“Australia is reeling from deadly bushfires and the worst drought in decades — but fears are now growing that things could get worse, as a water shortage in the country’s biggest city begins to bite.
“Four people have died in this year’s blazes, which have been exacerbated by hot, dry weather. And now the city of Sydney — home to more than 5 million people — faces a warning that dams could run dry by 2022…”
“On rain-starved properties across Australia, farmers are having to make tough decisions to keep their stock and businesses alive.
“For farmer and grazier Scott Richardson, that has meant euthanasing four cows before performing caesareans on each of them at his recently deceased father’s property, 100 kilometres south-west of Dubbo in central-west New South Wales.”
“There is little relief in sight as Katherine [Northern Territories] swelters through a “prolonged, severe to extreme” heatwave, meteorologist Bradley Wood from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology says…
“The bureau’s observation site at Tindal RAAF Base recorded its hottest day in history last month…”
“The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision:
“…risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers.”
“The frigid air that invaded the U.S. from the Arctic during the past week has tied or broken nearly 400 cold temperature records, including all-time November records, across a broad swath.
“Yet over the long term, data shows that cold outbreaks of this severity are becoming a rarity, as record highs outpace record lows by an increasingly large margin.”
“The Arctic blast has come to an end for the majority of the United States but forecasters warned on Thursday that the Southeast may be in for a drenching…
“Forecasters said the Gulf system may bring heavy rain with potential for flash flooding across the Southeast.”
“Hail is wreaking havoc in the market for auto dealer lot insurance.
“In 2018, Zurich North America, one of the major commercial auto insurance providers, decided not to renew policies with hundreds of dealerships throughout the middle of the U.S., citing “catastrophic” losses due to hail damage.”
“Who would have ever imagined that you could still plant bulbs on the third weekend of November [in Alaska]? Or that you could probably even get away with waiting an additional week after that?
“This month, temperatures in Anchorage are 13 degrees above normal… We’re on a run of whopping 20 months of record-breaking temperatures, with no let-up in sight.
“Is this settling in for you? Did you miss the article about pussy willows flowering right now in area woods? We are still harvesting herbs. What is going on?”
“Global warming may cause the microscopic organisms habiting the polar regions of the Earth”s oceans, such as the Arctic, to be slowly conquered by their counterparts from the tropical regions, affecting multiple ecosystems, according to two major studies which assessed more than 35,000 samples collected from all the world”s oceans between 2009 and 2013.”
“There seems to be no end to the downpours this month [in the UK]. At this rate it may end up as the wettest November on record.
“The record for the highest November rainfall was set in 1852, according to the 253-year rainfall archives for England and Wales.”
“Heavy snowfall across a large swath of southeast France has left one person dead and cut power to some 300,000 homes…
“”It’s an exceptional situation because the snow is heavily concentrated in a single area, which is why we have significant damage to our power lines,” said the spokesman, Robin Devogelaere.”
“Flooded Venice has been hit by a new high tide of 160cm (5.3ft), giving residents no respite from a crisis costing millions of euros. World-famous St Mark’s Square, a magnet for tourists, has been closed, and schools are shut for a third day.
“The Italian city’s famous waterbuses – the vaporetti – have stopped running.”
“At least 27 people were killed when lightning struck amid heavy rains overnight in various locations in Pakistan’s southern desert region, officials said on November 15… A state of emergency was declared by authorities…
“Dozens of people, including many women and children, were being treated at hospitals after sustaining injuries caused by lightning and falling structures caused by the rain… The death toll was expected to rise.”
“The methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries combined.
“Coalmines are belching millions of tonnes of methane into the atmosphere unchecked, because policymakers have overlooked the rising climate threat, according to new research.”
“Insects are disappearing en masse.
“A new report from the Somerset Wildlife Trust in the UK found that 41% of the world’s 1 million known insect species are threatened with extinction. The decline of butterflies, bees, and other bugs might seem low on a list of environmental concerns that includes rising seas and melting glaciers.”