“Global temperatures in October smashed the prior monthly record by 0.4C, and were ~1.7C above preindustrial levels.
“It wasn’t quite as gobsmacking as September, but still comes in as the second most anomalous month in what has been an exceptionally hot year already.”
“The Northern Hemisphere has continuously been record warm for 128 days now! We are in uncharted territory.”
“Dr James Hansen at Columbia University Earth Institute, whose testimony to the US Senate in 1988 was considered to be the point at which climate change’s danger was brought to the world’s attention, said international temperature goals are now out of reach.
““The 2C global warming limit is dead. The 1.5C is deader than a doornail,” said [James] Hansen.”
“Global heating is accelerating, warns scientist [James Hansen] who sounded climate alarm in the 80s.
“The Earth’s climate is more sensitive to human-caused changes than scientists have realized until now, meaning that a “dangerous” burst of heating will be unleashed that will push the world to be 1.5C hotter than it was, on average, in pre-industrial times within the 2020s and 2C hotter by 2050, the paper published on Thursday predicts.”
“My personal take [Nick Cowern – Emeritus Professor, Newcastle University] is that [Hansen’s paper] is genius – i.e. obviously right in retrospect – to base assessment of climate sensitivity on glacial-interglacial temperature change – the Earth’s response to absolutely known forcing from changes in Earth’s orbit and precession.”
“A rare weather phenomenon [a freakishly strong jet stream] is causing the first commercial jet to go faster than the speed of sound since Concorde last flew.
“This week passenger planes are whizzing across from the US to the UK at record speeds. Some of them have hit 778mph, which is a full 27mph faster than sound travels in “sea level standard conditions,” according to NASA.”
“Some rivers in Northern Ireland reached record high levels following several days of heavy rain.
“While the region avoided the worst of Storm Ciaran which battered the south of England and the Channel Islands, work is under way to repair damage following bad weather earlier in the week.”
“This year’s potato [Ireland] harvest is the worst in recent memory, farmers say, following the wettest October on record, writes Alesia Fiddler.
“Seán Ryan, chair of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s national potato committee, said that after a deluge of heavy rain and floods in parts of the country, potato drills are underwater and the situation is “rapidly turning into a salvage operation”.”
“Boom in unusual jellyfish spotted in UK waters.
“The most commonly spotted were the huge barrel jellyfish – but rarer warm-water crystal jellyfish were also seen. Jellyfish populations vary naturally over time – but climate change warming the UK seas is creating favourable conditions. A marine heatwave in June increased UK water temperatures by about 3-4C.”
“While it is hard to believe looking at how the month ended, the start of October 2023 was the warmest and driest ever recorded in Belgium.
“This period saw an average temperature of 16.6°C [62F] compared to the normal average of 12.5°C, beating the previous record of 16°C set in 1995.”
“Cheesemakers are pushing back against France’s strict rules as some say climate change is making it impossible to meet the traditional standards…
“”The whole system was built on the fact that we had certain cereals and hay available — all the rules were written with that in mind,” Simon Bouchet, from the association for the French goat cheese Picodon, told the outlet. “But with climate change and droughts, all that has been called into question.””
“Winds from Storm Ciaran cause raging wildfire near Valencia [Spain]…
“Strong winds from Storm Ciaran fanned a wildfire that raged near the coastal town of Gandia in Valencia on Thursday, 2 November, forcing the evacuation of at least 350 people according to authorities.”
“Storm Ciaran has claimed five more lives [now six] as record-breaking rainfall produced floods that hit a vast swathe of Tuscany, trapping residents in their homes, inundating hospitals and overturning cars.
“Nearly eight inches of rain fell in three hours, flooding the River Arno, with the storm’s death toll in western Europe rising to 12.”
“NOVEMBER NIGHT OVER 30 DEGREES [86F] IN EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY [Falasarna, Crete].
“European climatic history is rewritten, records shattered in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Eastern Europe with summer temperatures. A historic event.”
“October 2023 in Bulgaria was exceptional.
“Temperature anomalies were +2C to +5.5C above average and was the hottest October on records and together with Mongolia the most above average country in the world. Rainfalls were almost non-existent except the SW.”
“Morocco is close to set an anti-record for orange exports… Despite being one of the world’s largest producers of oranges…
“The main factor affecting the rapid decline in orange exports is unfavorable weather conditions… For example, in August of this year, an absolute temperature record was recorded in the country… abnormal heat affected yields…”
“2 killed as flooding hits Kenya, sweeping away homes and destroying roads…
“In Mombasa, heavy rains caused flash floods, which swept away homes and businesses. Videos showed cars submerged in flooded roads, while in the northeast, a major road linking Wajir and Mandera counties was completely cut off leaving motorists stranded.”
“Mayotte turns to bottled water in century’s worst drought.
“French island group Mayotte will begin distributing bottled water to its 310,000 inhabitants this month as the region faces its worst drought episode this century, the government said Thursday.”
“Exceptional Asia heat demolishes national records for November.
“November opened with a slew of heat records from North Africa to East Asia as abnormal warmth swelled over the Eastern Hemisphere. The exceptional warmth is a recurring theme in 2023, which is poised to become the hottest year on record for the planet.”
“Extreme heat wave in MIDDLE EAST… Exceptional Minimum temperatures >30C in the EMIRATES (Dash Island, Abu Bakoosh)…
“RECORD SAUDI ARABIA: November highest Tmin with 28.7C at Jeddah… Tx Records keep falling from IRAN to Myanmar, 35.1C Mongolia… BANGLADESH beat its record again.”
“Delhi air pollution spikes to 100 times WHO health limit…
“Schools were shut and non-essential construction was banned around Delhi as the air quality index in the city hit 500 – the highest the measurement will go and 100 times the limit deemed to be healthy by the World Health Organisation (WHO).”
“Reducing pollution accelerates global warming. How do we solve this catch-22?
“…the nine years since 2014 [when China’s war against pollution got going] have seen national average annual temperatures in China of 10.34C, up more than 0.7C compared with the 2001-2010 period… The Chinese and Indian environment ministries didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the effects of pollution unmasking.”
[define solve!] climate change than geoengineering…“Survey: Mother Nature is more likely to solve
“Posts related to the term “geoengineering” were often coupled with negative sentiments such as “disgust” and “fear.” This term is frequently linked to radical technological strategies. These include spraying aerosols into the atmosphere…”
“China records warmest October since [records began in] 1961…
“China recorded its warmest October since 1961, as the National Climate Center (NCC) confirmed on Friday that average national temperature in October was 12.2 degrees Celsius, the highest level for the same period since 1961, 1.6 degrees higher than the normal level.”
“INCREDIBLE HEAT IN THE KOREAS… Records were brutalized by huge margins all over both countries.
“29.1 [84.4F] Gangneung destroys the November South Korean record… UNBELIEVABLE 27.3C [81.1F] at Nampo in NORTH KOREA – national record pulverized. Most extreme event in Korean climatic history.”
“Japan on 3 November, 302(!) stations out of about 920 stations set records for the highest temperature in November!!! (including tied records).
Suttsu [Hokkaido in northern Japan] rose to 22.5°C [72.5F], breaking the previous record of 20.6°C set on 03/11/2003 ! (Observed since 1884!).”
“Climate Change and Conflict in Solomon Islands…
“…climate change, with its current and projected effects, is placing further stress on individuals, communities and the country. And the unprecedented nature of these changes threatens to overwhelm the abilities of Solomon Islands’ government and social institutions to cope, leading to concerns for climate security.”
“Species die-offs and extreme weather. How WA [Washington State, US] marine heatwave ‘blobs’ are wreaking havoc…
“Oceanographers and climatologists are becoming all too familiar with a growing trend in the northeastern Pacific Ocean over the last decade: abnormally warm sea surface temperatures… Massive die-offs of coastal species have also been seen over the last decade…”
“Climate change is increasing thunderstorm winds, study finds… Researchers believe that damaging winds may have become nearly five times more common in the central United States…
“Straight-line winds are different from tornadoes, since they feature downward-moving air that fans out in a straight line, but can cause just as much damage.”
“Acapulco residents struggle to access food, medicine after Hurricane Otis…
“Though the Mexican government sent a fleet of emergency response teams to Acapulco, none are stationed near La Rinconada. Plus, insulin is one of the few medicines they do not carry, due to the lack of refrigeration… Some families in the neighbourhood are living off what they can scavenge from destroyed supermarkets…”
“October 2023 in Peru was record warm:
“Average temperature was 21.02C [70F] which is 1.75C above the 1991-2020 baseline and was the warmest October on records beating October 1997 by 0.44C. Records fell throughout the month.”
“South America’s Lake Titicaca nears record low water level as El Nino bites…
“Severe drought conditions and unusually high temperatures have caused the shoreline to shrivel at Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigable body of water. The water level is now around 13 inches (33 cm) above its record low recorded in 1943.”
“Erratic weather threatens Brazil’s run at another record soy crop…
“Just months after Brazil harvested its largest-ever corn and soybean crops, concerns are already brewing over the next crop as wild weather patterns are disrupting both northern and southern soybean-production areas.”
“Excessive and extreme rain caused serious flooding in the North of Rio Grande do Sul [Brazil]…
““The municipality is two meters under water. I’m stranded here myself. We opened the Municipal Gymnasium, but I believe that the majority of people will take shelter at their relatives’ homes”, said the member of the Municipal Civil Defense Coordination, Mauro Serraglio…”
“Southern hemisphere late cold spells:
“ARGENTINA: Lowest November temperatures on records today: 0.1 Cordoba AP; 1.6 Chamical; 2.8 Mendoza Observ; Few others were close… AUSTRALIA: Very hot in the West, cold in the East. November record lows: -2.5 Young; -0.1 Parkes.”
“Yet again, another record. Last month averaged the lowest Antarctic sea ice extent on record for the month of October.
“This was 1,900,000 km² below the 1981-2010 average.
“Data from NSIDC.”
“Study links changes in global water cycle to higher temperatures…
“It’s a rapid adjustment, Konecky said. “As the planet warms and cools, it affects the behavior of water as it leaves the oceans and the vigor of its motions through the atmosphere,” she said. “The isotopic signals in these waters are very responsive to temperature changes.””
“World ill-prepared to stop climate crisis reversing progress on health, says study…
“In an attempt to reduce the loss of life, the WMO and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction have led a push to provide early warning systems for all people on the planet by 2028. Only half of countries say they have adequate multi-hazard early warning systems, according to the WMO.”
“How psychedelic therapy may help with climate change anxiety…
“In my clinical practice, patients using oral ketamine plus psychotherapy have experienced breakthroughs and new insights when working with the intention of navigating eco-anxiety. Many patients said they felt connected to a sense of oceanic oneness, reminding them of the meaningful interconnectedness of their lives with others and offering context for their personal narrative.”
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