“BREAKING NEWS: RECORD 46.7C [116.1F] currently at Augrabies Falls, South Africa.
“THIS IS THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN NOVEMBER IN AFRICA. Temperatures are still rising World climatic history is rewritten.”
“Rescuers battle huge squadron of South Africa’s deadliest snakes due to heatwave.
“The relentless heatwave experienced by some provinces since last week has led to an alarming increase of snakes slithering about in residential areas…oh, and lest we forget, it has also been cited as the culprit for Eskom implementing Stage 6 load shedding.”
“Kenya flooding death toll rises to 76, with thousands marooned by worsening rains…
“The Kenyan government on Monday urged people living in flood-prone areas to relocate to higher ground as heavy rains and flash floods continued to wreak havoc across East Africa… State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed also noted “disease outbreaks, destruction of infrastructure and property…”
“Disease stalks Somali district ravaged by floods.
“”I have never seen such devastating floods before, everything happened quickly. When we realised the water was coming it was too late to collect all our belongings. We left our houses at midnight and all we were able to grab was our children,” Shukri Abdi Osman, a 34-year-old mother of three told AFP.”
“Rains in UAE: Demand grows for car insurance against floods, natural calamities…
“Heavy rains lashed the UAE earlier this month, resulting in roads and vehicles being submerged in water in many parts of the country. The floods and waterlogging damaged vehicles’ engines and other parts, causing motorists losses.”
“Sixty percent of farmers surveyed in four provinces of drought-hit Iraq reported having to reduce cultivated areas or water used, an international rights group said Sunday.
“The Norwegian Refugee Council called on the Iraqi authorities to improve governance of water resources in the country that has been described as one of the most vulnerable to climate change and water scarcity.”
“HISTORIC – absurd endless record heat in Central Asia, temperatures are locally 10/12C above the highest ever recorded this time of the year (the most the world has ever seen outside Antarctica).
“MINIMUM T 19.6C [67.3F] at Baharly, TURKMENISTAN. A summer night and Highest Nov Tmin on records.”
“Insane heat wave in the Caspian:
“IRAN: 31.0 [87.8F] Rasht; 30.9 Anzali; 30.3 Parsabad hottest November day on records beaten by 2.3C at the end of the month! 29.1 Garakhil… TURKMENISTAN; 29.0 Serdar; 28.9 Bakharly; 28.8 Bereke… Tomorrow the heat will move to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.”
“Wildfires Ravage Iran’s Hyrcanian Forests For Fifth Consecutive Day.
“Fires that ignited in the Hyrcanian forests in northern Iran on Thursday have persisted for the fifth consecutive day, posing a severe threat to the ecologically significant region. Despite initial containment efforts, the situation escalated on Monday morning due to strong gusts of warm wind, rekindling the flames.”
“Afghans fight drought with small dams as Taliban shut out of COP28.
“When the Taliban seized power in August 2021, the international community froze most aid for development, including climate adaptation projects. The south Asian country is one of the most vulnerable to climate change with increasing droughts and flash floods destroying livelihoods and fuelling hunger.”
“Doomsday scenario in the making [Pakistan]… These two photos were captured from roughly the same location in Upper Chitral, at around the same time of year, 38 years apart.
“The photo on the left, taken in July 1973, shows the impressive white face of the Chhatiboi glacier as its snout debouches into the River Yarkhun. The photo on the right was taken in 2011, showing how the glacier had dwindled into nothingness.”
“Lightning strikes kill 24 people in India amid unusually heavy rain storms in Gujarat state [India].
“Lightning strikes killed 24 people and injured 23 more over the past two days in the western Indian state of Gujarat, government authorities said Monday. Three buffalo were also killed by the strikes, which came amid a deluge of rainfall atypical for this time of year in the region.”
“Record heat also in INDIA.
“Today 37.8C [100F] at Dahanu, State of Maharashtra, which ties its November highest temperature on records also set on 23 November 1948.”
“Maharashtra’s farmers thirst for a trickle of hope amid water crisis.
“Currently, numerous individuals across villages in the state are squarely dependent on external sources of water, such as tankers, to quench their drinking water needs. Others Who Cannot Afford To Buy Water Have Resorted To Chopping Down Their Orchards To Cut Down On Their Expenses.”
“Northeast China unusually cold as temperatures dip to January levels…
“So far this month, precipitation, be it snow, sleet or freezing rain, has blanketed the northeastern Chinese provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning… Precipitation at many weather stations including the three provincial capitals of Harbin, Changchun and Shenyang has shattered previous records…”
“Fire season in Australia starts, early and ominous.
“The warmest winter on record, followed by an unusually warm and dry spring. Hundreds of fires along Australia’s east coast, including one that razed 53 homes in Queensland. And last week, on the west coast…”
“Stifling hot in MICRONESIA: day and night.
“Today Pohnpei recorded a MIN. temperature of 82F/28C (Micronesia uses officially Fahrenheit ) which ties its highest Min. Temperature in November and it’s 1F from the highest ever.”
“The heat wave moved North from Patagonia to La Pampa, where yesterday the station of General Pico rose to 39.5C [103.1F] tying its highest temperature on records for November (set just 1 year ago). Victorica also recorded 39.5C.”
“Vampire bats may soon take up residence in the United States and bring with them an ancient pathogen.
“”What we found was that the distribution of vampire bats has moved northward across time due to past climate change, which has corresponded with an increase in rabies cases in many Latin American countries,” said Paige Van de Vuurst, a Ph.D. student in Virginia Tech…”
“Western gray squirrel placed on endangered list in Washington state…
“Only three isolated pockets of western gray squirrels survive, the officials say, acknowledging the failure of recovery efforts since unprecedented major wildfires in 2014 and 2015 killed a multitudinous number and destroyed vast swaths of their natural territory.”
“Arviat declares a state of emergency in response to extended power outage [Arctic Canada].
“Many homes have been without power since a blizzard tore through the Nunavut hamlet on Tuesday… In Arviat, Environment Canada meteorologist Samantha Mauti told CBC that winds during the blizzard reached up to 119 km/h [74 mph] on Tuesday, a record for the community for November.”
“Abnormal warmth in GREENLAND, where in some areas there are higher temperatures than most of Europe.
“14.1C [57.4F] at Narsarsuaq today after a MIN temp of +6.9C. 18 stations out of 31 rose above freezing, 3 of which remained above freezing even in the TMINs.”
“Our North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly graphs went viral around the world in June. Some thought it would cool down soon.
“The 40 Million km² ocean surface stayed record warm since. The past six months were on average over +0.5°C above the previous record!”
“A flooding expert has warned of unusually high levels of groundwater accumulating beneath Lincolnshire [UK].
“Dr Paul Ellis, from environmental consultancy Geosmart, said this increased the potential for flooding. Heavy rainfall in recent weeks, linked to Storm Babet, meant boreholes and aquifers were “exceptionally high”.”
“Could ships bring water to the Costa del Sol [Spain] if the drought crisis continues?
“Currently Catalonia in the north of Spain is talking about bringing water in ships to the region to respond to their serious drought crisis. In Cadiz, during the 1995 drought, water was brought into the port from Huelva. And in Malaga city on the Costa del Sol?”
“Exceptional cold spell in Italy.
“Temperatures are near record levels in dozens stations in several regions: Hard frost even in Sardinia with -6.8C [19.8F] at Villanova Strisaili. More East it’s like summer with temperatures approaching 30C in Northern Turkey.”
“Winter isn’t coming: climate change hits Greek olive crop.
“…climate change—in this case, the absence of deep winter—is proving too much for even this gnarled veteran to cope with. “The climate has changed and the trees cannot cope with these big changes. We no longer have winter at all,” she told AFP.”
“More than a dozen dead as storm sweeps through Russia, Ukraine and Moldova [after record Nov temps along the Black Sea on Sunday, eg 24C / 75F at Sochi]…
“Hurricane force winds, snowfall and flooding that swept parts of southern Russia, Ukraine and Moldova left at least 13 people dead Monday and almost two million without power, authorities said.”
“Storm in Black Sea floods Azov port, delays grain shipments.
“The port of Azov has seen heavy rain since Nov. 24, which has flooded the Black Sea port and prevented the loading of grain aboard coaster vessels, market participants said to S&P Global Commodity Insights Nov. 27.”
“NOAA report says declining snowpack means worldwide food disruptions.
“Human-caused climate change resulting in higher average temperatures has caused a global decline in snowfall, according to a new analysis from NOAA. That means more precipitation is likely to fall as rain, causing a disruption to food supplies and less water for billions of people, the report said.”
“OPEC says oil industry unjustly vilified ahead of COP28 climate talks…
“OPEC Secretary General Haitham Al Ghais pushed back against accusations that the industry is not doing enough to reduce carbon emissions. The industry was taken to task last week for its role in the climate crisis and its commitment to clean energy by the Paris-based International Energy Agency.”
“Revealed: Saudi Arabia’s grand plan to ‘hook’ poor countries on oil…
“Little was known about the oil demand sustainability programme (ODSP) but the investigation obtained detailed information on plans to drive up the use of fossil fuel-powered cars, buses and planes in Africa and elsewhere, as rich countries increasingly switch to clean energy.”
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