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

At least six people have been killed after torrential rains caused havoc in the Dominican Republic… In some parts of Santo Domingo, 232mm (9.1in) of rain fell in a matter of hours, twice the estimate for the month, Weather Bureau Director Gloria Ceballos said.

“Meteorologists said that while they had been aware of heavy rains approaching, they had been surprised by the strength of the sudden downpour.”


A rare late-season hurricane is expected to hit Florida, after the Sunshine state dealt with the impact of Hurricane Ian a month ago.

“Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall in eastern Florida this week. As the storm continues to strengthen, it is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Thursday morning…”


Warm, dry October intensifies U.S. drought…

“The average October temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 55.3 degrees F, 1.2 degrees above the 20th-century average, ranking in the warmest third in the climate record. Several states had a top-10 warm October. Looking at the western U.S., Washington saw its warmest October on record, Oregon its second warmest…”


Nebraska on pace for second-worst wildfire year ever; 2023 outlook is dim…

“It’s weird. We’re not in a normal pattern. And it doesn’t seem like we’re going to break that pattern any time soon,” said Matt Holte, fire program leader for the Nebraska Forest Service. So far this year, about 200,000 acres of grasslands, cropland and forests have burned in the state…”


It’s still record heat on the Gulf. Yesterday New Orleans had its hottest November day on records with 90F, while today record for Slidell with 90F and Baton Rouge 89F (tied).

“In Mississippi 90F at Columbia, record tied. In Alabama 91F at Andalusia and record tied at Troy with 89F.”


November feels like September as warm weather shatters records in East.

“The eastern United States is in the final throes of an extended and exceptional bout of warmth that has resulted in dozens of records from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border since late last week.”


Since setting the record for the warmest November day in Montreal’s history on November 5, above-average temperatures are expected to continue throughout this week.

“This past Saturday, temperatures topped out at 24.3ºC, making it Montreal’s warmest November day ever recorded.”


Western Arctic Caribou Herd decline continues, bringing population to a third of peak size…

“The Western Arctic Caribou Herd is, in most years, the largest of Alaska’s 32 herds. Its range covers a nearly California-sized swath across Northwest Alaska that stretches from the North Slope in the summer to the eastern Seward Peninsula in the winter.”


World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns…

““There’s nothing we can do about that now. We’ve just screwed up and let the system warm too much already,” said Julie Brigham-Grette, a scientist at University of Massachusetts Amherst and report co-author, about the sea ice.”


Scotland set for its hottest November night-time… Scotland is on course for its hottest November night in history, eclipsing records going back a hundred years.

“Tomorrow night could see Glasgow and Dyce in Aberdeenshire exceed the 14.5C (58F) overnight record set 15 years ago at Dyce on November 1, 2007.”


Heatwaves across Europe have killed at least 15,000 people so far this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, including more than 3,200 in the UK.

“Spain and Germany have been the worst-affected countries… The three months from June-August were the hottest in Europe since records began.


Europe had its “warmest October on record” this year, the European Union’s earth observation programme said.

“Temperatures were nearly 2°C above the average observed over the 1991-2020 period with Austria, Switzerland and France [and Spain and N. Italy] experiencing a record-warm October, Copernicus added.”


Drought drops France’s maize output…

“Excluding crop grown for seeds, grain maize output is now seen at 29% lower than last year’s bumper crop and 21% below the average of the past five years, the ministry said. The new forecast was based on a projected yield of 7.89 tonnes per hectare, down from 8.18 tonnes per hectare estimated last month…”


Their lagoons languishing, precious Spanish wetlands go dry.

“Flamingos, herons and fish once filled a freshwater lagoon in southern Spain. Today, it’s a fetid brown splotch. The whisper of wind in the grass is a sad substitute for the cacophony of migratory birds.”


Drought devastates Spain’s olive harvest.

“An extremely hot and dry summer in Spain that has shrunk reservoirs and sparked forest fires is now threatening the heartiest of its staple crops: the rows of olive trees that line huge swathes of the European country.”


Africa’s heritage sites in peril as planet heats up…

“As rich nations scramble to protect their cultural landmarks from extreme weather and rising seas, African countries face additional hurdles such as funding shortages and a dearth of archaeological expertise, said conservationists and researchers.”


Torrential floods in West Africa hurt food security.

The floods have destroyed harvest for this season, while nearly 1 million hectares of farmland across the region remain under water, with soil nutrients being washed away and setting the scene for an even worse crop production next season.


Armed conflict and climate change: how these two threats play out in Africa…

“Research shows that adverse climate conditions may lead to more support for violence. These conditions can also contribute to escalating or prolonging conflict. This is particularly the case in places marked by climate-sensitive economic activities, political marginalisation and a history of violence.”


Egypt faces an acute water crisis, but it’s building a ‘Green River’ in the desert.

“On the easternmost outskirts of Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a giant belt of lakes and parks deep in the desert. Creators call it the “Green River”…Just how the government plans to source the vast amounts of water for the project is unclear.


Iran, Turkey hold three days of water talks in border regions…

“The talks come amid Iran’s efforts to convince Turkey of releasing more river water to help the country cope with water shortages in its west and northwest. Statements from Iranian officials in recent years have indicated that Turkey’s construction of major dams have restricted the flow of water into Iran’s farming sector.”


Water scarcity Iraq’s main climate challenge: President Rashid.

“Water scarcity is the most prominent climate challenge facing Iraq at the moment, said the country’s President Abdul Latif Rashid on Monday, adding that Baghdad hopes for greater cooperation with neighboring countries Turkey and Iran to resolve that issue.”


Endless heat in Qatar. With 38C [100.4F] Sudanthile tied the Qatari hottest day in November.

“The heat will go on with even higher temperatures expected in the next days. Still unfit to play soccer without health risk. Even nights will be scorching hot specially along the coastal areas.”


COP27: ‘We’d never seen this much water’ – Pakistan flood survivors.

“Months on from devastating floods in Pakistan, millions of people remain homeless, roads are destroyed and tens of thousands of schools and hospitals lie in ruins. At the COP27 summit, the country’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called on Western nations to offer compensation to poorer, vulnerable countries like his…”


Kashmir’s farmers suffer floods and drought as glaciers melt…

“In Kashmir, where nearly 70% of the population directly or indirectly makes an income through farming, mountain communities rely on a pattern of seasonal snowmelt to irrigate their crops, making them especially vulnerable when a heating climate brings unexpected rainfall instead of snow and causes glaciers to melt too fast and too early.”


On November 8, the water level of the Yangtze River in Wuhan dropped to 12.59m…

This was the same as the lowest level last month and still at the lowest level in the same period in history.”


‘Smells like sewage’: blackwater from Victorian floods causes mass fish deaths…

“The fish and animals are dying en masse. It is a toxic, painful death. “The fish deaths in the Murray at Echuca are unusual. It does not appear to be a case of the ‘usual’ blackwater,” he said.”


Record-breaking marine heatwave lingers [Bay of Plenty, NZ]…

“In the longest continuous marine heatwave observed here, sea surface temperatures in the region have been running at around 1.6C above the long-term average. Instead of cooling over winter, water temperatures instead climbed to 2.4C above normal.


UN weather report: Climate woes bad and getting worse faster…

“”The latest State of the Global Climate report is a chronicle of climate chaos,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “We must answer the planet’s distress signal with action—ambitious, credible climate action.””


Global Methane Pledge targets ‘not being met’…

“The pledge, agreed by over 100 countries at COP26 last year, holds signatories to reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. However, Kayrros does not see any notable progress except in Australia, while emissions from Algeria’s Hassi R’Mel basin have increased significantly through 2022.”


Oil and gas greenhouse emissions ‘three times higher’ than producers claim…

“The “shocking” under-reporting of emissions is a big problem in trying to tackle the climate crisis, according to Al Gore, former vice-president of the US, a founding member of the Climate Trace coalition. “We can only manage what we can measure,” Gore told the Guardian…”


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

“…exceptional warm spell in Canada: Main cities Toronto [24.8C / 76.6F], Montreal [24.3C / 75.7F], Halifax and others had their warmest November day on records.

This will be followed by the warmest November nights; we can’t even exclude a tropical night somewhere in Canada. It’s November, folks!!


Hundreds of highest minimum temperature records smashed in NE USA and Canada in this historic warm spell with even tropical nights in some stations.

Provisional Tmins include: 66F [18.9F] at Boston; 67F at Albany; 62F at Bangor; 69F at Franklin.”


Millions of Americans are with AC in these hot November days (and nights).

After Florida and Maine, now it’s Alabama with 91F [32.8C] at Andalusia the “Cotton State” tied its hottest November day in history Fairhope 2 Nov 1971). Troy 89F is also a record tied.”


Two dead and dozens injured after twisters rip through three US states…

“Several twisters caused property damage and physical injury across the various states on Friday. Tornado warnings had still been in effect as of late Friday in parts of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.”


‘Frogmaggedon’ in Florida town after Hurricane Ian.

“Hundreds of thousands of frogs have descended upon a Florida neighborhood in Edgewater… More than a month after record rainfall from Hurricane Ian covered Central Florida, the report of frogs started to pour in on a local Edgewater Facebook page.”


Up to 1 million birds count on Kansas wetlands during migration. Drought has left them high and dry…

“The ongoing drought in Kansas isn’t only parching crops and drinking water supplies. It’s also hurting wildlife…”


California Drought: California native fish species decline as drought continues and climate change impacts increase…

“As the west has become developed and climate change is threatening an already limited water supply, native fish species are rapidly declining. Trout Unlimited, the nation’s largest cold water conservation organization, is doing everything they can to protect the water ways these species live in an increasingly dry climate.”


Wells are running dry in drought-weary Southwest as foreign-owned farms guzzle water to feed cattle overseas…

“Groundwater is the lifeblood of the rural Southwest, but just as the Colorado River Basin is in crisis, aquifers are rapidly depleting from decades of overuse, worsening drought and rampant agricultural growth.”


Heavy flooding wreaks havoc in the north of St Lucia…

“Loop News spoke with Dr Haden Alcindor, a resident of Grand Riviere, who described his frightening ordeal. “I can’t even explain what happened, it happened so fast. I was just told the river was going over the bank and when I looked, I realised the water was coming in the yard already.””


Bolivia’s Water People are Suffering After the Lake that Provided For them Dried Up.

“Bolivia’s “water people” now have no vital lifeline, which leaves their future uncertain. The Uru people relied on the lake and believed it would always be “a source of life,” but after it abruptly vanished, the community is now left trying to figure out how to live and adjust to their new situation.”


Cochabamba [Bolivia] endures critical fire season with more than 20 thousand affected.

“Cochabamba is still struggling to get out of the critical stage of fires. The department ranks fourth in the number of burned areas nationwide. From January to September of this year, the fire destroyed 20,547 hectares of vegetation…”


As planet heats, Brazil’s anteaters face rising extinction risk.

“… a fire holocaust …swept through Brazil’s vast southern Pantanal in 2020, killing an estimated 17 million animals and burning nearly a quarter of the drought-parched wetlands and grasslands region, which is about the size of New York state.”


The heat wave in Patagonia keeps breaking records.

“Yesterday the Argentine town of Gobernador Gregores rose to 32.2C [90F] its warmest November day on records. Some temperatures above 35C were recorded more North.”


Warning UK could ‘easily’ see catastrophic floods on scale of Germany’s deadly deluge.

“Devastating floods on a similar scale to those seen in Germany in 2021 are “absolutely conceivable” in the UK, experts have warned. Factors ranging from the summer’s drought conditions to erratic weather patterns caused by the climate crisis rachet up the risk, they claim.”


Melting permafrost threatens several Swiss villages…

“”For hundreds and thousands of years, we had this rocky glacier, but the ice was very cold, so little material could come off, whereas today it is melting,” says Guillaume Favre-Bulle, head of the section of geological hazards and subsoil resources of the canton of Valais.”


The Ossoue glacier, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées, has melted at an alarming rate this year. In total, it has lost 4.54 meters in thickness, twice as much as usual, and may soon disappear.

“An alarming observation. The Moraine association, which has been measuring the evolution of the Ossoue glacier for more than twenty years, has found that it has lost much more thickness than usual.”


In Spain there are still summer like max. temperatures in some areas. Today 6 November 29.4C [84.9F] at Xativa the highest.

In France also very mild with a new monthly record at Vauxrenard (740m) with 21.6C. Temperatures near 30C can still happen next week in Spain.”


As climate change worsens, Egypt is begging families to have fewer kids.

“In public speeches, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has repeatedly scolded families for having more than two children, calling the population crisis a national security issue that has hindered progress on development goals. The state’s longtime anxiety over its birthrate is shared by many other countries in Africa…”


Floods to Displace 700m in Nigeria, Benin, Chad by 2030, Experts Reveal.

“Experts in environmental rights have revealed that climate-induced floods in Nigeria, Chad, Benin-republic, Cameroon, South Africa and others will continue and is likely to displace half of Africa’s 1.4 billion population by the year 2030.”


Dry season is starting in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The dry wind Harmattan can blow towards the Gulf of Guinea lowering the humidity.

On 3 November the Ivorian town of Bondoukou, near the border with Ghana, rose to 38.0C [100.4F]. This is the highest November temperature recorded in the country [Ivory Coast].”


Hundreds of elephants, wildebeests and zebras dead in Kenya amid prolonged drought.

““The Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers, Community Scouts, and Research Teams counted the deaths of 205 elephants, 512 wildebeests, 381 common zebras, 51 buffalos, 49 Grevy’s zebras, and 12 giraffes in the past nine months,” a report released Friday by the country’s Ministry of Tourism said.”


Zimbabwe dam water levels declining despite current rainfall – ministry…

“In its latest water security report, the ministry said erratic rainfall patterns across the country had not improved the water levels. “The national dam storage levels continue to decline despite the rainfall activities in some parts of the country during the week.”


A confidential report that flags harmful levels of toxic mining effluent in Lesotho’s key rivers has raised uncomfortable questions in the government…

“The agency says mine pollution of critical water sources continues unabated despite the mines’ repeated promises to mitigate contamination. South Africa has also repeatedly complained about mining-based pollution.”


Harsh heat wave in India. Temperature rose to 39.6C today at Kandla Aero which is a new November record and it’s just 0.1C from the Indian highest reliable temperature in November.

“Monthly record tied at Rajkot with 38.4C.(equalling 3 Nov 2001). 40C might be reached next days.”


Shizuoka’s wasabi farmers still reeling from September typhoon…

““Who knows how many years it will take before everything can be back to normal,” said Yamazaki, one the many farmers whose livelihood has been threatened by the record torrential rain from Typhoon No. 15 that battered the central and western parts of Shizuoka Prefecture in September.”


In regional Victoria [Australia], summer tourism hopes washed away with the floods.

“This summer was supposed to mark a return to busy holiday trade… But Victoria’s devastating floods have upended those hopes for many tourism operators across the state, while concerns rise that the disastrous water damage to the state’s road network will reach $1 billion.”


With the melt season now underway, current levels of Antarctic sea ice extent is the lowest on record for the date…


“+ More graphs of conditions: https://zacklabe.com/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/.”


Equipment that’s designed to cut methane emission is failing…

“…in this case, the flame had gone out, so methane was pouring from the pipe. The flare’s mechanisms are supposed to alert the operator if it stopped working. That didn’t happen in this case, according to a report by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.”


Climate crisis: past eight years were the eight hottest ever, says UN.

“The past eight years were the eight hottest ever recorded, a new UN report has found, indicating the world is now deep into the climate crisis. The internationally agreed 1.5C limit for global heating is now “barely within reach”, it said.”


The former BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin has spent his career talking to scientists. Now they’re telling him they’re scared of what they’re seeing…

It is the suddenness and ferocity of recent events that is alarming researchers, combined with the ill-defined threat of tipping points, by which aspects of heating would become unstoppable.


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

A Warming Siberia, Wracked by Wildfires, Nears a Crucial Threshold.

“Nearly 23 million acres burned from 1982 to 2020. But almost half of that occurred in 2019 and 2020, and the region may be near a threshold beyond which extreme fires become more common.

““Global warming is changing the fire regime above the Arctic Circle in Siberia,” said David L.A. Gaveau, one of the researchers. His company, TheTreeMap, monitors deforestation around the world.

“In the Arctic, wildfires can result in the burning of decayed organic matter in peat and thawed permafrost. That releases carbon dioxide, adding to warming and making the goal of reining in climate change more difficult.”


All of the glaciers in Yosemite National Park, Italy’s Dolomite mountains, the continent of Africa, and thousands of other individual ice giants are set to disappear over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the United Nations.

“And, at this point in climate change, the UN says that we’re powerless to stop that loss.”


Livestock killed and farm damaged as ‘tornado like’ winds hit Wexford [Ireland]…

“Wexford farmer Willie John Kehoe told Agriland that the storm yesterday (Wednesday, November 2) had a “devastating” impact on one farm in the area. He said livestock have been killed and a number may have to be “euthanised” after what is being described as a “tornado like” weather event in parts of Co. Wexford.”


Brassicas and butterflies: Mild autumn confuses crops and wildlife [UK].

“Farmers are reporting a boom in British-grown greens while wildlife and trees are showing ‘spring-like’ behaviour and disruption to their natural cycle… The Woodland Trust has warned the mild weather has led to confusion in wildlife’s seasonal habits, with butterflies delaying hibernation and ‘spring-like’ activity among amphibians and trees.”


Cold snap in Czechia expected after record-warm October temperatures.

“A cold snap is expected in Czechia this weekend following an unprecedented warm October, ČTK reports. The daily highs will not exceed 13 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ). This is in stark contrast with the most-recent weekend, where daily highs were over 25 degrees Celsius in several Czech regions.”


Balkans again! On 2nd November North Macedonia recorded its hottest November day on record with 29.9C [85.8F] at Gevgelija.

“30C in Bulgaria, 28.8C in Serbia (0.3C from national record); -6 monthly records broken in France; -Palma Port, Mallorca Island, Spain 27.6C Nov. record tied.”


Europe temperatures have increased more than twice the global average, report says: “A live picture of a warming world”.

“The continent is now experiencing the worst warming out of any other on the planet, new data …temperatures in Europe have increased more than double the global average over the past 30 years. From 1991 to 2021, the continent saw an average increase of about 0.5 degree Celsius every decade.”


Parched underwater: Extreme heat ravages Mediterranean corals.

“Record summer temperatures around the Mediterranean have transformed the once vibrant red and purple coral forests into bleached and brittle marine landscapes, crippling the crucial havens for biodiversity, scientists have revealed.”


Morocco’s water shortages getting worse.

“The level of dams’ reserves, until November 1, amounts to about 4.03 billion m3, i.e. a filling rate of 25%, against 35% recorded during the same period of last year, said Wednesday Minister of Equipment and Water Nizar Baraka.”


Floods wash away salt and tourism at Senegal’s ‘Pink Lake’…

“At the height of the rainy season in August, water cascaded into the lake, nearly tripling its usual depth to about 6 metres (20 feet), according to Ndiour and environmental activist Ibrahima Khalil Mbaye. The influx washed away some 7,000 tonnes of salt that had been harvested…”


Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds, which have been pounding the Midlands province [Zimbabwe] in recent days, have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

“Two schools in Zhombe were ripped apart while pupils and teachers had to scurry for cover under furniture as the hailstorms wreaked havoc.”


Climate Crisis Creates ‘Perfect Storm’ for New Outbreaks in Horn of Africa…

“About 47 million people on the greater peninsula — which spans seven countries from Uganda to Djibouti — already face acute hunger, and health risks are rising as some areas enter a fifth dry season while others grapple with flooding and conflict… Disease outbreaks already include the Marburg virus, cholera and wild polio…”


Middle East extremely vulnerable; heating twice as fast as rest of the world [global average, I’m assuming]…

“The “Living on the Edge” report, which was released just days before the UN climate conference in Egypt, concentrated on Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.”


Drought and floods wipe out farms in Asia’s chilli capital…

“Floods that wreaked havoc across Pakistan in August and September, on the back of several years of high temperatures, have left chilli farmers struggling to cope. In a country heavily dependent on agriculture, the more extreme climate conditions are hitting rural economies hard…”


Ladakh’s cashmere goats and herders could be lost to climate change…

“Shifting weather patterns have already altered people’s lives through floods, landslides and droughts in Ladakh, an inhospitable yet pristine landscape of high mountain passes and vast river valleys that in the past was an important part of the Silk Road trade route.”


Southern China at risk of winter drought, drop in hydropower…

“…southern China could see drought or even severe drought,” Shen Yanbo, chief scientist at public service centre of China Meteorological Administration, told a seminar hosted by state-backed Chongqing Gas Exchange.”


‘A nervous wait’: parts of regional NSW brace for worst flooding in 70 years.

“Central west NSW is facing its worst flooding in 70 years, with 22 emergency warnings issued across the state on Friday, including for Wagga Wagga, Gunnedah and Moama. More than 1000 residents in Forbes have been told to leave for higher ground…”


Waterlogged Australian wheat crop faces extensive quality downgrades.

“Flooding and excessive rains across key parts of Australia’s wheat growing areas have resulted in extensive damage to what was expected to be a record bin-busting high-quality crop just a few weeks ago, exacerbating concerns over world food supplies.”


Record tumbles as temperatures plummet across parts of south-east Queensland overnight, BOM says.

“A November weather record has been broken on the Darling Downs after a cold snap saw temperatures tumble across south-east Queensland overnight. Toowoomba dropped to just 5.6 degrees Celsius [40.3F] – its coldest November night in the 27 years the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has on record.”


South America more extreme than ever; the coldest ever seen in November in the tropics.

Paraguay set a new November national record low with 2.8C [37F] at Pozo Hondo. Asuncion 8.0C also new record. In the Amazons, 13C at Cobija Bolivia 11S, 17C at Iquitos in Peru near the equator.”


Historic contrasts in South America: Today Paraguay beat its monthly cold record again with 2.0C [35.6F] at Pozo Hondo. Record at Santa Maria in Brazil with 5.1C.

In Central Chile 38.0C [104F] at Santa Rita, in Patagonia 30.0C at Bariloche, and today the November heat record of Esquel might fall.


A forest fire in central Chile’s Maule region has razed at least 3,600 hectares, damaged several homes and has yet to be brought under control, authorities said Thursday.

“The fire, which has been burning since Monday in the communes of Molina and Rio Claro, some 200 km south of the capital Santiago, presents a threat to nearby homes, said the country’s National Forestry Corporation in a statement.”


‘We can’t just pack up our bags and leave’: A Native American tribe in New Mexico is turning to the old ways to fight off wildfires, flooding and megadrought…

“With unsettling speed, climate change has taken a toll on the the pueblo’s 89 square miles (230 square kilometers) that climb from the gently rolling Rio Grande Valley to Santa Clara Canyon…”


“It ripples through the entire economy”: Climate change costs cotton farmers billions.

“Many tractors and other farm equipment are sitting idle across Texas as the cotton harvest season gets underway. Climate change is threatening the $7 billion industry. “Never has it ever been this bad,” said Ricky Yantis, a fourth-generation farmer in west Texas.”


Tensions rise over drought-stricken Colorado River water use.

“As the Interior Department continues to delay implementing a program to reduce water consumption from the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin, tensions are thickening between the seven states with stakes in the watershed. Now, lawmakers in Congress are fanning the flames…”


As Drought Drops Water Level in the Mississippi, Shipwrecks Surface and Worries Rise

“The river has long commanded a sober respect, if not fear… But lately it has provoked a different sort of apprehension, as the consequences of the drought affecting much of the Midwest, High Plains and South reach far beyond the surreal landscape.”


[Snoqualmie] Waterfall [Washington] swells from trickle to rage after historic drought ends with multiple rainstorms.

“The Seattle area set its all-time record for the driest 120-day stretch of weather from mid-June to mid-October – just 0.54 inches. That was a third of what Death Valley received in one day. But then the proverbial switch was flipped in the atmosphere…”


A huge swath of Canada just saw its warmest October on record.

“If it’s another month, it’s another slate of warm-weather records falling across Canada. The numbers are in, and folks from British Columbia to Newfoundland just lived through their warmest October on record… the anomalies we saw across the country last month are… astonishing in their coverage and intensity.”


Warm weather breaks records in Manitoba.

T-shirt weather is not something Manitobans enjoy often in November. Wednesday saw temperatures soar to above 20 degrees [68F] in parts of the province, breaking decades-old weather records in some places.”


Another round of record-breaking warm weather for Montreal…

“On Saturday, we are expecting even warmer conditions on gusty southwest winds, with a high near 24C (76F)… The warm and dry conditions are just a continuation of the weather southwestern Quebec experienced in October. The average high in Montreal last month was 10.4C, well above the normal of 8.5C.”


Scientists Just Discovered a Huge River Hidden Under Antarctica…

“What the new study shows is in Antarctica, there’s enough melting happening at the base of the ice sheets for rivers to form. These channels of high-pressure, fresh water can in turn accelerate the ice melting process as the base of the glacier becomes less stable, at the point where it meets the sea.”


Carbon Emissions Could Make Crops Less Nutritious—And Lead To Protein Deficiency, Study Finds.

“Rising carbon dioxide levels will cause crops to become less nutritious by cutting plants’ nitrogen concentrations, according to a study published Wednesday in Trends in Plant Science, leading millions of people worldwide to face protein and mineral deficiencies as carbon emissions reach an all-time high.”


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

History is being rewritten today with the hottest November days on records for Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dozens of records were trounced.

“Doblice with 26.2C [79.1F] is the new Slovenian record. 4 stations were above the previous national record. More to come…”


Extraordinary hot day in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The old national record heat for November (27.6C Gradacac in 1996) was massacred with 29.1C [84.4F] at Banja Luka.

Most of the stations had their warmest November day on record.”


More November records in Europe. France had 21 records today; the most important were: Aigues Mortes (period of records since 1872), Aix en Provence and Valence (1st class stations).

In Austria four November records beaten the highest was 23.3C [73.9F] at Hohe Wand.”


October 2022 in Austria had a temperature anomaly of +3.3C above the 1991-2020 norm and was the warmest October on records.

It was particularly abnormal on the mountains (+4C). The Mt. Sonnblick (3100m) had an average >0C for the first time.”


October 2022 in Switzerland had an average temperature of 10.4C [50.72F] which is +3.7C above the 1991-2020 norm and was the warmest October on records.

“It exceeded by about 1C the previous warmest October and that average of 10.4C would match that of September (1991-2020). Exceptional.”


France had hottest October ever: national weather agency.

“With an average temperature close to or even just above 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit) – three to four degrees above normal levels – last month was far warmer than the previous record in October 2001, when temperatures averaged 16.3C. The second half of the month saw an exceptionally long and intense period of unseasonably high temperatures…”


For the first time in 140 years [of measurement-keeping], the village of Mouthe – officially recognised as France’s coldest – reported a frost-free October.

“A temperate autumn is additional proof of the reality of the climate crisis, weather experts say.”


‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record.

“October 2022 marks the warmest October month since records began in 1881, according to the latest data from the German Weather Service (DWD)… According to the DWD, the four warmest October months in the last 140 years all fall in this millennium (2001, 2006, 2014, and 2022).”


European Forest Fire report: Three of the worst fire seasons on record took place in the last six years.

“…last year’s fire season was the second worst in the EU territory in terms of burnt area (since records began in 2006), after 2017 when over 10,000 km² had burnt… The report does not yet cover this year’s fires, which have been even more destructive than the ones in 2021.”


First 10 months of 2022 make it UK’s warmest year on record so far, says Met Office…

“The latest statistics show that temperatures in the first ten months of 2022 make the year the warmest on record so far, the Met Office said. The mercury climbed to almost 23C in London as October came to an end, with persistently higher-than-usual temperatures across the southern half of the UK.”


As Edmonton [Alberta, Canada] welcomes in a new month, the region is closing the books on the warmest October it’s seen since records began…

The mean temperature for October 2022 was 9.6 C [49.3F], almost one full degree over October 2021… “To beat out a record by basically a full degree is a big deal,” weather specialist Phil Darlington said.”


Warmest October on record for 12 B.C. communities, weather data shows.

“October was a drier and warmer month than average in British Columbia, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, but a meteorologist says a wet winter is coming. Twelve B.C. communities had their warmest October on record, with the province experiencing temperatures roughly 3 C warmer than average.”


Portland [Oregon] just had the hottest October on record.

“Halloween may have been cold and rainy, but do you remember turning on the air conditioning in mid-October? “Portland set a record for October temperature,” said Andy Bryant hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.”


Across 247 different US cities, the average October night warmed by nearly 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 degrees Celsius) between 1970 and 2021, according to Climate Central.

“In some cities, that growth has been even more dramatic. In New York City, for example, the traditionally cool October evenings have warmed by about 3.8F (2.1C) in the past 50 years.”


Wildfires, drought, extreme heat and other effects of climate change are rapidly accelerating and compounding in California, according to a report from state scientists…

“Since the last update in 2018, weather extremes have intensified and become more erratic, officials said, and human health indicators such as heat-related illness, valley fever and wildfire smoke have gotten worse. Some of the changes are irreversible.”


The US megadrought won’t just end – it will change the land forever.

“Patterns of drought and deluge are common throughout history, but human-driven climate change is disrupting these cycles, making it more difficult to predict exactly how the current megadought in south-western North America will end.”


A historic cold event is ongoing in South America.

“This late spring cold spell brought snow falling in the Brazilian mountain of Morro da Igreja (1800m above sea level). This is the first documented event of snow falling in Brazil in November (previous latest was 19-20 October 1946).”


Harsh cold South America; November records broken in Argentina:

“Santa Rosa -4,2 [24.4F]; Tandil -4; Villa María -1,5; Roque Sáenz Peña 3; La Rioja 3,4; Sauce Viejo 3,9; Resistencia 4,4; Mercedes 4,5; Tucumán 4,8; Rafaela 5; Reconquista 5,8; P. de los Libres 6; B. de Irigoyen 4,5; Santiago del Estero 1,3.”


Argentina set to permit wheat export delays amid drought – sources.

“Argentina’s government is set to announce measures, potentially within days, to allow wheat exporters to delay agreed shipments after a major drought hammered the crop, raising concern about domestic supply… The move could heat up global prices further, after dry weather hit growers in the United States and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine snarled shipments.”


Spring snow blankets Australian ski resorts as Antarctic blast snap freezes south-east.

“Australian ski resorts have been transported back to winter after a cold snap left a fresh dump of snow across Victoria and New South Wales. The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a warning for the east coast as it braced for temperatures usually felt in winter.”


Record heat wave hits the Cape [York, Australia]…

At Weipa, the mercury hit 40 degrees [104F] on Saturday for the first time in recorded history, with gauges measuring 40.4 at both the airport and RAAF Scherger. It was hotter at Kowanyama on Thursday, with locals suffering through 40.8 degree weather.”


Fires blazing across Top End amid heatwave, lightning strikes…

“Across the Northern Territory, thousands of square kilometres of parched savanna and grazing land have been reduced to ashes as bushfires spread rapidly amid another heatwave and weeks of ongoing lightning strikes… Earlier this year, the station, 150 kilometres south-east of Katherine, experienced its driest wet season since rainfall recordings began in 1999.”


Japan’s tropical paradise has been hit by record rain due to moisture from Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae.

Ishigakijima had 435mm [17.1 inches] in 48 hours (~Tues afternoon), making it the November record. Many people are visiting the region as a national travel campaign is going on.”


In the east of Taiwan, there have been torrential rains for nearly three days, and the precipitation of Ximao Mountain in Yilan has reached 1523 mm [60 inches] in three days!


Singapore records wettest October in 40 years with rainy days expected to continue into November.

“”This is the highest number of rain days occurring in October at the Changi climate station since the 1980s and surpasses the previous record of 21 days observed in 1985 and 2003,” the met service said. The monthly total rainfall last month in October was 412mm [16.2 inches]…”


Storm Nalgae: Hong Kong issues No 8 typhoon warning signal, with November alert a 50-year first for city…

“Nalgae is the third No 8 typhoon in history to hit Hong Kong in November, after two such storms in 1954 and 1972. The last time a warning signal was issued in the month was on November 1, 2018, when Tropical Cyclone Yutu prompted a No 3 alert.”


China’s Ministries warn of drought, other natural disaster risks for November…

The drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River basin is expected to continue in November, after an unprecedented summer drought hit the southern part of the country, according to the MEM notice about a recent multi-agency meeting on the natural disaster risk situation for November.”


Increasing Aridification is Adding to Palestine’s Woes…

“Palestine’s location means that it is already susceptible to aridification, and the building of the controversial Gaza Wall, which led to the uprooting of thousands of trees, has meant that Palestine is increasingly suffering from erosion and aridification…”


Egypt’s farmers fear rising social tensions over scarce water.

“Egypt is facing worsening water shortages as climate change brings more extreme heat and drought – and now many Egyptian farmers and climate change experts fear the new [Ethiopian hydropower] dam upstream will only exacerbate the threat.”


Kenya’s largest tusked elephant is dead.

“Dida’s death comes almost a month after the death of another famous elephant… Monsoon, a female in her sixties and mother of seven calves, had survived poachers five times. The elephant was euthanized at the end of September, with the NGO Save the Elephant stating that the elephant’s poor health was due to her age, but that it had been “aggravated by the drought”.”


Tanzania deploys troops to fight Kilimanjaro wildfire…

“The fast-spreading wildfire, believed to be fueled by high winds and recurrent drought spells, has been raging for nearly two weeks. The fire erupted in the Karanga area — a stopover used by tourists and hikers, and efforts to contain it have since been underway, authorities said.”


Gas Plants Planned in Tanzania as Drought Hits Hydro Power.

“Hydro power generation has slumped in Tanzania as a prolonged drought reduced water levels in rivers and reservoirs, forcing the nation to increase its reliance on gas-fired electricity plants. Combined output from the East African nation’s four hydro power plants fell 86%…”


Waterlogged wheat, rotting oranges: five crops devastated by a year of extreme weather.

“From Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, to flooding in eastern Kentucky and a record dry summer as the western US entered its 22nd year of a once-in-a-millennium megadrought, the US has already seen more than two dozen major climate disasters with losses exceeding $1bn (£864m).”


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31st October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Growing concern over unseasonal warm spell in Europe.

“October morning temperatures topping 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in Spain may have brought cheer to the tourists, but they are provoking concern among environmentalists…

After a summer marked by repeated heatwaves across much of the continent, Europe is experiencing exceptional temperatures even as it heads into the start of autumn — a sign of accelerating climate change.


Sweden sees record heat for this late in the year… The record temperature of 19.5 degrees Celsius (67.1 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in the city of Kristianstad in the south of the country on Friday.

““This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Sweden this late in the year,” Erik Hojgard-Olsen, meteorologist at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) told AFP.”


“European Warm Spell: Another historic day in Germany with the temperature rising to 26.6C [79.9F] at Aue. 14 stations above 25C. Hottest October day on records in some stations, the most remarkable:

“22.8C Zinnwald-Georgenfeld 877m; 21.7C Fichtelberg (1213m above sea level) data since 1890!”


Besides Germany, today 30th October more record warmth for late October were set, like the latest 25C ever recorded in Switzerland and Poland and the latest 26C in Slovenia.

“The warmth is moving East and we can expect record heat between Croatia and Bosnia.”


Extraordinary tropical night in the Austrian Alps.

Kolomansberg at 1113m above sea level recorded a minimum temperature of 20.4C [68.7F] – the highest ever recorded in October in the whole Austria! And it’s happening on day 30th and above 1000m. Well above the July average. Mind blowing event.”


Another insane day in France with up to 33.3C [86.5F] at Lomnè, Monthly record at Lammenezan with astonishing 30.3C at 640m asl. 10 monthly records were broken. 13 stations above 30C.

In Belgium latest 25C ever (in Brussels), 24C in Netherlands.


In southern France, drought, rising seas threaten traditions…

““For the past five generations the Camarguaise lived with the belief that the balance of Camargue is and forever will be stable, but we are in a delta that is beginning to face climate change,” Tour du Valat’s Jalbert said. “This ecosystem, that we believed to be stable, is starting to show cracks.””


Dry As In July: High Temperatures Hit North Italy Again…

“According to Coldiretti, the largest association for Italian agriculture, currently the in the Po River the water is -2.3 meters above the hydrometric zero, with the drought returning to the levels of last summer, the lowest in the last 70 years.”


September 2022 in Tunisia had an average temperature of 28.6C [83.5F] which is +2.7C above the 1991-2020 normal and was the hottest September on record.

“Six monthly records fell during the month (2 of highest Tmax ,4 of highest Tmin).”


Nigeria’s floodwaters reveal a state unable to protect its people…

“Well over 100,000 hectares of farmland have been inundated. Crops have been destroyed. Fishermen have been unable to fish. Food shortages have ensued. The prices of basic commodities have spiked. Roads that were never solidly-constructed in the first place have collapsed, rendering many areas inaccessible or impossible to leave. Thousands are stranded on ‘islands’.”


KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal towns to face water crisis now too.

“Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai has laid the blame for Gauteng’s water shortage on load shedding and climate change as well as wasteful residential consumption. According to Rand Water, Johannesburg is one of the highest water consumers in the world…”


Somalia is on the brink of famine, with children dying of malnutrition and hundreds of thousands of families displaced.

“”I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Paul Healy from the Irish charity Trocaire, which runs several healthcare clinics in the southern Gedo region. Within weeks, the UN predicts a famine will be declared in parts of the country — a technical determination that critics say is abstract from day-to-day reality.”


Millions at risk of climate displacement in Middle East…

“Hussein Abu Saddam, head of the farmers’ syndicate in Egypt which is hosting the COP27 global climate summit in November, told AFP he is already witness to a climate-induced exodus from the countryside… “Young people from rural areas are migrating abroad or to big cities to work in industry,” he said.”


Iraq enduring worst drought since 1930.

“Iraq has long drilled the desert for oil, but now climate stress, drought and reduced river flows are forcing it to dig ever deeper for a more precious resource: water… Compounding the water stress, upstream dams, mainly in Turkey, have vastly reduced the flow of the Tigris and Euphrates, the once mighty rivers that gave birth to Mesopotamian civilisation.”


Recent floods [Pakistan] affected 33 million people; many lost their homes, jobs…

“… according an initial survey around 33 Million people have been affected by recent floods and the BISP has credit to disburse over Rs 66 billion among 26 lac calamity-hit families of the declared areas of country… Federal Minister urged upon world communities to come forward and help people of Pakistan who are suffering climate change damages/issues.”


Climate change, pandemic pushes India’s famed Darjeeling tea to the brink.

“We are headed towards large-scale shutdown of the entire industry,” Sparsh Agarwal, co-founder of Dorje Teas and a committee member of the Tea Research Association of India, told Arab News… “The harvest season is reducing in time period, and we get freak of nature incidents like hailstorms and heatwaves. This affects the yield as well as the quality of the produce.””


Climate change may push Assam’s state bird to extinction, study warns.

“Assam’s state bird, the white winged wood duck, locally called as Deo Hanh or divine bird could be pushed to extinction due to climate change impact and other worsening anthropogenic pressures in the Indian Eastern Himalayan (IEH) region, a study conducted by a team of researchers have warned.”


Philippines: Almost 100 now recorded as dead after storm produces deadly landslide that engulfed villages…

“Villagers in Kusiong in southern Maguindanao province mistakenly thought a tidal wave was coming and ran towards higher ground and were buried alive by the boulder-laden deluge, an official has said.”


Torrential rain alert issued for Taipei; Extreme torrential rains also forecasted for Yilan County…

“A northeast monsoon and the periphery of Tropical Storm Nalgae will bring localized torrential rains and extreme torrential rains to mountainous areas of Yilan County from this morning to this evening.”


Australian rainfall records tumble as NSW and Murray-Darling Basin record wettest October on record…

“This month was the wettest October on record for New South Wales and the Murray-Darling Basin, breaking the 1950 records… The drenching rain on already sodden soils is testing the landscape’s and people’s ability to cope with so much water.”


Murray crayfish in NSW ‘walk out of the river’ as flooding sucks oxygen from water…

“A rescue operation is under way to save the freshwater crayfish affected by poor water quality following significant flooding along the Murray River. Murray crayfish and other aquatic animals are in danger of suffocating as dissolved oxygen levels plummet in the southern Riverina region of New South Wales.”


Australia is still split between colder than average temperatures in the South and a very hot North.

Today more October records heat were beaten. Specially the Wallis Island (94 years of data) which had its highest Oct Tmin on records with 27.0C [80.6F] after tying it two days in a row.”


After a cold start , this October in New Zealand is ending with a warm spell.

A new record of highest minimum temperature for October was set at Whakatane Airport with 16.8C [62.2F].


Killer weather: outdoor workers are in the firing line of more extreme storms and floods [NZ]…

“Research shows weather conditions caused, or were a contributing factor, in almost one in five work-related fatalities, and Otago University senior lecturer in public health Dr Rebbecca​ Lilley says that is a wake-up call for businesses as climate change brings more extreme weather.”


Severe flooding caused by torrential rains hit a mountainous coastal region of Venezuela’s La Guaira state on Friday, leaving a town’s streets drowned in mud.

“The El Cojo river burst its banks in the town of Macuto causing devastating damage and leaving a huge clean-up operation.”


Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance reopens months after catastrophic flooding destroyed roads, bridges…

“Engineers and workers with state and federal groups came together and worked seven days a week to clear debris and rebuild roads, and the result is giving Yellowstone National Park a rebirth of sorts and helping the economy get back on track.”


One third of Sierra Nevada forest wiped out by drought and fires.

“… a team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, has found that, from 2011 to 2020, a combination of devastating wildfires, droughts, and drought-related bark beetle infestations killed a staggering 30 percent of forests in the Sierra Nevada mountain range between Lake Tahoe and Kern County.”


Earth from Space – Svalbard, Norway; Extremely high temperatures recorded this summer caused record melting across Svalbard – one of the fastest warming places on the planet.

“The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured this rare, cloud-free acquisition of the Norwegian archipelago in August 2022.”


This Archipelago [Svalbard] is the fastest-warming place on Earth.

“The stunning Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is located deep within the Arctic Circle and is home to the word’s most northerly permanent settlement, Longyearbyen. But this idyllic landscape is under threat. Recent scientific studies have shown that Svalbard is warming at a rate that’s six times faster than the global average, which is wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.”


Antarctica’s emperor penguins at risk of extinction due to the climate crisis…

“With global warming melting the sea ice the penguins depend on for their survival, the US Fish and Wildlife Service now categorizes the species as threatened. The federal agency lists “imperiled species as endangered or threatened regardless of their country of origin.””


Antarctic sea ice extent is currently near the lowest on record for the date…

“More graphs at https://zacklabe.com/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/ (Data from NSIDC).”


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

There is “no credible pathway” to keep the rise in global temperatures below the key threshold of 1.5C, according to a bleak new UN assessment.

“Scientists believe that going beyond 1.5C would see dangerous impacts for people all over the world. The report says that since COP26 last year, governments carbon cutting plans have been “woefully inadequate”.


Atmospheric levels of all three greenhouse gases hit record high.

“Atmospheric levels of all three greenhouse gases have reached record highs, according to a study by the World Meteorological Organization, which scientists say means the world is “heading in the wrong direction”.”


Report: Earth’s vital signs signal a ‘code red’ climate emergency.

“Five years ago, more than 15,000 experts signed the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice” regarding the imminent dangers posed by climate change. The latest update to that research, published in the journal BioScience, says the Earth’s vital signs have reached “code red.””


UK security in danger as govt fails to prepare for extreme weather sparked by climate change – report.

“The UK’s national security is in danger due to the government’s failure to prepare for the increasing risk of extreme weather events caused by climate change, a parliamentary report has found.”


Climate crisis fuelling unseasonably warm October in UK and Europe, say experts…

“The mild temperatures come amid dire concerns from the UN’s environment agency, which says countries’ pledges to cut carbon emissions have been “woefully inadequate”.”


Up to 27 degrees [80.6F] in Germany this weekend amid record-breaking mild October.

“The weather in Germany has been unseasonably mild for the last few days, and despite November being just around the corner, this weekend will see summer-like temperatures of up to 27 degrees celsius in some parts of the country – making this the warmest October we’ve seen in nearly 150 years.”


Battle of the Alps? Water woes loom amid climate change…

“The crystal-clear waters issuing from the Alps could become increasingly contested as the effects of climate change and glacier melt become more apparent. Italy wants them for crop irrigation in the spring and summer. Swiss authorities want to hold up flows to help hydroelectric plants rev up, when needed.”


This October set to be warmest on record in France.

“France is set to have the hottest October on record as forecasters are predicting a continuous spell of warm weather throughout the remainder of the week. This is likely to break records, and subsequently cause mosquitoes to remain present for some time.”


34C [93.2F] and it’s nearly November: Is this the hottest October on record in Spain?

“Spain’s State Meteorological Agency Aemet said in a Tweet: “it’s very unusual for the time and we are not ruling out that this October will be the warmest in Spain on record”.”


More abnormal weather in Europe. This night is warmer than a July night in the Basque region of Spain.

San Sebastian is with 28C [82.4F] in the middle of the night. Next 2 nights minimum temperatures in Bilbao might remain above 23C. This October anomaly in the area is being abysmal.”


Spain is once again ablaze with firemen fighting at least ten forest fires across the north of the country.

“According to authorities two new fires erupted on Friday, October 28 in the Basque Country, adding to the ten or so still active in Cantabria. Eight villages have been evacuated in Berango as a result of the fires in Vizcaya, whilst two in La Arboleda de Ortuella are said to be out of control.”


Massive hailstorm wreaks havoc in parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Residents took to social media to share pictures of huge hailstones on Tuesday. Resident Janine O’Neill said she has lived in the Midlands since 2008 and had never seen hail that big before… O’Neill shared pictures of the hailstones, some as big as an egg.”


‘Urgent’ support needed as floods displace millions in west and central Africa.

“Urgent support is needed as extreme flooding continues to devastate west and central Africa, the UN has said. For weeks, flooding has submerged parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, killing at least 700 and displacing more than 1,500,000.”


Flooding: Experts warn of epidemic as corpses float [Nigeria]…

“The President of the NMA, Dr Uche Ojinmah, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, lamented that corpses were floating in floods, adding that the government should swing into action to prevent an epidemic.”


Egypt: Heavy rain leaves Cairo streets flooded, hits many provinces.

“… streets were flooded and traffic was disrupted. When the densely populated capital is used to more than 200 days of sunshine a year… The number of weather, climate, and water-related disasters increased by a factor of five over the past 50 years, a recent multi-agency report revealed.”


Tanzania starts rationing water due to drought.

“Tanzanian authorities on Thursday began rationing water in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam following a drought-induced drop in water levels from its main source, the Ruvu river. The 5.5 million inhabitants of the Indian Ocean city will go without piped water for 24 hours on alternating days.”


Cholera rages through Middle East and Africa amid vaccine shortage…

““In the Middle East, more and more people suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition due to different factors linked to conflict, [economic] crisis, drought and water scarcity, making them more vulnerable in case of cholera epidemic,” said Oweis.”


On 26 October the heat was still fierce in Middle East: the temperature reached 40.2C [104.4F] at Abadan, in Iran. This is one of the latest 40C ever recorded in Iran/Middle East/Asia.

“In Asia, only Saudi Arabia and Pakistan had November records above 40C. (Yemen 40.0C).”


With changing weather patterns and rising extremities every season, a recent study has found that India saw a 55% increase in deaths due to extreme heat between 2000-2004 and 2017-2021…

“The Lancet study also noted that excessive heat also led to a loss of 167.2 billion potential labour hours among Indians in 2021.”


Bangladesh farmers turn to floating rafts to grow crops. As rising seas and storm flooding threaten more farmland, farmers in climate crisis-hit country revive old practice.

“The approach, now practised by some 6,000 subsistence farmers across the swampy southwest, may prove crucial as climate change sends sea levels higher and makes monsoons more erratic.”


Vietnamese shrimp, lobster farms report mass deaths amid extreme weather.

“Typhoons Sonca and Mulan hit farms in Vietnam’s coastal province of Phu Yen — a region with a production capacity of over 1,000t of lobster per year — hard.”


Death toll rises to at least 31 in flash flood in southern Philippines…

“Nasrullah Imam, head of the Maguindanao provincial disaster risk reduction and management office, said troops and police were deployed in place to help rescue and evacuate local residents. Local media reported that the heavy rain was related to the [approaching] tropical storm Nalgae…”


North Queensland residents have been shocked to find hailstones falling in Townsville as a heatwave grips the region.

“The Bureau of Meteorology says hailstorms are rare in places such as Townsville. This is because the hail forms higher in the atmosphere and has longer to melt as it falls… Forecaster Peter Clarson said the storm was “incredible”.”


Farmers in north-west NSW race against time as wall of flood water heads their way.

““In the worst flood-affected areas, we have seen production losses of winter crops, horticulture and dairy production. We expect there will be extensive damage to farm buildings, fencing and roads,” the spokesperson said.”


Record Rainfall and Soil Moisture Levels Take Toll on Community and Primary Sector [Hawkes Bay, New Zealand]…

““Awanui, a site on the Heretaunga Plains, has already racked up a rainfall total that exceeds all previous annual totals recorded at the site, with two and a half months of the year to go. Awanui rainfall this year to date is 766 mm compared with an average of 470 mm.”


Passengers on a flight to Paraguay have faced a terrifying journey after a storm caused massive damage to their plane.

“The LATAM A320 flight was on its way to the capital Asunción from Santiago in Chile when bad weather forced the pilots to perform a go around and divert to Foz de Iguacu Airport in Brazil.”


‘Severe turbulence’ hits Spain-Argentina flight; 12 injured, aircraft cabin damaged.

“A dozen passengers flying from Spain to Argentina were injured earlier this week when their flight hit turbulence and allegedly threw them up against the cabin ceiling, reported UK media on Friday… the flight encountered severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil…”


Third Straight Drought Is Upending Key Argentine Planting Season.

“A near-relentless drought is threatening soybean and corn growing in Argentina, a gut-punch for global crop markets already on edge from US weather risks and Ukraine disruptions… The situation is so dire that the government needs to restrict shipments to ensure wheat-flour supplies at home.


Some US Farms Are So Dry the Dirt Is Repelling Fertilizer.

“Drought is rapidly expanding across America’s crop belt… Dryness this time of year not only stunts the growth of winter wheat, but can hamper fertilizer applications on fields for crops to be planted in the spring — both of which could reduce crop yields and push prices higher.”


Drought conditions this year may cost Nebraska corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $2 billion, an agriculture economist estimated Thursday.

“Nathan Dorn, who farms near Firth south of Lincoln, said he’s already cutting back on spending for new cattle and next year’s crop due to lower yields and increased costs for seed, fuel and fertilizer that he estimated at $13 an acre.”


With corn stalks facing greater risks of being toppled by extreme winds, Bayer AG is working to make the plants shorter…

“The pivot to shorter plants comes as farmers face extreme weather events at a seemingly faster pace. In 2020, a severe derecho leveled grain fields with winds greater than 100 miles-per-hour (161 kilometers), causing $11 billion in damages in the US Midwest.”


Hurricane Ian could be insurance sector’s biggest loss since Hurricane Katrina.

“Hurricane Ian threatens to become the insurance sector’s second biggest loss since Hurricane Katrina, with cost estimates to the industry ranging from $40-60bn (£35-52bn). The Category 4 storm that hit Florida in late September was the deadliest storm to hit the sunshine state since the Labor Day Hurricane in 1935.”


Burlington’s first freeze of the season has yet to happen but is already breaking records [Vermont].

“As of Oct. 27, Burlington had yet to receive its first freeze of the season, a status which had a high likelihood to change the morning of Oct. 28. This year will bring the latest first freeze in Burlington since 1920, according to National Weather Service Burlington records that date to 1892.”


Final day of widespread record-breaking heat in Eastern Canada with up to 26°C [78.8F] in Saint-Anicet, QC!

“Latest 20°C on record in Chibougamau.

Hottest on record for 2nd half of October in Gaspé. Hottest on record for this late in the season in many locations.”


Atmospheric river forecast in B.C. days after high temperature records, drought concerns.

“An atmospheric river packing “narrow bands of heavy precipitation” is forecast for parts of British Columbia just a week after numerous high temperature records were set amid concerns of drought… The ministry says the River Forecast Centre is monitoring weather patterns and river conditions for flood hazards…”


A Landslide in Alaska Threatens to Trigger a Historic Mega-Tsunami…

“Previous research with support from NASA suggested that if the entire unstable mass were to slide into the water below it could trigger a historic mega-tsunami an order of magnitude larger than the 1958 Lituya Bay (in southeast Alaska slide and tsunami, the largest such event in modern times.”


Thawing Permafrost Exposes Old Pathogens—and New Hosts.

“As the world heats up, many species are expected to up sticks and meander many miles away from their typical habitat, bringing various pathogens along with them for the ride. This means that previously unacquainted viruses and hosts will meet for the first time, potentially leading to viral spillover…”


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