as sick and disabled people who rely on electricity to run life-saving medical equipment……”

At least four dead after magnitude 6.6 quake struck southern Philippines

6.8 earthquake strikes Mindanao island in southern Philippines

DYFI intensity map

Hospital evacuations amid California wildfires

Sacramento Bee

A Santa Rosa hospital evacuated about 100 patients Saturday night out of “an abundance of caution” as the Kincade Fire continues to ravage Sonoma County,……..

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital began evacuating at 6:30 p.m……….

Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, which also had started a voluntary evacuation Saturday night, came under a mandatory evacuation order at 4:30 a.m. Sunday…….. About 110 patients are being transferred…….

Patients evacuated from Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa went to Sutter Health in Novato and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco……….

Evacuees included 13 emergency room patients, 8 neonatal patients and 10 intensive care patients…… The rest are surgical patients.

“…..The Kincade blaze has consumed more than 25,455 acres since it began on Wednesday, one of 1,300 wildfires to ignite in California over the past two weeks……”

Civil unrest in Iraq with at least 40 deaths


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