“Breaking News! Code UFB!!!!
“Global sea surface temperatures yesterday spiked up to 21.06°C, bringing a new record anomaly of 0.77°C above the 1991-2020 mean. In other news… wait.
“No. There is no other news.”
“This El Niño isn’t quite as Super strong as the those of 1997-1998 and 2015-2016 were.
“But the global Sea Surface Temperatures don’t seem to be aware of that.”
““Astounding” ocean temperatures in 2023 supercharged “freak” weather around the world as the climate crisis continued to intensify, new data has revealed.
“The oceans absorb 90% of the heat trapped by the carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, making it the clearest indicator of global heating.”
“More heat is accumulating much faster in the Earth system. It seems like everyone agrees now(?).
“We should expect this to lead to faster surface warming too. Earth’s Energy Imbalance increased by about 0.4 W/m² per decade since 2005.”
“Scientists “Astonished” at 2023 Temperature Record.
“The year 2023 was the warmest on record, according to analyses of global temperatures from NASA and NOAA. Scientists aren’t sure why temperatures were so anomalous. “We’re frankly astonished,” said Gavin Schmidt [NASA]… Berkeley Earth’s report concluded that 2023 was the first year to breach the 1.5°C (2.7°F) warming limit…”
“Chasing the light: Study finds new clues about warming in the Arctic.
“Sandia’s data analysis revealed a 20% to 35% decrease [from 2014 to 2019] in total reflectivity over the Arctic summer. According to microwave sea-ice extent measurements collected during the same period, one-third of this loss of reflectivity is attributed to fully melted ice.”
“In the Swedish Arctic, a battle for the climate rages…
“Across northern Sweden, companies have staked claims here for pioneering new carbon-free ways to mine iron and make steel. They also want to dig up a rich treasure trove of rare earth elements and precious metals to help power our mobile phones and electric cars.”
“Norway to allow mining waste to be dumped in fjords…
“After a 15-year dispute, the private company Nordic Mining has been given the go-ahead to dispose of 170m tonnes of mining waste at the bottom of the Førde fjord, which critics say will threaten marine life and put biodiversity at risk.”
“More than 1,000m underground is Britain’s deepest mine. But it’s not coal they’re mining in North Yorkshire. It’s a mineral [polyhalite] that could help fight climate change…
“On this week’s ClimateCast, Tom Heap …discovers how miners are extracting polyhalite, a fertiliser that emits 85% less emissions than its counterparts, and learns why a multi-billion pound project is under way to extract more.”
“Scotland’s terrestrial breeding bird numbers show effects of climate change.
“A new report from NatureScot has shown that the effects of hotter and wetter weather are creating significant changes to the numbers and species of birds thriving in urban, woodland, upland and farmland habitats.”
“Tesco to sell smaller vegetables after farmers hit by extreme flooding…
“It’s part of a move to keep British vegetables on shelves rather than imports and to reduce the risk of food shortages. Heavy rainfall and flooding have affected growers since October, with areas in Lincolnshire, East Anglia, Cornwall, and Scotland heavily affected.”
“Fuengirola [Spain] to reduce water pressure from Monday, leaving many homes and businesses without water overnight.
“The municipality is the first on the western strip of the Costa del Sol to take such a drastic measure to tackle the drought crisis, although it has announced that it will not apply on Saturday nights so as not to harm the hospitality sector.”
“Extraordinary warm spell in the Atlantic: MOROCCO: Exceptional day above summer average at Sidi Ifni… MIN 22.5 MAX 31.3 [88F] record for January.
“CANARY ISLANDS: 31 La Aldea de San Nicolas; 30 Gran Canaria AP record… MADEIRA 25.5, 0.1C from January territorial record.”
“Historic Floods in Congo Republic Prompt WHO Warning of Disease…
“Nine of Congo’s 12 regions have faced flooding, with the northern area and the banks of the Congo experiencing the worst damage. More than 336,000 people are in need of “urgent humanitarian assistance” after floods affected at least 64,000 homes, the WHO said Friday.”
“HISTORIC WARM SPELL: It’s the beginning of an event which will rewrite world climatic history with thousands records during 2 weeks in all East Asia.
“Insane NIGHT temperatures of +10C [50F] in SIBERIA; MONGOLIA: +9.3C Tugrug; +4.1C Tonkhil 2200m; TAJIKISTAN: crazy +20C at 1500m at Khovaling.”
“China broke the record for mid-January in a large area today.
“A total of 109 stations broke or tied the record for mid-January, and 12 stations broke or tied the record for January! Tomorrow, the scope of China’s record-breaking record will be further expanded!”
“Endless record heat all over Oceania and Asia.
“Min. 28.9C [84F] Funafuti, TUVALU. Highest January TMIN again in MICRONESIA: 28.4C at Chuuk. Highest TMIN on record at Warburton AUSTRALIA with 32.6C. TMIN +3.8C Kalpa, INDIA Himalaya Highest in January. Record Tmax 36.2C Waingapu INDONESIA.”
“Residents in Western Australia urged to flee as wildfire rages…
“More than 40 bushfires were burning on Saturday in Australia’s largest state, with residents in the shire of Chittering, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Perth, at risk from the uncontained blaze, according to fire authorities.”
“Driest year on record for parts of WA’s Gascoyne region, as pastoralists face dire drought conditions…
“At Challa Station, 600 kilometres north-east of Perth, Ashley and Debbie Dowden have been forced to start bottle feeding calves for the first time… pastoralists to the north-west in Murchison have reportedly been forced to shoot cattle to take pressure off their feed supplies.”
“Australia’s Dreaded Summer of Wildfires Soaked by Wet Weather…
“Vast areas of the country’s populous eastern states have been lashed by severe storms and flooding for several months, even after the onset of El Niño. The weather pattern typically brings hotter and drier conditions… “Climate change is distorting weather toward greater extremes, especially in rainfall and drought,” said David King…”
“Yesterday the Argentina station of Ingeniero Juarez (net Sinarame, government owned) had a MINIMUM temperature of 32.1C [89.8F].
“This is just 0.1C from the highest Min. ever recorded in January in all South America (Pampa del Infierno in 2022).”
“A severe storm swept Argentina’s wine country on January 11, dropping large hail and heavy rain across the province of Mendoza…
“Footage posted by X user @jonatangarcia shows large hailstones splashing by a window in south Mendoza. “After a wave of hail of around 4 cms accompanied by abundant rain, another wave of hail and more water follows. This is horrible for the producers in the area” he said.”
“SOUTH AMERICA HEAT WAVE.
“Records are falling all over the Continent from North to South every day: yesterday record again in FRENCH GUIANA where St Laurent du Maroni tied its highest temperature on record in January with 34.0C [93.2F]. In BRAZIL >40C in western suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.”
“This is the horrific moment a mountain collapses in Colombia after heavy rain, killing at least 18 people and injuring many others.
“The landslide occurred around 4pm local time yesterday as vehicles waited on the road for it to reopen after it was blocked by falling rocks.”
“Eight people from the Caribbean island of Bonaire are suing the Netherlands, accusing it of violating their human rights by not doing enough to protect them from the climate crisis.
“The group, with Greenpeace Netherlands, filed a formal legal challenge against the Dutch government in The Hague on Thursday…”
“Panama Canal drought forces Maersk to start using ‘land bridge’ for Oceania cargo.
“The latest water level issues for the canal come as it is expected to receive additional vessel traffic as ocean carriers avoid the Red Sea due to the ongoing Houthi attack risk. Forty percent of all U.S. container traffic travels through the Panama Canal every year, which in all, moves roughly $270 billion in cargo annually.”
“Extreme heat wave in Central America: Records are falling in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and all Caribbean.
“In MEXICO >34C/94F even at Oaxaca at 1500m+ asl! 40C at low elevations. In FLORIDA 88F Fort Lauderdale January record tied.”
“More than a 100 wild animals including frogs, shrews and snakes were killed in a wildfire in Texas last summer, after becoming trapped behind the concrete border wall.
“Internal US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) memos obtained by an environmental group reveal that government scientists found scores of burned animals…”
“A fossil fuel plant is leaving Louisiana families with ‘barely enough water for your toothbrush’…
“Public records obtained by the Guardian reveal that in some months between May and October of 2023, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Venture Global used up to a quarter of all water in Mazarac’s beleaguered district.”
“Arctic blast: Record-breaking cold weather forecast for many states…
“The average low temperature in Texas was forecast at 15F (-9C), prompting some concern among state energy suppliers… At the heel of the storms will be a bone-chilling cold arctic front that is already being felt in western Canada, where temperatures with the wind chill in near Whistler, British Columbia dipped around -58F (-50C) on Thursday.”
“A polar vortex that has plunged Alberta into a deep freeze with record-breaking cold is tightening its grip on the province…
“WestJet said Friday the extreme cold weather and intermittent precipitation are affecting its operations, leading to the cancellations of 87 flights… Temperatures have dropped “below the threshold at which de-icing fluid is effective,” and other equipment is “inoperable,” the airline said.”
“As the permafrost melts, the houses in Nunapitchuk [Alaska] are breaking down…
“Not far from the Johnson River, Natalia “Edna” Chase’s two-room plywood home is one of the houses in especially urgent need. For the last decade, the ground beneath her house has been giving way. Gaps form between the plywood floor, letting in frigid wind and blowing snow.”
“Drought Touches a Quarter of Humanity, U.N. Says, Disrupting Lives Globally.
“The crisis, worsened partly by climate change, has been accompanied by soaring food prices and could have consequences for hunger, elections and migration worldwide… The many droughts around the world come at a time of record-high global temperatures and rising food-price inflation.”
“As a psychologist I have witnessed a surge in climate grief. This is what I tell my clients…
“I work closely with adolescents and young adults, and I have witnessed yet again this summer an alarming surge in feelings of anger and despair over the climate. The source of their distress is …an existential threat that looms larger every passing day. The concept of intergenerational theft and betrayal is a prevailing sentiment among the young people I support.”
“New estimate doubles likely deaths from fungal disease globally.
“The annual total of deaths from fungal disease worldwide has risen to 3.75 million, double the previous estimate, according to a new study… Previous estimates were imprecise, argues Professor Denning, as many fungal disease exacerbate an existing disorder, itself often severe, such as leukaemia or AIDS.”
“‘Disease X’ could cause the next pandemic, according to the WHO—or Ebola, SARS, or Nipah. 9 pathogens researchers are keeping a watchful eye on…
“The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum—to be held in Davos, Switzerland, next week—is on more radars than usual this year, thanks to the name of one of the sessions: “Preparing for Disease X.””
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