Apologies for the lack of an economic thread this morning – time is not my own today!


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“Arctic sea ice recovery between Russia and Alaska has slowed to record levels since bottoming out over the summer, according to research, as climate change clears ice quicker and for longer periods.

““Very slow sea ice growth continues in the Chukchi Sea,” tweeted Zack Labe, a University of California Ph.D. student studying sea ice, citing NSIDC data. The Chukchi Sea lies northwest of Alaska above the Bering Strait.

“An attached chart showed November ice extent in the Chukchi Sea at its lowest level since records began. Melting in early spring and summer likely contributed to the record, Labe wrote last week.

““Extensive open water remains in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, resulting in unusually high air temperatures in the region,” NSIDC said in its latest update.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/20/ice-between-russia-and-alaska-is-at-record-lows-scientists-warn-a68239


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“It may be 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, but record warmth has been the story this year on Alaska’s North Slope. Through Nov. 17, it has been the warmest year to date on record in Utqiaġvik, over 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the same period three years ago, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

“The persistence of the warmth has been remarkable.”

https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/2019-11-19-utqiagvik-alaska-last-sunset-november


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“A rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico, the head of a U.N. treaty said…

“There are thought to be fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left worldwide…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-wildlife/fishing-vessels-pushing-vaquita-porpoise-to-extinction-u-n-treaty-head-idUSKBN1XT237


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“Timaru [NZ] has been hammered by a hail storm causing damage to buildings, closing some businesses and stretching emergency services.

“Large, golf ball-sized hail stones which began falling just before noon on Wednesday, smashed windows, damaged roofs, closed businesses and dented vehicles. Damage from the massive hail stones is being reported throughout Timaru.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/117566456/hail-storm-hammers-timaru


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“Deadly bushfires have ravaged parts of Australia in recent weeks, whipped up by soaring temperatures, strong winds and the worst drought in decades.

“But summer hasn’t really even begun — and fears are growing that conditions will only get worse. More than 100 schools have closed in South Australia as catastrophic fire conditions threatened seven districts across the state Wednesday.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/20/australia/south-australia-fires-record-temperatures-intl-hnk/index.html


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“Global heating is “supercharging” an increasingly dangerous climate mechanism in the Indian Ocean that has played a role in disasters this year including bushfires in Australia and floods in Africa.

“Scientists and humanitarian officials say this year’s record Indian Ocean dipole, as the phenomenon is known, threatens to reappear more regularly and in a more extreme form as sea surface temperatures rise.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/19/global-heating-supercharging-indian-ocean-dipole-climate-system


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“Data released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals that the number of cyclones in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal has increased by 32% in the last five years.

“Compared to previous decades, the last 10 years have also seen an 11% rise in these extreme occurrences.”

https://www.gulftoday.ae/opinion/2019/11/19/alarming-rise-in-cyclones-around-india


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“About 370,000 people have been displaced so far due to flooding, according to the latest UN figures.

“Authorities have not yet said how many people died in the flooding, Somalia’s worst in recent history.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/19/we-have-nothing-somalia-floods-raise-spectre-of-famine


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A few tiny misunderstandings in here:

“Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday.

“The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Climate Change Resilience Index measured the preparedness of the world’s 82 largest economies and found that based on current trends the fallout of warming temperatures would shave off three percent of global GDP by 2050.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/climate-impacts-to-cost-world-us-7-9-trillion-by-2050-report-1.4693632


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“2016 is currently the hottest year on record since recording started in 1880, Scientific American reports. That was a strong El Niño year, when unusually hot weather over the Pacific affects global climate. The fact that this year is approaching 2016’s global temperatures is worrisome, given that 2019 only had a weak El Niño effect that ended in July.

““The near-record warmth of 2019 is thus a testament to how greatly human-caused global warming is impacting the planet,” Jeff Masters, an extreme weather expert, writes for Scientific American. It also means that the last six years, from 2014 to 2019, will be the hottest six years since recording started in 1880.”

https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/471174-2019-will-probably-be-the-second-hottest-year


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