“June, July and August have never been this warm in the Arctic. Data from Russian and U.S weather institutes show that all the three months beat the records.
“According to Roshydromet, the Russian meteorological institute, it was the area between the peninsulas of Taymyr and Chukotka that had the biggest abnormality for the period. Average temperatures across the region were between 2-4 degrees Celsius above normal.
“In certain areas, the abnormality was even bigger, the institute makes clear. Meteorological data from the region stretch back 130 years, Roshydromet informs.
“Similar results are found in Greenland, Alaska and the eastern part of the Canadian Arctic.”
“”The ice is changing,” says Moses Bajare, a 59-year-old musher from the village [Greenland]… In winter, when the sea ice freezes, Bajare’s team of 12 dogs pulls his wooden sled out to the edge of the sea ice. From there, he kayaks out with a rifle to hunt seals.
“But, he says, in the 35 years he has kept dogs, sea ice patterns have become less predictable. The ice used to be thick enough to sled on from February until June or July. Now, it’s freezing later and thinning earlier…”
“Almost a hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle the slow struggle between two vast crags vying for the title of Sweden’s highest peak has been settled by global warming…
“A rapidly warming climate has melted the southern glaciated peak and first brought it lower than its rival last year following the record heat during the summer of 2018.”
“The head of Russia’s largest Arctic territory has warned of “very dramatic” impacts from climate change, as Moscow comes under increasing pressure to tackle the issue.”
“The beloved sight of bright purple heather on English moorland is at risk due to climate change, the National Trust has warned.
“The violaceous vistas of late summer have failed to materialise on the Long Mynd in Shropshire and Holnicote on Exmoor, where the landscape is instead a muddy brown.”
“Nigeria will experience torrential downpours and massive flooding this month, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency warns…
“The agency has issued a red alert because of above-normal water levels on the country’s two largest rivers, the Benue and the Niger. In August, many communities along the rivers were cut off due to collapsed bridges and impassable roads.”
“A prolonged and crippling drought is threatening to wipe out over 38,000 livestock, hippos in the north-western part of Botswana, as over 20 animals are dying every week.
“Thato Raphaka, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife, made the shocking revelation on Wednesday night when addressing journalists in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.”
“Job losses, starving animals, looming food price hikes and cash-strapped farmers selling up are the reasons Agri Eastern Cape [South Africa] is asking that the province be declared a drought disaster area.
“The bleak picture in the Eastern Cape is a sad reflection on the national farming sector, with 31,000 jobs shed and R7bn lost countrywide in the one-year period between January 2018 and 2019…”
“Tourists to Mahabaleshwar [India] said they have witnessed blinding rain…”
“It has been a bad year for the Mekong. An unusually long period of drought has brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years.
“There are fears that the drought will have a particularly negative effect on the Tonle Sap River, connecting the Mekong to Cambodia’s Great Lake and which plays a key role in the maturing of the fish stocks on which population of the Lower Mekong Basin depends…”
“The upper atmosphere above Antarctica warmed by as much as 40 degrees Celsius in the course of a few days — and it is continuing to warm.
“This rare phenomenon, known as sudden stratospheric warming (SSW), could deepen one of the worst droughts in Australian history.”
“Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced the creation of a working group of government agencies, academics and industry players to tackle the worst drought in 60 years which has spiked this year amid record lows of rainfall.
“The government has declared water shortages in more than 50 communities across three regions of its normally lush central belt so far this year, and an associated agricultural emergency across more than 100.”
“A heat wave forming off the west coast in the Pacific Ocean resembles a 2014-15 phenomenon that led to major disruptions to marine life along the western seaboard, federal scientists said Thursday.
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wrote in a blog post that a growing belt of warm water that stretches from Alaska to California “ranks as the second largest marine heatwave in terms of area in the northern Pacific Ocean in the last 40 years, after ‘the Blob…'”
“Denver set another record high temperature Thursday when the thermometer hit 98 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
“The new high for Sept. 5 exceeded the previous record by one degree. It is the third day this month where a new record high has been set, according to the weather service’s tweet.”
“The air is fairly still on the Treasure Coast [Florida] following the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian whipping through this week. But this dry air is having its own effect, the National Weather Service in Melbourne said…
“…in Vero Beach, a record was set at 97 degrees, breaking the Sept. 5, 1996, record of 96 degrees. The heat index puts parts of the Treasure Coast at 107 degrees, said meteorologist Kevin Rodriguez.”
“Officials in the Bahamas brought in more body bags and coolers as the death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 30 and hundreds remain missing. The number of fatalities is expected to climb as the extent of the damage becomes clear.
“”Literally hundreds, up to thousands, of people are still missing,” said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country’s tourism and aviation ministry.”
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