“The NASA global temperature for 2023 is here: it’s a new heat record.
“Global Warming not only continues, it has accelerated over the past 40 years. Compare the thin linear trend line with the thick black non-linear trend line, which curves upward [Prof Stefan Rahmstorf of Potsdam Uni].
[James Hansen co-author Leon Simons, comments: “This is very bad news… the more data that comes in, the stronger the [acceleration] signal is.”]
“As we are reaching 1.5°C of warming since 1850, it’s crucial to understand what’s driving this.
“It’s greenhouse gases (red, 560 ppm CO2-eq)!
“Aerosols (yellow) masked warming, but are decreasing, causing an increase of the net forcing (blue) and the rate of global heating (pink).”
“CO2 levels are now close to 425 ppm! And at about 560 ppm when taking into account our other greenhouse gases (CO2-equivalent).
“This already constitutes a doubling of CO2 (~4 W/m²). Aerosols were hiding much of the warming effects. A storm is brewing!”
“Less sea ice. Darker snow (ash & algae). Greener forests (CO₂). And less sulfate emissions from shipping fuels (due to IMO 2020).
“I’m going to need a bigger adjective.” [graph is of albedo decline]
“SIBERIAN JANUARY NIGHTS WITH +10c. For the second night this month the Russian town of Chemal (Altai Republic, Siberia) rose above +10C/50F in the middle of the night.
“Warmest January night ever recorded in Siberia. In Kazakhstan night temps. >15C even above 800m, resembling summer.”
“This remote Nunavut airport [Canadian Arctic] is currently the warmest place in Canada.
“As of 1:25 pm on Monday afternoon, Environment Canada recorded the country’s hot spot at a very remote airport in Nunavut. The Pangnirtung Airport, which is northwest of Iqaluit, recorded a temperature of 6.8ºC [44.2F].”
“Why we still have brutal cold snaps even as the planet warms to record levels…
“Some scientists say that climate change may even be playing a role in these icy blasts, as warming in the Arctic increases the likelihood that frigid, polar air can sweep southwards.”
“Alberta emergency power alert underlines challenge of energy transition on Prairies.
“Saturday evening’s emergency alert from the province of Alberta, warning of rotating power outages because of pressure on the electrical grid caused by the extreme cold, underlines just how difficult the energy transition is going to be in the Prairie provinces, according to economist Andrew Leach.”
“Coastal communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are dealing with devastating damage after the powerful weekend storms brought record high tides.
“Stunning images from the sky showed a battered seacoast. Salisbury town officials said raging waves wreaked havoc, leaving at least 20 homes damaged with more being assessed.”
“41C/106F DEGREES IN JANUARY. Central America/Caribbean are living an insane January with hundreds of records destroyed every day.
“It should be the coldest month of the year but… 41.0C in MEXICO at Chila de la Sal; GRENADA 32.0C Point Salines AP broke again the January record.”
“More records in the Americas: yesterday the same 34.2C [93.6F] temperature meant a new national monthly record again in DOMINICA, which is beating records every month multiple times.
“34.2C also record at St Laurent, FRENCH GUIANA. Since June, records have been falling EVERY SINGLE DAY.”
“UNBELIEVABLE in CHILE: This day rewrites world climatic history.
“41.9C [107.4F] at Tranque Lautaro at 1300m above sea level in Atacama Province. Records are being totally obliterated by insane margins. This event writes a new page in world climatology as one of the most extreme ever seen.”
“Neighbourhoods in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state remain flooded more than a day after torrential rains that killed at least 12 people.
“The heavy downpour wreaked havoc over the weekend, flooding peoples’ homes, a hospital, the metro line in the city of Rio and a main freeway section, Avenida Brasil.”
“Scotland’s forestry sectors have warned budget cuts could “torpedo” climate change targets for new woodland.
“The Scottish government said the UK budget had forced it to make cuts. Increasing the amount of woodland is an important part of Scotland’s aim to become net zero by 2045.”
“River Avon littered with debris following Storm Henk.
“Recent heavy rainfall has resulted in miles of unpleasant debris washing up on the banks of a river. Wessex Water said Storm Henk “overwhelmed” the sewage systems between Bristol and Bath, causing more debris to be discharged than normal.”
“Heavy snowfall ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum at Davos belied a broader downturn in snow coverage across Europe in recent years…
““We have above-average snow in Davos, but if you go 12km lower down, you have below-average [snow coverage],” said Davos-based climate scientist Christoph Marty . “It shows how vulnerable the snowpack is to temperature [rise].””
“HISTORIC Atlantic/Mediterranean warmth: Crazy MINIMUM temperature 24.1C [75.4F] La Graciosa CANARY ISLANDS. Tropical night MADEIRA TMIN 20C first time in January.
“Today the warmth moved to Europe with 27C at Totana in SPAIN. Dozens of records are coming. It will be historic. Stay tuned.”
“Twenty-two people have died following a landslide at an illegal mine in northern Tanzania, officials said…
“It occurred after a group of people started mining in an area where activity was restricted due to heavy rains… President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed her “great sadness” at the news.”
“Floods in Malawi’s Dowa Central Constituency: A Tale of Destruction and Despair…
“Torrential rains have claimed three lives and wreaked havoc on the infrastructure, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Roads and bridges, including a vital stretch of the M5 highway, were swept away, disrupting the lifeline between Salima and Blantyre.”
“Four people missing as flash floods rock Durban, KZN north coast.
“Emergency workers have been working throughout the night after heavy rainfall caused flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal, which led to a trail of destruction in certain parts of northern Durban and the north coast.”
“Cyclone Belal causes heavy flooding in Mauritius after battering Reunion.
“Images posted on local media showed numerous cars in the capital Port Louis submerged under a brown deluge of floodwater or piled up on the street, as torrential rains lashed the city… An AFP correspondent said rains had caused havoc in Port Louis and other areas including St Jean to the south of the capital.”
“Scientists say worse to come as Himalayan snow ceases.
“Himalayan ecologies and economies are heavily reliant on winter snowfall, but the necessary weather patterns – western disturbances in particular – are decreasing in frequency and intensity… in the skiing destination of Gulmarg, Kashmir… snow is missing…”
“Pahalgam [Himalayan India, Jammu and Kashmir] breaks records, witnesses hottest January day ever.
“In Pahalgam, the all-time highest day temperature in January reached 14.1°C [57.4F], surpassing the previous record… the previous all-time highest maximum temperature in the month of January was recorded on 14 January, 2018 at 13.8 degree Celsius.”
“Prolonged deficiency of winter rain has resulted in resurgence of forest fires in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand with Raini village currently facing the brunt after the Tapovan area.
“According to sources in the fire department, the mountainous regions of Uttarakhand are experiencing a surge in forest fires due to the prolonged lack of winter rain.”
“Goa’s climate crisis: Extreme temperatures, cashew crop failures, forest fires…
“Environmentalist Abhijit Prabhudesai also said that climate change is impacting agriculture and hence the government should resolve these issues by making maximum provisions in the budget on a priority basis.”
“BANGKOK DID IT AGAIN – hottest January night ever in Asia.
“Crazy 28.5C [83.3F] MIN. temperature at Bangkok Klong Thoey is the hottest January night in Thai and Asian climatic history and one of the highest ever recorded in January in the whole Northern Hemisphere -highest is in Kenieba, Mali.”
“After “stealing” the January record of highest minimum temperature ever recorded in Asia from Agathi (India), now Bangkok holds the Asian record of highest minimums in 4 consecutive months:
“December (also highest in all Hemisphere), January, February and March. It’s unstoppable.”
“More heat records from Oceania and Asia:
“Exceptional MIN. temp of 28.2C [82.8F] at Gan MALDIVES. it ties the record of highest MIN ever recorded in January in the Maldives (0.3C from the Asian record set yesterday in Bangkok !). Waingapu INDONESIA monthly record broken for the 4th time.”
“A remote town in northern WA billed as “Australia’s hottest town” has just sweltered its way through almost a month of temperatures above 43 degrees Celsius…
“The 26-day streak broke the town’s record for temperatures above 43C at the current measurement site, which was previously 23 days.”
“Why Sydney is becoming as muggy as Brisbane.
“As the climate continues to warm the dew point gap between Sydney and Brisbane is likely to narrow. UNSW climate scientist Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick said this is because warmer climates hold more moisture. As climate change makes the temperate climates – such as Sydney – more subtropical, the dew points are also likely to increase.”
“There is still a pandemic raging. It’s in the ocean…
“Since 2021, a potent strain of H1N5 avian influenza is jumping between species and raging through domestic and wild animal populations on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, crisscrossing the world along birds’ migratory routes.
“So far, cases of humans getting seriously sick from this strain of flu are rare. But the possibility of the quickly evolving influenza virus gaining the ability to be transmitted between from one mammal to another — and eventually, to humans — has scientists concerned about the pathogen turning into another pandemic. “Every year that this doesn’t,” Méndez said, “we’re being lucky.””
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