“The researchers that were on board the «Professor Levanidov» on the recent trans-arctic expedition have remarkable stories to tell.
“Among the discoveries made was halibut on more than 200 meter depths in the Laptev Sea and snow crab in the northeastern parts of the East Siberian Sea and Chukchi Sea.
“They also found Alaska pollock in the waters of the Chukchi Sea and large numbers of big and mature polar cod in the Kara Sea.
“The latter fish is more or less eradicated from the Barents Sea where other southern species have taken its place.
“It is the massive influx of Atlantic waters in 2019 that has spurred the spreading of the new species to the region, research institute VNIRO informs. All the species mentioned traditionally belong to other far away waters and have migrated to the remote area in the course of the last few years.”
“Researchers at the University of California’s Center for Climate Science say a “functionally ice-free” Arctic can be expected within the next 50 years. [We should be so lucky!]
“A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts that if the Earth continues at its current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, Arctic sea ice would regress to levels not high enough to perform its function of reflecting heat back — levels that can be reached as early as September 2044.”
“A month of near-constant downpours has finally lifted the Ketchikan area [Alaska] out of drought after more than a year.
“But getting all that rain all at once presents an entirely new set of problems. As recently as early October, the Ketchikan area was in “extreme drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.”
“Two massive storms are pounding the US from Oregon to New York with some combination of snow, rain and high winds as millions of people take to the roads and skies ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Blizzard and high wind warnings are in effect across the West Coast states including Oregon, California, Nevada and Idaho as a “historic, unprecedented” storm began dumping rain over the region, the National Weather Service said.”
“Thousands of passengers have been stranded at the Denver International Airport as power outages on the West Coast, widespread road closures and huge pileups on icy roads, add to the mix of travel chaos for millions ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“A storm packing heavy snow and high winds that wreaked havoc as it whipped through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska is marching into the upper Midwest…”
“A new wildfire has been blazing near Santa Barbara ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“The Cave Fire quickly burned through 4,262 acres since it started Monday afternoon—and it remains 0% contained as of midday Tuesday, according to the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) unit…”
“The Michigan harvest is likely to be so dismal this fall it has agricultural experts scurrying to the record books.
“The culprit? A former farmer friend turned foe — rain.
“In spring, it rained and didn’t stop. It happened again in fall. And then, for good measure, parts of the state received record snowfall Nov. 11 followed by a few days of freezing temperatures.”
“From prolonged droughts to unpredictable weather and hotter days: the effects of global warming are already becoming increasingly noticeable in Germany.
“Now a new report has shone a light on how bad the situation is.
“The average air temperature in Germany increased by 1.5C between 1881 and 2018, according to the German government’s Climate Monitoring Report.”
“Torrential downpours have battered many parts of Italy this month, with extreme flooding wreaking havoc across northern Italy.
“The province of Alessandria is said to be one of the worst-affected areas according to Italian media, with around 200 people evacuated and 600 said to be left stranded.”
“At least 39 people died in flooding on Tuesday in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, following torrential rains overnight that caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa, authorities said.
“At one site on University Avenue, in a southern suburb, at least three houses and a road collapsed into a ravine.”
“It may be winter season in the coast [of India], but the maximum temperature is going through the roof.
“The coastal city of Mangaluru has recorded an all-time high temperature of 38c. The earlier all-time record was 36.8 Deg C recorded… in 2008.”
“Deforestation in Australia has meant that the koalas were already under threat before the bushfires… The Rescue Collective, a Brisbane-based wildlife charity, said on Nov. 24 that animal rescuers were only just now able to enter fire zones on the East Coast of Australia to witness what they described as “a wildlife apocalypse”.
““As the embers cool and the smoke begins to clear, the harsh reality sets in. This is far worse than we could ever have imagined,” they said…”
“A grim summer is likely for the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the people, flora and fauna that rely on it.
“Having worked for sustainable management of these rivers for decades, I fear the coming months will be among the worst in history for Australia’s most important river system.”
“Thousands of homes have been damaged and nearly 30,000 are without power after a ‘five-minute cyclone’ ripped through Sydney on Tuesday toppling trees and powerlines.
“About 29,000 residents are still facing power outages as of Wednesday afternoon and Ausgrid customers have been told to expect extended blackouts.”
“The star of Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Nemo” may be about to vanish again – this time for good – as its peculiar mating habits put it at risk from climate change, scientists said on Tuesday. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year warned that under 1.5C of warming Earth would lose at least 70 percent of its coral reefs.
“Under 2C of warming coral, and the vital ecosystems it supports, would be virtually wiped out.”
“In the melting Arctic, communities are racing to maintain their way of life. In the rising Pacific, residents are sounding alarm bells. And in Rhode Island, Kate Schapira and her husband are not having a baby.
“Fears about climate change are prompting worldwide action, but one knock-on effect in the United States is mounting anxiety about everything from plastics to class-based environmental disparities.”