“Nine people have died and 35 are still missing after a series of mudslides in an autonomous region of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, local authorities said Thursday (Aug 22).
“A 33-year-old firefighter was among those killed by a flash flood that tipped over an emergency response vehicle as they went to help people affected by a mudslide in Wenchuan county, according to local officials…
“…more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from Wenchuan in the mountainous Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.”
“Life has come full circle in Kerala after the devastating floods.
“On August 8, 2018, rain started pounding the state, causing hills to come crashing down the valleys, making huge dams overtop, inundating huge swathes of land and leaving the state grappling with the worst deluge in a century that claimed 433 lives.”
“Weeks after devastating floods affected millions and killed more than 100 people in Bangladesh, many families are still reeling from a lack of aid as the country suffers an outbreak of waterborne diseases.
“Monsoon flooding in nearly half of the country’s districts (28 out of 64) affected more than seven million people, left tens of thousands of houses uninhabitable and destroyed crops over vast areas.”
“The prices of sticky rice seeds and other crops grown in Thailand are increasing because of the wide-reaching drought while those of crops in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are much lower, regardless of the state of supply and demand in the three countries [thus encouraging smuggling].
“Many areas are facing drought in spite of the ongoing wet season.”
“On May 17, 2014, a catastrophic rock-ice avalanche and glacial mudflow took place in the Tergi (Dariali) gorge, blocking strategic infrastructure in Georgia. The disaster resulted in the death of nine people.
“About 200 people were evacuated by helicopter from a border crossing checkpoint and nearby areas. Glacial mudflow destroyed the Trans-Caucasus gas pipeline, Dariali Hydropower Plant, and an international road connecting Georgia and Russia.”
“Sydney’s dam storage levels have dropped below 50% for the first time in more than a decade.
“Storages dropped to 49.7% on Thursday, a 0.4% decline on the previous week. It is the first time since 2004 – which was during the millennium drought – that dam storage levels in Sydney have fallen below 50%.”
“As most of the science community knows, the climate emergency is here now. Weather extremes such as droughts and heatwaves are increasing in frequency and intensity and are measurably exacerbated by climate change. The significant impacts of these extremes are well documented on both our native terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
“Less documented is what’s happening beneath our feet…”
“Climate change may make it harder to predict the most severe of the El Niño and La Niña weather disturbances in the Pacific Ocean. That’s because these events will become less connected with what happens halfway around the world in the Atlantic, researchers report online August 21 in Science Advances.”
“”On the question of burning in the Amazon, which in my opinion may have been initiated by NGOs because they lost money, what is the intention? To bring problems to Brazil,” – Jair Bolsonaro
“This accusation comes after he reportedly hinted that the fires are caused by groups who started the fire to film it.”
“No, it isn’t deja vu. Phoenix broke a high-temperature record for the third time in 2019 on Wednesday after breaking a record on Tuesday as well. But while Tuesday’s record was broken by 1 degree — 113 degrees over the previous record of 112 degrees in 1986 — Wednesday shattered its previous record of 110 degrees in 2007 with a recorded high of 114 degrees.”
“Weather went from extremely wet to extremely hot and dry across most of Texas in 2019, according to the Texas State Climatologist.
“Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said the weather turned from record-breaking rainfall in the spring to being among the driest and hottest summers on record.”
“Something odd happened in August 2018, the same month my family was down the shore. Five states—Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire—notched their hottest August ever measured…
“What made it exceptional were not the hot days but the warm nights, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
“Since 1984, Pelto has made the journey to Washington to take detailed measurements of 10 glaciers for the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project. He signed up for the annual tradition, which is supposed to last half a century, when he was a 22-year-old Idaho college student. Since then, he’s already witnessed two glaciers disappear.”
“”You know things can change,” said Swain. “But right now in terms of the ecosystem, it’s most likely that things will change for the worse because you know even if grey seals were reduced … we’re entering a period of dramatic climate change.””
“As of Wednesday, Alaska continues to be the nation’s top priority. The largest of the eight fires in the state is the McKinley Fire, which broke out on Saturday near Milepost 91 of the Parks Highway…
“Conditions are extremely dry in the state…”
“Four years ago, Russia instituted a policy of letting remote forest fires burn unless it made sense economically to put them out. Environmentalists warned that the new rules would intensify Siberia’s annual fire season and release more greenhouse gases into the air.
“The public, for the most part, didn’t pay attention to the regulation change. That changed this summer…”
“Fears over climate change have reached record levels – with 85 per cent of adults in the UK now ‘concerned’ about global warming in a poll. This is the highest figure since pollster IPSOS Mori first asked the question in 2005.
“The fears are seen as a response to the record temperatures in July and what is predicted to be the UK’s wettest ever August.”
“Costa Blanca [Spain] has been hit by torrential rain causing the usual crystal blue waters to turn a muddy brown and streets to flood.
“Spain’s Alicante province ground to a halt in some place as residents and tourists chose to stay indoors and roads were blocked by fast-flowing water.”
“… cooler than usual temperatures continued [in Malta] till early June, while “unexpected” precipitation in May resulted in the outbreak of downey mildew – a kind of fungus which attacks the foliage especially of the indigenous species of the girgentina and ġellewża grapes.
“This factor alone led to the loss of over half of the harvest in certain vineyards…”