“Last month was by far the world’s hottest October on record.
“According to NOAA, October global temperatures spiked to a remarkable 1.34 degrees Celsius (2.41°F) above the 20th-century average. Using NASA data, October 2023 was 1.57 degrees Celsius above the temperature of the 1880-1899 period, which is commonly called “preindustrial”…”
“The abundance of climate-heating gases in the atmosphere reached record highs in 2022, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported.
“The WMO said “there is no end in sight to the rising trend”, which is largely driven by the burning of fossil fuels.”
“Our new research! Amplified Arctic warming pushes us over the Paris 2°C limit 8 years earlier than in a world where the phenomenon is excluded.
“The Arctic also disproportionately contributes to our uncertainty in when we’ll breach the Paris limits.”
“It has been estimated that cereal growers in Northern Ireland have succeeded in getting no more than 50% of the ground earmarked for planned winter crops actually planted out.
““This is a very rough figure”, said Robin Bolton, a senior advisor with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)… Potato growers have been more severely affected by the wet October…”
“The number of [UK] properties that will be better protected from flooding by 2027 has been cut by 40%, and 500 of 2,000 new flood defence projects have been abandoned, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
“The number of homes forecast to be under enhanced flood protection by 2027 has been slashed from 336,000 to 200,000.”
“[UK] Insurance companies are using global warming to justify a huge hike in home cover premiums — even if the homeowners don’t live near rivers or the sea and have never made a claim for storm damage.
“In some cases, households have seen the prices of building and contents policies as much as triple, with ‘changes to weather patterns’ given as the reason for the rocketing costs.”
“This year likely to be the wettest on record in the Netherlands.
““This year is fast becoming the wettest year since measurements began in 1906,” the KNMI said on Tuesday. The current record stands at 1,109 millimeters of rain in 1998. The meteorological institute expects this year’s rainfall to amount to 1,079 mm.”
“State of emergency declared in parts of France after record rainfall.
“State of emergency declared in parts of France after record rainfall. Floods force evacuation of homes, schools and town halls in Calais region and in the Alps. Record rainfall has caused rivers to break their banks…”
“There is a ‘remarkable’ early snow cover in the Alps, particularly at elevations above 1,800 metres, meteorologist Gilles Matricon told French weather network La Chaîne Météo…
“Between October 18th and November 12th, France recorded an average of 215.4 mm of rain, representing a record amount for a 26-day period in France.”
“Several bridges shut in Geneva due to flood threat…
“The Arve, a river that flows through Geneva and into the Rhône, experienced its highest volumetric flow ever recorded on Wednesday morning. “We have exceeded 1,000 cubic metres per second”, said Lieutenant Nicolas Millot, spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service (SIS).”
“Historic heat wave in France. 59 stations broke their November records both in Corsica (up to 28.9C at Oletta) and in mainland France. (see list below by Meteociel).
“Most important records include; 27.7C [81.9F] Cannes; 23.8C Avignon; 27.0C Cap Sagro; 25.9C Ile Rousse.”
“Extraordinary heat in Corsica, France. A hot morning in Corsica with 27.4C [81.3F] at 7am under fohn effect. It’s far warmer than what you would expect in summer at the same time.”
“Historic. 33.2 [91.8F] at Coin NEW NOVEMBER RECORD IN SPAIN.
“Record also 32.6C at Alicante/Elche; dozens stations >30C; It has been an extraordinary month in the Mediterranean; all countries except Italy beat records: Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Libya, Egypt, Greece, Turkey & Cyprus.”
“Axarquía town hall issues drought reminder after residents challenge water bills…
“La Viñuela town hall in the Axarquíats… has sent out letters to residents reminding them of the drought situation and of a change in a bylaw reducing the consumption per inhabitant in line with a drought decree issued by the Andalusian regional government.”
“Morocco Steps to Regulate Watermelon Production Amid Water Scarcity…
“The government is continuing to implement measures to restrict the production of watermelon in Morocco in an attempt to ration dwindling water resources. In Zagora, a key production province of the water-intensive crop, the governor issued a decision limiting the maximum areas allowed for the cultivation of watermelon to one hectare.”
“A Moroccan cobalt mine denies claims of arsenic-contaminated local water. Automakers are concerned…
“A mining company controlled by Morocco ‘s royal family on Wednesday denied claims that operations at a site used to mine minerals for car batteries were causing hazardous levels of arsenic to appear in the local water supply.”
“Brutal heat wave in SOUTH AFRICA: 46.0 [114.8F] Augabries Falls 635m asl; 5th 46C in Southern Hemisphere in 9 days!
“Monthly records: 42.0 Worcester; 40.0 Riversdale… The heat will spread to the neighboring countries; it will be an extreme and dangerous heat wave.”
“Hit by floods and drought, quarter of Somali people at risk of ‘crisis-level’ hunger, WFP says…
“Floods that have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia and neighbouring countries in East Africa following a historic drought earlier this year have been described by the United Nations as a once-in-a-century event.”
“Torrential rain wreaks havoc on western, southern cities [Turkey]…
“The western and southern parts of the country have been plagued by torrential rain, with downpours turning into floods, resulting in streets, homes and businesses being inundated with water in several provinces.”
“Students urged to stay home in smog-hit Tehran.
““One-third of the employees of all executive bodies will work remotely on Wednesday due to the accumulation of pollutants,” the official IRNA news agency reported, citing a government committee tasked with monitoring pollution.”
“Thick veil of smog over Delhi; air quality continues in ‘severe’ category…
“An athlete detailed his problems with the poor air. “I’m an athlete, but I find it difficult to breathe in this pollution. I train outdoors, and I find it difficult to breathe,” he said. Harshit Gupta, who came from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, said that the government needs to come up with solutions quickly.”
“Dust blows across the Taklamakan desert in northwest China…
“The desert is subject to issues like desertification and the impact of climate change. Sandstorms from the Taklamakan can carry sand and dust far beyond its boundaries, affecting air quality and ecosystems.”
“Sand and dust storm frequency increasing in many world regions, UN warns…
“…the warning comes as a five-day meeting takes place in Samarkand, Uzbekistan to take stock of global progress in the Convention’s implementation. The UNCCD is one of three Conventions originated at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”
“Torrential rain has over the past few days triggered floods in central Vietnam, forcing local residents to move to a higher ground for safety reasons.
“Heavy downpours coupled with water discharged from Bien Dien and Ta Trach hydro power plants submerged parts of Thua Thien-Hue province, especially in low-lying areas, on November 14.”
“Bushfires in Australia’s north this year have burned an area larger than Spain…
“Experts say the massive fires are primarily due to a higher-than-average fuel load built up over the recent wet La Niña years, with an invasive grass species also contributing to more intense burns.”
“Australia keeps beating records: Today the long term station of Tambo in Queensland had a scorching hot night with its highest Tmin in November on record: 27.9C [82.2F].
“Next days hundreds records will fall in Southern hemisphere in South America, Southern Africa and Western Australia.”
“It’s been NZ’s warmest 12 months in observed history – climate scientist…
“In assessing the local picture, Professor Jim Salinger compared October-to-November temperature data from 22 land sites against a 1951-80 average. The result came in at 1.55C above that three-decade baseline – the highest for any such period in records stretching back to 1870.”
“It’s another scorching day in South America with temperatures reaching 44C [111.2F].
“44.1C San Jose de Chiquitos, BOLIVIA tied its all time time set few days ago. In some areas of Bolivia the 20 hottest days of the past 70+ years were all set in the past weeks(!). This weekend will be brutal.”
“Red alerts have been issued for almost 3,000 towns and cities across Brazil, which have been experiencing an unprecedented heatwave.
“Rio de Janeiro recorded 42.5C on Sunday – a record for November – and high humidity on Tuesday meant that it felt like 58.5C, municipal authorities said.”
“Brazil’s precipitation the last 4 months has been terrible. Nearly half the country had their driest Jul-Oct in the last 50 years.
“There’s also a strong downward trend. Deforestation greatly reduces moisture available for tropical thunderstorms.”
“Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetland surge to November record on lack of rain.
“The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, surged in the first few days of November, breaking the record for the month since monitoring began in 1998, data from space research agency Inpe showed on Tuesday. The 2,387 fires recorded by Inpe in early November is already more than double October’s figure…”
“The Amazon’s record-setting drought: how bad will it be?
“…The third factor responsible for the Amazon’s severe drought is an unusual warming of the water in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Climate change is contributing to this anomaly, says Maria Assunção Dias, a climatologist at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.”
“Mexico’s Water Crisis Is Spilling Over Into Politics.
“Mexico is running out of drinking water. From the arid and desert regions of the country’s north to sun-baked tropics of the south, water shortages are becoming increasingly common—and the national implications are already being felt in the form of mass protests, economic threats, and increasing attention by the leading candidates in the country’s presidential race.”
“Violence Related to Water Scarcity Surges to All-Time High…
“A global think tank said Wednesday that it has been alarmed by recent updates to its records on water-related conflicts, which now show a significant spike in violence breaking out over water access in 2022, following a steady increase over the past two decades.”
“Research reveals extreme fluctuations between drought and flooding are devastating millions of lives…
“Findings shows that under a “whiplash” of extreme climate pressures, areas that used to experience frequent droughts are now more prone to frequent flooding, while other regions historically prone to flooding now endure more frequent droughts. This is having a devastating impact on communities in these regions.”
“‘Paying in lives’: health of billions at risk from global heating, warns report…
“The climate crisis will have a catastrophic effect on the health and survival of billions of people unless the world acts to reduce global heating, according to a leading report that warns that heat-related deaths are soaring, dangerous bacteria are spreading along coasts, and economies are being hit…”
“The corporate world is falling short in the fight against climate change…
“Two weeks before the leaders of the world and business meet in Dubai for Cop 28, a sobering reality is settling in. The world’s efforts to combat climate change are falling short. “Whatever measures one looks at for progress to date, we just aren’t where we need to be,” said Rich Lesser, global chair of Boston Consulting Group…”
“COP28: Two-thirds plant-based menu promised in first for UN Climate Summit… Commitment to deliver a ‘1.5C-aligned menu’ for thousands of attendees at the upcoming talks in Dubai aims to encourage shift to lower carbon diets.
“Two-thirds of the food menu at this year’s UN Climate Summit in Dubai is to be plant-based, in a move aimed at providing its thousands of attendees with a “360-degree understanding of the climate challenges the world faces”, COP28 hosts the United Arab Emirates have confirmed.”
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