5th May 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Ice on Fire: first wildfires are registered around the world’s Pole of Cold in Yakutia [Siberia]The first was registered as unusually early as 29th April by the settlement of Teryut, a short distance north from Oymyakon.

“Sentinel-2 satellite caught sight of frozen Indigirka River, snow-covered mountains, and ominous dark-orange dots scattered along the valleys…

This kind of fire – most often in peat, or young coal, or a mixture of both – is often described as a ‘zombie fire’.

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/ice-on-fire-first-wildfires-are-registered-around-the-worlds-pole-of-cold-in-yakutia/


Scientists fear more lung cancer as radon is released from thawing permafrost.

“Massive amounts of uranium are stored in high concentrations underground throughout the Arctic zone… as permafrost thaws, the radioactive gas seeps out from underground and is released into the atmosphere.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2021/05/scientists-fear-more-lung-cancer-radon-released-thawing-permafrost


Large wildfires have broken out on heathland in Dorset [UK]. More than 90 firefighters dealt with a blaze at Boveridge Heath, Verwood, which started just after 14:50 BST on Monday…

“A major fire devastated 220 hectares (550 acres) of Wareham Forest last May.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-56977310


April was a month to remember [UK]. It was so cold that frosts were widespread, and they were so frequent that a record was set for the most in April for at least 60 years.

“There was an average of 22 days of ground frost instead of the normal 12 days, more typical of winter than spring, and it has set back the growing season by about two weeks, which is especially hard on vineyard and fruit-tree growers.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brilliant-april-leaves-a-crop-of-problems-3cztg52tb


Melting ice reveals first world war relics in Italian Alps

The effects of climate change are visible all across the Italian Alps. Forni, one of Italy’s largest valley glaciers, has retreated 800 metres within the past 30 years and 1.2 miles (2km) over the past century.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/04/melting-ice-reveals-first-world-war-relics-in-italian-alps


“Late warm spells in Southern Hemisphere. South Africa:

On 3rd May Cape Town set a new record of highest temp. in May in the Airport with 33.6C [92.5F], Table Bay in the city center rose to 35.5C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1389348148938776584


Drought refugees numbering in excess of 10 000 have swarmed into northern areas of Namibia… from Huíla, Cunene, Namibe, and Cuando Cubango provinces in Angola.

“Namibian Ambassador to Angola, Patrick Nandago, said that the people from these provinces have sought refuge in Namibia as a result of the reigning drought.”

https://informante.web.na/?p=303812


Farmers in Syria’s Kobane struggle with drought

““There was no rainfall. The land has dried up. There was no rain. We do not have products to harvest. We were forced to let the sheep eat them,” Muslim Ali, a farmer from Kobane said on Sunday.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/04052021


Deadly flash floods devastate Yemen’s historic Tarim city.

“Four people have died in flash floods as a result of heavy rains in Yemen’s Tarim. The city, located in the central province of Hadramawt, is best known for its mud-brick structures and more than 360 mosques — including Al-Mehdar, which has the tallest minaret in the country.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/deadly-flash-floods-devastate-yemens-161420135.html


A New Crisis Awaits Iran: Desertification

“The intensification of the drought in the country coincided with the consolidation of water transfer policies by the heads of the last four governments, which has led to the desertification of many parts of the country’s soil.”

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/general/a-new-crisis-awaits-iran-desertification/


12 dead in flash floods in western Afghanistan. Flash floods caused by heavy rains have caused the death of 12 people, including four children, in the western Afghan province of Herat…

“…hundreds of domesticated animals of the villagers also perished in the floods while hundreds of acres of agricultural land and orchards of the poor farmers were also destroyed…”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/12-dead-in-flash-floods-in-western-afghanistan/


Heavy rainfall causes flooding, that makes waterfalls out of streets in Yanhe Tuoja Autonomous County, Guizhou, China. May 3rd 2021.”

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn15mfQ1JBo&t=37s


Chinese banks accused of funding deforestation around world.

“Chinese banks are the second largest financers of commodities implicated in tropical rainforest deforestation, according to research that casts doubt on Beijing’s ambitions to be a global leader in the fight against climate change.”

https://www.ft.com/content/887e640b-8d0a-4c0b-86e4-62176d27d29d


Urgent responses to climate change in the Mekong river are required

The situation is exacerbated by the effects of climate change including drought, flood, and sea level rise. Starting with drought, both 2019 and 2020, water level in the Mekong River experienced severe drought at records low.”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50850757/urgent-responses-to-climate-change-in-the-mekong-river-are-required/


Taiwan Drought Highlights Water Stress as Growing Environmental Risk.

Taiwan’s extended drought indicates how water stress and changing precipitation patterns could emerge as financial risks across value chains, and the stark choice governments may have to make in rationing water between households and industry… Fitch expects climate change to make these challenges more common and difficult globally over time.”

https://www.fitchratings.com/research/corporate-finance/taiwan-drought-highlights-water-stress-as-growing-environmental-risk-04-05-2021


After a near-record wet March in the south-east, we’ve just had a near-record dry April [NSW, Australia].

“New South Wales has just experienced one of its driest Aprils on record, after wading through its second-wettest March since records began in 1900, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-05/after-a-near-record-wet-march-in-the-southeast/100115070


Millions of bees killed from ongoing effects of New South Wales floods

“Initially, floodwaters were responsible for destroying several beehives on the property, but prolonged rainfall in the region had far more devastating effects.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-05/lost-millions-of-bees-apiarists-devastated-post-floods/100114468


Summer may have ended, but April was still much warmer and much drier than normal throughout New Zealand.

Thirty-four locations had near-record or record high maximum temperatures in April, NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino told Morning Report.”

https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/267898-april-temperatures-near-record-highs-through-nz.html


“New month, old habit.

Once again, Northern Marianas beat its monthly record of the highest temperature with 93F-33.9C on 2 May tying the record set in May 2011,few days after beating the April record and after the February and March records.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1389135137007304705


Forest fires drive expansion of savannas in the heart of the Amazon.

“Researchers analyzed the effects of wildfires on plant cover and soil quality in the last 40 years. The findings of the study show that the forest is highly vulnerable even in well-conserved areas far from the ‘deforestation arc’.”

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/fda-ffd050421.php


Flood in Manaus [Brazil] destroys center for Venezuelan immigrants and leaves five injured.

“With above average rains this year, the city is preparing for the biggest flood ever recorded.”

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2021/05/enxurrada-em-manaus-destroi-centro-para-imigrantes-venezuelanos-e-deixa-cinco-feridos.shtml


Corn Tops $7 a Bushel for First Time Since 2013 on Supply Worry

Dryness is hampering Brazil’s key second-crop corn, and rain in the coming week will fail to reach some key growing areas, according to Somar. That could further hurt yields…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-04/corn-tops-7-a-bushel-for-first-time-since-2013-on-supply-worry


“Widespread Drought in Mexico… Mexico is approaching one of its worst widespread droughts on record

Agriculture analysts project some crop production to suffer, such as white corn in Sinaloa (Mexico’s largest corn producer).”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148270/widespread-drought-in-mexico


Climate change: Chilling signs as severe drought sees California reservoirs drop to alarming levels

“A stolen car has just been recovered from a reservoir in Marin County in California, 25 years after it was dumped there. They only spotted it because the water level has dropped so low…”

https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-in-action-severe-drought-sees-california-reservoirs-drop-to-alarming-levels-12296855


US south braced for more severe weather after tornadoes and hailstorms… The American south is still reeling

“Following reports of tornadoes, hail and severe storms, more than 90,000 people in states such as Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were without power as of late Tuesday morning.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/04/us-south-severe-weather-tornadoes-hailstorms


Hail is so strong it breaks through roof of Walmart store. Storms that pummelled Texas and Oklahoma could cost $3.5bn in damages.

“Shoppers were forced to find cover when a powerful storm saw hail break through the roof of an Oklahoma Walmart store.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hail-walmart-storm-roof-oklahoma-b1842053.html


North Dakota experiences extreme increase in wildfires, acres burned.

“North Dakota is weathering wildfires burning acreage at an alarming rate, and because fires have ignited throughout the state since January and drought conditions continue to worsen, North Dakota’s “fire season” could very well be prolonged into a “fire year.””

https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/fires/7012609-North-Dakota-experiences-extreme-increase-in-wildfires-acres-burned


New US weather data shows ‘obvious’ effects of climate change.

“NOAA report on ‘new normals’ in climate over the past decade shows a hotter US, thanks to climate change.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/4/us-weather-report-shows-obvious-impact-of-climate-change


Receding glaciers causing rivers to suddenly disappear.

“As glaciers around the world recede rapidly owing to global warming, some communities are facing a new problem: the sudden disappearance of their rivers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/03/receding-glaciers-causing-rivers-to-suddenly-disappear


Why Extreme Heat Might Cancel Your Flight …and climate change may only make the problem worse.

“…as high temperatures thin the atmosphere, oxygen molecules spread farther apart from one another. With fewer air molecules pushing back beneath the wings of the plane, the air fails to generate enough force for takeoff.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/why-extreme-heat-might-cancel-your-flight


Pesticides Threaten the ‘Foundations of the Web of Life,’ New Soil Study Warns.

“A study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science bolsters alarm about the role that agricultural pesticides play in what scientists have dubbed the “bugpocalypse”…”

https://www.ecowatch.com/pesticides-hazard-soil-health-2652876678.html


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3rd May 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

China storm: Eleven dead and thousands evacuated after massive thunderstorm hits Nantong. The city of Nantong, near Shanghai, was one of the worst hit areas, with trees and buildings blown over in winds up to 100mph

“Nantong is about 60 miles away from Shanghai, on the other side of the Yangtze delta.”

https://news.sky.com/story/eleven-dead-and-thousands-evacuated-after-massive-thunderstorm-hits-chinas-east-coast-12292107


Trail of damage in Shizuoka [Japan] after rare tornado hits.

“A tornado slammed into Shizuoka Prefecture on the night of May 1 stripping homes of roof tiles, knocking down utility poles and leaving three people injured, local authorities said.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14341813


Prolonged drought in Taiwan has affected the lychee harvest and may bring down production to less than 10 percent

“The lack of rain as well as raging leaf-blotch miners prevented blooming trees from bearing fruit. But when the trees bore fruit, they all fell off.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9316934/drought-reduces-taiwan-lychee-production-to-10-in-worst-case/


Sydney was enveloped in a thick bank of hazardous bush fire smoke Monday (May 3), forcing authorities in Australia’s largest city to scale back controlled forest burning nearby.

“Ferries were cancelled and the city’s five million residents were told to stay indoors if necessary, as air pollution levels spiked.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/controlled-bush-fire-cloaks-sydney-in-hazardous-smoke


Corn hits 8-year high as Brazil drought lifts supply concerns.

“U.S. corn futures rose more than 3% on Monday to hit their highest in more than eight years as a drought in southern Brazil exacerbated worries about global supply.”

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/grains-corn-hits-8-year-high-as-brazil-drought-lifts-supply-concerns-2021-05-02


Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years

The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past decade than it absorbed, according to a startling report that shows humanity can no longer depend on the world’s largest tropical forest to help absorb manmade carbon pollution.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/brazilian-amazon-released-more-carbon-than-it-absorbed-over-past-10-years


Heat wave exceeds 40 degrees C [104F] in Yucatan.

The highest ranges in the last days were in Tekax and Tzucacab to the South with 42.8 [109F]; Tizimín and Chemax to the East with 41.8, and Puerto Progreso with 41 degrees.”

https://noticieros.televisa.com/ultimas-noticias/ola-de-calor-supera-40-grados-yucatan/


San Antonio’s 4-day rain total nearly equals 4-month norm.

“Matthew Brady, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said San Antonio [Texas] has received 7.13 inches of rain at its official site at the San Antonio International Airport, since Wednesday.”

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Band-of-strong-thunderstorms-could-bring-flash-16144263.php


‘Gargantuan’ hailstone that fell Wednesday may claim new Texas record. Everything’s bigger in Texas. Apparently that extends to hail, including one stone that may have been more than a half-foot wide.

“It fell amid a barrage of prolific hailstorms that incurred potentially billions of dollars in damages across Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and areas west of San Antonio…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/05/01/texas-hailstone-state-record/


More than 20 million genetically modified mosquitoes are coming to the Florida Keys this year, in a landmark project by British biotech company Oxitec and Monroe County’s Mosquito Control District.

“This mosquito control method hasn’t been used in the U.S. before. It’s a pilot program and the first trial began over the past week.”

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article251031419.html


California’s wildfire season is expanding as the wet season becomes compressed

“The greatest risk for wildfires comes between August and November… But in recent years, that dry season has been swelling, the threat of fires lingering when winter rains are delayed.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/05/02/california-wildfire-season-growing/


‘Beyond depressing’: What happened to Phoenix Lake? A favorite Bay Area spot is barely there

“In recent weeks, the reservoir has lost some of its beauty with the water dropping to a historically low level. The site of the dwindling lake — with its edges dry, crack and exposed — is alarming many residents and visitors.”

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/2021-04-Phoenix-Lake-Ross-Marin-drought-water-low-16138892.php


‘It’s like a rotting carcass of its former self’: funeral for an Oregon glacier

“The funeral, a stunt held by worried glacier researchers on the steps of the state capitol in Salem, illustrated how the climate crisis is rapidly gnawing away at the majestic icepacks that used to throng the mountains of the northwestern US, potentially posing a threat to the region’s water supplies.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/02/its-like-a-rotting-carcass-of-its-former-self-funeral-for-an-oregon-glacier


April 2021 now holds the record for the driest April in Oregon history.

“Meteorologists from the National Weather Service recorded a rainfall total of 0.39 of an inch at the Portland International Airport for the whole month. That number shatters a record previously held from 1956…”

https://katu.com/news/local/portland-breaks-record-for-driest-april-yet-as-fire-season-looms


April 22 landslide in northern Quebec second largest in 150 years, say experts

“Over 45 million cubic metres of debris ended up in Great Whale River… The landslide measures 1.8 kilometres long and 500 metres wide across the riverbank.”

https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/04/30/april-22-landslide-in-northern-quebec-second-largest-in-150-years-say-experts/


Scotland’s Weather: April was sunniest on record – but also one of the coldest, says Met Office.

Last month saw Scotland breaking its sunshine record for the second consecutive year with 211.5 hours, according to provisional Met Office figures.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scotlands-weather-april-was-sunniest-on-record-but-also-one-of-the-coldest-says-met-office-3221747


The recent serious gorse and heather fire in the Mournes [Ireland] should focus our minds on climate change and the risk wildfires pose to our peatlands and uplands…

“Climate change predictions are for warmer, drier conditions which will lead to stronger, less predictable winds and more drying up of the soil surface.”

https://www.farminglife.com/country-and-farming/peatland-the-fire-risk-3221023


The climate crisis could be behind French vineyard devastation… By the end of France’s big freeze, at least one-third of this year’s wine harvest and many other crops were lost, in what by some estimates was the country’s worst agricultural disaster of the century…

Drastic temperature fluctuations and erratic weather patterns may have a lasting impact on French wines…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/french-vineyards-frost-climate-b1838269.html


2nd May was another exceptionally hot day in Greece with its earliest 38C in history: 38.1C [106.5F] at Plora, Crete Island.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1388928485696188421


Another amazing record in Greece. The station of Zymbragou (NOA-Univ. of Athens official station) in Crete didn’t drop below +29.4C [84.9F] on 2 May.

“This is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in spring in Europe.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1388960725960466433


Eastern Cape drought: Nelson Mandela Bay’s dying dams.

“The two major dams for the Eastern Cape’s biggest metro, Nelson Mandela Bay, are running dry and with no major rain forecast, the city is facing an unprecedented water crisis.”

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-05-02-eastern-cape-drought-nelson-mandela-bays-dying-dams/


Burundi: Floods from rising Lake Tanganyika affect 8000 families… it appears that the number of people affected could most probably rise as flooded houses continue to collapse.

“The lake’s levels have been slowly rising since February 2021 and stood at 776.45 metres above sea level as of April 19 — as on that night, torrential rains caused the banks of the Ruzizi River to overflow.”

https://www.africanews.com/2021/05/02/burundi-floods-from-rising-lake-tanganyika-affect-8000-families/


Floods swept through parts of Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 13 people dead, including two children, security officials said Saturday.

“Last year, flooding in Yemen left dozens dead and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.” Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_0FS7RPBrk


Epidemics of Tree-Destroying Diseases Are On the Rise

“With wildfires growing fiercer and more frequent and world leaders vowing to plant trillions of trees to help restore nature and tackle the climate emergency, there’s an urgent need to find ways to fight future epidemics.”

https://science.thewire.in/the-sciences/epidemics-of-tree-destroying-diseases-are-on-the-rise/


An increasing number of people are being threatened by flooding caused by glacial lakes bursting, scientists have warned.

“As the planet warms and glaciers recede, meltwater accumulates and forms lakes, often as a result of ice or moraine acting as a dam. Since 1990, the volume, area and number of these glacial lakes has increased by 50% globally.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/02/glacial-lakes-threaten-millions-with-floods-as-planet-heats-up


Permafrost could release much more carbon than expected

““The stability of the last 400,000 years may actually work against us, in that it has allowed carbon to steadily accumulate in permafrost over this time,” said study co-author Professor David McGee.”

https://www.earth.com/news/permafrost-could-release-much-more-carbon-than-expected/


Sea Level Rise From Antarctic Melt Could Be 30% Higher Than We Thought… The Antarctic ice sheet contains a global disaster waiting to happen…

“…water currently locked in the form of Antarctic ice will melt into the oceans, raising sea levels to a point that will have a significant impact on coastal communities, even in the next few decades.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/sea-level-rise-from-antarctica-melt-could-be-30-percent-higher-than-we-thought


‘Impossible to adapt’: Surprisingly fast ice-melts in past raise fears about sea level rise.

“Studies of ancient beaches and fossilised coral reefs suggest sea levels have the potential to rise far more quickly than models currently predict, according to geologists who have been studying past periods of warming.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-impossible-surprisingly-fast-ice-melts-sea.html


Unrest from World’s Largest Volcano Prompts Alert from Local Authorities… ongoing unrest at the world’s largest volcano has prompted local authorities to remind residents and visitors to prepare for the eventual eruption…

Mauna Loa has seen an uptick in activity, including 175 small-magnitude earthquakes below Mauna Loa in the last week alone.”

https://weatherboy.com/unrest-from-worlds-largest-volcano-prompts-alert-from-local-authorities/


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30th April 2021 Today’s Round-up of Climate News

Europe shatters record for hottest April night. The station of Falasarna near Chania in the island of Crete didn’t drop below 30.7C [87.3F] during the night.

“Temperatures have been nearly 34-35C from midnight to after 2am. By far the warmest night ever recorded in April in European history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1387706758672658434


A heatwave is expected to hit Greece over the [Greek Orthodox] Easter holiday, with temperatures peaking at an incredible 38°C (100°F) on Sunday in some parts of the country.

“Although the weather in the country is generally warm at this time, temperatures in April are very rarely this high, with the past ten days of well above 20°C (68°F) temps having already broken records.”

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/30/heatwave-blaze-greece-easter/


Ivory Coast sounds alarm over plunging elephant population.

“Elephants face extinction in Ivory Coast where they are a national emblem, with numbers decreasing by half in the past 30 years, the country’s water and foresty ministry said Wednesday.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ivory-coast-alarm-plunging-elephant.html


Critically endangered blue whale washes up in Walvis Bay [Namibia].

“The carcass of a critically endangered Antarctic blue whale that washed up in Walvis Bay this week is the first-ever recorded stranding of this species in Namibia, South Africa and probably on the continent since the end of commercial whaling in 1985″

https://mg.co.za/environment/2021-04-29-critically-endangered-blue-whale-washes-up-in-walvis-bay/


UN warns of famine in drought-ravaged southern Madagascar. Persistent drought in southern Madagascar has left hundreds of thousands of people on the brink of famine…

“Ministry of Health data revealed that 16.5 percent of children under five now suffer from acute malnutrition, almost double the proportion four months ago, the agency said.”

https://www.macaubusiness.com/un-warns-of-famine-in-drought-ravaged-southern-madagascar/


Qatar expands fish farming as climate change affects sea stocks.

“Qatar plans to expand fish farming to meet growing demand for fresh fish in local markets and maintain stocks in offshore Gulf waters in the face of devastating climate change.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/qatar-expands-fish-farming-climate-change-affects-sea-stocks-2021-04-29/


Central Asia Heatwave: 29th April saw a new national monthly record of highest temperature in Tajikistan with 37.9C [100.2F] at Isambaj. (previous 37.5C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1387840126156525573


Heat Wave Continues In Odisha [India]: 7 Places Record More Than 42 Degree Celsius [107.6F].

“Bhubaneswar: Boudh has recorded the highest temperature of the day as 7 places witnessed temperature of 42 degrees Celsius or above in Odisha on Wednesday. The Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar informed that Boudh sizzled at Boudh 43.2 degrees Celsius [109.8F].

https://kalingatv.com/state/heat-wave-continues-in-odisha-7-places-record-more-than-42-degree-celsius/


Understanding Chennai summers: Where did the sea breeze go?

“On March 30th, the Meenambakkam weather station in Chennai recorded a high of 41.3 degree C, beating the all-time record for the hottest day in March in the city… cases of rising temperatures and overall heat stress have been shooting up at an alarming rate over the recent years, raising concerns over global warming…”

https://chennai.citizenmatters.in/explainer-on-chennai-summers-sea-breeze-urban-heat-island-27577


Watching a coral reef die as climate change devastates one of the most pristine tropical island areas on Earth… The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth…

“But it can’t be protected from climate change.”

https://theconversation.com/watching-a-coral-reef-die-as-climate-change-devastates-one-of-the-most-pristine-tropical-island-areas-on-earth-159792


The state of China’s climate in 2020: Warmer and wetter again.

“”Against the background of global warming, extreme weather and climate events occur more frequently and have wide influence on society and economies.””

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/ioap-tso042721.php


Heavy floods forecast in [China’s] major river basins.

“China is expected to experience heavy flooding in some of its major river basins during flood season as this year’s climate conditions are worse than normal, the China Meteorological Administration said.”

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/29/WS608a0832a31024ad0babb20c.html


Auckland drought: Water restrictions to remain until at least August.

“Record-breaking dry summers took Auckland’s water storage lakes down to just 42 per cent in May 2020, prompting unprecedented restrictions, and a $224 million plan to fast-track additional water sources.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/124970729/auckland-drought-water-restrictions-to-remain-until-at-least-august


The big melt: New Zealand’s glaciers losing 1.5m of thickness each year

“Vargo said as of the late 70s there were about 3100 glaciers across the country, with almost all of them in the South Island. But in a 2016 aerial survey, they found just 2900.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/124971465/the-big-melt-new-zealands-glaciers-losing-15m-of-thickness-each-year


World will lose 10% of glacier ice even if it hits climate targets.

“A tenth of the world’s mountain glacier ice will have melted by the middle of this century even if humanity meets the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to figures compiled exclusively for the Guardian.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/29/world-lose-glacier-ice-climate-targets


Warming seas brought an eerie calm to a stormy region. In July 2020, the Western North Pacific was hit by a record-breaking number of typhoons: zero.

“Unusually balmy Indian Ocean temperatures were a major reason for the total lack of Pacific typhoons in July 2020 — an unprecedented absence in 55 years of record-keeping.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01145-1


Amazon River flood hits record in Parintins and Nhamundá [Brazil] also decrees emergency situation.

“The inhabitants of the floodplain area are the most affected, 1,291 families are directly affected by the rising water levels, adding up to 5,108 people who go through difficult situations…”

https://www.portaltucuma.com.br/cheia-do-rio-amazonas-bate-recorde-em-parintins-e-nhamunda-tambem-decreta-situacao-de-emergencia/


Storm causes structure over Aztec ruins to collapse in Mexico City.

“A roof that partly protected one of Mexico’s most important ancient sites collapsed under the weight of a major rain and hail storm late on Wednesday, causing minor damage to the ornate temple complex that once hosted the Aztec empire’s elite warriors.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/storm-causes-structure-over-aztec-ruins-collapse-mexico-city-2021-04-29/


Huge Hail Pummels [US] Southern Plains, Shattering Windows And Totaling Cars.

“Thousands of people in Texas and Oklahoma woke up Thursday to survey the damage left behind by significant hailstorms that slammed heavily populated areas on Wednesday night”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2021/04/29/huge-hail-pummels-southern-plains-shattering-windows-and-totaling-cars/?sh=2cc736c2cc45


From dust bowl to California drought: a climate scientist on the lessons we still haven’t learned

““These are not accidental, strange dry periods,” said Peter Gleick, the co-founder of the Pacific Institute, a global thinktank that has become a leading voice on water issues in California and around the world. “They’re increasingly the norm.””

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/29/california-drought-climate-dust-bowl


World’s largest firefighting plane grounded as the West braces for another destructive wildfire season.

“Amid a drought in the West and warnings of another potentially destructive wildfire season ahead, the owners of the world’s largest firefighting air tanker have grounded the massive aircraft, saying it’s just not turning a profit.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/28/weather/global-supertanker-wildfire-grounded-trnd-scn-wx/index.html


Flooding and mudslides add to St. Vincent’s volcano woes.

“Heavy rains have poured down on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, causing flooding and mudslides that damaged some homes and further battered areas already burdened by heavy ashfall from eruptions of La Soufriere volcano.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/flooding-and-mudslides-add-to-st-vincents-volcano-woes-caribbean-b1839984.html


Noctilucent Clouds Light Up Northern Germany. A shift in the tropopause jet may have triggered the unusual number of high-altitude clouds that briefly appeared in the early summer of 2019…

““Noctilucent clouds are highly sensitive to temperature and are an interesting tracer for what is going on in the upper mesosphere,” said Michael Gerding…”

https://eos.org/articles/noctilucent-clouds-light-up-northern-germany


Eureka and Grise Fiord in Nunavut, Arctic Canada recorded their hottest April temperature ever.

“POR since 1948 in Eureka and 1986 in Grise Fiord, where the temperature reached 3.4C [38.1F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1387546266427662344


Northern forest fires could accelerate climate change.

“BU researchers used NASA satellite imaging data to analyze 30 years of Earth’s northern forests…

“They found that fires are increasingly hampering forests’ ability to capture and store atmospheric carbon.”

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/bu-nff042921.php


Arctic biodiversity at risk as world overshoots climate planetary boundary.

“The Arctic Ocean biome is changing rapidly, warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. In turn, multiyear sea ice is thinning and shrinking, upsetting the system’s natural equilibrium.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/04/arctic-biodiversity-at-risk-as-world-overshoots-climate-planetary-boundary/


Melting of ice sheets rapidly increase methane in environment, study affirms.

“Melting of the Arctic ice sheets caused rapid methane release from the ocean floor during the last two deglaciations, according to a new study led by scientists at The University of Tromso – The Arctic University of Norway.”

https://www.aninews.in/news/science/melting-of-ice-sheets-rapidly-increase-methane-in-environment-study-affirms20210430084104/


Even Closed Oil Wells Are Still Spewing Methane Into The Air, Scientists Warn.

“Abandoned wells, hundreds of thousands of which are thought to be undocumented, are estimated to spew vast amounts of heat-trapping methane emissions into the atmosphere, far exceeding the projections of environmental authorities such as the US EPA.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/dormant-oil-wells-are-spewing-methane-into-the-atmosphere-scientists-warn


La Nina Gives a Turbocharge Boost to Already High Food Prices [except it’s not just La Nina, as “natural” weather phenomena now have an anthropogenic twist].

The prospect of a U.S. drought — and difficult weather almost everywhere else — has prices soaring.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-04-29/la-nina-is-pushing-up-food-prices-and-making-inflation-fears-worse


Cities around the world are responding to the threat from rising temperatures by hiring “chief heat officers” to address a problem that will be accentuated by climate change.”

[For anyone familiar with Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” books, this immediately made me think of the Golgafrinchams, who operate under the delusion that bureaucracy is the cure for all ills.]

https://www.ft.com/content/15d8f258-1926-4e13-9b0d-23e7b08cd8b1


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28th April 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The ‘heat bombs’ destroying Arctic sea ice.

“A team led by physical oceanographers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and including Bangor University scientist, shows in a new study how plumes of warm water are flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the Pacific Ocean and accelerating sea ice melt from below.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-arctic-sea-ice.html


Ten months after giant Arctic spill, inspectors fear more accidents at Nornickel’s oil tank farms

“An unannounced control mission conducted at the Taymyr Energy Company and the Norilsktransgaz has raised the concern about possible more accidents at the far northern oil facilities operated by mining and metallurgy company Nornickel.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2021/04/ten-months-after-giant-arctic-spill-inspectors-fear-more-accidents-nornickels


Wildfire Smoke Blankets Russia’s Third-Largest City

“Novosibirsk, Russia’s third most populous city is under a blanket of smoke caused by wildfires in Omsk and Novosibirsk region. Residents say it’s incredibly unpleasant to be outside, with throat and head aching after minutes spent outdoors.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/04/27/wildfire-smoke-blankets-russias-third-largest-city-a73750


A harsh heat wave kicks off in Central Asia.

“Today 27 April temperatures reached 39.8C [103.6F] at Saragt in Turkmenistan, 37.2C at Kungrad in Uzbekistan, 36.6C at Kazalinsk in Kazakhstan (April record trounced) and 35.6C at Isambaj in Tajikistan.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1387070824985866240


Hundreds of deer have lost their feeding grounds in the wildfires that swept through Killarney National Park [Ireland].

“The cause of the blaze, which destroyed up to 3,000 hectares of heath and mountain, is still under investigation, with gardaí saying they are keeping an open mind.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40275974.html


Driest and frostiest April on record so far for UK as gardeners warned fruit crop will be damaged

“The Met Office said just 4.7mm of rainfall had fallen in England since the start of the month. The driest on record is 1938, when there was just 6.7mm of rain.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/04/27/driest-frostiest-april-record-far-gardeners-warned-fruit-crop/


Thousands of households in Burundi are stranded as the Lake Tanganyika water levels rise to heights never seen before in 57 years

“After a series of floods, this stands above the surface level of parts of the capital city of Bujumbura and of some coastal localities.”

https://www.cajnewsafrica.com/2021/04/27/tanganyika-bursting-at-the-seams-after-burundi-floods/


Freak weather brings flooding and hail in Makkah but Saudis remain upbeat

“Videos shared from Makkah showed cars submerged as water flowed down a heavily flooded street. Those performing tawaf at the city’s Grand Mosque were caught in a hail storm.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf/saudi-arabia/freak-weather-brings-flooding-and-hail-in-makkah-but-saudis-remain-upbeat-1.1212303


Climate Change Is Pushing A Surge In Forest Fires In India.

“Forest fires are raging in India — a fire that began in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand in October 2020 is still burning in April 2021.”

https://www.tntribune.com/climate-change-is-pushing-a-surge-in-forest-fires-in-india/


Air pollution: Asia’s deadliest public health crisis is not Covid

“Thailand’s verdant north, free of both industry and tourists, has somehow found itself at the epicentre of a global crisis… For at least the past 15 years… Chiang Mai Province has endured days with the highest PM2.5 readings in the world.”

https://www.ft.com/content/5ddf16c4-fc4a-4f0d-adae-7ac32c358bfa


Deforestation ramps up in Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary… The forests of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary boast a plethora of wildlife – including several endangered and recently described species.

“But the habitat these animals depend on is disappearing, with 32% of Keo Seima’s primary forest cleared over past 20 years.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/04/deforestation-ramps-up-in-cambodias-keo-seima-wildlife-sanctuary/


Melting glaciers threaten China’s plan to build world’s biggest hydroelectric dam in Tibet. A landslide in 2018 has created an icy problem in the Yarlung Tsangpo, the proposed site of a hydropower plant.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3131321/melting-glaciers-threaten-chinas-plan-build-worlds-biggest


Rapid retreat of glaciers leading world towards humanitarian crisis: Around 70 per cent of Earth’s freshwater is stored in glaciers… But rising global temperatures are causing these icy rivers to quickly melt away, said Prof Jemma Wadham,…

“”The rapid loss of glacial ice poses a particularly high risk in developing regions where many millions depend on glaciers for drinking water, said Prof Wadham…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/glaciers-retreat-humanitarian-crisis-b1837772.html


Brazilian power sector under strain amid record low rainfall

“Brazilian power sector regulator Aneel may have to activate its red flag tariff system in May, as water reservoirs at local hydroelectric power plants have fallen to historic lows, according to specialists.”

https://www.bnamericas.com/en/features/brazilian-power-sector-under-strain-amid-record-low-rainfall


Solimões River [Amazonia] is in severe flooding

“The heavy rains that have occurred since the end of 2020 in the North Region… the Solimões River, at the measurement point in the city of Manacapuru in the state of Amazonas, has exceeded the severe flood level of 19.6m since Monday (26). This Wednesday the river level is 19.7m.”

https://www.climatempo.com.br/noticia/2021/04/28/rio-solimoes-esta-em-inundacao-severa-9395


Drought, High Temps Damaging New Mexico’s Forests and Creating Risk For Catastrophic Wildfires… The number of damaged forest acres increased 9% in 2020

Bark beetles are killing thousands of trees, many made more vulnerable because of drought.”

https://weather.com/science/environment/news/2021-04-26-new-mexico-drought-impact-on-state-forests


Severe drought spells catastrophe for California’s salmon populations

“Water temperatures greater than 56F have proven to be fatal for salmon eggs… As calculated through the end of May, the Bureau of Reclamation estimates up to $7 million dollars in losses from the sale of electricity.”

http://www.sierranevadaally.org/2021/04/27/severe-drought-spells-catastrophe-for-california-salmon-populations/


Drought-hit California moves to halt Nestlé from taking millions of gallons of water

“California water officials have moved to stop Nestlé from siphoning millions of gallons of water out of California’s San Bernardino forest, which it bottles and sells as Arrowhead brand water, as drought conditions worsen across the state.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/27/california-nestle-water-san-bernardino-forest-drought


Unprecedented combination of weather and drought conditions fueled Oregon’s September wildfires.

“An unprecedented combination of strong easterly winds and low humidity coupled with prolonged drought conditions drove the spread of catastrophic wildfires in the Oregon Cascades last September, a new study has found.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-unprecedented-combination-weather-drought-conditions.html


Near Record Heat Fuels Severe Storms [for the US] This Week… Severe thunderstorms return to the Plains on Tuesday as a dramatic temperature swing brings potentially record-breaking, summerlike heat to the eastern United States this week.

“The weather pattern will evolve as the jet stream dips across the West…”

https://www.ntd.com/near-record-heat-fuels-severe-storms-this-week_603897.html


U.S. counts record-matching total of avalanche fatalities

“In a pandemic year that has already forced confrontation with mortality, a notably high number of people died in the backcountry this season, matching the modern record of 36 set during the 2009-2010 winter season. And winter in the mountains isn’t over.

https://www.explorebigsky.com/u-s-counts-record-matching-total-of-avalanche-fatalities/38303


New research shows continued habitat loss will drive caribou to extinction in B.C

“The study shows that caribou have lost twice as much habitat as they’ve gained over the past 12 years. Research shows that logging, road building, forest fires and climate change are the main factors driving the increased rate of habitat loss.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/caribou-population-at-risk-1.6004413


Native Hawaiian bird, kiwikiu at high risk of going extinct. An estimated population of less than 150 individuals exist

““Once we lose them, they’re gone forever,” said Dr. Hanna Mounce of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP).”

https://www.kitv.com/story/43754594/native-hawaiian-bird-kiwikiu-at-high-risk-of-going-extinct


Millions of drinking wells around the world may soon be at risk of running dry. Overpumping, drought and the steady influence of climate change are depleting groundwater resources all over the globe, according to new research.

As much as 20% of the world’s groundwater wells may be facing imminent failure, potentially depriving billions of people of fresh water.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/millions-of-groundwater-wells-could-run-dry/


Climate change: A small green rock’s warning about our future…. “Our findings do confirm that the ice sheet can disappear fairly rapidly…” explained Prof Siddoway.

We read from very detailed records… that the [West Antarctic] ice sheet has collapsed back in a considerable extent, specifically in the middle Pliocene… The climate conditions of the Pliocene are what we are expected to enter. And if warming continues at the rate that it is now, we may stay there.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56904548


Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say

“Changes are happening faster than what was expected and the chance of hitting tipping points in the climate system, which just a decade ago appeared remote and far off, now seems much more likely and more immediate.”

https://www.wbtv.com/2021/04/27/climate-tipping-points-may-have-been-reached-already-experts-say/


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26th April 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

At least 10 people died and eight are still missing after an avalanche occurred near the Indo-China border in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Friday. [You may recall Uttarakhand experienced a far more lethal glacier burst in Feb].

The avalanche occurred after a part of a glacier collapsed beyond Sumna on Sumna-Rimkhim road where labourers were engaged in road construction work.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/uttarakhand-glacier-burst-8-dead-avalanche-amit-shah-assures-help-1794517-2021-04-24


Lack of sufficient rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, between January and March, has caused major losses in the crops sown in winter

Temperature over the Himalayas warming due to climate change, has led to a significant melting and decline in glacier mass over the Himalayan region in the recent decades, say experts.”

https://india.mongabay.com/2021/04/winter-drought-in-himachal-impacts-agriculture-and-drinking-water-supply/


Bangladesh has recorded the highest temperature in seven years as it swelters under a severe heat wave [June is usually the hottest month for Bangladesh]… The mercury rose to 41.2 degrees Celsius [106.2F] in Jashore on Sunday, the highest in the country since 2014…

“Dhaka experienced the hottest day in eight years, with the highest temperature recorded at 39.5 degrees Celsius.”

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2021/04/25/bangladesh-records-highest-temperature-in-7-years-amid-heat-wave


Nearly 2,000 firefighters and civilian volunteers are battling forest fires raging for the fifth day in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

“The fires broke out in the forests of Liangshan Prefecture on Tuesday in Ma’an Village of Mianning County. Strong and unpredictable winds caused the fire to spread rapidly across the region.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-25/Forest-fires-rage-on-for-fifth-day-in-SW-China-s-Sichuan-Province-ZKiKhxUmSA/index.html


A new record of highest temperature in Hong Kong for the month of April was set on 23rd April with 35.6C [96F] at Tai Mei Tuk.

“This beats by a full degree the previous record set at Cheung Chau in 1994.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1386372936651706376


Taiwan’s government has undertaken groundwater drilling in four major areas as an emergency response to the most serious drought on the island for over half a century.

“The drought has been precipitated in part by the fact the island had no typhoons in 2020, the first annual hiatus in 56 years.”

https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202104250012


“Another record in the US Territory of Northern Marianas in the Pacific Ocean:

On 24th April The Saipan Int. AP recorded 93F / 33.9C which is the new April territorial record of highest temperature after tying the old record of 92F (set last year) 3 times.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1386492802956206084


Farmers in parts of West Australia’s Mid West are struggling to seed paddocks strewn with powerlines felled by Cyclone Seroja

“Ferocious winds tore a 150-kilometre-wide, 700km-long path from Kalbarri to Merredin, damaging at least 130 transmission poles, four substations and 80 feeder poles.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/cyclone-seroja-leaves-powerlines-blocking-paddocks/100093378


Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge… At a US-led climate summit, Bolsonaro promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030.

“But the budget signed off on Friday did not include his spending pledge, or additional proposals made by Congress. His government has weakened protections and wants to develop protected areas.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-56847958


Mexico’s drought reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

“Drought conditions now cover 85 percent of Mexico, and residents of the nation’s central region said Thursday that lakes and reservoirs are simply drying up, including the country’s second-largest body of fresh water.”

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/04/24/mexicos-drought-reaches-critical-levels-as-lakes-dry-up/


‘There’s just no water to waste:’ Sonoma and Mendocino counties [California] brace for renewed restrictions as drought deepens.

“Dwindling supplies, looming cuts make region an epicenter for wider state water crisis.”

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/theres-just-no-water-to-waste-sonoma-and-mendocino-counties-brace-for-r/


An Arizona wildfire that’s ‘raging out of control’ prompts evacuation orders for about 200 homes… The blaze, named the Flag Fire, is about 600 acres in size, Mohave County Communications Director Roger Galloway said in a news release Sunday evening.

“Officials in the county issued evacuation orders for residents of Pine Lake, about two hours north of Phoenix.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/25/us/arizona-wildfire-hualapai-mountains-pine-lake-evacuations/index.html


Northern Ireland’s mountains ‘like volcanoes exploding’ as crews battle devastating wildfire

“A huge wildfire on Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains, declared a major incident by the Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), is causing “incredible” damage to the environment.”

https://news.sky.com/story/northern-irelands-mountains-like-volcanoes-exploding-as-crews-battle-devastating-wildfire-12286198


Wildfires ravage Britain on one of driest April’s on record… Hundreds of firefighters across Britain have been fighting serious wildfires across the UK…

“Fire crews have been fighting grass and gorse blazes between Thursday and Saturday in Cornwall, Dorset, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the Lake District, Gwynedd, north Wales and Orkney.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/wildfires-ravage-britain-on-one-of-driest-the-aprils-on-record-972306


Turkey to witness extreme climate changes: Report

Extreme weather incidents have been on the rise in the country for the last two decades. Only in 2019, some 935 extreme natural incidents occurred,” according to a 2020 environmental report by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-witness-extreme-climate-changes-report-164233


Iraq’s Kurdish farmers in anguish as drought kills harvest season

“Kurdish farmers look over their crops with dread. Every day without rainfall is another day when the reality that their agricultural season is prematurely over further sinks in.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-drought-kurdish-farmers-agricultural-season


Siberian fires not an isolated event, EU earth observatory shows

“A new report released this week by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization shows that the tragedy in Siberia was not an isolated event, but part of broader changes affecting global weather.”

https://www.ft.com/content/4fe55cad-3ed2-4203-8742-bb176eb3bd54


“Fighting the feedback loop: why scientists are sounding the alarm on Canada’s melting permafrost.

“Nearly half of Canada’s land mass lies above permafrost. As it thaws, greenhouse gases stored for centuries in the frozen ground are released and once-stable land is susceptible to collapse.”

https://thenarwhal.ca/permafrost-canada-scientists-climate-change/


UN to declare slashing methane emissions more important than previously thought… According to The Times, the report indicates a shift in the global conversation regarding climate change, which has largely focused on reducing carbon dioxide.

“The looming report comes after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that carbon dioxide and methane emissions surged last year, even in the thick of coronavirus shutdowns.”

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/overnights/550196-un-slashing-methane-emissions-more-important-than


From raw sewage to microplastics, our oceans and waterways are becoming more toxic by the day

“About four billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year and around 1.6 billion people – almost a quarter of the world’s population – have problems accessing a clean, safe water supply, according to the United Nations.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/river-pollution-climate-crisis-plastic-b1834316.html


Climate Change Has Shifted the Axis of the Earth. Loss of water on land through ice melting and human-caused factors is changing the movement of the North and South poles.

Glacial melting due to global warming is likely the cause of a shift in the movement of the poles that occurred in the 1990s.”

https://scitechdaily.com/climate-change-has-shifted-the-axis-of-the-earth/


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23rd April 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The death toll from a torrential rainstorm that hit Angola’s capital, Luanda, this week has risen to 24… The hours-long storm pounded the coastal city on Monday, triggering flash floods that brought down buildings and swept away trees and cars.

“At least 2,344 homes were flooded and 60 collapsed, it added, according to AFP news agency. A total of 11,745 people have been affected.

“Four health centres, four bridges and 14 schools were also submerged.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/22/angola-flood-death-toll-rises-to-24-thousands-displaced


A rare tropical cyclone is approaching Tanzania and could become the first cyclone to make landfall in the nation in modern records.

“Tropical Cyclone Jobo, located near Madagascar in the South Indian Ocean, is equivalent to a strong tropical storm with winds just shy of 100 kph (62 mph).”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/22/weather/jobo-forecast-tanzania-tropical-cyclone/index.html


Cameroon’s Mangrove Forests Are Choking on Plastics:

“Rapid urbanization and insufficient waste management are threatening the environmentally and culturally vital Wouri Estuary.”

https://eos.org/features/cameroons-mangrove-forests-are-choking-on-plastics


Brown locusts have survived a long drought in South Africa – here’s how… The Northern Cape and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa recently experienced their longest drought in 100 years…

“The answer lies in the fact that the eggs can survive for several years in the soil with the embryos developing at different rates in response to environmental conditions.”

https://theconversation.com/brown-locusts-have-survived-a-long-drought-in-south-africa-heres-how-158488


As taps run dry, water consumption still too high in drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality [South Africa]

“Executive Mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, said on Tuesday, “Currently our dam levels are sitting at 13.32% which is very worrying. We will be launching a comprehensive communications strategy next week… as the devastating drought situation enters the next phase.””

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/water-consumption-high-in-nelson-mandela-bay/


Somalia braces for record levels of displacement as drought takes hold

““Once again Somalia is facing the prospect of serious drought. Water and pasture resources are depleting every day and resulting in people abandoning their homes with their livestock to search for better conditions…” said Mohamed Abdi, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia.”

https://www.africanews.com/2021/04/21/somalia-braces-for-record-levels-of-displacement-as-drought-takes-hold//


Drought aggravates sinkhole trouble for Turkey’s grain silo… Sinkholes wide enough to swallow a bus dot this drought-stricken breadbasket of the Turkish plains, worrying farmers as they spread and creep closer to residential homes.

“The drought situation is getting worse,” said farmer Tahsin Gündoğdu…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/drought-aggravates-sinkhole-trouble-for-turkeys-grain-silo/news


Gaza poultry farmers incur huge losses during heatwave:

“The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza said on Tuesday that initial estimates indicate that poultry farmers in the besieged enclave have incurred losses of nearly $275,000 due to the heatwave currently affecting the area.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210421-gaza-poultry-farmers-incur-huge-losses-during-heatwave/


Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia from Friday until Tuesday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Thursday

“It also warned that the capital Riyadh, Qassim, the Eastern Province, and Hail will experience moderate to heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1847301/saudi-arabia


42-yr-old rain record in Shimla [India] broken… Shimla received 86 mm of rain [3.39 inches] in the past 24 hours, breaking the 42-year-old record of heavy rainfall in one day in April…

“The thunderstorm disrupted power supply, uprooted trees and blew off roofs of kaccha houses at several places… As many as 179 roads in the state were blocked.”

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/42-yr-old-rain-record-in-shimla-broken-242764


Sydney has shivered through its coldest morning this early in the year in 38 years with temperatures dropping to 9.2C in the city.

“In the suburbs, Camden reached 2.7C this morning while Glen Innes Airport dropped to -3.4C at 5.54am.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-wind-warnings-for-all-states-territories-except-tasmania-storms-for-several-states/52a8d2cd-ff95-4397-ac8d-2879de5aa772


The typhoon that hit my island [Palau] didn’t make the news. This is what the climate crisis looks like

“Palau was hit by Typhoon Surigae last week, but even the typhoons that don’t claim lives or flatten cities are devastating for those who live through them… Luckily we had enough food to allow us to hole up in our house for at least two days.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/23/the-typhoon-that-hit-my-island-didnt-make-the-news-this-is-what-the-climate-crisis-looks-like


Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls

“A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago this week with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other animals on the uninhabited beaches stretching more than 1,300 miles north of Honolulu.”

https://www.krmg.com/news/science/expedition-hauls/MAUVPVMJEXFTNOHZHYKESMSVNU/


Experts say record-breaking ocean temps are hurting local sea life [South California]

“A sobering warning on Earth Day: Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography say record-breaking ocean temperatures and toxin levels are having an extremely harmful effect on marine life.”

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/local-experts-warn-record-breaking-ocean-temperatures-threaten-marine-life/


Climate change is worsening water scarcity in rural Alaska says study

““Inadequate water access has been a persistent issue in more than 200 rural Alaskan communities, whose residents are primarily Alaska Native people,” the study said.”

https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2021/04/21/climate-change-is-worsening-water-scarcity-in-rural-alaska-says-study/


Seattle recorded a record-breaking seven days in a row with temperatures at or above 70 degrees in April. The previous five-day record was originally broken April 20…

“The new record was set April 21, when Seattle hit 71 degrees at 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.king5.com/article/weather/seattle-hits-april-record-of-70-degrees-7-days-in-a-row/281-1d95843e-8e94-43f7-97db-f0d3d84269e9


California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

“The declaration is targeted to Mendocino and Sonoma counties, where drought conditions are especially bad… California, which is now in its second year of drought, is bracing for another devastating wildfire season after a winter with little precipitation.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/california-governor-declares-drought-emergency-counties-77229518


This stunning timelapse shows the megadrought’s toll on the West’s largest reservoir [Lake Mead]

“Just how bad is the drought in the Western US? The shrinking of Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, is a troubling indicator. The massive man-made lake, which straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada, is now only at 39 percent of its full capacity…”

https://www.vox.com/22392710/southwest-water-drought-arizona-nevada-california-colorado-river-lake-mead-climate-change


Juniper tree die-off in Arizona linked to drought, Forest Service says

“Juniper trees are dying in Arizona’s Prescott and Kaibab National forests at an alarming rate, and drought is behind the die-off according to the U.S. Forest Service.”

https://www.azfamily.com/news/juniper-tree-die-off-in-arizona-linked-to-drought-forest-service-says/article_10d17fb2-a2ca-11eb-bd2f-b7691dc0c075.html


Rare April snowfall, record cold engulf central U.S. while sweeping east

“Record lows were set all the way to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning… Snowfall in the Great Lakes area in the last 24 hours peaked at 6-8 inches near Toledo.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/21/record-cold-rare-april-snow/


As of Wednesday morning, Indianapolis recorded 2 inches of snow, breaking the record for most single-day snow this late in April, according to NWS Indianapolis. This is also the only time in April, this late in the year, that the city received more than a trace of snowfall.

“It’s “very, very rare,” said Michael Koch, NWS Indianapolis Senior Meteorologist.

“He noted that it’s also not common to see heavy snow falling before sunset, as it did Tuesday evening.”

https://eu.indystar.com/story/weather/indianapolis/2021/04/21/indianapolis-april-snow-breaks-record/7317048002/


Scientists make it official and declare Ayoloco glacier [on Mexico’s Iztaccíhuatl volcano] dead

“In addition to being ecologically and environmentally important, the Ayoloco glacier had inspired a range of artists. It was extensively photographed, filmed and depicted in artworks, and inspired many Mexican writers.”

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/scientists-officially-declare-ayoloco-glacier-dead/


Corn crop ratings tumble in southern Brazil after unusually dry stretch

“Crop conditions have already plunged in No. 2 producer Parana, which grows 15% of Brazil’s second corn crop. As of Monday, just 62% of the southern state’s corn was in good condition, down from 76% a week earlier and 92% the prior week.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-corn-braun-idUSKBN2C810P


Joe Biden’s billions won’t stop Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest… Bolsonaro’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, is asking for a yearly instalment of $1bn – in return for which, he says, Brazil’s forest clearance would be reduced by between 30% and 40%.

“There are concerns that some of these funds could be channelled to the very land-grabbers who are behind the destruction of the Amazon.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/22/joe-biden-brazil-amazon-rainforest-jair-bolsonaro-deforestation


Heavy rains flood the streets and wreak havoc in cities in the interior of Bahia [Brazil]

“Houses were invaded and streets were washed by water in municipalities in the interior and in the metropolitan region of Salvador.” [videos]

https://g1.globo.com/ba/bahia/noticia/2021/04/21/fortes-chuvas-alagam-ruas-e-causam-estragos-em-cidades-do-interior-da-bahia-videos.ghtml


Subtropical Storm Potira forms off Brazil’s coast

“Storm formation in the southern Atlantic is very rare. Only 15 named tropical systems have developed in the Atlantic south of the equator, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada.”

https://www.nola.com/news/hurricane/article_654c0a92-a2a9-11eb-a994-2bb98d7df8e5.html


Huge wildfire breaks out near Scots army barracks in Highlands… The 18th century fort is a working army barracks around 13 miles from Inverness.

“It comes after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) recently issued a warning over wildfires, with heightened fears due to the dry weather.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/huge-wildfire-breaks-out-near-23956439


Climate change: Poland’s coal pollution dilemma – ‘I need fresh air… but there is no fresh air’… Concentrations of harmful airborne particles, known as PM10 and PM2.5, were higher in Poland than any other European country.

“Air pollution causes a grim litany of health problems, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems.”

https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-polands-coal-pollution-dilemma-i-need-fresh-air-but-there-is-no-fresh-air-12283868


Grey whale spotted off Italian coast leaves experts floundering.

The species normally lives in the Pacific but zoologists wonder whether the Mediterranean sighting means a return to the Atlantic after 300 years.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/grey-whale-spotted-off-italian-coast-could-have-come-from-pacific-78mvkb93f


Arctic sizzled in 2020, the warmest year for Europe too… Europe endured record heat and rainfall last year while temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared off the charts, the European Union’s climate monitoring service reported Thursday.

“The continent in 2020 was nearly half a degree Celsius hotter than the next warmest year…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210422-arctic-sizzled-in-2020-the-warmest-year-for-europe-too


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