660 km (410 miles) of China’s Yellow River frozen solid

660 km (410 miles) of China’s Yellow River frozen solid

Local authorities reported that almost 660 km (410 miles) of China's Yellow River is frozen solid as of January 3, 2020, due to cold temperatures sweeping from north to south. The Yellow River's flood control headquarters announced that the river entered its…

Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, has dropped to its lowest level in 100 years due to severe drought, sand-mining, and upstream dam developments, causing threats to the food supply and livelihood of nearby inhabitants….

Another lake dries up in Lacandon Jungle, Mexico

Another lake dries up in Lacandon Jungle, Mexico

Another lake in the Lacandon Jungle, state of Chiapas, Mexico dried up completely this month. Natives say it also dried up in 1950s. The Metzabok Lake used to cover 89 hectares (220 acres) before it evaporated this month, leaving nothing but cracked soil. Residents…

NOAA predicts very large 2019 dead zone for the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA predicts very large 2019 dead zone for the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting 2019 Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, or dead zone, to be very large – approximately 20 277 km2 (7 829 mi2). Dead zones are areas of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine animals. Considered one of the world’s…

Lake Ontario sets new water level record – Canada, U.S.

Lake Ontario sets new water level record – Canada, U.S.

Lake Ontario daily average water level rose to record-high 75.89 m (248.98 feet) above sea level on May 31, 2019, breaking the previous record reached on four different dates in late May 2017 at 75.88 m (248.95 feet). The level is expected to rise in the coming…

Lake Erie water levels reach record monthly high, U.S.

Lake Erie water levels reach record monthly high, U.S.

Lake Erie has surpassed its water-level average a few months ago and is now recording its highest May level since record-keeping started in 1985. Residents are warned to expect flooding for the foreseeable future. With the amount of rainfall that Ohio and its…

Parts of Finnish Lapland brace for worst spring floods in 20 years

Parts of Finnish Lapland brace for worst spring floods in 20 years

The Finnish Lapland is likely to see extensive spring flooding in the coming days, as warm temperatures and intermittent rains set spring thaws in motion. The Finnish Environment Institute's leading hydrologist Bertel Vehviläinen says that the current data…

Saline lakes around the world shrinking at alarming rates

Saline lakes around the world shrinking at alarming rates

Saline lakes around the world are shrinking in size at alarming rates. Lakes like Utah's Great Salt Lake, Asia's Aral Sea, the Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel, China's huge Lop Nur and Bolivia's Lake Popo are just a few that are in peril. These lakes…

Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America’s West claim 21 lives

Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America’s West claim 21 lives

Raging rivers caused by record snowmelt claimed lives of at least 21 people across the America's West so far this season, forcing officials to close sections of rivers popular with swimmers, rafters and fishing enthusiasts. In Utah and Wyoming, some rivers…

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as 'river piracy' in modern…