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

Freezing Austin [Texas] records biggest 24-hour temperature swing ever: 56-degree drop from 88 to 32F. Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry recorded its largest 24-hour temperature swing ever: From 88 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to 32 degrees as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday — a stunning plummet of 56 degrees.

“The previous 24-hour temperature-swing record was 51 degrees, and the National Weather Service said it had happened on three occasions.”

https://eu.statesman.com/story/news/2022/02/23/austin-weather-verge-biggest-24-hour-temperature-swing-57-degrees/6909827001/


A dangerous ice storm is developing as cold and warm temperatures clash.

“It might seem like déjà vu in regard to a storm dropping a wintry mix and heavy rain across the US earlier this week. And in many ways, it is. However, the new storm is bringing more substantial amounts of ice. Ice accumulation totals associated with the storm pose a major threat to travel and infrastructure.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/23/weather/winter-storm-forecast-ice-cold/index.html


Kodiak [Alaska] sets a series of record temperatures… Last Thursday was the first day in a four-day run for record high temperatures in Kodiak…

“These are the latest events in a record winter that featured the coldest February on record in Kodiak, and the state record highest December temperature.”

https://kmxt.org/2022/02/kodiak-sets-a-series-of-record-temperatures/


23d February was a record day in Maine.

Bangor with 65F [18.3F] destroyed its previous record of highest temperature in February of 60F which was set on 21 Feb 1937, while Augusta with 64F did the same with the record of 60F set on 18 Feb 1981.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1496625090213158921


‘We can’t make it rain’: California farmers left out to dry as US government allots no water.

The federal government said Wednesday that it won’t deliver water to farmers in California’s agricultural belt, which produces roughly a quarter of the nation’s food, due to the extreme water shortages that are expected to deepen if the direly dry conditions continue through March.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/23/rain-california-farmers-us-government-drought-water


Drought, pesticides take a toll on Chile’s crucial honeybees…

“Andrés González, a regional expert on biodiversity for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said a reduced population of pollinating insects “has to do … with the use of pesticides and fertilizers, monocultures, droughts caused in great part by climate change and by bad management of (water) resources.””

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/drought-pesticides-toll-chiles-crucial-honeybees-83078351


Capybaras, marsh deer, anteaters flee Argentina wildfires; many don’t escape.

“Wildfires in Argentina’s north are forcing local species of wildlife including capybaras, marsh deer and anteaters to attempt to flee ahead of the flames, with many animals killed or injured while trying to escape as the fires spread.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/capybaras-marsh-deer-anteaters-flee-argentina-wildfires-many-dont-escape-2022-02-24/


Fires in Corrientes: the touching reaction of a melero bear to receive water from a rescuer…

“The first movement of the bear melero is of some distrust but seeing how the rescuer caresses his head, he throws himself in the grassland belly up and receives the liquid in some parts of the body to relieve somewhat the heat and injuries caused by the fires.”

https://www.infobae.com/sociedad/2022/02/23/incendios-en-corrientes-la-conmovedora-reaccion-de-un-oso-melero-al-recibir-agua-de-un-rescatista/


Windows smashed and roofs destroyed as monster hail storm hits Mendoza, Argentina…

“Heavy rainfall caused roofs of buildings to collapse under the weight of the water. Damage was caused to possessions and produce as buildings flooded. Warnings are in place across the region due to the potential for floods as well as danger from high winds.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVX1rJp9ZxI


Brazil storm death toll passes 200: police.

“The death toll from flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in the Brazilian city of Petropolis has surpassed 200, authorities said Wednesday, as they continue to recover bodies more than a week after the storm.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220224-brazil-storm-death-toll-passes-200-police


UK weather: Jet stream behind Storm Eunice ‘growing faster and moving north’ scientists warn.

“New research from the University of Southampton found the average speed of the northern hemisphere jet stream in winter had risen by 8 per cent to 132mph. It had also moved around 200 miles northwards. Scientists said the changes were likely related to warmer winters in the Arctic.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/jet-stream-forecast-storm-eunice-uk-b2021630.html


‘Pervasive’ river pollution affecting eco-systems, warns top UK environment researcher…

“Sir Andy Haines, unveiled as the winner of the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on Wednesday, warned in an interview that recent studies documenting the extent of chemical pollution in rivers across the globe are a “wake up call”.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/pervasive-river-pollution-affecting-eco-systems-warns-top-environment/


Green groups say Romania failing to stop illegal logging.

“Environmental groups say Romania has failed to tackle illegal logging and nature destruction in areas protected by European Union law, two years after Brussels warned the country to put an end to illicit deforestation.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/campaigners-romania-failing-stop-illegal-logging-83058135


New warm spell in Morocco: On 22nd February temperature spike to 32.4C [90.3F] at Agadir. The port of Essaouira rose to 31.1C – its warmest February day on record.

“Last night was also very warm. Sidi Ifni had a minimum temperature of 23.4C. Today it ‘s expected to be similar hot.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1496461304785166337


Crossroads of despair in drought-ravaged Somalia…

“Desperate, hungry and thirsty, more and more people are flocking to Baidoa from rural areas of southern Somalia, one of the regions hardest hit by the drought that is engulfing the Horn of Africa… nearly 13 million people, mostly farmers and herders, are going hungry.”

https://horseedmedia.net/2022/02/23/crossroads-of-despair-in-drought-ravaged-somalia/


Cyclone Emnati hits Madagascar; island’s 4th major storm in a month.

“Winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph) battered Madagascar early on Wednesday as Cyclone Emnati made landfall, becoming the fourth major storm to hit the Indian Ocean island in a month.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/cyclone-emnati-hits-madagascar-islands-4th-major-storm-month-2022-02-23/


The Dying Forests of India’s Northeast…

“… on 7 February, when the people of Guwahati found all the trees in the area had been mercilessly chopped down by the public works department (PWD), they were gutted. The trees had been killed to pave the way for construction of a 580-metre two-way flyover.”

https://www.livemint.com/politics/news/missing-the-forest-for-the-trees-11645719751798.html


Farmers and authorities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have started storing water, building dams and planting seeds early to avoid drought and salinity.

“Living near Kenh Lap, Mekong Delta’s largest manmade reservoir in Ben Tre Province, Le Van Hao said he had witnessed how the reservoir, which has a capacity of nearly one million cubic meters, ran dry in April 2020.”

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/mekong-delta-prepares-for-possible-drought-salinity-4430990.html


Another Perth weather record tumbled on Thursday, with the city sweating through the most summer days over 35C / 95F.

“The mercury reached 35.4C in Perth at 3.10pm — which makes Thursday the 32nd time Perth has topped 35C this summer, breaking a 44-year record.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/weather/perth-weather-wa-breaks-44-year-old-record-as-temperatures-reach-35c-yet-again-c-5830137


An emergency alert has been issued for a Queensland region as heavy rain continues to create dangerous conditions in the state’s south east.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency issued an alert for the Cedar Pocket Dam catchment area in Gympie on Friday afternoon.”

https://7news.com.au/news/qld/people-rescued-from-trees-warning-issued-as-queensland-battered-by-wild-weather-c-5833271


Lots of rain. Sticky, hot nights. And record-breaking humidity [Victoria, Australia].

“As the summer of 2021-22 draws to a close, it ends a season in which a “classic” La Nina atmospheric pattern meant more rain and cloud, particularly in December, and temporarily masked the warming trend of climate change.”

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/damp-sticky-record-breaking-la-nina-delivers-a-classic-summer-20220222-p59yp8.html


Antarctic ice cores suggest Australia’s drought risk is worse than we thought.

“Associate Professor Anthony Kiem is a hydroclimatologist at the University of Newcastle and co-authored the paper with Dr Vance. He said the research represented a profound shift in how we understand climate risk in eastern Australia. “It basically resets our understanding of what ‘normal’ is,” he said.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-02-24/ice-cores-show-drought-risk-could-be-worse-than-thought/100853224


Earth’s coldest forests are shifting northward with climate change.

“New research from Northern Arizona University shows rising temperatures are causing Earth’s coldest forests to shift northward, raising concerns about biodiversity, an increased risk of wildfires and mounting impacts of climate change on northern communities.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220224091126.htm


World must brace for more extreme wildfires: UN.

“The number of major wildfires worldwide will rise sharply in coming decades due to global warming, and governments are ill-prepared for the death and destruction such mega-blazes trail in their wake, the UN warned Wednesday.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-world-brace-extreme-wildfires.html


Climate change drives rise in extreme lake water temperatures.

“The world’s largest lakes are hit by severe lake heat waves—when water temperatures soar far above normal—six times as frequently as they were about two decades ago, according to a new study.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-climate-extreme-lake-temperatures.html


Methane Emissions from Energy Production Are Massively Undercounted.

“Governments across the world are massively undercounting the amount of methane that energy production is releasing into the environment, according to a report this morning from the International Energy Agency.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/methane-emissions-from-energy-production-are-massively-undercounted/


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23rd Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

US winter-wheat area in grips of worsening drought… the influence of the Ukraine crisis aside, the drought situation in the United States is becoming a huge concern for global wheat supply in 2022.

“Much of the nation west of the Mississippi Valley is either in drought or abnormally dry, and the latest long-range weather outlook shows very little relief as the critical spring months approach…

“The concern in the US is if spring rain is poor, the drought can be locked in place into the summer, as parched soil heats faster, leaving less moisture to evaporate into the air.”

https://www.graincentral.com/markets/us-winter-wheat-area-in-grips-of-worsening-drought/


‘We’re already running out of water’: the reality and future of Utah’s drought…

““I spend a lot of my time worrying, frankly, and being concerned about our current situation,” says Kelly Kopp, a water conservation specialist and professor at Utah State University. “We should have been thinking about this more carefully decades ago.””

https://www.abc4.com/news/digital-exclusives/were-already-running-out-of-water-the-reality-and-future-of-utahs-drought/


As drought lingers, larger and more destructive wildfires pose new threats to [California’s] water supply…

“In a UCLA-led study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers determined that increasing forest fire activity is “unhinging” western U.S. stream flow from its historical predictability.”

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2022-02-21/growing-wildfires-pose-new-problems-for-water-supply


“First >100F in USA so far this year. On 22nd February the Texan station of Falcon Lake rose to 101F/38.3C and Zapata to 100F, finally surpassing the 99F recorded on 1st January [which was the highest Jan temp in US history].

“In Georgia, the Southwest Airport station of Albany rose to 87F/30.6C which is a new record for February.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1496255418015920133


‘Weather whiplash’: 6+ inches of snow expected Friday after near-record highs on Wednesday [Boston]…

“Another bout of snow is predicted to hit the Boston area early Friday morning and last until Friday night. The storm will greatly affect the morning commute and could also affect evening commutes.”

https://www.boston.com/weather/snow/2022/02/21/boston-ma-weather-forecast-friday-feb-25-2022/


Formby beach [UK]: Nature reserve sand dunes blown away by storms.

“Sand dunes at a nature reserve have been blown away by winds caused by recent storms, the National Trust said. Sand on Formby beach in Merseyside was shifted as Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin battered the UK in one week.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-60472701


‘We’re devastated’: Yorkshire town hit by floods for third time in decade… As Storm Franklin raged through the night, Mick Malkinson, 72, lay awake with a familiar sense of fear about what the morning would bring…

“By dawn, the house he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, and their one-year-old cocker spaniel Miska, was among three properties completely cut off by several feet of flood water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/21/were-devastated-yorkshire-town-hit-by-floods-for-third-time-in-decade


Sting jets that fuelled Storm Eunice set to become more common in the UK…

““We expect a warmer and moister world to create the conditions required for such severe storms to form more frequently,” Colin Manning, of Newcastle University, which was also involved in the study, told i.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/sting-jets-storm-eunice-more-common-uk-1476171


This has been the mildest and driest winter on the southern side of the Alps since records began in 1864, the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, MeteoSwiss, said on Tuesday.

“It said this winter will end with an average temperature that is 1.8 °C above the average for 1991-2020, while the total level precipitation has been less than a quarter of the normal value, 22% to be precise.”

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/02/22/climate-mildest-driest-winter-in-southern-alps-since-1864_d5106158-fa75-4e9f-ba3b-4c4f527e7dfe.html


‘Spain needs to change its ways’: Scientists warn over worsening drought.

“Jorge Olcina, a geographer and director of the University of Alicante’s Climatology Laboratory, has warned that climate change is increasing the intensity of drought and Spain will have to change the way it manages water.”

https://www.thelocal.es/20220221/spain-needs-to-change-its-ways-scientists-warn-about-worsening-drought/


Persistent rain deficits in Mediterranean regions have led to droughts, harming grasslands and crops such as wheat and barley…

Rainfall this year has been 64% less than average in Morocco, climate experts say, leaving farmers facing the worst drought in decades that will force the government to hike grain imports and subsidies.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/drought-hits-mediterranean-crops-rest-europe-good-condition-2022-02-21/


Kenya ramps up emergency relief supplies to 2.3 million drought-hit Kenyans…

“Kenyatta said the latest emergency is part of the many interventions that his government has undertaken since September 2021 when he declared the ongoing drought a national disaster and immediately put in place measures to cushion the affected populations.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/africa/20220221/a9edc2184fb542d4a9c65af42b595a4a/c.html


Winter Heat Wave in Pakistan: On 21st February the town of Tando Jam (Hyderabad District) rose to 38.5C /101.3F, this is the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Pakistan in February.

“38.2C also at Nawabshah,34.5C further north at Sibbi.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1495744632931725321


Several months ago, Hokkaido [Japan] had all-time record high temps in many places. Now they are seeing all-time record heavy snow… what a change!”

“In a 24-hour period Monday, 76 cm of snowfall were observed in Rausu, Hokkaido, while 64 cm of snow were seen in Yuzawa…”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1496019267162353669


Sydney breaks monthly rainfall average in 24 hours, as rain moves further north.

“Sydney has broken its monthly rainfall average in the past 24 hours as rescue agencies turn their attention to the north of the state, which could be inundated with as much as 300mm [12 inches] of rain in the coming days.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-breaks-monthly-rainfall-average-in-24-hours-as-rain-moves-further-north-20220223-p59z06.html


One dead, at least 10 believed missing in Australia floods [Queensland].

“The body of a 63-year-old woman was found early Wednesday inside a submerged vehicle at Belli Park on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, police said… At least 10 people are believed to be missing, including a 54-year-old man whose motorcycle has been found in floodwaters…”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/one-dead-at-least-10-believed-missing-in-australia-floods/


Bull survives being swept 80km down a river, over a waterfall and almost out to sea [NZ]…

“It’s the highest I’ve ever seen on my farm. They forecast 60mm and I tipped out over 160mm [6.3 inches] from the rain gauge the next morning,” farmer Tony Peacock said. He had not had time to prepare for that amount of rain, and while he was able to save some from the rising waters, the young Hereford and two others were swept away.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/23/bull-survives-being-swept-80km-down-a-river-over-a-waterfall-and-almost-out-to-sea


Argentina Wildfires Spread to Engulf Key Cattle Farming Region.

“Blazes are tearing through northeast Argentina, consuming more land than a typical California wildfire season and threatening a key cattle farming region of this major beef exporter. “I’ve never seen fires like this,” said 81-year-old rancher Juan Jose Ramirez…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-22/argentina-infernos-spread-to-engulf-key-cattle-farming-region


Forest fires in Chile have consumed three times as many hectares as the previous season.

“There are 111 forest fires that remain active in the country, the most serious situation being the one that La Araucanía is going through. Compared to last season, the hectares consumed by accidents in the national territory have tripled: from 28 thousand they went to 80 thousand.”

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/nacional/chile/2022/02/22/incendios-forestales-en-chile-han-consumido-el-triple-de-hectareas-que-la-temporada-anterior.shtml


Chilean Patagonia’s pristine glaciers are disappearing.

“Mount San Valentin’s Exploradores glacier has shrunk to the point that the ice that used to welcome visitors half an hour into Laguna San Rafael National Park is now only visible after two and a half hours. “It’s been a slow but steady rollback,” Manuel Berrocal tells Efe.”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/chilean-patagonias-pristine-glaciers-are-disappearing/


Black carbon pollution from tourism and research increasing Antarctic snowmelt, study says.

“Black carbon pollution from tourism and research activities in Antarctica is likely increasing snowmelt on the continent by an estimated 83 tonnes for each visitor, according to new research.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/22/black-carbon-pollution-from-tourism-and-research-increasing-antarctic-snowmelt-study-says


Another day of decline in Antarctic sea ice extent, which has fallen well below the previous all-time record low.”

Preliminary daily data from:

https://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1496192679121674244


Accelerating melt rate makes Greenland Ice Sheet world’s largest ‘dam’.

“Researchers have observed extremely high rates of melting at the bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet, caused by huge quantities of meltwater falling from the surface to the base. As the meltwater falls, energy is converted into heat in a process like the hydroelectric power generated by large dams.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-greenland-ice-sheet-world-largest.html


Bees are explosively ejaculating to death during heat waves.

“What’s black and yellow and ejaculates until it dies during heat waves? Male bees, it turns out… When the males get too hot, they convulse until they explosively ejaculate to death, and a phallus the size of their abdomen bursts from their lifeless body.”

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/ejaculated-drones-bc-heat-wave


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21st Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The first two months of 2022 are shaping up to be the driest January and February in California history, prompting state officials to warn of dire water conditions ahead.

““There’s no precipitation forecast through the remainder of February. And there’s very little precipitation in the long-range forecast for March,” Erik Ekdahl, a deputy director with the State Water Resources Control Board, said at a board meeting Tuesday. “All this is pointing to, again, some pretty dire conditions statewide for drought.””

https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2022/02/19/drought-worries-return-after-driest-january-and-february-in-california-history/


500-pound black bear nicknamed ‘Hank the Tank’ wreaks havoc in California…

“Hank… is not alone in his inadvertent terrorising of human populations. Climate-driven conditions across North America are impacting food sources for bears, experts told The Independent this summer – forcing them to venture further afield and into neighborhoods.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bear-hank-tank-california-havoc-b2018990.html


‘Roller coaster ride’ weather sets records, washes out roads and brings snow around Newfoundland and Labrador…

“Strong winds, rain, flooding and large snowfalls have broken weather records and left some roads damaged or closed around Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday. “It’s been a roller coaster ride for sure,” said Rodney Barney, a meteorologist at Environment Canada’s Weather Office in Gander.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/roller-coaster-ride-weather-sets-155916663.html


Hadrian’s Wall [UK] under threat from climate change on 1900th birthday…

“Hadrian’s Wall and its surroundings have long been a rich area of discovery for archaeologists. Many artefacts and treasures have been pristinely preserved in the peat bogs that dominate the landscape. But climate change has caused these peat bogs to shrink back and dry up.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/20/hadrian-s-wall-under-threat-from-climate-change-on-1900th-birthday


Up to 56,000 homes remained without power today as Britain suffered its third storm [Storm Franklin] in less than a week with rail commuters told to avoid travelling following severe flooding, landslides and evacuations amid 87mph winds.

“National Rail said the first services on most UK train routes were cancelled, with a reduced timetable for today, alternative travel unavailable and further disruption expected.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10534481/UK-weather-Rivers-burst-banks-train-stations-left-underwater.html


‘Tornado’ wrecks string of Doncaster homes as violent winds rip through street.

“This was the scene of devastation after a ‘mini-tornado’ ripped through Doncaster’s streets, blasting holes in roofs, ripping off tiles and sending debris scattering.”

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/tornado-wrecks-string-of-doncaster-homes-as-violent-winds-rip-through-streets-3577628


A further update on the record-breaking winds brought by Storm Eunice:

At 11:00 this morning [Friday] a gust of 122mph was recorded with the Met Office provisionally declaring it the highest gust ever recorded in England. However, just 36 minutes later, that record-breaker was topped with a gust of 125.4mph – 109 knots.

https://www.islandecho.co.uk/record-breaking-125mph-winds-at-the-needles-the-strongest-gust-ever-seen-in-england/


Peak peril: Why are there more avalanche deaths than ever in Europe?

“Scientists and researchers have expressed serious concerns about the safety of winter sports in Europe as climate change triggers a rising number of avalanches and deaths.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/avalanches-europe-climate-change-winter-sports-b2017284.html


It’s supposed to be winter in Spain, but Valentians are swimming and playing beach volley in this incredibly warm day.

“Xativa rose to 28.9C / 84F (29.6C at the unofficial station of Sumacarcer). Warmest February day on records at Gerona (26.2C town, 25.5C AP) and at Teruel 24.7C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1494736455670845445


Drought begins to be alarming in many [Spanish] communities…

“It does not rain enough nor is there any prospect that it will do so in the coming weeks. The average level of the swamps is already below 50 percent. The lack of rainfall during this winter is causing the reservoirs to be in a critical situation.”

https://www.abc.es/espana/abci-sequia-empieza-alarmante-muchas-comunidades-202202191736_video.html


In the Mediterranean region, the soil is degrading, and land is turning to desert faster than anywhere else in the European Union, according to a new analysis.

“Experts warn that the combined effects of unsustainable land practices and climate change have depleted a finite resource to a critical point.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/experts-warn-mediterranean-soil-is-reaching-a-critical-limit


Morocco Enacts Measures to Ration Water Amidst Severe Drought.

“Morocco is facing the prospect of severe drought this year following record low rainfall… Traditionally part of the second-largest grain importing region worldwide, the North African country is already straining under the weight of a rising deficit on the backdrop of the soaring global food prices, especially that of grains.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/02/347191/morocco-enacts-measures-to-ration-water-amidst-severe-drought


Flash floods, heavy rains leave one dead, 187 homeless, 3 missing in Ivory Park, South Africa…

“Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse, together with MMC for Public Safety, David Tembe, Region A director, ward councillors, and City and provincial disaster management teams, visited the area on Saturday to assess the damage and to address the needs of residents.”

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/flash-floods-heavy-rains-leave-one-dead-187-homeless-3-missing-in-ivory-park-20220219


Rwanda: Government Sheds Light on Two-Month Disaster Status, Blames Climate Change.

“From January to February 19 at least 467 hectares of crops have been destroyed… about 50 people have lost lives of whom 20 were struck by lightning, while 11 people were killed by landslides in mining sites and others by flooding.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202202210078.html


Madagascar braces for next cyclone as at least 14 killed by storm Dumako…

“A total of 124 people were killed earlier this month when tropical cyclone Batsirai slammed the southeastern coast of the island. read more. Another cyclone, Emnati, is forecast to hit close to the same area affected by Batsirai.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/madagascar-braces-next-cyclone-least-14-killed-by-storm-2022-02-19/


Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland.

“In a region ravaged by ISIS and armed conflict, prolonged drought and drying rivers have made stability even more precarious. Here, the normally abstract idea of climate change can be seen in the city’s daily bread.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/world/middleeast/syria-drought-climate-food.html


Historic day in the Chinese city of Xiamen (24N). During the morning hours snowflakes fell in the city centre mixed with rain, an extremely rare event (last full snowfall in the city was in January 1893).

“Temperatures were between 5C and 6C during the event.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1495459576778473473


Climate change: Covid shutdown linked to record rainfall in China.

“Scientists say that a rapid drop in emissions because of Covid played a key role in record rainfall in China in 2020.

“The decline in greenhouse gases and small particles called aerosols caused atmospheric changes that intensified the downpours.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60423329


Perth weather: WA on track for hottest summer ever after breaking another record…

“As the city sweltered to 36.3C [97.3F] on Sunday it matched the previous record, set in the summer of 1977-78, of 31 days over or equal to 35C… Onslow Airport recorded a maximum temperature of 50.7 °C on January 13, which was the highest temperature in WA, and equalled with the all-time highest temperature in the country…”

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/perth-weather-wa-on-track-for-hottest-summer-ever-after-breaking-another-record-c-5767713


The sound of magpies warbling in the morning is synonymous with life in Australia, but Perth researchers are predicting a bleak future for the beloved species.

“Research conducted by associate professor Amanda Ridley and her team at the University of Western Australia has found that very hot weather is affecting the birds’ ability to survive, reproduce and raise their chicks.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-20/magpies-face-bleak-future-from-rising-climate-change-heat/100843148


Fires rage out of control in Argentina… Almost 800,000 hectares of the province of Corrientes in northwestern Argentina has been devastated by wildfires.

“According to a report by the National Institute of Agricultural Technology released on Friday, 785,238 hectares of land had been burned due to the blazes, which represents 9% of the province’s area.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/19/fires-rage-out-of-control-in-argentina


The death toll from torrential rains that triggered flash floods and landslides in the scenic Brazilian city of Petropolis has risen to 165, authorities said Sunday, as more violent storms killed two people in another region nearby.

“It is unclear how high the steadily rising death toll will go. It is unlikely any more survivors will be found…”

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20220221-brazil-flash-flood-death-toll-climbs-as-more-bodies-are-retrieved-in-petropolis


Antarctic sea ice extent continues to be the lowest ever recorded in the satellite era… (preliminary data):

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1495055217997455362

Further info at Zack Labe’s website:

https://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/


Unexpected Fish and Squid Found Thriving in Rapidly Warming Central Arctic Ocean…

“Scientists participating in the international MOSAiC expedition with research icebreaker Polarstern have found fish and squid in deep water in the middle of the Arctic Ocean as single individuals of Atlantic cod and squid happen much farther north than already anticipated.”

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/49500/20220219/unexpected-fish-squid-found-central-arctic-ocean.htm


A major Atlantic current is at a critical transition point… where it could rapidly turn off…

“New evidence suggests that the larger system the Gulf Stream is part of is approaching a tipping point that could cause dramatic shifts in global weather patterns.”

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/amoc-shutdown-gulf-stream-climate/


A global analysis of sea levels over the past 2,000 years has found a rapid rate of increase in line with the Industrial Revolution.

“By 1863, researchers found the rate of sea level rise had clearly surpassed background variability. Unsurprisingly, it’s around this time that the first hints of ocean warming and glacier melt from human activity also show up in research…”

https://www.sciencealert.com/sea-levels-began-accelerating-as-far-back-as-1863-study-finds


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

The number of people on the brink of starvation across Africa’s Sahel region is ten times higher than it was in 2019, the World Food Program (WFP) is warning, while the number of people who are displaced is up by 400%.

The Sahel, which runs south of the Sahara desert, is encompassing Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, is currently experiencing some of its driest conditions in years.

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/02/17/sahel-millions-at-risk-with-hunger-and-displacement-on-the-rise/


Somalis in crowded camps on ‘brink of death’ as drought worsens…

“Somalia’s displacement camps are coming under intense pressure with more than 300,000 people leaving their homes in search of food and water so far this year as the country experiences its worst drought in decades.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/feb/18/somalia-crowded-camps-drought-worsens


The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the Hantam and Kamiesberg municipalities of the Northern Cape and West Coast District of the Western Cape interior.

“Heatwave conditions with persistently high temperatures are expected over the Cape Metropole and Stellenbosch municipality in the Western Cape until Saturday.”

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/fridays-weather-heat-wave-expected-for-cape-town-and-stellenbosch-20220217


Tropical storm Dumako hits northern Madagascar; 2 missing.

“Heavy rains were reported as the storm moved across the island to the Analanjirofo region. Dumako is forecast to continue moving westward to bring winds and rain to northern Mozambique, according to meteorology offices in southern Africa.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tropical-storm-dumako-hits-northern-madagascar-missing-82926767


The impact of climate change can be felt in Turkey, especially after recent unusual weather incidents. Experts say more is in store for the country in terms of rising temperatures.

“The country’s usually warm Aegean and Mediterranean regions, in particular, will experience a further increase in temperatures during the summer.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkeys-aegean-med-regions-set-to-get-warmer-amid-climate-change/news


Conflict and climate fragmenting Rojava: new report…

“Rojava, like its neighbours, frequently experiences acute water shortages in the summer months due to a lack of rainfall, with residents in the northeast Syrian city of Hasaka particularly vulnerable to a struggling local water supply. The problem is exacerbated by disputes over water with Turkey…”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/160220221


Jordan’s agricultural industry has a significant impact on the country’s water crisis, placing the financial situation of farmers under high pressure, according to farmers and experts.

For the past 10 years, the agricultural sector in Jordan has been under severe strain, facing issues such as extreme weather, water scarcity and difficulties in trading, according to experts.”

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/farmers-toil-amid-water-scarcity-trade-challenges


Iraq’s second largest lake dries up, threatening human lives, agriculture.

“Milh Lake was once a popular destination for tourists to cool down during scorching summer temperatures. It is now experiencing a dangerous drought, threatening the lives of local Iraqis.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/080220222


Uttarakhand: Year after Chamoli floods, body of engineer found.

“More than a year after 27-year-old engineer Gaurav Prasad went missing at NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad project site as flash floods that killed nearly 200 hit Chamoli’s Raini village on February 7, his family cremated his mortal remains in Rishikesh on Wednesday.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/yr-after-chamoli-floods-body-of-engineer-found/articleshow/89627953.cms


Hotter and Wetter: Rainfall and Temperatures Rise in Japan in 2021.

“Average rainfall and temperatures were above normal across Japan in 2021.

“The national average for rain was the sixth highest and for temperature third highest on record since 1898.”

https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01248/


An intense low-pressure system has been spinning near Japan, dumping record-breaking intense snow. More records may be broken into Friday.

“It’s the same system that dropped heavy snow over Beijing, disrupting the Olympic games on Sunday.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1494263333339295750


How can warmer winters mean more intense snowstorms? An expert explains…

“Akin to warmer temperatures acting as fuel for summer storms to drop significant rainfall, above-average winter temperatures can allow moisture to be stored in the atmosphere and cause subsequent precipitation to be intense.”

https://www.silive.com/weather/2022/02/how-can-warmer-winters-mean-more-intense-snowstorms-an-expert-explains.html


Another Heat Wave in Western Australia… 17th February the temperature shot to 45.4C [113.7F] at Carnarvon on the coast thanks to winds reversal and low humidity.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1494304902583050241


Dire warning Sydney could face ‘extreme heat’ over 35 degrees [95F] for an entire month by 2050 as climate change drives up temperatures…

“…real-world figures have already outstripped these projections, with Lindsay reporting 44 days over 35 degrees in both 2018 and 2019. That number, 44 days of over 35 degrees, exceeds the projected average for 2090 of 42.5 days – 70 years ahead of schedule.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10521937/Climate-change-Experts-warn-Sydney-face-long-periods-extreme-heat-2050.html


Unprecedented drought fuels devastating fires in Corrientes Province [Argentina]…

“The fires are advancing every day, consuming thousands of hectares of land, but heavy smoke is preventing up-to-date satellite measurements from being taken. For now, no casualties have yet been reported by locals.”

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/unprecedented-drought-fuels-devastating-fires-in-corrientes-province.phtml


Survivors dig for loved ones as Brazil flood death toll reaches 105…

“Rubens Bomtempo, mayor of the city, was not able to offer an estimate for how many people were missing, as recovery efforts continued. “We don’t yet know the full scale of this,” Bomtempo said. “It was a hard day, a difficult day.””

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/17/survivors-dig-for-loved-ones-as-brazil-flood-death-toll-increases


Brazil scientists warn of possible election-year spike in deforestation…

“Deforestation researchers warned on Thursday that destruction in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest could rise another 16% this year, based on their models, as destruction often rises in an election year, according to an analysis by a Brazilian non-profit.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/brazil-scientists-warn-possible-election-year-spike-deforestation-2022-02-17/


Paraguay soy crushers, hit by drought, risk running out of beans…

“The landlocked South American country, the world’s fourth largest soybean exporter, is facing its worst soy harvest in a decade, with a drop in production that could see just half the amount of soy versus the previous season.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exclusive-paraguay-soy-crushers-hit-by-drought-risk-running-out-beans-2022-02-16/


India makes record U.S. soyoil purchases as drought parches South America…

“Indian traders have contracted to import a record 100,000 tonnes of soyoil from the United States because of limited supplies from drought-hit South America, at a time when prices of rival palm oil are scaling record highs, three dealers told Reuters.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/exclusive-india-makes-record-us-soyoil-purchases-drought-parches-south-america-2022-02-18/


California’s largest wildfire of 2022 grows uncontained to 1,800 acres near Bishop.

“A wind-driven wildfire that broke out near Bishop in the Owens Valley spurred evacuations and grew to 1,800 acres by Wednesday night, officials said, quickly becoming California’s largest fire of the year so far.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-02-16/airport-fire-near-bishop-owens-valley-wildfire


Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease has hit half of the corals along the Florida Keys, and it’s now targeting the Caribbean.

“A deadly disease is thriving in warmer waters, creating an uncertain future for the Florida coast… Scientists are blaming warmer temperatures for this environmental crisis: Warmer ocean water is helping to fuel this disease that has now attacked 95% of Florida’s coral reefs. The coral is now at risk of extinction.”

https://www.news4jax.com/solutionaries/2022/02/17/this-deadly-disease-thrives-in-warmer-waters-creating-an-uncertain-future-for-marine-life/


London on RED alert for Storm Eunice: Now Met Office issues most extreme weather warning for capital and South East as 100mph ‘sting jet’ tempest hits

“Hundreds of schools were closed, all trains in Wales were suspended and rail passengers across England were told not to travel amid mass cancellations as the Army was on standby for what could be the worst storm in 32 years.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10526417/London-RED-alert-Storm-Eunice-Met-Office-issues-extreme-weather-warning-capital.html


UPDATE: “The Needles on the Isle of Wight recorded a wind gust of 122 mph this morning. This is provisionally the highest gust ever recorded in England.”

Met Office on Twitter: “The Needles on the Isle of Wight recorded a wind gust of 122 mph this morning This is provisionally the highest gust ever recorded in England #StormEunice ⚠️ https://t.co/aNYMnFbMvT” / Twitter


Hamburg ferry passengers injured as Storm Ylenia batters central Europe…

“Storm Ylenia has swept across central Europe today, bringing winds with a speed of up to 100mph that left hundreds of thousands of households without electricity and killing two drivers in Germany…”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hamburg-ferry-passengers-injured-as-storm-ylenia-batters-central-europe-xg8p8mwm7


A tornado damaged up to 40 buildings in Dobrzyca Wielkopolskie province, Poland, on Thursday morning, the fire brigade has reported, while in Krakow two construction workers were killed and two others wounded when strong winds felled a crane…

“The National Fire Brigade described the destruction in Dobrzyca as “really massive””…

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tornado-damages-buildings-in-west-central-poland-27942


17th February was a very warm day in France with temperatures up to 24.7C at Les Arcs. Locally it was historic.

In fact, the city of Toulon had its warmest February day on record with 23.2C / 73.8F (prev. 22.5C on 23-2-1990) and Marignane with 22.5C (prev. 22.4C on 28-2-2019).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1494354341045719046


Hoteliers demand to act in the face of the “alarming” drought in Malaga [Spain]…

“”We are risking our future. It can cause very serious problems. The low rainfall of recent months anticipates an imminent drought that, if we do not act urgently and decisively, can put in check the entire tourism sector of the Costa del Sol and the province, “warned the president of Aehcos…”

https://www.elespanol.com/malaga/20220217/hoteleros-alarmante-malaga-puede-provocar-gravisimos-problemas/650935130_0.html


Air pollution affecting ability of sperms to swim in right direction: Study…

“In the analysis of sperm of over 30,000 men in China, researchers concluded that reducing air pollution could help increase male fertility and reduce the risk of asthenozoospermia.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/air-pollution-affecting-ability-of-sperms-to-swim-in-right-direction-study-1914703-2022-02-18


Conditions at most of the world’s large meat, fish and dairy producers are said to be “incubating” future pandemics, according to a report by the FAIRR Initiative.

“An assessment of the industry as part of the organisation’s Emerging Disease Risk Ranking found that 63% of animal protein producers are failing to take the necessary steps to prevent future zoonotic pandemics.”

https://www.investmentweek.co.uk/news/4045020/majority-meat-industry-incubating-pandemic


Latest YouGov survey: Has the pandemic changed views on human extinction? “When will human beings go extinct? Perhaps sooner than we first predicted.

Britons are less sure than they were that humanity is here to stay. The number of those who believe human beings will never die out has dropped by seven points since 2016 to 23%.”

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2022/02/16/has-pandemic-changed-views-human-extinction


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16th Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Brazil: Mudslides and floods kill 18 people after 26cm of rain [over 10 inches] falls in just three hours in Rio

“The state fire department said more than 180 soldiers were involved in a rescue mission in the city of Petropolis… Footage posted on social media showed cars and houses being dragged away by landslides and water swirling through the city and neighbouring districts.”

https://news.sky.com/story/brazil-mudslides-and-floods-kill-18-people-after-26cm-of-rain-falls-in-just-three-hours-in-rio-12543213


The drought map: an official report confirms that there are 2 million hectares of crops with severe damage [Argentina]

“The study noted that “drought conditions worsened severely during the month of January, mainly in the northeast of the country. The combination of unusual lack of rainfall and record temperatures caused an extreme situation in provinces such as Corrientes, Misiones, northern Entre Ríos, and eastern Chaco and Formosa.””

https://www.infobae.com/economia/campo/2022/02/16/el-mapa-de-la-sequia-un-informe-oficial-asegura-que-hay-2-millones-de-hectareas-de-cultivos-con-danos-severos/


Flames surround one of the largest wetlands in South America.

“The fires have burned more than half a million hectares of the Argentine province of Corrientes, which is home to the Esteros del Iberá… In just over a month, the flames have devoured more than half a million hectares, mostly productive areas and pastures…”

https://elpais.com/internacional/2022-02-14/las-llamas-acorralan-uno-de-los-mayores-humedales-de-sudamerica.html


Several areas of Paraguay wake up under intense smoke due to forest fires.

“Several areas of Paraguay, including the capital Asunción, woke up on Monday under intense smoke. Specialists believe that the phenomenon is due to the outbreaks of forest fires in the south of the country and in the northeastern provinces of Argentina.”

https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2022/02/14/paraguay-intensa-humareda-incendios-forestales-orix


The heavy rains and winds that hit the Caribbean and north in Guatemala left 2,600 affected and 990 evacuated by floods, landslides and damage to infrastructure, civil protection reported on Tuesday…

“In one region of Alta Verapaz a bridge collapsed and in those provinces and in irazabal there are floods and landslides.”

https://www.nacion.com/cables/lluvias-provocan-mas-de-2000-afectados-en/5IL7DVDZQZALVI3O2FZFWXGTO4/story/


La Niña forecast: NOAA gives update amid dry California winter… La Niña is expected to stick around for at least a little while longer

“This is the second consecutive winter with a La Niña event, which unfortunately for drought-stricken Southern California usually means below-average precipitation for the region during its traditionally wettest months.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/la-ni%C3%B1a-forecast-noaa-gives-update-amid-dry-california-winter/ar-AATUcbt


Climate-boosted drought in western US worst in 1,200 years…

“”The turn-of-the-21st-century drought would not be on a megadrought trajectory without anthropogenic climate change,” lead author Park Williams, an associate professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220214-climate-boosted-drought-in-western-us-worst-in-1-200-years


Hailstorm creates winter wonderland in Pasadena as cold front brings dramatic weather shift to SoCal.

“After a week of roasting under summer-like temperatures, Southern California underwent a dramatic cooling Tuesday, with some light rain and hail even falling in select areas.”

https://abc7.com/los-angeles-weather-rain-pasadena-hail-snow/11568457/


Minivan fills with snow after sunroof left open on 63-degree day; ‘This could only happen in New England’.

“With record high temperatures in New England to start the weekend, Saturday presented the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warm air and take a drive with the windows down… as long as you remembered to close them back up before several inches of snow fell on Sunday.”

https://abc17news.com/cnn-regional/2022/02/14/minivan-fills-with-snow-after-sunroof-left-open-on-63-degree-day-this-could-only-happen-in-new-england/


U.S. corn-based ethanol worse for the climate than gasoline, study finds.

“Corn-based ethanol, which for years has been mixed in huge quantities into gasoline sold at U.S. pumps, is likely a much bigger contributor to global warming than straight gasoline, according to a study published Monday.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/us-corn-based-ethanol-worse-climate-than-gasoline-study-finds-2022-02-14/


Study suggests climate change made B.C. floods [Canada] at least twice as likely…

““We do find substantial ongoing increases in the probability of these kinds of events,” said Nathan Gillett, an atmospheric physicist and manager of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/02/15/study-suggests-climate-change-made-bc-floods-at-least-twice-as-likely.html


A 300ft wind turbine has been blown over in a south Wales valley as the UK braces for more dangerous stormy weather and high winds later this week.

“Residents of the village of Gilfach Goch, near Bridgend, were woken at 6.50am on Monday when the £20m turbine – double the height of Nelson’s Column – snapped apart and crashed into the valley below.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/feb/15/storms-uk-weather-wind-turbine-blown-over-wales


January 2022 in Montenegro had temp. anomalies from -0.7C below 81-10 norm in Berane to +1.4C above in Budva. (+0.8C in Podgorica).

“Precipitations were from 15% of normal in Bijelo Polje to 75% in Rožaje. The month saw both new record high and low temperatures for January: -33.4C [-28.1F] and +22.3C [72.1F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1493607913620967427


Drought crisis puts Horn of Africa ‘on the brink of catastrophe’.

“In a region where livestock and agriculture are the mainstays of people’s lives, droughts in the Horn of Africa have wrought havoc as more than 1.5 million heads of cattle died and cereal production nosedived drastically.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/2/15/on-the-brink-of-catastrophe-horn-of-africa-in-drought-crisis


Heavy floods destroy roads and crops in Salima, Malawi on February 15th 2022…

“Four days of rain and poor drainage led to floods that isolated rural communities, with roads collapsing into sinkholes. Houses and shops were flooded, destroying possessions and produce.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxcZkUcpz0U


Madagascar, Southern Africa Brace for More Tropical Storms.

“Even as southern African nations assess the devastation caused earlier this month by Cyclone Batsirai, a new tropical storm is approaching… Tropical Storm Dumako is projected to slam into the northeastern coast of Madagascar Tuesday evening.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-14/madagascar-southern-africa-brace-for-more-tropical-storms


Floods hit the city of Muscat in Oman on February 14th 2022.

“Heavy rain during the night caused flash floods throughout Oman’s capital city. The streets filled with water, stranding some residents as their vehicles were surrounded by the floods. Sewers overflowed…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fg5nNlV3-4


Christchurch [New Zealand] has seen just 15 per cent of its usual sunshine hours for February, the all-time dimmest first two weeks of the month in the city

And at the same time the sun hid away, the rain came out. Christchurch has smashed its rain record for a fortnight in February of 122.4mm; More than 139mm has fallen so far this month.”

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/christchurch-records-average-two-hours-sun-day-february


Weeks of persistent rain have left arable crops sodden and led to [New Zealand] farmers describing this season as the harvest from hell.

“Three weeks of intermittent rain followed by Cyclone Dovi hitting at the weekend have caused widespread damage to arable crops around the country.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/farmers-despair-as-cyclone-weeks-of-rain-ruin-arable-crops/JDYPE4KH7X6MY3RFDGUH3PL57I/


Dead or alive: Seagrasses continue to release methane after their die-off…

“”We believe that the reason behind this continuing methane production is that methylated compounds persist in the plant tissue for a very long time,” Milucka says. They could even be detected in plant tissue that had died more than two decades ago.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-dead-alive-seagrasses-methane-die-off.html


Flourishing plants show warming Antarctica undergoing ‘major change’.

“Antarctica’s two native flowering plants are spreading rapidly as temperatures warm, according to the first study to show changes in fragile polar ecosystems have accelerated in the past decade.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/flourishing-plants-show-warming-antarctica-undergoing-major-change-aoe


How Climate Change Is Destroying Arctic Coasts.

““According to the study, not only is more and more land mass being lost in absolute terms; with each degree of temperature increase, the annual rate of erosion increases – in meters, but also in millions of tons of carbon released.””

https://www.eurasiareview.com/15022022-how-climate-change-is-destroying-arctic-coasts/


The reality is that the Arctic is in a death spiral at only a 1.2 C temperature rise.

“Radioactive lemmings! I kid you not. (see below). We are on track to lose the Arctic as we know it whether in five years or thirty-five years. When the media does bother to inform the public it is with kick the can down the road language such as Net-Zero, 1.5, and 2.0.”

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2022/2/15/2078370/-The-reality-is-that-the-Arctic-is-in-a-death-spiral-at-only-a-1-2-C-temperature-rise?utm_campaign=recent


Drugs have dangerously polluted the world’s rivers, scientists warn.

“Pharmaceuticals and other biologically active compounds used by humans are known to harm wildlife and antibiotics in the environment drive up the risk of resistance to the drugs, one of the greatest threats to humanity.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/drugs-have-dangerously-polluted-the-worlds-rivers-scientists-warn


Pollution causing more deaths than COVID, action needed, says U.N. expert…

“The report said pollution from pesticides, plastics and electronic waste is causing widespread human rights violations as well as at least 9 million premature deaths a year, and that the issue is largely being overlooked.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/pollution-causing-more-deaths-than-covid-action-needed-says-un-expert-2022-02-15/


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14th Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Gigantic Expanse of Sea Ice Breaks Free From Antarctica and Disintegrates [in] Yet Another Sign of What’s to Come as The Climate Warms Further

An expanse of sea ice more than three times the size of New York City has torn free from Antarctica and broken up in dramatic fashion.

“For 11 years, in one of the fastest warming regions on Earth, the 1,000-square-mile sheet of floating ice had tenaciously held fast to the coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. But then, in just a few days, warm winds racing down from the peninsula’s mountains delivered a death blow.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/gigantic-expanse-of-sea-ice-breaks-free-from-antarctica-and-disintegrates


Another record mild day in Antarctica: This time in the Terra Nova Bay:

“The Italian base of Zucchelli (Base terra Nova) rose to at least 8.8C [47.8F], same value in the South Korean Base Jang Bogo (highest since it was opened in 2014). 8.3C at Cape Bird in the Ross Island, New Zealand Base.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492156123822051330


Pilot dies after helicopter crashes while fighting Tasmanian bushfires.

“Police have confirmed a man has died after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a field in Tasmania’s north. The helicopter had been fighting a bushfire in the Lebrina area which has burned through more than 1600 hectares.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/tasmania-news-police-respond-to-reports-a-helicopter-crashed-fighting-bushfires/24ef67d7-6a6c-4148-bbf3-213b78d87f77


Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief [southern Western Australia] says…

“Superintendent Green said the fire became “absolute chaos” for volunteers attempting to protect the town. That fire and 13 others were sparked by severe thunderstorms which hit the region after temperatures surpassed 44 degrees Celsius in some areas.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/bushfires-dry-lightning-indicate-climate-change/100829712


Rains mock drought-hit Australian farms [central Queensland]…

“”We’ve got rainfall records on this property back to 1968, we’re used to dry times and to droughts, but the length and severity of this drought is … unprecedented.” …Almost 65 per cent of Queensland remains drought declared.”

https://7news.com.au/weather/severe-weather/rains-mock-drought-hit-australian-farms-c-5676797


Australia has designated the koala an endangered species amid unprecedented pressure on the marsupials’ eucalyptus tree habitats across the country’s eastern states.

“Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there would be increased protection for the animal, classed as vulnerable only 10 years ago, in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/11/australia-designates-koalas-as-endangered-species


The first part of February has seen a complete turnaround in the weather. Taupō [New Zealand] went from close to complete drought conditions to record-breaking rainfall within a matter of days

“The new record established at the weekend was a 24-hour fall of 96mm recorded at the 8am observation time on Saturday.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/taupo-weather-report-february-rainfall-so-far-breaks-records/6UOSDELDH44MA5ICWO3IAU4UC4/


Wellington has just experienced its second wettest day on record as Cyclone Dovi brings torrential downpours and gale-force winds to the capital.

“Police are urging those in the lower North Island to stay home unless they absolutely must travel today, with the weather causing evacuations, closing roads, bringing down landslips and trees and leading to widespread flooding.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/cyclone-dovi-wellingtons-second-wettest-day-on-record-evacuations-slips-flooding/DFOQMDQLCWT3ZYEBBZN6JPIOHA/


13th February the record heat wave in New Zealand is reaching its end after one last hot night:

The minimum temperature in the remote Raoul Island -29S- (Kermadec group) was 25.6C [78.1F],this is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in New Zealand (prev. 25.4C Napier 19-2-55).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492664820604157952


First national monthly record of highest temperature this February 2022 was in Papua New Guinea.

On 5th February the Nadzab Airfield serving the city of Lae rose to 38C [100.4F], tying the highest temperature recorded in February in PNG just 0.9C from the all time record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492257139158511616


High waves kill 10 during Indonesia beach ritual.

“At least 10 Indonesians died after tidal waves swept away a group of people meditating on a beach during Sunday’s early hours, police said. The group of 23 people was holding hands and meditating on Payangan beach, East Java province, shortly after midnight.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2263479/high-waves-kill-10-during-indonesia-beach-ritual


Four-story high rogue wave breaks records off the coast of Vancouver Island…

“”Only a few rogue waves in high sea states have been observed directly, and nothing of this magnitude. The probability of such an event occurring is one in 1,300 years,” said Johannes Gemmrich… “”Rogue waves are generated by wind, so they are just a rare occurrence of wind generated waves.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/12/weather/rogue-wave-record-vancouver-island/index.html


San Diego experiences hottest February day in history as temperature hits 91F.

“An odd shift in the wind helped push the temperature to 91 degrees Saturday at San Diego International Airport, producing the hottest February day in the city’s history [eclipsing the record set on] Feb. 19, 1995…”

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/weather/story/2022-02-12/san-diego-experiences-hottest-february-day-in-history-as-temperature-hits-91


New York and the Northeast are in the midst of weather whiplash, as record warm temperatures Saturday gave way to cold and snow Sunday…

“The central U.S., meanwhile, could be swept by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center said.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-13/new-york-city-s-sunday-snow-covers-saturday-s-warm-temperatures


Wild Horses Are Removed From Government Land as Drought Shrinks Food Supply…

“Bureau officials say wild horses, as well as burros, need to be removed from Nevada and other Western states because there are too many of them for the amount of grass and plants they feed on, supplies of which are shrinking due to drought.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/wild-horses-are-removed-from-government-land-as-drought-shrinks-food-supply-11644764401


Various Christian congregations went to the ‘La Boca’ Dam, in the municipality of Santiago [Nuevo Leon, Mexico], and launched a prayer in the face of the lack of rains in the State

“Every day the dam presents less water and, currently, they report that it is below 22 percent of its capacity.”

https://abcnoticias.mx/local/2022/2/13/ante-falta-de-agua-hacen-oracion-en-presa-la-boca-156752.html


A thousand tons of food dammed in Putumayo [Colombia] by low river flow.

“More than 1,000 tons of food, beverages and toiletries destined for the city of Leticia in the department of Amazonas, are dammed in Puerto Asís, Putumayo, because the low flow of the river prevents the navigability of the 20 vessels of five heavy cargo transport companies.”

https://www.radionacional.co/regiones/amazonia/alimentos-represados-en-putumayo-bajo-caudal-rio


Food prices in the basic basket soared [Argentina]…

“… in the case of yerba, sugar, dairy and even rice, the sharp increases are due to the heat wave, the persistent drought and the fires in some areas of the country, which destroyed a good part of agricultural production.

https://www.primeraedicion.com.ar/nota/100557120/se-dispararon-los-precios-de-los-alimentos-de-la-canasta-basica/


Federovisky: “We are facing a colossal drought” [Argentina]…

“”The dry season in the center of the country, which is usually in winter, is not just happening there. In Córdoba it was six months without rain, in Corrientes the amount of water fallen in the last year represents less than 30% of the last years, “added the national official.”

https://www.milpatagonias.com/federovisky-estamos-ante-una-sequia-colosal/


Northern Quebec communities concerned about impact of burning garbage on health, environment…

“North of the 55th parallel, the permafrost means the earth is too hard to dig landfill sites. Since there are no incinerators, waste is burned in the open. There are 14 such landfills in Nunavik — one for each community.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-north-garbage-burning-1.6346739


Thames Water is being investigated after more than two billion litres of raw sewage was discharged into the river over a period of two days.

“Mogden wastewater treatment works, in Isleworth in west London, released the equivalent of 400 Olympic swimming pools of untreated waste into the Thames on October 3 and 4, 2020.”

https://metro.co.uk/2022/02/14/2000000000-litres-of-raw-sewage-released-into-thames-in-two-days-16100030/


Climate change-induced extreme winter drought devastates crops in Spain and Portugal…

“While the arid zones of the Iberian Peninsula have historically experienced periods of drought, experts say climate change has exacerbated the problem… In the last three months of 2021, Spain recorded just 35% of the average rainfall [1981 to 2010]. But there has been almost no rain since then.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/13/climate-change-induced-extreme-winter-drought-devastates-crops-in-spain-and-portugal


Morocco’s Rainfall Is at a Record Low…

“As cities ration water in Morocco, the record low rainfall in cultivating season will likely result in small harvests, deepening the country’s reliance on grain imports…

“…at a time when food prices are soaring worldwide on the backdrop of the global supply chain disruptions…”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/02/347064/moroccos-rainfall-is-at-a-records-low


Thousands displaced in Ntungamo [Uganda] following hailstorm

“More than 500 families in Kitashekwa ward, Ruhaama Ntungamo district are facing food shortage after heavy rains characterized by hailstorms destroyed several plantations in the area on Saturday.”

https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/thousands-displaced-in-ntungamo-following-hailstorm-3715118


Madagascar: Death toll from Cyclone Batsirai rises to 120.

“The death toll from Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar jumped to 120 on Friday with tens of thousands needing shelter after their homes were destroyed… Batsirai was Madagascar’s second destructive storm in two weeks, after Tropical Storm Ana killed at least 38 people.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/11/madagascar-death-toll-from-cyclone-batsirai-rises-to-120


Polar bear inbreeding and bird ‘divorces’: Weird ways climate change is affecting animal species.

“”Climate change is like this global killer,” Maria Paniw, an ecologist at the Doñana Biological Station, is a public research institute in Seville, Spain, told ABC News. “In effect, it often makes all the other risks that animals face much worse.””

https://abcnews.go.com/US/polar-bear-inbreeding-penguin-divorces-weird-ways-climate/story?id=82626634


Arctic seed vault to receive rare deposits.

“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on Spitsbergen island halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, is only opened a few times a year to limit its seed banks’ exposure to the outside world. On Monday, gene banks from Sudan, Uganda, New Zealand, Germany and Lebanon will deposit seeds…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/arctic-seed-vault-receive-rare-deposits-2022-02-13/


Co-occurring droughts could threaten global food security.

“Droughts occurring at the same time across different regions of the planet could place an unprecedented strain on the global agricultural system and threaten the water security of millions of people, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220209093355.htm


UN science report to sound deafening alarm on climate…

“Species extinction, ecosystem collapse, crippling health impacts from disease and heat, water shortages—all will accelerate in the coming decades even if the carbon emissions that drive global warming are drawn down, the report is likely to find.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-science-deafening-alarm-climate.html


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