“World behind on almost every policy required to cut carbon emissions, research finds.
“Coal must be phased out seven times faster than is now happening, deforestation must be reduced four times faster, and public transport around the world built out six times faster than at present, if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown, new research has found.”
“One Huge Contradiction Is Undoing Our Best Climate Efforts.
“The world is still using more energy each year, our consumption ticking ever upward, swallowing any gains made by renewable energy. Emissions are still rising—more slowly than they used to but, nonetheless, rising… And so we are now in climate purgatory.”
“COP28 host the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has plans in place to extract 38 billion barrels of oil and gas between now and 2085 – with significant further reserves that could also be extracted in that time.
“If all oil producing nations followed such a strategy, the world’s carbon budget for 1.5°C would be exceeded many times over.”
“Ship traffic ramps up through the Northwest Passage as Arctic ice retreats…
“… more and more ships are sweeping across the Northwest Passage as a heating planet clears a path for boat traffic through the Arctic corridor, raising hopes for commercial viability as well as concerns about the environmental and social impact.”
“Thousands of Greenland’s glaciers are rapidly shrinking. Before-and-after photos reveal decades of change.
“When Laura Larocca visited Denmark in 2019, the climate scientist sifted through thousands of old aerial photographs of Greenland’s icy coastline, which were rediscovered in a castle outside Copenhagen about 15 years ago.”
“Records are falling allover the world like never before and Canada is not missing the “party”:
“+1.8C [35.2F] today in the frigid settlement of Rankin Inlet in Nunavut is the highest November temperature on record.”
“Another heavy snowfall buries Anchorage, closing schools and clogging already bad roads.
“Just days after [record] early-season snowfall buried Anchorage and much of Southcentral Alaska, a fresh storm prompted closures, triggered power outages and choked already compromised roads. Schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su shifted to remote learning Monday as downed power lines left more than 10,000 households and businesses without power…”
“Oregon’s drought crisis tends to grab headlines as large parts of the state face increasingly meager water supplies. But there’s a separate water problem…
“Thousands of Oregonians in Umatilla and north Morrow counties rely on private wells for drinking water, tapping into a massive underground aquifer. But pollution has steadily contaminated that groundwater source in recent decades, turning what was once safe water into a potentially toxic supply.”
“Drenching rain on its way to quench Louisiana’s worst drought on record.
“Exceptional drought – the US Drought Monitor’s most extreme category – is entrenched across 73% of Louisiana, according to data released Thursday. It’s the largest area of exceptional drought on record in the state.”
“A flesh-eating fungus is expanding its range in the American West – and scientists suspect climate change is driving the spread.
“At some point, Erik McIntyre inhaled the fungal spores. He couldn’t see them, or feel them, and it was weeks before he began to lose energy, to drop weight, to cough up blood at a karaoke bar in Arizona. Now that he’s paralyzed from Valley fever, in a nursing home at age 53…”
“Hottest November night in MEXICO.
“The Min of 28.0C [82.4F] at Arriaga in Chiapas (after maxes >37C) is the highest reliable Tmin in Mexico in November, at least among international stations. Mexico has been breaking hundreds of records every single month since June all over the country.”
“October 2023 in French Guiana was exceptional: Record heat swept the whole country all the month beating nearly every record and reaching >39C [102.2F] for the first time in climatic history.
“Cayenne AP had just 13.1mm of rain, 75% less than normal.”
“CLIMATIC HISTORY IS REWRITTEN:
“Insane MIN. temperature of 33.2C [91.8F] today at Ingeniero Juarez, northern Argentina… it’s the highest minimum EVER RECORDED IN SOUTH AMERICA CLIMATIC HISTORY. Beaten by a full 1C. This is just the beginning of worst heat wave in South American history.”
“HISTORIC: Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil all with their hottest night on record…”
“Insane temperatures in Brazil tonight. NATIONAL RECORD of highest Tmin destroyed in pieces again: 32.7C [90.9F] the MIN temperature at Porto Murtinho, that’s more typical of Pakistan or Algeria.
“South America has never seen anything like or even close to this. More to come….”
“Southern Brazil hit by unusual hot weather in spring…
“The beaches of Rio de Janeiro were overcrowded as a temperature of 42.5°C [108.5F] made Sunday the hottest day of the year amid a high-pressure system that is causing a heat wave which is believed to be linked to climate change, it was reported.”
“More heavy rain in northern France raises fears of new flooding…
“Officials said schools and nurseries in the department’s 279 towns will be closed through Tuesday, with a total of 388 establishments affected. The intensity of the rain is expected to increase Tuesday, the prefecture warned.”
“Exceptional warm spell in Spain and France:
“28.5C [83.3F] at Ceret in France, 26C also at >500m asl, 15 monthly records were broken… In Spain 32C Canary Islands, 29C Valentian community,28C in Catalonia, 27C Basque Region. In Morocco record with 31.2C at>1136m at Ouarzrzate.”
“Extreme drought in northern Italy mirrors climate in Ethiopia.
“Extreme drought in northern Italy has doubled over the past two decades, creating a climate that increasingly mirrors that of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, research shows. Analysis of satellite imagery and data by scientists reveals how global heating is creating a “whiplash effect”, creating erratic extremes.”
“Tuscany Governor Eugenio Giani said Monday that the estimated cost of the damage caused by this month’s wave of extreme weather and flooding in the region, which claimed eight lives, has risen to around two billion euros.
“”If I add up what the mayors of the 30-odd worst-hit municipalities tell me, we are certainly close to two billion,” Giani said…”
“More record heat West and East of the Mediterranean.
“It’s mid November but nights are still stifling warm in Turkey. MIN temperatures tonight were 23.0C [73.4F] at Antalya Samandira, 22.4C Burnu Feneri. 12 stations had tropical nights. To the other side, Canary Islands rose >32C.”
“‘A real hell’: The climate refugees of Libya’s floods and regional strife…
““The living are the ones who suffer; the dead are relieved,” Khadijah told Al Jazeera. Khadija is one of thousands of people from the flood-battered city who have taken shelter in government schools after their houses were destroyed. She says she feels humiliated.”
“While a suspected tornado was spotted spiralling in Mpumalanga on Monday afternoon, parts of Gauteng [South Africa] were hit by a hailstorm that left huge damage in some areas.
“In Midrand, several cars lost their windscreens when hailstones as big as golf balls pounded unsheltered vehicles.”
“At least five people were killed by flash floods caused by heavy and continuous rainfall in Arusha Urban district in northern Tanzania, a local official said Monday.
“The floods have also left 90 people homeless and caused damage to infrastructure, including roads and bridges.”
“France’s poorest island [Mayotte] is parched because of drought and underinvestment…
“Drop by disappearing drop, water is an ever more precious resource on Mayotte, the poorest place in the European Union. Taps flow just one day out of three… Diseases including cholera and typhoid are on the rebound, and the French army recently intervened to distribute water and quell tensions over supplies. The crisis is a wakeup call to the French government…”
“‘Staggering’ 347 million children facing water scarcity in South Asia: UN.
“More children in South Asia are struggling due to severe water scarcity made worse by the effects of climate change than anywhere else worldwide, the United Nations says… “Climate change is disrupting weather patterns and rainfall, leading to unpredictable water availability,” the UNICEF said in its report.”
“Rising temperatures, longer monsoon drive Bangladesh’s worst dengue outbreak…
“Rising temperatures and a longer monsoon in Bangladesh because of climate change are providing ideal breeding conditions for the dengue-spreading mosquito, experts said, as the country grapples with its worst-ever outbreak of the viral disease.”
“Record heat in LAOS.
“It’s the “cold season” (Laaduu Nao) yet it’s stifling hot day and night; today the Laotian capital Vientiane rose to 36.0C [96.8F],tying its record of November highest temperature (POR >100 years).”
“Record rains in Hong Kong put spotlight on policy flaws, incentives for underground car parks.
“Industry experts criticise basement car parks as vulnerable to flooding and fire, in addition to being expensive to maintain. But others say moving away from above-ground car parks has revived street life and improved Hong Kong’s urban environment.”
“Climate Change Will Test Tokyo’s World-Class Flood Defenses.
“Japan has financed enormously expensive infrastructure projects to protect cities from catastrophe, but old adaptation plans may not be enough against increasingly heavy rains… “Rainfall will increase, and such structures cannot prevent everything,” said Mikio Ishiwatari, senior advisor in disaster and water resources management…”
“There’s another wildfire burning in Hawaii. This one is destroying irreplaceable rainforest on Oahu…
“A wildfire burning in a remote Hawaii rainforest is underscoring a new reality for the normally lush island state just a few months after a devastating blaze on a neighboring island leveled an entire town and killed at least 99 people.”
“Australia on track for hottest summer on record…
“The extreme temperatures, coupled with a large amount of greenery from last year’s record-breaking rains, have already triggered increased bushfire warnings across Australia… Nine bushfire warnings are in place across Queensland, with residents told to ‘prepare to leave’ at Mount Garner near Cairns…”
“How Lockyer Valley’s ‘freak’ hailstorm devastated farmers [SE Queensland]…
“The Lockyer Valley copped the brunt of what’s been called a “freak storm” on Friday afternoon. The storm is being described as “tornado-like”, flattening everything in its path – including vegetable crops from pumpkin to broccolini.”
“Drought taking over as crop and livestock producers feel heat, with half of NSW drought-affected.
“This time last year, Richard Darcy’s property near Tullamore in the New South Wales central-west was underwater, resulting in a failed harvest… Now, he has been forced to release livestock on his crop in an attempt to salvage something from a “bone dry” year.”
“‘People have mortgages for houses that don’t exist’: a year on from Eugowra’s flood [NSW]…
“You can still see the damage wrought by a “terrifying” wave of water that swept through the central west New South Wales town of Eugowra last November. Washed-out houses sit vacant, some with muddied furniture still inside. Some are far enough from Mandagery Creek that they seemed flood-proof, until the day they weren’t.”
“Anthropogenic climate change heightens risks of spatially compounding flooding and heat wave events: Study…
“Compound extreme events, defined as those where multiple climate extremes converge, often result in more severe and devastating impacts than individual events. Specifically, spatially compounding events, where different climate hazards co-occur across neighboring regions, have been a focus of concern.”
“I made a new graph of global 2-meter surface temperatures that includes data back to 1940.
“We now live on a planet that human civilization has never experienced before.”
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