“As new land is exposed by melting ice caused by climate change, Arctic nations and corporations are poised to make trillions of dollars from newly exposed land and sea.
“A new paper published in the journal Science has warned that melting areas in the Arctic have become ‘frontlines for resource extraction’, describing it as a ‘modern day gold rush’.”
“Oil and gas industry needs to let go of carbon capture as solution to climate change, IEA says…
“An “inconceivable” 32 billion tons of carbon would need to be captured for utilization or storage by 2050 to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius under current projections for oil and gas consumption… The necessary technology would require 26,000 terawatt hours of electricity to operate in 2050, more than total global demand in 2022.”
“CO2 readings from Mauna Loa show failure to combat climate change.
“Just above this column on the weather page of the Guardian’s print edition is the daily atmospheric carbon dioxide readings from Mauna Loa in Hawai… A week before the 28th annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention opens in oil-rich Dubai, it makes depressing reading.”
“Hottest day in climatic history tied in the remote island of Christmas (pronounced Kirimati in local language) in the Lines islands, Republic of KIRIBATI, Pacific Ocean.
“34.4C [93.9F] the max. temperature on 23 November in the Cassidy Airport located near a settlement called Banana.”
“Wildfires gripped Canada last year. Now, US farmers are feeling the burn…
“Haerr was initially puzzled at the slow maturation but believes he has hit on the culprit: smoke from wildfires in Canada that lingered over Ohio and the wider eastern corn belt for days last June and July – a critical time for corn plant development.”
“Fort Lauderdale saw historic rain in 2023, while the Florida West coast deals with a drought…
“2023 is now Fort Lauderdale’s wettest year on record and after November’s rainfall, the city earned the title of “America’s Wettest City.” But on the other side of the peninsula, even in more-western parts of South Florida, it is a completely different story with below-average rainfall and even some drought…”
“Sea turtle nests break records on US beaches, but global warming threatens survival…
“A study led by FSU professor Mariana Fuentes that was published recently in the Global Change Biology journal found sea turtles will have to nest much later or much earlier than they currently do to cope with changing environmental conditions. Even that may not be enough…”
“Bolivians use hoses, water bottles to battle wildfire blazes…
“The wildfires, which come as its neighbor Brazil battles with scorching temperatures and its own fires, have led to canceled flights and shut schools due to smoked-filled air and devastated ecosystems. Over a dozen people have died.”
“Amazon region hit by trio of droughts in grim snapshot of the century to come.
“The Amazon is facing an unprecedented drought that is projected to continue affecting the region at least until mid-2024. The lowest water levels in 121 years of river-level records have been recorded in the city of Manaus. Vast areas of the Amazon River’s bed have been exposed…”
“Big contrasts in South America where a cold front is just South of a historic heat wave in BRAZIL.
“Temperatures are exceeding 42C [107.6F] in the State of Minas Gerais with records broken at Almenara and Espinosa. The State of Caerà is close to its all time highest temperature.”
“Kingston locals fear one more winter storm could turn their village into an island [Scotland]…
“”The amount of erosion along the coastline here has been unreal. The sea is getting closer and closer to the village,” said Jim Mackie. “We already have problems with emergency services’ lack of access to the community when there are floods or the spring tides – they can’t get in.”
“West European potato production under severe pressure…
“Due to significant precipitation in recent weeks, there are still many potatoes to be harvested in the NEPG countries – Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France. The North-Western Potato Growers (NEPG) says in a press release the harvesting period was too short for all potatoes to be harvested and stored under good conditions this season.”
“It’s rare to get surprised about magnitude and speed of environmental changes due to climate change when working with weather and climate data day by day.
“However, what I recently learned about Schilthorn, a scenic Swiss mountain peak, worries me…”
“Wildfires and floods in Greece ate into Jet2 profits this summer…
“Travel company Jet2 took a financial hit this summer due to traffic chaos caused by wildfires and flooding on Greek islands, in an illustration of the potential risk climate change poses to businesses.”
“The Black Sea cyclone this weekend is forecast to make new all-time minimum pressure records (not just monthly!) in the region.
“Annotations highlight the unusual track of the storm, which will affect Finland early next week.”
“Extreme heat in sub-Saharan Africa ‘under-reported and under-studied’.
““Extreme heat is under-reported and understudied in most [sub-Saharan] African countries, leading to a low level of awareness of [its] dangers,” WWA add, making it “critical communities and governments take steps to become more resilient, including investment in weather forecasting, early-warning systems and heat planning.””
“Terrible Heat wave in SOUTH AFRICA: Extreme heat even at high elevations.
“45.7 [114.3F] Augrabies Falls 635m; 44.4 Twee Rivieren 882m; Many monthly records fell, including the judicial capital; 43.9 Upington 840m; 40.7 Glen College 1297m; 38.5 Bloemfontein AP 1354m. And It will get worse…”
“Malawi: Lhomwe Belt Cyclone [Freddy] Survivors Surviving On Cooked Mangoes.
“Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka, the Board Chairperson for Mulhako Wa Alhomwe, disclosed the sad tidings on Thursday in Phalombe… “Our people are still suffering, they are back in their villages but they have nothing, they lost everything; they do not have food to eat; some are even sleeping after eating mangoes,” said Mpuluka.”
“Ethiopia drought: Fifty die of hunger in Tigray and Amhara amid aid freeze.
“More than 50 people have died in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray and Amhara regions amid drought and an aid freeze, local officials have told the BBC. The Horn of Africa has had five failed rainy seasons since 2019, according to the UN.”
“At least eight people are feared to have died after being swept away by floods at Mukaa area in Makueni County [Kenya] following heavy rains that pounded the region on Thursday night.
“According to a witness who spoke to Citizen Digital, the eight are said to have attempted to cross the Muuoni river, which was already overrun by the floods, at around 10pm.”
“Never ending record heat in Saudi Arabia. On 19 November Jeddah had an insane MIN temperature of 28.8C [83.8F] the highest ever recorded in November in Saudi Arabia (beaten twice already).
“The abnormal heat will last week into December with December records likely smashed by huge margins.”
“Punjab [Pakistan] announces closure of schools, colleges on Friday and Saturday in smog-hit areas.
“The caretaker Punjab government announced on Thursday that all educational institutions would be closed on Friday (November 24) and Saturday (November 25) in six divisions of the province in an effort to combat smog.”
“A year after Pakistan’s floods, 44% of children have stunted growth…
“The extensive flooding in Pakistan in August 2022 submerged one-third of the country… One year later, the rate of child undernutrition has increased by 50% and an estimated 44% of children under five are now stunted, meaning they have a low height for their age.”
“An unusually warm Indian Ocean has paved the way for yet another cyclonic storm heading towards the Bengal coast, the fourth one this year.
“Beyond the Bay of Bengal, the upcoming cyclone Michaung… is the sixth such event forming in the Indian Ocean this year, proving that Indian waters have been busier than usual compared to the customary four cyclones that occur in most years.”
“HISTORIC: 20 DEGREES [68F] IN HOKKAIDO, JAPAN. Never happened so late.
“20.0C at Yamaguchi today and many other stations 18C/20C. This is the same warm air originated in….Saudi Arabia which passed through Central Asia, Siberia and China and moved East.”
“Another record hot day in Western AUSTRALIA:
“RECORDS NOVEMBER HIGHEST TMAXES: 36.7 98.1F] Cape Naturaliste; 38.1 Busselton; 39.7 Garden island; 37.6 Witchcliffe; 38.5 Bunbury… RECORDS HIGHEST NOVEMBER TMINS: 24.9 Rottnest Island; 24.7 Gingin; 25.6 Swanbourne; 24.0 Garden Island.”
“Bushfire emergency continues in Perth’s north-east as firefighters seize on ‘favourable’ change…
“Despite the best efforts of firefighters, 10 homes and several other structures have been confirmed lost. The majority of the destruction has been identified in the semi-rural suburb of Mariginiup, while residential areas in Tapping and Banksia Grove have also been hit.”
“Hopetoun bushfire victim moves into new home after seven addresses and no government support.
“…the state and federal governments said they could not provide any financial assistance because there was not enough collective damage caused to meet the disaster criterion. That left Ms Lodge feeling “forgotten” and alone in the recovery effort.”
“Naracoorte in South Australia’s south-east has broken a longstanding local rainfall record, the weather bureau says, with the town’s gauge recording almost 120mm [4.7 inches] in two days…
“Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Hannah Marsh said the town has never before recorded so much rain on a November day, at either the current or former local weather station.”
“A climate change protest off the coast of Australia’s New South Wales State disrupted operations at the country’s biggest coal export port on Saturday, the port operator said.
“Climate activist group Rising Tide, which claimed responsibility for the action, said more than 200 protesters were in the shipping channel near the Port of Newcastle…”
“Australia Insurance Head Sounds Alert on Spiraling Climate Costs…
“Increasing numbers of Australians are abandoning their insurance policies as premiums surge in response to climate-linked natural disasters, the head of the Insurance Council of Australia said… Emergency services are bracing for a severe bushfire season in 2023…”
“The blind spots in climate-adjusted catastrophe modelling.
“When adjusting insurance catastrophe models for current and future climates, it is important to consider whether there could be unquantified risks lurking in the tail, argues Cameron Rye, head of modelling research and innovation at WTW Research Network… insurers could be underestimating the physical risks to which they are exposed.”
“Populists seek dividends from a climate change backlash…
“The Guardian’s Jon Henley drew the conclusion that voters’ enthusiasm for climate change policies weakens as they see potentially undesirable effects on their incomes and lifestyles.”
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