21st September 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Three people have died after Cyclone Ianos, a rare storm known as a medicane, battered Greece, flooding streets and homes, Greek authorities said on Sunday.

“Ianos uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese.

It swept through central Greece on Saturday, hitting the cities of Karditsa and Farsala before it moved south to the island of Crete.”


Two people were missing in southern France on Sunday after flash floods caused by storms that dumped a year’s worth of rainfall in parts of the Cevennes hills north of Montpellier

“Emergency services have mobilized helicopters and 700 personnel to assist inhabitants hit by the flooding, which has also cut off road access, water and electricity supplies to some locations.”


Turkey’s tourism hub Antalya on the Mediterranean coast is experiencing the hottest September of the last 70 years due to warm weather front from North Africa, causing rising temperatures across the region.

“The Mediterranean province was hit by sweltering conditions, with temperatures in some areas reaching almost 35 degrees Celsius in recent weeks.”


Five persons died and seven got injured in recent floods in the Upper Region of Ghana, preliminary data from the Regional Directorate of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has shown…

“Over 2,500 hectares of farmlands in the Region were destroyed by the floods…”


Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all of the country’s states.

“Since July, at least 115 people have been killed in the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods.”


At least 10 people were killed on Monday and dozens were feared trapped when a portion of a three-storey residential building collapsed on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, officials said…

Torrential rain is often blamed for building collapses in India, with the number of incidents, often involving old or illegally built buildings, rising during the June-September monsoon.”


Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the floods, the tea industry of Assam is facing a huge loss. Till August, the production loss was about 25 per cent, compared to the situation the previous year.

“The coronavirus-induced lockdown and devastating floods have hit the 180-year-old tea industry hard…”


Twenty-two provinces in Thailand have been severely affected by flash floods due to tropical storm Noul, said a senior government official on Sunday…

“The flash floods and excessive rainwater, caused by the tropical storm covering all regions of the country, have damaged infrastructures, farms, villages and other property in 22 provinces over the last few days…”


Storm Noul has claimed at least six lives, left 112 others injured and led to a massive blackout in central Vietnam.

“The worst affected is Thua Thien-Hue Province, where at least four people died, according to the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.”


New Zealand could be on track for another unusually hot summer, with a top climate scientist already calling the arrival of a “humdinger” La Niña system, along with likely balmy seas.

“Professor Jim Salinger said it was possible a “marine heatwave” for 2020-21 could even approach the scale of a freakish event three years ago, while fuelling high temperatures on land.”


It’s not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York.

“”It’s not necessarily this year of wildfires so much as the dam breaking on the realization that this is not just the new normal but just a prelude to what’s coming,” the 39-year-old Oakland resident says. “And just being sort of tired of this being normal.””


Denver hit 90 degrees Saturday for the 74th time this year, setting a record for the most ays at 90 or above, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

“The previous record was set in 2012, when Denver experienced 73 days with temperatures in the 90s. This year, Denver also recorded its latest 100-degree day on the calendar ever, on Sept. 5.”


If storm Beta makes landfall in Texas, which forecasters predict it will sometime on Monday, it would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental US in 2020. Colorado State hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said that would tie a record set in 1916.

“Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names on Friday, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.”


Maine blueberry industry reels from drought, frost, virus:

“A late spring frost, a devastating drought and labor troubles wrought by the coronavirus pandemic conspired to make 2020 a difficult year for the wild blueberry producers who harvest the fruit in the nation’s northeastern corner.”


Municipal Mayor Oleg Shabalin got a very direct and personal encounter with climate changes in the Arctic when he this week visited a coastal area near his home town of Gyda.

“Across a 200 meter wide belt, the tundra had collapsed and vast masses of mud and melted permafrost slid into the nearby sea.

“As the town mayor was on site, melted ground continued to flow towards the shore.”


Another enormous crater has been found on the Arctic tundra in Siberia. The latest depression, which is 650 feet wide, was found on the Gydan peninsula—a region to the east of the Yamal peninsula, where a 165 foot deep crater was recently discovered.

“The latest crater was found by Oleg Shabalin, head of the nearby Gyda village.”


What’s causing this decline in minimum sea ice extent? The short answer is our changing climate.

“But the more specific answer is that Arctic sea ice is increasingly being thinned not just by warm air from above but by ever-warmer waters from below.”


“The Arctic is already shifting to an entirely new climate regime, marked by the escalating trends in ice melt, temperature rise and rainfall days – and scientists are worried.”

Video of slushy Arctic:


How climate migration will reshape America:

“…of all the devastating consequences of a warming planet — changing landscapes, pandemics, mass extinctions — the potential movement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees across the planet stands to be among the most important…”


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18th September 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

As forest fires turn California’s sky an apocalyptic red, vast swathes of Africa are being submerged by once in a lifetime floods.

“From Ethiopia and Sudan to Nigeria and Senegal, torrential rains have displaced well over a million people and are threatening already vulnerable food supplies.”


Sudan: UN warns of catastrophic situation due to floods:

“…the situation will get worse in the coming days… people are in urgent need of shelter, drinking water, non-food items and sanitation services, in addition to the need to prepare for an efficient response to epidemics and contagious diseases which will result from the floods.”


Life has come to a standstill in much of India’s Bihar State as a ferocious monsoon season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus cases continue to climb, even as the floods affect millions across the state

“Access to services and essential items has been disrupted, with women and children affected most severely.”


Watch: Incredible scenes of a flooded Hyderabad after torrential rain.

“Many areas of the city were inundated on Wednesday.”



The number of forest fire outbreaks in Brazil’s southeast state of Sao Paulo jumped 109 percent so far this year compared to last year, local media reported on Wednesday.

“…the year of 2020 has seen 4,214 fire outbreaks so far in Sao Paulo, the most populated and industrialized state in the South American country, compared to 2,015 in 2019.”


Bolivia’s Interim President Jeanine Anez has declared a national emergency after forest fires scorched more than half a million hectares in the region of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

“”Today, something very important is happening: we are presenting two decrees. One to reinforce the fight against fire, and another to repeal the decree that allowed controlled burning,” Anez said…”


Californian fires are mirroring Australia’s Black Summer, experts say, driven by record drought and heatMr Pimlott retired last December after 30 years with Cal Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

“He said what kept him up at night was what will happen when the hot winds of autumn — or fall — arrive.

“”The fatigue on firefighters is already significant. But historically our most destructive fires are in October,” he said.”


“The almost 90 large wildfires raging in the West have killed at least 36 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and even entire towns. The fires have also burned more than 4.6 million acres in the West, creating massive plumes visible even on the International Space Station.

The smoke, many say, has become unbearable.”


Desert plants, unlike California oaks and chaparral, are not fire-adapted, so their recovery may be impossible.

“Debra Hughson, the chief scientist at the Mojave National Preserve, described the fire as an extinction event. “The Joshua trees are very flammable. They’ll die, and they won’t come back.””


Glacier National Park, one of America’s original 10 national parks, could lose its glaciers completely within decades

“Between 1966 and 2015, all of the 26 named glaciers in the park got smaller. Some lost as much as 80% of their area, but the average loss was 40%, Glacier National Park tweeted this week.”


Hundreds of people near the Florida-Alabama border were being rescued from floodwaters brought on by Sally on Wednesday and authorities fear many more could be in danger in coming days.

“We had 30 inches of rain in Pensacola — 30-plus inches of rain — which is four months of rain in four hours,” Ginny Cranor, chief of the Pensacola Fire Department, told CNN…”


Hurricane Teddy became a major Category 3 storm Thursday with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, the National Hurricane Center said…

“…the risk of strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall on Bermuda is increasing.”


This summer the warming Gulf of Maine recorded its hottest single day, reaching 69.85 degrees Fahrenheit

“That was a full degree warmer than the previous record of of 68.99 degrees Fahrenheit on Aug. 23, 2012, the newspaper reported.”


Heatwave shatters September records in western Europe

“On Tuesday the northern French city of Lille had its hottest September day since records began in 1945, reaching 35.1°C, while Metz in the northeast reached 34.3°C — another record.”


The future of two of Belgium’s most beloved and iconic products, Belgian beer and frites, is under serious threat from climate change, it was warned on Thursday.

“A report for Belgium’s National Climate Commission warned increasing global temperatures and droughts would hit potato crops and could force beer production to be slashed by as much as 40 percent.”


As the Atlantic hurricane season continues to shatter records for the number of storms, it appears parts of Europe will be seeing some tropical activity of their own this week

“Named Ianos, the medicane is set to impact Western Greece on Friday and could end up being one of the strongest medicanes on record.”


Apparently we can mine, smelt and manufacture our way to a healthier biosphere!

Greenland Minerals confident Kvanefjeld project can help meet long-term demand for rare earths

“Kvanefjeld is one of the world’s most important emerging rare earth projects and will position Greenland to become a globally significant supplier of materials that are key to an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable future.”


Good luck to Shell making a profit in the Arctic with sub $50 oil prices, which is where they are going to stay, barring any brief price-spikes.

Shell plans to resume oil and gas exploration in Alaskan Arctic offshore waters for the first time since 2015, according to exploration plans filed with the state Sept. 17

“The company seeks state approval to form an exploration unit covering 86,400 acres and 18 Alaska Beaufort Sea state offshore leases held by Shell.”


Sea-ice is shrinking, permafrost melting and marine ecosystems undergoing dramatic change.

Russian petroleum companies are planning big drilling and massive field development in the shallow waters of the Ob Bay.”


Gas Companies Are Abandoning Their Wells, Leaving Them to Leak Methane Forever.

“Just one orphaned site in California could have emitted more than 30 tons of methane. There are millions more like it.”


“Perfumes and fragrances, which were once a luxury item only for the elites, have become commonplace.

“Incorporated into everyday products like deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, bleaches — the list goes on — fragrances are everywhere. They can even be found in remote places like mountaintop glaciers…”


In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered in Japan and agreed on a list of goals designed to save the Earth

“We’ve reached the deadline — and the world has collectively failed to fully achieve a single goal, according to the United Nations’ Global Biodiversity Outlook report, published on Tuesday.”


The worst wildfires in US history, Arctic sea ice trending towards a historic low, simultaneous hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and the hottest summer in the northern hemisphere since records began…

We were speculating 40 years ago about things that might happen, and I don’t think that any of us expected that in our lifetimes, we would see these things unfolding,” said Chris Rapley, a 73-year-old professor of climate science at University College London. “It has become a real problem of today, rather than a predicted problem of tomorrow.”

“Our societies are really only adapted to a small range of possible weather,” said Prof Otto, at the University of Oxford. “What 2020 shows is that 1C of warming, exactly what we expected . . . already brings our societies toward the edge of what we are able to cope with.”


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16th September 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The effects of global warming in the Arctic are so severe that the region is shifting to a different climate, one characterized less by ice and snow and more by open water and rain, scientists said Monday.

“Already, they said, sea ice in the Arctic has declined so much that even an extremely cold year would not result in as much ice as was typical decades ago. Two other characteristics of the region’s climate, seasonal air temperatures and the number of days of rain instead of snow, are shifting in the same way, the researchers said.”


Federal scientists say killer whales are increasingly preying on bowhead whales in U.S. Arctic waters, raising questions about the future health of the endangered bowheads

A dramatic loss in Arctic Ocean ice appears to be aiding the attacks, reducing the frozen cover that can provide bowhead whales with protection from killer whales…”


Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise

“A new study… found that the glaciers are weakening at their foundations and this damage over the past few decades is speeding up their retreat and the possible future collapse of their ice shelves.”


Floods early this month across northwest Nigeria destroyed 90 percent of the two million tonnes that Kebbi state officials expected to harvest this autumn, the head of the state branch of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria told Reuters.

“The loss amounts to some 20 percent of the rice Nigeria grew last year, and the waters are still rising.”


Around 217,000 Ethiopians have been displaced by the worst floods in several decades, an Ethiopian minister said on Monday.

“Kamil said the floods which in some areas have been the most damaging in more than a century have displaced 217,000 people and affected another 363,000 people.”


Ice loss on Africa’s highest peak prompts star climber Will Gadd to reconsider his sport…

“Gadd, the first person to climb a frozen Niagara Falls, had hoped to scale the remaining ice atop Africa’s highest peak [Mount Kilimanjaro] with climbing partner Sarah Hueniken in February. But when they got there, they discovered that the extremely challenging Messner route they wanted to attempt – scaled only once since the 1980s – had lost so much ice it was impossible to ice-climb.”


Glaciers in Kashmir are receding at an alarming rate, a study conducted by experts at the University of Kashmir has found

“…the glaciers have reduced in area from 101.73 sq km in 1980 to 72.41 sq km in 2018, a 28% shrinkage in their expanse.”


“Japan’s brush with Typhoon Haishen this month serves as a warning that there could be worse to come…

Surface temperatures in the Western Pacific have been about 2 degrees Celsius higher than normal over summer one patch of ocean south of Japan had an average monthly temperature of approximately 30 degrees Celsius in August — the highest ever recorded.”


Marine heatwaves are generated by warmer weather, just as heatwaves are on land. Because of climate change, they’re becoming more frequent, more intense, and they’re lasting longer

“Marine heatwaves can have a devastating effect on marine ecosystems, especially on creatures like corals which are havens of biodiversity.”


The fire season is a lot worse than usual in Brazil’s Pantanal region, with the world’s largest wetland burning at a record pace.

“More than 10,000 fires have broken out across the Pantanal since the start of September – three times as many as last year.”


Amazon rainforest: Farmers are losing everything to deforestation fires as experts warn it is reaching tipping point

“The need for yet another concerted effort to save the rainforest and to change farming behaviour in the region is being led by the WWF, which is warning the forest is reaching the tipping point where it can’t be saved.”


Four west coast cities in the US currently rank in the top 10 for worst air quality in the world, as wildfires rage up and down the western seaboard, cloaking the entire region in smoke.

“Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, hold the No 1 and No 2 spots, while San Francisco and Los Angeles sit at four and six.”


“”On Thursday, 9/17, if we don’t receive rain, Las Vegas will tie the record of 150 consecutive days without measurable rainfall. On Friday, 9/18, we will break that record.

“”The forecast is dry through the week…””


If the official thermometer for Denver located at DIA reaches at least 90 degrees Tuesday afternoon, the city will set a record for the most days in the 90s one year.

“Currently 2020 is tied with 2012 with 73 days at or above 90 degrees this year.”


Hurricane Sally moved slowly closer to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, threatening historic floods as rain and storm-force winds started lashing the shore…

“More than 2 feet of rain was expected in some areas, with “extreme life-threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday,” an NHC forecaster said.”


There is only one name left on the pre-determined Atlantic hurricane season naming list before it “goes Greek”.

“…there have now been 20 named storms. With one more name left on this year’s list, Wilfred, the letters of the Greek alphabet will be used to name further storms. This would be only the second time this has occurred.”


For only the second time in recorded history, five tropical cyclones are churning in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time.”


Hurricane Paulette knocked down trees and power lines across Bermuda as it made a rare landfall in the wealthy British territory and strengthened into a Category 2 storm while still over the island.

“Fewer than 10 hurricanes have made direct landfall on the tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic since the National Hurricane Center began tracking such disasters in the 1850s.”


‘Once in 200 years’ flooding caused €5m worth of damage to Cork’s roads [Ireland]

“62mm of rain fell in Dunmanway on August 15, with 40mm of that occurring in just one hour. Up to 125mm (5ins) fell in Rosscarbery on August 13 and a further 100mm two days later.”


As France enters autumn, exceptionally high temperatures are expected across the country

“Last time Paris experienced such temperatures in September was 73 years ago, with 33.2°C on 15 September 1947. But Meteo France, the French national weather service predicts a record 34°C this week for the Paris region.”


“At 2:20 p.m., temperatures climbed to 30.2 degrees at the national weather station in De Bilt, making Tuesday officially a tropical day.

This is the latest in the year that temperatures in the Netherlands topped 30 degrees since temperature measurements started in 1901, Weeronline reported.”


The Northern Hemisphere just sweltered through its hottest summer on record, according to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“The period from June through August was 2.11 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average in the Northern Hemisphere, while globally, this August ranked as the second-hottest since record keeping began in 1880.”


Earth barreling toward ‘Hothouse’ state not seen in 50 million years, epic new climate record shows…

“According to the researchers, the current pace of anthropogenic global warming far exceeds the natural climate fluctuations seen at any other point in the Cenozoic era, and has the potential to hyper-drive our planet out of a long icehouse phase into a searing hothouse state.”


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14th September 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A big chunk of ice has broken away from the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf – 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden – in north-east Greenland.

“The ejected section covers about 110 square km; satellite imagery shows it to have shattered into many small pieces.

“The loss is further evidence say scientists of the rapid climate changes taking place in Greenland.


In what can be described as a miraculous discovery, Russian scientists have discovered a 39,000-year-old perfectly preserved cave bear and cub in Siberia.”

[Plenty more of these remains will be “miraculously” appearing as the permafrost melts].


All fishing of Yukon River fall chum has been closed following what’s now been confirmed as the lowest run on record

“What’s unusual… is that while this year’s Chinook salmon run also failed to meet spawning goals, the total number of fish that entered the river still fell within the range forecasted in the preseason. The fall chum, however, basically failed to show up at all.”


A year ago in August, so much rain fell around Grand Island that a man kayaked through part of the Nebraska State Fair.

Fast forward a year, and now Grand Island, along with more than half of Nebraska, is in drought. Aggressive range fires have returned after a hiatus from wet years… August 2020 was Nebraska’s driest August in 126 years of record-keeping.”


Wildfires scorching the West Coast have devastated the small city of Detroit, Oregon — located about 120 miles southeast of Portland

Major fires spanning several states have burned 4.6 million acres, national fire officials say. That’s an area roughly equivalent to Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.”


A ‘firenado’ has been captured on camera in California as wildfires tear through large swathes of the west coast, killing at least 35 people. Footage showing a wildfire meeting a column of air to create a tornado-like effect was posted on TikTok on Thursday went viral over the weekend.

Social media users nicknamed the state ‘Hellifornia‘…”


California’s wildfire smoke plumes are unlike anything previously seen – Smoke plumes have reached 55,000 feet in height, with embedded thunderstorms, lightning and possible tornadoes…

“…this year hasn’t just been wild — it’s virtually unprecedented in scope and scale.” [unprecedented fires in the Arctic and Pantanal as well. Welcome to the Pyrocene.]


Tropical Storm Sally could be a Category 2 hurricane when it reaches the United States near New Orleans on Tuesday morning.

“Hurricane warnings have now been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.”


Churning in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday night as it approaches Bermuda

“The storm is forecast to make landfall on the self-governing British territory either Sunday night or Monday morning, bringing with it what the NHC described as “a prolonged period of strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall.””


Oil has washed up to Venezuela’s west coast after a leak in a pipeline that takes crude to the country’s main refinery, national oil company PDVSA said on Saturday.

“The spill has spread over more than 13 kilometres (eight miles) according to the environmental commission of the opposition-majority national parliament.”


France set for record-high September temperatures as summer returns – Several parts of France will see temperatures climb above the 35C-mark on Monday with the country set for a period of “exceptionally hot” weather.

“A sign of things to come, say climate specialists.”


Romanian farmers are bearing the brunt of a severe drought that has hit the south-eastern regions of the country.

“Theodor Ichim, who lost almost all his crops this year due to lack of rain and an irrigation system for his land, came up with an original way to bring attention to his plight and that of many other farmers.

“Using his tractor and a tillage machine, he ploughed the words “we want water” into one of his dry fields…”


A gold mine has collapsed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 50 people, officials said.

“The incident in a makeshift mine occurred Friday in the town of Kamituga, South Kivu province, after torrential rain, local authorities said Saturday.”


The floods in Sudan have killed 102 people, injured 46 more and affected over 550,000 people in 17 of the country’s 18 states, the United Nations… has reported…

“The UN organisation continued: “More than 500 square kilometres of land flooded in Khartoum, Al Gezira and White Nile States, and more than 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged.””


Kerala is likely to receive 2,300 mm of rain for the third consecutive year, said… the Tamil Nadu Weatherman.

“However, Kerala could receive record rainfall in 150 year this September, the weather expert from Tamil Nadu said. If the rains continue, Kerala will receive over 2,000 mm of rain in two or three days.”


Kolkata – Prices of vegetables soared, some to the extent of nearly 100% over the last nine days, across the retail markets on Sunday.

“Untimely downpours have also widened the demand-supply gap. Since August [the region] received record rainfall and it’s continuing in September, much of the standing crops were damaged.”


11 dead and several missing after massive Nepal landslides.

“Landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains swept through three villages in Nepal, destroying hundreds of houses.”


In addition to battling its heaviest rainfall in recent years, Bangladesh is also struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak

“The people who are most vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic are the same people who are “living on the front lines of climate change,” said Afsari Begum, senior specialist for disaster risk reduction at the development charity, Practical Action.”


Two days of torrential rain have led to flooding in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Sunday (Sept 13), causing damage to public facilities and forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.

“The floods prompted around 600 families from the Merbau district of North Labuhan Batu regency to seek shelter…”


Nearly 1,500 homes were flooded and one person was killed Sunday following heavy rains in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province.

“In a statement, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the rains caused flooding in the province’s Melawi region.”


Torrential rain has pummeled parts of Japan, with more downpours feared across the country. The Meteorological Agency says atmospheric conditions remain unstable nationwide due to a front over Japan and a low pressure system to the country’s south.

The agency issued a record one-hour rainfall alert in some areas across the country from Friday night through Saturday morning.”


“The stifling heat is becoming more dangerous with climate change. One reason is because global heating is not occurring evenly: Lower nighttime temperatures that typically provide critical relief from the hot days are disappearing.

Summer night temperatures are warmer now, and they are warming at a faster rate than daytime temperatures…”


The planet hasn’t warmed this fast in tens of millions of years – Scientists just completed one of the most comprehensive investigations of Earth’s climate history—and the findings aren’t favorable.

“They found that the planet could eventually warm to levels it hasn’t reached in at least 34 million years.”


Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes.

“One by one, climate and disaster records and milestones have been shattered in 2020. The stories of the extremes make daily headlines.”


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11th September 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

California’s historically bad fire season marked another sobering milestone Thursday when the August Complex burning on the North Coast became the largest wildfire in state history

“California’s previous largest fire, the Mendocino Complex, burned 459,000 acres just two years ago and reached into another part of the same forest as the August Complex.”


Authorities in Oregon now say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires.

“The latest figures from Thursday evening come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That’s over 10% of the state’s 4.2 million population.”


Last month was the hottest August on record since Colorado started tracking temperatures in 1895.

“Now a map released weekly by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows over half the state is experiencing extreme drought, exacerbated by intense heat.”


After shattering records over the Labor Day weekend with temperatures in the 90s and 100s along the Southern Rocky Mountains, winter abruptly showed up Tuesday morning in Colorado

“That type of temperature swing is not necessarily uncommon in Colorado in the winter months, but it’s unprecedented for September.”


Massachusetts just experienced its hottest summer on record, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that looks at 126 years of historical data…

Similarly, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Arizona also endured their warmest recorded summers…”


Fifteen states are suing the Bureau of Land Management, its parent agency the Interior Department and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for opening Alaska’s Coastal Plain up to oil and gas leasing in 2017 in what they say is a violation of environmental laws.

“”Defendants’ insufficient environmental review and Record of Decision that opens the entire Coastal Plain to oil and gas leasing and development are unlawful,” the states’ attorneys general wrote in a filing Wednesday.”


Vladimir Potanin’s sprawling Siberian mining operations make him the billionaire most exposed to the permafrost crisis

“Potanin [finds himself in] a paradoxical position: He manages a sprawling mining complex that produces raw materials needed for the transition away from fossil fuels, and his operations disgorge dangerous pollution into the fragile Arctic.

“The chief asset of Russia’s richest citizen—a chunk of the world’s ice cap—is melting before his eyes.”


A tropical plume is set to scorch much of the UK next week with temperatures forecast to rise dramatically

“Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services said: “Early next week we are likely to see temperatures lift into the 30Cs across parts of Britain as heat arrives with a vengeance.”

“He added: “It is entirely possible that …this September [could be] the hottest for more than 100 years.”


It’s been a bad year for Venice. In November, the highest tides in over 50 years left the famous Italian lagoon city drenched and devastated.

“Fast forward to February when the surrounding region, Veneto, suffered Italy’s – and Europe’s – first death from coronavirus at the start of the epidemic, which went on to kill over 35,000 people in the country.”


After a short respite from temperatures well over 40°C, Cyprus is once more swelting under extreme weather conditions for this time of year.

“September ushered the hottest day ever recorded on the island with a scorching 46.2°C in Nicosia last Friday.”


Record flooding hammers African Sahel: “On September 7, Senegal recorded 124 millimeters of rain over the course of a seven-hour downpour. This is the same amount that would usually be expected across the entire rainy season running from July to September.

“In Nigeria, particularly the northwestern Kebbi State, flooding has damaged more than 500,000 hectares of farm produce amounting to around 5 billion naira ($13 million), according to NKC African Economics.”


Three months of pounding rain in Niger have left 65 people dead and affected nearly 330,000, while several areas of the capital Niamey remain underwater, the government said.

“The ministry of humanitarian action and disaster management told AFP on Tuesday that as of September 7, 51 people had died when their home collapsed in the floods, and 14 had drowned.”


Authorities in Burkina Faso have declared a state of natural disaster after days of heavy rains caused floods that killed at least 13 people and injured 19.

“Abdoul Karim Sango, minister of culture, arts and tourism, said in a news conference on Wednesday the flooding destroyed “many houses” and affected “many people”, without giving further details.”


Sudanese authorities and the United Nations are rolling out aid to tens of thousands who lost their homes in record Nile floods, but many of those camping out on roadsides and higher ground are despairing of when it will reach them.

“The floods have left at least 102 people dead in the country and destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes…”


Typhoons and floods raged through North Korea and affected at least 20,000 people in the country, according to a recent U.N. report published on Sept. 8.

“North Korea faced one of its worst monsoon seasons in years this summer, and was also hit by three major storms in just a two-week span [which has never been recorded before].”


Wildfire has infiltrated a Brazilian state park known for its population of jaguars as firefighters, environmentalists and ranchers in the world’s largest tropical wetlands region struggle to smother record blazes…

“There is little outlook for any near-term help from rainfall, said the Mato Grosso firefighters’ spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Sheila Sebalhos.”


Global wildlife populations have declined by more than two thirds in less than 50 years, a new report has warned.

“Conservation charity WWF said nature was in “freefall” due to human activity, mainly intensive agriculture and the destruction of habitat such as forests to produce food, as it published its latest Living Planet Report.”


A recent study from researchers at Stanford University shows that the growth rate of a type of plankton called phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent between 1998 and 2018, with uncertain implications for animals higher up the food chain (which is most of them, including us).”


The planet is showing signs it’s in peril.

“In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa, weirdly warm temperatures on the surface of tropical oceans, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic.”


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

Small Russian town is epicenter of unprecedented heatwave:

“The summer of 2020 beat the records. Since measurements started in year 1881, the temperatures in the Arctic have never been this high, according to Russia’s meteorological service Roshydromet.

“And the most extreme examples are found in the Russian part of the region… the average Russian Arctic temperatures were as much as 3-5 degrees Celsius higher than normal…

“Russian Arctic temperature records have this summer come one after another…. In June, the village of Vekhoyansk in northern Yakutia had the highest temperature ever measured north of the Arctic Circle — 38 degree Celsius.”


A woman who visited a “heave mound” on Siberia’s Arctic tundra before it exploded to form a huge crater said it was “as if the earth was breathing” and that the ground was shaking

“”She quickly left the place just in time before it exploded. If she had shown more curiosity, she would have been killed by this explosion and we would have the first victim.””


“Zombie” wildfires that were smoldering beneath the Arctic ice all winter suddenly flared to life this summer when the snow and ice above it melted, new monitoring data reveals.

“And this year has been the worst for Arctic wildfires on record, since reliable monitoring began 17 years ago…”


From South Jordan to South Willard and beyond, northern Utah residents are reporting widespread wind damage from an arctic storm the day after Labor Day.”



From summer heat to snow in 18 hours: Weather whiplash strikes Rocky Mountain states

“Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings blanket the Rockies, the alerts Monday overlapping with warnings advertising high fire danger as wildfires continue to rage across the West. Exceptionally hot, dry weather this week left many asking “is this a joke?” when bulletins were issued for the sudden anticipated snowfall.”


Uncontrolled wildfires driven by high winds and unprecedented temperatures raged across the U.S. West on Tuesday, incinerating the Washington town of Malden and threatening communities in Oregon and California

““The scale of this disaster really can’t be expressed in words,” said Brett Myers, sheriff of Whitman County, where the town of 200-300 people is located. “I pray everyone got out in time.””


California is having a record-breaking year of flames, as dozens of wildfires have set the state ablaze. Wildfires have burned more than 2.2 million acres (8,903 square kilometers) across California this year

“”This is crazy. We haven’t even got into the October and November fire season and we’ve broken the all-time record,” Cal Fire Capt. Richard Cordova told CNN.”


The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is continuing to chug along at a record pace with Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene forming over a period of just six hours Monday, as forecasters warn most of the strongest storms lie ahead.

“So far, 17 named storms have formed… putting it on a pace unseen since record-keeping began in 1851.”


Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon hit an 11-year high last year and has soared a further 25 percent in the first half of 2020, according to INPE.

“The tree loss is driven mainly by forest being cleared for cattle ranching, soy cultivation, and illegal gold mining and logging.”


Thousands of migrants fled a camp under COVID-19 lockdown after multiple fires gutted much of the site on the Greek island of Lesbos, authorities said early Wednesday…

“Wildfires fanned by strong winds were also burning in two other areas on the island.”


Torrential floods hit Algiers, Algeria’s capital, after heavy rains. September 7th and 8th, 2020.

“”The rains that fell on the night of Monday, September 7 in Algiers caused significant damage. These stormy rains, accompanied by hail, flooded several towns in the capital and paralyzed road traffic on several axes.”



Over 1,500 families in Northern Cameroon have been displaced as overwhelming floods – from heavy rainfall in the town of Maroua the last few days, have destroyed their homes, washed away livestock and devastated plantations.

“The installed embankment along the Logone River has also given out and even bridges have collapsed, leaving the inhabitants despondent [I’ll bet!].”


Frustration in Dakar as fresh Senegal floods wreak havoc.

“There is anger in Senegal over severe flooding that has left at least four people dead after Dakar and wide swathes of the country were steeped in heavy rains. Roads were blocked and homes collapsed.”


Rising Nile floodwaters are threatening to swamp an ancient archaeological site in Sudan after rivers in the country reached some of the highest ever recorded levels, archaeologists said.

“Teams have set up sandbag walls and are pumping out water to prevent damage at the ruins of Al-Bajrawiya, once a royal city of the two-millennia-old Meroitic empire…”


Projections show rainfall patterns shifting in Afghanistan, with longer dry spells, but heavier rain is also predicted in the spring and summer when the parched land cannot absorb it

““Afghanistan is extremely vulnerable to climate change. In a country where more than 50 per cent live in poverty and rely on the environment for their livelihoods, the effects of climate-induced disasters such as droughts and floods could be disastrous. Nor is the country equipped to handle these disasters.””


Torrential rains have claimed 246 lives and injured 170 others in Pakistan since June when the monsoon began in the country, the disaster management agency said on Monday.”


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he will reconsider year-end projects after a typhoon battered several areas of the country

“The typhoon damage left North Korea “with the situation in which we cannot help but change the direction of our struggle after comprehensively considering the year-end tasks that were under way … ” Kim said in a statement carried by KCNA.”


Scientists may just have identified Thwaites Glacier’s Achilles heel. This Antarctic colossus is melting at a rapid rate, dumping billions of tonnes of ice in the ocean every year and pushing up global sea-levels.

“Now, a UK-US team has surveyed the deep seafloor channels in front of the glacier that almost certainly provide the access for warm water to infiltrate and attack Thwaites’ underside.”


From erratic rainfall to severe droughts, global warming is increasing competition for water around the world, with water-related conflicts on the rise.

“According to the WRI, more than two billion people live in countries experiencing “high” water stress.”


“A report commissioned by federal regulators overseeing the nation’s commodities markets has concluded that climate change threatens U.S. financial markets, as the costs of wildfires, storms, droughts and floods spread through insurance and mortgage markets, pension funds and other financial institutions.

“A world wracked by frequent and devastating shocks from climate change cannot sustain the fundamental conditions supporting our financial system,” concluded the report…”


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