New Zealand just had its warmest winter – again…
“The figures, derived from the Niwa’s “seven-station” temperature series reaching to 1909, also show seven of the 10 warmest winters on record have occurred since 2000. Last year’s winter came in at 1.14C above average.”
Hawke’s Bay [NZ] dry predicted to deepen as 10 days of sun loom…
“The latest monthly rainfall figures released by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council show why there are concerns…. The council’s release of the figures comes also as climate agency NIWA reveals that nationwide it’s been the driest winter on its records – beating a previous record set just last year.”
Australia has just experienced its fourth-hottest winter since 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)…
“This comes despite neither of Australia’s two main climate drivers, El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), strongly favouring above-average temperatures this winter.”
Climate crisis triggers spike in lightning strike deaths in India.
“Lightning is …becoming more frequent, with nearly 19 million recorded strikes in the 12 months to March – up by a third from the previous year. Global warming is driving the increase, says Sanjay Srivastava of the Lightning Resilient India Campaign, one of the few organisations collecting data on thunderstorms.”
Drought leaves Afghans hungry as economic collapse looms – U.N…
“A lack of both snow and rainfall has left “fields of dust” in drought-hit Mazar and Herat to the west… Malnutrition already affects one in two children under the age of five in Afghanistan…”
Kenya: Declare Drought a National Disaster, Governors Demand.
“Governors have now urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare the famine affecting arid and semi-arid lands (Asal) a national disaster. In a meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator Stephen Jackson, the county bosses described the situation as overwhelming.”
Northern Africa was still under extreme heat on 2nd September:
“Algeria: 48.2C [118.8F] at In Salah is just 0.2C from the Algerian record for September set at Hassi Messaud in 1989; Egypt: 47.7C [117.9F] at Asswan is just 0.1C from the Egyptian record for September set at the same place in 1957.”
This August was the warmest month in Cyprus since temperatures were recorded, with the island sweltering under prolonged heatwaves blamed on global warming.
“According to an announcement, maximum temperatures above 40°C [104F] became routine during August.”
The recent wave of heat and wind in the Canary Islands raises the compensation forecast to over 10 million Euros… It is the most serious heat stroke incident in the history of the Canary Islands…
“…these meteorological conditions have had a very intense impact on the crops, causing the intense destruction of leaves, the burning of fruits and the collapse of plants.”
‘We left it in God’s hands’: floods wreck Spanish seaside town.
“People in the town of Alcanar in north-east Spain have been assessing the damage caused to homes and businesses by flooding produced by intense rain that fell over large areas of the country… more than 250 litres of water per sq metre was dumped on the town between 12am and 6pm on Wednesday.”
Study documents dramatic loss of remaining Pyrenees glaciers.
“Europe’s southernmost glaciers will likely be reduced to ice patches in the next two decades due to climate change, as the shrinking of ice mass on the Pyrenees mountain range continues at the steady but rapid speed seen at least since the 1980s…”
Swiss glaciologist bears witness to relentless Alpine glacier melt.
“GLAMOS scientists monitor around 20 Swiss glaciers each year and have noted that since 2010, the frequency of years with extreme ice loss has accelerated dramatically. One such year was 2011, the next was 2015, and then 2017, 2018 and 2019 were each record breakers.”
Drought alerts for 38 departments in France despite wet summer.
“Low rainfall over the past few winters means that despite the rainy summer in some areas, the water table is still running dry. Red – the highest ‘crisis’ alert – is in place in several areas. [2020 was France’s hottest summer on record.]”
Belgium creates garbage highway for flood victims’ waste.
“In eastern Belgium, an abandoned highway is almost completely buried under kilometres of piled-up rubbish: crushed refrigerators, splintered furniture, torn curtains, twisted metal, stuffed toys, defunct electronics and shards of glass.”
UK [East Anglia] farmers frustrated by ‘wettest dry harvest ever’…
“…while there have not been enough showers to fill rain gauges, the near-constant damp, drizzle and humidity have delayed efforts to gather the region’s wheat and barley crops.”
A Highland MSP has warned that the effects of the climate emergency are now being seen closer to home after Wick [far north Scotland] experienced its driest summer for 66 years.
“The town is facing a “significant scarcity” of water for the fifth week in a row as a result of very low flows and dry ground conditions, according to Scotland’s environmental regulator.”
August 2021 in Iceland was very warm with temperature anomalies from +0.7C in the SW to +4.5C above the 91-20 norm in the NE. For some stations it was the warmest on records.
“In the NE it was also very dry (up to 85% deficits). Reykjavík had 15% rainfall deficit.”
Climate change: Arctic Circle temperatures reached highest levels ever recorded last year, report finds.
“The average mean temperature over land areas in the Arctic was 2.1C above the 1981 average – making it the highest temperature recorded in 121 years. It comes as countries around the world see signs of climate change; from flooding in Germany, Belgium, and China; to wildfires in the US.”
Study reveals extreme winter weather is related to Arctic change.
“A new study shows that the frequency of polar vortex disruptions that is most favorable for extreme winter weather in the United States is increasing, and that Arctic change is likely contributing to the increasing trend.”
Arctic skua in danger from predators and food shortage…
“The Arctic skua, which breeds in the Northern Isles, has experienced the steepest decline linked to reductions in sand eels and increased threats from predatory great skuas.”
North Atlantic right whales critically endangered by climate crisis, new study finds.
“Climate change-induced warming in the Gulf of Maine has resulted in the population of the North Atlantic right whale to plummet, leaving the species critically endangered and conservationists desperate for safeguards…”
Storm Larry strengthens into hurricane over eastern Atlantic.
“Hurricane Larry, the 12th named storm of the busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Friday night in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said.”
Storm Ida: At least 58 people dead after flooding and tornadoes battered the US.
“The deaths include at least four people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Louisiana, two dead in Mississippi after torrential rain caused a highway to collapse, and a number of people killed after their cars were swept away in floodwaters – one of them a Connecticut state trooper.”
Cleanup efforts underway following one of the rainiest days ever on Prince Edward Island [Canada, East coast]…
“Environment Canada reports that, at 120.7mm [4.75 inches] it was the rainiest day in the Summerside area since records began in 1898. The previous record was 119.2 mm on Sept. 22, 1942.”
“British Columbia’s southernmost piece of land set two daily temperature records yesterday: coldest on record in the morning (10.6C / 51.1F), and hottest on record in the afternoon (21.9C /71.4F).”
Canadian Drought to Fan Global Food Inflation.
“Canada’s role as the world’s largest producer and exporter of lentils is increasing the likelihood that its drought-ravaged Canadian Prairies will have an outsized impact on global food inflation, which is already at alarmingly high levels.”
Oregon’s drought could cause worldwide grass-seed shortage…
“With Oregon facing historic drought conditions this summer, many farmers are seeing below-average yields on several crops this year. Much of the state has been under extreme or exceptional drought conditions this summer.”
At A Shelter, Lake Tahoe Residents Fleeing A Massive Fire Wonder What’s Next.
“…about 50,000 people… have been evacuated in the Tahoe area since the fire began. The mass exodus, coupled with the unfavorable weather conditions that have made it difficult to contain the fire for weeks, means shelters are filling up and hotel rooms are hard to find and expensive.”
How California’s drought is stressing a water system that delivers water to millions of residents…
“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water system, also known simply as the Delta watershed, helps provide water to two-thirds of the state’s population, irrigation for millions of acres of the state’s agricultural industry and is an ecological habitat for bird and fish species.”
Chile’s vital mining sector feeling the effects of drought…
“Chile… is 13 years into the worst drought in its history due to climate change. The current Southern Hemisphere winter, now drawing to a close, has seen 80 percent less rain than normal, while snowfall is down 85 percent.”
Amazon fires surge anew in Brazil as cleared forest burns.
“A Reuters witness saw vast burned and clear cut areas on Wednesday and Thursday, as the arc of deforestation advanced deeper into the jungle by the frontier town of Labrea, the municipality with the most fires this year.”
“The Amazon is projected to lose up to 45 per cent of its forest cover by 2050, with a tremendous impact on biodiversity, the study by researchers in North America says.”
https://theprint.in/environment/amazon-habitats-are-shrinking-due-to-increasing-forest-fires-deforestation-study-says/726784/“A new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature has quantified the impact of deforestation and fire on plant and vertebrate species in the Amazon, outlining losses to habitat and biodiversity since 2001 and what lies ahead.
11 Endangered Species ‘Likely Extinct’ Within Russia, Ministry Says.
“These species include the European sea sturgeon, crested ibis, western capercaillie, Jankowski’s Bunting, monk seal, onager and Przewalski’s horse, the assessment said.”
Permafrost monitoring system to protect 15 million Russians — minister.
“”The data will help scientists to forecast the impact and learn how to avoid accidents in the cryolithic zone. Nearly 15 million people are living in areas of permafrost in Russia,” he said.” [Really infrastructure built onto permafrost is going to start being non-viable, irrespective of how much they monitor it.]
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