“Authorities have not yet said how many people died in the flooding last month, Somalia’s worst in recent history and the latest reminder that the Horn of Africa nation must prepare for the extremes expected to come with a changing climate…
““This is a catastrophic situation,” Mayor Safiyo Sheikh Ali said. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who visited the town and waded through submerged areas, called the devastation “beyond our capacity” and pleaded for more help from aid groups.
“With no proper emergency response plan for natural disasters, local rescuers used rickety wooden dhows to reach trapped people while helicopters provided by the United Nations plucked people from rooftops. African Union and Somali forces have joined the rescue operations and the Somali government airlifted food.”
“South African experts believe South Africa will see more tornadoes in future as the climate changes. A tornado ripped through New Hanover, Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday afternoon, killing two people. As evaporation increases, so does the occurrence of severe thunderstorms, and that creates the right conditions for tornadoes to form.”
“Residents of Zimbabwe’s drought-hit southern city of Bulawayo are on Wednesday being encouraged to flush their toilets at the same time each day. The city has recently been hit by severe water rationing and needs synchronised flushing to unblock the sewage system.
“Bulawayo’s sewage system wasn’t designed for water cuts.”
“Earlier this year, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development published the most comprehensive analysis to date of how climate change will affect the glaciers of the Himalaya, Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Pamir mountains, which together form an arc across Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.
“The study warned that, depending on the rate of global warming, one-third to two-thirds of the region’s approximately 56,000 glaciers will disappear by 2100.”
“We’ve hit 38C in the city today – 41C in Bullsbrook – with Perth [Western Australia] in the middle of a record-breaking hot spell.
“This is day two of a four-day stretch of 35C degrees or more, the first time this has happened in November since 1933. And the whole state is heating up.”
“The death toll in the bushfires raging across Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state has risen to four after a man’s body was found in a scorched forest, as authorities warned on Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come.
“The fires have destroyed about one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of farmland and bush over the past week…”
Cutting down the Amazon to grow biofuel. Jeez.
“Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree revoking a zoning regulation for the sugarcane industry, effectively allowing for cultivation of the crop in the Amazon and other areas of primary forest. The measure is controversial because it wasn’t requested by the industry, which, under the previous regulation, was permitted to expand onto degraded land and cattle pasture covering six times the area currently planted with sugarcane.”
“From a frozen-over Niagara Falls to record low temperatures, the arctic blast that struck the midwest is now tightening its grip on the eastern US as forecasters predict the possibility of a brutal winter with potentially long periods of numbing temperatures and deep snow… snowfall records shattered across the north-east and Great Lakes.”
“In early September, dozens of animals were swept out to sea in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian, which hit the state as a Category 1 storm. Now, three cows have been found nearby, and officials believe they swam to safety following the major storm…
“Officials believe the cows swam several miles across the Core Sound from Cedar Island during the storm. The trio is now “grazing peacefully together on federal grass,” Cape Lookout spokesman B. G. Horvat told McClatchy news group.”
“Residents of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are being warned to remain vigilant as more rain is expected in previously flooded areas. The Met Office issued several alerts for ice, rain and snow across the country on Thursday, while the Environment Agency warned further flooding could occur. East Gloucestershire, parts of Wiltshire and south Wales were blanketed in snow on Thursday morning…”
“The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls on Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.
“The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level on Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimetres (2½ inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood.”
“The night of November 13 in Kyiv city has turned out to be the warmest [November night] since 1963, according to the Central Geophysical Observatory named after Borys Sreznevskyi…
“The Central Geophysical Observatory noted that this was the fifth temperature record set in Kyiv in November 2019.”
“Hot and dry condition in Israel have sparked forest fires in the country’s north.
“At least four fires broke out overnight Sunday to Monday as Israel’s unseasonable heatwave continues.”
“Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness.”
“…some studies show that the interacting conditions experienced today, such as accelerated climate change, changing atmospheric composition caused by human industry, and abnormal ecological stresses arising from human consumption of resources, define a perfect storm for extinctions.
“All these conditions together indicate that a sixth mass extinction is already well under way.”