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

Southern France swelters under record high temperatures for May…

“Several southern French towns sizzled in record high temperatures for May on Wednesday, while the month as whole is on track to be the hottest [May] since records began, the national weather service said.”

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20220518-southern-france-swelters-under-record-high-temperatures-for-may


France’s crop yields will be ‘very poor’ due to unprecedented drought.

“Extremely dry weather has caused severe damage to grain crops in some parts of France and substantial rain will be needed by early June to allow those in large producing regions to pull through, an agricultural institute said on Thursday.”

https://www.france24.com/en/environment/20220519-france-s-crop-yields-will-be-very-poor-due-to-unprecedented-drought


Spain braces for heatwave of ‘extraordinary intensity’.

“The forecaster said temperatures in Andalucía’s Guadalquivir valley could pass 40C on Friday and exceed 42C the next day. Even as the heat subsides elsewhere, he added, there could be temperatures of 40C [104F] or above in the north-eastern Ebro valley – “something unheard of in that area in May”.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/20/spain-braces-for-heat-wave-of-extraordinary-intensity


Morocco’s Agrobusiness Suffers From Lack of Rainfall…

“…rainfall across Morocco has only reached 200 mm since the beginning of the agricultural campaign, marking a 43% drop compared to the average of the last 30 years… the expected production of major grains (soft wheat, durum wheat, and barley) is estimated at 32 million quintals (Mq), down 69% from the previous record year.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/05/349141/moroccos-agrobusiness-suffers-from-lack-of-rainfall


Driest Conditions in 40 Years Seen Continuing in Horn of Africa…

“The extreme climate conditions are damaging crops and leading to the death of livestock in countries including Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, compounding the steep increase in food prices that have resulted from Russia’s war with Ukraine.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-18/driest-conditions-in-40-years-seen-continuing-in-horn-of-africa


Sandstorms have engulfed several countries in the Middle East, leading to the closure of schools and government offices.

“Blanketed with a thick layer of dust, several cities in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran and Iraq issued weather and traffic warnings as an orange hue enveloped them. Neighbouring countries have been grappling with severe weather problems for more than a month now…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/sandstorm-middle-east-saudi-arabia-uae-b2081793.html


India/Pakistan Heat Wave: 19th May Jacobabad in Pakistan rose to 49C [120.2F]. Tomorrow it could be slightly hotter and return to 50C [122F] again.

“Extremely hot night in the Eastern Iranian coast: 35.5C Tmin at Bandar-e-Dayyer. 47.1C also at Al Qaa in the United Arab Emirates.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1527267983327907841


Climate change is making record-breaking heatwaves in India and Pakistan 100 times more likely…

“In an analysis, climate scientists with the UK’s Met Office found that the natural probability of a heatwave exceeding average temperatures from 2010 would be once in 312 years, but when climate change is factored in, the chances increase to once in every 3.1 years.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/18/asia/climate-india-pakistan-heatwave-intl/index.html


Pakistan’s mango production to suffer severely.

“…farmers’ dreams of raking in big profits were shattered by an unusual spike in temperatures coupled with water shortages and unexpected windstorms in the months of March and April — factors that could drop the country’s mango production significantly.”

https://www.globalvillagespace.com/pakistans-mango-production-to-suffer-severely/


India: Cyclone-affected farmers dump mangoes in canals.

“In the Annamayya district, the inclement weather has made it impossible for mango farmers to garner profits from their produce. Unseasonal rains in November and December last year -during the flowering stage- delayed the harvesting of the fruit.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9428337/india-cyclone-affected-farmers-dump-mangoes-in-canals/


Bengaluru on course for its wettest May ever…

“At 253.9 mm [10 inches] of rainfall, this May has turned out to be the wettest for the city since 2012. And if the forecast is anything to go by, it could turn out to be the wettest May ever. The record for the wettest May belongs to 1957 when the city received…”

https://www.deccanherald.com/city/top-bengaluru-stories/bengaluru-on-course-for-its-wettest-may-ever-1110557.html


Floods worsens in Assam, over 600,000 affected; landslides in Arunachal…

“Authorities are running 248 relief camps and distribution centres in 14 districts, where 48,304 people, including 6,911 children, have taken refuge. They have have distributed 2,264.22 quintals of rice, dal and salt, 5,977.48 litres of mustard oil, 2,393.84 quintals of cattle feed and other flood relief items. it said.”

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/floods-worsens-in-assam-over-600-000-affected-landslides-in-arunachal-122051900024_1.html


Flood worsens, batters people in north-east Bangladesh.

“In Sylhet, the district’s relief and rehabilitation office said, 75 out of 110 unions in the district’s 13 upazilas were entirely affected by flooding, with 15 others being partly flood affected, leaving an estimated 2 million people of 83 per cent areas in the district surrounded by floodwater.”

https://www.newagebd.net/article/171015/flood-worsens-batters-people-in-north-east-bangladesh


An exceptional heat wave is coming in East Asia:

“Temperatures will shoot up above 42C [107.6F] in the Turpan depression in China and above 35C in Mongolia. Koreas will also possibly see their first 35C. The national monthly records heat of China and Mongolia can be attacked.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1527197366046146561


Climate Change Boosted Cost of Japan Storm by $4 Billion, Study Shows.

“The effects of human-caused climate change were responsible for roughly $4 billion of the $10 billion in insured losses resulting from Typhoon Hagibis that struck Japan in October of 2019, according to a new analysis of the storm.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-18/climate-change-seen-boosting-cost-of-japan-storm-by-4-billion


Severe weather in the Pilbara [NW Australia] over the past few days has brought record rainfall for the dry season…

“A… cloudband brought heavy rain to parts of the Pilbara, including on Tuesday a new record high for May on Varanus Island of 102.6 millimetres [4 inches]… The drenching came off the back of an incredibly dry ‘wet season’.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-18/weather-pilbara-rainfall-turns-dry-season-wet/101076380


Climate change has made old measures predicting weather events in Australia ‘essentially worthless’…

“”Information about climate extremes has in the past been based on datasets and available observations up to about the 1980s and 1990s,” he said. “But information about the past is not a good guide to what’s going to happen now, in the 2030s, the 2050s, and later.””

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-19/climate-change-projections-needed-for-australia/101076960


Mould cleaners sell out at the supermarket as Australia’s east coast endures its wettest season on record.

“A popular cleaning product is being stripped from supermarket shelves by panicked Australians desperate to get rid of toxic mould from their homes and cars. Mould Killer appear to have become a household staple following the east coast’s dampest season on record.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/cleaning/article-10831525/Exit-mould-selling-supermarket-Bunnings-Australia-endures-DAMPEST-year-yet.html


Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’.

“Australia’s tropical rainforest trees have being dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of global heating, according to new research that raises concerns tropical forests could start to release more carbon dioxide than they absorb.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/19/australias-tropical-rainforests-have-been-dying-faster-for-decades-in-clear-and-stark-climate-warning


Extinction obituary: the sudden, sad disappearance of the Christmas Island forest skink.

“The Christmas island forest skink (or whiptail skink) used to thrive on its island home, an Australian territory off the coast of Indonesia. In 1979, researchers documented that they were its most abundant skink…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/18/christmas-island-forest-skinks-lizard-extinct-aoe


Through a decree published thursday in the Official Gazette, the national government [of Argentina] extended for 180 days the “State of Water Emergency” in the Paraná River basin.

“The first emergency declaration was for 180 days on July 24 last year, and then it was extended for 90 more days on March 10.”

https://www.infocampo.com.ar/sequia-en-la-cuenca-del-parana-nueva-prorroga-de-la-emergencia-hidrica/


Coats and scarves have come out prematurely in Brazil, as the south of the tropical country experiences a record-breaking cold spell, a menace for both homeless people and crops.

With 1.4 degrees Celsius [34.5F], the capital Brasilia recorded the coldest temperature in its history on Thursday, with more than a month to go until the official start of winter.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220519-record-breaking-cold-in-brazil-threatens-homeless-crops


Forest fires affect more than 78,600 hectares in Honduras…

“The study also showed that in the 19 days that have elapsed during the month of May alone, at least 965 forest fires have been detected. According to the report, 155 of the 965 fires occurred in micro-basins, and another 88 in Honduran protected areas.”

https://www.telesurtv.net/news/incendios-forestales-afectan-hectareas-honduras-20220519-0034.html


Extreme Heat and Drought Conditions Fuel Several Texas Wildfires.

“High winds, drought conditions and extreme temperatures have caused a series of wildfires in Texas, including one that the authorities on Thursday said had destroyed about 30 structures and burned more than 9,000 acres. The fast-moving Mesquite Heat Fire, just southwest of Abilene, Texas, was 5 percent contained on Thursday…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/19/us/texas-mesquite-heat-fire.html


With rakes and bulldozers, New Mexico battles ‘beast’ wildfire…

“Driven by relentless winds, the Hermits Peak Calf Canyon fire has burned over 301,971 acres (122,203 hectares), an area approaching the size of Los Angeles. Lower snowpacks and higher temperatures have trapped northern New Mexico in a 25-year drought…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/with-rakes-bulldozers-new-mexico-battles-beast-wildfire-2022-05-19/


US wildfires threaten nearly 80 million properties as climate risks grow…

“”Wildfire risk is increasing so much faster than even flood risk is across the U.S.,” said Ed Kearns, the group’s chief data officer. “And it’s likely to affect areas that aren’t thought of as wildfire-prone areas right now, but will be soon.””

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/05/us-wildfire-properties-climate-risks


Colorado, Nebraska jostle over water rights amid drought…

“As climate change-fueled megadrought edges eastward, Nebraska’s Republican-controlled Legislature this year voted to move forward with a plan that stunned Colorado state leaders. The Cornhusker State wants to divert water in Colorado…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/colorado-ap-nebraska-hanson-legislature-b2081778.html


A wide range of extreme weather is on tap for the West beginning on Thursday and lasting through Saturday, which could include record heat, high winds, dangerous fire weather conditions and even a major snowstorm.

“An intense cold front and storm system dives southeastward across the Rockies, bringing a potentially historic May snowstorm to the Colorado foothills and mountains, while aggravating wildfire conditions prior to its arrival.”

https://www.axios.com/2022/05/19/weather-critical-fire-conditions-heavy-snow-colorado


B.C. windstorm breaks record, knocks out power to thousands.

“Powerful winds whipping across southern British Columbia landed in the record books on Wednesday as the unusually strong storm buffeted the region. Victoria measured its strongest-ever wind gust during the month of May.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/abnormally-potent-storm-threatens-bc-with-power-travel-disruptions


Lake Michigan, Lake Huron lost 20 trillion gallons of water over last 2 years.

“The Great Lakes have been receding from record high water levels over the past few years. The amount of water that has left the Great Lakes is staggering. Each Great Lake peaked in a different year, and each of the Great Lakes’ water levels have fallen from there.”

https://www.mlive.com/weather/2022/05/lake-michigan-lake-huron-lost-20-trillion-gallons-of-water-over-last-2-years.html


New Jersey weather: Blast of summer heat to roast state this weekend. Here’s how hot it will get…

“…a surge of tropical air will be sweeping into New Jersey… some parts of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey could make a run for the all-time record highs for any day during the month of May.”

https://www.nj.com/weather/2022/05/nj-weather-blast-of-summer-heat-to-roast-state-this-weekend-heres-how-hot-it-will-get.html


A record 31.3°C temperature in Northern Ireland last year has been highlighted in the latest World Meteorological Organization report on escalating climate change [this is local to me; the NI heat record was actually broken on three consecutive days; I am seeing this more and more – heat records not just pipped once but beaten multiple times in one heat wave].

“Mercury in Castlederg, Co Tyrone thermometers reached a new height during one of the five extreme weather events recorded across the island of Ireland as a result of the crisis.”

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/record-northern-ireland-temperature-highlighted-23994423


High winds hit Germany as storm moves in; floods feared.

“Meteorologists said a storm front moving eastward from neighboring France could result in “extreme” rainfall in central Germany on Friday. There was also a risk that supercells could form, increasing the risk of tornadoes, they said.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/germany-braces-for-strong-storms-possible-tornadoes/2022/05/19/b4308fea-d767-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html


Forest fire sparked near Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

“A forest fire broke out on Tuesday near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. By 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday, the fire had been localized to an area of 45 hectares. The fire had spread to the plant’s exclusion zone and 16 firefighters and four technical units were deployed to contain it.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-05-19/Forest-fire-sparked-near-Chernobyl-nuclear-power-plant-1a9GRyI9224/index.html


Earth’s oceans have reached the hottest and most acidic levels on record, UN says…

“The findings were part of a broader annual report that detailed how four primary measures of climate change — greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean temperatures and ocean acidification — hit record highs in 2021.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/19/oceans-reached-record-heat-acidity-in-2021-un-report-.html


Extreme weather pushes number of people forced to leave home to record high.

“Hurricanes, drought and flooding helped push the number of internally displaced people to a record 59.1 million last year. The figure for this year is expected to be “phenomenally worse”, experts fear, because millions have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine.”

https://news.sky.com/story/extreme-weather-pushes-number-of-people-forced-to-leave-home-to-record-high-12616428


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

More than 500,000 people have fled their homes in India’s northeastern state of Assam to escape heavy floods triggered by pre-monsoon rains that drowned seven, authorities said on Wednesday, as they warned the situation could worsen.

“One of the world’s largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, which flows into India and neighbouring Bangladesh from Tibet, burst its banks in Assam over the last three days, inundating more than 1,500 villages.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/half-million-indians-flee-floods-northeast-brought-by-rain-2022-05-18/


Haflong station in the Dima Hasao district of Assam has been completely inundated due to heavy rains and mudslide...

“The Northeast Frontier Railway shared an update on the rescue operations at the Haflong Railway station. It tweeted, “Timely action by NF Railway has led to successful evacuation of all passengers of train no. 15616 stranded at Ditokcherra.”

https://www.businesstoday.in/latest/trends/story/assam-floods-haflong-railway-station-inundated-due-to-heavy-downpour-passengers-rescued-333871-2022-05-17


Torrential rainfall triggers massive floods in Bengaluru; IMD says more to come [central, southern India]…

“At least two people were killed, while several others were left scrambling for shelter as heavy rainfall battered large parts of Bengaluru. Three workers were stuck in a flooded pipeline in Ullal Upanagara, and only one person managed to escape.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/bengaluru-news/torrential-rainfall-triggers-massive-floods-in-bengaluru-imd-says-more-to-come-101652847412377.html


The India Meteorological Department said two of its weather stations in Delhi’s Mungeshpur and Najafgarh areas recorded temperatures at 49.2C [120.6F] and 49.1C respectively.

These temperatures are the highest ever recorded for May in the city’s weather stations.” [I can’t find a record of a temperature this high in Delhi *ever* but perhaps I am missing something.]

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/delhi-49c-heatwave-imd-b2079892.html


Extreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city… Jacobabad in Pakistan’s arid Sindh province is in the grip of the latest heatwave to hit South Asia -– peaking at 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) at the weekend.

“Canals in the city—a vital source of irrigation for nearby farms—have run dry, with a smattering of stagnant water barely visible around strewn rubbish.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-extreme-temperatures-compound-poverty-pakistan.html


Water released from Taunsa barrage in Pakistan’s Punjab fails to reach Sindh.

“Water released from the Taunsa barrage in Pakistan’s Punjab province for Sindh reportedly failed to reach its destination in Sindh in an interesting development hinting at the country’s water struggle.”

https://theprint.in/world/water-released-from-taunsa-barrage-in-pakistans-punjab-fails-to-reach-sindh-report/958843/


Pakistan hit by deadly cholera outbreak as heat wave grips South Asia.

“A deadly cholera outbreak linked to contaminated drinking water has infected thousands of people in central Pakistan as the country grapples with a water crisis exacerbated by a brutal heat wave in South Asia.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/17/asia/pakistan-cholera-heatwave-climate-india-intl-hnk/index.html


Early blooming in Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers due to glacier melt…

“The valley is already blanketed in lavender, pink and yellow. This is because the Tipra glacier, which usually starts to melt only in May and feeds the Pushpawati stream that replenishes groundwater table and causes the blooming, started melting as early as in March-end due to rising temperatures this year. Experts are worried.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/early-blooming-in-valley-of-flowers-due-to-glacier-melt/articleshow/91629581.cms


Climate Change Threatens China With Yet Another Deadly Flood Season.

“As China’s rainy season starts, National Climate Center forecasts show that flooding in the north and south of the country could be as bad as last summer when torrential rain killed hundreds. Cities that house millions of people have little time to prepare.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-17/climate-change-threatens-china-with-another-deadly-flood-season


Northeast Thailand sees worst floods in 10 years…

“The flooding happened so quickly that most villagers didn’t get a chance to escape their homes in search of higher ground. The water level reached higher than 1.5 metres in some spots and villagers reported strong currents.”

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/northeast-thailand-sees-worst-floods-in-10-years


Singapore records hottest May day…

“A record high temperature of 36.7 degrees Celsius [98.1F] was recorded at Admiralty on May 13, surpassing previous highs of 36.5 degrees Celsius on May 16, 2010 and May 3, 2016.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/warm-days-dry-weather-second-half-may-2022-met-service-2689701


Uruguay braces for a “cyclone with unusual characteristics”, meteorologists forecast.

“Although cyclones are rare in the area, Uruguay’s Institute of Meteorology (Inumet) has issued a yellow warning regarding the possible arrival of a subtropical cyclone to the southern part of the country sometime Tuesday. The only time one such phenomenon was ever recorded was 15 years ago, but it did not make landfall.”

https://en.mercopress.com/2022/05/17/uruguay-braces-for-a-cyclone-with-unusual-characteristics-meteorologists-forecast


Amazonas: 26 municipalities are in emergency situation by floods [Brazil]…

“26 municipalities of Amazonas are in an emergency situation because of the flood of rivers. Guajará, Itamarati, Borba, Nova Olinda do Norte, Tabatinga, Japurá, Rio Preto da Eva and Boa Vista do Ramos are some of the affected cities.”

https://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/radioagencia-nacional/geral/audio/2022-05/amazonas-26-municipios-estao-em-situacao-de-emergencia-pelas-cheias


Supercell flooding: : New Providence [Bahamas] records over 12 inches of rainfall…

“The Bahamas experienced a supercell thunderstorm weather system causing torrential rain over the weekend and severe flooding over portions of New Providence that could be compared with levels of rain brought on by a tropical storm or hurricane… The vast majority of that rainfall occurred in a six-hour window…”

https://ewnews.com/supercell-flooding-new-providence-records-over-12-inches-of-rainfall


New Mexico blaze is now largest wildfire in state history.

“”The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire had burned 299,565 acres as of Tuesday and was 26 percent contained, officials said, surpassing the Whitewater-Baldy Fire, which burned 297,845 acres in southern New Mexico in 2012.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/17/calf-canyon-hermits-peak-fire-new-mexico/


Coyotes scavenge for washed-up fish, the earth bed cracks, and sunken boats – and bodies – resurface:

“Photos of Lake Mead show drought’s devastating effects on US’s largest reservoir forcing marina to move 1,000ft into the water.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10822641/Lake-Meads-marinas-pushed-water-levels-drop.html


Summer-like temperatures set to break over 100 records this week.

“Much of the country will experience its 11th day in a row of record heat on Tuesday, all part of a pattern that has been in place across the southern tier of the lower-48 in place since early May… Cities that could set records Tuesday include Dallas, Amarillo and San Antonio, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/summer-temperatures-set-break-100-records-week-rcna29186


‘Flash droughts’ are Midwest’s next big climate threat…

“Fast-moving droughts …are developing more and more quickly as climate change pushes temperatures to new extremes, recent research indicates — adding a new threat to the dangers of pests, flooding, and more long-term drought that farmers in the U.S. already face.”

https://grist.org/agriculture/flash-droughts-are-midwests-next-big-climate-threat/


Northeastern Minnesota bracing for record flooding…

““It’s just super crazy,” said Manik Docks and Recreation Owner Michelle Manik. “The water is over all the dock frames and there’s damage everywhere from the ice. It’s damaged docks, boat houses, you name it. It’s just crazy, and then there’s floating objects everywhere.””

https://www.wdio.com/minnesota-news/sandbagging-rainy-river-basin-flooding/6472952/


6 months after historic floods, some British Columbians still don’t have a home…

“Many people who lost their homes still cannot find affordable housing, including people who rented their homes. Some have called on the province to increase the money available for flood relief. “There’s no way we can afford to stay here,” Page said. “So, I don’t know where we’re going to end up.””

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/6-months-after-historic-floods-some-british-columbians-still-don-t-have-a-home-1.6455742


Another Manitoba community has declared a local state of emergency over flooding…

“Minnedosa made the call Tuesday, according to a post on the town’s Facebook page… At least 39 Manitoba municipalities and at least four First Nations have now declared states of emergency due to flooding, with evacuations forcing some 2,500 people out of their homes.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/8842874/minnedosa-man-state-of-emergency-flooding/


Why is Belgium experiencing the second driest spring ever?

“For Uccle (and also for the rest of Belgium), the very low levels of precipitation are remarkable… Currently, the 2022 spring is even drier than the 1976 spring in terms of precipitation quantity only and is the second driest spring in Uccle since records began (the 1893 spring was the driest with 37.6 mm of precipitation in Uccle).”

https://www.brusselstimes.com/225395/why-is-belgium-experiencing-the-second-driest-spring-ever


Changing weather patterns cause water shortage in Loire Valley.

“Farmers in the Loire valley of France are on the horns of a major dilemma due to spring time drought. They will soon face a tough choice between watering the wheat now or holding out water for maze crop.”

https://www.wionews.com/videos/changing-weather-patterns-cause-water-shortage-in-loire-valley-479636


What to expect as France braces for three-day ‘heat dome’… Now, as we enter the third week in May, forecasters are predicting that temperature records could tumble…

“The phenomenon, which occurs mainly in spring and summer, is intensified by global warming, and contributes to the increasingly high temperatures recorded year after year. It can cause, in the worst cases, droughts and forest fires.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20220516/what-to-expect-as-three-day-heat-dome-to-hit-france/


A heatwave is starting to grip many parts of Spain and southern Europe, likely peaking on Thursday & Friday.

It’s possible some parts could reach 43/44c [111.2F]. Local records are likely to be broken. Incredible temperatures for May! Hopefully not a sign of things to come this summer.”

https://twitter.com/Met4CastUK/status/1526583318707425284


Wheat Supply Shock, Drought Put Africa’s Focus Back on Farming…

“Widespread drought is now adding to the woes of the world’s poorest continent, raising the risk of hunger and social unrest, and governments have little scope to respond. Here are some of the issues that are keeping key officials awake at night…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-17/wheat-supply-shock-drought-puts-africa-s-focus-back-on-farming


9 dead in sandstorm in Syria.

“Nine people killed, including a father and his son, in Deir Ez Zor in Syria were killed after a powerful sandstorm swept the city, local media reported. The unprecedented sandstorm, accompanied by strong winds, started on Sunday…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/9-dead-in-sandstorm-in-syria-1.87902099


Schools and government offices closed in the Iranian capital on Tuesday and elsewhere in the country after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran, state TV reported.

“The report said the air quality was very poor and that the pollution from the dust was high. It was the third severe sandstorm in Iran since mid-April.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/schools-offices-close-tehran-sandstorm-hits-iran-84771179


Middle East Heat Wave-Record heat for mid May in the Saudi Peninsula:

“On 15th May the coastal city of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia rose to 48.3C, while on 16th May Makkah rose to 48.6C [119.5F]; Further east,46.1C in Kuwait.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1526495238625275904


Impacts of methane emissions are greatly underestimated… says… a new study led by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany

““Governing methane based on assigning it a “CO2 equivalence”… neglects methane’s critically important role in near-term climate – over the course of the next 20 years – during which time methane’s warming impact is roughly 80 times greater than that of CO2.”

https://www.earth.com/news/impacts-of-methane-emissions-are-greatly-underestimated/


Deep ocean warming as climate changes.

“Oceans have absorbed about 90% of warming caused by humans. The study found that in the subtropical North Atlantic (25°N), 62% of the warming from 1850-2018 is held in the deep ocean… The findings highlight the importance of warming transferring by AMOC from one region to another.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-deep-ocean-climate.html


Pollution responsible for one in six deaths across planet, scientists warn…

“Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined, or from drug and alcohol misuse.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/17/pollution-responsible-one-in-six-deaths-across-planet


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16th May 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

‘Is it all worth it?’: farmers left heartbroken as Queensland floods ruin crops…

“While the immediate cost of repair was still being counted, Australians have been warned the price of fresh fruit and vegetables will increase in the wake of the disaster… Farmers who risked planting after the February deluge lost entire crops and face financial ruin after the second deluge.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/16/is-it-all-worth-it-farmers-left-heartbroken-as-queensland-floods-ruin-crops


Northern Rivers weather outlook bleak for farmers as rain continues.

“Rainfall and flood records have tumbled across the Northern Rivers leaving its agricultural sector devastated… The winter outlook is bleak for livestock owners and crop growers… Lismore-based vet Dr Bruno Ros said predictions of a wet winter meant the worst was yet to come.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-16/bleak-winter-for-farmers-in-flood-ravaged-northern-rivers/101063632


Plastic-stuffed seabirds sound alarm call for Australian ocean health.

“…seabirds are urgently sending us a message about the health of Australia’s oceans – but we’re not listening, says marine biologist Dr Jenn Lavers, from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.”

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/plastic-stuffed-seabirds-sound-alarm-call-for-australian-ocean-health-20220513-p5al4r.html


Sea sponges off New Zealand’s southern coastline have been found bleached bone-white for the first time, following extreme ocean temperatures.

“A group of scientists from Victoria University of Wellington were alarmed to discover the sponges, which are typically a rich chocolate brown, were bleached in more than a dozen sites near Breaksea Sound and Doubtful Sound in Fiordland.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/16/bleached-sea-sponges-found-in-new-zealand-waters-for-first-time


48.0°C [118.4F] in Urique, Chihuahua State (Mexico) yesterday, 1.0°C below the monthly record set in 2003 and 2005.

“It’s the hottest temperature of the year in the country [also 48.0°C in Jesús María (Nayarit) on May 13 but this station seems overexposed].”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1525884303267139584


Texans asked to turn up thermostats after sweltering heat knocks six power plants offline.

“”We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend,” interim CEO Brad Jones said in the statement.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/14/us/texas-heat-wave-ercot-conserve/index.html


Fire weather worsens as heat wave spreads across southern US this week…

“A ridge of high pressure will build across the Southwest this weekend, allowing for record-breaking heat to settle in. High temperatures will soar into the 90s and triple digits, which will pose a threat to those who are outdoors for extended periods of time.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/15/weather/weather-new-mexico-fire-record-heat-texas/index.html


Wealthy Californians splash out on fines to water gardens during drought.

“Liz Stoller… is rebelling. The 59-year-old business owner has begun reducing her water use but, like Hampton, is willing to pay fines to keep her pool filled and garden flourishing and is critical of local water officials.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wealthy-californians-splash-out-on-fines-to-water-gardens-during-drought-zllmbj3mb


Great Lakes’ water temps soar after several days of record heat.

“The record warmth across the Great Lakes region this week has warmed the surface waters six to nine degrees. You may not think that’s a lot of warmth we gained, but remember Lake Michigan and Lake Huron alone hold 800 billion gallons of water.”

https://www.mlive.com/weather/2022/05/great-lakes-water-temps-soar-after-several-days-of-record-heat.html


The historic heat wave in the Eastern USA is ending today. Yesterday La Baie in Canada rose to 34.0C/93F,which is a new record heat for Quebec in the 1st half of May.

“After very cool days, a heat wave is kicking off in California with expected temperatures up to 113F/45C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1525568168365793283


Overland flooding has caused significant damage to roads in sections of western Manitoba and is threatening to destroy even more infrastructure if it persists.

“”We’re gonna have probably some bridges washed out, a lot of culverts washed out,” Brad Wyatt, councillor for the Mafeking ward in the Rural Municipality of Mountain, said Saturday.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/duck-mountain-flooding-roads-1.6453780


Summer Wildfires Ravage Forest-Rich Siberia, in Photos…

“Acting Emergencies Minister Alexander Chupryan said this week that Russia has seen over 4,000 forest fires across 270,000 hectares — an area larger than Luxembourg — so far this year. Climate experts have sounded the alarm over the increasingly intense annual wildfires, saying the burning trees release massive amounts of carbon while melting methane-rich permafrost.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/15/summer-wildfires-ravage-forest-rich-siberia-in-photos-a77647


Valencia in Spain just experienced the rainiest spring on record… Some municipalities in Valencia have registered up to 37 days of rain so far…

Even if not another drop of rain were to fall in May, the rainfall over March and April would be easily enough to beat all historical records, says AEMET, [Spain’s] state meteorological agency.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/05/14/soggy-days-valencia-has-experienced-the-rainiest-spring-on-record/


Global warming made South Africa’s recent floods twice as likely – study…

“Flash floods around the east coast city of Durban killed 435 people, left tens of thousands homeless and caused 10 billion rand ($621.73 million) worth of damage to roads, power lines, water pipes and one of Africa’s busiest ports.”

https://www.fijitimes.com/global-warming-made-s-africas-recent-floods-twice-as-likely-study/


Persistent Drought in Ethiopia Result of Climate Change, Experts Say.

“Drought is not new to the Horn of Africa, but experts say the record one killing crops and cattle across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia has underscored the increasing frequency of drought due to climate change.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/persistent-drought-in-ethiopia-result-of-climate-change-experts-say/6574453.html


Worsening Drought Leaves 3.5 Million Needing Food Aid in Kenya.

“The number of people facing hunger increased from 3.1 million in February, the National Drought Management Authority said in a report Monday. The drought is worst in 17 of the 23 counties classified as arid and semi-arid, as the state of vegetation worsens and health of livestock deteriorates…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-16/worsening-drought-leaves-3-5-million-needing-food-aid-in-kenya


Middle East Heat Wave: 14th May was record heat for the 1st half of May in parts of East Africa and Middle East: In Egypt 46.8C at Assuan, in Saudi Arabia 47.0C [116.6F] at Makkah and on the coast 46.8C at Yenbo and Wejh in the North. In Israel 45.5C at Bet Haarava.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1525747815900557312


Lake Hamrin in Iraq dries up, threatening lives.

“With drought and a lack of rainfall ravaging the country, Lake Hamrin, which once used to supply 80 percent of water to the people of Diyala province, has almost completely dried up. Around 150,000 acres of farmland in the Hamrin area in northeastern Diyala province are on the brink of desertification…”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/140520221


Dust storm [another one!] hits several places in Iraq, cancels flights.

“A dust storm hit Baghdad on Monday and many Iraqi governorates leading to suspension of work in many institutions including schools and major airports, according to the Iraqi News Agency. The Iraqi Meteorological Authority, on Sunday evening, specified the cities that will be most affected by the dust storm…”

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/dust-storm-hits-several-places-in-iraq-cancels-flights/


Iraq’s prized rice crop threatened by drought.

“Drought is threatening the Iraqi tradition of growing amber rice, the aromatic basis of rich lamb and other dishes, and a key element in a struggling economy. The long-grained variety of rice takes its name from its distinctive scent, which is similar to that of amber resin…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220515-iraq-s-prized-rice-crop-threatened-by-drought


Heatwave scorches Pakistan, mercury shoots to 51 degrees [123.8F] in Jacobabad… [This topples the highest global temperature of 2022 – 50.7C, set in Onslow, Australia in January and which tied the all-time Australian record]

“Citing The News, Geo News reported that numerous cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) caused by heatstroke, acute water diarrhoea and gastroenteritis have been reported from all over the country, especially Sindh and Punjab as extremely hot weather scorches these areas.”

https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/heatwave-scorches-pakistan-mercury-shoots-to-51-degrees-in-jacobabad-122051500318_1.html


Uttar Pradesh’s Banda [India] Breaks 28 Year Temperature Record; Reels Under 49 Degrees Celsius [120.2F]… 

“As per the India Meteorological Department data, this was the highest-ever temperature recorded in Banda in May. The previous maximum temperature in the district was 48.8 degrees Celsius on May 31, 1994.”

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ups-banda-breaks-28-year-temperature-record-reels-under-49-degrees-celsius-2979042


Delhi grapples with water shortage amid heatwave.

“Officials in Delhi on Saturday (May 14) said that they are barely meeting the demand for drinking water in multiple regions as the Yamuna river is drying up under the scorching weather while Haryana failed to respond to SOS calls…”

https://www.wionews.com/india-news/heatwave-hit-delhi-grapples-with-water-shortage-no-response-from-haryana-478935


Poor workers bear the brunt of India’s heatwave.

“For construction worker Yogendra Tundre, life at a building site on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi is hard enough. This year, record high temperatures are making it unbearable.” …Scientists have linked the early onset of an intense summer to climate change…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/poor-workers-bear-brunt-indias-heatwave-2022-05-16/


Assam Floods and Landslides: At Least Three People Dead, Several Missing; Very Heavy Rains to Continue All Week.

“Assam faces the annual calamity of floods during the monsoon months, when incessant rains batter the northeastern state. But the yearly event seems to have arrived early this year, with Assam already having witnessed several instances of flooding and landslides in the last few days…”

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2022-05-16-at-least-three-people-dead-several-missing-in-assam-floods-and


Zoonotic Spillover Is the Apocalypse You’ll Be Hearing About a Lot…

“What does this have to do with climate change? A lot. The more animals mingle — with other fauna or us — the more opportunities the pathogens they’re hosting have to travel, mutate and spread. And global warming causes exactly such mingling.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/zoonotic-spillover-is-the-apocalypse-youll-be-hearing-about-a-lot/2022/05/16/3093e928-d4d5-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html


‘Soil extinction biggest threat to humanity’.

“A programme was organised by ‘Ajara Earth’, a non-profit organization, to sensitise people on soil safety as part of the ongoing ‘Save Soil Movement’. As part of the movement, spiritual leader Sadhguru has embarked on a lone motorcycle journey of 30,000km, passing through the UK, Europe, and the Middle East, across 27 countries.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/soil-extinction-biggest-threat-to-humanity/articleshow/91583898.cms


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

Wheat Crops Almost Everywhere Are Coming Under Threat… As Russia’s invasion chokes off Ukrainian wheat exports, pushing up bread and noodle prices, the global harvest faces an added test: extreme weather.

“Droughts, flooding and heatwaves threaten output from the U.S. to France and India, compounding shrinking production in Ukraine. Just about every major producing region is facing one threat or another… Soaring wheat prices are compounding hunger, cost-of-living crises.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-11/droughts-flooding-and-heat-follow-war-as-next-test-for-wheat

Also covering the lead story if you are hitting the paywall:

https://farmpolicynews.illinois.edu/2022/05/global-wheat-production-faces-weather-threats-while-u-s-food-prices-climb/


[US] Winter wheat resiliency getting tested by drought, high winds.

“The major winter wheat-growing regions in the U.S. face the significant possibility of below-average yields. DTN says that’s because drought intensified through the Plains this spring, and summer forecasts don’t show much relief ahead.”

https://drgnews.com/2022/05/12/winter-wheat-resiliency-getting-tested-by-drought-high-winds/


Record heat fueling violent storms in central U.S… A violent thunderstorm complex known as a derecho unleashed wind gusts over 100 mph causing widespread damage…

The dust cloud swept up by the storm [Dakota] produced scenes reminiscent of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s… As of 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, the Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had received 55 reports of winds gusting over 74 mph. second most on record for a calendar day.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/05/12/derecho-dust-storm-southdakota-minnesota/


Large heat wave breaks back-to-back daily temperature records [Michigan]…

“A surge of heat and humidity caused record-breaking high temperatures in West Michigan on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12. High temperatures soared to the upper 80s to lower 90s both days.”

https://www.fox17online.com/weather/large-heat-wave-breaks-back-to-back-daily-temperature-records


‘Close Your Windows!’ Massive Dust Cloud Engulfs Amarillo [Texas] Amid Storm Warnings.

“A large dust storm, also known as a haboob, swept over Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday, May 10, following storm warnings for the area. Footage captured by Twitter user @drpenn shows the cloud in Bushland, a small community west of Amarillo, on Tuesday evening.”

https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/national/close-your-windows-massive-dust-cloud-engulfs-amarillo-amid-storm-warnings/video/fab8dca0a4053426a2fdbf03d1e63566


New Mexico wildfire rampages on as fresh blaze engulfs California mansions.

“Extreme fire conditions are continuing to fuel a massive wildfire in northern New Mexico… which grew to nearly 260,000 acres acres on Thursday. The continued destruction came as a smaller fire broke out in California, destroying more than 20 homes, many of them multimillion-dollar mansions, in the coastal community of Laguna Niguel.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/12/new-mexico-wildfire-california


Mexico is being swept by harsh heat waves all over the country.

In the past days 4 states tied their all time temperature records: Nayarit, Morelos, Queretaro and Campeche. Chihuahua City is close to its all time high. Very hot at high elevations too: 38.8C [101.8F] at Chilpancingo at 1865m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1524826508996530187


About 80% of Mexico’s territory suffers from some degree of drought: what happens?

“…An intense heat wave and the lack of rains in recent months aggravate the situation that has already reached the Mexican countryside and has caused the shortage and theft of water in some states in the north and northwest of the country.”

https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2022/05/11/mexico-sequia-explainer-orix/


Humanity is “at a crossroads” when it comes to managing droughts, with the number rising 29 per cent since 2000, says a new UN report.

“The Drought in Numbers report, released on Wednesday to mark Drought Day, says that accelerating mitigation must be done “urgently, using every tool we can”.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/uk-news/world-droughts-surge-un-b2077583.html


China-funded dam could disrupt key Argentine glaciers and biodiversity.

“Two dams are being built on the 380-kilometer (236-mile) Santa Cruz River in Argentina’s Patagonia, threatening glacier movements and endemic wildlife that rely on the surrounding wetlands… The dam project is expected to flood nearly 35,000 hectares (86,500 acres) of the surrounding area…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/05/china-funded-dam-could-disrupt-key-argentine-glaciers-and-biodiversity/


Glacier melt due to climate change led researchers to 23 ithcyosaur fossils in Patagonia, including a 4 meter long fossil of a pregnant female…

“A team of researchers at the University of Magallanes (UMAG) led an expedition to the Tyndall Glacier in Chilean Patagonia in March and April to find the remains of a four meter long ancient marine reptile.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/akvbpz/melting-glacier-reveals-nearly-two-dozen-huge-ancient-sea-creature-fossils


Reducing harmful air pollution has led to a surprising effect — more hurricanes in the North Atlantic…

“A new study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances found that over the past four decades, a 50% decrease in aerosols — tiny particles of air pollution — over North America and Europe led to a 33% increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/11/us/air-pollution-atlantic-hurricanes-climate/index.html


‘We won’t get by’: Dilemma for French farmers facing drought…

“Water the wheat now or save water for the maize? In the Loiret, in north-central France as elsewhere in the Loire Valley, farmers are suffering from the springtime drought and worry about the difficult choices ahead if the rain doesn’t come.”

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20220512-we-won-t-get-by-dilemma-for-french-farmers-facing-drought


Lack of rain prompts drought warnings, farmers warn of fail harvests [Netherlands]…

“On Wednesday, farmers organisation ZLTO even warned that without rain in the next two weeks, the price of potatoes will rise and other harvests may fail… Dykes are already cracking in places because of the lack of rain, the Volkskrant reported on Friday.”

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/05/lack-of-rain-prompts-drought-warnings-farmers-warn-of-fail-harvests/


Pakistan under grip of ‘historic water crisis’…

“Farmers from southern districts of Punjab and Sindh told Minute Mirror on phone that their crops were almost dead due to unavailability of irrigation water… “There is no water in canals and hours long loadshedding has created severe problems to irrigate the crops with tube-wells,” Umair Masood, the president of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad said.”

https://minutemirror.com.pk/pakistan-under-grip-of-historic-water-crisis-42843/


Heatwave alert: Sindh [Pakistan] declares emergency to deal with extremely hot weather…

“Forecasting the increase in temperature in different parts of the country, Sardar Sarfaraz said that the mercury may even hit 50°C [122F] in different parts of Sindh. He said that the intensity of the heat was recorded higher than normal in the upper, central, and southern Punjab as well as different parts of Baluchistan.”

https://www.geo.tv/latest/416495-heatwave-alert-sindh-declares-emergency-to-deal-with-extremely-hot-weather


40 days of 40°C [104F] and above in Ahmedabad [India] as heatwave sweeps state…

“”There have been several heat waves this season for Gujarat – but what’s more important is, the temperature has not gone below 40 degrees in cities like Ahmedabad for a very long time. In the past 40 days, there has only been one day of below 40 degrees, which has health implications.””

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/40-days-of-40c-and-above-in-abad-as-heatwave-sweeps-state/articleshow/91527621.cms


Dehydrated birds falling from sky in India amid record heatwave.

“Rescuers in India’s western Gujarat state are picking up dozens of exhausted and dehydrated birds dropping every day as a scorching heatwave dries out water sources in the state’s biggest city, veterinary doctors and animal rescuers say.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/12/dehydrated-birds-falling-from-sky-in-india-amid-record-heatwave


All heatwaves today bear the unmistakable and measurable fingerprint of global warming, top experts on quantifying the impact of climate change on extreme weather said Wednesday…

“”Every heatwave in the world is now made stronger and more likely to happen because of human-caused climate change,” Otto and co-author Ben Clarke of the University of Oxford said in the report, presented as a briefing paper for the news media.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220511-every-heatwave-enhanced-by-climate-change-experts


Southern China, Hong Kong lashed by heavy rainfall and bracing for more…

“More than 50 cities and towns across Guangdong have issued severe storm warnings, seven of them red – the highest in China’s four-tier emergency alarm system… Schools have also been temporarily closed in multiple cities…”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3177306/party-cadres-placed-highest-alert-southern-chinese-province


Climate change isn’t just making cyclones worse, it’s making the floods they cause worse too…

“Although we’ve focused on storm surge flooding, other cyclone-related hazards are also projected to worsen, including deadly heatwaves following cyclones hitting land… Urgent action on emissions is vital to protect highly climate-vulnerable countries…”

https://phys.org/news/2022-05-climate-isnt-cyclones-worse.html


Evacuations as more than 500 roads cut by south-east Queensland flooding…

“Heavy rainfall has lashed south-eastern Queensland, resulting in flash flooding across many parts of the state. Low-lying areas of the Lockyer Valley, south-west of Brisbane, were particularly hard hit, with downpours of up to 260mm [10.2 inches] in the past 48 hours.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/may/13/queensland-flooding-se-qld-floods-weather-live-updates-near-me-today-emergency-evacuation-orders-rain-forecast-road-closures-lockyer-valley-brisbane-grantham-gympie-laidley-latest-news


Canadian town in Northwest Territories told to evacuate as flooding worsens…

“Chief April Martel of the Kátł’odeeche First Nation ordered her entire community [4,000 people] to leave Hay River after breakaway ice sent floodwaters surging into the centre of the town on Wednesday. The local department of infrastructure had declared the only road link to the town’s airport impassable, closing it off.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/12/canada-floods-hay-river-northwest-territories


After Visiting Both Ends of the Earth, I Realized How Much Trouble We’re In…

The poles… are warming faster than anywhere else on earth. I saw this first hand on Feb. 6, 2020, when Antarctica logged its hottest temperature on record—18.3°C (64.9°F)—at Argentina’s Esperanza weather station… Nearly five months after Antarctica’s high temperature record, the Siberian city of Verkhoyansk [in the Arctic] reached a searing historical high of 38°C (100.4°F) on June 20, 2020…”

https://time.com/6174966/north-south-pole-melting-climate-change/


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

‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022.

““The surveys confirm a mass bleaching event, with coral bleaching observed at multiple reefs in all regions,” a statement accompanying the report said. “This is the fourth mass bleaching event since 2016 and the sixth to occur on the Great Barrier Reef since 1998.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/10/devastating-90-of-reefs-surveyed-on-great-barrier-reef-affected-by-coral-bleaching-in-2022


Woman dies in floodwaters as Queensland’s north coast cops further drenching, BOM says records will be broken

“The Bureau of Meteorology said the rain’s focal point will move south tomorrow, with the heaviest rainfall remaining off shore, though some pockets will stray onto the coast. The Bohle River at Mt Bohle surpassed record flooding levels set in January 1980, swelling to more than 7 metres…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-11/qld-weather-heavy-rain-flash-flooding-northern-queensland/101053808


Paraguay’s Severe Drought Weakens 2022 Growth Prospects...

“Paraguay’s economic vulnerability to droughts – which may become more frequent and severe due to climate change – contributes to GDP growth volatility and is a sovereign rating weakness. It reflects dependence on agriculture and hydroelectricity exports, and on river transport for international trade.”

https://www.fitchratings.com/research/sovereigns/paraguays-severe-drought-weakens-2022-growth-prospects-10-05-2022


Floods leave 47 dead and more than 18,000 families affected in Colombia…

“The rains also destroyed 185 homes and another 9,300 were damaged by the action of the waters. In other infrastructure, there was damage to 480 roads, 48 vehicular bridges, 24 pedestrian bridges; 64 aqueducts, 27 sewers; 2 health centers and 54 educational institutions, most of them colleges or schools.”

https://www.elperiodico.com/es/internacional/20220510/inundaciones-dejan-47-fallecidos-colombia-13634071


8th May was a historic day in the Mexican city of Monclova ,Coahuila State (altitude 620m/2034 feet above sea level). With a temperature of 45.8C/114.4F it tied its highest temperature on records (=27 May 2011).

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1523773181210759168


Summerlike heat bakes central states, breaks records…

“A sprawling dome of summerlike heat is parked over the central United States… Temperatures spiked to 99 degrees in Kansas on Monday and a staggering 107 degrees in Oklahoma, setting a record in the Sooner State for early May… And many more hot days are ahead.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/05/10/july-heat-southern-states/


This May is the hottest on record in Austin [Texas], and it’s not even close.

“According to data from the National Weather Service, the “normal” average temperature for May 1-9 is 73.9°. That means this month is running a fever of 7.7° above normal. No other May in Austin, with records dating back to 1898, has come close…”

https://www.kxan.com/weather/weather-blog/this-may-is-the-hottest-on-record-in-austin-and-its-not-even-close/


California water use leaps 19% in March, amid one of the driest months on record…

“[Governor Gavin] Newsom responded on Tuesday by pledging to spend $100m on a statewide advertising campaign to encourage water conservation. The campaign will include traditional radio and television spots while also paying people with large followings on social media to urge others to save water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/10/california-water-use-leaps-19-in-march-amid-one-of-the-driest-months-on-record


‘Our mountains are gone’: Grief as sacred New Mexico forests burn.

“Forests in Ella Arellano’s family for nine generations burned in a day on Monday as fierce winds drove the United States’ largest wildfire through a New Mexico valley towards a third county… The fire has burned 189,767 acres (76,890 hectares) and is 43% contained.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/our-mountains-are-gone-grief-sacred-new-mexico-forests-burn-2022-05-10/


The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat… Climate change and human activity are destroying the layers of fungi, lichen, and bacteria that protect deserts from erosion…

“Finger-Higgins’s study suggests that even without human interference, “warming may partially negate decades of protection from disturbance, with biocrust communities reaching a vital tipping point.””

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/the-deserts-fragile-skin-cant-take-much-more-heat


‘We’re basically underwater’: Flooding displaces Hay River, N.W.T [Canada]., residents…

“Residents are setting up at the evacuation centre in Hay River after unprecedented flooding pushed waters up, engulfing the Paradise Gardens area and requiring an emergency rescue by the Canadian Coast Guard.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hay-river-flood-evacuees-1.6447161


Plastic found inside Arctic char has Nunavut hunters fearing for local food sources.

“Bobby Greenley, chairperson of the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization in Cambridge Bay, said the issue started cropping up four or five years ago. “We’re finding it in the stomachs of the fish we’re doing studies on,” he said. “We’re starting to get more whales around our area, they might be sucking [plastic] into their stomachs as well.””

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/plastic-pollution-arctic-1.6444999


Crews respond to fast-moving forest fire in southwestern Nova Scotia.

“Provincial crews are battling a growing forest fire burning near South Horseshoe Lake in Yarmouth County, N.S., which sent thick smoke into the air and prompted an air quality statement from Environment Canada.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/8822807/yarmouth-county-forest-fire/


Putin Demands Action As Devastating Wildfires In Russia Claim 16 Lives.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on regional officials to act quickly in battling forest fires amid a series of blazes in Siberia and the Urals that have killed 16 people in recent weeks, raising fears that this season may be even worse than last year, the worst on record.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-demands-action-wildfires-siberia-urals/31843342.html


A drought at the beginning of the year has triggered water restrictions in 15 departments across France, sparking fears about the winter harvest.

“The French agricultural department on Monday warned the unusually low winter rainfall will hit crop yields, just as the world grapples with supply chain disruption from the war in Ukraine.”

https://www.coastfm.co.uk/news/world/france-fears-for-crop-harvest-as-winter


Lots of sun in Berlin and Brandenburg – but drought causes problems…

As a result of climate change, rainfall in Berlin is decreasing and drought is increasing: the region is facing its fifth consecutive year of drought… This also continues the debate about the right climate policy. Berlin has committed itself in the Climate Protection and Energy Transition Act…”

https://thegermanyeye.com/lots-of-sun-in-berlin-and-brandenburg—but-drought-causes-problems-4809


Festive nougat shortage threat as worst April weather on record wipes out 70% of almond harvest on Spain’s Costa Blanca…

“Alicante suffered the wettest and coldest April since records began… the lack of sunshine has seen fungal diseases spread, too, affecting harvests.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/05/10/festive-nougat-shortage-threat-as-worst-april-weather-on-record-wipes-out-70-of-almond-harvest-on-spains-costa-blanca/


Dam constructions by Turkey not acceptable for Iran…

“”Given the environmental conditions prevailing in the region, it is not acceptable for us that our neighbor country, Turkey, takes measures in the field of dam construction which will cause problems for our people in the country and the region, as well as has a negative effect on the amount of water inflow,” said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Iranian Parliament on Tuesday…”

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/186614/Dam-constructions-by-Turkey-not-acceptable-for-Iran-FM


Iran faces second year of big wheat imports after drought, says grain union.

“Iran will need to import at least 7 million tonnes of wheat in the year to March 2023, marking a second year of high imports as drought continues to affect domestic production, the chairman of Iran’s Grain Union said on Tuesday.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/iran-faces-second-year-big-wheat-imports-after-drought-says-grain-union-2022-05-10/


Karachi [Pakistan] is warming up faster than the global average, warn experts.

“Since 1960, Karachi’s temperature has increased by 2.4ºC at night and 1.6ºC during the day, which is much higher than the global average increase in temperature, reveals a new alarming report… In regions such as South Asia, temperatures have already reached levels that are higher than what is considered biologically livable,” the researchers note.”

https://www.geo.tv/latest/415839-karachi-warming-up-faster-than-global-average-warn-experts


Exploding e-scooters kill four as heatwave damages batteries [India]…

“At least four Indians have died since March after their electric scooters caught fire, with record-breaking temperatures caused by climate change now feared to be behind the deadly blazes.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/exploding-e-scooters-kill-four-heatwave-damages-batteries/


Tropical Cyclone Asani threatens eastern India as another brutal heat wave continues across the country.

“Parts of eastern India are preparing for torrential rain and strong winds as a tropical cyclone warning is in effect for the Andhra Pradesh coast — as other portions of the country battle extreme heat.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/10/weather/asani-forecast-path-india-heat/index.html


Hong Kong braces for record-high rainfall this week… Regional weather authorities convene meeting to discuss heavy precipitation and warning systems…

Daily rainfall readings at individual weather stations in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces could reach historic highs, or 500mm [19.7 inches], the national forecaster warned…”

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3177173/hong-kong-braces-record-high-rainfall-week-rough


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

Fires in Siberia kill at least 10 as ‘violent winds’ fan flames… “”Extinguishing [the fires] is being complicated by meteorological conditions – violent winds are fanning the flames and preventing them from being put out,” the regional ministry for emergencies said on Telegram….

““Aircraft cannot be used in fighting the fires due to the high wind load,” Krasnoyarsk’s emergencies service said on its Telegram channel.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/7/fires-in-siberia-kill-at-least-8-as-violent-winds-fan-flames


‘Nature doesn’t fix itself fast’: Greenland weighs up economy v climate crisis…

“To be a farmer in Greenland is to have a front row seat to the climate crisis. Egede tracks the changes – “summer is sometimes really dry, other times there is too much rain. This winter was really late”. Where once they could drive on the frozen fjord during winter, now that never happens, he says.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/07/greenland-weighs-up-economy-v-climate-crisis


Landslide buries primary road connecting Alaska resort community to city of Seward…

“Marissa Beck, who owns a rental property in Seward, told CNN there are many cabins and rental houses in the area, and guests are now stuck in town or cannot get to their rentals. Many people are taking water taxis or their own boats to get to the other side of the slide.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/08/us/alaska-landslide-seward/index.html


Flood forecasters watching closely as Manitoba expected to get more rain over coming days…

“Flooding continues in the Interlake, Red River Valley and many other parts of central and southern Manitoba, the bulletin said… However, that flooding is now becoming more concentrated around rivers, streams and drains that are above capacity as water moves through the system.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-flood-forecast-may-7-1.6445599


Extreme weather events have strained farmers’ mental health [BC, Canada]. But asking for help still a hurdle for many…

“”I just really started to burn out pretty hard,” she said. “You feel guilty because you didn’t lose as much as some people, but you just want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head. But you can’t, because there’s so many terrible things going on.””

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whatonearth/extreme-weather-events-have-strained-farmers-mental-health-but-asking-for-help-still-a-hurdle-for-many-1.6440391


The two largest reservoirs in California are already at ‘critically low levels’ and the dry season is just starting.

“Against the backdrop of the water crisis in the Colorado River Basin, where the country’s largest reservoirs are plunging at an alarming rate, California’s two largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville — are facing a similar struggle.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/07/us/california-water-shasta-oroville-climate/index.html


Las Vegas: ‘More human remains’ found in drought-hit Lake Mead.

“The “human skeletal remains” are reported to have been found on Saturday at the reservoir, which is facing record-low water levels. It comes a week after a barrel containing the body of a man who was shot was discovered, with police considering whether the death may be linked to the Mafia.”

https://news.sky.com/story/las-vegas-more-human-remains-found-in-drought-hit-lake-mead-after-body-in-barrel-discovered-12608393


Potentially historic winds forecast as firefighters battle New Mexico wildfire.

“Extreme wind conditions described as potentially historic were forecast for New Mexico on Saturday and for the next several days as hundreds of firefighters and a fleet of airplanes and helicopters worked feverishly to bolster lines around the largest fire burning in the US.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/07/new-mexico-wildfire-winds-forecast


Record-breaking temperatures recorded in Llano on Central Texas’ hottest day of 2022…

“The National Weather Service says the Llano Airport reached 106 degrees Saturday afternoon, the highest temperature recorded there in the month of May.

https://www.fox7austin.com/news/record-breaking-temperatures-recorded-llano-central-texas-hottest-day-2022


Most of Mexico is with a severe heat wave even at mid/high elevations. Temperatures reached 44.6C [112.3F] at Monclova (615m),37.8C at Zamora (1562m),36.4C at Morelia (1913m).Many areas in the West,East and highlands have been close to all time records. 7 May Tmaxes.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1523398124521553920


Stunning images of floods and fallen trees in Medellin [Colombia] from heavy rains…

“The rains that occurred on the afternoon of this Saturday, May 7 in Medellín generated emergencies in four communes of the city. According to the report from the Administrative Department of Disaster Risk Management, relief agencies attended to flooding, mass movements and falling trees.”

https://www.semana.com/nacion/medellin/articulo/video-las-impresionantes-imagenes-de-inundaciones-y-arboles-caidos-en-medellin-por-las-fuertes-lluvias/202206/


‘Record after record’: Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April high, nearly double previous peak.

“Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year – the previous April record – preliminary government data has shown, alarming environmental campaigners.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/07/record-after-record-brazils-amazon-deforestation-hits-april-high-nearly-double-previous-peak


Between searing drought and Ukraine war, Iraq watchful over wheat.

“After decades of war and insurgency, Iraq faces another huge challenge: severe water scarcity driven by climate change. It is highly sensitive issue for Iraq and its 41 million people, who feel the impacts on a daily basis, from depleted rivers to rapid desertification and more intense sandstorms.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220508-between-searing-drought-and-ukraine-war-iraq-watchful-over-wheat


Drought causes $107m damage to [Iran’s] environment… Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the country is suffering from severe drought.

“The severity of the drought is devastating in areas such as the Zagros, which is both a source of water and natural habitats, he lamented. Perhaps the first and most important damage of drought is the weakening of vegetation, which seriously disrupts the wildlife food chain.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/472359/Drought-causes-107m-damage-to-environment


Shishper Glacier outburst sweeps away bridge in Hassanabad area of Hunza [Pakistan]…

“Hunza Superintendent of Police (SP) Zahoor Ahmed said the glacier had started melting on Saturday due to heat and caused a flood that damaged the bridge and rendered it unusable for traffic.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1688466


Pollution paradox: India and Pakistan may suffer worse heatwaves if they try to clean up their air…

“Reducing pollution will have an unintended consequence of likely accelerating warming at a local scale, as pollution has helped mask some of the greenhouse gas-induced warming in the region.”

https://amp.scroll.in/article/1023381/pollution-pardox-india-and-pakistan-may-suffer-worse-heatwaves-if-they-try-to-clean-up-the-air


India Warns of Heatwaves Across Six States Next Week.

“India warned of heatwaves in six states next week, as extreme weather conditions threaten lives and livelihoods across the subcontinent… Scorching temperatures may worsen energy shortages, hurt crops.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-07/india-warns-of-heatwaves-across-six-states-next-week


Heatwave pattern is shifting to a ‘significant hazard’ for health, crops in Bangladesh.

“An analysis of data from the past few decades indicates that climate change is causing summer heatwaves at unexpected times and is affecting a wider range of areas, according to meteorologists. Hotspots are also growing larger. Heatwaves have become a ‘significant hazard’ at the start of summer…”

https://bdnews24.com/environment/2022/05/08/heatwave-pattern-is-shifting-to-a-significant-hazard-for-health-crops-in-bangladesh


Bangladeshi children leaving school to work due to climate crisis.

“For many of their children – who are battling the impacts of climate change alongside their parents – the move means the end of education and the start of a lifetime of hard labour… Globally, about a billion children in 33 countries face that level of threat…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/9/bangladeshi-children-leaving-school-to-work-due-to-climate-crisis


Torrential rain inundates South, causes flash flooding in North [Thailand]…

“Officials were sent to help people in five badly hit areas, namely Lang Suan district in Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Nopphitam district and Surat Thani’s Vibhavadi, Chaiya and Tha Chang districts.”

https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40015332


China’s sea levels touched new high in 2021, govt study shows.

“China’s sea levels reached their highest on record last year, swelled by rising water temperatures and the melting of glaciers and polar icecaps, the government said in a report. Coastal sea levels were 84 mm (3.3 inches) higher in 2021 than the average over the period from 1993 to 2011…”

https://www.todayonline.com/world/chinas-sea-levels-touched-new-high-2021-govt-study-shows-1893371


Out-of-season cyclone ‘spawns’ off Western Australia coast as record rain set to hammer Queensland…

“As Queensland braces for a record rain event to hit “multiple areas and multiple regions” tonight, Western Australia is also preparing for a deluge. Weatherzone says a late season tropical cyclone has formed over the Indian Ocean, which will see rain fall over WA later this week.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-updates-queensland-record-rain-predicted-along-coast/dbb80041-0d2a-480c-b6db-f90f43863481


Fears farmers will be ravaged by a second mouse plague that destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of crops last year…

“Australia’s government science agency says farmers have reported increased mice activity in northern NSW, central Queensland, north western Victoria, the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and the wheat belt in Western Australia.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10796071/Fears-Australian-farmers-ravaged-second-mouse-plague.html


New Zealand keeps beating warm records every month and May is not an exception.

“On 6th May the southern town of Invercargill rose to 21.5C [70.7F] in the AP station, a new record high temperature for May.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1522652417690456064


Without a better plan, New Zealand risks sleepwalking into a biodiversity extinction crisis…

“Despite all that we are doing to try to protect and restore habitats and assist species, Papaptūānuku and Aotearoa New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity is in crisis. Around 4,000 species are threatened or at risk of extinction. Many plants and wildlife continue to decline or are just hanging on.”

https://theconversation.com/without-a-better-plan-new-zealand-risks-sleepwalking-into-a-biodiversity-extinction-crisis-182279


Antarctica’s majestic underwater world is trying to adapt to a warmer planet.

“The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, roughly the size of Florida, is melting at a rapid rate. In fact, most of the ice in western Antarctica is melting. But the Thwaites Glacier — also known as Doomsday Glacier — is one of the most unstable in Antarctica. This is very worrisome because of the sea level rise it could cause. But it’s more than that.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/07/weather/antarctica-ice-sheet-climate-ecosystem/index.html


Emperor penguin at serious risk of extinction due to climate change…

“”If the water reaches the newborn penguins, which are not ready to swim and do not have waterproof plumage, they die of the cold and drown,” said biologist Marcela Libertelli, who has studied 15,000 penguins across two colonies in Antarctica at the IAA.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-08/emperor-penguin-at-risk-of-extinction-due-to-climate-change/101047600


Monthly average carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have reached above 420 parts per million (ppm) for the first time on record….

“Last year’s highest month, May, recorded 419.13 ppm. Twenty years ago, the highest month of the year had 375.93 ppm – and in 1958, the first year scientists started collecting CO2 data at Mauna Loa, the highest month of the year had just 317.51 ppm.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/carbon-dioxide-record-co2-b2072614.html


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