“It’s over: 2023 was Earth’s hottest year, experts say…
“Each year since 2014 stands among the top 10 warmest years since people began keeping track, based on increases in global average temperatures above the previous century, according to NASA and NOAA.”
“December 2023 is now certain to be the warmest December on record in the JRA-55 dataset, beating the prior record by over 0.2C. It will end just below September as the second highest anomaly of the year (with respect to an 1850-1900 baseline period).”
“Breaking news! Code Yikes!
“The latest Copernicus data showed Dec. 24th was the 3rd hottest day in the last 174 years for global surface temperatures, at 1.99°C over the 1850-1900 IPCC baseline. Maybe even the 3rd hottest in the last 125,000 years.”
“Let’s stop pretending that the Earth is heating up steadily. The heating has turned up steeply this century and that 2050 net zero target is nowhere near soon enough. 2024 and beyond is emergency territory.” [Prof Nick Cowern]
“Welcome to a +1.5°C world!
“When heating your house, you don’t care much about what the temperature was 3 hours ago. You care what the thermometer says right now. And how high the heater is. The thermometer says +1.55°C and the heaters [ie Earth Energy Imbalance] are on full blast.”
“2023 is finishing off with a bang! These extreme Sea Surface Temperatures represent A LOT of heat, which will keep increasing for months.
“2024 will present us with weather extremes which this globalized world has never seen. No one should downplay these risks.”
“See the 2023 sea surface temperature comparison to previous peak year, 2016.
“Note that 2016 was also the peak year of the 2015-2016 El Niño. 2024 will be the peak year of the 2023-2024 El Niño. The worst is yet to come.”
“A polar bear found dead on Alaska’s North Slope is the first of the species known to have been killed by the highly pathogenic avian influenza that is circulating among animal populations around the world.
“The polar bear was found dead in October near Utqiagvik, the nation’s northernmost community, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reported.”
“December 2023 in Canada was extraordinarily warm: Temperature anomaly was +5.88C vs 1991-2020 normal with anomalies locally close to +10C!
“It was the warmest December in most stations from East to West from North to South, 2nd/3rd in the others.”
“Almost half of Charlottetown’s warmest months ever have come in the last 30 years [Prince Edward Island].
“Looking at records going back to 1872 in Charlottetown, CBC News charted the top five warmest of each of the 12 months of the year. For example, the top five warmest Januaries in Charlottetown were, in order: 2023, 1956, 2006, 1958, 2021.”
“Wow – The Great Lakes typically have an ice coverage of 55% during the winter months, causing at least half of their surfaces to freeze.
“As of yesterday, they had a combined ice cover of just 0.2%. Lake Superior 0.5%, Lake Michigan 0%, Lake Huron 0%, Lake Erie 0%, Lake Ontario 0%.”
“Record warm Duluth December part of long-term trend [Minnesota].
“Duluth’s December finished with an average daily temperature of 30.1 degrees, a full 13 degrees warmer than normal and crushing the old warm record of 26.7 degrees set in 1931, according to data from the National Weather Service in Duluth.”
“December 2023 was the warmest December on record for the Contiguous U.S. by a wide margin using Prism Climate Group data. It was 0.67°F (0.37°C) warmer than December 2021.”
“It’s not just Utah, snow shortages are plaguing the entire West…
“Across much of the West Coast, from the Cascades in the north to the Sierra Nevada in the south, mountain sites are recording less than half of their normal snowpack for this point in winter. The situation has created serious problems for dozens of ski resorts… and has stirred wider concerns about the future.”
“Colorado River crisis looms over state’s landscape decisions…
“There’s going to be a day of reckoning,” former Arizona Gov. and former U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt , 85, told Politico’s E&E News, referring to the warnings of scientists during past decades. “Here we are. The crisis has arrived.””
“Scores of California farmworkers are dying in the heat in regions with chronically bad air, even in a state with one of the toughest heat standards in the nation…
“No federal standard protects workers from extreme heat, though OSHA proposed a rule in 2021—a half century after public health officials first recommended precautionary measures.”
“‘A preview to hell’: The year Brazil woke up to the climate crisis.
“In 2023, the rivers of the Amazon dried up like never before, the temperatures in Rio reached 140 degrees and torrential rains left dozens dead in the south of the country.”
“Growing proportion of England’s flood defences in disrepair, analysis finds.
“Ministers have been told they will be “punished” by voters after analysis revealed the decline of vital flood defences across England. The proportion of critical assets in disrepair has almost trebled in the West Midlands and the east of England since 2018…”
“Germany’s Scholz Tours Flooded Regions in Northwest, Praises Authorities and Volunteers.
“German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took a helicopter flight Sunday to check the flooded regions in the northwest of the country, where rivers have swelled and overflowed homes, roads and fields after weeks of heavy rain.”
“December 2023 in Germany had an average temperature of +4.09C which is +2.14C above normal. As mentioned earlier, 2023 was the warmest year on record.”
“It took an army of firefighters to control a blaze that forced people from their homes amid New Year’s Eve celebrations in southern Spain.
“The inferno began due to people letting off unlicensed fireworks… Spain has been suffering a drought for the past two years, intensified by climate change.”
“Tunisia’s lagoons at risk of drying up amid record heat and chaotic urbanisation.
“Tunisia’s wetlands are at risk of completely drying up as the country faces its sixth consecutive year of drought, with rising temperatures, longer summers and less rain. The impact of climate change has increased pressure on the country’s already depleted groundwater sources…”
“Climate change fuels Malaria crisis in Kenya.
“As temperatures rise globally, the impact of climate change on the transmission of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, becomes increasingly evident…. Mutai recounts his recent diagnosis with malaria…”
“Today it’s like a tsunami of heat records in the tropics from East to West: Oceania, Asia, Africa.
“In Mayotte, a French territory in the African Indian Ocean, today the temperature reached 35.8C [96.4F] at Dembeni, a new January record heat for Mayotte.” [Mayotte already suffering severe water shortages.]
“Unusual Hailstorm Blankets Saudi Arabian City, Fuels Climate Change Discussions.
“…the recent shower of hail in Buraidah was an anomaly that left locals and visitors alike in awe. The hailstones, in their rapid descent, swiftly covered the city, lending it a stark, white allure. The spectacle was a stark contrast to the usual sun-baked landscapes.”
“Saudi Arabia: Lightning strikes 4 dead at landmark mountain.
“Lightning struck an area famed for a mountain near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, killing four people, according to social media reports. A fifth person was hurt by the lightning that struck the five while they were at the Jabal Thawr…”
“Bangladesh sees dramatic rise in lightning deaths linked to climate change.
“On the day he thought he’d be celebrating his wedding, Mamun buried 16 of his relatives. They had been killed by lightning on the way to the ceremony… Lightning is a big killer in Bangladesh, claiming more lives annually than floods.”
“Hong Kong Witnesses Record-Breaking Warm New Year’s Eve Amid Climate Change Concerns.
“In a historic meteorological event, Hong Kong registered its highest New Year’s Eve temperature on record, as the mercury soared to 25.7 degrees Celsius (78.3 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, December 31, 2023.”
“Officially confirmed – China’s average temperature in 2023 will be 10.7°C, the highest in history (normally 9.9°C). The average temperature of 12 provinces ranks first in history.”
“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN AUSTRALIA – 49.5C [121.1F] today at Roebourne Aero.
“It ties the second hottest December day ever recorded in the world (only behind 19 Dec 2019). It’s also the highest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere in the whole 2023. This crazy year is ending with a big boom.”
“‘Definitely no fireworks’: how Australia’s ‘hottest town’ is marking New Year’s Eve as temperatures hover around 50C…
“One “desperado” getting out of the heat at lunchtime, Eugene, said he would be spending New Year’s Eve at home trying to keep cool. “I’m sitting at home in the swimming pool and stubbies in my bag of ice,” he said.”
“What the world is seeing these few hours of 2024 is just insane: records are being smashed in hundreds stations all over Oceania and Asia and the day is just starting.
“NEW CALEDONIA, in the Pacific rose to 38.3C [100.9F] at La Tontouta AP, the station’s hottest day in its climatic history.”
“Red alert in Antarctica: the year rapid, dramatic change hit climate scientists like a ‘punch in the guts’…
“The southern continent has suffered dramatic shifts that raise serious concerns about its immediate health. They have coincided with evidence that longer-term transformations linked to the climate crisis have started much sooner than it was assumed was likely.”
“Hannah Ritchie: ‘Doomsday predictions are a dream for climate deniers’…
“The scientist, whose book Not the End of the World offers a data-based analysis of environmental problems and their solutions, on how being informed and engaged can prevent defeatism… we can continue human progress while addressing our environmental problems.”
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