“Cop29, the next round of UN talks to tackle the climate crisis, will be led by another veteran of the oil and gas industry.
“Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan’s ecology and natural resources minister, has been appointed the president-in-waiting for the Cop29 climate talks when they take place in the country in November.”
“‘I think I need a new colour’: Climate stripes creator reacts to 2023’s record-smashing temperatures…
“The series of vertical coloured bars offers a visual representation of how our planet is progressively heating up. It was created by climate scientist Professor Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading, UK, in 2018.”
“This little graphic plots more than 30,000 data points for the temperature anomaly over the 1850-1900 baseline, from 1940 to present.
“At the top right, the graphic finishes 2023 at a gobsmacking 1.48°C over the baseline. Paris, here we come!”
“There we are, back at 21°C global (60°S-60°N) Sea Surface Temperatures.
“With about three more months of warming in the pipeline. I expect another y-axis in need of extension. Will we ever see pre-2023 temperatures again?”
“For the U.S. and Canada combined, December 2023 was 7.8F (4.3C) above the 1991-2020 normal, and 3.6F (2.0C) warmer than the second warmest December.
“Canada and the U.S. each had their warmest Decembers individually.”
“Unprecedented months-long drought roasts spawning salmon: ‘[Like] swimming a marathon in a sauna’.
“Droughts and rising temperatures across North America have been drying up rivers and aquifers for years. That’s not just dangerous for people on land — it’s also a problem for fish living in what water is left.”
“Drought state of emergency enters 15th week in central B.C. village.
“McBride mayor says there is ‘barely sufficient’ drinking water for community of over 600 people… McBride, like many parts of the province, has been unseasonably warm with very little snow in the past months, a condition some are calling a “snow drought.””
“No ice on Lake Erie this winter fuels fear for the future…
“Dave Phillips, senior climatologist from Environment and Climate Change Canada, said that the lack of ice is indicative of the higher temperatures in 2023. “We had the warmest May to September on record,” Phillips said.”
“Insane heat wave in Central America and the Caribbean, thousands of records have been obliterated all over the region.
“Temperatures near 40C [104F] in Mexico, 38.8C in Guatemala, most of Caribbean islands had their hottest January days on records from Dominica to Tobago to Saba etc.”
“In just few hours dozens of thousands of heat records were destroyed all over the world, from Oceania to Asia, Europe, North and Southern Africa, North and South America.
“There is nothing in 3 centuries of world climatology which can even be compared to what it’s happening these hours.”
“Extreme drought in western Pará pushes family farmers into agroforestry [Brazil].
“Lost crops, reduced fish numbers, low water levels in rivers and difficult access to potable water have all led to a state of disaster declared in many municipalities in the state of Pará… Farmers and technicians are seeking out more sustainable alternatives to the traditional slash-and-burn system.”
“EXTREME HEAT COMING. Next days South America will witness a terrible heat wave with temperatures up to 45C [113F], nights well over 30C and high humidity.
“This will be locally among the worst heat indexes ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. PARAGUAY will be the most affected.”
“Big freeze strands cargo ships in Baltic Sea ice. Ice breakers being deployed to help commercial vessels as harsh winter conditions surprise.
“A severe and sudden cold snap in Scandinavia has blocked ships in the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea region prompting the use of ice breakers. German owner Eicke Schiffahrts’ 5,440-dwt multipurpose vessel Bugoe is reported to be stuck in the waters off Estonia…”
“Breaking News Bjørnholt has set a New cold record for Norwegian Capitol, Oslo with -29.9C friday night.
“Old record from 1841! -29.6C Oslo -Observatoriet 21.1.1841
“Campaigners say building more power stations on Loch Ness could be a disaster for wild fish populations.
“The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board wants an immediate moratorium on further pumped storage hydro schemes after plans were lodged for a third… Industry body Scottish Renewables says pumped storage is a vital component in decarbonising the electricity grid.”
“Britain is enduring its wettest winter in 130 years as large parts of the country are submerged in water.
“Since September, there have been eight named storms – the highest number in a season to be named by the Met Office… Prof Hannah Cloke, a hydrologist at the University of Reading, said the storms have turned the country into a “sopping wet sponge”.”
“Floods in Germany: Desperate farmers fight to save harvests…
“Dirk Reinicke and other farmers in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany, have been working nonstop for days, helping to seal off dikes from the floods. “I’m 58 years old and I’ve never experienced a flood like this before,” Reinecke told DW.”
“Tornado wreaks havoc in several Belgian municipalities.
“More than 40 homes located between Antwerp and Mechelen were hit by a tornado on Wednesday afternoon, rendering them uninhabitable… As large parts of Belgium have seen heavy rain in the past two days, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver region in the southeast of Antwerp experienced a more extreme type of weather.”
“December 2023 in Croatia was another record warm month with temperature anomalies between +1.6C and +4.4C above average/
“2023 as a whole was the warmest year on record. with temperature anomalies between +0.7C and +1.9C vs 1991-2020. Exceptional.”
“‘It’s full of green areas’: mystery of Europe’s heat death hotspot. Hot weather has proved deadlier in the Croatian city of Osijek than in any other European city but little is being done to work out why…
“In the past two decades, hot weather has proved deadlier in Osijek than in any other city in Europe, a study in the Lancet medical journal found.”
“In Bulgaria 2023 was also the warmest year on record. With an average temperature of 12.9C it beats by 0.4C the previous hottest year 2019.
“With almost +3C anomaly December ended an exceptional year. See historic yearly temperatures and 2023 by month stats by Meteo Bulgaria.”
“Hotter, drier air in Europe ‘causing poor crops and greater wildfire risk’…
“Sixty-seven researchers looked at 400 years of tree ring data in Europe and came to the conclusion that the problem of dry air has got far worse this century. The increase in greenhouse gases from fossil fuels has made Vapour Pressure Deficit more frequent and extreme.”
“Record warmth in Europe switched from West to East of the Mediterranean. 24.2C [75.6F] at Sifilke in TURKEY and 24.0C at Larnaca in CYPRUS broke their records for January.
“Next days thousands of heat record will fall all over Central Asia ,than East Asia.”
“Spanish city [Malaga] at risk of drying up as scientists warn it ‘must rain’ before it’s too late…
“A city in one of the most popular holiday hotspots in Spain is hoping for rain after recording an extremely warm Christmas period… The month supposed to be the wettest in the autumn season, November, saw no rain at all falling in the city…”
“Drought is pushing North African economies to the brink and to social unrest.
“Drought is wreaking havoc on North Africa’s water supply and on its agriculture. All countries in the region are facing a dangerous water outlook. For example, cash-strapped Tunisia is expected to import almost all its cereal needs.”
“[PHOTOS] Motorists, pedestrians stranded as heavy rains pound Nairobi [Kenya].
“Pictures and videos seen by the Star showed many motorists and pedestrians stranded as others tried to force their way through the flooded waters. Some Kenyans had a chance to earn a living by carrying the pedestrians shoulder-high through the flooded waters.”
“Endless record heat in the tropical Indian Ocean, Tromelin Island had its hottest day on record and it’s January hottest night at the same time. 28.8/35.0 [83.8/95F]
“MAYOTTE beat its territorial record of January again with 36.0C at Treveni.”
“As Sri Lanka floods swell with climate change, so does human-crocodile conflict.
“Sri Lanka is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change, with long drought spells, receiving intense rain during a shorter period with a marked increase in flood events. During flooding, crocodiles inhabiting rivers tend to reach land and move closer to human settlements…”
“Year of extremes for Telangana [India]; rainiest July to driest October…
“Telangana experienced at least five unusual climatic events within a span of a year in 2023, extreme rains in July and December, extreme rainfall deficit in October and multiple hailstorms in April. A key reason… climate change.”
“Bangladesh sees one disaster every month.
“Bangladesh experienced 12 extreme weather events in 2023 – from heavy rain to drought, heat waves to flash floods, and cyclones to abnormal fluctuations in temperature. The past year was particularly difficult for farmers, who struggled to plant crops on time and then rip them due to frequent disasters.”
“Climate change: China’s ‘sponge cities’ struggle to soak up flooding from severe storms despite billions in investment…
““People who think the sponge city initiative failed tend to think that there’s a silver bullet to solve the water risks,” said Mark Fletcher, global water business leader at engineering consultant Arup. “But there are no silver bullets in the fight against uncertainty and climate change.””
“Beijing experienced its coldest December since records began in 1951, after a cold wave hit much of China…
“The Beijing weather observatory recorded a period of more than 300 hours in which temperatures remained below freezing, which is the longest for December since records began 72 years ago.”
“Extreme heat is coming! Starting from January 10, an unprecedented extreme heat will sweep across East Asia, especially northern China and Mongolia, where temperatures will be more than 20C higher! China may have thousands of stations set a new record for January!”
“Japan’s average temperature in 2023 was the highest on record since comparable data became available in 1898.
“The average temperature in 2023 was 1.29 C warmer than the mean temperature for 30 years through 2020, surpassing the previous record set in 2020, which saw the mercury rise 0.65 C above average, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.”
“Record heat spreads to JAPAN. Warm air from the West reached the country with some January records in the North Honshu.
“Most important record was 11.3C [52.3F] at Yokote (Akita Prefecture). Every single month in the past 25 had heat records in Japan, some months with >1000 records.”
“Philippines “cold season” is a 24/7 sauna: Hot and humid nights persist: Last record was that of the city of Cebu with a MIN temperature of 27.3C [81.1F]: hottest January night on record.
“Minimums over 27C also in Vietnam. Records have been blasted in every single tropical island.”
“Never ending record heat in Oceania and SE Asia. Indonesia is facing continuous record heat and severe drought:
“36.0C [96.8F] at Maumere, Flores Island broke the January record. PHILIPPINES with insanely hot nights: record highest Tmin 27.1C at Puerto Princesa. It won’t ease anytime soon…”
“‘Incredible’ rain, storms to batter Victoria, prompting flash-flood warnings [Australia].
“Bureau forecaster Michael Efron said the moisture in the air was “incredible” and there would be significant storms. “The amount of moisture across the state … that’s what you would normally see in somewhere like Queensland,” he said.”
“It’s not just the total rainfall – why is eastern Australia experiencing such sudden, devastating downpours?
“…The number of storms in some regions is decreasing, but the intensity of rainfall is on the rise. Global heating seems to be playing a key role… Across the continent, the amount of rain falling over hourly periods was increasing at about double – and in some places triple – of that expected from the Clausius-Clapeyron equation.”
“Why disappearing trees are so bad for our climate — and health…
“Removing a forest can push forest-dwelling animals into human environs, sometimes bringing with them a pathogen. That chain of events has been tied to Ebola flare-ups in Central and West Africa and the upswing of Lyme disease in the northeastern United States.”
“Cookies and candy are latest victims of climate crisis as sugar prices surge…
“Rising global temperatures… are fueling droughts and other extreme weather that affect food yields, including that of sugar. The price hike has already started to filter down to chocolate, sweets and other desserts.”
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