Over a billion sea creatures died from heatwave. Study reveals chaos on seafloor.
Record-breaking wildfires have occurred all over the Northern Hemisphere during 2023, new report finds. The total wildfire emissions for 2023 is estimated to be almost 410 megatonnes.
Boreal forests in regions all over the world have been experiencing the worst wildfires in recorded history in 2023, according to new research.
Eight countries witness devastating floods in Sept: Is climate change causing deluge across the world?
The latest series of extreme weather events took place against the backdrop of soaring global temperatures. Therefore, it can be tempting to see the deluge in different regions as a direct consequence of climate change — studies have shown that global warming is most likely affecting flooding. Attributing any flood event to climate change, however, is a tricky endeavour.
Near-surface permafrost could be nearly gone by 2100, scientists conclude
Most of Earth’s near-surface permafrost could be gone by 2100, an international team of scientists has concluded after comparing current climate trends to the planet’s climate 3 million years ago.
The team found that the amount of near-surface permafrost could drop by 93% compared to the preindustrial period of 1850 to 1900.
Hong Kong had its hottest summer ever in 2023. The city recorded an average temperature of 29.7 degrees Celsius (about 85 Fahrenheit) in August, the highest since records began almost 140 years ago. It coincided with higher temperatures in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia as global climate change also sent the mercury rising in North America and Europe.
The Bureau of Meteorology has declared an El Nino climate pattern, sparking worries about heatwaves as summer approaches.
It comes as an unusual spring heat causes sizzling high temperatures and extreme fire danger across Australia’s southeast, with a severe heatwave warning issued from Monday to Wednesday in NSW.
Temperatures have soared 14 degrees higher than usual in large parts of the country, reaching the mid 30s for the first half of the week.
A sweltering heat wave in Australia took its toll on runners in the Sydney Marathon on Sunday, with 26 people taken to the hospital and about 40 treated for heat exhaustion by emergency services.
Large parts of Australia’s southeast, including Sydney, are experiencing a spring heat wave, the national weather bureau said, with temperatures Monday expected to peak at up to 16 degrees Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) above the September average.
Parts of Devon and Southern Wales have been left submerged following warnings that half a month’s rain may fall in the space of a single day, flooding airport terminals and shutting roads.
The Heatwave Threat: Can Tropical Forests Survive Climate Change?
Tropical forests are facing a daunting challenge as climate change brings about increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves.
Many college dorms lack air-conditioning—and not just at smaller institutions like Wayne State.
Public flagships including the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Maryland both have a substantial number of rooms on campus without AC, as do elite private institutions such as Boston, Yale and Cornell Universities.
Libyan flood survivors weigh water shortages against landmine risk
People whose homes were swept away by flooding in Libya’s eastern city of Derna a week ago faced the dilemma on Sunday of whether to stay and risk infection or flee through areas where landmines have been displaced by the torrents.
Thousands of people were killed after two dams above Derna broke on Sept. 10 during a powerful storm, bringing down residential blocks lining a usually dry riverbed as people slept. Many bodies have been washed out to sea.
Water shortage drives elephant migration from Zimbabwe
Large numbers of elephants from Zimbabwe’s biggest national park are moving to neighboring Botswana in a search for water, a spokesman said Monday.
Antarctic sea-ice at ‘mind-blowing’ low alarms experts
The sea-ice surrounding Antarctica is well below any previous recorded winter level, satellite data shows, a worrying new benchmark for a region that once seemed resistant to global warming.
“It’s so far outside anything we’ve seen, it’s almost mind-blowing,” says Walter Meier, who monitors sea-ice with the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Lightning strikes 9,000 times during ‘insane’ thunderstorm as UK hit by flash flooding
Torrential downpours left Britain facing a deluge of rainwater as the country’s roads turned into rivers
Landslide strikes northwestern Congo amid torrential rainfall, at least 17 dead
Authorities cautioned death toll may increase pending rescue, recovery efforts
“A torrential downpour caused a lot of damage, including a landslide that swallowed up several houses,” he said. “The toll is still provisional as bodies are still under the rubble.”
Desert dust storms carry human-made toxic pollutants, and the health risk extends indoors
Around the world, deserts now increasingly border built structures, including urban dwellings, manufacturing, transportation hubs, sewage treatment and landfills. As a result, desert dust lifts a growing load of airborne pollutants and transports these substances over long distances.
This is happening throughout the Global Dust Belt, an arid to semiarid region that stretches from western China through Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Similar storms occur in the U.S. Southwest and central Australia.
Climate scientists have run out of superlatives to describe this year’s y-axis extending events …
Climate scientists have run out of superlatives to describe this year's y-axis extending events … https://t.co/3x2AMFYdSp
— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) September 19, 2023
None of us has previously witnessed a barrage of extreme weather events of the kind that has been devastating lives across the globe this summer… Almost as astonishing has been the indifference of our leaders.
The silence has been deafening. Where are they? Why is no-one joining the dots and demanding some kind of serious response?
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