“Japan baking under hottest summer temps in recorded history.
“Japanese who are complaining of suffering through the hottest summer they’ve ever endured now have their belief endorsed by the country’s weather agency. The average temperature from June to August this year will be the highest since record-keeping began in 1898.”
“Typhoon Saola: China issues highest warning as storm approaches Hong Kong and Guangdong.
“China has issued the highest typhoon warning as Typhoon Saola crawled closer to the south-eastern coastline, threatening Hong Kong and other major manufacturing hubs in neighbouring Guangdong province… Wind speeds at 9am were clocked at 209km/h [130mph].”
“China detains five for minimising flood deaths.
“Chinese authorities have detained five people on suspicion of falsely understating the number of deaths from a flash flood at a construction site in Sichuan province, state media reported on Wednesday… Regions across China have suffered through weeks of torrential rains that have caused deaths, massive flooding and landslides.”
“Rain deficit over 30%, this is India’s driest August on record.
“Hit hard by El Niño, this month is set to be India’s driest August ever in records going back to 1901. The month is likely to log a massive rain deficit of over 33% — with as many as 20 days of the monsoon remaining in a “break” — which has raised the threat of the season (June-September) ending in deficient rainfall.”
“South Africa’s west coast registers record-breaking maximum temperatures in August.
“It’s been a cold and ruthless winter – but for a few days this week in the Western Cape, you would never have guessed it with the region experiencing scorching hot weather conditions and record-breaking maximum temperatures, some parts even exceeding 34°C [93.2F] on Tuesday, 29 August (still officially winter).”
“Türkiye to see hotter September this year…
“Drawing attention to the number of days with record-breaking heat worldwide in 2023, he predicted: “We anticipate much higher temperatures in 2024 compared to this year, with almost every day potentially setting new temperature records.””
“Hundreds of firefighters are trying to put out blazes near the Russian Black Sea town of Gelendzhik, one of the country’s most popular resorts, the local mayor said on Wednesday.
“In a post on Telegram, mayor Alexei Bogodistov said that 441 people, more than 80 vehicles and fire-fighting planes and helicopters had been deployed…”
“Europe split between extremely cold in Central Mediterranean and record heat in the East with 39C in Moldova and Ukraine.
“HISTORIC HEAT IN UKRAINE: 38.2 [100.8F] Vinnytsia hottest day in history (previous 38.0C in July 1936!); Monthly records: 36.1 Khmelnytskyi; 36.3 Zhytomyr.”
“Greece wildfire declared largest ever recorded in EU.
“A forest blaze in Greece is the largest wildfire ever recorded in the EU and the bloc is mobilising nearly half its firefighting air wing to tackle it, a European Commission spokesperson has said. Eleven planes and a helicopter from the EU fleet have been sent to help…”
“Extreme, bad weather is lashing Italy again and is not confined to the north as it was on Monday, but wreaking havoc across the whole of the country in a fresh break from recent muggy heatwaves, Azernews reports, citing ANSA.
“Cyclone Poppea is ripping across Italy bringing cloudbursts, gales and ‘maxi waves’ to most parts, according to local reports Tuesday.”
“Marmolada glacier shrinks by half in 25 years [Italy].
“The surface area of the Marmolada glacier in the Dolomites dropped to 112 hectares in 2022 as the glacier continues to shrink rapidly while global temperatures rise, according to data released on Wednesday.”
“Slovenian floods start disrupting Europe’s automotive supply chain…
“Comprising 20% of Slovenia’s total exports and contributing 10% to the country’s GDP, the automotive sector is an important pillar of Slovenia’s economy. It’s worth noting that no European car is manufactured without incorporating at least one component originating from Slovenia…”
“Austria flooding: River levels reach 100-year high amid storms…
“The western and southern regions of Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia had seen the biggest impact from the extreme conditions. Some homes were evacuated and a number of rail routes and bridges were closed by the authorities amid fears over rising water levels.”
“German farmers hit by climate change impacts, new data shows…
“A sequence of different weather extremes over the past months has left its mark on Germany’s agricultural production and led to significant variations between regions and production sectors, according to harvest data.”
“Arctic heat: Svalbard lufthavn …sets two new records – warmest august and also warmest summer.
“August record: pr.29.8 the medium temperature is 8.5C [47.3F], old record 7.5C 2002. Summer record: 7.8C. Old record 7.4C last year. (Third summer record since 2020).”
“While Antarctic Sea ice extent is still by far at record low levels for August, Arctic sea ice extent is currently the 7th lowest on records and it’s now 60Km2 below the 2010s average with few weeks to go to reach its minimum.”
“Melting Permafrost Sinks Pipelines In Russia And Canada…
“Melting permafrost has already triggered giant sinkholes, slumping phone lines, damaged highways and airport runways, and industrial pollution from melting containment wells. In May 2020, melting permafrost resulted in a Siberian diesel-waste spill of 20,000 metric tons, contaminating an area the size of Philadelphia.”
“Heavy precipitation, glacier runoff forces trail closure in Nunavut’s Auyuittuq Park [Arctic Canada]…
“”Due to high levels of seasonal precipitation and run off from surrounding glaciers, river and stream crossings currently present an extreme hazard and the risk of rock fall and landslides has significantly increased,” reads an Aug. 21 bulletin from Parks Canada.”
“Lightning strikes have sparked dozens of new wildfires in British Columbia — including 18 on the Island — as thunderstorms brought mixed blessings to the province’s battle against its worst fire season on record.
“A forecast of rain promised relief for some wildfire zones in the south and Interior, but lightning associated with the storms triggered most of the 47 new blazes…”
“Climate change makes wildfires in California more explosive.
“…a new study, published Wednesday in Nature, uses a machine-learning model to show that climate change has nudged the risk of fast-spreading fires up by about 25% on average in California. That’s compared to a time before humans heated up Earth’s atmosphere by burning vast amounts of fossil fuels.”
“Five World War I-era ships were found in a southeast Texas river this month as ongoing drought conditions push water levels to new lows, officials said.
“A 70-year-old retiree-turned-amateur shipwreck hunter discovered the wooden vessels, each 80 to 100 feet long, in the Neches River on Aug. 16, according to the Ice House Museum in Silsbee, Texas.”
“Idalia 1 of 10 historical storms since 1950 intensifying at least 40 mph in the 24 hours before U.S. landfall.
“Sobering to see five of those storms occurred in the past seven years. Climate change increases the odds of rapid intensification.”
“Hurricane Idalia latest: Tropical storm now heading for Georgia – Florida homes submerged, 250,000 lose power and flights axed.
“Hurricane Idalia has wrought havoc in Florida, leaving 250,000 homes without power and submerging properties. The storm has now been downgraded as it heads into Georgia – but storm surges and rainfall pose new risks.”
“A 100-year-old oak tree toppled over onto Ron DeSantis’ mansion in Tallahassee as Hurricane Idalia began its path of destruction across Florida.
“The governor’s wife Casey DeSantis revealed the incident on X (formerly known as Twitter), saying she and her children were home at the time but no one was injured.”
“Record heat again in the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba:
“Yesterday 34.4C [93.9F] in the Juancho Yrausquin is the highest temperature ever recorded in the airport (data since 1970), which beats the old record of 33.5C set 3 times (last one earlier this month).”
“51.4°C [124.5F] in Mexicali, Baja California yesterday!
“If reliable, this would be a new August record for Mexico, but this station needs to be checked as it has been at a suspect level for several years. Yesterday, it was “only” 119/120°F [48/49°C] on the other side of the border.”
“More record heat from Mexico:
“The city of Tampico with 40.2C [104.4F] on 29 August broke its record of the highest temperature ever recorded in August. Hundreds of records have fallen in Mexico since June.”
“Climate change, pests threaten Mexico City’s iconic palms.
“…the ones providing shade and a splash of green in Mexico City are suffering from lethal yellowing, which experts say is caused by the red palm weevil, a type of beetle. The pest is native to tropical Asia but has spread around the world, causing irreversible damage to palm trees in various countries.”
“Several records of high temperatures for August fell in Peruvian Amazon Region the past days (see below).
“Yesterday record heat also in the North, in the Piura and Tumbes areas with up to 36C [96.8F]. Winter has been non-existent in Peru with records broken since the start to the end.”
“Climate change accelerates the melting of glaciers in Chile.
“Due to the impact of global warming, the average temperature in Chile has increased year by year over the past decade, and the melting rate of glaciers on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field has accelerated significantly. “This winter will be the hottest winter ever recorded in Chile in terms of temperature…””
“Sydney, Hobart weather records broken as Australia prepares to enter bushfire season following a historically hot, dry winter…
“Hobart saw also broke that [hottest July] record, getting to a mean daily maximum temperature of 14.7C, the warmest in 141 years. In August, the Tasmanian city’s mean daily maximum was 15.2C, which is also likely the warmest on record, although we do have a few hours left to make sure.”
“Southern Ocean deepwater is shrinking, warming, and scaring the bejeebus out of scientists.
“Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Southampton found direct observational evidence that changes in the winds and sea ice formation change are warming and shrinking the bottom water production in the Weddell Sea of Antarctica.”
“Bird Flu Raced Through South America. Antarctica Could Be Next.
“More than 100 million birds breed in the region, and many are likely to be vulnerable to the virus, scientists warned.”
“Climate-changing human activity could lead to 1 billion deaths over the next century, according to new study.
“If global warming reaches or exceeds two degrees Celsius by 2100, University of Western Ontario’s Joshua Pearce says it is likely that mainly richer humans will be responsible for the death of roughly one billion mainly poorer humans over the next century.”
“‘I tend to be very gentle’: how teachers are navigating climate change in the classroom.
“…teachers who felt confident with the scientific “facts” of climate change, often felt less equipped to respond to student enquiries about social and emotional dimensions of climate change. This included feelings of sadness or feeling unsupported by older generations.”
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