New study reveals that subsea permafrost in the Arctic, previously thought to be impermeable, is degrading, allowing for increasing rates of methane release.

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“Significant reserves of methane (CH4) are held in the Arctic shelf, but the release of CH4 to the overlying ocean and, subsequently, to the atmosphere has been believed to be restricted by impermeable subsea permafrost, which has sealed the upper sediment layers for thousands of years.

“Our studies demonstrate progressive degradation of subsea permafrost which controls the scales of CH4 release from the sediment into the water-atmospheric system.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264817222000289?via%3Dihub


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Canadian police fatally shoot polar bear that wandered into Quebec community.

“Canadian police have shot and killed a polar bear that wandered into a Quebec community hundreds of kilometres south of the species’ normal territory, in an incident that experts warn could become more common as sea ice coverage becomes more unpredictable thanks to global heating.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/03/canada-polar-bear-quebec-police


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April was wettest on record for Grand Forks [North Dakota], second wettest for Fargo.

“Grand Forks set a precipitation record for the month of April with 6.49 inches, easily besting the 5.28 inches of precipitation that fell in April in 1896. The third-wettest April in Grand Forks was in 1937, when 4.62 inches of precipitation fell.”

https://www.inforum.com/weather/april-was-wettest-on-record-for-grand-forks-second-wettest-for-fargo


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Central U.S. faces severe storms, tornadoes on multiple days this week…

Evan Bentley, a forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center, described the forthcoming weather pattern as “absolutely insane” on Twitter, writing “Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Monday, [and] Tuesday all have potential to be high-end severe weather days.””

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/05/02/severe-storms-tornadoes-central-plains/


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New Mexico governor urges Biden to declare wildfires a disaster to free funds…

“Authorities in northeastern New Mexico said the flames were a couple miles from Las Vegas, which serves as an economic hub for most of northeastern New Mexico, and the ranching and farming families who have called the rural region home for generations”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/03/new-mexico-wildfire-drought


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Drought-starved Lake Mead reveals a decades-old barrel with a body inside.

“A body inside a barrel was found over the weekend on the the newly exposed bottom of Nevada’s Lake Mead as drought depletes one of the largest US reservoirs – and officials predicted the discovery could be just the first of more grim finds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/02/lake-mead-barrel-human-remains-nevada


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Water is so low in the Colorado River, Feds are holding some back so one dam can keep generating power…

“The federal government on Tuesday announced it will delay the release of water from one of the Colorado River’s major reservoirs, an unprecedented action that will temporarily address declining reservoir levels fueled by the historic Western drought.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/03/lake-powell-glen-canyon-dam-water-release-delayed-due-to-drought.html


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Since the beginning of the year, the weather gave no respite to the summer crops [BA, Argentina], which first suffered the harsh drought and then the relief of the rains towards the end of January.

“However, as a paradox, the rain they waited so long in the field became a headache for producers, where flooding worsens day by day… so far this year [the area] received about 800 millimeters [31.5 inches], when the annual average is 900.

https://tn.com.ar/campo/2022/05/02/inundaciones-hay-un-partido-bonaerense-bajo-el-agua-y-los-productores-estan-desesperados/


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Deforestation and logging aren’t just decimating the Amazon’s forests. They’re making them quieter…

“The acoustics, which were combined with airborne satellite data, were recorded during September and October of 2016. The researchers found that in forests where blazes happened repeatedly, communication between animals was quieter than in forests that were logged or burned only once.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/deforestation-in-the-amazon-is-making-it-quieter-research-suggests-2022-5?r=US&IR=T


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South Africa: Flood Survivors Endure Thirst, Trauma and Disease…

“The sun has been shining almost every day since flash floods tore through the KwaZulu-Natal province’s most populous urban areas on 11 April, but for many people the suffering continues. Large parts of the eThekwini Municipality around the coastal city of Durban, remain without water and sanitation, with no indication of when these services will be restored.”

https://msf.org.au/article/project-news/south-africa-flood-survivors-endure-thirst-trauma-and-disease


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Flooding due to torrential rain in Tanzania has killed several people and caused the displacement of several thousand residents, based on reports as of Tuesday, May 3.

“The incident was a result of prolonged heavy rain since late April in the Mbeya and Songwe regions of the East African nation.”

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/50672/20220503/flooding-due-heavy-rain-kills-five-people-displaces-thousands-tanzania.htm


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Worst drought in decades devastates Ethiopia’s nomads.

“There has hardly been a drop of rain in Hargududo in 18 months. Dried-up carcasses of goats, cows and donkeys litter the ground near the modest thatched huts in this small village in the Somali region of southeastern Ethiopia.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220504-worst-drought-in-decades-devastates-ethiopia-s-nomads


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On 2nd May the village of Faya Largeau in Northern Chad, near an oasis, had an hourly temperature of 47C /116.6F (no Tmin/Tmax released for this station).

“That would be the highest reliable temperature recorded in May in Chad, with the limitation of scarce data in certain areas.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1521524915974905859


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The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation launched a campaign to monitor and remove violations on the Nile River before the start of the third-stage filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) reservoir.

“Egypt derives 90 percent of its water needs, or 55.5 billion cubic meters, from the Nile.”

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3625551/egypt-kicks-campaign-remove-violations-nile-river


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Last month was one of Israel’s three warmest Aprils over the past 70 years, another sign of the country’s accelerated warming trend, the Israel Meteorological Service said this week… Israel is warming at twice the global rate…

“The difference between March and April reached 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, the largest gap between the two months since Israel began accurately recording temperatures 70 years ago.”

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-one-of-israel-s-warmest-aprils-follows-its-frigid-march-1.10774922


A big sandstorm hit Kandahar, Afghanistan on May 3rd 2022. Residents were forced inside as air quality deteriorated. Buildings were damaged by the strong winds and flying debris.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwrbwOCfc7E


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Pakistan likely to face acute water shortage within three years.

“Of all the crises confronting Pakistan today, water scarcity is the least talked about but most challenging for a country where over 30 million citizens have no access to clean drinking water. In three years, Pakistan will be staring at acute water scarcity, a situation which would leave millions of people and their land gasping for a trickle.”

https://theprint.in/world/pakistan-likely-to-face-acute-water-shortage-within-three-years/939893/


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India and Pakistan heatwave is ‘testing the limits of human survivability,’ expert says…

“This heatwave is definitely unprecedented,” said Dr. Chandni Singh, IPCC Lead Author and Senior Researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. “We have seen a change in its intensity, its arrival time, and duration. This is what climate experts predicted and it will have cascading impacts on health.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/02/asia/india-pakistan-heatwave-climate-intl-hnk/index.html


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Dust storm forecast for Delhi…

“With scanty rains owing to feeble western disturbances, Delhi had recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951 with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. The city’s normal monthly average temperature in April is 36.30 degrees Celsius.”

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/dust-storm-forecast-for-delhi


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Hong Kong weather expert calls coldest day in May for more than 100 years ‘good sign’. [no comment!]

“Hong Kong recorded its coldest day in May for more than a century on Monday morning, according to the city’s weather forecaster, with a veteran meteorologist saying it was a “good sign” amid climate change fears.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2304182/hong-kong-weather-expert-calls-coldest-day-in-may-for-more-than-100-years-good-sign


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China is upside down these days, with a record cold spell in the tropical areas and intense heat in the North.

“In the NE Beijing rose to 32.0C /89.6F (first 30, 31, 32 of 2022),Tianjin 33.0C. In the NW Turpan 36.9C.First 30C of 2022 also in Mongolia with 30.3C at Sainshand.Hotter tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/152142936348860825


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North Korea mobilises office workers to fight drought amid food shortages.

“North Korea’s office workers and factory labourers have been dispatched to farming areas around the country to join a fight against drought, state media reported on Wednesday, amid concerns over prolonged food shortages.”

https://wtvbam.com/2022/05/03/n-korea-mobilises-office-workers-to-fight-drought-amid-food-shortages/


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Trauma, disbelief and plenty of ideas shared at NSW flood inquiry hearing in Lismore…

“Some suggested flood-zone houses should have mandatory roof hatches, like skylights, to prevent people in attics being drowned by rising waters. There were multiple calls for the insurance system to be overhauled…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/04/trauma-disbelief-and-plenty-of-ideas-shared-at-nsw-flood-inquiry-hearing-in-lismore


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Flood and cyclone-prone areas in eastern Australia may be ‘uninsurable’ by 2030, report suggests.

“Extreme weather due to the climate crisis is expected to increasingly make some Australian homes “uninsurable”, with a new report suggesting up to one in 25 households will struggle to be covered by 2030.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/03/flood-and-cyclone-prone-areas-in-eastern-australia-may-be-uninsurable-by-2030-report-suggests


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Floods, new mystery disease impact starving marine turtles.

“University of the Sunshine Coast researchers and wildlife rescuers have joined forces as they deal with a large increase in stranded, sick, and deceased marine turtles from recent floods and the discovery of a mystery disorder that is eating away at turtle shells.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-floodsnew-mystery-disease-impact-starving.html


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Climate change has NZ sinking – floods to become routine events.

“Climate change is taking its toll as the sea keeps crawling onto New Zealand’s sinking coastline, halving the time authorities thought they had to take action, according to an NZ SeaRise study released earlier this week.”

https://en.mercopress.com/2022/05/03/climate-change-has-nz-sinking-floods-to-become-routine-events


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A Concerning Change Is Happening to Earth’s Water Cycle, Satellite Data Reveal.

“Climate change is throwing Earth’s water cycle severely out of whack. According to new satellite data, freshwaters are growing fresher and salt waters are growing saltier at an increasingly rapid rate all around the world. If this pattern continues, it will turbocharge rainstorms.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/earth-s-water-cycle-is-accelerating-and-it-s-cause-for-great-concern


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