“For the record, let me just say that having the Paris limit of 1.5°C be based on an average global temperature over 20+ years is total bulls&%t.
“We’ve already breached 1.5°C for a full year.
“Though temperatures may dip again, by 2030 1.5°C will be firmly in the rear view mirror.”
“With the World Stumbling Past 1.5 Degrees of Warming, Scientists Warn Climate Shocks Could Trigger Unrest and Authoritarian Backlash…
“Reinhard Steurer, a climate researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna… said he doesn’t expect any official announcement from major climate institutions until long after the 1.5 degree threshold is actually crossed, when some years will probably already be edging toward 2 degrees Celsius. “”
“The Met Office said the UK has a new provisional record January temperature of 19.9C [and a winter heat record for Scotland].
“It said it had received a manual reading recorded at Achfary, a tiny community in Sutherland. The Met Office said this exceeded an automated reading of 19.6C reported at Kinlochewe on Sunday.”
“Fierce five-mile wildfire sparked by ‘tropical’ temperatures in the Scottish Highlands.
“Freak weather conditions sparked a five-mile wildfire in the Scottish Highlands as locals basked in a tropical 18 degrees. The blaze took hold close to Assynt, near Lochinver, Sutherland, on Sunday afternoon as the region was battered by wind gusts of up to 70mph.”
“EXCEPTIONAL 19 DEGREES IN NORWAY… Scotland calls, Norway answers…
“Fohn last night with 18.7C [65.7F] at Tafjord,18.2C at Orskog,17.4 Rekdal etc. Only 0.3C from national January record. More long term stations records fell: 12.4C Buholmråsa; 11.7C Sula; 10.6C Halten.”
“Alarming Shrinkage of Norway’s Ålfotbreen Glacier – “Cannot Survive the Current Climate”…
“Over the past ten years (2013-2022), the World Glacier Monitoring Service reports that Ålfotbreen lost an average of 1.07 meters water equivalent each year. In about half of the summers over the past two decades, no snow cover remained on the glacier at the end of the melt season.”
“Buckled lines and landslides: How climate change is hitting Europe’s rail industry.
“In Austria alone, trains were forced to a standstill 1,900 times in 2023 due to weather conditions. Climate change is increasingly becoming a major challenge for rail transport. Storms, snowfall, floods and fires are putting rail networks to the test across Europe.”
“Another record day in FRANCE, where about 140 records fell in last 5 days… January records: 17.8 [64.4F] Pommerit; 15.7 Lanveoc; 15.1 Cap de la Heve and Plouay…
“In SPAIN almost 24C in Cantabria Region. Below average and barely above 0C the maxes. in NE ITALY,which has been freezing for weeks.”
“French towns left uninsured as climate change increases risks.
“Some 2,000 towns and cities across France found themselves uninsured at the start of the year after insurance companies raised rates or ended contracts in line with the cost of covering damages brought by storms and flooding. Climate change is forcing a rethinking of the entire insurance industry.”
“Another incredible record in SPAIN: San Sebastian Airport, not far from the border with France today rose to 24.9C [76.8F], a new record warmth for January.
“That’s after summer like night temperature. A night and a day typical of mid summer but in January: insane.”
“Spring arrives early… Almond blossom in Mallorca, Spain…
“An unusual warm spell is currently taking over Spain, as Mallorca hits 77 degrees (25°C) and Ibiza reached 80 degrees (27°C). On Thursday, January 25th, the heat reached a peak, as an unofficial personal weather station recorded a staggering temperature for January of 87 degrees (30.7°C), at Gavarda in Valencia.”
“Spain’s Andalusia region approves 4th drought decree amid ‘extreme situation’.
“The government in Spain’s Andalusia region on Monday approved the fourth decree of measures against drought, with an endowment of €200 million ($216 million)… “At least 30 days of continuous rain” are needed…”
“MADEIRA again! Hottest January day on record again with 28.4C [83.1F] at Sao Vicente on 26th.
“Dozens of thousands of records have been falling all over the world every single day of 2024 so far. >95% of the countries broke records; never happened anything similar.”
“In Sierra Leone, climate change worsens human trafficking of the poor…
“There is a “serious increase” in the number of people who have been trafficked after their houses have been destroyed by floods or mudslides, says Sheku Bangura, who runs the Advocacy Network Against Irregular Migration that supports returnee migrants and helped rescue Zainab from Oman.”
“‘We have lost everything,’ say Tshelimnyama residents after repeated floods ravage KZN [South Africa]…
“Fano Hlophe (85) has lost the last two rooms of a house that once had six rooms. Two rooms were destroyed by floods in 2020, then two more in the fatal April 2022 KwaZulu-Natal floods. In mid-January 2024, heavy rains finished off what was left of his house.”
“Heat waves are spreading all over Africa: 45.1C [113.2F] in South Africa; 33.5C SEYCHELLES January national record.
“Monthly Records are falling in Ghana, Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco…”
“Relentless record heat in the Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean.
“Records of highest minimums fallen in the past 3 days: 14.8C Bellecombe; 21.3C Plaines des Palmistes; 18.1C Plaines de Cafres; 24.2C; Bellevue/B.Panon; 21.8C Mare à Vieille Place; 19.8C La Nouvelle.”
“Torrential rain kills at least one on France’s Reunion Island…
“One motorist was killed and another was missing as torrential rains on France’s Indian Ocean island of Reunion transformed roads into rivers and swept away cars, police said today. Early today, a driver was swept away by floodwater as he drove along a road in the village of Petite-Ile in southern Reunion.”
“Heat wave hits Red Cross Youth ceremony in Bangkok.
“Extreme heat led to 35 students and teachers fainting at the annual Red Cross Youth ceremony held at the Suphachalasai National Stadium in Pathum Wan district on Saturday (Jan 27).”
“After Bangkok and Phuket….Koh Samui. Record of highest minimum temperature ever recorded in January tied today in the famous tourist island with a Tmin of 27.7C [81.9F].
“Humidity and hot nights have been typical of this non-existent “cold season”.”
“Thousands of Australian sheep and cattle are set to swelter through heatwave conditions on a ship anchored off Perth’s coast amid an apparent stalemate between the federal government and the live exporter.
“The animals have been at sea for 25 days on board the MV Bahijah after it was ordered by the government to turn back from its voyage to the Middle East due to security concerns in the strife-torn Red Sea.”
“Back-to-back cyclones crossing the Great Barrier Reef have experts concerned vast flood plumes and heavy waves may have damaged parts of the world’s biggest coral reef system.
“Reef scientists and conservationists went into the summer worried that an El Niño weather pattern would elevate the risk of mass coral bleaching.”
“Storms leave some Queensland residents ‘traumatised’ amid warnings of more heavy rain.
“A relentless series of storms is starting to take an emotional toll on people in Queensland’s south-east as the Bureau of Meteorology warns of more heavy rain to come. Samford Valley was one of the worst hit, receiving 300mm in three hours [12 inches]…”
“Fierce heat wave in Queensland with more historical stations having their hottest nights in climatic history.
“Records of highest minimums: 27.5C [81.5F] Rockhampton; 27.4C Bundaberg; 27C Double Island; 27.2C Gympie and many more…. Humidity is extreme and keeps the conditions unhealthy.”
“Los Alerces: Wildfire rages through national park in Argentina.
“More than a hundred firefighters are battling to control a forest fire in Chubut province, in southern Argentina… The fire spread as the region was experiencing an unusual heatwave which saw temperatures rise to 40C (104F) in the port city of San Antonio Oeste.”
“Rain causes death and damage in more than 30 municipalities in Santa Catarina [Brazil]…
“Rains in Santa Catarina leave two deaths. Civil defense confirms that more than 12 thousand people are homeless after the heavy rains that hit the state of Santa Catarina.”
“Chile puts capital on red alert as heatwave hits Santiago.
“Chile’s Santiago is under red alert for a fierce heatwave sweeping parts of the country, with the capital expected to swelter for the entire week… With the UV index registered as “extreme”, officials are cautioning people to stay indoors, to remain hydrated and to keep cool.”
“‘The sun didn’t sting so much before’: fires stun Colombia’s Andes…
“The once bright green Andean forest where Maria Yadira Jimenez worked as a tour guide has been reduced to ashes… January 2024 is forecast to be the hottest month in Colombia since records began 30 years ago, according to environmental authority Ideam. “The sun didn’t sting so much before,” Jimenez explains worriedly.”
“Absolute insane what MEXICO is living: Temperatures of 41C [105.8F] in the Northern State of Sinaloa, completely unprecedented in January.
“41.0C at Vinoramas, 40.7C Choix, 40.0C Rosario and the heat is increasing. Records have fallen nearly every day of the month in Mexico.”
“Wildfires are making their way east — where they could be much deadlier [US]…
“While California and other western states face a high wildfire risk, the region’s wide expanses of wilderness are less likely to threaten humans. Not so in the eastern and southern United States, where population density puts more people and property at risk.”
“Record ocean temps likely cause of Minnesota’s weird non-winter…
“What happens in the Pacific Ocean is especially important to Minnesota, said John Abraham, a thermal-science expert at the University of St. Thomas and one of the lead scientists of the study. “That’s because our weather comes from west to east,” he said.”
“January records in peril as Prairies warmth hits unusual territory…
“An extended stretch of spring-like weather is coming this week for the Prairies, with temperatures 10-20+ degrees above normal. The atypical warmth will certainly put many January temperature records in jeopardy.”
“Low snow pack levels across the province are raising concerns that B.C. may be facing another year of drought and intense wildfires.
“According to a Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin released by the Province at the beginning of this month, “the provincial snow pack is extremely low”.”
“Drought Hits Canada’s Hydropower Sector…
“In British Columbia, drought in the past year has forced BC Hydro to draw water for hydropower generation from the least affected areas and to import electricity, executives have told Bloomberg. British Columbia’s utility corporation has been importing more electricity from neighboring Alberta and from some western U.S. states.”
“HISTORIC IN CANADA. Records broken in British Columbia, Alberta, Sasktachewan, Yukon and NW Territories.
“Vancouver had its warmest winter night ever with Tmin +11.5C [52.7F]. Maxes >15C SK and AB , >10C Yukon and NWT.”
“First penguins die in Antarctic of deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
“At least one king penguin is suspected to have died from bird flu in the Antarctic. If confirmed, it will be the first of the species killed by the highly contagious H5N1 virus in the wild. Researchers have previously raised alarm about “one of the largest ecological disasters of modern times” if bird flu reached remote Antarctic penguin populations.”
“Disturbing the seabed could make climate change worse, according to study…
“A study published this month in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science reveals that disturbing the seabed, through activities such as trawling, could increase the scale and speed of climate change.”
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