Summer 2021 in Russia was the warmest on record together with 2016 [an El Nino year].Only Chukotka Peninsula had a below average summer.
“It was the hottest summer on records in Asian Russia and 2nd behind 2010 in European Russia. In St Petersburg it was the hottest.”
For Russians climate change is taking the ground beneath their feet…
“With rising temperatures, the permafrost is slowly thawing. As a result, damage to houses, roads and other infrastructure such as gas pipelines is becoming more frequent.”
European Food, Power Markets Face Drier Future as Planet Warms.
“European countries could face severe drought twice as frequently in the coming decades if they fall short in cutting emissions, according to new research that shows how shifting rain patterns will expose more people to climate risk.”
“South-west France edges towards 40°C [104F] before storms later this week… in Landes and Gironde… almost record highs of 36-38°C for this time of year predicted.”
Turkey’s fifth-largest lake faces drought threat.
“Lake Akşehir, a tectonic freshwater endorheic lake in Turkey’s southwestern province of Konya, has almost dried up due to years of low rainfall and misusage of its water for agricultural purposes.”
Flood wreaks havoc in Ughelli, Nigeria – thousands rendered homeless.“
“Parts of Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State have been submerged by flood, following heavy rainfall in the area.”
Sudan: Flood Chaos in Khartoum – More Rains Forecast.“
“Heavy rains and flooding have affected over 88,000 people in 13 out of Sudan’s 18 states since the start of the rainy season in July, according to the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). The water levels in the Nile River are above flood risk level in Khartoum, Ed Dein and Shendi stations…”
Delhi’s monsoon trend this year is ‘peculiar’: IMD scientist.
“Talking to news agency ANI, Dr RK Jenamani, senior scientist at IMD, said, “In June, there was a rainfall deficit. However, in July it was comparatively more. In August, it reduced. But in September, we witnessed record-breaking rainfall [so far].””
China on guard against flooding as Yangtze River swells.
“Chinese authorities have called for rigorous anti-flooding measures along the Yangtze River as water levels continue to rise following heavy rainfall, the Ministry of Water Resources said on Monday.”
[Indonesia’s] Komodo dragon ‘at risk of extinction’ as rising sea levels destroy habitat…
“The Komodo dragon, also known as the monitor lizard, has been moved from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) vulnerable list to its list of endangered species.”
Horrific mouse plague to return to Australia after bumper winter crops as they breed in record numbers…
“Mouse numbers are highest in southern Queensland and northern and central NSW… Mice are expected to increase production costs as producers will need to clean rodent debris from harvested crops.”
There’s a long history of adaptation on the Queensland coast — but our changing climate could soon make it harder to get a mortgage there…
“For places that will be hit by rising seas, bushfires, or other extremes… the problems are going to set in long before most are physically impacted.”
West Auckland flooding [New Zealand]: ‘Too dangerous to enter’ – scale of damage starts to take shape…
“The downpour dumped between 150 and 260 millimetres [10.2 inches] of rain around West Auckland, with 149 per cent of August’s monthly normal rainfall hitting the Kumeū area in a single day – its second-wettest day since records began.”
Vegetable costs surge in Japan’s Kyushu region after punishing August rain, heat.
“Record rainfall in mid-August has triggered a surge in prices of leafy and summer vegetables including cucumbers and eggplants grown in southwest Japan’s Kyushu region.”
Noise pollution is killing wildlife in Mexico…
“Wildlife experts have warned that noise pollution is killing wildlife in the jungles of Quintana Roo, Mexico, citing ecotourism, sporting events, and the region’s abundance of electronic music parties and festivals, largely centred on Tulum, as the main causes.”
Ecatepec [Mexico], underwater: at least two people die from floods.
“Authorities indicated that the effects of the atypical rain is an emergency in the municipality since floods and floods are registered in almost the entire area… Two people died and dozens of vehicles were swept away by the strong currents of water…”
Rush to contain large oil spill in Gulf of Mexico after Storm Ida.
“Clean-up crews and the US Coast Guard are trying to locate the source of an oil spill spotted in the Gulf of Mexico after deadly Hurricane Ida. Recent satellite photos by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed the slick about two miles (3km) off Port Fourchon, Louisiana.”
US southern states recovering from Ida face new flooding threat.
“Parts of the southern United States still grappling with widespread power outages and water-logged homes in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Ida are facing the threat of more flash floods from slow-moving rain and drenching thunderstorms.”
Biden to visit New York and New Jersey reeling from deadly storms…
“Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and underground rail stations and tornado damage caused by the storm system spawned by Hurricane Ida, bipartisan voices are vowing to upgrade the aging US infrastructure network.”
Burnout in the US battle against wildfires.
“…the blazes have taken a huge toll on the men and women who are the frontline of defence against them. Firefighters work punishing hours for low pay, and frequently deal with depression, alcohol abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.” [Audio]
The decimation of Lake Oroville: Houseboats crowd together in a trickle of water after California droughts reduce the reservoir levels to an ‘historic low’ of 24 per cent capacity…
“Lake Oroville, found Butte County in northern California some 60 miles north of Sacramento, has been the site of a number of environmental disasters in recent years – including flooding and huge wildfires.”
Treasured US West trout streams wither amid heat, drought.
“But both torrent and trickle have afflicted storied trout streams in the American West in recent years amid the havoc of climate change, which has made the region hotter and drier and fueled severe weather events.”
Lancaster [southern California] sets new record: 58 days this year above 100 degrees.
“Amid sweltering Labor Day heat across much of Southern California, Lancaster on Monday marked its 58th day this year with temperatures above 100 degrees — breaking a record set 18 years ago.”
Recent Climate Data Shows Alarming September Temperature Trend In Denver…
“If it feels like September has suddenly turned into a month full of extreme heat in Denver, you’re right. Since the year 2000, Denver has set or tied daily high temperature records on 19 of the 30 days in the month.”
“This summer was Boise’s hottest on record [Idaho]… Boise’s average temperature between June and August was 78 degrees F, 1.4 degrees warmer than 2015, the former record year.”
US food-service workers are suffering from extreme heat. Few rules exist to protect them.
“With record-breaking temperatures blanketing the country and no federal heat standard in place, workers find they have no choice but to walk out.”
In North Cascades, researchers, climbers watch Washington’s snowpack quickly melt, exposing glaciers’ retreat.
“”Glaciers of the past carved Washington’s landscape. They gouged out Lake Washington and molded Seattle’s steep hills… But Northwest glaciers, shrinking, receding and collapsing, are on a climate-change driven path of decline.”
Widespread drought in the Canadian Prairies is driving up commodity prices, leaving restaurants to contend with a higher cost of doing business…
“While the impact of the drought is palpable in the hospitality industry, it will be felt across the entire Canadian economy.”
Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil.
“…countries [are] increasingly venture into the Antarctic to catch a species with great value to the billion-dollar health supplement industry: krill. Each roughly the size of a paperclip, Antarctic krill is the most abundant species on Earth.”
Third of shark and ray species face extinction, warns study…
“The health of “entire ocean ecosystems” and food security was in jeopardy, said Prof Nicholas Dulvy of Canada’s Simon Fraser University, a former co-chair of the shark specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.”
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