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26th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Food shock: Crop-battering disasters highlight climate threat.

“Rolling crises linked to war, weather disasters and the pandemic have shaken global food systems and tipped millions into hunger and poverty.

“Climate change is already playing a role, as floods, droughts and heatwaves batter harvests from Europe to Asia and threaten famine in the Horn of Africa. And experts warn this could be just the beginning.”


The World’s Biggest Source of Clean Energy Is Evaporating Fast.

“From California to Germany and China, climate change-fueled heatwaves and droughts have shrunk rivers that feed giant hydropower plants… China’s Three Gorges Dam is an awe-inspiring sight, a vast barrier across the Yangtze River… But this summer, the world’s largest power plant was eerily quiet.”


Drought in East China’s Zhejiang leads to water supply restrictions.

“Leqing city in Wenzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province will launch citywide emergency restrictions on water supply from Tuesday as the city has suffered a drought for months since summer. The local flood and drought control headquarters in Leqing issued a notice on Sunday…”


China’s Sept coal output jumps 12.3% on year, hits record daily levels.

“China’s September coal production jumped 12.3% from a year earlier to 390 million tonnes, official data showed on Monday, reaching record average daily levels as mines resumed operation after heavy rainfall in the summer months.”


Malaysia is braced for major floods. So why is it holding an election?

““Their strategy is clear: they want to keep voter turnout low because roads will be flooded and accessibility to polling stations will be cut off,” said Charles Santiago, a member of parliament for the opposition Democratic Action Party.”


Update on Australia Extreme Weather: On 25th October many new records of highest minimum temperatures for October were broken including 29.0C [84.2F] at Warruwi and 27.2C at Townsville.

“Heavy rainfalls are still falling in SE: Sydney is having its wettest October on records.”


About 1,500 residents in Narrabri, in the north-west slopes of New South Wales, have been told to evacuate as the flooding crisis continues across swathes of eastern Australia.

“There were 121 current emergency warnings in place across NSW on Tuesday, including 22 directing people to evacuate or move to higher ground, as swollen rivers threatened homes.”


California becomes the first US state to enforce wildfire insurance discounts.

“California’s insurance regulator has implemented new rules that now require insurers to assess the wildfire risk of their customers’ properties and provide insurance discounts to those with safer properties.”


New Study Shows Wildfires Drive L.A.’s Mountain Lions to Take Deadly Risks…

““We could see his paws were burnt, and he died of starvation,” said Seth Riley, co-author of the study and wildlife branch chief for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where the study was conducted. Riley’s team recovered Culvert Cat’s body.”


Small Missouri town ‘devastated’ by destructive wildfire.

“Roughly half of a small Missouri town burned Saturday after a wildfire spread quickly from a farm field and destroyed or heavily damaged 23 buildings, officials said… Wooldridge is a town of less than 100 people about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Columbia along the Missouri River.”


State of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies is ‘dire right now,’ expert warns.

“John Pomeroy is the Canada research chair in water resources and climate change at the University of Saskatchewan. He says the state of the glaciers in the Canadian Rockies is “dire right now.” “We’ve lost hundreds of them already, just over the last few decades, and we’ll be losing most of the rest over this century – including over most peoples’ lifetimes.””


October heat breaks weather record in Montreal.

“The stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures is expected to continue across southwestern Quebec this week after Montreal broke a 59-year-old weather record on Wednesday… The humidex [ie “real feel”] on this unusually warm fall day also hit a surprising high of 30 [86F].”


Despite summer droughts Thames Water dumps sewage from storm overflows in Oxford.

“The Evenlode Catchment Partnership (ECP) said… “This is a chronic and continuous source of pollution with the recent dumping of untreated sewage particularly damaging as it entered rivers still at very low levels following the recent droughts.””


A tornado swept through areas of Hampshire leaving a zoo, properties and trees all damaged.

“Signs, lampposts and vehicles in the car park at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester were damaged as the storm blew up on Sunday afternoon. The nearby Marwell Manor Farm was also affected, with field shelters destroyed.”


Another incredibly warm night in Europe.

“Temperatures were near the 30C [86F] in some stations of Mallorca Island after midnight and even early morning. In Germany up to 22.6C [72.7F] at Freiburg at midnight. The station of Pirmasens had its Oct. highest min. on records with 16.0C.”


Austria heading for record-breaking October as temperatures heat up. Parts of Austria will enjoy highs of up to 25 degrees [77F]…

“Alexander Orlik, from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), said: “According to the current state of the forecast, it could even be the warmest October in measurement history, close to October in the years 1795, 1811 and 2001.”


Spanish wildfire hero dies three months after being engulfed in flames.

“A Spanish man who suffered 80% burns as he dug a trench to stop a wildfire from reaching his hometown has died from his injuries three months later, his friends said on Tuesday… Locals had hailed him as a hero in July…”


At [a predicted] 33 degrees [91.4F] in November: the “thermal harness” returns Spain to a summer that seems never to end…

“In the midst of an energy crisis, these abnormally high temperatures seem like a stroke of luck, but even luck has consequences… Groundhog Day: The curious thing about this thermal “arreón” is that it replicates (almost step by step) the atmospheric structure that left us the record of heat waves in summer.”


25th October was another record day in the Mediterranean with a brutal 36.8C [98.2F] at Melilla, a Spanish city in Northern Africa, which smashes its October record of 35.0C.

In Sardinia (Italy), monthly record at Capo San Lorenzo with 34.0C (provisional). 33.0C at Muro, Mallorca Island.”


And it’s Nador [in Morocco] again! Its record of the hottest October day on records lasted just 3 days, because today the Mediterranean town rose to 37.0C [98.6F]. Nador broke its all-time heat record this summer, too.

“On the Atlantic coast, it’s much worse with brutal extremes of 28.5C/+36.8C at Tiznit and 39.0C again at Agadir. And it’s not over yet.”


Desperate flight, then misery and starvation in camps for Nigerians displaced by flooding.

“Mr George says the children were so hungry he did not have the heart to keep any for himself, and there was nothing else to eat that evening in the camp, a secondary school building in Rivers State, one of 32 Nigerian states hit by catastrophic floods.”


Amid Egypt’s acute water shortage, Cairo is eyeing the Republic of Congo to plant wheat and other strategic crops to cover the country’s food needs.

“Sherif Al-Gabali, head of the parliamentary African Affairs Committee, said on Oct. 17 that Congolese authorities have allocated 20,000 hectares (48,000 feddans) of arable lands for Egypt in the city of Mossendjo…”


In drought-hit Iraq, six out of 10 households have had their access to drinking water disrupted and a quarter of farmers have seen crop yields drastically fall this year, said a survey published Monday.

“”We are seeing the continued damage from Iraq’s climate and water crisis,” said James Munn, the NRC’s country director, in a statement released alongside the survey findings.”


‘It’s the fault of climate change’: Pakistan seeks ‘justice’ after floods…

““I want to feel settled for once in my life — to live in a place that doesn’t get washed away again and again,” said Sarfaraz, a labourer who is now living with her husband and children in a tent camp on rocky land near Thatta in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.”


Floods and early snow risk killing off Kashmir’s nomadic culture.

“The journey to the pastures of the Kashmir hills gets more perilous every year, with sudden downpours and cold snaps causing Gujjar and Bakarwal herders to lose livestock and, sometimes, loved ones… “I have never seen such harsh conditions before,” said the 52-year-old herder from the Gujjar nomadic community…”


A tropical storm that lashed Bangladesh left at least 24 people dead and about 8 million without power across the delta nation, officials and news reports said Tuesday.

“The government said about 10,000 homes were damaged and more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of crops were destroyed. Thousands of fishing projects were also washed away.”


What’s Behind the Record-Breaking Extreme Weather Events of Summer 2022?

“Heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and floods. Summer 2022 will certainly be remembered for the countless extreme weather events that have brought about destruction, claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and displaced millions worldwide. But what’s behind all these devastating events?”


Arctic sea ice loss to increase strong El Niño events linked to extreme weather: Study.

“The frequency of strong El Niño events could increase by 35% by the end of the century as Arctic sea ice begins to melt out completely in the summer, according to a recent modeling study. El Niños — buildups of especially warm water in the eastern Pacific off of Peru — often trigger ‘devastating’ droughts, floods and cyclones around the globe.”


Fatal fungi: World Health Organization releases first ever list of fungal pathogens that are ‘becoming a threat to humanity’…

“Dr Hanan Balkhy, the WHO’s assistant director-general, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) said: ‘Emerging from the shadows of the bacterial antimicrobial resistance pandemic, fungal infections are growing, and are ever more resistant to treatments, becoming a public health concern worldwide.'”


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24th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Sydney breaks October rainfall record with Victoria also on track for wettest ever month. Rainfall records have continued to tumble amid widespread flooding across eastern Australia, with Sydney already recording its wettest ever October.

“On Monday Sydney reached 286.8mm of rain for October, the most in 165 years of record-keeping, with seven days of the month still remaining.

October is the third month this year that Sydney has set a rainfall record, and Weatherzone reports Sydney’s annual rainfall has reached 2387.6mm, easily its wettest year on record.


NSW weather: almost entire state at flood risk as Lismore braces for third major event this year…

“On Monday morning there were more than 140 current flood warnings across NSW with almost every corner of the state at risk. Lismore residents in the state’s northern rivers region were told to prepare to evacuate on Sunday night amid the prospect of a third major flood there this year.”


NSW wheat farmers expect the bill from flooding rain that has wiped out wheat crops in the northwest of the state to reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Agronomists have estimated “conservative” losses of 120,000 hectares of wheat with an estimated value up to $192 million as a result of widespread flooding in the Moree, Walgett and Narrabri areas.”


A band of high-altitude winds that’s surrounding Antarctica, known as the stratospheric polar vortex, is adding to the risk of increased rainfall in Australia’s south-east this spring, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“The polar vortex is currently forecast to be stronger and colder than normal,” said Andrew Marshall, a senior climate researcher at the BOM.”


Extreme three-day heatwave warning for Far North Queensland…

“Maximum temperatures are expected to reach between the high 30 degrees Celsius to low 40C’s, with minimum overnight temperatures in the mid-20C’s. Meteorologist Kimba Wong said the conditions were unusual for October.”


Floods in Bosconia, Cesar [Colombia], leave at least 20 thousand homeless.

“A dead child and two people missing, as well as more than 20,000 victims in 14 neighborhoods of the municipality of Bosconia, is the result of a flash flood that occurred in this town in the department of Cesar. The events were recorded after 1 am this Sunday…”


Two dead after Hurricane Roslyn hits Mexico Pacific coast… Roslyn hit land as category 3 hurricane before weakening as it headed inland…

“Two people died on Sunday from destruction caused by tropical storm Roslyn after it made landfall along Mexico’s Pacific coast as a powerful hurricane before weakening farther inland, authorities said.”


Before and after: See how the Mississippi River and its tributaries have dropped to record lows.

“Photos and satellite imagery from the central United States show how the region’s worst drought in at least a decade has pushed the Mississippi River and its tributaries to drop to record lows this month. Across the river basin, dozens of gauges have fallen below their low-water threshold.”


Farmers in US Midwest struggle amid prolonged drought.

“Months without rain have left farmers across the vast US Midwest, part of the country’s essential “breadbasket,” seeing crop yields in freefall, with some fields too damaged to harvest… Tucker’s husband, whose grandfather farmed these same fields, says things have not been this bad since the so-called Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.”


Big change in the USA: cold and wintry conditions in the West and abnormal warmth in the Eastern plains.

“Yesterday record heat for late October at Wichita Falls TX with 97F [36.1C]. 100F further south at Rio Grande. Today 90s in Nebraska, upper 80s in Iowa and 78F/25C up north in Canada.”


Colorado Springs Area Residents Evacuated as Latest Wildfire Nears City.

“Residents south of Colorado Springs were ordered to immediately evacuate Saturday afternoon as a fast-moving wildfire approaches the city—the latest this year, as active wildfires across the country scorch more than 500,000 acres.”


Severe weather grips northeast Nebraska. While much of the state is dealing with wildfires, the northeast region of Nebraska is also dealing with severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings

“A tornado was confirmed near Battle Creek before 6:00 p.m. CT, according to weather spotters… A total of 69 of Nebraska’s 93 counties are also in a red flag warning at this time.”


The climate crisis poses a “significant and growing threat” to health in the UK, the country’s most senior public health expert has warned.

“Speaking to the Guardian, Prof Dame Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said there was a common misconception that a warmer climate would bring net health benefits due to milder winters.”


UK Commuters are facing a morning of travel chaos with disruption on trains and flooded roads set to continue after nearly a month’s worth of rain fell yesterday in parts of Southern England.

“The wet weather brought much of southern England to a standstill yesterday, with one pub garden in Croydon, south London ripped apart by conditions likened to a tornado.”


A mini-tornado left one person injured and damaged dozens of homes as it swept across part of northern France near Calais on Sunday.

“The mini-tornado swept across the region as France braces for a wave of storms following a spell of unseasonably warm weather.”


23rd October was another abnormally warm day in most of Europe. Some remarkable temperatures include:

“33.8C [92.8F] in Sardinia, 32.8C at Vinca in France (never so hot that late), 32.5C at Figari in Corsica (new monthly record), 31.8C in Greece, 25.8C in Austria and 25.5C in Switzerland.”


‘People will burn anything’: energy poverty and pollution hit eastern Europe.

“Getting through winter has become the priority for millions of people in eastern Europe who cannot afford the higher gas and electricity prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine… The increased use of toxic fuels also threatens to significantly raise emissions across the region.”


Exceptional heat today in Morocco:

“The city of Nador, on the Mediterranean coast, which already had its hottest day on record this summer, broke the record of its hottest October day with 36.8C [98.24]. Previous record was 36.6C on 7 October 2004.”


Flooding caused by torrential rain in Niger has left 195 people dead and affected more than 322,000, an official toll showed on Saturday…

“As of October 21, 59 people had drowned and 136 had died in collapsing homes, while 211 people were reported injured, according to figures from the Civil Protection Service seen by AFP.”


Gabon – 7 Killed in Libreville Landslide After Heavy Rainfall.

“One landslide buried a home in the PK 8 area of the 6th arrondissement of the city. Seven members of the same family died as a result.”


Floods in West and Central Africa destroy crops, worsening hunger outlook.

“Above-average rainfall and devastating flooding have affected 5 million people this year in 19 countries across West and Central Africa, according to a new U.N. World Food Program situation report.”


Fire raging on south side of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

“”Rains are supposed to start now into November, but we still haven’t received rain yet. It’s pretty much dry and windy – that could affect the fire,” a local tour guide operator told Sky News.”


Kenya: UN steps up protection for drought-hit women and girls.

“Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the worst drought experienced in Kenya for 40 years, which is exacerbating the risk of sexual exploitation, violence, and abuse. “We have to walk for more than seven kilometres to find water, and sometimes what we find isn’t safe to drink,” says 39 Elimlim Ingolan…”


Iraq: Drought crisis destroys income and crops countrywide

“Farming communities in Iraq have seen their wheat, vegetable, and fruit harvests decline for the second year in a row because of severe drought conditions. Households throughout the country will be increasingly vulnerable to eroded incomes and challenges accessing sufficient food.”


Death toll from floods in Pakistan rises to 1,731…

“The southern Sindh province was the worst-hit region, where 792 people were killed, followed by the southwestern Balochistan province with 336 deaths, while the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the eastern Punjab provinces reported 308 and 223 deaths, respectively.”


Sea intrusion leads to landslides in central Vietnam.

“Saltwater has entered deep into the estuaries of central coastal provinces, leaving over 150,000 meters of collapsed hills and causing havoc for the locals… Meanwhile, floods have affected sea dykes along the estuary of Lam River of Ha Tinh Province and swept away many breakwaters.”


China Heat Wave:

“Heat is intensifying today with temperatures reaching 35.6C [96.1F] at Pingnan in the Guangxi province and 35.3C at Jiaoling in the Guangdong Province. A total of 6 stations reached >= 35C today and more will reach it tomorrow.”


Low-Cost Airline EasyJet to Leave Controversial Carbon Offsetting Scheme from December…

“In order to “offset” or “neutralise” carbon emissions generated from their flights, airlines invest in carbon reduction projects elsewhere which are designed to help cancel out emissions deriving, for example, from deforestation.”




Global deforestation pledge will be missed without urgent action, say researchers…

“David Gibbs, a research associate at the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Global Forest Watch, said: “We are quickly moving toward another round of hollow commitments and vanished forests.””


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21st October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Global warming could collapse the Atlantic circulation system.

“The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is a vast system of ocean currents which carry warm water from the tropics into the North Atlantic Ocean and transport cold water from the northern to the southern hemisphere, thus playing a major role in the regulation of the Earth’s climate. This system has collapsed in the past due to various natural factors, with its most recent collapse playing a key role in the last deglaciation.

“Since AMOC is currently threatened by anthropogenic global warming, understanding the reasons for its past collapses is essential. According to a new study led by the University of São Paulo in Brazil, AMOC past collapse was caused by the warming of the ocean subsurface resulting in a reduction of surface salinity due to the release of a large number of icebergs from glaciers into the sea.”


US Cold spell. Today remarkably low temperatures were recorded in the SE USA:

FLORIDA: 28F [2.2F] Crestview; 31F Tallahassee earliest sub-freezing on record [also Tallahassee dropped below freezing before Denver for the first time on record]; GEORGIA: 20F Suches RAWS; 23F Blairville; Macon: earliest 29F on records.”


Farmers’ struggles continue with most of Kansas in ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought.

“The latest information from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows Kansas is getting drier. Thursday’s report shows most of Kansas in either “extreme drought” or “exceptional drought.” Kansas farmers say this year’s drought is among the worst they’ve seen… “Never witnessed anything like this in our area,” Mulvane-area farmer Curt Hoobler said.”


Bodies of water all over North America are drying up as a result of drought and a decrease in precipitation, experts told ABC News [pictured, Lake Powell Sept 2022].

Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that the 22-year megadrought affecting the West would not only intensify but also move eastward… That prediction appears to be coming into fruition…”


Record low water levels in US reduce hydropower output.

“…the megadrought in the US southwest has reduced hydropower output significantly, according to experts. Low water levels at reservoirs across the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah mean a reduction in hydroelectric production, which dropped 20 per cent for water year 2022.”


Many miles from Lake Mead, rural electric utilities struggle with Colorado River shortage…

“For years… Lincoln County farms received all of their energy from power generated miles away at Hoover Dam, which holds Lake Mead. But less water in the reservoir has meant less low-cost hydropower for rural towns, forcing them to purchase more expensive power in energy markets.”


Left out to dry: Wildlife threatened by Colorado River Basin water crisis…

“Long before cities and industrial farms emerged, the river supported diverse mountain and desert ecosystems, providing refuge and resources for countless animals and plants. Many of those species now struggle to survive the cumulative pressures from drought, climate warming and human developments.”


Fragile Forests: Millions of California trees dying due to drought.

“In forests throughout the Golden State, trees are turning a dark shade of rust, succumbing to the impacts of the drought in a well-documented phenomenon known to forest scientists as tree mortality… trees weakened by years of drought are left defenseless against invasive beetles that bore into them like drills.”


An October heat wave brought record high temperatures in parts of San Diego County, the National Weather Service is reporting Thursday.

“It was 90 [32.2C] in Oceanside Harbor on Wednesday, breaking the record of 82 set in 1977. It was 98 in Vista, breaking the record of 95 set in 1964. It was 98 in Chula Vista, breaking the record of 92 set in 1940 [just daily records but these are big margins and come on the back of California’s most severe September heatwave on record].”


Seattle, Portland and other cities of the US north-west are experiencing some of the worst air quality in the world as numerous wildfires burn nearby, choking residents and casting an eerie haze across the skyline.

“In the Seattle area, home to some 4 million people, the sky was brown and the air was difficult to breathe on Thursday.”


Severe drought torments British Columbia, a year after devastating floods…

“Nearly a year ago, flood waters inundated swaths of south-western British Columbia. Mudslides destroyed sections of highways and swollen, turbid rivers washed away houses and bridges. Now, the region has the opposite problem: months of drought have begun to take a toll on what was once dubbed Canada’s “wet coast”.”


Metro Vancouver’s last remaining glacier is disappearing fast.

“Metro Vancouver’s last surviving glacier, a source of local fresh water, will disappear in less than 30 years, scientists say. Scientists say climate change is accelerating the demise of the Coquitlam Glacier. The ice pack, located 40 kilometres north of Vancouver, sits on a mountain more than 1,400 metres high.”


Above-normal temperatures the past few months has Edmonton [Alberta] on track for its latest “first frost” on record…

“The latest first frost on record in Edmonton is on Oct. 21, 1975, said Fougere, adding Environment and Climate Change Canada is not forecasting Edmonton to see its first frost of 2022 until Sunday, Oct. 23. The delayed first frost comes after Edmonton recorded its hottest August ever…”


Mining industry digs into alternative methods as climate risks rise. In the North, some mines risk leaking acid if the permafrost melts, while across Canada heavier rainfall will add strain to tailings dams and a lack of it could throw operations.

“…the growing risks from climate change are forcing the mining industry to take a hard look at their methods and how to prepare for the worst.”


Post-tropical storm Fiona most costly weather event to ever hit Atlantic Canada, new estimate says…

“The Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday the storm was the most costly extreme weather event ever recorded in Atlantic Canada in terms of insured damages based on the estimate provided by CatIQ. IBC added that many of those affected by the storm were located in …areas… where residential flood insurance coverage is not available.”


Colombia’s coca crops grew to ‘historic levels’ last year: UN…

“The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Thursday that the area growing coca in Colombia shot up 43 percent from 2020, to 204,000 hectares (500,000 acres) in 2021… “Coca cultivation continues to threaten the cultural potential of the country and its biodiversity,” the agency said in a statement.”


Months after floods, Brazil’s Amazon faces a severe drought.

“Just months after enduring floods that destroyed crops and submerged entire communities, thousands of families in the Brazilian Amazon are now dealing with severe drought that, at least in some areas, is the worst in decades.”


‘I moved from Surrey to Scotland to escape climate change’…

“”The scenes throughout the world — drought and unusual weather events, flooding — are so dreadful, and we feel that the weather is more stable up here. There is certainly no danger of drought and very little danger of flooding.””


‘Nature is dying’ – Ireland’s biodiversity emergency.

“…monthly studies, carried out by BirdWatch Ireland across the country, provide the necessary data. And what the data tells us is far from good. “Nature in Ireland is dying,” Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland told RTÉ’s Prime Time.”


Climate crisis: how beetles and fire are devouring European forests…

“”Here, in the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest) we have large-scale forest dieback. It is a catastrophe. What was built up through generations, was destroyed in just three years.” Explains Matthias Lindig, Forester, and Bavarian State Forest Office Agent.”


Record warmth in SW Europe is both for hottest days and hottest nights. Yesterday 4 stations in Spain had their October highest minimum temperatures on records:

“Albacete 18.8C; Granada 20.6C; Granda AP 18.4C; Toledo 20.0C – first tropical night in October and it was on the 19th!”


How long will Italy’s unusually warm autumn weather last? Climate experts say the persistently warm weather this October could break heat records – and more extreme weather is likely to follow…

“Ilmeteo forecast rain in the north of the country on Friday or Saturday before temperatures soar again, predicting a “truly extraordinary Sunday”… there’s “every chance” Italy could set a new heat record for October.”


2022 has so far been the hottest year in Italy since records began in 1800, the National Research Council (CNR) said Wednesday.

“Average temperatures have been 0.96 °C above the average of the thirty-year period between 1990 and 2020, the CNR said… the biggest rise was in temperature highs, which showed a gain of 1.2 °C…”


Food crisis looms in Nigeria as floods destroy crops.

“Across Africa’s most populous country, communities and crops of sorghum, maize, rice and vegetables are under water, with farmers and aid workers warning of a possible food crisis. The country, home to more than 200 million people, was already grappling with high inflation and worrying levels of food insecurity.”


Cameroon Battles Cholera Outbreak as Floods Ravage Border Areas.

“Cameroon says a fresh wave of cholera outbreak provoked by ongoing floods in its northern border with Chad and Nigeria has killed at least 17 people and many more are feared dead in difficult-to-access villages within a week.”


Chad declares state of emergency as floods affect one million.

“… this year, the rains came early and were the heaviest in decades… “Starting now, a state of emergency will be instituted to better contain and manage this natural disaster,” said Deby in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday. The flooding has affected 636 localities in 18 out of 23 provinces in the country, he added.”


Drought forces Kenya’s Maasai to sell starving cattle for a pittance.

“Cows too weak to stand, with sores on their hides from lying on the ground and ribcages protruding from their sides — such is the painful sight faced by Kenya’s Maasai herders as they struggle to keep their cattle alive in a severe drought.”


Egypt suffers food gap of $10bln… The country is also suffering from water scarcity and is close to facing absolute water scarcity…

“The annual water deficit in Egypt stands at around 21 billion cubic meters, he remarked… Egypt comes in a leading position among countries facing water scarcity, deemed the driest country in the world.


Record heat for late October between Iran and Iraq. Yesterday 19 October in Iran the temperatures rose to 41.8C [107.2F] and in Iraq to 41.5C.

“Very hot also in Turkey with 35.9C at Cizre. Temperatures should start easing from today.”


Update on the Middle East and Central Asian Heat Wave with some more remarkable temperatures these days:

“Akhty, Dagestan,Russia 28.0C [82.4F] altitude 1015m above sea level! Esenguly, Turkmenistan on the Caspian Sea 33C; Minab, Iran 42.6C; Swiehan, UA Emirates 41.1C.”


Bengaluru [India] flooded again after heavy downpour…

Bengaluru has already broken all records for the wettest year in its recorded history by receiving 1,706 mm rainfall since the start of the monsoon in June, as per IMD. This feat by the city was achieved after breaking the previous record of 1,696 mm rainfall in 2017.”


Shanghai hit by saltwater intrusion after record drought in Yangtze basin.

“Severe saltwater intrusion has arrived in Shanghai earlier than expected, threatening drinking water supply, reported Caixin. The city’s water authority has vowed to secure supply for its residents… Saltwater intrusions occur when freshwater flows are insufficient to stop seawater pressing into river estuaries and upstream.”


Displacement and disbelief in flood-hit Rochester [Victoria, Australia] as residents survey the damage.

“Lynda Kellow has lived by the Campaspe River in north-east Victoria her entire life. She’s seen floods but nothing like the devastation that tore through Rochester at the weekend. “It’s horrendous,” she says.”


Severe thunderstorms will bring large hailstones and a flash-flood risk to large parts of New South Wales and Queensland, with coastal regions in both states to be hit by heavy rain belts.

““We’re bracing for significant rainfall right across NSW,” the NSW flood recovery minister, Steph Cooke, said.”


Many Coffs Harbour residents are still waiting for repairs a year after a freak hailstorm hit the New South Wales Mid North Coast city.

“Some critical community infrastructure is only just beginning to operate again. Tarps remain on roofs and dimpled cars are a common sight. In a year that has seen NSW residents suffer extensive damage to their property, it’s a wake-up call on how long the road to recovery might be.


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19th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Amount of ocean heat found to be accelerating and fuelling extreme weather events [picture from Sunday’s flooding in Crete]…

“The amount of heat accumulating in the ocean is accelerating and penetrating ever deeper, with widespread effects on extreme weather events and marine life, according to a new scientific review…

“More than 90% of the heat caused by adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels is taken up by the ocean. The rate of warming in the top 2km has doubled from levels in the 1960s, the article in the journal Nature Reviews: Earth and Environment said.”


Significant warming heads into Greenland this week…

“”Extreme dynamism will characterize the Northern Hemisphere weather next week… “Temperature anomalies are forecasted to exceed +20°C over much of Greenland where warming will be significant.”


Cold blast to bring record-breaking temperatures to large part of U.S. this week.

“Freeze watches and warnings are in effect as far west as Colorado, into the Northeast and south to Florida, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures of 35 degrees and colder are expected to affect all but a handful of states throughout the week.”


The Mississippi River reached a record low Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Memphis said. The previous record was set in 1988.

“The new low, -10.71 feet, was measured at the meter just southwest of the I-55 “Old Bridge,” and had gone even lower, down to -10.75 feet, by 2 p.m. Meteorologist Sheana Walsh said… although the river has reached a new low, the river should continue to get lower…”


The Platte River is almost entirely dry downstream of Kearney, NE. Almost all of Nebraska is in drought with over a third in extreme or worse condition.

Photo by UNL photographer, Craig Chandler.


U.S. winter wheat farmers plant into dust as Plains drought persists.

“With planting roughly halfway complete, the 2023 U.S. hard red winter wheat crop is already being hobbled by drought in the heart of the southern Plains, wheat experts said. Planting plans may be scaled back in the U.S. breadbasket despite historically high prices for this time of year…”


How the Great Plains Dust Bowl drought spread heat extremes around the Northern Hemisphere…

“A climate model sensitivity experiment is used to identify a new mechanism involving a warm season circumglobal atmospheric teleconnection pattern that spread heat extremes over far-flung areas of the Northern Hemisphere arising from the intense heating over the desiccated Great Plains themselves.”


Wildfires in US west fueling extreme weather in other states, study finds.

“The new study, published by the department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for the first time links extreme hail, dangerous deluges, and the growing risk of flash floods in states like Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Nebraska to the growing intensity of wildfires in the west.”


2020 wildfire season in California wiped away 16 years of climate gains…

“California’s wildfires in 2020 caused twice the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that the state successfully cut between 2003 and 2019. In other words, 2020’s wildfire season, which set a record for the number of acres burned in the state, essentially wiped out 16 years of progress…”


State of emergency declared on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast because of drought.

“A state of local emergency declared on the Sunshine Coast because of drought includes an order for breweries, water bottlers and non-medical cannabis growers to shut down water use starting at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday.”


We’ve had the driest 90-day period ever recorded in Greater Victoria — and for major cities in Canada…

“The federal Gonzales station opened in 1914, but data for the area goes back to 1898, when weather patterns were collected at a former station on Cook Street. It is considered one of the longest-running set of measurements on the Pacific coast of North America.”


Extreme weather pattern in Canada today. Alberta had up to 28.3°C in Glenwood (1,074 m!). Also 25.8°C [78.4F] in Calgary. These are record levels for this time of year.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg had a min of -10.3°C (near record for mid-October) and the Midwest had up to 30 cm of snow!


Florida flesh-eating illness cases spike after Hurricane Ian…

“Vibrio vulnificus infections can be caused after bacteria enters the body through open cuts. The bacteria lives in warm brackish water, like standing floodwaters… According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one in five Vibrio vulnificus patients dies, sometimes within only a day or two of becoming ill.”


Puerto Rico struggles to recover after hurricane razed crops.

“Hurricane Fiona destroyed $159 million worth of crops in Puerto Rico when it hit a month ago, decimating fields of plantains, bananas and other crops, the island’s agriculture minister said Tuesday.”


At least three people have been killed in northern Venezuela after another landslide swept away vehicles, trees and huge boulders, destroying everything in its path.

“The landslide in El Castano, a neighbourhood in the town of Maracay, about 120km (75 miles) west of the capital Caracas, was caused by intense rain and flooding and came about a week after more than 50 people died in a similar incident…”


Beef is still coming from protected areas in the Amazon, study shows…

““Lack of animal traceability allows ranchers to use legalized farms to conceal sales of cattle raised in illegal areas through false declarations of origin,” a practice some call “cattle washing,” as Repórter Brasil reported.”


Scarce rains in Argentina pile on trouble for grain crops…

“The dry weather comes just as wheat farmers approach the crucial wheat harvest months of November through January, when the 2022/23 crop is gathered. Argentina is a top global grains supplier, and farm exports also supply crucial revenue for the country’s cash-strapped government.”


Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever – and 2022 was their worst summer yet…

“By July, the Alps looked like they normally look in September: snow free, with snow and ice-fed rivers flowing at their peak. This was not normal… for the first time ever, Zermatt closed its summer skiing. Guides stopped leading high mountain expeditions as permafrost – the frozen ground that binds rocks together – was thawing and causing almost constant rockfalls. Mont Blanc was closed.”


Today 18 October is another incredibly hot day in Spain and France.

SPAIN: 35.8C at Loja [96.4F], 35.1C Granada Airport (new monthly record); FRANCE: 33.8C at Orthez and Navarrenx; 9 stations >32C, 29 >31C, 51 station >= 30C! It’s just mind blowing for an Oct 18th. 38C also in Morocco.”


Yesterday it was a very hot day in Algeria even on the coast. Some October records were broken: the airport of Oran rose to 40.4C [104.7F], Relizane 38.2C, Ghazaouet 36.3C and Oran Port 34.2C.

“Up north in the Italian Alps,Plateau Rosa (3400m asl) broke its monthly record with 7.9C.”


‘It’s never been this bad’: Floods in Nigeria submerge entire communities…

“We have experienced floods before but it has never been this bad. You can’t use a vehicle anymore, you have to use boats to come and go. It’s very dangerous. I even knew someone who tried it and the floods took her away and she is dead now. When you’re in a canoe you see a lot of death on the water.”


Drought and floods leave Chad herders without food, milk…

“The nomads depend on the milk for their livelihood. Like nearly 5 million in the country of 16.4 million, they face acute hunger… their situation is barely sustainable. The scrubland where they stopped has no pasture and water for their tired, ailing herd.”


Tea volumes at Mombasa [Kenya] auction dip as drought ravages the region.

“The volume of tea auctioned at the Mombasa bourse has gone down significantly, with officials warning the trend may worsen in the next decade due to erratic weather… EATTA managing director Edward Mudibo said the decline in volume of tea offered for sale at the Mombasa auction was as a result of ongoing drought.”


Northern Cape farmers suffer devastating losses in wildfires.

“Many farmers in the Northern Cape have been left in dire straits following wildfires that have devasted more than 300 000ha since August… This was according to Nicol Jansen, president of Agri Northern Cape, who said wildfires had been reported across a widespread area, including the Van Zylsrus, Danielskuil, Kuruman, Carnavon and Mier districts.”


Madagascar region faces food, water scarcity.

“The area’s worst drought in decades has left residents of the Toliara region in dire need of food and water. The region in the southern part of the island is bracing for difficult times due to anticipated low rainfall.”


Pakistan’s 5,000-year-old ‘Mound of Dead’ in peril after floods.

“After massive rains wreaked havoc across Pakistan, researchers are working hard to save the last surviving remnants of the 5,000-year-old Indus Valley Civilization in Mohenjo-daro, which has been badly affected by the recent rains and flooding in the nation.”


Karachi’s Heat Wave Continues This Week…

The temperature was reportedly felt even higher due to the 79 percent humidity in the city. It is expected to remain between 36°C and 38°C [100.4F] in the afternoon for the following three days.”


Disaster relief sought as Cambodian floods recede.

“Cambodians were mopping-up with floods starting to recede after a three-day respite in heavy monsoon rains that have destroyed crops, led to forced evacuations and were partially blamed for the deaths of 11 school children who drowned after their small ferry sank.”


Extremely heavy rain alert issued for north Taiwan, more rain Tuesday…

From early Saturday morning (Oct. 15) to 6 a.m. this morning, the accumulated rainfall at the Qingtiangang Grassland on Yangmingshan exceeded 1,300 mm [51.2 inches]. Datong Township in Yilan County reported 1,000 mm of rain during this period.”


Floods threaten thousands homes in Australia as rainfall forecast to be record-breaking.

“Around 34,000 homes may be inundated because of extreme flooding in southeast Australia, according to an official comment made on Monday… In the past week, two people have drowned and two were reported missing in Victoria and New South Wales.”


‘We’ve done what we can’: Echuca bands together as Victorian town braces for record flood.

“The Murray is expected to exceed major flood levels of 94.4 metres AHD from Wednesday and could reach as high as 95.9 metres AHD on Friday. If that forecast proves correct, it would be the highest recorded water level in more than 150 years…”


Floods expected to cause widespread damage to winter crops in ‘another blow’ to Australian farmers.

“Widespread damage to winter cereal crops such as wheat, barley and canola is expected as ongoing flooding threatens farms and regional businesses across some of the nation’s major agricultural regions.”


Surging methane…

“A mysterious uptick in atmospheric methane (CH4) was first detected 15 years ago. Of major concern, CH4 is a potent greenhouse gas that’s ~80 times greater than CO2… “In the past few years, however, that uptick has accelerated into a surge. The implications for global warming are immense.””


Next pandemic may come from melting glaciers, new data shows.

“Genetic analysis of soil and lake sediments from Lake Hazen, the largest high Arctic freshwater lake in the world, suggests the risk of viral spillover – where a virus infects a new host for the first time – may be higher close to melting glaciers.”


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17th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Incredible heat in NW USA: Today 16 October the airport station of Seattle Tacoma, in Washington State reached an unbelievable 88F/31C.

This is 14F (fourteen)F above the previous record heat for the 2nd half of October.”


Astounding. Campbell River [British Columbia, Canada] has knocked off 7 of the previous top 10 warmest October days on record.

“The heat dome of June 2021? ‘Only’ 5.”


Thousands evacuated in Washington state as 66 large fires burn in U.S…

“There’s an unusually high number of wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West and Canada, as much of the Western United States faces “above normal temperatures and minimum relative humidity,” per the National Inter Agency Fire Center.”


We can find all 4 seasons today in the United States, from the wintry conditions in the Great Lake area to the intense heat in the West.

The city of Redding in Northern California hit 100F/38C for the 3rd day in a row, tying its record of the latest 100F in history (also in 1991).”


It’s as amplified as a weather pattern as you’ll ever see. Ridges and troughs divide the cold and warm air masses across North America, and this week, that divide will be taken to the extreme.

“Last weekend regions in the NW Territory saw temperatures leap into the mid-to-upper teens, which is unusual since temperatures in the part of the Arctic typically hover around 0°C during this time of year. What’s even more peculiar is that unseasonably colder temperatures will soon plunge thousands of kilometres south towards the Gulf of Mexico.”


The mighty Mississippi is so low, people are walking to a unique rock formation rarely accessible by foot.

“Tower Rock – a massive island in the middle of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis – is typically surrounded by water and only accessible by boat. But as severe drought spreads across the Midwest and pushes river levels to near-record lows, people can now reach the rock formation on foot.”


If Europe is with a late warm spell, South America is with a late cold spell. On 14th October widespread frosts affected Argentina central plains with a new record low for October at Tandil : -4.8C [23.4F].

“This late frost is affecting the agriculture.”


Report confirms: Tornado hit the city of Itá [Brazil]…

“According to the Civil Defense, the availability of heat and humidity from the Amazon region, combined with the deepening of a low pressure area, which moved through the South of Brazil, were responsible for the development of time cores by Santa Catarina.”


More Canadians are in the path of tornadoes — but don’t always know they’re coming…

“Tornadoes are less common in Canada than in the United States, where they’re a regular sight in “Tornado Alley” — the region stretching north from northern Texas to South Dakota. U.S. data indicates that tornadoes there are steadily shifting eastward, closer to more densely populated regions, the researchers say.”


Wow! The cold front in the southern coast of Finland just produced wind gust of 39.2 m/s (88 mph) in Hanko Russarö.

If valid reading, it’s one of the strongest wind gusts ever recorded in Finland.

[Picture from Haapsalu in neighbouring Estonia.]


Drought threatens England’s fruit and vegetable crop next year, says report…

“Leaked slides from a national drought group meeting, seen by the Observer, show there are concerns that because reservoirs are still empty due to record dry conditions, the fruit and vegetable supply chain could collapse.”


Water levels at one of the UK’s largest reservoirs have dropped to just 20% of its capacity amid fears of shortages this winter…

“Wimbleball Lake, on Exmoor in Somerset, is currently measuring less than a quarter of its capacity, with footage of the reservoir and the barren-looking countryside landscape highlighting the effect of this summer’s droughts on the UK water supply.”


Great Britain is set to experience extremely hot temperatures ahead of Halloween as the African plume will push the mercury up to a maximum of 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit), the forecasters said…

“The forecasters said that Monday, October 17, is the start of the warming temperatures which will last for up to six days.”


It’s a historic day in France. Calendar says 16th October but 35 stations today had temperatures above 30C [86F]!

The 32.6C [90.7F] at Navarrenx is the highest temperature ever recorded in France in the 2nd half of October. In Spain 33.3C.26C in Germany,25+ in Switzerland and Austria.”


Rescue workers have recovered the body of a woman who is the second person to die in flash floods caused by severe storms that swept across the Greek island of Crete… [Wunderground reporting 313.5 mm / 12 inches rain; super warm Med strikes yet again].

““There have been landslides, roads are closed, areas are impassable because of cars and streets have turned into rivers. In all the years I have been in Sitia I’ve never seen anything like it.””


King Mohammed VI has called for fresh and urgent action to tackle the water and societal crises that are affecting all of Morocco’s sectors and economic growth…

“A World Bank report in July acknowledged that Morocco’s economy has been suffering from the severe drought… In the 2021-2022 season, Morocco’s cereal production declined by 67%…”


Hundreds of inhabitants of Chad’s capital N’Djamena have fled their homes due to massive flooding that has hit since Thursday, leaving parts of the city navigable only by boat.

“”I drove the children to school this morning and on my return our house was completely flooded with river water. I don’t know what to do or where to put my family,” said Thomas Ngueadoum, 31.”


Nigeria floods: ‘Overwhelming’ disaster leaves more than 600 people dead…

“Some 1.3 million people have been displaced, and more than 200,000 homes have been destroyed. Flooding is expected to continue until the end of November. Nigeria is used to seasonal flooding, but this year has been significantly worse than usual.”


We must act now to avert a Gauteng water Day Zero [South Africa].

“Over the past few weeks, many parts of Gauteng — households, hospitals and businesses — have gone for days without water. But it’s not just water that was missing. What made matters worse was that there has been no reliable information about what was happening.”


Somalia drought: Witnessing a two-year-old’s death from hunger…

“”We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of lives [at stake] and people are dying now. We don’t have enough resources to support them,” said Abdulkadir Mohamed, from the Norwegian Refugee Council, watching more families arrive at one of the larger camps.”


When Cemeteries Are Flooded, Where Do You Bury the Dead?

Record-shattering flooding has submerged cemeteries across much of Pakistan. Now, with deaths from flood-related diseases mounting, families are struggling with where to bury loved ones… humanitarian officials have warned of a second wave of death as outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and skin diseases spread.”


Bengaluru city [India] has received 170.6 centimetres [67 inches] of rainfall this year, the highest annual total since records began.

“The copious rainfall this year has already caused some of the worst urban floodings in recent memory and wrecked Bengaluru’s poor infrastructure.


How untimely rains have distressed the Indian farmer.

“Heavy and disproportionate rainfall across states in the past two weeks has put a question mark on the output of various summer-sown crops, such as rice, coarse cereals like millet, soybean, pulses, cotton and horticultural produce.”


Thousands of homes in central Vietnam submerged after night floods…

“From midnight to 3 a.m. Saturday, the average rain level in the area was recorded at 400-550 millimeters, with some areas reaching as high as 735 mm [28.9 inches]…Hundreds of homes on Nguyen Cong Tru Street of Phu Hoi Ward were flooded by over a meter, paralyzing traffic.”


The town of Santa Ana in Cagayan province [Philippines] was placed under a state of calamity Monday (Oct. 17) after the damage caused by Typhoon Neneng (international name: Nesat).

“The town council said it approved the recommendation of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council for the declaration to speed up the rehabilitation and delivery of aid to the affected villagers.”


Hot, cold, hot again. East Asia after a record hot start of the month and a harsh cold spell, is back to warm conditions.

“Temperatures in Japan are climbing above 30C (as high as 31.4C / 88.5F) in the South (Kagoshima Prefecture) with some tropical nights near record levels for mid-October.”


12-meter floods to inundate thousands of properties, Australian emergency services warn…

“PM, Albanese said the scenes were “devastating” on his visit to the town of Bendigo and on a helicopter ride over the town of Rochester, where a 71-year-old man was found dead in a flooded backyard Saturday.”


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14th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Chad: After Severe Drought Followed by Floods, 2.1 Million Left Hungry…

“As a result of the climate disaster, 10% of all children under five are affected by severe malnutrition, and one in three will suffer from stunted growth, said the United Nations children’s fund.”


Nigeria floods kill 500, displace 1.4 million people.

“Floods caused by abundant rains and poor infrastructure have affected vast swathes of Africa’s most populous country sparking fears they could worsen food insecurity and inflation… Fuel scarcity caused long queues at petrol stations in the capital Abuja this week after tankers were blocked by floods in neighboring states.”


Cameroon’s Far North region faces devastating floods.

“Impassible roads, flooded houses and schools and fields submerged following heavy rains, the scenery in Cameroon’s northern town of Yagoua is one of devastation. Since August, the Far North region has been experiencing floodings caused by heavy rainfalls, the overflowing of rivers and the breaching of dikes.”


Torrential rain, flooding kills four in western Algeria.

“Algeria’s National Gendarmerie has closed a number of roads due to torrential rain, while also asking drivers to avoid them. Environment minister Samia Moualfi offered her condolences to the victims of the floods, saying that such extreme weather has become more frequent due to climate change.”


JOHANNESBURG – With no end in sight for power cuts, there are now serious concerns about the provision of water in Gauteng.

“Frequent power cuts and hot weather have seen water levels run low at a number of reservoirs. As a result, the outflow has been reduced. Sandton and Midrand are the latest areas to be affected.”


South Africa: N12 highway closed near Kimberley due to wildfires, Oct. 13th.

“Officials closed part of the N12 highway north of Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province the afternoon Oct. 13. The closure is due to an ongoing wildfire in the area. It is not clear when the route will be reopened. Disruptions are likely in the area even after the road is reopened as normal traffic resumes.”


Madagascar: fires ravage the Ankaratra Reserve.

“The Ankaratra Nature Recerve in the Vakinankaratra region of Madagascar, a popular hiking destination, was recently devastated by forest fires that are undermining its spectacular ecosystems… Following the example of Ankaratra, several Malagasy national parks have experienced fire episodes in recent weeks.”


Yemen’s future conflicts will be over water. Ravaged by war, the country is also running out of water. That is leading to local conflicts that could grow.

“…as temperatures have risen, the frequency and severity of extreme weather events have also increased, combining with the destruction of water sources across the country by warring parties to deepen Yemen’s crisis.”


Syrian farmers suffer from prolonged drought.

“In Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, known as the food basket of the country, farmers have been reeling under a severe drought… For Karmo Ali, another farmer whose village used to enjoy wetter weather, the situation is also bad as poor rainfall wrecks hope of a harvest, forcing people to leave their farmland to find jobs in urban areas.”


Australian wheat yields plummet after decades of global heating, study finds.

“Global heating in the Indian Ocean has shifted a climate pattern towards drier conditions across Australia’s globally important wheat belt causing a severe drop in yields over the past three decades, according to a new study.”


Australia‘s major rice grower has flagged that La Nina is causing issues with production, with ongoing concerns that wet weather could impact preparation.

“SunRice, an Australian company that exports grain around the globe, has written to shareholders to say that the weather pattern is “proving a headache” for rice preparation.”


Floods force thousands from their homes in southeastern Australia.

“Large parts of Victoria state, southern New South Wales and the northern regions of the island state of Tasmania have been pounded by an intense weather system with some seeing more than a month’s worth of rain since late on Wednesday, according to officials.”


Aerial footage by Tasmania SES has shown much of the town of Deloraine underwater after heavy rain across the state.

“Flood-hit communities in the north and north-west have entered a ‘danger period’ as waters rise, with evacuation orders for areas around several rivers and part of Launceston.”


Our blue backyard is being squeezed more than ever, a major new stocktake shows, as another severe marine heatwave looms for New Zealand.

“The Government’s latest report on the state of our marine environment bears little good news, with ocean pollution, fishing bycatch and a fast-worsening climate crisis all putting ecosystems under increasing pressure.”


An estimated 240 pilot whales that became stranded on remote Pitt Island in the Pacific Ocean are now dead, just days after 215 whales died after becoming beached on nearby Chatham Island, New Zealand’s conservation office has said.

“Two “super pods” of pilot whales beached on the two islands in the remote chain and the surviving animals, which could not be refloated, were euthanised, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said on Tuesday.”


Smoke from fires in the Paraná Delta again affects CABA, Buenos Aires and Entre Ríos.

“Inhabitants of different areas of the city of Buenos Aires and the suburbs, as well as the north of the province of Buenos Aires and the south of Entre Ríos, were affected again this afternoon by the smoke and the smell of burning product of the fires in the islands of the Paraná Delta.”


Argentina Mulls Tighter Wheat Export Controls as Crop Withers.

“Argentina is considering tightening the screws on wheat exports as a drought withers plants that are harvested at year-end and food inflation spirals, according to people with knowledge of the matter… A brutal season of drought and frosts appears to be forcing the government’s hand…”


Wheat Is Piling Up in the US Even as World Food Crisis Alarm Blares.

“The world desperately needs more grains to help temper rampant food inflation, yet there are signs that the US, a key producer, will ship the smallest amount of wheat in 50 years. American wheat is too expensive and sales have been slow… Adverse weather across parts of the US breadbasket have limited harvests…”


A drought is spreading across the US Midwest, drying up the Mississippi River and its tributaries that serve as a critical freight artery for the country.

“From Iowa to Ohio, nearly a third of the region is in drought, up from a quarter a week earlier, according to Thursday’s update from the US Drought Monitor.”


Nashville’s drought is threatening critters and diminishing fall foliage in Warner Park…

“Trees stopped chlorophyll production early, now shedding crunchy, golden leaves daily. Wildflowers stopped blooming. Mosquitoes disappeared… The latest National Climate Assessment shows how the warming climate is intensifying droughts in the Southeast. These dry spells can “greatly modify” ecosystems.”


“An inverse tsunami”: How inflation and drought are making it harder to feed West Texans in need.

“…people are currently facing food insecurity at worse levels than during the COVID-19 pandemic… A requirement for federal funding is to buy fresh produce grown by local producers, but the historic drought has wiped out corn and wheat crops. Supply chain issues are leaving less for food banks to buy.”


Lake Mead water crisis is exposing volcanic rock from eruptions 12 million years ago.

The record-low water levels are exposing sedimentary rocks that haven’t been seen since the 1930s when the Hoover Dam was built and Lake Mead filled. Among these rocks, researchers with the University of Nevada in Las Vegas found ash deposits from volcanoes in Idaho, Wyoming and California.”


Amid historic drought, California approves $140 mln desalination plant.

“California regulators unanimously approved a $140 million desalination plant on Thursday, offering a guideline for how the state can convert ocean water into drinking water amid the worst drought in 1,200 years. Just five months ago, the same Coastal Commission had unanimously rejected a much larger and privately owned plant, citing environmental concerns.”


Portland breaks record for number of 80-degree heat in October; likely to set more records this week.

Oregon’s ongoing stretch of warm and dry weather in October has smashed a number of records, with more likely on the way before the month is over. On Sunday, the Portland International Airport reported its seventh day of 80-degree or higher temperatures so far this month. That breaks the previous record of six total 80-degree days.”


Canada’s British Columbia province on Thursday warned residents to prepare for flooding when rains eventually return after a prolonged drought exacerbated by climate change that has raised concerns about long-term damage to ecosystems ranging from glaciers to salmon rivers.

“The usually rainy western province has experienced weeks of record-breaking warm fall temperatures and minimal precipitation in central and southern regions.”


The uninsurables: how storms and rising seas are making coastlines unliveable…

In Canada, the number of uninsurable homes has reached 10%, according to industry figures. The Magdalen archipelago is losing half a metre each year to erosion, roads have fallen into the sea and the sand dunes that once offered protection from squalls are disappearing faster than they can be saved, but it is not just there.”


Alaska snow crab season canceled as officials investigate disappearance of an estimated 1 billion crabs.

“In a major blow to America’s seafood industry, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has, for the first time in state history, canceled the winter snow crab season in the Bering Sea due to their falling numbers.”


Climate change: Summer 2022 smashed dozens of UK records.

“Two months after the summer heatwave, new data underlines the huge impact climate change is having on the UK. More than half of the UK’s oldest active weather stations recorded their hottest day ever in 2022, according to Met Office data.”


Climate change is testing resilience of UK wheat yields…

“…where some combinations of extreme weather occurred over the course of a growing season there were significant negative impacts on production. For example, in 2020, torrential autumn rain hampered sowing of crops, an exceptionally dry spring affected plant growth and, finally, heavy downpours in August created very challenging harvesting conditions, resulting in some of the UK’s poorest wheat yields for decades.”


Warmer UK waters herald changes in marine life… This summer the temperatures were record-breaking in the seas around the UK and reached 21C at South Knock, east of the Thames Estuary

“The poisonous weever fish was a painful reminder of the warm summer as it spread from southern and western coasts and reached northern Scotland… Another sign of warmer seas is more jellyfish around the UK.”


A group of Slovenian scientists has become the first in the world to find microplastic particles in hailstones, this in a study of large samples of hail that hit the Poljanska Valley along the Kolpa River in Bela Krajina in June 2019.

The results of their research suggest that microplastics may also contribute to the formation of large ice balls. This could indicate an upward trend in severe hailstorms if microplastic pollution continues.”


A vault built on an Arctic island to preserve the world’s crop seeds from war, disease and other catastrophes will receive new deposits on Wednesday, including for the first time from Iraq and Uruguay, Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food said.

“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, set in permafrost caves on Spitsbergen island halfway between mainland Europe and the North Pole, is only opened three times a year to limit its seeds’ exposure to the outside world.”


Animal populations experience average decline of almost 70% since 1970, report reveals…

“From the open ocean to tropical rainforests, the abundance of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles is in freefall, declining on average by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 2018, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) biennial Living Planet Report. Two years ago, the figure stood at 68%, four years ago, it was at 60%.”


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