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12th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The whole North Atlantic Ocean surface is currently 1.1°C warmer than the 1970-2000 average!

And 0.2°C warmer than last year, which was already a record!

“This is not normal!”


Climate change: Greenland’s culture shifts as Arctic heats up.

“Icebergs bigger than city blocks loom through the mist as Kaleeraq Mathaeussen reels in halibut from the frigid waters one by one. “Each season is not how it used to be,” he says. It’s become windier and more unpredictable.”


Those who work in Alberta’s mountain tourism industry say climate change isn’t just changing the face of the province’s parks — it’s also impacting how they do their jobs.

“Ecologists say climate change is causing lakes in the Canadian Rockies to lose their famous turquoise lustre, and forcing glaciers to recede at an alarming rate.”


Summer 2022 in Russia was the 3rd warmest on records after 2021 and 2016.

It was the hottest on record in Northern European Russia and slightly cooler than average in some areas of Siberia. In Moscow with 20.5C of average, it was the 4th warmest summer after 2010,2021 and 1972.”


“It is confirmed that Scotland is snow-free yet again. The last patch, the Sphinx, disappeared sometime in the last 24 hours.

The Sphinx has now vanished four times in the last six years, having done so only five times in the last 300 years… I’m not a climatologist (nor even an academic), but it’s a pretty obvious direction of travel.”


They’re ‘World Champions’ of Banishing Water. Now, the Dutch Need to Keep It.

“As climate change dries out Europe, the Netherlands, a country long shaped by its overabundance of water, is suddenly confronting drought… Even in a rich and ambitious country like the Netherlands, it’s a huge challenge.”


France cuts maize crop forecast further after drought….

“The drought-affected harvest was now seen 26.6% lower than last year’s bumper crop and 18.4% below the average of the past five years, the ministry said in a report. Maize is among the crops to have suffered the most from France’s worst drought on record, which was accompanied by several heatwaves.”


Portugal’s chestnut harvest delayed by drought – and “is an unknown”.

“The winter tradition of seeing chestnut sellers in the streets is disappearing before our eyes. Whereas in the past, every town had chestnuts for sale on street corners in the colder months, now, due to climate change and particularly Portugal’s current drought, the very harvest of chestnuts is late. No one can predict how it will be, either.”


The IUCN European Red List assessment found that 314 out of 890 species of hoverfly in Europe are Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered.

Hoverflies (Syrphidae) are critical for the planet’s food security because they are the second most significant pollinator group globally after bees, often showing higher rates of visiting flowers than bees. They also naturally control populations of aphid.”


Risk of floods as Mediterranean water getting warmer.

“Meteorologist Kerem Ökten stated that as Mediterranean Sea temperatures are above average, storms, heavy downpours and thunderbolts are expected. Sudden changes in daily meteorological conditions might also be observed during the fall due to the effect of hot seawater, Ökten stressed.”


Video of extreme flooding, Fez, Morocco, 11th Oct [pictured above]:


Floods: 500 Confirmed Dead, 45,000 Houses Destroyed, 70,000 Hectares Farmlands Submerged Nationwide [Nigeria]…

“The hellish condition of those impacted by the flood in several states is intensifying even as the federal government confirmed yesterday that at least 500 persons had died in the last few weeks due to the devastating impact of the natural disaster.”


Rwanda to Restore Drought-Resistant Trees Amid Rising Temperatures.

“Researchers in Rwanda are tirelessly carrying out experiments on 20 degraded indigenous (native) tree species so as to recommend those that are resistant to drought and can sequester large quantities of carbon dioxide to cope with climate change.”


Livestock Deaths Mount In Drought Hit Taita Taveta [Kenya]…

“At one of the livestock camps of one Stephen Ngure within Mramba Ranch, death has visited his herd of cattle not once but several times over as the devastating wave of the ongoing drought bites deep. Scouting around his camp, several cow skeletons litter the scenery with mounds of flies and scavengers having a field day…”


‘We need urgent help’: Somalis displaced by drought and famine fight to survive.

“Famine has come to Somalia. While there has been no official declaration, the UN’s humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, said last week: “I have no doubt that we are seeing famine on our watch in Somalia.”


Tech startups are scrambling to save Egypt’s farmers from climate change…

“As climate change descends on Egyptian farmers, a growing number of local tech startups are launching smartphone-based services to help them manage unpredictable weather and squeeze more profit from their diminishing crops.”


‘Devastating’: Cholera outbreaks in Lebanon and Syria threaten millions.

“Healthcare systems in Syria and Lebanon could buckle under the pressure of an outbreak of cholera, rights groups have warned, after the United Nations said they have now logged more than 13,000 suspected cases in recent weeks… There are fears millions of people in the region are at risk.”


‘We have no dry land left’: impact of Pakistan floods to be felt for years…

“Nationwide, at least 4m acres of crops have been destroyed, part of the economic devastation estimated by the Pakistani prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, at $30bn-$35bn (£27bn-£31.6bn), and while the heavy rainfall which began in July has stopped, many areas in Balochistan and Sindh provinces remain flooded.”


The India Meteorological Department reported that Delhi has so far received 128.2 mm of rain this month, which is the highest recorded precipitation for October since 1956…

October 2020, 2018, and 2017 saw no rain in the city, while October 2019 saw 47.3 mm of rain fall.”


At least 33 killed in Nepal flooding and landslides…

“Hundreds of homes have been damaged in the avalanches and flooding. At least 22 people are still missing across the province and scores more have injuries. Rescuers have described difficulties in getting to the mountainous region amid continuing rain.”


Biodiversity threatened in drought-hit Poyang Lake…

Shocking videos of hundreds of people picking up stranded fish from the bed of Jiangxi province’s Poyang Lake — where sustained drought has turned nearly all the 3,150 square kilometers of surface water into parched wasteland — have gone viral on the Chinese internet.”


Hong Kong’s ‘Shoebox’ Residents Struggle Amid Sweltering Heat, Cramped Living Conditions…

Hong Kong’s summer heat has been scorching, with July and September reaching record-high temperatures amid the region’s most severe heat waves since 1961 [ie since records began]. Climatologists attribute the frequency and severity of heat waves around the world to global warming.”


Flooding not the only risk in La Niña’s wet weather as mosquitoes move in — and now we’ve got Japanese encephalitis virus to worry about, too [Australia]…

“The mosquito species of greatest concern is Culex annulirostris. This mosquito is the one most likely to be driving transmission of the virus among animals, as well as spillover to the human population.”


October started cool in most of Australia with few more rainfall records broken.

During the cold spell which brought frost and snow also in New Zealand, a new October record cold was also set in the remote island of Macquarie (54S) on day 5th: -6.0C / 21.2F (previous -4.6C in 1969).


Australian scientists observe ‘rapid’ decline in Adélie penguin numbers off Antarctic coast.

“Scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division have recorded a severe decline in a population of Adélie penguins off the east Antarctic coast. Long-term monitoring has revealed a 43% drop over a decade in the number of birds…”


Not just in Brazil: deforestation also on the rise in Venezuelan Amazon.

“Despite losing less forest cover than the regional average in previous years, the Venezuelan Amazon is now seeing a rapid and dangerous transformation, partly thanks to government-sanctioned mining expansions.”


Maduro says Venezuela landslide toll expected to reach 100.

“”Thirty-nine bodies have already been recovered,” he said on state television. “There are still a significant number of missing people: 56… We are reaching almost a hundred fatal victims of this tragedy.””


Dozens dead as storm Julia dumps heavy rains in Central America.

“At least 28 people have died after Hurricane Julia caused rains and landslides in several Latin American countries, including Guatemala and El Salvador… NHC said floods and mudslides were possible across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday, with the storm expected to bring as much as 380mm (15 inches) of rain in isolated areas.”


Despite promises, California doesn’t know how many people died in record summer heat wave.

It was the worst California heat wave ever recorded in September — an epic grilling that disabled one of Twitter’s main data centers, pushed the power grid to its limit and triggered a succession of weather and safety alerts.”


A California city’s water supply is expected to run out in two months…

“Coalinga has only one source of water — a shrinking allotment from an aqueduct managed by the federal government — and officials are projecting the city will use up that amount before the end of the year.”


Phoenix’s rainfall totals surpass numbers recorded in Seattle, other cities.

“A particularly dry summer in the Pacific Northwest has resulted in traditionally-cloudy cities experiencing less rainfall than desert regions like the Valley. Phoenix notably experienced more rainfall between July and October than Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.”


Study finds climate change is bringing more intense rains to U.S..

“The research offers confirmation of what atmospheric scientists have been warning of for years: a warmer world is, on balance, a wetter world. And as global temperatures continue to rise, an uptick in precipitation extremes is expected.”


A massive hailstorm blew through Fort Stockton, Texas, on Monday night causing widespread damage across town.

“According to the national weather service, on Oct. 10, hail drifts reached three feet and flooding in some areas reached more than that. The buildings that took the most damages were large buildings such as Fort Stockton High School. Here are photos from the area.”


Hurricane Ian traumatized Floridians. It also erased their nest eggs.

“As Florida tallies the immediate tab from its deadliest hurricane in decades, the destruction it wreaked on homes will erase retirees’ nest eggs and families’ primary way of passing along wealth to new generations.”


Ian is 15th billion-dollar disaster this year so far [US]…

“Total losses due to property and infrastructure damage is up to $29.3 billion in 2022 so far — but this does not yet include the costs for Hurricane Ian, the western wildfires and Hurricane Fiona, which may push the 2022 total closer to $100 billion — a total reached in four of the last five years.”


Swiss Re to record $399 million net loss in third quarter.

“Analysts at U.S.-based J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. expect Swiss Reinsurance Co. Ltd. to incur a net loss of $399 million in the third quarter of the year, mainly due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, loss creep on other catastrophe events and investment market volatility, Reinsurance News reported.”


Fires, floods, pandemic: The age of overlapping crises… Something strange and new is happening, some argue. We’re seeing more crises, more often…

You can think of the climate crisis as an energy system problem. We are trapping more energy in our atmosphere. This means that everything, both hot and cold, is becoming more extreme… Since 2000, the frequency of extreme weather has grown dramatically.”


Hell on Earth: Heat waves to make entire regions uninhabitable.

“The Red Cross and the United Nations warned on Monday that heat waves will become so extreme in certain regions of the world within decades that human life there will be unsustainable… Heat waves are predicted to “exceed human physiological and social limits” in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and South and Southwest Asia…”


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10th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet. How close are they?

In our new assessment of the past 15 years of research, myself and colleagues found that we can’t rule out five tipping points being triggered right now when global warming stands at roughly 1.2°C. Four of these five become more likely as global warming exceeds 1.5°C.

These are sobering conclusions.”


The Arctic is going crazy.

The current GFS forecast for Oct. 17 shows large parts of Greenland more than 24°C (43°F) above average. Just another summer day in October. Where did the cold Arctic air go? Check out the East/Central US & Canada.”


At the gateway to the Arctic [Churchill, Hudson Bay], a world in turmoil.

“Sled dog breeder David Daley lives at the gateway to the Canadian Arctic, occupying a front-row seat to the march of global warming, and he senses calamity ahead. “For all the devastation that we’re doing to her, she’s not going to sit still, our planet Mother Earth will punish us,” Daley says.”


Forecasters tracking new storm for Alaska’s Arctic coast.

“A fall storm packing strong winds damaged roofs and windows in parts of western and northwest Alaska and resulted in flooding of roads in the far northern city of Utqiagvik, according to damage reports, with a new storm expected to hit the Arctic coast this week.”


‘Huge financial loss’: Nova Scotia maple farmer loses half of crop from storm Fiona.

“Maple trees at a Nova Scotia farm took nearly a century to grow but were decimated within just hours during post-tropical storm Fiona. The farm owner says the devastating loss hasn’t even sunk in yet.”


Today marks the 93rd consecutive day [since July 7] with no rain > 1 mm at Victoria YYJ [airport, British Columbia]!

That’s absolutely insane and of course it’s an all-time record since records began in 1940. The previous record was… 60 days (1986)! Given the models, we could go up to 105 days!


BC Wildfire Service crews are battling a wildfire that has sparked in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island…

“A special weather statement has been issued for strong winds in the region by Environment Canada… It’s another stark reminder that B.C’s wildfire season is not over, as the province is experiencing drought conditions across the province.


Heat doesn’t want to leave in Western USA & Canada: temperatures are still typical of summer from the Sacramento Valley to British Columbia.

Yesterday 100F at Redding, California; in Oregon up to 94F and record for the latest 87F at Portland and 89F at Hillsboro. Another summer week is ahead.”


Increasing hail damage in Nebraska and elsewhere spurs call for more research.

“Golf-ball-sized hail from an early June storm damaged thousands of homes and vehicles in the greater Omaha metro area… Nationally, the price tag of those storms is climbing as hailstorms occur in more populous areas of the country… Research indicates that the nature of hailstorms is changing, too — they are dropping larger stones and fewer smaller ones.”


Expert: ‘Whiplash’ between wet season and drought is toppling historic trees in Minneapolis.

“Trees are dying in Minneapolis’ historic Loring Park. The first tree toppled in August. Shortly after, another one was gone. On Sunday, a third was slated to be scrapped. Professor Lee Frelich has an unfortunate hypothesis/ “They’re dying all over the city,” Frelich said. “A really old tree can’t make those shifts.””


‘The US dammed us up’: how drought is threatening Navajo ties to ancestral lands…

““When we think about how to address climate change, we sometimes forget that past US policies and actions have led to conditions in which some groups are burdened more by climate change than others,” said Justin Farrell, a Yale professor and the study’s lead author, to National Public Radio.”


A World War II-era boat has emerged at Shasta Lake, the latest historical reveal caused by the continuing drought in the Western United States.

“Shasta-Trinity National Forest posted photos of the discovery Sunday morning on its Twitter page… The USS Monrovia was launched in 1942 and among other duties was used by Gen. George S. Patton ahead of the invasion of Sicily in summer 1943.”


Drought conditions drop Mississippi River waters, exposing early 19th-century shipwreck.

““In 1992, it was exposed, an archeological firm did some work. At that time, it was not nearly as exposed as it is now,” McGimsey said. With shockingly-low water levels, McGimsey says 90% of the half of the hull that’s left is now exposed…”


Hurricane Julia hits Nicaragua with torrential rainfall…

“The storm was forecast to emerge over the Pacific and skirt the coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala, a region already saturated by weeks of heavy rains. It was expected to dissipate by Monday night. In Guatemala, storms since early May had already caused at least 49 confirmed deaths, with six people missing.”


Venezuela floods kill 25 after month’s worth of rain falls in eight hours…

“The downpour on Saturday night swept large tree trunks and debris from surrounding mountains into the town of Tejerias, 67km south-west of the capital, Caracas, damaging businesses and farmland, according to the vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez.”


Worst September on record for Amazon deforestation.

“Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon broke the monthly record for September, according to official figures, triggering calls from environmentalists to vote far-right President Jair Bolsonaro out of office later this month.”


Even a Lula Victory May Not Restore Brazil’s Forests…

“The central plank of Lula’s forest policies has always been a sort of devil’s bargain: In return for protection for the Amazon rainforest, soy and beef farming would see few restrictions in the cerrado savannahs, a less renowned biodiversity hotspot of open forest and grasslands that stretches to the south and east.”


North American gray whale counts dwindling for the last two years.

“US researchers say the number of gray whales off western North America has continued to dwindle during the last two years, a decline that resembles previous population swings over the past several decades but is still generating worry.”


Number of butterflies in UK falls to lowest since surveys began…

“Randle said that factors in the loss of butterflies in towns and cities include the popularity of plastic grass, the paving over of front gardens for parking spaces, “garden grabbing” by developers and rising levels of nitrates from traffic, which affect butterflies’ food plants.”


Record excess deaths in UK’s heatwave summer.

“As the UK endured record high temperatures of 40C this summer, there were around 3,000 more deaths in the over-65s than usual in England and Wales – the highest figure since 2004. The data comes from a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).”


Rijksmuseum ‘sinking’ as record drought rots wooden foundations.

“There are fears that the Dutch national museum is sinking as Amsterdam becomes vulnerable to rotting wooden pilings caused by the worst drought in 500 years. Up to a million homes across the Netherlands face a similar predicament.”


Climate change: Toll taken on a south of France village. Two decades of visiting the Languedoc has afforded Colm Keena insight into life getting harder for its inhabitants…

“We talked about the intensity of the heatwave and, most of all, its early arrival. There was no missing my neighbour’s dismay and her sense of dread… all the while the weather was changing…”


Wildlife abandons ‘Europe’s Amazon’ nature reserve.

“The human and material cost of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is well documented. But rare species of animals and flowers that had flourished in the country’s north have also been badly hit by the invaders’ destructive use of weaponry and landmines, with fears they will take decades to recover.”


The heat across the entire continent of Africa is incredible. Reaching 40C plus in the North and the south – with Augrabies Falls in South Africa hitting 41.7C – in springtime.

“There’s little escape from thermal intolerance in any region.”


Brutal heat in Southern Africa yesterday: With the support of local berg (fohn) winds temperatures shot to an exceptional 46.0C [114.8F] at Moti in Eswatini (former Swaziland), the highest ever recorded in the country in October.

“In South Africa 43.7C at Komatidraai.”


At least 85 people are estimated to have lost their lives when an overloaded boat capsized in a flood-swollen river in Nigeria’s Anambra [engine failed]…

“”The boat reportedly carrying 85 persons capsized following rising floods in the Ogbaru area of the state, with emergency services confirming a death toll of 76,” said Buhari’s office.”


Turkey breaks its October heat record again: “Brutal heat in Turkey and Middle East: On 7th October the temperature rose to 41.4C [106.5F] at Harran and 40.2C at Cizre.

“This heat is unprecedented for so late in the year. Two days ago 44.9C at Mehran in Iran, the highest this October so far worldwide.”


What a summer.

“China’s summer temperature average blew out their previous summer-average record by more than 0.5 °C (1 °F).


The first days of October witnessed nearly 1000 heat records in China, Japan and Koreas, but in a matter of 2 days the turnaround was drastic:

“…temperatures at record cold levels, freezing near sea level in North Korea (-10C at 1300m) and very early snowfall like in Shenyang, China.


Since 2000, Global Warming Has More than Doubled Extreme Ocean Warming Events Over Japan.

“Every severe ocean warming event in the current climate is linked to global warming, according to the lead author, Michiya Hayashi, a research associate at NIES… ”


Flash floods have been hitting parts of Cambodia, leaving at least four people dead, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has said.

“In a voice message released publicly on Saturday, Hun Sen said that rainwater flooding has also forced the evacuation of a number of affected families to higher ground…”


Five people were killed after the last few days’ rainfall inundated parts of Bali with floods, while dozens of others situated in tourist hotspots had to be evacuated out of their villas…

“We urge people to stay vigilant toward extreme weather that can cause floods, inundated areas, landslides, strong winds, broken trees, and more. If you are in emergency situations, please call our emergency numbers…””


As oceans rise, are some nations doomed to vanish? If rising seas engulf the Maldives and Tuvalu, will those countries be wiped off the map? And what happens to their citizens?

“The prospect is no longer science fiction as global warming gathers pace, posing an unprecedented challenge to the international community, and threatening entire peoples with the loss of their land and identity.”


Glacier grief: how funerals and rituals can help us mourn the loss of nature.

“From mountain top ceremonies to immersive art, people are finding new ways to express feelings of grief – and guilt – when nature ‘dies’… Just as populations over the millennia have dealt with grief towards loss of human life through rituals, the climate emergency and growing feelings of “ecological grief” have seen the emergence of events and memorials to mark the loss of nature.”


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

Last month was the fourth warmest September on record, with Greenland in particular showing ominous signs of the stark reality of climate change, data show.

“According to analysis from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), while Europe had a month that was cooler than recent norms, conversely the rest of the planet was warmer than average, equalling 2016 as the fourth warmest on record.

Greenland, the world’s largest island, saw worrying temperature outliers, the data show. Copernicus said Greenland had exceptional temperatures that reached more than 8C above the monthly average in places, the warmest temperatures for September in the record.”


Climate Change Comes for the Freezers, a Key Tool for Alaska Natives…

“In rural Alaska, the stand-alone freezer is everything. With most traditional cold storage methods wiped out by warmer temperatures, Indigenous Alaskans are totally dependent on freezers just as climate change also threatens the power systems, which run those appliances, more with every passing season.”


Thousands of salmon found dead as Canada drought dries out river. A lack of rain on the western coasts saw 65,000 dead salmon wash up on the creek.

“Tens of thousands of dead wild salmon scattered along a creek bed are the latest casualty of a drought that has gripped the province of British Columbia for more than a month and left communities bracing for more devastation.”


More temperature records in B.C. topple as unusually warm and hazy autumn continues…

“Lytton, which has had an abundance of heat-related woes in the last year, including being the hottest spot in the country then being razed by wildfire, saw a preliminary new record of 27.2 C compared to the high of 26.7 C set in 1966.”


A wildfire that exploded in size in drought-stricken central Nebraska has destroyed much of a youth campsite and led officials to evacuate a nearby village…

“By Sunday night, the grassland fire in the state’s Sandhills region had grown to about 15,000 acres, or around 24 square miles (62 square kilometers), according to the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands.”


University of California, Santa Barbara Scientists See the End of ‘Normal’ Climate. Researcher Asks: ‘What Happens If You Know the Drought Is Never Going to End?’

“…this century, extreme wildfires in the West will usually be followed in short order by extreme rain, with the potential for massive damage.”


Dozens of US cities sweat through warmest September on record.

“Those on the list included: Salt Lake City, Reno in Nevada, Portland and Salem in Oregon, Stockton in California and Glasgow in Montana, according to FOX Weather senior data specialist Shane Brown. In all, 56 cities experienced or tied their warmest September on record.”


The Floodwaters in Florida Are Toxic and Dangerous, Officials Warn.

“When Hurricane Ian made landfall over Florida as a category 4 storm last week, it left behind a trail of destruction that killed dozens of people amid flash floods, severely damaged homes, and inundated cars and streets. The devastation has also triggered new environmental concerns: serious leaks of chemicals, sewage, and oil.”


You can’t design for that:’ Record rainfall leaves parts of Ponce Inlet flooded days after hurricane Ian. Ponce Inlet saw almost 21 inches of rain.

“Communities on Volusia County’s east coast saw the most rainfall in Central Florida during Hurricane Ian. One of those was Ponce Inlet, where many homes are still under water and town leaders are working to get the water out.”


The images of the floods and puddles left by the rain south of CDMX [Mexico City]…

“Through social networks, residents of Mexico City shared photos and videos of how they experienced the torrential rains, which according to the Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection will continue in at least 14 municipalities during the night.”


Arouca residents left in shock after flooding [Trinidad]…

“In just ten minutes, walls crumbled, roads cracked and cars drifted into ravines as severe flash flooding left many Arouca residents reeling on Wednesday. “My children still traumatised!” a Dunderhill Road resident told Guardian Media at the site of the second location where a vehicle was washed away.”


Video reveals devastation from scallop dredging on ‘protected’ Scottish seabed…

“The Scottish government designated the seabed around the islands of Canna and Rum, on Scotland’s west coast, as the Small Isles MPA in 2014, to conserve Britain’s only colony of rare fan mussels and other features. The islands host a large breeding colony of black guillemots.”


Chicken in British supermarkets ‘linked to deforested Amazon’.

“A new investigation into industrial poultry farming in Brazil claims that chicken fed with corn and soya beans grown on deforested land or with unclear origins is ending up on British dinner plates and supermarket shelves.”


This year’s drought-affected grain maize crop in France will produce about 10 million tonnes, growers group AGPM said on Wednesday, joining other observers in predicting the worst harvest in decades…”


Severe floods surround homes in Algeria.” [Video]


Pink Lake Loses its Rosy Hue [Senegal]…

“The wet season in 2022 was especially wet. Bouts of torrential rain in early August and early September led to deadly flooding in Dakar and surrounding areas. The extreme rainfall impacted more than the lake’s color…


Flooding caused by heavy rains in the West African state of Niger has claimed nearly 200 lives and affected more than a quarter of a million people, the Civil Protection Service said on Thursday, describing the toll as one of the highest on record…

“The worst-affected regions are Maradi and Zinder in the centre of the country, Dosso in the southwest and Tahoua in the west.”


In Nigeria’s food basket state, floods wash away homes, crops and hope…

“Okonkwo is among at least half a million Nigerians affected by flooding in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states this year. Farmers say the rising waters will push food bills higher in a nation where millions have fallen into food poverty in the past two years.”


Thousands of residents of the southwestern part of Accra, the Ghanaian capital, have been displaced due to the spillage of the Weija Dam.

“The spillage of the dam was caused by excess water following torrential rains over the weekend… The dam built on the Densu River is the source of potable water for more than half of the 5.4 million population of the national capital.”


Weathertracker: how record monsoon rain devastated Pakistan.

This year’s monsoon was the wettest on record. The numbers are mind-boggling. Between June and August, Pakistan received almost triple its average rainfall. The Sindh province received over eight times the usual amount. However, the situation is far more complicated than just extreme downpours.”


Pakistan: Floods wipe out apple orchards in Balochistan.

“Months-long monsoon rains and unprecedented floods have devastated vast swathes of agricultural land in Pakistan. Balochistan province’s famous apple orchards are also hit hard.”


Rainfall continues in north Indian states, breaks 23-year record in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya…

“Unseasonably heavy rainfall lashed many states in north India on the festive occasion Dussehra, washing the effigies and dampening celebrations… many north Indian states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, will experience heavy rain for the next few days.”


At least 19 people are confirmed dead after an avalanche struck climbers in the Indian Himalayas, authorities said Friday…

“Although no substantial research has been done on the impacts of climate change on mountaineering risks in the Himalayas, climbers have reported crevasses widening, running water on previously snowy slopes, and the increasing formation of glacial lakes.


Three persons died after being buried by a landslide in the Chandragiri municipality on the western outskirts of Kathmandu on Thursday night [caused by incessant rain]…

“The landslide had buried a meditation centre at Deurali, Chandragiri-2. Ward chair Tamang says search efforts are still underway as some other people might be missing in the disaster.”


Eight dead and several injured by ‘sudden’ flash flood during idol immersion in [West Bengal] India…

“Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences as he announced a compensation of Rs 200,000 (£2,169) for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 (£541) for those injured.”


Four killed, 72,000 households in 30 [Thai] provinces affected by floods since September 28th.

“Four people have died, two injured and more than 72,000 households affected by flooding in 30 provinces of Thailand since September 28th, according to the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.”


Nightmare for Ipoh folk as flash floods hit again [Malaysia].

“It was a nightmare for residents of the Chepor structured village scheme after a downpour led to the worst flash floods in years, forcing them to escape with just their important documents… Taman Suria Residents Association secretary Renita Rhea Ashwin Simon, 35, said it started to rain heavily from Tuesday evening.”


Greater Jakarta braces for more flooding after heavy downpours swept through many neighborhoods, causing massive floods and severing major thoroughfares in the past few days.

“Heavy rains and flooding also hit other parts of the country, with more rain forecast across the archipelago for the rest of the week.”


The city of Seoul will upgrade its flood control measures for the first time in a decade after record rainfall caused fatal flooding in August.

“The Seoul Metropolitan Government shared a blueprint on Thursday outlining a ten-year, three-point-five trillion won plan to adjust the city’s flood prevention system… The plan includes raising the baseline amount of hourly rain the city’s facilities can handle…”


Parts of western Victoria received a month’s rain in just a few hours as storms battered the state, resulting in more than 600 calls for help to emergency services.

“Suburbs in Melbourne’s outer south-east were pelted with rain on Thursday night and throughout Friday, and some households reported flooding as the Bureau of Meteorology’s website rain radar crashed.”


Sydney clinched its wettest year on record Thursday as downpours threatened to bring more flooding in a region that has been drenched repeatedly in 2022.

“The latest deluge pushed Sydney’s annual precipitation past its previous record of 86.4 inches — or 2,194.6 mm — set in 1950, with three months to spare.”


Record winter rain leaves $80m state highway repair bill [New Zealand]…

The wettest winter ever has wreaked havoc on the country’s roads and it’s expected it will cost more than $80 million to fix the nation’s state highways. State highways in Northland, Gisborne, Central Waikato, Nelson/Marlborough and Wellington have all suffered significant damage recently.”


Drought ‘major worry’ for vendors [Fiji]…

““If the dry season continues, most vendors would lose out because of the shortages of vegetables to sell at the market,” she said. “From Monday until today, we can’t get rourou leaves and ota. “We only have lettuce and cabbage and that to in less quantity.”


Easter Island fire causes ‘irreparable’ damage to famous moai statues.

“A forest fire that tore through part of Easter Island has charred some of its monumental carved stone figures, known as moai, authorities have said. The blaze reportedly swept through the Rapa Nui national park, 3,500km (2,175 miles) off the west coast of Chile, causing “irreparable” damage to the archaeological site.”


A New Era of Climate Disasters Revives Calls for Climate Reparations.

“Developing countries like Pakistan are leading the charge for compensation from rich nations, backed by new economic research… someone has to pay for floods and storms, droughts and heat waves… But the moral case, no matter how clear, isn’t gaining ground.”


Seasonal change in Antarctic ice sheet movement observed for first time…

“The results imply that similar seasonal variability may exist at other, more vulnerable sites in Antarctica, such as the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers in West Antarctica. “If true, these seasonal signatures may be uncaptured in some measurements of Antarctic ice-mass loss, with potentially important implications for global sea-level rise estimates,” said Karla Boxall.”


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5th October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Sydney on track for record annual rainfall of 2.2 metres as eastern states brace for flooding. Sydney is on track to set a new record for its wettest ever year, with more than two months still to go, as the city braces for another 100mm of rain over the next few days.

“The soggy city has recorded 2,129mm of rain between 1 January and 4 October – just 65mm shy of the record set in 1950, when the annual total reached 2,194mm…

“The 2022 rain total for Sydney’s Observatory Hill weather station has already overtaken the second wettest year on record in 1860, which recorded 2,110mm.”


Farmers across eastern Australia brace for ‘wet drought’ as rain threatens major crop loss.

““A wet drought is the same as a drought, you don’t get any crop because of weather reasons. But unfortunately, it’s because everything’s got too wet. So basically, the crops get washed out,” the Grain Growers Limited chairman, Brett Hosking, said.”


California suffering through driest three years ever recorded, with no relief in sight.

California’s drought has become the state’s driest three-year period on record, surpassing that of 2013-15 — and a fourth dry year is looking increasingly likely, officials said Monday. The news came just days after the state began its new water year…”


California wells run dry as drought depletes groundwater.

“Amid a megadrought plaguing the American West, more rural communities are losing access to groundwater as heavy pumping depletes underground aquifers that aren’t being replenished by rain and snow. More than 1,200 wells have run dry this year statewide, a nearly 50% increase over the same period last year…”


Separate 2-alarm fires in Phoenix breakout as a massive dust storm rolls through; other cities on alert.

“Kenny Overton with Phoenix Fire says there are several incidents all around the Valley, not just in Phoenix, and to be mindful of first responders on the roads. He says the Phoenix Fire Department is doing a “storm deployment” to take care of incidents around the Valley.”


Seattle to stay smoky amid record heat, low rainfall.

“The air quality in Seattle was among the worst in the world Monday, ranking 10th, according to one online air quality database… thanks mostly to… smoke from the Bolt Creek wildfire… Seattle has had a record warm start to October, with three consecutive days over 75 degrees. Seattle has seen only 0.48 inches of rain from July to September… making it the driest on record…”


September in Chilliwack [British Columbia] was hottest, and driest ever on record.

“Following the hottest August, and hottest month ever on record…September 2022 was also the hottest on record!” Roger Pannett wrote in his September 2022 report… “an amazing 4.75 degrees above normal.” …7th consecutive September with above normal temperatures, a trend never seen before in Chilliwack.


Mississippi River Communities Are Threatened by the River’s Alarmingly Low Water Level…

“The level of the river was so low, according to Corps authorities in Louisiana, that salt water from the Gulf of Mexico was advancing more slowly than typical into New Orleans and endangering the city’s drinking water on Wednesday.”


Ian’s Record Rainfall Causing Polluted Runoff and Sewage to Spill into the Indian River Lagoon…

“Smart says that all the runoff is degrading the water quality and that’s bad news for the Lagoon and the plant and animal life that live in it. You’re talking an unknown amount of nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorous, in the water.”


Hurricane Ian death toll passes 100 as searches continue.

“CNN reported that 102 people have been declared dead due to the tragedy as of Tuesday, while CBS News has confirmed that the number is at least 106. The bulk of the confirmed deaths have been reported in Lee County, Fla., which had experienced 55 related deaths as of Tuesday.”


Canada sets up C$300 mln recovery fund for storm-hit eastern provinces.

“Fiona, one of the worst storms to ever hit Canada, battered the country’s east coast, tossing homes into the sea, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands and killing at least three people… Officials have said it could take months before infrastructure can be fully restored.”


These melting mountain peaks [Alps] could kill thousands. Can science help?

“In the Alps, scientists are scrambling to put systems in place that warn people when to flee the climate change-driven landslides and floods caused by glaciers falling apart… the unstable Monte de la Saxe slope could unleash so much rock and soil, it would be recorded by seismographs across the globe.


Romania to suffer a loss of 1.5% of GDP due to extreme heatwave, experts predict.

“Romania and Hungary are expected to lose 1.5% and 1% of their GDP, respectively, from the effects of heatwaves…. “”Extreme heat is becoming unbearable for workers, impacting construction and transport in a growing extent,” Dóra Fazekas, managing director of Cambridge Econometrics Hungary, said.


Brits heading to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus this term will want to be vigilant about blistering temperatures on arrival, as the European heatwave from the summer rumbles on.

Over the last weekend alone, the holiday haven of Antalya, Turkey, hit 41C according to some weather stations, smashing their previous record for October’s hottest day by two degrees.”


Heat waves and dust clouds return to Portugal.

“Throughout the first week of October temperatures will be above average for the month across the mainland. Regions like Évora may reach 35 degrees Celsius Wednesday… October also begins with the return of dust from North Africa.”


In the blistering desert of Morocco, the country’s last Berber nomads, the Amazigh, say their ancient lifestyle is under threat as climate change brings ever-more intense droughts.

““Everything has changed,” said Moha Ouchaali, his wrinkled features framed by a black turban. “I don’t recognise myself anymore in the world of today. Even nature is turning against us.””


Update on the South African Heat Wave: Not just the intensity but also the length of this spring heat wave in South African highlands is exceptional.

“Today Pretoria Unisa rose to 38.2C, Irene 34.9C, Johannesburg Botanic Gardens 34.2C, Ellisras (841m asl) 40.6C [105.1F]. And more heat is coming.”


Parts of Johannesburg are facing water shortages after power outages last week curbed supplies by the main distributor and because of increased demand thanks to an ongoing heat wave.

“Reservoirs across South Africa’s economic hub are either too shallow for water to be pumped to towers, or at critically low levels, Johannesburg Water said in a statement on its Twitter account on Tuesday.”


Pakistan Currency-Crisis Odds Exceed 50% as Floods Undo Progress…

“The probability of a currency-crisis episode involving a very large depreciation of the nominal exchange rate and extensive depletion of foreign-exchange reserves could climb to about 59% by June 2023 from 29% in August, economist Ankur Shukla wrote in a note.”


As Himalayan Glaciers Melt, a Water Crisis Looms in South Asia.

“Warmer air is thinning most of the vast mountain range’s glaciers, known as the Third Pole because they contain so much ice. The melting could have far-reaching consequences for flood risk and for water security for a billion people who rely on meltwater for their survival.”


Today 4th October SE China lived another blistering hot day with up to 40.5C in Shangrao [so, after never having reached 40C in October, China has now achieved this on four consecutive days].

Three provinces: Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian set a new record heat for October. Dozens of records fell. Yesterday Chibi had a min. temperature of 30.3C [86.5F], the highest ever in China in October.


Shanghai records its hottest day in October in history [36C / 96.8F, beating 1984’s record of 34C].

In Shanghai, it was also the 50th day with where the highest temperature reached or exceeded 35 degrees Celsius this year…” [You may recall that Shanghai experienced its hottest day since records began in July with the mercury topping 40.9 Celsius / 105.6F].


Mercury climbs to 33.5 degrees Celsius, setting record for hottest Chung Yeung Festival in Hong Kong.

“Families sweeping graves in the hills of Hong Kong on Tuesday endured the hottest Chung Yeung Festival on record, as the mercury climbed to 33.5 degrees Celsius (92.3 Fahrenheit) at the height of the day [Hong Kong also broke its September heat record twice and July was its hottest month ever].”


Non-stop record heat in Japan. Besides over 100 records of max. temperatures, the past days had many records of highest minimums (first 2 tables).

“Today 4 October 16 more records of monthly highest temperatures were broken with up to 33.4C. (3rd table). Tables by JMA.”


Arctic rainfall could soon double, with dramatic consequences…

“The projected increase in rainfall across the Arctic will trigger widespread permafrost melt. This will release huge amounts of greenhouse gases and accelerate the rate of sea ice loss. Under a high-emissions scenario, Antarctica may transition to the same rainier conditions. The consequences will widespread…”


Insects will struggle to keep pace with global temperature rise – which could be bad news for humans…

“In a new study, my colleagues and I assessed how well 102 species of insect can adjust their critical thermal limits to survive temperature extremes. We found that insects have a weak capacity to do so, making them particularly vulnerable to climate change.”


If humans are wired to only fear short-term threats, forget about fighting climate change…

“Global warming is at least as big a threat as a few first-generation nuclear weapons in Nazi hands – far bigger, I’d say – so why is the response so muted? Can’t people see that climate change is an existential threat that would justify dozens of Manhattan-scale crash projects to curb the warming? No, they can’t, and I suspect our ancestors are to blame.”


Coal Revival Threatens to Push Power Sector Emissions to Record. Global carbon emissions from power plants may be headed for a record high this year after summer droughts and heatwaves boosted coal- and natural gas-fired generation…

“Heatwaves disrupted electricity demand and grids across the world this summer. A historic drought in China hurt hydropower output as demand soared, while in Europe, reservoir levels fell and nuclear generation plunged as France grappled with repairs for its aging plants.”


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3rd October 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Another record day in China: After the first 40.0C [104F] in October yesterday, today this threshold was broken: 40.1C at Shucheng, Anhui Province – new October Chinese record.

“Provincial records set today: Jiangxi 39.7C Ruichang; Hubei 39.6C Wuxue; Henan 39.2C Xincai… Hundreds of records fell; some stations, like Wuhan, have surpassed their September heat records [picture is from Wuhan].”


Can China’s parched Poyang Lake still be a winter home for migratory birds?

The country’s largest freshwater lake reduced to just 28 per cent of its normal size for this time of year. Three months of drought have led to earliest dry season in records dating back to 1951.”


Historic day also in the Koreas: North Korea: 33.4C [92.1F] at Wonsan. October national record destroyed; South Korea: 32.8C at Kangnung new October national record.

Mongolia: 30.5C at Zamyn Uud, 2nd highest October ever in Mongolia; Russia: 23.7C at Vladivostok, new October record.


Extraordinary day in Japan as well: 132 October highest temperatures records were broken mainly in Hokkaido. 31.4C [88.5F] at Tokori is nearly 5C above the previous record!

“Main cities records include: Sapporo 29.7C; Asahikawa 28.2C; Abashiri 30.4C.”


A four-month girl drowned, 15 houses were swept away and hundreds flooded as heavy rains lashed Ky Son District in Nghe An Province [Vietnam] from Saturday night.

“The sight of cars and housing appliances swept away in rushing waters reflected the scale of the disaster.”


Extensive flooding in Thailand’s northern and north-eastern provinces…

“Over 800 hectares of rice fields in Kham Khuean Kaeo district of Yasothon are submerged and the road linking the district with Amnat Charoen province has been closed to all traffic, as more than 4km of the road is heavily flooded.”


Five residents were killed four were injured in flash floods in Bhutan.

“Flash floods killed five of a family last night, and half a dozen persons were injured as several houses and paddy fields were damaged. It has been raining for the past three days in the Himalayan kingdom.”


Noru became a super typhoon in 6 hours. Scientists say powerful storms are becoming harder to forecast.

“Residents on the small resort island of Polillo are accustomed to severe weather – their island sits in the northeastern Philippines, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean where storms typically gather strength and turn into typhoons. But even they were stunned by the intensity of Typhoon Noru…”


Already flooded inland NSW warned to prepare for one month’s rain in four days.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has briefed the SES as it prepares for another week of concerning conditions with much of the state’s west already impacted by ongoing floods as rain falls on already full catchments and rivers. Some rural residents remain cut off due to high floodwater…”


‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming…

“Once air temperatures climbed above 40℃, exceeding the birds’ body temperature, they moved to the ground to shelter in tree-base hollows and crevices. They remained in these “thermal refuges” for as long as it took for air temperatures to drop to about 38℃ – sometimes for up to eight hours. But this made foraging impossible and the birds lost body mass.”


Brazil election: Lula and Bolsonaro to face run-off…

Deforestation and forest fires have soared during President Bolsonaro’s time in office. Climate activists have warned that if he is re-elected, the area could reach a tipping point. Critics point out that Lula’s environmental record during his time in office – he governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010 – was far from perfect.”


The end of a way of life? Ranchers struggle to survive the south-west’s megadrought…

“About 25,000 cattle ranches are located in the American south-west. But as drought conditions worsen across the region, two-thirds of ranchers are reporting that they have had to sell off parts of their herds, according to a survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation this summer.”


“Ian could financially ruin thousands of families in Florida. There’s no better way to say it,” said Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute…

“At the same time, the damage caused by Ian’s 155 mph winds could plunge Florida’s private insurance market into deeper chaos, potentially forcing additional insurers into insolvency and triggering a surcharge on almost every insurance policy in the state.”


Hurricane Ian: ‘Treacherous’ storm heads for Washington and New York, as toll reaches 87…

“The remnants of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes in American history is now headed north, with authorities in Florida and South Carolina left assessing the damage. Ian has been likened to an “A-bomb”…”


B.C. saw less rain in 3 months than Hurricane Ian dumped in 1 minute…

“Victoria has only measured about 2 mm of rain since July 8th. A few thousand kilometres to the southeast, some towns in central Florida measured 2 mm of rain in one minute as Hurricane Ian smashed into the state as a high-end Category 4 storm.”


Another historic hot day for October in British Columbia! Like yesterday, some monthly records fell.

“29.3°C [84.7F] Port Alberni; 28.5°C Cultus Lake [station overexposed]; 26.9°C Callaghan Valley (884 m) [since 2005]; 25.3°C Victoria Gonzales [since 1898!]… [see thread for complete list].”


Receding Ice Leaves Canada’s Polar Bears at Rising Risk…

“Each summer, sea ice begins melting earlier and earlier, while the first hard freeze of winter comes later and later. Climate change thus threatens the polar bears’ very cycle of life. They have fewer opportunities to build up their reserves of fat and calories before the period of summer scarcity.”


Extreme rain over Svalbard is caused by less sea-ice…

““If the sea-ice coverage over the Greenland Sea is low this moisture transport is more efficient in bringing the water masses to the Svalbard West Coast in form of precipitation,” Malte Müller with the Meteorological Institute explains.”


Flash flooding hit a Lake District valley yesterday – halting motorists, killing dozens of sheep and seeing river levels rise with nearly four inches of rain in places…

“It left fields flooded and low-lying sections of the B5289 road on the Keswick side under several feet of water – leading to motorists having to be towed out by 4x4s with reports on social media of farmers losing dozens of animals.”


Britain’s largest renewable power station is cutting down carbon-rich forests while receiving billions in green- energy subsidies from UK taxpayers, an investigation claims.

“Panorama tonight reports how Drax, which generates 12 per cent of the UK’s renewable electricity by burning wood pellets at its Yorkshire power station, bought logging licences to cut down two areas of forest in western Canada.”


King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at the Cop27 climate change summit on the advice of Liz Truss.

“The monarch, a veteran campaigner on environmental issues, had been invited to the 27th UN climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month. But the prime minister is understood to have raised objections during a personal audience at Buckingham Palace…”


As the Fertilizer Crisis Bites, Farmers Take Drastic Steps… Energy crunch has shut fertilizer plants across Europe…

“Ditching oilseed crops for peas, preparing to cut herds and splashing out on tractor gadgets. That’s what European farmers are doing to try to cope with a worsening fertilizer crisis… The European Union’s grain output shrank 9% this year as a drought ravaged corn fields.”


Cold weather warning adds to Europe’s gloom as it battles energy crisis.

“Europe could suffer a colder winter with less wind and rain than usual, according to the European weather forecasting agency, adding to the challenges for governments trying to solve the continent’s energy crisis… ““If we have this pattern then for the energy it is quite demanding because not only is it a bit colder but also you have less wind for wind power and less precipitation for hydro power…”


Extraordinary hot day in Cyprus today 2nd October: With a temperature of 41.2C [106F] at Alonoudi, this is the hottest October day in Cyprus climatic history.

“40.1C also at Athalassa National Park.”


Exceptional heat in Eastern Europe/Mediterranean. Turkey had its hottest October day in history with temperatures rising to 41.2C [106F] at Antalya.

“Greece 39.2C Potamoi; Romania 33.1C Fetesti; Russia 30.8C Komsomol ‘Skij; Moldova 29.8C Ceadir Lunga.”


Namibia’s government has warned that the nation’s water, energy, and food security is under threat because some of its main rivers have run dry due to drought, and its upstream neighbours diverting supplies…

“”As we speak, the Orange river has dried up, the Kunene river has no water,” Calle Schlettwein, the water minister, told lawmakers in Windhoek… The country shares borders with Angola, Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa.”


First heatwave of the summer grips the interior [of South Africa]… Maximum temperatures in Pretoria are expected to rise to 37 degrees [98.6F] by Tuesday.


Baboons wreak havoc in drought prone districts.

“The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says traditional methods to stop baboons from raiding people’s homes in Matabeleland North districts such as Hwange and Binga have become ineffective against the animals that are pushed from their habitat by climate change induced droughts.


At least 3,000 families in eight Iraqi governorates have been forced to leave their homes due to the drought and the low flow of river levels, the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq announced on Friday.

“Diyala Governorate, which extends to the northeast of Baghdad as far as the Iranian border, was the most affected by the drought waves due to Iran’s cutting of the tributaries of the Tigris River.”


Factories Making Towels and Bedsheets Are Shutting in Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s small textile mills, which make products ranging from bedsheets to towels mainly for consumers in the US and Europe, are starting to shut after devastating floods wiped out its cotton crop. As many as 100 smaller mills have suspended operations…”


Karachi witnesses increase in street crime after floods…

“The police officers said that half of the criminals caught by them belonged to other parts of the country. The Senate body expressed concerns over the situation of rising street crimes in the city. Police and the other relevant departments have been directed to initiate a crackdown…”


Prices of essential food items significantly spike [India… due to] various factors like international demand-supply situation, rise in global commodity prices and the Russia-Ukraine war.

“The prices of wheat and atta have gone up considerably in the last few months and as per traders in wholesale markets in the national capital… prices are set to spike further… According to traders in Delhi, the heatwave earlier this year led to lower production of wheat impacting the domestic supplies of the agricultural produce.”


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30th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds. Scientists ‘shocked’ by rate of change as rapid sea-ice melt drives absorption of CO2 – with ‘huge implications’ for Arctic sea life…

“Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic region over the past three decades has accelerated the rate of long-term acidification, according to the study, published in Science on Thursday.”


Discovery of ‘fingerprint’ confirms alarming predictions of Greenland ice sheet melt…

“It is now more than clear that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating, said Sophie Coulson a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Coulson is the lead author of the study that led to the findings, which were published in the journal Science.”


Fiona reshaped Prince Edward Island’s coastlines, stoking fears for the Island’s future [incidentally, I am right now being buffeted by the remnants of storm Fiona; my lights keep flickering, so I am hoping the power hangs on until I get this thread out].

“A picture of how much post-tropical storm Fiona has reshaped Prince Edward Island [just north of Nova Scotia, Canada] is beginning to emerge — and in some cases, whole coastlines made of sand and stone have been erased.”


Pacific Northwest heat wave was a freak, 10,000-year event, study finds…

““The event was just so extreme even after accounting for climate change, which has added about a degree-and-a-half Celsius or three degrees Fahrenheit to Pacific Northwest temperatures since 1960,” she said. “Temperatures were still in many places on the order of 30 degrees higher than average for that time of year during the heatwave.””


Exceptionally hot day in the Canadian Province of Alberta and in the US State of Montana.

In Montana up to 93F at Havre, the latest 93F in history of the station. In Alberta several stations above 90F/32C with provisional peaks of 33.7C/93F at Ralston. Similar tomorrow.”


Driest September on record for Twin Cities; drought widens in Minnesota…

“In the Twin Cities we’ve only seen 23 one-hundredths (.23) of an inch of rain, the least amount in September on record… The dry conditions are affecting local landmarks, including Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, where the water heading into the falls has dropped off significantly.”


Drought-Hit Mississippi River Puts US Farm Trade Flow at Risk.

“American farmers are facing yet another supply-chain headache just as harvest season gets into high gear: A shrinking Mississippi River. The critical trade route for US crops and fertilizer used to grow them has had such a steep drop in water level that vessel traffic is being limited.”


At least 12 confirmed dead as the scope of Hurricane Ian’s devastation comes into focus.

“At least 12 people have died after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida with such ferocity that President Joe Biden said it could be the deadliest in state history. Biden said that while the death toll remained unclear, early reports suggest the loss of life could be “substantial.” …“I spoke with the commissioners, and they are worried,” he said.”


Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was a 1-in-1,000 year event for the hardest-hit parts of Florida [record storm surge, too].

“Radar estimates suggest well over 12 inches of rain fell in just 12 to 24 hours in a wide swath from Port Charlotte to Orlando. In some of the hardest-hit locations, Hurricane Ian produced 1-in-1,000-year rainfall, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was at least 10% wetter because of climate change…”


Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm.

“US border patrol said on Wednesday that it responded to a migrant landing in Stock Island, in the lower Florida Keys, Reuters said… Three more people were rescued in the water and taken to hospital…”


Haiti: An island nation whose environmental troubles only begin with water.

“As Haiti plunges into the worst social unrest the nation has seen in years, shortages abound. One of these is water. But in Haiti, water scarcity has deeper roots, that connect to virtually every other aspect of the environment. Haiti’s ecosystems today… are under stress due to regional and global transgressions of the nine planetary boundaries.”


Couple contaminate drought-stricken town’s water supply by dyeing waterfall blue for gender reveal party… Brazilian environment ministry says the couple may have polluted the Queima Pé river…

“The environment ministry in Brazil is investigating a couple that dyed a waterfall blue for their gender reveal party, likely contaminating the water supply of a nearby town.”


UK Woodland creatures could see their food supplies drop this winter as trees around the country are being put under immense stress and are struggling to survive due to climate change, the National Trust has warned.

“The UK experienced record-breaking temperatures earlier this year, including a high of 40C in July, which contributed to drought and early fruiting of nuts and berries.”


Red kite chicks born during droughts are scarred for life…

“…a new study has revealed how climate change poses a hidden threat by permanently damaging the development of chicks born during droughts. This could undermine the recovery of the species and is a sobering reminder of the challenges that a warming world will confront species with, even those which seem to be doing well for the time being.”


Paris officials to run emergency exercise simulating a 50C [122F] day in the city.

“This simulation, which was announced on Wednesday, is set to take place in October 2023, and it would plunge two parts of one arrondissement (which has not yet been decided) into the fictitious scenario to test the city’s capacity to respond to such a crisis.”


Fire-stricken French forest clearing and regeneration plans begin…

“Two months after the devastating fire in July, teams from the Office national des forêts (ONF) are drawing up ways to restore the damaged 1,036 hectares of the 2,030-hectare Teste-de-Buch forest.”


A month of rain in 24 hours: flooding alert in south-west France.

“In the west of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 60-80mm of rain is expected to fall, with 100-110mm in some places. This equates to a month of rain in less than 24 hours. Around 20mm has already fallen over the department today.”


A man has died after torrential rainfall and storms flooded the Adriatic Sea port town of Rijeka in northern Croatia.

“Huge amounts of water drenched the entire town on Wednesday evening, submerging streets and flooding homes and drainage systems. Officials said 130 litres per square metre [over five inches] of rain fell in two hours — the equivalent of an average month of rain.”


Portugal drought: Fruit growers’ harvest gloom after months of dry weather…

“”This year is going to be bad, it’s very bad, all the apples are very damaged,” said Luís Veiga, an apple grower in Carrazeda de Ansiães, situated 150 kilometres east of Porto and one of the municipalities worst hit by the drought. “We haven’t even earned enough to cover the expenses.”


Morocco Ends Subsidy on Avocado, Watermelon Cultivation Amid Water Crisis.

“As Morocco navigates severe, growing water stress, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry in charge of the budget decided to lift their irrigation subsidy on the cultivation of avocado, watermelon, and citrus fruit.”


Floods along Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon have killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless, according to local authorities.

“The most affected areas in Cameroon and Nigeria are agricultural districts that supply the majority of food in the region, particularly rice fields. There is a looming health and nutrition crisis.”


Climate Migration: Blind and homeless amid Somalia’s drought…

“Somalia has long known droughts, but the climate shocks are now coming more frequently, leaving less room to recover and prepare for the next. Pastoralists and farmers who have known for generations where to take cattle, goats and camels when the usual water sources run dry have been horrified by this drought that has seen four straight rainy seasons fail.”


Hikers Evacuated as Firefighters Battle Blaze in Galilee, Gain Control of Fire in Jerusalem Hills.

“More than 40 firefighting crews battled on Wednesday to put out a forest fire that started in the Galilee panhandle in the afternoon. Eight planes joined the firefighting crews, who were still trying to contain the blaze on Ramim Ridge, near Kibbutz Manara, Wednesday evening.”


Lebanon’s dwindling rain leaves farmers struggling for water.

“…where government neglect didn’t kill Harf Beit Hasna, the combination of climate change and economic disaster now threatens to. In recent years, rainfall in Lebanon has decreased, straining even the most water-rich country in the Middle East.”


Türkiye’s Lake Van recedes further amid drought…

““Water levels are about 4 meters (13 feet) lower than the levels three decades ago,” Professor Necmettin Elmastaş from Bitlis Eren University says. Along with ancient structures, microbialites, sedimentary deposits resembling vertical rocks formed over thousands of years also emerged as the waters receded.”


Pakistan’s natural disaster to become a ‘nutrition disaster’…

“…a massive food crisis looms – 3 million livestock (and 700,000 cattle have drowned, imperiling the livelihood of millions). The International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates that crops over 3.6 million acres have been damaged, including 65% of the nation’s major food crops. In addition, 45% of agricultural land is lost.”


Heat is increasing day by day in SE China.

“Today 29th September the temperature reached 38.0C [100.4F] at Zhenghe in Fujian Province, 37.4C at Ningdu in Jianxi Province (already with yellow alert for the heat) and 37.2C at at Jingning and Yunhe in the Zheijiang Province.” [ExtremeTemps says intensifying heatwave very likely to bring China’s first 40C in October].”


Research shows oil field flaring emits nearly five times more methane than expected…

“”Our findings indicate that flaring is responsible for five times more methane entering the atmosphere than we previously thought,” says Genevieve Plant, lead author and assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan.”


You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back over the weekend with an “Economic” thread.

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