14th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Authorities have not yet said how many people died in the flooding last month, Somalia’s worst in recent history and the latest reminder that the Horn of Africa nation must prepare for the extremes expected to come with a changing climate…

““This is a catastrophic situation,” Mayor Safiyo Sheikh Ali said. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who visited the town and waded through submerged areas, called the devastation “beyond our capacity” and pleaded for more help from aid groups.

“With no proper emergency response plan for natural disasters, local rescuers used rickety wooden dhows to reach trapped people while helicopters provided by the United Nations plucked people from rooftops. African Union and Somali forces have joined the rescue operations and the Somali government airlifted food.”


“South African experts believe South Africa will see more tornadoes in future as the climate changes. A tornado ripped through New Hanover, Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday afternoon, killing two people. As evaporation increases, so does the occurrence of severe thunderstorms, and that creates the right conditions for tornadoes to form.”


“Residents of Zimbabwe’s drought-hit southern city of Bulawayo are on Wednesday being encouraged to flush their toilets at the same time each day. The city has recently been hit by severe water rationing and needs synchronised flushing to unblock the sewage system.

“Bulawayo’s sewage system wasn’t designed for water cuts.”


“Earlier this year, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development published the most comprehensive analysis to date of how climate change will affect the glaciers of the Himalaya, Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Pamir mountains, which together form an arc across Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.

“The study warned that, depending on the rate of global warming, one-third to two-thirds of the region’s approximately 56,000 glaciers will disappear by 2100.”


“We’ve hit 38C in the city today – 41C in Bullsbrook – with Perth [Western Australia] in the middle of a record-breaking hot spell.

“This is day two of a four-day stretch of 35C degrees or more, the first time this has happened in November since 1933. And the whole state is heating up.”


“The death toll in the bushfires raging across Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state has risen to four after a man’s body was found in a scorched forest, as authorities warned on Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come.

“The fires have destroyed about one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of farmland and bush over the past week…”


Cutting down the Amazon to grow biofuel. Jeez.

“Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree revoking a zoning regulation for the sugarcane industry, effectively allowing for cultivation of the crop in the Amazon and other areas of primary forest. The measure is controversial because it wasn’t requested by the industry, which, under the previous regulation, was permitted to expand onto degraded land and cattle pasture covering six times the area currently planted with sugarcane.”


“From a frozen-over Niagara Falls to record low temperatures, the arctic blast that struck the midwest is now tightening its grip on the eastern US as forecasters predict the possibility of a brutal winter with potentially long periods of numbing temperatures and deep snow… snowfall records shattered across the north-east and Great Lakes.”


“In early September, dozens of animals were swept out to sea in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian, which hit the state as a Category 1 storm. Now, three cows have been found nearby, and officials believe they swam to safety following the major storm…

“Officials believe the cows swam several miles across the Core Sound from Cedar Island during the storm. The trio is now “grazing peacefully together on federal grass,” Cape Lookout spokesman B. G. Horvat told McClatchy news group.”


“Residents of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are being warned to remain vigilant as more rain is expected in previously flooded areas. The Met Office issued several alerts for ice, rain and snow across the country on Thursday, while the Environment Agency warned further flooding could occur. East Gloucestershire, parts of Wiltshire and south Wales were blanketed in snow on Thursday morning…”


“The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls on Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.

“The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level on Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimetres (2½ inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood.”


“The night of November 13 in Kyiv city has turned out to be the warmest [November night] since 1963, according to the Central Geophysical Observatory named after Borys Sreznevskyi…

“The Central Geophysical Observatory noted that this was the fifth temperature record set in Kyiv in November 2019.”


“Hot and dry condition in Israel have sparked forest fires in the country’s north.

“At least four fires broke out overnight Sunday to Monday as Israel’s unseasonable heatwave continues.”


“Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness.”


“…some studies show that the interacting conditions experienced today, such as accelerated climate change, changing atmospheric composition caused by human industry, and abnormal ecological stresses arising from human consumption of resources, define a perfect storm for extinctions.

“All these conditions together indicate that a sixth mass extinction is already well under way.”


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13th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“What was predicted to be the last sea ice to lose its perennial ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, is now melting twice as fast as any ice in the area.

“Researchers have released a video showing the oldest and thickest solid layer of frozen ocean water has loss 95 percent of its mass over the past 35 years –which experts say is a ‘dramatic indicator’ of climate change.”


“Alabama didn’t get much in the way of snow, but we’re definitely getting a big dose of cold on Tuesday…

“…get this, it is forecast to be just as warm or warmer in Anchorage, Alaska, (37 degrees) than it is in Muscle Shoals, Huntsville and Birmingham today, according to the National Weather Service.”


“An Arctic air mass has brought record-breaking low temperatures to several places in the US. The Arctic blast, which began in Siberia, has brought heavy snow and ice to many areas.

“Daily records have been set in states including Kansas and Illinois. Forecasters say hundreds of records could be matched or broken this week.”


“This fall ended up being one of the wettest on record. Planting was already delayed weeks from our wet spring…”


“The last week of October, the winter resort of Kitzbühel in Austria was scheduled to open for ski season.

“Trouble was, temperatures under the sunny autumn skies were a balmy 73 degrees Fahrenheit. So lift operators plowed a strip of snow nearly half a mile long from a glacier to the bottom of the ski hill using snow they had stored over the summer.”


“Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says.

“The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave “a permanent mark”, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted… Mr Brugnaro said the damage was “huge” an that he would declare a state of disaster…”


“Heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, and winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour hit many parts of southern Italy on Tuesday.

“In Basilicata, the coastal town of Metaponto was also reportedly hit by a tornado while nearby Matera suffered serious flooding.”


“Hundreds of elephants and tens of lions in Zimbabwe will be moved by the country’s wildlife agency as part of a major operation to save the animals from a devastating drought.

“More than 200 elephants have died over the last two months due to a lack of water at the country’s main conservation zones…”


“The supply in reservoirs distributing water across Tshwane [South Africa] through the Rand Water supply system has “plummeted substantially” and the outflow is now being throttled.

“The city pleaded with residents on Wednesday to conserve water.

“MMC for utility services Abel Tau said the situation had reached a “worrisome state”.”


“The extent of severe storms and a tornado that hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal [South Africa] on Tuesday is yet to be determined, but two human casualties and 20 injuries had been reported by Wednesday morning…

“According to Campbell, many animals were reported to have been injured or killed in the area and power lines are also down.”


“A large part of Maharloo Lake [Farsi province, South Iran] has almost disappeared over the past years due to drought.”



“The worst dry spell in decades has dried up nearly a quarter of reservoirs in east China’s Anhui Province, disrupting drinking water supplies and affecting the planting of crops…

“By Monday, the severe drought had affected the domestic water supply for 384,300 residents in 10 cities, according to the provincial department of emergency management.”


“A water shortage has driven hordes of ‘bin chickens’ into urban areas to feast upon garbage, according to a national bird count.

“The white ibis, more commonly known as a ‘bin chicken’, has made the top 10 most commonly-seen birds in BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count for the first time.”


“All told, the hundreds of bushfires across New South Wales have now ripped through more than 1 million hectares across the state, amid an unprecedented bushfire emergency still unfolding before the Australian summer has even begun.

“North of the border in Queensland, where at least 14 homes were destroyed, heavy winds caused havoc through most of Wednesday, whipping fire fronts through thousands of hectares of dry bushland.”


“The mega heatwave – since designated eastern Europe’s hottest episode in 500 years – affected an area as large as Mexico. By the time it abated it had caused 55,000 deaths from respiratory failure and other disorders caused by heat and air pollution from wildfires. It had destroyed one-third of Russia’s grain harvest.

“Jakob Zscheischler, a senior scientist at the Climate and Environmental Physics group at the University of Bern, calls the 2010 incident a quintessential compound climate event, a weather disaster intensified by the combined effect of two or more factors.”


“As bacteria adapt to hotter temperatures, they speed up their respiration rate and release more carbon, potentially accelerating climate change.

“By releasing more carbon as global temperatures rise, bacteria and related organisms called archaea could increase climate warming at a faster rate than current models suggest.”


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12th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Bushfires reached within miles of Sydney’s city centre Tuesday prompting firefighting planes to spray red retardant over trees and houses in a northern suburb…

“A ‘catastrophic’ fire warning was issued for the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter areas, which includes the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.

“There are 85 fires in New South Wales, 46 are thought to be out of control and 14 are at an “emergency level”.”


“The Victorian government is planning for a “very extreme” heatwave, worse than the Black Saturday weather event of 2009…

“As authorities brace for what could be the worst fire season in many years and with deadly blazes still burning out of control in NSW and Queensland, the state government says it is preparing for weather more terrifying than anything Victoria has experienced.”


“This catastrophe is the result of a rare phenomenon called sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) that took place in Antarctica.

“In September winds circling the South Pole about 30km high in the stratosphere went into reverse (Weather Eye, September 9) causing the temperature of the stratosphere to rocket by 40C.”


“…new research is highlighting another threat:

“Since 2000, moist and warm tendrils of air known as atmospheric rivers have been swirling toward the coast more frequently, bringing more rain and surface melting.

“Antarctica has been losing about 250 billion tons of ice annually in recent years, and research shows the rate has increased sixfold since 1979.”


“People in Japan mourned the victims of Typhoon Hagibis on Tuesday, a month after the powerful typhoon left at least 90 people dead and flooded tens of thousands of homes.

“The typhoon made landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Oct 12, bringing record-breaking rainfall in wide areas and causing embankments to collapse.”


“CNN’s Ivan Watson reports from Borneo where wildfires are threatening one of Asia’s last great rainforests and putting the endangered orangutan under threat.”



“A group of mourners were attending a funeral ceremony in Uganda when the procession was struck by a deadly lightning bolt.

“The funeral took place in the village of Tobi in Pader, Northern Uganda on Thursday morning, when the village, which had experienced dense rain in the past week was struck by the fatal lightning bolt.”


“Botswana said Monday that it is on a state of high alert as wildfires continue to raze the drought stricken nation amid high temperatures and strong winds.

“While no deaths have been recorded yet, an official at the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Lesedi Ndolo said recently fire destroyed private property and range resourced in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.”


“Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought.

“At least 120 elephants have already died over the past two months as the country grapples with one of the worst droughts in its history.”


“Severe storms and heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal and worsening drought in the Eastern Cape have taken their toll on people and livestock…

“…the situation remains dire in the Eastern Cape where farmers battle to keep their livestock alive.”


“Namibian farmers panicking from the worsening drought conditions have escalated their appetite to sell their livestock to avert loses, the Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) said Thursday…

“…severe drought and loss of pastures has affected both communal and commercial farmers in Namibia.”


“While extreme wet weather has caused havoc in the UK over the past few days as the country was hit by floods caused by heavy rain, Cyprus is witnessing one of the hottest Novembers ever… as things stand, precipitation for November will be much lower than the month’s average with just 10% of the average rainfall so far.”


“Pam Webb, owner of Truffle Lodge luxury spa in Fishlake, near Doncaster, broke down in tears as she spoke about how she discovered on Monday morning that her insurance provider had excluded flooding from her policy – with the recent floods the first to have hit the village in 100 years.”


“A loss of snow and ice cover are the main reasons for a reduction in the Arctic’s ability to reflect heat, not soot as had been previously thought…

“Scientists say soot is not the major contributor, as levels have dropped recently, while warming has continued.”


“Roughly 70% of the US will experience freezing temperatures this week as an Arctic blast hits two thirds of the country…

“By Tuesday night, record-breaking low temperatures are expected across the country as the cold front moves off the eastern seaboard. As many as 300 records could be broken with temperatures more typical for January than November.”


“Every day this month, Anchorage has seen temperatures at least 10 degrees warmer than average. Because of the warmth, the KTVA weather team says Anchorage is in a snow drought.

“Like many others in Alaska’s largest city, Patricia O’Gorman would like to see a change.”


“The biggest and most damaging hurricanes are now three times more frequent than they were 100 years ago, say researchers.

“Using a new method of calculating the destruction, the scientists say the increase in frequency is “unequivocal”.”


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11th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Australia’s most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change.

“David Elliott, state emergency services minister in New South Wales, said residents were facing what “could be the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen.”


“The unusual reading, especially for the mainland of roughly 7.6 million square kilometres, had the agency’s boffins poring over their record books.

“”The team can’t comprehensively identify a day in our records where there hasn’t been rain somewhere on continental Australia,” a bureau spokesman said.”


“A recent spate of devastating wildfires has rocked California, causing billions of dollars of property damage, burning hundreds of thousands of acres, and displacing thousands from their communities…

“Recent blazes like the Getty, Kincaide and Saddle Ridge fires may be under control now, but as conditions continue to dry due to a heating climate, California’s future is under threat from even more disastrous fires.”


“Hundreds of weather records are set to be shattered over the east of the Continental Divide this week, as the early season Arctic blast widens affecting two thirds of the country [USA].

“The National Weather Service predicted on Saturday that 148 daily record lows are ‘forecast to be broken, tied, or come within 1 degree’ of making history between Tuesday and Thursday.”


“Two months after Hurricane Dorian devastated this island nation [Bahamas], Green Turtle Cay residents are burning the debris left from the worst natural disaster in Bahamian history.

“The resulting trash fire has created a polluted haze near the dump, where pigs and cats rummage for contaminated food. While these animals are not a threat to the community, disease-carrying rodents and bugs could prove deadly.”


“Glaciers cover about 11 percent of Iceland’s surface, including Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Europe.

“But they have lost about 250 cubic km of ice in the past 25 years, or the equivalent of 7 percent of their total volume.”


““The Arctic and its resources mean a lot to Russian business and its budget. That’s why companies look at indigenous minorities as a barrier to their activities,” Kommersant quoted Sulyandziga as saying…

““I think what’s happening is a measure of vengeance for that.””


“More heavy rain is expected in parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands [UK] already suffering from flooding…

“Residents of Fishlake, near Doncaster, said it was the first time the village had flooded in 100 years.”


“It’s not unusual to have hot weather in November in Israel, but this hot and lasting for this long is something else…

“Haifa recorded 90 degrees and Eilat 91.

“Hopes of relief, initially thought to come on Monday, were dashed on Sunday as the Israeli meterological service forecast even hotter weather through Wednesday…”


“”These heavy rains and flooding have already led to losses in property and livelihoods in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya.”

““According to our monthly and seasonal forecasts, higher than usual rains are expected to persist throughout November and December. We encourage all stakeholders to take the necessary measures to mitigate the potential impacts” Abubakr Babiker, a climate scientist at ICPAC, said.”


“A serious multi-year drought in parts of South Africa’s Northern and Eastern Cape provinces has seen a number of small towns threatened by total water supply failures and livestock farmers facing financial ruin.

“In other parts of the country, heatwave conditions and the late onset of rains have caused local supply failures.”


“Waves as high as nine-feet tall from the Arabian Sea are expected to crash into the UAE coastline throughout Monday afternoon.

“The region was hit by thunder storms, lightning and heavy rain on Monday around lunchtime, with uprooted trees and localised flooding reported, while visibility along Sheikh Zayed Road was down to a minimum…”


“Mumbai [India] has had a record-breaking year of rainfall and with the current weather, the recorded amount of rainfall might just go higher.

“Mumbai has had rains since June and even after the Southwest Monsoon period has ended a month ago, the city witnesses shower almost every week.”


“Twenty people have died and more than two million others have spent a night huddled in storm shelters after Cyclone Bulbul hit the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rain, officials said on Sunday…

“Some 2.1 million people across Bangladesh were relocated to cyclone shelters.”


“Cagayan, Philippines:

“The number of people affected by floods and landslides that struck Cagayan this week has ballooned to 63,287 people, or 10,887 families, as of Saturday, Nov. 9, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Office.”


““Provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands [of Vietnam] will get heavy rains until Tuesday, with the precipitation measuring 100-300 mm [6 12 inches]. Rainfall of 180 mm in 24 hours is considered heavy.”

“Flooding and erosion are also expected in the highland areas.”


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8th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“The world’s thickest glacier has succumbed to the effects of climate change.

“A set of images released by NASA’s Earth observatory shows the Taku Glacier in Alaska is receding for the first time in over 70 years.

“Researchers predicted that the alpine glacier would one-day retreat, but the decrease in mass is 80 years ahead of schedule.”


“…November has been unseasonably dry. In fact, Vancouver just broke the record for the longest stretch of no precipitation ending in November.

“What’s more, the forecast calls for clear skies throughout the day tomorrow, which might make the dry stretch even longer.”


“Parts of California may reach one of their driest starts to the rainy season on record with no rain in sight to quench the fire-weary state’s thirst… UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain noted a measure of vegetation flammability is near or above record levels for early November.

“Point is, the state remains a tinderbox.”


“With worsening waves of fires ravaging northern California, the loss of just hundreds of homes has come to signal success… Several other fires burned to the south and to the north over the same period – and the Kincade blaze came just two years after a nearby spate of wind-driven wildfires north of the San Francisco Bay area killed 43 people.

“Last year, 85 people died in another fire that swept into the northern California town of Paradise.”


“Large parts of the US may experience record low temperatures as an Arctic blast sweeps across the Midwest and Northeast through the middle of next week. Nearly two-thirds of the country will be vulnerable to unseasonably cold temperatures…

“In the Kansas City area, residents were saying they smelled an unusual odor… The odor of manure from a large stock farm was trapped in a part of the atmosphere that moved southward with the cold front as it passed over Kansas City, meteorologists said.”


“Temperatures soared in 2018 to nearly 3.6F (2C) above average levels above much of southern and central England and Wales and 2.5F (1.4C) throughout Britain. New research suggests that… the country would not have hit record highs without climate change.

“The team found that the chances of such a heatwave is now between 11 and 12 per cent each year, which is 30 times higher than would be expected from normal…”


Britain’s railways can no longer cope with the effects of the climate crisis, a senior rail executive has warned.

“Extreme weather events including heatwaves, storms and flooding have damaged infrastructure and halted thousands of services across the UK this year.”


“The turtle dove, Britain’s most endangered bird, continues to plummet towards extinction, its numbers having halved over five years, according to the latest data.

“The turtle dove’s 51% decline from 2013 to 2017 is the most drastic of a continuing slump for a quarter of farmland bird species.”


“Torrential rain causes flood chaos across Britain as a quarry collapses into back garden…

“…firefighters rescue drivers with dinghies and rail lines are blocked after trapped families spend the night in shopping centre with more downpours to come.”


“This is the shocking moment a violent tornado almost destroys a factory in Greece after shattering windows and ripping off sections of the walls.

“The freak storm hit Kalamata in Greece on Monday, causing damage to buildings including the Papadimitriou factory which produces vinegar and olive oil.”


“Floods have killed at least 25 people and injured 47 others as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Somalia, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

“The WHO said the heavy rains pounding several parts of Somalia have displaced more than 270,000 people, destroying livelihoods and infrastructure in the country.”


“Maize and soybeans are the main grain crops in South Africa and farmers were hit by a disastrous El Nino-induced drought in 2015/2016 and faced late rains in the 2018/2019 season.

“In the current planting season, severe drought linked to climate change has scorched land across southern Africa and U.N. agencies have warned that a record 45 million people face food shortages.”


“The tally for monthly rainfall this November in Mumbai has been the highest ever, according to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“In just two heavy spells recorded over a total of seven hours on two days – 46.3mm on November 1 and 62.3mm on November 8 – rainfall this November stands at 108.6mm, which is now the all-time high rainfall for the month.”


“Mandurah [West Australia] is tipped for a scorching 39 degrees on Saturday, potentially the highest November temperature on record. The current record temperature for the month in Mandurah is 39.3 degrees on November 10, 1982.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has already issued severe to extreme fire danger ratings across the State.”


“Thousands of residents have left their homes as a large bushfire bears down on the Cooroibah area on Queensland‘s Sunshine Coast, with several emergency alerts issued as more than 50 bushfires burn across the state.

“Mike Hurley has been a Cooroibah resident for more than 30 years and said while he had experienced bushfires, he had never seen anything like this fire before.”


“Australian authorities say an “unprecedented” number of emergency-level bushfires are threatening the state of New South Wales (NSW).

“More than 90 blazes were raging across the state on Friday.

“Gusty winds and up to 35C heat have exacerbated the fires, many of which are in drought-affected areas.

“There are reports of people trapped in their homes in several places, with crew unable to reach them due to the strength of the fires.

“”We are in uncharted territory,” said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. “We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level.””


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7th November 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Another round of major river flooding is an increasing likelihood next spring in parts of the nation’s heartland, according to a new government outlook.

“The latest fall flood update released Tuesday by the National Weather Service Central Region said conditions were in place for a “difficult spring flood season” with the potential for “widespread record flooding again” in parts of the Northern Plains and Midwest.

“A number of factors have increased confidence in this rather ominous outlook months in advance… It’s [already] been the wettest first 10 months of any year in 125 years of records in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.”


“…the problem may be exponentially larger than what’s reported to public health officials. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that as many as 70,000 people [in the US] may suffer from the disease each year, according to a report released in August… The officials are finding that as temperatures rise and summer extends, that could spur more bacterial growth.”


“Alberta’s scorching wildfire season, which came to an end on October 31, was the second-worst wildfire season in the province’s history… Mike Flannigan, professor of Wildland Fire at the University of Alberta says the area burned in Canada by wildfires each year has doubled since the 1970s and this is the result of human-caused climate change.

“”I can’t be any more clearer than that, it is human-caused climate change and this is not normal, it is a new reality,” says Flannigan.”


“A mild winter combined with an abnormally calm and sunny summer led to marine water temperatures that doubled the previous marine heat wave’s record in Prince William Sound this year.

“Prince William Sound Science Center oceanographer Rob Campbell observed that monthly average temperatures at the surface during the months of July and August were 7 degrees Fahrenheit above the seasonal average with one observation of 9 degrees above average.”


“Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine mammals in the North Pacific, according to a 15-year analysis…

“The researchers caution that as sea ice continues its melting trend owing to climate change, the opportunities for this virus and other pathogens to cross between North Atlantic and North Pacific marine mammals may become more common.”


“Russia has ditched plans to set greenhouse-gas emissions targets for companies as a sign of its commitment to fighting climate change, following lobbying from big businesses that risked fines if they didn’t comply…

“…the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs warned it would raise costs for companies and delay investment.”


“Torrential rains have cause floods and landslides in parts of Montenegro, blocking roads and cutting off dozens of homes.

“Emergency teams said Wednesday they have responded to dozens of calls from people seeking help with flooded homes and stranded vehicles… roads and bridges have been blocked by overflowing rivers or mud from landslides.”


“Heavy rains and floods have killed more than 50 people and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes across East Africa as researchers warn warming oceans are causing unpredictable weather patterns in the region.

“South Sudan declared a national emergency last week after 420,000 people fled from the floods, the United Nations said.”


“More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict…

“Drought has also hit the East and Horn of Africa particularly Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. At the same time, record-breaking temperatures in the Indian Ocean have dumped ultra-heavy rainfalls into Kenya and South Sudan.”


“In Zimbabwe, the country’s government has called a national emergency…. This region annually experiences hot, dry weather at this time of year – but this year is different. Hotter. Drier. More deadly.”


“A cyclonic storm formed over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours and set to move towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, skirting Odisha, a senior IMD official said.”


“Prevalent across rural India, fluorosis is caused by excessive consumption of the mineral fluoride, usually through drinking contaminated groundwater. As fluoride builds up in the body it leads to skeletal deformities.

“With climate change set to exacerbate India’s already widespread water crisis, more and more of the population will be forced to rely on groundwater as their primary or sole source of water for drinking and crop irrigation, putting them at increasing risk of excessive fluoride intake.”


“The middle and lower reaches of China’s Yangtze river are suffering from the most severe drought in 40 years, with temperatures up to 3 degrees Celsius higher than normal in some regions, the official People’s Daily said on Thursday.

“Citing the ministry in charge of handling natural disasters, the newspaper said the drought was affecting local grain production and had delayed rapeseed planting in the region.”


“The Liverpool Plains area is famous for having some of the most fertile soils in Australia. Unfortunately, it all changed after the November flood of 2000. The rain stopped and the last four years in particular have been off the scale in below-average rainfall. I have never experienced anything like it.

“We use farming techniques that help to store moisture in the soil. However, when it doesn’t rain for years on end there is nothing to store.”


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