Beijing reports record-high air temperature for early March.“
“Beijing on Monday reported a record-high local air temperature for early March, with readings coming in at 23 degrees Celsius [73.4F] at 3:14 p.m., surpassing the previous record high of 22.3 degrees Celsius set on March 10, 2008.”
A week which will rewrite climatic history is kicking off in Asia. We will see unbelievable loads of unprecedented heat from Middle East to Japan.“
“Extremely rarely if hardly ever we can see this kind of anomalies in such a huge area for 10/15 days.”
Glacial melt in Indus raises water concerns…“
“Except for the Upper Indus basin (high mountain ranges of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalaya (HKH) all other sub-basins show a substantial rate of glacier mass loss, which can affect future water availability, creating a need for relooking into some of the water-sharing practices in the basin, the paper has concluded.”
Forest fires rage in Odisha, tiger sanctuaries & parks affected.“
“Even though harsh summer is yet to set in, forest blazes are sparking concerns in Odisha, which recorded 2,200 active fire points on Monday across the state, including in tiger sanctuaries and wildlife reserves.”
While some equatorial areas of SE Asia like Malaysia and Singapore are under serious floods, most of Continental Asia is experiencing record heat.“
“Today the Indian towns of Karwar with 40.2C [104.4F] and Honavar with 39.4C had their hottest day ever (for any month).”
Thousands forced from their homes [5 dead] amid southern Malaysia floods.“
“A clean-up is under way in parts of Malaysia after days of rain-triggered flooding forced thousands from their homes and killed at least four people. Nearly 50,000 people had been affected by the floods as of Monday morning at 8am (00:00 GMT), state news agency Bernama reported.”
At least 15 people have been killed, with dozens missing after torrential rains and landslides hit Indonesia’s Natuna region on the edge of the South China Sea.“
“Pictures and video from the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed landslides cascading through forested areas and dumping mud and debris on houses on the remote Serasan island.”
Flooding in remote NT [Australia] cuts off rail line and roads, limiting food supplies in WA’s Kimberley and sparking freight concerns.“
“Severe flooding in the Northern Territory is causing a logistical nightmare for people living on both sides of the NT-WA border, with floodwaters cutting off key road and rail links and impacting the supply of fresh food and supplies.”
After a 2022 virtually without heat, today the Australian city of Sydney felt the intense heat again with 40.6C [105.1F] at the Airport station, the highest in March in 40 years.“
“3 stations with short POR (Merriwa, Badgerys Creek and Bellambi) broke their records for March.”
Dozens of bushfires burning across Australia’s east coast could get worse as a severe heatwave continues, fire services have warned.“
“After two years of rains and floods, a return to warmer conditions has sparked New South Wales state’s worst fires since the 2019/2020 “Black Summer”.”
Northland’s wettest summer on record – one metre of rain on Whangārei [NZ].“
“The Winterless North may have to change its moniker to the Summerless North after the region suffered its wettest summer season on record, with Whangārei recording more than a metre of rain.”
Nearly half the month‘s rainfall in one hour [Tauranga, NZ]…“
“MetService meteorologist Peter Little confirms that indeed, the Tauranga region received an extraordinary dumping of rain overnight. “You guys had some pretty heavy rain last night. Our station at Tauranga Airport had 49mm of rain, which is a significant amount,” says Peter. “That was in the hour up until midnight.””
-68.1°C [-90.58F] in Vostok, Antarctica; Exceptionally low temperature in the Russian base, since its *February* record [and Antarctic record] is -64.7°C and we are only March 7.“
“This is probably the coldest temperature ever recorded so early in the year on the White Continent.”
Argentina is boiling: Yesterday temperatures between 35C and 39C [102.2F] were widespread in the North but also in Central areas and down to the Patagonia.“
“Rosario broke its March record again with 37.4C with more scorching heat expected for nearly 10 days and more records coming.”
Residents of some California mountain towns are bracing to be stranded for at least another week after record snowfall.“
“Repeat blizzards caused by a late-winter arctic blast have left high-elevation communities in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, buried under as much as 10 feet of snow. The area is under a state of emergency…”
California Braces for More Heavy Rains and Flooding.“
“Torrents of rain and heavy mountain snows are expected to sweep across California at the end of the week, raising the risk of floods and mudslides on a region that’s already drenched… The Pacific storms are called atmospheric rivers and can transport as much water as flows from the mouth of the Mississippi River.”
‘We don’t feel safe’: US community in shock after record methane leak.“
“A billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas were spewed into atmosphere in rural Pennsylvania amid state’s fracking boom… According to some calculations, the Jackson Township leak was equivalent to planet-warming emissions from burning more than 1,080 rail cars of coal or from running 360,000 cars for a year.”
Revealed: 1,000 super-emitting methane leaks risk triggering climate tipping points…“
“More than 1,000 “super-emitter” sites gushed the potent greenhouse gas methane into the global atmosphere in 2022, the Guardian can reveal, mostly from oil and gas facilities. The worst single leak spewed the pollution at a rate equivalent to 67m running cars.”
After a record warm February, winter cold is returning [most of US]“
“For the last several weeks, high temperatures have been breaking records. Many of you may have kissed winter goodbye and already moved on to spring. But don’t get too used to the warmer weather. We could see a huge shift in temperatures next week, and this one won’t be subtle.”
France set for heavy rain as record-breaking dry period ends.“
“After a record-breaking drought in February, France is set to return to more familiar winter territory this week. Heavy rainfall is expected across almost the entire country, and even snow in certain regions.”
Türkiye fears droughts amid lowest rainfall this year.“
“Türkiye is experiencing severe droughts as dams around the country’s major cities have reached low levels amid a lack of rainfall and an unusually warm winter stemming from global climate change.”
Harsh heat wave in Africa & Middle East:“
“In Egypt 39.5C [103.1F] at Kharga, exceptional 36.2C in the North at Ismailia and El Tor. In Israel 34.7C at Beer Sheva, 34.5C at Tel Aviv AP. 44.2C in Niger, 38C in Libya, 34C in Jordan, 28.4C in Cyprus; Many of these numbers are record for early March.”
No water by 2040: The crisis engulfing Iraq and its historic river flow.“
“The Middle East’s ancient Tigris-Euphrates river system flow is under threat, bringing a plethora of health emergencies to Iraq… “Diarrhoea, chicken pox, measles, typhoid fever, and cholera are currently spreading across Iraq because of the water crisis, and the government no longer provides vaccines to its citizens,” says Naseer Baqar, climate activist…”
Cyclone Freddy kills four in ‘rare’ return to Madagascar.“
“Tropical storm Freddy returned to Madagascar in what meteorologists described on Monday as a “rare” loop trajectory, killing four people, including two children as it hit for the second time in as many weeks.”
Floods Kill 8, Leave Thousands Homeless in Zambia, Officials Say.“
“Zambian officials say this year close to 400,000 people have been left homeless by the worst flooding in half a century — which started about four weeks ago. Heavy rains started a month before that and caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding tens of thousands of homes…”
Emissions from the food system alone will drive the world past 1.5C of global heating, unless high-methane foods are tackled.“
“Climate-heating emissions from food production, dominated by meat, dairy and rice, will by themselves break the key international target of 1.5C if left unchecked, a detailed study has shown.”
Climate change is launching a mutant seed space race.“
“Hurtling around the Earth at more than 20 times the speed of sound, some of the tiniest life forms aboard the International Space Station are on a mission to feed people on a warming planet… Farmers from Argentina to California, France and India are struggling to maintain yields amid global warming…”
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Well, that caught my attention…farm animals by themselves will put us past the 1.5…
Not surprising since we comprise of the 98-99% of the mammal body mass of the planet..
The rest is what we term “wildlife”(from a Dr. Rees video)…and the human horde is still expanding ever outward.
Rarely, nowadays, do I hear of overpopulation and when I do the topic turns to a technological solution! Humans, got to be amazed about how they muddle along…
Well now…how do we fix that one, I wonder?
So much of the discussion around climate change and ecological destruction is politically charged. For many, particularly on the left, talk of overpopulation ignores inequities of wealth distribution and potentially clears the way for eugenic “solutions” or culling, so they can’t hear the word without throwing a fit.
I get it. But to me it is basic common sense to observe that there are way too many humans (and attendant livestock) on the planet. Stand in the middle of Lagos or Dhaka and disagree!
What is complex about ‘climate change problems’ is that you can only partially ‘ address’ it. An accumulation of historically grown mismanagement, wars, droughts, overpopulation well you name it.
All ‘too little too late’, time is running out
Those Mena countries are particularly hard hit. Countries with the Nile, the Euphrates and the Tigris as central rivers that were once at the beginning of ‘our’ civilisation and where Moses still floated around in his rush basket. The lands of milk and honey, of science, mathematics, etc. Must have been great times.
The battle over the rivers and to whom the water belongs, though, is outside interesting and very lengthy to follow both regarding the Euphrates and the Nile. Glad I don’t live downstream.
Furthermore, the dust storms are increasing in all those countries totally unable to feed their own populations. In Iraq, 95% of food is imported because they cannot grow it themselves. The ‘ price and curse of oil’ shall we call it….
Meanwhile, they hold totally useless conferences to tackle the ‘ problem’ like this wostine dust conference last week in Tehran….
“A ten-year plan has been prepared to curb internal sources of sand and dust storms.
The internal dust sources are estimated at 34.6 million hectares, generating an average amount of 4.22 million tons of dust per year, about 1.460 million hectares are dried wetlands…..”
Well it will stir up a lot of ‘ dust’ is my guess….:)
Zip, I read an article comparing the recent dust storm in Texas to those of the 1930’s, which annoyingly I can’t now find. This article draws a comparison but doesn’t go into as much detail:
“Scenes across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week strongly resembled the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Winds topping 100 mph only added to the scars the two-year drought has etched into the area…
“Brad Heffington lives just north of Littlefield, Texas. He says Sunday’s dust storm was as bad as he’s seen in his 35-year farming career. He also is growing less optimistic about crop prospects this year, with his estimate of losses being at least 80% on dryland winter wheat.”
Wow! Thanks for your comments, Zip.