“The heat wave that swept Israel on Wednesday reached its peak at Sodom, near the Dead Sea, where the mercury hit 49.9 degrees Celsius (almost 122 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the highest temperature ever recorded since Israel was founded in 1948.”
“The month of June 2019 was the second hottest in Italy since 1800, when data on temperatures first started being recorded. The atmospheric and climate sciences institute of the national research center (CNR) noted, however, that the hottest June on record remains that of 2003.”
“Just three weeks after temperatures reached an all-time high of 45 degrees in France and records were broken for the month of June in countries including Germany and Austria, another week of 40 degree-plus heat is forecast for next week…
“France Meteo is provisionally forecasting temperatures of 40 degrees-plus by the middle of next week.”
“Extreme heat warnings are posted across the central U.S. Temperatures feel well over 100 degrees. Public health officials are warning people to heed their heat warnings.
“In Madison, Wisconsin, volunteers are going door to door checking on the elderly. St. Louis is in the excessive heat danger zone. Prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity could be deadly for the most vulnerable.”
“If it doesn’t get any cooler at Denver International Airport before midnight, July 17, 2019 will surpass a “record warm minimum temperature” set in 1997
“…when the temperature didn’t drop below 71 degrees all day, the National Weather Service in Boulder said.”
“Louisiana grabbed many of the headlines from former Hurricane Barry. But the super-soggy storm made history in Arkansas where it unloaded nearly 15 inches of rain, a new record for a tropical weather system in the Razorback state.
“Arkansas is now the fifth state to post a new tropical storm or hurricane rainfall record since 2017, joining Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina, and South Carolina. These exceptional rain storms keep happening and appear to be part of a trend toward more extreme events, connected to climate change.”
“Extreme drought in a rainforest might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t.
“Since early 2018, the southern portion of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, has experienced moderate to extreme drought.
“This has wide-ranging consequences on drinking water supplies, electricity costs, salmon habitat and forest health.”
“Hikers on Greenland’s popular Arctic Circle Trail are being advised to avoid a portion of the 100-mile (165-kilometre) route linking Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq after two Americans had to be evacuated when they become disoriented in smoke caused by a wildfire…
“Smoke from the fire, as well as its remote location, have prevented firefighters from reaching the blaze and as of Monday, the fire had spread out over 93,000 acres (375 square kilometres).”
“Two months into hurricane season, and so far only two named storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Barry, the most recent storm, raced across Louisiana bringing plenty of rain and flooding.
“But more storms could be on the horizon. “As the temperatures start to drop in the Pacific, then we see more hurricane development,” explains CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Hale.”
“The ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin [NSW, Australia] is now the worst on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
“Speaking during a Bureau of Meteorology seminar on climate, BOM climatologist David Jones said the drought had now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity…”
“A severe drought that hit North Korea in May has resulted in major damage to the output of this year’s harvest…
“The drought — a product of what North Korean media described as the lowest average nationwide precipitation since 1917 — has “cut by half the expected production of a critical harvest,” the IFRC said, and “has destroyed crops that would have been harvested between June and September.””
“At least 227 people have died since flash floods ravaged swathes of South Asia over the weekend, officials said Thursday. Flooding and landslides, triggered by torrential monsoon rains, have swept across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, leaving devastation in each country.”
“Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.
“The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve.”
“…online video generates 60 percent of all online data flow, or 1 zettabyte of data (one thousand billion billion bytes), and it generates 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year—the same as Spain. Around a third of this comes from video-on-demand services such as Netflix, while another third is the result of online pornographic videos.
“That means porn clips are generating as much CO2 as Belgium and Nigeria.”