Climate change is causing droughts everywhere.“
“Much of the Northern Hemisphere is struggling with drought or the threat of drought, as Europe experiences an unusually warm, precipitation-free winter and swaths of the American West remain mired in an epic megadrought.
“But it’s not just those pockets feeling the pain in the U.S. Most of the Western United States is in some form of drought, with areas of extreme drought concentrated in the Great Plains and Texas. A 23-year megadrought has left the Southwest at the driest it is estimated to have ever been in 1,200 years, based on tree-ring data.”
The wheat farmers across the northern states of India are in a panic state with the ongoing heat wave. The farmers are in fear of losing their crops like last year due to high temperatures.“
“Agricultural experts say that if the increase in temperature continues, then there may be a decrease in the yield of wheat. The government has constituted a committee to monitor the situation.”
Spectre of El Nino is back to haunt [India].“
“Even before investors could heave a sigh of relief on inflation, a potential fresh risk in the form of El Niño has emerged. In its February forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the US has predicted the possibility of an El Niño year. For India, El Niño creates dryer and hotter summers and a deficient monsoon.”
Prolonged drought in China’s Yunnan province likely to worsen hydropower shortage.“
“China’s Yunnan province, the country’s second largest hydropower producer after Sichuan, has been facing a prolonged drought that could worsen in coming weeks, forcing it to ration power supply to domestic industries and neighboring provinces, according to market participants, government announcements and state media reports.”
Exceptional mildness in Mongolia, Southern Siberia and Northern China. Many records of highest temperatures for February were broken in all 3 countries.“
“Temperatures reached 12C [53.6F] at 1300m in Mongolia, 10C in Siberia at 700/800m. In China record broken at Huzhong.”
“Another very mild day in East Asia with 12.2C in Mongolia,16C in North Korea and 20C in South Korea.
“Remarkable temperatures in Siberia include: Partizansk 10.6C [51.1F] new record; Progranichnyj 12.0C; Ternej 11.4C record; Agzu 10.0C record.”
3,500-Year-Old Mummified Bear Found in Siberian Permafrost.“
“As the permafrost in Siberia melts, it has revealed a mummified brown bear that lived more than three millennia ago. Scientists are now planning to conduct an autopsy on the bear, with the hope of making a breakthrough in the study of ancient animals.”
Jakarta Floods Spread to 104 Neighborhoods, 5 Roads.“
“Jakarta areas hit by floods expanded from 82 neighborhood units (RT) to 104 RT as of 13:00 hours local time. The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) also reported that the number of roads inundated by floodwater also increased from two to five locations.”
Perth goes through entire summer without recording 40-degree day [fourth time on record]…“
“Summer of 2022-23 marks a strong contrast to last year, when tumbling heat records became common place, including a record number of days above 40 degrees Celsius and a record number of consecutive days above 40C.”
A “little” summer cold record in Australia:“
“The remote Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea 600km from the mainland coasts, dropped this morning to 13.7C [56.7F]. This is its lowest temperature ever recorded in February, which is normally its hottest month.”
‘Intense’ rain, flooding leads to evacuations in Gisborne [NZ]…“
“A “number of families” in Gisborne’s Mangapapa were evacuated this morning amid heavy rain and flooding. “Heavy rain has caused drains to flood and creeks to rise to about 2 metres,” Tairāwhiti Civil Defence said about 5am.”
Antarctic Peninsula glaciers on the run.“
“Like many places, the Antarctic Peninsula is falling victim to rising temperatures. However, when scientists used radar images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission acquired between 2014 and 2021, they were taken aback to discover just how the fast 105 glaciers on the west coast are flowing in the summer months.”
Sea ice in Antarctic at new record low: US data center.“
“Antarctic sea ice likely shrunk to a record low last week, US researchers said Monday, its lowest extent in the 45 years of satellite record-keeping. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder said that Antarctica’s sea ice fell to 1.79 million square kilometers (691,000 million square miles) on February 21.”
Bad news for the South Americans who are tired of this long hot summer:“
“A new, intense and long heat wave will persist in Chile, Northern half of Argentina and Uruguay for at least nearly 10 days. March Records will fall. Today temperatures up to 36C/38C [100.4F] in Chile in 5 regions.”
JPMorgan Sees Argentina Economy Facing Prospect of Hard Landing.“
“Argentina’s economy is facing the prospect of a “hard landing” scenario this year as a crop drought deepens expectations of a larger downturn, according to a note published Monday by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.”
Record rainfall out to sea has water agencies talking about tapping the potential [California]…“
“The Carmel River Watershed has seen record rainfall this winter beating out 1998 for the wettest year to date and the rain is not done yet. But most of that water won’t end up in your tap instead it’s flowing out to the ocean.”
California approaching a record snow year as yet another storm hits.“
“California was hit Monday with yet another winter storm, adding to what has become an unusually cold and wet season that some experts say has the chance to become one of the snowiest on record if conditions continues.”
How climate change is making California’s weather more extreme.“
“…the whiplash from one extreme to another is consistent with climate change, experts say. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, California’s average temperatures have risen between 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit, and the dramatic variability seen in recent years is a consequence of that fact.”
Another active weather week forecast after storms bring more than 100 mph wind gusts and tornadoes to the central US.“
“If you are waking up across the south-central US, chances are you didn’t get much sleep. Insanely strong storms ripped through traveling close to 100 mph. At one point, the National Weather Service Office in Norman, Oklahoma called them “historic.””
USA is stuck with full wintry conditions in the West and North and abnormal endless warmth in the SE.“
“Yesterday 99F again in Texas, today up to 78F in Kentucky,81F in Tennessee. Hottest February day on records beaten (again!) at Troy, Alabama with 86F / 30C.”
Hurricane winds will get stronger in states like Illinois and Tennessee, threatening more properties.“
“More than 13 million properties that are not currently exposed to tropical cyclones will be at risk of damage from hurricane-force winds, which are projected to reach further inland as storms increasingly shift up the East Coast, according to the report.”
Another 2 U.S. Ski Resorts Close Early Due to Warm Weather.“
“While the West Coast is drowning in a snowy storm front with record snow falls, ski resorts in the Southeast are starting to close after two consecutive weeks of record warm temperatures, far above February averages… Wintergreen Resort in Virginia was one of those forced to close.”
DC Cherry Blossom Trees May Hit Peak Earliest Date Ever.“
“The winter temperatures regularly topping out above 60 degrees, and sometimes near 80, many fans of the District’s famed cherry blossoms are wondering how early the trees might bloom. Peak bloom is defined as the day when 70 percent of the cherry blossoms are open.”
Warm winters threaten Algonquin traditions.“
“Because of climate change, yearly annual temperatures in the region [western Quebec] and across Canada have trended up for decades. This winter is one of the warmest in decades in Ottawa, about 110 kilometres south of Diabo’s home in Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg First Nation.”
West Cork [Ireland] firefighters save crucial radar installation while tackling 20 wildfires at weekend.“
“Firefighters have been praised for saving a critical aviation radar installation from a massive wildfire over the weekend. The blaze on Mount Gabriel in West Cork has now prompted renewed calls for more funding for the region’s retained firefighting service.”
Agony on a Cornish beach: what do whale strandings tell us about our oceans?“
“In recent years, reports of cetacean strandings on UK coasts have reached record levels, with numerous mass strandings and a greater variety of species appearing on beaches… human activity is largely to blame.”
Mallorca has been gripped by a winter storm that is wreaking havoc, with 20 inches of snow shutting roads and cutting power in dozens of towns.“
“The Spanish holiday island is covered with snow today and officials issued a rare red alert warning for the second day in a row as a further 15 inches is expected to fall in the next 24 hours.”
Record warmth in Eastern Mediterranean and Russia today with over 27C [80.6F] in Turkey, Greece (in Crete) and Cyprus. 32C in Israel.“
“In Russia several records of highest temperatures for February fell. The main ones were: Krasnodar 23.1C; Tihoreck 21.7C; Primorsko Atarsk 21.4C.”
Levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates plunge in south.“
“Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers have witnessed a sharp decrease in their levels in the south of the country, officials said Sunday, pledging to take urgent measures to ease water shortages. In Nasiriyah, capital of the southern province of Dhi Qar, an AFP photographer saw the river bed of the mighty Euphrates dry in patches.”
Pressure Grows on Kenyan President to Declare Drought a National Disaster.“
“Pressure is growing on Kenya’s President William Ruto to declare a national disaster over a record drought in the country’s north that has affected five million people. The failure of a sixth consecutive rainy season is making hunger worse across the region.”
Fleeing drought, Somalis face malnutrition and cholera in Kenya.“
“After five consecutive failed rainy seasons, parts of Somalia are on the verge of famine… Those who flee often find little relief in neighbouring countries which have also been hit by the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in more than four decades and are groaning under the strain of an influx of new refugees.”
Another Heat Wave in South Africa: Temperature reached 42.7C [108.9F] at Twee Rivieren (879m above sea level) on the border with Botswana.“
“Also 41.8C at Van Zylsrus (938m). in Botswana 40.7C at Tubu (1002m). Temperatures are at record level for the end of February.”
Love Island was reportedly thrown into mayhem as a ‘destructive’ wildfire raged next to the South Africa villa on Saturday night.“
“An evacuation plan was allegedly put in place for islanders at the £1.2million pad while fire crews fought a blaze just two fields away. Show bosses were thought to have been on ‘high alert’…”
Cape Town’s 2021 runaway wildfire: an effect of climate change.“
“Climate change played a large role in weather conditions that contributed to the devastating runaway wildfire that gutted large parts of the University of Cape Town’s upper campus almost two years ago. And as global temperatures soar, wildfire weather conditions as severe as those seen on that fateful day are now 90% more likely to reoccur.”
Hoarding Onions Threatens a New Chapter in Global Food Crisis…“
“Onions are the staple of cuisines across the world, the most consumed vegetable after the tomato (technically a fruit)… The jump in prices is a knock-on effect from disastrous floods in Pakistan, frosts damaging stockpiles in Central Asia and Russia’s war in Ukraine. In North Africa, meanwhile, farmers have battled severe droughts and an increase in the cost of seeds and fertilizers.”
Research reveals climate crisis is driving a rise in human-wildlife conflicts.“
“From blue whales colliding with ships to African elephants raiding crops in villages, the climate crisis is causing a rise in conflicts that lead to injury or death for humans and wildlife, new research shows.”
Climate change is fuelling the rise of superbugs. What can we do to save ourselves?“
“The next time you need to take antibiotics, they may not work. So you may be prescribed a different antibiotic, which also may not work. Maybe nothing works. This is what happens when bacteria develop resistance to drugs designed to kill them, putting modern medicine at risk, and making everyday infections deadly.”
Reflecting sunlight to cool the Earth must be studied before climate change gets much worse, urges group of 60 scientists…“
“Air pollution is currently “masking” as much as a third of the impacts of global warming [quite unusual to see global dimming mentioned in the MSM], and as regulations around the world tighten, the amount of global warming will be “unmasked.”
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And the public is fed the lie EVs are part of the solution
Mining Aluminum for the Ford F-150 Lightning Is Allegedly Making Thousands in the Amazon Rainforest Sick
José Rodríguez Jr.
Mon, February 27, 2023 at 6:30 PM EST
The Hydro refinery is allegedly releasing trace amounts of aluminum and other heavy metals (arsenic, chromium, cadmium, lead and nickel) into the area, which has led to birth defects and cancer, among other horrific illnesses.
According to the report, ore from Alunorte can be traced to aluminum used to build the Ford F-150 Lightning in the U.S. automaker’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and Rouge assembly complex, overall, where the best-selling vehicle in America is made. Go read this report, because it’s a thorough look into the allegations of pollution in the Amazon, which could only get worse as the industry ramps up production of fully-electric vehicles.
Bloomberg explains that Ford switched from heavy steel to lighter aluminum to build the F-150 in 2015, and now that the truck will be sold as an EV, the company will need to offset the truck’s weight even more due to the F-150 Lightning’s battery
Thank you for the these stories…yes, superbugs will be on the rise, wildlife will be on the run (only constitutes about 1 to 2% of mammal body mass …all else are humans and domesticated animals! Per Dr. Rees interview) and onions built the pyramids in and Egypt in one program I watched a long while ago. In it there was a crisis and the onion shipments stopped…workers went hungry pleading to those in charge without any response….
Justin, I did watch that interview with Dr Rees and Nate Hagen, at the end Nate asked what could young people do..
Dr. Rees urges them to get politically involved …from my own experience that’s a dead end (just like Jay Hansen of Die off discovered). In our system it’s just a release valve of discontent
EV’s – saving the world one two-tonne chunk of steel, aluminium, plastics, rubber, lithium and rare earths at a time. 😂
The Earth is a closed system and it has to be to keep the nothingness of space from killing it off. Humanity is now like a smoker in a sealed room that will suffocate from the smoke before he gives up his addiction. In this mindless race humanity will be the loser.
A closed system for matter but an open one for energy but basically I agree, Sissyfuss – we’re stewing in our own juices, so to speak.
1.Well drought everywhere…. Surely the paradox, call it ‘ deadly dance’ between water scarcity, food and energy is becoming more and more insightful.
No water no hydropower….as in China, India, France and surely many other countries. Then thermal power plants! like coal and nuclear power. China and India are rapidly building nei new ones and issuing new coal mining concession.
But yes precisely those mining and power plants consume extremely large amounts of water for flushing and cooling.
I am sure we are going to hear a lot about it 🙂
2.Ten EU countries in their wisdom today gathered somewhere in Stockholm expressed their deep desire for more, much more nuclear power. All for the environment :). Interestingly, ‘ a child’ can see that extractable reserves of uranium are very limited. That the expected increase in heat waves will, moreover, lead directly to cooling problems and that the ‘environmental damage’ to these ‘ fossil parasitic’ power plants will occur somewhere in a more distant future. Awareness of the finite nature of resources just won’t penetrate.
A wonderful spiral downwards.
“…precisely those mining and power plants consume extremely large amounts of water for flushing and cooling.” Right. And of course a lot of coal is transported by barge, which starts being tricky as rivers dry up.
You need society operating effectively, at a very high level of complexity, and a stable climate for nuclear power to be a safe option. Obviously neither of those criteria are going to apply for much longer.
Thanks for the reminder! Our memory is short :).
That is not to our advantage.
Rivers and canals are incredibly important in economic history; Last summer, things went all wrong on the Rhine and Danube…. In China and the US the same problems at their biggest rivers….
A word about the Rhine.
Every year, more than 300 million tonnes of goods are shipped on the Rhine between Switzerland and the North Sea. Some 80 per cent of all waterborne freight traffic within Germany goes along the river, which passes by important industrial areas. Chemical company BASF and steel group ThyssenKrupp, among others, rely on the Rhine to supply crucial goods and raw materials. Last week, German energy group Uniper already warned that an important coal-fired power plant near Frankfurt can hardly be supplied with coal any more.
Freight costs on the Rhine are skyrocketing. Transporting fuel to Basel in Switzerland now costs over €270 per tonne against €25 early this summer
Switching to transport by rail was no solution, as the German rail network suffers from chronic congestion. In addition, more than 100 trucks are needed to transport one load of an average cargo ship while Germany is facing a severe shortage of truck drivers.
Thanks, Zip. Amazing.
Speaking of EVs : Australia is undertaking a 2-year trial of EV logging trucks, using ‘Swap & Go’ batteries:
With such huge distances between populations, our diesel consumption for freight transport is a worry, so I guess this 2-year research/evaluation trial will have a lot of hopium pinned to it.
For the moment, no worry with water or drought – 3 years of solid heavy flooding rainfall, filled every last aquifer, dam, reservoir, river, creek, pond, hollow etc – and then some.
2020 – La Nina Year 1 – everybody cheered as all the long mega-drought stricken soils, and dangerously low reservoirs, and dry river beds, sucked it up over 12 months.
2021 – La Nina Year 2 – rivers and dams are full now, soils are totally saturated and can’t suck or drain any more — some moderate flooding, in patchy areas. Okay – enough already!
2022 – La Nina Year 3 – Oops! Way Overshoot – cant take anymore. Worst flooding in history.
There are even newly created springs bubbling out of the ground in remote areas of the Great Artesian Basin. The largest in the world, and not so many years ago — the constant reports of depletion from the Basin were a constant source of fear, alarm and eco-warrior protests.
And probably the main reason, Australia has not been overly interested or invested in fracking.
Anyway, just saying there may well be hope for Europe, south-west USA etc – the rains may come with the predicted El Nino, (while we bake in a 10-year megadrought) but not until summer 2024 as there is a time lag between El Nino developing in the South Pacific, before affecting the northern hemisphere climate.
I guess like us, it may also prove to be a ‘Careful What you Wish For’ moment.
Rain, I do apologise – your comment has been held up in moderation. I’m not sure why – that usually only happens with first-time commenters. It might be the links.
I agree re Europe. There’s a good chance that conditions will flip and it will experience an absolute deluge, as you saw in Oz and as we are now seeing in California. How long food production and infrastructure can ride that bucking bronco of seesawing extremes is anyone’s guess.