Floodwaters are rising across eastern India, where hundreds of thousands of people are stranded on the roofs of their homes or have fled to higher ground as more torrential rain fell.
“Incessant downpours for more than a week made the Brahmaputra and other rivers burst their banks across Assam and Bihar states.”
Bangladesh floods impact more than 100,000.
“At least 12 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts were heavily affected with more than 100,000 people from about 20,000 families suffering from the consequences of floods, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry said in an update published Saturday.”
Three dead, two missing in Darchula floods, landslide [Nepal]…
“Flood and landslide caused by incessant rainfall on Sunday night has claimed as many as three lives in Darchula. Residents of Banspalika, Duhun Rural Municipality-1, Narsingh Mahar and his wife Kaushaa Mahar lost their lives…”
Heavy rain in China forces thousands to evacuate as deluge causes flooding and landslides.
“Heavy torrential rains continued to hit China over the weekend of August 28-29, 2021, including in the northwestern province of Shaanxi where rainfall triggered widespread flooding and landslides. More than 23,000 people had to be evacuated to safety…”
Over 200 houses and 5,400 private plots flooded in six Russian regions…
“The Russian emergencies ministry mentioned that it was monitoring the flood on the Amur in the country’s Far East… In the Volga region, high water is expected in the Nizhny Novgorod, Tatarstan, and Perm Regions.”
From India to Thailand, plastic pollution threatens Asia’s elephants, dolphins, seabirds: UN report.
“The Ganges and Mekong river basins together contribute an estimated 200,000 tonnes of plastic pollution to the world’s oceans every year, the report said. It also stressed that Asia-Pacific species face a multitude of other threats, including habitat loss… pollution and climate change.”
West Auckland flooding [New Zealand]: Incredible photos as Kumeū experiences second wettest day on record.
“Niwa says the area copped 201mm [8+ inches] in just 14 hours – and a staggering 149 per cent of the August monthly normal rainfall fell in a single day.”
Drought-struck Brazil expects September rainfall well below average.
“Rainfall in key energy-producing regions of drought-struck Brazil is likely to remain well below average in September. The prediction comes from Brazil’s national grid operator ONS. The report is doing little to relieve high energy prices and headaches for agribusiness.”
Once again a record day in Mexico:
“With a temperature of 50.6C [123.1F] the AWS station of the city of Mexicali beat the national record of the highest temperature in August, which was just set earlier this month with 50.4C at the same place.”
One dead, several missing as Tropical Storm Nora lashes Mexico…
“Tropical Storm Nora continues to lash Mexico’s Pacific coast with torrential rains and heavy winds, a day after causing floods and landslides that killed at least one person in a popular resort town.”
Hurricane Ida: How Climate Change Is Influencing Storms…
“The 2020 hurricane season broke records with 30 named storms, seven major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher, and 10 storms that underwent rapid intensification like Ida did before making landfall.”
California: Thousands told to evacuate popular Lake Tahoe resort as wildfire nears…
“Officials had issued evacuation warnings for the city [South Lake Tahoe] of 20,000 but on Monday, they change it to an evacuation order – with people scrambling to leave the city.”
Running out of water, drought-stricken communities [Sonoma County, California] find creative ways to conserve.
“As unprecedented drought conditions plague much of the West, reservoirs are running dry. Communities reliant on these sources for drinking water are tightening restrictions to preserve adequate supplies.”
‘It was just too dry.’ Summer drought’s impact on fish, wildlife can be dramatic [Minnesota]…
“Bears are scrambling for food and may have fewer cubs this winter. Fish are stranded in pools along rivers that no longer flow, some unable to make fall spawning runs. Boat landings on some lakes and rivers have been rendered unusable because the water level is so low.”
Manitoba drought, inflation hike lead to higher grocery bills — and highlight worsening food access: advocates…
“Munther Zeid has noticed his customers getting less bang for their buck at his Foodfare grocery stores in Winnipeg over the past few weeks. Prices for everything from beef to bread have slowly risen, while products that haven’t gotten more expensive — like ice cream, juice and Cheez Whiz — have gotten smaller, Zeid said.”
Ghostly satellite image captures the Arctic ‘losing its soul’…
“University of Lincoln climate scientist Edward Hanna says the “quite dramatic” surface meltwater shown in the image is a scene that’s likely to be repeated because “Greenland is breaching a crucial tipping point driven by human-induced climate change.””
Climate change linked to risk of viruses jumping species in the Arctic…
“Canadian scientists found that an increase in glacier melt at Lake Hazen, the Arctic’s largest lake by volume… was linked to a greater risk of viral spillover, where a virus infects a new host for the first time. Melting glaciers were considered a proxy of climate change, which is causing their retreat globally.”
In Pictures: The Arctic struggle.
“At only 1,000km away from the North Pole, the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen [Svalbard] stands at the frontier of climate change. Here, homes constructed on a thawing permafrost balance precariously on unstable foundations, residents are plagued by frequent landslides, and rain – instead of snow – falls in winter.”
Warm weather set new summer record [Norway]…
“The Norwegian capital of Oslo has never counted so many days with temperatures of more than 20C (nearly 70F) than it did this summer. It could boast 79 official “summer days” in June, July and August, breaking the last record set in 2006, four full days before August will be over.”
Tomato blight [UK]: Crop harvest could be the worst in years following heavy storms and wet weather.
“The disease hurting people’s homegrown tomatoes is caused by a fungus-like organism that causes the fruit to rot quickly and spreads through the foliage, causing stems to collapse and decay.”
Raw sewage threatens future of Chichester harbour [UK]…
“After it was issued with a record £90m fine for routinely breaking the law elsewhere on its patch, Southern Water says there is now a concerted effort on its part to try to prevent this heavily protected bird sanctuary becoming an ecological disaster zone. But no one is optimistic.”
Angola faces worst drought in 40 years as food crisis deepens.
“Nearly six million people in Angola are on the brink of exhaustion due to lack of food , specifically in the south of the country, as the African nation faces the worst drought in 40 years , according to the World Food Program of United Nations (WFP).”
Sudan: New Destruction in Sudan As Nile Floods Persist.
“Ongoing rains and high water levels in the Nile basin have left new swathes of destruction in El Gedaref, El Geneina, Sennar, and River Nile state. On Sunday, Sudanese Civil Defence reported the collapse of 468 houses due to the flooding of El Rahad river in El Gedaref…”
“Update on the Middle East Heat Wave: Exceptional heat on 28 August in Turkey with 47.5C [117.5F] at Cizre, it has never been so hot so late in the season.”
A Taliban official says the extremist group will help the world tackle climate change now it has seized power in Afghanistan…“
“Afghanistan has been hit hard by climate change. A severe drought in 2018 affected 13.5m Afghans. That same year saw the collapse of a dam sparked by the rapid melting of glaciers near the city of Herat. In 2018 the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabaab banned single-use plastic bags.”
What a warmer, wetter world means for insects, and for what they eat…
“Temperature regulates insects’ physiology and metabolism. An increase in temperature increases physiological activity and, therefore, metabolic rates. Insects must eat more to survive and it’s expected that insect herbivores will consume more and grow faster.”
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