Climate change: Global greenhouse gas levels were highest ever in 2020 despite lockdowns, study finds… Any hopes that pandemic lockdowns dented the build up of greenhouse gases have been dashed as a new report confirmed that global levels reached their highest on record in 2020…
In fact CO2 levels were their highest in modern records as well as in ice core records dating back 800,000 years, with concentrations at 48% above pre-industrial values.
“Other greenhouse gases also reached new highs according to the peer-reviewed study, published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.”
Scientists have discovered a new island off the coast of Greenland, which they say is the world’s northernmost point of land and was revealed by shifting pack ice.
““It was not our intention to discover a new island,” polar explorer and head of the Arctic station research facility in Greenland, Morten Rasch, said of the find last month. “We just went there to collect samples.””
Villagers in Siberia, Facing Wildfires and a Warming Climate, Battle to Protect their Homes.
““I wasn’t scared, I was just sad to see nature die. I thought of the Yakut spirit of the forest, Bayanai. I wondered what had made him so angry that he had sent so many fires on people,” wrote photographer Alexey Vasilyev, a member of the Yakut ethnic group, over email.”
Driest summer in parts of Scotland since 1869 leads to drought fears.
“Concern is growing about Scotland’s parched rivers and landscape after the driest summer in some areas of the country since 1869. Scottish Water has reported that customers are still drawing 100 million litres extra per day, leaving reservoir levels at record lows.”
Heatwave and lack of water stops Scots whisky production.
“Whisky makers have put a temporary stop to production because of low water levels caused by the dry weather… There are problems with water across Scotland due to the hot summer we have had this year.”“
The heat wave damages 90% of the Malvasia vineyards, one of the varietal treasures La Palma [Canary Islands]…
“The episodes of high temperatures that were recorded last week on La Palma “have caused 90% damage to the malvasia vineyards” in the municipality of Fuencaliente, “one of the varietal treasures of this area of La Palma”, reports the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries…”
Greek’s white wine harvest in jeopardy following wildfires.
“After careful sorting, Paraskevopoulos says that vigilant winemaking is required this year. ‘We saw grapes either burned, over-ripe or under-ripe, some quite thick skinned without much juice, so we need to be careful with fermentations,’ he says.”
While half of Europe seems to have entered into an early autumn, the NOA station of Lindos, Rhodes Island, Greece is on the way to record the hottest average month in European history (to be confirmed) with a month-to-date average temp. of 33.1C [91.6F] – more typical of the Red Sea.”
Every single one of these European countries has broken heat records this year.
“… few countries can say they haven’t experienced some sort of record breaker since the year began. Even those within the Arctic circle are facing uncharted territory when it comes to temperatures. We’ve put together a list of places where major records have been broken this year so far:”
7 killed, over 74,000 displaced by floods in northeast Nigeria.
“The floods have continued to wreak havoc in the northeastern state, affecting 79 communities across 16 local government areas, Mohammed Sulaiman, who heads the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, told reporters in Yola, the state capital.”
Southern Africa answers to the winter heat waves of Australia and South America.
“On 27th August Botswana recorded its hottest day in August in climatic history with 39.7C [103.5F] at Tubu. In South Africa 37.5C at the King Shaka AP,in Eswatini 36.7C at Big Bend.But a cold front is on the way.”
‘A wake up call’: Madagascar teeters towards world’s first climate change induced famine.
“Catastrophic levels of hunger in drought-stricken Madagascar should be a “wake up call” on global warming… At least 1.14 million people in southern Madagascar need emergency food, after four consecutive years of droughts wiped out harvests.”
Kenya: It’s Heat, Hunger and Death for Locals in Drought-Hit Turkana…
“In May, the county government ended a relief food distribution drive targeting 640,000 people. County Disaster Management Chief Officer Esther Ikaru said Sh370 million was spent in the exercise that began in March. However, not all the starving have benefited.”
Kyrgyzstan: The saga of small farmers battered by the drought…
““How am I going to cover my expenses? The watermelon won’t even grow. […] They’re coming out all crooked because of the lack of water,” he told Eurasianet. “They promised us water, and so I planted them. My patience is at an end.””
Drought threatens livelihoods of 7 million farmers in Afghanistan.
“The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appealed for humanitarian assistance to be scaled up as Afghanistan continues to be hit hard by an ever-worsening drought that threatens the livelihoods of more than 7 million people who rely on agriculture or livestock.”
Months after cyclone Tauktae, the destruction left behind still haunts a village near Mumbai [India].
“The storm, followed by an oil spill from a stranded barge, has impacted the lives and livelihood of the fishing community in Palghar’s Mahim village.”
2020 Tropical Cyclone Season Costliest in Recorded History…
“The 2020 North Indian Ocean (NIO) tropical cyclone season was the costliest in recorded history, with damages amounting to excess of $16 billion, the ‘State of Climate in 2020’ report said. “The majority of the damage was driven from the impacts associated with Super Cyclone Amphan…”
Flood situation worsens in Assam, nearly 86,000 people affected.
“According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Bongaigaon is the worst affected where almost 53,000 people are in distress, followed by Dhemaji (over 16,000) and Chirang (over 13,200).”
Heavy rains, floods affect over 3,000 people in China’s Chongqing… with Dongsheng Village of Qijiang District recording the heaviest daily rainfall at 174.5 mm [6.9 inches]…
“As of 11 a.m. Thursday, heavy rains and rain-triggered floods had wreaked havoc in 47 townships… Authorities have evacuated residents and dispatched personnel to conduct rescue work.”
How a hot blob off New Zealand is contributing to drought in South America.
“…the blob produced a dry ridge of high pressure across the south Pacific that blocked storms from reaching central Chile and pushed them towards west Antarctica… the models showed the rate of warming of the patch of ocean was much higher because of greenhouse gases…”
Chile’s continuing water crisis.
“Chile is in the midst of rewriting its constitution, a process that will affect every aspect of Chilean life – even down to its water. The country has been battling a megadrought for over a decade, and rivers and reservoirs have dried to dust. This year could match 2019 for the driest year on record.”
Brazil water survey heightens alarm over extreme drought.
“The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but all returned the same startling result. The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991.”
Fires rage in Bolivia’s Chiquitania region.
“Two years ago, fire ravaged the Tucavaca Valley Municipal Wildlife Reserve in the heart of Bolivia’s Chiquitania region, wiping out thousands of square kilometers of habitat. Now this threat has returned, with fires raging once again in the reserve and the surrounding area.”
La Nina’s return could threaten South American crops, again…
“Earlier this month, the U.S. government placed chances of La Nina from November through January 2022 at 70%. Those odds are greater than the year-ago forecast, which preceded the strongest La Nina episode in a decade.”
US braces for Category 4 Hurricane Ida after Cuba takes hit…
“Forecasters said Ida would likely make US landfall as a robust Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, generating steady winds nearing 140 mph, heavy downpours and a tidal surge expected to plunge much of the Louisiana shoreline under several feet of water.”
Record Plastic Prices May Go ‘Stratospheric’ on Hurricane.
“Record plastic prices are poised to push even higher as a storm that’s forecast to evolve into a major hurricane bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast region that manufactures almost 20% of the world’s ethylene.”
With wildfire threatening, Lake Tahoe prepares for emergency.
“Firefighters were facing changing weather conditions that could push the fire closer to the Tahoe Basin, a home to thousands and recreational playground for millions of tourists who visit the alpine lake in summer, ski at the many resorts in winter and gamble at its casinos year-round.”
“Near record rainfall for the Ohio Valley… According to the record books, this is the second rainiest month of August ever… The crazy thing too is that we have six days left to move into September.”
“While you slept Thursday night, Syracuse broke a record! Thursday was the 20th day so far in 2021 where the temperature failed to drop below 70 degrees. The previous record was 19 days in 1921.”
Canada Sees Supply of Main Crops Dropping 26% on Drought Impact.
“Canada, the world’s biggest canola grower and a major wheat producer, forecasts a 26% drop in supplies of its main crops as drought ravages output and inventories shrink.”
‘This mine dodged a bullet’: massive B.C. landslide exposes new era of climate risks…
“A recent landslide that saw a mountainside collapse near one of B.C.’s newest mines is raising questions about whether a copper and gold rush in British Columbia’s northwestern “Golden Triangle” is safe — or in some cases, even possible — as climate change advances.”
Climate change wiping out billions of sea stars: study… Sea stars in the waters off British Columbia that died off in the billions about a decade ago are not recovering as expected, an expert says.
“A new study published by the Royal Society said sea stars are getting close to extinction as waters along the west coast, including in California and Mexico, warm faster because of climate change.”
Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study.
“The research, involving 13,000 people in London, found that a relatively small increase in exposure to nitrogen dioxide led to a 32% increase in the risk of needing community-based treatment and an 18% increase in the risk of being admitted to hospital.”
A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an ‘Internet Apocalypse’. The undersea cables that connect much of the world would be hit especially hard by a coronal mass ejection…
“…coronal mass ejections are a real threat to internet resilience… And after three decades of low solar storm activity, she and other researchers point out that the probability of another incident is rising.”
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