Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.

15th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

‘Unprecedented hunger’ lies ahead as world heats up, warns World Food Programme…

“David Beasley, director of the WFP, said: “Large swathes of the globe, from Madagascar to Honduras to Bangladesh, are in the throes of a climate crisis that is now a daily reality for millions. The climate crisis is fuelling a food crisis.””


Price pinch: global economy caught in perfect storm.

“From beef bowls in Tokyo to fried chicken in London, consumers are beginning to feel the pinch from the surge in costs washing over the global economy… Higher energy prices are also adding to inflationary pressures that, along with power outages.”


The U.S. Economy May Be Facing Another Recession, New Research Suggests…

““It seems to us that there is every likelihood that the United States entered recession at the end of 2021,” the authors write in a new research paper. “The most compelling evidence is from the Conference Board expectations data for the eight biggest states.””


‘I have never felt so hopeless’: millions in US fear utility shutoffs as debts rise…

“The gas in Diana Morgan Magda’s house was shut off in May. Now when she wants to take a bath she uses an electric kettle to heat the water. It takes an hour.”


Winter-Fuel Worries Accelerate U.S. Natural Gas Price Increase… U.S. natural gas futures climbed after winter stockpiles of the furnace and power-plant fuel expanded less than expected, heightening concerns about adequate supplies going into the peak-demand season.”


Energy crisis: UK could run out of gas during especially cold winter ahead, industry boss warns.

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemicals firm Ineos, said a prolonged winter ahead could mean demand for gas outweighs supply, leading to widespread shutdowns.”


The dramatic exit from the U.K. gas market of a middleman that supplies the fuel to utilities is already reverberating through the industry. Xcel Power Ltd., a small retailer to businesses, warned Thursday it’s likely to fold after the company it buys gas from — CNG Group Ltd. — said it would stop supplying the fuel. It’s the latest escalation in a crisis rocking the industry…”


U.K. Disposable Incomes Seen Dropping By the Most Since 2011.

“U.K. disposable incomes are set for their biggest drop in a decade next year as rising inflation, tax hikes and tighter monetary and fiscal policy put the squeeze on consumers, according to Credit Suisse.”


Global shortages cloud outlook for powerhouse Germany.

“…shortfalls in materials and logistic logjams have taken the wind out of Germany’s sails. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund downgraded its own global economic forecasts, pointing the finger at supply chain disruptions.”


Italy braced for unrest as Covid pass becomes mandatory for all workers…

“All workers will be obliged to present a coronavirus health pass before entering their workplaces, a move that is expected to leave some industries struggling with staff shortages.”


Global Energy Crisis Hits Singapore as Power Provider Goes Bust.

“A record-breaking spike in electricity prices is short-circuiting Singapore’s efforts to liberalize its power sector, in the latest sign that the global crisis is delivering a blow to both energy suppliers and their customers.”


Energy Crisis Increasingly Includes Oil

“The energy crisis keeps getting worse. Shortages of natural gas in Europe and Asia are boosting demand for oil, deepening what was already a sizable supply deficit in crude markets, according to the International Energy Agency.”


Metals Head for Record, Zinc Spikes as Energy Crisis Hits Supply.

“Base metals soared, led by zinc’s surge to its highest price since 2007 after European smelters became the latest casualties in a global energy crisis that’s knocking supply offline and heaping pressure on manufacturers.”


China’s record factory inflation poses another threat to supply chains.

“The cost of goods leaving China’s factories is surging by the highest rate on record, stoking fears about stagflation in the world’s second largest economy at a time when it is already grappling with an extreme power crunch and deepening debt woes.”


China’s economy is being hit from all sides — a property slump, energy crisis, weak consumer sentiment and soaring raw material costs — and government data Monday will show just how bad things are looking.

“Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict a slowdown in gross domestic product growth to 5% in the third quarter from 7.9% in the previous three months…”


Evergrande crisis leaves Chinese developers shut out of global debt markets.

“International bond sales by Chinese developers have all but halted as the crisis at China Evergrande stokes fears of defaults across the country’s property sector, throttling a crucial driver of Asia’s high-yield debt market.”


China Developers Account for About Half of World’s Troubled Debt…

“Of the $139 billion of U.S. dollar-denominated bonds trading at distressed prices, 46% were issued by companies in China’s real estate sector, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on Oct. 12…”


Tens of thousands of Georgians have rallied in the capital Tbilisi to demand the release of jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili.

“Chanting Saakashvili’s nickname “Misha!” and waving national flags, demonstrators filled the city’s Freedom Square and main thoroughfare Rustaveli Avenue on Thursday…”


Six dead as Beirut gripped by worst street violence in 13 years.

“At least six people have died in Beirut’s worst street violence in 13 years, as hundreds of armed militia men took to the streets and much of the city was forced into lockdown by heavy fighting.”


Tunisia’s new government faces hard road to rescue package.

“Tunisia’s new government said this week that balancing public finances will be a priority, but it and President Kais Saied face a hard road to convince markets and foreign donors they are ready to hash out a rescue package.”


Yemen’s humanitarian crisis growing as economy collapses: UN.

“Aid agencies are now helping nearly 13 million people across the country, already 3 million more than just a few months ago, the UN says.”


Terrorists, Cocaine, And Power: A War Within Venezuela…

“President Maduro’s authoritarian regime, under rising pressure from the near-collapse of Venezuela’s oil industry, an economic crisis, and strict U.S. sanctions, has increasingly turned to illicit enterprises as a means of generating urgently-needed income.”


The definitive guide to the supply chain crisis…

“Today, as economies across the world reboot, the system is seizing up. Workers are in short supply, energy markets in chaos, prices are surging and all those goods sit in shipping containers, stacked in their thousands at ports from the Tyne to Tokyo.”


Bitcoin could trigger financial meltdown, warns Bank of England deputy…

“Likening the growth of cryptocurrencies to the spiralling value of US sub-prime mortgages before the 2008 financial crash, the deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe said there was danger financial markets could be rocked in a few years by an event of similar magnitude.”


Regulators must act to protect financial system from climate risk: report.

“Federal regulators must act quickly to require banks to insulate themselves and their customers against the potentially ruinous financial effects of both climate change and the energy transition, a new report by Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform found.”


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14th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A new study out of Columbia University determined that summer sea ice in ‘the Last Ice Area’ now covers half the space it did 40 years ago. [Their projections seem crazily optimistic to me but then it’s par for the course for climate scientists to be constantly startled by events unfolding faster than anticipated.]

“The 1,200-mile region north of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic archipelago has historically been covered in ice year-round, but rising temperatures fueled by climate change are causing even this remote region to melt during the summer.”


Rural Alaska has a bridge problem as permafrost thaws and crossing river ice gets riskier with climate change…

“In Alaska, bridges face a unique and growing set of problems as the planet warms. Permafrost, the frozen ground beneath large parts of the state, is thawing with the changing climate, and that’s shifting the soil and everything on it.”


Trans-Alaska Pipeline faces increasing threats from floods. Is there a long-term solution?

“…The 4-foot-diameter pipe carries an average of 20 million gallons of crude oil a day from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, and if floodwaters reached a buried section of pipeline at full strength, the force would buffet the pipe like waves slapping a sailboat on stormy seas.”


According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday’s average temperature of 43 degrees marked the coldest day Seattle has ever seen in the first two weeks of October

“This marks the latest in a series of extreme weather events in the Puget Sound region in 2021.”


More than 1,000 firefighters battle blaze spreading along California coast.

“A wildfire raging through southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down on Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.”


California has experienced its driest summer since 1895, highlighting the difficult summer the state faced with fighting wildfires.

“The Palmer Drought Severity Index said for the months of July, August and September the monthly average dryness was -6.8, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.”


Grim Task of Identifying Buried Remains Unearthed by Floods in Louisiana Could Take Years.

“Hurricane Ida continues to cause pain and destruction a month after hitting Louisiana, moving caskets and buried loved ones to be rediscovered and identified.”


Facing floods and fires, undocumented immigrants [in the US] have nowhere to turn for help…

“…the New York program is the first time a state or the federal government has invested in supporting undocumented immigrants after a disaster. This reality has left millions of people across the U.S. in a state of “hyper-marginalization…””


An active jet stream is slicing across the center of the country and bringing a wild clash of the seasons, with unseasonable warmth in the East and a frigid taste of winter in the West.

“Parts of the Rockies are being buried beneath feet of snow, while a renewed dose of summer spreads over the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and New England.”


“[And very unsettled weather down the middle:] Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Kansas as storms batter Midwest; one was ‘multi-vortex’…

“Multiple tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas late Tuesday into Wednesday after days of violent weather damaged homes and businesses and knocked out power to thousands of people.”


Temperatures are hovering around record levels in the Peruvian Amazon.

“On 11 October 4 departments (Ucayali, Madre de Dios, Loreto and San Martin) recorded temperatures of 38C+ [100.4F] with a max. of 39.5C in Santa Ana:this is just 0.2C from the Peruvian national October record set 1 year ago.”


Unusual autumn warning for Scottish water supplies as Southern England sees the summer rain.

“In these topsy turvy times, when little feels as it should, southern England has had a lot of rain this year and Scotland now has water supply concerns.”


Climate change in Ireland: More heatwaves, less snow and heavier rain…

“What was “likely” just a few years ago is now “virtually certain”, to the point where UN secretary general António Guterres called the latest AR6 report “A code red for humanity”.”


Alpine glaciers are melting faster and faster…

“Glaciers are losing mass faster and faster due to climate change… 20 years of measurements show accelerated retreat – even after wet and cooler summer.”


Severe Storm “Ballos” to Hit Greece With Heavy Rain, Lightning.

Less than a week after the storm called Athena hit Greece, a new weather front code-named Ballos, is expected to worsen weather conditions on Wednesday night. The storm will produce heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning and sharp drops in temperature across the country.”


Uganda: Floods and Landslides…

“There is an urgent need to provide household kits and shelter items to the affected communities to support with immediate household needs. Water facilities have been destroyed which has possessed a risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.”


Another record in Botswana: Tubu at 1100m asl recorded 43.5C [110.3F] which ties the national monthly record of highest temperature, which was set at the same place just…last year.

“Intense heat will move east next days towards Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.”


Return To Coal: Kyrgyzstan Goes Back To Dirty Fuel As Drought Causes Hydroelectric Shortage.

“Kyrgyzstan is forcing homes and businesses to go back to using coal as a severe drought has reduced output at the country’s lone hydroelectric plant, which usually produces 40 percent of the country’s electricity.”


Extreme heat Wave between NE India (Cherrapunji recorded its first 30C+ / 86F in October), Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Dozens of monthly records are falling.

“Yesterday 37.2C at Sylhet is only 0.2C from the national October record of Bangladesh. Dew points reached deadly 30C+.”


Lightning strikes killed 2,800 in 11 years in Bangladesh.

“Lightning strikes have killed no fewer than 2,800 people in the last 11 years in Bangladesh, according to government data… There is a correlation between thunderbolts and temperature, according to a study published in 2017.”


Heavy rains damage thousands of historical sites in Shanxi, northern China.

“A total of 89 sites were ‘critically damaged’, meaning they had major structural issues; while 750 sites were ‘relatively seriously damaged’. Many of the sites date back hundreds or even thousands of years…”


Typhoon Kompasu roars past Hong Kong, leaving 1 dead and 20 injured.

“A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm. Schools, businesses and stock market shut…”


Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu has dumped tremendous amounts of rain over the northern Philippines and Taiwan.

“Although the center of the storm has been over the water, Baguio received 625.3mm [24.6 inches] in 24 hours. That’s 1.4 times the October monthly rainfall.”


Climate-fuelled drought forces Taiwan tea farmer in search of water…

A once-in-a-century drought last year followed by torrential rain this year have decimated Chien Shun-yih’s crop and left Taiwan’s tea farmers scrambling to adapt to the extreme weather changes.”


Japan Extreme Heat Wave: 174 monthly records of highest temperature fell in Japan in the past 11 days.

“The unprecedented and long heat wave is also seeing widespread tropical nights and high humidity.”


La Niña weather event now even more likely to deliver a wet and windy summer across Australia, Bom says…

“Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said in a blog post the La Niña would also typically produce more tropical cyclones during the Australian cyclone season from November to April.”


Nations nowhere close to halting ‘catastrophic’ climate change…

“Will Steffen, a climate expert at the Australian National University, said the IEA report makes it clear that the current goal of “net zero emissions” by 2050 – as many countries are committing to – is simply too little, too late.”


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Storm leaves 9 dead in landslides, floods in Philippines.

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


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


UN deforestation scheme under scrutiny after Indonesia debacle.

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


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

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


Intense heat in Texas and Northern Mexico:

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


As US western wildfires ravage property, protection services boom…

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


Decline in hydropower strains power grids amid drought.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Yemen’s water crisis worsening.

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


Iran wheat imports soar due to drought.

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


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

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


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

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


Three dead as heavy rain lash Kerala.

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


Will low winds strike another heavy blow to energy prices?

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Pasta shortages after dire wheat harvest attributed to climate change.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


California fires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias.

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


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

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


Extreme drought in Brazil triggers fatal sand storms.

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


Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon rises in September.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Heavy rain hits China corn harvest, raises quality concerns.

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


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

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


Bay of Bengal readies for another storm…

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


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

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


One dead as rain, floods hit south Yemen city.

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


Kenya… Heavy Rains Spell Doom for Maize Output…

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


Namibia Under Pressure From Angolan Migrants Fleeing Drought.

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


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

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


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

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


EU increases aid for fruit and vegetable sector.

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


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


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

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


Galapagos of Russia threatened by chemical waste…

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


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

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


Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

“Winds reached 130km/h.



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Water rescues underway in Birmingham as flash flooding hits Alabama…

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


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

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


Paraguay River level reaches lowest mark in history.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Kenya: Drought to Get Worse As Reduced Rains Predicted.

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


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

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


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

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


Brisbane records hottest October day since 2004…

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


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

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


Global energy crisis comes to drought-stricken South America.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Marine heatwaves could severely affect the fishing industry.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


A growing list of endangered species creates hard choices…

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


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

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


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