Israel: 5,000 cranes killed by bird flu

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Israel: 5,000 cranes killed by bird flu

Over 5,200 migratory cranes have died from an avian flu epidemic in Israel. According to experts, the epidemic began due to contact between cranes and some other birds, infected by visiting farms. In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, farmed animals were killed.

In addition to causing the deaths of thousands of cranes, about half a million chickens were also slaughtered as a result of the epidemic. Avian is very easily transmitted between birds, so the risk of other wild animals becoming infected due to carcasses is still high.

In fact, officials are still busy collecting the carcasses of cranes, but this is not an easy task since many animals are found in places that are difficult to access. On the VOA News we can read: "A bird flu outbreak in Israel has killed thousands of migratory cranes on their way to Africa over the past month in what authorities are calling the deadliest wildlife disaster in the country's history.

At least 5,200 of the 500,000 traveling cranes have died in the Hula Valley. Workers in hazmat suits are removing the carcasses as quickly as possible to limit the damage. Additionally, half a million chickens in the area are set to be slaughtered to prevent the disease from spreading.

The bird flu is believed to have originated from poultry coops."

Icemageddon in Alaska with 20 degrees

Between New Year's Eve and January 1, 2022, anomalous heat of exceptional proportions is expected in various parts of the globe.

Alaska is in the throes of an abnormal heat wave, with temperatures in some places reaching 20 degrees at a time of year usually characterized by bitter cold. On Kodiak Island southwest of Anchorage, 19.4 degrees was recorded last Sunday, the highest temperature ever recorded in Alaska in December.

The new record follows a series of outliers recorded in previous days such as 18.3 degrees at Kodiak airport, 16.6 degrees in Cold Bay, and 13.3 degrees on Saturday 25 in Unalaska: it was the day of Warmest Christmas ever recorded in Western Aleutians.

Extreme weather conditions, the so-called Icemageddon »: after the heavy snowfalls, torrential rains arrived that left the region covered with slabs of ice as hard as concrete. Widespread power outages, road and office closures resulted.

The thick ice that formed on the roads made them dangerous for drivers, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities warned. Ice is extremely difficult to remove once it has stuck to the pavement. Even though the air temperature was warm, as the roads were at sub-zero temperatures, the ice stuck to the surface.

The ice is expected to remain on the roads at least until March or April, Rick Thoman, of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, told the BBC.