“Flash flooding has hit the small but strategic East African nation of Djibouti, where the government and the United Nations say the equivalent of two years’ rain has fallen in a single day…
“A joint Djibouti-UN statement on Thursday said up to a 250,000 people have been affected in recent days. With heavy rains forecast through the end of the month that number could grow.”
“Rainfall from October to mid-November has been up to 300 percent above average in the greater Horn of Africa region, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network…
“Doctors are worried that diseases, especially waterborne ones, might spread.”
“Southern Africa is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years, with more than 40 million people expected to face food insecurity because of livestock and crop losses. Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe have declared it an emergency.
“Two thirds of the crops planted last season [in Botswana] failed, while Ngamiland, a rich beef producing region, has recorded nearly 40,000 cattle deaths.”
“Rural communities in eastern Zimbabwe hit by the full force of two natural disasters since the beginning of 2019 are struggling to survive.
“Cylone Idai combined with the worst drought in living memory have left the people of Manicaland province reliant on monthly food baskets from the United Nations and Zimbabwean government.”
“The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of a heatwave expected to hit at least four provinces of the drought-hit country this week.
“The warnings stretch from Port Elizabeth in the south through to Johannesburg, Pretoria and up to the border with Zimbabwe… The region’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average…”
“The rainfall pattern across the globe is changing due to rapid warming of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the changes have brought a decline in rainfall pattern in north India too, a study said on Wednesday.”
“Sydney [Australia] is set to endure its hottest November in history as the average daytime temperatures soars close to 27 degrees. At 9am today the average daytime maximum temperature for November was 26.7 degrees.
“The current record, set in 1894, was a maximum daytime temperature of 26.5 degrees…”
“Farmers in Tasmania‘s Central Highlands are destocking and hand-feeding their sheep as they continue to battle dry conditions…
“This wool and prime lamb district relies heavily on fodder crops for production, but the lack of rain and expense of irrigation means many farmers are having to buy in grain for feed.”
“More than 200 people have been forced to flee their homes after they were inundated by freak waves in the Marshall Islands’ capital, Majuro…
“The Marshall Islands are one of the Pacific nations on the front line of climate change, causing increasingly intense weather phenomena and storm surges linked to rising seas.”
“Smoke from burning forests in the Amazon can intensify glacier melt, researchers say, fuelling concern about a water crisis in South America.
“The team found evidence that snow and ice was being “darkened”, accelerating the melt rate, threatening supplies. Melting tropical glaciers provide water for millions of people in the region.”
“As the Mojave Desert in California and Nevada becomes hotter and drier, birds need more water to stay cool.
“Species that can’t get enough water are rapidly declining in this iconic desert ecosystem, ecologists reported recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
““No matter how much I clean, this shit just keeps coming back, it’s ruined all our stuff,” said Medicine Horn, 50, while mopping. “This isn’t healthy, everything stinks, my eyes hurt, we’ve all been sick, it can’t be legal to leave us living like this.”
“It’s been like this for nine months in the White Swan community on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, where hundreds of Native Americans have been struggling to cope with unprecedented rainfall and disease outbreaks following a series of extreme weather events.”
“Thanks to human-caused global warming, tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the rest of the world’s oceans are likely to deliver significantly more rainfall by the end of the century…
“…which could result in repeats of Hurricane Harvey’s record flooding of Houston in 2017, according to a new study.”
“The point is that we already have had Cat 6 storms.
“Then, should the (heaven forbid) need arise for a Category 7, Category 6 storms could be capped at 199 mph, with Category 7 starting at 200 mph. Let’s hope that isn’t necessary, although in 2015 Hurricane Patricia off the west coast of Mexico hit an astounding 215 mph…”
“Natural riches come in two conflicting types in Russia’s Arctic north: valuable minerals and spectacular wildlife. But sadly for many threatened species, the decline in Arctic sea ice has created a new economic opportunity for Russia in their remote habitat.
“In a decree last year President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian firms to boost cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route to an annual 80m tonnes by 2024.”
“…with all the new record-breaking events, it is hard not to pause for a moment and wonder about the next record-breaking event and how many more we will see as climate change grows to be a bigger and bigger problem. What would it be? Where? When? Who would be most impacted?
“…Clearly, 2019, marks the beginnings of new normal… We must act with urgency.”