24th June 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Rainstorms in western Ukraine have killed three people and forced hundreds of others to evacuate their homes. The flooding has affected Ukraine’s western regions of Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattya, and Lviv…

“Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov have visited the disaster zone — an area where one emergency service report said about 5,000 houses in 187 villages remained flooded early on June 24.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/three-dead-hundreds-evacuated-after-flooding-in-western-ukraine/30687917.html


Heavy rains and surging rivers have hit Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

“Rivers have… burst their banks and there are increasing concerns over the possibility of landslides. A landslide in neighbouring Bosnia cut a key road connecting Tuzla and the capital Sarajevo.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/23/heavy-rain-causes-floods-in-serbia-and-bosnia-herzegovina


Heavy rainfall and flash floods drenched Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on Tuesday, with a rare tornado forming in the city’s westernmost areas, killing a Syrian refugee.

“Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed later that the refugee fell victim to flooding.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/1-killed-as-heavy-rainfall-tornado-batters-istanbul


“For the last decade, Silus Musasizi has lived on a wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria. For most of that time, Uganda’s government has been trying to chase him away. Now, it is the water itself that has driven him from his small house on the edge of Entebbe, a Ugandan town that juts into Africa’s largest lake.

Thousands have been displaced from their homes along the shoreline of Lake Victoria by the worst flooding since records began more than a century ago.”

https://www.thedispatch.in/uganda-wants-people-to-leave-flooded-wetlands-and-not-come-back/


The second wave of floods hit Assam on Tuesday as incessant rainfall occurred at several places

“…killing one person and affecting nearly 37,000 people across four districts, the state disaster management authority said on Tuesday.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/second-wave-of-floods-hits-assam-one-dead/articleshow/76542842.cms


Internally displaced people (IDPs) in 14 camps in five Rakhine State townships [Myanmar] are facing difficulties with rising floodwaters, local civil society organizations said.

“Zaw Zaw Tun, secretary of the Rakhine Ethnics Congress (REC) said that days of heavy rain has caused flooding in Minbya, Myebon, Rathedaung, Buthidaung, and Mrauk-U townships in northern Rakhine State, damaging IDPs’ shelters.”

https://www.bnionline.net/en/news/flooding-makes-bad-situation-worse-thousands-rakhine-state-idps


Millions of people in southern China may have to be evacuated as weather forecasters say the region is set for more heavy rain and flooding that have already wreaked havoc in low-lying areas.

“More than 8.5 million people have been affected by the torrential downpours that soaked the region between the end of May and June 15, according to a report by China National Radio.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-braces-more-flooding-torrential-134447500.html


A New Zealand glacier is thought to have lost so much ice over three years it could provide the drinking water for all New Zealanders over the same period, one of the country’s research institutes said Wednesday.

“Scientists estimate the Brewster Glacier, in the country’s South Island, lost 13 million cubic meters of ice between 2016 and 2019…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/environment/ice-lost-from-single-glacier-equal-to-3-years-of-drinking-water-for-new-zealand


A recent study highlights how demand for Brazilian soy by Europe and China is stoking deforestation, thereby increasing carbon emissions, especially in Brazil’s Cerrado savanna biome, followed by the Amazon rainforest…

“The study is the first to offer an estimate of carbon emissions across Brazil’s entire soy sector.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/china-and-eu-appetite-for-soy-drives-brazilian-deforestation-climate-change-study/


An intense heat wave leaves one dead and four people hospitalized in Chihuahua [Mexico], Health authorities reported Tuesday.

“In the last hours, temperatures in various municipalities of Chihuahua have exceeded 40 degrees in the shade.”

https://noticieros.televisa.com/ultimas-noticias/ola-de-calor-deja-un-muerto-en-chihuhua/


“A dozen wildfires have torched nearly 400,000 burned acres in Arizona and have left parts of the state, particularly the southeastern portion, in ruins…

Three current active wildfires in the state all rank in the top-10 for largest blazes in Arizona history.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/arizona-firefighters-forced-to-handle-multiple-historic-wildfires-at-once/763289


Damaging storms moved through a large part of the country yesterday from New Mexico to New York… several inches of rain fell near Washington, D.C. in a short period of time producing localized flash flooding.

“In western Texas, winds gusted to 78 mph and in both Texas and New Mexico hail fell as large as tennis balls. In the Midwest, more than a half a foot of rain fell in parts of Iowa and produced flash flooding there.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/storms-flash-flooding-mexico-york-wildfires-continue-west/story?id=71402421


“Subtropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Dolly well off of the northeastern United States coast on Tuesday.

Not only did Dolly become a rare June D-named storm, only the third in recorded history, but it also will go down in the history books as the second-earliest fourth-named storm in the basin.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/tropical-storm-dolly-becomes-2nd-earliest-d-named-storm-in-atlantic/763397


An abandoned asbestos mine in a remote corner of Yukon has yet to be remediated 42 years after closing, and could pose a flood risk to anyone downstream, according to the federal government.

““Clinton Creek is literally on the edge of the map,” said Lewis Rifkind, mining analyst for the Yukon Conservation Society.

“The mine is on the western border of Yukon, about 100 kilometres northwest of Dawson City. “It’s out of sight, out of mind.””

https://thenarwhal.ca/unremediated-yukon-asbestos-mine-health-hazards-flood-risk/


Crews are working to clean up and assess about 15,000 gallons of heating oil that spilled in Shungnak [Alaska] over the weekend when a tank was overfilled during a routine fuel delivery in the Northwest Arctic village

“…the Kobuk River and the local drinking water well could potentially be at risk, ADEC noted.”

http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/2026thousands_of_gallons_of_heating_oil_spill_in


“Moscow hydrogeologist Georgy Kavanosyan has just returned from Norilsk, where he took a long boat trip to measure contamination of River Pyasina flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

Kavanosyan, 33, shows in the video that maximum permitted concentration of oil products in the river exceeds the norm by 2.5 times, and says that urgent steps are now needed to check the river delta where it flows into the Kara Sea.”

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/poisonous-fuel-from-major-norilsk-diesel-leak-may-already-be-in-the-arctic-ocean/


“…temperatures have been unusually warm in the region [of Siberia] since January 2020.

“Since the ERA5 data begins in 1979, the European team also looked to GISTEMP, a NASA temperature record with data through 1880. They could not find any other examples in either dataset of such an intense heat wave in this part of Siberia persisting for such an extended period.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146879/heat-and-fire-scorches-siberia


““For a long time, we’ve been saying we’re going to get more extremes like strong heat waves,” says Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

““It’s a little like the projections are coming true, and sooner than we might have thought.””

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/what-100-degree-day-siberia-means-climate-change/


Microplastics have been discovered in the gut of an animal on a remote island in the Antarctic, raising concerns that plastic pollution could be prevalent in the region’s ecosystem.

“A new study by researchers in Italy and Ireland found traces of contamination inside the gut of the “Cryptopygus antarcticus,” a small invertebrate that lives in the soil of the Antarctic.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/23/world/microplastics-gut-isolated-animal-antarctic-scn-scli-intl/index.html


NASA, NOAA, the Japanese Meteorological Agency and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service all now agree.

Earth just experienced its hottest month of May on record.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/may-2020-tied-or-beat-hottest-may-on-record-says-nasa-noaa-jma-copernicus


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23rd June 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

As southern China sees some of its worst flooding in 80 years, videos have surfaced showing extreme quantities of water inundating 10 provinces and cities, threatening the vaunted Three Gorges Dam.

“As China’s Yangtze River Basin enters its flood season, the upper reaches of the Three Gorges Dam are seeing the highest flood levels since 1940. Weather China has issued its highest warning for flooding and rain for the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River to Guizhou.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3952434


Flood forecasters warned on Monday about flooding in India’s three major river basins — Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna — at the end of the week or early next week because of cross-border heavy rains

“The rivers are already filled to the brim, unusual for this time of the year, because of continued heavy rains inside Bangladesh and in upstream across the border since May 20.”

https://www.newagebd.net/article/109174/flooding-in-three-major-river-basins-by-next-week-forecasters-warn


Flash floods were reported in many areas of Singapore after heavy showers early today

“Videos posted on social media on Tuesday morning showed vehicles attempting to drive through waterlogged roads in several parts of Singapore.”

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/06/602737/watch-singapore-reels-widespread-flash-floods


Natural disaster evacuation plans need an overhaul as Japan heads into its rainy season, experts have warned, saying crowded conditions could spark novel coronavirus clusters that grow into another wave of infections.

“The period of heavy precipitation — which typically triggers floods and landslides and often forces hundreds of people to take shelter together in gymnasiums — has already begun in some parts of Japan.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/23/national/japan-coronavirus-spread-flood-shelters/#.XvHU9mhKjIU


Emergency services have received dozens of calls for help as heavy rain fell over Tasmania’s south and midlands, and rising water closed several roads

“More than 250 millimetres of rain fell on Mount Wellington from Sunday morning until 2:00pm today…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/wet-weather-rain-soaks-tasmania-south/12382808


The latest long-range weather forecast predicting a very dry second half of 2020 has elevated Auckland’s water supply situation to a critical level.

“Watercare’s total dam storage is currently 45%, where normally it would be at about 78% for this time of year. From November 2019 to May 2020, Auckland received less than half the normal rainfall…”

https://www.times.co.nz/news/no-rain-auckland-water-supply-at-critical-status/


June 22 was the hottest day in Seoul, S Korea, for the month of June in the last 62 years.

“Temperatures rose as high as 35.4 degrees Celsius.

“The last time the city recorded temperatures that high was on June 25, 1958.”

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/950627.html


Temperatures in Kahului on Saturday reached 92 degrees, breaking the old record set on the same date in 1969, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s the sixth time this month that Kahului has tied or broken a heat record, four of which were set during the record-breaking summer last year.”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/06/kahului-breaks-heat-record-on-saturday/


Dramatic images from Bolivia, with desperate residents of the country’s Santa Cruz region seeking dry land after floods swept through residential areas.”

Video:

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/massive-flooding-sweeps-through-the-residential-areas-of-the-santa-cruz-region-of-boliva


At the moment the rains [in El Salvador] have diminished in intensity, but the worst is yet to come.

“Thousands of families have lost their homes.

“Others are returning home; yet they are exposed to risks, such as landslides and unsafe conditions.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/el-salvador/el-salvador-surviving-amidst-covid-19-and-floods


As crews continue to battle a human-caused wildfire that has become one of the largest in Arizona history, state agencies are concerned about the potential impact on wildlife and water resources

“…the fire footprint includes designated critical habitat for two imperiled species, the Mexican spotted owl and the northern goshawk.”

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2020/06/22/wildlife-risk-bush-fire-burns-tonto-national-forest/3237236001/


After the driest April on record and only four-tenths of rain in May, about 90% of Utah is in a drought.

“Soil temperatures are well above normal and the state’s snowpack melted earlier than usual. State fire officials are now saying they’ve already seen more than 300 wildfires…”

https://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-megadrought-brings-bigger-fires-and-bark-beetles


The waters of Lake Champlain reached a new high for the month of June on Monday, measuring at 77 degrees from a temperature reading in Burlington taken seven feet below the surface water.

“”We’ve never had this many days in a row with 90 degree high in June,” said Conor Lahiff, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.”

https://eu.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/2020/06/22/lake-champlain-water-temperature-warms-june-record/3239183001/


Though several forests are burning in Quebec, the fire north of Lac Saint-Jean is the province’s largest forest fire at the moment. It’s estimated to cover more than 72,000 hectares…

“”Right now, because of the intensity of the fire, there are certain actions we can’t do to stop its progression,” said Mélanie Morin, a spokesperson for Quebec’s forest fire prevention agency…”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/forest-fires-quebec-lac-saint-jean-1.5622822


Subtropical Depression Four formed in the Atlantic off the northeast US coast on Monday afternoon.

“It could strengthen into Dolly, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season… The depression is 310 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/22/weather/subtropical-depression-storm-dolly-forecast/index.html


A nearly 4,000-mile-long plume of thick dust from the Sahara Desert has arrived in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, and is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico..

“The plume is part of a phenomena that develops every year off the coast of Africa, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), but the current one is unusually intense and is setting records, scientists say.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/06/22/record-plume-sahara-desert-dust-reducing-visibility-puerto-rico-aimed-southeast-us/


The UK Met Office has confirmed that May was the driest on record in England.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/may-2020-confirmed-driest-record-132508085.html


The entry of a very warm air mass of African origin into Spain, the atmospheric stability and the strong insolation typical of the time, will promote today a progressive and marked rise in temperatures that will last until Thursday…

“…[leading to] highs of 40 degrees, or even more.”

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20200622/481905243145/el-tiempo-aemet-ola-calor-aire-africano.html


Serbia has introduced emergency measures in several municipalities after heavy rains in the past few days caused widespread damage as rivers overflowed, authorities said Tuesday.

“Surging rivers led to around 700 houses being flooded in western and central Serbia…”

https://www.startribune.com/floods-soak-homes-cut-roads-in-serbia-bosnia-amid-rains/571437172/?refresh=true


As if a global pandemic and months of quarantine weren’t enough to drown our spirits, Moscow was hit with heavy rains and hail over the weekend, leading to flash floods that flooded streets and passageways

“Here’s a closer look at the Moscow monsoon…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/22/moscow-braves-a-summertime-flood-a70650


Again, flood has swept away a 17-year- old girl, simply identified as Ayisat in at Alapafuja axis of the Surulere Low-Cost Housing Estate [Lagos, Nigeria] following downpour experienced through out Monday in some areas of the state.

“Consequently, LASEMA has commenced a search and rescue operation for a missing teenager.”

https://www.newtelegraphng.com/breaking-again-lagos-flood-sweeps-away-17-year-old-girl/


It’s been a bad year for bees. According to the preliminary results of the University of Maryland’s annual survey, U.S. beekeepers lost 43.7% of their honey bees from April 2019 to April 2020

“Summer 2019 was a scorcher—that July was the hottest month ever recorded globally and intense heat was recorded across the U.S.—which may have created less-than-ideal mating conditions for queen bees.”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-record-number-of-bees-died-last-summer-1844120999


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22nd June 2020 Climate Addendum

Somehow completely forgot to post this gem from the weekend. Mind you, it is worthy of its own thread:

Alarming heat scorched Siberia on Saturday as the small town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above the normal high temperature.

If verified, this is likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in Siberia and also the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle, which begins at 66.5°N.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arctic-hottest-temperature-ever/


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22nd June 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The floods caused by the intense rainfall predicted for the current rainy season in Ethiopia will affect more than two million citizens, according to a study released today

“…the National Meteorological Agency predicted that rainfall in the northwest, southwest and west of the territory will exceed the average records of previous years, and could cause unprecedented floods.”

https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=56924&SEO=over-two-million-people-at-risk-from-flooding-in-ethiopia


The residents of several parts of Benin City, Edo State capital [Nigeria], were rendered homeless as a result of a downpour on Saturday, which lasted for several hours

“Moses Izekor, on his part, described the situation as pathetic, adding that they were rendered hopeless as they watch flood completely submerged their house and destroy property.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/06/flood-ravages-benin-city-renders-many-homeless/


The rainfall records in Bhopal [India] has broken as the state records 32 cm rainfall in last three days, said Meteorologist HS Pandey on Saturday.

[Bhopal also broke its all-time annual rainfall record in 2019]

“”The rain in Bhopal has broken the record of many years in the month of June. The district has recorded at around 32 centimetres rainfall in last three days. The normal rainfall in June is around 16 cm. So, it is almost doubled this time,” Pandey told ANI.”

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Bhopal-breaks-rain-records-Meteorologist/20-06-2020-289439/


Assam is in the grip of second wave of floods, triggered by incessant rains in the state and neighbouring states, which has affected around 25,000 people of five districts of the state.

“Over 12,000 people were affected in Dhemaji district after floodwaters of the Gai river breached a portion of an embankment at Sissiborgaon area in the district and submerged 10 villages.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/flood-assam-water-level-brahmaputra-river-1691474-2020-06-22


A weather expert says it is rather uncommon to have rain and floods in June after floods were reported in five Johor districts [Malaysia], forcing more than 1,210 people to be evacuated from homes.

“Climatologist and oceanographer Prof Fredolin Tangang, of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said the rainy season should have ended in May but it seems to have been extended by almost another month.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/06/21/unusual-to-have-floods-in-johor-now-says-weather-expert/


Since June 1, steady torrential rain has drenched 11 provinces and regions in southern China, affecting 2.627 million people

“Heavy flooding has caused the collapse of houses and roads, landslides, and damage to crops.

“The flooding disaster continues to expand.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/reservoirs-in-southern-china-are-collapsing-heavy-flooding-in-11-provinces_3395908.html


Wild weather caused flooding in Calgary on Sunday afternoon. It’s the second storm to hit in the last week.

“There are reports of flooding from McKnight Boulevard to 36 Street. There was standing water through Falconridge, Saddleridge, and other communities.”

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/more-flooding-in-calgary-as-another-big-storm-hits-the-city-1.4993859


Some of the warmest temperatures in North America are occurring right here across southern and eastern Quebec and Ontario into New Brunswick.

“Over three dozen record highs occurred on Friday, followed by more record heat on Saturday. Montreal reached 33.9C (93F) Saturday afternoon…”

https://www.thesuburban.com/blogs/suburban_weather/record-breaking-heatwave-continues-for-quebec/article_8782d792-b3c8-11ea-81d4-d3614e78cc43.html


Across the US, authorities are finding that their usual strategies for protecting people against heat-related health problems are in direct conflict with their strategies for containing the virus — and with record-breaking high temperatures already recorded in some places before summer even began, those conflicts are likely to become more frequent.”

https://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=876004761


A raging wildfire burning northeast of Phoenix, Ariz., now the largest active fire in the nation, is also in the record books after becoming one of the largest in state history as the blaze consumed another 10,000 acres as of Sunday morning…

“The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Phoenix said Saturday that the blaze is now the fifth-largest wildfire in state history.”

https://www.foxnews.com/us/arizona-bush-fire-wildfire-state-history-fire-growth-evacuation-weather


An expansive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert has surged into the Caribbean Sea.

“It is forecast to complete a 5,000-mile journey to the U.S. Gulf Coast this week. This Saharan air layer generally hampers tropical cyclone development.”

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2020-06-21-saharan-dust-sal-caribbean-gulf-of-mexico-us-forecast


The week got off to a sunny start on Monday morning, with temperatures of over 30C forecast for several parts of Sweden this week — and along with them, warnings for forest fires…

It comes after a sunny, warm Midsummer which in several parts of the country was the hottest in 50 years – despite the holiday having a reputation for unseasonably rainy weather.”

https://www.thelocal.se/20200622/heatwave-on-the-way-for-sweden-after-record-warm-midsummer


“A vast tarpaulin unravels, gathering speed as it bounces down the glacier over glinting snow. Summer is here and the alpine ice is being protected from global warming.

In northern Italy, the Presena glacier has lost more than one third of its volume since 1993.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/italian-glacier-covered-with-tarps-to-slow-melting-1.4992897


Authorities in Greece say a wildfire north of Athens has halted traffic on a section of the country’s main highway.

“Cars were being redirected to secondary roads near the town of Martino, some 125 kilometers (78 miles) northwest of Athens, as dozens of firefighters worked in the area on Friday afternoon.”

https://www.fireengineering.com/2020/06/20/489942/greece-wildfire-halts-traffic-on-main-highway/#gref


At least five people in northwestern Turkey’s Bursa province have died in floods caused by heavy rains, officials said early on June 22.

“According to information obtained from the teams taking part in search and rescue operations, three of four missing people have been found dead.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/flood-kills-5-in-northwestern-turkey-155890


Gripped by soaring heat, Iraqis in Baghdad try to stay cool by swimming in the Tigris River. A sweltering heat wave has pushed temperatures up to 43 degrees Celsius (109 F).

“With constant power cuts, it is a struggle for Baghdad residents to cool down during the merciless heat.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/people-places/21062020


“In 2013, an 18-month old boy got sick after playing near a hollow tree in his backyard, in a remote West African village. He developed a fever and started vomiting. His stool turned black. Two days later, he died.

“Two years and more than 11,000 deaths later, the World Health Organization put out a report saying the Ebola outbreak that likely emanated from that hollow tree may have been caused in part by deforestation, led by “foreign mining and timber operations.””

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/22/875961137/the-worrisome-link-between-deforestation-and-disease


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19th June 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

My apologies for the lack of an Economic thread this morning – events overtook me.

Satellite images of northern Russia are showing strong signatures of so-called zombie fires as the region continues to experience record temperatures. Another phenomenon, fire thunderstorms — otherwise known as pyroCbs — were detected in Siberia and Alaska.

“”In the really far northern latitudes this is quite a surprise,” Dr Parrington said.

“”Events that were once thought to be relatively rare have been observed to be happening a lot more frequently in places of the world where it wasn’t thought that these kinds of events could take place.””

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/zombie-fires-and-fire-thunderstorms-hit-arctic/12369818


As the summer solstice approaches on Saturday, soaring temperatures will bake parts of the Midwest, northern New England and eastern Canada through the weekend, potentially writing new records.

“From Chicago to Quebec City, temperatures are forecast to soar above average.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/18/weather/canada-heat-wave-forecast-record/index.html


A strange temperature pattern will be in place in the East the next several days, in which one location in northern Maine may threaten its all-time heat record while areas farther south are nowhere near as hot

“Caribou, Maine – one of the farthest-north towns in the continental U.S. – could be the hottest place east of the Mississippi River on Friday.”

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/2020-06-18-caribou-maine-record-heat-northeast-upside-down-temperatures


Southern Manitoba’s summer weather is continuing its yo-yo tendencies, shifting from sweat to sweaters

“”It’s almost like weather whiplash. We’re going from extreme hot to seasonably cool conditions,” said Environment Canada forecaster Brad Vrolijk.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-thunderstorms-weather-rain-hail-1.5617126


As coronavirus cases in Arizona hit a new record high, the state is facing another serious threat: wildfires, with several large blazes stoked by extreme heat and drought burning not far from three of its largest cities.

“Scientists say the fires are an ominous start to what could be a very active fire season in the West, as the pandemic, wildfires and climate change all converge to create a recipe for potential disaster.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/18/weather/arizona-wildfires-coronavirus-climate-change


“…why do we [in Wales] seem to be getting more storms and extreme weather events?

“One factor [right, like there are so many other factors! in this is climate change: 2020 is on track to be one of the warmest years on record for the planet and it’s having an impact on our weather.”

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-06-18/why-do-we-keep-having-storms-flooding-and-extreme-weather-events-in-wales/


The UK can no longer be considered a wet country because of the effects of climate change, the head of the environment agency has said, as he urged people to turn off taps and take showers to save water.

“Periods of extreme dry weather, linked to climate change, are putting strains on our water resources, with demand threatening to outstrip supply within 20 years…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/18/uk-no-longer-wet-rainy-country-head-environment-agency-says/


Brace yourselves: the first heatwave of the year is on its way to Germany.

“Some pretty hot and sticky weather is forecast for next week, with the thermometer expected to surpass the 35-degree mark in some parts of the country.”

https://www.iamexpat.de/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/first-heatwave-year-heading-germany-it-could-hit-35-degrees


Summer will be starting with a blistering heatwave in Portugal as thermometers could nudge towards 40ºC in southern parts of the country next week.”

https://www.portugalresident.com/scorching-heatwave-on-the-way-with-temperatures-set-to-soar-towards-40oc/


Residents in flood-prone areas of Lagos State [Nigeria] are crying out for government intervention after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding.

“The rains, which started on Tuesday evening, persisted non-stop up to Thursday evening causing damage to properties and stalling business activities.”

http://saharareporters.com/2020/06/19/residents-cry-help-floods-hit-lagos-disrupt-businesses


Pressures from a changing climate, which is intensifying droughts, along with a decades-long civil war, are shattering the Horn of Africa’s pastoral economy…

“…and forcing Somalis into IDP and refugee camps.

“Women in the camps live in constant fear of violence.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/somali-migrants-and-refugees/


A 400-year-old bridge was washed away by flash floods due to rainstorms in Zhangjiajie City, central China’s Hunan Province.”

Video:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-19/Flash-floods-wash-away-400-year-old-bridge-in-central-China-RrNoYmUHQs/index.html


Fire ants are on the move, and aided by climate change, they’re heading north

“”People thought they’d never go too far north,” he said. “They thought they’d never go north of the southern Appalachians.””

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-climate-ants-north.html


“Chelsea Rochman wasn’t surprised when her research cruise through Canada’s Eastern Arctic showed tiny plastic shards and other human debris in nearly every bucket she hauled aboard.

“What puzzled her was the colour. The answer changed the way she looks at her wardrobe.

“”Some of the particles that we sampled weren’t microplastics,” said Rochman, a University of Toronto scientist who has just published her research in the journal Facets. [They were] cotton textiles that have been dyed and used in clothing.””

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/eastern-arctic-microplastics-nu-1.5617223


An international team of scientists has found that the summer sea ice in the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica is diminishing at a dramatic rate.

“Since 2015, the ice cover has decreased by one million km² (386,000 mi²) and could pose a problem for local marine life.”

https://newatlas.com/science/antarctic-sea-ice-loss-impact-wildlife/


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18th June 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The world has only six months in which to change the course of the climate crisis and prevent a post-lockdown rebound in greenhouse gas emissions that would overwhelm efforts to stave off climate catastrophe, one of the world’s foremost energy experts has warned.

This year is the last time we have, if we are not to see a carbon rebound,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/world-has-six-months-to-avert-climate-crisis-says-energy-expert


Siberia’s prolonged period of unusually warm weather is an “alarming sign,” according to climate change scientists.

“”It is undoubtedly an alarming sign,” said Freja Vamborg, a senior C3S scientist.”

No shit.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/18/europe/siberia-warming-climate-crisis-intl-hnk/index.html


Moscow experienced its hottest June 17 in more than a century after temperatures hit 31.1 degrees Celsius Wednesday.

“Russia’s Hydrometeorology Center said that beat the previous record of 30.8 C set on the same day in 1892, Interfax reported. The scorching temperature hit at 4 p.m. in the capital.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/17/moscow-breaks-128-year-heat-record-a70606


The Anglia region [UK] enjoyed its driest May since weather records began in 1862 but flaming June has turned into downpour June as the rain keeps coming.

There was more rain in an hour on Thursday morning across East Anglia than there was during the whole month of May.”

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-06-18/after-the-driest-may-on-record-the-rain-is-back-with-a-vengeance/


A number of Welsh households have been forced to flee their homes after being flooded for the third time this year. Rhondda Cynon Taf council said there had been significant flooding to almost 200 properties in the borough after storms swept across Wales on Wednesday.

“The village flooded twice during February’s storms with the cost of the damage estimated at up to £5m.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53089348


A weather station at Dublin Airport recorded more rain in an hour this morning than the entire month of May.

“The capital enjoyed its driest spring on record but typically, as soon as lockdown was eased the changeable weather returned with a vengeance.”

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/dublin-airport-weather-station-records-18436990


SW Florida has second hottest Spring – Jesus Hernandez is used to the heat… But this year seemed even hotter than normal.

“”It seems like we went into summer right away,” said Hernandez, 50, owner of Jesus Hernandez Lawn Care. “Normally it gets a little hotter and then a little hotter. This year it happened all at once, like someone flipped a light switch.””

https://eu.news-press.com/story/tech/science/environment/2020/06/17/hot-spring-southwest-florida-has-second-hottest-spring-record/3200775001/


“If it felt hot during the first two weeks of June, it wasn’t just the imagination.

Central Nebraska recorded its hottest start to June since the 1930s… The average daily temperature in Grand Island was 78.4 degrees.”

https://lexch.com/news/local/central-nebraska-records-hottest-first-two-weeks-of-june-since-the-1930s/article_b263a9f6-afe9-11ea-9552-2bf7a09e040a.html


A wildfire in Butt A wildfire in Butte County, California, destroyed four homes on Wednesday. The Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix is the seventh largest in state history.

“It’s one of several fires burning across the western U.S. Red flag warnings and elevated fire weather conditions continue in some areas.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-06-16-wildfires-arizona-california-colorado-evacuations


An intense season of fires in the Amazon rainforest this year could overwhelm health systems and lead to unnecessary deaths, including of coronavirus

“…as pollution worsens respiratory conditions, public health experts said Wednesday.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/americas/amazon-forest-fires-add-to-latin-americas-coronavirus-risks


Humanity’s broken relationship with nature has led to the coronavirus and other pandemics will follow, WWF International said, if the world continues to reject the warning signs.

“WWF’s new report calls for an international effort to reduce the risk of the next animal-borne, or zoonotic, disease outbreak, including stopping the trade and consumption of high-risk wildlife, rampant deforestation and booming industrial agriculture and animal farming.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/coronavirus-biodiversity-un-who-pandemics-wildlife-trade-a9571206.html


Parts of Rajasthan are set to experience scorching heatwave conditions for the next 2-3 days.

“In view of these extreme temperature predictions, a red warning has been issued over the entire state on Thursday, June 18… Bikaner recorded the highest maximum day temperature across the state at 47.4°C…”

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-06-18-west-rajasthan-red-warning-amid-heatwave-thunderstorms-weekend


“The different global circulation models of the Earth’s changing climate agree that temperatures virtually everywhere will increase, and in most places so will rainfall, in part because warmer air can carry more water vapor.

“However, “There is one major exception, and that is the Mediterranean area,” Eltahir says, which shows the greatest decline of projected rainfall of any landmass on Earth.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-mediterranean-climate-hotspot.html


New research from a team at Northern Arizona University suggests that subsidence, gradually sinking terrain caused by the loss of ice and soil mass in permafrost, is causing deeper thaw than previously thought

“…traditional methods of permafrost thaw measurement underestimate the amount of previously-frozen carbon unlocked from warming permafrost by over 100 percent.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-stocks-vulnerable-carbon-high-permafrost.html


Never before has the Arctic seen an industrial expansion of this magnitude.

“In only few years, volumes of extracted hydrocarbons have been boosted and shipments across Arctic waters reached unprecedented levels.

“And much more is to come.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology-industry-and-energy/2020/06/more-100-million-cubic-meters-sea-bottom-are-removed-arctic-bay


More than a century of oil and gas drilling has left behind millions of abandoned wells, many of which are leaching pollutants into the air and water.

“And drilling companies are likely to abandon many more wells due to bankruptcies, as oil prices struggle to recover from historic lows after the coronavirus pandemic crushed global fuel demand…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/18/world/science-health-world/abandoned-oil-wells/#.Xus_mGhKjIU


The Arctic Ocean will take up more CO2 over the 21st century than predicted by most climate models. This additional CO2 causes a distinctly stronger ocean acidification. These results were published in a study by climate scientists from the University of Bern and École normale supérieure in Paris.

“Ocean acidification threatens the life of calcifying organisms — such as mussels and “sea butterflies” — and can have serious consequences for the entire food chain.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200617145947.htm


In a new study from the British Antarctic Survey, scientists report that the Weddell Sea has lost one-third of its summer ice cover in the last five years. Summer sea ice has declined by one million square kilometers, an area twice the size of Spain, in the Weddell Sea along the coast of Antarctica.

“Many animals such as penguins and seals depend on the sea ice that surrounds Antarctica for finding food and breeding.”

https://www.earth.com/news/severe-storms-triggered-a-decline-in-antarctic-sea-ice/


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