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2nd December 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The UK remains on track for its warmest year since records began, after November became the 11th month in a row of above-average temperatures.

“In order not to break the record, temperatures in December would have to drop to almost unprecedented lows, after an average mean temperature of 8.2C over November, the Met Office said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/dec/01/uk-on-track-for-hottest-year-since-records-began


Never since 1881 has the period from January to November in Germany been so warm as in 2022,” said DWD spokesman Uwe Kirsche in a statement on Wednesday…

The temperature average for autumn alone was 10.8 degrees – an entire 2C degrees higher than it was between 1961 to 1990, which is used by meteorologists around the globe as a point of reference.”

https://www.thelocal.de/20221130/clear-indication-of-climate-change-germany-logs-warmest-year-on-record/


France records hottest year in 2022; crops production crippled amid deficient rainfall…

“France had seen that 2022 had been the hottest for them since the 1900s when measurements began. The average temperature in 2022 for France is 14.2 degrees Celsius and could end up between 14.2C degrees and 14.6C degrees. The earlier record was 14.07C.”

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/us/france-records-hottest-year-in-2022-crops-production-crippled-amid-deficient-rainfall/articleshow/95894830.cms


Malaga reservoirs down to historically low levels [Spain].

“The La Viñuela water reservoir in Malaga is now down to 9.2% of its capacity- a historic low. The lack of rainfall has caused the drought situation in the province of Malaga to worsen day by day. Currently, the reservoirs are at a third of their capacity, some even lower.”

https://newsinspain.es/costadelsol-uk/2022/12/01/malaga-reservoirs-down-to-historically-low-levels/


Death toll from Italy’s Ischia landslide rises to 11.

“A wave of mud, debris and stones broke away from Ischia’s highest mountain on Saturday, following torrential rain, and crashed down over houses and roads in and around the small town of Casamicciola Terme. The landslide forced the evacuation of around 300 people…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/death-toll-italys-ischia-landslide-rise-10-2022-12-01/


Increased Drought Across Africa a Precursor to More Conflict?

“According to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), major rivers in Africa such as the Niger, Volta, Nile and Congo had below-average water flow in 2021… With water scarcity, conflict tends to follow, writes Robin Scher for The Independent Media Institute.”

https://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00084105.html


In Uganda’s Karamoja Region, Climate Change Means Hunger and Violence.

“In Uganda, climate change is leading to longer dry seasons, lowering crop yields and threatening the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists. A surge in violent cattle rustling at the height of planting season exacerbated the situation. Now competition over increasingly limited natural resources could potentially lead to more conflict.”

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/uganda-hunger-drought-climate-change-karamoja-famine/


‘We’re left to die of snake bites, hunger, disease’: Somalia’s people of the drought – a picture essay.

“Drought, hunger, conflict and rampant inflation have pushed about 130,000 people into camps around Galkayo in central Somalia. Many arrive with children suffering acute malnutrition only to face a new set of dangers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/dec/01/snake-bites-hunger-disease-somalia-drought-a-picture-essay


Lebanon’s coastal areas flooded after torrential rain. Winter downpours wreak havoc on roads in country already stricken by economic crisis.

“Parts of Lebanon have been battered by heavy rain and flooding, with images online showing cars submerged as muddy water gushes through streets. The Keserwan-Jbeil governorate was particularly hard hit…”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/lebanon/2022/11/30/lebanons-coastal-areas-flooded-after-torrential-rain/


Lebanon’s crisis-fuelled cholera outbreak spreads across the country…

“People become infected with Cholera after ingesting food or water contaminated with a bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. It causes severe diarrhea, can kill within hours if untreated, and is closely linked to inadequate access to clean water and sanitation facilities.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/lebanons-crisis-fuelled-cholera-outbreak-spreads-across-country/


Freak storm wreaks havoc in Johor Bahru [Malaysia].

“A number of houses, shops and vehicles were badly damaged during a freak storm that hit Johor Bahru and Iskandar Puteri this afternoon. The roofs of several houses in Kampung Pasir here were blown off. To make matters worse, its occupants also had to deal with flash floods.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/11/30/freak-storm-wreaks-havoc-in-johor-bahru/


Record heat in the remote island of Cocos, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.

“On 28 November the temperature rose to 32.1C [89.8F] which broke the November record and it’s also 0.1C from the December record.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597979906100498432


Most of the world stations with the longest streaks of temperatures above average are found in Indonesia.

Meulaboh (one of the most devastated towns by the 2004 Tsunami) in the past 11 years, after the end of 2010-2012 La Niña, recorded just 1 colder than average month out of 120+.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1598116370168020992


Indonesia puts 100-island archipelago up for auction, sparking environmental concerns.

“The development rights to an entire Indonesian archipelago with more than 100 tropical islands is set to be auctioned next week, sparking concerns for the environmental impact on what Sotheby’s described as “one of the most intact coral atoll ecosystems left on Earth”.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/30/indonesia-puts-100-island-archipelago-up-for-auction-sparking-environmental-concerns


Victoria [Australia] breaks records with wettest spring.

“Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains what findings to expect from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s 2022 ‘State of the Climate’ report. Victoria has had its wettest spring on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology with some regions receiving more than 322mm of rain.”

www.heraldsun.com.au/bureau-of-meteorology-warns-of-bushfire-potential-after-wettest-spring


Unusual ‘triple-dip’ La Nina weather may persist into March, U.N. says…

“La Nina is a natural phenomenon, but it is taking place against a background of human-induced climate change, which is increasing global temperatures and making weather more extreme, the WMO said. Despite La Nina’s cooling effect, both 2022 and 2021 were warmer than any year prior to 2015.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/12/01/world/triple-global-la-nina-climate-change/


Japan had its WARMEST AUTUMN (Sept.-Nov.) since records began in 1898!

“The Japan Meteorological Agency also said that the season is warming at a rate of 1.31℃ per 100 years.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1598279544343252993


Lagoon dries up as drought grips Peru’s southern Andes…

“Yuri Escajadillo, a climatologist with Peru’s National Meteorology and Hydrology Service, said an index used to measure droughts qualified the region as “extremely dry.” “It is a record value,” Escajadillo said. In Cconchaccota, there is no drinking water, sewage or telephone service.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-andes-peru-people-lake-titicaca-b2237460.html


Drought in Bolivia affects 102,440 families and 140,852 hectares of crops.

“More than 102,440 families were affected and 140,852 hectares of crops were damaged because of the drought registered in seven of the nine regions of Bolivia and that, in addition, is one of the factors for the spread of fires that are reported in at least five departments.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/bolivia-sequ%C3%ADa_sequ%C3%ADa-en-bolivia-afecta-a-102.440-familias-y-140.852-hect%C3%A1reas-de-cultivos/48100246


World Court urges Chile and Bolivia to cooperate on Silala river.

“Judges at the World Court …urged the South American neighbours to work together on issues surrounding the frontier river, which runs through one of driest places on Earth, as such a “shared resource can only be protected through cooperation”.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/world-court-urges-chile-bolivia-cooperate-silala-river-2022-12-01/


Flooding in southern Brazil strands hundreds, some rescued by helicopter.

“Heavy rains caused serious flooding in southern Brazil on Thursday, where rescuers in the southern state of Santa Catarina were dispatched to help evacuate hundreds of families trapped in their homes… In February, 94 people died in mudslides after heavy rains in the historic Brazilian mountain town of Petropolis, near Rio de Janeiro.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/flooding-southern-brazil-strands-hundreds-some-rescued-by-helicopter-2022-12-01/


At least two dead and dozens missing after landslide engulfs motorway in Brazil.

“Heavy rain caused a mudslide on the BR-376 motorway in the town of Guaratuba in Parana state. The whereabouts of around 30 people are unknown. Several vehicles are thought to have been buried under the rubble on the coastal road.”

https://news.sky.com/story/at-least-two-dead-and-dozens-missing-after-landslide-engulfs-motorway-in-brazil-12759199


Two dead in Alabama as tornadoes fueled by record heat hit US south… More than 50,000 customers in Mississippi and Alabama left without electricity as search and rescue teams go door to door…

Record high temperatures in Texas and Louisiana intensified the storm front before it moved into Mississippi and Alabama, forecasters said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/30/tornado-mississippi-alabama-severe-weather-south


Extreme temperatures in rivers could foreshadow environmental damage in Charlottesville [Virginia].

Ecosystem ecologists at the University have established an increase of heat waves in rivers and streams across the United States, especially with warmer winter conditions. These heat waves have the potential to impact the water quality of the Rivanna River, creating a ripple effect that affects Charlottesville residents.”

https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2022/12/extreme-temperatures-in-rivers-could-foreshadow-environmental-damage-in-charlottesville


Record cold! -43.9°C [-47F] yesterday in Key Lake, Saskatchewan.

It’s a new monthly record at the station and it’s only 1.1°C above the November provincial record of Saskatchewan (-45.0°C in Prince Albert on Nov. 23, 1884).”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1598378496937627666


Thursday morning’s multi-model guidance is forecasting a high temperature at Utqiaġvik [Arctic, Alaska] of 34F (+1.1C) on Friday.

This would tie the all-time record high temp for December. Dec 9th. 1932 is the only occurrence of an above freezing temp in Dec past century.”

https://twitter.com/AlaskaWx/status/1598352726613950464


All that heat anomaly in the Arctic is finally taking a toll.

“Sea-ice extent now ranks 5-th lowest for this date at 10,205,678 km². The record low sea-ice extent for November 30 is 9,570,761 km² set in the El Niño year 2016.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1598302245052768257


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30th November 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Satellites Show Climate Change Thinning Rivers, Erasing Glaciers… Drought, floods and the melting of glaciers affected almost every part of the world in 2021, according to a new WMO report.

“Climate change is distorting rain patterns across the planet, leading to drought and floods, while rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt, according to the first ever comprehensive review of water resources by the World Meteorological Organization.

The WMO says it aims to publish global water reports annually from now on in response to calls for more accurate data in an era of growing demand and limited supplies.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-11-29/how-climate-change-impacts-water-by-thinning-rivers-and-erasing-glaciers


The Arctic is warming 4 times faster than the world. What does that mean for the N.W.T.?

“…A pair of reports this past year say the Arctic is warming not twice as fast as the rest of the world, not three times as fast — but four times as fast… If the world manages to cap warming at 1.5 C like world leaders have committed to, and if the Arctic continues to warm four times as quickly as the rest of the world, it could mean 6 C of warming for the Arctic.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-warming-dehcho-region-1.6664273


Accelerated warming in the Svalbard archipelago is offering a glimpse into the impact of climate change now, and in the future, in the Arctic and around the world.

“The Arctic region is warming at a much faster pace than the global average, with temperatures in Svalbard rising six times faster than the rest of the world.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/warming-in-svalbard-arctic-will-continue-at-a-fast-pace-climate-scientist-1.6171280


Large areas of Arctic seabed is damaged by trawlers.

In some of the most popular fishing grounds north of Svalbard, more than half of the sea bottom has deep wounds from trawl bags… Consequences for local marine life is dramatic. Many of the species living on the sea bottom are considered endangered and they are very vulnerable to external pressure, the marine researchers say.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2022/11/large-areas-arctic-seabed-damaged-trawling


After a prolonged period of dry weather in Ireland earlier this year, autumn has brought record rainfall due to rising sea temperatures…

“Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, which records more rainfall than any other weather station in Ireland, has already recorded its wettest autumn since records began with two days left in the month.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/environment/2022/11/28/autumn-weather-brings-record-rainfall-due-to-rising-sea-temperatures/


Spain could face winter drought amid unprecedented temperatures.

“The parched Mediterranean nation has experienced the longest-running drought since records began in 1961, according to AEMET, the Spanish meteorological agency… “It has not been a good year and even if it rains next year probably will not be much better. It is a worry.”

https://theleader.info/2022/11/29/spain-could-face-winter-drought-amid-unprecedented-temperatures/


Harsh heat wave in South Africa: Today the temperature rose to 44.8C [112.6F] at Augrabies Falls (635m asl); this is the highest temperature recorded worldwide this month.

“Also 42.9C at Addo and 42.7C at Vioolsdrif.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597642020205789184


Antalya [Turkey] experiences its warmest October.

“The southern province of Antalya [experienced] a record-breaking temperature of 41.2 degrees [106.2F] for the month of October, while the temperature has dropped to minus 8.8 degrees in the eastern province of Erzurum, a difference of almost 50 degrees that has caused concern.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalya-experiences-its-warmest-october-178911


Another area with abnormal heat is Middle East.

“Many stations in Oman, Emirates and even Bahrain haven’t recorded any non-tropical night this month (100% Tmins >20C). In Oman, Qaboos Port hasn’t dropped below 25C yet. Iraq still rises >30C. December might see records since its start.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597285246613204993


Saudi Arabia weather office issues warning as torrential rains to hit Jeddah again.

Torrential downpours also struck Jeddah last Thursday, causing devastating floods that killed two people. It was the highest-ever recorded rainfall in the coastal Saudi city. The rain on Thursday lasted for about eight hours – from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – and amounted to 179.7 millimeter of water.”

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/saudi-arabia/2022/11/30/Saudi-Arabia-weather-office-issues-warning-as-torrential-rains-to-hit-Jeddah-again


Engineers warn of ‘severe’ groundwater shortage in northwest Pakistan.

“Tubewells have dried up, forcing residents to dig deeper in search of freshwater. “This [year] we found water at a depth of 225 metres,” said Sarmad Khattak, a local resident… A 2019 study by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources found that over the previous four to five years, the water table in Mohmand and Khyber districts had dropped by more than 60 metres.

https://arynews.tv/water-shortage-in-kp-pakistan/


South Asian black carbon is threatening the water sustainability of the Asian Water Tower.

“Long-range transport of black carbon from South Asia to the Tibetan plateau and its deposition on glaciers directly enhances glacier melt. Here we find South Asian black carbon also has an indirect effect on the plateau’s glaciers shrinkage by acting to reduce the water supply over the southern Tibetan plateau.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-35128-1


Floods have become common in cold, dry Mongolia.

“Hotter temperatures mean more evaporation. More humidity in the air means more frequent and intense rainfall and cloudbursts – an effect of climate change… Rainfall patterns have changed in Mongolia over the past 40 years, meteorologists have found.”

https://scroll.in/article/1038262/floods-have-become-common-in-cold-dry-mongolia


Deadly Freeze in Northwest China Threatens Livestock and Heating.

“Plunging temperatures could be the next flashpoint for China’s commodities markets, after the coldest weather in the northwest in over a decade killed workers and livestock. Seven road workers died near the city of Altay at the weekend after blizzards struck the Xinjiang region…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-30/deadly-freeze-in-northwest-china-threatens-livestock-and-heating


Today 29th November the extreme heat in China has been squeezed to the South:

35.6C [96.1F] in the province of Yunnan, 34.1C in Hainan and 33.1C in Fujian where several important cities had their latest 30C on records including Fuzhou, Xiamen, Putian and Nanping.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597583659661393922


Another unbelievably hot day in Taiwan: Today 29th November, 3 stations rose above 35.5C [96F]; 5 stations above 35C; and 10 above 34.5C!

Never before any station had ever reached 34C in Taiwan so late. Absolutely unprecedented heat wave.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597525245011046400


Parts of Japan had the warmest day ever measured after November 29.

“Hamada had 26.6℃ (80F) today, making it the warmest day on record so late in the year since records began in 1893! But the daytime high in two days could plummet to 6℃ (43F), a 20℃ drop!”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1597546700234629120


Perth has narrowly missed out on setting a new record for the hottest November night after steamy temperatures made for an uncomfortable sleep for those without air-conditioning.

“The city fell just 0.2C shy, getting down to a sticky 24.2 [75.6F] at 6.30am before temperatures began to climb again. The highest recorded November minimum temperature was 24.4C taken in 2004.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/weather/perth-weather-city-narrowly-misses-setting-new-november-record-after-hot-and-sweaty-night-c-9011215


Australia saw its coldest spring in decades and wettest on record for some regions.

“Daytime temperatures were especially low compared to recent years, including the coldest in 30 years for Melbourne, Adelaide, and Canberra. This spring was also the wettest on record for much of south-east Australia, with ongoing flooding across the Murray-Darling Basin.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-30/weather-australia-experienced-coldest-spring-in-decades/101712340


Northland deluged by wettest November on record [NZ].

“…each time the heavy rain watch was issued, down came a deluge, flooding paddocks and roadways, leaving the region sodden and rendering driving dangerous. MetService meteorologist Dan Corrigan said Whangārei Airport had already recorded 360.3mm of rain, well ahead of the previous November record of 257.6mm in 2000.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/northland-deluged-by-wettest-november-on-record/C6KQCCUNCNHQ3GSC4LE36GGT7Q/


Unprecedented heat wave in Mendoza [Argentina] until the second week of December… there is no statistical history of such an extensive continuity and with such high temperatures in Mendoza…

“The heatwave… will extend for about 15 more days from next Saturday. Meteorologist Federico Norte indicated that this would imply that the fatal heat wave that occurred in the summer of the northern hemisphere is replicated in the southern hemisphere.”

https://www.memo.com.ar/clima/federico-norte-ola-calor/


Colombia’s heavy rains seen pouring into mid-2023 -government.

“Heavy rains in Colombia associated with the La Nina weather phenomenon, which led the government to declare a disaster, could last until the middle of next year, the national unit for managing risks and disasters said on Tuesday. Downpours in Colombia have left 216 dead with 48 people missing…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombias-heavy-rains-seen-pouring-into-mid-2023-government-2022-11-29/


Flood stress in Trinidad..

“…several communities were on the verge of being cut off, as access to roadways remained limited due to flooding, toppled bridges and landslips… Information reaching Newsday was that in some parts of north and central Trinidad, floodwaters were as high as seven feet and was not receding.”

https://newsday.co.tt/2022/11/29/flood-stress-in-trinidad/


Tornadoes in the Southeast [US] are getting worse and they’re often the deadliest…

“… while Tornado Alley in the Great Plains still leads in the number of tornadoes, more are appearing in the Southeast, in eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Tornadoes shifting further east have been taking a devastating toll.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/28/weather/southeast-tornado-xpn/index.html


Record-Breaking Hailstorm Pelts Mon Valley [Pennsylvania].

“Hail bigger than golf balls pelted homes and vehicles in the Mon Valley during Sunday afternoon’s thunderstorms in what weather forecasters say were the largest hailstones ever recorded in Western Pennsylvania in November.”

https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/community/2022/11/record-breaking-hailstorm-pelts-mon-valley/


U.S. warns California cities to prepare for possible water cuts and fourth year of drought.

“Federal water managers on Monday warned California cities and industrial users receiving water from the Central Valley Project to prepare for a fourth year of drought and possibly “extremely limited water supply” during 2023.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/28/us-warns-california-cities-possible-water-cuts-in-fourth-dry-year.html


Tipping Points Research Makes Urgent Case for Limiting Global Temperature Rise to Lowest Possible.

“Since the concept of climate tipping points was introduced two decades ago, there have been calls for a better understanding of their probability and impacts. Tipping points can occur when changes in a system become self-sustaining, lock in irreversible impacts, and are driven by “positive” feedback loops which can quickly amplify small changes.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/tipping-points-research-makes-urgent-case-limiting-global-temperature-rise-lowest-possible


Mauna Loa eruption interrupts key record of atmospheric CO2.

“Lava flow from the ongoing eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has knocked out power and cut off access to an observatory that has recorded the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since 1958.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349130-mauna-loa-eruption-interrupts-key-record-of-atmospheric-co2/


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28th November 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Record floods and droughts fuelled by the El Niño and La Niña phenomena around the globe, from Australia to west Africa and the US to Argentina, are expected to become further intensified by climate change by 2030, according to the latest scientific reports.

“A new study published in Nature concluded that the influence of a warming planet in pushing up ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific will be detectable in the weather patterns in eight years — almost 70 years earlier than previously thought.

“The La Niña phenomenon, which involves a large-scale cooling of the Pacific Ocean’s surface, drives changes in wind and rainfall patterns around the world. Typically, the pattern drives more rain in parts of Asia, including Australia, and drier conditions in parts of the US, South America and Africa.”

https://www.ft.com/content/55512eae-201d-49b5-9d66-2fc3dcf3059a


Scotland weather: Scotland on course to record its hottest autumn ever.

“The Met Office defines autumn as the months of September, October and November. With just a few days of the season remaining, an average temperature of 9.78C (50F) places it warmer than 2006, the hottest autumn ever.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/weather/scotland-weather-scotland-on-course-to-record-its-hottest-autumn-ever-3932945


The drought beyond Catalonia: almost half of Spain, at risk due to lack of water.

“…Catalonia is not the only territory on alert for a drought… Throughout Spain there are18 regions in an emergency situation, where measures have already been taken, 26 on alert and 29 in which the situation is worrying, according to the latest report available from Miteco.”

https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20221126/sequia-media-espana-riesgo-falta-agua/2410107.shtml


At least seven killed by landslide on Italy’s Ischia island.

The huge landslide was triggered before dawn on Saturday by exceptional rainfall and sent a mass of mud and debris hurtling through the port town of Casamicciola Terme… The island received 126mm (nearly five inches) of rain in six hours [after days of heavy rain], the heaviest rainfall in 20 years, according to officials.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/27/italy-rescuers-search-for-a-dozen-missing-after-deadly-landslide


The Libyan capital Tripoli was hit by heavy rains on Sunday morning, leading to flooding of main roads and disruption of schools.

“The Tripoli Security Directorate announced that it was taking over the towing of cars that broke down due to the heavy rains that flooded the streets. The Traffic Affairs Office of the Tripoli Security Directorate called for the need to take precautions.”

https://www.africanews.com/2022/11/28/libya-heavy-rains-cause-flooding-in-tripoli/


A landslide in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde on Sunday killed at least 11 people gathered to mourn the deaths of several relatives, the regional governor told state broadcaster CRTV.

“”The search is continuing to find other bodies under the earth,” Naseri Paul Bea, governor of the Centre region that includes Yaounde, told CRTV radio.”

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20221127-multiple-dead-after-landslide-in-cameroon


Zimbabwe’s prolonged power shortage is set to worsen after the entity that manages southern Africa’s biggest dam ordered suspension of electricity generation at its main hydro plant because of a water shortage…

“Zimbabwe has suffered acute power shortages for several years, as successive droughts have resulted in poor inflows into the Kariba Dam…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/zimbabwe-power-shortage-worsen-hydro-plant-halts-generation-2022-11-28/


“Jeddah flood: Streets turn into scrap yards as residents count losses… Many hope for quick compensation while clean-up efforts get underway following deadly storm…

“”The climatic changes have a major impact on the rainfall intensity and will appear more in the future.””

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-jeddah-floods-scrap-yards-residents-count-losses


Flash flood kills two children in Kirkuk [Kurdistan]…

“The corpses of two children were repatriated on Friday overnight in a northern Kirkuk who were swept away by the intense flash floods that hit the city. Stuck at a farm in an area between Hasar and Daramn village in Shwan subdistrict of the province, a 14-member family called for help as flash floods caused by heavy rainfall hit the area.”

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/30045-Flash-flood-kills-two-children-in-Kirkuk


In drought-hit Iraq, a dam threatens to swallow farmland.

“Jamil al-Juburi, 53, has never left his village in northern Iraq, where his family has worked the land for generations — but a dam will soon swallow his home, forcing them out. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are threatened by the Makhoul dam, which the government hopes will be operational on the mighty Tigris in five years.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221127-in-drought-hit-iraq-a-dam-threatens-to-swallow-farmland


Exceptional mind-blowing heat wave in China; Temperature rose to 34.3C [93.7F] in Yunnan Province and above 32C in 5 provinces.

Absolutely brutal temperature of 34.2C at Luodian, which broke the November provincial record of Guizhou province despite being the end of the month!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1596822753734115329


China’s coal plants consumed a city’s worth of extra water every day during summer drought, alarming climate analysts.

“Coal power plants in China’s Sichuan province consumed a city’s worth of extra water every day while a summertime 2022 drought was limiting hydropower production, in a vicious cycle that climate analysts worry heightens the risk of water scarcity.”

https://www.scmp.com/business/article/3201057/chinas-coal-plants-consumed-citys-worth-extra-water-every-day-during-summer-drought-alarming-climate


China builds 26-storey ‘pig skyscraper’, experts warn of disease outbreak risks [not strictly climate-related but anthropogenic, environmental mayhem nonetheless].

“A 26-storey apartment-style building- by far the biggest pig farm in the world, with a capacity to slaughter 1.2 million pigs a year has been built on the southern outskirts of Ezhou, a city in central China’s Hubei province, a report said.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-builds-26-storey-pig-skyscraper-experts-warn-of-disease-outbreak-risks-101669458362447.html


This November has been exceptionally warm in East Asia, including Japan.

“In the island of Okinawa, in the Ryukyu, the station of Naha so far this month hasn’t recorded any single non tropical night. If it manages to finish the month without any sub 20C [68F], it will be the first time.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1596496493795414016


Potholes, warped rail lines and washed-away roads: flood-hit regions face infrastructure crisis [Australia]…

“Just outside the flood-affected town of Condobolin, the rail line that helps connect Sydney to Perth is suspended mid-air. The hanging track is warped, dropping and rising like a carnival ride. The ballast beneath has been washed away, testament to the power of the floods that have devastated the central west.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/28/potholes-warped-rail-lines-and-washed-away-roads-flood-hit-regions-face-infrastructure-crisis


Regional town cut off until Christmas as NSW flood crisis enters 75th day.

“Some regional New South Wales towns could remain cut off by flood waters for up to a month, with stranded residents relying on food and medications flown in by helicopter… There are 66 flood warnings across the state, 13 of them at emergency level.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/28/regional-town-cut-off-until-christmas-as-nsw-flood-crisis-enters-75th-day


The price of your favourite Christmas Day beer could become pricier thanks to the floods on Australia’s east coast, according to one industry leader.

“NSW Farmers Grains Committee chair Justin Everitt said that crops such as barley have been inundated with rain and equipment such as tractors has been bogged down as a result. Many roads have also been blocked due to the downpours.”

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/drink/flooding-could-see-beer-prices-soar-in-time-for-christmas/news-story/fd7d596c7276468a5db8a4e735333d01


Argentina issues red alert under extreme heat records… Provinces of Central and Western Argentina face consecutive days of highs near or above 40ºC [max of 42C / 107.6F]…

Five stations had on Saturday heat records for November in Argentina. Junín (Buenos Aires) was at 39.7ºC and broke the record of 38.5ºC of 22/11/2003. General Pico (Buenos Aires) had a maximum of 39.5ºC which exceeded the monthly maximum record of 39.2ºC of 17/11/1965.”

https://metsul.com/argentina-emite-alerta-vermelho-sob-recordes-de-calor-extremo/


South America Heat Wave: Exceptional heat in Bolivia in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

“The downtown station of El Trompillo rose to 39.8C /103.6F (26 Nov), highest temperature in decades (all time high is from 1946), while the Airport Viru Viru to 39.6C (27 Nov), second highest ever.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1596981260085506050


San Juan farmers hit hard by flooding [Trinidad & Tobago]…

Agricultural Society of T&T ASTT president Darryl Rampersad is warning the country that the price of food will now be at an “all-time high” after flood losses once again inflicted on farmers over the last few days… Rampersad said the farmers had incurred 100 per cent losses with the most recent flooding event.”

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/san-juan-farmers-hit-hard-by-flooding-6.2.1578024.7006a13e39


Mexican Drought Impacts Global Beer Production.

Mexico is the world’s largest beer exporter and many of those big breweries our located in the North, a region now reeling from one of the worst droughts in decades. If the droughts continue and breweries are forced to rebuild entirely in new areas, Mexican beer exports will be vastly reduced, a reduction that will be felt around the world.”

https://www.americancraftbeer.com/beer-news-mexican-drought-impacts-global-beer-production-czech-pubs-go-high-tech/


Colorado wildfires are making it harder to insure homes. Could a publicly funded plan stave off an insurance crisis?

“The increasing risk of wildfires in Colorado is driving insurance carriers to raise premiums on homeowners’ policies — if they decide to insure them at all — and now the state’s insurance chief is suggesting a publicly funded pool of money be established to provide property insurance for those who can’t find it in the open market.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/11/27/colorado-wildfire-property-insurance-not-availble-affordable/


Massive die-off hits fir trees across Pacific Northwest.

“Labeled “Firmageddon,” by researchers, the drought-driven “mortality event” is the largest fir tree die-off ever recorded in the region
Fir trees in Oregon and Washington died in record-breaking numbers in 2022, according to as-yet unpublished research conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.”

https://www.mailtribune.com/top-stories/2022/11/27/massive-die-off-hits-fir-trees-across-pacific-northwest/


A new robust storm system moving into the Pacific Northwest Sunday is expected to spawn severe storms in the South this week…

““While severe storms occur with less regularity in the fall and winter than during the spring/summer months, major severe weather outbreaks have occurred during this time of the year,” Bill Bunting, chief of forecast operations at the Storm Prediction Center, noted. “One only has to think back to last December and the record number of tornadoes for the month and the tragically high number of deaths.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/27/weather/severe-storms-south-tornadoes-hail/index.html


Melting point: could ‘cloud brightening’ slow the thawing of the Arctic?

“The climate emergency is prompting some scientists to suggest extreme measures. But whether you call it geoengineering or biomimicry, others feel interfering with nature will have too high a cost… In theory, the sulphur dioxide particles would settle over the poles, but in practice, no one can be sure.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/27/melting-point-could-cloud-brightening-slow-the-thawing-of-the-arctic


Dimming the Sun to Cool the Planet Is a Desperate Idea, Yet We’re Inching Toward It.

“There are at least three initiatives under way that are studying the potential implementation of solar-radiation management, or S.R.M… The result of these initiatives, if not the goal, may be to normalize the idea of geoengineering.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/dimming-the-sun-to-cool-the-planet-is-a-desperate-idea-yet-were-inching-toward-it


Sperm Counts Are Dropping Across the World, And the Decline Is Accelerating.

“Sperm count among men worldwide is falling at an accelerated rate after halving over the last 40 years, a large new study said Tuesday, calling for action to stop the decline… The new study includes data from more than 57,000 men collected over 223 studies across 53 countries, making it the largest meta-analysis ever conducted on the subject.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/sperm-counts-are-dropping-across-the-world-and-the-decline-is-accelerating


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25th November 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Ocean temperatures over parts of the Great Barrier Reef have reached record levels this month, sparking fears of a second summer in a row of mass coral bleaching.

“Data from the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) shows sea surface temperatures over the northern parts of the reef have been the highest for any November on a record going back to 1985.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/25/record-heat-over-great-barrier-reef-raises-fears-of-second-summer-of-coral-bleaching


South Australia floods could be worst since 1970s as Murray River to peak twice in December.

“A second peak in Murray River flows through South Australia is likely to hit 185 gigalitres a day in late December, with thousands of properties set to be flooded. Latest modelling has river flows rising to 175GL a day early next month, before a period when the water level will settle.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/south-australia-floods-could-be-worst-since-1970s-as-murray-river-peaks-twice-in-december


More record rainfalls in Australia, this time in Western Australia.

“On 23rd November 8 stations had their wettest November day on records. Some of the long-term records include Derby Aero 115mm [4.5 inches], Udialla 96.4mm, Mt. Amharst 74.2mm and Camballin 122mm.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595394231475920897


Townsville [NE Queensland] residents are being encouraged to conserve outdoor water use as the city deals with an algal bloom due to the current heat wave.

“This algal bloom has resulted in Geosmin and MIB detection which are two harmless, naturally occurring organic compounds. In some parts of the water network across Townsville, this may result in the water having an earthy taste and odour.”

https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/high-algal-bloom-in-ross-river-dam-due-to-heat-wave/


Another brutal heat wave in Argentina in this extremely hot November. At 3pm lt, 2 monthly records of highest temperature were broken: Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport 37.1C [98.8F] and Moron 36.8C.

“Others might follow. The city of Cordoba is above 40C. And more scorching days are ahead.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595856769720410113


A new land-use-change model suggests that the indirect impacts of mining operations in the Brazilian Amazon have been grossly underestimated.

“Impacts include not only deforestation but also loss of biodiversity, contamination of water sources, and health hazards for the Indigenous peoples living in the area.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/11/in-brazilian-amazon-mining-harm-comes-from-beyond-just-the-mines-study-shows/


Palm oil firms failing to address deforestation across the supply chain.

“More than half of the world’s largest palm oil companies are failing to assess their supply chains to ensure that sustainability and zero-deforestation targets are in place and being met, according to new research.”

https://www.edie.net/palm-oil-firms-failing-to-address-deforestation-across-the-supply-chain/


Multiple areas across Trinidad inundated yet again by flooding.

“History is repeating itself along the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road on Wednesday as floodwaters cross the roadway, causing a partial collapse – an event that occurred nearly eight years ago. In November 2014, multiple homes and areas of the road were damaged as waters from nearby rivers and the Nariva Swamp flowed freely into the Atlantic Ocean.”

https://guardian.co.tt/news/multiple-areas-across-trinidad-inundated-yet-again-by-flooding-6.2.1574753.db3b9a7c8a


Officials Issue Warning To Texas Oil Country As “Freak Storm” Approaches… One of the snowiest spots in the country during the Thanksgiving holiday is a very unlikely place: the Texas panhandle…

“The EURO model expects 12-18 inches for a large swath of the state’s northernmost part, consisting of 26 counties. In Amarillo, forecasts show 18-24 inches.”

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Officials-Issue-Warning-To-Texas-Oil-Country-As-Freak-Storm-Approaches.htm


Cotton farmers in Texas, where about 40% of the U.S. crop is produced, are facing a severe drought that is costing the industry billions.

“A lack of rain and extreme heat is forcing growers in the state to abandon almost 70% of the cotton acres they planted earlier this year, according to a forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/23/how-drought-cost-americas-cotton-industry-billions.html


A year after Storm Arwen left 240,000 homes and businesses [UK] without power, bosses at Northern Powergrid say climate change has influenced their plans for the future…

“Jim Cardwell from Northern Powergrid told ITV News Tyne Tees: “With climate change we expect to see more of this turbulent weather coming through, so we have set up a £7.7m charitable foundation to assist people.””

https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2022-11-25/storm-arwen-how-climate-change-has-influenced-powergrids-response


Mini tornado hits Powys [Wales] bringing down several trees and closing major roads…

“Eyewitnesses described how the water from the River Wye which runs parallel to the A470 from Builth to Erwood, was “sucked into the funnel and rose higher than the trees.”

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2022-11-23/mini-tornado-brings-down-several-trees-and-closes-major-roads


‘Second spring’ as UK experiences record above-average temperatures. Nature’s cycle disrupted by summer heatwave and ‘exceptionally mild’ autumn, with dormant plants bursting back to life…

“Among the yellow and brown clumps of fallen leaves and the skeletal frames of deciduous trees this autumn are some surprising finds: green shoots and bright flowers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/25/second-spring-as-uk-experiences-record-above-average-temperatures


Boiling point: Average temperature in Sweden jumps 1.9C since 1800s…

“The latest example of the impact of the climate crisis has come out of Sweden as a new report on the Nordic country’s climate change revealed that the region’s average temperature has risen nearly 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 1800s and more precipitation.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/environment/boiling-point-average-temperature-in-sweden-jumps-19c-since-1800s


Europe’s Hottest Summer Led to 20,000 Excess Deaths…

Europe experienced the hottest summer on record for the second consecutive year in 2022, according to the EU’s Earth observation agency Copernicus. Climate change made the heat wave that struck the UK in June at least 10 times more likely, according to World Weather Attribution…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-24/europe-s-hottest-summer-results-in-20-000-excess-deaths-as-climate-changes


An Act of God? The European countries where homeowners should be most worried about climate change.

2022 has brought the climate crisis home for Europeans like no other year. It may be a ‘spyglass’ into the new normal, say researchers behind a new study showing the fire season reached record ‘burned area’ in some regions of southwest Europe. The continent also likely suffered the worst drought in 500 years this summer, followed by dangerous flash flooding in places.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/11/24/an-act-of-god-the-european-countries-where-homeowners-should-be-most-worried-about-climate


It’s another incredibly warm night in the Black Sea.

The temperature rose to 25.5C [78F] at Hopa Airport in Northern Turkey in the middle of the night with dozens of stations above 20C. Mid summer night temperatures! Very warm also in Georgia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595926955295375360


Santam said on Wednesday that the April floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal were the biggest disaster it ever had to deal with in years. The insurance company looks set to pay billion of rands in claims.

“Damage to infrastructure is estimated to be around R25 billion. And while the City of Durban is still reeling, it has signed a memorandum of agreement with the insurer to provide it with disaster management support.”

https://ewn.co.za/2022/11/23/santam-admits-kzn-april-floods-the-biggest-disaster-its-ever-had-to-deal-with


Back to the future: Kenyans turn to tradition to tackle rising heat…

“Temperatures in Kenya have risen by 0.3 degrees Celsius per decade since 1985… Kenya’s meteorological department said more and more arid regions like Turkana are experiencing heatwaves where temperatures of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit) or higher last for two or three days.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/back-future-kenyans-turn-tradition-tackle-rising-heat-2022-11-25/


Saudi Arabia: Two dead in devastating Jeddah flash floods.

“According to Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Meteorology, the rainfall in Jeddah’s southern area between 8am and 2pm on Thursday, which stood at 179 millimeters [over seven inches], was the “highest” ever recorded. It exceeded the amount of rainfall registered in 2009 when dozens of people died in flash floods.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-jeddah-storm-floods-cars-roads-mecca

And a short but eye-opening clip of the destruction:

https://twitter.com/Om_SeaGateWeath/status/1595824641880522753


The recent devastating floods damaged around 125,000 houses in Balochistan [Pakistan], said Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo while briefing the United States Ambassador Donald Blome at a meeting on Wednesday.

“He added that reconstruction and rehabilitation are the biggest challenges faced by his government.”

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2387865/125000-houses-damaged-in-balochistan-floods


Treacherous winter may kill ‘thousands’ more in Pakistan’s flood-hit areas.

“A thin sweater, an acrylic shawl with patches, and a pair of plastic shoes, are Mohammad Jamal’s only defense against a stinging cold that has enormously added to a barrage of hardships his family and he have been facing for over two months.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/treacherous-winter-may-kill-thousands-more-in-pakistan-s-flood-hit-areas/2746778


414 People Killed in Lightning Strikes In 4 Odisha Distsricts [E India] In Last 5 Years.

“A total of 414 persons have died in lightning strikes in the four districts of Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, and Jajpur in the last five years from 2017 to 2021, informed Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Pramila Mallik in the Odisha Assembly.”

https://ommcomnews.com/odisha-news/414-people-killed-in-lightning-strikes-in-4-odisha-dists-in-last-5-years


Another record hot month in China: this November is being record hot in 11 provinces of the country with an anomaly of about +2C vs 1991-2020.

“The SW city of Yuanjiang, in Yunnan, keeps exceeding 33C /91.4F (today too) with more to come.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595369864356679681


[South Korea’s] south reels from drought-ravaged water shortage.

“Houses were inundated and people were stranded in farms after Uljin, Donghae and other eastern coastal cities in Korea were flooded by over 180 millimeters [7+ inches] of rain over two days earlier this week. However, regions on the other side of the country are now reeling from a completely opposite kind of climate disaster.”

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/11/113_340502.html


Rapidly warming Arctic causing greater snowfall further south.

“The world’s unevenly warming climate is causing unforeseen changes to weather patterns across swathes of the planet… A new climate model indicates that heightened levels of water evaporating from the Arctic Ocean can lead to increased snowfall in northern Europe and Asia in late autumn and early winter.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/arctic-ocean-sea-ice-snow-global-warming-b2232160.html


Travel emissions drop aided lockdown methane surge [damned if we do; damned if we don’t…].

“More than half of the 50 per cent jump in methane’s growth rate between 2019 and 2020 was the result of reduced emissions from road transport, railways and planes during lockdowns… Reduced transport emissions led to lower levels of another gas – called the hydroxyl radical – that acts like a detergent to remove methane from the atmosphere, researchers say.”

https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2022/travel-emissions-drop-aided-lockdown-methane-surge


Will the next pandemic come from the Arctic? Ancient virus that has lain frozen in Siberian permafrost for 48,500 years is revived [Humans – innately incapable of leaving well enough alone].

“An ancient virus that has lain frozen in the Siberian permafrost for 48,500 years has become the oldest ever revived so far, scientists say. It is among seven types of viruses in the permafrost that have been resuscitated after thousands of years.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11461367/amp/Ancient-virus-lain-frozen-Siberian-permafrost-48-500-years-revived.html


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23rd November 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A regime shift in an Arctic marine ecosystem that’s likely to become permanent.

Findings of unexpected large numbers of fin and humpback whales in the previously ice infested waters of East Greenland now indicate a tipping point in the marine ecosystem from one regime to another that may be irreversible.

“A sub-arctic ecosystem off Southeast Greenland dominated by large amounts of drifting pack ice has changed during this century to a more temperate system with less sea ice and warmer ocean temperatures…”

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-regime-shift-arctic-marine-ecosystem.html


From brolar bears to narlugas: The bizarre hybrid animals that could soon roam the Earth because of climate change.

“Arctic creatures that were once isolated are now venturing into new territories as sea ice melts. This includes the ‘brolar bear’ – the offspring of polar bears and brown bears that now hunt in the same areas.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11444045/Meet-bizarre-hybrid-animals-soon-roam-Earth-climate-change.html


Study tracks Arctic animals’ exposure to disease better known in Interior Alaska: tularemia.

“A wide variety of Arctic animals including polar bears are being exposed to a tick-borne pathogen normally associated with rabbits and hares, a newly published study said. The findings are intended to help scientists track what is expected to be a northward spread of the disease into the warming Arctic.”

https://alaskapublic.org/2022/11/22/study-tracks-arctic-animals-exposure-to-disease-better-known-in-interior-alaska-tularemia/


Above freezing (>0°C) temperatures are predicted near the North Pole for a few consecutive days around Dec. 1, with widespread temperatures that are 24°C+ (43°F+) above average.

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1595093467696623618


This meteorological fall (Sep-Nov) has been much warmer than average in the Greenland Plateau.

“These days the temperatures at the Summit Camp (72N,3200m asl) are still -20C/-30C, even rising above -20C, when the average of late November is near -40C. Anomalies 1 Sep–19 Nov below.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595115163660988416


Unusually warm lakes lead to mammoth snowfall…

“As human-produced greenhouse gases warm the climate, it’s reasonable to expect that U.S. snowfall in general will decline. Unusually warm lake temperatures in autumn and early winter can certainly boost the intensity of a particular lake-effect snow event, provided that sufficiently cold air passes overhead and other factors are in place.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/11/unusually-warm-lakes-lead-to-mammoth-snowfall/


Seattle breaks record for longest [November] dry spell with 14 days of no rain…

“Monday’s dry weather marked the 14th day without measurable precipitation at Sea-Tac International Airport, which set a new record for the longest period with no measurable rainfall in Seattle in November. The previous record of 13 days was set in 2000.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/seattle-breaks-record-for-longest-dry-spell-with-14-days-of-no-rain/ar-AA14oj9S


California’s Lost Rain and Snow Cuts Deep into US Food Basket…

California has lost out on a full year’s worth of rain and snow since 2020… The most severe drought in a millennium led to well over a half million acres of idle fields in 2022, researchers said in the report looking at how California’s driest three-year period on record has impacted the US’s largest agriculture producer.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-23/california-s-lost-rain-and-snow-cuts-deep-into-us-food-basket


Drought in Hawaii is fueling rare November wildfire concerns.

“You don’t often expect to hear “Hawaii” and “fire danger” in the same sentence, but wildfire concerns have been very real in the Aloha State in recent days. An ongoing drought is dehydrating the landscape, with noticeable effects on agriculture and ecosystems.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/11/22/hawaii-drought-fires-deer-water/


A rural town’s river vanished. Is Chile’s constitution to blame?

“…In the past few years, Petorca has become a symbol of the fight over the right to water in Chile – which is unique to this Latin American country. Considered the epicenter of the country’s megadrought, Petorca has also always been at the center of Chile’s debate over the model of water management.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/22/americas/chile-petorca-drought-intl-latam/index.html


A new heat wave hits several areas of Chile. An alert has been issued for the regions of Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins and Maule, because the thermometers of some sectors could reach 37 ° C [98.6F]

We are not yet in summer, but in Chile we are already experiencing aheat wave, which even for this week, motivated an Alertfor 4 regions by the meteorological authority…”

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/nacional/chile/2022/11/21/hasta-37-emiten-alerta-por-altas-temperaturas-extremas-en-4-regiones-debido-a-ola-de-calor.shtml


A desperate wait for water in a drying Amazon.

In the remote city of Rio Branco in Acre state [NW Brazil], some fear a climate tipping point has already been reached as the rainy season brings floods and the dry season, droughts… It hasn’t rained in more than a month, and probably won’t for another. The community pond that Franco and her neighbours used during the rainy season has dried to a muddy puddle.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/amazon-rainforest-river-water-dry-b2230358.html


2022 Amazon fires tightly tied to recent deforestation, new data show.

““For Peru and Brazil, anyway, it’s a very tight correlation between roads and fires,” Finer told Mongabay, pointing out where highways cut through areas with the highest concentrations of fires on the map on his computer screen.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/11/2022-amazon-fires-tightly-tied-to-recent-deforestation-new-data-show/


Bermuda, located in the Atlantic Ocean at a latitude of 32N, is warmed by the Gulf Stream resulting in a mild climate.

But this month has been particularly warm and it had to wait until yesterday 21 November to record its first non-tropical night of the season – never happened so late.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1595167739139670016


France records 10,000 excess deaths in second hottest summer on record.

Of those 2,816 deaths occurred during the three periods when the country was officially on heatwave alert – a 16.7 percent increase when compared to non-heatwave periods during the summer.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20221122/france-records-10000-excess-deaths-in-second-hottest-summer-on-record/


Ski-lift demolished in French Alps because there is no snow left.

“In the small French Alpine village of Saint-Firmin, the ski lift has been dismantled because there is no snow left. The ski lift, originally built in 1964, has not been in use for years in the absence of natural snow. The last time it ran, the year was 2008.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/ski-lift-demolished-in-french-alps-because-there-is-no-snow-left-536455


‘Rats the size of cats’ and plagues of roaches: How a warm autumn can spark a pest psychosis.

“Unusually high temperatures create ideal conditions for rodent and insect infestations. In Spain, residents of big cities have been calling fumigation services in record numbers. Some experts are blaming climate change.

https://english.elpais.com/spain/2022-11-22/rats-the-size-of-cats-and-plagues-of-roaches-how-a-warm-autumn-can-spark-a-pest-psychosis.html


At least six people dead after heavy rain causes flooding in Balkans… Three children are among those who were killed over the weekend in Montenegro and southern Serbia…

On Sunday, up to 400mm (14in) of torrential rain fell in 12 hours and caused the Drini River, the longest in Albania, to overflow its banks by at least 10cm (four inches), according to the authorities.”

https://news.sky.com/story/at-least-six-people-dead-after-heavy-rain-causes-flooding-in-balkans-12752670


Another incredibly warm night in the Caucasus and Black Sea area.

“At local 6am the temperature at Arsin in Northern Turkey is 23.8C / 74.8F (more than a typical dawn temperature in July!), while in Russia and Georgia many stations are near 20C. The warmth will last at least until Friday.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1594886041848233984


Chad, catastrophic floods lead to the displacement of 157,000 people.

“INTERSOS has launched an extraordinary response in the capital to bring urgent aid to those affected by the flooding of the Chari and Logone rivers… entire areas of the capital are submerged in water, the houses have been swept away, 157,000 people, according to the latest data from the United Nations, have been forced to flee.”

https://www.intersos.org/en/chad-catastrophic-floods-lead-to-the-displacement-of-157000-people/


Mt Kenya joins regions that need food aid over drought.

“Kiambu, Kirinyaga, and Murang’a counties have joined Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, and Nyeri as areas that have been facing severe drought since the year began and require food, water and treatment of both livestock and people.”

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/central/article/2001461302/mt-kenya-joins-regions-that-need-food-aid-over-drought


Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq’s southern marshes.

“Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don’t come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be dead.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/salt-drought-decimate-buffaloes-iraqs-southern-marshes-93838752


Bengaluru [India] sees wettest year in history…

“India’s Silicon Valley broke the 2017’s record for the highest annual rainfall in history this year with total rainfall recorded at 1,704 mm [67.1 inches], as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) observatory data.”

https://www.timesnownews.com/bengaluru/bengaluru-see-wettest-year-in-history-southern-karnataka-sees-highest-rainfall-since-2000-article-95703282


NSW floods now Australia’s most expensive natural disaster as insurance claims skyrocket…

“The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) chief executive, Andrew Hall, said that “by and large insurers are sticking by their customers”, but he insists changes are required in towns like Forbes, where eight homes were completely inundated and 140 were damaged.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/23/nsw-floods-now-australias-most-expensive-natural-disaster-as-insurance-claims-skyrocket


Larger fires, heavier rains forecast in Australia as world warms…

““There is no good news,” tweeted Pep Canadell, a scientist involved in the report’s publication. “Australia is set for a very bumpy ride well into the second half of this century, and beyond depending on how fast [greenhouse gas] emissions decline.””

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/23/larger-fires-heavier-rains-forecast-in-australia-as-world-warms


Warships could fail in warming seas, MoD’s climate tsar warns…

“The ice sheets, which play a vital role in global climate system, have been losing large amounts of ice at an increasing rate since the early 1990s. “If both those melt, ultimately, we are looking at 10 metres sea level rise,” he said. “That will affect our ports.”” [Yes, Lt Gen Nugee. Yes, it will].

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/warships-could-fail-in-warming-seas-mods-climate-tsar-warns/ar-AA14qtFm


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21st November 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after Cop27 deal… the outcome was widely judged a failure on efforts to cut carbon dioxide, after oil-producing countries and high emitters weakened and removed key commitments on greenhouse gases and phasing out fossil fuels.

“Mary Robinson, chair of the Elders Group of former world leaders… said: “The world remains on the brink of climate catastrophe.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/20/world-still-on-brink-of-climate-catastrophe-after-cop27-deal


Hundreds of dead fish have washed up on the north Kent coast.

“An array of different species were found on the shore between Reculver and Thanet early this morning. The Environment Agency has been alerted to the discovery by the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA) which is leading an investigation.”

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/herne-bay/news/mystery-as-hundreds-of-dead-fish-wash-up-on-beach-277437/


Walrus seen miles from Arctic habitat in Normandy, northern France…

“In August this year, the River Seine became home to a beluga whale that was “dangerously thin” after refusing to eat. Despite an unprecedented rescue operation, the authorities were forced to euthanise the animal. Three months earlier, a young minke whale was put down after becoming “very distressed” while stranded in the River Thames.”

https://news.sky.com/story/walrus-seen-miles-from-arctic-habitat-in-normandy-northern-france-12750972


Day 2 after tornado in Urexweiler [Saarland, Germany]: aerial photographs show the immense damage – tornado kills several animals.

“Even on day two after the tornado in Urexweiler, the clean-up work continues… The tornado has caused great damage not only to the houses. Countless cubic meters of wood also fell victim to the storm event.”

https://news-trier.de/blaulicht/tag-2-nach-tornado-in-urexweiler-luftaufnahmen-zeigen-die-immensen-schaeden-tornado-toetet-mehrere-tiere,83890.html


Father and son missing as floods hit northern Albania…

“Some schools were closed in the affected areas and Albanian emergency services had begun to evacuate people close to the town of Shkoder as a result of the flood danger… Although neighbouring Kosovo was also flooded, there were only reports of damage and no loss of life.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/father-son-missing-floods-hit-northern-albania-2022-11-20/


Bad weather, Southern Italy scourged by thunderstorms and tornadoes.

“As widely predicted in the past few hours,bad weather arrived in Southern Italy last night… the situation is literally explosive: violent storms are underway in various locations… In a few minutes 24mm [nearly an inch] of rain fell in Collepasso, 23mmin Galatina…”

https://www.meteoweb.eu/2022/11/maltempo-sud-italia-temporali-tornado/1001170276/


Incredible warmth in SE Europe: tonight the station of Falasarna, in the island of Crete, Greece, didn’ t drop below 25.1C [77.2F]. (see graph courtesy of http://Meteo. gr).

“Temperatures are reaching 25C in the Caucasus in Georgia, 23C at Sochi in Russia and 29C in Turkey.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1594320011493007360


Catalonia will impose drought restrictions on Tuesday in the basin that supplies Barcelona.

“Catalonia imposes drought restrictions on Tuesday. This was announced on Monday by the ‘councilor’ of Climate Action, Teresa Jordà: “Tomorrow we will declare the drought alert in the Ter-Llobregat basin. There will be 26 counties on alert, 6.6 million inhabitants.“”

https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sociedad/20221121/cataluna-barcelona-restricciones-sequia-78851703


[Pakistan’s] Rice exporters are braced for a lacklustre year ahead amid fears of at least a 30 per cent drop in production in Sindh due to damage to crops caused by flash floods earlier this year.

“Besides, they also face fierce competition from India, which is offering lower prices to foreign buyers.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721954/rice-exporters-fear-big-drop-in-shipments-after-floods


This November is another record warm month in East Asia: started cool, but then with extreme anomalies and with one more week of abnormal warmth to go.

“Today 20 November China exceeded 33C [91.4F] again at Yuangjiang (Yunnan), 32C in Guangdong, while North Korea was close to 20C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1594288598681284608


[Indonesia’s] National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported on Saturday that the floods that swept Bireuen District, Aceh Province, had claimed two lives…

“…the National Disaster Mitigation Agency appealed to everyone to take precautionary measures against the risk of additional disasters that could be triggered by the extreme weather phenomena.”

https://en.antaranews.com/news/261249/bnpb-confirms-two-dead-in-bireuen-district-floods


Cold blast and dangerous winds hit southeast [Australia] – while Queensland swelters in 35C [95F]…

“The Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland issued a fire weather warning for the region on Monday morning with an “extreme fire danger” forecast. “Fresh, dry west to south-westerly winds combined with warm temperatures are expected to cause elevated fire dangers over South East Queensland on Monday,” the alert read.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/cold-blast-and-dangerous-winds-hit-southeast-while-queensland-swelters-in-35c/news-story/3f89746d66acf888e5279881ce975ae1


Deniliquin evacuates ahead of major flooding with severe weather warnings across NSW.

“A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney and much of New South Wales as another evacuation is ordered in a flood-struck Riverina town. The State Emergency Services has asked people in Deniliquin to leave their homes by Wednesday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/21/deniliquin-evacuates-ahead-of-major-flooding-with-severe-weather-warnings-across-nsw


Fears of Sydney water restrictions as only 25% of Warragamba Dam catchment deemed safe to drink.

“Ben Blayney, the head of water supply and production at Sydney Water, said the past year’s floods had placed extreme pressure on the city’s water filtration system. The Warragamba Dam is the largest of Sydney’s five drinking water catchments, catering to more than five million people in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/21/sydney-water-restrictions-fears-warragamba-dam-25-percent-safe-to-drink-water-quality-nsw-floods


Hailstorms in Victoria’s Mallee region cause major crop damage.

“Crops worth millions of dollars have been destroyed in the Victorian Mallee after hail storms smashed the region at the weekend. While some were insured against hail, others were not. The hail also smashed vehicle windscreens and windows of homes and stripped trees bare.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-11-21/hail-storms-victoria-mallee-region-major-crop-damage/101677618


In the space of 45 minutes, a Canterbury town [NZ] went from sunshine to a “frightening” flash flood, wiping out crops and causing widespread damage to town infrastructure.

“Residents of Peel Forest, 60km north of Timaru, measured 90mm [3.5 inches] of rainfall within one hour on Sunday evening. One resident said the surface flooding was so bad you could “jet boat down the road…””

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/you-could-jet-boat-down-the-road-canterbury-forest-town-flash-flooded/GSQPSXPFXFBKNIO5BKMCAEWJ2U/


Power out, damage after tornado reported in North Taranaki…

“In a statement, Fire and Emergency said it was alerted to reports “of a roof lifting on a property and powerlines down over a road in Lower Motunui” just before 10am this morning. It said two fire trucks attended to the reports and that one was still at the scene.”

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/11/20/power-out-damage-after-tornado-reported-in-north-taranaki/


…due to the drought there are “almost total” [crop] losses in some provinces, said the president of the Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA), Jorge Chemes. “Unfortunately, we are all going to be harmed, the country in general.”

“…the farming sector is going through a context of desperation as a result of the drought in the humid Pampas, and pointed… “there are almost total losses in some provinces.””

https://www.lacapitalmdp.com/aseguran-que-por-la-sequia-hay-perdidas-casi-totales-en-algunas-provincias/


The Heat wave in Argentina has moving North with temperatures up to 43C [109.4F] yesterday. A new heat wave is looming in the Central Areas with temperature set to shot well above 35C again.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1594420317111209984


Floods increase cases of diarrhea, vomiting and fever in inhabitants of La Guajira [Venezuela]…

“The last weeks have been dramatic for the inhabitants of the Venezuelan Guajira: the floods caused by the rains have caused an outbreak of diarrhea, vomiting and fever in children and older adults, published the portal Radio Fe y Alegría Noticias.”

https://versionfinal.com.ve/ciudad/inundaciones-aumentan-casos-de-diarrea-vomitos-y-fiebre-en-habitantes-de-la-guajira/


Due to prolonged drought in the Mixteca of Oaxaca [Mexico], peasants are left without work and without harvest…

“”It’s the first year we’ve seen it very difficult. The work began to be scarce since February when the water began to subside, then the low water came and it did not rain, until mid-August. In previous years we had been working every day and now, only one or two a week,” adds Alma Delia.”

https://oaxaca.eluniversal.com.mx/estatal/por-prolongada-sequia-en-la-mixteca-de-oaxaca-campesinas-se-quedan-sin-trabajo-y-sin-cosecha


The drought-stricken Colorado River basin has dominated headlines this year, but another water crisis looms further east and threatens to disrupt the food supply chain in North America, a new report warns

“The Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains… is the main water source for agriculture in the Midwest. The aquifer is one of the largest in the world and one of most-stressed: Researchers estimate its southern portion will run out of water within the next three decades…”

https://www.barrons.com/articles/great-plains-water-shortage-agriculture-food-51668811697


Dallas area sees record snowfall.

“New York isn’t alone in their snow storm, as on Friday, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport received a trace of snow. Checking the record books, all the way back to 1898, there’s never been any snow reported as early as Nov. 18 until now.”

https://www.audacy.com/krld/news/national/dallas-area-sees-record-snowfall


77 inches in Orchard Park [western, New York] likely sets record for snowfall…

“The 77 inches of snow that fell on Orchard Park from Thursday night until Saturday morning may break a few snowfall records for Erie County, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.”

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/77-inches-in-orchard-park-likely-sets-record-for-snowfall/article_f84e2886-6835-11ed-aa12-5bf56c9d938d.html


Deadhorse Airport at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska high temperature Friday morning of 39F (+3.9C) ties for the highest November temperature on record (since record began in 1969).

“Also, 39F (+3.9C) on November 11, 1997 (climate obs then at Prudhoe Bay ARCO Tower).”

https://twitter.com/AlaskaWx/status/1593698256286277632


Washing away.

The Arctic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., is collapsing into the ocean as it loses up to a metre of coastline each year. The people who live there are in a race against time to preserve their way of life — and their community — before it is washed away.”

https://www.cbc.ca/newsinteractives/features/washing-away-tuktoyaktuk-shoreline-erosion


Rising oceans, storm surges ‘disaster in slow motion’ for [Canada’s] coasts.

“Tides are rising, sands are shifting and coastlines are crumbling. As studies warn of rising seas and accelerated erosion resulting from climate change, coastal communities in Canada are wondering what the future holds.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/9292959/rising-oceans-storm-coasts-climate-change/


Are we underestimating extreme rain in a changing climate? Research finds atmospheric moisture is increasing.

“New research has found we are failing to take climate change into account when considering current and future rainfall extremes. The Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) is theoretically the highest possible rainfall in a given location. It is critical in calculating the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF).”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-19/climate-change-rainfall-extremes-probable-maximum-flood/101672120


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