“Add Inflation to Reasons to Worry About Climate Change…
“…the reality is that climate change and inflation are increasingly, inextricably linked. A hotter planet makes droughts, floods, heat waves and destructive storms more likely and more intense. Rainfall patterns change and diseases roam more widely. All of this in turn disrupts agriculture, construction, shipping, manufacturing and more.”
“‘Nothing’s predictable’: Extreme weather is ruining farmers’ crops, and their finances…
“More frequent floods and droughts can wipe out months of work overnight. Rising temperatures are expected to slow plant growth in the Northern Hemisphere within the next decade, while higher carbon dioxide levels reduce the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. Altogether, a recent NASA study found that some yields could decrease 24 percent by as soon as 2030.”
“According to a study led by UCL and the Natural History Museum, tropical crops, including coffee, cocoa, watermelon, and mango, face a precarious future due to declining insect pollinators.
“This research uncovers the complex interplay between climate change, land use, and their impact on pollinator biodiversity, raising alarming concerns for global crop pollination.”
“Wars, Trade Bans and Climate Change Turn Food Into Politics…
“Food is just one of a long list of electoral issues, but it has global repercussions. The politics threaten to impact global trade, prices and the economies of import-dependent nations. Erratic weather, meanwhile, has ravaged agricultural land from the US to China, and the phenomenon known as El Niño is back, risking further damage to crops.”
“A sudden spike in global warmth is so extreme, it’s mysterious…
“A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analysis released Friday further cemented what several other data sets had already affirmed: September was not just the globe’s warmest on record, but its most atypically warm month in nearly two centuries of observations. It was 0.83 degrees above the old record for the month, a staggering departure from what was already extreme.”
“With the huge September data in, we can confirm that we expect 2023 to be the warmest year in the record (99% probability).” [NASA climate scientist, Gavin Schmidt].
“…if this El Nino peak is as high as we project it will be… The 1.5°C global warming level will have been reached, for all practical purposes.
“There will be no need to ruminate for 20 years about whether the 1.5°C level has been reached, as IPCC proposes. On the contrary, Earth’s enormous energy imbalance assures that global temperature will be rising still higher for the foreseeable future.” [James Hansen]
“El Niño is going to continue through spring 2024, forecasters predict.
“Forecasters say there could be months still to go before the culmination of El Niño, a climate pattern characterized by higher sea surface temperatures and precipitation across the equatorial Pacific Ocean that can affect weather across the globe.”
“Record North Atlantic heat sees phytoplankton decline, fish shift to Arctic.
“The verdict is in: Global sea temperatures shattered new heat records in 2023, with anomalous warmth erupting in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean in a year that also saw numerous record-setting extreme terrestrial heat waves, droughts, floods and wildfires on five continents.”
“The river disappearing in drought-hit France.
“The once deep and coursing waters of the Doubs river in eastern France have shrunken to a dry bed that locals can cross almost without getting their feet wet. A confluence of nearly no rainfall and existing geological features are draining the river to the point that boats and docks rest on the dry rocks that used to be underwater.”
“Historic in GERMANY – 30.1C [86F] at Mullheim and Rheinfelden,the latest 30C in Germany history.
“Many records were broken including 28.2C at Munich,see list of the most important: Records also in CZECH REPUBLIC: 27.9C Kuchařovice; 26.5C Dukovany; 28.2C in SLOVAKIA: Record for half October.”
“Switzerland sees summer in autumn…
“September was already not very autumnal, reaching a temperature of 14.2 degrees nationwide. That is 3.8 degrees more than in the comparable period from 1991 to 2020, clearly surpassing the previous record of 13.3 degrees in September 1961.”
“Records keep falling in the Canary Islands.
“27.8C [82F] in the Gran Canaria Airport broke again the highest min. temperature for October in the station, nearly 2C higher than the previous record. Madeira Island is also breaking records of warm nights and days with more heat to come.”
“Teams tackling Madeira wildfires reinforced as missing tourists found…
“Fires are sweeping across areas of two neighbouring municipalities on the west coast, Calheta and Porto Moniz, burning in hard-to-reach areas amid unseasonably high temperatures expected to top 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) on Friday.”
“Malawians have been warned of an extreme heatwave that could see temperatures rise up to 44C [111.2F].
“People have been urged to avoid alcohol and caffeine as the drinks could cause dehydration… Malawi is still recovering from a devastating tropical storm in March that killed more than 500 people.”
“Record-Breaking October Heatwave Sweeps Delhi and Mumbai.
“In this episode of Daily Mirror with Nivedhana, we will be discussing October heatwave, with both Delhi and Mumbai experiencing record-high temperatures. Delhi’s temperature recently surged to 35 degrees Celsius [95F] with clear skies, and a notable absence of rain.”
“The cost of India’s unbearable heat [podcast]…
“After three days of no power this April, the people of Kasia Bagan had had enough. Temperatures were reaching record highs, with no AC to help. Yet down the main lane of the neighborhood, the Quest Mall towered, humming with electrical power.”
“Hong Kong’s hottest summer fell hardest on most vulnerable. [photo-essay].
“Joe Wong sweats through his days as a cleaner in a Hong Kong housing complex, laboring in narrow, stuffy corridors that this summer and last were the worst he’s known. He finds what relief he can in a resting area where a fan offers a breeze and a refrigerator holds the cool water he drinks — 7 1/2 liters a day — to ward off heatstroke.”
“Endless record heat in Western Australia: Today record High Min. temperature for October at Emu Creek with 28.7C [83.7F].
“In Indonesia also record warmth with a new monthly record at Menado, in Sulawesi with 36.2C [97.2F].”
“A bushfire spanning tens of thousands of hectares in rugged, inaccessible country has closed a central Queensland national park for a further two weeks.
“Carnarvon Gorge, inside Carnarvon National Park, initially closed on October 7 after a bushfire burning since September 26 spread. Bruce Higham, senior ranger for Southern Downs in Toowoomba, said the fire had burned through more than 31,000 hectares…”
“Fish kills loom as Mary River faces one of driest years on record.
“After water levels reached record heights last year, Queensland’s Mary River is now facing one of the driest years on record, with researchers warning of fish kills.”
“Peru’s melting glaciers bring new harvests – and fears for the future.
“Peru has lost more than half of its glaciers as a result of melting over the past 50 years, according to research by the National Water Authority, and it is projected that all of the snow on the top of the mountain range could disappear by 2111.”
“Deforestation in Bolivia has jumped by 32% in a year. What is going on?
“…Bolivia’s deforestation has long flown under the radar. That changed when Bolivia reportedly blocked a pledge to end deforestation by 2030 at the Amazon summit in August. But a closer look at the forces driving it leads to an unsettling conclusion: everything points to more, not less, deforestation to come.”
“Thick smoke has enveloped extensive areas of the Brazilian Amazon on Thursday as the region grapples with a surge in wildfires and a historic drought.
“In Manaus, a city of 2 million, air quality ranked among the worst globally, leading to the suspension of college classes and the cancellation of various activities, including an international marathon.”
“Food is scarce in Guatemalan village at climate change frontier…
“Usually the rainy season begins in May or June, but there wasn‘t much this year, she said. “There has been a lot of drought in recent years,” Maria, who speaks the Mayan language Achi, said through a translator one day in August.”
“JUST IN CASE you are missing the big picture. Other “small” pictures of this unprecedented insane heat wave:
“Hundreds of records are being shattered – Belize and Honduras just had their hottest October day in history. 88F of dew points in the Mexican-Belize border etc.”
“Heatwave hits Mérida [Yucatan, Mexico] in October with a thermal sensation of 58.3°C (136.9°F).
“On Monday, June 12, during spring, it reached 55.6°C. On July 14, in the summer, it reached 57.2°C, and on Thursday, October 12, in the middle of autumn, it reached 58.3°C. It was just 1.7 degrees short of baking the people of Mérida at 60 degrees. Summer ended on September 22, and the warm season supposedly concluded on Saturday, October 7…”
“HISTORIC CARIBBEAN HEAT WAVE – Most extreme heat wave in Caribbean history, especially for the HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURES (for October and many for any month).
“BELIZE 30.6C [87.1F] hottest night in Caribbean history; CUBA [Playa Giron] 29.3C; BAHAMAS [Freeport] 29.2C; CAYMAN IS. 29.1C.”
“Miami sweats to warmest October night on record amid another South Florida heat wave.
“South Florida has sweat to yet another heat record in a summer – and now autumn – full of them. Miami’s temperature only dropped to a low 84 degrees Friday morning, making it the warmest October night since records have been kept in 1938.”
“Florida tornadoes damage homes, businesses and cars on both coasts…
“Damage, including downed power lines, was also reported near the coast in Dunedin, north of Clearwater Beach, town officials said. Video posted to social media by the city showed walls and roofs missing from buildings and windows blown out of businesses.”
“No shade, no water, and record heat: More migrants die in U.S. desert.
“As weather extremes are expected to worsen due to climate change, these journeys will likely only become riskier… Heat-related deaths accounted for just under half the total migrant death toll in the El Paso Sector over the last 12 months.”
“Flooding that closed Alaska’s Dalton Highway also caused widespread ground sinking.
“The massive 2015 flooding of the Sagavanirktok River in northern Alaska had immediate impacts, including closure of the Dalton Highway for several days, but it also contributed to longer-term ground subsidence in the permafrost-rich region.”
“Exceptional warm spell in Siberia with unprecedented temperatures for this time of the year up to 26.0C [78.8F] at Chemal, 25.0C Tastyp etc.
“Monthly records were broken or tied even of long stations like 19.2C at Vanavara lat 60N. The warm air will move east and will break more records.”
“Scientists track ‘alarming’ melt in Antarctic ice shelves.
“Around 40% of Antarctica’s ice shelves have significantly shrunk over the last 25 years, scientists said on Thursday, in findings the European Space Agency said were “alarming”. Scientists said the losses went beyond the ice shelves’ normal fluctuations and added to evidence of how human-caused climate change is affecting Antarctica.”
“Global water cycles are ‘spinning out of balance’, weather agency reports.
“The world will experience an “increasingly erratic” water cycle as climate change drives new patterns of both extreme flooding and drought across the globe, the World Meteorological Organization has forecast. The agency said hydrological cycles were “spinning out of balance”…”
“Emerging tree diseases are on the rise, threatening the planet’s largest plants…
“”One of the surprising findings from this work was the rapid pace of accumulation, with the number of new emerging diseases doubling every approximately 11 years,” Gougherty told CBC. Tod Ramsfield, a forest pathologist and research scientist with Natural Resources Canada… said climate change is having major impacts on tree health and helping fuel the rise of deadly diseases.”
“Endless War on a Dying Planet – the dual tragedies of war and ecological collapse in Israel and Palestine…
““Everyone here is busy with fighting over the land,” Shaheen told Haaretz. “But in another minute, we won’t have land to fight over. It’s insane, in my opinion. The house is burning and people are fighting over who will enter it first. Wake up, God damn it!””
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