“As we rolled into November, scientists discovered last month was the warmest October on record globally.
“The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, which analyzes temperature data from around the planet, said October 2019 was the warmest in their data record, which goes back to 1979.”
“Super Typhoon Halong is raging in the open waters of the western tropical Pacific Ocean right now, with satellite imagery estimating its peak winds at close to 305kmh.
“It’s every bit a Category 5 storm and then some, its extreme strength coming just three days after it drifted lazily as a tropical depression.”
“…typhoons Hagibis and Faxai decimated Japanese farms, wiping out crops, ruining land and equipment and causing damage worth over US$2 billion.
“Unions fear that on top of this, ‘invisible damage’ may be the last straw for an ageing workforce already under pressure from cheaper foreign imports.”
“The complex El Nino weather pattern that can bring disastrous heavy rainfall and long droughts to countries around the Pacific — from Peru to Indonesia and Australia — will probably emerge again in 2020, researchers have predicted.
“An international team of scientists forecast an 80% chance next year of an El Nino…”
“While debate rages about how to fight climate change, the impacts that rising temperatures have already locked in are getting worse. Rising sea levels will threaten 40 million more people — three times that of previous estimates — over the next 30 years, new research says.
“Poorer Asian countries are most at risk.”
“A study led by Australian National University researchers, published in Nature Communications, found sea-level increases during the last major melt of about 130,000 years ago were faster than models have factored in, even though the “climate forcing” from greenhouse gases is much stronger today.”
“Australia is no stranger to drought, and indeed floods. But for the past few years it been experiencing extreme, more prolonged periods of dry and hot weather and parts of the country are suffering a critical shortage of water. We visited an area in Central New South Wales where it hasn’t rained in three years.”
“A new satellite-based map of a section of the Amazon Basin reveals that at least some of the massive fires burning there this past summer were concentrated in water-stressed areas of the rainforest.
“The stressed plants released measurably less water vapor into the air than unstressed plants; in other words, they were struggling to stay cool and conserve water, leaving them more vulnerable to the fires.”
“This Tuesday, November 5th, was a record in the “weather” category in Rio de Janeiro.
“According to information from the National Institute of Meteorology (INMET), the thermometers marked 41.4ºC (106ºF), in Vila Militar, North Zone, and in Niterói, in the Metropolitan Region.”
“”Climate change has altered the entire cycle of life in the region [Mendoza, Argentina],” said Ivan Rosales, an agricultural engineer at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in San Rafael, Mendoza.
“Waterflow on the mountain rivers will be 11 percent lower in 2019-20 than the previous year, and 54 percent lower than the province’s historical average, according to a flow forecast by the Mendoza regional government.”
“Shrinking water resources due to climate change are driving major declines in Mojave Desert bird populations, according to a new study from researchers at University of California, Berkeley.
“Spanning 48,000 square miles in Southern Nevada, southeastern California and northwest Arizona, the Mojave Desert has been receiving less and less rainfall…”
“Feeling damp, Montreal? Well, you’re not alone — and you’re certainly not imagining things, because apparently, we have just survived the wettest October in city history.
“As in, the rainiest October in Montreal ever. Or, at least since they started keeping track of these kinds of things, which was waaaay back in 1871.”
““The fish deaths [Vaal River, South Africa] are aggravated by the weather and the heat we’ve had. But the cause is the oxygen depletion in the water from the high levels of nutrients in the water because of the incredibly high E coli counts in the mouth of the Rietspruit. This is where all the fish deaths are taking place.
““It’s a disaster. Fish are lying all over the riverbanks and there are dead fish in the river. “
“Recent flooding has brought disaster to parts of Somalia, with heavy Deyr-season rains sending the Shabelle and Juba rivers over their banks and forcing some 273,000 people from their homes in the southern part of the nation.
“That’s raised fears of malaria and other disease outbreaks in the affected regions.”
“A record-breaking 44,000 people have been infected with mosquito-borne dengue in Pakistan this year, a senior health official said Wednesday
“…increased outbreaks are linked to rising temperatures and erratic rainfall ravage other parts of Asia…
“…the figure is a huge leap from the previous record of 27,000 infections in 2011.”
“Three-quarters of national commitments under the Paris climate accord to curb greenhouse gases will not even slow the accelerating pace of global warming, according to a report from five senior scientists.
“The sobering assessment came a day after President Donald Trump formally notified the United Nations of the US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate pact…”