“Last month set another new climate record – warmest November global sea surface temperature. Data available from NOAA. ERSSTv5 (https://psl.noaa.gov/data/gridded/data.noaa.ersst.v5.html…).
“Methods detailed in https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0836.1”
“Breaking news! The planet once again touched the 2.0°C barrier for a single day yesterday.
“On tenterhooks awaiting the definitive graphic from CopernicusECMWF.”
“It’s looking likely that the Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) will surpass the +2°C mark next month…
“That’s a very strong El Niño that rarely happens.”
“This NASA CERES data is making me very anxious. The Northern Hemisphere used to radiate more heat to space than it absorbed from the sun. Not anymore.
“This causes very rapid warming of the NH, where 7 out 8 billion people live and grow their food! We better prepare!”
“Ancient methane escaping from melting glaciers could potentially warm the planet even more.
“As mighty glaciers melt in the Arctic, new research finds million-year-old methane gas trapped beneath the ice is surfacing, with a potential to further warm the planet. “Glacial retreat is the big driver of gas escape here,” said Andy Hodson, a glaciologist at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.”
“Greenland’s Inuit falling through thin ice of climate change.
“As the ice melts, the hunters in the village of Ittoqqortoormiit… worry where they will get water. Greenland’s ice sheets may hold one 12th of the world’s fresh water — enough to raise the sea level up seven metres (23 feet) if they were to melt — but climate change is already threatening the village’s supply.”
“From blizzards to record warmth, Nunavut [Arctic Canada] experiencing weather turmoil…
“Just last week, we saw a blizzard hammer parts of Nunavut with heavy snow and driving winds. That was the second blizzard in a week’s time. On the opposite end of the weather spectrum, several communities in Canada’s northernmost territory experienced record-setting warmth in November.”
“Wildfires have erased two decades’ worth of air quality gains in western United States…
““Our air is supposed to be cleaner and cleaner due mostly to EPA regulations on emissions, but the fires have limited or erased these air-quality gains,” says Jun Wang, James E. Ashton professor and chair in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, assistant director of the Iowa Technology Institute at the University of Iowa.”
“Louisiana’s battle against wildfires sparks plea for $43 million boost in funding…
“The months-long battle against hundreds of wildfires across Louisiana has made clear that the state is ill-prepared for hotter, drier summers producing multiple simultaneous blazes that ravage forests, imperil communities and stretch the state’s firefighting capabilities beyond the limit.”
“‘They told us the fire would never come’: Argentinians battle blazes in gap left by government…
“Córdoba is one of the country’s major agricultural hubs, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s soya bean production, of which Argentina is third largest producer in the world. But Córdoba is drying up…”
“Historic weather in Brazil’s top soy state keeps pressure on crop…
“Mato Grosso grows about 27% of Brazil’s soybeans and accounts for almost 30% of the country’s soybean export program, the world’s largest. Dryness is not Mato Grosso’s only problem, as average temperatures during the last two months were about 3.5 degrees Celsius (6.3 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal across all soybean-producing regions…”
“Endless record heat in BRAZIL. 3 states: Rio Grande do Norte, Caerà and Parnaiba are few decimals short of their hottest days in climatic history (2 of which were beaten few weeks ago anyway).
“Today 40.5C [104.9F] Jaguaribe Caera 0.3C from state record; Seridò PN and Caico RN similar.”
“Bear attacks in Japan hit record high as hunger forces some to delay hibernation.
“The number of people injured or killed in bear attacks in Japan this year exceeded 200 for the first time, as experts warned of more encounters during the winter, when the animals are supposed to hibernate.”
“Rare Siberian Tiger Kills Man in Russia’s Far East…
“Authorities in the Khabarovsk region have reported nearly 300 cases of tigers entering populated areas this year, and in some instances, the wild animals have killed dogs and attacked people. Experts say that an uptick in encounters between humans and Siberian tigers could indicate “serious disruptions” in their habitats.”
“Temperatures in Siberia dip to minus 50 Celsius as record snow blankets Moscow.
“Temperatures in parts of Siberia plummeted to minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) while blizzards blanketed Moscow in record snowfall and disrupted flights as winter weather swept across Russia… An abnormally early cold snap in Sakha pushed temperatures to even lower than minus 50 C in several areas of Sakha…”
“Wintry blast in Europe has brought record snow and bitter cold…
“In Munich, Germany’s third-largest city, a storm over the weekend dropped nearly a foot and a half of snow, setting a December record. It was also the city’s largest snowstorm since early March 2006, and among the biggest of any month on record.”
“Properties and businesses were left underwater, roads and railways were blocked and people were rescued as heavy rainfall led to flooding and burst river banks across west Dorset [UK].
“Bridport took the full force of the flooding on Monday – the River Brit burst its banks and overflowed, causing widespread chaos…”
“Cars lifted in air during Storm Ciarán, report finds [UK].
“Cars were levitated metres away from where they were parked, concrete lumps from a home were blown 35m (115ft) into another building, and caravans were destroyed as a tornado tore through Jersey, a report has found.”
“Very cold in EUROPE and DECEMBER RECORD HEAT TO THE EAST; TURKEY: 27.4C [81.3F] Sinop; MINIMUM Temp 21.7C Cinarcik.
“More records in GREECE yesterday – 23.4C at Larissa Airport beat the monthly record of highest temperature.”
“Lebanon’s Christians feel the heat of climate change in its sacred forest and valley…
“The lush Cedars of God Forest, some 2000 meters (6,560 feet) above sea level near the northern town of Bcharre, is part of a landscape cherished by Christians. The preserve overlooks the Kadisha Valley — Aramaic for “sacred” – where many Christians took refuge from persecution over Lebanon’s tumultuous history.”
“Tunisia: Maghreb farmers embrace drones to fight climate change.
“”The seasons are not like they were before where we knew exactly what to do,” said farmer Yassine Gargouri, noting temperatures now can begin to climb as early as May while in August there have been unusual summer rains. He hired start-up RoboCare to scan the trees from the air and assess their hydration levels, soil quality and overall health…”
“African mayor fears her city could run out of water in climate change struggle [Sierra Leone].
“…Flanked by mountains and with an Atlantic coast, Freetown has little space for agriculture, leading to deforestation and a land grab in surrounding areas.”
“Record heat in the Sahel with temperatures still rising >40C. Yesterday 41.0C [105.8F] at Tambacounda SENEGAL: hottest December day on record.
“Also Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria are at record levels. No relief in sight.”
“The death toll from flooding and landslides in northern Tanzania has risen to 63.
“In order to deal with the impact of the heavy rains, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is cutting short her attendance at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai. Homes, infrastructure and farmland have also been damaged. Massive floods are sweeping through countries across East Africa.”
“6 killed in lightning strikes in southern Tanzania.
“At least six people were killed Sunday evening and five others injured in a lightning strike in the Masasi district in the Mtwara region in southern Tanzania, an official said Monday… Kanoni said the lightning struck in Maparagwe village during a downpour and strong winds.”
“Insane heat in the Caucasus and Middle East, records are falling in many areas from Sinai to Central Asia.
“35C [95F] in Saudi Arabia, 34C Bandar Abbas in IRAN (record), 25C in Georgia, 21C at 1000m asl in Russia, 22.5C Zakataly, AZERBAIJAN (record), 23C at 700m in Armenia.”
“Four die as cyclone brings Chennai [India] to its knees…
Cyclone Michaung pummelled Chennai and its neighbouring districts non-stop, dumping 400 to 500mm [20 inches] of rain since Sunday morning, flooding homes and destroying cars and bikes across the coastal metropolis. In 2015, when the ‘Chennai deluge’ drowned the city, it had received 330mm of rain.”
“Extreme weather halts iPhone production in India: Foxconn and Pegatron grapple with disruptions.
“Taiwan-based manufacturing giants, Foxconn and Pegatron, have temporarily halted the production of Apple iPhones at their factories near Chennai in southern India due to the adverse impact of heavy rains, Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the matter.”
“Monthly record in BANGLADESH’s second largest city CHITTAGONG with 33.5C [92.3F] in its Patenga Airport, 0.2C from the Bengali national record of highest temperature in December.”
“An impressive area with record heat from Indonesia to Senegal (like in the beginning of November).
“37.2C Maumere INDONESIA all time high; MYANMAR December records: 35.6C Nyaunglaybin; 34.8C Gwa; 35.2C Phyarpon… 58 countries already broke some monthly records highs in these 4 days!”
“Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high…
“The world is on track to have burned more coal, oil and gas in 2023 than it did in 2022, according to a report by the Global Carbon Project, pumping 1.1% more planet-heating carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a time when emissions must plummet to stop extreme weather from growing more violent.”
“Record number of fossil fuel lobbyists granted access COP28 climate talks, campaigners say.
“They massively outnumber attendees from some of the most vulnerable countries and communities, a coalition of climate action groups has said. At least 2,456 fossil fuel lobbyists are estimated to have been granted access to COP28, according to an analysis from advocacy groups released today.”
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