“Billions of tonnes of ice in Greenland is melting 50 years ahead of climate change schedules…
“…preventing inhabitants from moving around the country by sledge and leading to the surreal spectacle of children playing in the Arctic sea due to rising temperatures.”
“A Russian naval expedition has discovered five Arctic islands as climate change melts glaciers and reveals landforms previously hidden under ice.
“Ranging in size from 900 to 54,500 square metres, the five tiny islands are located in the cove of Vize off the northeastern shore of Novaya Zemlya, which divides the Barents and Kara seas in the Arctic ocean, a defence ministry statement said…
“The islands were previously concealed under the Nansen glacier, also known as the Vylka, which is part of Europe’s largest ice cap covering much of Novaya Zemlya’s northern island.”
“The Arctic shortcut that connects Asia and Europe is open and ice-free and shipping appears smooth, also for vessels without ice class standards…
“The last pieces of frozen water vanished in mid-August… That includes the East Siberian Sea… Developments on the Northern Sea Route are closely connected with current dramatic climate changes in the area… ice melting is reaching unprecedented levels.”
“Global warming combined with the most serious drought in more than 30 years has led both to massive forest fires throughout Russia east of the Urals and to an abnormal drop in the water levels of major rivers
“…putting a halt to most river traffic and thus leaving many in the far north without the supplies they will need for the coming winter.”
“A destructive wildfire season in Alaska has only grown worse in recent weeks, as the Swan Lake Fire has spread rapidly. Located near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, the blaze has been fueled by an incredibly warm and dry summer.
“Since being ignited by lightning on June 5, the blaze has become the country’s largest wildfire at a total size of 158,042 acres…”
“A fast-flying migratory butterfly from the Mediterranean is appearing in large numbers across southern England this summer as a result of global heating, experts say.
“More than 50 long-tailed blues and hundreds of the butterfly’s eggs have been discovered in recent weeks, which is likely to result in an unprecedented emergence of the butterfly in Britain later this autumn.”
“The French government has announced that almost all the central strip of the country (from Nantes to Dijon) is in “crisis alert” as well as parts of the southwest, near Toulouse.
“This means that water can only be used for the most essential needs – such as drinking water, sanitary and public health usage. Agricultural usage, however, is prohibited under this alert.”
“Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased, while the number of extreme cold days has decreased, according to new research.
“Alarmingly, this trend is happening at rates faster than those proposed by climate models.”
“Climate change is cooking our fish before they even leave the sea. Marine heatwaves on the surface of the Mediterranean are breaking records for temperature and duration.
“Surface heatwaves are affecting as much as half the Mediterranean basin and are wreaking ecological havoc…”
“At least seven people were killed Wednesday when a river burst its banks and flooded a village football pitch where a game was being played in south Morocco, local authorities said. Eight men who took refuge in the changing rooms were swept away by the floodwaters, the witness, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
“”We’re in shock. I’m 64 years old and I’ve never seen such a downpour,” the witness said.”
“Five people feared dead after a flooded river burst following torrential rains in Eastern Uganda.
““Relatives of the people suspected to have been buried under mud across over 800 metres have been desperately trying to recover the bodies but they are being hampered by the lack of appropriate tools,“said James Ingoi is Bulambuli’s acting deputy chief administrative officer…”
“More than 2.5 million Kenyans are facing starvation as drought and the food security situation in the country continues to deteriorate, says Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority…
“The agency issued the warning in its latest report says the number of 2.6 million people facing food shortages had increased from the estimated 1.6 million people previously assessed to be at risk as at the end of May.”
“The ochre ground is cracked from dryness [Thailand].
“Even the sections that look green and thriving belie the lack of rain that has hit hard over the past few months. “I have been doing agriculture my whole life,” the 43-year-old said, eyes wet with despondency. “This drought is the worst.”
“A tornado has swept through Hainan island in southern China, killing eight people and injuring two others. The official Xinhua News Agency said the tornado struck Nada town in Danzhou city early Thursday morning.”
“Massive flooding triggered by torrential rain in southwestern Japan has left three people dead and one missing, while more than 1,900 people were being accommodated at evacuation centers as of Thursday morning.”
“After suffering through one of the driest winters on record, many Aussies may be hoping for some relief as we head into spring.
“Well, guess again, because weather watchers have warned that rainy days will likely be few and far between for the rest of the year.”
“Counting Thursday, Metservice’s Auckland Airport weather station has recorded 27 “rainy days”. A rainy day, according to the weather forecaster, is a day with 0.1mm of rain or more…
“That’s equal to the current August record at Auckland Airport set in 2010.
“It’s also only one day less than the highest number of rainy days for any month which was set last month with 28… With two days left this month, both records could be broken.”
“The fires raging in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to intensify over the coming weeks, a leading environmental expert has warned, despite government claims the situation had been controlled.
“About 80,000 blazes have been detected in Brazil this year – more than half in the Amazon region – although on Saturday the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, claimed the situation was “returning to normal”.”