17th July 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The world is facing unprecedented levels of drought.

In the U.S., nearly half the mainland is currently afflicted, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The situation is especially dire in the Northwest, which is facing some of its driest conditions in over a century following a heat wave that killed hundreds of people.

No continent, except Antarctica, has been spared, according to the SPEI Global Drought Monitor…

“Drought — low precipitation leading to water shortage — has existed forever. But scientists say that rising global temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns are already leading to more frequent droughts and that the situation is likely to get worse.


California drought: La Niña could dash hopes of desperately needed rain this winter

“The punishing drought conditions afflicting most of California are expected to endure for months… There is a 60% chance, NOAA experts said, of a La Niña event this winter — conditions that would likely bring about a cool and very dry winter.”


NASA’s shocking before-and-after photos from space show devastating effects of California’s record drought that could become a mega-drought

“The photos, released by NASA Thursday, reveal the effects the drought is having on the Golden State’s mountain snow, which is a crucial source of water for the region. The NASA photos show the snow progressively vanishing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains on March 31, May 18 and July 7.”


A California power plant likely will shut down for the first time ever because of low water during a prolonged drought, squeezing the state’s very tight electricity supplies, state officials said yesterday.

“The Edward Hyatt power plant, an underground facility next to Oroville Dam in Butte County, is expected to close in August or September…”


‘What choice do we have?’ US farm workers battle deadly heatwave.

“…farm workers must often choose between their wages and their health… the largely poor and undocumented workers who harvest the bounty of California’s fields face impossible choices between wages they cannot miss and temperatures their bodies cannot bear.”


Flagstaff declares state of emergency as Arizona hit by devastating floods

“The flooding in Flagstaff, however, appears to have been aided by the scars of a severe 2019 wildfire that burned away vegetation across a large area of a nearby mountain, which allowed water to flow unimpeded into the city.”


Oregon wildfire causes miles-high ‘fire clouds’ as flames grow

“Authorities have put these clouds at the top of the list of the extreme fire behavior they are seeing amid the Bootleg fire, the largest wildfire burning in the US. The inferno grew on Friday to about 377 sq miles (976 sq km), an area larger than New York City…”


“The West is a tinderbox”: Heat and drought set the stage for the huge wildfires burning across the region.

“June’s record-breaking heatwave was the final ingredient needed for explosive wildfire growth. Fire experts say things could still get much worse.”


Livestock producers are struggling to maintain their livelihoods during the ongoing drought in Manitoba, which the industry association for the province’s beef producers calls a “natural disaster.”

“Manitoba Beef Producers is currently working with the provincial government and other groups like the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation to find ways to help the struggling agricultural industry…”


A tornado ripped through Barrie, Ontario in Canada on Thursday, injuring at least eight people and destroying about 25 buildings, CBC reported.

“Police in Barrie, a town 82km (50 miles) north of Toronto, said they were responding to multiple reports of damage in the …city.”


UK butterfly numbers hit by ‘disastrous’ spring weather

“Butterflies across the UK have struggled with ‘disastrous’ spring weather that could be a consequence of climate change, conservationists have said… Though April was the sunniest on record, it was also cold, with a record number of frosts, while May was the wettest for 50 years.”


‘It was insane’: Germany faced with biblical flooding scenes and more than 100 dead

“Hohenlimburg was just one of hundreds of towns, villages and communities in western Europe that lay in ruins after freak floods swept the region, killing at least 126 people in Germany and Belgium and leaving hundreds more unaccounted for.”


Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany

“Some experts fear the recent jolts indicate the climate system may have crossed a dangerous threshold. Instead of smoothly rising temperatures and steadily increasing extremes, they are examining whether the trend may be increasingly “nonlinear” or bumpy as a result of knock-on effects from drought or ice melt in the Arctic.”


Fire rages on Samos [Greece] for second day

“More than 100 firefighters, seven ground teams, and volunteers were fighting the flames, while five water-dropping planes and six helicopters were deployed to assist from the air. “


Forest fires break out across Turkey as mercury rises.

“Amid a sweltering heatwave in Turkey, forest fires in the country’s western and southern coasts have been ongoing over the past two days, with hundreds of hectares of forest land already burnt to ashes.”


Thousands of flamingos die in drought in central Turkey

“Thousands of baby flamingos have died at Turkey’s Lake Tuz in the past two weeks from a drought that environmentalists said was the result of climate change and agricultural irrigation methods.”


6 dead, 2 missing as floods wreak havoc in northern Turkey.

“Fresh floods and landslides claimed six lives in the Rize province, part of Turkey’s flood-prone Black Sea region. The tragedy occurred one month before the anniversary of the last such disaster.”


Mass die-off of fish and marine life on Durban [South Africa] coastline linked to chemical spill.

“Following a tumultuous week of rampant looting across much of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, further tragedy has befallen the coastal province as thousands of fish and marine creatures have washed up on the banks of river lagoons and on beaches north of Durban.”


Heavy rains lash Hyderabad [India]; leave many areas inundated… Chegunta in Medak district recorded 226.5mm [8.9 inches] of rain… In October last year rain triggered flash-floods that wreaked havoc on the city…

Here are some photos from Thursday after the city reported record-breaking rainfall:


China: Huge search launched to find 14 construction workers trapped as flash floods hit tunnel

“Search and rescue crews are pumping out water in a bid to find the workers, who have been missing since the tunnel flooded around 3.30am local time on Thursday.”


China’s Heat Wave Is Pushing Coal Prices Toward Record Level

“The power load in the eastern province of Zhejiang near Shanghai surpassed 100 million kilowatts per hour on Tuesday for the first time, the State Grid said in its newspaper. Usage has also hit records in nearby Jiangsu and the southern region of Guangdong…”


Flooding, mandatory evacuations in Westport, Slips and flooding disrupt Wellington [NZ] – and the rain isn’t done yet

733mm [28.9 inches] recorded in 2 days in the mountains inland from Hokitika. Civil Defence has ordered Mandatory Evacuations in Westport… Evacuations in Marlborough, Buller and Tasman.”


Study discovers microplastics in New Zealand’s seabed

“A global problem, microplastics have been found across the planet, including in alpine soils, Antarctic waters and at the bottom of oceanic trenches, thousands of metres below the sea surface.”


Russian forest fires engulf over one million hectares —- authorities.

“As many as 134 forest fires were reported in the Sakha region, fifteen fires are active in the Chukotka region, three wildfires in the Kamchatka region, and 30 forest fires are active in the Irkutsk region.”


Wildfires are raging in Arctic Russia: How can we reduce the threat?

“…In May, scientists warned the warming Arctic tundra would make it harder to tackle climate change, as the thawing permafrost and wildfires release greenhouse gases not taken into account in global emissions agreements.”


Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska.

“Meteorologists were stunned this week when three successive thunderstorms swept across the icy Arctic from Siberia to north of Alaska, unleashing lightning bolts in an unusual phenomenon that scientists say will become less rare with global warming.”


A moon “wobble” will contribute to an increase in severe flooding in the mid-2030s, NASA has warned

“In a new study, published by Nature Climate Change, NASA’s Sea Level Change Science Team calculated that the next wobble in the mid-2030s will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.”


Grains – wheat set for biggest weakly gain in 4 years on weather worries

“CBOT wheat up 11% this week on parched U.S., Canada spring crop,  Heavy rain in west Europe…

“In Russia, forecasters have reduced harvest estimates, partly because of lower than expected yields in the key southern export region that has this summer faced heavy rain followed by hot, dry weather. A heatwave in the Black Sea region was also raising concern about corn crops…”


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15th July 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Nine people have died and more than 70 are missing following severe floods [from “once in a generation” rain] in western Germany, police say.

“Four deaths were reported south of Bonn in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine which burst its banks, bringing down six houses.”


Switzerland suffered one of its heaviest rainfalls on record during a thunderstorm that caused flooding and travel chaos on Tuesday (13 July) in its financial capital, Zurich, writes John Revil, Reuters.

“More than 4 cm (1.57 inches) of rain fell on Zurich overnight and over 3.1 cm of rain fell in 10 minutes on Waldegg, just outside the city, broadcaster SRF said.”


Heavy rainfall in Liège [Belgium] causes flash floods after river bursts.

“In Mery, near Esneux, cars were swept away by flood water, as the wider province of Liege was placed under a ‘red’ alert level. Over 100 mm [4 inches] more rain is expected to fall on part of the region, through the day into Thursday.” [Video]


Fierce Storm Inundates London, Causing Flash Flooding [London’s wettest day in 38 years].

“The downpour, which dumped a month’s worth of rain in some parts of the capital, disrupted transportation and forced some residents to evacuate.”


‘Sunny Day’ Floods Hit Record Along U.S. Coasts as Seas Rise.

“Record high-tide flooding washed over U.S. coasts in the past year, and rising sea levels are expected to send the deluges into streets, homes and businesses even more frequently over the next decade…”


Severe storms lash the Northeast: Dozens rescued on rafts after ‘supersoaker’ storm dumps 10 inches of rain on Philadelphia sparking ‘100-year floods’ – as NYC faces wettest July since 1889.

“Severe storms have lashed the Northeast with a ‘supersoaker’ downpour dumping up to ten inches of rain on parts of Philadelphia.”


How many 500-year floods must Detroit endure in a decade?

“At the end of June, Detroit experienced its second 500-year flood in seven years. In some areas, 6 inches of rain fell in just five hours. Rain for the whole month of June is typically three inches.”


Flagstaff area [Arizona] sees 2nd day of flash flooding due to rain in wildfire burn scar

“Video from Taylor Landy, a Flagstaff resident, shows strong floodwaters moving a Toyota Prius down a residential street.”


Reno thermometers have topped the century mark 12 days so far this year, smashing the city’s previous record.

“The last time Reno came close to experiencing as many smoking-hot days this early in the summer was in 2013 and 1940, when the city had seven 100-plus degree days through July 11.”


Death Valley Records [Earth’s] Hottest [Ever] Average Temperature Over 24 Hours.

“On Sunday, July 11, a weather station at Stovepipe Wells in northern Death Valley National Park recorded an average temperature of 118.1 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest average daily temperature observed on Earth.”


Arizona and Texas see record migrant deaths on Mexico border as temperatures top 43C.

“The non-profit group Humane Borders, which maps the recoveries of bodies in Arizona, said 43 sets of human remains were found in the state’s border region last month – the hottest June on record for Phoenix.”


Desert plant life in California disappearing due to climate change, UC Irvine study says.

“The steady decline of plants in Southern California’s portion of the Sonoran Desert… is caused by climate change-driven heat increases… the area grew hotter by 3 degrees over the study period, 1984 to 2017…”


17 million gallons of sewage floods and closes California beaches…

“The sewage was released from the Hyperion Water Reclamation plant, one of the largest treatment plants in the world, situated near Dockweiler State Beach.”


Dusty snow is making the western drought worse.

“How to help relieve drought? Limit the growing amount of dust blowing from deserts to mountains, where it melts the snowpack and robs rivers of water.”


The United States Department of Agriculture is authorizing emergency procedures to help agricultural producers impacted by extreme drought conditions.

“USDA’s Risk Management Agency is working with crop insurance companies to streamline and accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance policyholders…”


Relentless heat wave and lack of rain scorching Saskatchewan crops.

“Adrienne Ivey and her husband farm about 10,000 acres near Ituna, 134 kilometres northeast of Regina… “The crops were looking like they were under a lot of stress and really starting to burn up,” Ivey said.”


Satellite reveals devastating glacier melt on Washington’s Mount Rainier following historic heatwave.

“Mount Rainier, the iciest peak in the US, lost 30 per cent of its snowpack as a consequence of the heatwave… A deadly heatwave, exacerbated by the climate crisis, smashed temperature record after temperature record in the US Northwest and Canada…”


Yet another major heat wave is set to roast the western U.S. and Canada by the weekend.

“It’s happening. Again. For the fourth time in five weeks, a punishing heat wave is set to bake the West and adjacent western Canada. This time, the most exceptional heat is expected to focus in the central and northern Rockies…”


More than 60 wildfires rage across US west – including blaze bigger than Portland…

“The fires have torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.”


Southeast Amazonia is no longer a carbon sink…

“Eastern Amazon sites have warmed by as much as about 0.6 °C per decade during the dry season over the past 40 years. This is more than three times the rate of global warming and about the same rate as for the Arctic.”


Thousands displaced by floods in southwest China.

“Flooding in southwest China has displaced thousands of people after days of heavy rain – and more could be on the way, authorities warned. Across Sichuan province, rainstorms have pushed up water levels in 14 rivers…”


At least six dead, several missing after India landslides and floods.

“Rescuers in northern India were digging through rocks and mud searching for the missing on Tuesday, after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flash floods in two states, killing at least six people…”


Water scarcity threatens agricultural production in Turkey’s breadbasket.

“Lack of rainfall and excessive use of underground water in the past year has triggered drought alert for the Konya Plain, which is at the heart of the country’s agriculture capital, raising concerns over the production of future crops.”


Central Asian drought highlights water vulnerability.

“A severe drought in Central Asia is causing mass livestock die-offs and shortages of water for irrigation. In two provinces of Kazakhstan, more than 2,000 domesticated animals have died… In Kyrgyzstan, farmers have staged multiple protests…”


“June 2021 was the second-hottest June in Russia’s recorded history, with even more record-breaking heat to come

“Average June temperatures in Russia were approximately 3 degrees Celsius higher than normal, scientists from the St. Petersburg-based Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory told The Moscow Times last week.”


Siberia wildfires: Russia army planes and thousands of firefighters battle blazes…

“Russia has seen its annual fire season become more ferocious in recent years, as climate change has driven unusually high temperatures across the northern Siberian tundra. This year, temperatures have already hit new record highs.”


Summer’s temperature record under threat in coming days in Finland.

“The weather has been unusually warm for almost a month, with the temperature rising over 25°C in most parts of the country also on Tuesday.”


Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline…

“Alaska’s thawing permafrost is undermining the supports that hold up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, putting in danger the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines.”


Glaciers Are Disappearing and So Too Might the Microbial Ecosystems Within

“If the glaciers vanish, so too might our chance to discover new knowledge and acquire new medical or agricultural tools from the life forms these unique landscapes support.”


June 2021: Earth’s fifth-warmest June on record, warmest over land areas

“The relative coolness of June, by recent standards, was partially the result of the lingering effect of a La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific that had dissipated earlier in the year: Its cool waters limited global ocean temperatures to their sixth warmest June on record, while global land areas experienced their warmest June on record.”


Europe, U.S. and Canada Slammed by Record Weather Catastrophes in June.

“June 2021 left Europe with its costliest severe storm period on record. Meanwhile, over in the U.S. in Canada, record-setting heatwaves caused significant damage, according to Aon’s latest natural catastrophe report.”


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11th July 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A rare Sunday thread, as I have to be away from my desk Monday through Wednesday. Back Thursday!

Death Valley, Calif., soared to a searing 130 degrees on Friday. If confirmed, it would match the highest known temperature on the planet since at least 1931, which occurred less than a year ago.

“Death Valley also hit 130 degrees last August, which preliminarily ranks among the top three highest temperatures ever measured on the planet.”

[The two higher readings in Death Valley, 1913, and Tunisia, 1931, are of questionable accuracy].


10th July: All times Temp. records set/tied (preliminary list):

Farmington NM 106F/41.1C new record

St Johns AZ 104F/40.0C tied

Page AZ 111F/43.9C tied

Mercury NV 113F/45.0C tied

Toponah NV 104F/40.0C tied

Las Vegas AP NV 117F/47.2C tied

China Lake CA 119F/48.3C tied


Nights are warming faster than days in the U.S

“Abnormally high nighttime temperatures can increase the risk of heat-related hospitalizations and deaths because prolonged stretches of hot weather prevent people from cooling off from the day’s heat.”


‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought

“Lake Mead, the vast reservoir that supplies Las Vegas with 90% of its water, has now plummeted to a historic low, meaning Nevada faces the first ever mandatory reduction in its water supply next year.”


In California’s interior, there’s no escape from the desperate heat: ‘Why are we even here?’

“…Researchers have been warning of such extreme heatwaves for decades, he said, but the barrage of heat surges that California and the western US have been alarming, he said. Temperature records are being broken earlier than expected or predicted.”


California: strong winds form fire tornado during Tennant blaze – video

“Newly released footage of the Tennant fire in California, filmed on 29 June, shows a fire tornado near the Klamath national forest. Large wildfires can heat air so much that huge clouds develop. In strong winds, these can rotate and sometimes produce a tornado, or fire whirl.”


California’s largest wildfire continues to grow.

“A massive wildfire in Plumas County north of Lake Tahoe ballooned in size overnight Friday and remains only 8% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Saturday.”


Dire drought warning: California says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River.

“The drought is making the Sacramento River so hot that “nearly all” of an endangered salmon species’ juveniles could be cooked to death this fall, California officials warned this week.”


Baby hawks in Oregon bailed from nests amid heatwave: ‘They had no choice’

“…the center took in nearly 50 nestling Swainson’s and Cooper’s hawks after they leaped from their nests in the extreme heat wave that baked the Pacific Northwest last week. Thirteen of the raptors suffered injuries severe enough they had to be euthanized.”


Smoke, extreme heat pose harsh test for West Coast vineyards.

“The heat wave that recently hit the Pacific Northwest subjected the region’s vineyards to record-breaking temperatures nine months after the fields that produce world-class wine were blanketed by wildfire smoke.”


Canadian farmers face failure of canola, wheat crops.

“The all-important Canadian canola crops, used to manufacture cooking oils and animal feed, is maturing weeks early due to the extreme heat the area is witnessing. The early crops may not produce the pods containing the small dark seeds crushed for their oil.”


Record Brazilian drought causes coffee prices to spike to highest level in years

“Rainfall in the agricultural region of Minas Gerais was the lowest on record in the summer months, which stretch from January to April in Brazil. That’s normally when coffee plants soak up moisture… But this year, the rains never came.”


Colombia – Over 5,000 Families Hit by Floods in Magdalena After Rivers Overflow...

“As of 07 July, as many as 5,576 families were affected. The Governor of Magdalena, Carlos Caicedo, said humanitarian aid including drinking water, food, and medical supplies has been distributed to 2,000 residents of nine neighbourhoods.”


Subiaco [Western Australia] is a bit wet today. Earlier today we reported a Perth weather warning with heavy rainfall and damaging winds expected to hit today.

And hit they did! Crazy video footage shared by friend of So Perth, David Gardiner shows that it’s a wee bit wet in Perth today.”


Japan’s weather agency issued a heavy rain warning for parts of Japan on Saturday, leading local authorities to direct some 245,000 residents to take immediate action to stay safe as per the highest level 5 alert…

“According to the weather agency, rainfall in Satsuma, Kagoshima Prefecture was 96.5 millimeters [nearly 4 inches] per hour, setting an hourly rainfall record for the town…”


Nepal Floods: At Least 51 Died As Heavy Rains, Landslides Wreak Havoc In The Country.

“The Himalayan Nation, Nepal has been witnessing heavy floods, landslides and, inundation induced by heavy rainfall for more than a month now… Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have claimed the lives of many people…”


Worsening flood situation in the north [of Bangladesh], thousands marooned

“We are deeply concerned regarding the worsening floods in Sirajganj and Lalmonirhat districts, due to the rising water levels of Jamuna and Teesta rivers.”


India’s poor can’t afford to beat the heat.

“Beating the merciless heat is hard in the Indian desert city of Sri Ganganagar, a reality facing millions across the vast country as the climate changes in the coming decades.”


Watch rescuers save this bedridden Turkish woman from floods.

“Heavy rains cause massive flooding and evacuations in northwestern Turkey. This bedridden 85-year-old woman was one of those affected but couldn’t leave her home because she couldn’t walk.”


10th July was scorching hot in Morocco. Some places had their hottest day on records:

“-Fes Airport 46.4C [115.5F] all time record tied

-Meknes 46.8C previous record 46.4C

-Larache 46.4C previous record 45.4C

“More record can fall in the next 2 days.”


Holidaymakers flee Greek wildfires as village evacuated.

“Firefighters in Greece today battled over 50 wildfires fanned by high winds, sparking the evacuation of a coastal village. “Today, 51 fires broke out,” civil protection deputy minister, Nikos Hardalias said in a televised emergency media briefing.”


Forest fire breaks out on Island of Ciovo in Croatia.” Photos:


Dramatic pictures have emerged of what appears to be a tornado forming the North East UK… Several cone-shaped funnel clouds – tornadoes that do not touch the ground – have been seen across the UK in the past week…

“It comes after a tornado is believed to have ripped through east London last month, unleashing widespread damage…”


Finland on course for record hot summer as heatwave stifles Nordic region.

“A stifling and persistent heatwave is sending Finns flocking to beaches and emptying stores of air conditioners, replicating extreme climatic conditions at similar latitudes across the Atlantic, where record temperatures have killed hundreds.”


Siberian Wildfires Spread 17.5% in 24 Hours.

“Wildfires ravaging northeastern Siberia have spread by nearly 70,000 hectares in the past day, marking a 17.5% increase in a single day, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing the regional emergencies ministry.”


The great Arctic greenwash.

“Russia’s powerful oil and gas sector is increasingly feeling the pressure. But the industry leaders have no intention to cut drilling and battle climate change. Instead, they call for ‘climate adaptation’ and argue that new grand projects in the Arctic are developed in a “green” and environmentally friendly manner.”


Why it matters that climate change is shrinking birds.

“Because size determines organisms’ behaviors, survival and contributions to the functioning of natural systems, widespread shrinking of birds has important implications for the ecosystem services that birds provide to people.”


As climate change makes itself felt through heatwaves and floods, are our mega-cities ready?

“…There is already cause for some concern, as shown by the heatwave earlier this month which saw temperatures reaching 20 degrees Celsius higher than normal in parts of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada.”


A study published in the journal Science finds that our earth’s oceans are warming 40 percent faster than the IPCC reported in 2013.

“This means rising sea levels, stronger, wetter and larger storms, and more intense droughts.”

[Transcript of Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, speaking with Living on Earth’s Steve Curwood.].


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

As Arctic melt sets early July record, hard times lie ahead for ice

“Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record for this time of year on July 5, even though the spring had so far been relatively cool and stormy — conditions that, in the past, would have protected the ice.”


Thawing permafrost prompts Denali National Park to reimagine its future.

“Much of the ground in Alaska’s Denali is losing its top layer of permafrost, resulting in landslides and a sometimes-blocked park road.”


Folks! Be prepared, in a few days 3 CONTINENTS will approach/attack their records of highest temperatures on records: North America, Africa and Europe.


Record-breaking US Pacific north-west heatwave killed almost 200 people

“The death toll from the record-breaking heatwave that struck the US Pacific north-west last week has risen to nearly 200, with health authorities reporting 116 deaths in Oregon and 78 in Washington state.”


B.C. wildfires damaged key rail lines, backlogging Canada’s freight supply chain.

“Wildfires burning across British Columbia damaged rail lines and brought train shipments to a grinding halt, causing a backlog of deliveries of all sorts of freight that is only now starting to slowly clear.”


US and Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change, analysis shows.

“The Canadian village of Lytton in British Columbia recently saw a new record high of 49.6C (121.3F), well above the country’s previous national record of 45C (113F), and was shortly afterwards largely destroyed by wildfire.”


Farmers and experts anticipate worst wheat harvest in years after extreme heat and drought levels fields

“Experts hold little to no optimism about this year’s wheat harvest after droughts during the spring and summer, and the record heat wave, shriveled fields in the Inland Northwest.”


Hawaii is suffering from wildfires, too.

“Hawaii has become a breeding ground for wildfires this summer, as the island state continues to be dry and highly flammable amid a summer of immense heat.”


California Just Had Its Driest Rain Year Since 1895And it hasn’t just been one dry year.

“The past two rain years, July 2019 through June 2021, were second only to 1975-77 as the driest two-year stretch on record in the state, according to Null.”


Upcoming Western U.S. Heat Wave Could Be Hottest Ever Recorded On Earth.

“The U.S. is set to deal with yet another scorching heat wave, but this one could be the hottest yet, with Las Vegas expected to flirt with its all-time record high, while more remote areas deal with heat that could rewrite the record books for the whole world.


Hail, tornadoes and flooded New York subways as stormy weather hits east coast.

“The US east coast was battered by extreme weather on Thursday… Tropical Storm Elsa dumped heavy rainfall and even sparked tornadoes in North Carolina and Georgia.”


Brazil drought crisis linked to global climate change, minister says.

“Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Thursday the country’s current drought crisis is part of extreme dryness in many parts of the world, including the U.S. West Coast, and is linked to global climate change.”


Thick layers of hail covered streets when a heavy storm hit Tlalnepantla, Mexico

“One man died from hypothermia after the vehicle in which he was traveling was stranded on a bridge and covered by ice sheets.”


Huge hail crashes cars and rooftops in Rozzano, Italy

“… bad weather caused heavy rains, high winds and devastating hail that shattered the windshields of dozens of cars. In the Fiordaliso shopping center, hail even broke through the roof.”


Floods Kill 8 in Southern Russia Resorts.

“At least eight people have been killed by floods caused by torrential rain that have hit southern Russian resort towns over the past week, Interfax reported Wednesday. Authorities declared a state of emergency in six Krasnodar region towns near the Black Sea…”


Canary in the coal mine: Gaza, the Levant, and climate change

“Gaza’s limited freshwater resources are being pumped at an unsustainable rate, and 95 percent of its groundwater is deemed undrinkable due to contamination with wastewater and seawater.”


Central Asia Heat Wave-8 July: All time records of highest temperatures keep falling every day. Today’s new all time records are:

“-Iran: 44.4C [111.9F at Semnan

-Turkmenistan: 47.0C [116.6F] at Kerki

-Tajikistan: 44.4C [111.9F] at Parkhar.”


Thirsty Iran faced with scorching summer.

“… this year, significantly lower rainfall means the country is experiencing one of its driest years, if not the driest, in several decades… More than 200 Iranian cities and a very larger number of villages… are water-stressed.”


Wheat being distributed to 15,000 drought-hit families [Afghanistan]

“15,000 families affected by drought in the center and districts of northeastern Sar-i-Pul province…”


Pakistan’s Sindh province heading towards famine, left with just 10 days of water

“As per Pakistan Irrigation Ministry, the region has not received any rainfall for quite a long period of time and there is no water left for agricultural needs or even for daily human needs.”


Aftermath of Cyclone Yaas: 20 thousand people in 14 villages still waterlogged.

“It has been almost two months since then, but about 20 thousand inhabitants of Assasuni upazila in Satkhira [Bangladesh] are still marooned by saline water.”


In Pictures: Bangladesh’s ‘hanging village’ is about to drown

The villagers of Kalabogi are trapped in water. They are testimony to the fact Bangladesh is hit hardest by climate change.

“Not too long ago Kalabogi, a coastal village in Bangladesh, was full of cultivable land until the rising sea levels began to swallow the area all the way up to the Bay of Bengal.”


Two dead, three missing in floods, landslides in Gandaki [Nepal]

“At least two persons died and three others have gone missing in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi districts of Gandaki Province in the past 24 hours.”


Future snowmelt from Third Pole may decrease drastically

“The water supply from snowmelt has changed considerably over the last 40 years and it will further diminish in the future under continued climate change, with potentially strong impacts on downstream water availability.”


Floods, landslides kill one in South Sulawesi [Indonesia]

“Floods and landslides in three districts in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province have killed one person and submerged more than 1,000 houses, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said yesterday.”


Japan’s Meteorological Agency says an active seasonal front has brought record rainfall in Hiroshima Prefecture and elsewhere in the region for half a day…

“…the city of Hiroshima had record rainfall of 196 millimeters [7.7 inches] over 12 hours to 10 a.m. Thursday. The city of Takehara had 193 millimeters, also a record high, over half a day to around noon.”


Underwater Noise Pollution Could Damage Crucial Ocean Plants

“André and his team discovered that two hours of noise exposure damaged a plant organ responsible for detecting gravity, meaning noise could affect the plant’s capacity to stay rooted. Moreover, the number of starch grains inside the organ decreased, which could affect the seagrass’s ability to store energy.”


Cold-adapted Arctic species more vulnerable to climate change: Study. [Really? They needed a study to figure that out?]…

“A new study has found that Arctic species such as the thick-billed murre (a penguin-like black and white bird) are poorly adapted for coping with rising temperatures, making them more vulnerable to climate change.”


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

Nordic region, Arctic Circle feel the heat as record-high temperatures hit world… Towns in Sweden and Finland registered record-high temperatures as wildfires spread across eastern Russia

Temperatures in several towns in the north of the Nordic peninsula reached record highs over the weekend… Temperatures in Nikkaloukta, Sweden, reached 29.9 Celsius (85.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, the hottest since 1950 when records began.

“In Finland, temperatures peaked at 33.5°C in Kevo, Utsjoki, the Finnish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet on Monday. That’s the second-highest reading ever in Lapland, only beaten by 34.5°C in 1914.”



In Norway impressive 34.3C [93.7F] at Banak,it’s the highest temp. ever above 70N in Europe and new record for Troms and Finnmark county.”


Siberia Forest Fires Fueled by Historic Drought, Heatwave

“The republic of Sakha, also known as Yakutia, is especially vulnerable to wildfires as more than 80% of the region is covered by boreal forest known as taiga. So far this year, Sakha has already seen record-breaking droughts and abnormally high temperatures, creating ideal conditions for severe wildfires.”


As Siberia’s Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Marvel At The Mammoth Treasures Beneath

“Plotnikov’s lab is packed with so many ancient bones and specimens that it is struggling to find space for the Ice Age remains that are rising to the surface as the climate warms. And the pace of discovery is accelerating…”


You may recall that nearby Crimea was absolutely inundated a couple of weeks ago.

Heavy flooding hits the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. July 5th 2021.”



Another extreme heat wave in Central Asia is already setting record:

On 5th July 47.4C [117.3F] at Saragt in Turkmenistan a new all time record. In the next 5 days many records are at stake in Iran, Central Asia and China where temp. might approach 50C in the Turfan depression.”


Update on Central Asian Heat Wave: Two more all time records on 6th July.

“In Turkmenistan 48.2C [118.8F] at Saragt, record beaten for the second day in a row. Also 46.8C in the capital Askhabad it’s a new July record. In Iran all time record at Sarakhs with 48.7C [119.7]F.”


African Heat wave is increasing day by day. On 5 July 49.7C at Hassi Messaoud, highest so far in 2021 in Africa.

“46.6C at Bilma Niger only 0.4C from the Nigerien July record. Also in Libya we should note the 47.0C [116.6F] at Ghat the highest temperature ever for the settlement.”


Road collapses, survivors evacuated after flood in northern Turkey.

“Flash floods late Tuesday led to a collapse of a road where a similar disaster claimed seven lives two years ago in the same place in northern Turkey’s Düzce.” [picture from 2019 flood]


Pollution threatens rare, endangered seahorses in Greek lagoon

“Older fishermen say the Aitoliko lagoon in the northern Patras Gulf used to contain thousands of seahorses but their numbers have plummeted in recent years and local divers were amazed when they found a group of the creatures.”


Italian glacier covered up to prevent melting.

“Experts say that approximately 70% of the snow can be saved over the summer season with the protective covering which basically works in the same way as a reflective window guard similar to those we would put on our dashboard to stop our cars overheating in the hot months.”


Heatwave to hit Spain with near 50 degree [122F] temperatures.

“AEMET reported that Andalusia will see temperatures this weekend which are said to be “historically high”. They forecast that Malaga and Almeria will be hit with the highest temperatures.”


Southern Water [UK] dumped raw sewage into sea for years.

“Southern Water discharged enormous volumes of raw sewage into protected coastal waters for nearly six years causing “very considerable environmental damage” because it was cheaper than treating it, a court has heard.”


Edinburgh Council say extreme weather to blame for floods ‘not faulty drains’

“Edinburgh Council chiefs say Sunday’s ‘sudden, extreme weather’ left the city’s drainage systems unable to cope – as half of July’s average rainfall fell in just one hour. Social media has been awash with videos and pictures of flash flooding throughout the city…”


Elsa strengthens into hurricane as it hurtles toward Florida’s Gulf coast.

“A storm that has lashed the Caribbean and the Florida Keys with pounding rain and gusty winds has strengthened into a hurricane as it hurtles toward Florida’s northern Gulf coast, weather officials said on Tuesday.”


North America Hit Record Temperatures for Hottest June Ever.

“The heatwave that broke temperature records in North America made last month the hottest June ever for the region, according to Europe’s Earth observation agency Copernicus.”


The Great Salt Lake is drying. Here’s why that matters.

“One of the largest natural lakes in the U.S. is set to hit a 170-year low this year, and drought will only make matters worse. As the Great Salt Lake shrivels, it’s taking a toll on local wildlife, businesses, and air quality.”


Lake Mead level continues to drop [to new record lows], affecting power production

“The Oroville Dam and others in California are suffering similar fates. The Department of Water Resources says Lake Oroville may get so low by the end of summer that the Edward Hyatt Power Plant there might not be able to produce any power at all.”


Another intense heat wave to roast Western U.S., southwest Canada

“…southwest Canada and much of the western United States are bracing for another bout of exceptional heat amid a pattern that could once again place records in jeopardy. Death Valley, Calif., might spike to 130 degrees.”


Canada heatwave: Military called in to help battle wildfires.

“According to the British Columbia Wildfire Service, there are 196 active wildfires burning across the province alone following the Pacific Northwest’s record heat wave. At least 40 of the fires began in the last two days…”


A Billion Seashore Animals Cooked Alive During Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

“Chris Harley, a marine biologist from the University of British Columbia, told CBC on Monday that he was “stunned” by the putrid stench of death and the sight of tens of thousands of dead clams, snails, mussels and sea stars at a Vancouver beach in late June.”


Floods hit the State of Mexico: “We lost everything”.

“Alejandra Pineda lights a cigarette to calm her nerves. The scars left by the storm on the walls of his house prove that the water reached five feet. “We lost everything,” he says on the verge of tears.”


More rain threatens Sea of Japan coast… Torrential rain has been pouring down on areas in the Sanin region. Rain is falling in torrents in the Tokai region as well.

“Authorities are warning of landslides… A Level Five warning — the highest on the one to five scale — has been issued for nearly 2,000 people in the Hiyoshi district of Yakumo Town…”


Killer rains cut paths through southern regions [of South Korea]… Torrential rain in the southern regions led to floods and landslides that killed at least two people Tuesday.

“Following some 201.5 millimeters (7.9 inches) of rainfall in Gwangyang from Monday to Tuesday morning, a landslide around 6:04 a.m. in a mountainous area of the city tore through two homes and a warehouse, killing an 82-year-old woman…”


Huge methane leak spotted in heart of China’s coal hub

“The release in northeast Shanxi province is one of the largest that geoanalytics company Kayrros SAS has so far attributed to the global coal sector and likely emanated from multiple mining operations.”


Arctic sea ice loss triggering extreme Sept rains in India: Study.

“Summer sea ice loss in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic may be triggering extreme monsoon rainfall events in central India in the month of September, a new paper has suggested.”


World’s Largest Eagles in Danger Due to Over 70% Deforestation, Study Reveals… A new study recently revealed that the world’s largest eagles are struggling to feed offspring in heavily deforested sites of the Amazon…

“Everton Miranda, together with her colleagues, discovered that eaglets starved in areas of high deforestation…”


Fish can get hooked on meth that washes into their freshwater homes, to the point that they actively seek out the stimulant, a new study suggests.

“After being used by humans, methamphetamine enters waterways through sewage systems and discharges from wastewater treatment plants… Meth pollutes rivers all over the world…”


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

Toll of people missing after mudslide swept through Japanese city rockets to 113 with three confirmed dead as desperate search for victims continues…

“Prime minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters 19 people had been rescued, while officials warned that the number of those unaccounted for may rise.

“‘The area is still having heavy rainfall, but arduous rescue efforts will continue,’ he said. ‘Please act as quickly as you can to stay safe.'”


In Nepal heavy rains have bought mountain slopes crashing down… Record-breaking pre-monsoon rainfall set the stage for this devastation …and the monsoon rains have continued the same pattern…

“Despite knowledge of the changing climate and the risks that the country faces, little has been done to prepare in the last few months.”


A strong explosion has shaken the Caspian Sea area where Azerbaijan has extensive offshore oil and gas fields.

“The cause of the blast, which caused a column of fire to rise into the sky late on Sunday, was not immediately determined, but the state oil company Socar said preliminary information indicated it was a mud volcano.”


Uzbekistan preparing for heatwave… The air temperature in Uzbekistan is forecast to rise to 46°C [114.8F] from July 6-8, no precepitations are expected in those days across the country.

“The government has been tasked to adopt immediate measures to protect health of citizens and prevent possible emergencies in connection with heatwave.”


The temperature in the Northern Kuwaiti city of Al Jahra touched 53.5°C [128.3F], making Kuwait one of the hottest cities in the world.

“Last Saturday, Nuwaiseeb, south of Kuwait City bordering Saudi Arabia, recorded the highest temperature in the world, with a record [for that station of] 53.2°C…”


Africa Heat Wave 4 July – but none of these locations quit as hot as Lytton, Canada’s recent record of 49.6C [121.3F]:

“In Algeria 49.5C [121.1F} at Touggourt (record 49.6C),43.9C Tebessa (record 44.0C); on 2 July 48.7C at Benni Abbes (new all time record), in Tunisia 48.9C, El Borma,48.8C Tozeur (record 49.2C),48.5C Tataouine (new record but shorter serie),40.9C Thala (record 41.4C0.”


Four killed in Cyprus as ‘most destructive’ forest fire rages.

“Four people have been found dead as a huge fire raged for a second day in Cyprus, razing tracts of forest in a blaze one official called the worst on record.”


Forest fires ravage Greek island of Kefalonia.

“The Greek island of Kefalonia has to deal with extensive forests and wildfires on Saturday. The fire broke out after a 10-day heatwave and prolonged drought. Several villages had to be evacuated.”


Fierce forest and wildfires erupted in Russia’s Yakutia, mainly in eastern Siberia… A state of emergency is in force in the sparsely populated region.

“The environmental organization Greenpeace sent volunteers to the area, in order to protect the national park with the famous Lena pillars…”


Arctic Heat Wave: 4th July , Saltdal Norway at 66:56N just north of the Arctic circle recorded 34.0C [93.2F] the highest temp so far in Norway in 2021 (and only 1.6C from the Norwegian all time record).”


With more data available, it appears that the station of Simonette [884 m] recorded 42.0°C / 107.6F [rounded] on June 30, which is a new Alberta June record!

“Previous record was 41.7°C in Medicine Hat in June 1900.”


Lightning strikes increase tenfold in Canada, sparking forest fires.

“Lightning strikes in Western Canada over the past two days soared nearly tenfold from the same time a year ago, triggered in part by a record-breaking heat wave, meteorologists said, warning of more strikes over the weekend that could further stoke forest fires fanned by high winds.”


Canadian inferno: northern heat exceeds worst-case climate models

“Johan Rockström, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said the recent extreme weather anomalies were not represented in global computer models that are used to project how the world might change with more emissions.”


A torrent of melted snow has flooded rivers and streams near Mt. Rainier following record-setting heat throughout Washington.

““We had a huge amount of snowmelt over a short period of time,” said Kevin Bacher, a spokesman for Mt. Rainier National Park. “Our snowpack, which had been running a little bit above average up until about a week or so ago, suddenly plummeted and now we are below average.””


‘Let the Birds Eat Them’: Crops Shrivel as Heat Wave Hits Washington.

“Farmers in eastern Washington, a leading agricultural region, face a blow to harvests. Amid the heat wave, others trying to cool down are diving into canals or just seeking refuge in the shade.”


‘They died trying to get to water’: Rancher who lost his herd to wildfire has a dire warning.

“For generations his family has herded cattle in the national forests of Butte County, California. Now, as he shows Louise Boyle what remains following last year’s devastating wildfires, rancher Dr Dave Daley says time is running out to prevent future disasters.”


He had 10 minutes to flee the Salt fire [California]. Now his home is gone

“Junkersfeld’s home [in Cascade Cove] and all of his family’s belongings were reduced to ashes.

“The flames had spared only their brick chimney and a detached garage. Seven neighbors also lost their homes.”


A scourge of the Earth’: grasshopper swarms overwhelm US

“A massive population of grasshoppers is proliferating in the sweltering American west, where a deep drought has made for ideal conditions for grasshopper eggs to hatch and survive into adulthood.”


Cuba evacuates 180,000 as Tropical Storm Elsa threatens heavy flooding.

“Cuba evacuated 180,000 people in its southern region on Sunday, amid fears that Tropical Storm Elsa could unleash heavy flooding after battering several Caribbean islands and killing at least three people.”


‘Eye of fire’: Gas leak sparks huge blaze on ocean surface off Mexico

“Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten lava was dubbed an “eye of fire” on social media due to the blaze’s circular shape, as it raged a short distance from a Pemex oil platform early on Friday.”


A long drought that has affected two-thirds of Mexico could worsen in the coming weeks, as forecasts warn of high temperatures, damage to crops and a shortage of water supplies in some areas, including the populous capital.

“Experts are sounding alarms that parched crops could lead to insufficient production as temperatures hit 40C [104F]… in key agricultural areas.”


What was Mexico’s second largest lake now a cemetery of abandoned fishboats… Drought has dried up what was Mexico’s second-biggest lake, destroying a once thriving fishing economy in Michoacán.

“At Lake Cuitzeo, 30 kilometers from the state capital Morelia, fishboats now lie on the lake’s dry bed, which has become a shortcut for motorists.”


Sao Paulo water shortage [again].

“Several regions of Brazil, including its richest state, Sao Paulo, are in the midst of severe drought. Many areas are experiencing some of the driest conditions seen in decades, as the the drought also threatens the country’s energy supply.”


New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

“…figures from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) show the average temperature for June was 2C warmer than usual, with twenty-four locations around the country hitting their own record highs.”


Biodiversity loss is a risk to the global financial system.

“…climate change and biodiversity loss are now often referred to as the “twin crises” facing the global financial system and awareness of the role the financial sector plays in this is rising swiftly.”


Global plastic pollution may be nearing irreversible tipping point.

“Current rates of plastic emissions globally may trigger effects that we will not be able to reverse, argues a study by an international team of researchers… The researchers said that plastic is a “poorly reversible pollutant”, both because of its continuous emissions and environmental persistence.”


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