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23th June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle.

“Newly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year’s longest day. It’s hot [Siberia] Earth summer, and it certainly won’t be the last.”


Tourists in Russia hide from heatwave at glacier valley… ‘Bulus’ is a permafrost park north of Siberia…

“A heatwave has brought daily temperatures to around 90°F giving visitors a refreshing chance to witness snow and heat at the same time.”


Moscow has been hit by a historic heatwave this week, with temperatures reaching a 120-year record due to the effects of climate change, Russia’s weather service said on Tuesday…

““The increase in temperatures recorded in Moscow for these days is unprecedented in 120 years,” Roshydromet meteorologist Marina Makarova said. “This is because of global climate change.””


22nd June was a historic day for the Finnish city of Tampere. With a temperature of 33.2C [91.8F] it broke its all time record of 33.1C set in the old July 1914.

“All time records also in the airport Pirkkala with 33.0C and at Halli with 33.4C,both were set in July 2010.”


Temperatures in Rīga did not drop below 24 degrees Celsius overnight, which is the first time in history that temperatures at night did not drop below 24 degrees Celsius [75.2F] in Latvia

“The previous warmest ever night in Latvia was recorded in 2012 (June 20 to 21) and 1931 (July 28 to 29), both in Rīga, when the lowest temperature on these nights were 23.7 degrees Celsius.”


[All-time] Record-breaking temperature expected in Armenia… The temperatures are expected to exceed +40 degrees [104F] in June in Ararat valley, in the foothills of Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor and Yerevan and will hit +41 degrees in some lowlands on June 23-25.

“The highest temperature of +39.3 ․․․ + 39.4 degrees was registered in the Ararat Valley and Yerevan in June 1998.”


Meteorologists anticipate heatwave across Egypt, maximum temperatures at 43C [109.4].

“Egypt’s Meteorological Authority on Sunday announced that Egypt’s temperatures will increase during the coming period due to low pressure monsoon coming from India and increasing humidity.”


Congo’s latest killer is the climate crisis. Inaction is unthinkable.

“…in the past two months, storms, torrential rain and flooding have killed at least 13 people and destroyed 4,240 homes and 112 schools along the DRC’s Lake Tanganyika coast. In less than a generation, the stretch from Uvira to Moba, 250 miles long, has become a place of catastrophe for the local people.”


Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire.

“Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as dozens of dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank.”


Cyclone Yaas-hit families in Jharkhand [India] stare at starvation.

“A survey by Khadya Suraksha Jan Adhikar Manch in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district has painted a grim picture of tribals battling starvation after being battered by Cyclone Yaas on May 27.”


Floods erupted in several Indian states including Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra after incessant rains over the past few days

“In Uttarakhand, several roads have been blocked for the past couple of days after frequent landslides in the area following heavy rains.”


Deadly flash floods hit Nepal.” Pictures of the aftermath:


Dhaka [Bangladesh] inundated while reservoir faces crisis.

“Some areas under the Dhaka city’s north-western part covering Mirpur, Pallabi, Uttara and Turag are inundated during the rainy season while the Goranchatbari, a designated reservoir, faces water crisis, stakeholders have said. “


Flood Risk Replaces Drought as Rains Fill Taiwan Reservoirs.

“Taiwan will ease water restrictions in several areas as heavy downpours bring relief from the worst drought on record, with officials now turning their attention to preventing floods as annual “Plum rains” fill up reservoirs.”


‘It was just horrific’: Farm loses over 100 sheep in devastating Western Australia storms

“The direct link between Albany and Denmark, the South Coast Highway remains closed from flood damage after the torrential storms ripped through several communities, with some saying the damage is unlike anything they have ever seen before.”


Australia rejects U.N. climate warning over Great Barrier Reef status.

“The Great Barrier Reef could have its prestigious World Heritage status downgraded after a report from the United Nations said Australia wasn’t doing enough to protect it from the effects of climate change.”


A paralyzing disease that can cause people to die within 4 years is spreading in part of Australia, and toxic algae blooms could be to blame.

“In Australia and beyond, some researchers believe that harmful blooms of blue-green algae are linked to increasingly high rates of motor neuron disease, a condition which causes paralysis and early death.”


Auckland tornado [NZ]: The aftermath, in pictures.

“On Saturday, a freak tornado unexpectedly ravaged south Auckland. It tore through homes, shattered roofs and uprooted trees. It killed one man, contractor Janesh Prasad, and injured at least two others.”


Snow in Christchurch possible next week, despite NZ heading for warmest June on record.

“Christchurch could wake up to snow for the first time in five years with forecasts for a freezing cold blast to hit parts of Canterbury next week. A light dusting of snow fell in the city back in 2016 and weather watchers are indicating the same could happen again.”


Extreme drought and deforestation are priming the Amazon rainforest for a terrible fire season.

“Scientists are on high alert that the Amazon is careening toward a destructive fire season. Parts of Brazil and its typically lush rainforest are parched by drought and loaded with fire-kindling fuel after a surge of deforestation in 2020.”


UN supports 1,400 indigenous Venezuelans affected by floods.

“The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provided support in Venezuela to 1,400 people from the Yukpa indigenous community, which lives between the Caribbean nation and Colombia, affected by floods and landslides, the entity reported this Monday.”


“They warn that Mexico City will enter a severe drought in 2022.”


California’s historic drought is causing drinking water to taste like dirt. Just ‘add lemon,’ officials say.

“Up and down the state of California, rivers, streams and reservoirs are drying up. In Sacramento, that has led to an increase in the concentration of geosmin in its drinking water, one of two organic compounds that give soil its characteristic smell.”


Wildfires burn across US west as lightning sets off blaze near Arizona city.

“Dozens of wildfires were burning in hot, dry conditions across the US west, including a blaze touched off by lightning that was moving toward northern Arizona’s largest city.”


Northwest Heat Wave Likely to Bring Dangerous, Record-Breaking Temperatures This Weekend.

“A strong dome of high pressure is set to take hold of the Northwest later this week, where dangerously hot temperatures could set records over multiple days.”


In Pictures: Powerful tornado sweeps through Chicago suburbs…

“At least eight people were hospitalized in Naperville, where fire officials said 22 homes were destroyed and dozens of others were damaged when a tornado touched down after 11 pm Sunday (04:00 GMT), according to city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche.”


Claudette strengthens to a tropical storm again, drenching coastal North Carolina after a deadly weekend in the South.

“After pummeling communities along the Gulf Coast and inland, the storm known as Claudette strengthened to become a tropical storm again Monday as it deluged coastal North Carolina before moving away.”


A 17-year-old young man disappeared on Monday night after a heavy storm caused flooding and flooding in Beauvais, northern France… Drains exploded and cars filled with water…”



Antarctic nearing climate disaster despite landmark historic treaty.

“About 90% of the world’s surface fresh water is locked up in the Antarctic Ice Sheet and, as the planet heats up, glaciers whose collapse would deluge coastal cities from New York to Jakarta are melting and growing less stable.”


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21st June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Northernmost wildfire at 72° N discovered from space

This will be the third year in a row when Russia’s Arctic region suffers from huge blazes. However, the wildfire now discovered by the European Union’s Earth observation program with the help of Sentinel satellites is exceptionally further north than seen in the previous two years.


Very warm in Arctic Russia on 19th June. Tyumyati at almost 72N had a remarkable 31.3C [88.3F].

The polar island of Kotelny at 76N recorded 17.6C [63.7F]. It has never been so warm before the summer solstice. Arctic Russian stations are near all time record of earliest snow depth melting.


European Heat Wave… 18th June was a historic day in Sweden.

Malilla, the Swedish furnace, recorded 34.6C [94.3F] the hottest June day since 1947 and arguably the highest temperature so early in the year and highest before the summer solstice in Sweden.(save for a dubious 1896 data).”


Heavy rains cause flooding & mudslide in Krasnoyarsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities

“Videos from the city of one million on the Yenisey River have captured vehicles navigating their way through the streets half-submerged in water, as the drainage system failed to cope with the showers.”


Evacuation begins at flooded town near Crimea’s Yalta — authorities.

“Evacuation of residents began at the urban-type coastal settlement of Koreiz near Crimea’s Yalta on Saturday evening, said Oleg Kryuchkov, an advisor to the head of Crimea.”


Two Dead As Heavy Rain Floods 50 Localities In Romania – Authorities.

“Heavy rainfall has flooded 50 localities in Romania and killed two people, leaving over 5,000 others without electricity, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) said.”


Flood alerts in England after month’s worth of rain falls in 24 hours.

“Hampshire and Buckinghamshire have been particularly affected by heavy rain.

“Otterbourne in Hampshire had 67mm of rainfall from 11pm on Thursday to 5pm Friday…”


Nine children die in Alabama crash as tropical storm Claudette sweeps south

“Eight children travelling in a van from a home for abused or neglected children have been killed in a multi-vehicle crash that also killed a man and his baby in another vehicle… As much as 12 inches (30cm) of rain was reported on Saturday along the Mississippi Gulf coast.


It has been unusually hot and dry [in British Colombia] this June — and that pattern appears to be in the forecast for the foreseeable future.

“A heat wave is expected to descend on Kamloops this week, with… the mercury expected to crest 39 C [102.2F] by Saturday, June 26… Kamloops and the Southern Interior are mired in a historically dry spell…”


Lightning Sparks Over 20 New Wildfires In Extreme Southwest Colorado On Friday.

“A dry thunderstorm is a storm with a cloud base so high off the ground that any rain falling from it typically evaporates before reaching the surface. The result is a lot of wind, maybe some sprinkles and often a lot of cloud-to-ground lightning.”


Climate models predicted heatwaves like America’s record-breaking weekend

“…it’s a taste of what’s to come. “It’s surreal to see your models become real life,” Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, says in the Guardian.”


In the Death Valley not only the days but even the nights are scorching

18th June the CRN Station of Stovepipe Wells recorded a minimum temperature of 105F/40.6C. It was the warmest June night ever recorded in North America.”


US heatwave sees Phoenix hit record 46C for five straight days – as doctors warn of third-degree burn risk

“The problem of burns from hot surfaces is growing in southwest states, as temperatures rise due to climate change and increasing urbanisation.”


The brutal heat wave in North America is affecting NW Mexico as well.

The city of Mexicali, not far from the US border, recorded 51.4C/124.5F on 18 June, the hottest June day in Mexican history

“…not far from the highest undisputed all time record of 52.0C set in July 1995.”


Storm “Dolores” causes flooding and damaged homes in Michoacán [Mexico].

“So far, 20 affected municipalities have been reported; there are stranded vehicles and several stretches of road with landslides.”


Syrian drought puts Assad’s ‘year of wheat’ in peril.

“The “year of wheat” campaign pushed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in jeopardy after low rainfall risked leaving an import gap of at least 1.5 million tonnes, according to preliminary estimates by officials and experts.”


Yemen’s famed beekeepers feel the sting of climate change.

“War-torn Yemen has had its troubles compounded in recent years by recurrent droughts, increasing numbers of extremely hot days and more volatile rainfall…

“…all prompted by climate change.”


Fish swim through a hospital as floods hit Kolkata, India

“Heavy rain hits Kolkata, West Bengal, India, flooding the streets and hospitals.”



Massive landslide in Himalayas of Helambu [Nepal] caused devastating flash flood downstream.

“Issuing a press statement on Saturday, the rural municipality maintained that a massive landslide after incessant rainfall at Bemathang below Semasedang Mountain triggered a devastating flash flood downstream, according to Dr Rabin Raj Niraula.”


China steps up flood control, heavy-rainfall preparedness. China’s Ministry of Water Resources on Sunday urged flood-prevention efforts in the northeast of the country and heavy-rainfall preparedness in the south after continuous rainfall caused some rivers to swell above alert levels.”


Global power grids pushed to breaking point… The extreme weather highlights the real world impact of climate change.

“California is at risk of blackouts as a sprawling heat wave smothers the western US. Cities across China’s industrial heartland are rationing electricity. European power prices are far higher than usual for this time of year. Droughts are drying up reservoirs from Brazil to Taiwan.”


Methane menace: Aerial survey spots ‘super-emitter’ landfills.

“…the waste industry may be doing far more harm to the planet than investors think, according to a years-long aerial survey commissioned by California air-quality regulators. The survey found “super-emitter” landfills accounted for 43% the measured emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane – outpacing the fossil-fuel and agricultural sectors.


Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter

“Plastic rafting poses a huge and mostly unknown danger. Invasive species that ride plastic litter to new shores can reduce habitats for native species, carry disease (micro-algae is a particular threat), and put further strain on ecosystems already pressured by overfishing and pollution.”


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18th June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Oman just recorded its hottest day in history. Temperatures soared to +51.6°C (124.9°F). This is +0.8°C above the old all-time record for the country.

“Numerous intense heatwaves unfolding across the Northern Hemisphere right now.”


The head of Kyrgyzstan’s government has admitted in parliament that low river levels this summer are posing a grave danger to the nation’s food security

“Kyrgyz farmers, particularly in the northern Chui region, have in recent weeks been warning that they are on the verge of losing a season’s worth of crops.”


Hottest May in 51 years raises heatwave concerns in Turkey

“The average temperature in May, which was 16.7 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit), rose 2.6 degrees according to data provided by Turkish State Meteorological Services (TSMS). Thus, it exceeded May 2007 figures in terms of temperature increase.”


Is the climate crisis impacting Sahara dust storms? …Vast dust clouds from the Sahara desert are sweeping across the Atlantic and heading for the Caribbean and Florida this week.

“While the clouds will likely create dramatic skies, public officials are warning those with allergies and respiratory problems that the spike in small-particle air pollution could exacerbate health conditions, and that some symptoms may mimic those of Covid-19.”


Spain: Storm Floods Streets In Oviedo.

“This footage was filmed and produced 16 June 2021. Several streets and businesses were flooded across Oviedo, norther Spain Wednesday, June 16 after a severe storm hit the city in the afternoon.” [Video:]


Disease causing mass deaths of frogs reaches Britain

“Nearly one in three amphibian species is threatened with extinction, and emerging infectious disease, along with habitat destruction, is the main driver of decline.”


Gulf Tropical System Could Drench One of America’s Most Rain-Fatigued Regions.

“Areas from eastern Texas into Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley have been repeatedly soaked since May… The budding Gulf system that we’ve been tracking for several days will likely bring additional rainfall to some of these already-soaked regions.”


Drought deepens: River levels approaching record lows in Minnesota.

“Our rivers will likely get even lower. Less than 1 inch of rain is forecast for much of Minnesota in the next week.”


The shocking numbers behind the Lake Mead drought crisis.

“The United States’ largest reservoir is draining rapidly. Plagued by extreme, climate change-fueled drought and increasing demand for water, Lake Mead on Wednesday registered its lowest level on record since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s.”


Record-shattering heat wave bakes western USSummer has yet to officially begin and temperatures are soaring, bringing bad air quality and worsening the mega-drought…

“This week the temperatures hit 106F (41C) in Billings, in northern Montana. In Arizona, animals were scorching their paws on blistering asphalt.

“In Texas, authorities asked residents to limit cooking and cleaning to preserve a creaking power grid.”


One of Arizona’s largest wildfires has scorched more than 139,000 acres and continues to spread rapidly as weather conditions are expected to remain hot and dry.

“More than 1,000 people are fighting to tame the Telegraph Fire, burning east of Phoenix, as it has grown and began merging with the neighboring Mescal Fire.”


‘Ferocious’ storm destroys large patches of central Victorian forest [Australia]some locals are saying it is the worst storm damage they have ever experienced

The wild weather was highly unusual because of the wind direction and length of time such high winds lasted…”


Melbourne residents hit by devastating storms told they will not have power for three more weeks… The storms hit Gippsland in the state’s east and Melbourne’s outer east last week, leaving two people dead in flood waters.

“An emergency Cabinet meeting was scheduled for Wednesday to respond to the disaster.”


A federal panel of experts has suggested the conservation status of koalas could be upgraded from vulnerable to endangered in Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

“Koalas could soon be listed as endangered in Queensland, NSW and the ACT after bushfires smashed already struggling populations and destroyed precious habitat.”


Many killed in monsoon flash floods, landslides in Bhutan, Nepal

“Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have washed away a remote mountain camp in Bhutan [glacial outburst now suspected], killing 10 people and injuring five, while floods in neighbouring Nepal left at least three dead and seven missing, authorities said.”


Ladakh desert faced a 30-metre-high flood once; global warming will only make it worse

“The cold desert in Ladakh once experienced a large flood that rose to more than 30-metre above the present-day river level, claimed a study, and that there are possibilities of serious flooding in the region in the future.”


Displaced thousands sleep hungry in India weeks after cyclone.

“Thousands of people continue to sleep in temporary tarpaulin shelters without food in eastern India almost a month after Cyclone Yaas destroyed their homes and stored food grains.”


Tropical storms hit southern Russia on June 16 and 17, causing severe flooding in several regions, including the Republic of Crimea, the Krasnodar region and the Rostov province.

“In the city of Kerch, located on the eastern coast of Crimea, the rains began on Wednesday afternoon and continued throughout the night.” [Video:]


Large Methane Leak Detected Over South Africa Coal Mining Region.

“The potent greenhouse gas — methane traps roughly 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide in its first two decades in the atmosphere — was emitted at an estimated rate of 65 metric tons an hour on May 10, according to Kayrros SAS…”


Russia’s Gazprom Says Pipeline Emergency Caused Giant Methane Leak.

“A massive methane plume detected earlier this month over Russia stemmed from emergency repairs that forced the partial shutdown of a Gazprom PJSC pipeline, the company said…”


A new Arctic oil region emerges on the banks of the Tazov Bay.

It will be a new Arctic oil cluster, Gazprom underlines. Annual production is ultimately to reach 1,7 million tons of oil and 8 billion cubic meters of natural gas.”


Heatwaves are hitting headlines all across the Northern Hemisphere right now but parts of the Arctic are about to get pummelled by ferocious heat.

“This will accelerate ice melt in places already at record low levels… Air temperatures around the fringes of the Arctic sheets are expected to approach +30°C for consecutive days.”


NASA says Earth now trapping ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat — and it’s doubled in just 15 years.

“A joint study between the two government agencies NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reveals that more energy in the form of heat has been entering and staying in the Earth’s atmosphere than leaving…”


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16th June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The scientist who led the international MOSAiC expedition to the North Pole on Tuesday warned that the point could have already been reached at which irreversible global warming is triggered.

“During its expedition, the German research vessel “Polarstern” drifted through the Arctic on an ice floe for a year to also be able to research the winter at the North Pole, and the effects of climate change.”


Wildfire ‘Explodes’ Into Major Blaze North of Fairbanks, AlaskaThe so-called Haystack Fire, which was started by a lightning strike on Monday afternoon, had grown to at least 400 acres by Tuesday afternoon but was expected to spread.”


High-elevation forests in the Rockies are burning more now than in the past 2,000 years

“…new research shows that high-elevation forests in the Rocky Mountains are burning more now than any time in the past 2,000 years amid extreme, climate change-induced drought.”


Coming off driest spring in almost 100 years, Washington state faces bleak drought outlook.

“The drought outlook in Eastern Washington and around the west is alarming and terrible news for wildfire season. That’s according to top scientists in the country.”


Wyoming Towns Annihilated Record Temperatures on Tuesday

“Sheridan, Wyoming tied the highest temperature ever recorded in that town — on any day — by hitting 107 degrees on Tuesday. As for the date of June 15 itself, the previous record was a lukewarm 98 back in 1931.”


Salt Lake hits the hottest temperature ever recorded.

“The Salt Lake City airport weather station has reached a temperature of 107 degrees F under this historic heatwave. This is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Salt Lake.”


Record-smashing heat wave poised to send temps even higher… Forecasters say this current heat wave won’t just be remembered for its intensity, but also for its duration.

“Dozens of record highs have already fallen from California and Arizona to Montana and Idaho…”


Wildfire smoke stopped Phoenix from breaking record high of 115 degrees

“There is uncertainty in the outcome for record-breaking temperatures due to the smoke from two large wildfires burning east of Phoenix.”


The heat will reach 49 degrees [120F] in Chihuahua and Tamaulipas, Mexico

“The highest temperatures are recorded in the border cities of Ojinaga and Ciudad Juárez, as well as in Chihuahua, as well as gusts of winds greater than 55 kilometers per hour (km / h) in the north, west, southwest and northeast of the state.”


‘Dying of thirst’: The Cucapá in Mexico fight against climate change and oblivion

“A searing drought is exacerbating the deadly heat in a region that long ago saw its river flow diminished, after almost a century of U.S. engineering projects, as well as a focus on water for agriculture.”


Three people died in flash floods in Sololá Department, Guatemala, according to disaster authorities in the country…

“The disaster struck after heavy rainfall caused the Quibá river to overflow in the village of Guineales, municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in Sololá department.”


Brazil prepares decree that could lead to electricity rationing in drought

Facing its worst drought in almost a century, Brazil’s government is preparing a temporary decree that could lead to electricity rationing, according to a draft of the measure seen by Reuters on Monday.”


Another Storm Looms After Tropical Storm Bill Moves Away From U.S.

“Tropical Storm Bill strengthened into a storm with 60 mph winds on Tuesday while it rapidly moved away from the U.S. East Coast, but the early season tropical threat isn’t over, with another system expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico and hit the central Gulf Coast this weekend.”


Up to 37°C [98.6F] forecast: Get ready for Germany’s first heatwave of the year.

What happened to spring? The weather in Germany seems to have skipped straight from winter to summer… Some weather records could be broken this week, as Germany braces itself for the first heatwave of the year.”


Organic crops in France found to contain herbicide carried in wind.

“The herbicide prosulfocarb has contaminated organic crops in France, in some cases identified as being present at more than100 times the authorised limit.”


Massive oil slicks head for Corsica after ships empty oil reserves into the sea.

“The spills, which are 35 kilometres long, were made deliberately by ships trying to save money by dumping used oil overboard rather than having it removed in port.”


Turkish farmers worry about crop loss, sinkholes amid drought.

“In Turkey’s Konya province, the heart of the country’s agriculture sector, extreme drought conditions over the past two years are taking a heavy toll on farmers and the land.”


Exceptional heat wave still ongoing in Middle East. 50.3C [122.5] on 14th June in Oman.

On 15th June at Iranshar in Iran at an altitude of 591m asl the daily Tmin/Tmax were +35.1C/+49.1C [120.4F] resulting in one of the hottest days ever recorded worldwide above 500m of elevation.”


Dozens feared missing in Nepal’s floods, landslides.

“Over four dozen people are feared missing as floods and landslides wreaked havoc in Helambu and Melamchi areas in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal following incessant rains on Tuesday and Wednesday.”


All cars destroyed as flood fills underground car park in Puyang, Henan, China June 15 2021.” Video:


Tropical Storm Koguma made landfall in Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam early on 13th June 2021… then moved onto Laos…

Floods wash away houses as Storm Koguma hits Vang Vieng, Laos.



North Korea’s Kim: Food situation ‘tense’ due to pandemic, typhoon.

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for measures to tackle the country’s “tense” food situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s typhoons, which damaged the harvest, state media reported on Wednesday.”


‘They look like waves’: spider webs blanket Gippsland, Australia, after Victorian floods

““It’s purely a result of the flooding event … What it shows you is the enormous amount, literally millions, of spiders that are there on the ground all the time. We just normally don’t see them because they’re under vegetation, on the leaves, under bark and things like that…””


Farmers in Australia are burning their own crops… They’re desperate to escape an epic mice plague infesting their hay. First came the drought. Then, the floods…

“Now, the mice.”


May 2021: Sixth-warmest May on record, NOAA reports

The relative coolness of May, by recent standards, was partially the result of a La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific that had dissipated earlier in the year: Its cool waters helped depress global surface temperatures.”


Heat from below: How the ocean is wearing down the Arctic sea ice

“Marine researchers refer to this increasing influx of warm Atlantic water masses into the Arctic Ocean as ‘Atlantification’…

“[a new study demonstrates that] heat from the Atlantic has hindered ice growth in the Barents and Kara Seas for years.

“Furthermore …the invasion of warm Atlantic water masses further east, at the northern edge of the Laptev Sea, can have such a long-term impact on the increase in ice thickness that the effects are evident a year later…”


Leading scientists warn of global impacts as Antarctic nears tipping points.

“…an Expert Working Group of leading Antarctic scientists warns that climate change is pushing this remote polar region, which connects all our ocean basins and keeps our planet habitable, towards numerous tipping points with global ramifications for humanity and biodiversity.”


The Earth’s core is growing lopsided, scientists have discovered, but it is unclear why.

“The solid-iron core in the middle of the planet has been growing faster under Indonesia’s Banda Sea, seismologists at the University of California in Berkeley found.”


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14th June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Chamoli disaster [India]: ‘It hit the valley floor like 15 atomic bombs’… A wedge of glacier-covered rock more than 500m wide and 180m thick just suddenly let go.

“The team calculates almost 27 million cubic metres of material was put into a minute-long descent that at one point was in complete freefall.

“To put this volume in context, it’s about 10 times that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt… the frequency of rock falls in the Himalaya is increasing as temperatures rise.”


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan] closes primary, middle schools amid heatwave

“All primary and middle schools in both summer and winter zones of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been closed indefinitely owing to an intense heatwave in the province… Last week, 25 students at a government-run school in Bara Kahu fainted because of a power outage.”


Torrential rains, wind storms claim 10 lives across country [Pakistan]

“At least ten people have been killed in different parts of Pakistan as torrential rains and strong winds continue to wreak havoc by causing floods and uprooting trees.”


Drought-hit Jordan to build Red Sea desalination plant

Jordan is one of the world’s most water-deficient countries and experts say the country, home to 10 million people, is now in the grip of one of the most severe droughts in its history.


Turkish farmers battle extreme drought in Karapinar – in pictures.

“The region produces wheat and sugar beet but drought and the depletion of groundwater has raised questions over whether agriculture is sustainable.”


10th June was the hottest June day ever in the Republic of Congo (with capital Brazzaville). Ouesso recorded 36.3C [97.3F] which beats the previous record of 36.1C set at Gamboma in June 1950.

This is the 51st national monthly record of Tmax vs. 3 of Tmin in 2021 [remarkable given that La Nina was in effect for most of this year].”


Deforestation in Brazil Amazon rainforest soars 67 percent compared to the same month last year

“Last year, Brazil faced the worst forest fires in a decade. But 2021 could be worse according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.”


Rains in Medellín [Colombia] leave floods, landslides and a dead young woman.

“The Administrative Department for Disaster Risk Management also reported that, during the heavy rainfall in the Antioquia capital this Friday, line 123 received more than 500 calls related to emergencies.”


Guyana’s President declares flooding a national disaster.

“President Irfaan Ali on Saturday proclaimed that the floods across Guyana have reached the stage of a national disaster and crisis. In a gazetted proclamation of the floods as a national disaster, it was noted that 28 228 households have been affected by flooding.”


11th June was a historic day in the Mexican town of Temosachic located in the State of Chihuahua at 1870m above sea level.

The temperature rose to 39.4C [102.9] which is the hottest temperature on record, previous was 39.0C on 17th June 1980.”


The Wild Plan to Save 17 Million Salmon From California’s Megadrought by Driving Them to Sea.

“Usually, California’s iconic Chinook salmon hatch in freshwater bodies and then swim out to sea for most of their adult lives. But this year [they] will be hitching a ride downstream because severe drought conditions have made their traditional path untenable.”


‘Dire situation’: Silicon Valley cracks down on water use as California drought worsens.

“Santa Clara county, the home of Silicon Valley, issued mandatory water restrictions this week during a severe drought that has already reached historic levels.”


The 19.22 inches of rain recorded at the Rohwer Research Station in Desha County on Tuesday morning represented the second-highest rain total ever recorded in Arkansas during a 48-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.”


‘Really Nervous’: Washington Heads Into Wildfire Season With a Drought and Record Number of Early Fires.

“Residents across the state these past several years have become intimate with one or another hellish manifestation of wildfire season: blankets of smoke muddying the air; swaths of forest and grasslands scorched; homes, businesses and towns burned to the ground; lives lost. Even the rainforests have caught fire.”


Brainerd lakes [Minnesota] area heat wave breaks 6 of 7 records for week

“”…obviously, breaking one record is rare but when you’re breaking a number of them in a row over a multiple stretch of days is abnormal and just a sign of how strong that heat wave was across much of the region.””


We can now officially say that this June has started in a way unlike any other June on record in the Stateline [Illionois]!

“…Never before has a June commenced with ten 90°+ days in the first 13 days of the month. A normal June sees four such days in the entire month, and an entire calendar year generally hosts 21 days of 90°+ heat.”


Melting permafrost is giving much of northern Alaska a sinking feeling.

“…people are noticing the appearance of sinkholes… That yawning hole, which opened near a landowner’s shed a few years ago, could swallow a truck if its driver veered off the nearby gravel road.”


Toxic, long-lasting contaminants detected in people living in northern Canada

“Researchers have recently found that several long-lasting human-made contaminants have been building up in Arctic lakes, polar bears and ringed seals and other wildlife.”


Illegal sewage discharge in English rivers 10 times higher than official data suggests.

“Water companies are being allowed to unlawfully discharge raw sewage into rivers at a scale at least 10 times greater than Environment Agency prosecutions indicate, according to analysis to be presented to the government.”


Wildfires blaze in Siberia, Russian Far East

“The state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said the largest blaze was in the far northeast’s Sakha Republic, where 34,000 hectares (74,000 acres) were on fire.”


China’s sea-level rise raises threat to economic hubs to extreme.

“Trillions of dollars of economic activity along China’s east coast, including $974bn in Shanghai alone, are exposed to oceans rising as a result of climate change this century, according to Financial Times analysis of unpublished data.”


Thousands remain without power in Victoria, Australia days after deadly storm.

“Emergency management commissioner Andrew Crisp confirmed 39,000 homes remain without power on Sunday, down from 300,000 immediately after the storm, which began on Wednesday night.”


Some of Canterbury’s floods [NZ] labelled a one-in-200-year event.

“During the floods, at the end of May, an Environment Canterbury rain gauge in Mt Somers recorded its largest 48-hour rainfall ever, with 526mm [20.7 inches]. Another rain gauge about 10km away recorded 310mm in the same period.”


‘Worst-case scenario’: Study shows coral reefs could go extinct in 30 to 50 years.

“In a recent study of underwater ecosystems, researchers made the grim discovery that coral reefs could become extinct in 30 to 50 years if steps aren’t taken to mitigate climate change… The group identified elevated sea temperatures as one of the main causes of a rise in mass coral bleaching episodes.”


And in case you missed this on my economic thread: “Pine Island Glacier’s Ice Shelf Is Ripping Itself Apart – Speeding Up Key Antarctic Glacier...

““The loss of Pine Island’s ice shelf now looks like it possibly could occur in the next decade or two, as opposed to the melt-driven subsurface change playing out over 100 or more years,” said co-author Pierre Dutrieux…”


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11th June 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

In yet another sign of the devastating effects of the expansive drought in the western United States, Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, has dropped to its lowest level since it was filled in the late 1930s.

“Early Thursday, the water level fell to 1,071.48 feet. The previous lowest level had been 1,071.61 feet on July 1, 2016.

“”We expect it to keep declining until November,” Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Patti Aaron told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.”


Record heat forecast to bake Southwest next week, amid worsening drought

“The heat wave, predicted to last many days, will only intensify record-setting drought conditions plaguing many locations in the West.”


The area around Arizona’s wildfires is so dry, firefighters’ heavy equipment is causing small flareups.

“Two massive wildfires in eastern Arizona continued to spread Wednesday… As of Wednesday night, the Telegraph Fire has burned nearly 85,000 acres and the Mescal Fire has scorched more than 70,000 acres…”


“Unheard of”: drought, dry conditions in North Dakota leading to some culling of herds

“Kyle Shively has already culled half of his herd. “This is a very stressful time…”” …He says that some farmers may “get by” by the summer, by they will have to buy a lot of hay which will not be cheap.”


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the heatwave that began June 3rd is of historic duration and intensity so early in the season.

“Records were set in the St. Cloud area on June 4th and 5th, beating old records that had been in place for close to or over 100 years.”


The Mid-South is already flooded. Now, the highest risk for excessive rainfall is predicted — again

“Rainfall accumulations of 8 to 10 inches were seen Tuesday across the region, and some areas may have gotten more. Some parts of Arkansas have estimated a foot of rain over the last few days, and flash flooding has been significant.”


The Mexican air force has been assigned a new mission: seeding clouds in an effort to combat the prolonged drought.

The drought has affected as much as 85% of Mexico’s territory since July last year, leaving large reservoirs at exceptionally low levels, straining water resources for drinking, farming, and irrigation.”


Historic drought threatens Brazil’s economy

“We’re facing a ‘dry season’ that in reality is going to last one-and-a-half to two years,” said Pedro Luiz Cortes, a professor at the University of Sao Paulo’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.”


Slash-and-burn clearing nears Indigenous Xingu park as Brazil’s fire season ignites

“…data show forest loss in the park increased in 2020 as fires, often associated with deforestation for agriculture, consumed portions of its old growth forest. More recently, satellite data and imagery show clearing encroaching closer and closer to the park – including right along its border – as well as fires starting to break out within the park itself.”


See images of the damage caused by rain in Santa Catarina [Eastern Brazil]….

“The dawn of Wednesday (9) was marked by a lot of rain in Santa Catarina. During the morning, the municipality of Canelinha, in Greater Florianópolis, registered the highest volume of rain in the state in the last 24 hours, with 288 mm [11.3 inches].”


A perfectly preserved ancient box of Viking treasures has been discovered after a Norwegian glacier partially melted.

“The 500-year-old wooden box was found containing remains of beeswax candles, which the Vikings would have used to find their farms, according to archaeologists.”


Damage again after thunderstorms with heavy rain in Saxony [Germany]

“Local storms again caused flooding in the region around Döbeln, in Glauchau and Meerane on Thursday. In Glauchau, Meerane and in the community of Schönberg, the volunteer fire brigades were on constant duty to clear sludge and to pump empty cellars that had filled up.”


May 2021 in Russia was the 2nd warmest May on record after May 2020.

“Highest anomalies were in the Volga Region (as much as +6C above the 61-90 baseline still in use in Russia).Only few areas were colder than average.”


Forest fires ravage Jerusalem and environs, heightened by heat and winds

“Multiple firefighting squads are battling out-of-control forest fires outside of Jerusalem on Wednesday, due to the hot and dry June weather combined with strong winds.”


Disease caused by contaminated water are on rise in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani province as the city begins to feel the impacts of drought on the city, health officials warned this week.

“Dr. Sabah Hawrami, head of Sulaimani Directorate, in a press conference on Wednesday warned of an increase in cases of diarrhea among the city’s residents…””


Severe drought threatens three million Afghans.

“Time is running out for more than three million Afghans likely to be acutely affected by a drought this year. The looming crisis comes on top of an already critical situation in Afghanistan, with worsening conflict and severe socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.”


Rapid deforestation puts Pakistan’s climate policies in jeopardy…”


Health specialists encouraged Lahoris [Pakistan] to remain inside and not to get out for any superfluous explanation as Lahore heatwave hits 43°C [109.4F] on Wednesday.

“As indicated by the Met Office, the temperature was 43°C yet the real feel index put it at 47°C.”


Up to two billion people in southeast Asia can face food and water shortages even as the the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountain ranges lose up to two-thirds of its ice by 2100, a United Nations-backed research flagged.

“The HKH region, often referred to as the ‘Third Pole’… contains the world’s third-largest storage of frozen water after the Antarctica and Arctic.”


Uttarakhand flood was caused by rare rock and glacier avalanche.

“The 2021 flood in Uttarakhand, India, that resulted in over 200 dead and missing was the result of an avalanche that dropped about 27 million square metres of rock and glacier ice from the nearby Ronti mountain.”


May records India’s second highest rainfall in 121 years [of records]

“May received the second highest rainfall in 121 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its monthly report Thursday, attributing two back-to-back cyclones and western disturbances for the record precipitation.”


Aerial photographs show Exmouth flooding [Western Australia] after almost a year’s worth of rain in a night

“Minilya-Exmouth Road — the only road in and out of the townsite — became close to being inaccessible overnight due to the water and debris after 173mm [6.8 inches] of rain was dumped onto the red dirt. The majority of the rain fell in the early hours of Thursday morning…”


A man has died in flood waters in south-eastern Victoria, Australia, after heavy rain and flooding swept across the Gippsland region with the SES [emergency services] stating it was “the busiest 24-hour period” in the service’s history.

“Police confirmed on Thursday evening that a man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead at Woodside in South Gippsland.”


Fainting, pollution, and heat stroke: how the climate crisis threatens the Tokyo Olympics

“The climate crisis will impact nearly every event at the games, which are being hosted in Tokyo, a city that’s already experiencing heating more acutely than most places on Earth, according to new report from BASIS, the British Association for Sustainable Sport.”


Ecosystem changes could be playing a part in the ongoing deaths of gray whales along the west coast of North America…

“The gray whale deaths have been prominent in the San Franciso Bay Area, where The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) told Newsweek it has responded to 13 incidents so far this year—more than in the entire years of 2019 and 2020.”


Salmon face extinction throughout the US west. Blame these four dams

“…four towering and closely spaced dams in eastern Washington state… act as massive hurdles to the salmon’s migration. Today, experts have voiced concern that the salmon are headed toward a point of no return.”


Earth’s largest water reservoirs: How much ice are they losing?

“…we can say with confidence that sea level will continue to rise (faster) in the future and that our projections are conservative estimates. Indeed, satellite observations that measure the changing height (altimetry) and changing mass (gravimetry) of ice sheets are tracking the worst-case predictions from IPCC’s fifth report.”


Atmospheric CO2 Just Hit a Peak Not Seen on Earth in 4 Million Years.

“Despite slim hopes that global shutdowns during the pandemic might bring respite from the climate crisis, yet more evidence confirms that no such silver lining exists… May saw the highest levels of CO2 so far in 2021, with the concentration averaging 419.13 parts per million (ppm)…”


In the world of crops, angst over the weather has reached a fever pitch.

Global inventories are shrinking and demand is on a tear as drought plagues farms from the U.S. and Brazil to Russia. As a result, every rain shower and dry spell is coming under extreme scrutiny. Grain futures touched near-decade highs last month…”


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