2nd March 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Global CO2 emissions have returned to pre-pandemic levels and then some, threatening to put climate treaty targets for capping global warming out of reach, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

“Energy-related emissions were two percent higher in December 2020 than in the same month a year earlier…

“”The rebound in global carbon emissions toward the end of last year is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions worldwide,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said in a statement.”


Pollution is so bad in this Chicago neighborhood, people are on hunger strike to stop it

“Oscar Sanchez’s fight against a scrapyard set to be relocated to his Southeast Chicago neighborhood has taken quite the physical toll. He’s lost about 20 pounds in the past month. He is increasingly unable to sleep, speak, or think clearly.”


Images show flooded Kentucky communities as storms trigger state of emergency:

“Heavy thunderstorms pounded Appalachia, sending rivers out of their banks and leading to multiple water rescues, mudslides, road closures and power outages.”


About 390,000 Texas residents were still under boil water advisories as of midday Monday, almost two weeks after a winter storm slammed large swaths of the South.

“The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) website shows there are 399 active boil water notices in effect on Monday, while 1,780 notices have already been lifted.”


Texas’s largest co-operative power generator filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday as the financial fallout from a winter storm that plunged millions into darkness and sent wholesale electricity prices skyrocketing continued to mount.

“Brazos Electric Power Cooperative — a generation and transmission company that serves co-operatives across the state, many of which serve poorer rural areas — said it faced more than $2.1bn in bills for power it bought at surging prices during the storm.”


Southern California can expect post-wildfire landslides almost every year, a study found.

“Major landslides can be expected every 10 to 13 years. A landslide in 2018 killed 23 people and destroyed or damaged over 400 structures.”


The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported on the weather in Mexico this Monday, in which a high pressure system will bring a heat wave over western, central and southern Mexico and will maintain a hot to very hot environment during the afternoon.

Maximum temperatures of 40 to 45 ° C [113F] are forecast in Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla (southwest), Oaxaca and Chiapas…”


Extreme weather patterns and flooding worsened by climate change are adversely affecting the health of babies born in the Amazon rainforest.

“…babies in riverside communities were more likely to be born premature (before 37 weeks) and underweight following extreme weather like floods and droughts.”


High temps and little rain for much of Argentina until June: The National Meteorological Service (SMN, Argentina) released its quarterly Climate Forecast that begins today, March 1, until May inclusive, where the “drought” conditions that a large part of Buenos Aires currently suffers will extend.

“In detail, and speaking of rainfall, Entre Ríos , south of Santa Fe and the center and east of Buenos Aires will receive lower than normal rains.. a large part of Patagonia will show temperatures above normal…”


After 4:00 p.m. This Sunday, there was a forest fire in the commune of Curacaví [Chile], which – until now – has consumed around 200 hectares… without being controlled yet.

“According to Conaf, the affected area corresponds to a sector known as Fundo Monterrey. In addition, due to weather conditions, the flames would be spreading rapidly…”


27 February was a historic day in the Tierra del Fuego region.

The Zañartu airport of the chilean town of Puerto Williams which claims to be southernmost town in the world recorded 26.1C [79F],its highest temperature on record, 0.1C above the previous record set in December 1984.”


The Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) confirmed that four whales beached in Puerto Williams [Chile]

“The event occurs days after a massive sardine shoal was discovered at the mouth of the Carampangue River, in the Biobío Region. On that occasion, thousands of fish turned up dead.”


The number of endangered North Atlantic right whales remains dangerously low. There are fewer than 366 surviving specimens, according to a new assessment.

“Vessel strikes and entanglements in fishing nets remain the biggest threat to the massive marine mammals, but climate change is leading to rising ocean temperatures that endanger the krill the whales eat to survive.”


With one in six homes across the UK now at risk of regular flooding – a number the Environment Agency says will double by 2050 – more and more people are thinking up innovative ways to make their properties resilient to submersion.

“…the effects of climate change are becoming ever more pronounced. That UK rainfall is set to increase by 59 per cent by 2050. And that, for the time being at least, it is simply not possible to build, engineer or even plant our way out of the predicament.”


The Swiss winter brought wild fluctuations in temperature, unseasonal rainfalls, abundant snow brought on cold fronts from Siberia and even a helping of Saharan sand.

“In general, temperatures were two degrees Celsius higher than the average… In some parts of Switzerland, temperatures fluctuated by more than 30 degrees C [54F] in the space of a week…”


Delhi: February this year second warmest since 1901, says IMD.

“India Meteorological Department (IMD) recordings show that the mean maximum temperature (MMT) in February this year was 27.9°C [82.2F].”


Extreme weather events (EWEs) claimed the lives of more than 140,000 people in the last 50 years [in India], with deaths due to occurrences like heat waves and lightning witnessing a rise…”

“The paper also stated that the period from 1970-2019 recorded 7,063 extreme weather events – heat waves, cold waves, floods, lightning and tropical cyclones.”


Cyclone Niran has been upgraded to a category two system and is expected to be upgraded to a category three on Wednesday, the [Australian] weather bureau says.

“The cyclone was about 280 kilometres northeast of Cairns on Tuesday afternoon, and was packing 95km/h [59mph] winds and 130km/h [81mph] gusts as it slowly tracked north-northwest.”


It is now official: Port Macquarie [NSW, Australia] has just completed its wettest summer on record.

“More than one metre [3.28 feet] of rain fell over the region from December 1 last year, easily eclipsing the previous best mark of 845 millimetres that was set back in the summer of 2012-2013.”


It took just 24 hours for Perth to smash its average rainfall total for March as thunderstorms battered the city yesterday and locals can expect more of the same over the next few days.

“Monday’s 26.2mm [1.03 inches] drenching blasted through the 19.7mm March average and, with showers and possible storms forecast through until Thursday…”


The Arctic has a cloud problem: Tiny iodine particles are clumping together to trap sunlight and melt polar sea ice

“…this process could be a major new mechanism for accelerating the loss of sea ice at the poles—one that no global climate model currently incorporates.”


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27th Feb 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Phenomenal temperature swing brings taste of spring to central us: Last week began with a historic Arctic outbreak that brought the most frigid air in decades, overwhelming Texas’s power grid and plastering the South with snow and ice. As this week ends, most of the Lower 48 has seen a surge of warmth and, suddenly, spring is in the air.

“A phenomenal weather shift,” is how Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for Chicago’s WGN television affiliate, described it, detailing “stunning” temperature swings of up to 90 degrees and snow melting “at an incredibly fast rate.””


Winter storm could cost Texas more money than any disaster in state history:

“The winter storm that left dozens of Texans dead, millions without power and nearly 15 million with water issues could be the costliest disaster in state history, potentially exceeding the $125 billion in damage from Hurricane Harvey.”


Texas’ record cold may have long-term effects for coastal wildlife and fisheries:

“As we restore power and water, as food and fuel deliveries normalize and temperatures warm the full extent of damage — especially long-term damage — will become evident. We will also become aware of the environmental impacts of this record-breaking cold.”


Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples.

“Some of the plots listed via Facebook’s classified ads service are as large as 1,000 football pitches.”


More than 120,000 people have been displaced by flooding that has inundated several cities in the Amazon rainforest, and more rain is expected.

“The state of Acre, in northwest Brazil, on the border with Peru, declared a state of disaster in 10 cities after rivers overflowed their banks…”


Scientists studying Australia and Antarctica have sounded the alarm on collapsing ecosystems, saying urgent action is needed to avert “catastrophic biodiversity losses” in places like the Great Barrier Reef and Victorian ash forests.

“The 38 eminent scientists… say they have observed signs of Australian ecosystem decline and collapse all over the country…”


A forest fire continued to spread for the fifth day on Thursday in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan.

“Self-Defense Forces personnel and firefighters worked tirelessly to extinguish the fire. But the blaze will not likely be put out anytime soon.”


At 31.8 degrees Celsius [89.2F], Dehradun, India records hottest day in February ever:

“The maximum temperature in Dehradun was 31.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, almost eight notches above normal and the highest ever on a day in February in recorded history.”


New national monthly record of highest reliable temperature ever recorded in February in Pakistan today 26 February with 38.3C at Nawabshah…”

Courtesy of @extremetemps on Twitter:


Vicious hail storm turns streets to icy rivers in Benoni, South Africa February 26 2021.” Video:


At least 300 households in Tanzania’s northwestern municipality of Bukoba in Kagera region have been made homeless after their houses were submerged by flash floods caused by ongoing rains, an official said on Friday…

““The floods have not only submerged the houses, but they have also damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges within the Bukoba municipality,” said Richard Gasper, a ward councilor for Miembeni ward.””


Huge swarms of desert locusts have invaded Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region from Kenya, darkening horizons and causing panic among farmers, who fear destruction of their crops, officials confirmed Wednesday…

“Huge swarms of desert locusts, believed to be triggered by the changing weather patterns, have been destroying crops across swathes of eastern and northern Africa in the past year. Last year, Kenya saw the worst outbreak of desert locusts in history.”


Fishers and farmers struggle as climate change in Kenya’s Tana Delta. GEF and UN Environment act to protect key nature site that faces catastrophe from even limited sea level rises…

“Activities such as charcoal burning, overgrazing, and developments that do not factor in the conservation agenda coupled with climate change… are part of the challenges facing the delta.”


Throughout the past year, Turkey has suffered an intense drought. In 2020, important agricultural regions of the country received just 30 millimeters of precipitation, as opposed to 80 millimeters in 2019.

“Joe Willey of SAT-7 USA says, “Recent rain and snow have caused a slight rise in Istanbul’s reservoirs, but it’s still a dangerous situation. Experts in the region say if there isn’t adequate rainfall in the next two to two and a half months, there will be water shortages in the summer.””


The Louvre moves its treasures as climate change brings more floods to Paris:

““The current floods show once again how necessary it is to protect our art works from flooding,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of the Louvre, which owns about 620,000 artworks, only 35,000 of which are on display in the Parisian former palace.”


Hungary’s temperature rose to a record high on February 26. The mercury hit 22.4 C. in Kiskunfelegyhaza, southern Hungary, on Friday…”

“A record 20 degrees were measured in Budapest’s fourth district, replacing the Budapest record of 18.9 degrees registered in the 11th district.”


Wednesday marked the fourth consecutive day-heat record broken at the national weather station in De Bilt, Netherlands when temperatures climbed to 16.9 degrees [62.4F] at 12:30 p.m. And with that, two more records were broken.

This is the first ever winter with five days of maximums above 15 degrees [59F] in the Netherlands.”


Sweden’s national weather service, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Thursday reported a new national high temperature for February — 16.8 degrees Celsius [62.2F]

Record temperatures were also reported Thursday in Poland and Slovakia.”


Four people were killed when they fell through the ice on a lake in southern Sweden on Thursday, police said, as the country experiences a spell of unseasonably mild weather.

“Four men aged between 65 and 75 were found in a hole in the ice on Savsjo lake, south of the town of Jonkoping, and could not be resuscitated…”


Record Snowfall Blankets Russia: A ‘snowpocalypse’ has engulfed Russia in recent days, with various regions and cities struggling to deal with the freak weather.

“In Chelyabinsk, a record-breaking blizzard left 30,000 people without electricity and over 10 districts declared a state of emergency.”



State developers plan flotilla of floating nuclear reactors on Russian East Arctic coast: According to Aleksandr Bengert, the small-scale nuclear power stations will serve the Baimskaya mining area.”


An iceberg the size of Bedfordshire has broken off from Antarctica, near to a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station.

“The 1,270km2, 150 metre-thick chunk of frozen water separated from the Brunt Ice Shelf this morning.” [not directly climate change related, apparently]


The Gulf Stream that helps warm the UK and northwest Europe is at its weakest in over 1,000 years and could lead to more “extreme and intense” winters, according to researchers.

“They say the slowdown observed in the 20th century is “unprecedented” and likely connected to climate change.”


Coastal Flooding Enhances Methane Buildup in Forests… Increased seawater exposure from flooding and storms is altering how coastal forests cycle methane, leading to more greenhouse gas accumulation in tree stems and soil…

“…as a changing climate modifies forested ecosystems, there is no guarantee that forests will function as sinks in the future.”


More fierce and frequent fires are reducing forest density and tree size and may damage forests’ ability to capture carbon in the future, according to a global study.

“Although forest fires are naturally occurring phenomena and natural forests regenerate, global heating and human activity have caused the frequency and intensity of fires to rise…”


Plastic waste in our oceans is now a well-known issue but new data shows that plastic is adding to air pollution in Indian cities too.

“For several years scientists were puzzled why Delhi was more susceptible to thick smogs than other polluted cities such as Beijing. New research links this to tiny chloride particles in the air that help water droplets to form.”


Satellite observations have revealed an unprecedented ‘space hurricane’ in Earth’s upper atmosphere, hinting that such events could occur on other planetary bodies.

“Scientists have previously documented hurricanes in the lower atmospheres of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.”


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25th Feb 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Record warmth engulfs Western Europe, while Russia plunges into deep freeze… Western Europe sits on the rising end of a meteorological seesaw that’s simultaneously sending temperatures across a broad swath of Russia plummeting below zero…

Hamburg [Germany] hit 70 degrees, not only the warmest on record in February but for any winter month. It beat out the previous record, set a day earlier, by 4.3 degrees…

“Much like what has happened during the extreme warm wave that also swallowed China this weekend, it’s very rare for records to fall by so many degrees, a testament to the anomalous nature of this event.”


A new heat record [Brussels, Belgium] was broken on Wednesday, for the fourth day in a row, according to meteorologist David Dehenauw.

“The royal meteorological institute of Belgium recorded a temperature of 18.4° C [65.1F], just beating the previous record (18.3° C) on a 24 February, recorded back in 1990.”


Germany sees a record weekly jump in temps: since records began, the temperature has never risen as sharply within seven days, as the now-confirmed readings from the Göttingen, Lower Saxony weather station in central Germany show.

“While a low of -23.8C was measured there on February 14th, the high on February 21th was 18.1C — marking an increase of 41.9C [75.4F] .”


The condition of German forests has deteriorated to record levels due to fire, drought and a bark beetle infestation, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday…

“More trees died in 2020 than ever before and only 21% of trees under observation had an intact canopy, an indication of how healthy a tree is…”


The climate emergency is already hitting “worst case scenario” levels that if left unchecked will lead to the collapse of ecosystems, with dire consequences for humanity, according to the chief executive of the Environment Agency.

“Warning that this is not “science fiction”, Sir James Bevan said on Tuesday that in recent years several of the “reasonable worst case scenarios” had happened in the UK, with more extreme weather and flooding…”


Hot houses: the race to save bats from overheating as temperatures rise:

“Chimneys for bat boxes and a flying fox heat stress forecaster are among efforts to prevent deaths from effects of climate crisis… scientists are now discovering that in a rapidly warming climate, overheating bat boxes can be a death trap.”


Hundreds of Houston’s famous bats are believed to be the latest animal casualties of recent back-to-back winter storms and historically cold temperatures in Texas.

“Some 2,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that live year-round in a colony under the city’s Waugh Bridge are estimated to have died in the freezing weather following Valentine’s Day…”


On Monday, Feb. 22, the temperatures in Rapid City, South Dakota, soared to 57 degrees F in the afternoon after bottoming out at 24 degrees below zero last week, making for an 82-degree [Fahrenheit] / 45.5C temperature swing

“”It’s not just the fact that we have a huge warmup from last week to this week, it’s the fact that temperatures are also above normal as well,” AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Brittany Boyer pointed out.”


California’s iconic coastal redwoods, some standing since before Julius Caesar ruled Rome, are in a fight for their lives. They are increasingly threatened by wildfires that are larger and more intense due to the impact of human-caused climate change.

“And it’s not just the redwoods — giant sequoias and Joshua trees are also in trouble.”


Alaska thunderstorms could triple if climate trends continue, scientists warn:

“Alaska may need to brace for more thunderstorms — along with the landslides, floods and wildfires they can bring — if current climate trends continue, a team of scientists warns.”


Argentine media today reported a strange occurrence in the province of Buenos Aires – a tornado of mosquitoes… a cloud of mosquitoes would be an unusual fact, but having taken on the appearance of a tornado is even more curious.

“The strange event was filmed by drivers traveling on Route 74 that links General Madariaga to Pinamar, in the province of Buenos Aires.”


A forest fire that has been raging for the past three days on a mountain some 85 kilometers north of Tokyo has now scorched at least 50 hectares and shows no signs of dying out, the local government said Wednesday.”

[Parts of Japan had record high temps for Feb last week.]


Taiwan’s tech manufacturers fear their output is under threat from the island’s worst drought in decades, risking more turmoil for global supply chains already strained by shortages of semiconductors and other key components.

“Taiwan’s government will on Thursday further tighten water use in several cities that are home to a cluster of important manufacturers.”

[You may recall that cold weather shut down semiconductor factories in Texas last week. The manufacturing process is so complex and sensitive to disruption that shut downs are enormously inconvenient and expensive].


The bodies of about 100 dead dolphins have been found on an island off the coast of Mozambique.

“Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday… The cause of the deaths is still unknown… One possibility experts are investigating is if a cyclone may have contributed.”


Wherever you look in West Antarctica right now, the message is the same: Its marine-terminating glaciers are being melted by warm seawater.

“Scientists have just taken a detailed look at the ice streams flowing into the ocean along a 1,000km-stretch of coastline known as the Getz region. It incorporates 14 glaciers – and they’ve all speeded up.”


Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists.

“Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling as their habitats shrink and unique adaptations become less suited to an increasingly ice-free Arctic, researchers say.”


Record-high Arctic freshwater will flow to Labrador Sea, affecting local and global oceans.

“Freshwater is accumulating in the Arctic Ocean. The Beaufort Sea, which is the largest Arctic Ocean freshwater reservoir, has increased its freshwater content by 40% over the past two decades. How and where this water will flow into the Atlantic Ocean is important for local and global ocean conditions.”


“… there are growing concerns that today’s bond yields are not fully reflecting the looming impact of climate change, and associated regulation, on both countries and companies.”

[In other words, climate change and our attempts to adapt to it are an additional and rapidly worsening stressor, helping push the global financial system towards its inevitable collapse].


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

It’s only February, but it feels like May in Beijing. Temperatures some 40 degrees above normal brought historically warm winter weather to China, Japan and other parts of Asia over the weekend.

“Beijing’s temperature shot up to 78 degrees Sunday, its highest temperature ever observed between December and February by 10 degrees.

“Record pulverized,” wrote Maximiliano Herrera, a climate historian known for meticulously keeping track of temperature extremes across the world. He noted that Sunday’s reading surpassed previous marks for warm weather in each of the three core winter months. The December record stands at 57.7 degrees, with 58.4 degrees the record for January.”


Forest fires erupt in north China’s Shanxi Province:

“A forest fire broke out in Zuoquan County at the intersection of north China’s Shanxi and Hebei provinces on Saturday afternoon. Officials of Zuoquan County, in Shanxi Province, deployed over 1,600 firefighters.”


China’s temperate glaciers are melting at accelerating rate: China’s temperate glaciers are showing signs of accelerated melting because of their strong accumulation and melting, high temperature, fast movement, and violent bottom sliding.”


Unusually high temperatures on Monday forced Shanghai residents to put on T-shirts four months before the arrival of summer, albeit temporarily.

“The highest temperature in the eastern metropolis reached 26.2 degrees Celsius [79.16F] on Monday, making it the hottest late February day since February 27, 1921, when temperatures reached 28.5 degrees Celsius…”


Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday local authorities should get prepared for potential forest fires later this year as hot spots had been detected on the island of Sumatra.

“The Southeast Asian country has suffered some of the biggest tropical forest fires outside the Amazon and Congo in recent years, putting at risk endangered animals like orangutans and tigers and sending choking haze across the region.”


Five people were killed in the severe floods that submerged entire neighborhoods in Jakarta, authorities said Sunday, as residents returned to clean their homes and salvage belongings.

“The city was struck by torrential rains over the weekend, which flooded dozens of major roads and forced hundreds of people to rush to emergency shelters.”


More than 5,000 people have fled to temporary shelters in the southern Philippines as tropical storm Dujuan brought heavy rains, submerging dozens of villages, the country’s disaster risk reduction and management agency said.

“Two regions were hit by the storm, including the country’s nickel mining hub of Caraga…”


Temperature records have been broken in parts of the Wide Bay [Queensland, Australia] as heatwave conditions continue to affect the region.

The hottest February day on record has been observed in Bundaberg… The mercury rose to 38.5 degrees [101.3F] at the Bundaberg airport…”


There are already five deaths in Santa Maria de Itabira (MG, Brazil) due to the rains.

“At dawn, the bodies of a man and two of his daughters were found. Intense rains hit the city at dawn and the lower part of the city was flooded by the Tanque River.”


The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency for a period of 60 days in the Madre de Dios region after serious floods that until Monday had caused damage to infrastructure and forced 15,000 people to abandon their homes.

“The head of the ministry, Gabriel Quijandría, said that the army would bring humanitarian aid to the area…”


Texas is still reeling from devastating winter storms and for some, recovery could take months:

“While state officials work to turn the lights back on for the remaining Texas households still in the dark and address widespread water disruptions, some residents are faced with damage that could take weeks — or months — to recover from.”


People in parts of Wales were evacuated on Saturday after a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours, leading to fears of flooding that threatens homes and businesses.

“There are currently 15 flood warnings and 22 flood alerts in place in Wales, as published by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), though even more had been in place on Saturday that have now been lifted.”


A temperature of 15 degrees was measured at the official weather station in De Bilt [Netherlands] on Sunday at 12.40 pm, which is a new record, according to Weerplaza. Since the measurements began in 1901, it has never been this warm on February 21.

“”We are dealing with an exceptionally early period of spring weather,” says Weerplaza. On Saturday, a temperature of 15.9 degrees [60.6F] was already reached in De Bilt. In some places in Noord-Brabant, temperatures of almost 18 degrees [64.4F] Celsius were reached.”


From one extreme to another, the temperatures across Europe have been on a rollercoaster journey this winter.

“Greece or Spain have experienced some of the heaviest snowfall in several decades, temperatures have been exceptionally mild for the season in western Europe and there’s been freezing cold in the east. So, why has there been such extremes in the weather?”


Israel has been forced to close all of its Mediterranean beaches after an offshore oil spill resulted in tar hitting 100 miles of coastline.

“Officials are calling the incident one of the country’s worst ecological disasters.”


Scores of residents from Beitbridge’s oldest suburb, Dulivhadzimu [South Africa] were left counting their losses yesterday when flash floods hit the area.

“Cars were submerged in the sudden flooding while roads and buildings were severely damaged.” [Video].


Kalpa—the picturesque tourist resort with the snow-laden Himalayas as its backdrop—recorded its warmest February in 28 years. The met officials blame the high temperatures due to lack of precipitation.

“Manmohan Singh, Director of the regional meteorological department, told IANS that the highest temperature of the town was 19°C on Sunday [66.2F], which was 14°C above the average.”


Uttarakhand flash floods: 136 missing after disaster to be declared dead.

“Of the 206 people missing in the Chamoli disaster, search and rescue workers have recovered 70 bodies and 29 human organs from the debris so far.”


Myanmar’s military coup and a potential ramp up in trade boycotts by foreign governments and business could fuel the risk of deforestation in the Asian nation, which is likely to turn to investors lacking environmental standards, green groups warned.

“Myanmar’s army toppled the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi this month…”


A tanker sailed through Arctic sea ice in February for the first time, the latest sign of how quickly the pace of climate change is accelerating in the Earth’s northernmost regions.

“The Christophe de Margerie was accompanied by the nuclear-powered 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker as it sailed back to Russia this month after carrying liquified natural gas to China through the Northern Sea Route in January. Both trips broke navigation records.”


Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment.

“Populations of migratory freshwater fish have plummeted by 76% since 1970, and large fish – those weighing more than 30kg – have been all but wiped out in most rivers. The global population of megafish down by 94%, and 16 freshwater fish species were declared extinct last year.”


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20th Feb 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A siege of winter storms and bitter cold over the past few weeks smashed thousands of temperature records from the Canadian border to South Texas and delivered multiple rounds of snow and ice to the West, South, Midwest and Northeast

Over 6,000 cold records were tied or set, including some all-time records. Nine separate winter storms have hammered the nation since late January.”

[My sympathies to those of you who have been living this].


Joe Biden said on Friday he was ready to declare a major disaster in Texas after a deadly winter storm cut power and disrupted water supplies for millions across the state.

“Biden said the declaration, which follows a request from the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, would open up broader federal aid for immediate and long-term recovery efforts.”


Farmers and ranchers in the south continue to assess the damage following the record-setting and deadly Arctic blast. Texas state agricultural officials say the cost of this storm will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

“”Just our citrus industry, their loss of just the fruit, not including damage to trees, is over $300 million and it will put a lot of our citrus growers out of business,” said Sid Miller, commissioner of agriculture in Texas.”


An eight-year-old Honduran boy has become the latest victim in a string of drownings on the US-Mexico border as migrants attempt to cross the Rio Grande in treacherous winter conditions.

“The child, who has not been named, drowned on Wednesday while attempting to cross the freezing river with his family amid unprecedented Arctic conditions in the borderlands…”


The border city of Acuña, in Coahuila [Mexico], is buried this Thursday, February 18, under an extensive white blanket.”

[Subsequent to this article, 9 inches of snow has been recorded in Acuña, beating the all-time snowfall record set on 12 January 1985.]


Gulf of Mexico Experiencing Record Low Water Temperatures:

“Steven DiMarco, a professor of oceanography at Texas A&M who heads the Texas Automated Buoy System (TABS), said that buoys located near Galveston recorded a temperature of 52.5 degrees while another near Corpus Christi reported a temperature of 50 degrees.”


Almost all of Jackson, Mississippi, a city of around 150,000 people, is now without water, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said.

“Lumumba said public works crews are working to pump as much water as they can to refill the city’s tanks. The city is approaching a critical shortage in chemicals used to treat the city’s water, the mayor said.”


Officials: ‘Freak Storm’ Caused Deadly [160mph, EF3] North Carolina Tornado: …Brunswick County’s emergency services director Ed Conrow echoed the frustrations of residents who spoke of having little to no time to prepare.

“It developed so fast,” Conrow told the governor. “I mean, it just was really nothing and just exploded. Within four minutes, we had a tornado on the ground…”


Weather warnings have been issued across large parts of the UK as heavy rain brings the risk of flooding and travel disruption over the weekend…

“Met Office senior meteorologist Marco Petagna said that areas within an amber weather warning in south Wales could see 200mm of rain [7.9 inches], twice the normal rainfall for February.”


A new wave of the desert locust invasion currently destroying crops and pastures in northern Kenya threatens to spiral out of control, having spread to more than 15 counties in the country.

“The swarms of locusts now threaten the livelihoods of millions of people in Kenya as the conflicts in Yemen, Somalia and northern Ethiopia make it difficult for FAO to control the breeding and movement of the pests at the source.”


With its pristine, white shores and turquoise-colored waters, Lake Salda has gained popularity in recent years.

But this body of water in western Turkey’s Burdur province may join other famous lakes that are drying up.”


“Winter forest fires affecting bird and butterfly population:

As forest fires continue to rage in Uttarakh hills [India], bird and butterfly watchers say that they are witnessing a significant drop in their populations.


Jet-stream disruptions also bringing record heat to parts of the planet:

After Uzbekistan yesterday [32c / 90F in Karshi], Mongolia sets a new monthly national record today, Saturday, with 15.4°C / 60F in Tsetserleg. Tomorrow it may be beaten again. Previous record: 14.7°C in Dalanzadgad in 1992.

“On Sunday, warm air will move to Korea, potentially breaking records.”


Rescue operations are under way in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta amid severe flooding across several areas which have forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes.

“Some 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated on Saturday from southern and eastern areas of the city, home to 10 million people, after floodwaters level rose to 1.8 metres in some neighbourhoods…”


Western Australia’s vast coastline is bearing the brunt of the La Nina weather pattern, with unusually high water temperatures bringing species of marine life — including whale sharks — to areas they have rarely been seen before and prompting concerns for coral bleaching

“temperatures in some locations have been sitting two to three degrees higher than average…”


After plentiful January rainfall that saved Argentine corn and soybeans from potential disaster, this month is on pace to be the country’s second-driest February in more than three decades, once again raising harvest concernsTotal rainfall this month will likely be just half of what is normal. February 2018 was the driest in at least 30 years, some 75% below the five previous years.”


At least 4,000 people had their homes flooded and were displaced in Manhuaçu, 290 km from Belo Horizonte, Brazil this Friday (19). The information was confirmed by the Municipal Civil Defense.

“The city was flooded after the Manhuaçu River overflowed due to a strong storm that hit the region between the end of last night and this Friday.”


Warm, Wet February In The Aleutians Linked To Warming Ocean Temperatures: While much of Alaska has been bitterly cold this month, the Aleutian Islands and Alaska Peninsula have been extraordinarily mild.

“It’s part of the recent warming pattern in the Bering Sea, and communities along the Aleutian Chain can expect a similar trend moving forward, says Rick Thoman…”


The Imminent Calving Retreat of Taku Glacier [Alaska]:

“Long an anomaly among glaciers, advancing while most others shrank, Taku Glacier is starting to succumb to climate change, offering an unprecedented look at the onset of tidewater glacier retreat.”


Wildfires are spreading to fuel-abundant regions of the world that used to be less prone to burning, according to a new analysis of 20 years of data by the Guardian

“In recent years, fires have devastated areas of California, Australia, Siberia and the Pantanal that used to be relatively unaffected. In Africa, by contrast, there has been a reduction of savannah fires.”


About 42,000 years ago, a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles triggered massive climate shifts and caused environmental changes to sweep across the globe, according to new Australian-led research…

If such an event happened today, it would wreak havoc on satellites and electrical grids, but its environmental impact is less well understood.” [The former would be enough to take out industrial civilisation, so the latter may be somewhat moot from a human standpoint].


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18th Feb 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

I hope those of you in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere are managing to stay warm and I send a warm welcome to any readers from Down Under who are struggling with the Facebook embargo.

Climate system palpably destabilised now (if it wasn’t before): “Cities across the nation and the globe are facing blistering cold winters this year, with many seeing record-breaking snowfall.

“From Tennessee to Athens, Greece, already freezing temperatures have plunged further this week as the polar vortex envelopes the northern hemisphere.” [Pictures]


The Earth’s poles are warming faster than anywhere on the planet.

“While the consequences of that aren’t completely understood, it’s becoming apparent that many of the world’s extreme weather events owe the Arctic at least some of the credit.”


The US winter storm has killed 32 people and left 3.4 million struggling to stay warm without power.

“The latest storm front is expected to move from parts of Texas, Arkansas and the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Northeast on Thursday.”


[Our crises converge.] The Arctic storm sweeping through Texas is threatening to exacerbate a global shortage in semiconductors, after several manufacturing plants near Austin were forced to shut down.

One of the area’s largest semiconductor producers, Samsung Electronics, said it had halted operations at its multibillion-dollar fabrication plant in Austin on Tuesday, with no clear timeline for resuming production.”


A large waterspout was seen swirling over a lake in Texas as record cold temperatures gripped the region and left millions without electricity.

“The phenomenon was filmed Monday near Cedar Creek Lake in Malakoff, Texas, located about 70 miles southeast of Dallas.”


Salt Lake City on Wednesday received the most snow it has gotten in recent history on a single day in February.

“Around noon, the National Weather Service reported 11.7 inches of snow. The previous record was in 1989, when 10.9 inches fell on Feb. 1, according to the National Weather Service.”


Aerial photos show the trail of destruction left by a tornado which killed three people in N Carolina and left 10 injured as winter storm Uri continues to hammer the United States.

“In the dramatic photos, houses are seen completely decimated to the foundation after a tornado swept through a seaside town in North Carolina. Dozens of homes have been destroyed…”


A staggering .55″ of rain fell in just five minutes in Gainesville [Florida] on Monday. According to the National Weather Service of Jacksonville, that set the all-time five-minute rainfall record for February.

“February is typically somewhat dry, so that’s not too hard to believe. Hard-hitting months for fast, heavy rainfall for us are typically the afternoon thunderstorms of summertime.”


Winter air temperatures set new records in Latvia: Bauska set a new record for minimal air temperature (-21.6° C / -6.9F). The last negative air temperature record there was registered in 1954, when air temperature dropped to -20° C.

“Meteorologists report in many parts of Latvia night-time air temperature dropped as far as -20° C.”


Record low temperatures were experienced in Greece on Wednesday during the second phase of the storm “Medea.”

“According to the National Observatory of Athens weather service, meteo.gr, the lowest temperature, recorded at Neos Kafkasos in Florina, was -24.8C (-13 F).”


Snow blanketed parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel on Wednesday, covering areas it has not reached in years, disrupting traffic and postponing vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 and even exams at some universities.

“It snowed for the first time in years in Marjayoun in southern Lebanon, and in Bayda in northeast Libya.”


Over 2.6 million people in Somalia are expected to be in extreme food insecurity according to the latest joint technical assessment released by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization…

“The report cites poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts among the main contributing factors and warns that the situation could worsen…”


Heavy rains have marooned about 27,000 people in Mozambique’s Boane district, about 30 kilometres south of the country’s capital Maputo since last week, local councilman confirmed Monday.”


A tropical storm likely to intensify into a cyclone is approaching Mozambique, South Africa’s Weather Services (SAWS) said on Wednesday, battering an area hit by cyclone Eloise less than a month back.

“Tropical storm Guambe is strengthening in the southern half of the Mozambique Channel with a high likelihood of torrential rain, strong winds and flooding along southern Mozambique’s coast and adjacent interior regions…”


Afriski [Lesotho] was hit by its most brutal flood ever, with 60mm [2.4 inches] of rainfall measured in 30 minutes… which is equivalent to one-tenth of Johannesburg’s annual rainfall in half-an-hour.

“This is the first time that flooding has occurred at the Lesotho resort since it opened its doors in 2000.”


A new study predicts a 7-8 fold increase in the frequency of flash droughts in India due to concurrent occurrence of extreme dry and hot periods during the monsoon season and greenhouse emissions.

“An increased frequency of flash drought pose a major risk to crop production due to soil moisture depletion and intraseasonal monsoon variation.”


Unseasonal rains to lash Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal [India] from today

“Rain activities in the month of February over eastern parts of the country remain low. Between January 1 and February 16, Bihar is rain deficient by 97%, Jharkhand by 92%, West Bengal by 91% and almost all the North-Eastern states are also large rain deficient.”


A spike in a serious mosquito-borne illness has prompted an urgent warning for millions of Australians.

“Residents in New South Wales are urged to be careful of the Ross River virus which occurs following a bite from an infected female mosquito.” 


Graziers in western Queensland are facing another period of destocking as large numbers of grasshoppers eat their way through the region for the third year in a row.

“Local mayor calls for state and federal help to find a solution.” [Facebook wouldn’t allow me to post this article btw due it’s spat with Australia].


Wildfire Smoke Could Be the Main Way Californians Experience Climate Change:

“That smokestorm in August and September polluted Bay Area air for a record 30 straight days, at the apex of a fire season that saw more than 5 million acres burned up across the state. Wildfire smoke now accounts for half of the fine-particle pollution that wafts across the West…”


Air pollution caused tens of thousands of deaths in the world’s five most populous cities last year despite coronavirus lockdowns, researchers said on Thursday

“In the five18th Feb 2021  most-populated cities – Delhi, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo – air pollution caused about 160,000 deaths and economic losses totalling about $85 billion.”


Mysteries of massive holes forming in Siberian permafrost unlocked by scientists:

“…The model, which showed unusual grottoes or caverns in the lower part of the crater, largely confirmed what scientists had hypothesized: Methane gas builds in a cavity in the ice, causing a mound to appear at ground level. The mound grows in size before blowing out ice and other debris in an explosion and leaving behind the massive crater.”


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