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27th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Torrential and record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flash flooding in the St. Louis area Tuesday morning, killing at least one person, forcing rescues of people trapped in vehicles and homes, and spurring road closures including on part of Interstate 70, officials said.

In St. Louis itself, more than 8 inches of rain had fallen from midnight to 7 a.m. CT — already surpassing the city’s all-time one-day record of 6.85 inches set on August 20, 1915, the National Weather Service said.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/26/weather/st-louis-flash-floods/index.html


Alaska Experiencing Wildfires It’s Never Seen Before…

“Alaska is burning this year in ways rarely or ever seen, from the largest wildfire in a typically mainly fireproof southwest region to a pair of blazes that ripped through forests and produced smoke that blew hundreds of miles to the Bering Sea community of Nome, where the normally crystal clear air was pushed into the extremely unhealthy category.”

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2022/07/26/677374.htm


Typically mild Pacific north-west braces for another blazing heatwave…

“Though the forecast falls short of June 2021 “heat dome” that brought temperatures of 116F (46.7C) to Portland, and 118F (47.8C) to other parts of the Pacific north-west, and resulted in more than 600 deaths, local officials say the duration of this heat wave is concerning.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/25/pacific-northwest-heat-wave-weather-climate


Exclusive: Thousands of U.S. cattle buried, dumped at Kansas landfill…

“[This is not] a typical method for disposing of bodies. But so many cows died in the unusual heat and humidity that facilities that normally convert carcasses into pet food and fertilizer products were overwhelmed, prompting the state government and cattle feeders to take emergency measures.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-thousands-us-cattle-buried-dumped-kansas-landfill-after-deadly-2022-07-26/


More human remains discovered at drought-stricken Lake Mead near Las Vegas.

“The human remains surfaced on Monday in the Boulder Beach swimming area at Lake Mead – the largest reservoir in the US formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River – which is rapidly receding due to climate change.”

https://news.sky.com/story/more-human-remains-discovered-at-drought-stricken-lake-mead-near-las-vegas-12659714


Taps Run Dry: Heat and Drought Ravage Monterrey, Mexico…

“The taps for domestic use get turned on first thing in the morning and are shut off by around 10 a.m., but many people have no water at all — instead lining up every day with large bottles at cisterns in the city. Some of those who do receive water have reported it coming out brown and cloudy…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-07-26/taps-run-dry-heat-and-drought-ravage-monterrey-mexico


Hottest July day on records for Paraguay today 25th July with 39.1C [102.4F] at the Vallemi Airport, near Concepcion.

“Also 38.6C at Las Palmas. Both exceed the previous record of 38.5C. In Argentina 36C at Las Lomitas. 3 more days of record heat are coming.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551662320367149064


As the Amazon burns, only the weather can ward off a catastrophe, experts say…

“Smoke from fires in parts of the Brazilian Amazon are getting closer to cities. The combination of the highest number of forest fires in 15 years and highest ever deforestation rate recorded in the month of June, this year’s dry season is off to a fiery start, raising concerns about its peak over the next few months.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/07/as-the-amazon-burns-only-the-weather-can-ward-off-a-catastrophe-experts-say/


Water chiefs are preparing for drought as the Met Office confirmed England’s driest eight month period since 1976.

“Officials at the Environment Agency (EA) are transferring water to low running rivers, rescuing fish and reoxygenating water, while water companies are implementing the early stages of their drought plans.”

https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-drought-very-likely-for-south-of-england-and-wales-after-driest-eight-month-period-since-1976-12659503


Wild salmon stocks are at their lowest on record in England, a government report has found.

“Officials said the number of fish was reaching “crisis point” with urgent action required, including removing barriers in waterways and improving water quality.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/25/wild-salmon-stocks-crisis-point-lowest-on-record-england


A record 90 out of 96 mainland French regions face water restrictions due to an ongoing drought, official figures showed on Tuesday, as scorching temperatures and low rainfall cause supply shortages in many areas.

“Only a handful of “departments” around the country are exempt from the restrictions, including the Paris area, the government’s drought website Propluvia shows.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220726-record-number-of-french-regions-face-water-restrictions


Record Temperatures, Wildfires Wreak Havoc on Europe’s Wineries and Vineyards.

“All over Europe, temperatures in wine regions have been sweltering at new highs, and heat waves are moving north into such normally cool countries as Germany. In the UK, temperatures above 40C (104F) were recorded for the first time. Winemakers worry this will lower yields by 25% or more for this vintage. Many had already been slammed by early [late, surely?] frost and hail.

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2022/07/26/677322.htm


Glaciers vanishing at record rate in Alps following heatwaves.

“The Alps’ glaciers are on track for their highest mass losses in at least 60 years of record keeping, as temperatures in the Alps are warming at around 0.3C per decade — around twice as fast as the global average.”

https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/glaciers-vanishing-at-record-rate-in-alps-following-heatwaves/


Another bad news for the Alps: The sounding at Payerne set a new record of the highest freezing line with 5184 m above sea level tonight. The previous record was 5117m on 20 July 1995.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551522656985309185


A melting glacier in the Alps has shifted the border between Switzerland and Italy, putting the location of an Italian mountain lodge in dispute.

“The borderline runs along a drainage divide – the point at which meltwater will run down either side of the mountain towards one country or the other.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/26/melting-alps-theodul-glacier-switzerland-italy-border-shifts


Swiss rivers hit record temperatures.

“Eleven river monitoring stations in Switzerland have recorded the highest temperatures since measurements began. Twenty-two further stations recorded record temperatures for July. The Aare at Thun (23.4°C) and at Bern (23.9°C) has never been hotter…”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/swiss-rivers-hit-record-temperatures/47780658


Hungary breaks 128-year nighttime temperature record [25.4c / 77.7F].

“”The (previous) highest night temperature level was recorded in the city of Szeged on July 24, 1894 at 24.6C (76.28 F) and the (latest) temperature was measured at 25.4C (77.72F) in the capital Budapest yesterday,” the Hungarian General Directorate of Meteorology said in a statement.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/hungary-breaks-128-year-nighttime-temperature-record/2645895


Wildfires Are Setting Off 100-Year-Old Bombs on WWI Battlefields.

“A wildfire is consuming Slovenia and as the blaze moves across areas that were once battlefields during World War I, it’s meeting century-old unexploded ordnance with deadly results… There are so many explosions due to the raging fire that officials have stopped counting them…”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/4axwe3/wildfires-are-setting-off-100-year-old-bombs-on-wwi-battlefields


Drought threatens Spain’s ‘green gold’ harvest [olives]…

“We are used to a lack of water, but not to this point,” said Felipe Elvira. The region used to get 800 litres (210 gallons) of rainfall per square metre, but is set to get around half that amount this year, he said. “Every year it’s worse,” Elvira said.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220727-drought-threatens-spain-s-green-gold-harvest


‘Zoe’ Becomes the World’s First Named Heat Wave.

The world’s first named heat wave hit Seville, Spain, this week, pushing temperatures past 110 degrees Fahrenheit [43.3C] and earning the most severe tier in the city’s new heat wave ranking system. Heat wave “Zoe” has brought scorching temperatures to the southern part of the country for the last few days…”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/zoe-becomes-the-worlds-first-named-heat-wave/


Photos: Mauritanians dig deeper wells to cope with climate change…

“In recent years, rains have been erratic and inconsistent, sometimes too light, other times overwhelmingly strong – as evidenced by a collapsed well nearby, brought about when a torrential rain soaked the landscape. The words “climate change” are on everyone’s lips.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2022/7/27/photos-mauritanians-dig-deeper-wells-to-cope-with-climate-change


As floods wreak havoc again [Nigeria]…

“Last week, floods and flash floods were reported in Yobe State, resulting in several fatalities… The unmistakable impact of the climate change crisis is in every state in Nigeria and the heavy rainfall that results from it now force streams and rivers to overflow their banks while reservoirs burst if water is not released on time.”

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/07/26/as-floods-wreak-havoc-again/


At least 13 people died and more than 1,000 were left homeless after heavy rainfall triggered floods in the Central African Republic last week, the Red Cross told AFP on Monday.

Local Red Cross chief Antoine Mbao Bogo said he was “surprised” at a toll he described as unprecedented in a country where flooding is frequent.

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1173493/cafrica-floods-kill-13-leave-over-1000-homeless.html


Farmers in Iraqi Kurdistan seeking to irrigate crops face seeing their economic lifeline slip away as the waters of Lake Dukan recede and dams upstream in Iran stem the flow.

“Bapir Kalkani, who is also a trade unionist, farms near the picturesque lake but has seen marked changes over the past three years as Iraq suffers prolonged drought.”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/iraqi-kurd-farmers-battle-drought-lake-dukan-retreats


The heat is brutal in Central Asia with temperatures still near 47C [116.6F] in Turkmenistan. In Northern Iran new all time high at Khor with 48.7C [119.7F], an absolute record beaten twice in 2 months.

“The extreme heat will persist for 3/4 more days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551839746153930756


Flash floods across Pakistan have killed at least 310 people and injured hundreds, with the government issuing warnings of further extreme monsoon downpours in 14 more cities.

“The southern city of Karachi, home to 16 million people, has seen neighbourhoods and vehicles submerged in knee-deep muddy flood water; roads are impassable. At least 15 people have died since Saturday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/27/flash-floods-kill-over-300-in-pakistan-as-more-monsoon-rain-is-forecast


The heat wave in China keeps setting records:

Yesterday the metropolis of Guangzhou tied its all time record of highest temperature in its downtown station of Huadu Stadium with 39.3C while the town of Gaoyao broke it with 38.8C. Today new all time record at Shimian with 40.6C [105.1F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551930343791497217


Blackouts in China as heatwave pushes electricity usage to record levels.

A long-running heatwave in China has pushed electricity usage to record levels in some areas and led to blackouts, with warnings that the high temperatures are expected to continue for at least another week.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/26/chinas-long-running-heatwave-raises-electricity-usage-and-causes-blackouts


Japanese Insurers Sell Heatstroke Coverage as Temperatures Soar to Record Levels.

“As temperatures soar to unprecedented levels from Europe to Asia this summer, some Japanese insurance companies have begun selling policies to protect people struck down by heatwaves. Sompo Holdings Inc. and Sumitomo Life Insurance Co., two of the country’s biggest insurers, are offering policies specifically designed to cover medical expenses arising from heatstroke.”

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2022/07/26/677313.htm


The current surface melt anomaly over the Svalbard ice caps is incredible with a cumulated melt from the beginning of this summer 2 times larger than previous records!!

https://twitter.com/xavierfettweis/status/1550577008941404163


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25th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Europe is not just experiencing heatwaves on land. The Mediterranean Sea is experiencing a brutal marine heatwave this July, which will have devastating impacts on marine ecosystems while also enhancing heatwaves on land.

Water temperatures are as high as 6.2°C above normal! 6.2°C is 11°F above normal. Keep in mind water has more than 4X the heat capacity of air which means it’s much harder for water to warm than air.

“A 6.2°C sea surface temperature anomaly in the Mediterranean is simply astonishing.”

https://twitter.com/US_Stormwatch/status/1550967976395845632


Lesbos tourist resort evacuated as wildfire destroys homes…

“Firefighters on the Greek mainland were also battling for a third day a wildfire in the Dadia national park, the country’s largest Natura 2000 site known for its black vulture colony, in the north-eastern region of Evros.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/23/lesbos-tourist-resort-evacuated-wildfire-destroys-homes-greece


Italy’s famous Po Valley rice paddies decimated by drought.

“The roar of Mr Dario Vicini’s motorcycle cuts through the silence as he drives across his rice paddy to survey the destruction wrought by Italy’s worst drought in 70 years. His fields are nothing but desolation, with rice stems slowly dying in the sandy ground.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/italys-famous-po-valley-rice-paddies-decimated-by-drought


European Heat Wave:

Slovakia: Prievidza 38.6C [101.5F] 21 July – all time record; Slovenia monthly records: Doblice 39.4C, Metlika 38.3C, Ljubljana center 38.0C, Ljubljana AP 37.2C; Croatia: Zagreb 39.1C 2nd hottest day since 1881; Italy Treviso 40.2C [104.4F] all time high, 0.1C from Veneto record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1550919318413746177


Karst Region on Fire – The Largest, Historic Wildfire on Record in Slovenia spreads fast under the new extreme heat dome Heatwave event over Europe

“Thousands of firefighters, with help of helicopters and Canadair planes, are battling the uncontrolled fire, saving numerous villages and small towns in the region.”

https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/heatwave-heat-dome-slovenia-historic-wildfire-karst-summer-july-2022-mk/


European Heat Wave: Among the main cities in Hungary which had its hottest day in history today there was Szeged which rose to 40.1C / 104F (prev. 39.8C July 2007).

“Another major city, Debrecen, tied its July record with 38.5C (=July 1950)… 41.5C at two other stations; this is just 0.4C from the Hungarian national absolute record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1550933772245159939


UK also broke its land surface temperature record.

“…satellites are routinely mapping the energy retained in the “skin” of the Earth – what someone would feel if they placed their hand on the ground. And that rose to 48C [118.4F] in the UK on both Monday and Tuesday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62257163


Major fire incident declared in Surrey and Londoners urged not to barbecue…

“London fire brigade has also said it is tackling multiple “significant” fires related to the hot weather in the city, with incidents reported in Enfield, Hayes and Thamesmead, and has issued a plea to the public to cancel any planned barbecues.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/24/major-incident-declared-surrey-fire-hankley-common


Morocco to implement new measures tackling water scarcity amid worsening drought.

“Moroccan authorities on Friday instructed that the water flow distributed to citizens be regulated as the country grapples with a drought, exacerbated by scorching temperatures and decreased rainfall.”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/morocco-implement-new-measures-tackling-water-scarcity


‘Just waiting to die’: The Kenyans surviving on berries in drought-stricken north.

“It has been three years since the small village of Purapul in northern Kenya saw any significant rainfall and residents have been forced to turn to eating bitter wild berries in order to survive, though some say it is just a matter of time until they succumb to starvation.”

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20220722-just-waiting-to-die-the-kenyans-surviving-on-berries-in-drought-stricken-north


Water apartheid alive and well in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Nelson Mandela Bay’s water system remains on the precipice. Dams are drying out and demand outpaces supply. Despite the intervention of minister of water and sanitation Senzo Mchunu there are new leaks on a daily basis… The residents of Nelson Mandela Bay are divided between two realities.”

https://mg.co.za/opinion/2022-07-25-water-apartheid-alive-and-well-in-nelson-mandela-bay/


Yemen: Floods caused by torrential rain kill 10 people, including children.

“Torrential rain lashed war-torn Yemen’s capital and its environs on Sunday, causing flooding and a building collapse that together killed 10 people, including four children, authorities said. The four children were killed in the building collapse…”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/yemen-floods-kill-10-people-including-children


Flash floods kill at least 22 people in southern Iran.

“Officials of the local Red Crescent Society aid group on Saturday confirmed the deaths, adding that 150 emergency responders and an aerial unit are working at the scene at the town of Estahban, 174km (108 miles) east of the provincial capital, Shiraz.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/23/flash-floods-kill-at-least-21-people-in-southern-iran


Flash floods triggered by heavy rains caused massive destruction in the Kandia tehsil of Upper Kohistan [Pakistan] on Sunday as at least 50 houses and mini-power stations were washed away, an official said.

“The flooding coincides with heavy rains in Chitral and Peshawar, where one person died and two were injured in the last 24 hours, according to the PDMA.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1701324


‘Biblical’ Flash Floods Hit Russian Black Sea Resort amid Storms, Tornadoes.

“A massive flood hit Russia’s Sochi on Saturday, leaving streets in the country’s largest resort city under water as the Bzugu River overflowed after heavy rains. According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, at least one person has died.”

https://www.newsweek.com/biblical-flash-floods-hit-russian-black-sea-resort-amid-storms-tornadoes-1727437


Brutal heat wave in Central Asia with temperatures over 47C [116.6F] in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Incredible warmth at high elevations in Tajikistan: Darvaz 1290m 42.8C; Khorog 2080m 39.0C (yesterday) (+ tropical night) – record; Murgab 3580m 28.4C – record. And there is no end in sight.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1550532940169461760


Heatwaves Could Cause Energy Crunch In Central Asia.

“Kyrgyzstan’s state power supplier has warned of possible energy shortages as consumers set a new daily record for power consumption in summer. Central Asia is being gripped by the same heatwave blanketing much of the northern hemisphere.”

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Heatwaves-Could-Cause-Energy-Crunch-In-Central-Asia.html


Heatwaves hit China with temperatures reaching record high in E.China’s Zhejiang, Fujian.

“…the temperature at Wenzhou national meteorological station in East China’s Zhejiang Province reached 41.8C [107.2F], breaking the station’s record of 41.7C set on July 15, 2003, local media reported. Jin’an national meteorological station in Fujian Province also witnessed record temperature of 41.1C on Saturday.”

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1271202.shtml


China’s Xinjiang warns of flash floods, cotton risks amid sizzling heatwaves.

“China’s Xinjiang on Saturday warned of more flash floods and mudslides and risks to agriculture as heatwaves swept across the region, accelerating the pace of glacial melt and posing hazards for its vast cotton production.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/chinas-xinjiang-warns-of-flash-floods-cotton-risks-amid-sizzling-heatwaves-101658552179039.html


Incredible Hong Kong: Hottest July day on records beaten for the 3rd day in a row.

“Sheng Shui reached 39.0C [102.2F], beating the values of yesterday and the day before yesterday. Tai Moh Shan Peak tied again its highest temperature on records with 29.4C. The Int. AP 37.4C (record 37.7C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551126648568877057


Record heat again in Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. On 22nd July the temperature rose to 32.7C [90.1F] at Sobolevo, pulverizing its previous all time high of 29.4C by 3.3C!

“First 30, 31, 32 and… almost 33 [91F] on the same day. Data from 1938.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1550761174203088898


Christchurch [NZ] is set to record its wettest July on record and it isn’t over just yet.

“Records show the garden city has experienced double its average rainfall in the past month, and is now expected to break a longstanding 1977 record for the wettest July. MetService’s Lewis Ferris told 1News that it had been a month of bad weather.”

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/24/christchurch-to-record-its-wettest-july-on-record/


Mega-drought, glacier melt, and deforestation plague Latin America and the Caribbean.

“From the Amazon to the Andes and the snowy depths of Patagonia, extreme weather and climate change are causing mega-drought, extreme rainfall, deforestation and glacier melt across the Latin America and the Caribbean region, according to a UN report published on Friday.”

https://www.indiablooms.com/health-details/E/11760/mega-drought-glacier-melt-and-deforestation-plague-latin-america-and-the-caribbean.html


A new abnormal winter warm spell is affecting Northern Argentina and Paraguay.

“On 24th July the temperature reached 38.1C [100.6F] at Las Palmas, 0.4C from the Paraguayan July national heat record. Las Lomitas in Argentina also exceeded 35C [95F]. Next days will be even hotter.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1551286929466990592


Thousands ordered to flee as officials declare state of emergency due to ‘explosive’ California wildfire.

“A state of emergency has been declared in California’s Mariposa County after thousands were ordered to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park on Saturday.”

https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-americans-ordered-to-flee-homes-due-to-explosive-yosemite-wildfire-12657950


Las Vegas officials limit size of swimming pools amid serious drought.

“Facing a serious drought, Las Vegas is diving into action in an effort to reduce the amount of water waste. With the Lake Mead reservoir drying up, Clark County officials voted to shrink the size of swimming pools to no more than 600 square feet.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/23/las-vegas-officials-limit-size-of-swimming-pools-amid-serious-drought/


North-eastern US endures record-breaking heat…

“Philadelphia was forecast to hit 100F (38C) on Sunday before even factoring in humidity. Newark, New Jersey saw its fifth consecutive day of 100F or higher, the longest such streak since records began in 1931. Boston also hit 100F, surpassing the previous daily record high of 98F set in 1933.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/24/north-eastern-us-record-breaking-heat-health-warnings


Scientists: Hungry Polar Bears Eating Food Waste to Survive.

“Scientists from the U.S. and Canada say Arctic warming is reducing the food supply for polar bears. The animals are forced to look for food at waste sites. That is causing problems for both the bears and humans.”

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/scientists-hungry-polar-bears-eating-food-waste-to-survive/6666967.html


Tyre dust: the ‘stealth pollutant’ that’s becoming a huge threat to ocean life…

““When we tested the tyres it killed all the fish,” said McIntyre. From there, they were able to identify the culprit: a toxic chemical known as 6PPD-quinone, the product of the preservative 6PPD, which is added to tyres to stop them breaking down.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/25/tyre-dust-the-stealth-pollutant-becoming-a-huge-threat-to-ocean-life


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22nd July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Heat is unstoppable in China and also in nearby Taiwan: After weeks of being close to the record, on 21st July Taiwan recorded its highest temperature in history with 40.7C /105.3F at Yuli (Hualien county).

“Also, all time high at Sanmen, China with 41.8C / 107.2F. Temperatures will keep rising.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1550073101462806528


China endures summer of extreme weather as record rainfall and scorching heat wave cause havoc.

“Towns and farmlands inundated by floods, homes and roads buried by landslides, crops withering under scorching heat, hazmat-suited Covid workers collapsing from heatstroke. Since summer began, scenes of devastation and misery have been playing out across China as the world’s most populous nation grapples with an unrelenting torrent of extreme weather emergencies.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/20/china/china-summer-extreme-weather-climate-change-intl-hnk-mic/index.html


Tornado kills 1 in eastern China as country faces high temps.

“A tornado blew through 11 villages in a farming region of eastern China, damaging homes, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others… Tornadoes are relatively rare in China, although 12 people were killed and more than 300 injured in Jiangsu and the central city of Wuhan by tornadoes last year.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/china-ap-tornado-beijing-jiangsu-b2128147.html


Massive sandstorm in northwest China plunges towns into darkness

“A massive sandstorm darkened towns and villages in northwest China as it swept through the Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province on July 20, 2022. Video showed the storm rising ominously on the horizon before it moved into populated areas…”

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3186169/massive-sandstorm-northwest-china-plunges-towns-darkness


Wednesday’s record rains in Bangkok cripple the centre of the city.

“Wednesday night’s downpour wasn’t just torrential, it was record breaking. In fact it was the highest rainfall recorded in 67 years in some areas of the centre of the Thai capital. Even the 20 baht convenience store raincoats were no match for the torrential rain.”

https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/weather/wednesdays-record-rains-in-bangkok-cripple-the-centre-of-the-city


Lahore [Pakistan] receives record-rainfall in seven-hour long downpour.

“A seven-hour spell of heavy rainfall lashed parts of Lahore on Thursday as the provincial capital of the Punjab province received at most 234 mm [9.2 inches] of downpour during the period, ARY NEWS reported.”

https://arynews.tv/lahore-receives-185mm-rain-in-seven-hour-long-unabated-downpour/


Pakistan Floods: Death Toll Tops 282 In 4 Weeks Of Mayhem Triggered By Rains, Flash Floods…

“As flood conditions worsened due to incessant downpours, Pakistan authorities fear the count to rise. According to a report by The Associated Press, more than 5,000 houses have been washed away as the rains lashed pockets of Pakistan whilst it is reeling under a massive financial crunch.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/pakistan-news/pakistan-floods-death-toll-tops-282-in-4-weeks-of-mayhem-triggered-by-rains-flash-floods-articleshow.html


Senegal capital wades through floodwater after heavy rain…

“Wednesday’s downpour was particularly strong, however, with 84 millimetres (3.3 inches) of rain recorded in Dakar in the space of two hours… Rainfall qualifies as “extreme” when it surpasses 50 millimetres (2 inches), said senior ANACIM official Pape Ngor Ndiaye.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/senegal-capital-wades-through-floodwater-after-heavy-rain/47768720


Namibia has lost nearly 20 percent of its forest area during the past 30 years as a result of unsustainable use of resources, a government official said Wednesday.

“To contain the loss, Namibia is pondering introducing a provision in its law that will compel everyone who harvests vegetation to plant more, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta told a national conference in Windhoek, the capital.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2022/07/20/namibia-loses-nearly-20-percent-of-forest-in-last-30-years/


Forest fires singe Lebanon as Europe wilts under heat wave… A major forest fire started in Lebanon today.

“The blaze broke out in forested areas in the town of Qabaait in northern Lebanon’s Akkar governorate. The fire reached close to people’s homes and damaged pine trees and olive groves in the area.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/forest-fires-singe-lebanon-europe-wilts-under-heat-wave


The sea in Mallorca is three degrees warmer than usual…

“”These high values ​​affect the marine ecosystem. They are huge anomalies that coincide with atmospheric heat waves. A single heat wave can have limited effects, but if they happen very often, the impact on the marine ecosystem will be negative.“”

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/weather/weather/2022/07/21/103757/mallorca-weather-the-sea-three-degrees-warmer-than-usual.html


Extreme drought forces water conservation measures in Algarve [Portugal]…

“The warning coming from AMAL is that rain is very badly needed, and that if it continues to rain as little as it did this past year, the Algarve could be “in serious trouble”. “If the next water year is the same as the last, water may start to run short in the taps of the Algarvian people by October 2023,” explained AMAL boss António Pina said.”

https://www.portugalresident.com/extreme-drought-forces-water-conservation-measures-in-algarve/


Italy drought: Lombardy farmers warned that water could run out before the end of July.

“The northern region of Lombardy is one of the hardest hit… “The last reserves for agriculture are running out and cannot last beyond 25-30 July,” Attilio Fontana, governor of Lombardy, told a press conference in Milan on Tuesday.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/07/20/italy-drought-lombardy-farmers-warned-that-water-could-run-out-before-the-end-of-july


Red alert: 40°C [104F], water shortages, forest fires come to Hungary.

“New heat records are expected for this weekend in Hungary. Daily temperatures can even reach 40°C in some parts of the country, with no hope for precipitation. As a result of the extreme weather, red code warning has been issued in the country. The heatwave alert is in effect from Thursday morning until Monday evening.”

https://dailynewshungary.com/heatwave-alert-40c-to-come-this-week-causing-water-shortages-and-forest-fires-in-hungary/


Hamburg in northern Germany has just smashed its all-time heat record and exceeds 40°C [104F] for the first time in recorded history.”

https://twitter.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1549817154182283264


Historic hot day in Sweden with up to 37.2°C [99F] in Målilla, which is the new *reliable* national all-time record!

“37.0°C in Härsnäs; 36.9°C in Horn & Linköping-Malmslätt;

“36.4°C in Kvarn; 36.2°C in Eskilstuna.”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1550182047137665024


Britain’s rail services severely disrupted as heatwave damage is repaired.

“Severe disruption on Britain’s railway continued on Wednesday while engineers worked to repair the effects of an unprecedented heatwave, as Network Rail announced a new “resilience taskforce” to plan for future extreme weather.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jul/20/britains-rail-services-severely-disrupted-as-heatwave-damage-is-repaired


Scotland’s record-breaking highest temperature, achieved on Tuesday, is even higher than first thought.

“It was reported provisionally that Charterhall in the Scottish Borders set a new high of 34.8C on Tuesday (previous high 32.9C at Greycrook)… But confirmation has been issued by the Met Office of a provisional reading of 35.1C (95.1F) at Floors Castle in Kelso in the Scottish Borders.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62230571


And a quick recap of recent UK heat records for you:

2018 – joint-hottest summer UK

2019 – hottest winter day UK: 21.2C

2019 – hottest Easter Sunday UK: 29.4C

2019 – 2nd hottest temp UK: 38.7C

2021 – hottest summer for W Scotland

2021 – hottest temp N Ireland: 31.3C

2022 – UK hottest night then hottest temp: 40.3C


Record temperatures set across US as heat wave engulfs nation.

“A relentless US heat wave that has triggered health alerts for more than 100 million people is set to intensify this weekend, with temperatures and humidity forecast to surge to suffocating highs in many parts of the country.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220721-record-temperatures-set-across-us-as-heat-wave-engulfs-nation


After a brutally hot day, Oklahoma and Texas had to suffer a terribly hot night, in some cases the hottest on records.

“Frederick had a Tmin of 90F/32C after yesterday Tmax of 114F/46C. It smashed by 3F its previous highest Minimum temperature. Most of USA is sizzling today.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1549862095348535303


Texas is hit by record twenty four wildfires that have burned through 7,700 acres and destroyed multiple homes amid record 110F heatwave and winds that have fanned flames…

“With excessive heat warnings expected in the next 10 days and little rain forecast, the flames are expected to claim more property as they draw closer to urban areas.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11033437/Texas-hit-record-24-wildfires-burning-7-700-acres-destroying-homes-Lone-Star-State.html


Alarm as fastest growing US cities risk becoming unlivable from climate crisis.

“The ferocious heatwave that is gripping much of the US south and west has highlighted an uncomfortable, ominous trend – people are continuing to flock to the cities that risk becoming unlivable due to the climate crisis.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/20/us-fastest-growing-cities-risk-becoming-unlivable-climate-crisis


Lake Mead drops to record-low water levels amid dangerous drought conditions.

“ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses the severe drought in Lake Mead in Nevada that provides water to 40 million Americans, suffering its lowest levels since the 1930s [when it was created by the Hoover dam].”

https://news.yahoo.com/lake-mead-drops-record-low-095428813.html


Anchorage could see wettest July on record as continuing rain prompts flood advisories.

“Communities throughout the region have already received roughly triple the rainfall that normally occurs during July, said National Weather Service forecaster Adam Przepiora. Anchorage is likely to break its monthly precipitation record, Przepiora said.”

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2022/07/20/anchorage-could-see-wettest-july-on-record-as-continuing-rain-prompts-flood-advisories/


The amount of Greenland ice that melted last weekend could cover West Virginia in a foot of water.

“The water off the coast of northwest Greenland is a glass-like calm, but the puddles accumulating on the region’s icebergs are a sign that a transformation is underway higher on the ice sheet. Several days of unusually warm weather in northern Greenland have triggered rapid melting…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/20/world/greenland-heat-wave-ice-melting-climate/index.html


Smoke over Siberia. During the first week of July, NASA satellites began detecting signs that several wildland fires were burning in Russia’s far east.

“Two weeks later, several fires had grown much larger and more intense, creating rivers of smoke that flowed over parts of Khabarovsk and the neighboring Republic of Sakha… According to Sakha’s emergencies ministry, 51 fires burned across roughly 9,737 hectares (38 square miles) on July 18.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-image-siberia.html


The long-tailed macaque and the monarch butterfly are among species classed as endangered for the first time, as Earth’s biodiversity declines accelerate.

“All the world’s remaining 26 sturgeon species are now also officially at risk of extinction, up from 85 per cent in 2009.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/endangered-species-butterfly-iucn-red-list-b2128537.html


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20th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

UK shatters record for its hottest day ever; London fire service declares ‘major incident’.

“Britain recorded its hottest-ever day Tuesday, with temperatures hitting a high of 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the east of England, as London’s fire service tackled several blazes across the capital.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/19/heatwave-uk-logs-hottest-day-on-record-with-temperature-hitting-102point4-f.html


Note: In the past 2 days almost every station in England and Wales beat its all time record. In some cases, in Northern England the records were beaten by incredible margins of 4C/5C or even more.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1549448769623793667


Wales has provisionally recorded its hottest day ever with the mercury hitting 37.1C [98.8F] in Hawarden, Flintshire. The Met Office said it had broken the previous record of 35.2C, set in the same place in 1990.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-62154870


The hottest day ever recorded in Scotland has seen temperatures hit 34.8C (94.6F) in the Borders.

“The Met Office confirmed Charterhall had provisionally set the new record on Tuesday. It surpasses the previous record of 32.9C recorded in Greycrook in the Borders on 9 August 2003.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62225963


Ireland has recorded its second highest temperature in history, according to Met Eireann.

“A temperature of 33C [91.4F] was recorded at the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Monday.

“This was just 0.3C cooler than the all-time high of 33.3C which was recorded at Kilkenny Castle on June 26, 1887.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ireland-dublin-people-ibiza-b2125988.html


Very hot also in Germany with a max. temperature of 39.5C [103.1F] at Duisburg. Several records were broken, the most important ones:

“All time records: 37.9C Bavern; 37.6C Wesertal; 37.2C Seesen; 37.3C Bad; Harzburg 37.3; Monthly: 36.8C Uelzen; 37.8C Mullheim.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1549467387564642304


Exceptional event in France with night temperatures above 30C [86F] with fohn effect.

The station of Pointe de la Hague [Normandy] had its hottest day on records (1921-2022, 101 years of data) in the middle of the night with 32.8C. This is an extremely rare event (for all time records).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1549333231727742976


Record high temperatures were registered in 64 different areas around France on Monday as a heatwave peaked in the country, the national weather service confirmed on Tuesday.

“Most of the highs were recorded along the western Atlantic coast where temperatures have soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and several forest fires are raging.”

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20220719-record-high-temperatures-registered-around-france-as-fires-rage-in-southwest


“Monster octopus” fires in France are “no longer controllable” as experts warn only a break in heatwave and change in weather can stop an inferno that has scorched an area four times the entire size of Bordeaux.

“In Gironde, 47,000 acres have been burnt in a blaze that has raged since last week and forced the evacuation of 37,000 people, including 16,000 on Monday, and a thousand zoo animals.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/07/19/europe-heatwave-deaths-spain-hero-digger-driver-wildfires/


Spain heatwave: passengers stuck on train surrounded by wildfires – video.

“Passengers on a train in Spain watched warily as a wildfire tore through vegetation near the track in the north-western province of Zamora. The train was travelling between Madrid and Ferrol in the Galicia region, but the Zamora wildfire forced it to a halt…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2022/jul/18/spain-heatwave-passengers-stuck-on-train-surrounded-by-wildfires-video


Wildfires in Spain, Morocco produce record-breaking carbon emissions.

“Fires in Spain produced 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions from June to July 17, the highest amount for June-July in any year since Copernicus’ dataset began in 2003. With more than 30 fires still raging as of Tuesday, Spain has already smashed through its previous record…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/wildfires-spain-morocco-produce-record-breaking-carbon-emissions-2022-07-19/


A new giant crack appeared on Sunday on the Marmolada glacier in northern Italy, two weeks after a deadly avalanche of ice and debris killed at least 11 people when a huge chunk of the glacier broke loose.

“The 200 metre long and 25 metre deep crack was spotted by the Alpine rescue service from a helicopter after a local Alpine guide reported a loud roar.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/europe/new-crack-in-italy-glacier-after-deadly-collapse-articleshow.html


Huge fire rages in Massarosa (Lucca) Italy as evacuations continue… Fire rescue crews are tackling the forest fire that broke out in the hills of Massarosa, a municipality in the province of Lucca, Italy late on Monday, July 18 and which has continued into Tuesday, July 19. Videos circulating online show the extent of the fire…”

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/07/19/fire-massarosa-lucca-italy/


Wildfires raged throughout Europe’s south, while the Greek capital is surrounded by flames visible from all over the Attica basin as the fire in Penteli has reached unmanageable proportions.

“According to a spokesman for the Athen’s Fire Service, the fire started at 17:19 on Tuesday, with authorities expressing intense concern early on and appealing to residents in the areas to standby for any evacuation.”

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/wildfires-nightmare-returns-to-%D0%B5uropes-south-burns-homes/


Romania Warns Corn Exports May Slump as Drought Shrinks Harvest.

Major European grains shipper Romania warned that it could export much less corn and sunflowers this season as it prioritizes local supplies after drought battered harvests. The country was by far the European Union’s biggest corn exporter last season, but output will probably slump significantly this year…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-19/romania-warns-corn-exports-may-slump-as-drought-shrinks-harvest


Canadian lakes getting warmer and shallower amid climate change: study.

“A survey of 143 different studies has found lakes everywhere are getting warmer, shallower and more subject to toxic algae blooms. Researchers say cold-water fish like lake trout are being pushed aside by others, such as smallmouth bass.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/9001153/canadian-lakes-climate-change/


New York – Cars were submerged in floodwater in northern New Jersey and New York City subway stations turned into impromptu waterfalls after heavy rain drenched the area Monday.

“In the Bronx, heavy rains triggered a large sinkhole that eventually claimed two vehicles parked in the wrong place at the wrong time. Doppler Radar estimated rainfall rates between 3-5 inches per hour…”

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/flash-flooding-new-jersey-new-york-july-2022


Blistering hot day in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas with many records broken:

“TX – Wichita Falls 114F [45.6C] – monthly record tied; Canadian 112F all time record tied; Pampa 111F – all time record tied; Abilene 110F – monthly record tied 1F from all time; Dallas Ft Worth 109F – 1 from July record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1549529424969826308


West Texas farmers claiming insurance as drought dries up cotton crop…

Although cotton is a drought-tolerant crop, this year’s heat made it nearly impossible for dry land fiber to grow. Cody Bessent, the CEO of Plains Cotton Growers, says that low cotton production will cause farmers, gins, and communities to lose money.”

https://www.kcbd.com/2022/07/18/west-texas-farmers-claiming-insurance-drought-hurts-cotton-crop/


Houston residents’ chemical exposure increased post-Hurricane Harvey, study finds.

“Researchers at Oregon State University used silicone wristbands to measure Houston residents’ increased exposure to hazardous chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017… On average, 75% of the chemicals detected across both timepoints were found in higher concentrations immediately after the hurricane.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220718143556.htm


Lake Mead forecast: Southwest should brace for more water cuts from Colorado River.

“More extreme water cuts are all but certain in the Southwest starting next year — including new water cuts for California — according to the latest government forecast for the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/18/us/west-water-cuts-lake-mead-colorado-river-climate/index.html


‘Water police’ patrol drought-hit Los Angeles streets.

“With reservoirs and rivers at historic lows, Los Angeles authorities have brought in water restrictions, such as limiting lawn irrigation to as little as eight minutes, twice per week. Ayala notes down the addresses of properties where he finds evidence of infringement. The first violation prompts a warning.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-police-patrol-drought-hit-los-angeles.html


Water situation is critical in four northern Mexican states… Drought is affecting over 90% of the territory of four northern Mexican states…

In Nuevo León… the water shortage prompted authorities to take the decision last month to limit access to water to just six hours per day in the metropolitan area of Monterrey.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9446153/water-situation-is-critical-in-four-northern-mexican-states/


480,000 told to evacuate as record rainfall hits southwestern Japan.

“Record torrential rain continued to fall in wide areas of southwestern Japan on Tuesday, partially disrupting public transportation and prompting local authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 480,000 people…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/19/national/record-rain-southwest-evacuation-transport/


New Zealand is off to the second warmest start on record – NIWA.

“While we may not be experiencing an over 40C heatwave like in Europe, the country is warmer than usual.

“On Wednesday, NIWA meteorologists revealed that the first six months of 2022 have been New Zealand’s second warmest on record, following 2016 at number one.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/07/new-zealand-is-off-to-the-second-warmest-start-on-record-niwa.html


Australia report reveals ‘shocking’ decline in environment…

“The report is undeniably grim, with the new Minister for the Environment, Tanya Plibersek, describing the findings as “shocking” and “a story of crisis and decline”. The report found that Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent in the world.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/19/australia-reveals-shocking-decline-in-its-unique-environment


Global biodiversity crisis is actually worse than we thought…

“The findings suggest that more species may be threatened than previously thought.

“The experts estimate that since 1500, 30 percent of all species have been threatened with extinction or driven extinct.”

https://www.earth.com/news/global-biodiversity-crisis-is-actually-worse-than-we-thought/


Two-Thirds Of Sharks In Global Fin Trade At Risk Of Extinction…

“Through DNA analyses, the team was able to determine which fins belonged to what shark species and found 86 different species. The kicker? Well, 61 of those are threatened with extinction.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissacristinamarquez/2022/07/19/two-thirds-of-sharks-in-global-fin-trade-at-risk-of-extinction/


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18th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“UK heatwave: Country may have hottest day on record with 41C [105.8F] forecast.”

I think it’s pretty unequivocal at this stage that the UK heat record will fall tomorrow (Tuesday) and it may well be topped today. Some forecasts are suggesting 42C [107.6F] in the East Midlands.

For reference, the previous record, set in 2019, is/was 38.7C [101.7F]. The highest temperature we reached in the epic heatwave of 1976, long regarded as the UK’s hottest summer, was 35.9C [96.6F].

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62201793


European heatwave threatens Britain’s supply of key chemicals…

“Chemical suppliers are readying contingency plans to avoid using the vital Rhine river in Germany, where depths at a key choke point are nearing extreme levels. Shipments of key chemicals will be transported by road or rail…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/16/european-heatwave-threatens-britains-supply-key-chemicals/


France braces for record temperatures; France was bracing Monday for the peak of the heatwave gripping the country, with crushing temperatures expected from the Mediterranean as far up as Brittany in the northwest.

“Forecasters have put 15 departments across the country on the highest state of alert for extreme temperatures…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220718-france-braces-for-record-temperatures


17th July Andorra had another record day with 38.7C [101.7F] again at Borda Vidal.

Absolutely mind blowing temperature of 42.0C [107.6F] recorded in Spanish Pyrenees at Torla-Ordesa (Huesca Province, Aragon) at an altitude of 1078m above sea level.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1548704631718641670


16th July was another record day in Spain:

“Pamplona 41.8C [107.2F] hottest day on records (Salamanca set an all-time record the day before; Madrid tied its all-time record and had its hottest night on record); Monthly records: Burgos 38.7C, 0.1C from all time record; Leon 37.9C, 0.3C from all time record; Foronda 39.4C [107.2F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1548608830044573697


Italy’s Water Crisis Sees Archaeological Remains Emerge From Drought-Stricken Rivers…

“From the dry bed of the Oglio river in the northwestern region of Lombardy, foundation stilts dating back to the Bronze age have appeared… The drought has caused fossils from several millennia ago and a 100,000-year-old skull belonging to a large deer to re-emerge from Lake Como. The remains of rhinos, hyenas and lions have also come to light.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2022/07/16/italys-water-crisis-sees-archeological-remains-emerge-from-drought-stricken-rivers/?sh=38c4cd2260a0


Europe’s big dry. An ‘unprecedented’ drought grips much of the Continent with worse to come…

“The drought has already crimped production of hydroelectric power and food, adding to market pressure from the war in Ukraine. Many city authorities have asked residents to cut back their use of drinking water. Things could get much worse… the forecasts are portentous.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-temperature-heat-wave-drought/


Heatwave: More evacuations as Mediterranean wildfires spread.

“France has evacuated more than 16,000 people threatened by wildfires in the south-west, as fires also spread in Spain, Croatia and Greece. In southern Spain, more than 3,200 people fled fires in the Mijas hills, though later some were able to return.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-62196045


Europe is frying in devastating heat, yet is burning more coal…

“Southern France was slammed by a heatwave so intense in June that Celine Imart was forced to harvest rapeseed in the middle of the night… Farmers elsewhere reported crackling dry crops spontaneously catching fire after coming into contact with the heat from harvesters… the extreme weather is a grim reminder of the dangers of delaying climate action.”

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bloomberg/news/2022-07-17-europe-is-frying-in-devastating-heat-yet-is-burning-more-coal


Firefighters struggle to contain wildfires in northern Morocco.

“Morocco has been in the grip of a heat wave for a week, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius… In four provinces – Larache, Ouezzane, Tetouan and Taza – the fires ripped through forestland that is difficult to access, said Fouad Assali, head of the National Centre for Forest Climate Risk Management.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/15/firefighters-struggle-to-contain-wildfires-in-northern-morocco


Flash floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan’s western Darfur region has killed at least 12 people, including children, the UN and an aid group say.

“Heavy rains started late Friday in the Kass locality in South Darfur province, according to the the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA.”

https://www.blayneychronicle.com.au/story/7822981/sudan-flooding-kills-12-says-un/?cs=10336


Glaciers on Türkiye’s mountains melting due to global warming, says expert…

““As someone who has climbed the mountain more than 20 times in the last 36 years, I can easily recognize it,” said Güngör, who has set on reconnaissance expeditions on glacial mountains. “The melting of ice in the valley can be seen even at 4,400 meters [14,435 ft].””

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/glaciers-on-turkiyes-mountains-melting-due-to-global-warming-says-expert-175368


Iraq asks Turkey to increase water flow along Tigris, Euphrates…

“Turkey depends on water from the Tigris to fill a reservoir behind its Ilısu Dam near the Iraqi border. Iraq has asked for a larger share of the river’s flow amid shortages, particularly in the southern province of Basra.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/mid-east/iraq-asks-turkey-to-increase-water-flow-along-tigris-euphrates


Residents of Erbil village selling their homes due to water crisis…

“At the door of almost every house in the village, you see a row of water bottles. Over a hundred new water wells have been drilled in Erbil province at a cost of more than 7 billion dinars [$4,805], most of which have been set up to replace the older, dried up wells… underground water levels have decreased by 500 meters over the past 20 years.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/17072022


Several people arrested in Iran for protesting against the drying up of the great lake Urmia.

“Iranian police arrested several people Sunday for “security threats” during a protest over the drying of the large Urmia Lake, once considered the largest in the entire region, amid several months of sporadic demonstrations against the authorities’ water policy.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/several-people-arrested-in-iran-for-protesting-against-the-drying-up-of-the-great-lake-urmia/ar-AAZG9uf


Another heat wave in Central Asia: After beating its record of highest temperature ever, the Tajik capital Dushanbe in the next days will threaten its record again for 7/8 days in a row.

“Former kazakh capital Almaty will also approach its all time high in few days. Stay tuned.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1548639620530900994


Seven die as fresh spell of rain wreaks havoc with Karachi [Pakistan]…

“Seven people were killed in the metropolis on Sunday as the second spell of torrential rain under the current monsoon season wreaked havoc on the ill-maintained municipal and civic infrastructure inundating roads that led to crippling traffic jams on key arteries.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1700278/7-die-as-fresh-spell-of-rain-plays-havoc-with-karachi


Extreme weather creates chaos across Pakistan, a country ill-prepared and underfunded to cope with climate change…

“After facing temperatures which repeatedly neared 50 degrees earlier this year, the southwestern province of Balochistan is now battling flooding that has left 63 people dead in less than a month. Across Pakistan almost 150 people have died in monsoon rainfall that is 87 per cent heavier than what the country usually experiences…”

https://www.irishtimes.com/world/asia-pacific/2022/07/17/extreme-weather-creates-chaos-across-pakistan-a-country-ill-prepared-and-underfunded-to-cope-with-climate-change/


China floods leave at least 12 dead, with thousands evacuated…

“In the south-western province of Sichuan, at least six people have died and another 12 are missing after torrential rain triggered flash floods, state-owned news outlet CGTN reported on Sunday… Meanwhile, in Longnan city in the north-western province of Gansu, another six deaths were reported…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/18/china-floods-sichuan-gansu-province-dead-thousands-evacuated


Japan’s Meteorological Agency reports that record hourly rainfall has fallen in two areas in western Japan on Saturday afternoon.

“The agency says radar data show an estimated 110 milliliters of rain [4.3 inches] fell in Kagamino Town, Okayama Prefecture in just one hour up to 4:50 p.m.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220716_14/#:~:text=Japan%27s%20Meteorological%20Agency,50%20p.m


On 15th July the station of Hillston Airport in New South Wales, Australia dropped to -6.0C [21.2F], its lowest temperature on record.

This is the first station worldwide with a long period of records to set an all time cold record in 2022. Instead, 143 set new all time highs.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1548298909814034432


Six die in floods as wild weather keeps hitting Brazil…

“”The rainfall caused catastrophic floods and landslides that particularly affected vulnerable districts and people living in hillside settlements,” the Brazilian Red Cross said. Climate change has led to Brazil getting rainfall far beyond observed records, the Red Cross said…”

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202207/18/WS62d4b944a310fd2b29e6cdff.html


The drought that hits almost half of [Mexico] …will keep food prices high, said Juan Cortina, president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA).

“The difficulty of producing food with high temperatures and the lack of resources in infrastructure are added to factors such as the increase in oil prices and the problems in supply chains at a global level that have led to high inflation.”

https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/mexico/sociedad/sequia-elevara-el-precio-de-alimentos-advierte-cna-8600569.html


California’s idle crop land may double as water crisis deepens…

“The size of fields intended for almonds, rice, wine grapes and other crops left unworked could be around 800,000 acres, double the size of last year and the most in at least several decades, said Josue Medellin-Azuara, an associate professor at University of California Merced (UC Merced).”

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/energy-commodities/californias-idle-crop-land-may-double-as-water-crisis-deepens


Salt Lake City has tied its all-time highest temperature on record.

“It’s also the hottest Utah’s capital city has reached in 2022 (so far) and the second time in nine days that the record high on a specific calendar day has been broken… Just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed that it recorded a temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit.”

https://www.abc4.com/news/nps-slc-ties-record-breaking-temp-of-107f/


At least six dead after dust storm triggers mass pileup on Interstate 90 in Montana…

The wind easily picked up dust – a product of recent temperatures into the 90s Fahrenheit (30s Celsius) and triple digits over the past week – and reduced visibility to less than a quarter mile (0.4km).”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/16/at-least-five-people-dead-after-mass-casualty-pileup-on-interstate-90-in-montana


Drought might be as great as the Kansas drought of 1956.

“For those of us who were hoping our current hard case drought would dry up and blow away, the reality is anything but. Instead, the new 3-month forecast promises more of the same and a lot of it… Like 1956, our current drought didn’t just start last fall.”

https://eu.hutchnews.com/story/opinion/2022/07/17/drought-might-great-kansas-drought-1956-nws-noaa-weather-farming/10035229002/


The northernmost station of Canada, Alert (lat 82,5N) rose to an exceptional 20.0C [68F] yesterday. 1C from the record set in July 2019. The other cold pole Eureka (79,6N) also rose >20C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1548578251475484672


Even in the midst of winter, Antarctic sea ice sets new record lows. The loss of ice from West Antarctica should be a warning to the world…

“…as of June 20, the day before the start of southern winter, the Antarctic sea ice extent has been setting daily record lows for this time of the year… West Antarctica is experiencing more than just sea ice loss. Glaciers in that region of the continent have been particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming…”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/climate/impacts/even-in-the-midst-of-winter-antarctic-sea-ice-sets-new-record-low


Our empty oceans: Scots team’s research finds Atlantic plankton all but wiped out in catastrophic loss of life.

“An Edinburgh-based research team fears plankton, the tiny organisms that sustain life in our seas, has all but been wiped out… Previously, it was thought the amount of plankton had halved since the 1940s, but the evidence gathered by the Scots suggest 90% has now vanished.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/humanity-will-not-survive-extinction-of-most-marine-plants-and-animals/

Readers, my apologies. It turns out that this article is not all it’s cracked up to be. Here is a rebuttal tweeted by XR Cambridge (if you follow the link there is a whole thread about it):

An article doing the rounds suggests most Atlantic phytoplankton, the base of the food web, is dead. Numerous scientists have stated the data is very weak and its conclusions wrong. BUT….everything is not fine with the plankton.


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15th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Portugal just hit 47.0°C (116.6°F) in Pinhão. If confirmed, this will go down as the hottest July day in recorded history for the country.

https://twitter.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1547804164280893441

And here is a Portuguese language news-source for that:

https://sicnoticias.pt/pais/2022-07-15-Temperaturas-chegaram-aos-47C-estes-foram-os-locais-mais-quentes-de-Portugal-esta-quinta-feira-f2253c5e


First national monthly record to fall in this European Heat wave is that of Andorra [in the eastern Pyrenees].

38.0C /100.4F [on Thursday 14th July] at Borda Vidal, near the Spanish border, it beats the 37.7C set at the same place in July 2015.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1547637408270675969


Record hot day in Spain:

“Madrid Retiro Tmin 26.2C [79.1F] highest Min. on records; Talavera de la Reina 44.8C [112.6F]; Castilla La Mancha; Candeleda 45.1C arguably highest reliable temp. for Castilla y Leon; New records: Ourense (Galicia) 44.1C; Zamora 41.8C; Navacerrada 33.4C; More to come…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1547681589781360640


Italian island of Sardinia suffers worst locust invasion in 30 years…

Rising temperatures and lack of rain… play a big role as dry and compacted soil make it easier for locusts to lay their eggs.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/italian-island-of-sardinia-suffers-worst-locust-invasion-in-30-years


As Europe bakes in heatwave, wildfires rage from Portugal to Croatia.

“Wildfires raged across tinder-dry country in Portugal, Spain, France and Croatia on Thursday, burning homes and threatening livelihoods, as much of Europe baked in a heatwave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40Cs in some parts.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/europe-bakes-heatwave-wildfires-rage-portugal-croatia-2022-07-14/


The Rhine is on the brink of being closed to shipping traffic as water levels plunge towards “extreme” lows in a major blow for the German economy.

“Water levels at the town of Kaub, a bottleneck point in one of Europe’s most important transport arteries, have fallen beneath one metre as a heatwave grips the continent.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/13/rhine-drought-leaves-germany-brink-shipping-closure/


In a newsletter from the Melting Glaciers project [Iceland], Skeiðarárjökull was singled out as the fastest-retreating glacier last year, having lost some 400m of its eastern tail.

“…glaciers in Iceland have been receding for at least a quarter of a century and that this pattern is one of the clearest forms of evidence for climate change in Iceland… Since 1995, Icelandic glaciers are estimated to have lost a total of 8% of their total volume.

https://www.icelandreview.com/news/skeidararjokull-fastest-retreating-glacier-of-last-year/


In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages…

“Several towns and villages are in deep water and dozens of locals have been forced to evacuate… For several years, the region has been hit by increasingly widespread summer wildfires, a phenomenon that is expected to feed into rising temperatures as the fires release greenhouse gases from melting permafrost.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/13/in-photos-severe-flooding-washes-out-siberian-villages-a78285


Relentless record heat in Far East Russia with temperatures as high as 37C [98.6F] above 500m asl in inner Magadan area.

“For stations with long Period of Records, on 13th July there was a all time record at Kljuchi (Kamchatka) with 33.1C and all time record tied at Markovo (Chukotka) with 33.5C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1547211747093893120


Air samples from Arctic region show how fast Earth is warming.

“While climate change is taking effect everywhere on Earth, the Arctic Circle is feeling those effects most of all, in the form of glacial melt, permafrost thaw and sea ice decline.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-air-samples-arctic-region-fast.html


Exceptional heat in Nunavut, Canada on 13th July with temperatures reaching 30C [86F].

All time record destroyed at Shepherd Bay (lat 68N) with 29.0C [84.2F], also new record for Taloyoak (69N) with 26.0C (shorter Period of Records though). On 6 July Cape Parry had also beaten its all time record with 25.8C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1547706606682443779


Warmer waters caused by climate change are attracting more sharks to New York and New England.

“Sharks typically travel up north during the summer months, but this year’s migration is larger and came much earlier than previous seasons – and an expert says climate change is to blame.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11015465/Warmer-waters-caused-climate-change-attracting-sharks-northeast-expert-reveals.html


A house was split into two by gusts of wind in College Park in the US state of Maryland on Tuesday.

“Severe storms caused damage and chaos in the city of College Park, including a home that was ripped into two while a man was inside it. A video of the damaged house went viral on social media after journalist Tom Roussey posted it on Twitter.”

https://www.timesnownews.com/viral/house-splits-into-two-during-storm-in-us-while-a-man-was-inside-it-watch-viral-video-article-92872266


See the rural Virginia county slammed by flash flooding.

“Buchanan County, Virginia officials have located all missing persons after a torrential downpour sent homes flying off of foundations, and landslides pancaked roadways.”

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2022/07/14/buchanan-county-virginia-flooding-damage-orig-kj.cnn


After hottest June on record, Houston is also on pace to set a July heat record…

“Houston now has an average temperature of 88.5 degrees [31.4C] for the month of July, which would break the existing record of 87.5 degrees (set in 1980) by a full degree. June, already, was the city’s warmest month on record.”

https://spacecityweather.com/after-hottest-june-on-record-houston-is-also-on-pace-to-set-a-july-heat-record/


Unforgiving heat wave in Texas and Southern Plains to worsen next week… Some areas already seeing their hottest summer on record are about to get hotter, with highs climbing to 102 to 107 degrees

“The heat will ratchet up just days after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) twice issued conservation appeals (Monday and Wednesday), its power supply pushed to the brink. The state’s beleaguered grid is sure to be tested again.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/07/14/texas-oklahoma-heat-wave-plains/


As drought shrivels Lake Powell, millions face power crisis.

“The miles-long “bathtub ring,” bleached white by water over years, is a glaring symbol of the crisis unfolding at the Colorado River basin, which is suffering its driest period for more than 12 centuries. At the epicenter of this slow-burn environmental disaster embroiling the US south-west is Lake Powell…”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/13/lake-powell-drought-electricity


A strong sandstorm hit Marrakech, Morocco, on July 13, causing trees to be uprooted and electricity poles to fall, according to local media.

“Footage recorded by Bridget John shows the sky in Marrakech colored yellow by dust on Wednesday.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/strong-moroccan-sandstorm-downs-trees-153223805.html


Iraq hits back at Turkish claims of wasting water.

“Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Ali Riza Guney earlier in the day absolved Turkey of any blame for worsening Iraq’s water crisis, claiming that Iraq needs to maximize its water efficiency as “water is largely wasted in Iraq.””

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/13072022


Amid unprecedented water decrease, FAO is warning of threat to the communities in the Iraqi Marshes and call for action to help buffalo producers overcome climate change and water shortage…

“.. the Marshes are one of the poorest regions in Iraq and one of the most affected by the climate change and water shortage causing disastrous impact on livelihoods…”

https://reliefweb.int/report/iraq/amid-unprecedented-water-decrease-fao-warning-threat-communities-marshes-and-call-action-help-buffalo-producers-overcome-climate-change-and-water-shortage-enar


Unseasonal rains and flooding have killed at least 39 people – including nine children – in Afghanistan, the United Nations said Wednesday…

The rains have caused land to slide, exposing unexploded ordnance from four decades of war and conflict. The mines are being moved and exploded under controlled circumstances to prevent further casualties, said OCHA.”

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/07/13/Nine-children-among-39-dead-in-unseasonal-floods-in-Afghanistan


A record 115 mm [4.5 inches] of rain was recorded in Lonavla [Maharashtra, India; at least eight dead in the state] between 7 am and 11 am today. It has been raining heavily in Lonavla since this morning.

“Tata Dam chief Basavaraj Munnot has informed that if the rains continue, the water from Lonavla dam will flow to Lonavla city in the next 24 hours. The administration has appealed to the citizens not to leave their homes without important work as the rains are intensifying.”

https://www.punekarnews.in/pune-115-mm-rainfall-recorded-in-4-hours-in-lonavla/


Climate change hits Nagaland [NE India] hard… 2016’s record as the second hottest pre-monsoon season overtaken…

“Global warming is real. Several parts of Nagaland are experiencing severe heatwave over the past few days as temperature continues to soar, after receiving a major spell of pre-monsoon rain.”

https://easternmirrornagaland.com/climate-change-hits-nagaland/


China heatwave brings record high temperatures to Shanghai and other cities.

The city suffered its hottest day since records began on Wednesday with the mercury topping 40.9 Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit); Other parts of the country are recording similar temperatures with demand for air conditioning putting a strain on the power grid.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3185316/china-heatwave-brings-record-high-temperatures-shanghai-and


China opens former air raid shelters amid heat wave.

“Air raid shelters were built in numerous Chinese cities during the Japanese invasion beginning in 1937.

“The building campaign was restored in the late 1950s when the former Soviet Union canceled its projects with China…”

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/china-opens-air-raid-shelters-amid-heat-wave-86799048


Heavy rains hit Tohoku region [Japan], with more on the way tonight…

Sendai’s Izumi Ward received 161.5 millimeters [6.4 inches] of rainfall over a 12-hour period, setting a record for July. The city of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture recorded an intense hourly rainfall of 44 mm. The torrential rains caused rivers in Osaki, northern Miyagi, to overflow…”

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14669809


Flash flood causes chaos near Bangkok.

“Destructive flash floods hit Samut Prakarn province near Bangkok last night causing chaos and thousands of baht worth of damage throughout the community. Shocked locals said that water levels hit 50 centimetres, the highest in 30 years.”

https://thethaiger.com/news/central-thailand/flash-flood-causes-chaos-near-bangkok


Sydney smashes July rainfall record dating back to 1858, and on track to break annual record.

Just 14 days into the month, Sydney has recorded its wettest July on record

“The previous record for July was 336.1 millimetres [13.2 inches] from 1950, but that rain fell over a whole month,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-15/sydney-records-wettest-july-on-record/101241236


Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics. From wildfires to glacier collapses, a flurry of extreme heat events has led to deaths and disrupted lives since the start of July.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/14/extreme-heat-around-the-world-in-videos-photos-and-graphics


Forests are becoming less resilient because of climate change.

“An analysis of two decades of satellite data shows that forests in arid, tropical and temperate regions are becoming less able to bounce back after events such as drought and logging.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2328268-forests-are-becoming-less-resilient-because-of-climate-change/


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