“Tropical Cyclone Lola, which is carrying fierce wind gusts of up to 260km/h [160mph], has become the earliest Category 5 tropical cyclone on record in the southern hemisphere.
“Cyclone Lola was upgraded to Category 5 this morning, as it moves ominously towards Vanuatu and other islands in the Pacific.”
“New Zealand’s 100-plus day marine heatwave, temperatures rise 1.6C in two years…
“Data collected by the just-concluded $11m Moana Project, led by MetService’s oceanographic division MetOcean Solutions, showed local average sea surface temperatures had run about 1.6C warmer than long-term trends.”
“Multiple homes have been lost to a large and fast-moving bushfire outside the town of Tara, as hundreds of fire crews backed by aircraft battle more than 40 blazes across Queensland.
“The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service issued an evacuation order for a large area around Tara, west of Toowoomba, this morning.”
“Australia Heat Wave:
“Records of highest Minimum Temperatures were broken again at Barrow Island with 27.3C [81.1F] and Varanus Island 26.9C today.”
“China’s large-scale warming has begun. Today, temperature across the country has risen by more than 4～10C, and temperature line of 20C [68F] has reached 50N.
“Next, temperature in northern China and Mongolia may be higher than 20C!”
“Wildfires destroy 583,500 hectares of land in Mongolia.
“Ninety-three forest and steppe fires have been registered across Mongolia since the beginning of this year, burning 583,500 hectares of forest and grassland, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday.”
“Crops’ yield drastically drops in drought hit Parwan districts [Afghanistan].
“Mohammad Jamshid, a resident of Rahasht village, told Pajhwok Afghan News he inherited farming from his father and he supported his six member family through the occupation, but due to drought this year, he did not collect any good harvest from his land.”
“Iran says receiving no water supply from Afghan side of Hirmand River…
“Firouz Ghassemzadeh said the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, neighboring Afghanistan, bears the brunt of the water scarcity. The Taliban have been refusing to allow Iran’s share of water from Hirmand, known as Helmand in Afghanistan, to stream into Iran, blaming drought and technical issue…”
“Turkish President Erdogan’s mega-infrastructure projects are enriching construction companies while reshaping his country’s waterscape for the worse…
“The decline began a decade ago, they agreed, after a nearby dam on the Gordes River was completed in 2009. A few years later, temperatures rose, the winter rains stopped falling, and in 2021, the lake dried up entirely.”
“Tropical Cyclone Tej approaches Yemen…
“Winds of 80 knots are expected at the time of landfall. In the area of Al Ghaydah, rainfall totals of 500-750mm [up to nearly 30 inches] are expected, dwarfing the annual average rainfall of 50mm. Tej will weaken rapidly after landfall.”
“At least four people have died, 70 houses were destroyed and many cars damaged in a hailstorm that hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal [South Africa].
“Provincial Disaster Management teams are assisting communities battered by heavy rainfall and strong winds that caused widespread destruction, particularly in Mtubatuba in the northern part of the province.”
“How drought and rising temperatures drove millions of Somalis from their homes. A small increase in average monthly temperatures led to a 10-fold jump in the number of refugees…
“Between 2016 and 2018, more than 2 million people in Somalia fled their homes, finding refuge elsewhere within their country.”
“New monthly record for Odessa, Ukraine!
“Max temperature for today +31.1°C [88F]. Previous record +30.6°C ( 01-10-1928).”
“HUNGARY also beat its national monthly record of highest minimum temperature in October. 20.6C [69.1F] at Szeged yesterday, this is the first time Hungary has a Tmin >20c in October and happened on day 21st. More evidences of the extreme heat event Eastern Europe in facing.”
“NEW MOLDOVAN NATIONAL OCTOBER HEAT RECORD.
“Final max. temperature of 34.4C [93.9F] on 21 October at Vulcanesti in MOLDOVA. It’s a brutal, unbelievable temperature for the third half of October and would be well above July average max.”
“Heavy rain forecast in areas hit by Storm Babet flooding, Met Office warns [UK]…
“England should brace for heavy downpours in areas already suffering flooding caused by Storm Babet, forecasters warned on Monday, as Scotland’s first minister pledged to support a devastated Angus town.”
“For 223 straight days, Earth’s sea surface temperatures have been at all-time record warm levels. That’s 7 months and 9 days straight.
“An unprecedented amount of oceanic warmth never seen before in modern history.”
“Extreme ocean temperatures threaten to wipe out Caribbean coral…
““Florida is just the tip of the iceberg,” said the coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program, Derek Manzello, a coral reef ecologist. “The entire Caribbean right now is bleaching. If you picked a random spot on the map in the Caribbean and jumped in the water, you’re going to see bleached corals.””
“In southern Louisiana, where most things are surrounded by water, residents are being forced to buy bottled water to drink, bathe and even give to their pets.
“Salt water is creeping up the drought-hit Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico, and residents of the delta basin are feeling forgotten. “Our water started having a very funny taste” in May, explains 68-year-old Cathy Vodopija.”
“‘Super fog’ made of fog, marsh fire smoke blamed for traffic pileups, road closures.
“NEW ORLEANS — At least seven people were killed Monday after a “superfog” of smoke from marsh fires and dense morning fog caused a series of wrecks on Interstate 55 near New Orleans that left a long stretch of mangled and scorched cars, trucks and tractor-trailers.”
“U.S. Forest Service sued over flooding deaths in the wake of New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire…
“The wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this month alleges the Forest Service was negligent in the management of the prescribed burn and also failed to close roads and prevent access to areas at risk for flooding that followed the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.”
“The slow death of a desert giant. Climate change is pushing the Sonoran Desert to the brink, with saguaro cacti as a bellwether of the impending disaster…
“The detached giant arms lying on the ground made for riveting video on national and even international news programs. But saguaros are only the most recognized species suffering…”
“Death Valley visitors delight in rare ephemeral lakes left behind by storm.
“After months of closure, visitors to Death Valley national park are being greeted by stunning new features, including lakes left behind by a ferocious summer deluge. The park reopened last week after being shuttered in August, when a record-breaking tropical storm unleashed a year’s worth of rain in a single day.”
“EXTRAORDINARY heat in South America. Tonight the MIN. temperature at Sombrero Hovy in PARAGUAY was 32.4C [90/3F]. [31.6C in Nueva Asuncion].
“This pulverizes again the South American record of October highest Tmin. Dozens of records are falling: More updates later.”
“PARAGUAY: 45.6 [114.1F] Sombrero Hovy NEW NATIONAL OCTOBER HEAT RECORD; 44.7 Nueva Asuncion all time high.
“BOLIVIA: All time highs: 42 San Borja; 40.4 San Ramon… ARGENTINA: October Record Highest MINIMUMS: 30.0 Las Lomitas; 27.9 Oran.”
“Ancient Amazon River rock carvings exposed by drought.
“Human faces sculpted into stone up to 2,000 years ago have appeared on a rocky outcropping along the Amazon River since water levels dropped to record lows… One area shows smooth grooves in the rock thought to be where Indigenous inhabitants once sharpened their arrows and spears long before Europeans arrived.”
“Rapid melting in West Antarctica is ‘unavoidable,’ with potentially disastrous consequences for sea level rise, study finds…
“Even if the world meets ambitious targets to limit global heating, West Antarctica will experience substantial ocean warming and ice shelf melting, according to the new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.”
“Last month observed the largest temperature anomalies (by magnitude and latitude) in the Antarctic…
“[Plot shows zonal-mean surface air temperature anomalies (1951-1980 baseline), where latitude = x-axis (not scaled by distance). Data from GISTEMPv4].”
“With 20 days of October now available, its clear that this month will be the warmest October [globally] on record by a large margin…
“October is projected to not be quite as extreme as September’s record-shattering anomaly, but will still come in as the second highest anomaly of any month on record.”
“Olive oil prices surge after extreme heat dries up production.
“The price of olive oil has skyrocketed as a result of the decreased production. According to the New York Times, the price per metric tonne has increased by several thousand U.S. dollars in 2023… The price hike has led to a reported rise in olive oil theft in countries like Greece.”
“Nearly half of the world’s bananas are on the brink of extinction as a fungal disease threatens plantations across the globe.
“Cavendish crops in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Central America have already been infected by the Panama disease, a soil-born fungus.”
“The world is precariously dependent on just a handful of staple food crops…
“The underlying reason why the war in Ukraine has had such a significant impact on global food security is because the world is precariously dependent on only a handful of staple food crops. Just six crops – rice, wheat, maize (or corn), potato, soybeans, and sugarcane – account for more than 75 per cent of total plant-derived energy intake globally.”
“The climate crisis has a price — and it’s $391 million a day.
“Wildfires, heatwaves, droughts and other extreme events attributable to climate change have incurred costs averaging over a hundred billion per year from 2000 to 2019, a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications showed.”
“It is time we paid nature back…
“Fortunately new financial tools have emerged to help us invest in the value of the economically measurable benefits nature provides… Another approach is direct remuneration, where nations rich in biodiversity or carbon sink potential would be paid to forgo certain forms of exploitation, including fossil fuels…”
“World ‘failing’ on pledge to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030…
“In 2021, leaders from over 100 countries and territories — representing the vast majority of the world’s forests — pledged to stop and reverse forest loss by 2030. But an annual assessment released Tuesday found global deforestation actually increased by four percent last year…”
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