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20th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

UK shatters record for its hottest day ever; London fire service declares ‘major incident’.

“Britain recorded its hottest-ever day Tuesday, with temperatures hitting a high of 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the east of England, as London’s fire service tackled several blazes across the capital.”


Note: In the past 2 days almost every station in England and Wales beat its all time record. In some cases, in Northern England the records were beaten by incredible margins of 4C/5C or even more.”


Wales has provisionally recorded its hottest day ever with the mercury hitting 37.1C [98.8F] in Hawarden, Flintshire. The Met Office said it had broken the previous record of 35.2C, set in the same place in 1990.”


The hottest day ever recorded in Scotland has seen temperatures hit 34.8C (94.6F) in the Borders.

“The Met Office confirmed Charterhall had provisionally set the new record on Tuesday. It surpasses the previous record of 32.9C recorded in Greycrook in the Borders on 9 August 2003.”


Ireland has recorded its second highest temperature in history, according to Met Eireann.

“A temperature of 33C [91.4F] was recorded at the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Monday.

“This was just 0.3C cooler than the all-time high of 33.3C which was recorded at Kilkenny Castle on June 26, 1887.”


Very hot also in Germany with a max. temperature of 39.5C [103.1F] at Duisburg. Several records were broken, the most important ones:

“All time records: 37.9C Bavern; 37.6C Wesertal; 37.2C Seesen; 37.3C Bad; Harzburg 37.3; Monthly: 36.8C Uelzen; 37.8C Mullheim.”


Exceptional event in France with night temperatures above 30C [86F] with fohn effect.

The station of Pointe de la Hague [Normandy] had its hottest day on records (1921-2022, 101 years of data) in the middle of the night with 32.8C. This is an extremely rare event (for all time records).”


Record high temperatures were registered in 64 different areas around France on Monday as a heatwave peaked in the country, the national weather service confirmed on Tuesday.

“Most of the highs were recorded along the western Atlantic coast where temperatures have soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and several forest fires are raging.”


“Monster octopus” fires in France are “no longer controllable” as experts warn only a break in heatwave and change in weather can stop an inferno that has scorched an area four times the entire size of Bordeaux.

“In Gironde, 47,000 acres have been burnt in a blaze that has raged since last week and forced the evacuation of 37,000 people, including 16,000 on Monday, and a thousand zoo animals.”


Spain heatwave: passengers stuck on train surrounded by wildfires – video.

“Passengers on a train in Spain watched warily as a wildfire tore through vegetation near the track in the north-western province of Zamora. The train was travelling between Madrid and Ferrol in the Galicia region, but the Zamora wildfire forced it to a halt…”


Wildfires in Spain, Morocco produce record-breaking carbon emissions.

“Fires in Spain produced 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions from June to July 17, the highest amount for June-July in any year since Copernicus’ dataset began in 2003. With more than 30 fires still raging as of Tuesday, Spain has already smashed through its previous record…”


A new giant crack appeared on Sunday on the Marmolada glacier in northern Italy, two weeks after a deadly avalanche of ice and debris killed at least 11 people when a huge chunk of the glacier broke loose.

“The 200 metre long and 25 metre deep crack was spotted by the Alpine rescue service from a helicopter after a local Alpine guide reported a loud roar.”


Huge fire rages in Massarosa (Lucca) Italy as evacuations continue… Fire rescue crews are tackling the forest fire that broke out in the hills of Massarosa, a municipality in the province of Lucca, Italy late on Monday, July 18 and which has continued into Tuesday, July 19. Videos circulating online show the extent of the fire…”


Wildfires raged throughout Europe’s south, while the Greek capital is surrounded by flames visible from all over the Attica basin as the fire in Penteli has reached unmanageable proportions.

“According to a spokesman for the Athen’s Fire Service, the fire started at 17:19 on Tuesday, with authorities expressing intense concern early on and appealing to residents in the areas to standby for any evacuation.”


Romania Warns Corn Exports May Slump as Drought Shrinks Harvest.

Major European grains shipper Romania warned that it could export much less corn and sunflowers this season as it prioritizes local supplies after drought battered harvests. The country was by far the European Union’s biggest corn exporter last season, but output will probably slump significantly this year…”


Canadian lakes getting warmer and shallower amid climate change: study.

“A survey of 143 different studies has found lakes everywhere are getting warmer, shallower and more subject to toxic algae blooms. Researchers say cold-water fish like lake trout are being pushed aside by others, such as smallmouth bass.”


New York – Cars were submerged in floodwater in northern New Jersey and New York City subway stations turned into impromptu waterfalls after heavy rain drenched the area Monday.

“In the Bronx, heavy rains triggered a large sinkhole that eventually claimed two vehicles parked in the wrong place at the wrong time. Doppler Radar estimated rainfall rates between 3-5 inches per hour…”


Blistering hot day in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas with many records broken:

“TX – Wichita Falls 114F [45.6C] – monthly record tied; Canadian 112F all time record tied; Pampa 111F – all time record tied; Abilene 110F – monthly record tied 1F from all time; Dallas Ft Worth 109F – 1 from July record.”


West Texas farmers claiming insurance as drought dries up cotton crop…

Although cotton is a drought-tolerant crop, this year’s heat made it nearly impossible for dry land fiber to grow. Cody Bessent, the CEO of Plains Cotton Growers, says that low cotton production will cause farmers, gins, and communities to lose money.”


Houston residents’ chemical exposure increased post-Hurricane Harvey, study finds.

“Researchers at Oregon State University used silicone wristbands to measure Houston residents’ increased exposure to hazardous chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017… On average, 75% of the chemicals detected across both timepoints were found in higher concentrations immediately after the hurricane.”


Lake Mead forecast: Southwest should brace for more water cuts from Colorado River.

“More extreme water cuts are all but certain in the Southwest starting next year — including new water cuts for California — according to the latest government forecast for the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.”


‘Water police’ patrol drought-hit Los Angeles streets.

“With reservoirs and rivers at historic lows, Los Angeles authorities have brought in water restrictions, such as limiting lawn irrigation to as little as eight minutes, twice per week. Ayala notes down the addresses of properties where he finds evidence of infringement. The first violation prompts a warning.”


Water situation is critical in four northern Mexican states… Drought is affecting over 90% of the territory of four northern Mexican states…

In Nuevo León… the water shortage prompted authorities to take the decision last month to limit access to water to just six hours per day in the metropolitan area of Monterrey.”


480,000 told to evacuate as record rainfall hits southwestern Japan.

“Record torrential rain continued to fall in wide areas of southwestern Japan on Tuesday, partially disrupting public transportation and prompting local authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 480,000 people…”


New Zealand is off to the second warmest start on record – NIWA.

“While we may not be experiencing an over 40C heatwave like in Europe, the country is warmer than usual.

“On Wednesday, NIWA meteorologists revealed that the first six months of 2022 have been New Zealand’s second warmest on record, following 2016 at number one.”


Australia report reveals ‘shocking’ decline in environment…

“The report is undeniably grim, with the new Minister for the Environment, Tanya Plibersek, describing the findings as “shocking” and “a story of crisis and decline”. The report found that Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent in the world.”


Global biodiversity crisis is actually worse than we thought…

“The findings suggest that more species may be threatened than previously thought.

“The experts estimate that since 1500, 30 percent of all species have been threatened with extinction or driven extinct.”


Two-Thirds Of Sharks In Global Fin Trade At Risk Of Extinction…

“Through DNA analyses, the team was able to determine which fins belonged to what shark species and found 86 different species. The kicker? Well, 61 of those are threatened with extinction.”


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18th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“UK heatwave: Country may have hottest day on record with 41C [105.8F] forecast.”

I think it’s pretty unequivocal at this stage that the UK heat record will fall tomorrow (Tuesday) and it may well be topped today. Some forecasts are suggesting 42C [107.6F] in the East Midlands.

For reference, the previous record, set in 2019, is/was 38.7C [101.7F]. The highest temperature we reached in the epic heatwave of 1976, long regarded as the UK’s hottest summer, was 35.9C [96.6F].


European heatwave threatens Britain’s supply of key chemicals…

“Chemical suppliers are readying contingency plans to avoid using the vital Rhine river in Germany, where depths at a key choke point are nearing extreme levels. Shipments of key chemicals will be transported by road or rail…”


France braces for record temperatures; France was bracing Monday for the peak of the heatwave gripping the country, with crushing temperatures expected from the Mediterranean as far up as Brittany in the northwest.

“Forecasters have put 15 departments across the country on the highest state of alert for extreme temperatures…”


17th July Andorra had another record day with 38.7C [101.7F] again at Borda Vidal.

Absolutely mind blowing temperature of 42.0C [107.6F] recorded in Spanish Pyrenees at Torla-Ordesa (Huesca Province, Aragon) at an altitude of 1078m above sea level.”


16th July was another record day in Spain:

“Pamplona 41.8C [107.2F] hottest day on records (Salamanca set an all-time record the day before; Madrid tied its all-time record and had its hottest night on record); Monthly records: Burgos 38.7C, 0.1C from all time record; Leon 37.9C, 0.3C from all time record; Foronda 39.4C [107.2F].”


Italy’s Water Crisis Sees Archaeological Remains Emerge From Drought-Stricken Rivers…

“From the dry bed of the Oglio river in the northwestern region of Lombardy, foundation stilts dating back to the Bronze age have appeared… The drought has caused fossils from several millennia ago and a 100,000-year-old skull belonging to a large deer to re-emerge from Lake Como. The remains of rhinos, hyenas and lions have also come to light.”


Europe’s big dry. An ‘unprecedented’ drought grips much of the Continent with worse to come…

“The drought has already crimped production of hydroelectric power and food, adding to market pressure from the war in Ukraine. Many city authorities have asked residents to cut back their use of drinking water. Things could get much worse… the forecasts are portentous.”


Heatwave: More evacuations as Mediterranean wildfires spread.

“France has evacuated more than 16,000 people threatened by wildfires in the south-west, as fires also spread in Spain, Croatia and Greece. In southern Spain, more than 3,200 people fled fires in the Mijas hills, though later some were able to return.”


Europe is frying in devastating heat, yet is burning more coal…

“Southern France was slammed by a heatwave so intense in June that Celine Imart was forced to harvest rapeseed in the middle of the night… Farmers elsewhere reported crackling dry crops spontaneously catching fire after coming into contact with the heat from harvesters… the extreme weather is a grim reminder of the dangers of delaying climate action.”


Firefighters struggle to contain wildfires in northern Morocco.

“Morocco has been in the grip of a heat wave for a week, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius… In four provinces – Larache, Ouezzane, Tetouan and Taza – the fires ripped through forestland that is difficult to access, said Fouad Assali, head of the National Centre for Forest Climate Risk Management.”


Flash floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan’s western Darfur region has killed at least 12 people, including children, the UN and an aid group say.

“Heavy rains started late Friday in the Kass locality in South Darfur province, according to the the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA.”


Glaciers on Türkiye’s mountains melting due to global warming, says expert…

““As someone who has climbed the mountain more than 20 times in the last 36 years, I can easily recognize it,” said Güngör, who has set on reconnaissance expeditions on glacial mountains. “The melting of ice in the valley can be seen even at 4,400 meters [14,435 ft].””


Iraq asks Turkey to increase water flow along Tigris, Euphrates…

“Turkey depends on water from the Tigris to fill a reservoir behind its Ilısu Dam near the Iraqi border. Iraq has asked for a larger share of the river’s flow amid shortages, particularly in the southern province of Basra.”


Residents of Erbil village selling their homes due to water crisis…

“At the door of almost every house in the village, you see a row of water bottles. Over a hundred new water wells have been drilled in Erbil province at a cost of more than 7 billion dinars [$4,805], most of which have been set up to replace the older, dried up wells… underground water levels have decreased by 500 meters over the past 20 years.”


Several people arrested in Iran for protesting against the drying up of the great lake Urmia.

“Iranian police arrested several people Sunday for “security threats” during a protest over the drying of the large Urmia Lake, once considered the largest in the entire region, amid several months of sporadic demonstrations against the authorities’ water policy.”


Another heat wave in Central Asia: After beating its record of highest temperature ever, the Tajik capital Dushanbe in the next days will threaten its record again for 7/8 days in a row.

“Former kazakh capital Almaty will also approach its all time high in few days. Stay tuned.”


Seven die as fresh spell of rain wreaks havoc with Karachi [Pakistan]…

“Seven people were killed in the metropolis on Sunday as the second spell of torrential rain under the current monsoon season wreaked havoc on the ill-maintained municipal and civic infrastructure inundating roads that led to crippling traffic jams on key arteries.”


Extreme weather creates chaos across Pakistan, a country ill-prepared and underfunded to cope with climate change…

“After facing temperatures which repeatedly neared 50 degrees earlier this year, the southwestern province of Balochistan is now battling flooding that has left 63 people dead in less than a month. Across Pakistan almost 150 people have died in monsoon rainfall that is 87 per cent heavier than what the country usually experiences…”


China floods leave at least 12 dead, with thousands evacuated…

“In the south-western province of Sichuan, at least six people have died and another 12 are missing after torrential rain triggered flash floods, state-owned news outlet CGTN reported on Sunday… Meanwhile, in Longnan city in the north-western province of Gansu, another six deaths were reported…”


Japan’s Meteorological Agency reports that record hourly rainfall has fallen in two areas in western Japan on Saturday afternoon.

“The agency says radar data show an estimated 110 milliliters of rain [4.3 inches] fell in Kagamino Town, Okayama Prefecture in just one hour up to 4:50 p.m.”


On 15th July the station of Hillston Airport in New South Wales, Australia dropped to -6.0C [21.2F], its lowest temperature on record.

This is the first station worldwide with a long period of records to set an all time cold record in 2022. Instead, 143 set new all time highs.


Six die in floods as wild weather keeps hitting Brazil…

“”The rainfall caused catastrophic floods and landslides that particularly affected vulnerable districts and people living in hillside settlements,” the Brazilian Red Cross said. Climate change has led to Brazil getting rainfall far beyond observed records, the Red Cross said…”


The drought that hits almost half of [Mexico] …will keep food prices high, said Juan Cortina, president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA).

“The difficulty of producing food with high temperatures and the lack of resources in infrastructure are added to factors such as the increase in oil prices and the problems in supply chains at a global level that have led to high inflation.”


California’s idle crop land may double as water crisis deepens…

“The size of fields intended for almonds, rice, wine grapes and other crops left unworked could be around 800,000 acres, double the size of last year and the most in at least several decades, said Josue Medellin-Azuara, an associate professor at University of California Merced (UC Merced).”


Salt Lake City has tied its all-time highest temperature on record.

“It’s also the hottest Utah’s capital city has reached in 2022 (so far) and the second time in nine days that the record high on a specific calendar day has been broken… Just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed that it recorded a temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit.”


At least six dead after dust storm triggers mass pileup on Interstate 90 in Montana…

The wind easily picked up dust – a product of recent temperatures into the 90s Fahrenheit (30s Celsius) and triple digits over the past week – and reduced visibility to less than a quarter mile (0.4km).”


Drought might be as great as the Kansas drought of 1956.

“For those of us who were hoping our current hard case drought would dry up and blow away, the reality is anything but. Instead, the new 3-month forecast promises more of the same and a lot of it… Like 1956, our current drought didn’t just start last fall.”


The northernmost station of Canada, Alert (lat 82,5N) rose to an exceptional 20.0C [68F] yesterday. 1C from the record set in July 2019. The other cold pole Eureka (79,6N) also rose >20C.”


Even in the midst of winter, Antarctic sea ice sets new record lows. The loss of ice from West Antarctica should be a warning to the world…

“…as of June 20, the day before the start of southern winter, the Antarctic sea ice extent has been setting daily record lows for this time of the year… West Antarctica is experiencing more than just sea ice loss. Glaciers in that region of the continent have been particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming…”


Our empty oceans: Scots team’s research finds Atlantic plankton all but wiped out in catastrophic loss of life.

“An Edinburgh-based research team fears plankton, the tiny organisms that sustain life in our seas, has all but been wiped out… Previously, it was thought the amount of plankton had halved since the 1940s, but the evidence gathered by the Scots suggest 90% has now vanished.”


Readers, my apologies. It turns out that this article is not all it’s cracked up to be. Here is a rebuttal tweeted by XR Cambridge (if you follow the link there is a whole thread about it):

An article doing the rounds suggests most Atlantic phytoplankton, the base of the food web, is dead. Numerous scientists have stated the data is very weak and its conclusions wrong. BUT….everything is not fine with the plankton.

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15th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Portugal just hit 47.0°C (116.6°F) in Pinhão. If confirmed, this will go down as the hottest July day in recorded history for the country.


And here is a Portuguese language news-source for that:


First national monthly record to fall in this European Heat wave is that of Andorra [in the eastern Pyrenees].

38.0C /100.4F [on Thursday 14th July] at Borda Vidal, near the Spanish border, it beats the 37.7C set at the same place in July 2015.”


Record hot day in Spain:

“Madrid Retiro Tmin 26.2C [79.1F] highest Min. on records; Talavera de la Reina 44.8C [112.6F]; Castilla La Mancha; Candeleda 45.1C arguably highest reliable temp. for Castilla y Leon; New records: Ourense (Galicia) 44.1C; Zamora 41.8C; Navacerrada 33.4C; More to come…”


Italian island of Sardinia suffers worst locust invasion in 30 years…

Rising temperatures and lack of rain… play a big role as dry and compacted soil make it easier for locusts to lay their eggs.”


As Europe bakes in heatwave, wildfires rage from Portugal to Croatia.

“Wildfires raged across tinder-dry country in Portugal, Spain, France and Croatia on Thursday, burning homes and threatening livelihoods, as much of Europe baked in a heatwave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40Cs in some parts.”


The Rhine is on the brink of being closed to shipping traffic as water levels plunge towards “extreme” lows in a major blow for the German economy.

“Water levels at the town of Kaub, a bottleneck point in one of Europe’s most important transport arteries, have fallen beneath one metre as a heatwave grips the continent.”


In a newsletter from the Melting Glaciers project [Iceland], Skeiðarárjökull was singled out as the fastest-retreating glacier last year, having lost some 400m of its eastern tail.

“…glaciers in Iceland have been receding for at least a quarter of a century and that this pattern is one of the clearest forms of evidence for climate change in Iceland… Since 1995, Icelandic glaciers are estimated to have lost a total of 8% of their total volume.


In Photos: Severe Flooding Washes Out Siberian Villages…

“Several towns and villages are in deep water and dozens of locals have been forced to evacuate… For several years, the region has been hit by increasingly widespread summer wildfires, a phenomenon that is expected to feed into rising temperatures as the fires release greenhouse gases from melting permafrost.”


Relentless record heat in Far East Russia with temperatures as high as 37C [98.6F] above 500m asl in inner Magadan area.

“For stations with long Period of Records, on 13th July there was a all time record at Kljuchi (Kamchatka) with 33.1C and all time record tied at Markovo (Chukotka) with 33.5C.”


Air samples from Arctic region show how fast Earth is warming.

“While climate change is taking effect everywhere on Earth, the Arctic Circle is feeling those effects most of all, in the form of glacial melt, permafrost thaw and sea ice decline.”


Exceptional heat in Nunavut, Canada on 13th July with temperatures reaching 30C [86F].

All time record destroyed at Shepherd Bay (lat 68N) with 29.0C [84.2F], also new record for Taloyoak (69N) with 26.0C (shorter Period of Records though). On 6 July Cape Parry had also beaten its all time record with 25.8C.”


Warmer waters caused by climate change are attracting more sharks to New York and New England.

“Sharks typically travel up north during the summer months, but this year’s migration is larger and came much earlier than previous seasons – and an expert says climate change is to blame.”


A house was split into two by gusts of wind in College Park in the US state of Maryland on Tuesday.

“Severe storms caused damage and chaos in the city of College Park, including a home that was ripped into two while a man was inside it. A video of the damaged house went viral on social media after journalist Tom Roussey posted it on Twitter.”


See the rural Virginia county slammed by flash flooding.

“Buchanan County, Virginia officials have located all missing persons after a torrential downpour sent homes flying off of foundations, and landslides pancaked roadways.”


After hottest June on record, Houston is also on pace to set a July heat record…

“Houston now has an average temperature of 88.5 degrees [31.4C] for the month of July, which would break the existing record of 87.5 degrees (set in 1980) by a full degree. June, already, was the city’s warmest month on record.”


Unforgiving heat wave in Texas and Southern Plains to worsen next week… Some areas already seeing their hottest summer on record are about to get hotter, with highs climbing to 102 to 107 degrees

“The heat will ratchet up just days after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) twice issued conservation appeals (Monday and Wednesday), its power supply pushed to the brink. The state’s beleaguered grid is sure to be tested again.”


As drought shrivels Lake Powell, millions face power crisis.

“The miles-long “bathtub ring,” bleached white by water over years, is a glaring symbol of the crisis unfolding at the Colorado River basin, which is suffering its driest period for more than 12 centuries. At the epicenter of this slow-burn environmental disaster embroiling the US south-west is Lake Powell…”


A strong sandstorm hit Marrakech, Morocco, on July 13, causing trees to be uprooted and electricity poles to fall, according to local media.

“Footage recorded by Bridget John shows the sky in Marrakech colored yellow by dust on Wednesday.”


Iraq hits back at Turkish claims of wasting water.

“Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Ali Riza Guney earlier in the day absolved Turkey of any blame for worsening Iraq’s water crisis, claiming that Iraq needs to maximize its water efficiency as “water is largely wasted in Iraq.””


Amid unprecedented water decrease, FAO is warning of threat to the communities in the Iraqi Marshes and call for action to help buffalo producers overcome climate change and water shortage…

“.. the Marshes are one of the poorest regions in Iraq and one of the most affected by the climate change and water shortage causing disastrous impact on livelihoods…”


Unseasonal rains and flooding have killed at least 39 people – including nine children – in Afghanistan, the United Nations said Wednesday…

The rains have caused land to slide, exposing unexploded ordnance from four decades of war and conflict. The mines are being moved and exploded under controlled circumstances to prevent further casualties, said OCHA.”


A record 115 mm [4.5 inches] of rain was recorded in Lonavla [Maharashtra, India; at least eight dead in the state] between 7 am and 11 am today. It has been raining heavily in Lonavla since this morning.

“Tata Dam chief Basavaraj Munnot has informed that if the rains continue, the water from Lonavla dam will flow to Lonavla city in the next 24 hours. The administration has appealed to the citizens not to leave their homes without important work as the rains are intensifying.”


Climate change hits Nagaland [NE India] hard… 2016’s record as the second hottest pre-monsoon season overtaken…

“Global warming is real. Several parts of Nagaland are experiencing severe heatwave over the past few days as temperature continues to soar, after receiving a major spell of pre-monsoon rain.”


China heatwave brings record high temperatures to Shanghai and other cities.

The city suffered its hottest day since records began on Wednesday with the mercury topping 40.9 Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit); Other parts of the country are recording similar temperatures with demand for air conditioning putting a strain on the power grid.”


China opens former air raid shelters amid heat wave.

“Air raid shelters were built in numerous Chinese cities during the Japanese invasion beginning in 1937.

“The building campaign was restored in the late 1950s when the former Soviet Union canceled its projects with China…”


Heavy rains hit Tohoku region [Japan], with more on the way tonight…

Sendai’s Izumi Ward received 161.5 millimeters [6.4 inches] of rainfall over a 12-hour period, setting a record for July. The city of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture recorded an intense hourly rainfall of 44 mm. The torrential rains caused rivers in Osaki, northern Miyagi, to overflow…”


Flash flood causes chaos near Bangkok.

“Destructive flash floods hit Samut Prakarn province near Bangkok last night causing chaos and thousands of baht worth of damage throughout the community. Shocked locals said that water levels hit 50 centimetres, the highest in 30 years.”


Sydney smashes July rainfall record dating back to 1858, and on track to break annual record.

Just 14 days into the month, Sydney has recorded its wettest July on record

“The previous record for July was 336.1 millimetres [13.2 inches] from 1950, but that rain fell over a whole month,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.”


Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics. From wildfires to glacier collapses, a flurry of extreme heat events has led to deaths and disrupted lives since the start of July.


Forests are becoming less resilient because of climate change.

“An analysis of two decades of satellite data shows that forests in arid, tropical and temperate regions are becoming less able to bounce back after events such as drought and logging.”


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13th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Chinese cities break heat records, weather extremes to persist. Several Chinese cities broke new records for high temperatures on Tuesday as scorching heat and contrasting relentless rains wreaked havoc, with local forecasters expecting the weather extremes to linger for days.

“Red alerts, the highest in a three-tier warning system, were dispersed throughout the country on Tuesday…”


Catastrophic heat in China with night temperatures above 33C in Chongqing. Extreme moisture, THI of 55C-60C in some areas

On 12th July: Earliest 40C [104F] on records at Hangzhou; All time records: Yixing 41.3C, Heijiang 42.0C, Tongxiang 41.0C, Shaoxing 41.3C and Changxing 40.9C. More to come.


Record high temperatures across China are affecting the country’s agricultural production in yet another sign of how extreme weather events compounded by the climate crisis are impacting the lives and livelihoods globally.

Fu Jiaolan, chief forecaster at the National Meteorological Center, warned… high temperatures would accelerate the loss in soil moisture in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces and hurt the growth of corn, cotton, cash forests, and fruits.”


Cambodian farmers call for government help during extended drought. Many say they face financial ruin as their crops dry up and die…

“Chak Mao from Mongkol Borey district of Banteay Meanchey province told RFA that thousands of hectares of rice are drying up due to the four-month drought.”


Japanese horseradish farmers fear for future amid climate change…

“Experts say global warming is affecting production not only by increasing the number and severity of storms, but with rising temperatures that threaten growth of the plants, which need to be in water a consistent 10-15 degrees C year-round.”


More record rainfall in Saitama Pref., near Tokyo.

“Weather radar shows that an area around Hatoyama Town had about 100 millimeters [approx four inches] of rain during three separate hours [each] on Tuesday — the hour until 5:50 p.m., the hour until 7 p.m. and the hour until 8:10 p.m. Roughly the same amount of rain was observed around Higashimatsuyama City…”


Incredible aerial photos show the devastation caused by floods spreading across NSW after days of torrential rain caused rivers to burst their banks and destroy homes.

“Thousands of homes are ruined and many more still cut off after NSW’s fourth major flood in as many months where entire country towns went underwater.”


Wild weather is hitting the country on Tuesday, with snow and floods forcing the closure of several key routes around New Zealand.

“MetService has issued over 40 weather warnings and watches around both the North and South Islands. The weather blast has also caused power outages and self-evacuations in some areas.”


In Peru, a melting glacier threatens to flood a city – for the second time.

“Glacial lake Palcacocha has grown 34 times larger in four decades… As the lake grows, it becomes a latent threat to the residents of the nearby city of Huaraz… A local man’s lawsuit against a German energy firm is keeping international attention on the rising flood risks.”


Mexico declares state of emergency due to drought.

“The Mexican government declared a national state of emergency due to low water levels in several basins, which also involves special regulations… In its latest report, Conagua wrote that only Campeche, Colima, Chiapas, Mexico City, Guerrero, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, and Yucatán are not affected by the drought.”


8 of California’s 10 largest wildfires on record have occurred in the past 10 years. 4 of Colorado’s 5 largest fires have happened in the last 5 years. The 2 largest wildfires on record in New Mexico have both occurred this year.

It’s not coincidence. It’s climate change.”


Extreme temperatures will challenge the Texas power grid this week…

“This heat wave began more than a week ago and is still going strong. The high temperature in Dallas has topped 100 degrees every day since July 3, and we will go into this week with more of the same. Close to 40 additional heat records could be broken across the Lone Star State before the weekend.”


Flash drought concerns grow as Oklahoma’s dry weather continues…

“We don’t have to tell you it is hot and dry. Summers typically are in Oklahoma. But this year — it’s different. The state’s climatologist now says we’re in a “flash drought.” …this is the driest the state’s been in about 100 years, with no significant precipitation since June 10.”


Prolonged deluge may trigger serious Gulf Coast flooding… near-record-warm waters along the northern Gulf Coast will be turning up the burners on thunderstorm development near a stalled front

“The NOAA/NWS Weather Prediction Center warned on Monday afternoon that rainfall totals could hit 15 to 20 inches over pockets of the central Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana to western Florida.”


Boat owners on UK’s longest canal stuck amid record water shortage.

“A lack of recent rainfall forces part of the Leeds-Liverpool canal to shut while 5 million face a hosepipe ban… The hot dry weather has also led to a warning from emergency services and water safety charities about the dangers of swimming in open water during the heatwave.”


Tropical nights have been recorded across England as one city endured its hottest night since records began.

Sheffield experienced the UK’s highest minimum temperature of 20.5C [68F] – the city’s warmest night ever.” [Also Edinburgh and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire had their warmest July night on record].


After the second-warmest June on record [and warmest May on record for France and Spain, too], western Europe is bracing for its second dangerous heat wave of the summer.

“The UK, Portugal, Spain and France are facing record-breaking temperatures this week, with little relief in sight.”


Europe’s Heat Wave Is Bad for Energy Prices, But the Drought Is Worse…

“The drought matters for electricity beyond hydropower generation. Coal-fired power stations in Germany rely on waterways such as the Rhine to ship in their fuel via barges. And French nuclear plants rely on rivers for cooling. If hydropower, coal and nuclear production is disrupted, all Europe has left is wind and solar…”


Heat, drought and storms have shrunk the wheat harvest in France, the European Union’s top exporter, further straining global supplies.

“The country’s soft-wheat output will drop about 7% to 32.9 million tons this year… One of France’s driest and warmest springs on record hurt yields during a crucial development period.”


12th July was an exceptionally hot day especially for Galicia, NW Spain. The city of Ourense broke its all time record with 43.2C /109.8F (previous 42.6C in July 1990).

“Even hotter at Remuíño with 43.7C (Meteo Galicia) and Ribadavia (Aemet) 43.5C.”


Portugal and Spain going through hell with heatwave sparking huge fires.

“In Spain, some 300 firefighters backed by 17 planes and helicopters were battling a wildfire in the eastern region of Extremadura which has ravaged 2,500 hectares of land, local officials said… In neighbouring Portugal, firefighters were battling a blaze which has ravaged some 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of land in the central municipality of Ourem since Thursday.”


Supplies of olive oil, risotto rice and passata are under threat as northern Italy suffers its worst drought in 70 years, stirring up the cost of living crisis further.

“Specialist importers are preparing for price rises of as much as 50% or more for rice and tomatoes and are considering looking for new sources of supply…”


1.5 million livestock dead across drought affected parts of Ethiopia.

The UNOCHA also warned that the situation could further deteriorate as forecasts indicate that the October-December 2022 rainy season could also fail, leading to “an unprecedented and catastrophic situation, the likes of which has not been witnessed in the Horn of Africa in recent history.””


Cereal production in Iraq has fallen due to drought: UN…

“It is expected that the amount of grain harvest for 2022 in Iraq will reach 3.4 million tons (including 2.7 million tons of wheat), which is about 35% less than in 2021, when the amount of grain production amounted to 5.2 million tons, including 4.2 million tons of wheat.”


Iran’s Raeisi calls for regional effort to tackle dust storms.

“Iran has suffered from increased cases of severe dust storms in recent years with authorities blaming the problem on drought as well as on the lack of proper management of water and land resources in neighboring countries, especially in Iraq.”


Melting glaciers, dying coral sounds add to climate research…

“Earth’s sounds are changing. On dark days, one might almost hear Jim Morrison lamenting the tortured planet on When the Music’s Over: “What have they done to the earth, yeah? / What have they done to our fair sister?””


Humanity is closer than ever to irreversible climate breakdown 60 years on from the birth of the modern environmental movement, the head of the Environment Agency will warn.

“In a speech to environmental think tank Green Alliance in London on Tuesday, the agency’s chief executive, Sir James Bevan, will say the biodiversity crisis poses an existential threat to human survival.”


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11th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Pakistan floods: 135 killed and hundreds homeless as record monsoon rains wreak havoc… Sherry Rehman, the country’s minister for climate change, said Sindh and Balochistan provinces had already seen recording-breaking rain in July.

“Calling it a national tragedy, she added: “The water levels are high and people need to be careful because the monsoon patterns are changing. At this moment, the rains across Pakistan are 87 per cent more than the average downpour.””


Severe urban flooding in Karachi after record heavy downpour… Roads inundated, power outages reported after city gets non-stop rainfall…

“Highest rainfall of 228mm [9 inches] has been recorded in Kemari in last 12 hours while 135mm in Korangi and 111mm in Saddar. Amounts from South of Karachi remind us of 27th August 2020 cloudburst.”


Triggered by melting glaciers, massive mudslides in Kargil [Ladakh, India]…

“Unheard of in the past, massive mudslides in the northernmost Union Territory of Ladakh are not only damaging agricultural fields and houses of people, but also triggering concern among experts who believe changes in climatic conditions are its root cause.”


15 Dead, Over 40 Missing After Cloudburst Near Amarnath Shrine [Kashmir, India]…

“Fifteen people were killed and more than 40 are reported missing after a cloudburst near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, said officials. The yatra has been suspended till further notice.”


Uttarakhand [India]: Valley of Flowers closed as trek route washed away…

“Valley of Flowers, nestled at about 11,800 ft in the Garhwal Himalayas, was hit by a severe landslide triggered by rains on Saturday, as a result of which huge cracks developed on the trek route inside the valley. Some stretches of the route were almost completely washed away.”


British tourists survive avalanche in Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan [footage is extraordinary].

“Footage uploaded on Instagram by Harry Shimmin, one of the people on the trekking tour, showed snow starting to break down a mountain in the distance, before sweeping towards them and forcing the group to take cover as the snow went over the top of them.”


“Deadly heat wave in China with widespread temperatures 40C-43C with humidity rate above 40%.

On 10th July the cities of Shanghai and Chongqing both had their earliest 40C [104F] in history. New all time records at Xunyang (Shaanxi) with 43.2C and at Junlian (Sichuan) with 41.4C.


State of emergency in the north of Yakutia, Russia’s largest & coldest republic, with living settlements flooded by mountain rivers; one of them is completely under water with rescuers evacuating residents.

As Yakutia’s north is getting flooded, the south is burning in wildfires.


‘It’s just a scary situation’: Yukoners react to being on evacuation alert as fires continue to burn…

“Mayo is one of several communities for which the territorial government has issued evacuation alerts as 161 fires, as of Friday, burn in the Yukon. The other communities include Elsa, Keno, Moose Lodge Creek, the Victoria Gold Mine as well as Stewart Crossing and surrounding areas.”


US cruise ships using Canada as a ‘toilet bowl’ for polluted waste.

“Lax Canadian regulations create ‘perverse incentive’ for US cruise ships en route to Alaska to discharge toxic mix of chemicals and wastewater off British Columbia, report says… More than 31bn litres (8.5bn US gallons) a year of pollution is estimated to be discharged off the west coast of Canada by cruise ships…”


Yosemite wildfire doubles in size as crews work to safegaurd giant sequoias.

“A wildfire threatening the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park more than doubled in size in a day, and firefighters were working in difficult terrain Sunday to protect the iconic trees and a small mountain town.”


“AP PHOTOS: Withering drought shows Lake Mead boat graveyard.

“An abandoned old power boat juts upright from the cracked mud like a giant tombstone. Its epitaph might read: Here lay the waters of Lake Mead. The largest U.S. reservoir has shrunken to a record low amid a punishing drought and the demands of 40 million people in seven states who are sucking the Colorado River dry.”


It appears we are sharing this intense heat with many of our friends across the country on this Sunday. Austin, Texas tied its July record of 110° [43.3C].


The operator of Texas’ electric grid has issued a call to the public for energy conservation Monday as excessive heat could lead to an energy emergency.

“At 9 p.m., the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a watch indicating that it has projected a shortage in energy reserves Monday “with no market solution available,” according to an active operations message posted to the ERCOT website. ERCOT is also calling for voluntary energy conservation.”


‘Desperate for water’: drought hits Mexican industrial powerhouse.

“…for several weeks, a heat wave and dearth of rain means that Monterrey has had running water for only a few hours a day. In disadvantaged neighborhoods perched on hills, it has been more than 50 days since some residents last saw a drop from their faucets. “I’m desperate for water,” said Navarro.”


Winter heat wave in South America:

“After widespread tropical nights (up to +25.2C in Paraguay) max. temperatures rose as high as 37.8C [100F] in Paraguay and 37.6C at Tucuman, Argentina. More tropical nights will follow tonight, even >25C in Paraguay.”


The Lagos State government [Nigeria] has apologised to the people over the the devastating floods which ravaged major parts of the state at the weekend.

“The Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Governor, Joe Igbokwe, in a statement issued on Sunday noted that the floods were due to the coastal nature of the city.”


Kenya drought: Children going hungry and women needing to ‘beg’ for support for the first time.

“At a malnutrition clinic in Northern Kenya, women waiting for food and medicine with their hungry children say that “people will die” if the drought does not end soon. Dozens wait under a beating sun to get their children assessed for malnutrition at the Sasame Dispensary clinic in Turkana County.”


Some Iraqi Province Defy Govt Orders over Water Management…

“Governor of Iraq’s Babylon province appeared in a video last month as he ordered the opening of a water gate on the Euphrates River to meet the demand of local farmers. The move was a blatant act of defiance against the federal government that is responsible for the management of water resources throughout the country.”


Exceptional heat in Morocco. The Airport of Essaouira rose to a record of 48.3C /118.9F (the port 15km away was only 23.9C!), Taroudant 47.8C (highest hourly) and Guelmin (300m asl) 46.9C.

Yesterday in Portugal 43.5C [110.3F] at Santarem but it will get hotter.”


Dozens injured in Portugal wildfires as heatwave to intensify…

“By Sunday afternoon, Portugal’s civil protection agency said more than 3,000 firefighters were tackling active blazes…

“On Sunday, the EU activated its firefighting air fleet assistance programme, which allows member states to share resources to help Portugal.”


Spain swelters as temperatures soar in second heatwave.

“AEMET spokesman Ruben del Campo told Reuters that temperatures could touch 44C [111.2F] in Corboda or Extremadura in southern Spain… Del Campo said there was also a high risk of forest fires during the heatwave.”


‘Mega-fire’ among multiple wildfires authorities battle to contain in South of France…

“Overall, it is the whole of southeastern France, which faces “a very high danger of fires”, said the general director of civil security, recommending that people take great caution until Sunday, recalling that nine fires out of ten are of human origin, due to economic activity or imprudence (cigarette butts, barbecues, campfires).”


A glacier collapse, cheese production under threat and an evaporating river – Italy is baking and it must adapt.

“With 11 killed when a melted glacier collapsed, water levels dropping more than eight metres, warmer winters and sizzling summers, Italy has no choice but to adapt its ways of life to survive.”


One year after flooding devastated parts of southern and eastern Belgium – killing 39 people – Limbourg is struggling to recover as authorities consider how to rebuild as climate change brings ever-growing flood risks…

“A year ago flooding traumatised the town of 6,000, many residents of Limbourg have left and others are still living in temporary accommodation.”


How climate change is intensifying this summer’s extreme weather.

“”Summer has become the danger season where you see these kinds of [extreme weather] events happening earlier, more frequently, and co-occurring,” Rachel Licker, principal climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a research and advocacy group, told the Post. “It just shows you how vulnerable our infrastructure is and that this is just going to get increasingly problematic.””


Depleted chickpea crops across world as prices of hummus products surge this year…

“The US, the fourth largest chickpea exporter in the world, planted a reduced number of the pulses this year due to bad weather and farmers prioritising pricier crops like wheat. Russia and Ukraine are also big chickpea producers, with the conflict affecting harvests.”


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8th July 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

China gears up for disasters as flood season enters ‘critical period’… China tells regional officials to ready for disasters after months of torrential rain.

“China routinely faces heavy flooding during its summer, but record-breaking rain in some regions this year has highlighted the challenges it faces as it tries to adapt to climate change, with temperatures also reaching fresh highs…

“Since the flood season began in March, average rainfall across the country is 10.7% higher than normal, and has doubled in some parts of the south. Rain in the Pearl River basin in the southeastern province of Guangdong is at its highest on record.”


South China early summer harvest is washing away… Erratic weather is adding to farming challenges across China…

“Insurance claims for agricultural losses rose sharply after flash floods swept across large swathes of Guangdong, reaching 328 million yuan (about $49 million) as of June 23. The damage was exacerbated by Typhoon Chaba, which landed in Guangdong on Saturday, flattening crops.”


Rainstorms lash northeast China, trapping cars, buses in floods…

“In Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, its 7.6 million residents were caught off-guard by the unexpectedly heavy rain even though several red alerts, the highest in a four-tier storm warning system, had been issued.”


Intense heat wave in Central China in Gansu with extremely high temperatures at high elevations.

“Tazhong (lat. 39N,alt. 1100m) 43.6C [110.5F]; Zhangye (1462m) 40.3C highest temperature on records; In Sichuan, new records at: Mabian 40.7C and Qingchuan 40.2C; 17 more records were broken.”


Unprecedented heat in Far East Russia – some remarkable values:

“Srednikan (62N) 37.7C [99.9F]; Ust Bakhapcha 37.0C; Talaya in Magadan (61N ,710m) 36.4C;

Khabarovsk Krai morning dew points above 25C [77F]!”


Oymyakon, Sakha, is famous for having the record of the lowest temperature in an inhabited village with -67.7C on 6th February 1933.

89 years later, today 8th July an opposite record was set: its warmest night on record with an overnight minimum of 18.6C [65.5F] and almost 23 hours were “tropical”.”


Floods and destruction as storm hits Moscow, Russia on July 7th 2022.

“Trees and electrical cables were pulled down in strong winds. Areas of the city were left without electricity, with aid services unable to restore power. Heavy rain caused flooding, particularly in the area of Taganka. Subway systems were stopped, as floods filled underground areas.”


Climate change brings Europe its second-warmest June on record…

“Temperatures continue to rise globally due to climate change, making it the third-warmest June on record, 0.31 degrees higher than the 1991-2020 average. Long spells of exceptionally high temperatures were felt in northern parts of China and Japan where heatwaves broke local records.”


Record-high heatwave sours Hungary cherry grower’s season.

“The more than two week long heatwave in Hungary, with record-high temperatures ranging between 37 and 40 degrees for days on end during the early summer, is souring the harvest season for growers and exporters… According to Csaba Juhos, sales manager at the co-operative Fresh Fruit TÉSZ… their problems started before the heatwave with frost damage in early spring.”


Farmers feel heat as northern Italy suffers worst drought in decades…

““Neither my father nor I have ever seen anything like this,” said the 52-year-old whose family have leased the traditionally fertile land in the Lombardy region for half a century. “If it doesn’t rain for at least five days soon, we’ll lose everything.””


Current drought in southern Europe could become worst ever.

“The European Union is bracing itself for a difficult wildfire season with hundreds of firefighters from different member states being deployed as the drought in southern European countries could become “the worst ever”.”


Portugal is bracing for a heat wave, with temperatures in some areas forecast to climb as high as 43 C (109 F) this weekend just as a severe drought grips the country.

“The Civil Protection Agency, a Portuguese government body that coordinates official responses to emergencies, said Thursday it is placing crews on high alert because of the risk of wildfires.”


If Capetonians [South Africa] think it was unseasonably warm in June, which is generally cold and rainy, they’re not wrong. Maximum temperatures during the month hit records

“The weather station at Cape Town International Airport, which covers the Cape Flats area and has been operating since 1960… recorded its highest temperature for June at 30.9 °C [87.6F]…”


Three dead and seven rescued in Oman as heavy rain causes flooding.

“One adult and two children were killed in flash flooding in Oman’s Dhakiliyah and Rustaq governorates on Thursday, as rain continues to lash the sultanate… Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a severe weather warning on Thursday for the governorates of Muscat, Al Sharqiyah, Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah, Dhahirah, Wusta and Dhofar.”


Heavy rains, unseasonal flood kills 10 in Afghanistan.

“It’s the second time that the eastern region has experienced flash floods in less than a month, with 19 people killed and 131 people injured in heavy rains that occurred over two days in June, the statement said.”


At least 77 people have died in monsoon rains lashing Pakistan, the country’s climate change minister said Wednesday, warning more heavier-than-usual downpours lay ahead.

“”For me, it’s a national tragedy,” Sherry Rehman told a news conference in the capital, adding the toll was taken from June 14, when the monsoon started.”


‘In the mouth of dragons’: Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan’s north…

“Pakistan is home to more than 7,000 glaciers, more than anywhere else on Earth outside the poles. Rising global temperatures linked to climate change are causing the glaciers to rapidly melt, creating thousands of glacial lakes. The government has warned that 33 of these lakes… are at risk of bursting…”


Stalled monsoon behind devastating floods in northeast India and Bangladesh.

“A lack of easterly winds and other unusual weather patterns have also meant low rainfall in north and central India… this year, the situation has been worsened due to the absence of easterly winds that usually push the monsoon clouds on to the Indo-Gangetic plains…”


NSW Mid North Coast rainfall records broken as flood damage assessed.

“Rainfall records have been toppled in some Mid North Coast areas, including Taree where 305 millimetres [12+ inches] fell in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday… The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed it’s the highest daily rainfall figure in the township of Taree since [record-keeping began in] 1881…”


Years for fruit trees to grow back after ‘unrelenting’ NSW floods, growers say…

“Vegetable crops wiped out by this week’s floods won’t grow back for months, putting even more strain on already-high food prices. But for Guthrey and other fruit growers on the fertile banks of the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, it will take years to replace trees uprooted by the wild weather.”


Incredible record at Noumea, the capital of the French territory of New Caledonia in Oceania.

With a staggering 34.0C [93.2F] it broke the territorial record of July and also broke its own July record by 3.1C, with a value above the records of June and May.”


Historic June heat marks record hospitalizations in Japan.

“The sizzling temperatures in Japan last month saw a record number of people falling ill… Around 15,657 people were hospitalized due to heatstroke in June, the data showed. The figure doubled from 2011 when 6,980 people reportedly fell ill due to rising temperatures…”


Anchorage, Alaska just had its second warmest June on record, and it’s also expected to go down as one of the state’s driest Junes ever — if not the driest.

“That’s according to National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider, back for our Ask a Climatologist segment. And he says, while the meager June precipitation totals aren’t official yet, a drought designation for parts of the state is.”


Yellowstone floods reveal how climate change has made forecasting difficult.

“The Yellowstone National Park area’s weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding.” …By nightfall, after several centimetres of rain fell on a deep spring snowpack, there were record-shattering floods.”


Derecho turns sky green, sweeps through 5 states with 90+ mph winds… [more on the derecho mentioned in the previous thread]…

“Ahead of the derecho, thousands witnessed skies turn an ominous shade of neon green, the heavens appearing borderline phosphorescent. While green skies are sometimes byproducts of thunderstorms, few meteorologists could remember having seen skies reflect that peculiar hue.”


Disastrous hailstorm shreds crops [Montana]…

“On the outskirts of Huntley, hail reached nearly 3 inches in size or roughly that of a baseball, National Weather Service meteorologist Nickolai Reimer said… Hail over 2 inches, Reimer said, is enough to seriously injure any living creature caught outside.”


The amount of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere during June 2022 was almost 4 million square kilometers below average…

“Data is from https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/.”


When the Weather Gets Hot Enough To Kill.

From South Asia to the US, from Africa to Europe, intense heat is pushing the human body beyond the bounds of physiological tolerance… As the climate warms, conditions once experienced only in saunas and deep mineshafts are rapidly becoming the open-air reality for hundreds of millions of people…”


Climate change is killing pollen…

“According to researchers, extended heat waves can break down proteins that are critical for the development of pollen. And no pollen means no crops. “There is basically no return,” Jenna Walters, a botanist, told Grist. “[Heat] exposure for just four hours is enough to lead to permanent damage.””


Rampant wildfires once led to global mass extinction, scientists say. Can it happen again?

“…New research suggests the accelerating fires of this apocalyptic period 252 million years ago were not just a symptom of a warming planet, but a driver of extinction in their own right. Increasingly frequent fires overwhelmed plants’ ability to adapt and set off chains of events that threatened life in habitats untouched by flames themselves—just as scientists fear they are doing today.


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