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3rd August 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

July 2022 was the hottest month on records for some US cities, many of them in Texas.

Really mind blowing the persistent record heat in Galveston:

hottest April, hottest May, hottest June and now hottest July & hottest month on record.


July 2022 was the hottest month ever recorded in Tampa [Florida]

“…the main contributor to the record heat was the warmer than usual overnight low temperatures. Tampa has recorded its hottest consecutive two months on record since record-keeping began in 1890.”


Salt Lake City saw its hottest July on record — again… Utah’s capital set a record for the most 100-degree days in the month…

“Overall, the average temperature in Utah’s capital last month was 87.3 degrees — 6.2 degrees above normal, and 1.6 degrees higher than in July 2021, the previous record-holder.”


Major heat wave to swell over Lower 48 after records fall in Northwest.

“Large parts of the Lower 48 are set to bake this week after a punishing, prolonged heat wave that set records in the Pacific Northwest edges east and south. Few regions will be spared as the heat expands into different areas each day…”


Hundreds still unaccounted for after Kentucky floods leave at least 37 dead…

“Roads have been damaged and bridges are down. Communications have also been cut, making it impossible to contact people caught up in the flooding. The receding waters have allowed rescuers to travel down creeks by boat and recover bodies.”


More than 10 inches of rain falls in Illinois, another exceptional deluge…

“The latest [extreme rainfall event featured an] overnight deluge in central and southeastern Illinois, with some areas registering 8 to 12 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. It’s the third 1-in-1,000-year rain event in the Lower 48 states in about a week.”


Worsening Drought Drives California Water Prices to All-Time High…

“The price of water on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index touched $1,144.14 an acre-foot on June 27 — up 56% since the start of the year. The index tracks the average price of water-rights transactions in five markets in the state. In some pockets of California, water is even more costly — hovering around $2,000 an acre-foot in the Westlands region…”


As California’s McKinney Fire rages, evacuated residents grapple with losses and an uncertain future.

“It remains unclear how many homes were lost, but forest officials said “numerous” structures were destroyed around the Klamath River community. Four people have been found dead in the fire’s burn area…”


A wicked hailstorm that struck central Alberta Monday afternoon caused damage to numerous vehicles, with up to grapefruit-sized hail being reported.

“Photos and videos posted on the QEII and areas between the communities of Red Deer and Innisfail showed damage to vehicles that were in path of the massive hailstones.”


Wildfires have burned across at least 3.2 million hectares of forest in Russia’s Siberian and Far East regions since the start of the year…

“Nearly one-half of all the blazes were concentrated in the Far East Khabarovsk region, with 2.14% of the entire region affected. The second most-affected region is the west Siberian Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district, which has seen about 1% of its entire territory covered in fires.”


Parts of England officially had the driest July since records began in 1836.

“South-east and central southern England saw an average of only 5.0mm of rain last month, while East Anglia had 5.4mm. For both areas it was the lowest amount of rainfall in July since Met Office records began almost 200 years ago, in 1836.”


Millions of factory farm chickens [UK] died during the record-breaking heatwave as industry whistle-blowers claimed little was done to protect them from the lethal temperatures, The Independent has learnt.

“The birds – confined to industrial farm sheds – suffered in temperatures of up to 45C and died slowly of heat exhaustion, it was alleged.”


Shelter rescues parched animals as France bakes in third heatwave…

“As France bakes in its third heatwave of the summer, the blistering temperatures are forcing young birds and hedgehogs to leave their nests before they can fend for themselves and drying up the streams, lakes and ponds where the insects that small creatures feed on typically breed.”


Europe’s Vital Rhine River Is on Brink of Effectively Closing…

“The river at Kaub, Germany — a key waypoint for the shipment of commodities — is set to drop to 47 centimeters (18.5 inches) by the weekend. That would take it to within 7 centimeters of being all but impassable. Europe is already facing its worst energy-supply crunch in decades…”


Italy’s salty Po Delta hurting agriculture, fisheries.

“Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salinity in Italy’s largest delta, where the mighty Po River feeds into the Adriatic Sea south of Venice, and it’s killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy’s culinary specialties: spaghetti with clams.”


Mounting concerns over rising Mallorca sea temperatures… Water temperature has reached a record 30ºC [86F]

“Apart from this one-off increase in temperature, what worries experts most is an underlying trend in recent years that indicates that sea temperatures are getting higher and higher. In the case of the Mediterranean, in addition to temperature, an increase in salinity has been observed.”


Floods in parts of eastern Uganda resulting from torrential rains have killed at least 24 people, the government and Uganda Red Cross said.

The flooding in parts of Bugisu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday, the state ministry in charge of relief, disaster preparedness and refugees said in a statement late on Sunday. But the death toll rose further on Monday.”


Heavy rain hit several areas in the Sultanate of Oman on Monday, causing an unprecedented run-off of wadis. The floods submerged a number of districts, triggering landslides.

“The incessant rainfall paralysed traffic on several roads, according to local media.”


Unprecedented flash floods batter rural Afghanistan…

““This year’s unseasonal flooding is catastrophic for impacted communities in Afghanistan. The scale of destruction is unparalleled. Flash floods have swept away entire sections of roads and other critical infrastructure – bridges, wheat mills, hospitals and schools.””


Monsoon rains, floods kill 140 more in Pakistan in a week.

“Rescue workers backed by the military have evacuated thousands of marooned people, including women and children, from the southwestern Baluchistan province, in the northwest and elsewhere since last week…”


July was Hong Kong’s hottest month ever, breaking 11 weather records.

“The record-breaking month saw 21 “very hot days,” topping the previous record set in 2020 by one day. The Observatory regards “very hot days” as those when the daily maximum temperature reaches 33 degrees Celsius or above. There were 25 “hot nights”.”


China is almost out of safe water on its surface and in groundwater…

“China’s water situation is bleak due to climate change, toxic chemicals, and overuse. Chinese compose twenty percent of the world population but have only seven percent of the earth’s water. Bloomberg noted that many regions (primarily the north) have water scarcity as intense as in the Middle East.”


Temperatures rose across Japan on Tuesday, climbing to near record highs around 40C [104F] in a number of areas, with the weather agency warning of heat-related illnesses…

The country’s record high of 41.1 C was registered in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, in 2018 and was equaled in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 2020.”


Heavy rains hit Toyota production in Japan.

Japan has been it by record rainfall from the south-western region and upwards over the last couple of weeks and that has affected output at the Motomachi, Tsutsumi and Yoshiwara facilities, all of which are in the Aichi prefecture. Flooding has knocked out supply routes and affected local parts suppliers.”


Record winds smash Perth leaving 35,000 without power, and there’s more on the way.

“Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jessica Lindgard said record wind speeds of 109 km/hr were recorded in Gingin overnight. “It was a pretty hairy evening with wind speeds of 137 km/hr at Cape Leeuwin…” she said.”


A negative Indian Ocean dipole event has been declared, increasing the chances of above-average rainfall over much of Australia during the rest of winter and spring.

“It is believed to be the first time since reliable records began in 1960 that negative Indian Ocean dipole events have occurred two years in a row.”


Farmers in New Caledonia are struggling to survive after heavy rain wrecks potato, pumpkin and corn crops.

“The New Caledonian Agriculture Federation (FNSEA) said 30 percent of the corn crops in the southern district of La Foa has been lost with some farmers losing everything after 40 millimetres of rain fell on one day recently.”


Last month the wettest July on record in New Zealand – NIWA [wettest month ever in some locations].

“In a statement on Wednesday, the research institute said “record-breaking rain, temperatures and wind were all part of the weather story for July 2022 in Aotearoa New Zealand”, with rain being “perhaps the most memorable feature of the month”.”


Troubling new research shows warm waters rushing towards the world’s biggest ice sheet in Antarctica…

“The research, published today in Nature Climate Change, shows changing water circulation in the Southern Ocean may be compromising the stability of the East Antarctic ice sheet. The ice sheet, about the size of the United States, is the largest in the world.”


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1st August 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

More than a week of floods and landslides across Iran have left dozens dead while search operations are under way to find many more missing.

“At least 69 people have died in flooding across the country since the beginning of the current Iranian month of Mordad on July 23, Nejad Jahani, a deputy with the country’s Crisis Management Organisation, said on Sunday.”


Floods in Afghanistan kill at least 18, destroy people homes.

“Taliban’s Disaster Management Authority announced Saturday that recent floods in the country caused lots of damage to people’s homes and killed dozens of people in different parts of the country. The Taliban’s body said that as many as 18 people lost their lives in the floods and that dozens of homes were destroyed.2


Over 50 Villages In Pakistan Submerged In Flash Floods.

“As many as 30 villages submerged in Sindh province in Pakistan after flash floods from Balochistan entered the province, taking the total number of drowned villages in the hilly region to 50, local media reported.”


“Japan Heat Wave.

Very hot and humid conditions with temperatures up to 38.6C [101.5F]. Hottest day on records at Kushiro, Hokkaido with 33.5C (prev. 32.4C ,data since 1910). All time records tied at Shiroishi 35.9C and Kuroiso 35.3C.”


Tokyo heatwave inspires creation of wearable fans to help dogs and cats stay cool.

“A Tokyo clothing manufacturer has joined forces with veterinarians to create a wearable fan to help pets beat the heat. Maternity clothing brand Sweet Mommy has created an 85-gram battery-operated fan for dogs and cats to wear.”


Brazil moves to pave freeway through heart of Amazon rainforest…

“Researchers say the move will lead to the mass clearing of the rainforest, because most Amazon deforestation happens alongside roads where access is easier and the land is worth more. Clear cutters previously stayed away from the area – but this is starting to change.”


Mexico declares drought in northern state of Nuevo Leon matter of ‘national security’…

“Mexico declared the water shortage in the northern state of Nuevo Leon a matter of “national security” on Friday as the region, home to Mexico’s industrial capital, has been crippled by a worsening drought in recent months.”


August is set to turn up the heat on already historically hot summer, National Weather Service says [Texas]…

In the months of May, June and July, temperatures in Houston averaged 95.1F, ranking first in average high temperature at this point of the year, NWS meteorologist Josh Lichter said. Houston’s hottest summer on record — the summer of 2011 — registered an average temperature of 94.4F.”


Vicious California wildfire swells a staggering 62 times in size overnight, torching vehicles and homes…

“California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the fire escalated, which granted him more flexibility to make emergency response and recovery effort decisions and access federal aid.”


Report: Algae hit all-time high at Lake Tahoe.

“Floating algae tripled at Lake Tahoe last year hitting an all-time high, according to researchers, in part due to wildfire smoke and in part because the microscopic critters that eat the algae have seen a decrease. The rate of algal growth, or “primary productivity,” has increased sixfold over the past 50 years.”


Seattle and Portland, Oregon, set records Sunday for most consecutive days of high temperatures and authorities in Oregon investigated more possible heat-related deaths.

“In Seattle, the temperature rose to 91 Fahrenheit (32.8 Celsius) by early afternoon, the record sixth straight day the mercury rose above 90 F…”


Hailstorms, derechos becoming more frequent as climate changes in Nebraska.

“When Nebraskans think of weather-generating headlines, they likely think of tornadoes that have caused significant damage to cities such as Grand Island, Omaha and Hallam. But lately, it’s been just as likely that hailstorms or derechos… are responsible for big, expensive weather events.”


Memories and lives swept away as aftermath of Kentucky floods revealed…

“Andy Beshear, a Democratic governor for a state where politics is deeply divided, is here to offer support and pledge help. It’s only six months since he was doing the same for communities in the west of the Kentucky hit by record breaking unseasonal tornadoes.”


The statewide drought in Massachusetts is getting worse, according to new data out that shows more of southern New England is now experiencing “severe” drought conditions.

“In fact, the severe drought area has expanded to almost half the state at this point, which is almost double that of just last week.”


Scotland’s snow patches are in danger of disappearing completely this year, giving further evidence the climate is changing.

“The warning has been given by “snow hunter” Iain Cameron, who has been observing the patches for more than three decades and whose work has now been recognised with a special exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.”


Record heatwave pushes Britain’s farmers to the brink…

“Record temperatures may have abated for now, but forecasters are warning similar levels of heat could return later in the summer, threatening drought. The trend of global warming is pushing Britain’s farmers closer to the brink: conditions for growing are far from ideal.”


Bills must rise to pay for [UK] water security and avoid emergency supply handouts, infrastructure chief warns.

“As energy costs soar, be prepared to pay more for water too or else face shortages and queues for emergency supplies in the future, an infrastructure chief has warned. The country will face “collecting [water] in bottles or large canisters from emergency supplies” without a crackdown on use and leaks now…””


Belgium experiences driest July in 137 years.

“A worrying new record has been recorded for the driest July in recent memory. Barely 5 millimetres of rain was recorded in Brussels this month, compared to the last July’s average of 76.9mm, according to Belgian media RTL Info.”


High-altitude Alpine ski resorts have abandoned their summer seasons after record temperatures turned glaciers to slush.

“Only one resort remains open after Zermatt, in Switzerland, closed its slopes. The closure of Europe’s biggest glaciers is a blow to professional skiers, who use the high-altitude slopes for summer training.”


Wildfires in Bohemia Switzerland National park rage on.

“Hundreds of firefighters are continuing their efforts to tackle a wildfire that has been burning in the Czech Republic’s Bohemia Switzerland National Park for a week. So far around 1100 hectares have been destroyed.”


New wildfires rage in France and Portugal as temperatures spike.

“Portugal and France on Sunday battled major forest fires as temperatures rose sharply this weekend. In Portugal, a blaze broke out in the Mafra area, north of Lisbon, while in France at least four firefighters were seriously injured and motorways were closed.”


Settat and Berrechid [Morocco] Face Nightly Drinking Water Rationing Starting in August.

“Khouribga’s Regional Directorate of the National Office for Electricity, Water, and Drinking Water announced on Friday that it will have to limit how much drinking water residents of Settat and Berrechid will be able to access starting on August 1.”


Nine people have lost their lives and more are feared dead in flooding in the eastern Ugandan city of Mbale after two rivers burst their banks, leaving a trail of destruction, officials said Sunday.

“Police and the military have been called in to help in the search and rescue operations in Mbale, where stranded residents could only watch helplessly as their belongings were washed away by the floodwaters.”


World’s glaciers are melting faster than expected, with visible consequences.

“The melting of glaciers has accelerated since 2015 and no region has been spared. However, the phenomenon is particularly affecting glaciers in Alaska, the Alps and Iceland. In total, the melting is contributing to more than 20% in sea level rise and could have disastrous consequences for agriculture and water supplies…”


Why the Arctic Is Warming 4 Times as Fast as the Rest of Earth.

“You may have heard that the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, in large part due to a gnarly feedback loop: As more sea ice melts, it exposes darker waters, which absorb more of the sun’s energy, further accelerating the melt. That’s wrong, as it turns out. Things are actually even worse…”


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29th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Utqiagvik, Alaska [formerly Barrow], the northernmost city in the US, had its rainiest day on record.

“Heavy rainfall is uncommon as the North Slope is a relatively dry [Arctic] ecosystem, with only 5.39 inches of precipitation in an average year. On Tuesday, 1.42 inches of rain fell in Utqiagvik, Alaska F/K/A Barrow. An inch of rain or slightly more has only happened twice since records began in 1920. Rainfall helps the permafrost thaw and methane released into the atmosphere.


Record highs roast Northwest; heat wave looms for rest of Lower 48…

“Seattle and Portland have been setting daily records, and triple-digit temperatures are bleeding south into the highly populous Willamette Valley. Concern is growing for vulnerable populations too, since only 44 percent of homes in Seattle and 78 percent of residences in Portland have air conditioning.”


Jet Stream Stokes Both Deadly Midwest Flooding and Northwest Heat.

“Deadly floods are slamming the US Heartland. More than 2,000 miles away, dangerous heat is scorching the Pacific Northwest. The same phenomenon is to blame for both. A massive bend in the jet stream — narrow bands of high winds encircling the Earth — is causing the havoc.”


Flooding in St. Louis has left people trapped in their homes under 7 feet of water.

“While flash flooding in St. Louis, Missouri, had tapered out in the last two days, a new round of storms Thursday afternoon left emergency responders scrambling to rescue residents. The St. Louis Police Department tweeted Thursday one section of the city was submerged in 7 feet of water, leaving area residents trapped in their homes.”


Floods leave eight dead in Kentucky as devastating rain lashes Appalachia; crush records…

“…heavy thunderstorms locked in on the region. Ten to twelve inches of rain fell in just a few hours over very steep terrain… A weather station recorded the all-time highest water level of 21 feet around 1 pm in Whitesburg, crushing the old record of 14.7 feet set in 1957. The actual river crest may have been higher…”


Flash drought conditions intensified in the Northeast and across the southern Plains, causing agriculture concerns across the regions, according to the latest US Drought Monitor released Thursday morning.

“”Temperatures across the region were generally 2-8 degrees warmer than normal, with the warmest readings occurring in Oklahoma, Texas, northern Arkansas, and the western half of Tennessee,” the US Drought Monitor wrote Thursday.”


Iconic Jacob’s Well swimming hole suffers historic low levels due to Texas drought…

“On Wednesday, July 27, Jacob’s Well Natural Area, in Wimberley, announced via social media that Jacob’s Well had zero cubic square-feet of flow discharge… “It has been over a year since we’ve had recharging rain fall,” said Hays County Parks Lead Parks Specialist Jay Taylor.”


‘It’s plunder’: Mexico desperate for water while drinks companies use billions of litres…

“As people who cannot afford bottled water are drinking the brackish water from the trucks, anger is growing here that beverage companies with bottling plants here, including Coca Cola and Heineken, are extracting billions of litres of water from public reservoirs.”


Argentina wheat forecast lowered due to drought.

“With a severe drought impacting wheat production, Argentina has been unable to increase exports at a time when the global supply situation is tightening, according to the Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.”


The rise in sea levels around the UK is accelerating and has reached a rate more than double that in the first years of the 1900s.

“A report from the UK’s Met Office found that the seas have risen by about 16.5 centimetres (6.5 ins) since 1990 alone, driven by annual increases of 3-5.2 millimetres a year.”


Heatwave: England’s driest July since 1911 and the second on record…

“So far this month, the latest data reveals there has only been 15.8mm (0.6in) of rain averaged, just 24 per cent of the amount that would be expected in an average July. At this stage – up to July 26 – the country would have expected well over three-quarters of the month’s rain to have already fallen.”


France on course for driest July on record: weather office.

“Farmers across the country are reporting difficulties in feeding livestock because of parched grasslands, while irrigation has been banned in large areas of northwest and southeast France due to water shortages.”


Falls in Europe’s crop yields due to heatwaves could worsen price rises…

“Maize, sunflower and soya bean yields are forecast by the EU to drop by about 8% to 9% due to hot weather across the continent. Supplies of cooking oil and maize were already under pressure, as Ukraine is a major producer and its exports have been blocked by Russia.”


The total number of wildfires in the European Union since the beginning of 2022 is almost four times the 15-year average for the same time period, according to Copernicus, the bloc’s Earth observation program…

“Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, France and Germany have all lost thousands of hectares of land to wildfires, amid Europe’s record-breaking heatwave.”


Off-the-scale wildfire devastates Czech Republic’s Bohemian Switzerland National Park.

“Residents in Prague have this week smelt something unusual on the wind—the smell of a raging forest fire devastating a national park more than 100 kilometres away. The wildfire in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, mainly in Hrensko district, is off-the-scale in Czech modern history.”


‘I want to breed horses, not camels’: Hungarian farmers battle ‘historic’ drought…

“”Many people simply give up breeding animals. They will slowly lose their livelihood,” said Ferenc Szepe, 68, another local farmer, as he grimly examined the hand-written log of monthly rainfall that he has kept for years.”


Morocco ravaged by flames: efforts to extinguish fires increase.

“The fires in Morocco are still raging and are becoming a massive concern for all Moroccans. Due to the number of outbreaks, the country’s firefighters have had to intensify their efforts to try to control the flames that are raging in the north of the Kingdom.”


Climate change is killing more elephants than poaching, Kenyan officials say.

“As Kenya battles its worst drought in four decades, the crisis is killing 20 times more elephants than poaching, according to officials. They cite desiccated carcasses found in Tsavo National Park, where much wildlife has fled in recent years in search of water.”


Africa’s Drought Reaches Far Beyond The Horn Of Africa, Says ForAfrika.

“In contrast to what is often reported, drought in Africa extends far beyond the Horn of Africa, and hundreds of thousands of people across Central and Southern Africa are at risk as a result of not enough food being produced in the region this year, says Killen Otieno, ForAfrika’s chief of operations.”


Major emergency response after UAE hit by floods: Parts of Fujairah have already received more than double the UAE’s typical annual rainfall so far this week.

“The highest amount of rain was recorded at a National Centre of Meteorology rain gauge in Fujairah Port where 234.9mm [9.2 inches] of rain fell from 10:30pm on July 25 to 9:18am on Thursday.”


A landslide triggered by heavy rains in northwestern Tehran killed six people on Thursday, with 14 still believed missing, Iran’s state-run media reported.

“State TV reported that the heavy rains in the early hours of the day caused flash floods and then landslides in a neighborhood at the foothills of the Alborz mountain range. In 2015, a flash flood in the same area killed at least 14 people.”


Pakistan Uses Boats, Helicopters to Evacuate Flood Victims [Balochistan]…

“Akram Bugti, a rescue official, said hundreds of people were stranded just in Lasbella, a district in Baluchistan province, after floodwater inundated several villages… Cholera has caused 28 deaths and sickened thousands of people in Baluchistan in recent months.”


Record Rainfall Catches Jodhpur [India] Unawares As It Battles Waterlogging [the article isn’t clear what record]…

“The Municipal Corporations of Jodhpur – South and North have received more than 500 distress calls in the last 24 hours. Mud pumps were installed at various places to get water out of people’s homes, and many workers of disaster relief teams are still working in the city to help people.”


India lightning strikes kill nearly 70 people in two northern states.

“Lightning strikes have killed seven more people in India’s most populous state in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 49 for just this week and to almost 70 for two states, as the climate crisis makes occurrences of strikes more frequent.”


It’s week 7th of this endless record heat wave in SE China. Yesterday the town of Rongjiang set its all time high with 40.2C [104.4F] beating the old record from 1974.

“Today new all time high at Jinhua with 41.3C [106.3F]. Humidity is oppressive and nights doesn’t offer any minimal relief. Temps in Xinjiang in NW China still exceeding 45C [113F].”


Update on the Siberian Heat Wave:

“Today was another hot day in Northern Siberia with temperatures above 36C well north of 60N.

Chumpuruk (64N) beat its all time record for the 2nd day in a row with 36.4C [97.5F].


State of emergency in Yakutia’s diamond-rich Mirny district [Siberia], west of the republic, where people had to flee the settlement of Arylakh (1,600 residents) because of a wildfire.

South of Yakutia struggle with wildfires since April; north has been battling floods.”


Heat waves thawing Arctic permafrost… [New study] reveals substantial changes to the topography of Siberia’s Taymyr peninsula, in northern Russia…

“”The strong increase in thaw slump activity due to the Siberian heatwave shows that carbon mobilization from permafrost soils can respond sharply and non-linearly to increasing temperatures,” asserts the paper’s lead author, Philipp Bernhard…”


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27th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Torrential and record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flash flooding in the St. Louis area Tuesday morning, killing at least one person, forcing rescues of people trapped in vehicles and homes, and spurring road closures including on part of Interstate 70, officials said.

In St. Louis itself, more than 8 inches of rain had fallen from midnight to 7 a.m. CT — already surpassing the city’s all-time one-day record of 6.85 inches set on August 20, 1915, the National Weather Service said.”


Alaska Experiencing Wildfires It’s Never Seen Before…

“Alaska is burning this year in ways rarely or ever seen, from the largest wildfire in a typically mainly fireproof southwest region to a pair of blazes that ripped through forests and produced smoke that blew hundreds of miles to the Bering Sea community of Nome, where the normally crystal clear air was pushed into the extremely unhealthy category.”


Typically mild Pacific north-west braces for another blazing heatwave…

“Though the forecast falls short of June 2021 “heat dome” that brought temperatures of 116F (46.7C) to Portland, and 118F (47.8C) to other parts of the Pacific north-west, and resulted in more than 600 deaths, local officials say the duration of this heat wave is concerning.”


Exclusive: Thousands of U.S. cattle buried, dumped at Kansas landfill…

“[This is not] a typical method for disposing of bodies. But so many cows died in the unusual heat and humidity that facilities that normally convert carcasses into pet food and fertilizer products were overwhelmed, prompting the state government and cattle feeders to take emergency measures.”


More human remains discovered at drought-stricken Lake Mead near Las Vegas.

“The human remains surfaced on Monday in the Boulder Beach swimming area at Lake Mead – the largest reservoir in the US formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River – which is rapidly receding due to climate change.”


Taps Run Dry: Heat and Drought Ravage Monterrey, Mexico…

“The taps for domestic use get turned on first thing in the morning and are shut off by around 10 a.m., but many people have no water at all — instead lining up every day with large bottles at cisterns in the city. Some of those who do receive water have reported it coming out brown and cloudy…”


Hottest July day on records for Paraguay today 25th July with 39.1C [102.4F] at the Vallemi Airport, near Concepcion.

“Also 38.6C at Las Palmas. Both exceed the previous record of 38.5C. In Argentina 36C at Las Lomitas. 3 more days of record heat are coming.”


As the Amazon burns, only the weather can ward off a catastrophe, experts say…

“Smoke from fires in parts of the Brazilian Amazon are getting closer to cities. The combination of the highest number of forest fires in 15 years and highest ever deforestation rate recorded in the month of June, this year’s dry season is off to a fiery start, raising concerns about its peak over the next few months.”


Water chiefs are preparing for drought as the Met Office confirmed England’s driest eight month period since 1976.

“Officials at the Environment Agency (EA) are transferring water to low running rivers, rescuing fish and reoxygenating water, while water companies are implementing the early stages of their drought plans.”


Wild salmon stocks are at their lowest on record in England, a government report has found.

“Officials said the number of fish was reaching “crisis point” with urgent action required, including removing barriers in waterways and improving water quality.”


A record 90 out of 96 mainland French regions face water restrictions due to an ongoing drought, official figures showed on Tuesday, as scorching temperatures and low rainfall cause supply shortages in many areas.

“Only a handful of “departments” around the country are exempt from the restrictions, including the Paris area, the government’s drought website Propluvia shows.”


Record Temperatures, Wildfires Wreak Havoc on Europe’s Wineries and Vineyards.

“All over Europe, temperatures in wine regions have been sweltering at new highs, and heat waves are moving north into such normally cool countries as Germany. In the UK, temperatures above 40C (104F) were recorded for the first time. Winemakers worry this will lower yields by 25% or more for this vintage. Many had already been slammed by early [late, surely?] frost and hail.


Glaciers vanishing at record rate in Alps following heatwaves.

“The Alps’ glaciers are on track for their highest mass losses in at least 60 years of record keeping, as temperatures in the Alps are warming at around 0.3C per decade — around twice as fast as the global average.”


Another bad news for the Alps: The sounding at Payerne set a new record of the highest freezing line with 5184 m above sea level tonight. The previous record was 5117m on 20 July 1995.”


A melting glacier in the Alps has shifted the border between Switzerland and Italy, putting the location of an Italian mountain lodge in dispute.

“The borderline runs along a drainage divide – the point at which meltwater will run down either side of the mountain towards one country or the other.”


Swiss rivers hit record temperatures.

“Eleven river monitoring stations in Switzerland have recorded the highest temperatures since measurements began. Twenty-two further stations recorded record temperatures for July. The Aare at Thun (23.4°C) and at Bern (23.9°C) has never been hotter…”


Hungary breaks 128-year nighttime temperature record [25.4c / 77.7F].

“”The (previous) highest night temperature level was recorded in the city of Szeged on July 24, 1894 at 24.6C (76.28 F) and the (latest) temperature was measured at 25.4C (77.72F) in the capital Budapest yesterday,” the Hungarian General Directorate of Meteorology said in a statement.”


Wildfires Are Setting Off 100-Year-Old Bombs on WWI Battlefields.

“A wildfire is consuming Slovenia and as the blaze moves across areas that were once battlefields during World War I, it’s meeting century-old unexploded ordnance with deadly results… There are so many explosions due to the raging fire that officials have stopped counting them…”


Drought threatens Spain’s ‘green gold’ harvest [olives]…

“We are used to a lack of water, but not to this point,” said Felipe Elvira. The region used to get 800 litres (210 gallons) of rainfall per square metre, but is set to get around half that amount this year, he said. “Every year it’s worse,” Elvira said.”


‘Zoe’ Becomes the World’s First Named Heat Wave.

The world’s first named heat wave hit Seville, Spain, this week, pushing temperatures past 110 degrees Fahrenheit [43.3C] and earning the most severe tier in the city’s new heat wave ranking system. Heat wave “Zoe” has brought scorching temperatures to the southern part of the country for the last few days…”


Photos: Mauritanians dig deeper wells to cope with climate change…

“In recent years, rains have been erratic and inconsistent, sometimes too light, other times overwhelmingly strong – as evidenced by a collapsed well nearby, brought about when a torrential rain soaked the landscape. The words “climate change” are on everyone’s lips.”


As floods wreak havoc again [Nigeria]…

“Last week, floods and flash floods were reported in Yobe State, resulting in several fatalities… The unmistakable impact of the climate change crisis is in every state in Nigeria and the heavy rainfall that results from it now force streams and rivers to overflow their banks while reservoirs burst if water is not released on time.”


At least 13 people died and more than 1,000 were left homeless after heavy rainfall triggered floods in the Central African Republic last week, the Red Cross told AFP on Monday.

Local Red Cross chief Antoine Mbao Bogo said he was “surprised” at a toll he described as unprecedented in a country where flooding is frequent.


Farmers in Iraqi Kurdistan seeking to irrigate crops face seeing their economic lifeline slip away as the waters of Lake Dukan recede and dams upstream in Iran stem the flow.

“Bapir Kalkani, who is also a trade unionist, farms near the picturesque lake but has seen marked changes over the past three years as Iraq suffers prolonged drought.”


The heat is brutal in Central Asia with temperatures still near 47C [116.6F] in Turkmenistan. In Northern Iran new all time high at Khor with 48.7C [119.7F], an absolute record beaten twice in 2 months.

“The extreme heat will persist for 3/4 more days.”


Flash floods across Pakistan have killed at least 310 people and injured hundreds, with the government issuing warnings of further extreme monsoon downpours in 14 more cities.

“The southern city of Karachi, home to 16 million people, has seen neighbourhoods and vehicles submerged in knee-deep muddy flood water; roads are impassable. At least 15 people have died since Saturday.”


The heat wave in China keeps setting records:

Yesterday the metropolis of Guangzhou tied its all time record of highest temperature in its downtown station of Huadu Stadium with 39.3C while the town of Gaoyao broke it with 38.8C. Today new all time record at Shimian with 40.6C [105.1F].”


Blackouts in China as heatwave pushes electricity usage to record levels.

A long-running heatwave in China has pushed electricity usage to record levels in some areas and led to blackouts, with warnings that the high temperatures are expected to continue for at least another week.”


Japanese Insurers Sell Heatstroke Coverage as Temperatures Soar to Record Levels.

“As temperatures soar to unprecedented levels from Europe to Asia this summer, some Japanese insurance companies have begun selling policies to protect people struck down by heatwaves. Sompo Holdings Inc. and Sumitomo Life Insurance Co., two of the country’s biggest insurers, are offering policies specifically designed to cover medical expenses arising from heatstroke.”


The current surface melt anomaly over the Svalbard ice caps is incredible with a cumulated melt from the beginning of this summer 2 times larger than previous records!!


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

Europe is not just experiencing heatwaves on land. The Mediterranean Sea is experiencing a brutal marine heatwave this July, which will have devastating impacts on marine ecosystems while also enhancing heatwaves on land.

Water temperatures are as high as 6.2°C above normal! 6.2°C is 11°F above normal. Keep in mind water has more than 4X the heat capacity of air which means it’s much harder for water to warm than air.

“A 6.2°C sea surface temperature anomaly in the Mediterranean is simply astonishing.”


Lesbos tourist resort evacuated as wildfire destroys homes…

“Firefighters on the Greek mainland were also battling for a third day a wildfire in the Dadia national park, the country’s largest Natura 2000 site known for its black vulture colony, in the north-eastern region of Evros.”


Italy’s famous Po Valley rice paddies decimated by drought.

“The roar of Mr Dario Vicini’s motorcycle cuts through the silence as he drives across his rice paddy to survey the destruction wrought by Italy’s worst drought in 70 years. His fields are nothing but desolation, with rice stems slowly dying in the sandy ground.”


European Heat Wave:

Slovakia: Prievidza 38.6C [101.5F] 21 July – all time record; Slovenia monthly records: Doblice 39.4C, Metlika 38.3C, Ljubljana center 38.0C, Ljubljana AP 37.2C; Croatia: Zagreb 39.1C 2nd hottest day since 1881; Italy Treviso 40.2C [104.4F] all time high, 0.1C from Veneto record.”


Karst Region on Fire – The Largest, Historic Wildfire on Record in Slovenia spreads fast under the new extreme heat dome Heatwave event over Europe

“Thousands of firefighters, with help of helicopters and Canadair planes, are battling the uncontrolled fire, saving numerous villages and small towns in the region.”


European Heat Wave: Among the main cities in Hungary which had its hottest day in history today there was Szeged which rose to 40.1C / 104F (prev. 39.8C July 2007).

“Another major city, Debrecen, tied its July record with 38.5C (=July 1950)… 41.5C at two other stations; this is just 0.4C from the Hungarian national absolute record.”


UK also broke its land surface temperature record.

“…satellites are routinely mapping the energy retained in the “skin” of the Earth – what someone would feel if they placed their hand on the ground. And that rose to 48C [118.4F] in the UK on both Monday and Tuesday.”


Major fire incident declared in Surrey and Londoners urged not to barbecue…

“London fire brigade has also said it is tackling multiple “significant” fires related to the hot weather in the city, with incidents reported in Enfield, Hayes and Thamesmead, and has issued a plea to the public to cancel any planned barbecues.”


Morocco to implement new measures tackling water scarcity amid worsening drought.

“Moroccan authorities on Friday instructed that the water flow distributed to citizens be regulated as the country grapples with a drought, exacerbated by scorching temperatures and decreased rainfall.”


‘Just waiting to die’: The Kenyans surviving on berries in drought-stricken north.

“It has been three years since the small village of Purapul in northern Kenya saw any significant rainfall and residents have been forced to turn to eating bitter wild berries in order to survive, though some say it is just a matter of time until they succumb to starvation.”


Water apartheid alive and well in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Nelson Mandela Bay’s water system remains on the precipice. Dams are drying out and demand outpaces supply. Despite the intervention of minister of water and sanitation Senzo Mchunu there are new leaks on a daily basis… The residents of Nelson Mandela Bay are divided between two realities.”


Yemen: Floods caused by torrential rain kill 10 people, including children.

“Torrential rain lashed war-torn Yemen’s capital and its environs on Sunday, causing flooding and a building collapse that together killed 10 people, including four children, authorities said. The four children were killed in the building collapse…”


Flash floods kill at least 22 people in southern Iran.

“Officials of the local Red Crescent Society aid group on Saturday confirmed the deaths, adding that 150 emergency responders and an aerial unit are working at the scene at the town of Estahban, 174km (108 miles) east of the provincial capital, Shiraz.”


Flash floods triggered by heavy rains caused massive destruction in the Kandia tehsil of Upper Kohistan [Pakistan] on Sunday as at least 50 houses and mini-power stations were washed away, an official said.

“The flooding coincides with heavy rains in Chitral and Peshawar, where one person died and two were injured in the last 24 hours, according to the PDMA.”


‘Biblical’ Flash Floods Hit Russian Black Sea Resort amid Storms, Tornadoes.

“A massive flood hit Russia’s Sochi on Saturday, leaving streets in the country’s largest resort city under water as the Bzugu River overflowed after heavy rains. According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, at least one person has died.”


Brutal heat wave in Central Asia with temperatures over 47C [116.6F] in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Incredible warmth at high elevations in Tajikistan: Darvaz 1290m 42.8C; Khorog 2080m 39.0C (yesterday) (+ tropical night) – record; Murgab 3580m 28.4C – record. And there is no end in sight.”


Heatwaves Could Cause Energy Crunch In Central Asia.

“Kyrgyzstan’s state power supplier has warned of possible energy shortages as consumers set a new daily record for power consumption in summer. Central Asia is being gripped by the same heatwave blanketing much of the northern hemisphere.”


Heatwaves hit China with temperatures reaching record high in E.China’s Zhejiang, Fujian.

“…the temperature at Wenzhou national meteorological station in East China’s Zhejiang Province reached 41.8C [107.2F], breaking the station’s record of 41.7C set on July 15, 2003, local media reported. Jin’an national meteorological station in Fujian Province also witnessed record temperature of 41.1C on Saturday.”


China’s Xinjiang warns of flash floods, cotton risks amid sizzling heatwaves.

“China’s Xinjiang on Saturday warned of more flash floods and mudslides and risks to agriculture as heatwaves swept across the region, accelerating the pace of glacial melt and posing hazards for its vast cotton production.”


Incredible Hong Kong: Hottest July day on records beaten for the 3rd day in a row.

“Sheng Shui reached 39.0C [102.2F], beating the values of yesterday and the day before yesterday. Tai Moh Shan Peak tied again its highest temperature on records with 29.4C. The Int. AP 37.4C (record 37.7C).”


Record heat again in Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. On 22nd July the temperature rose to 32.7C [90.1F] at Sobolevo, pulverizing its previous all time high of 29.4C by 3.3C!

“First 30, 31, 32 and… almost 33 [91F] on the same day. Data from 1938.”


Christchurch [NZ] is set to record its wettest July on record and it isn’t over just yet.

“Records show the garden city has experienced double its average rainfall in the past month, and is now expected to break a longstanding 1977 record for the wettest July. MetService’s Lewis Ferris told 1News that it had been a month of bad weather.”


Mega-drought, glacier melt, and deforestation plague Latin America and the Caribbean.

“From the Amazon to the Andes and the snowy depths of Patagonia, extreme weather and climate change are causing mega-drought, extreme rainfall, deforestation and glacier melt across the Latin America and the Caribbean region, according to a UN report published on Friday.”


A new abnormal winter warm spell is affecting Northern Argentina and Paraguay.

“On 24th July the temperature reached 38.1C [100.6F] at Las Palmas, 0.4C from the Paraguayan July national heat record. Las Lomitas in Argentina also exceeded 35C [95F]. Next days will be even hotter.”


Thousands ordered to flee as officials declare state of emergency due to ‘explosive’ California wildfire.

“A state of emergency has been declared in California’s Mariposa County after thousands were ordered to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park on Saturday.”


Las Vegas officials limit size of swimming pools amid serious drought.

“Facing a serious drought, Las Vegas is diving into action in an effort to reduce the amount of water waste. With the Lake Mead reservoir drying up, Clark County officials voted to shrink the size of swimming pools to no more than 600 square feet.”


North-eastern US endures record-breaking heat…

“Philadelphia was forecast to hit 100F (38C) on Sunday before even factoring in humidity. Newark, New Jersey saw its fifth consecutive day of 100F or higher, the longest such streak since records began in 1931. Boston also hit 100F, surpassing the previous daily record high of 98F set in 1933.”


Scientists: Hungry Polar Bears Eating Food Waste to Survive.

“Scientists from the U.S. and Canada say Arctic warming is reducing the food supply for polar bears. The animals are forced to look for food at waste sites. That is causing problems for both the bears and humans.”


Tyre dust: the ‘stealth pollutant’ that’s becoming a huge threat to ocean life…

““When we tested the tyres it killed all the fish,” said McIntyre. From there, they were able to identify the culprit: a toxic chemical known as 6PPD-quinone, the product of the preservative 6PPD, which is added to tyres to stop them breaking down.”


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22nd July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Heat is unstoppable in China and also in nearby Taiwan: After weeks of being close to the record, on 21st July Taiwan recorded its highest temperature in history with 40.7C /105.3F at Yuli (Hualien county).

“Also, all time high at Sanmen, China with 41.8C / 107.2F. Temperatures will keep rising.”


China endures summer of extreme weather as record rainfall and scorching heat wave cause havoc.

“Towns and farmlands inundated by floods, homes and roads buried by landslides, crops withering under scorching heat, hazmat-suited Covid workers collapsing from heatstroke. Since summer began, scenes of devastation and misery have been playing out across China as the world’s most populous nation grapples with an unrelenting torrent of extreme weather emergencies.”


Tornado kills 1 in eastern China as country faces high temps.

“A tornado blew through 11 villages in a farming region of eastern China, damaging homes, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others… Tornadoes are relatively rare in China, although 12 people were killed and more than 300 injured in Jiangsu and the central city of Wuhan by tornadoes last year.”


Massive sandstorm in northwest China plunges towns into darkness

“A massive sandstorm darkened towns and villages in northwest China as it swept through the Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province on July 20, 2022. Video showed the storm rising ominously on the horizon before it moved into populated areas…”


Wednesday’s record rains in Bangkok cripple the centre of the city.

“Wednesday night’s downpour wasn’t just torrential, it was record breaking. In fact it was the highest rainfall recorded in 67 years in some areas of the centre of the Thai capital. Even the 20 baht convenience store raincoats were no match for the torrential rain.”


Lahore [Pakistan] receives record-rainfall in seven-hour long downpour.

“A seven-hour spell of heavy rainfall lashed parts of Lahore on Thursday as the provincial capital of the Punjab province received at most 234 mm [9.2 inches] of downpour during the period, ARY NEWS reported.”


Pakistan Floods: Death Toll Tops 282 In 4 Weeks Of Mayhem Triggered By Rains, Flash Floods…

“As flood conditions worsened due to incessant downpours, Pakistan authorities fear the count to rise. According to a report by The Associated Press, more than 5,000 houses have been washed away as the rains lashed pockets of Pakistan whilst it is reeling under a massive financial crunch.”


Senegal capital wades through floodwater after heavy rain…

“Wednesday’s downpour was particularly strong, however, with 84 millimetres (3.3 inches) of rain recorded in Dakar in the space of two hours… Rainfall qualifies as “extreme” when it surpasses 50 millimetres (2 inches), said senior ANACIM official Pape Ngor Ndiaye.”


Namibia has lost nearly 20 percent of its forest area during the past 30 years as a result of unsustainable use of resources, a government official said Wednesday.

“To contain the loss, Namibia is pondering introducing a provision in its law that will compel everyone who harvests vegetation to plant more, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta told a national conference in Windhoek, the capital.”


Forest fires singe Lebanon as Europe wilts under heat wave… A major forest fire started in Lebanon today.

“The blaze broke out in forested areas in the town of Qabaait in northern Lebanon’s Akkar governorate. The fire reached close to people’s homes and damaged pine trees and olive groves in the area.”


The sea in Mallorca is three degrees warmer than usual…

“”These high values ​​affect the marine ecosystem. They are huge anomalies that coincide with atmospheric heat waves. A single heat wave can have limited effects, but if they happen very often, the impact on the marine ecosystem will be negative.“”


Extreme drought forces water conservation measures in Algarve [Portugal]…

“The warning coming from AMAL is that rain is very badly needed, and that if it continues to rain as little as it did this past year, the Algarve could be “in serious trouble”. “If the next water year is the same as the last, water may start to run short in the taps of the Algarvian people by October 2023,” explained AMAL boss António Pina said.”


Italy drought: Lombardy farmers warned that water could run out before the end of July.

“The northern region of Lombardy is one of the hardest hit… “The last reserves for agriculture are running out and cannot last beyond 25-30 July,” Attilio Fontana, governor of Lombardy, told a press conference in Milan on Tuesday.”


Red alert: 40°C [104F], water shortages, forest fires come to Hungary.

“New heat records are expected for this weekend in Hungary. Daily temperatures can even reach 40°C in some parts of the country, with no hope for precipitation. As a result of the extreme weather, red code warning has been issued in the country. The heatwave alert is in effect from Thursday morning until Monday evening.”


Hamburg in northern Germany has just smashed its all-time heat record and exceeds 40°C [104F] for the first time in recorded history.”


Historic hot day in Sweden with up to 37.2°C [99F] in Målilla, which is the new *reliable* national all-time record!

“37.0°C in Härsnäs; 36.9°C in Horn & Linköping-Malmslätt;

“36.4°C in Kvarn; 36.2°C in Eskilstuna.”


Britain’s rail services severely disrupted as heatwave damage is repaired.

“Severe disruption on Britain’s railway continued on Wednesday while engineers worked to repair the effects of an unprecedented heatwave, as Network Rail announced a new “resilience taskforce” to plan for future extreme weather.”


Scotland’s record-breaking highest temperature, achieved on Tuesday, is even higher than first thought.

“It was reported provisionally that Charterhall in the Scottish Borders set a new high of 34.8C on Tuesday (previous high 32.9C at Greycrook)… But confirmation has been issued by the Met Office of a provisional reading of 35.1C (95.1F) at Floors Castle in Kelso in the Scottish Borders.”


And a quick recap of recent UK heat records for you:

2018 – joint-hottest summer UK

2019 – hottest winter day UK: 21.2C

2019 – hottest Easter Sunday UK: 29.4C

2019 – 2nd hottest temp UK: 38.7C

2021 – hottest summer for W Scotland

2021 – hottest temp N Ireland: 31.3C

2022 – UK hottest night then hottest temp: 40.3C

Record temperatures set across US as heat wave engulfs nation.

“A relentless US heat wave that has triggered health alerts for more than 100 million people is set to intensify this weekend, with temperatures and humidity forecast to surge to suffocating highs in many parts of the country.”


After a brutally hot day, Oklahoma and Texas had to suffer a terribly hot night, in some cases the hottest on records.

“Frederick had a Tmin of 90F/32C after yesterday Tmax of 114F/46C. It smashed by 3F its previous highest Minimum temperature. Most of USA is sizzling today.”


Texas is hit by record twenty four wildfires that have burned through 7,700 acres and destroyed multiple homes amid record 110F heatwave and winds that have fanned flames…

“With excessive heat warnings expected in the next 10 days and little rain forecast, the flames are expected to claim more property as they draw closer to urban areas.”


Alarm as fastest growing US cities risk becoming unlivable from climate crisis.

“The ferocious heatwave that is gripping much of the US south and west has highlighted an uncomfortable, ominous trend – people are continuing to flock to the cities that risk becoming unlivable due to the climate crisis.”


Lake Mead drops to record-low water levels amid dangerous drought conditions.

“ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee discusses the severe drought in Lake Mead in Nevada that provides water to 40 million Americans, suffering its lowest levels since the 1930s [when it was created by the Hoover dam].”


Anchorage could see wettest July on record as continuing rain prompts flood advisories.

“Communities throughout the region have already received roughly triple the rainfall that normally occurs during July, said National Weather Service forecaster Adam Przepiora. Anchorage is likely to break its monthly precipitation record, Przepiora said.”


The amount of Greenland ice that melted last weekend could cover West Virginia in a foot of water.

“The water off the coast of northwest Greenland is a glass-like calm, but the puddles accumulating on the region’s icebergs are a sign that a transformation is underway higher on the ice sheet. Several days of unusually warm weather in northern Greenland have triggered rapid melting…”


Smoke over Siberia. During the first week of July, NASA satellites began detecting signs that several wildland fires were burning in Russia’s far east.

“Two weeks later, several fires had grown much larger and more intense, creating rivers of smoke that flowed over parts of Khabarovsk and the neighboring Republic of Sakha… According to Sakha’s emergencies ministry, 51 fires burned across roughly 9,737 hectares (38 square miles) on July 18.”


The long-tailed macaque and the monarch butterfly are among species classed as endangered for the first time, as Earth’s biodiversity declines accelerate.

“All the world’s remaining 26 sturgeon species are now also officially at risk of extinction, up from 85 per cent in 2009.”


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