The Three Gorges Dam in Central China’s Hubei Province on Thursday is set to face the largest ever flood peak since it was built. The reservoir has been ready to confront the challenge by coordinating with dams at its upper stream to retain the flood water, said the Three Gorges Corp.“
“The latest hydrometeorological forecasts estimated the inflow flood peak of the Three Gorges project will reach 73,000 cubic meters per second at 8 am on Thursday, the largest volume since it was built in 2003.
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from areas on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze river as flooding threatened a 1,200-year-old World Heritage Site…“
“Sichuan, situated along the Yangtze, raised its emergency response to the maximum level on Tuesday to cope with a new round of torrential rainfall.”
Cambodia’s biggest lake is running dry, taking forests and fish with it. “
“Drought and dams have pushed Tonle Sap Lake into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation’s protein.”
Torrential rains in the western part of Jebel Marra in Central Darfur caused flash floods that seriously damaged or destroyed more than 750 houses and washed away several roads last week… “
“The floods made many roads in the area impassable and some sections were swept away by, which has made the provision of assistance difficult.”
A zoo in Rome feeds animals frozen fruit and proteins to fight heatwave. “
“Animals are fed with frozen fruit and proteins to fight the high temperature.”
A number of French wine regions are facing the prospect of an historically early start to the harvest this year, with several key regions beginning to pick this week, after one of the warmest springs on record and with a big crop to bring in… “
“The high mercury in recent days has caused rapid wilting of the vines…”
The global wheat trade is being shaken up again after extreme weather hurt crops in the European Union while harvests are booming elsewhere.“
“Fresh from leapfrogging Russia as the top exporter, the EU will drop to third place this season after drought and floods pummeled crops.”
Low water levels on the Meuse River may further restrict output from Sunday at EDF’s Chooz nuclear plant in northern France, which already has some capacity offline for maintenance, French grid operator RTE said on Tuesday.“
“The two Chooz reactors produce 1.45 gigawatts (GW) of power each. The plant’s entire output could be affected by the curbs, RTE said.”
The national heatwave [Netherlands] brought to an end by Tuesday’s storms lasted 13 days in total and set several new records, according to figures from the De Bilt weather station near Utrecht… “
“The warm weather really began on August 5 and topped 30 Celsius in De Bilt on eight days – a unique record. This was also the warmest week on record, with an average temperature of 33.1 Celsius.”
There could soon be no more talk of the “eternal ice” in Germany. Our glaciers are thawing in record time. “
“Soon one of the remaining five will also be gone.”
The summer heatwave has killed thousands of fish [in the UK], leaving them rotting in the sun as environment chiefs battle to stop more deaths.“
“Countless species have been hit by the blistering heat and vicious rain with rivers, ponds, lakes and canals affected.”
“Abnormally warm sea surface temperatures are helping provide fuel for the pace of tropical cyclone formations. An enhanced La Niña Watch was also issued, which could further strengthen hurricane activity.
““What people need to realize is that we are still 23 days from the peak of hurricane season, and we are very much on a record pace,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.”
As the dry season got underway in the Amazon rainforest this month, it brought a new wave of fear to inhabitants of the Middle Juruá Extractive Reserve, a conservation area in Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state.“
“In his 52 years, Manoel da Cunha, manager of the reserve in Carauari municipality, said he had never seen the water level so low in the Juruá River.
“His 88-year-old father, one of the region’s oldest inhabitants, agreed.”
California’s governor has declared a state of emergency as the state battles dozens of wildfires amid a historic heatwave.“
““We are deploying every resource available to keep communities safe as California battles fires across the state during these extreme conditions,” said Gavin Newsom, the state governor, on Tuesday.”
“If the past four days of dry heat have seemed uncharacteristic for Flagstaff and northern Arizona, it’s because it has been.
“Flagstaff, Seligman and Clarkdale have all broken their heat records during each of the past four days from Friday to Monday.”
July was the hottest month on record for the Northern Hemisphere and the Arctic sea ice was the lowest on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday.“
“WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told journalists at a UN briefing that Western and Central Europe witnessed another heatwave last week with new weather station records.
“She said the 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius) reading in California’s Death Valley on Sunday was likely “legitimate.”“