300-Foot Massive Sinkhole Mysteriously Appears in Mexico, Continues to Grow
MEXICO CITY, June 5: A massive sinkhole measuring about 300-foot-wide has opened in farmland in the state of Puebla on Saturday, in Mexico. The earth has swallowed around 70,000 square feet of the area,as per El Sol de Mexico.
The giant cavity was only 15 feet in diameter when it first appeared. It has been expanding rapidly since it was first seen.
The authorities were intimated about the occurrence on the same day. They visited the spot and examined the area thoroughly. The state civil engineers and other agencies have estimated that a geological fault may have caused the giant sinkhole.
Beatriz Manrique, the secretary of the Environment of Puebla, elaborated that although it is still too early to know the reasons for the creation of the sinkhole, they are of the view that softening of the farmland and extraction of aquifers could have caused it.
He further explained that the hole started opening on Saturday and it was not more than 5 metres in diameters. However, in just 24 hours, it widened up to 30 metres.
The owners of the house, who moved to the place in May with their two children and parents, reported, "At 6 o'clock we heard like thunder and we did not think this was it and then my in-laws realized it and when I got closer, I saw that the earth sank and how the water was bubbling and I panicked."
The giant ditch has posed a threat to the family living in the house on the farmland. The house, within a hundred meters where the sinkhole appeared, asked the state government for its help so as to save their heritage. The authorities have evacuated the family from the house due to the risk and fenced around the sinkhole to prevent any tragedy.
Lightning Strikes One World Trade Center During Thunderstorm
NEW YORK, June 5: Lightning struck the spire of the One World Trade Center as thunderstorms hit New York City on Friday.
This footage, taken by Dan Martland, shows lightning hitting the spire from the Jersey City shoreline.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for New York, forecasting strong winds and hail on Friday.
Climate Summit: Modi, Biden launch India-US clean energy initiative
NEW DELHI, April 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden launched the India-US Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership at the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by the US on Thursday.
“Together we will help mobilise investments, demonstrate clean technologies, and enable green collaborations… India’s per capita carbon footprint is 60 per cent lower than the global average. It is because our lifestyle is still rooted in sustainable traditional practices. Today, I want to emphasize the importance of lifestyle change in climate action. Sustainable lifestyles and guiding philosophies and back to basics must be an important feature of our economy in the post-Covid era,” Modi said.
“We in India are doing our part. Our ambitious renewable energy target of 450 gigahertz by 2030 shows our commitment. Despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, deforestation, and biodiversity. That is why we are among the few countries whose NDCs are 2 degrees Celsius compatible.”
Nationally Defined Contributions (NDCs) are each country’s goals towards achieving the Paris Agreement target of limiting rising temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
The Prime Minister also emphasised India’s encouragement of global initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure.
A joint statement from the US and India said, “The Partnership will proceed along two main tracks: the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership and the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue, which will build on and subsume a range of existing processes. Through this collaboration, India and the United States aim to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities.”
Earlier, Biden and US Vice President Kamala Harris opened the summit.
“You know, these steps will set America on a path of net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050. But the truth is, America represents less than 15 per cent of the world’s emissions. No nation can solve this crisis on our own, as I know you all fully understand. All of us, all of us – and particularly those of us who represent the world’s largest economies – we have to step up,” Biden said.
The US pledged to cut emissions by 50 to 52 per cent of its 2005 levels by 2030. This is double the 2015 goal set by former President Barack Obama.
The US rejoined the Paris Agreement three months ago, after former President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the multilateral forum made it the only country in the world to do so. Biden’s announcements re-assert the US’s commitment in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November in Glasgow.
Biden also announced that the US will double its public climate financing development to developing countries and triple public financing for climate application in developing countries by 2024. Harris spoke on addressing the root causes of migration, including droughts, food scarcity, and storms.
China’s President Xi Jinping said: “We must be committed to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities… Developing countries now face multiple challenges to combat Covit-19, grow the economy, and address climate change. We need to give full recognition to developing countries’ contribution to climate action and accommodate their particular difficulties and concerns.”
“Developed countries need to increase climate ambition and action. At the same time, they need to make concrete efforts to help developing countries strengthen the capacity and resilience against climate change, support them in financing, technology, and capacity building, and refrain from creating green trade barriers, so as to help developing countries accelerate the transition to green and low-carbon development.”
He also promoted China’s “green Belt and Road Initiative” and announced efforts to “strictly control coal-fired power generation projects” and phase down coal consumption. China has pledged net zero emissions by 2060.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We were first country to pass legislation for net zero. We have the biggest offshore wind capacity of any country in the world, the Saudi Arabia of wind as I never tire of saying. We’re halfway to net zero.” The UK had announced a target of 78 per cent emission reductions by 2035 (compared to 1990 levels).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country wants to reduce emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels.
The two-day event will feature 40 heads of state. A set of 101 Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, urged in a letter to the summit’s attendees to take action against the use of fossil fuels.
Blinken says countries investing in new coal ‘will hear from US’
WASHINGTON, April 20: The Biden administration is ready to challenge countries whose inaction on the climate crisis is setting the world back, including those that fail to cut their reliance on coal, the top American diplomat has warned.
The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, called for much stronger action to address global heating over the course of this decade, hours after Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, continued to emphasise the costs of acting on climate change.
The prime minister told the Business Council of Australia on Monday evening that net zero emissions would not be achieved by “taxing our industries that provide livelihoods for millions of Australians off the planet”.
“We’re not going to achieve net zero in the cafes, dinner parties and wine bars of our inner cities,” Morrison said, adding it would be “achieved by the pioneering entrepreneurialism and innovation of Australia’s industrial workhorses, farmers and scientists”.
Morrison is among 40 leaders invited to join a virtual climate summit hosted by Joe Biden later this week.
Blinken’s speech in Maryland on Tuesday morning Australian time was part of an attempt to build momentum for countries to commit to stronger climate action, including more ambitious 2030 targets.
Without naming any particular countries, Blinken said the US state department would “weave” the climate crisis into the fabric of everything it did.
“Our diplomats will challenge the practices of countries whose action – or inaction – is setting the world back,” Blinken said.
“When countries continue to rely on coal for a significant amount of their energy, or invest in new coal factories, or allow for massive deforestation, they will hear from the United States and our partners about how harmful these actions are.”
Blinken said the US would “seize every chance we get to raise these issues with our allies and partners and through multilateral institutions”.
While there was no direct reference to Australia in the speech, the Australian government has continued to promote the future of coal and members of the Nationals have been pushing for new coal-fired power plants.
With the US expected to unveil a new 2030 emission cut before Biden’s summit, Blinken said: “We need the whole world focused on taking action now and through this decade to promote the achievement of net zero global emissions by 2050.”
To date, the Australian government has resisted pressure to strengthen its target of a 26% to 28% cut in emissions by 2030 (compared with 2005 levels) – but argues the target “is a floor on Australia’s ambition”, meaning it hopes to do better.
Morrison reaffirmed on Monday evening that his government’s policy was to reach net zero “as quickly as possible and preferably by 2050”. He is yet to formally commit to that goal.
With the Morrison government expected to face increased international pressure over the climate crisis, analysts say Australia will not be able to “fly under the radar”.