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9th March 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Amazon Rainforest Tipping Point is Closer Than Ever, Data Shows. Once the threshold is reached, it is predicted that a “significant chunk” of the Amazon will be transformed into savannah, a vastly different ecosystem made up of a mixture of grassland and trees, reducing the forest’s ability and role as a carbon sink.

“During the process, the Amazon, which naturally stores carbon dioxide, will be released into the atmosphere, further contributing to climate change.”


Paraguay launches measures to deal with a severe drought.

“Paraguay seeks to face a severe drought through measures such as granting loans to producers, refinancing debts and postponing maturities, as well as the purchase of seeds for small farmers.”


Emergency and agricultural disaster declared in Chaco [Province, Argentina] due to drought

“The Ministry of Agriculture declared a state of emergency and agricultural disaster for the term of six months in 16 departments of the province of Chaco to agricultural, livestock and beekeeping farms affected by drought.”


Huge forest fire in western Cuba…

“The fire originated in an area known as San Simon de las Cuchillas, belonging to San Juan y Martinez municipality, on Sunday afternoon. These phenomena are a threat to biodiversity in the country, which has more than four million hectares of forests.”


Officials: 2018 hurricane debris fueling Florida wildfires…

“Almost three million acres of timber fell in Hurricane Michael, so officials said they aren’t surprised that a fire this large erupted. Officials said the timber is also contributing to how fast the fire has been spreading.”


Freak storm sparks flash flooding at Walt Disney World. Rainfall follows above average temperatures for Florida…

“Visitors were seen wading through flood water around the Hollywood Boulevard area of the park before closing time, as well as in Epcot, another Walt Disney World park.”


South Texas ranchers are increasingly worried the ongoing drought will lead to infestations of cattle fever ticks from Mexico.

“The Rio Grande River is running at low levels making it easier for wildlife to cross the border into Texas. Wildlife – especially deer – can carry the ticks that can transmit the disease to cattle.”


Gov. Kate Brown declares emergency in Klamath County as Oregon’s drought worsens…

“The declaration directs state agencies, including the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Water Resources Department and the Water Resources Commission, to provide assistance to water users in the region and to seek federal resources to help residents and wildlife.”


From 77 degrees to snow, just another March week in Philly…

“An insipid-looking snowfall is in the forecast for Wednesday, and that would be an unexceptional event save for the fact that Philadelphia just reached record-high temperatures on back-to-back days. Monday’s high, 77, would have been normal for a May 24.”


Weather whiplash dominated U.S. winter 2021-2022

After a tempestuous, record-warm December, January and February shifted to a cooler, droughtier playbook…

“Seldom does an entire season turn on a dime the way this past winter did for the contiguous United States.”


UK is odds-on to suffer its coldest March ever with temperatures plummeting to -5C today and snow on the way later in the week.

“With bitter frosts predicted to batter Britain over the coming days, the bookies have increased their odds to a 10/11 shot for this month, having been 5/4 earlier this week.”


The shadow of drought pushes Seville [Spain] to the challenge of reducing water consumption from 116 to 90 liters per person per day.

“The local government initially proposes an awareness campaign to achieve this saving of 22% and discards for now restrictions or increases in the rate. The current situation is considered to be “worrying, but not alarming”.”


Over a million livestock lost to drought in eastern Ethiopia.

“Abdikadir Umer, a herder, told Anadolu Agency: “I lost more than 100 goats to the drought. “I rented a truck to transport my goats. I left behind all of my children, 10 of them. I don’t know what will happen to them, but I hope food aid will reach them in time to save their lives.””


Tropical storm Gombe heading to Mozambique channel…

“The weather office said once in the channel, Gombe is expected to strengthen as a result of the warm sea surface temperatures (SST) combined with moisture from the ocean. Gombe is forecasted to reach tropical cyclone intensity by Friday…”


Climate Change is Altering the Dynamics of the Indian Ocean in Enormous Ways…

“…climate change is now altering the dynamics of the Indian Ocean, show two recent studies. Heatwaves in the Indian Ocean are reducing monsoonal rains over central India, while the rapid warming of the ocean’s northern portions is intensifying cyclones.”


Glaciers in Iran shrink by 21% in 8 years… they are significantly important as they are located in arid and semi-arid areas.

“Over the past 23 years, climate change has led to dryness of lakes and wetlands, land subsidence, sand and dust storms, air pollution, and some other predicaments in Iran.”


EVs from Everest? Chinese lithium find in Himalayas raises concerns over water.

“The recent discovery near Mount Everest of “super large” deposits of lithium, the key element in the batteries powering electric vehicles, has raised concerns over the fate of water resources in the region.”


Destructive floods strike again in Malaysia. Water rose as high as 2m…

“Flash floods left a trail of destruction in the city and parts of Selangor after heavy downpours in the afternoon. Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was informed six areas in the city were affected.”


One dead, hundreds evacuate due to flood, landslides in S. Cotabato [Philippines].

“At least one person died while hundreds were displaced by flash floods and landslides due to continuous heavy rains spawned by a low pressure area late Tuesday afternoon in scenic Lake Sebu, the tourism capital of South Cotabato province…”


Storms as severe as a cyclone are heading for parts of south-east Queensland, further complicating the flood clean-up operation.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has detected severe thunderstorms near Jimna, headed east towards Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, predicted to begin a day of potentially “explosive” storm activity.”


Thousands of dugong and turtle deaths to follow Queensland floods, experts predict…

“Col Limpus, the chief scientist for wildlife and threatened species in Queensland’s environmental department, is so familiar with the pattern of death that follows big floods he can provide a timeline of what is in store. “We can guarantee that in the months that follow we’re going to see an elevation in mortality strandings,” he said.”


Sydney records its wettest start to the year ever with tens of thousands issued a ‘danger to life’ weather warning as floodwaters continue to rise – and torrential downpours could last for months

“University of Sydney climate expert Nandini Ramesh told the ABC residents in some parts of Sydney may not see the sun in months.”


Farmers’ report warns climate crisis puts Australia’s food supply at increasing risk…

“Author, Stephen Bartos said Australians took for granted that food would always be available. “Climate change disrupts this. It creates and amplifies risks all the way through the supply chain, from farm to warehouse to supermarket shelves,” he said.”


Climate change will fuel greater displacement…

“For the first time, there is high confidence among scientists that the impacts of climate change are increasingly driving displacement in all regions of the world… Greater commitments must be made across the board at the upcoming COP27 in Egypt, and the world will be watching.”


El Niño Events Will Become More Frequent By 2040 Even If Carbon Emissions Slashed, Study Finds.

“A new study found global weather events caused by El Niño will likely become more frequent within the next two decades regardless of any reduction in carbon emissions, which could drastically affect weather patterns around the world.”


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7th March 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

In February 2022, the Arctic was +4.09°C warmer than the average February of 1951-1980.

“Data source: Copernicus Climate Change Service.”


Shortage of hay leaves Alberta livestock owners desperate for feed this winter… After record-breaking heat stunted the Prairie harvest last fall, Alberta livestock owners have been scrambling over the limited supply of hay.

“”The hay situation is at crisis levels,” said Bev Wilson, founder of 5 Freedoms Ranch Rescue and Rehabilitation Society, an equine rescue in Strathcona County. “I don’t know how we are going to make it.””


Wheat Prices Soar on Concerns of War, Drought. Prices for wheat in Montana haven’t been as high as they are now since 2008, the start of the Great Recession…

“…many farmers… were hit so hard by the 2021 drought that it took everything they could harvest just to fill contracts that were supposed to be just 30% of what they would cut in a normal year.


Floods, heat waves, crop failures: Report shows Michigan must prepare for climate future…

“Residents of the Great Lakes State can expect to experience more frequent torrential downpours, heavy lake effect snowstorms, flooded homes and streets, oppressive heat waves, crop failures, and more.”


Several killed as weather system unleashes record-breaking heat, tornadoes and hail across parts of the country [US]…

“At least six [now seven] people were killed in Iowa after tornadoes touched down, according to Madison County’s emergency management office. Two of those killed were children, officials aid.”


70,000 California wildfire victims lost everything. Now they’re fighting an uphill battle for money to rebuild.

“These fire victims are scheduled to receive less than half of what they were promised, according to the latest estimate by the trust responsible for paying victims. Any future increase to payouts depends on the value of the embattled company’s stock [PGEC]…”


Florida Panhandle wildfires force evacuation from more than a thousand homes.

“Veterans at a nursing home were evacuated, joining residents from more than 1,000 homes, as firefighters and emergency workers battled two massive wildfires Sunday in an area of the Florida Panhandle that was still recovering from destruction caused by a category-5 hurricane more than three years ago.”


Five municipalities in Antioquia [Colombia] are in emergency due to floods.

“In Murindó the high rainfall caused the overflow of the Murindó River causing flooding and palisade that obstructed the tributary in approximately three kilometers, this could cause sudden increase.”


Feast of famine – untimely shifts in South American weather bring wetter weather at harvest.

“The wet weather will cause delays for harvest; in fact, after a rather dry season thus far, recent rain and the potential for more rain in the weeks to come could cause some quality issues, particularly for later planted crops.”


Video emerged on Friday of the moment a large portion of the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina’s Patagonia region collapsing in late February…

“According to a study released in 2021, glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier.”


Several cities across Portugal, more than 95 percent of whose territory is in “severe or extreme drought,” have begun to adopt measures to ration water use.

“The water crisis is particularly serious in the southern region, where the Algarve Intermunicipal Community on Saturday announced “joint measures” to face the drought.”


Moroccans prayed for rain after the Friday prayer as the country faces its worst drought since 1981.

“Late and unevenly distributed rainfall has put a strain on Moroccan farmers who are bracing for a tough year that required the government to intervene. Some Moroccan dams, such as Abedelmoumen and Massira which supply Agadir and Casablanca are almost depleted.”


Somalia’s Worst Drought in Decades Escalates.

“Somalia is in the middle of its worst drought in decades, with millions of people in need of aid and thousands on the brink of starvation. The United Nations estimates 4.3 million Somalis are affected by the drought and more than half-a-million displaced.”


Dust storm from Iraq, Syria and Jordan hits western Iran.

“The concentration of fine dust was recorded as 50 times above the standard range in some cities of the province. Due to the intensity of PM concentration, the schools in all educational levels in the southern cities of the province were held online on Saturday, IRIB reported.”


South Korea: Thousands flee their homes after wildfire engulfs city and threatens nuclear power station.

“More than 14,800 acres of land has been destroyed in South Korea, after a wildfire broke out on Friday morning. Some 6,000 people have been evacuated out of the Samcheok area, 330km (205 miles) southeast of Seoul, as firefighters tackle the blaze.”


How increased threat of forest fires and climate change in Southeast Asia is further endangering public health.

“As pulp and paper milll companies in Indonesia look to ramp up production, a coming period of hot, dry weather is set to increase the risk of forest fires that cloak the region in a toxic haze.”


Hundreds of families have evacuated to safer grounds after continuous heavy rains flooded their communities in Iligan City [Philippines].

“The state weather bureau earlier issued an advisory about heavy rainfall over Lanao del Norte and the cities of Iligan and Marawi, lasting until the wee hours of Monday due to a low-pressure area.”


North Queensland’s extreme heatwave see temperature, power demand records tumble…

“In Townsville, the mercury did not drop below 28.9 degrees Celsius [84F] overnight, setting a March record for the third time this month. “You can’t really define ‘unprecedented’ in any stronger way,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Livio Regano said.”


‘Unimaginable’: Thousands displaced as true extent of NSW floods revealed.

“More than 2000 homes and businesses in the state’s inundated Northern Rivers have been declared unliveable and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet warned the recovery will take years as the true extent of the disaster becomes clear.”


Why scientists are expecting another ‘crappy’ year for [new Zealand] glacier melt…

“Ahead of an annual aerial stocktake of around 50 index glaciers later this month, survey team member Dr Drew Lorrey is anticipating the effect of another hot summer to be visible. “I’m expecting a crappy year…. and you can quote me on that.””


It’s been quite a summer in Whanganui.

The temperature of 32.7C [90.9F] at Whanganui Airport on February 10 was the highest there since records began in 1937… Whanganui’s average temperatures were more than 1.2degC warmer than usual, and that average was driven up by noticeably warm nights.”


Extremely Hot, Humid Weather Could Kill a Person Far More Easily Than We Thought.

“The human body might not cope with nearly as much heat and humidity as theory predicts… “Our results suggest that in humid parts of the world, we should start to get concerned – even about young, healthy people – when it’s above 31 degrees wet-bulb temperature,” says Kenney.”


Interesting if perhaps not entirely relevant:Hunga Tonga volcano spewed ash 36 miles high, a world record… It blasted into the mesosphere, the third layer of Earth’s atmosphere…

“The agency called it “likely the highest plume in the satellite record,” surpassing what many volcanologists and atmospheric scientists had known was physically feasible.”


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4th March 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Set an All-time Record Low at the End of the Austral Summer with a Marked Negative Anomaly after a Season Dominated by Föhn Events…

“A warm summer in Antarctica and several strong föhn wind events smashed the Antarctic sea ice extent setting an all-time record low in 44 years of satellite observations.

“It is impressive to witness this frozen ocean melting down, and for the first time since satellite measurement began in 1979 the Southern Ocean sea ice coverage has dropped below 2 million square kilometers.”


Tasmania records driest summer in 40 years as La Niña ‘swings the wind around’…

“The island state’s west and south-west – both sparsely populated and typically wet – recorded their lowest levels of rainfall on record, the Bureau of Meteorology said.”


Stalled weather: How stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves. Climate change—fuelled by increasing greenhouse gases—is causing more extreme weather events worldwide.

“Many of these events, such as the “rain bomb” inundating Australia’s east coast and the recent heatwave in Western Australia, are associated with “stalled” weather systems.”


Flooded Australian towns brace for more rains, several people still missing.

“Australian authorities on Friday warned of more rains over the weekend in several flooded regions in the country’s east, likely hampering relief efforts as defence personnel try to reach worst-hit towns cut off by days of downpours.”


Australia’s health experts fear mosquitoes flourishing in the rainbomb floods of Queensland and New South Wales could spread a deadly new threat.

Japanese encephalitis virus has now been declared a national health emergency after a ninth Australian case of the disease was found in Queensland.”


Little reprieve in sight for central and north Queensland as sweltering heatwave conditions continue.

“It’s only the fourth day of the month but temperature records for March have been broken in central and northern Queensland, with little reprieve in sight from the extreme heatwave conditions.”


New Zealand has just completed its fifth-warmest summer on record, with temperatures 1.1 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 summer average.

Three of the country’s five warmest summers have now occurred since the summer of 2017-18.”


South America sees record wildfire activity in early 2022.

“A heatwave and the resulting dry conditions across northern Argentina and Paraguay have resulted in record wildfires in the region, with much higher than average fire emissions and smoke transport. Colombia and Venezuela have also been experiencing some increases in fire activity…”


The heat wave in Argentina is accompanied by an invasion of beetles.

“In Argentina, the week was not only marked by intense heat. Residents of several municipalities in the province of La Pampa have also registered an unprecedented invasion of beetles. Discover the images that circulate on social networks.”


Drought-Riven Chile Makes World First in Environmental Bonds.

“Chile issued bonds tied to sustainability goals, the first nation in the world to do so, as the country wracked by a decade-long drought looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and obtain cheap financing.”


Brush Fire Burns Hundreds of Acres in Cleveland National Forest.

“Smoke could be seen for miles around after a brush fire broke out Wednesday in Southern California‘s Cleveland National Forest… The fire started around 11:20 a.m. in the Holy Jim trail area…”


Lake Powell is about to drop below a critical level never reached before, as drought rages on.

“For the first time since it was filled more than 50 years ago, Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the country, is projected to dip past a critical threshold, threatening water supplies and putting a key source of hydropower generation at heightened risk of being forced offline…”


Climatologists: Drought to worsen in Oregon, Idaho this year.

“Climate scientists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest warned Thursday that much of Oregon and parts of Idaho can expect even tougher drought conditions this summer than in the previous two years…”


[Ireland’s] Winter was one of mildest on records, but ended with three storms in a row.

“The winter just past was one of the mildest on record with temperatures above normal everywhere. Temperatures ranged from 0.8 degrees above the seasonal average at Dublin Airport to 1.8 degrees in Finner, Co Donegal.”


A drought affecting the River Po is worsening, the authority that manages Italy’s longest river said Thursday.

“The drought in the Po Basin “is getting worse and is serious”, it said. “There is an emergency in the Delta and Piedmont but the whole area is in difficulty”.”


Tanzania records extreme weather events in 2021 caused by climate change.

“Tanzania’s weather watchdog said on Thursday in 2021 the country experienced extreme weather events, mainly heavy rainfall, floods, prolonged dry spells, strong winds, and high temperatures caused by climate change.”


Zimbabwe: Ravaging Drought Sparks Famine Fears.

“”The dry spell has disastrously affected farmers. Things are not looking good here,” Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Shadreck Makombe said. “Most crops as we speak now have wilted because we have not received rain for a long time. Even if the rains come, they will not recover. It’s really a disaster.””


Environment: Experts Ring Alarm Bells as Extreme Weather Events Rapidly Increasing in India…

“”Glaciers are depleting and increasing the flow of rivers in north India. The northern sides of the country will receive more rain compared to the eastern side. Cloudburst is becoming common, and we have found that in case of a cloudburst along the foothills of the Himalayas, the precipitation goes up by 14%.””


Air pollution increases in South East Asia, combined with pollution cuts in Europe, may have had an important influence on European and Asian weather patterns in recent decades, new research has found…

“…[producing] atmospheric conditions that favored prolonged summer extremes in Europe, as well as causing dry spells in Central Asia.”


Thailand to make artificial rain to tackle looming threat of drought.

“The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry launched a “rainmaking” project on Thursday in a bid to ease the scarcity of water across the country. The project was launched in a special ceremony presided over by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on…”


Floods: Landslide causes Sultan Mahmud Power Station in Hulu T’ganu [Malaysia] to shut down temporarily.

“The Sultan Mahmud Power Station (SJSM) in Kenyir near Hulu Terengganu has been temporarily shut down since Sunday (Feb 27) after the high voltage transmission tower, which supplies electricity from SJSM to the National Grid, collapsed due to a landslide.”


Arctic Council in upheaval over Russia as climate change transforms region.

“Countries of the Arctic Council said on Thursday they would boycott future talks in Russia over its Ukraine invasion, throwing international cooperation in the region into upheaval at a time when climate change is opening it up to resource exploitation.”


The Arctic Seafloor Is Degrading and Could Be a Climate Time Bomb.

“…new research confirms previous studies that raised alarms about the potentially catastrophic release of methane from icy gas-rich solids known as hydrates, while also revealing new insights about the [East Siberian Arctic] shelf with much-needed in-situ measurements from the field.”


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2nd March 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Risks to global supply chains are rising from the increasingly severe effects of climate change laid bare in a landmark UN report this week, and could place extra pressure on fuel stability and essential goods worldwide.

“Recent crises have thrown the vulnerability of supply chains into sharp focus, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted Europe’s dependence on oil and gas imports, while the international manufacture and distribution of goods remains chaotic following the pandemic.

“Climate-related shocks such as extreme weather events will become more common and severe as the world warms, and could further upend interconnected supply chains…”


‘Nothing to sell’: Queensland and NSW flood waters hit supermarkets and grocery supplies.

“In his small store in Mount Isa, almost 2,000km from the flood zones, grocer Joe da Silva is struggling to fill his shelves. His fresh produce is gone. Stocks of other basics are dwindling. And there’s no certainty about when the next truck will arrive.”


A quad bike has been pictured hanging from the power lines of a regional Queensland town – a terrifying insight into how high the floodwaters peaked.”


How unusual is this rain? Very unusual. The rainfall totals from this event have been staggering.

“From 9am Thursday to 9am Monday three stations recorded over a metre of rain: 1637mm [64.4 inches] at Mount Glorious, QLD; 1180mm at Pomona, QLD; 1094mm at Bracken Ridge. Brisbane has absolutely smashed its three-day rainfall record with 677mm [26.7 inches].”


North-west Sydney residents preparing to evacuate as Warragamba Dam spill rate revised upwards.

“New South Wales authorities have warned communities at risk of major flooding in the Sydney region to prepare to evacuate as the Hawkesbury-Nepean River continues to rise… There are also concerns Redbank Dam could fail…”


Australia’s summer weather data suggests an ‘average’ year, disguising several incidents of extreme weather…

“…in the nitty gritty are some phenomenal weather events. Australia had the equal hottest day ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere this summer — on January 13, the mercury climbed to 50.7C, matching a record set in 1960 at Oodnadatta.”


Smoke injected high into the atmosphere by the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires resulted in a depletion of the ozone layer, new research has found.

“Scientists have found that the smoke from the devastating bushfires caused a 1% loss in ozone – an amount that typically takes one decade to recover.”


Red alert for forest fire in Chilean region of Valparaiso.

“The fire at the intersection of Route 68 and Camino La Pólvora in the city is consuming hundreds of hectares of scrubland and eucalyptus forests… The geographical location of the fire between Placilla and Valparaíso could cross Route 66 and threaten an electrical substation, the road itself and many towns…”


Paraguay capital choked by colossal smog cloud from Argentina wildfires.

“A massive, fast-moving cloud of ash hundreds of metres tall and several kilometres wide has swept over southern Paraguay, as storms blew debris from wildfires raging in neighbouring Argentina following two years of severe drought.”


Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, which account for more than half of the world’s soybean supply, are expecting smaller harvests this crop season.

“Major agricultural agencies and consultancies have already slashed their forecasts for the soybean output in 2021-22 as a result of severe drought since November.”


A team of Brazilian and British scientists have discovered that extreme wind and water-deficiency are the main causes of tree death in the southern Amazon.

“The study revealed that more than 70% of all trees dying at the edge of the Amazon rainforest already had severely broken and damaged crowns due to climate change years before they died…”


The threats facing the Peruvian Amazon.

“Crucial for biodiversity and freshwater supplies, Peru’s share of the Amazon basin has bored the brunt of rising deforestation and the increased prevalence of mining… Peru’s share of the biome is the second-largest in South America…”


Record precipitation for King Salmon [Alaska] as winter temperatures flip-flop…

“King Salmon …received the most winter precipitation on record, with more than 7 inches of rain and melted snow from December through February. The average is four inches lower. That’s almost an inch more than the previous record…”


California Drought Grows Dire Again After Two Record Dry Months.

“California’s snowpack has shrunk to about two-thirds of normal, as the state’s relentless drought produced the driest January and February on record and raised the likelihood of more wildfires and deeper water cuts to cities and farms.”


U.S. Farmers Contend With Drought Conditions Headed Into Planting Season.

“The current drought conditions in these regions started back in the summer of 2020 which led to last year’s historic drought conditions in the Northern Plains. North Dakota, for example, saw 22 weeks of “exceptional” drought and are currently facing 46 weeks of “extreme” drought — both records for the state.”


Ukraine War and Oklahoma drought will push bread prices higher…

“Mike Shulte says this year’s Oklahoma’s crop is not looking good. He declined to give an estimate on potential yields per acre but says the lack of rain is taking a toll. In fact, he calls the crop predictions “pretty dismal.””


UN: Droughts, Less Water in Europe as Warming Wrecks Crops.

“The saints are out again this year as large swaths of Spain face one of the driest winters on record. Even as irrigation infrastructure boomed along with industrial farming, the country’s ubiquitous dams and desalination plants are up against a looming water crisis…”


“A very dangerous” year for fires ahead [Portugal]…

““Whenever there have been periods of severe drought like the one we are experiencing, those periods of the year have always been problematic,” he said, anticipating “a very dangerous year” of fires.”


Climate change is hitting Africa’s staple crops, increasing parasites…

The report shows that in Africa, climate change has reduced agricultural productivity growth by more than a third (34%) since 1961. This is more than any other region. “Future warming will negatively affect food systems in Africa by shortening growing seasons and increasing water stress.””


Nigerian floating slum braces for more storm damage…

“Africa has contributed very little to climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, but the world’s hottest continent hosts some of the people who are most vulnerable to current and future fallout from the planet’s further warming…”


Climate change erodes glacier on Turkey’s Cilo mountain.

“”Cilo, Turkey’s third highest mountain with a height of 4,116 meters (13,500 feet), is feeling the impact of climate change, which eats away its glacier… scientists examining the state of the glacier detected the rate of melting in the past three decades to be at 48%.”


Three dust storms over Mumbai in a month, linked to rising temperature…

“Researchers with the Indian Tropical Meteorology Institute, Pune said westerly disturbances coinciding with dust storms emanating from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan borders causing the worst air pollution recorded in the region in decades could be due to rising heat.”


Flood-ravaged villages in Kottayam district [Kerala] hit by a double whammy of climate crisis…

“Pullukayar, a river that burst its banks to wreak havoc in the settler villages of Koottickal and Kokkayar just four months ago, might sound the most unlikely place to look for an impending drought situation. A walk along the riverbanks here , however, suggests otherwise…”


China backpedals on climate promises as economy slows…

“The country’s central economic planner has watered down a roadmap to slash emissions, greenlighted giant coal-fired power plants, and told mines to produce “as much coal as possible” after power shortages paralysed swathes of the economy last year.”


At least 17 people are feared dead after a landslide trapped dozens of workers inside a Myanmar jade mine…

“The incident came on Monday evening near Hpakant township in northern Kachin state — the same region where a massive landslide in 2020 entombed 300 workers in the country’s worst ever mine disaster.” [torrential rain a factor there.]


UN: Climate Change to Uproot Millions, Especially in Asia.

“The walls of Saifullah’s home in northern Jakarta are lined like tree rings, marking how high the floodwaters have reached each year — some more than four feet from the damp dirt floor.”


Severe water shortages are going to affect up to half of the world’s population if current warming trends are not curtailed…

“Even if politicians do manage to keep temperatures below 2°C, up to three billion people may suffer “chronic” water scarcity, the IPCC says.”


Climate crisis poses global risk to biodiversity causing mass mortality events and threatening food shortages…

“”Climate change has caused local species losses, increases in disease, and mass mortality events of plants and animals, resulting in the first climate-driven extinctions, ecosystem restructuring, increases in areas burned by wildfire, and declines in key ecosystem services.””


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28th Feb 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Residents of Lismore have been left reeling after “unprecedented” floods inundated the New South Wales regional city [Australia] with rescue efforts expected to continue throughout the night.

“The situation is expected to worsen on Monday night with the NSW premier, Dominic Perrottet, saying the Wilsons River was expected to peak at 16m, far higher than predicted earlier on Monday [previous record peak: 12m].”


Western Australia weather delivers Perth its hottest summer on record as scientists predict trend to continue…

“While numbers will not be technically official until Tuesday, Bureau of Meteorology figures show Perth’s average maximum temperature is currently 33.2 degrees Celsius — well above the previous record of 32.3 set in 2012/13.”


Coldest morning of summer ends Christchurch’s wettest February on record [NZ].

“The city’s total rain this month (148mm) puts it ahead of the second-wettest February (144.3mm) on record which occurred in 1945 – over seven decades ago. Adding to the weather gloom, Monday was also the coldest morning of this summer at 2.6 degrees…”


Marine heatwaves expected to become norm for Northland [NZ]…

“New data from MetOcean Solutions shows coastal waters in many parts of Aotearoa New Zealand have been warmer than usual for increasingly longer periods of time, and forecasts predict these conditions will persist. This is a concern for Northland where marine heatwaves can have disruptive implications…”


New rainfall record for Fiji during Tropical Cyclone Cody.

“The tipping bucket rain gauge at an automated weather station in Nadarivatu, Ba recorded an astounding 524.5mm [20.7 inches] of rainfall from 9am 8th January to 9am 9th January during tropical cyclone Cody this year, which is the highest ever recorded since its installation in 2008.”


“Japan Struck by Record-Breaking Winter Snowfall… This includes snow 12 to 15 feet deep…

“Honshu is home to several resorts and hot springs that take advantage of the climate and frequent snowfall. But there’s also a difference between a region that gets a lot of snow and a region where there’s too much snow for daily activities to take place — or where bomb cyclones make driving hazardous.”


Seismic study reveals key reason why Patagonia is rising as glaciers melt.

“The icefields that stretch for hundreds of miles atop the Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina are melting at some of the fastest rates on the planet… Geologists have discovered a link between recent ice mass loss, rapid rock uplift and a gap between tectonic plates that underlie Patagonia.”


“[The Brazilian state of] Rio Grande Do Sul Records the Highest Temperature in its History…

“The maximum temperature in Uruguaiana on this afternoon reached 42.9ºC [110F] …it is the highest maximum temperature ever officially observed in the state since the regular measurements began between the years 1910 and 1912.”


South America Heat Wave: 27th February was another record hot day in Northern Argentina with some monthly records of highest temperatures:

“Resistencia 43.5C; Formosa 42.8C; Corrientes 42.8C; Reconquista 42.3C; Paso de los Libres 41.8C; Monte Caseros 42.1C (new record for any month).”


On 26th February the Island of St Helena [southern Atlantic] recorded its warmest night on record on its highlands with a minimum temperature of 21.5C /70.7F (altitude 435m).

“There is data for almost 150 years. The station is close to Longwood House,where Napoleon Bonaparte lived his last years.”


This May Be the Driest Start to a New Year Ever Recorded in San Francisco.

“Between January 1 and February 26, just 0.65 inches of rain have fallen in San Francisco — about 8% of the usual average rainfall observed during the same time period. And if the city doesn’t receive any rain by Monday, it will beat the 1852 record for driest January-February stretch ever recorded in SF.”


‘Atmospheric River’ Threatens to Pummel the Pacific Northwest.

“The Pacific Northwest is bracing for what meteorologists call an “atmospheric river,” a stream of water vapor that is set to arrive from the Pacific Ocean on Sunday night and bring heavy rains and flooding through Wednesday.”


Alaska Worries for Its Salmon Run as Climate Change Warms Arctic Waters…

“Salmon all but disappeared from the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) Yukon River run last year, as record-high temperatures led to the fish piling up dead in streams and rivers before they were able to spawn.”


SE USA Warm Spell: Another Historic day in the Carolinas with temperatures up to 89F /31.7F in South Carolina (if verified it ties the State February records) and 87F in North Carolina (1F shy of NC February record).”


Councils ‘will have to cut key services to pay for UK storm damage’.

“Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin brought hurricane-force winds and heavy rain to large parts of the UK in the past week, leaving more than 1m homes without power and hundreds under water. Local authorities said they faced multimillion-pound bills to clean up and repair damage…”


The construction of ‘transvases’ (channels) to carry water from rivers in the north of Portugal to regions in the south “could be the solution for the problem of drought” that all experts accept is here to stay.

“The last few years have seen increasingly dry winters. This year’s ‘crisis’ may be more acute than most, but it is part of a pattern that needs as many solutions as possible.”


Severe lack of water drives farmers to migrate to the cities [Morocco]…

“…the situation is not on track to improve. Morocco is attempting to mitigate the impact of climate change by building wastewater stations, water desalination plants and dams — over 140 are present in the country to cope with water scarcity.”


Dry conditions continue affecting global wheat production…

Iran, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt have all seen crop reductions during the 2021/22 growing season, contributing to lower global wheat production. That suggests higher wheat import volumes will be needed to meet domestic demand. This is significant…”


Fears for farmers as crops fail due to drought [Kenya]…

“For farmer Safari Mbuvi, it’s a devastating blow. He sank 50,000 Kenyan shillings in this season alone in planting. “Since I was young, my father used to get a bounty harvest in this farm, but now, there seems to be a change in climate and the rains are no longer dependable,” he says.”


Seven farmers killed by lightning strike in southern Tanzania… in Tanzania’s southern highlands region of Rukwa, police said on Sunday.

[Also… The Tanzania Railways Corporation has suspended passenger and cargo operations between the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and central and northern regions after flash floods washed away rail track].


Days of rain trigger floods in Narathiwat [Thailand].

“Communities in 13 districts have been flooded, as rains caused by northeasterly winds over the Gulf of Thailand have continued for three consecutive days in this southern border province… 6,891 houses damaged…”


About 12,000 people in Malaysia had to evacuate from their homes after heavy rain caused flooding in the country’s northern states over the weekend, reported local media.

“Official data showed that 11,831 people housed in flood relief centres in the northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu as at 4.30pm on February 27.”


Prolonged heavy rain over many areas of Singapore on Sunday (Feb 27) afternoon sparked flash floods in several areas…

“…the heaviest rainfall recorded in eastern Singapore was 141.8mm… “This corresponds to 135 per cent of Singapore’s average monthly rainfall in February and lies within the top 0.6 per cent of maximum daily rainfall records since 1981.””


Climate Change and Extreme Weather Will Have Complex Effects on Infectious Disease Transmission…

“The study suggests it will be increasingly difficult to predict the consequences of climate change on host-pathogen interactions as global temperatures rise and extreme weather events become more common.”


A new UN report on the impacts of climate change is set to be the gravest assessment yet of how rising temperatures are affecting every living thing.

The study, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), summarises several years of research. The report will likely say that the world is fast approaching the limits of adapting to climate change.


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

Freezing Austin [Texas] records biggest 24-hour temperature swing ever: 56-degree drop from 88 to 32F. Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry recorded its largest 24-hour temperature swing ever: From 88 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to 32 degrees as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday — a stunning plummet of 56 degrees.

“The previous 24-hour temperature-swing record was 51 degrees, and the National Weather Service said it had happened on three occasions.”


A dangerous ice storm is developing as cold and warm temperatures clash.

“It might seem like déjà vu in regard to a storm dropping a wintry mix and heavy rain across the US earlier this week. And in many ways, it is. However, the new storm is bringing more substantial amounts of ice. Ice accumulation totals associated with the storm pose a major threat to travel and infrastructure.”


Kodiak [Alaska] sets a series of record temperatures… Last Thursday was the first day in a four-day run for record high temperatures in Kodiak…

“These are the latest events in a record winter that featured the coldest February on record in Kodiak, and the state record highest December temperature.”


23d February was a record day in Maine.

Bangor with 65F [18.3F] destroyed its previous record of highest temperature in February of 60F which was set on 21 Feb 1937, while Augusta with 64F did the same with the record of 60F set on 18 Feb 1981.”


‘We can’t make it rain’: California farmers left out to dry as US government allots no water.

The federal government said Wednesday that it won’t deliver water to farmers in California’s agricultural belt, which produces roughly a quarter of the nation’s food, due to the extreme water shortages that are expected to deepen if the direly dry conditions continue through March.”


Drought, pesticides take a toll on Chile’s crucial honeybees…

“Andrés González, a regional expert on biodiversity for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said a reduced population of pollinating insects “has to do … with the use of pesticides and fertilizers, monocultures, droughts caused in great part by climate change and by bad management of (water) resources.””


Capybaras, marsh deer, anteaters flee Argentina wildfires; many don’t escape.

“Wildfires in Argentina’s north are forcing local species of wildlife including capybaras, marsh deer and anteaters to attempt to flee ahead of the flames, with many animals killed or injured while trying to escape as the fires spread.”


Fires in Corrientes: the touching reaction of a melero bear to receive water from a rescuer…

“The first movement of the bear melero is of some distrust but seeing how the rescuer caresses his head, he throws himself in the grassland belly up and receives the liquid in some parts of the body to relieve somewhat the heat and injuries caused by the fires.”


Windows smashed and roofs destroyed as monster hail storm hits Mendoza, Argentina…

“Heavy rainfall caused roofs of buildings to collapse under the weight of the water. Damage was caused to possessions and produce as buildings flooded. Warnings are in place across the region due to the potential for floods as well as danger from high winds.”


Brazil storm death toll passes 200: police.

“The death toll from flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in the Brazilian city of Petropolis has surpassed 200, authorities said Wednesday, as they continue to recover bodies more than a week after the storm.”


UK weather: Jet stream behind Storm Eunice ‘growing faster and moving north’ scientists warn.

“New research from the University of Southampton found the average speed of the northern hemisphere jet stream in winter had risen by 8 per cent to 132mph. It had also moved around 200 miles northwards. Scientists said the changes were likely related to warmer winters in the Arctic.”


‘Pervasive’ river pollution affecting eco-systems, warns top UK environment researcher…

“Sir Andy Haines, unveiled as the winner of the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on Wednesday, warned in an interview that recent studies documenting the extent of chemical pollution in rivers across the globe are a “wake up call”.”


Green groups say Romania failing to stop illegal logging.

“Environmental groups say Romania has failed to tackle illegal logging and nature destruction in areas protected by European Union law, two years after Brussels warned the country to put an end to illicit deforestation.”


New warm spell in Morocco: On 22nd February temperature spike to 32.4C [90.3F] at Agadir. The port of Essaouira rose to 31.1C – its warmest February day on record.

“Last night was also very warm. Sidi Ifni had a minimum temperature of 23.4C. Today it ‘s expected to be similar hot.”


Crossroads of despair in drought-ravaged Somalia…

“Desperate, hungry and thirsty, more and more people are flocking to Baidoa from rural areas of southern Somalia, one of the regions hardest hit by the drought that is engulfing the Horn of Africa… nearly 13 million people, mostly farmers and herders, are going hungry.”


Cyclone Emnati hits Madagascar; island’s 4th major storm in a month.

“Winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph) battered Madagascar early on Wednesday as Cyclone Emnati made landfall, becoming the fourth major storm to hit the Indian Ocean island in a month.”


The Dying Forests of India’s Northeast…

“… on 7 February, when the people of Guwahati found all the trees in the area had been mercilessly chopped down by the public works department (PWD), they were gutted. The trees had been killed to pave the way for construction of a 580-metre two-way flyover.”


Farmers and authorities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have started storing water, building dams and planting seeds early to avoid drought and salinity.

“Living near Kenh Lap, Mekong Delta’s largest manmade reservoir in Ben Tre Province, Le Van Hao said he had witnessed how the reservoir, which has a capacity of nearly one million cubic meters, ran dry in April 2020.”


Another Perth weather record tumbled on Thursday, with the city sweating through the most summer days over 35C / 95F.

“The mercury reached 35.4C in Perth at 3.10pm — which makes Thursday the 32nd time Perth has topped 35C this summer, breaking a 44-year record.”


An emergency alert has been issued for a Queensland region as heavy rain continues to create dangerous conditions in the state’s south east.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency issued an alert for the Cedar Pocket Dam catchment area in Gympie on Friday afternoon.”


Lots of rain. Sticky, hot nights. And record-breaking humidity [Victoria, Australia].

“As the summer of 2021-22 draws to a close, it ends a season in which a “classic” La Nina atmospheric pattern meant more rain and cloud, particularly in December, and temporarily masked the warming trend of climate change.”


Antarctic ice cores suggest Australia’s drought risk is worse than we thought.

“Associate Professor Anthony Kiem is a hydroclimatologist at the University of Newcastle and co-authored the paper with Dr Vance. He said the research represented a profound shift in how we understand climate risk in eastern Australia. “It basically resets our understanding of what ‘normal’ is,” he said.”


Earth’s coldest forests are shifting northward with climate change.

“New research from Northern Arizona University shows rising temperatures are causing Earth’s coldest forests to shift northward, raising concerns about biodiversity, an increased risk of wildfires and mounting impacts of climate change on northern communities.”


World must brace for more extreme wildfires: UN.

“The number of major wildfires worldwide will rise sharply in coming decades due to global warming, and governments are ill-prepared for the death and destruction such mega-blazes trail in their wake, the UN warned Wednesday.”


Climate change drives rise in extreme lake water temperatures.

“The world’s largest lakes are hit by severe lake heat waves—when water temperatures soar far above normal—six times as frequently as they were about two decades ago, according to a new study.”


Methane Emissions from Energy Production Are Massively Undercounted.

“Governments across the world are massively undercounting the amount of methane that energy production is releasing into the environment, according to a report this morning from the International Energy Agency.”


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