“After months of expectation, it’s official — 2023 will be the hottest year ever recorded. The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced the milestone after analyzing data that showed the world saw its warmest-ever November.
“Last month was roughly 1.75 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial average, Copernicus said, with an average surface air temperature of 14.22 degrees Celsius, or about 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit.”
“Catastrophic change looms as Earth nears climate ‘tipping points’, report says…
““These tipping points pose threats of a magnitude that has never been faced before by humanity,” says Tim Lenton, a climate scientist at the University of Exeter, UK, who led the report with support from the Bezos Earth Fund…”
“Two degrees is too high for ice sheets, permafrost and glaciers. At a Time of Climate Crisis: We cannot negotiate with the melting point of ice…
“The cryosphere – Earth’s frozen water in ice sheets, sea ice, permafrost, polar oceans, glaciers and snow – is at ground zero for climate change. Accepting 2 degrees of warming as the new constant would commit the world to “between 12 and 20 metres” of sea level rise.”
“The climate change we caused is here for at least 50,000 years – and probably far longer…
“This latest warming step has already taken the Earth into levels of climate warmth not experienced for some 120,000 years, into those of the last interglacial phase, a little warmer than the current one. There is yet more warming in the pipeline over coming centuries, as various feedbacks take effect.”
“Quite a bump! Quick and dirty plot of 9 months of record high North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures.
“How long will this record streak hold? In the meantime, the little boy (El Niño) in the Tropical Pacific is still growing.”
“The [UK] Government is unprepared to tackle extreme weather events from floods to droughts and storms to heatwaves, a new report by the National Audit Office reveals.
“No one in Whitehall has collected the information across government to tackle these weather crises and the Cabinet Office will not have an overall plan to do so until 2030, it has found.”
“Christmas supplies heading to Britain could be delayed over the coming weeks in a threat to the festival season as the Panama Canal suffers its worst-ever drought…
“Dozens of massive container ships carrying presents and festive items including Apple’s new iPhones, TVs, exercise bikes, clothes and tree lights are experiencing delays of up to four weeks…”
“European potato prices are soaring as heavy rains leave spuds mired in the mud, curbing supplies just as demand for the Christmas-dinner staple rises.
“Farmers in Belgium, France and the UK have sidelined tractors, which have difficulty navigating waterlogged fields, limiting collection. The crops risk rotting if left too long.”
“Why ground in south-west France is still burning from 2022 forest fire…
“The soil of the Hostens Forest (Gironde) continues to burn from the inside – almost a year and a half after it initially started – due to the presence of an old lignite (natural coal) mine within the local soil.”
“Late skiing start in Alps due to warmest autumn on record…
“Recent snowfall in the northern Alps doesn’t hide the fact that many high-altitude ski resorts in Austria and Switzerland have never opened as late as this season – due to the warmest autumn on record. This not only affects skiers…”
“Greek villagers vote to relocate after deadly climate-driven flood…
“Residents of the small Greek farming village of Metamorfosi have voted in favour of relocating their entire community after it was submerged by flood waters in September, seeking to protect themselves from future climate change-driven disasters.”
“Libya: People are Terrified of Rain, Clouds and Climate Change…
“Three months after thousands of people lost their lives in devastating floods caused by Storm Daniel, residents of the city of Derna are suffering the psychological aftermath of the disaster. MSF doctors and psychologists have been providing them with medical care and mental health support.”
“‘Living dead’: Tunisian villages suffer drought, climate change…
“”We are the living dead … forgotten by everyone,” said Mazhoud, 57, whose region was once one of Tunisia’s most fertile, known for its wheat fields and Aleppo pines. “We have no roads, no water, no aid, no decent housing, and we own nothing,” she said…”
“Seychelles declares state of emergency after explosion, flooding.
“Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan declared a state of emergency on Thursday after a blast at an explosives depot and heavy rains damaged an industrial zone and surrounding areas… The statement gave no further details.”
“More and more records in the MALDIVES. Today Hanimadhoo rose to 34.6C [94.3F] HIGHEST DECEMBER TEMPERATURE IN MALDIVEAN HISTORY.
“That’s after beating its November highest minimum, highest maximum and December highest minimum.”
“Records are falling all over Asia every single day from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia.
“MINIMUM Temps. >28C in MALDIVES, 27C in Saudi Arabia… 36.4C at Bangkok THAILAND… records in INDIA 36.6C Madurai AP, 34.3C Minicoy Island… 37C in Myanmar. 25C in Central Asia, +10C in Siberia! Insane.”
“Glaciers in Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan vanishing – head of National Academy of Sciences.
“From 1962 to 2003, the length of the glacier reduced by 450 meters. “If the situation does not stop, the glacier will vanish in the next 20-30 years. The same is happening with other glaciers in the mountains surrounding Issyk-Kul and in Tien Shan range,” Kanat Abdrakhmatov said.”
“Chennai struggles after Cyclone Michaung: Shortages of drinking water, milk, and diesel, several areas remain inundated.
“The devastating impact of Cyclone Michaung, which made landfall in Andhra Pradesh on December 5, has left parts of Chennai in a state of severe distress. Characterised by its super-cyclonic intensity, the cyclone unleashed a torrent of rain…”
“At least 300 stations in China will break records in the next two days.
“Considering that the heat will continue until December 16, the final number of record-breaking stations may exceed 1,000!”
“Relentless Record heat in Southeast Asia:
“Today the MINIMUM temperature at Roxas in the PHILIPPINES was 27.8C [82F] a new record for December and 0.1C from the National record of December highest minimum temperature.”
“AUSTRALIA HEAT WAVE. Exceptional heat with temperatures 44C+ [111F] in 5 States: 46.4 in South Australia (at Marree); 45.7 Western Australia; 44.8 New South Wales; 44.7 Queensland; 43.9 Northern Territory. It can get even worse next 2 days.”
“The worst is yet to come for a severe cyclone swirling off Queensland’s coast, with warnings it could reach a category five storm as officials are unable to confirm whether it will hit Australia’s shores.
“Cyclone Jasper is currently a category three storm raging 1390km northeast of Cairns…”
“‘We felt it first’: Climate-threatened islands battle fossil fuels at COP28…
“The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a group of 39 small islands in the Pacific, Caribbean and elsewhere, have been at the forefront of the battle to keep the world on a path towards limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels…”
“Prey driven away by wildfire, YKDFN Chief says wolves are turning to Yellowknife [NWT, Canada] for food.
“Wolf sightings have been “persistent” around Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah recently — and a chief with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation says it’s because they’ve lost habitat in this year’s wildfires.”
“Balmy December weather prompts city to open 2 golf courses [Calgary, Canada].
“With Calgary set to see temperatures Tuesday that feel more like September than December, the city is playing along by opening two public golf courses for the day. The course at Maple Ridge in the southeast has 18 holes available for $25, and Shaganappi Point in the southwest is opening two nine-hole options for $15.”
“Atmospheric River Soaks Pacific Northwest With Record-Breaking Rain, Unusually Warm Temperatures.
“The U.S. Coast Guard rescued five people from flooded areas on Tuesday as an atmospheric river brought heavy rain, flooding and unseasonably warm temperatures to the Pacific Northwest. The conditions also closed rail links, schools and roads in some areas…”
“Wow, at 11pm Portland Airport has hit 67° [19.4C] on a surge of south winds under a very warm airmass. This is the highest December temperature on record, beating the previous record of 65° from 1993.
“This is more like an evening temperature in July!”
“More exceptional heat from MEXICO. On 5 December the temperature reached 40.0C [104F] at Atoyac, Guerrero State.
“This is one of the highest temperatures ever recorded in month of December in North America.”
“Mexico: climate displaced people need a home urgently.
“El Bosque is a fishing community in the state of Tabasco, southern Mexico, affected by rising sea levels and coastal erosion intensified by the climate crisis. Since 2019, due to constant tidal waves and extreme weather events, the coastline of El Bosque has lost 200 meters (about 656.17 ft), resulting in the destruction of homes…”
“Prolonged drought brings unprecedented changes to Amazonian communities in Pará…
“The Tapajós River has suffered from the lowest water level ever recorded, reaching 94 centimeters (37 inches) — 38 cm (15 in) below the level recorded in the same period of the year in 2010 during the historic drought. The long, dry period has sparked a record number of fires…”
“Insurers heavily exposed to climate change, global watchdog says…
“Insurers continue to have “material exposure” to climate change through investments in fossil fuels and energy-intensive industries, as well as through their underwriting of natural catastrophe risk, the global insurance watchdog said.”
“Solar farms around the world are under threat due to costly hailstorm-related claims, according to renewable energy underwriter GCube Insurance.
“Hail was the costliest category for insurance claims by the renewables industry in the last five years, averaging around $58.4 million per incident, the underwriter said in a Wednesday report.”
“Climate Change is Disrupting Air Travel…
“As climate change worsens coastal flooding and extreme weather events, more flights could be grounded from weather-related delays. A warming atmosphere can also increase in-flight turbulence.”
“Jet stream will get faster as climate change continues, study finds…
““Based on these results and our current understanding, we expect record-breaking winds,” said Shaw, “and it’s likely that they will feed into decreased flight times, increased clear-air turbulence and a potential increase in severe weather occurrence.””
“Fevered Planet: How a shifting climate is catalysing infectious disease…
“Daniel Brooks, a bacteriologist at the Harold W Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska State Museum… argues that climate will soon be fuelling pandemics and we can expect a succession of unpredictable human, animal and plant disease outbreaks. “We rarely have an idea where the next [pathogen] will pop up. All we know is that they are better at finding us than we have been [at] finding them.””
“Time to Consider ‘Last Resort’ Targeted Climate Interventions at COP28…
“I believe that we are overlooking important approaches that could, if needed, provide emergency manoeuvres. In the light of the recent Stocktake, we have few options left given the diminishing time before our global carbon budget is completely spent.”
“Why dimming the Sun would be an effective tool in the fight against climate change…
“We just aren’t cutting emissions fast enough to prevent climate change from wreaking terrible damage. Dimming the Sun would not address the root cause of the climate disease, and we must keep pushing to cut emissions, but a growing body of evidence suggests that it would work surprisingly well at treating the symptoms.”
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