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27th February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“One of the world’s biggest cities [Mexico City] may be just months away from running out of water.

“Alejandro Gomez has been without proper running water for more than three months. Sometimes it comes on for an hour or two, but only a small trickle, barely enough to fill a couple of buckets. Then nothing for many days.”


“The last sugar mill in Texas shuts down because of ongoing water issues with Mexico…

““For over 30 years, farmers in South Texas have been battling with Mexico’s failure to comply with the provisions of the 1944 Water Treaty between the U.S. and Mexico,” the company said in a statement.”


“Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S…

“In 2023, extreme precipitation, likely supercharged by climate change, hammered nearly every corner of the United States. For every degree of warming in Fahrenheit, the atmosphere can hold about 3%-4% more moisture.”


“Soaring temperatures could shatter over 300 records to close out February [US]…

“An unseasonable warmup continues to spread throughout most of the U.S. this week, with high temperatures from Texas to the Midwest feeling more like May than the end of meteorological winter.”


“65 degrees: Monday is warmest February day on record in the Twin Cities.

“Monday is now the warmest February day on record in the Twin Cities. The temperature hit 65 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Monday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. The previous record is 64 degrees set way back in 1896.”


“Emergency declared in two Nebraska counties due to large wildfire…

“According to a release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency on Monday evening, local officials declared the emergency and requested state assistance. Multiple evacuations were ordered throughout the day and numerous roads remain closed in the counties.”


“Fruit and grain farmers are braced for a bad summer [Canada]…

“From Thunder Bay, Ont., to Vancouver, B.C., much of Western Canada is suffering a drought and many regions are seeing lower-than-normal precipitation. Extreme temperature swings have also hit some areas hard…”


“I hope I got this wrong, but it seems that the AMOC is already reaching close to the -0.75 PW reduction in heat transported Northward associated with its tipping point (dashed black line)!”

[James Hansen co-author, Leon Simons]


“UK on track for wettest February on record with Met Office forecasting more downpours and temperature drop…

“It’s been a washout for much of the country so far the month, with flooding and flood warnings across England and Wales. More than 120mm of rain had reportedly fallen on the UK in the first quarter of February already.”


“Rare dragonfly spreads its wings from Norfolk and Suffolk.

“A once-rare type of dragonfly may have been aided by climate change, the Broads Authority has said. The Norfolk Hawker went extinct from the Cambridgeshire Fens in 1893 and, prior to 2013, its breeding sites were in the east of Norfolk and Suffolk.”


“Climate change may cause crisis amid important insect populations, researchers say…

“Scientists estimate that 40% of insect species are in decline, and a third are endangered. Habitat loss, the use of pesticides and climate change are threatening insects of all shapes and sizes, including the not-so-glamorous dung beetle.”


“Spring already? February 2024 will be the warmest on record [Netherlands]…

“The average temperature at the Bilt weather station near Hilversum, where weather records are set, will be between 8.1° and 8.3° this month, NOS weather forecasters say, and that is twice the average temperature in a “normal” February.”


“Public transport workers join climate activists for week of strikes across Germany…

“One of Europe’s largest trade unions, Verdi, which represents the majority of public transport workers in Germany, is collaborating with the youth-led Fridays for Future in what the organisations themselves admit is an unusual partnership, but one born out of recognition of their overlapping goals.”


“Europe’s ski resorts facing halt amid potentially hottest February ever…

“Stark images from resorts in the likes of France, Austria and Bosnia show huge swathes of mountains almost entirely bare. It’s a striking contrast to how they usually look in mid-to-late February – typically the peak season for winter sports.”


“Up to 21°C [70F] today in Serbia!

“In Belgrade Tmax 20.5°C, it will remain warm by the end of month. It seems likely that Belgrade will have record warmest February and winter since 1888. This February will be first winter month with double digit mean temperature in Belgrade.”


“Record again in BELARUS and UKRAINE. Pinsk had a MIN. temperature of +8.4C [47.1F] beating again the February highest min.

“Vilnius LITHUANIA min 6.2C, tomorrow even more. Uzhhorod UKRAINE MIN. 9.0C. One month of unstoppable record warmth in Europe since the first to the last day.”


“Tenerife to call drought emergency as Spain struggles with water shortages…

“Following similar announcements made by Andalusian and Catalan authorities, the Canary island of Tenerife faces water shortages this summer due to one of its “driest winters in recent history”. The Cabildo government of Tenerife will declare a “hydraulic emergency” on the island on Friday March 1st…”


“Long lasting drought led to crop failures in the Maghreb…

“In particular, well-below-average crop biomass accumulation was observed in most of the main cereal-growing regions of Morocco and the north-western and central regions of Algeria, and a marked delay in winter crop sowing was recorded in Algeria, Tunisia and western Libya.”


“Exceptional heat all over AFRICA: dozens of records were smashed from North to South. TOGO MIN. 30.0 [86F] at Dapaon Hottest February night on record for Togo. 44C in Eswatini (ex Swaziland), record at Hoespruit in SOUTH AFRICA with 41.8C.”


“Heatwave threatens South Africa’s summer grain harvest…

““The excessive heat across South Africa currently is a significant concern for the farming sector. The 2023/24 summer crop season started on favourable footing. We received widespread rains, which was unusual in an El Niño season,” Sihlobo wrote.”


“Record heat again in Southern Africa: Livingstone, Zambia second largest city, destroyed its February heat record with 39.4C [102.9F].

“The heat will just get worse and beat dozens of records next days and straight away in March. No heat wave that long has ever happened in the region.”


“HISTORIC. Insane MIN temp 28.7C [83.7F] at Male MALDIVES destroyed the highest February min ever recorded in MALDIVES. 28.4 also at Hanimadhoo.

“Dozens of thousands of records are falling in all Continents. Never happened anything like this in climatic history.”


“Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week…

“The forum, organized by the World Meteorological Organization’s Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center, is expected to draw wide international participation and aims to address the growing global challenge posed by dust and sand storms.”


“Hotter, thirstier, hungry: The Middle East in a 1.5C warmer world…

“Iraq: Towards unbearable heat… Like in Jordan, water stress is a major issue in Iraq, but more worrisome yet are the rising temperatures in summer, which could make parts of the country unlivable altogether.”


“China’s record-breaking cold wave prompts fears over vegetable crops…

“Over 400 weather stations in China broke the lowest daily high-temperature record for late February, according to preliminary data shared by Jim Yang, a meteorologist with the Chinese Meteorological Association.”



“Over 39C again in Thailand and India. Records: 37.8C Tha Wang Pha THAILAND; 38.3 Dawei MYANMAR.”


“Chiang Mai forests ravaged by wildfires [Thailand].

“The blazes, which began about a week ago, erupting almost simultaneously in Hot, Chomg Thong, and Mae Cham districts, continue to burn uncontrolled and have primarily affected the Ob Luang National Park. The fires have been especially visible at night…”


“THAILAND is living the most extreme any country has ever lived: 11 months of endless record heat every day.

“Nearly all stations broke the February high tmin records. Today Nakhon Sawan Tmin 27.3 (far from the sea). Phuket another insane 38.3C [100.9F].”


“RECORD HEAT IN OCEANIA/ASIA. VIETNAM had its warmest February night on record with 28.2 [82.8F] MIN. temperature at Phu Quoc 27.6C also at Phan Thiet.

“In INDONESIA dozens of records including: 28.2 Neira; 27.8 Renai; 27.3 Batan… It’s expected near 100% of Indonesia will break records in March.”


“A DAY FOR HISTORY. Dozens records of hottest nights were swept away all over Oceania and Asia today. PHILIPPINES had its hottest February night on record with TMIN 27.8C [82F] at San Jose.”


“Victoria fires: more than 30,000 evacuations urged ahead of Wednesday’s bushfire risk [Australia]

“More than 30,000 Victorians have been urged to leave their homes ahead of what authorities fear could be the worst fire day for the state in four years, with temperatures forecast to reach the mid 40s in some areas.”


“Accumulated heat stress (Degree Heating Weeks) on the southern Great Barrier Reef is approaching record levels – a month earlier than peak levels in earlier years.

“(The black trajectory, bottom left of the graph). A high risk of severe coral bleaching….”


“Scientists confirm first cases of bird flu on mainland Antarctica…

“Previous outbreaks in South Africa, Chile and Argentina have shown that penguins are susceptible to the virus. Since H5N1 arrived in South America, more than 500,000 seabirds have died of the disease, with penguins, pelicans and boobies among the most heavily affected.”


“Barriers Against Antarctic Ice Melt Disappearing At The Double.

“Undersea anchors of ice that help prevent Antarctica’s land ice from slipping into the ocean are shrinking at more than twice the rate compared with 50 years ago, research shows. More than a third of these frozen moorings, known as pinning points, have decreased in size since the turn of the century…”


“80-mile-long [Thwaites] Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica started melting in 1940s…

“This finding correlates with the thinning of Pine Island Glacier, which began in the 1940s. “What is especially important about our study is that this change is not random nor specific to one glacier. It is part of a larger context of a changing climate…” said Rachel Clark, corresponding author of this new study.”


“Thwaites’s sea ice tongue disintegrates…

“Sad news: the Thwaites sea ice tongue has disintegrated, confirmed by satellite imagery. When the clouds cleared enough, the collapse was visible. That part of the eastern shelf melange has been in danger from warming ocean currents and winds.”


“Locals at the mouth of the Amazon River get a salty taste of climate change…

“Climate change, coupled with man-made actions in the Bailique Archipelago, a group of islands at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian Amazon, has changed the water cycle and made life increasingly arduous over the past four years.”


“Modern anthropogenic drought in Central Brazil unprecedented during last 700 years…

“Here we present a set of geochemical proxies in speleothems from a well-ventilated cave located in central-eastern Brazil which shows that the evaporative demand is no longer being met by precipitation, leading to a hydrological deficit. A marked change in the hydrologic balance in central-eastern Brazil, caused by a severe warming trend, can be identified, starting in the 1970s.


“Bolivia: Mudslide sweeps away neighbourhoods after record rainfall…

“Heavy rainfall caused a mudslide to sweep away neighbourhoods in the town of Colcha K, in southeastern Bolivia, a desert region where usually rainfall is low.”


“Record heat continues unabated all over SOUTH AMERICA.

“Extremely hot in Colombia, Guyanas and still record heat also in BRAZIL. Yesterday Cuiaba tied its record of highest temperature in February with 38.2C [100.8F] after beating those of all previous months since mid 2023.”


“A total of 194 countries/territories out of 239 with meteorological stations have broken monthly records of high temperatures so far this month and some more are expected to join.

“No other month came close. This was unthinkable before mid 2023.”


“Global sea surface temperatures are once again in record territory, yesterday at 21.11°C, a temperature not seen in any year prior to 2024.

“We live in interesting times.”


“Buried Nuclear Waste From the Cold War Could Resurface as Ice Sheets Melt…

“A federal report by the Government Accountability Office published last month examines what’s left of that nuclear contamination, not only in the Pacific but also in Greenland and Spain. The authors conclude that climate change could disturb nuclear waste left in Greenland and the Marshall Islands.”


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24th February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Climate graphic of the week: huge ice loss risks Antarctica’s ‘destabilisation’… Melting season was more than a month longer than usual in parts of the continent…

“Sea temperatures have been exceptionally high across the world since last March, while surface air temperatures have remained far higher than normal in many areas of Antarctica, averaging 5C above the 1981-2010 average in some parts for the melting season.”


“Thawing permafrost in the Arctic could release radon, a radioactive gas that has the potential to cause cancer, scientists have warned…

“The review suggests that permafrost degradation has the potential to allow radon to migrate into homes and workplaces, the researchers, led by Jian Cui of the Harbin Natural Resources Comprehensive Investigation Center of the China Geological Survey, wrote.”


“Why is there so much methane in the atmosphere right now?

“According to the report, the main reason is that more methane has been released from wetland areas such as bogs, shallow ponds, and lakes in tropical regions. And as it gets warmer, more is released… Another reason for the increase in methane emissions is that permafrost has begun to thaw in the north.”


“Unbelievable: the North Atlantic sea surface temperature is now 4.5 standard deviations above the recent 1991-2020 climatological mean…

“That translates to a 1-in-284,000-year event. Yet here we are watching it unfold, one day at a time. This is deeply troubling.”


“With around a week of February still to go, the rainfall in Peterborough [England] has smashed previous records…

“In January, The Peterborough Telegraph reported how the wet weather throughout the start of the winter was impacting farmers across the region – and since then, the rain has hardly stopped. So perhaps it will be no surprise to hear that February has broken weather records in our city.”


“‘Our yields are going to be appalling’: one of wettest winters in decades hits England’s farms.

“Speak to farmers across the country and you will hear similar stories of how one of the wettest winters in decades has ruined thousands of acres of crops and put farms under tremendous financial pressure. Few regions have been spared.”


“Record again yesterday in the Swiss town of Chur: With a minimum temperature of +10.0C [50F] in 24 hours the Alpine town had its warmest February night on record, beating the record set 2 weeks ago.

“Data since 1887. Chur has beaten several heat records in the past months.”


“Switzerland calls on UN to explore possibility of solar geoengineering.

“The Swiss proposal, submitted to the United Nations environment assembly that begins next week in Nairobi, focuses on solar radiation modification (SRM). This is a technique that aims to mimic the effect of a large volcanic eruption…”


“Flooded Greek lake a warning to European farmers battling climate change…

“”I could never have imagined I would have to board a boat to get to see my land,” said Evangelinos as he drifted by his sodden trees. “Work of a lifetime ruined, gone in three, four days of rain.” The situation has fuelled anger among farmers…”


“New EU Report: Morocco Faces Deepening Drought Crisis.

“As the country enters its sixth straight year of drought, a new report singles out Morocco as an area of “severe concern;” the water crisis threatens economic and food security with no end in sight… Cities have been forced to ban using potable water for activities like cleaning roads and watering parks.”


“Strong Winds, Dust Storms Expected in Several Moroccan Regions…

“The directorate issued a similar alert earlier this month for several Moroccan regions, including the northern city of Tangier which witnessed strong winds, causing considerable property damage.”


“Record heat never ends in SOUTH AFRICA, Namibia and Botswana. Yesterday another avalanche of monthly records:

“41.7 [107.1F] Kimberley; 40.0 Gariep Dam; 39.8 Welkom; 39.5 Aliwal; 38.7 Fauresmith; 38.5 Knellpoortdam; 36.3 Jamestown… There is no end in sight to this brutal heat wave…”


“East Africa is losing its glaciers at astonishing speed, all on Kilimanjaro retreating…

“Tropical glaciers are important indicators of climate variability and climate change. While Prinz and Molg (2020) concluded that more than 80 per cent of the East African glacier area had disappeared by 2010, “the new estimates for the early 2020s showed that more than 90 per cent of the modern glacier extent is gone”.”


“Tanzanian coastal city of Dar es Salaam is living an unbearable heatwave: Nights have been sticky and extremely hot for weeks.

Today MIN. temperature was 28.3C [82.94F] which beat for the 5th time the Tanzanian national record of hottest February night on record.”


“Snow and ice covered on the Shanghai Tower in Pudong of Shanghai, China (23.02.2024).

“Freezing rain was observed for the first time in more than 150 years records in western Shanghai!”


“Japan’s early bloom of cherry blossoms sparks concerns amid record heat.

“Japan usually sees the peak cherry blossom season in March and April when the streets of its major cities are adorned by beautiful pink and white flowers, attracting millions of visitors… But videos from Kawazu… show the flowers were in full bloom by mid-February.”


“Exceptional heat in Asia with 2 more February national records broken today.

“37.7°C [99.9F] Yujing, Taiwan, 1.4°C above the previous national record set… last year and above the reliable March national record! 32.3°C Lau Fau Shan, Hong Kong, record broken 2 days in a row.”


“Endless record heat in SE Asia. 3 capitals today had their hottest February night on records: Tmins 28.2 [82.8F] Jakarta, 28 Bangkok and 26 Vientiane.”


“‘First of its kind’ tornado sweeps through West Java, Indonesia.

“The unexpected appearance of a tornado in Nanjung Mekar Village, West Java, Indonesia, has spurred urgent research efforts as meteorologists ponder this unprecedented weather phenomenon. The tornado, which ravaged hundreds of houses on Wednesday, February 21, took both residents and experts by surprise…”


“Malaysia’s Battle Against Flames: Sabah Faces Alarming Spike in Fire Incidents Amidst Heatwave…

“This month alone, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department reported a staggering increase to 277 fires, a significant leap from the 76 incidents recorded just the month prior. The bulk of these fires, ranging from bush and weed blazes to forest, garden, and farm fires, paints a grim picture of the environmental and health hazards facing the region.”


“49 DEGREES AGAIN – TOTAL insanity in AUSTRALIA: 49.1C [120.4F] at Emu Creek yesterday is:

“1) Latest 49C in Southern Hemisphere history
2) SIXTH consecutive max >47C at the station: it ties the most in Australian Hemisphere climatic history.”


“‘Stuck in recovery mode’: far north Queensland still waiting to rebuild after ex-Cyclone Jasper.

“The federal MP for Leichhardt said some remote communities in his electorate remained practically cut off. “Nobody could have imagined the devastation, communities were completely wiped out,” he said. “Cape Tribulation pretty much relies 100% on tourists. But the roads are still very unstable so they’ve got no visitors.”


Climate change is fanning the flames of NZ’s wildfire future. Port Hills is only the beginning…

“Our research integrating detailed climate simulations with daily observations reveals a stark forecast: an uptick in both the frequency and intensity of wildfires, particularly in the inland areas of the South Island.”


“Record heat in the ARGENTINA town of San Carlos de Bariloche, better known for its winter holiday resorts.

“With a minimum temperature of 17.1C [62.8F], it broke its all time highest minimum temperature on record, few weeks after having its hottest day in climatic history.”


“8 People Die in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro State as Rain Causes Landslides, Floods…

“The state government warned that there was still a high possibility of more floods and landslides in 10 cities, including in Rio de Janeiro city. Local media reported several cases of desperate residents working as improvised rescue teams in an attempt to save lives.”


“Megafires are spreading in the Amazon — and they are here to stay.

“Wildfires consuming more than 100 square kilometers (38 square miles) of tropical rainforest shouldn’t happen, yet they are becoming more and more frequent… Scientists say the rainforest is becoming increasingly flammable… fire is now spreading faster and higher…”



“40.6C [105.6F] at Bagua Chica is an all time record for the area and the highest temperature ever recorded in February in Peru. Also 40.3C at Jaen, 39.4C at Chiriaco and 38.2C at Armango.”


“Record after record in South America. In GUYANA the Georgetown Timehri Int. Airport beat again its record of the hottest February day on record with 34.8C [94.6F].

“Since June 2023, not a single day has passed without a broken record of highest temperature in South America.”


“Incredible feat at La Esperanza, HONDURAS. It recorded the lowest and the highest February temperature in 68 years on the same day!

“Min -0.3 [31.5F] lowest since Feb 1956. Max. 29.8 [85.6F] ties highest ever in February. It’s a nearly unique case in world climatic history.”


“Forest Fires Engulf Agua Volcano’s Slopes, Guatemala Battles the Blaze…

“The fire, which started on Wednesday, has devastated the vegetation on the upper part of the 3,766-meter-high volcano, located about 30 km southwest of Guatemala City. Firefighting brigades and military personnel are combating the blaze, supported by two helicopters that are dropping water on the flames.”


“Insane heat wave in MEXICO. Records were brutalized with huge margins all over the highlands:

36.2 [97.1F] Chipalcingo 1270m; 36 Hujuapan de Leon; 34.2 Morelia; 34.2 Ciudad Guzman; 32.5 Gunajuato 2000m… Temperatures reach 30C at 2500m asl! It should only happen between April and June.”


“Mexican delays deepen [Rio Grande’s] water crisis, forcing agriculture casualties…

“While Mother Nature has delivered horrific, but cyclical, blows to agriculture forecasts, Valley farmers have had to contend with another factor that has contributed to their inability to irrigate their fields — unreliable water deliveries from Mexico.”


“Record low winter snow cover may boost spring fire danger [Minnesota].

“The winter of 2023-2024 not only has been record warm but we’ve also see very low snowfall and snow cover. The lack of snow cover could lead to increased spring fire potential… Duluth has averaged just seven-tenths of an inch of snow depth this month compared to a normal February snow depth of 15.1 inches!”


“February to end with record-smashing warmth in Midwest, Eastern U.S…

“Another major pulse of record-setting warmth is predicted for the end of February from the Upper Midwest to the East Coast, as the “lost winter” for much of the region charges on. Temperatures are predicted to rise at least 20 to 40 degrees above average…”


“I have heard approximately 10^4 people say that our (very likely) record warm winter in the Lower 48 is a result of the strong El Nino.

“The reality is that on balance, El Nino winters are historically not warmer than La Nina winters. It’s as if there’s something else going on…”


“It’s not just rising sea levels – the land major [East Coast] cities are built on is actually sinking, NASA images show.

“Rising sea levels are threatening the East Coast of the U.S., but that’s not the only thing to worry about, according to NASA. Images shared by the space agency on Tuesday show the coast is actually sinking — including the land that holds major cities such as New York and Baltimore.”


“Cholera: An overlooked outcome of climate change…

“We have seen repeatedly in different countries and communities climate-related intense tropical storms, heavy rains and flooding which damage or destroy water and sanitation infrastructure and cause untreated sewage to spill into clean water sources, and triggering cholera outbreaks.”


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22nd February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Irish wildlife ranger ‘Like the flip of a switch, it’s gone’: has the ecosystem of the UK’s largest lake collapsed?

Lough Neagh’s flies were seen as a nuisance. Now their sudden disappearance is a startling omen for a lake that supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s water


Rideau Canal meltingHow global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada

The impacts of this mild winter were felt across the country and touched all aspects of winter culture. From melting ice castles at Québec’s winter carnival, to a dismal lack of snow at many Western Canada ski resorts, seemingly no part of Canada was unaffected. But the change that will likely be felt most keenly by many Canadians is the loss of a reliable outdoor skating season.


Active fires in BCIt’s the middle of winter, and more than 100 wildfires are still smouldering [Canada]

There are still 92 active fires in British Columbia and another 54 in Alberta — holdovers from last year — according to the latest figures from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Others are also active in the Northwest Territories, experts said.

Fires that simmer below the surface in winter are sometimes called “zombie fires” or “overwintering fires.”

Often, they are visible to the naked eye only by small plumes of smoke that billow into the winter sky.


North Atlantic SST*Florida man shakes fist at ocean* Don’t make me extend my axis!

The North Atlantic sea surface temperature is now up to an unbelievable 4.34 standard deviations above the recent 1991-2020 baseline climatology. Relative to that, the current anomaly is a 1-in-142,000-year event!


Through February 21, #Miami has STILL not had a sub-52° temperature this season.  That has never happened before in the city’s recorded history. 🥵


dry February Portland MainePortland [Maine] experiences driest February since 1987 as rainfall hits record low




car buried in mudslideCalifornia battered by mudslides and flooding during three-day storm

The storm triggered several landslides throughout the state

Much of California was on flood watch on Monday and Tuesday as some regions approach ten inches of total rainfall while bracing for floods and landslides. Road blockages, landslides and toppled trees have already been reported in and around Los Angeles. Many parts of California are already saturated from the heavy rain after a storm earlier this month caused hundreds of landslides so far.


Costa Rica palm treesCosta Rica Issues Travel Warning With Heatwave And Extreme UV Rays Expected

Experts in Costa Rica have warned residents and visitors to take precautions against an impending heatwave expected to hit the country over the next couple of months. According to a recent statement from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), Costa Rica will experience elevated temperatures and intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation between March and April.


Central America mapRelentless record heat in Central America

The Nicaraguan capital Managua rose to 37.2 ,a new record heat for February, beating the 37.1 set in 1998.

176 countries have broken monthly records (from 1 to thousands each) heat so far this month, almost all the world.



Barcelona reservoirClimate shelters and shipping in water: Barcelona looks for ‘exceptional solutions’ to drought

Critics say unusual solutions doesn’t solve long-term water management problems.

Catalonia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in living memory. At no point in the last century have water shortages been so severe.

The reservoirs that supply most of the region, including Barcelona,  are at an all-time low – less than 16 per cent of capacity.


Sau reservoir dried upSpain isn’t the only country suffering as southern Europe’s water supplies run low.

Around 17 per cent of EU territory is now facing serious drought conditions, according to the European Drought Observatory’s latest update.



Tunisian wheat farmerTunisian wheat farmer Hasan Chetoui is seeking inspiration from the deep past as he tries to adapt to drought caused by climate change, sowing old wheat varieties that he hopes will produce crops throughout the year.

Chetoui does not believe his experiment with alternative types of wheat is likely to work everywhere, but he thinks it may help him cope after years of scant rains and heatwaves that destroyed much of his crop last year.


African farmerAmid Heat and Hot Temperatures, Nigerian Farmers Face Climate Crisis

Nigerian farmers face climate change crisis, with heat and hot temperatures wreaking havoc on crop yields and agricultural sustainability. From extreme heatwaves to less rainfall, farmers are resorting to innovative measures to protect their harvests.





Iraqi sewage pipeIraq’s Looming Crisis: Battling Water Pollution Amidst Drought and Dams

At the core of this unfolding disaster lies an outdated and overburdened sewage network, struggling to cope with the demands of a growing population. Water treatment facilities, where they exist, teeter on the brink of collapse, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of contaminants. This predicament is compounded by a lack of rigorous regulatory oversight, allowing pollution to fester visibly. In Iraq, a country where clean drinking water is a scarce commodity for half its population, the stakes could not be higher.


Kashmir landscapeThe Kashmir region [India] and parts of Jammu witnessed an unprecedented surge in temperatures during January 2024, marking it as the warmest January in recorded history.

These alarming temperature spikes have raised concerns about the long-term impact on the region’s ecology, agriculture, and overall climate patterns. The unusual warmth challenges the region’s resilience to climate change, urging authorities and communities to adopt sustainable practices


AMOC slowing downThe Atlantic Ocean currents are getting very unstable and are close to a tipping point of no return. That is what a new study shows, with the ocean currents nearing a critical point, likely induced by the increased fresh water from the melting ice and the effects of changing ocean currents already being felt.


Planes flying 800 MPFNear record wind speeds resulted in multiple international flights over the weekend exceeding 800 miles per hour — far faster than the 500 mph to 600 mph speeds at which commercial flights usually travel.

The impact of a changing climate is causing stronger winds within the jet stream, a narrow band of wind that flows west to east, experts say. While that can help give a tailwind to aircraft flying east, there are also downsides, such as more turbulence — and stronger headwinds for flights heading west.

“Depending on what direction you’re going, having a great tail wind is nice,” Shem Malmquist, a professor of aeronautics at Florida Tech University and a Boeing 777 captain, told CBS MoneyWatch. He noted that he recently flew on an international flight that hit 822 miles per hour, also thanks to the jet stream.


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20th February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

thermometerHISTORIC EVENT rewrites world climatic history

16.8C Kurilsk today it destroyed its monthly record by 7C ! (previous record 9.8) and it’s the highest temperature ever recorded in winter in all Asian Russia.

This is one of the most insane events ever seen in world climatic history



extreme temperatures in chinaThe largest temperature difference in China’s meteorological records! Today, China observed a temperature of -52.3C/38C, (-61/100F) and the temperature difference across China was as high as 90.3C!

… It’s a world record of hugest daily spread in any country if we discount Alaska which is generally not included in those statistics coz it’s physically separated and not bordering the lower 48 states. Previous was 20 January 1954 in USA -56 +32  Roger Pass/Laredo


arctic permafrost‘More unzipping of the landscape’: Arctic permafrost could crumble into rivers, unleashing devastating feedback loop

Permafrost thaw could result in new rivers forming across the Arctic, potentially unleashing 35 million car journeys’ worth of carbon every year.


wetlandsWetlands, the most extensive natural methane sources on Earth, are contributing significantly to atmospheric warming, with methane being around 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

A study led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has revealed a concerning trend. Methane emissions from the Boreal-Arctic wetlands have surged by approximately nine percent since 2002.


Chicago shorelineThis month is on pace to become the warmest February ever recorded in Chicago

There’s a good chance the rest of the month will have highs in the 40s and 50s, which would bring the total number of days where temperatures reach or exceed 40 degrees to 27 days


biker in ChicagoChicago is sinking. From melting glaciers to underground hotspots, global warming could threaten the city’s elegant skyscrapers and breathtaking lakefront, climate scientists say.

Of course, this Midwestern metropolis is far from alone in suffering the scourge of subsidence. Venice, Jakarta, New York and cities along the US East Coast are all sinking too…According to a recent study by Northwestern University, there’s a “silent hazard” beneath the streets: subsurface heat islands that deform the ground. Northwestern researcher Alessandro Rotta Loria says it’s the first study to quantify the effect of “underground climate change” on urban infrastructure, which threatens cities around the world, especially those built near water.


fallen tree on streetNearly the entire population of California is under flood alerts Tuesday as the latest round of rainfall soaks the state, prompting road closures, evacuation warnings and some water rescues. In Los Angeles, which faces significant flood threats, part of the city is close to seeing its wettest February ever recorded.


bolivian landslideHundreds of towns and villages in Bolivia have been put under alert as torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in the South American country.

Officials say 33 people have died since November due to the rains, which have triggered landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. The death toll is eight times higher than in the same period last year. Officials are carefully monitoring a number of dams which they fear could overflow.


japanese avalancheRecord High February Temperatures Hit Northern Japan’s ‘Cold Areas’, Prompting Snowmelt and Flood Warnings

Temperatures rose across Japan as warm air flowed in from the south, with daytime highs hitting a record for February at many locations in northern Japan, the weather agency said.


malaysia scyscapeMalaysia Grapples with Intense Heatwave: El Nino Fuels Record Temperatures Across Northern States

An intense heatwave, driven by El Nino, grips Malaysia, pushing temperatures to near-record highs. With states like Perlis, Kedah, and Penang suffering, health authorities warn citizens of heat stroke risks and emphasize the importance of resource conservation.


carnarvon bananaImagine stepping outside to a world where the air feels like a blast furnace, where the relentless sun scorches everything in its path to a crisp. This is not a scene from a dystopian novel but the reality for the residents of Carnarvon, Western Australia, who recently experienced a heatwave that catapulted the town into the global spotlight as the hottest place on Earth this year. With temperatures soaring to a nearly unimaginable 49.9C, the small Australian town not only shattered its own heat records but also sent a stark reminder of the escalating climate crisis gripping our planet.


western australia heatWA [Western Australia] heatwave: Perth breaks records with seven February days above 40C

Extreme temperatures see WA have top 15 hottest places in world over past 24 hours with heatwave expected to peak on Tuesday with 47C weather forecast


Alberta reservoirAlberta’s Brutal Water Reckoning: Scientists who studied the region’s arid past warned this drought was coming. Thirst for growth won out.

“To a water expert, looking ahead is like the view from a locomotive, 10 seconds before the train wreck.” — The late scientist David Schindler on Alberta’s looming crisis

Alberta’s water reckoning has begun in earnest. Snowpack accumulations in the Oldman River basin, the Bow River basin and the North Saskatchewan River basin range from 33 to 62 per cent below normal. A reduced snowpack means less summer water for the fish and all water drinkers.


Sub Saharan womenDroughts have the potential to increase the spread of HIV for women living in rural parts of Africa, researchers at the University of Bristol have found.

In the study, published today in AIDS and Behavior, findings imply that drought triggers behavioural changes as people struggle to battle poverty and food insecurity through activities such as transactional sex.

Due to climate change, droughts are likely to become increasingly common in the future, which could lead to higher instances of HIV transmission.


gasline repairNatural gas prices plunge as US set for warmest winter on record

Lower demand during mild weather has coincided with surging production



Pembroke power stationPlan to capture, ship and bury power station’s CO2

The scheme would link Pembroke power station with a LNG terminal across the Milford Haven estuary in Pembrokeshire

Plans to lay new undersea pipes to carry carbon emissions from one of Europe’s largest gas power stations have been unveiled.

The scheme would link Pembroke power station with a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal across the Milford Haven estuary in Pembrokeshire.

Supporters said it would secure jobs and launch a new industry shipping CO2 from Wales to be buried at sea.


East Anglia rainNorfolk and Suffolk [UK] may be experiencing the wettest February since records began nearly 180 years ago.

Heavy rains and storm conditions across the region this month are leading experts to believe it could be in with a strong chance of beating records that date back to 1836.

Dan Holley, a meteorologist and weather forecaster for the eastern regions, said: “February is, climatologically, our third driest month of the year with on average 43mm of rain.


hydropower damIs There a Place for Hydropower in a Warming World?

The IPCC acknowledged that unceasing droughts impact stream flow and that climate change is unpredictably worsening matters. Yet its climate experts still contended that hydropower could be a crucial part of the world’s energy transition, arguing that an electric dam will produce seemingly endless energy.


African women in corn fieldClimate change, extreme weather & conflict exacerbate global food crisis

In the past year, international agencies worldwide have continued to sound an alarm over surges in food insecurity that are plunging millions of people into extreme hunger, malnutrition and threats to their overall health. The U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) calls it “a hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions.”


camping in France[The “good news” section (LOL)]

France’s camping season grows longer thanks to climate change

Tourists are braving the great outdoors even in midwinter as global warming alters holiday habits…The two-week February break is traditionally the busiest period of the year for ski resorts, but with many hit by a lack of snow, some tourists are heading to the Mediterranean coast instead.


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17th February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Readers, my apologies – my dearest friend is very ill with stage 4 brain cancer and I am going to travel down to England to spend some time with him next week, so will be absent from the site. Kali and team will very kindly be filling in for me. I’ll be back with an ‘Economic’ thread on 26th February.

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“February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records…

“A little over halfway into the shortest month of the year, the heating spike has become so pronounced that climate charts are entering new territory, particularly for sea-surface temperatures that have persisted and accelerated to the point where expert observers are struggling to explain how the change is happening.”


“Um. Hello? Media? Politicians? Celebrities? Oprah?

“The latest global temperature that was just posted by Copernicus (data from Feb. 9) was 2.03°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial baseline.”


“Ocean Temperatures Keep Shattering Records—and Stunning Scientists…

“Unlike land, which rapidly heats and cools as day turns to night and back again, it takes a lot to warm up an ocean that may be thousands of feet deep. So even an anomaly of mere fractions of a degree is significant.”


“After 348 record high days, the North Atlantic Ocean has reached the same temp anomaly as when this graph went viral around the world last year.

“It was long expected, but mostly ignored. This can help reduce the largest climate uncertainty [ie extent of aerosol masking]!


“Why a hot Atlantic has hurricane forecasters very worried…

“As meteorologists look ahead to this hurricane season, which begins June 1, they see an increasing likelihood that a La Niña pattern will replace El Niño by late summer or early fall. That is another bad sign for the U.S. coastline — La Niña is associated with active patterns in the tropical Atlantic.”


“Florida’s vulnerable coral reef system ravaged by last summer’s record-warm ocean temperatures…

“Record-warm ocean temperatures off the coast of Florida last summer stressed an already vulnerable coral reef system, prompting a massive die-off across the only living barrier reef in the continental United States.”


“January 2024 in Martinique was once again, another record hot month: the territory broke average records, extreme max records, extreme mins records, everything which is beatable, it was beaten.

“See Lamentin Int. Airport stats courtesy of Meteo France.”


“Elderly resident laments daily struggle amidst water crisis [St Lucia].

“The water situation faced by WASCO is because of too much rain,” Casimir stated. “It has been raining, and because of the rain, the rivers have excess silt, which is excess sand, so because of the excess sand, WASCO is unable to pump the water with the same amount of pressure that they normally would.””


“Record heat never ends in Central America: Now it’s PANAMA. 37.6 [99.7F] at David breaks its record of highest temperature ever recorded in February.

“It’s the 160th country which has at least one monthly record broken this month. Very few remain at zero.”


“Exceptional heat never ends in SOUTH AMERICA. Record heat in PERU in the North close to the coastal areas with temperatures up to 39C [102.2F] in Piura area, Sullana and Catacao.

“In the meanwhile harsh heat wave in PATAGONIA again with temperatures close to 40C.”


“Ascension Island is one of the most remote places on earth in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, an UK Territory together with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

“It just tied its hottest night in climatic history with a min. temperature of 27.9C [82.2F] at Wide Awake Fields Aero.”


“Thatched cottage insurance surges as roofs ruined by miserable weather [UK]…

“Thatched cottages owners face surging insurance bills after a year of extreme wet weather pushed up the cost of cover to a record high. The average premium for a thatched-roofed home soared by 56pc to almost £2,000…”


“More crazy warmth in EUROPE with summer nights SPAIN – tropical nights yesterday in the Cantabrian Coast (3C above August average!).

“Over 100 records in GERMANY with nights +13C/+14C [57.2F]. Historic early Tmin of 10.4C in DENMARK at Store Jyndevad (Records also at Hammerodde and Vestervig).”


“Lake Geneva threatened by record water temperature.

“Since 2012, the water temperature at the bottom of Lake Geneva has risen by one degree while the average surface temperature has leapt by 1.2 degrees to 13.6 degrees. Similar changes have been recorded at Lake Constance, Switzerland’s second largest lake…”


“EU puts water resilience plan on hold as drought grips Spain, Italy…

“The delay comes as large parts of southern Europe are already grappling with severe dry spells. Catalonia declared a drought emergency earlier this month, Sicily announced a “state of natural disaster” last week, and Sardinia’s reservoirs are running low.”


“Homes may run out of water on Spain’s Costa del Sol next week…

“Water pressure will be reduced in homes on the Costa del Sol next week and many could see their taps run dry, it has been announced. Acosol… said the measure will begin on Wednesday. It blamed the ‘critical’ drought and lack of rainfall for the move.”


“Tunisia cuts off water supply at night amid severe drought…

“Cutting off water without prior announcement, in areas of the capital Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir and Sfax, threatens to fuel social tension in a country whose people suffer from poor public services, high inflation and a weak economy.”


“Mystery groundwater upsurge floods homes in Libyan coastal town.

“Stagnant water and squishy mud have flooded houses, streets and palm groves around the northwestern town of Zliten, spreading a foul smell and creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Many residents have fled their homes…”


“Total brutality in AFRICA: hundreds of records are wiped out all over the Continent from Morocco to South Africa every day.

“43.5 [110.3F] Kedougou SENEGAL; 43.0 Bougouni MALI; 41C Ivory Coast; Historic 41.8 Abuja NIGERIA capital. Never in climatic history has happened anything like this.”


“Torrential floods and relentless downpours have wreaked havoc across several regions and provinces in Türkiye, plunging communities into disaster and disrupting daily life.

“In the eastern province of Şanlıurfa, the downpour that started the night of Feb. 13 and continued intermittently on Feb. 14 disrupted daily life… all schools across the province were canceled…”


“Heavy rainfall causes material damage in Erbil [Kurdistan].

“Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Erbil city on Thursday, submerging around 40 vehicles as well as damaging several houses. The Kurdistan Region has witnessed a wave of torrential rain since Wednesday afternoon. Local authorities in Garmiyan and Raparin administrations declared a public holiday on Thursday due to the rain.”


“EXTRAORDINARY – 32.1C [89.8F] at Saragt TURKMENISTAN former USSR in IRAN, just beyond the border, 32.2C at Sarakhs, (nearly same name) broke the February record of highest temperatures.

“Temperatures up to 30C at 1000m in this non-existent winter in Central Asia, night minimums >18C at 600m.”


“Kazakhstan: Methane mega-leak went on for months.

“One of the worst methane leaks ever recorded took place last year at a remote well in Kazakhstan, new analysis shared with BBC Verify has shown. It is estimated that 127,000 tonnes of the gas escaped when a blowout started a fire that raged for over six months.”


“Warmest winter night in MONGOLIAN history:

“Several stations in Mongolian highlands at 1000/1500m failed to freeze tonight, one of which failed to drop below +5C / 41F (but it can drop later in the day), by far the warmest winter night ever recorded in Mongolia.”



“Thousands of records are being brutalized all over from Middle East to Japan. Crazy 38.5 [101.3F] at Phuket THAILAND it pulverized its record again MALDIVES destroyed its national heat record again with 34.2 at Hanimadhoo.”


“Thai farmers advised against off-season rice due to climate change.

“Climate change and the moderate effects of the El Niño phenomenon have led to a reduction in Thailand’s water supply, prompting authorities to advise second-crop farmers against the cultivation of off-season rice.”


“Dozens of houses destroyed in bushfires after freak storms in Victoria [Australia]…

“Extreme weather hit the state this week exacerbating the fires, authorities confirmed, knocking down trees and power lines. It caused a major power failure in the state with over half a million houses in a blackout.”


“Super current El Niño and climate change hit the Galapagos Islands.

“The Galapagos Islands sit on the Equator in the eastern Pacific Ocean, just west of Ecuador at the confluence of three major ocean currents. MPR meteorologist Sven Sundgaard just returned from the islands on a trip where he got a first-hand look at what’s happening.” [podcast]


“Record rain saturates SoCal landscape, heightening fears of more landslides.

“Already inundated by record rainfall, Southern California is facing another major storm Presidents Day weekend that could bring new risks for mudslides and flooding in vulnerable areas saturated with water.”


“New York’s allergy season is closer than you think.

“While many New Yorkers are enjoying this mild and relatively snowless winter, people living with allergy are dreading what lays just around the corner. We may experience a longer-than-normal allergy season all across New York thanks to one of the warmest winters we have seen in recorded history.”


“Flowers are blooming up to 22 days earlier due to climate change.

“New research aimed to observe the changes in the blooming patterns of flowers and 51 species of shrubs, bushes, and trees over the past 35 years, providing insights into how plant communities are adapting to climate shifts in the southern Iberian Peninsula.”


“Rising mammal infections signal alarm for potential H5N1 pandemic.

“…a recent review published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers… suggest mammal-to-mammal transmissions are on the rise. These alarming findings highlight recent mutations in H5N1 strains, underscoring the need for continuous surveillance to mitigate a potential global pandemic.”


“War, Extreme Weather and Aging Workers Makes Farming a Tough Job…

“From America’s Midwest — where hi-tech machinery works giant fields — to outdated tracts of land in India, growers face headache after headache… the farming issues highlight the difficulties the world faces in feeding a growing population and battling a hunger crisis.”


“Do Record Temperatures Mean Our Climate Goals And Net Zero Are Dead?

“The last twelve months have exceeded 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels (the scientific baseline period used for global warming). This grim milestone has led some critics to say that reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is impossible.

“Doomsayers are even claiming that it is too late to stop climate change. Fortunately, science and economics show that these narratives are completely wrong. However, they are dangerous due to the backsliding and inaction they promote.”


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15th February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Marine heatwaves in Arctic shows worrying trend since 2007: Study.

“A worrying trend has emerged in the Arctic Ocean, with marine heatwaves occurring for six consecutive years from 2015 through 2021, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications…

“Since 2007, the paper added that there has been a pronounced regime shift from thicker and deformed ice cover to a thinner and more uniform one.”


“The new Arctic: Amid record heat, ecosystems morph and wildlife struggle.

“Every species of animal and plant that lives or breeds in the Arctic is experiencing dramatic change. As the polar region warms, species endure extreme weather, shrinking and altered habitat, decreased food availability, and competition from invading southern species.”


“Polar bears risk starvation as they face longer ice-free periods in the Arctic…

“Polar bears in Canada’s Hudson Bay risk starvation as the climate crisis lengthens periods without Arctic Sea ice, despite the creatures’ willingness to expand their diets… New research looking at 20 polar bears in Hudson Bay suggests that without sea ice they still try to find food.”


“Climate experts sound alarm over thriving plant life at Greenland ice sheet.

“Significant areas of Greenland’s melted ice sheet are now producing vegetation, risking increased greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea levels and instability of the landscape.”


“The Midwest is experiencing a ‘lost winter.’ Here’s what that means…

“From the northern Plains to the Great Lakes, February is typically a time for winter revelry, set against a landscape of deep snow and iced over waterways. But this year, snow is absent, ice is dangerously thin and many cities are experiencing their warmest winter on record.”


“Warm winter leads to continued record-low ice along Great Lakes.

“As of mid-February, NOAA reported that Great Lakes ice coverage clocked in at around 2.7%, which was a historic low. Both Lakes Erie and Ontario were essentially ice-free when they should be nearing the peak of coverage for the year.”


“Doing some number crunching, this will be the warmest winter (Dec-Feb) on record [US] if the last 17 days of the month are warmer than normal (even if it is 0.5F below normal).

“Here are the Day 0-5 and 5-15 days forecasts from the ECMWF model.”


“Nearly 15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, a new study out of the University of Michigan reveals – shedding light on the highly polarized attitude toward global warming.

“Additionally, denialism is highest in the central and southern US, with Republican voters found less likely to believe in climate science.”


“The flooding caused by intensifying winter rainstorms in California is helping to spread a deadly fungal disease called coccidioidomycosis, or Valley fever.

““Hydro-climate whiplash is increasingly wide swings between extremely wet and extremely dry conditions,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at University of California, Los Angeles.”


“Sea surface temperatures across the Atlantic Main Development Region (MDR) — where most of our Category 3 or stronger hurricanes form during the peak months of hurricane season — are as warm today in mid-February as they typically are in middle July. Incredible.”


“Wet weather saw record-breaking rainfall hit Antigua…

“A remarkable deluge of 58.9 mm (2.32 in) drenched the island, shattering the previous one-day rainfall record and propelling February 8 into the annals of history as the wettest day ever recorded in February… Thursday’s rainfall also exceeded the cumulative rainfall for the entire month of January…”


“‘We are in an era of megafires’: new tactics demanded as wildfires intensify across South America…

“As South America endures unprecedented high temperatures, after the hottest January on record globally, it is still coming to terms with the devastating wildfires that have torn across the continent… [Chile] is not the only country suffering from out-of-control blazes.”



“Fierce heat on the Brazilian Atlantic coast due to downslope wind: 3 State had temperatures >40C [104F]: 41.1 Morretes PARANA; 40.6 Registro SAO PAULO; 40.2 Iguape SP; 40.5 Jacarepagua RIO DE JANEIRO.”


“Hemsby’s Desperate Battle: The Unseen Coastal Wave Threats [UK].

“Hemsby village, home to 3,000 residents, is under threat from coastal wave storms. With each passing day, the chasm between homes and the eroding cliff grows smaller. Despite petitions, the government has yet to provide sufficient funding to prevent further erosion.”


“England Sets New Warmth Record on Valentine’s Night 2024.

“England experienced an unprecedented warmth on Valentine’s Night 2024 as temperatures refused to dip below 11.5C. Winds from the Azores blew in warmer air, breaking a 100-year-old record. While England enjoyed the balmy weather, Scotland faced sub-zero temperatures.”


“Pretty appalling when you realize we’re only 14 days into the month and Austria is virtually certain to experience its warmest February since records began 256 years ago in 1768.

“The country is running almost 7°C above the 1991-2020 reference period.”


“What will Spain look like when it runs out of water? Barcelona is giving us a glimpse.

“Walking through Barcelona these days, you can’t miss the signs and billboards picturing a red plastic bucket and the message “Water doesn’t fall from the sky” (l’aigua no cau del cel in Catalan). The ads are part of a campaign to get people to save water.”


“A DAY LIKE NONE IN HISTORY – thousands records all over Asia and also from Spain all the way to South Africa.

“27.0 [80.6F] Almeria, 37 in Morocco ,43C in Senegal (record broken at Kedougou), Records smashed all over GHANA (41.5 Bole, 39.8 Akuse, 38.7 Akim Oda) down to NAMIBIA 41.6 at Gobabis).”


“TOTAL MADNESS IN MOROCCO. 36.6C [97.9F] Tan Tan Hottest winter day on record. 12 stations above 33.9C In winter!

“Temperatures up to 5C/10C ABOVE JULY averages. One of the most insane shocking events in world climatic history. Record were brutalized with huge margins.”


“Heatwave worsens Nigerians’ suffering as blackout widens.

“Nigerians are facing a double whammy as scorching heatwave coincides with widespread power outages that have seen many areas experience total darkness for days on end.”


“Cyprus: A powerful storm has hit Limassol, Cyprus, in what resident’s have described as ‘biblical destruction’.

“Powerful overnight storms, including at least two tornadoes, have caused extensive destruction from fallen trees to broken homes.”


“Several cars were submerged in floodwater in the southwestern Turkish city of Antalya on Tuesday, 13 February.

“At least one person died after the severe rainstorms unleashed torrents of water that destroyed bridges and roads, deputy interior minister Munir Karaloglu said. Residents in flooded houses had to be rescued by boats…”


“Hundreds of rescuers are continuing their search for nine gold field workers who went missing following a landslide in eastern Turkey…

…officials are trying to allay fears that cyanide and dozens of other chemicals used in gold extraction could spread from the site into the nearby Euphrates River, which flows into Syria and Iraq before emptying into the Persian Gulf.”


“Exceptional in SAUDI ARABIA. MINIMUM temperature of 26.7C [80.1F] at Jeddah it destroyed its record of highest minimum ever recorded in February. Dozens of thousands of records are falling all over Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.”


“Thousands of records are being brutalized all over Asia and Africa, 30C [86f] in Turkmenistan, 25C at 1000m asl in Tajikistan, 20C+ in Kazakhstan (record also on the Caspian at Ft Shevchenko)…


“Kyrgyzstan Creates Artificial Glaciers to Fight Climate Change Consequences.

“Kyrgyzstan is the agrarian, mountainous state. 94 per cent of the country’s territory consist of mountains, so farming is fraught with major difficulties. Access to clean drinking and irrigation water is one of them. Country’s farmers have been concerned about the shortage of irrigation water for farming.”


“Water Crisis in Uzbekistan: an interview with Eco-journalist Nargis Kosimova.

“For a long time now, there have been murmurs about the growing problem of water shortages in Uzbekistan. Every citizen is likely to remember, at the very least, public service announcements on television with calls to conserve water.”


“Global Warming Could Drive Locust Outbreaks into New Regions, Study Warns.

“Warming temperatures, as well as more droughts and extreme rains, may create favorable conditions for breeding and swarming in Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan… west India and west central Asia could become locust hotspots… further threatening food security and livelihoods in already vulnerable regions.”


“Nepal Farmers Face Another Year of Agricultural Drought, Threatening Food Security.

“Najboon Khatun looks up at the sky every day, searching for the possibility of rain. Clouds come and go without a drop of water. “Winter crops like wheat and vegetables need water, but like last year, there has been no rainfall yet,” says 65-year-old Khatun, expressing her anguish.”


“It may be the most dramatic temperature fluctuation in Asia in February!

“February 1620th, Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan will experience record-breaking heat. Then cold wave quickly followed, temperatures plummeting by more than 20C in a short time!”


“Exceptional and unprecedented mildness in the usually cold Northeast China.

“The famous city of Harbin which hosts the ice city during winter, failed to drop below freezing today with its highest February Tmin on record: +1.0C [33.8F]. The ice city had to be closed because the melting ice.”


“RECORD! After the hottest night, now it’s the hottest day. 19.8C [67.6F] at Wonsan NORTH KOREA hottest February day in climatic history. (18C also Kaesong).

“Records were pulverized also in SOUTH KOREA, with TMINS up to 15C. It’s gonna get even hotter in few days.”


“HISTORIC EVENT IN JAPAN – hundreds of records have been broken: 90 more records of highest Feb minimums were set yesterday.

“Only yesterday there were 160+ records. And next days it will be far hotter. Thousands of records will fall all over Central/East Asia from Turkey to Japan.”


“More record heat in THAILAND – 37.6 [99.7F] Bangkok Port and 36.5 Bang Na broke their February records.

“In MYANMAR record at Dawei with 38.0. Record also at Male MALDIVES: 32.7. Thailand has broken thousands of records in the past 11 months, almost every single day of every month.”


“Insane heat in INDONESIA. MIN. Temperature today was 28.6C [83.5F] at Sabu the highest minimum ever recorded in February in Indonesia.

“28.2C also record at Saumlaki (for any month). Every single day since 8 months records have never stopped falling in the country.”


“It’s official: Perth breaks February record for most days over 40 degrees [104F].

“Perth broke its record for the most days hotter than 40 degrees in February on Thursday, as the city sweltered through its third heatwave in as many weeks. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast the Perth metropolitan area would reach 43 degrees on Thursday, with Sunday tipped to be 42 degrees, and Monday 41 degrees.”


“One dead and half a million homes without power after freak storms in Victoria.

“About 620,000 Victorian homes and businesses blacked out on Tuesday after electricity transmission lines were damaged in the storm. Winds of up to 157kph (98 mph) toppled six electricity transmission towers. This was one of the highest number of power outages Victoria state had ever experienced, officials said.”


“Beetroot shortage: cyclone damage to New Zealand farms behind empty Australian shelves.

“A shortage of canned beetroot has left supermarket shelves empty and put the classic Australian hamburger at risk. The shortages began 12 months ago, when Cyclone Gabrielle devastated Golden Circle’s Hawke’s Bay beetroot farms in New Zealand.”


“Last month was the world’s warmest January on record [NOAA]…

“January 2024 was Earth’s warmest January since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was also the planet’s second-wettest January on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported Feb. 14.”


“New preprint confirms that global warming is accelerating.

“The rate of increase of Ocean Heat Content increased with 0.36 W/m² per decade from 2005 to 2023. Good to see scientific agreement. The truth was not bad enough, after all [Leon Simons].” Study:


“The world is quietly losing the land it needs to feed itself…

“Many people are familiar with human contribution to climate change and perhaps also the loss of biodiversity. But there’s a third environmental impact that rarely gets the attention it deserves: desertification, also known as land degradation.”


“Billionaires’ Survivalist Bunkers Go Absolutely Bonkers With Fiery Moats and Water Cannons…

“The one-percenters who can afford to pull out all the stops for self-preservation are doing so more than ever — often in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units seen on reality shows like Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers.”


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