“Even if countries meet commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, leading to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts, warns a report from the UN Environment Programme, released on Tuesday.”
“The body of a man has been found on a road which was left underwater two weeks ago during severe flooding which devastated much of the north of England…
“Police launched an investigation after the body was discovered on Saturday afternoon.”
“Nine people have died as violent storms swept through parts of France, Greece and Italy over the weekend, causing flash floods, landslides and the collapse of an overpass.
“Greek media described the storms as leaving a trail of “biblical destruction” in some areas of the country while the overpass collapse in northern Italy brought back a chilling reminder of Genoa’s Morandi bridge giving way during a thunderstorm in August 2018, killing 43 people.”
“Since 21 November, Djibouti has experienced heavy rains which triggered flash floods across the country.
“In Djibouti city alone, initial estimates indicate that over 30,000-40,000 families (150,000-250,000 people) have been somewhat affected by the floods, and 9 people (7 children) have reportedly been killed.”
“Heavy rains in Kenya unleashed a deluge that killed five people overnight in the Rift Valley, raising the death toll from weekend flooding to 65, officials said Monday.
“The five were returning home after attending a wedding in Tanzania when their car was washed away, said Daudi Loronyokwe, a police chief in Kajiado Central community.”
“Until this year elephant graveyards belonged to myth and legend. But now in Zimbabwe elephant carcasses litter the national parks… Those who work with the wildlife here are confident the drought is the result of changing weather patterns due to climate change.
“They want to dig bore holes and bring in pumps – but with Zimbabwe’s economy on the brink of collapse there is no Government money to help.”
“The environmental drivers behind protests in Iran often receive less attention than economic and political factors, but they are increasingly important and are very likely to play a growing role in the future.
“Iran is experiencing increasing environmental pressures. Drought — and related desertification and dust storms — is the worst problem.”
“After years of drought, a struggling farmer named Fakir Mohammed stares at a field of corn ruined by pests and unseasonably late rains…”
“Thunderstorms across Sydney overnight have failed to clear the smoke, with air quality across the city and its surrounds again above hazardous levels.
“Smoke haze is being forecast for large areas of the state’s coast and ranges, with air quality in Coffs Harbour and the Illawarra also rated as hazardous.”
“A “historic” storm is heading towards southwest Oregon and northwest California Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. The storm is currently forecast to rival the strength of a Category 1 hurricane and pack wind gusts up to 74 mph — stronger than hurricane force, CNN Meterologist Judson Jones said.
“The pressure could drop to a record low for November and all-time for the region, the NWS said.”
“Environment Canada says a low pressure system in Yukon and the Northwest Territories was responsible for very warm weather across Saskatchewan Saturday that saw records broken in 16 communities, from Uranium City in the north to Yorkton in the south.”
“As flooding and wildfires intensify across the country, New Jersey — which contains more toxic Superfund sites than any other state — is at the heart of a potential contamination crisis, according to a new report from the federal government.”
“This column could have been written in early September. That is how long it has been since there was a significant change in world weather. As they say…. “Is this the new normal?” There is nothing new about it. The same areas that were dry at the end of August and early September are still that way as of this writing in late October.
“The bigger question is when will it change? In the meantime, the only thing that can be said about “new normal” is to fasten your seatbelt because there is more wild weather coming. We just have to give the atmosphere a little nudge and the wheels of extreme will start anew.”