“Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned.
“Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of “lower impact events” that are causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on disaster risk reduction. “This is not about the future, this is about today.””
“An “all-time high” temperature record has been set in the US state of Alaska, despite much of the country sitting in the Arctic circle. Temperatures peaked at 32.22 Celsius (90F) on 4 July at an airport in Anchorage, the state’s largest city… Other local records were set across southern Alaska and come after five weeks of above average temperatures.
“Shawn King, who has lived his entire life in Anchorage, said he had never seen a stretch of similar hot weather.”
“The northwestern region [of Ontario, Canada] currently has some 19 fires burning, five of which are raging out of control.
“Aside from the remoteness of the fires, firefighters are struggling to contain the flames due to ongoing dry and hot conditions, with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry describing fire weather in the region as “extreme” in a Friday night bulletin.”
“With the recent heatwave across our region [New Brunswick, Canada] bringing record high temperatures with it, many are staying indoors with air conditioning to beat the heat. But some people don’t have that option.
“The sizeable homeless community in Moncton, who generally sleep in tents, say warm weather like this can be very dangerous for them, with few options of places to cool down.”
“A landspout tornado briefly touched down in New Jersey on Saturday and the high winds flipped over a car.
“The tornado moved across a warehouse parking lot in Mount Laurel Township about 2 p.m. ET before overturning the car, the National Weather Service said.”
“All of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast beaches have been closed for swimming as the expanding bloom of toxic blue-green algae blankets the state’s waters.
“On Sunday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced the closures of Pascagoula Beach West and Pascagoula Beach East, the final two state beaches that were open for swimming.”
“France’s vineyards could be forced to move to more northerly climes because of searing summer temperatures. In the final days of last month, when temperatures of up to 114.6F (45.9C) were recorded, the vines in wine-producing areas such as Coteaux du Languedoc were severely burnt.
“Some estates have lost 80 per cent of their grapes.”
“A huge thunderstorm has bombarded the French region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes with hailstones the size of tennis balls, and included a record number of lightning bolts, providing for a deluge of impressive content on social media…
“Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, located on the border with Switzerland and Italy, was hit the hardest.”
“The Balearic Met. office confirmed yesterday that, since 1975, a total of 17 heatwaves have hit the Balearics and eight of those have been over the past ten years…
“During the most recent heatwave, the highest registered temperature was 40.7ºC in Montuiri… “What this data indicates is that not only are heatwaves are becoming more common, they are lasting longer.”
“Firefighters are still battling a stubborn wildfire on the Greek island of Evia, as high winds and soaring temperatures continued to stoke the flames.
“Several villages close to the blaze were pre emptively evacuated and support, including additional firefighters, fire engines, planes and helicopter, was drafted in from across the country.”
“As reported last night on TCN, parts of Croatia were given a severe and sudden change in the weather after the recent hot spell. In Rijeka, just after midday, for example, the temperature dropped 8 degrees Celcius in 20 minutes, during which time there was a torrential downpour.
“Things were a lot worse in other parts of the country, as Index reports, particularly in the east, where large hail stones damaged roofs in Vukovar and several windscreens of cars in Osijek.”
“India’s water crisis is far from even-handed – the elite in Delhi and most other parts of the country remain unaffected while the poor scramble for supplies every day.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence and those of his cabinet are in central Delhi, as are those of most lawmakers.”
“According to a press release by the Save the Society & Thunderstorm Awareness Forum, at least 126 people were killed by lightning strikes Bangladesh in the months of May and June. Additionally, 53 people were injured. Of the injured, 21 were women, seven were children and 98 were men.”
“Farming in the shadow of the world’s highest mountains [Nepal] has never been easy – and climate change is making it even more difficult.
“Villagers are having to come up with innovative ways to grow their crops because of the lack of water.”
“Heavy rain has wreaked havoc in Nanping city in eastern China’s Fujian province, causing massive floods, turning roads to small rivers and trapping many locals in their homes.
“After two hours of torrential rain on Saturday, parts of Nanping were overwhelmed by significant flooding.”
“The national sheep flock is forecast to fall to 65.8 million head this year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia, one of the lowest numbers since the early 1900s.
“It is news that comes as no surprise for the industry — years of ongoing drought across all key production areas is now forcing producers to offload breeding stock to slaughter.”
“The regrowth of centuries-old mosses suggests that glaciers and permafrost are not merely graveyards for multicellular life, but they could instead help organisms withstand ice ages.
“And as human-caused warming peels away ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic, whoever makes it out of the ice alive is poised to dominate the budding polar ecosystems.”