“Breaking news! Code Yikes!
“September’s number just came in from CERES, and you guessed it, a new all-time record for the 36-month running Earth Energy Imbalance, at 1.50W/m².
“This is equivalent to 1.15 billion Hiroshima bombs worth of planetary heating over the last 36 months.”
“Global sea-surface temperatures are cruising along at about 5.2 standard deviations above the 1982-2011 mean (first 30 years of available data).
“Good news: SSTs are not currently above 6 SD’s. Bad news: Humanity is accelerating its devastation of this once remarkable planet.”
“Industrial pollution in the Russian Arctic is an environmental nightmare: A list of the dirtiest companies.
“Several large industries have been operating in the Russian Arctic for decades — many of them dating back to Soviet times — and are having an unprecedentedly destructive impact on the region’s environment. The environmental problems associated with their work in many cases have not been resolved…”
“October 2023 in Russia was the 2nd warmest in climatic history after 2018.
“Temperature anomalies were generally between +2C and +5C above average, excluding a portion of European Russia including Moscow which was 0.3C below average.”
“Bears in Far East Russia Struggle to Hibernate Amid Abnormally High Temperatures.
“Abnormally high November temperatures in Russia’s Far East are preventing local bears from hibernating, with some animals wandering around their winter dens in a “half-asleep state,” the Amur region’s Wildlife Conservation Authority said Tuesday.”
“Three people have been killed and three are missing after a deadly landslide barrelled down a rain-soaked mountainside and smashed into homes in Alaska.
“The slide – estimated to be 450ft (137m) wide – happened at around 9pm on Monday during a storm near Wrangell, an island community of 2,000 people.”
“Carriers weigh options as Panama Canal restrictions become a fact of life.
“Persistent drought-driven restrictions on container ships traversing the Panama Canal are in the cards for at least the next several years… Those restrictions, which effectively reduce the maximum stowage capacity of larger vessels and limit the overall number of transits, will likely force carriers to alter networks as they try to push higher costs onto shippers.”
“Peru has lost more than half of its glacier surface in the last six decades, and 175 glaciers became extinct due to climate change between 2016 and 2020…
““In 58 years, 56.22% of the glacial coverage recorded in 1962 has been lost,” said Mayra Mejía, an official with Peru’s National Institute of Research of Mountain Glaciers and Ecosystems, or Inaigem.”
“Heat waves one after another in South America. Yesterday in ARGENTINA new record of Highest Minimum temperature in climatic history at Jujuy Aero (907m asl) with 25.4C [77.7F].
“Fierce heat will increase and spread to Brazil with temperatures up to 43C again next 3 days.”
“Vegetation stressed in Brazil’s top soy state as rains disappoint…
“Forecasts late on Tuesday suggest that Mato Grosso’s heaviest crop region will finish November with total rainfall around 45% below normal, and that follows a 35% deficit in October. Temperatures over the last month have been noticeably above average, compounding the issue.”
“High temperatures may have caused over 70,000 excess deaths in Europe in 2022.
“The burden of heat-related mortality during the summer of 2022 in Europe may have exceeded 70,000 deaths according to a new study. The authors of the study revised upwards initial estimates of the mortality associated with record temperatures in 2022 on the European continent.”
“Greek floods and fires expose Europe’s frail climate defences…
“The flooding in September – Greece’s worst on record – devastated the fertile region [Thessaly], swept away agricultural land, roads and railways, and killed 16 people. It was the second major flood in three years to hit Thessaly, part of a pattern of worsening extreme weather in Europe.”
“Squeezing the last drops of water out of the Axarquía’s drought-hit reservoir [Malaga, Spain].
“A series of surface pumps are being installed in La Viñuela in an effort to extract as much water as possible from the reservoir which is at a historic low, at 7.6% of its capacity.”
“Extraordinary heat in the CANARY ISLANDS.
“Temperatures up to 31C [87.8F] at 1am at night at Frontera (Tenerife). TMIN didn t dropped below 28.5C. At 5am it was 29C in La Gomera Island. Historic. Very warm also in MADEIRA Island today with 28C.”
“Months after deadly floods in Libya, migrants’ families still await news of the missing.
“Aid agencies say as many as 20,000 undocumented people were in Derna when Storm Daniel hit. Now their relatives, fear they may never know their fate. It has been more than two months since Storm Daniel unleashed devastating floods in eastern Libya…”
“Despite being the world’s pri mary cocoa bean supplier, the Ivory Coast is set to have a very meagre harvest this year due to heavy rains.
“Stocks are almost empty, and cocoa bean farmers expect huge economic losses.”
“From drought to deluge: Kenyan villagers reel from floods.
“Flash floods from the Tana river in Garissa, a county on the border with Somalia, forced the 42-year-old fruit vendor to flee at night from her submerged home built from mud and corrugated metal sheets to the nearest dry land with her family of 12, including seven children.”
“Longer droughts in Zimbabwe take a toll on wildlife and cause more frequent clashes with people…
“The split and shattered trunks of the massive baobab trees and the damage to the umbrella-like acacia trees, the savanna’s shade providers, are evidence of desperate elephants searching for food and water in the 5,000-square-kilometer (1,900-square-mile) park.”
“Southern Africa Heat Wave: Hot day and night with records of November Highest Tmins broken in SOUTH AFRICA:
“27.2 [81F] Punda Maria; 18.1 Vrede; 17.0 Shaleburn… Temperatures exceed 40C even >1000m.”
“A record-breaking heatwave in Madagascar in October would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused global heating, a study has shown.
“The extreme temperatures affected millions of very poor people but the damage to their lives was not recorded by officials or the media. Many governments in Africa lack the capabilities to record climate impacts.”
“Record heat in MADAGASCAR. Yesterday Majunga (Mahajanga) rose to 39.0C [102.2F] destroying its all time record.
“The extreme heat is set to continue for some more days.”
“Record November heat in Saudi Arabia: still hot days and nights even at high elevations: Gizan MIN. temperatures up to 28.2C [82.8F].
“TMAXES: 35.0 Sharurah 720m; 34.0 Najran 1200m… There is no end in sight to this abnormal heat. December will start breaking records all over Africa and Asia.”
“Iraqis displaced by climate change fall into poverty.
“Drought chased the father of 10 out of the countryside, where he had been a herder and farmer, and into a life of unemployment and urban poverty. “We lost the land and we lost the water,” said the father in his 40s, wearing a traditional white robe.”
“The warmth moved to TAJIKISTAN where temperatures at dawn were summer-like 23C [73.4F] at Dangara 670m asl.
“The 20.4C TMIN yesterday at Serkhetabat, Turkmenistan not just destroyed both November and October records by >3C in 120 years but it’s the highest ever after a 12 September.”
“People face water shortages in northern Afghanistan.
“Children carry barrels of clean water from a public water pump in Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2023. Rainfall in northern Afghanistan has been deficient this year, and the people of Jawzjan face water shortages.”
“Mountain villages fight for future as melting glaciers threaten floods…
“Pakistan is among the world’s most at-risk countries from glacial lake floods, with 800,000 people living within 15km (9.3 miles) of a glacier. Many residents of the Karakorams built their homes on lush land along rivers running off glaciers.”
“Indonesia is living an extraordinary heat wave since months: Records are falling one after another.
“Today 38C in Java, 37.4C Flores Island,37.2C in Sulawesi. Historic heat in the Sambu Island with 37.3C [99.1F] at Waingapu, hottest day in climatic history of the island.”
“Over 35,000 evacuated as massive floods hit Samar [Philippines]…
“than 35,000 people were brought into safer grounds as floodwaters engulfed large areas in the provinces of Northern and Eastern Samar in Eastern Visayas region on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. Northern Samar Governor Edwin Ongchuan suspended the classes in the province…”
“Firefighters battle bushfires in Australia’s Perth in rare spring heatwave.
“Firefighters were tackling bushfires that destroyed homes in the city of Perth amid a rare spring heatwave in Western Australia, with temperatures expected to reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday. Ten homes have already been destroyed…”
“‘Sobering’: Marlborough Sounds reach record-breaking sea temperatures [NZ]…
“Persistent marine heatwaves in Cook Strait are thought to be behind record-breaking sea temperatures in the Marlborough Sounds. Since 2020, there’s been an upturn in sea temperatures in Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sound, threatening marine species…”
“Climate change: Rise in Google searches around ‘anxiety’…
“Climate anxiety – defined as feelings of distress about the impacts of climate change – has been reported globally, particularly among children and young people. Data from Google Trends shows that search queries related to “climate anxiety” have increased dramatically.”
“Climate conspiracy theories flourish ahead of COP28.
“Climate conspiracy theories are flourishing with lifestyle influencers joining in the misinformation war and scientists hounded on social media, researchers say, as pressure rises on leaders at the COP28 summit.”
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