10th August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The terror of raging wildfires in northern Russia saw desperate Arctic villagers evacuating by boat to escape 35ft flames and choking smoke. ‘Panicking’ residents in remote Svatay fled on the Alazeya River when they feared their settlement would be destroyed.

“The village is 140 miles above the Arctic Circle and has been encircled by fires for weeks, culminating in the exodus when locals felt their lives in danger…

“The unprecedented carnage is seen by many as being a startling consequence of climate change in the extreme north, with smoke from wildfires covering an area of Siberia equivalent to one-third the size of Canada.

“One resident said: ‘We never had this before, this weather and the fires.'”


“…the entire facility, built on a sloping hillside and hidden in a patch of dense trees, started slowly sliding toward the base of 10,000 people working and living below.

In Alaska, it is not only wildlife and native communities that are deeply affected by warming temperatures, but also Cold War-era U.S. military bases.”


“Arizona set a record on Sunday afternoon and it’s not a good one.

The temperature in Phoenix climbed to 110 degrees for the 34th calendar day in 2020, according to the National Weather Service, breaking the record from 2011.


“The idea of a cool summer night in D.C. is increasingly a relic of the past.

Washington has now seen 42 days in a row with low temperatures at or above 70 degrees. That six-week-and-growing streak shatters the old record of 35 days that ended on Aug. 8, 2016.”


July 2020 was record hot for much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

“Sizzling temperatures and sultry humidity baked the Acela corridor for most of the month, with heat indices rising into the triple digits and making conditions all the more unbearable. The entire Lower 48 experienced temperatures near or above normal during July…”


New research suggests the strength of the Florida Current, which forms the beginning of the Gulf Stream, has weakened considerably over the last century. The findings, published Friday in the journal Nature Climate Change, corroborate the predictions of several models that suggest the Gulf Stream has slowed over the last several decades.”


35.4c was recorded in Ryde today making the town the hottest place on the Isle of Wight – with Saturday 8th August 2020 possibly the hottest day on the Island ever

“IW Met Service say they believe today was the hottest day on record for the Isle of Wight, beating the previous local record of 34.8c in 2018.”


As France swelters in temperatures of 35-40°C and a red heatwave warning continues for 15 departments, weather experts have confirmed that heatwaves are becoming more frequent due to global warming.

“At the time of writing, forecaster Météo France has maintained a red heatwave warning – the highest and most-severe level – for 15 departments in the north of the country…”


Seven people have died, including a baby, as torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads…

“Deputy minister for civil protection Nikos Hardalias, who visited Politika Sunday morning, said more than 13.8in (350mm) of rain fell in six hours.


Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Sunday that floods have swept through rebel-held parts of the country since mid-July amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving more than 130 dead

“More than 160,000 people were forced to leave their homes amid heavy flooding… At least 33,000 displaced people who were sheltering in camps in southern Yemen lost their tents and belongings in the floods.”


Three days of heavy monsoon rains triggering flash floods killed at least 50 people in various parts of Pakistan, as troops with boats rushed to a flood-affected district in the country’s southern Sindh province Sunday to evacuate people to safer places.”


Mumbai on Sunday surpassed its annual average rainfall of 2,514mm, despite little rain over the weekend.

“Mumbai received 2,526mm rain from June 1 to August 9, with 50 more days for the season to end on September 30.”


At least 43 people, including three children, have died with dozens more feared buried after torrential rains triggered a landslide in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.

“The landslide swept into a settlement housing workers on a tea plantation in Idukki district late Thursday, when most residents were sleeping. Dozens of houses were destroyed…”


Thousands of Bangladeshis are struggling to make a living, with more than 40 percent of the country submerged in water following the worst floods since 1998, officials said Saturday.

“As of Saturday 41 people had died from the floods, which has affected more than 5.5 million people…”


Casualty toll hit a 10-year high from the longest-ever rainy season in South Korea.

“The monsoon stretched to beyond 47 days… Heavy downpours have caused floods and landslides across Korea, killing 31 people and leaving 11 others missing in just over a week until Sunday. Damages are feared to worsen as Typhoon Jangmi arrives southern shores.”


The flooding that walloped Bao’s farm and 13 million more acres of cropland — about the size of West Virginia — is the worst that that China has experienced in years….

“The disaster is bad news for the world’s second-largest economy, which is already in a fragile state because of the coronavirus pandemic.”


Thirty-three people were injured after a tornado ripped through a tourist site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday, local authorities said Monday.

“The local government said the extreme weather hit the Swan Lake, Darhan Muminggan Joint Banner, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday…


Worst flood in decades swamps parts of Australia’s South Coast

“Late on Monday, the area was closing in on 400 millimetres of rain for the event, with conditions forecast to ease. Several other bouts of heavy rain had made the catchments wet, so additional falls largely ended flowing directly into coastal rivers.”


The operator of a ship that spilled tonnes of fuel into the ocean off Mauritius, sparking an “environmental emergency”, has apologised.

“Mitsui OSK Lines pledged to do “everything in its power” to aid the disaster in the Indian Ocean, where at least 1,000 tonnes of oil is estimated to have leaked.”


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7th August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40 percent of its area in just two days at the end of July…

“The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

““Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up,” the Canadian Ice Service said on Twitter when it announced the loss Sunday.

““Entire cities are that size. These are big pieces of ice,” said Luke Copland, a glaciologist at the University of Ottawa who was part of the research team studying the Milne Ice Shelf.”


“If you felt like last month was an absolute scorcher in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, you’re not wrong…

Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, each had their hottest July on record this year!”


Abnormally warm temperatures have spawned an intense fire season in eastern Siberia this summer.

“Satellite data show that fires have been more abundant, more widespread, and produced more carbon emissions than recent seasons.”


Britain could have its hottest day on record today as Saharan air sweeps over the country, bringing the first official heatwave in a year and temperatures above 100F (38C) for the second time in a week…

“Temperatures could even climb above the all-time UK record of 101.7F (38.7C), which was set last July.”


Western Europe is bracing for a sweltering heat wave as extreme temperatures are expected to grip the region for the second weekend in a row

““When a heat wave lasts for this kind of duration the impacts can be compounding,” Ward said. “Many homes across the region don’t have air conditioning…””


Residents of Italy’s Aosta Valley have been told to evacuate their homes over fears that a portion of a Mont Blanc glacier the size of a football pitch could collapse over the region.

“Some 75 people were evacuated from the town of Courmayeur after the Safe Mountains Foundation sounded the alarm over 10,000 cubic metres of ice which could fall…”


Extreme droughts are likely to become much more frequent across central EuropeCentral Europe suffered its biggest and most damaging drought on record in 2018 and 2019, which had two of the three warmest summer periods ever recorded on the continent.”


More than 150,000 Somalis have been forced to flee their homes since late June, including some 23,000 in the last week alone, due to flash and riverine flooding in the Southern regions of Somalia…

“The year has seen extreme flooding, displacing over 650,000 people across the country since the beginning of the year.”


The Yemeni government has urged global action over a decaying oil tanker docked at a rebel-held port, warning its impact could be far worse than an explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital Beirut

“Fears are mounting that the supertanker with its oil shipment has started to fall apart due to lack of maintenance.”


The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is facing an environmental crisis after oil began leaking from a bulk carrier that ran aground in July and started to break up in rough seas.

““We are in an environmental crisis situation,” said the environment minister, Kavy Ramano…”


In the 72 hours since Tuesday, the city of Mumbai recorded 612 tree fall incidents.

“200 tree fall incidents per day for three days is “unprecedented”.”


Scenes from Kerala floods as heavy rain leads to damage in the state yet againThousands of people have reportedly been shifted to relief camps as the spectre of horrifying floods is revived.”



With grim harvest prospects [due to floods] and his job in India gone, Sahi worries whether he will be able to provide food for his family in Nepal and continue paying for the education of his two sons.

““Sadly, I don’t have any options other than agriculture as I am not able to afford a loan from the bank during this challenging time,” he added.”


Unprecedented floods caused by heavy rains have lashed large parts of southern China and affected millions of people. The water in many rivers has exceeded alert levels. Join CGTN to see how people in different parts of southern China are combating the heavy rains and floods.”



North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered officials to provide food and shelter for hundreds of families who lost their homes in floods triggered by heavy rains

“This year’s heavy rains come during the summer harvest season, raising concerns about food security as the rain appears to be hitting some of the major rice-growing areas of North Korea.”


A month’s worth of rain has fallen across western Queensland in a single night courtesy of a dramatic storm that swept through in the early hours of this morning…

“The Ballera downpour of 55.6mm broke the area’s August rainfall record. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Rosa Hoff said the previous record of 26.6mm was set in 2004.”


“If you thought it was cold this morning, spare a thought for Liawenee in Tasmania’s Central Highlands — it is already one of the coldest places in Australia and has just broken its own record…

Temperatures dropped to -14.2 degrees Celsius just after 6:00am — a new record low for the state of Tasmania and even colder than Antarctica.”


Six regions of the center of Chile, where nearly 80% of the population is concentrated, faces an unprecedented water crisis, at least since records exist.

“Lack of water is evident to anyone. Anyone who is used to traveling by plane to Santiago realizes that the desert seems to have advanced from the north to the capital.”


Devastating wildfires that burned out of control in late 2019 and early 2020 in Brazil’s Pantanal wetland are back.

“Around 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) in the region have been burned so far… the Pantanal is suffering a prolonged drought that has spelled disaster for the region.”


A new pandemic is inevitable: The Covid-19 pandemic, which follows the Sars and Mers outbreaks, marks the third time since the turn of the century that a coronavirus is thought to have jumped from bats to humans before morphing into an epidemic…

“the primary reason for the crossover was the change in how people engaged with nature, such as rapid deforestation and the global wildlife trade.”


Last month was the world’s third-hottest July on record, new data show — the latest milestone in a global warming trend that has seen the three hottest Julys within the last five years.”


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6th August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Mumbai, India has already had its wettest July on record:

“Strong winds reaching up to 100 kmph and heavy rain continued to lash Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, uprooting trees, damaging cranes and tearing down hoardings and awnings.

“For the second day running, Mumbai received heavy rain, surpassing the annual seasonal average rain of 2,260.4 mm. Within two months and five days of the monsoon, Mumbai has so far received 2,319.7 mm rain…

Breaking its “all-time” record of the highest 24-hour rain in August, the Colaba observatory recorded 293.8 mm rain ending at 8:30 pm on Wednesday…”


Houses and a bridge have been destroyed by floods in eastern Sudan, and roads are blocked.

“The victims urge the authorities to intervene urgently. In eastern Sudan, Khor Baraka* in Red Sea state flooded and broke the Dolbei Bridge, which connects Tokar with the villages to the south.”


Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed instructed the local authorities in Shabwa province, Yemen, to intensify efforts to deal with rainfall to protect people, state news agency Saba New reported.

“Torrential rain and flooding in Yemen has killed at least 20 people, displaced thousands and destroyed hundreds of houses and farms…”


Saudi Arabia’s civil defense has saved almost 700 people after torrential rain caused flooding in several areas of the Kingdom

“The Asir region was the hardest hit and had the highest number of rescues, while the lowest was Madinah with one rescue.”


Remarkable footage of floods caused by Typhoon Hagupit in Yongkang, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China:


“…flooding in early August affected over 60,000 people in five states and regions of Myanmar, says Phyu Le Le Tun, Director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement…

“…people need to be cautious of the flash flooding, hill slides and landslides caused by incessant heavy downpours.”


Heavy rains triggered floods in several areas in Mindanao on Tuesday, affecting thousands of residents in Davao City and the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Cotabato [Philippines]…

“…local disaster response officials said on Wednesday.”


A massive search was under way in South Korea on Thursday after one rescue worker was killed and five went missing when their boats overturned and were swept over a dam by surging floodwaters

“Heavy rain has also fallen in North Korea and state media published pictures of flooded streets but did not give any detail of damage or casualties.”


[South Korea’s] Jeju Island experienced its hottest-ever tropical night Wednesday, with an overnight low temperature of 29.7 degrees Celsius.

“The figure is the highest nighttime low recorded for the island since data was first compiled in 1973.”


Two cities in central and southwestern Japan recorded high temperatures of 36.7 degrees Celsius — the highest temperature recorded in the country this year — as a high-pressure system enveloped wide areas of the archipelago on Aug. 5.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecasts extreme heat to continue on Aug. 6…”


The lack of rainfall during this “rainy” season is also becoming an issue across much of the state of Arizona. Even the mountains of northern and eastern Arizona are running, generally, about 50% behind on rainfall.

“In Phoenix, we’ve only gotten 1/10 of an inch of rain. If that were somehow to hold through the end of September, it would be the driest monsoon on record.”


Hurricane Isaias… left a major mark in its wake. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 2.5 million customers were still without power from North Carolina to Maine… Heavy rain was… a major problem, particularly in eastern Pennsylvania, where historic amounts in a short time pushed waterways near and above record levels…

146 mph: The wind gust measured at the top of Mount Washington, N.H., the highest on record there in the month of August.”


The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is moving at the fastest pace in history, so fast that the normal list of storm names are going to run out, meaning storms will eventually have to be named after letters in the Greek alphabet, according to new forecasts.”


Some roads “have become rivers” in the past few days after extensive flooding in Co Kerry, Ireland… videos from the area show how badly the area has been hit by the torrential rain in recent days.

“This comes after a week of weather warnings and businesses being ravaged by sudden floods all over the Munster county.”


On Friday (August 7), the Met Office is forecasting seriously extreme heat in some parts of the capital, UK. We’ve already had a ridiculously hot day in the last week, when temperatures hit a sweltering 37.8C at Heathrow Airport on Friday, July 31 but that could be beaten.

“We’re talking 38C being forecast for around Heathrow this Friday.”


France on Thursday braced for the second heatwave in two weeks, as the country struggled with drought and forest fires.

“In Paris, authorities restricted driving to limit the rising pollution levels.”


The Cyprus Met service has issued an extreme temperature warning for Thursday, the third this week… 


On Sunday 26 July after record heat, a large influx of water was discovered in Svalbard’s Mine 7 during a routine inspection…

The water influx has now proven to be more serious the initially presumed, and the road leading up to Mine7 is closed.”


Water samples taken by Greenpeace in Russia’s Arctic at the site of a wastewater dump by mining giant Norilsk Nickel contained 50 times the permitted level of toxic substances, the environmental campaign group said on Wednesday.

“The miner admitted last month its Talnakh metals processing plant had used pumps to dump industrial water near the city of Norilsk on June 28 and said it had fired several of the plant’s managers after learning of the incident.”


The amount of micro plastic pollution in waters around the Maldives, a global tourist destination known for its beautiful coastline, is amongst the highest in the world and has the potential to severely impact marine life in shallow reefs and threaten the livelihoods of island communities.”


Marine heatwaves across the world’s oceans can displace habitat for sea turtles, whales, and other marine life by 10s to thousands of kilometers.

“They dramatically shift these animals’ preferred temperatures in a fraction of the time that climate change is expected to do the same, new research shows.”


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5th August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Almost exactly a year ago, we reported that June and July wildfires in the Arctic had released as much carbon as Belgium does in an entire year — an unprecedented summertime burn that would amplify the region’s climate change–fueled fever. But everything, apparently, is worse in 2020…

Data released Monday by the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) shows that in June and July, Arctic fires released 204 megatons of carbon dioxide, far exceeding last year’s 140 megatons and eclipsing the annual emissions of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland combined.”


Russia has several thousand nuclear objects dumped on its Arctic sea floor.

“Now, the most dangerous will be removed… The lifting operation of the hazardous nuclear wastes will not only be technically difficult, but also very expensive.”


“Nomadic reindeer herders who move with their domesticated herds animals by season, the Nenets cover exhausting distances across the Russian Arctic.

Even small climatic changes can have a dramatic effect on their environment…”


“Russian scientists are studying the well-preserved remains of a woolly mammoth thought to have lived 10,000 years ago, after it was retrieved from a lake in Siberia last month…

“Similar discoveries in Siberia have become more common in recent years because of the global climate emergency, since rising temperatures have caused permafrost in the region to thaw.”


At least five people have been killed as Tropical Storm Isaias swept through US states on the Atlantic Coast. Two died when a tornado struck a mobile home park in North Carolina and at least three more were killed in New York, Delaware and Maryland…

“The Canadian Hurricane Center has warned of heavy rainfall over southern Quebec.”


The Caribbean is bracing itself for the double whammy of a bumper hurricane season and ongoing efforts to keep coronavirus under control

“A busier than normal Atlantic Ocean hurricane season has been predicted for 2020, and the coronavirus could “spread easily in crowded emergency shelters” where social distancing would be difficult…”


Multiple landslips have again blocked the A83 Rest and Be Thankful after heavy rainfall across Argyll & Bute, Scotland

“The incident happened as Scotland was battered by heavy rain on Tuesday causing localised flooding.”


A forest fire Tuesday ravaged 800 hectares of vegetation near the southern French city of Marseille, forcing the evacuation of over 200 people, officials said…

“”We are braced for a difficult fight throughout the night,” said a spokesman for the firefighting service in the Bouches du Rhone department.”


Twenty forest fires erupted in various parts of Turkey yesterday (August 3), the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM) has announced…

“The Ecology Union released a statement on the recent fires, saying that authorities must take precautionary measures in summer to prevent forest fires.”


Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported…

“…the collapse of the Bout Earth Dam in Blue Nile state, after it exceeded its full capacity, risks compromising access to water for over 84,000 people living in its vicinity.”


Mohamed is the director of the new national disaster early warning centre designed to help Somalia predict disasters.

“This year it has already suffered from flooding and a locust invasion.”


Seventeen people, including eight children, have been killed in flash floods and by lightning in Yemen’s northern Marib region, health authorities said on Tuesday.

“”Sixteen people drowned and another person was killed after being struck by lightning,” local health authorities said in a statement.”


July 2020 was the warmest month in Hong Kong in 136 years, seeing a monthly mean maximum temperature of 33.3 degrees.

““With a stronger than usual subtropical ridge persisting over southern China for most of the time in the month, July 2020 became the hottest month in Hong Kong since records began in 1884,” the observatory wrote Tuesday.”


The annual reversal of the river flow in the Tonle Sap [Cambodia] has failed to arrive amid a long-running drought with water levels now “very low,” the Mekong River Commission said

“…a drought, now in its second year, coupled with upstream dams has resulted in water levels hitting record lows across the Lower Mekong Basin, which up to 70 million people rely on for their livelihoods.”


Residents in China have been stunned to see a waterfall appearing to flow backwards as Typhoon Hagupit battered their hometown.

“The tropical storm brought winds of up to 136.8 kilometres (85 miles) per hour at its centre when it made landfall in Zhejiang province in the early hours.”


[South Korean] emergency rescue and recovery efforts were underway Wednesday in areas that saw a respite amid days of heavy downpours, with the weather agency predicting more rain to come through next week.

“The death toll from the five-day rain streak, which started Saturday and poured as much as 670 millimeters [26 inches] …stood at 15, with 11 others still missing.”


Parts of South Australia have shivered through icy temperatures overnight, with one south-east town recording its coldest minimum on record

“Keith, in the state’s south-east, dipped to -4.7 degrees Celsius just before 5:15am — a record low for the town.”


New research shows that the rate at which glacier ice is lost from the Himalaya has doubled in the last 20 years and is similar to the rate of ice loss globally.

“Although extreme altitudes were thought to protect glaciers from climate change, we now know that high mountains are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.”


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4th August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A new all-time heat record for Spain’s Costa Del Sol:

45.6c (114f) recorded at Velez-Malaga on Sunday.


First, poor weather left France with a paltry wheat harvest. Now the nation’s driest July in six decades is threatening its corn fields.

“Most of France… has seen a quarter or less of normal rainfall in the past 30 days. Temperatures already set heat records in recent days and are due to climb back toward 38C (100F) in the key southwest growing region from Thursday, according to Meteo France.”


Forest Fires Rage Across Albania as Temperatures Continue to Rise

“Albania has experienced a drier winter, spring, and summer than usual… Dom Gjergi Meta, the Bishop of Rreshen reacted to the fires on Facebook lamenting the destruction of animals, vegetation and the diverse life that is within Albania’s forests.”


Isaias has strengthened back to a hurricane and slammed into North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said Monday evening.

“The storm — which now has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph — struck Ocean Isle beach at 11:10 p.m. as a Category 1 hurricane.”


July is known for ushering in the hottest days of the year, but last month was especially tenacious. Blistering heat swept across the U.S. and shattered a slew of new records for the month

“”July set the record not only for the hottest July on record for Phoenix, but the hottest overall month in recorded history for the city,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Maxwell Gawryla said.”


A car’s diesel soot caused a large Southern California wildfire that forced the evacuation of thousands and is threatening hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

“In an interview, a spokesman with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said that witnesses saw a car shooting large diesel particles out of its exhaust system Friday afternoon…”


A pensioner’s car insurance scam backfired, causing a disastrous blaze burning huge swathes of land, when his car exploded in a protected rainforest in Brazil.

“Heli Barroso Martins, 66, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.”


Rainfall across Australia was 43% below average in July, continuing a long-term drying trend consistent with rising atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, the weather bureau says.

“The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate statement for July says the continent was drier than average across most of its south, from Western Australia to the south-west of New South Wales and including most of Victoria. Tasmania recorded its second-driest July on record behind 1957.”


NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Typhoon Hagupit in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean that showed the development of an eye as it quickly intensified. Imagery also showed a thick band of thunderstorms that resembled a giant tail, spiraling into the powerful storm…

“Hagupit is forecast to make landfall later today, Aug. 3, south of Shanghai and curve north then northeast.”


Cambodia’s coastal provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot and Kep were hit by flash floods Sunday evening

“…amid high waves and torrential rainfall brought by Typhoon Sinlaku, prompting the issuance of warnings to the public.”


Flash floods and mud slides triggered by days of heavy rains have killed at least 13 people and left 13 others missing in South Korea, according to officials.

“More than 1,000 people were also forced from their homes in the capital Seoul…”


“Climate change in the arctic and Siberia led to pouring rain in East Asia, including South Korea, like a butterfly effect,” said an official at the Korea Meteorological Administration.

“Experts said while scientists have yet to determine the exact cause of hyperthermal events in East Siberia, it is likely linked to global warming.”


China’s state agency in charge of its strategic grain stockpiles has sparked concern over the quality of national grain reserves, particularly corn, after a local unit moved to ban all photo-taking devices from its granaries…

“Beijing has strengthened its rhetoric on protecting national food security, following disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and floods…


Ten people were killed in two separate incidents of landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Sindhupalchowk [Nepal] on Monday

“…a total of 18 people have died in six different incidents of landslides and floods in Sindhupalchowk alone.”


The Indian Metrology department has issued a Red Alert for Mumbai and Thane, India, for August 4 and 5… indications are the city may set a new rainfall record for August as well, as it had done in July.

“Last month, Mumbai received 1500 mm of rainfall, compared to the average of 843 mm of rainfall for July.”


Thousands of people have been left homeless following torrential rain and flash flooding in Yemen.

“For the second consecutive week, heavy rains triggered flash floods that washed away houses, farms, roads and electricity and water lines in the provinces of Marib, Dhale, Abyan, Hadramout, Ibb and Hajjah.”


Human-influenced climate change and greenhouse emissions are rapidly melting the world’s glaciers and could lead to extreme climatic events globally, Australian and New Zealand researchers say.

“Annual glacial melts were found to have been 10-times as likely in 2018 as a result of climate change caused by human emissions.”


At 88 degrees Fahrenheit, Friday’s temperature in Sitka, Alaska tied with the previous record, which has stood for more than 40 years, according to the National Weather Service.

““The all-time record high for Sitka, Alaska, is 88 degrees. And the last time that happened was on July 30, 1976,” Vaughan said.”


According to experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, increasing amounts of fresh water have moved into the Arctic Ocean in the past 20 years. Researchers fear that if this trend continues, the desalination of the North Atlantic may disrupt ocean currents.

“Such events have happened before — in the 1970s and 1980s — but they were temporary, while now the process has become permanent.”


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3rd August 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“…in the factory town of Norilsk, Siberia, industrial pollution has become so brazen and mundane that it took a spill of 21,000 tonnes of diesel fuel for the Kremlin to pay attention.

“On a rare trip to Norilsk, which is mostly off limits to foreigners, The Daily Telegraph documented three major sites where trees and vegetation have been annihilated by long-term dumping of industrial waste.

“Norilsk is rated the world’s single biggest emitter of sulfur dioxide… One out of 15 kilograms of global S02 emissions comes from Norilsk.”


“…as a result of climate change, peatlands are becoming hotter and drier, and thus more susceptible to the type of blazes we’re witnessing in Siberia.

“”We now know that peatlands around the world, from the Arctic all the way to the tropics, are indeed vulnerable to wildfire,” said Turetsky.”


Ocean temperatures along the East Coast are near or above their warmest levels on record for this time of year, and they are not only drawing in unusual sea creatures but also helping to fuel the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record to date.

“Now, Hurricane Isaias is poised to draw energy from these abnormally toasty waters as it rides up the East Coast…”


Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to restrengthen as it continues its trek north, the National Hurricane Center said early Monday, with the Lehigh Valley expected to feel impacts from the storm starting tonight.

“Hurricane warnings have been issued from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina for a landfall expected late Monday.”


July – the hottest month on record in Portland – sold out air conditioners, sent Mainers and visitors flocking to the beaches, and sparked concern about residents with health conditions susceptible to heat.

“Portland averaged 73.7 degrees Fahrenheit during the month, 4.6 degrees above normal…”


An out-of-control wildfire burning in Cherry Valley, California, east of Los Angeles, has grown to over 20,000 acres, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, according to the US Forest Service…

“As of Sunday, the Apple Fire has burned over 20,516 acres and has no containment, the Forest Service said.”


The effects of global warming over the last five decades have been devastating to Caribbean agricultural production.

“Caricom countries, except for Belize and Guyana, are now net food importers.

“At least seven of the 14 countries import more than 80 per cent of the food they consume, resulting in the region’s annual food import bill estimated in 2019 at US$5 billion.”


Amazon rainforest fires surge in July.

“Experts fear that a sharp drought and ongoing deforestation could trigger a repeat of the large fires of August 2019. Government efforts implemented in May to stop fires don’t appear to have been effective.”


“Taipei, Aug. 2 .The average temperature in Taiwan last month hit 30.2 degrees Celsius, the highest on record since the country began keeping climate records in 1947, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.

“Taiwan had already seen record high average temperatures for May and June…”


Torrential rain pounded most of South Korea on Sunday, leaving six people dead and seven others missing, officials said.

“The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said the heavy rainfall triggered landslides in dozens of places, flooded residential areas and roads, and damaged some riverside structures.”


Rising temperatures as a result of climate change is accelerating the rate of glacial melt in Bhutan’s highlands.

“In the silence of the mountain, now, danger looms – a killer that could unleash at any moment.”


Around a third of Bangladesh is underwater due to recent catastrophic flooding and the climate crisis has played a role in the devastation, according to experts.

“The widespread flooding, which has displaced millions of vulnerable people and caused more than 100 deaths, follows the deadly super-cyclone Amphan which hit the region in May.”


Heavy rain in Nepal triggered landslides on Monday that killed eight labourers at a construction site and two members of a family, taking the toll in floods and landslides to 177 since late May.

“Elsewhere in South Asia, the annual rainy season brought more misery…”


Flash flooding in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 16 people after heavy rains swept parts of a mountainous area, an Afghan official said Saturday…

“Heavy floods hit the Khewa district, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarharn province. He added that four others were wounded in the incident.”


Hundreds of homes were destroyed or flooded this week as a dam burst after heavy rain in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, a local official said.

“The dam collapsed on Thursday in the district of Bout in the southeastern state, “destroying more than 600 homes and flooding others,” Nousseiba Farouk told AFP by phone. Residents successfully evacuated their homes, she said.”


The death toll from floods in Nigeria has increased to 30, according to local media reports on Saturday. At least 15 people were killed in landslides and floods caused by heavy rains…

“Hundreds of people have been displaced and infrastructure as well as many houses were damaged.”


San Sebastian on Spain’s northern coast witnessed 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday—the hottest temperature there since records began in 1955, the national weather agency said.

“The city of Palma, on Spain’s Mediterranean island of Mallorca, set a local record of 40.6 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.”


Spanish firefighters and military emergency personnel battled amid blistering heat on Monday to control a wildfire in the Madrid region that had burned through the night and forced the evacuation of several houses…

“Madrid emergency services said 16 crews as well as three aircraft were deployed to tame the blaze.”


Arctic sea ice hit an all-time low for July against a backdrop of record-breaking temperatures and raging wildfires at the northern reaches of Earth.

“Then a cyclone began swirling over the thinning ice this week…”


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