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“Earth Was Due for Another Year of Record Warmth. But This Warm?
“Earth is finishing up its warmest year in the past 174 years, and very likely the past 125,000… Scientists are already busy trying to understand whether 2023’s off-the-charts heat is a sign that global warming is accelerating.”
“This graph shows the detrended global mean temperature minus 0.1 x the detrended Niño 3.4 temperature.
“It’s heading off the chart, which implies an accelerating rate of global warming. Graphs made by the great Makiko Sato.”
“According to ERA5 data, the global surface temperature averaged more than 1.70°C above the 1850-1900 IPCC baseline over the last 4 months (August 18-December 18, 2023).
“We are transitioning away from a human-habitable planet.”
“Just another “5.3 sigma” day for the world’s oceans.
“Let’s all cut down a bunch of trees and bring them inside our homes and watch them die for a couple of weeks.”
“Storm Gerrit has left thousands without power after it caused havoc across England and Scotland, while more than 100 homes were wrecked by a ‘tornado’.
“‘Freak winds’ tore apart roofs in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, overnight… The weather system has also created chaos on Britain’s transport system…” [I can attest to this! It took us two huge detours and three separate ferries to make it home yesterday.]
“Highest minimum temperature for Christmas Day on record, Met Office says…
““Provisionally this Christmas we have recorded the highest daily minimum temperature for Christmas Day on record, with both Exeter Airport and East Malling not falling below 12.4C”.”
“The loss of predictable weather patterns is “causing chaos” for nature, according to the National Trust. [UK]
“It warns climate change is upsetting the regular rhythm of the seasons, making plants and wildlife more susceptible to disease. The effects can be seen across the estates the National Trust manages.”
“Dorset coast saw 15 years’ worth of erosion in one day after storm hit…
“A section of the Dorset coast suffered 15 years’ of erosion in one day from Storm Ciaran… Parts of Hive Beach, near Burton Bradstock, were breached for the first time in November’s storm Ciaran.”
“2023 was the wettest (and among the warmest) year in observational history for the Netherlands.”
“Towns in Germany evacuated and dykes reinforced after heavy rain triggers flooding.
“Towns have been evacuated in Germany after floodwaters rose following heavy rain. Rivers and streams overflowed when fresh downpours fell on already-soaked ground in the north and east of the country.”
“2023: Germany’s Warmest Year on Record Amid Global Rising Temperatures.
“With an anticipated annual temperature of 10.6 degrees Celsius, 2023 is projected to mark the warmest year on record in Germany. This forecast comes from the German Meteorological Office, a significant departure from historical temperature averages…”
“Ski resorts battle for a future as snow declines in climate crisis.
“After promising early dumps of snow in some areas of Europe this autumn, the pattern of recent years resumed and rain and sleet took over… no amount of wishing and hoping will overcome what is an existential threat to skiing in the Alps, an industry worth $30bn (£23.8bn)…”
“Spectacular fohn day in Italy (next tweet) and Switzerland. In SWITZERLAND hottest December day on records for 22.3 [72.1F] Locarno; 21.2 Grono; 20.6 Stabio.
“Also incredibly warm nights with TMIN of 15.9C at Cevio, 2nd highest in December in Swiss climatic history (record 16.0C).”
“25.2C [77.4F] yesterday at Cumiana (Turin Province) is the new official highest temperature in December in Northern Italy.
“4 stations with 25C+ in Piedmont. In Emilia 24.2C at Vignola. Table below is courtesy of Arpa Piemonte.”
“Another crazy warm day in EUROPE with temperatures which have nothing to do with winter: 22.4C [72.3F] in France, 19C in Austria,24C on the Turkish Black Sea coast,18C in Moldova, widespread >20C in the Balkans…
“Another new December record in SERBIA with 21.3C Negotin.”
“Global Warming Could Trigger Five-Year Long Droughts in Europe from 2030, Warns Study.
“The research highlights the importance of considering multiple factors such as drought, tropical nights, and maximum temperature, and their impact on human health and ecosystems… The study also points out the unprecedented increase in the North Atlantic water temperature in 2023…”
“Never ending record heat in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa.
“37.0C [98/6F] at Mpouya REP. OF CONGO. Hottest December day in Congolese history beaten again; 35.8C Doula CAMEROON monthly record. Records have been falling every day from Ivory Coast to Congo thanks to harmattan dry winds.”
“Heavy rains overnight in South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) caused flooding and landslides, killing at least 40 people, local media reported Wednesday…
“Search and rescue efforts are ongoing, and there is concern that the death toll may rise. In May this year, at least 438 bodies were found in areas of Kalehe Territory in South Kivu hit by flooding due to heavy rains.”
“South Africa: Several dead after rain triggers flash floods.
“A 10-meter (33 feet) deluge swept through a borough of Ladysmith in South Africa, destroying homes and cars. Rescuers are battling to find survivors as rainstorms continue.”
“Hottest December day in MALDIVES history tied today (it was set earlier this month) again at Hanimadhoo with 33.6C [92.5F].
“The Maldives have also been breaking records of hottest days and hottest nights all past months.”
“The Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources said that the country has reached its lowest level of water storage in recorded history, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported on Monday.
“The ministry’s spokesperson Khaled Shamal said the water scarcity over the past four years has caused a record drop in the strategic reserves of water.”
“Saffron supplies dry up as climate change shrivels Iran’s ‘desert gold’…
“…changing weather patterns and water shortages are having a dramatic effect on the industry, according to producers and traders, leading to significant falls in yields that have pushed the price of the world’s most expensive spice to fresh highs.”
“Neighbouring states become enemies as water scarcity drives conflict.
“Burning heat, sandstorms and drought plague those whose homes are in the areas along the border of Afghanistan and Iran. Water can sometimes be so scarce in these provinces that it has to be brought to villages by tanker. The region became a deadly battlefield earlier this year…”
“Deer Take Over Siberia’s Omsk Amid Abnormal Winter Weather.
“Unfamiliar with the urban environment, frightened animals have fallen victim to cars and encountered artificial obstacles… Annual roe deer migration in the Omsk region has stretched on longer than normal this year due to an unusually warm and long autumn coupled with a lack of snow…”
“Beijing shivers through coldest December on record.
“Temperatures in the city have frequently fallen below -10C [14F] this month. It has been a year of extremes in the capital: six months ago, Beijing recorded its hottest ever June day, at just over 40C. China has been hit by several waves of extremely cold weather already this winter.”
“Tens of thousands affected as severe flooding hits Thailand’s south…
“Tens of thousands of people in southern Thailand have been affected by severe flooding that has submerged roads and railways, forced schools to close and left some residents trapped in their homes.”
“27,000 evacuated as floods hit six Malaysian states; east coast worst affected…
“Riverbanks burst due to the fast-rising waters in parts of the six states – Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Selangor and Sabah… A total of 13 rivers in six districts in Terengganu had exceeded the danger level at noon on Dec 26, following continuous rain over the past few days.”
“Cambodia’s health ministry issues warnings ahead of record high temperature forecast.
“The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control Department has advised people to be prepared to take precautions during the upcoming dry season in 2024, noting that temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 41 degrees Celsius [106F].”
“Record heat in West Papua (Irian Jaya), Indonesia:
“Yesterday the town of Tenah Merah rose to 37.9C [100.2F], which is the highest temperature ever recorded in West Papua climatic history (previous 37.1 same location 22 Oct 2015). Also, monthly record in Borneo with 36.1C at Kalimaru.”
“At least 10 people, including a nine-year-old girl, have died in eastern Australia during severe thunderstorms on Christmas and Boxing Day.
“Most of the deaths were in the state of Queensland, where tens of thousands of people are still without power. Victoria and New South Wales were also hit by widespread flooding and destructive winds.”
“Queenslanders have been warned that they are in for “relentless heat” that could harm people’s health just days after severe storms battered parts of the state.
“A severe heatwave has begun to set in on Thursday, with the majority of the state to swelter through high temperatures into the weekend and beginning of next week.”
“The Water Trade Is Booming — and Sucking Australia Dry…
“Trading water, Australians have discovered, is tantamount to transferring wealth. The results are painful for communities, many of them Indigenous, that have seen their water disappear, farm economies gutted and environments depleted.”
“With half its surface water area lost, an Amazonian state runs dry.
“Water bodies across the Brazilian state of Roraima have shrunk in area by half over the past 20 years, according to research from the mapping collective MapBiomas. Today, locals are facing even drier times amid a severe drought in the Amazon…”
“Amazon drought: ‘We’ve never seen anything like this’…
“”I’m 49 years old, we’ve never seen anything like this before,” Oliveira says. “I’ve never even heard of a drought as bad as this… “If it dries out any more than that, my family will be isolated there,” Oliveira says.”
“BRAZIL is beating dozens of December records of highest temperature nearly every day with >40C [104F] in the States of Bahia, PIaui, Maranhao….
“Next days a new brutal heat wave will see 44C+ in Paraguay…”
“Floodwaters in northern Argentina caused a massive wave of mud to violently wash away an entire bridge as local residents ran in panic.
“Shocking video recorded in the Catamarca province shows a group of residents eyeing the surging Rincon River on Monday following days of heavy rain in the region.”
“City leaders in Port Hueneme [California] have declared a local state of emergency, seeking state and federal assistance to help residents recover from the surge of rain that damaged homes and businesses last week.
“Some parts of the city of Oxnard got around just under 5 inches of rain in six hours.”
“A ‘snow drought’ is leaving the West’s mountains high and dry…
“Across the West, the winter is off to a dry start… High-altitude snowpack has big implications for the region’s water supply. Two-thirds of the Colorado River’s water starts as snow in Colorado’s mountains before melting and flowing to about 40 million people across seven states.”
“Traditional Minnesotan winter melts away under record high Christmas Day temperatures…
“The normally snowbound “Twin Cities” of Minnesota saw record Christmas Day temperatures as high as 54F, according to US officials… While high Christmas temperatures aren’t unknown in the North Star State, experts said that climate change is making them more likely than ever before.”
“Climate-fuelled wildfires testing the limits of Canada’s aging water bombers…
“”We’re really starting to see the effects of the aging fleet,” said Eric Davidson, president of the Ontario Professional Association of Wildland Firefighters. This year saw the worst wildfire season ever recorded in Canada…”
“Forest fires: a record year…
“In 2023 the wildfires engulfed not only areas usually susceptible to forest fires like Greece, Italy, Tunisia, and Algeria in the Mediterranean basin and North America and Australia, but also areas which are usually spared like Hawaii or Tenerife.”
“The tip of the Antarctica Peninsula is melting out…
“The melting of the Antarctic Peninsula in 2022-2023 has resulted in a mind-boggling increase in speed and significant ice loss at three glaciers. The Hectoria Glacier quadrupled its sliding speed and lost 15 miles of ice at its front over 16 months…”
“How to talk to climate change-denying relatives at Christmas…
“…to help you knock back some of the more common myths spouted by climate change deniers, the team at the Rainforest Alliance have put together some ready-made answers to shut down any potential arguments and keep the peace at the dinner table.”
You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back tomorrow with an “Economic” thread.
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