12th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Several killed, nearly 2m affected, as China’s Shanxi deluged by record-breaking rainfall…

“The flooding comes just months after record floods hit the country’s central Henan province in July – killing more than 300 people – and raises fears about ensuring the supply of energy ahead of the winter.

“Many parts of Shanxi, a landlocked province that generally has dry weather, saw record-breaking rainfall over the past week… Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, recorded rainfall of 185mm [7.3 inches], about seven times the pre-2010 average for October… Shanxi [overall] received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week.”


Hong Kong Observatory to raise No 8 typhoon warning at or before 5.20pm, school classes cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Kompasu nears.

“The typhoon, the second in just four days, was about 560km from the city as of noon.”


The harsh heat isn’t not going away in Taiwan. On 10th October the station of Zaoqiao, in Miaoli County recorded 38.7C [101.7F],the highest temperature ever recorded in Taiwan in October.

“Heat indexes are deadly: the temperature was recorded with 40% humidity.”


Storm leaves 9 dead in landslides, floods in Philippines.

“A tropical storm set off landslides and flash flooding as it barreled over the tip of the northern Philippines overnight, and officials say nine people died and 11 are missing.”


Record high temperatures for October reported across Japan… The high pressure system has blanketed the entire Japanese archipelago since the beginning of this month, with the atmosphere over Japan almost similar to that in summer.”


UN deforestation scheme under scrutiny after Indonesia debacle.

“The collapse of a $1-billion deal to curb Indonesian deforestation has highlighted the pitfalls of a UN-backed global initiative, which critics say has been ineffective and trampled on indigenous communities’ rights.”


Indigenous leader warns Amazon ruin could spark global ‘apocalypse’…

“People will run out of oxygen, the planet will warm up in 50 years, by two or even three degrees. Life on this planet will not be possible if the Amazon disappears.”


Intense heat in Texas and Northern Mexico:

On 10th October Rio Grande in Texas hit 106F/41.1C and in Coahuila State of Mexico,Monclova (615m asl) recorded 41.8C and Torreon (1123m) 40.7C, both new records for October.


As US western wildfires ravage property, protection services boom…

“Nine of California’s 20 largest wildfires on record have torn through the state since last year, according to Cal Fire. The biggest – the August Complex Fire of August 2020, consumed more than 404,000 hectares (one million acres) of land and killing one person.”


Decline in hydropower strains power grids amid drought.

U.S. hydropower generation is forecast to drop 14% this year compared with 2020 as drought grips vast areas of the West. Experts say the reductions complicate grid operations…”


Summer temperatures usually don’t last long here in the Coulee Region [Wisconsin], but this year mother nature had different plans.

La Crosse just broke the record for most 80-degree days in a calendar year… La Crosse also set a record this year for the most low temperatures that were at 60 degrees or warmer.”


25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds.

“As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow.”


Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events.

The United States is now averaging a billion-dollar disaster every 20 days… in the first nine months of this year we have already surpassed the total disaster costs for all of last year. And we are on pace to set a new record for total number of disasters…”


Lake District sewage could leave Windermere ‘ecologically dead’ [UK]…

“Pictures show algal blooms across the surface of the lake. Campaigners say there is also evidence of dead fish and invertebrates, indicating the waters are not healthy.”


Greece swept by torrential rains, 100 people evacuated in fire-stricken island.

“Greece was swept by a wet front this weekend which has caused significant damages in the island of Evia, which had suffered destructive wildfires in the summer, Greek news agency AMNA reported.”


Water crisis leaves Mozambique “in very serious need”: ICRC.

“The north of Mozambique is in “very serious need” of support for its public health infrastructure, says Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross.”


Yemen’s water crisis worsening.

“UNICEF representative to Yemen Philippe Duamelle said the water situation in Yemen is very serious as only a small number of people have access to clean water.”


Iran wheat imports soar due to drought.

“Agricultural production ravaged by drought has been an all-too-common theme across the northern hemisphere over the last twelve months. Unfortunately, Iran is another country to have fallen victim to well-below average rainfall and extreme temperatures during its most recent winter crop cycle.”


Severe Drought Adds to Afghanistan’s Woes, Endangering Millions as Economy Collapses.

“… the scarcity of water is slashing farmers’ incomes and driving up food bills for people in cities. The United Nations estimates that the drought is threatening the livelihood of up to 9 million Afghans and affecting 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.”


Thajiwas glacier in Kashmir melting at rapid pace, say locals.

“”Before 20 years, Thajiwas glacier was spread over huge area and tourists were able to get a glimpse of it in Sonmarg by just walking only a few meters. But, now they need to walk kilometers to see the glacier,” guide Bilal Ahmed said.”


Three dead as heavy rain lash Kerala.

“According to Skymet Weather forecast, in the last 24 hours, the state has seen some three-digit rains as well including 216 mm [8.5 inches] in Kozhikode, 166 mm in Kannur, 136 mm in Punalur, 77 mm in Palakkad, 59 mm in Thrissur, and 51 mm in Kochi.”


Will low winds strike another heavy blow to energy prices?

“Industry experts now warn a global phenomenon which is known as global stilling, an extended period of low wind speeds and increasing temperatures could potentially deepen the crisis in the energy market.”


Now climate change is blamed for the spread of bubonic plague:

“‘We do see that the borders of plague hotspots have been changing with global warming and climate change, and other anthropogenic effects on the environment,’ Dr Anna Popova said. ‘We are aware that cases of plague in the world have been growing.’


‘This is a reality now, it’s scary’: Why leaders must pay attention to world’s fastest warming town.

“In Svalbard – the northernmost town in the world – massive metal barriers are currently being airdropped onto mountainsides. Houses simply bulldozed to make way for a huge protective wall around the town. The warmer air here means more chance of avalanches.”


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9th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Tiny North American Oat Crop Could Be Coming for Your Breakfast.

The smallest harvest ever in the U.S. is expected to shrink supplies needed for everything from Cheerios to oat milk… The situation for North American farmers was so dire in the summer that many cut their losses and harvested damaged plants to be sold as feed for animals.”


Pasta shortages after dire wheat harvest attributed to climate change.

“Empty pasta shelves in supermarkets are a result of catastrophic wheat harvest attributed to climate change, providers have said. Extreme dry weather has led to severe shortages in durum wheat, causing prices to soar by 90-100 per cent amid worldwide supply problems.”


Food Inflation Heats Up and Energy Crisis May Make It Worse.

“The jump in global food prices to a decade high risks leading to even more expensive grocery bills, and the energy crisis is threatening to make things even worse.”


The calendar says it’s fall but it ‘s like mid-summer in Central USA. Some states remarkable max. temperatures (still provisional) on 8 October include:

OK 99F; KS 96F; AK 94F; LA 94F; MO 88F; NE 88F; IA 88F; MN 88F; KY 85F; SD 84F; IL 83F


Where is fall? Calendar may be turning, but leaves aren’t…

“Typically, by the end of September, leaves cascade into warmer hues throughout the country. This year, moving deeper into October, many trees have yet to even pivot from their summer green shades.”


Pacific salmon are struggling. Researchers think heat waves could wipe them out.

“Heat waves like those that scorched western North America this summer risk wiping out B.C.’s salmon fisheries in future decades, on top of expected declines due to long-term climate change…”


A ‘new threat to us’: Kamloops fire chief after B.C.’s record wildfire season.

“…Kamloops Fire Chief Steve Robinson is warning policymakers to be “very serious” about climate change. Briefing city councillors on Tuesday, Robinson said the wildfires that crews battled this summer were “different” than any he’s observed in the past.


California fires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias.

“Northern California wildfires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves of the majestic monarchs in the Sierra Nevada, an official said Wednesday. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Christy Brigham…”


Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and infrastructure.

“Climate change has made the Texas heat worse, with less relief as nighttime temperatures warm, a report from the state’s climatologist published Thursday found. Climate data also show that the state is experiencing extreme rainfall — especially in eastern Texas…”


Extreme drought in Brazil triggers fatal sand storms.

“Unusually powerful sandstorms have left at least six people dead in Sao Paulo in recent weeks, local media said, as southeastern Brazil grapples with severe drought.”


Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon rises in September.

“Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose slightly in September from a year ago, preliminary satellite data showed on Friday, as President Jair Bolsonaro struggles to deliver on a pledge to eliminate illegal forest clearing.”


Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea…

“The South Pacific nation is home to the world’s third-largest remaining rainforest: a critical carbon sink helping to mitigate the climate crisis.”


September 2021 in China was the hottest September on record. Average temp. was 18.4C [65.1F],+1.6C above the 81-10 baseline.

Astonishing anomalies of +4/+6C above average were recorded in the South. Average precipitations was 84.1mm ,more than normal in the East and less in the West.”


Three people have been killed in a landslide triggered by continuous downpours in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, local media reported citing authorities on Thursday.

“Four people were buried after the landslide hit an office building of a coal company in Huangling County on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.”


Heavy rain hits China corn harvest, raises quality concerns.

“Heavy rain across northern China this week has delayed the corn harvest, submerged fields in water and raised concerns about the quality of the crop in the world’s second largest producer, analysts and farmers said on Friday.”


Fresh Storm Forecast for Flood-Hit Thailand Adds to Growth Risks.

“Thailand is bracing for a fresh tropical storm after weeks of heavy rainfall inundated large swathes of its cropland, undermining efforts to revive the pandemic-hit economy by easing Covid restrictions and a gradual tourism reopening.”


Bay of Bengal readies for another storm…

“Just a short breather and Bay of Bengal is listed again to host another tropical storm… As briefed earlier, a cyclonic circulation is expected to form over Gulf of Martaban and adjoining North Andaman Sea in the next 48hr.”


Death Toll in Cyclone Shaheen Rises to 14 After Body Found.

“United Arab Emirates — The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen that crashed through Oman rose Thursday to 14 after the sultanate found the body of someone missing since the storm. Omani state television made the announcement…”


One dead as rain, floods hit south Yemen city.

“Torrential rains caused widespread floods in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, where a young man was electrocuted, local official said on Thursday. The floods added to suffering in the Arabian peninsula’s poorest country, which has endured seven years of war.”


Kenya… Heavy Rains Spell Doom for Maize Output…

“”Due to rainfall failure during the planting season, crops experienced about 30 per cent germination while heavy downpour during the harvesting period will result in rotting; leading to loss of food crops,” said Mr Joseph Kosgei, an agricultural expert based in Eldoret.”


Namibia Under Pressure From Angolan Migrants Fleeing Drought.

“Namibia says the situation of the thousands of Angolans, mostly women and children, who are entering the country to escape hunger triggered by a drought is putting extra pressure on the Southwest African nation’s already strained public facilities.”


At least 623,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding in South Sudan since May, with many forced to flee their homes, the United Nations said.

“Rivers broke their banks following heavy rains, deluging houses and farms in eight of the country’s 10 states, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said…”


In Egypt’s Red Sea, corals fade as oceans warm.

“Standing on a boat bobbing gently in the Red Sea, Egyptian diving instructor Mohamed Abdelaziz looks on as tourists snorkel amid the brilliantly coloured corals, a natural wonder now under threat from climate change. “If they disappear, we’ll disappear with them,” he says…”


EU increases aid for fruit and vegetable sector.

“The European Commission announced that it will increase its aid to fruit and vegetable producers and wine growers impacted by the frost, floods, and heatwaves. This aid is provided in addition to the exceptional measures taken by the Commission in July 2020 [for Covid]…”


Very warm nights in Ireland and Scotland on 8 October. In some cases at record levels for October. Minimum temperatures were as high as 16.0C [60.8F] in Scotland and 16.3C [61.3F] in Ireland: full summer values.”


Over 400 glaciers cover more than 10% of Iceland’s landmass and almost every one is shrinking.

“Scientists say more than 1.2 trillion tons of ice per year are lost to warming temperatures globally. For a nation named after the very stuff that’s disappearing, that’s forcing difficult conversations.” [Video]


Galapagos of Russia threatened by chemical waste…

“Experts say Lake Baikal now faces… swathes of illegal building work, surging tourist numbers that are overwhelming local infrastructure, and the spectre of a potential disaster involving 6.5 million tonnes of toxic waste stored in ponds near the shoreline.”


Sea-level rise causing frozen grounds along Arctic coastlines to thaw, study suggests.

“In a new study, researchers at Dalhousie University have found that sea-level rise is causing permafrost along Arctic coastlines “to thaw and retreat,” threatening northern ecosystems.”


Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity.

“Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health. Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife.”


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7th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

More on the extraordinary rain-event in Liguria, Italy:

Deluge in Italy sets European record: 29 inches in 12 hours (736.6mm)… The city ended up with a mind-boggling 34.8 inches (883.8 mm) of rainfall over the course of 24 hours.

A whopping 7.1 inches [180.3mm] fell in just one hour in Vicomorasso…


Italy hit by 20 ‘severe weather events’ in a day as Liguria sees record rainfall.

The country as a whole was hit by 20 severe weather events in one day on Monday, including tornadoes, hailstorms, windstorms, and torrential rainfall that caused damage to cities and countryside across the peninsula…”


Sicily’s Catania suffering post heavy storm and downpour. From streets to houses, there is water everywhere.

“Winds reached 130km/h.



Greece’s fire-ravaged island now racing to build flood defences.

““We have to make it in time for the winter. We did not have to mourn any victims during the wildfires, and it is very important that we don’t have that problem with the floods,” said the mayor of Limni, George Tsapourniotis.”


‘Scenes of horror’ as torrential rains flood Marseille with water-swept trash.

“According to Météo France, the national meteorological service, “the equivalent of several months of rain” pounded Marseille between Sunday and Monday. After the Huveaune river burst its banks, larger trashed items, such as gas bottles, fridges and car parts, added to the mounting trash piles.”


Wales weather: Floods hit homes, businesses and roads… “So the weather last night was pretty extreme,” said Council leader Andrew Morgan.

“”These storms are becoming more fierce, we get heavier periods of rain in a short time and the normal infrastructure just doesn’t cope so we do need to look at longer term.””


Number of butterflies in the UK at a record low, survey finds…

“It is the latest warning sign for butterflies – which, as well as forming a vital part of the food chain, are considered significant indicators of the health of the environment – after decades of decline. Since 1976, 76% of butterflies have declined either in abundance or distribution.”


That’s all we need… a plague of stink bugs: After Covid, the fuel crisis and tax rises – foreign invaders have arrived that reek to high heaven and decimate fruit and veg

“…the latest terror to hit the UK — captured this week at the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, in Surrey — is the marmorated stink bug…”


Plea to public over water use following record dry period throughout Scotland.

“People in Caithness and elsewhere in Scotland are being urged to use water efficiently this autumn following a record dry period and low reservoir levels. The plea comes as Scottish Water says “maintaining normal public water supplies remains a significant challenge for us”.”


Warmest September on record [for Northern Ireland] according to Armagh observatory…

It recorded an average temperature of 15.5 degrees C [60F] which is almost 3 degrees warmer than the long term average. That average covers data recorded at the Observatory since around 1795, with temperatures recorded for more than 226 years.”


Fall on hold: Forecasters predict long-lasting warm temperatures in eastern U.S…

“Forecasts now call for above-average temperatures lasting at least 10 days, with high temperatures in some areas nearly 30 degrees above normal at times. The core of the anomalous warmth is predicted to focus in the north-central United States…”


Water rescues underway in Birmingham as flash flooding hits Alabama…

“”We’ve had numerous water rescues, people trapped in cars and rescued by fire departments and police departments, and we’ve had damage reports of trees on houses and trees on roadways, and it’s really across the entire Birmingham metro area,” Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Coker told CNN…”


Residents of Sonoma, Marin Counties [California] to Be Offered Water Saving Kits as Drought Worsens…

“The kits will include a bucket to catch water for reuse, a low-flow showerhead and faucet aerator, a 5-minute shower timer, self-shutting nozzle for a garden hose and toilet dye tablets to check for leaks.”


Paraguay River level reaches lowest mark in history.

“The long period of drought in the Paraguay River basin, in Cáceres (MT), caused the water level to be 26 cm between the 27th and 30th of September. It is the lowest value of the year and its history…”


Aussie region’s heat records broken in worrying temperature rise… Record temperatures have been recorded across the Northern Territory

“The results follow a string of record breaking temperatures across the globe over the last two years, with Antarctica and Europe both recording their hottest ever days.”


Heavy rains have flooded Indonesia’s Paser district on Kalimantan island since Monday, forcing hundreds of residents to leave…

“…the flooding occurred after two rivers, namely the Kandilo and the Sakerau, burst their banks and submerged at least 230 houses with water as deep as 100 cm to 150 cm.”


Hong Kong saw its hottest September on record last month, the observatory said Tuesday.

“The monthly mean maximum temperature was 32.8 degrees Celsius [91F], which is 2.3 degrees above the average between 1981—when records first began—and 2020.”


Several temples in Thailand’s historic city of Ayutthaya underwater after heavy monsoon floods.

“Severe flooding in a Thailand city has submerged several ancient temples as heavy tropical rains continued to pound parts of the southeast Asian country…”


Record Gulf water temperatures result in ‘catastrophic’ coral bleaching.

“The waters off the UAE coast were the hottest since records began, with temperatures exceeding 38°C [100.4F] even at depths of six metres, according to researchers. The increase of 2°C above the average in the Gulf came amid the absence of strong shamal winds.”


Climate Change Is Melting Russia’s Permafrost—and Challenging Its Oil Economy.

“Mines and plants are experiencing increasing corrosion leaks and cracks, stemming in large part from defrosting ground. In the pipeline industry, braces and other mechanisms, previously anchored into permafrost, often corrode, twist and bend when the earth below changes…”


Hundreds of dead ravens fall from the sky in Russian village, leave experts baffled.

“The incident reportedly took place in the Russian village of Ust-Tarka, which is located in Novosibirsk Oblast in south-western Siberia. Local veterinary department officials have carried out tests to figure the cause of mass deaths among the bird.”


Study: Growing potential for toxic algal blooms in the Alaskan Arctic.

“Changes in the northern Alaskan Arctic ocean environment have reached a point at which a previously rare phenomenon—widespread blooms of toxic algae—could become more commonplace, potentially threatening a wide range of marine wildlife…”


Mercury build-up in Antarctic animals prompts call for permanent monitoring program.

“The first evidence of mercury build-up in humpback whales foraging in the Southern Ocean has been detected by scientists. Australian scientists also found the highest levels of mercury in fur seals and three different species of petrel living in the Antarctic region.”


U.N. weather agency says world ill-prepared for ‘looming water crisis’.

“Floods, droughts and other water-related disasters are on the rise due to global warming… At the same time, swelling populations and dwindling resources around the globe have led to increased water scarcity in multiple regions…”


This is what a year of climate disasters looked like… 2021 has been a year of climate disasters.

“From -25C temperatures in Spain to a record-equalling 54.4C in Death Valley, the extremes of our climate are becoming more acute. And it is increasingly having a real-life impact.”


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5th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

We have just observed the hottest (or joint hottest) October days in recorded history for 4 countries:

Iran 46.0°C / 114.8F (new record)
Morocco 43.5°C /110.3F (new record)
China 38.9°C / 102F (tied record)
South Korea 32.3°C / 90.1F (new record)


And China’s just fell: “Today, 5th October, Hengnan in Hunan province recorded 39.0C /102.2F, this is the new record of highest monthly temperature in the country [China].

Dozens of records are falling at daily basis. And it’s not over yet….”


Scotland’s whisky and hydro-power at risk due to climate change water shortages amid loch warning.

“Climate change could see rivers and lochs in Scotland run dry, posing a threat to crops, renewable energy generation and the country’s world-famous whisky industry.”


Parts of London have been submerged in floodwater after more than an inch of rain fell on the capital in under an hour.

“Flash floods in Knightsbridge burst into luxury shops with cars and buses spraying brown water along the high street as drains were quickly overwhelmed.”


Residents in southern France urged to stay home amid more torrential rain and floods…

“Between 80 and 120mm of rain was expected to fall throughout the region on Monday, rising to between 150 and 180mm in the eastern part of Bouches-du-Rhône, and even up to 240mm [9.4 inches] in some areas.”


Catastrophic deluges in Western Italy – Cairo Montenotte recorded an incredible amount of 496mm [19.5 inches] of rain in just 6 hours.

This is a new Italian record of rainfall in 6 hours. The previous record was 472mm in 2011. [Video]


Sicilian coffee dream a step closer as climate crisis upends farming…

Experts say the climate emergency is irremediably tropicalising the Mediterranean agriculture of Sicily, where in August a monitoring station in south-eastern city of Syracuse took a temperature of 48.8C, the highest ever recorded in Europe.


Kenya: Drought to Get Worse As Reduced Rains Predicted.

“Currently, more than 2.5 Kenyans are facing acute food shortage, a situation that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta declare the drought a national disaster last month. Several counties are battling starvation…”


‘Silent killing’: Starvation stalks Ethiopia’s Tigray…

“It has been nearly three months since the UN warned that 400,000 people across Tigray had “crossed the threshold into famine”… The fighting disrupted the harvest in a region that was already struggling to supply enough food…”


Deadly, historic Tropical Cyclone Shaheen departs Oman after devastating flooding…

14½ inches of rain fell in Al Khaburah… The city of about 40,000 people averages between three and four inches of rain per year… Suwaiq on the northern coast just recorded a 6-hr rainfall total of 116mm 4.6 inches! The town has an average annual rainfall of 4.3 inches.”


Brisbane records hottest October day since 2004…

“Temperatures hit almost 38 degrees C [100.4F] at Beerburrum in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and it was 37 degrees at Amberley, west of Brisbane.”


Tornado rips through Horsham, Victoria just days after Bathurst event.

“A second tornado has hit Australia in the space of just days, after the initial weather event destroyed homes, tore down power lines and injured people.”


Global energy crisis comes to drought-stricken South America.

“The energy crisis sweeping the globe is about to hit South America, where a historic drought has the region desperate to replace a collapse in hydroelectric generation.”


Dust storms persist in São Paulo state [Brazil], approaching the capital.

“Over the last week, a series of haboob dust storms have swept over cities in the interior of São Paulo state. Caused by high winds and rain that kick up vast quantities of dust from dry ground…”


One in eight acres of California has burned in wildfires during the last decade.

“Nine of the state’s ten largest wildfires since the start of modern record-keeping in 1932 have occurred within the last ten years, and the eight largest wildfires have all taken place since 2017.”


California oil spill is ‘environmental catastrophe’, Huntington Beach mayor says, as emergency clean-up under way…

“More than 572,000 litres – 3,000 barrels – of heavy crude spilled into the Pacific Ocean between Huntington Beach Pier and Newport Beach, a distance of more than five miles.”


Five years after largest marine heatwave on record hit northern California coast, many warm–water species have stuck around

“In 2013, the largest marine heatwave on record began when an unusually warm mass of water formed in the Gulf of Alaska. By the next summer, the warm water spread south, raising average water temperatures along the US west coast by 3.6 to 7.2F (2-4 Celsius).”


Marine heatwaves could severely affect the fishing industry.

“A new study… found that rises in marine heatwaves will significantly amplify the impact of climate change on fish and fisheries. According to researchers led by UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, global warming could wipe out thousands of tons of fish from all over the world.”


Severe drought conditions in North Dakota reveal 130-year-old shipwreck site.

“…on July 17, 1892, the the Abner O’Neil steamboat was transporting 9,000 bushels of wheat from the city of Washburn, around 30 miles north of the capital of Bismarck, when it hit a submerged snag or rock and sank. The state’s historical society considered it a “total loss.””


Disappearing water in a warming climate: a story in four visuals.

“Water scarcity will be the biggest climate-related threat to corporate assets like factories within the next few decades, according to a recent report – but it seems to have barely registered on investors’ radar.”


Nearly 25% of world population exposed to deadly city heat…

“In recent decades, hundreds of millions of people have moved from rural areas to cities, which are now home to more than half the world’s population. Amid surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, which trap and concentrate heat, and little vegetation, temperatures are generally higher in urban areas.”


Migration will soon be the biggest climate challenge of our time…

“As heat, rising seas and drought render swaths of the planet uninhabitable, millions, if not billions of people may eventually have to relocate to terrain in the latitudes best suited to survival.”


A growing list of endangered species creates hard choices…

“A landmark United Nations report in 2019 found that the loss of plant and animal species around the world will increase dramatically in the coming years — at a rate unprecedented in human history — with as many as a million threatened with extinction.”


The jet stream has started a shift north, which could wreak havoc on weather in the US and Europe…

“…according to a recent study, the jet stream is shifting north as global temperatures rise. That’s because the delicate balance of warm and cold air that keeps the stream in place is getting disturbed.”


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

Melting Arctic permafrost could release Cold War radioactive waste and new virus strains.

“The rapid thaw of Arctic permafrost could release radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear submarines, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and new viruses, a report has found.”


September 2021 second-warmest on record for UK and warmest ever in Northern Ireland.

“The mean temperature of 14.7C for the UK was only slightly cooler than the 15C figure that was recorded in August. The UK’s warmest September was in 2006 when the mean temperature reached 15.2C, the Met Office said.”


Lionfish caught off the coast of Dorset could be a record for the UK…

“‘The first instances of warm water fish from more southerly latitudes being found in the UK are a subject of great interest, as they may represent populations moving northward in response to higher coastal water temperatures.‘”


Belgians face up to demolition of homes ravaged by summer floods…

“The devastating floods in eastern Belgium in July were the most destructive in living memory, turning streets into rivers, ripping up roads and collapsing houses in a shock to a wealthy country that had until now largely escaped the worst effects of climate change.”


Very heavy rain causes flash floods in Slovenia’s capital [94mm / 3.7 inches in one hour]…

““All critical infrastructure was flooded,” said Joze Golobic, the head of Ljubljana’s main hospital, the University Medical Center. “In the main building, the water was flowing down the stairs like a waterfall.””


‘It’s like a war’: Greece battles increase in summer wildfires…

“Forest fires are an annual occurrence in the Mediterranean, but climate change has caused stronger heatwaves and a longer, more intense, annual fire season. On average, 80% of the burned area across Europe occurs in the Mediterranean region…”


As the Climate Bakes, Turkey Faces a Future Without Water.

“No nation in the Mediterranean region has been hit harder by climate change than Turkey. But as heat and drought increase, Turkey is doubling down on water-intensive agriculture and development and spurring a water-supply crisis that is expected to get much worse.”


Another record hot day in Morocco and Canary Islands: Today 1st October the airport of Agadir rose to 43.5C [110.3F], highest reliable temperature in Moroccan history in October. (42.8C at Taroudant hourly max.).

“In Canary Island 38.3C in Gran Canaria Island and 37.8C in Tenerife Island.”


Drought devastates northern Kenya.

“2 million Kenyans face severe drought, with many at risk of starvation as a crippling drought stalks northern counties. Already many domestic livestock and wild animals have succumbed to thirst and hunger.”


Iran didn’t waste any time: Today 1st October the town of Omidiyeh (photo) recorded 45.6C [115F], tying the national record of the highest temperature ever recorded in October in the country (same value as Bostan in 2015).

“In the United Arab Emirates 45.7C was recorded at Swiehan.”


Cyclone Shaheen turns into severe cyclonic storm, says IMD.

“Cyclone Shaheen over central parts of north Arabian Sea, which turned into a severe cyclonic storm on Friday, is likely to intensify further and move towards Oman coast…”


Asansol and Bankura in West Bengal [India] recorded the highest rainfall in history in the last 24 hours…

Asansol in West Burdwan recorded 434.5 mm [17.1 inches] of rainfall in 24 hours till Thursday morning, while Bankura, the headquarter town of Bankura district, recorded 354.3 mm rain during the period…”


Thai flood victims ‘start from zero’ after killer storm.

“Flooding after tropical storm Dianmu has hit 31 provinces, killed seven people and inundated more than 215,000 households, authorities say. About 150 kilometres (93 miles) south, the capital is on alert — with floodwater expected to reach Bangkok late next week.”


A tornado hit the city of Yantai, China’s Shandong Province on October 1, 2021… Buildings destroyed as tornado and giant hail hits Yantai, Shangdong, China…”



October starts with a record heat wave in Eastern Asia (China, Koreas and Japan).

“On 1st October several (12) monthly records fell in Japan both in the North (Hokkaido) and in the South. The city of Kagoshima with 33.5C [92.3F] destroyed its previous monthly record of 32.4C. POR since 1883.”


Marine heatwaves during winter could have dire impacts on New Zealand fisheries and herald more summer storms…

“The ocean around New Zealand is getting warmer, and extreme warming events have become more frequent over the past years. These marine heatwaves can have devastating impacts on ocean ecosystems.”


Impact of severe Brazil drought seen in low reservoirs, soaring power bills.

“The consequences of Brazil’s worst drought since 1930 are now being felt in different regions of the country, with reservoirs below minimum levels, power bills through the roof and some instances of water rationing.”


Sacramento [California] just set a record for longest stretch without rain. When will the streak end?

“Sacramento is now officially in its longest dry spell ever, breaking a record that stood for more than 140 years. Thursday marked 195 consecutive days without measurable rainfall (0.01 inch or more) downtown…”


Calls for drastic action amid southwest drought, water shortages.

“Water shortages in the southwest are threatening cities and the Arizona farming industry. Cal Perry reports from Fountain Hills, Arizona.”



Eugene and Oregon set records for hottest summer in recorded history…

“Eugene’s June temperatures were the hottest ever since records began in 1892. The average high temperature in June was 82.4 — 8.2 degrees above normal.”


It was a record-hot summer. Then a (nearly) record-hot September [Boston]. Get used to it.

“With four heat waves and a seemingly endless string of sauna-like days, this summer was the hottest ever recorded in Boston. Now it’s been followed by one of the warmest Septembers in decades.”


Tropical Storm Victor joins category 4 Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic…

Atlantic likely to run out of names for 2nd year in a row… Victor was the 20th named storm of 2021. According to Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, only one other season, 2020, has had as many as 20 named storms by September 29.”


South Pole posts most severe cold season on record, a surprising anomaly in a warming world.

“Amid a record hot summer in large parts of Northern Hemisphere, beset by devastating fires, floods and hurricanes, Antarctica was mired in a deep, deep freeze. That’s typically the case during the southernmost continent’s winter months, but 2021 was different…”


The otherworldly species threatened by deep-sea mining – in pictures.

“Thousands of metres below the ocean’s surface, diverse aquatic species, from octopuses to coral, thrive in extreme darkness and cold. Amid plans to mine the seabed’s mineral riches, experts warn of the threat to lifeforms still to be documented.”


The Plastic Pollution Crisis.

Just about anywhere you travel in the world, you will encounter plastic pollution. Even the beaches of remote tropical islands are littered with plastic waste. A recent study published in the journal Nature characterized 414 million pieces of plastic — 238 metric tons — on one remote island chain in the Indian Ocean.”


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1st October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

Global supply chains are at risk of collapse unless governments worldwide restore freedom of movement to transport workers and give them priority over vaccines, a coalition of international business leaders has warned

“Governments urged to restore freedom of movement to transport workers to alleviate their ‘mistreatment’… “Global supply chains are beginning to buckle as two years’ worth of strain on transport workers take their toll,” the groups wrote.”


Supply constraints thwarting global economic growth could still get worse, keeping inflation elevated longer, even if the current spike in prices is still likely to remain temporary, the world’s top central bankers warned on Wednesday

““It’s … frustrating to see the bottlenecks and supply chain problems not getting better, in fact at the margin apparently getting a little bit worse,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told a conference.”


Analysis: From chips to ships, shortages are making inflation stick.

“Soaring gas prices, staff shortages, a lack of ships — price pressures globally may be picking up faster than anticipated, challenging the view that inflation will prove transitory.”


UK business confidence collapses as fears of ‘stagflation’ grow.

“Business confidence in the UK has collapsed after a month that has seen supply bottlenecks, rising energy prices, fuel shortages and looming tax increases combine to stifle growth.”


UK supply chain problems spread deeper into the agriculture sector…

“Driver and labour shortages mean pumpkin harvesting and distribution have been “severely disrupted” and many of the vegetables are rotting… “tens of thousands” of pigs [are] trapped on farms because of the shortage of truck drivers, as well as a lack of CO2, which is used to slaughter them.”


Three More U.K. Power Suppliers Collapse as Energy Crisis Deepens.

“Igloo Energy Supply Ltd, Enstroga and Symbio Energy announced their collapse on Wednesday, taking the number of U.K. utilities that have gone under to ten in the past two months amid a broader energy crisis.”


German Inflation Jumps Above 4%, Highest in Nearly Three Decades…

“Inflation jumped to 4.1% in September, exceeding economists’ median estimate, according to data from the Federal Statistics Office. Energy alone was 14% more expensive than last year…”


The gas price in Europe yet again broke a historic record during the September 30 trading session and rose over $1100 per 1,000 cubic meters, according to the ICE data on Thursday morning…

“According to Gazprom Board Chairman, record prices were caused by the lag in gas injection into European underground storage facilities and the growing demand for gas.”


As energy crisis looms, Spain shields supply of Algerian gas.

“Spain launched a diplomatic offensive to preserve its essential stream of Algerian natural gas Thursday as energy prices across the world skyrocket and souring relations between Algeria and Morocco threaten to disrupt the gas supply chain in North Africa.”


Chinese energy order points to harsher gas crunch for Europe…

“The natural gas crunch hitting the UK and Europe is likely to intensify after China ordered state-backed companies to secure energy supplies no matter the cost… The natural gas crunch hitting the UK and Europe is likely to intensify after China ordered state-backed companies to secure energy supplies no matter the cost.”


China’s factory activity in shock slowdown as energy crisis hits home…

“A closely watched survey released on Thursday showed that China’s factory activity contracted in September for the first time since the pandemic took a grip in February 2020.”


China’s housing market engine is dead.

“Beijing will dip into its deep pockets to ring-fence the financial fallout from Evergrande’s bankruptcy. But it’s the end of relying on a massive real estate boom to drive economic growth… engineering a slow, controlled deflation of China’s real estate bubble will not be easy.”


Asian factories stagnate as China’s slowdown, supply constraints hit…

“… factory activity in September shrank in Malaysia and Vietnam, and grew in Japan at the slowest rate in seven months, as chip shortages and supply disruptions added to the woes of a region still struggling to shake off the hit from COVID-19.”


25% of Bangladeshi population in poverty.

“A total of 7 million people among 170 million live in poverty, says the government’s research arm Nearly 25% of the population in Bangladesh is still in poverty, says the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies.”


The damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has combined with a mounting financial crisis to pose a serious threat to Sri Lanka’s development

“As well as the pandemic, Sri Lanka has been facing a borrowing crisis… two more payments – two bonds of $1.5 billion and $1.25 billion – of debt are due in 2022 and 2023.”


Beset by inflation, Iranians struggle with high food prices…

“With US sanctions still strangling the economy, record-breaking inflation has hit ordinary Iranians where it hurts most. Stunned shoppers are cutting meat and dairy from their diets, buying less and less each month.”


In crisis-struck Lebanon, school year is gripped by chaos…

“Thousands of teachers are on strike, demanding salary adjustments to cope with hyperinflation and the currency’s free-fall. A month’s pay is now barely enough to fill a vehicle’s gas tank twice.”


Ecuador: At least 116 killed and 80 injured in ‘worst prison massacre’ in country’s history.

“Authorities say the violence at the Litoral prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil was caused by gangs linked to international drug cartels.”


Three in every four Venezuelans are in extreme poverty, a study has said, as a years-long severe economic crisis in the oil-rich nation continues…

“Since 2014, the country has suffered with shortages of basic supplies and hyperinflation. Millions of people are in need of aid.”


Indigenous protest in Paraguay’s capital erupts in violence…

“Indigenous groups demonstrated in Paraguay’s capital Wednesday against a law that makes it a crime to invade private property, and the protest escalated into violence that authorities said saw seven police officers injured, four cars set on fire and other acts of vandalism.”


Peru minister partly blames MMG for Las Bambas unrest…

“Peru’s mining minister said on Thursday that unrest at the huge Las Bambas copper mine was partly caused by MMG Ltd’s short-sighted decision to rely on a dirt road to transport the metal, and called for a train line to be built instead.”


Illegal mining in the Amazon hits record high amid Indigenous protests…

“The analysis, released in late August, comes as scientists and environmentalists warn of a deteriorating situation in Brazil; Indigenous groups have frequently found themselves in violent clashes with miners since Bolsonaro took office in 2019…”


Brazil’s Bolsonaro complains about gas prices as inflation soars.

“Seven out of 10 Brazilians blame the government of President Jair Bolsonaro for their loss of purchasing power, according to a recent Datafolha poll.”


Coffee bean price spike just a taste of what’s to come with climate change.

“Scientists have long warned climate change is coming for our morning coffee… Global coffee prices are forecast to jump to $4.44 a kilogram this year, according to IBISWorld, after a July cold snap in a major arabica coffee-producing region of Brazil wiped out a third of the crop.”


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