“According to a monthly report from the World Meteorological Society, this past March was the world’s second warmest on record, continuing a trend of record temperatures in the past several years.
“In some areas of eastern Europe temperatures soared to as much as 3 degrees Celsius over average temperatures logged throughout the last 30 years while temperatures in Australia rose to their highest ever recorded in March.
“According to Australia’s Meteorological Bureau, as a result of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall, arid regions also contended several large brush fires — scientists expect fires to worsen as temperatures rise and create dryer conditions across the globe…
“Record-setting temperatures come on the heels of the WMO’s State of the Global Climate report released late last month which details a myriad of concerning trends contributing to changing climates across the globe.”
“Without the climate change caused by human activity, simultaneous heatwaves would not have hit such a large area as they did last summer. This is the conclusion of researchers at ETH Zurich based on observational and model data… ETH researchers have concluded that the only explanation of why heat affected so many areas over several months is anthropogenic climate change.”
“Germany’s Rhine River could be impassable to ships again this summer if Europe has another drought, a once-rare weather phenomenon that’s becoming more likely with an increase in the temperature.”
“Two-thirds of the ice in the glaciers of the Alps is doomed to melt by the end of the century as climate change forces up temperatures, a study has found.
“Half of the ice in the mountain chain’s 4,000 glaciers will be gone by 2050 due to global warming already baked in by past emissions, the research shows.”
“Cyprus has already experienced the second wettest seven months since 1901, and with more rains forecast over the next two weeks, the bets are on that the year’s rains may match the record year of 1968/69.
“The Climate Watch Advisor Group of UN’s World Meteorological Organisation announced that in the next two weeks the Eastern Mediterranean is expected to be affected by rainfall up to 90% more than the average for the time of year, with an increased possibility of floods.”
“Millions of Kenyans are in the grip of an unprecedented and devastating food crisis.
“The National Drought Management Authority says the current drought is worse than in 2011, with some areas experiencing the failure of three rain seasons in a row. At least 2.6 million people are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity. The number could increase to 3.5 million in need of targeted assistance by August.”
“The heavy downpours and massive flooding in most parts of Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan have reached an alarming level.”
“Three people died and around 42 were injured as heavy storms and rains hit Peshawar Tuesday night. The torrential rains damaged properties in Peshawar and its surrounding areas causing roofs and walls of houses to cave in. Heavy rain that began Tuesday evening triggered flash floods, turning some streets into raging rivers, toppling trees and causing electricity outage as number of feeders tripped in different areas.”
“Indians are beginning to feel the pinch as temperatures soar across the country.
“During the summer of 2018, at least 40% of urban Indians paid over Rs3,000 ($43) in monthly electricity bills, according to a recent survey by Gurugram-based home services startup UrbanClap. That’s nearly half of India’s average monthly per capita income (Rs6,600) last year.”
A spreading drought has emerged as a new risk for Thailand’s cooling economy in addition to domestic political tension and slower exports.”
“The number of people killed after days of torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on Indonesia‘s Sulawesi island has climbed to 59 with 25 others missing, a disaster official said Friday.
“Rescuers recovered more bodies as floodwaters and rainfall subsided in several areas…”
“More than 20 former fire and emergency chiefs from multiple states and territories say Australia is unprepared for worsening natural disasters from climate change and governments are putting lives at risk.
“In a statement issued before a federal election date is announced, 23 former emergency services leaders and senior personnel have called on both major parties to recognise the need for “national firefighting assets”, including large aircraft, to deal with the scale of the threat.”
“The Murray-Darling Basin has recorded its driest two-year spell in a century, according to new data from the Bureau of Meteorology. Many parts of the basin have only seen a year’s worth of rain across the past two years.”
“Torrential rain left at least 10 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers rescued people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts gathered pace. The unusually heavy rain began Monday evening and continued into Tuesday…
“”I’ve never seen or witnessed anything like this. I’ve seen it happen elsewhere but never here,’ Guillerme de Oliveira, 59, told AFP.
“‘I’m really amazed at all of this.'”
“Fires like the one that razed Paradise in November burn thousands of pounds of wiring, plastic pipes and building materials, leaving dangerous chemicals in the air, soil and water.
“Lead paint, burned asbestos and even melted refrigerators from tens of thousands of households only add to the danger, public health experts say.”
“Much of the Eastern Plains is under a red flag warning Tuesday as temperatures approach record highs, weather forecasters say. “Very warm with record-breaking temperatures possible today,” according to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Boulder.”
“A potentially record-breaking storm is going to squeeze the warmth out of spring as it brings blizzards, howling winds and plunging temperatures across the Great Plains and increases flood threats from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.”
“It’s been a rough winter in Caribou, Maine, and as a result, another weather record may soon fall here.
“For 150 days, since Nov. 10, 2018, at least an inch of snow has been on the ground in this city of about 8,000 people in the northern part of the state. If this streak reaches 156 days, a new record will be set.”
“Damage from flooding in March 2019 is estimated at US$8 billion from events across the globe, according to Aon’s “Global Catastrophe Recap – March 2019.”
““The major catastrophe events of March highlighted the continued vulnerabilities which exist in both developed and emerging markets,” commented Michal Lörinc, senior catastrophe analyst at Aon’s Impact Forecasting.”
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