“Emergency declared in San Diego as wettest January day on record brings widespread flooding…
“Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency “due to extreme rainfall and flash flooding,” he said. He urged residents and visitors to stay off roads Monday. Schools in adjacent La Mesa and Spring Valley declared classrooms would be closed Tuesday.”
“More than 90 weather-related deaths have been recorded across the US after the country was pummelled by ferocious winter storms for the past week.
“The deaths include at least 25 in Tennessee and 16 in Oregon, which remains under a state of emergency following severe ice storms. Tens of thousands of people also remain without power across wide swathes of the country.”
“New York City sea levels could rise a foot in next decade…
“The nation’s largest city will see as much as 10 percent more precipitation and temperature increases of 2 degrees to 4.7 degrees, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) said at a presentation at the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast.”
“Nearly a century after the mass agricultural disaster known as the Dirty ’30s, drought conditions on the Prairies are once again raising the risk that farmers’ valuable topsoil will go blowing in the wind.
“Across southern Alberta, severe erosion events have been increasing in frequency and severity in recent years.”
“Climate change is robbing Inuit of their food and culture, yet compensation is out of reach…
“Inuit depend on marine animals for healthy foods and maintaining culture and language, she said. As climate change and pollution affect the availability of these animals, the result is a greater dependence on imported food that sells at grossly inflated prices, perpetuating poverty levels unmatched anywhere else in the country.”
“Ancient “zombie viruses” frozen in melting Arctic permafrost could fuel a new pandemic if unleashed by climate change, scientists have warned…
“…scientists have reportedly started to plan an Arctic monitoring network to watch out for any early cases of a disease sparked by ancient viruses, also known as Methuselah microbes.”
“Several trees made famous by TV series Game Of Thrones have been damaged and felled by Storm Isha in Northern Ireland.
“It’s believed three trees have been blown down at the Dark Hedges site, with others damaged as tens of thousands were left without power across the country.”
[Jocelyn has already knocked out my power this morning and may do again, so forgive me if I am uncharacteristically silent.]“All ScotRail trains to be halted by Storm Jocelyn weather warning
“The Met Office has issued an alert for more weather disruption as Scotland prepares to be lashed by Storm Jocelyn. All ScotRail trains will be suspended from 19:00. Many routes still have not opened after severe weather on Monday.”
“Britain’s ageing railways struggle to deal with impact of climate change…
““We’re definitely seeing the impact of climate change. It’s happening now, it’s real, and it is having a significant impact,” said Martin Frobisher, group safety and engineering director at Network Rail, the owner and operator of the UK’s railway infrastructure.”
“Peer who praised rising temperatures appointed to climate crisis committee…
“David Frost, the influential Conservative peer who has been criticised for claiming that rising global temperatures could be beneficial to the UK, is being appointed to a key parliamentary committee on the climate crisis.”
“Slovenia was devastated by flooding in 2023 – how is it preparing for extreme rain in the future?
“Slovenia is raising levees and levies in a nationwide effort to become resilient to heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Climate Now reports from the riverside on the works underway and offers insight on the latest Copernicus climate data.”
“Hydropower in Albania: vanishing rivers strangle rural life…
“Global climate change has had a deep impact on Albania, a neighbour of Greece, North Macedonia and Montenegro, as it has become hotter and hotter over the last few years. According to a report by the World Bank, the country is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change…”
“Fall and winter shrinking due to climate change… Climate change is effectively reducing the year’s seasons to two, according to the head of the Greek Meteorological Society…
“Noting a “pattern” that may become recurring, Nastos said Greece is likely to “start losing the in-between seasons and experience a protracted summer running into winter.””
“Another shocking temperature change: Florina in Greece went from tying its record of highest temperature recorded in January to drop to -19.8C [-3.6F]. In 2 days almost 40C drop.
“Similar temperature crashes were seeing in the Balkans from all time January records high to severe frosts.”
“Warm anticyclone set to bring unusually high temperatures to Malaga and the Costa del Sol and further aggravate the drought situation.
“”It won’t rain any more for the rest of January, that’s for sure”. That is the depressing forecast of the head of the Aemet weather agency in Malaga, Jesús Riesco, in view of the scenario that is coming tomorrow to the province…”
“Record warm night for January in LIBYA. The hill town of Yefren at 691m above sea level had a MIN temperature of 18.3C [64.9F], the highest ever in January.
“The East of the country is seeing Tmaxes >31C at the Jalu Oasis.”
“HISTORIC heat wave in the Gulf of Guinea. 39.1C [102.4F] today at Boundoukou IVORY COAST – hottest January day ever recorded in Ivory Coast.
“Record beaten again at Koforidua in GHANA with 38.3C. Hundreds of records have been falling every single day in the past 8 weeks in the area.”
“Ravaged by Rain: Dar es Salaam floods wreak havoc, displacing residents and crippling Infrastructure.
“Houses have collapsed and roads and bridges been destroyed after heavy rains pounded Tanzania’s coastal city of Dar es Salaam for two days… With roads unpassable, some schoolchildren and workers were forced to stay at home on Monday.”
“Record heat has also been constant this month in the Indian Ocean islands east of Africa:
“Today a new all time record fell in the REUNION Island: 25.5C [77.7F] at Gite de le Bellecombe a mountain station located at 2245m above sea level.”
“SEYCHELLES beat its record of Highest minimum temperature ever recorded in January again: 28.3C [82.9F] today the MIN. temperature in the Int. Airport.”
“Another severe winter in Mongolia as climate change puts children at risk…
“About 90% of Mongolia is currently impacted by dzud[i] – a prolonged summer drought followed by severe winter conditions …with much of the country under snow. Major dzuds used to take place about every decade in Mongolia but the frequency has increased in recent years…”
“Rare blizzard in southern China! From last night to now, widespread snowfall has covered the Yangtze River Basin. So far, at least 6 stations have set new January snow depth records.
“In Butuo, Sichuan, 39.4mm of snow fell and 35cm of snow accumulated in 24h.”
“More records heat in JAPAN. Yesterday 19 stations had their highest minimum temperatures ever recorded in January, some of which with some decades of POR. (period of record).
“East Asia has broken hundreds of heat records throughout this month in 3 different warm spells.”
“Cyclone Kirrily set to cause flooding in north Queensland as BoM warns of ‘widespread, severe’ impacts.
“Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is considered “most likely” to make landfall as a severe category-three system, causing flooding in large north Queensland cities such as Townsville and Rockhampton.”
“Temperatures failed to drop below 35.2ºC at Birdsville on Tuesday morning, setting a new high minimum temperature record for Queensland.
“A very hot air mass combined with patchy nocturnal cloud caused the temperatures to remain exceptionally high in Birdsville on Monday night into Tuesday morning.”
“Explained: Why this month’s heat hasn’t been ‘just summer’ [NZ]…
“With just over a week of January left, more than than 40 locations were now tracking toward a record or near-record warm month.. “This marine heatwave has again exceeded expectations for the summer, especially around the North Island, where sea surface temperature anomalies of 2C to 3C are widespread,” Noll said.”
“Freak waves cause damage at US army base, shut airports in remote islands.
“Powerful waves, driven by offshore storm surges, hit an important US military installation in the Marshall Islands on Saturday night, causing damage and resulting in the evacuation of all “non-mission personnel” from the island.”
“HISTORIC DAY in South America, the most extreme in its climatic history.
“Records were destroyed all over the Continent from Colombia to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, from north to south from east to west.
“A day which rewrites its climatic history.”
“Heat wave causes wildfires to rage in Bogotá’s Cerros Orientales.
“In the wake of an unrelenting heat wave gripping Bogotá, a spate of wildfires has ignited in the Cerros Orientales, casting a smoky pall over the Colombian capital. A fire in the southern locality of Usme is also blazing, stemming from weeks of elevated temperatures…”
“Chile extends agriculture emergency for 9 months…
“”We are facing water deficit in all major basins from the northern part of the country to the south, with deficits over 40 percent in some cases and almost reaching 75-80 percent in others,” said Jaime Pizarro, an agronomist engineer…”
“Harsh heat wave in MEXICO, with very unusual temperatures in the Northwest up to 38C in the State of Sinaloa.
“Records are falling, including the town of Tepic in the Nayarit State ,at 923m above sea level, it destroyed its January record heat with 33.9C.
“Marine Animals Are Feeling the Heat From Ocean Warming.
“As we’ve pumped more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the ocean has been working overtime, absorbing more than 90% of the excess heat since the 1970s. But the bill for that is coming due… High water temperatures can throw ecosystems out of balance…”
“As Antarctica is experiencing 24 hours of summer sunshine per day, sea ice extent is second lowest on record.
“Less white ice, which generally reflects 90% of the sunshine hitting it. More dark ocean, which absorbs about 90%. This leads to faster melting faster… Compared to 8 years ago, when Antarctic sea ice extent was record high, the region as a whole (everything south of 60°S) now absorbs almost 2 W/m² more heat from the sun.”
“Air conditioning systems trap harmful particles from wildfire smoke…
“…researchers found that air conditioning units trap particles from wildfire smoke and reduce our exposure to potentially harmful elements like soluble mercury, sulfate, and nitrate.”
“Why 2024 will be a crucial year for climate litigation.
“Amid record domestic oil and gas production in the US and broken promises from fossil fuel companies, climate champions are increasingly looking to the courts to bring about accountability for climate damage.”
“Earth 2.0°C: How to Make Passing the 1.5°C Climate Change Threshold An Opportunity…
“While the challenges to address the climate crisis are great, several valuable opportunities to advance climate solutions lie well within our grasp… Already, the world is full of small-scale climate-action success stories and other experiments that are making a difference.”
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