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

There’s a major change happening in the Arctic. Dark waters are blooming with algae, as sunlight floods spaces long obscured by sheets of ice.

“Over the past two decades, there’s been a 57 percent increase in phytoplankton in the Arctic ocean, an analysis by researchers from Stanford University has revealed.

“That’s outpaced scientist’s expectations, and it’s changing the way the ocean stores carbon, as well as sucking up resources needed for the rest of the ecosystem. And no one’s sure what it means.”


Pressure is mounting on Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel over an Arctic oil spill that has wiped about 17% off its share price, left it with a hefty compensation bill and exposed it to accusations of covering up the full extent of the damage…

“Nornickel, as it is better known, denies the cover-up allegations by green campaigners, a regional governor and a former official at Russia’s environmental watchdog.”


After a month of blazes that released record-breaking amounts of polluting gases, smoke from Siberian wildfires are now making their way to the west coast of the United States

““I was a little shocked to see a fire burning 10 kilometers south of a bay of the Laptev Sea, which is like, the sea ice factory of the world,” Miami University in Ohio fire researcher Jessica McCarty tells National Geographic.”


A punishing and relentless heat wave is just getting underway in the US

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 75 or more record-high temperatures to be approached or broken from Friday to Tuesday alone, and that number is likely to grow significantly into next week. Early next week a few cities in the Plains states may even flirt with their all-time record highs.”


As weather patterns in the Northeast US change, expect to see swings between soil-damaging rain events and more regular drought conditions. The words of University of Maine soil scientist Ivan Fernandez reveal a troubling truth.

““Never again will we have the climate system of the 20th century,” wrote Fernandez, co-chair of the Maine Climate Council’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee…”


Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is set to batter New York City on Friday, bringing the potential for flash floods and sustained 50mph winds for at least 12 hours as the system follows a similar path as Hurricane Sandy in 2012.”


Fish kills are a recurring phenomenon in lakes suffering from oxygen depletion. Often the kills are triggered by factors like an algae bloom, but now a new study reports on a new, climate-related cause of fish kills.

“A grave example is reported from a lake in Denmark.”


Hundreds of children were being evacuated from a summer camp in Greece as a precaution after a forest fire broke out near Corinth and strong winds fanned the blaze.

“The fire department said more than 80 firefighters, two water-dropping planes and one helicopter were sent to tackle the fire near Corinth in south-central Greece on Thursday.”


“Between end-May and mid-June, parts of northern and western India went through a phase of intense heatwaves…

The increasing frequency of heatwaves has long been seen as a signature of global heating, and we have seen exactly that in the past few years around the world.”


Parts of Uttar Pradesh [India] are set to experience heavy rainfall for the next three days starting Friday, July 10. Accordingly, a red alert has been issued across the state between July 10-12…

“According to The Weather Channel’s forecast, east UP could record total precipitation between 150 mm to 200 mm…”


“The district water development board has recorded 183mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours…

Already flooded this year, people in the lowlands and haor areas of Sunamganj [Bangladesh] are seeing fresh flooding again due to heavy rainfall and water from upstream.”


As many as 31 people have been killed and dozens are missing due to incessant rainfall-triggered landslides and floods throughout the country [Nepal].

“According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, incessant rainfall is likely to will continue till Monday.”


China has experienced a 20% increase in incidents of heavy rainfall since 1961, while urban development on flood plains has put more people at risk

“Four cities along China’s Yangtze river have declared top-level flood warnings over the past two days after torrential rain triggered landslides and inundated roads and farmland, with parts of the river threatening to burst its banks.”


Wuhan in central China is bracing for potentially devastating floods as intense downpours pound the surrounding region, threatening the metropolis of over 11 million people with a second disaster as it recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hubei province… has been hit by at least seven rounds of heavy rain since early June. Each of those has produced average cumulative rainfall of 55.3cm (21.8 inches).”


Outbreaks of deadly African swine fever are surging in some parts of southern China following heavy rains, analysts and industry sources said, in what could be a big setback for Beijing’s goal of replenishing pork supplies.

“China’s hog herd, by far the world’s largest, shrank last year by around 180 million pigs, or 40%, after the incurable disease decimated farms.”


Japanese emergency services and troops yesterday scrambled to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency said that heavy rain will likely continue at least until July 12, calling for “extreme vigilance”…”


A late 2020 La Nina raises crop risks for already-dry Argentina

“Persistent dry conditions associated with La Nina are most likely to occur in Argentina and southern Brazil, along with the southern U.S. Plains, where the country’s hard red winter (HRW) wheat variety is grown.”


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9th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

1.) We likely already exceeded 1.5C in 2016 if we use 1750 as our pre-industrial baseline, as the IPCC originally did.

2.) It’s not a question of “rising chances”, it is baked into the cake! But, FWIW:

The planet is on course to break the 1.5C warming barrier in the next few years, according to the World Meteorological Organisation, only five years after the limit was agreed at the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.”


Intense wildfires in the Arctic in June released more polluting gases into the Earth’s atmosphere than in any other month in 18 years of data collection, European scientists said in a report Tuesday…

“The Arctic is warming at least two and a half times faster than the global average rate.”


Russian fertiliser maker Uralchem said on Wednesday it had temporarily suspended its Azot plant, an ammonia, nitric acid and urea producer in the Perm region, due to high calcium chloride levels in a river it uses for water supply.

“The company said it recorded high pollutant levels in the Kama river on Tuesday and Wednesday…”


According to Christopher Larsen, project manager of Operation IceBridge (OIB) Alaska, these glaciers are losing on the order of 75 billion tons of ice each year, which contribute to global sea level rise…

“Larsen has seen Yakutat Glacier break apart into large icebergs and retreat significantly over the past few years.”


There have also been six straight “tropical nights,” a term Environment Canada uses for nights where temperatures stay above 20 C. Statistically speaking, Toronto and surrounding regions would normally see one or two per year

“This summer has also seen scorching temperatures take hold earlier than usual.”


Oppressive heat will blanket the U.S. from California to the Northeast through at least the middle of next week, driving up energy demand, stressing crops and probably setting new records…

““This heat is different,” Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland, said by telephone.”


“Families were displaced by flooding and at least one person died in a traffic accident after a record day of rain in the Augusta area.

Augusta saw 4.6 inches of rain on Tuesday, beating the previous record for a July day of 4.58 inches set in 1887.”


2020 has been the hottest year on record so far in Florida, and among the hottest in 126 years in a number of eastern states, according to a government report.

“NOAA’s June State of the Climate report released Wednesday found the first six months of 2020 was Florida’s warmest January through June period on record, edging out the previous record-holder, 2017, in records dating to 1895.”


Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Puerto Rico is not only enduring a health crisis but also a worsening drought, forcing tens of thousands to go without running water every 24 hours.

“For nearly a week now, more than 140,000 residents, including some in the island’s capital of San Juan, have been experiencing an intermittent water supply.”


South America has experienced an “unprecedented” increase in extreme weather events over the past century, according to a new analysis of 600 years of tree-ring records…

“For example, an ongoing decade-long drought in Chile and Argentina is one of the worst on record and could result in “the potential collapse of food systems,” according to Morales.

“Meanwhile, other regions of South America have seen frequent periods of flooding.”


In the year 2050, summers in Spain could be far from recognisable as experts predict that temperatures could reach the 50-degree mark.

“In 30 years, suffocating heat waves could be experienced followed by months of drought and tropical nights. According to a study conducted by eltiempo. es, the summer of 2050 could be irrevocably altered by the effects of climate change.”


New research confirms that extreme droughts amid the deepening climate crisis are forcing nocturnal aardvarks in the Kalahari [South Africa] to feed and forage when the sun’s up — but even so, their ant and termite food sources are dying out as the vegetation they survive on is affected by the droughts.”


Street vendors in India are suffering from lower earnings and ill health as they lose access to shade in cities where trees are felled to make way for construction, researchers said on Thursday.

“As deadly heatwaves become more frequent in tropical countries such as India, loss of shade can severely affect those who live and work on the streets…”


It started raining in Dwarka [Gujarat, India] on Saturday evening. A series of torrential bursts dropped 593mm (23 inches) of rain since then, three and a half times the July average rainfall.

“Streets disappeared under half to one metre of collected water, submerging cars.”


Two persons died while 23 others went missing as the monsoon-fed rivers swept away 14 houses in Bahrabise Municipality-5 and two houses in Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality of Sindhupalchok district [Nepal] on Wednesday night

“…security personnel… have been conducting rescue and search operation at the incident sites.”


A landslide buried nine people on Wednesday in China’s Hubei province, the People’s Daily newspaper reported, after some of the heaviest rain in decades brought floods that have killed more than 100 people

“…with rainfall in some places two to three times higher than normal, according to the China Meteorological Administration.”


Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 people… On Friday, 15 inches of rain fell in just six hours, a record, in southwest Kyushu… Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the government to declare an “extreme disaster”…

“Meanwhile, meteorologists are eyeing the potential for parts of Japan to receive another foot or more of rainfall next week.”


The heavy rains that have pummeled the Kyushu region in recent days have severely damaged railway lines on Japan’s southernmost main island and washed away a number of historic rail bridges.

“The damage not only cuts off a means of transportation for local residents, but could have major ramifications for tourism on Kyushu…”


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8th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Siberia’s unprecedented heat wave will continue through July, experts have warned, increasing the risk of forest fires and permafrost damage and highlighting the effects of climate change. Forecasts show that five Siberian regions, including one in the Arctic, will experience temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius in early July.

“The hot Siberian summer comes on the heels of the hottest winter since 1891, according to the Russian State Meteorological Service, with average temperatures in what used to be one of the coldest regions of the world hitting 6 C. “The warming isn’t just affecting Russia’s northern regions.”


A disastrous fuel spill at the CHPP-3 combined heat and power plant in Norilsk has resulted in massive contamination of the local environment

“Above all, the catastrophe could have detrimental long-term consequences for the ecology of the surrounding territories and seriously affect the health of the wider Artic region.”


Extreme waves in the Arctic typically occur every 20 years, but as climate change continues to plague the region these events could happen every two to five years, a new study reveals.

“Much of this area is frozen for a majority of the year, but rising temperatures have increased periods of open water that could result in catastrophic waves.”


“Summer has finally arrived in the northern reaches of Canada and Alaska, liberating hundreds of thousands of northern stream fish from their wintering habitats…

“…the survival tools these Arctic fish have used for millennia—exceptional tolerance to cold, slow growth rates and long lifespans—could be a disadvantage as environmental conditions in the north warm and more fast-paced species move in.”


CNN’s Bill Weir visits what’s left of the melting Spencer Glacier in Alaska.”



Heat warnings are in effect in and around the Montreal area, and even areas somewhat north of there are expected to be uncomfortably hot in the coming days.

“”Beginning Tuesday, temperatures will exceed the 30-degree mark during the day and will not fall below 20 degrees at night,” Environment Canada warns.”


The temperature in Syracuse reached the 90s on Tuesday, putting it four days from tying a 47-year record

“If temperatures reach their forecast marks, Syracuse will record one of the hottest streaks on record.”


As we plow ahead toward monsoon season here in July, the monsoon will find it difficult to get started as a massive ridge in the jet stream closes the door to moisture from Mexico for the time being…

“The heat is not great news for what has been a rough fire season so far in Arizona.”


After a destructive spring that made 2020 the deadliest year for tornadoes in nine years, an unusually quiet May continued into June, with some record low activity recorded.

“The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said June 2020 had the fewest number of tornado watches in recorded history with only six recorded for the entire month. The previous record was eight in 2019.”


After a frenzied start, the Atlantic hurricane season could turn out to be the most active since 2005, when a record 28 storms formed

““Overall, it’s looking like a very active season in store,” said Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher with Colorado State University. “Conditions in the Atlantic look conducive for an active season with warm sea surface temperatures and relatively low shear.””


Poor Ukraine – floods in the west and fires in the east:

“Four people died and nine were hospitalised as a forest fire swept through villages in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday… This spring, forest fires around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant in the north of the country and elsewhere pushed pollution levels in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv to the worst in the world.”


Rising temperatures due to climate change may lead to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus to currently cooler regions.

“Under the most drastic model of global warming, the risk of Zika transmission will increase over southern and eastern Europe, the northern US, northern China and southern Japan…”


The [Ogun State, Nigeria] governor, who stated this when he visited the areas affected by last weekend’s torrential rain, regretted the huge loss caused by the flood

“He promised to assist those who lost property and belongings to the flood.”


Cattle washed away, collapsed bridge: Heavy rainfall triggers floods in parts of Gujarat, India. Some heartbreaking sights.”



The floods across China’s heartland and south are a blow to the country’s recovery efforts after the coronavirus pandemic.

“The heavy rains are causing billions of dollars of damage to cities, homes and businesses… While the rain has come down in historic volumes, the damage may have been exacerbated by failures in safeguards.”


The torrential rain wreaking havoc in Kyushu [Japan] smashed all records for single-day maximum rainfall in numerous locations on the main southern island, phenomena a Kyoto University expert on rainfall linked to global warming…

“Rainfall measured 489.5 millimeters in Yunomae, 463.5 mm in Asagiri and 410.5 mm in Hitoyoshi, municipalities along the Kumagawa river, which overflowed extensively.”


Torrential rain lashed central Japan on Wednesday, prompting the government of Gifu Prefecture to instruct some 219,000 residents to evacuate.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level of alert for heavy rain in more than 20 municipalities in Gifu and Nagano prefectures in the morning…”


Mildura [NW Victoria, Australia] is on track to record its coldest maximum temperature since the airport weather station was established 74 years ago.

“Temperatures on Wednesday remained stubbornly low throughout the day, with the maximum during the afternoon just 7.6 degrees — below the previous daily record of 7.9 degrees on July 11, 1956.”


“The planet is warming. That we’ve known. It is warming much fastest near the poles. That we’ve also known. Yet just how fast that warming has been still comes as a surprise.

“The Arctic has warmed by 0.75 degrees Celsius over the last decade alone… The South Pole, too, is warming much faster than the global average: more than three times faster over the past three decades.”


It could take decades before cuts to greenhouse gases actually affect global temperatures, according to a new study. 2035 is probably the earliest that scientists could see a statistically significant change in temperature — and that’s only if humans take dramatic action to combat climate change.”


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

Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average in June across much of permafrost-laden Siberia, with last month in a dead heat for the warmest June on record globally, the European Union’s climate monitoring network said Tuesday…

“Globally, June 2020 was more than half a degree Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average for the same month, and on a par with June 2019 as the warmest ever registered.”


The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the EU’s Earth observation program, has recently reported there are currently record levels of wildfires in the Siberian Arctic

“Wildfire activity tends to appear in the boreal forests of the Siberian Arctic each year around early May. However, this year’s have been freakishly prevalent.”


The biggest ever science expedition to the Arctic encountered extremely thin sea ice, which could threaten future efforts to study the region

“…the ice was exceptionally thin compared with what models had predicted for the past two decades. The ice was around 50 centimetres thick, while it had been around 150 to 160 centimetres…”


“As one of our elders says: ‘Nature doesn’t trust us any more’,” said Vyacheslav Shadrin, chair of the Yukaghir Council of Elders, of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia in the Russian far east, about 600 km from Verkhoyansk.

“The Yukaghir total about 1,500 people.”


“Although the Arctic is best known for frozen tundra, it also has a number of freshwater lakes that are covered in ice most of the year.

“But the length of time [these Arctic lakes] are ice-covered is decreasing, and this is allowing methane to bubble into the atmosphere.”


While anthropogenic climate change has raised ocean temperatures by 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 120 years, there is a blob (also called a warming hole) just south of Greenland whose surface temps have cooled by 1.6 degrees in that stretch of time

““Its emergence has been linked to…reduced ocean heat transport into the warming hole region,” said Paul Keil, who led a study…”


“Ring of fire” thunderstorms that blew up over Philadelphia and radiated east and west on Monday inundated parts of the region with more rain than had fallen in the previous two months and set off flash-flooding that submerged vehicles, closed roads, and led to numerous water rescues…

“Almost six inches of rain was measured by a trained National Weather Service spotter in Jenkintown…”


In Arizona and New Mexico, indigenous people have been dying from coronavirus at disproportionate rates. The Navajo Nation has been ravaged by Covid-19 since the pandemic began…

Smoke from wildfires could worsen those death rates. Research during the pandemic has linked short- and long-term air pollution exposure with increased chances of Covid-19 complications and death.”


“A new study [into the bleeding obvious, apparently] from researchers at the University of Leeds has found that gold mining in the Amazon leeches nutrients from the soil and pollutes the surrounding area with mercury.”


Global warming caused the melting of 51% of the surface of Peru’s glaciers in the last 50 years, which caused the formation of new lagoons, reported the National Water Authority (ANA).

“Glaciers are ecosystems highly sensitive to climate change. In recent decades, the effects have been more evident, generating a noticeable decrease in glacier mass and the formation of new lagoons,” says the ANA.”


Rescuers are racing against time to save people stranded by heavy floods and landslides that have devastated southwestern Japan and left dozens dead.

“Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Tuesday issued its second-highest emergency warning for heavy rain and landslides over vast swaths of the Kyushu region, which has been pounded by downpours since late on Friday.”


Gifu Prefecture–A sake brewery that has been operating here for nearly 150 years is relocating north to Hokkaido due in part to global warming

“”The colder the weather is, the better the sake quality will become,” said Koji Yamada, 60, president and master brewer of the company.”


Severe flooding and heavy rains have killed at least two people in southern China and disrupted the first day of widely anticipated college entrance exams being held one month late because of the coronavirus.

“The Chinese language exam in She county in southern Anhui province was cancelled.”


In the central city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus epidemic first erupted in December, a record-breaking 426 millimetres (16.8 inches) of rain fell on Sunday, the official China Daily reported

“…and authorities were using giant pumps to remove water from the flooded roads.”


Eight people and thousands of livestock animals were killed and thousands of homes were flooded as a heavy rain caused flash floods in some provinces of Mongolia on Friday and Saturday…

“…the country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported on Tuesday.”


“On the one hand, Corona havoc in Pakistan is increasing continuously, right there in the city of Karachi, the chain of different incidents related to rain is constantly increasing.

“Due to which at least 7 people have lost their lives.”


Amid heavy seasonal rains, deadly floods swept through Yemen affecting the lives of thousands of Yemenis who were already devastated by the ongoing conflict, seasonal diseases, high inflation, and compromised health care system, while facing the arrival of COVID-19.

“The torrential rains destroyed houses, and damaged an already fragile infrastructure…”


A record 936 meteorologically induced disasters took place in Turkey in 2019 – the highest number of meteorological disasters since the Turkish General Directorate of Meteorology’s records began in 1940.

“According to the latest report by the directorate, heavy rainfall and flooding were the most frequent meteorological disasters in Turkey last year…”


While declining rainfall is a problem across the Maghreb region of northwest Africa, this year’s ongoing spring and summer drought is hitting Morocco’s agricultural sector particularly hard.

“The drought will weaken the strategic objectives of the Moroccan government’s agricultural investment plan…”


“Much of the moisture needed to form noctilucent clouds comes from methane, a potent greenhouse gas that produces water vapour when it breaks down in the upper atmosphere.

“And as methane pollution has increased, so noctilucent clouds have grown more common and more widespread.”


Dry conditions, bushfires and extreme weather events have left Australia’s wine industry ruing its smallest vintage in 13 years, as growers and winemakers battle huge financial losses…

“…many individual growers and winemakers were wiped out or saw significant losses.”


A major global update based on data from more than 36,000 weather stations around the world confirms that, as the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are now more frequent, more intense, and longer


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

Rescue workers were combing through the wreckage of houses hit by flooding and landslides in Japan after extreme weather left more than 50 people dead or missing on the southern island of Kyushu.

“The Kyodo news agency said 40 people had died in the floods and at least 11 were missing.

“Among the dead were 14 residents of an elderly care home in Kuma village, Kumamoto, where the nearby Kuma river flooded. More torrential rain is forecast for coming days.”


Radar analysis shows about 120 millimeters [4.7 inches] of rain fell in the one-hour period between 6:10 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. in or near Kushima City in Miyazaki Prefecture.

“The agency issued an alert warning people about record hourly rainfalls in the area.”


Local residents and bereaved family members of victims held gatherings Monday to mark the second anniversary of massive flooding and mudslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan that claimed 296 lives

“The events also took place as Kumamoto Prefecture continues to suffer from massive flooding.”


As downpours continue to batter vast stretches of China, especially areas in the south, leaving at least 121 people missing or dead, forecasters have warned of a grim flood control situation in the north, which hasn’t seen major floods for years, from precipitation that is expected to be much heavier than normal.”


Until Sunday morning, the Santacruz neighbourhood in Mumbai had received a staggering 427mm of rain in 24 hours. It was 133mm in the previous 24 hours.

“July is the city’s wettest month with an average rainfall of 819mm. The first five days of the new month has already seen 675mm of rain.”


Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change

“”I was informed by weather experts, scientists and officials that rising temperatures due to climate change is the main cause behind the increasing lightning strikes,” Bihar’s Disaster Management Minister Lakshmeshwar Rai told AFP.”


It was a wild afternoon for residents of southwest Saskatchewan on Saturday.

“Environment Canada has confirmed that at least two tornadoes touched down over the weekend, bringing some unbelievable conditions with them. As well as the thunder, lightning, heavy rain and tornadoes, there was also softball-sized hail, too!”


Quebec’s hot summer so far, with long stretches of little rain, has contributed to a large increase in the number of forest fires around the province.

“It is only early July but 2020 is already the worst year in a decade in terms of hectares lost to forest fire in Quebec.”


After a sweltering holiday weekend, there’s no relief in sight for southeast Michigan with a possible record-breaking bid in sight.

“Temperatures are slated to be in the 90s all week, peaking at an expected high of 97 on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast for Metro Detroit.”


“Year-to-date, Mountain Home [Idaho] has received 45.47 inches of rain. The average rainfall through the first six months is 23.19 inches, meaning we are 22.28 inches above normal.

“Another amazing fact is halfway through the year, Mountain Home has already surpassed its normal annual rainfall.”


“If you thought it was really, really hot out last week, you weren’t wrong.

The temperature at Miami International Airport reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit last Tuesday, making it the hottest day on record for the month of June.”


“The temperature records are certainly jaw-dropping, but another Tweet by McNoldy caught my eye. He pointed out that the water temperature at Virginia Key, Florida on July 2nd was the hottest recorded at that site (92.5 degrees F).

“When I saw that statistic, my immediate thought was that the Atlantic hurricane season “fuel” is currently high octane.”


An orange warning was issued by the Cyprus Met Office on Sunday for extremely high temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius as a heatwave grips the island… Cyprus has been sweltering under 40°C heat since Friday.”

[You may recall that Cyprus had its hottest May on record and broke its all-time high for May].


Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.

“…Biagio Di Mauro of Italy’s National Research Council said the pink snow observed on parts of the Presena glacier is likely caused by the same plant found in Greenland.”


“As global warming accelerates, temperature records are being broken every year. In Russia, the period from January to June this year was the warmest six-month spell since meteorological observations began

“In January, the temperature was, on average, 10-11 degrees Celsius higher than normal. Russia saw more than 240 broken weather records in the first half of the year.”


Due to the rapid heating – the Arctic is warming up at least twice as fast as the rest of the world – the permafrost is now thawing for the first time since before the last ice age, potentially freeing pathogens the like of which modern humans have never before grappled with.”


The heatwave experienced so far this year in Siberia reflects temperature changes that weren’t generally forecast to occur until the end of the century.

“The rapid changes that are happening to the climate of the world’s northern regions means that even the infrastructure built on areas of continuous permafrost may soon be at risk, too.”


“We always expected the Arctic to change faster than the rest of the globe,” said Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“But I don’t think anyone expected the changes to happen as fast as we are seeing them happen.”


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

Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos last month.

“Arctic fires emitted 16.3m metric tonnes of carbon in June… nine times more than the same month in 2018… The previous June record was registered last year, when fires were the worst on record.”


The permafrost need not entirely thaw nor be thawed year round for [pathological] microorganisms frozen in the earth to come to life or make their way to the talik — a layer above the permafrost that is rarely if ever frozen.

“That active layer, ever larger and active for longer, becomes a new habitat, where “an increase in unfrozen water is enough to activate some biological processes.””


“While we’ve all been locked up inside for months the weather has been quietly hotting up across the Anglia region [UK].

According to provisional data from the Met Office, January to June in East Anglia has been the warmest ever – a record held jointly with 2014 and 2007.”


2020 is expected to be the hottest year on record in Spain, a spokesperson of Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said here Thursday.

“…spokesperson Ruben Del Campo explained that the first five months of 2020 have been the warmest ever recorded in the country.”


Temperatures will soar to reach 46 degrees Celsius in a heatwave that will hit several Moroccan provinces from Thursday to Saturday.

“The General Directorate of Meteorology (DMN) forecast in a special weather report temperatures to reach 42 to 46 degrees Celsius…”


“Turkey has become familiar with a worrying pattern in which it experiences low magnitude earthquakes more frequently than usual…

“”Also, during May and June, Turkey experienced floods and other adverse weather events such as hailstorms that caused casualties and damage to agricultural crops.”


Locusts in Kenya could threaten the nation’s food supply if not controlled quickly, prompting experts to travel to remote corners of the country to try to find budding infestations.

“Boris Polo, a Kenyan logistician on contract for the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization, says the team can fight locusts by finding ones that are too young to fly.”


As many as 26 more people died in lightning strikes in various parts of Bihar [India] on Thursday, officials said. According to Police, five people died after being struck by lightning in Dulhin Bazaar of Patna alone.”


“We have faced many floods [in Assam, India], but this time the situation is hard for us. We have not seen such huge volumes of flood waters before. Our lives have been totally disturbed,” Abdul told NDTV.”

“…the poor and the marginalised in rural areas are suffering the worst.”


[Bangladeshi] Farmers are estimating the huge losses they might suffer in the wake of the floods, while the rest of the flood-hit people are waiting to get relief or food assistance from the government.

“The flood situation has worsened in several northern districts of the country, with people living these areas facing their worst nightmare with their houses, croplands, livestock and ponds still under water.”


The water level of the Baishui river [China] rose more than eight meters overnight, causing houses to collapse, crops to be destroyed, infrastructure to be severely damaged and vehicles to be swept away by the floods.

“Thousands of people have been affected.”


Weeks of abnormally intense rains have swept away buildings and ruined homes across southern China, leaving at least 106 people dead

“With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up after more than 31 consecutive days of alerts about torrential rain from the government weather agency, experts have warned of potential landslides and bursts at reservoirs and dams.”


South Korea’s average high temperature rose to 28 C last month, making it the hottest June on record since authorities began collecting relevant data in 1973, a government agency said Friday.”


Heatwaves have become more frequent and have been lasting longer across much of the planet, including Australia, over the past seven decades and the trend is accelerating as the world warms.

“Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes based at the University of NSW said the findings emerged from the first comprehensive assessment of heatwaves down to regional levels.”


Since January 2017, research institute NIWA hasn’t recorded a single month where temperatures hadn’t slipped more than 0.5 C below the 1981 to 2010 average across Auckland, Wellington, Masterton, Nelson, Hokitika, Lincoln and Dunedin [NZ]

““That is clear evidence of New Zealand’s warming climate,” NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll said.”


The coming heat is projected to affect huge parts of the U.S

“”The first half of July looks to have well-above-normal temperatures, at pretty high probabilities, beginning around the Fourth of July or slightly before,” said Jon Gottschalck, chief of the Operational Prediction Branch at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.”


Called the Bighorn fire, it is the eighth-biggest in Arizona state history… And yet, Bighorn is just one of three fires that sit in the top 10 biggest wildfires in Arizona history

“In June, Arizona saw regular daily temperatures of 105-110F. And little rain has fallen so far this summer, despite 15 June marking the start of the state’s official monsoon season.”


Tulsa had its driest June on record as drought surged across the state last month, the state climatologist said Thursday.”


Dust storms—those billowing walls of sand and dirt often seen seen in the more arid regions of the world—doubled in the American Southwest between the 1990s to 2000s.

“Data now suggest these weather systems in the U.S. may be associated with increased intensive care unit admissions.”


Tropical plants which flourish closest to the equator are among those most at risk from climate breakdown, with the warming world expected to eventually become too hot for some species to germinate.

“This process could happen within just 50 years, according to researchers from the University of New South Wales.”


Sixty per cent of studied fish species will be unable to survive in their current ranges by 2100 if climate warming reaches a worst-case scenario of 4-5C (7.2-9F) above pre-industrial temperatures, researchers have found.

“In a study of nearly 700 fresh and saltwater fish species, researchers examined how warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk.”


This year has been sobering and life-altering for reasons that have little to do with weather, but the weather has also been bizarre in many ways.

“Strange heat, early-season tropical anomalies, late-season snow and severe weather that either repeatedly hammered an area or was largely absent from a typically prone alley are among the oddities that make our top 20 list for the weirdest weather events we’ve seen so far in 2020.”


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