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Apollo News Snippets – May 2024

According to the March 2024 Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events map, North America had its ninth warmest March and fourth warmest January-March on record. The Caribbean region had its warmest March and warmest January through March on record with the same for South America. Africa had its warmest March and second warmest January through March on record. Global weather events spurred by climate change include heavy rain from Storm Monica causing severe flooding in southeastern France and monthly precipitation that exceeded 400% of normal was widespread. Heavy rainfall in Indonesia triggered flooding and landslides, damaging infrastructure and leading to loss of life in West Sumatra. Severe Tropical Cyclone Megan made landfall as a Category 3 storm in Northern Territory Australia on March 18, causing significant damage to ports and major flooding. Severe Tropical Storm Fillipo made landfall in Mozambique with strong winds and heavy rain that damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and killed or injured dozens of people. Tropical Cyclone Gamane made landfall in northeast Madagascar with heavy rain leading to the displacement of thousands and reported deaths of at least 18 people. (Image Credit: March 2024 NOAA Global Climate Report)
  • The Global Climate Summary for March 2024 has been released by NOAA and reveals further proof that global climate change remains a concern. The January through March 2024 average global surface temperatures ranked the warmest since global records were kept starting in 1850. March 2024 was the warmest March on record for the globe in NOAA’s 175-year record. March 2024 marked the 48th consecutive March with global temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-Century average. Global land-only March temperatures ranked fourth-warmest on record at 2.09°C (3.76°F) above average. Ocean-only temperatures ranked warmest on record for March at 1.01°C (1.82°F) above average. This is 0.18°C (0.32°F) warmer than the second warmest March of 2016, and the 12th-consecutive monthly record high. These temperatures occurred as the current El Niño episode nears its end.
  • In 1907, a group of closeknit friends and family gathered for a memorial service held at a West Virginia church of Anna Jarvis’ late mother. Jarvis chose to honor her mother who had pioneered numerous women’s groups designed to promote friendship and help. It was on that day, May 12, 1907, that the concept of Mother’s Day was born and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made this day a national holiday. In honor, our Google search of the month, “GIS and Mother’s Day,” which yielded surprising results. Grand Challenges Canada has been addressing maternal mortality around the world. According to data, approximately 10 million women die during childbirth or suffer injury, infection or disease every year. Grand Challenges of Canada, which is funded by the government of Canada, supports more than 70 projects designed to eliminate preventable deaths among women in developing nations. The University of British Columbia implemented a project in Mozambique, called MOM (Mapping Outcomes for Mothers), an mHealth application that integrates geographic mapping methods to create a picture of maternal health in the context of local social and physical environments. MOM generates a risk profile for the individual woman and her community. MOM is unique because it looks at pregnancy risk in four dimensions: 1) social environment; 2) physical environment; 3) health care system; and 4) the woman’s individual characteristics. MOM identifies the positive and negative influences and how they interact to create risk. The project managed to operationalize a framework using Geographic Information System (GIS) to map maternal outcomes and these determinants.

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