18th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Tropical Storm Imelda weakened to a tropical depression but could still shower the Houston area with the most rainfall it has seen from one storm since Hurricane Harvey as early as Wednesday, raising prospects of heavy flooding…

“Imelda formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon and made landfall near Freeport, the National Hurricane Center said.

“The storm was dumping rain over southeastern Texas and is expected to keep doing so for a couple of days as it moves inland.

“”Many of the forecast models are suggesting 6 to 10 inches of rain with isolated higher amounts across the region,” CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said. “If the forecast holds, the amount of rain to fall would be the highest storm total rainfall since Hurricane Harvey in 2017.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/17/weather/houston-weather-rain-forecast/index.html


“Hurricane Humberto continues to strengthen and has become a major hurricane as it moves away from the United States toward Bermuda.

“With maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 115 mph — and gusts up to 125 mph — Tuesday evening, the large Category 3 storm is forecast to pass dangerously close Wednesday night to Bermuda.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/17/weather/hurricane-humberto-bermuda/index.html


“Farmers in South Dakota, many still recovering from historic spring flooding, were hit with another record-shattering flood this week.

“Although it is too soon to determine the full extent of damage, the flooding could prevent farmers from harvesting thousands of acres of corn, soy and other crops. It also has destroyed miles of county roads and bridges and threatens livestock across the region.”

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/09/17/South-Dakota-farmers-reeling-from-years-second-record-breaking-flood/1861568739212/


“Longstanding weather records wilted in Monday’s heat. Environment Canada confirmed 13 communities broke their all time daily-heat records in Saskatchewan, including both Melfort and Prince Albert, which saw previous benchmarks eliminated by two degrees.”

https://northeastnow.com/2019/09/17/abnormal-temperatures-smash-daily-high-records/


“Kivalina and a few other native coastal Alaskan villages face the impact of the warming Arctic, which has resulted in the loss of sea ice that buffers the island’s shorelines from storm surges and coastal erosion.

“The residents of Kivalina hope they can stay on their ancestral lands and preserve their culture, rather than dispersing due to their island being swallowed by the rising waters of the ocean.”

https://www.scmp.com/photos/3027714/pictures-alaskan-villages-face-warming-arctic


“Far from being barren places, glaciers represent more than 10% of our landmass and are teeming with biodiversity.

“They are spawning and breeding places not just for the familiar species like whales, arctic hares and foxes, polar bears, seals and muskoxen but also for bacteria, fungi and algae that have a vital role in the planet’s biodiversity.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/18/tiny-algae-ground-zero-greenland-melting-glaciers


“The Arctic had never been hotter in recorded history. Ice was gone from the Bering Sea months early, and on the tundra I knew so well from years on a dogsled, the uncanny warmth also left its mark. Here, a lake gone, drained in a matter of days after the permafrost holding one bank loosened under the sun.

“There, spruces leaning in ashy gray clusters, killed as their roots pulled free of soil that had lost its lining of ice.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/arctic-circle-climate-change-fear/598195/


“A strong storm in northern Germany forced rail operator Deutsche Bahn to cancel many trains in the region.

“Instead of being able to travel to their destination, passengers found themselves stuck sleeping on extra trains.”

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-storm-forces-hundreds-to-sleep-on-deutsche-bahn-trains/a-50469226


“Spanish police say they have found the body of a missing Dutchman, raising the death toll in last week’s storms and flooding in southeastern Spain to seven.

“The Civil Guard in the southeastern province of Alicante said the body was found Tuesday in a canal after he was swept away in the floods.”

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article235207552.html


“Nalgonda district in Telangana [India] has broken its 119 years rain record with registering 200.8mm [around 8 inches] of rainfall in six hours.

“This is the first time in the last 119 years to record the rainfall in the brief span of time.”

https://thehansindia.com/telangana/heavy-downpour-in-nalgonda-breaks-119-year-rain-record-564983


“A typhoon, formed in waters 630 kilometers southeast of Japan, is moving northwest and could strike the Korean Peninsula. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Wednesday Typhoon Peipah is moving at 36 kilometers per hour…

“The KMA expects Peipah to strengthen over the next 24 hours as it passes through “warm” waters of 28 degrees Celsius and higher.”

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/09/281_275740.html


“A before-and-after video captured in New South Wales, Australia, shows the devastating impacts of a prolonged drought that has gripped the region in recent years.”

Video:

https://weather.com/en-CA/international/videos/video/land-unrecognizable-after-drought


“Farmers struggling to cope with the drought are desperate for rain, but in northern New South Wales they have instead been hit by a severe hailstorm, which has wiped out a number of crops.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-18/hailstorm-wipes-out-crops-comboyne-nsw/11525316


“Victorians have been told to brace for a horror fire season with the state government warning this summer could be as bad as last year, which saw record temperatures.

“Ferocious fires have already raged in unexpected areas of Queensland and New South Wales, prompting early planning for Victoria’s fire season.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/victoria/horror-fire-season-ahead-with-east-gippsland-to-bear-brunt-20190918-p52smu.html


“New research suggests that the greenhouse gases we’re putting into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels will heat the planet more quickly than we assumed.

“By 2100 mean temperatures could rise 6.5 to 7.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue unabated, according to two separate models from leading research centers in France.”

https://www.zmescience.com/science/global-warming-faster-93252342/


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17th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“The Northern Hemisphere just had its hottest summer on record since 1880, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday.

“NOAA found the average global surface temperature taken by thousands of thermometers, buoys and other sensors on land and sea tied with that of 2016 for the top spot, with a temperature anomaly of 2.03 degrees (1.13 Celsius) above the 20th-century average.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-northern-hemisphere-s-summer-just-obliterated-previous-heat-records-again


“A late-summer heat wave that is expected to see temperatures reach 30 Celsius in Manitoba is not likely to set any daytime records. However, lingering heat through the overnight hours almost certainly will go into the record books.

“”One thing that’s unusual with this late-season warmth is how humid it is,” said Brad Vrolijk, a forecaster with Environment Canada.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/warm-late-summer-weather-winnipeg-1.5284886


“A record high temperature of 94 degrees was documented in Kahului on Sunday, Sept. 15, breaking the old record of 92 degrees set for the same day in 1977 according to data compiled by the National Weather Service…

“Over the course of the last 29 days, there was only one day when temperatures did not tie or break old records in Hawaiʻi…”

https://mauinow.com/2019/09/16/record-heat-for-28-out-of-29-days-in-hawaii/


“With high temperatures eclipsing 90 degrees every day so far this month, and above average temperatures expected to continue, the Baton Rouge area will very likely set its hottest September on record.

“In addition to weeks of above average temperatures, Metro Airport has only recorded rain on one day in September. This as the region heads into the historically driest time of the year.”

https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-area-facing-hottest-september-on-record/


“Torrential rain in Norway has caused a river to burst its banks and sweep away more than 100 sheep, Norwegian police have said.

“Heavy rain on Monday (16 September) lashed the country’s western area, causing the river Surna to overflow. More than 100 sheep are presumed dead after being carried away by the water.”

https://www.farminguk.com/news/flood-sweeps-away-more-than-100-sheep-in-norway_53918.html


“In photos: Storm wreaks havoc across eastern Spain.

“The torrential downpours caused rivers to burst their banks, dragging cars away and flooding entire streets…”

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/16/album/1568629043_828306.html#foto_gal_1


“The Zimbabwean government has declared a state of disaster in all urban and rural areas following a drought that has cut crop output by more than half, the Civil Protection Unit said in the Government Gazette.

“The drought has affected more than 5.7 million people, according to aid agencies…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-17/zimbabwe-declares-disaster-over-drought-as-crop-output-drops


“Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, may double power tariffs as the government seeks more costly imports to offset a shortfall from its drought-stricken hydropower dams.

“The southern African nation has an electricity deficit of more than 700 megawatts, about a quarter of total capacity, and wants to buy 300 megawatts from South Africa, Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa told reporters in Lusaka, the capital.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-17/zambia-may-double-electricity-prices-as-drought-curbs-supply?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google


““There is evidence that extreme weather events in South Africa are increasing, with heatwave conditions found to be more likely, dry spell durations lengthening slightly and rainfall intensity increasing.

““Climate zones across the country are already shifting, ecosystems and landscapes are being degraded, veld fires are becoming more frequent, and overused natural terrestrial and marine systems are under stress.””

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-09-16-summer-in-south-africa-heatwaves-and-the-very-real-effects-of-climate-change/


“Over the past month, the annual slash-and-burn efforts to create agricultural land across Indonesia’s Sumatra and Borneo islands have led to nearly 1,000 wildfires that are generating thick clouds of smoke and haze now blanketing parts of Southeast Asia.

“Most of the blazes are illegal fires set to clear land for palm oil and pulpwood industries.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/09/fires-indonesia-blanket-islands-and-cities-smog-photos/598105/


“Australia’s biggest tea producer is reeling from two consecutive seasons of frost and drought, hampering its production in north Queensland…

“”Last year was a devastating year: two severe frosts over the whole estate, but no rain to follow up was the real problem,” he said.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-09-17/frost-and-drought-climate-change-hammering-tea-australia/11495330


“A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian lab that houses viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola, authorities have said…

“The blast took place during repairs to a fifth-floor sanitary inspection room at the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology – usually known as Vector – in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the centre said on Monday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/17/blast-sparks-fire-at-russian-laboratory-housing-smallpox-virus


“Thousands of flammable lakes are popping up all over Alaska and Siberia. That’s because rising global temperatures are creating these thermokarst lakes as well as the perfect storm for our changing climate.”

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/rising-global-temperatures-are-creating-bubbling-methane-lakes-you-can-light-on-fire-2019-9


“Latest data released by a US institution, the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), sounds afresh alarm bells for the Artic and climate change. It adds further evidence corroborating an earlier hypothesis that predicts a catastrophic release of methane in the coming decades due to thawing Arctic permafrost.

“In a central Arctic location, a research site in the US state of Alaska, record-breaking level in methane concentration was recorded for this year. The sudden jump sent waves of uneasiness through social networks.”

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/09/arctic-methane-levels-reach-new-heights-data-shows/


“Approximately 3.9 million square kilometres of the Arctic Ocean are covered by sea ice this month, only the second time the annual minimum has dropped below four million square kilometres since satellite measurements began in 1979, the researchers said in a news release on Friday…

“…even with Arctic fall air temperatures below zero, heat stored in the water could continue to melt sea-ice from beneath for several weeks.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2019/09/septembers-arctic-sea-ice-track-second-lowest-record


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16th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“With another 15 days still to go till the end of this year’s rains, the city has already recorded its wettest-ever monsoon, with 3,458.2mm rain between June and September 15, despite a 15-day delay in the season’s onset.

“Prior to 2019, the all-time record was 3,451.6mm in 1954, according to reports from the disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra government. The reports are based on data recorded by the India Meteorological Department.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mumbai-receives-all-time-record-monsoon-rainfall-this-year-data/story-bXi5GvFgx9H7hfDWLWWUVL.html


“Torrential rain brought by the southwest monsoon has caused severe flooding in more than 32 provinces in Thailand and killed 33 people since the end of August, according to authorities.

“The worst floods are in Ubon Ratchathani province, in northeast Thailand. Thai officials said more than 20,000 people have been evacuated and some communities still have no access to electricity and clean water.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/incessant-rains-trigger-floods-thailand-india-190916081837194.html


“Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) on Monday issued landslide warnings for several districts of the island country after the Meteorology Department warned of further rains in the coming days.

“The DMC said since rains had exceeded 150 mm within the past 24 hours in several areas, people living closer to landslide prone areas would be evacuated to avoid the risk of slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/16/c_138395859.htm


“Six people, including four of a same family were killed after landslides triggered by incessant rainfall buried two houses in Nepal’s Rolpa district, officials said on Saturday.

“Rolpa district police chief Chitra Bahadur Gurung said that all six people were buried under the landslide debris in Cherlabang village on Friday night.”

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2019/sep/14/six-killed-in-nepal-landslides-2033711.html#


“Days after Typhoon No. 15 struck the Kanto region [of Japan], Hisae Sakaki was still struggling to come to grips with the damage to her island home in the Pacific Ocean.

“Dirt and wood debris remained scattered about her house. Sunlight poked in through areas that used to be the roof.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909150019.html


“The projections from NSW’s [Australia] river operator and bulk water supplier WaterNSW show without significant rain the first towns to lose water supply will be Dubbo, Cobar, Nyngan and Narromine with the Macquarie River forecast to run dry by November.

“The Macquarie River experiences an average inflow of 1,448GL annually but in the past two years has seen just 97GL enter the river system, the data shows.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/15/parts-of-regional-nsw-set-to-run-out-of-water-by-november


“After just four years, he’s noticing dramatic changes in New Zealand’s largest glacier… The 23-kilometre-long Tasman Glacier is retreating.

“As the ice melts, the terminal grows. Scientists estimate the terminal lake is growing at a rate of about 140 metres annually. It’s now over six kilometres long.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/fears-as-new-zealand-s-largest-glacier-continues-to-shrink.html


“A rare ‘fire tornado’ has been caught on camera…

“…spiralling more than 260 feet up in the sky as it rips through a farm in Brazil.

“The whirlwind of flames flashes bright orange amid thick black smoke while workers desperately try to clear the land.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/rare-fire-tornado-spirals-260ft-20066390


“Residents are desperately trying to conserve water in the Native village of Nanwalek, located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.

“The village, home to the Sugpiaq tribe, is currently in a severe drought. Nina Kvasnikoff’s family is eating off paper plates, collecting water from the ocean to flush toilets and washing themselves with sponges.”

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/14/760556291/alaska-villages-run-dry-and-residents-worry-if-this-is-our-future-of-no-water


“It has not been a good summer for the Arctic.

“Perhaps more than anywhere on Earth, the Arctic has felt most acutely the effects of climate change — evidence of which is unfolding in real time as residents and wildlife contend with a mess not of their own making.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2019/09/16/nunavut-warmed-siberia-burned-and-greenland-melted-the-arctic-summer-that-was-like-no-other.html


“The Costa Blanca has begun rebuilding this morning after the area’s worst storms in 140 years, which have so far killed six.

“Continuous rain has caused catastrophic flooding and destroyed 300,000 hectares of agricultural land.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/09/16/thousands-help-rebuild-spains-costa-blanca-after-six-die-in-floods-following-worst-storm-for-140-years/


“Edgar Jone, Tearfund’s representative in Mozambique was there at the time and lost part of his home [due to Cyclone Idai]. He told Premier:

“”After six months, we still have two million people are still living in need of food and we have got 77,000 people are still living in temporal displacement camps in Mozambique.

“Most of our infrastructure has been destroyed…”

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Cyclone-Idai-s-impact-6-months-on


“Changing patterns of rainfall due to climate change could reduce the ability of soil to absorb water in many parts of the world, shows a new study.

“This can have serious implications on groundwater supplies, food production, storm-water runoff as well as biodiversity and ecosystems.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/climate-change-could-reduce-soil-s-capacity-to-absorb-water-1568610538065.html


“…the world’s “third pole”…is how glaciologists refer to the Tibetan plateau, home to the vast Hindu Kush-Himalaya ice sheet, because it contains the largest amount of snow and ice after the Arctic and Antarctic – about 15% of the global total.

“However, a quarter of its ice has been lost since 1970.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/15/tibetan-plateau-glacier-melt-ipcc-report-third-pole


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13th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“More than 130 bushfires are burning across New South Wales and Queensland as firefighters battle to gain control. Buildings that have been destroyed include the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge, in Queensland.

“Acting fire commissioner, Mike Wassing, said the extraordinarily dry conditions, combined with high winds and temperatures, ‘will continue for weeks and potentially months'”.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2019/sep/12/australia-bushfires-hundreds-evacuated-in-worst-start-to-season-on-record-video


“An Australian state will spend tens of thousands of dollars each month to truck water into a drought-hit town that is forecast to run out of drinking water by December, it said on Friday.

“The northeastern state of Queensland has announced A$2.4 million ($1.65 million) in emergency funds, which would include A$800,000 per month in costs to cart water.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-australia-drought-queensland/australian-state-to-cart-truckloads-of-water-to-drought-hit-town-idUKKCN1VY0W7


“As the seasons changed, crimson fires lighting up the night sky across Rondônia showed that prosperity will always come at a price. August is burning season, when Amazon farmers use a rare period of dry weather to set fires to clear fields ready to plant crops.

“But 2019 was different; satellite data showed more than 46,000 fires in the Amazon, an alarming 111% increase over last year.”

https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/amazon-rainforest-nearly-gone-we-went-front-lines-see-if-it-could-be-saved


“A new storm brought rain and wind to the hurricane ravaged Bahamas early Friday, with the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) warning it could turn into a tropical storm.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-storm-dorian/new-storm-hits-hurricane-ravaged-bahamas-could-become-tropical-storm-idUKKCN1VY0KC


“September is a month known for beautiful blue skies and pleasant days. The average high in Washington on Sept. 12 is 81 degrees, squarely in our “nice day” range.

“However, the high of 98 degrees today ranks it as the second hottest day of 2019, and it’s enough to set a record high for the date as well.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/09/12/never-ending-summer-washington-sets-record-high-degrees-thursday/


“Atlanta smashed a century-old heat record Thursday as temperatures soared to 99 degrees.

“Today is the third consecutive day with record heat in Atlanta. The previous record of 94 degrees was set in 1900…”

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/we-re-headed-for-near-record-high-temperatures-again-today/985478663


““We start out each morning with a prayer,” said owner Brian Klock. “We’re going to do that again today.”

“…The storm that ran from Tuesday night to Thursday morning officially dropped more than 10 inches of rain in Mitchell, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls…”

https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/weather/4659343-Mitchell-drenched-after-10-inches-of-rain


“The giant trees, once thought to be unflappable fixtures of the forest and largely resistant to fire, are among the latest victims of climate change.

“In the national monument’s Black Mountain Grove, as well as elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, researchers studying the toll of recent wildfires are finding surprising numbers of dead sequoias.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/Giant-sequoias-long-survivors-of-the-forest-14432963.php


“Warm and windy conditions have been keeping Yukon firefighters busy, at a time of year when the wildfire season is more typically winding down.

“”I would say it’s unusual,” said Yukon fire information officer Mike Fancie.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-wildfire-season-september-1.5281291


“For the fifth straight year, seabirds in Alaska are starving to death at an alarmingly high rate.

“The deaths of more than 9,000 thousand seabirds along Alaska’s western coast this summer prompted government agencies to once again study their corpses to determine why they had died, according to a press release from the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

https://weather.com/science/nature/news/2019-09-12-alaska-seabirds-dying-starvation


“The Russian military said it has discovered a new island in the Arctic where maps had previously shown a peninsula as climate change accelerates the disappearance of sea ice…

“On Thursday, the Defense Ministry announced that the Navy’s Northern Fleet expedition had “convincingly proved” the presence of an island previously thought to be a peninsula on the Franz Josef Land archipelago.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-military-discovers-new-island-in-remote-arctic-archipelago-a67269


“Glaciers in the Arctic are shrinking by as much as 300m a year, a Scottish-based research team has found.

“The researchers from the Scottish Association for Marine Science near Oban used robot submarines to study glaciers in the west of the Svalbard archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-49678903


“The mighty Aletsch – the largest glacier in the Alps – could completely disappear by the end of the century if efforts are not taken to rein in climate change, a study has showed…

“The glacier… covers 86 square kilometres in the Swiss Alps and holds about 11 billion tonnes of ice…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/biggest-alpine-glacier-disappear-2100-study-190912174315847.html


“One of the first places to be hit was Ontinyent, a town south of Valencia [Spain], where the Clariano River flooded the streets on Wednesday night.

“Ontinyent’s mayor, Jorge Rodríguez, said the town had endured its heaviest rainfall on record, with more than 400mm [circa 16 inches] by Thursday afternoon.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/13/torrential-rain-floods-spain-almeria-murcia-airports-closed


“A flash flood in Algeria’s capital inundated subway stations and the city’s new airport, turned major boulevards into muddy rivers and trapped drivers in cars. No deaths were reported, but civil security spokesman Karim Bernaoui said Friday that “the damage is enormous…”

“The Algiers mayor said 40 millimeters of rain fell in 40 minutes, the equivalent of three months of normal rainfall.”

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/subways-underwater-flash-flood-drenches-algerian-capital-1.66399806


“All Vidisha rivers [India] are swollen which has led to destruction. Many villages are submerged…

“Normal life has been affected in Sehore, as the torrential rain has battered Madhya Pradesh, submerging the Karbala bridge. Narmada river is flowing above the danger mark due to intermittent heavy rains.”

https://www.abplive.in/videos/madhya-pradesh-rain-breaks-12-year-old-record-1073221


“The United Nations is warning some two million people in Somalia are at risk of starvation, amid the country’s worst drought since 2011, and is calling for more support from the international community…

“The UN’s most recent food security analysis showed the April to June harvest was the worse since 2011 thanks to poor and erratic rains, which were followed by flooding.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/warns-million-people-somalia-risk-starvation-190912234412349.html


“Trudging home along a dusty street in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo, Sikhathele Ndlovu balances a 20-liter (5-gallon) bucket of water on her head, a ritual she’s performed daily for almost a decade.

“Persistent drought on top of existing faulty piping means there’s little prospect of an end to her back-breaking trek to the communal borehole.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-13/a-water-crisis-is-making-things-even-worse-in-zimbabwe


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12th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Extreme weather events displaced a record seven million people from their homes during the first six months of this year, a figure that put 2019 on pace to be one of the most disastrous years in almost two decades even before Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas.

“The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which compiles data from governments, United Nations humanitarian agencies and media reports, concluded in a report published Thursday that floods, landslides, cyclones and other extreme weather events temporarily displaced more people in the first half of this year than during the same period in any other year.

In today’s changing climate, mass displacement triggered by extreme weather events is becoming the norm,” the center said in its report…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/extreme-weather-displacement.html


“Teams of dog handlers from the U.S., Canada and Belgium are uncovering more and more dead bodies among the debris of Bahamas homes hit by Hurricane Dorian, the Health Ministry said.

“The Category 5 storm was so powerful that it drowned people who had been seeking refuge in their attics, swept others out to sea, and crushed steel-reinforced concrete structures…”

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2019/09/12/539600.htm


“A storm that tore across Sioux Falls overnight was so treacherous, even weather forecasters had to pause their work and hunker down.

“Now city officials say human error prevented some of the city’s outdoor warning sirens from blaring like they should have.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/11/us/sioux-falls-tornado/index.html


“Firefighters in Colombia battled raging forest fires on Tuesday (September 10) and Wednesday (September 11), facing an uphill battle to tame the flames as drought conditions in the country worsen.

“Authorities have prioritized their efforts in areas near the city of Cali and the Antioquia region where residential homes are located.”

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2019/09/12/forest-fires-grip-colombia-as-drought-intensifies/


“Brazil’s soybean sowing season for the 2019-20 harvest is officially under way, but there might not be too many planters out in the fields just yet as conditions are extremely dry…

“Weather forecasts call for practically bone-dry conditions in most of Brazil’s growing regions for at least the next two weeks…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-grains-braun/column-brazils-upcoming-soy-corn-crops-at-risk-amid-historically-dry-weather-idUKKCN1VX0LP


“Researchers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources have observed a coral bleaching event that they link to Hawaii’s record breaking high temperatures this summer.

“Maui was most affected by the hot weather. Between May and August, Kahului broke 33 maximum temperature records according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/high-summer-temperatures-linked-coral-bleaching#stream/0


“This week, at the site that triggered an environmental crisis in regional NSW [Australia], three blokes in a dinghy with nets were trying to catch some fish.

“But instead of eating the fish or throwing them back, they were moving the fish to another spot. For the next two weeks, the NSW Government is attempting what it has described as a “Noah’s Ark” fish rescue operation…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-12/menindee-fish-transfer-noahs-ark-relocation/11502430


“Hundreds of thousands of households near Tokyo entered their fourth day without electricity on Thursday amid sweltering heat and no relief in sight, as a utility struggled to recover power systems damaged by Typhoon Faxai.

“The number of households in Chiba Prefecture affected by the outage stood at approximately 330,000 around 2 p.m…”

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Post-typhoon-blackout-near-Tokyo-reaches-Day-4-affecting-330-000-homes


“At least 14 people have died and at least one is missing as floods ravage Laos’ six southern provinces, stretching government relief capacity, authorities and residents said Wednesday.

“Tropical storm Podul and tropical depression Kajiki slammed into the area one after the other last week…”

https://reliefweb.int/report/lao-peoples-democratic-republic/floods-kill-least-14-southern-laos-hundreds-thousands


“As Hu Yuyou frantically shouts instructions, his wife rushes out to the bow, waving to the boat opposite. River shipping is rarely this dangerous, but the worst drought in decades has left rivers in East China at their lowest level for decades.

“This has created congestion on canals, as vessels loaded with cargo crowd the gates to locks, waiting for them to fill with enough water so they can travel along the waterway.”

https://www.caixinglobal.com/2019-09-11/photo-essay-boats-stranded-as-drought-dries-chinas-canals-101461442.html


“India’s sugar output could fall 20% to the lowest level in three years in 2019/20 after drought last year forced farmers to curb their cane planting and as floods this year damaged crops in key growing areas, a senior industry official said on Thursday.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/india-sugar-output/drought-floods-could-slash-indian-sugar-output-to-3-yr-low-trade-body-idUKL3N2631TC


“Yesterday, the Safdarjung Observatory in Delhi recorded 38.2°C as the maximum temperature which is the highest for Delhi during the month of September in the last ten years.

“This temperature is five degrees higher than normal. The Palam Observatory also saw the day temperature settle at 39.5°C which is again a record for the last ten years.”

https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/delhi-records-highest-temperature-in-last-10-years-no-relief-ahead/


“Rains were delayed and erratic, resulting in reduced area planted, poor germination and wilting of crops. Poor grazing and water conditions also affected livestock production.

“Namibia, Angola and Botswana declared national drought emergencies. Other countries affected by localised dry spells and drought included eSwatini, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/201909111126.html


“Deadly floods across Niger have left 57 people dead and affected more than 130,000 since they began in June, according to the latest government toll…

“The rains had destroyed over 12,000 houses, killed more than 850 cattle and engulfed more than 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of crops.”

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/niger-floods-killed-57-119091101034_1.html


“The Mediterranean area [of Spain], specifically the south of Valencia, Alicante and Murcia will be this Thursday, September 12, at maximum risk (red) due to storms and rains that may be torrential leaving 200 liters per square meter, according to the prediction of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

“The storm has already left significant damage especially in the province of Valencia, with waterlogged streets and river overflow due to the storm.”

https://www.elindependiente.com/futuro/medio-ambiente/2019/09/12/maxima-alerta-lluvias-torrenciales-tormentas-valencia-alicante-almeria-murcia/


“She also shows that currently greenhouse gas emissions from all Western Siberian rivers and lakes exceed the amount of carbon that Western Siberian rivers transport to the Arctic Ocean.

“Such finding means that a major part of previously frozen carbon that ends up in rivers and lakes in this region is emitted as greenhouse gases from the water surface into the atmosphere, making Western Siberia a hotspot for river and lake greenhouse gas emissions following permafrost thaw.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-western-siberian-rivers-lakes-emit.html


“…when unpinning occurs, the ice sheets become more prone to faster flow and contraction. This could mean the return of ice volume to the global ocean, which in turn causes sea levels to rise…

“Antarctica researchers are concerned because there is a current acceleration in ice shelf melting in several regions of Antarctica.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-antarctic-ice-sheet-destabilized.html


“Climate change could have a lasting impact on bird populations, with some dying out and others forced to recolonise, scientists have warned.

“The recent record temperatures globally, from the hottest day ever in Britain to a deadly heatwave across Europe, has prompted research into the distribution of birds throughout history.”

https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-could-make-planet-uninhabitable-for-birds-11806716


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11th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“In conclusion, it would seem that the summer of 2019 was the warmest such on record for the Hawaiian islands… What was remarkable was how many daily record highs were tied or broken.

“Why has it been so hot in Hawaii this summer?

“The simple answer is that the sea surface temperatures have been running about 1.0°C-1.5°C (1.8°F-2.7°F) above average.”

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Hawaiis-Warmest-Summer-Record-and-Alaskas-Second-Warmest


“Climate change has made record-breaking heatwaves all the more likely, both on land and beneath the ocean’s surface. As the world’s ocean sucks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — as well as most of the additional heat being trapped by global warming — it is undergoing some significant changes.

“Marine heatwaves — prolonged periods of unusually warm ocean temperatures — are one of those changes.”

https://theconversation.com/ocean-warming-is-changing-the-relationship-coastal-communities-have-with-the-ocean-122599


“Intense rain on Monday delivered in two microbursts flooded homes, streets, and damaged roads in Everett, Washington…

“The city says the rain on Monday makes it the most intense rainfall the city’s ever experienced in its recorded history.”

https://www.kiro7.com/news/north-sound-news/-most-intense-rain-in-citys-recorded-history-means-cleanup-throughout-everett/984955473#


“Our weather is about to take a turn for the wetter. Again. The first of three main rain waves rumbles across southern Minnesota overnight…

“The widespread persistent nature of heavy rainfall is causing problems across much of the U.S… 2019 so far is the wettest year on record across the 48 contiguous United States. And the past 12 months are also the wettest on record.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/09/10/multiple-rain-waves-through-thursday-wettest-year-on-record-is-us


“About 17% of all Bahamians are suddenly homeless after Hurricane Dorian wiped out neighborhoods and ripped houses off foundations. That’s 70,000 people who have lost almost everything…

“Residents are sleeping in houses that are still standing but aren’t necessarily safe.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/10/us/bahamas-evacuations-tuesday/index.html


“[Spain’s] Aemet met agency was spot on today. With Majorca on amber, level two alert for heavy freak storms, the torrential rain, thunder and strong winds worked their way across the island from mid-morning, reaching Palma late afternoon and soaking the city…

“A number of waterspouts, tornadoes just out to sea were caught on camera.”

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2019/09/10/57829/storms-his-majorca-palma-under-water.html


4 fatalities in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, after 3.5 inches of rain:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/4-dead-in-state-city-pounded-by-3-5-inch-rain/articleshow/71072198.cms


“Japanese utility company, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), is struggling to restore power to nearly half a million homes after blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai, while at least two people have died from heatstroke because of a lack of electricity, media said on Wednesday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/japan-struggles-deal-blackout-deadly-typhoon-faxai-190911032319408.html


“Bushfires have caused significant damage across Australia since the start of September and concern is rising that the upcoming summer could further yield blazes thanks to frequent heat waves…

“Despite recent firefighting efforts, 80 blazes continue to burn in Queensland and more than 50 others in New South Wales as of Tuesday evening…”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/queensland-bushfires-rage-on-as-fears-grow-for-unprecedented-summer-drought-and-fire-season/531872


Australian sheep flocks at 100-year lows:

“Drought is a recurring feature in Australia — the driest continent on earth — but the current dry period in the country’s eastern states is devastating for farmers, who are struggling to grow crops to feed their animals. …

“Last month parliament passed a A$5bn government assistance package for farmers…”

https://www.ft.com/content/7c5204aa-bee7-11e9-b350-db00d509634e


“NIWA warns the sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) affecting Antarctica could be the “strongest warming event on record”. It says the event “continues to unfold” and has “set high-temperature records in the stratosphere”.

“And it warns the SSW is already starting to affect New Zealand.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/weather-sudden-stratospheric-warming-could-be-strongest-on-record-niwa.html


“British homes have been plagued by an influx of moths this summer as the warm weather and changing consumer tastes have created the perfect breeding conditions.

“An estimated three and a half million households have been blighted by the pests, with the problem particularly intense in London and the south east of England. Millions of items of clothing are likely to have been destroyed by infestation.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lock-up-your-cashmere-record-plague-of-moths-hits-uk-zprkgvnwc


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