10th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Alaska’s summer of fire and no ice is smashing records.

“With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, America’s “Last Frontier” feels like the first in line to see, smell and feel the unsettling signs of a climate in crisis.

“There are the smoky skies and dripping glaciers, dead salmon and hauled-out walrus but scientists also worry about the changes that are harder to see, from toxic algae blooms in the Bering Sea to insects from the Lower 48 bringing new diseases north…

“We’ve talked about these things occurring in decades or in centuries, but … it’s happening right now and it’s visible right now and it’s noticeable right now,” the University of Alaksa climatologist says.

“”The opportunity to do things about it is right now and not decades down the road.

“So, in one sense, it’s really bad, but people tend to kind of step up and do something about it when they feel a sense of urgency, and there really is a sense of urgency right now.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/09/weather/alaska-climate-crisis-summer-weir-wxc/index.html


“Scientists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California are tracking the Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwave of 2019.

“They’ve measured sea surface temperatures as much as 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauratenenbaum/2019/09/09/theres-a-record-breaking-marine-heatwave-off-the-cast-of-california/#459a7574133f


“The Portland marine science lab that first told the world the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost any other part of the ocean is launching a virtual climate center that will focus on finding solutions to the challenges related to ocean warming.”

https://www.timesrecord.com/articles/maine-1/gulf-of-maine-research-institute-launches-virtual-climate-center/


“After a weekend of bruising winds and torrential rain unleashed by Hurricane Dorian, emergency crews on Canada’s east cost have begun the task of restoring electricity to the region after more than 500,000 residents were left without power.

“Dorian was downgraded to a post-tropical storm as it made landfall near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday evening, but wind speeds still reached 150km/h (93mph), similar in intensity to a category 2 hurricane.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/09/canada-hurricane-dorian-nova-scotia


“Phoenix, Arizona, is susceptible to a heat wave that could peak at a staggering 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Southern California could face a wildfire that burns 1.5 million acres of land. Tampa, Florida, could see 26 feet of storm surge flooding from a hurricane, just below the record-breaking 28-foot storm surge of Hurricane Katrina.”

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/9/9/20804544/climate-change-phoenix-heat-wave-deaths-extreme-weather


“The danger persists elsewhere… Much of Norway has enjoyed record temperatures this summer, but western Norway has also experienced periods of intense rainfall.

“In July, a series of landslides in and around Jølster killed one person and caused significant damage to infrastructure in the remote region.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/09/09/as-mountain-collapses-in-norway-local-residents-celebrate/#6ee22357704a


“An entire [UK] town has been shut down due to flash floods as water levels reached up to waist-high.

“Emergency services have warned people to stay away from Ottery St Mary in Devon after heavy rain caused widespread disruption. Several roads in the town are impassable and it is feared some homes may also be flooded.”

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/environment/an-entire-town-shut-down-due-to-flash-floods-as-water-levels-reached-up-to-waist-high/09/09/


“Authorities in Germany say about a dozen people have been injured after the plane they were in hit turbulence shortly before landing in Berlin. German news agency dpa quoted fire services saying Monday that five of the injured passengers required treatment or were hospitalized.”

https://www.660citynews.com/2019/09/09/germany-several-passengers-injured-during-turbulent-flight/


“The future of sea level rise may be written into the walls of coastal Spanish caves. Mineral “bathtub rings” deposited inside the limestone Artà Caves on the Balearic island of Mallorca show how high seas rose during the Pliocene Epoch — a time when Earth was about as warm as it’s expected to get by 2100.

“Those mineral deposits suggest the planet’s seas were around 16 meters higher on average than they are today…”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-crystal-growth-caves-reveal-seas-rose-16-meters-warmer-world


“In Wad Ramli, a village outside the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, Alsamani Fathalrahman and his neighbours travelled in blue speedboats through flooded streets trying to salvage their belongings…

““In just five hours, the area was completely flooded, with no prior notice, so people could only save themselves,” Fathalrahman said, as the 27-year-old engineer recovered bed frames and school books from abandoned homes.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sudan-protests-floods/sudans-major-floods-present-first-challenge-for-its-new-leader-idUKKCN1VV122


“Last week saw Mumbai getting submerged again as it received heavy rainfall. Thousands of people were stranded in vehicles, trains, at railway stations or their workplaces as rail transport was shut for hours and the traffic on the roads came to a near halt.

“This is the second time this monsoon that the city came to a standstill and lakhs of people suffered.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/flooding-is-the-new-normal-in-the-city/story-FgGcjbmgq59xAEvq6Pt2tJ.html


“A new round of rainfall has hit the capital on Monday as peak temperatures in Beijing on Sunday broke a historical record for early September, reaching 35.9 degrees Celsius, according to the local meteorological department.

“Beijing Meteorological Service on Monday evening issued a blue alert for rainfall and strong winds. It is also expected that most areas in the capital will face gusts of wind.!

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-09/10/content_75190989.htm


“Provinces in northern and northeastern regions [of Thailand] already battling flooding can expect no respite, with more rain on the way to exacerbate their problems.

“The Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued warnings for both regions, that heavy rain could trigger flash floods and runoff in some areas from Wednesday to Sunday.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1746789/flooded-areas-warned-of-more-rain


“Perth [Australia] recorded its second hottest September day since records began and its warmest this early in the month, after it reached a top of 33.1C on Monday. It fell just short of the the 34.2C the city recorded on September 20, 2014.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/weather/perth-weather-city-records-second-hottest-september-day-as-temperature-hits-331c-ng-b881318351z


“The Arctic is on fire. Now, Antarctica is suddenly experiencing a heatwave.

“And that means a looming rainfall apocalypse for Australia. According to a recent report by senior researchers from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, we’re in for higher than normal spring temperatures. And less rain.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/in-for-a-roasting-australia-on-brink-of-apocalyptic-conditions/news-story/73d731e4a07f6b9c39b18897faa0e085


“Wildfires in Bolivia have torched two million hectares (4.9 million acres) of forest and grassland since August, including some environmentally protected areas, officials said Monday…

“Environmentalists blame laws enacted under Morales, who has encouraged burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production. The government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.”

https://www.france24.com/en/20190909-bolivia-wildfires-torch-two-million-hectares-since-august-official


“The world’s readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis is “gravely insufficient”, according to a report from global leaders.

“This lack of preparedness will result in poverty, water shortages and levels of migration soaring, with an “irrefutable toll on human life”, the report warns.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/10/climate-crisis-world-readiness-effects-gravely-insufficient-report


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9th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“A powerful typhoon barrelled through Japan’s Tokyo region early on Monday with record-breaking winds, killing one woman and leaving more than 900,000 homes without power.

“Typhoon Faxai – the 15th of the season – made landfall in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, shortly before dawn, whipping up 129 mph gusts of wind that were reportedly the strongest ever recorded in the area.

“Media footage catalogued extensive damage, including flooded streets, uprooted trees and branches, fallen signposts and twisted rooftops.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/09/record-breakingtyphoonfaxai-batters-tokyo-leaving-one-dead-causing/


“A powerful typhoon has passed over the Korean peninsula, leaving five people dead…

“The storm flooded 460 sq km (178 sq miles) of farmland, the official KCNA news agency said, in a country already suffering food shortages.

“Typhoon Lingling earlier killed three people in South Korea.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49621405


“Australia is battling over 100 wildfires across two states, with authorities warning that the severe blazes are an “omen” of a brutal fire season to come. In Queensland, 57 wildfires were burning as of Sunday…

“In around 130 years of records, Queensland has never seen fires this severe this early in spring.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/09/australia/australia-wildfires-omen-intl-hnk-scli/index.html


“Across the Macquarie Valley, in the western region of New South Wales, water is fast running out. Three years ago, the Macquarie Marshes were flourishing…

“But a lot can change without any rain. The bone-dry marshes are a stark reminder of the reality of the water crisis in NSW.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-08/macquarie-marshes-dry-up-as-water-supply-dwindles/11477928


“Over 289,644 people [in Namibia] are food insecure and need immediate food assistance.

“This number is expected to rise during the course of the 2019/2020 consumption period, according to the Namibian Vulnerability Assessment Committee report released Wednesday.”

https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/international/namibias-food-security-weakening-amid-drought-32051769


“On Sunday, September 8, a bus connecting Casablanca and Rissani, a town in Errachidia Province [Morocco], fell off the Oued Damchan bridge. The accident was caused by floods, according to MAP.

“The death toll was believed to be 6, but this morning, September 8, rescue teams uncovered two more bodies.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282154/errachidia-floods-death-toll/


“Record heatwaves in June and July caused the deaths of 1,435 people in France this year, according to the country’s health minister.

“Speaking on French radio, Agnès Buzyn said half of those who died were aged over 75.

“But Ms Buzyn said, thanks to preventative measures, the rate was 10 times lower than the same period in 2003 when a deadly heatwave hit Europe.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49628275


“…thanks to the Saharan heat plumes due next weekend, temperatures could hit 26C – that’s warmer than Hawaii. Forecasters believe the months up to November [in the UK] could be so warm that it will make 2019 one of the top three hottest years on record.”

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/saharan-plume-indian-summer-uk-16883667


“A massive storm surge in the Bahamas killed about 220 dogs and 50 cats in an animal shelter during Hurricane Dorian, according to staffers at the shelter.

“Felicia Telfort, the shelter supervisor at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, says she and five co-workers did everything possible to save the animals. They were looking after 300 dogs and about 100 cats when the storm hit.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/08/americas/hurricane-floods-animal-shelter-in-grand-bahamas/index.html


“Storm Dorian has smashed into the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, toppling trees and cutting power for more than 450,000 people.

“Now a post-tropical cyclone, Dorian hit Halifax on Saturday with winds of 100mph (160km/h) and is due to cross into Newfoundland. The Canadian government said the military would help recovery efforts.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49624138


“The summer that will never end continued across Alabama on Sunday, and two cities had record high temperatures. Mobile hit 99 degrees on Sunday, which broke the record of 97 set in 1980…

“More hot and humid weather is on tap for the entire work week, with high temperatures expected stay in the 90s — and mid- to upper 90s for many locations.”

https://www.al.com/news/2019/09/record-highs-for-two-alabama-cities-on-sunday.html


“Mother Nature gave residents in the western half of Washington state quite a light show on Saturday night. A large storm system brought a truly mind-boggling number of lightning strikes into the region during the evening hours.

“According to the National Weather Service office in Seattle, the region saw more than 2,000 “cloud to ground lightning strikes” during a five-hour period ending at 11:00 p.m. PT.”

https://mashable.com/article/lightning-storm-washington-2200-strikes/?europe=true


“Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard got a new island of about 10 square kilometers, public broadcaster NRK reported Saturday. The island has been considered to be a peninsula for decades, but glacier melting during summer revealed something else, the report said.

“”In the new pictures, a blue strip of sea appeared where the glacier has withdrawn,” Anders Skoglund, topographer from the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso, told NRK.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/08/c_138374227.htm


“Fires burn off vegetation, stripping away an insulating layer that helps maintain permafrost – ground that is normally frozen.

“This makes it more likely that the permafrost could thaw and release even more CO2. Permafrost thaws discharge not just CO2, but also the more powerful greenhouse gas, methane. The potential positive feedback doesn’t end there…”

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3025880/dark-days-ahead-huge-arctic-wildfires-spew-soot


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6th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“June, July and August have never been this warm in the Arctic. Data from Russian and U.S weather institutes show that all the three months beat the records.

“According to Roshydromet, the Russian meteorological institute, it was the area between the peninsulas of Taymyr and Chukotka that had the biggest abnormality for the period. Average temperatures across the region were between 2-4 degrees Celsius above normal.

“In certain areas, the abnormality was even bigger, the institute makes clear. Meteorological data from the region stretch back 130 years, Roshydromet informs.

“Similar results are found in Greenland, Alaska and the eastern part of the Canadian Arctic.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic-ecology/2019/09/it-was-warmest-ever-arctic-summer


“”The ice is changing,” says Moses Bajare, a 59-year-old musher from the village [Greenland]… In winter, when the sea ice freezes, Bajare’s team of 12 dogs pulls his wooden sled out to the edge of the sea ice. From there, he kayaks out with a rifle to hunt seals.

“But, he says, in the 35 years he has kept dogs, sea ice patterns have become less predictable. The ice used to be thick enough to sled on from February until June or July. Now, it’s freezing later and thinning earlier…”

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-greenland-village-shorter-winters-dog.html


“Almost a hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle the slow struggle between two vast crags vying for the title of Sweden’s highest peak has been settled by global warming…

“A rapidly warming climate has melted the southern glaciated peak and first brought it lower than its rival last year following the record heat during the summer of 2018.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/tallest-mountain-shrinks-sweden-peak-melting-climate-change-kebnekaise-a9092696.html


“The head of Russia’s largest Arctic territory has warned of “very dramatic” impacts from climate change, as Moscow comes under increasing pressure to tackle the issue.”

https://www.ft.com/content/d855d522-cefc-11e9-99a4-b5ded7a7fe3f


“The beloved sight of bright purple heather on English moorland is at risk due to climate change, the National Trust has warned.

“The violaceous vistas of late summer have failed to materialise on the Long Mynd in Shropshire and Holnicote on Exmoor, where the landscape is instead a muddy brown.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/uk-drought-heather-purple-brown-climate-change-long-mynd-holnicote-a9093256.html


“Nigeria will experience torrential downpours and massive flooding this month, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency warns…

“The agency has issued a red alert because of above-normal water levels on the country’s two largest rivers, the Benue and the Niger. In August, many communities along the rivers were cut off due to collapsed bridges and impassable roads.”

https://www.voanews.com/africa/flood-ravaged-nigerian-communities-unprepared-more-rains


“A prolonged and crippling drought is threatening to wipe out over 38,000 livestock, hippos in the north-western part of Botswana, as over 20 animals are dying every week.

“Thato Raphaka, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife, made the shocking revelation on Wednesday night when addressing journalists in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.”

https://guardian.ng/news/drought-threatens-to-kill-over-38000-livestock-in-north-western-botswana-official/


“Job losses, starving animals, looming food price hikes and cash-strapped farmers selling up are the reasons Agri Eastern Cape [South Africa] is asking that the province be declared a drought disaster area.

“The bleak picture in the Eastern Cape is a sad reflection on the national farming sector, with 31,000 jobs shed and R7bn lost countrywide in the one-year period between January 2018 and 2019…”

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2019-09-06-dying-for-rain-push-to-declare-eastern-cape-drought-disaster-area/


“Tourists to Mahabaleshwar [India] said they have witnessed blinding rain…”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/mahabaleshwars-rain-count-trumps-that-in-worlds-wettest-place/articleshow/71001981.cms


“It has been a bad year for the Mekong. An unusually long period of drought has brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years.

“There are fears that the drought will have a particularly negative effect on the Tonle Sap River, connecting the Mekong to Cambodia’s Great Lake and which plays a key role in the maturing of the fish stocks on which population of the Lower Mekong Basin depends…”

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/mekong-when-river-runs-dry


“The upper atmosphere above Antarctica warmed by as much as 40 degrees Celsius in the course of a few days — and it is continuing to warm.

“This rare phenomenon, known as sudden stratospheric warming (SSW), could deepen one of the worst droughts in Australian history.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/rare-weather-event-over-antarctica-drives-hot-outlook/11481498


“Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced the creation of a working group of government agencies, academics and industry players to tackle the worst drought in 60 years which has spiked this year amid record lows of rainfall.

“The government has declared water shortages in more than 50 communities across three regions of its normally lush central belt so far this year, and an associated agricultural emergency across more than 100.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-chile-environment/chiles-president-announces-water-crisis-team-amid-intense-drought-idUKKCN1VQ2SU


“A heat wave forming off the west coast in the Pacific Ocean resembles a 2014-15 phenomenon that led to major disruptions to marine life along the western seaboard, federal scientists said Thursday.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wrote in a blog post that a growing belt of warm water that stretches from Alaska to California “ranks as the second largest marine heatwave in terms of area in the northern Pacific Ocean in the last 40 years, after ‘the Blob…'”

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/460189-scientists-warn-west-coast-ocean-heat-wave-could-pose-major-risk-to


“Denver set another record high temperature Thursday when the thermometer hit 98 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

“The new high for Sept. 5 exceeded the previous record by one degree. It is the third day this month where a new record high has been set, according to the weather service’s tweet.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/05/denver-record-high-temperature-heat/


“The air is fairly still on the Treasure Coast [Florida] following the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian whipping through this week. But this dry air is having its own effect, the National Weather Service in Melbourne said…

“…in Vero Beach, a record was set at 97 degrees, breaking the Sept. 5, 1996, record of 96 degrees. The heat index puts parts of the Treasure Coast at 107 degrees, said meteorologist Kevin Rodriguez.”

https://eu.tcpalm.com/story/weather/2019/09/05/heat-index-above-100-blows-behind-hurricane-treasure-coast/2219484001/


“Officials in the Bahamas brought in more body bags and coolers as the death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 30 and hundreds remain missing. The number of fatalities is expected to climb as the extent of the damage becomes clear.

“”Literally hundreds, up to thousands, of people are still missing,” said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country’s tourism and aviation ministry.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/06/us/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-friday/index.html


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5th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“To no surprise, sea ice extent in the Arctic has once again been running well below normal and close to the 2012 extent, which is currently the year in which the record low annual minimum extent was set.

“Due to recent atmospheric pattern changes, the rate of sea ice loss has steadily slowed compared to what it was earlier in the summer and spring. However, based on the latest data, NSIDC scientists currently project that 2019 will end up as the second lowest sea ice extent minimum on record in the Arctic.

“In terms of sea ice thickness, the Arctic sea ice thickness is about 50 percent of what it was at this time of year back in 1980.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/climatechange/this-year-on-track-to-have-the-2nd-lowest-arctic-sea-ice-extent-on-record/70009247


“The Wahlenberg glacier in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago is calving icebergs at an increasing rate because of warming ocean waters, according to the international director of the Norwegian Polar Institute.

“Kim Holmén, who has lived in Svalbard for three decades, describes the changes he has seen as “profound, large and rapid”.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2019/0905/1073997-arctic-sea-ice/


“Climate change is heating Russia at a faster rate than the rest of the world, the country’s environment ministry has said in a draft report of environmental data for 2018…

“…climate change will bring epidemics, drought and mass hunger to Russia if left unchecked.

“Melting permafrost in the Russian Arctic could release radioactive substances, the ministry has warned, while Siberian forests are increasingly prone to fires and the Far East to flash floods.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/04/russia-is-warming-disproportionately-fast-environment-ministry-says-a67145


“After an unprecedented summer drought drained reservoirs and wells across Alaska, hundreds of people face immediate water shortages — and lingering questions about the future…

“In Chignik Lagoon, village administrators are assessing long-term options after local aquifers ran dry last month… In Seldovia, local officials estimate the community reservoir holds only 16 days’ worth of water.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/09/04/alaska-communities-used-to-have-plenty-of-fresh-water-then-came-severe-drought/


“Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the southeastern coast of the US, slamming Charleston, South Carolina, with torrential rain and storm surge.”

Video:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2019/09/05/charleston-flooding-dorian-weather-van-dam-es-vpx.cnn


“The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has hit 20 and is likely to rise further, the country’s prime minister has said, as he warned of “generational devastation” in the archipelago’s northern region.

“At a press conference late on Wednesday Hubert Minnis also said he was aware of reports of looting on the Abaco Islands, a northern band of islands in the Bahamas hardest hit by Dorian…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/04/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-death-toll-devastation


“Wildfires raging in Bolivia’s forests and grasslands since May have destroyed 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres), officials said Wednesday, amid an US$11 million effort by the government to contain them.

“Environmentalists blame laws enacted under leftist President Evo Morales, who has encouraged the burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production, while the government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/bolivia-has-lost-1-7-million-hectares-to-wildfires-government-says-1.4578799


“Water, or the lack of it, is the only thing that matters in several rural Australian towns at the moment as the drought drags on and rivers dry up.

“In parts of southern Queensland, people are skipping showers and a brewery has even canned water to be trucked in by charities while residents wait for authorities to act. In New South Wales today, drought-stricken farmers protested on the banks of the Murray River…”

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/farmers-throw-effigy-of-water-minister-in-river-drought-worsens/11483360


“If you thought today was warm, you’re right.

“Bundaberg [Queensland] came within a degree of recording its hottest ever September day. The temperature on Thursday at Bundaberg Airport edged over 33 degrees at 12.30pm.”

https://www.bundabergnow.com/2019/09/05/bundaberg-nudges-september-heat-record/


Yet, just a little to the north (one wonders if this has to do with the sudden stratospheric warming down under):

“Yesterday was the coldest September morning on record for Cairns Airport when the mercury fell to 10.8C.”

https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/record-broken-for-coldest-september-morning-in-cairns/news-story/3f6e49368e2817ede94da029c43c6af1


“A man believed to be the driver of a truck submerged in a flooded underpass was found dead

“….record rainfall fell in large concentrations on the northern part of Mie Prefecture, central Japan, over the afternoon of Sept. 4 to the morning of Sept. 5.”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190905/p2a/00m/0na/011000c


“A powerful typhoon was barrelling towards southern Japanese islands on Thursday (Sept 5), with forecasters warning of high waves, strong winds and torrential rains in the region.

“As Typhoon Lingling was closing in on the island of Miyako, 80 flights and 157 ferry services were cancelled, according to the Okinawa Times newspaper.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/southern-japanese-islands-brace-for-strong-typhoon-lingling


Record rainfall causes five fatalities in Mumbai, India:

“Releasing the rainfall data of September 4, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control said the city [of Mumbai in India] recorded 127.9 mm (season’s total – 2,263.2 mm), the eastern suburbs got 173.4 mm (3,006.3 mm) and the western suburbs notched 186.0 mm (2,765.1 mm).”

https://www.sify.com/news/5-killed-as-mumbai-sees-record-rains-on-wednesday-news-education-tjfpvzgfaigdf.html


“”That’s it, time to go!”

“As a rising swell of muddy water creeps towards his house in Niger’s capital Niamey, Mamoudou Barkire is finally leaving. Deadly floods have swamped several parts of the city and the rest of the country, forcing thousands to flee as it demolished homes and turned streets into rivers.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-niger-deadly-city-streets-swamped.html


“This year’s summer was the second hottest in Hungary since the beginning of temperature measurements in 1901… This summer was much hotter than usual, with average daily temperatures of 22.3 degrees Celsius, more than two degrees above the 1981-2010 average…

“In Hungary, the hottest month of the year is usually July, but this year, interestingly, June and August proved to be more than one degree warmer than July.”

https://hungarytoday.hu/2019-second-hottest-summer-recorded-in-hungary/


“I’ve been a meteorologist at CNN since 1999. And for a long time I didn’t think that global warming gasses would overwhelm the earth enough to change its climate.

“As a skeptic, I didn’t deny climate change existed. I was questioning the data behind the science. One big number ultimately changed my mind.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/04/weather/climate-change-skeptic/index.html


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4th September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“…the heat hasn’t just been record-breaking, it’s been relentless. Over the 108 days between May 16 and Aug. 31, Hawaii saw 87 heat records tied or broken…

“Hawaii is seeing water temperatures about 2 degrees above normal, and the summer has seen a number of bouts without trades.

“Add a lack of rainfall and the higher humidity and you have the recipe for a really hot summer.”

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/09/04/summer-record-heat-has-some-wondering-is-this-new-normal/


“Last month was the hottest, driest August on record in Anchorage, with only one day at normal temperatures.

“National Weather Service records show that every day in August hit above-average temperatures — once as high as 12 degrees above normal — except for Aug. 21. Only four-hundredths of an inch of rain fell in Anchorage all month.”

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2019/09/03/this-august-was-anchorages-warmest-on-record-as-hot-air-stalled-over-southcentral-alaska/


“Dorian is now the fifth hurricane to reach category five—the highest level possible on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale—over the past four hurricane seasons in the North Atlantic.

“Between 1924 and 2019 there have been only 35 category 5 hurricanes in the North Atlantic. Having five such storms form over just the past four hurricane seasons is way beyond the average occurrence rate…”

https://blog.ucsusa.org/brenda-ekwurzel/intense-5-remarkable-facts-about-hurricane-dorian


“While attention has been focused on Hurricane Dorian as it ravages the Bahamas and menaces the Southeast coast of the U.S., another tropical system is threatening Mexico this week as hurricane season nears its peak. The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Storm Fernand, the sixth named storm of the season.”

https://www.foxnews.com/world/tropical-storm-mexico-hurricane-season-atlantic-basin-dorian


“Speaking to the drinks business on Friday, Bollinger’s cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described the [Champagne] harvest as “very small”, adding that he believed that producers across the region would fail to reach the limit set by the Comité Champagne, while recording that Bollinger’s own vineyards, which amount to just under 180 hectares, had suffered a fall-off in yield by almost 20%.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/09/heatwave-shrinks-champagne-harvest-by-almost-20/


“Any advantages to European agriculture from a warming world will be outweighed by the losses from extreme events and environmental stress, leading to a probable large economic loss for farming in the next 30 years, research on the impacts of the climate crisis has found…

“Heatwaves this year and last year have exposed the vulnerability of agriculture…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/04/benefits-to-farmers-of-global-heating-outweighed-by-losses-says-report


“”It is official, Port Elizabeth [South Africa] received the lowest total rainfall for August, on record,” said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Service’s Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

“”This is from records that date back to 1900.

“”The 3.0 mm measured during August broke the 1985 record of 4.7 mm for the month.”

“Similar records were recorded over other areas of the Eastern Cape…”

https://www.rnews.co.za/article/25197/weather-records-broken-in-the-eastern-cape-this-winter


“Torrential rain in Penang earlier on Tuesday (Sept 3) caused several roads to be closed due to flash floods.

“The Star reported several roads in Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas, as well as roads along Jalan Mahsuri, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Lebuh Mayang Pasir and Jalan Kampung Relau, were flooded due to the heavy downpour.”

https://www.todayonline.com/world/torrential-rain-causes-flash-floods-flight-delays-penang


“Typhoon Lingling is forecast to affect South Korea as early as Friday, with strong winds feared to cause the biggest damage, South Korea’s weather agency said Wednesday.

“The typhoon is slowly moving northward from seas east of Taipei but is expected to pick up speed and directly affect the country by Friday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190904000609


Ominous for Oz: “South East Queensland is expected to get a taste of summer this week due to hotter-than-average temperatures, with some parts of the region set to hit 36 degrees Celsius.

“The fire threat has also increased with residents near Cunungra, north west of the Gold Coast, on alert after a bushfire broke out near Sarabah Road this morning.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-04/spring-hotter-than-average-weather-south-east-qld/11475590


“A Niwa scientist and a weather photographer are at a loss as to how to stem the retreat of New Zealand’s longest glacier in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

“The now 27-kilometre long Tasman Glacier has retreated by more than 7km since the early 1970s, and the terminus recession in recent years has shown no signs of slowing up.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/115460330/tasman-glacier-retreat-accelerating-according-to-scientists-and-observers


“Greenland’s massive ice sheet may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists have warned…

“Bangladesh, Florida, and eastern England are among many areas known to be particularly vulnerable to rises in sea level over the course of the century.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49483580


“Dogs are being hospitalized left and right, all with a similar set of symptoms that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to several days after exposure. Many report effects such as seizing, diarrhea, vomiting, foaming at the mouth, and ultimately death.

“The earliest reports of blue-green algae poisoning in dogs go back all the way to the 1920s. However, in recent years, there seems to be an increasing number of fatalities. As a result, many have come to the conclusion that the rising temperatures from climate change are driving this trend.”

https://therising.co/2019/09/03/climate-change-is-allowing-toxic-algae-to-prosper-and-its-killing-household-pets/


“Evidence from ancient rocks reveals the oldest die-off in our planet’s history most likely occurred among single-celled organisms more than 2 billion years ago.

“A recent analysis now suggests that deadly event was far bigger than any known loss of life that came after, even the dinosaur extinction.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/even-more-evidence-arises-for-a-die-off-bigger-than-the-dinosaurs


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3rd September 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Temperatures in Denver reached 100 degrees Monday — the first time triple-digit heat has ever been recorded in the city during September.

“The temperature hit 100 degrees at Denver International Airport just before 4 p.m. Monday. The heat had already eclipsed the previous record for Sept. 2 by 11:55 a.m.

“The previous record for the month — 98 degrees — had been set Sunday.

“Until this brutally hot Labor Day weekend, the previous record for the month of September had been the 97-degree heat recorded in 1995. The average high for Sept. 2 is about 84 degrees.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/02/denver-weather-record-temperatures-september/#comments-anchor


“Salt Lake City’s temperatures met an all-time record on the first day of the month. KUTV reports temperatures in Salt Lake City reached 100 degrees on Sunday, marking the first time in 40 years temperatures reached triple digits.

“The only other year on record when it was 100 degrees in September was 1979.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/utah/articles/2019-09-02/salt-lake-city-meets-september-heat-record


“The havoc on communities bordering the Great Lakes is a result of their water level steadily rising over the last five years and spiking to record levels this spring and summer.

“In 2019, the lakes’ depths ranged from 14in to nearly 3ft above long-term averages, according to data from the US Army Corps of Engineers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/03/great-lakes-region-flooding-climate-crisis


“As Hurricane Dorian makes its slow crawl toward the Eastern United States, the National Hurricane Center is keeping tabs on four other tropical disturbances across the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.”

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/dorian/national-hurricane-center-monitoring-4-other-tropical-disturbances-in-atlantic-gulf-of-mexico


“Dorian has the strongest landfall wind speed of any Atlantic hurricane on record and crashed across the island of Grand Bahama, east of Florida, more than 24 hours ago before settling over the island.

“As of the early hours of Tuesday morning, it had not moved for more than 12 hours, meaning for that entire time the same communities had been lashed relentlessly…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/03/its-vicious-terrified-bahamians-wait-for-hurricane-dorian-to-pass


“Recent research shows that more North Atlantic hurricanes have been stalling as Dorian did, leading to more extreme rainfall. Their average forward speed has also decreased by 17 percent—from 11.5 mph, to 9.6 mph—from 1944 to 2017, according to a study published in June by federal scientists at NASA and NOAA.”

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03092019/hurricane-dorian-climate-change-stall-record-wind-speed-rainfall-intensity-global-warming-bahamas


“A global team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and the United States has found deforestation in the Brazilian Amazaon-Cerrado region is causing temperatures to rise in areas as far as 50km away from deforestation sites…

“Professor Thompson said although people thought of climate change as happening because of greenhouse gas emissions, changes in land cover, such as forest loss, also had dramatic effects.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-forest-loss-brazil-contributing-temperatures.html


“In Finnmark, on the northernmost tip of Norway, the changing climate is a challenge both for reindeer and for the indigenous Sami people who herd them.

“Usually reindeer forage for food through the snow.

“But in warmer winters the top layer sometimes melts briefly before freezing again as an impenetrable blanket of ice, starving the animals.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49482095


“Climate change is causing wild birds to shift their migration routes, new international research has found.

“A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with colleagues from the UK, Norway and Denmark, have been analysing the flight patterns of barnacle geese over the past half century.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/climate-change-causing-migrating-birds-to-change-flight-path-study-finds-1-4995638


“In 1540, the French wine-making region of Burgundy experienced a summer so hot and dry that the grapes withered on the vine. The resulting pour, according to contemporary reports, “yielded a sweet sherry-like wine which made people rapidly drunk.”

“…More than 400 years on, global heating has made such hot, dry summers virtually commonplace in Burgundy.”

https://qz.com/quartzy/1700416/how-burgundys-hottest-summers-in-600-years-change-its-wine/


“[Morocco] One video shows the overflowing river, carrying dirt and rocks and destroying a bridge in the middle of Imlil. The cascade then damages cars parked on the side of the streets and building facades. People can be seen running for their lives away from the fast-moving flood water.

“The floods come just a couple of days after the Tizert village incident, where seven people lost their lives to unexpected torrents.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/281738/second-wave-flooding-south-morocco/


“Heavy rain in Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing regions threatens to compromise bean quality, raising fears of flooding and crop disease, farmers said on Monday. Harvesting started early for the October-to-March main crop, and farmers expect it to be larger than last year’s.

“But a lack of sunshine and rainfall up to four times higher than average could cause high moisture content in the first beans, increasing the risk of mould.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/cocoa-ivorycoast-weather/flooding-fears-in-ivory-coasts-cocoa-regions-as-disease-spreads-idUKL5N25T2KY


“In spite of the warnings issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency to state governments that this year’s rains would wreak havoc, most of the affected states have refused to act. Consequently, residents of these states are now bearing the brunt of downpour.

“For instance, some residents of Oyo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Gombe, Bayelsa and Osun states are now counting their losses after rains pounded their communities.”

https://punchng.com/govs-take-panicky-measures-as-floods-ravage-states/


“… wild elephants fled their habitats, entering residential areas after wildfires spread through the Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau Province [Indonesia], for the past week, the Natural Resources Conservation Office (BBKSDA) stated here, Tuesday…

“When wildfires ravaged through the national park for the past week, dozens of wild animals fled to the residential area in search of food at the villager’s plantation.”

https://en.antaranews.com/news/132056/wildfires-in-riau-force-wild-elephants-to-flee-habitats


“Typhoon Lingling is feared to inflict damage on South Korea as it continues to gain strength while moving north toward the country, the weather agency said Tuesday.

“”The tropical storm, which took shape in the Western Pacific on Monday, is currently tracking north-northwest on seas 650 kilometers south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, at a speed of 9 kilometers per hour as of 9 a.m. Tuesday,” the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190903000693


“The death toll from a torrential rainstorm which hit southwestern Japan last week rose to four on Tuesday when a local government said a missing woman has been confirmed dead…

“The woman in her 50s had been listed as missing since Wednesday morning, when the heavy rain fell in the area, according to police.”

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/09/ff3adceb3b32-death-toll-from-southwestern-japan-rainstorm-rises-to-4.html


“A team of researchers from Stanford University and Cambridge University was able to digitize the radar data taken during flight surveys recorded between 1971 and 1979. Not only does the film provide a further look back into the history of Antarctica’s ice shelf, but the researchers found that the Thwaites Glacier ice shelf is thawing faster than previously realized…”

https://www.earth.com/news/antarctic-radar-film-melting-faster/


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