- The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown a wrench into the second biggest economy in the world, bringing the Chinese economy to its knees and dragging down global growth with it.
- The locust plagues are destroying crops and economies of the worlds poorest nations
- The African Swine Flu outbreak (“There just isn’t enough pork in the world to fill the gap.”)
- Aussie bushfire outbreak ( An incredible 66% decrease in summer crop production down to 878,000 tonnes.)
- Storm Ellen is likely to be the 4th "Once In A Life Time Storm" to hit Ireland and the UK in less than two months this weekend costing billions to the insurance companies
- Avian Flu, New Europe outbreak feared: 200,000 birds dead or culled in the first 2 weeks of 2020
The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown a wrench into the second biggest economy in the world, bringing the Chinese economy to its knees and dragging down global growth with it.
On 30 December 2019, an "urgent notice on the treatment of pneumonia of unknown cause" was issued by the Medical Administration and Medical Administration of Wuhan Municipal Health Committee. 27 people with pneumonia of an unknown cause were reported to the WHO on the next day. Most were stallholders from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, ("the official story?") seven of whom were in critical condition. Just 52 days later almost a 100,000 people are infected, with more than 7% of the world population in lockdown and 30 countries worldwide having citizens effected with Covid-19, the official name of the virus. The next week will be pivotal but it doesn't look too promising.
The locust plagues are destroying crops and economies of the worlds poorest nations
The worst locust outbreak in nearly a hundred years is spreading fast. The FAO yesterday announced South Sudan and Botswana, the first southern African nation to have been invaded by migratory locusts and in a separate, report the locust plague has reached the Western borders of coronavirus-hit China, the area of the plagues are vast and the list of countries now affected is enormous. A small plague was first reported on TBW back in Jan 2019, ironically at the holiest site in Islam. The locusts were filmed swarming around the Great Mosque in Mecca. Since then the plague has stretched Eastwards from Saudi Arabia, through Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, Bangladesh and on to the Western border of China. Westwards from Saudi Arabia into Egypt and then South into the Horn Of Africa and all the way down to Botswana in the South, passing through Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda. Thousands of miles of crops have been destroyed in just 13 months.
The African Swine Flu outbreak (“There just isn’t enough pork in the world to fill the gap.”)
Another devastating disease which started in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China in August 2018 wiped out more than one-quarter of the worlds pig population just 12 months later! 2019, became the year when the pork farming industry began to unravel as China, who produce half of the world's pork lost 200 million pigs which were culled or dead from being infected as African swine fever spread throughout the country and then the rest of Aisa.
Vietnam culled more than 2 million farmed pigs infected with African swine fever, as the virus spread rapidly through the Southeast Asian country.
The virus was first detected in Vietnam in February 2029 and spread to 29 provinces, including Dong Nai, which supplies around 40% of the pork consumed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern economic hub. South Korea was the next victim of the highly contagious African swine fever which went to spread in Cambodia and Mongolia. By January 2020 the African Swine Flu virus had arrived in Europe.
The result has been a chronic shortage of pork and rocketing prices. The Chinese government has been forced to dig into its gigantic emergency reserves of frozen meat. “The producer price has risen 125% since July,” said Rupert Claxton of international food consultancy Girafood. That increase has helped drive up China’s inflation rate, which in October broke through the government target of 3% to hit 3.8%. As a result, pork prices are rising outside China too. Europe has seen a jump of at least 35% since the beginning of the year. “The problem is that total global pork exports in 2018 were 8 million tonnes, and China is short by 24 million,” said Claxton. “There just isn’t enough pork in the world to fill the gap.” TBW
Aussie bushfire outbreak ( An incredible 66% decrease in summer crop production down to 878,000 tonnes.)
On Monday the 10th of February, after months of heat, drought and bushfires most of Australia was being battered by rain, wind and flooding which is plaguing the state. Sydney suffered the worst downpour in recent history, however, the record rainfall had finally put the fires out. TBW The fires were out but Australia had lost more than a billion animals, 10 million hectares had been consumed along with thousands of homes and killing nearly 50 people. Because of the drought and bushfires, The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has claimed an incredible 66% decrease in summer crop production down to 878,000 tonnes.
Storm Ellen is likely to be the 4th "Once In A Life Time Storm" to hit Ireland and the UK in less than two months this weekend costing billions to the insurance companies
Storm Ellen is likely to be the 4th "Once In A Life Time Storm" to hit Ireland and the UK in less than two months this weekend (The damage to the UK's infrastructure along with thousands of homes flooded will run into the billions. Last weekend, Storm Dennis compared to a category 5 hurricane, with winds approaching 160 mph, almost 260 kmh. Just a week earlier Storm Ciara swept across the whole of the UK on Sunday 9th of February bringing heavy rain and very strong winds. The highest rain totals were in parts of northwest England and North Wales. Honister Pass, Cumbria (an Environment Agency site) recorded 179.8 mm of rain over the weekend, with 177.0 mm of this coming in the 24 hours up to 16:00 on Sunday. There was widespread travel disruption as well as some localised flooding and trees being blown down. Earlier, Storm Brendan was the second named storm of the 2019/2020 season. Storm Brendan was a deep Atlantic low-pressure system that brought strong winds and heavy rain to the UK and Ireland on 13 January 2020. The strongest winds, with gusts reaching over 100mph across Scotland’s mountain summits, caused massive damage. The strong winds were accompanied by heavy rain across the UK, particularly across western England, Wales and western Scotland where 50mm of more rain fell. In Northern Ireland and Wales, thousands of home lost power and some roads were shut due to fallen trees.
Avian Flu, New Europe outbreak feared: 200,000 birds dead or culled in the first 2 weeks of 2020
The H5N8 strain of bird flu has been found at a large turkey farm in northwestern Hungary, the National Food Chain Safety Authority (NEBIH) said on the 13th of January. Hungary’s NEBIH said the full turkey stock at the farm, more than 50,000 birds, would have to be culled and other precautionary measures implemented to contain the spread of the infection. Bird flu was also detected in eastern Hungary, 115,000 ducks were destroyed on January 15, 2020, Hungarian food safety authority NÉBIH said
A new outbreak of bird flu was reported in Poland also on January the 13th, with around 6,000 geese exterminated, a regional spokesman confirmed to Reuters, adding to about half a dozen cases already detected across the country since December.
Romania has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a farm in the northern part of the country, the first such outbreak in nearly three years, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The virus killed 11,190 birds out of a flock of 18,699 in the Maramures region near the borders with Ukraine and Hungary. The rest of the flock was slaughtered.
Highly contagious bird flu has been confirmed at a Czech farm. Czech official Petr Vorlicek said "the highly pathogenic H5N8 subtype lethal for birds" was found at a small farm 150 kilometres (94 miles) southeast of the capital Prague.
And while we are on the subject, 2019 was the 2nd wettest year on record for the U.S. They also experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate payout: Was officially the worst agricultural disaster in modern-day history TBW