“Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, rising faster than the average rise of the last decade and cementing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday…
““There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases’ concentration in the atmosphere – despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.”
“For Keith Morrison, the consequences of this fall’s extraordinarily warm weather across the North all came down to an urgent call for help.
“The fire chief for the Arctic community of Cambridge Bay in Nunavut was at home the evening of Oct. 6 when he got word that a couple had fallen through the ice near a river mouth…”
“For generations, people in Alaska‘s far-north whaling villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their subsistence food to perfection and keep it cold throughout the year…
“Now, a growing number of these underground cellars are being rendered unreliable…”
“Complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures have become more intense in the industrial age, which stand to worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching, says a recent study with physical evidence spanning millennia.
“Rising surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean for prolonged periods leads to a climate process called the El Nino, which have become more extreme due to human-induced climate change…”
“Dozens of neighborhoods in Asunción are still affected by the lack of potable water service in the face of the intense heat wave.
“Consequently, the Company of Sanitary Services of Paraguay (ESSAP) informs that the assembly work of the electric pump of the VK3 plant that affects the service continues.”
“More thunderstorms have rolled in across NSW, Australia bringing with them lightning strikes and the concerns they may have sparked more bushfires…
“”Not exactly what we wanted to see,” the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted after “numerous” lightning strikes were recorded on Monday evening.”
“Well they say all record heatwaves must come to end eventually and so did ours [Katherine, Northern Territories, Australia], but only just. After 16 consecutive days of above 40 degree maximums, the temperature fell to 39.6 degrees on Friday.
Little matter that it shot up to 40.8 on Saturday and then 41 yesterday.
“It was the longest run of 40 plus days ever recorded at our Tindal weather station…”
“South Africans are being warned to prepare for heatwave conditions across most parts of the country, including the central interior and western parts.
“The South African Weather Service said temperatures were likely to peak from Wednesday with the mercury expected to hit 40°C [104f] in some areas.”
““According to our tools there is a strong signal that the severe storm that moved over the area produced a tornado”, South African Weather Service’s William Msimanga said.
“The tornado was the second tornado in less than 24 hours to hit the province, after another struck Utrecht on Friday night.”
“Dozens of people have died in flooding in the Democratic Republic of Congo when the Congo River and its tributaries burst their banks, a charity and media reports said on Saturday, as heavy rains also lashed east Africa.
“Twenty-five people were reported to have been killed in the northwestern province of Equator bordering Congo-Brazzaville, Congolese media reports said.”
“Kenya’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides, among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.
“Heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya.”
“Such is the rate of global warming that scientists predict that the Lost Mountain glacier in northern Spain will disappear altogether within twenty years.
“For the scientists at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology who are monitoring it, Monte Perdido’s glacier is shrinking scarily fast.”
“Two people drowned when their moored sailing boat sank as torrential rain and thunderstorms lashed Greece, coastguard officials said on Monday.
“The storms hit western Greece over the weekend causing widespread flooding and disruption to transport.”
“Venice has been hit by further high water levels after weeks of flooding brought the lagoon city virtually to its knees… With four tides above 140cm since November 11, this is the worst month for high tides in Venice since 1872 when official statistics were first produced.
“Further west on the other side of Italy, a portion of a motorway bridge linking Savona to Turin collapsed on Sunday.”
“At least four people have died in flooding in southern France over the weekend, adding to the death toll from flooding in the south west of the county earlier this year…
“The French government has produced a set of guidelines aimed at keeping people safe as flooding becomes a more frequent occurrence in France.”
“All of his [photographic] work brought the same unavoidable fact into focus. Vast walls of ice had diminished or disappeared. The glaciers [Switzerland] had retreated, leaving the landscape scarred with precarious hills of loose stone and scree.
““One glacier had dropped about 200 meters in depth and more than 3km in length in 150 years. You can really see it,” said Balibouse. “It’s mindblowing the amount of ice that has gone.””