“Absorbed Solar data from NASA:
“The amount of solar radiation Earth absorbs is now over 2 W/m² higher than from 2000-2009! It’s hard to explain how much heat this represents.
“This is the most important graph in the world!”
“The planet is record warm, radiating more heat to space, but it’s also record dark, absorbing more solar radiation.
“Because of a decrease in aerosols, cloud cover, and (sea) ice, Earth’s albedo reflectivity) is decreasing.
“Earth is changing faster and faster!”
“Record sea temperatures push marine life into danger zone…
““It’s not just the frequency,” said the University of Bristol’s Daniela Schmidt. “Marine heatwaves have happened before but they would have been isolated at the west coast of Australia, Alaska or the Mediterranean. It has now happened in areas we would not have expected, like around the British Isles.””
“With El Niño expected to stretch into the winter, all eyes are on 2024.
“If typical climate patterns hold, the soaring temperatures we had in 2023 could get even hotter next year… “Usually, it’s the subsequent year that is the warmest year,” said Tom Di Liberto, a climate scientist and public affairs specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).”
“Here are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change…
“Unfortunately, the hot spots for exceeding this wet-bulb temperature threshold include some of the most populous parts of the world: the Indus River Valley in India and Pakistan, eastern Asia, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.”
“New study suggests cyclones in the Arctic are forming more often and getting stronger.
“… researchers found what they describe as a clear association between rising temperatures and cyclone formation in the Arctic. They also found that changes in temperature gradients are playing a role in the size and strength of the cyclones that form…”
“20,000 Toxic Sites in Arctic’s Sagging Permafrost…
“This percolating threat is starting to become reality as Arctic climate conditions shift into overdrive, heating up like never before. As stated in the Langer study: “The latest data analyses suggesting up to four-fold faster warming, substantially changing the ground stability.””
“Scotland is bracing for another weekend of extreme weather with an increased risk of flooding just days after Storm Babet hammered the coastlines of the North Sea.
“Parts of northeast Scotland that are recovering from last weekend’s flooding may see significant rainfall through Sunday, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.”
“After record heat, this October may be the wettest on record [Netherlands]…
“October is shaping up to be the wettest on record, weather bureau Weerplaza has said. The record for the rainiest October dates from 1932 when total rainfall measured 193 mm. According to the KNMI weather station in De Bilt, where records are set, 168 mm has fallen so far this month and more is expected in the coming days.”
“Deadly eye-bleeding virus detected in France for the first time. Is Britain next?
“A potentially lethal disease, believed to have a fatality rate of up to 40% among those infected, has been identified in France for the first time. Ticks carrying the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) have been discovered on the French border with Spain.”
“‘Cow Covid’ virus spreading fast among cattle in France.
“Cases have risen from 39 last month to almost 1,200 now. The virus spreads more easily due to climate change, the agriculture minister has said… “The crisis situation is worsening,” said Mr Fesneau.”
“One year after France’s Gironde wildfires, bark beetles attack forests.
“One year on from the historic wildfires that decimated the woodlands of Gironde in south-western France, the bark beetle is adding insult to injury. Bark beetle larvae usually feed off the sap of dead trees, but after the fires left so many trees weakened, it’s been a field day for the insect, which is now proliferating at an alarming rate.”
“Italy loses its crown as world’s top wine producer as hailstorms, floods and a soggy spring ruin its harvest—but dropping the top spot is the least of vineyards’ worries…
“Adding to the existing pressures faced by wine producers are the supply chain snarls and higher production costs as a result of the Ukraine war.”
“Slovenian Producers Expect Low Harvest [of olives] Due to Extreme Weather, Off-Year…
“Expectations differ from producer to producer, but none are very optimistic. “The fruits are healthy, but there are significantly fewer,” Martin Adamič, the manager of Ekološka Kmetija Ronkaldo, told Olive Oil Times.”
“Videos show impact of storm Bernard on red fruits and berries in Morocco.
“Violent, sand-laden winds reaching speeds of up to 106 km hit Morocco’s Atlantic coast, affecting crops, especially arboriculture and soft fruit. In Larache, the hardest-hit location, the winds swept away greenhouses and fruit.”
“More and more records every day, everywhere like the world has never experienced in over 2 centuries of climatic history
“MAURITIUS: 34.6C Agalega Island National monthly record heat broken again; SENEGAL 44.0C [111.2F] at Matam, few steps from a historic event (44C in November coming).”
“Exceptional heat in Middle East yesterday with 41.1C [106F] at Gilgal in Israel and 39.5C at Aqaba in Jordan amongst others.
“These temperatures are about 3C above the highest ever recorded in climatic history for this time of the year.”
“Water levels in the dams of Istanbul, Türkiye’s largest city, have dropped critically to 20%, according to recent data released by the Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (ISKI).
“The data indicated that the overall storage rate of Istanbul’s dams stood at a mere 20.36%, the lowest value recorded in the last 10 years.”
“Rising temps spark concerns over malaria’s spread in Türkiye.
“Experts have pointed out that the spread of malaria is shifting northward due to rising temperatures linked to climate change. This infectious disease might emerge in the southeastern Anatolia region of Türkiye, and malaria cases may appear in central Anatolia and northern regions.”
“Climate change and filthy water drive disease in Iraq.
“A worried Iraqi father points at a blister on the face of his one-year-old daughter, the result of a parasitic infection carried by sandflies in her remote village. It’s a skin disease, the ‘Baghdad boil’,” Najeh Farhan said of the pustule on Tiba’s mouth…”
“This year the apple growers in Kashmir valley are concerned over the decline in apple production caused due to the changing weather pattern and climate change.
“According to apple growers in the valley, the erratic weather disrupted the usual spray schedule in orchards during May and June, and the unexpected rains resulted in losses for the farmers.”
“Crazy! Recently, 300 weather stations in northern China broke the record. Next, the heat wave will reach its peak on November 1.
“Hundreds of stations may break November records, and Northern China will see the first 30C+ [86F] in November!”
“Insane hot night in the Philippines: The whole month has been with record hot nights and it’s just getting worse:
“28.9C [84F] the MIN temperature at Roxas, the highest ever recorded in October and second highest in October in all Philippines climatic history.”
“Cyclone Gabrielle: ‘Mountains of silt’ causing dust storms in Hawke’s Bay [NZ]…
“Dust storms have drawn scientists from all over the country to Hawke’s Bay due to their concerning effects. While there is still a significant amount of silt to be removed from Cyclone Gabrielle, the imminent end of cleanup funding and the upcoming El Niño conditions have prompted authorities to install monitoring equipment…”
“For New Zealand’s Maori communities, climate change is already hurting…
“In parts of Hawke’s Bay, February’s cyclone is in the rearview. Streets have been tidied up. Insurance claims lodged. Levees repaired. Meanwhile, communities like Tangoio face painful choices about their future after authorities declared their land too risky to reinhabit.”
“Funafuti [Tuvalu] did it again: 28.9C [84F] the Min today and Tuvaluan October record of highest Tmin for the 2nd day in a row.
“2023 yearly average in Funafuti so far is 29.4C,only 0.1C below Surabaya AP (Indonesia), Garissa (Kenya) and Floriano (Brazil), the Southern Hemisphere hottest stations.”
“Yesterday it was another extremely hot day in Bolivian, Brazilian and Peruvian jungle with temperatures up to 40/42C. In Peru 40.2C at Pilluana.
“Peru has recorded more 40C [104F] in the past weeks than in more than one century of climatic history altogether.”
“Meet the first climate refugees from the Americas to flee rising seas [the Gunas of Panama]…
“Early next year the Guna are set to begin relocating en masse to a new settlement on the mainland. In the process, they will become some of the first climate refugees from the Americas to flee rising sea levels.”
“Acapulco reels from catastrophic damage in the wake of Hurricane Otis…
“The death toll stands at 27 and will surely rise…. Damage from Otis is going to reach many billions of dollars. Global reinsurance broker Gallagher Re estimated today that total economic damages from Otis would top $10 billion USD.”
“Experts Urge Dramatic Shift on Flood Insurance.
“Millions more people in the U.S. may be required to buy flood insurance based on the recommendation of an expert panel at a time when climate-driven floods are becoming increasingly common… The consequences would be far-reaching and costly…”
“In wildfire-prone areas, homeowners are learning they’re uninsurable…
“As climate risks upend the insurance market, homeowners like Guay are being caught off guard. Losing his coverage really highlighted “the limitations of your individual ability to cope or deal with these impacts,” said Guay.”
“Arizona’s Maricopa County shatters record for heat deaths.
“Public health officials said there have been 469 confirmed heat-associated deaths so far this year, with an additional 153 deaths still under investigation. In one week alone, from July 16 to July 22, there were around 150 heat-related deaths in the county.”
“After Hottest Summer on Record [southern US], Local Governments Are Underreporting Deaths…
““The body arrives there, it’s potentially hours ago that the person passed. Or days. Or weeks. At that point, it’s difficult to say [how heat was a factor],” said Peine. “So they don’t know what the temperature was at that moment. They obviously document at the time of the autopsy everything that they find.””
“A hidden feedback loop under Antarctica’s glaciers could accelerate sea level rise, scientists find.
“The findings come less than a week after scientists reported rapid melting of West Antarctica’s ice shelves may now be unavoidable, thanks to human-caused global warming. Together, these and other recent studies paint a dire picture…”
“The Scientists Watching Their Life’s Work Disappear.
“Some are stubborn optimists. Others struggle with despair. Their faces show the weight they carry as they witness the impact of climate change… The seven scientists here document the impacts of global warming on the nonhuman world. Their work brings them face to face with realities that few of us see firsthand.”
“Americans continue to have doubts about climate scientists’ understanding of climate change…
“The share of Americans who say climate scientists understand very well whether climate change is occurring decreased from 37% in 2021 to 32% this year. Similarly, the share of Americans who say climate scientists understand the causes of climate change very well decreased…”
“Countries must refrain from “empty slogans” and adopt a pragmatic attitude to climate change that reflects concerns such as energy security, employment and growth, a Chinese climate official said on Friday ahead of COP28 climate talks next month.
“The latest round of global climate negotiations are set to get under way in Dubai in late November…”
“Inside the campaign that put an oil boss in charge of a climate summit…
“Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of the UAE’s national oil company, secured the COP28 presidency despite questions over his green credentials… What he didn’t say was that as CEO of Adnoc, he is currently overseeing a major expansion of the company’s oil and gas output. And the oil company’s staff has played a critical role in shaping the summit.”
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