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

Drought in key wheat producing countries is having an impact on world supply. We have talked a lot about how the western drought is impacting American farmers and ranchers, but we are now seeing its impact on global production.

“According to Mark Jekanowski, a USDA economist, “United States, especially, drought affects the spring wheat crop, but certainly for Canada, that’s partially all spring wheat and Kazakhstan as well, they’ve been suffering drought throughout the entire growing season.””


Extreme water shortages in Iraq will halve the area of crops being grown next harvest, the authorities said Monday, following UN warnings calling for “urgent” action….

“Iraq is struggling amid the consequences of dire droughts exacerbated by global warming, compounded by the extraction of water from the Tigris and Euphrates, rivers shared with neighbouring Turkey and Syria.”


“It’s still exceptionally hot in the Arabian Peninsula. [On] 18th October Makkah, Saudi Arabia rose to 44.6C [112.3F], near record levels for the whole Asia for this time of the year.

“Exactly 11 years ago on 18 October 2010 Makkah recorded its latest 45C ever.”


Africa’s fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face imminent drought, floods or extreme heat, and climate change could also shave 3% off continental GDP by mid-century, the U.N. climate agency warned on Tuesday.”

[3% off GDP. Think that may be underestimating the situation a tad.]


“The tiny and uninhabited Europa Island, part of the territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, located between Madagascar and Mozambique, recorded 33.7C [92.7F] on 15th October.

“This is a new monthly heat record for the Territory.


For South Sudan learners, floods threaten to wash away access to education…

“Peter Jol Maker, a headteacher at Panapet primary school, said the school was completely submerged in water, noting that learners are braving flooding for education in just a temporary learning space erected in some higher ground.”


Hunger looms, as drought hits Kano rice farmers [Nigeria]…

“As climate change continues to worsen in the northern parts of Nigeria, weeks without rainfall in Kano has resulted in many farmers to losing their crops, especially rice… the plants are drying out.”


Marmara Sea getting warmer due to global warming, pollution…

“Speaking at an organization in the northwestern province of Edirne, hydro-biologist Mehmet Levent Artüz stressed the dangers the Marmara Sea will face in the near future in a presentation named “The Climate Crisis and the Seas.””


The tiny country of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean had its hottest October day in history on 15th October with 34.1C [93.4F] at the Vc Bird Int. Airport.

“This beats the 34.0C set in October 2015. All time record for any month is 34.9C in August 1995.”


A rare waterspout was spotted off the coast of Cienfuegos, Cuba on Saturday.

“According to the Cienfuegos Provincial Meteorological Centre, the waterspout swirled between 4.50pm to 5pm local time. No damage was reported from the waterspout.”


In drought-prone South Texas, aging water system meets rapidly growing population…

““As this region continues to become drier due to climate change, water supplies will be greatly reduced,” said Guy Fipps, a professor of irrigation engineering at Texas A&M University who has studied the water system since 1998.”


Lake Tahoe runs dry: Severe drought leaves boats and docks hundreds of feet from shore and salmon unable to spawn…

“Lake Tahoe’s water levels have dropped about half-an-inch below its natural rim as experts warn that another dry winter could put the body of water at risk of becoming ‘terminal’ – meaning the lake will no longer be able to supply its only outflow, experts say.”


Alberta glacier suffered record melt in 2021, researchers suggest it will worsen.

“The Saskatchewan Glacier in Banff National Park melted by more than 10 metres in the past year, researchers say. “It clearly is the most extreme melt that we’ve seen,” said Brian Menounos, glaciologist at the University of Northern British Columbia, while on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active.”


BOM forecasts potentially record temperatures during Northern Territory [Australia] heatwave…

“BOM NT senior forecaster Sally Cutter said the hot spell was expected to produce maximum temperatures up to the high 40s and minimums as high as the high 20s in some areas, especially inland.”


China, Koreas and Japan had their hottest 1st half of October ever with hundreds of records (including national ones) broken.

But the record heat came to a halt with a dramatic shift to wintry conditions. Seoul dropped to just +1.3C and low level frosts were recorded in Hokkaido.”


Beijing records lowest Oct temperature in half century.

“A temperature of minus 0.2 degrees at 6.44 a.m. on Sunday was the lowest recorded in the 10 days from October 11 to 20 by a city observatory since 1969, reports xinhua news agency.”


Heavy rain, floods leave 3 dead in Vietnam.

“Three people died, four injured and one is missing after torrential rains swept through northern and central provinces of Vietnam as of 5pm yesterday, the Standing Office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said.”


Thailand hit with more flooding amid heavy rains.

“Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand have caused new flooding, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility.”


At least 17 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.

“On Monday, five people, including three labourers from Nepal, were killed after a landslide in Champawat district.”


At least 27 people killed after torrential rain in India’s Kerala state triggers landslides and floods

“Torrential rain has battered the coastal state of Kerala since Friday, causing rivers to swell and flooding roads that left vehicles submerged in muddy waters, with some houses reduced to rubble.”


Wettest October: Delhi breaks a weather record for 15th straight month.

“Data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed that Delhi recorded 87.9 mm rainfall between Sunday night and Monday, the most in a day since an October 1956 day when Delhi recorded 111mm rain.”


How thawing permafrost is destroying Russian homes.

“Cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia are suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost. Homes are collapsing, pipelines and storage facilities are under threat, and roads are increasingly in need of repair.”


“…the widespread collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is avoidable if we can keep global warming below the Paris target of 2 degrees Celsius

“[However] significant uncertainty remains in terms of the internal ice structure [of the sheet] and conditions of the bedrock and sediment below.”


Gaping hole opened up in ‘Last Ice Area’ of the Arctic, NASA images show…

“”The scary thing is this area might not be as resilient as we think it is,” Arctic scientist Kent Moore told Mashable. Moore is a professor of physics at the University of Toronto Mississauga who led the research.”


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

Nunavut declares emergency in Iqaluit… More than 30,000 litres of bottled water arrived in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city Thursday after the government declared a state of emergency due to an evolving water crisis

“On Tuesday, the city warned residents not to drink the tap water after a fuel-like smell was detected at the water treatment plant… the water source is potentially tainted with petroleum

“Iqaluit city councillor Kyle Sheppard… says the once permanently frozen Arctic ground is melting rapidly due to climate change, causing major infrastructure problems.


““The area at the water plant that’s been identified as a potential cause of the problems we’re facing now is built underground, initially in permafrost. That permafrost is melting and all of our pipe infrastructure is now in the active layer, so it’s subject to heaving and moving in the ground that wasn’t really designed for,” he explained.

““So, our pipes are breaking off from access faults and snapping and breaking all winter.”


Burning peat and wildfires bring unseasonal smoke apocalypse to Urals and Siberia…

“Smoke from smouldering peat bogs around Yekaterinburg reached the largest city in the Urals on 11 October – and has intensified since, despite the firefighters working to extinguish the fire.”


“Sólheimajökull glacier in Mýrdalur, Iceland, has withdrawn by eleven meters from last year…

“Hvolsskóli’s students have been observing the melting process since 2010… the glacier’s border has withdrawn 408 meters since 2010.”


Pollution and disease analysis underway as more dead crabs found on Teesside beaches [UK]…

“A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “We are working… to investigate why hundreds of dead crabs have washed up along the shore in the Tees Estuary and neighbouring beaches.”


Missing woman in German floods found dead in Netherlands.

“The body of a woman reported missing in deadly floods that struck western Germany in July has been found in Rotterdam, likely transported by the Rhine river 300 kilometres across the border, according to German police.”


Torrential rain continues floods and traffic chaos as Athens struggles with extreme weather.

“Torrential rain flooded rivers, roads and homes across Greece, many parts only just recovering from summer wildfires, prompting hundreds of calls for help to rescue people and pump out water.”


Drought in northern Kenya pushes millions towards hunger.

“This is the second consecutive season the rains have failed in northern Kenya, a semi-arid part of the country, unlike the more fertile and greener south. The lack of rain means 2.4 million people in the region will struggle to find enough to eat by November…”


Do not use well water in cyclone-hit areas, advises Oman authority.

“The Food Safety and Quality Centre warns to avoid using well water for drinking or domestic use in the affected areas due to the possibility of contamination caused by cyclone Shaheen in the form of floods. Examining the water is necessary to ensure that it is free of contamination.”


‘Our whole life depends on water’: Climate change, pollution and dams threaten Iraq’s Marsh Arabs.

“Iraq’s 2020-2021 rainfall season was the second driest in 40 years… Another drought is predicted for 2023 as climate change, pollution and upstream damming keep Iraq trapped in a cycle of recurring water crises.”


Cherrapunji (locally known as Sohra), India, is famous for its heavy rains. At 1430m asl 30C is very rare there.

But in the past weeks 30C was already recorded 8 times and on 12 October the village rose to 32.1C its hottest temperature in history which beats the 31.1C set on 6 Sept 1969.


Max temperature touches 36.4 degrees Celsius [97.5F], Mumbai sees hottest October day on record.

“Maximum daytime temperature in the city touched a season-high on Friday, settling at 36.4 degrees Celsius at the India Meteorological Department’s monitoring station in Santacruz. This surpasses this month’s previous record of 35.8 degrees Celsius on October 7.”


15th October is a historic day in Bangladesh. With 38.2C [100.8F] Bogra destroyed the national record of the highest temperature ever recorded in October (previous 37.4C /99.3F at Jessore in 2010).

“The capital Dhaka, along with most stations, also had its October hottest day ever with 37.4C.”


Himalayan floods a sign of worse to come… Usually an arid region, Nepal’s Manang district was hit this year by never-seen wildfires and floods.

Its average annual rainfall is barely 300mm [12 inches], but it got nearly double that rain in just one week in June. The region had seen a seven-mount winter drought, and was ravaged by wildfires this spring that burnt for three months. Then came the monsoon…”


Record-high floods leave regions along China’s Yellow River ravaged.

“Rare floods ravaged areas along the middle and lower reaches of China’s Yellow River in September and October as heavy rain not seen in decades hit the region this autumn, National Climate Center said on Thursday.”


Typhoon Maring deaths at 30 [Philippines], damage to agriculture tops P1B…

“Majority of those who died were due to flashfloods in Ilocos Sur at 14, and landslides in Benguet at nine. The others were in the following provinces: Cagayan, two; Palawan, four; and Pangasinan, one.”


Deforestation threatens tree kangaroo habitat in Papua New Guinea.

“A proposed conservation area in northwestern Papua New Guinea has experienced a substantial surge in deforestation-related alerts, according to satellite data from the University of Maryland.”


Tornado hits Armidale after wild weather lashes Sydney and regional NSW…

“Emergency services received more than 120 calls for help in the northern tablelands city after cars were flipped, roofs were ripped off and power lines and trees fell, leaving thousands of homes without power.”


La Niña arrives, threatening to stoke droughts and roil markets.

“A weather-roiling La Niña appears to have emerged across the equatorial Pacific, setting the stage for worsening droughts in California and South America and greater risks for the world’s already strained energy and food supplies.”


The gigantic Itaipu hydroelectric dam straddling the Brazil-Paraguay border is feeling the heat of Brazil’s worst drought in nine decades.

““We do not expect the crisis of lack of water to be solved before 2022. We will start the year in a rather complicated situation,” Hugo Zarate, the plant’s superintendent told The Associated Press. That’s devastating for a country where hydroelectric generation accounts for about two-thirds of total installed capacity…”


Brazilian artist Mundano has used ash from the burned Amazon rainforest to create a street mural in Sao Paulo of a firefighter standing amid deforestation, fires and dead animals. “I’m using evidence of the crime,” said Mundano…”


Chile’s flowering desert under threat from climate change.

“Scientists warn that climate change, associated in South America with declining rainfall, could consign the flowering to memory. This year’s bloom “was more localized and less intense” than previous one, La Serena University’s Andrea Loayza said.”


Parts of Texas were hit hard Tuesday night into Wednesday by Pamela, the latest in a long line of tropical systems

It is “pretty unusual for Pacific tropical systems to drive moisture into Texas and beyond,” AccuWeather Senior Vice President Jon Porter said. He added that events like this have happened only a few times over the past 75 years and are often associated with serious flash flooding.”


Last month was the driest ever September in Los Angeles County. Now come the Santa Ana winds.

“After the hottest and driest summer in California history, and a September that was Los Angeles County’s driest ever, concerns are high that Santa Ana wind season could significantly worsen what has already been a disastrous fire year.”


Hundreds of properties including Brad Pitt’s beach house evacuated in California wildfire…

“The wildfire started on Monday in the Santa Ynez Mountains and has now burned its way south over 16,901 acres to the ocean by Thursday night. At least 1,731 firefighters have been battling the fire, which is now 41 per cent contained.”


Wildfire Smoke Disrupts Bird Migration in the West…

“Wildfires have increasingly coincided with the beginning of fall migration for many bird species. This greater frequency of fall wildfires is thought to be primarily the result of frequent drought conditions and climate change.”


American bumblebees have disappeared from these 8 states. Now they could face extinction.

“Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Oregon each have zero or close to zero American bumblebees left…”


Queen ‘irritated’ by world leaders talking not doing on climate crisis…

“She said: “Extraordinary isn’t it. I’ve been hearing all about Cop …still don’t know who is coming. No idea. “We only know about people who are not coming … It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.””


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15th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

‘Unprecedented hunger’ lies ahead as world heats up, warns World Food Programme…

“David Beasley, director of the WFP, said: “Large swathes of the globe, from Madagascar to Honduras to Bangladesh, are in the throes of a climate crisis that is now a daily reality for millions. The climate crisis is fuelling a food crisis.””


Price pinch: global economy caught in perfect storm.

“From beef bowls in Tokyo to fried chicken in London, consumers are beginning to feel the pinch from the surge in costs washing over the global economy… Higher energy prices are also adding to inflationary pressures that, along with power outages.”


The U.S. Economy May Be Facing Another Recession, New Research Suggests…

““It seems to us that there is every likelihood that the United States entered recession at the end of 2021,” the authors write in a new research paper. “The most compelling evidence is from the Conference Board expectations data for the eight biggest states.””


‘I have never felt so hopeless’: millions in US fear utility shutoffs as debts rise…

“The gas in Diana Morgan Magda’s house was shut off in May. Now when she wants to take a bath she uses an electric kettle to heat the water. It takes an hour.”


Winter-Fuel Worries Accelerate U.S. Natural Gas Price Increase… U.S. natural gas futures climbed after winter stockpiles of the furnace and power-plant fuel expanded less than expected, heightening concerns about adequate supplies going into the peak-demand season.”


Energy crisis: UK could run out of gas during especially cold winter ahead, industry boss warns.

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemicals firm Ineos, said a prolonged winter ahead could mean demand for gas outweighs supply, leading to widespread shutdowns.”


The dramatic exit from the U.K. gas market of a middleman that supplies the fuel to utilities is already reverberating through the industry. Xcel Power Ltd., a small retailer to businesses, warned Thursday it’s likely to fold after the company it buys gas from — CNG Group Ltd. — said it would stop supplying the fuel. It’s the latest escalation in a crisis rocking the industry…”


U.K. Disposable Incomes Seen Dropping By the Most Since 2011.

“U.K. disposable incomes are set for their biggest drop in a decade next year as rising inflation, tax hikes and tighter monetary and fiscal policy put the squeeze on consumers, according to Credit Suisse.”


Global shortages cloud outlook for powerhouse Germany.

“…shortfalls in materials and logistic logjams have taken the wind out of Germany’s sails. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund downgraded its own global economic forecasts, pointing the finger at supply chain disruptions.”


Italy braced for unrest as Covid pass becomes mandatory for all workers…

“All workers will be obliged to present a coronavirus health pass before entering their workplaces, a move that is expected to leave some industries struggling with staff shortages.”


Global Energy Crisis Hits Singapore as Power Provider Goes Bust.

“A record-breaking spike in electricity prices is short-circuiting Singapore’s efforts to liberalize its power sector, in the latest sign that the global crisis is delivering a blow to both energy suppliers and their customers.”


Energy Crisis Increasingly Includes Oil

“The energy crisis keeps getting worse. Shortages of natural gas in Europe and Asia are boosting demand for oil, deepening what was already a sizable supply deficit in crude markets, according to the International Energy Agency.”


Metals Head for Record, Zinc Spikes as Energy Crisis Hits Supply.

“Base metals soared, led by zinc’s surge to its highest price since 2007 after European smelters became the latest casualties in a global energy crisis that’s knocking supply offline and heaping pressure on manufacturers.”


China’s record factory inflation poses another threat to supply chains.

“The cost of goods leaving China’s factories is surging by the highest rate on record, stoking fears about stagflation in the world’s second largest economy at a time when it is already grappling with an extreme power crunch and deepening debt woes.”


China’s economy is being hit from all sides — a property slump, energy crisis, weak consumer sentiment and soaring raw material costs — and government data Monday will show just how bad things are looking.

“Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict a slowdown in gross domestic product growth to 5% in the third quarter from 7.9% in the previous three months…”


Evergrande crisis leaves Chinese developers shut out of global debt markets.

“International bond sales by Chinese developers have all but halted as the crisis at China Evergrande stokes fears of defaults across the country’s property sector, throttling a crucial driver of Asia’s high-yield debt market.”


China Developers Account for About Half of World’s Troubled Debt…

“Of the $139 billion of U.S. dollar-denominated bonds trading at distressed prices, 46% were issued by companies in China’s real estate sector, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on Oct. 12…”


Tens of thousands of Georgians have rallied in the capital Tbilisi to demand the release of jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili.

“Chanting Saakashvili’s nickname “Misha!” and waving national flags, demonstrators filled the city’s Freedom Square and main thoroughfare Rustaveli Avenue on Thursday…”


Six dead as Beirut gripped by worst street violence in 13 years.

“At least six people have died in Beirut’s worst street violence in 13 years, as hundreds of armed militia men took to the streets and much of the city was forced into lockdown by heavy fighting.”


Tunisia’s new government faces hard road to rescue package.

“Tunisia’s new government said this week that balancing public finances will be a priority, but it and President Kais Saied face a hard road to convince markets and foreign donors they are ready to hash out a rescue package.”


Yemen’s humanitarian crisis growing as economy collapses: UN.

“Aid agencies are now helping nearly 13 million people across the country, already 3 million more than just a few months ago, the UN says.”


Terrorists, Cocaine, And Power: A War Within Venezuela…

“President Maduro’s authoritarian regime, under rising pressure from the near-collapse of Venezuela’s oil industry, an economic crisis, and strict U.S. sanctions, has increasingly turned to illicit enterprises as a means of generating urgently-needed income.”


The definitive guide to the supply chain crisis…

“Today, as economies across the world reboot, the system is seizing up. Workers are in short supply, energy markets in chaos, prices are surging and all those goods sit in shipping containers, stacked in their thousands at ports from the Tyne to Tokyo.”


Bitcoin could trigger financial meltdown, warns Bank of England deputy…

“Likening the growth of cryptocurrencies to the spiralling value of US sub-prime mortgages before the 2008 financial crash, the deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe said there was danger financial markets could be rocked in a few years by an event of similar magnitude.”


Regulators must act to protect financial system from climate risk: report.

“Federal regulators must act quickly to require banks to insulate themselves and their customers against the potentially ruinous financial effects of both climate change and the energy transition, a new report by Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform found.”


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

A new study out of Columbia University determined that summer sea ice in ‘the Last Ice Area’ now covers half the space it did 40 years ago. [Their projections seem crazily optimistic to me but then it’s par for the course for climate scientists to be constantly startled by events unfolding faster than anticipated.]

“The 1,200-mile region north of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic archipelago has historically been covered in ice year-round, but rising temperatures fueled by climate change are causing even this remote region to melt during the summer.”


Rural Alaska has a bridge problem as permafrost thaws and crossing river ice gets riskier with climate change…

“In Alaska, bridges face a unique and growing set of problems as the planet warms. Permafrost, the frozen ground beneath large parts of the state, is thawing with the changing climate, and that’s shifting the soil and everything on it.”


Trans-Alaska Pipeline faces increasing threats from floods. Is there a long-term solution?

“…The 4-foot-diameter pipe carries an average of 20 million gallons of crude oil a day from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, and if floodwaters reached a buried section of pipeline at full strength, the force would buffet the pipe like waves slapping a sailboat on stormy seas.”


According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday’s average temperature of 43 degrees marked the coldest day Seattle has ever seen in the first two weeks of October

“This marks the latest in a series of extreme weather events in the Puget Sound region in 2021.”


More than 1,000 firefighters battle blaze spreading along California coast.

“A wildfire raging through southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down on Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.”


California has experienced its driest summer since 1895, highlighting the difficult summer the state faced with fighting wildfires.

“The Palmer Drought Severity Index said for the months of July, August and September the monthly average dryness was -6.8, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.”


Grim Task of Identifying Buried Remains Unearthed by Floods in Louisiana Could Take Years.

“Hurricane Ida continues to cause pain and destruction a month after hitting Louisiana, moving caskets and buried loved ones to be rediscovered and identified.”


Facing floods and fires, undocumented immigrants [in the US] have nowhere to turn for help…

“…the New York program is the first time a state or the federal government has invested in supporting undocumented immigrants after a disaster. This reality has left millions of people across the U.S. in a state of “hyper-marginalization…””


An active jet stream is slicing across the center of the country and bringing a wild clash of the seasons, with unseasonable warmth in the East and a frigid taste of winter in the West.

“Parts of the Rockies are being buried beneath feet of snow, while a renewed dose of summer spreads over the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and New England.”


“[And very unsettled weather down the middle:] Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Kansas as storms batter Midwest; one was ‘multi-vortex’…

“Multiple tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas late Tuesday into Wednesday after days of violent weather damaged homes and businesses and knocked out power to thousands of people.”


Temperatures are hovering around record levels in the Peruvian Amazon.

“On 11 October 4 departments (Ucayali, Madre de Dios, Loreto and San Martin) recorded temperatures of 38C+ [100.4F] with a max. of 39.5C in Santa Ana:this is just 0.2C from the Peruvian national October record set 1 year ago.”


Unusual autumn warning for Scottish water supplies as Southern England sees the summer rain.

“In these topsy turvy times, when little feels as it should, southern England has had a lot of rain this year and Scotland now has water supply concerns.”


Climate change in Ireland: More heatwaves, less snow and heavier rain…

“What was “likely” just a few years ago is now “virtually certain”, to the point where UN secretary general António Guterres called the latest AR6 report “A code red for humanity”.”


Alpine glaciers are melting faster and faster…

“Glaciers are losing mass faster and faster due to climate change… 20 years of measurements show accelerated retreat – even after wet and cooler summer.”


Severe Storm “Ballos” to Hit Greece With Heavy Rain, Lightning.

Less than a week after the storm called Athena hit Greece, a new weather front code-named Ballos, is expected to worsen weather conditions on Wednesday night. The storm will produce heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning and sharp drops in temperature across the country.”


Uganda: Floods and Landslides…

“There is an urgent need to provide household kits and shelter items to the affected communities to support with immediate household needs. Water facilities have been destroyed which has possessed a risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.”


Another record in Botswana: Tubu at 1100m asl recorded 43.5C [110.3F] which ties the national monthly record of highest temperature, which was set at the same place just…last year.

“Intense heat will move east next days towards Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.”


Return To Coal: Kyrgyzstan Goes Back To Dirty Fuel As Drought Causes Hydroelectric Shortage.

“Kyrgyzstan is forcing homes and businesses to go back to using coal as a severe drought has reduced output at the country’s lone hydroelectric plant, which usually produces 40 percent of the country’s electricity.”


Extreme heat Wave between NE India (Cherrapunji recorded its first 30C+ / 86F in October), Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Dozens of monthly records are falling.

“Yesterday 37.2C at Sylhet is only 0.2C from the national October record of Bangladesh. Dew points reached deadly 30C+.”


Lightning strikes killed 2,800 in 11 years in Bangladesh.

“Lightning strikes have killed no fewer than 2,800 people in the last 11 years in Bangladesh, according to government data… There is a correlation between thunderbolts and temperature, according to a study published in 2017.”


Heavy rains damage thousands of historical sites in Shanxi, northern China.

“A total of 89 sites were ‘critically damaged’, meaning they had major structural issues; while 750 sites were ‘relatively seriously damaged’. Many of the sites date back hundreds or even thousands of years…”


Typhoon Kompasu roars past Hong Kong, leaving 1 dead and 20 injured.

“A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm. Schools, businesses and stock market shut…”


Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu has dumped tremendous amounts of rain over the northern Philippines and Taiwan.

“Although the center of the storm has been over the water, Baguio received 625.3mm [24.6 inches] in 24 hours. That’s 1.4 times the October monthly rainfall.”


Climate-fuelled drought forces Taiwan tea farmer in search of water…

A once-in-a-century drought last year followed by torrential rain this year have decimated Chien Shun-yih’s crop and left Taiwan’s tea farmers scrambling to adapt to the extreme weather changes.”


Japan Extreme Heat Wave: 174 monthly records of highest temperature fell in Japan in the past 11 days.

“The unprecedented and long heat wave is also seeing widespread tropical nights and high humidity.”


La Niña weather event now even more likely to deliver a wet and windy summer across Australia, Bom says…

“Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said in a blog post the La Niña would also typically produce more tropical cyclones during the Australian cyclone season from November to April.”


Nations nowhere close to halting ‘catastrophic’ climate change…

“Will Steffen, a climate expert at the Australian National University, said the IEA report makes it clear that the current goal of “net zero emissions” by 2050 – as many countries are committing to – is simply too little, too late.”


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12th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Several killed, nearly 2m affected, as China’s Shanxi deluged by record-breaking rainfall…

“The flooding comes just months after record floods hit the country’s central Henan province in July – killing more than 300 people – and raises fears about ensuring the supply of energy ahead of the winter.

“Many parts of Shanxi, a landlocked province that generally has dry weather, saw record-breaking rainfall over the past week… Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, recorded rainfall of 185mm [7.3 inches], about seven times the pre-2010 average for October… Shanxi [overall] received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week.”


Hong Kong Observatory to raise No 8 typhoon warning at or before 5.20pm, school classes cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Kompasu nears.

“The typhoon, the second in just four days, was about 560km from the city as of noon.”


The harsh heat isn’t not going away in Taiwan. On 10th October the station of Zaoqiao, in Miaoli County recorded 38.7C [101.7F],the highest temperature ever recorded in Taiwan in October.

“Heat indexes are deadly: the temperature was recorded with 40% humidity.”


Storm leaves 9 dead in landslides, floods in Philippines.

“A tropical storm set off landslides and flash flooding as it barreled over the tip of the northern Philippines overnight, and officials say nine people died and 11 are missing.”


Record high temperatures for October reported across Japan… The high pressure system has blanketed the entire Japanese archipelago since the beginning of this month, with the atmosphere over Japan almost similar to that in summer.”


UN deforestation scheme under scrutiny after Indonesia debacle.

“The collapse of a $1-billion deal to curb Indonesian deforestation has highlighted the pitfalls of a UN-backed global initiative, which critics say has been ineffective and trampled on indigenous communities’ rights.”


Indigenous leader warns Amazon ruin could spark global ‘apocalypse’…

“People will run out of oxygen, the planet will warm up in 50 years, by two or even three degrees. Life on this planet will not be possible if the Amazon disappears.”


Intense heat in Texas and Northern Mexico:

On 10th October Rio Grande in Texas hit 106F/41.1C and in Coahuila State of Mexico,Monclova (615m asl) recorded 41.8C and Torreon (1123m) 40.7C, both new records for October.


As US western wildfires ravage property, protection services boom…

“Nine of California’s 20 largest wildfires on record have torn through the state since last year, according to Cal Fire. The biggest – the August Complex Fire of August 2020, consumed more than 404,000 hectares (one million acres) of land and killing one person.”


Decline in hydropower strains power grids amid drought.

U.S. hydropower generation is forecast to drop 14% this year compared with 2020 as drought grips vast areas of the West. Experts say the reductions complicate grid operations…”


Summer temperatures usually don’t last long here in the Coulee Region [Wisconsin], but this year mother nature had different plans.

La Crosse just broke the record for most 80-degree days in a calendar year… La Crosse also set a record this year for the most low temperatures that were at 60 degrees or warmer.”


25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds.

“As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow.”


Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events.

The United States is now averaging a billion-dollar disaster every 20 days… in the first nine months of this year we have already surpassed the total disaster costs for all of last year. And we are on pace to set a new record for total number of disasters…”


Lake District sewage could leave Windermere ‘ecologically dead’ [UK]…

“Pictures show algal blooms across the surface of the lake. Campaigners say there is also evidence of dead fish and invertebrates, indicating the waters are not healthy.”


Greece swept by torrential rains, 100 people evacuated in fire-stricken island.

“Greece was swept by a wet front this weekend which has caused significant damages in the island of Evia, which had suffered destructive wildfires in the summer, Greek news agency AMNA reported.”


Water crisis leaves Mozambique “in very serious need”: ICRC.

“The north of Mozambique is in “very serious need” of support for its public health infrastructure, says Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross.”


Yemen’s water crisis worsening.

“UNICEF representative to Yemen Philippe Duamelle said the water situation in Yemen is very serious as only a small number of people have access to clean water.”


Iran wheat imports soar due to drought.

“Agricultural production ravaged by drought has been an all-too-common theme across the northern hemisphere over the last twelve months. Unfortunately, Iran is another country to have fallen victim to well-below average rainfall and extreme temperatures during its most recent winter crop cycle.”


Severe Drought Adds to Afghanistan’s Woes, Endangering Millions as Economy Collapses.

“… the scarcity of water is slashing farmers’ incomes and driving up food bills for people in cities. The United Nations estimates that the drought is threatening the livelihood of up to 9 million Afghans and affecting 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.”


Thajiwas glacier in Kashmir melting at rapid pace, say locals.

“”Before 20 years, Thajiwas glacier was spread over huge area and tourists were able to get a glimpse of it in Sonmarg by just walking only a few meters. But, now they need to walk kilometers to see the glacier,” guide Bilal Ahmed said.”


Three dead as heavy rain lash Kerala.

“According to Skymet Weather forecast, in the last 24 hours, the state has seen some three-digit rains as well including 216 mm [8.5 inches] in Kozhikode, 166 mm in Kannur, 136 mm in Punalur, 77 mm in Palakkad, 59 mm in Thrissur, and 51 mm in Kochi.”


Will low winds strike another heavy blow to energy prices?

“Industry experts now warn a global phenomenon which is known as global stilling, an extended period of low wind speeds and increasing temperatures could potentially deepen the crisis in the energy market.”


Now climate change is blamed for the spread of bubonic plague:

“‘We do see that the borders of plague hotspots have been changing with global warming and climate change, and other anthropogenic effects on the environment,’ Dr Anna Popova said. ‘We are aware that cases of plague in the world have been growing.’


‘This is a reality now, it’s scary’: Why leaders must pay attention to world’s fastest warming town.

“In Svalbard – the northernmost town in the world – massive metal barriers are currently being airdropped onto mountainsides. Houses simply bulldozed to make way for a huge protective wall around the town. The warmer air here means more chance of avalanches.”


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9th October 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Tiny North American Oat Crop Could Be Coming for Your Breakfast.

The smallest harvest ever in the U.S. is expected to shrink supplies needed for everything from Cheerios to oat milk… The situation for North American farmers was so dire in the summer that many cut their losses and harvested damaged plants to be sold as feed for animals.”


Pasta shortages after dire wheat harvest attributed to climate change.

“Empty pasta shelves in supermarkets are a result of catastrophic wheat harvest attributed to climate change, providers have said. Extreme dry weather has led to severe shortages in durum wheat, causing prices to soar by 90-100 per cent amid worldwide supply problems.”


Food Inflation Heats Up and Energy Crisis May Make It Worse.

“The jump in global food prices to a decade high risks leading to even more expensive grocery bills, and the energy crisis is threatening to make things even worse.”


The calendar says it’s fall but it ‘s like mid-summer in Central USA. Some states remarkable max. temperatures (still provisional) on 8 October include:

OK 99F; KS 96F; AK 94F; LA 94F; MO 88F; NE 88F; IA 88F; MN 88F; KY 85F; SD 84F; IL 83F


Where is fall? Calendar may be turning, but leaves aren’t…

“Typically, by the end of September, leaves cascade into warmer hues throughout the country. This year, moving deeper into October, many trees have yet to even pivot from their summer green shades.”


Pacific salmon are struggling. Researchers think heat waves could wipe them out.

“Heat waves like those that scorched western North America this summer risk wiping out B.C.’s salmon fisheries in future decades, on top of expected declines due to long-term climate change…”


A ‘new threat to us’: Kamloops fire chief after B.C.’s record wildfire season.

“…Kamloops Fire Chief Steve Robinson is warning policymakers to be “very serious” about climate change. Briefing city councillors on Tuesday, Robinson said the wildfires that crews battled this summer were “different” than any he’s observed in the past.


California fires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias.

“Northern California wildfires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves of the majestic monarchs in the Sierra Nevada, an official said Wednesday. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Christy Brigham…”


Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and infrastructure.

“Climate change has made the Texas heat worse, with less relief as nighttime temperatures warm, a report from the state’s climatologist published Thursday found. Climate data also show that the state is experiencing extreme rainfall — especially in eastern Texas…”


Extreme drought in Brazil triggers fatal sand storms.

“Unusually powerful sandstorms have left at least six people dead in Sao Paulo in recent weeks, local media said, as southeastern Brazil grapples with severe drought.”


Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon rises in September.

“Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose slightly in September from a year ago, preliminary satellite data showed on Friday, as President Jair Bolsonaro struggles to deliver on a pledge to eliminate illegal forest clearing.”


Nestlé and Kellogg’s linked to shocking palm oil abuse in Papua New Guinea…

“The South Pacific nation is home to the world’s third-largest remaining rainforest: a critical carbon sink helping to mitigate the climate crisis.”


September 2021 in China was the hottest September on record. Average temp. was 18.4C [65.1F],+1.6C above the 81-10 baseline.

Astonishing anomalies of +4/+6C above average were recorded in the South. Average precipitations was 84.1mm ,more than normal in the East and less in the West.”


Three people have been killed in a landslide triggered by continuous downpours in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, local media reported citing authorities on Thursday.

“Four people were buried after the landslide hit an office building of a coal company in Huangling County on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.”


Heavy rain hits China corn harvest, raises quality concerns.

“Heavy rain across northern China this week has delayed the corn harvest, submerged fields in water and raised concerns about the quality of the crop in the world’s second largest producer, analysts and farmers said on Friday.”


Fresh Storm Forecast for Flood-Hit Thailand Adds to Growth Risks.

“Thailand is bracing for a fresh tropical storm after weeks of heavy rainfall inundated large swathes of its cropland, undermining efforts to revive the pandemic-hit economy by easing Covid restrictions and a gradual tourism reopening.”


Bay of Bengal readies for another storm…

“Just a short breather and Bay of Bengal is listed again to host another tropical storm… As briefed earlier, a cyclonic circulation is expected to form over Gulf of Martaban and adjoining North Andaman Sea in the next 48hr.”


Death Toll in Cyclone Shaheen Rises to 14 After Body Found.

“United Arab Emirates — The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen that crashed through Oman rose Thursday to 14 after the sultanate found the body of someone missing since the storm. Omani state television made the announcement…”


One dead as rain, floods hit south Yemen city.

“Torrential rains caused widespread floods in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, where a young man was electrocuted, local official said on Thursday. The floods added to suffering in the Arabian peninsula’s poorest country, which has endured seven years of war.”


Kenya… Heavy Rains Spell Doom for Maize Output…

“”Due to rainfall failure during the planting season, crops experienced about 30 per cent germination while heavy downpour during the harvesting period will result in rotting; leading to loss of food crops,” said Mr Joseph Kosgei, an agricultural expert based in Eldoret.”


Namibia Under Pressure From Angolan Migrants Fleeing Drought.

“Namibia says the situation of the thousands of Angolans, mostly women and children, who are entering the country to escape hunger triggered by a drought is putting extra pressure on the Southwest African nation’s already strained public facilities.”


At least 623,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding in South Sudan since May, with many forced to flee their homes, the United Nations said.

“Rivers broke their banks following heavy rains, deluging houses and farms in eight of the country’s 10 states, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said…”


In Egypt’s Red Sea, corals fade as oceans warm.

“Standing on a boat bobbing gently in the Red Sea, Egyptian diving instructor Mohamed Abdelaziz looks on as tourists snorkel amid the brilliantly coloured corals, a natural wonder now under threat from climate change. “If they disappear, we’ll disappear with them,” he says…”


EU increases aid for fruit and vegetable sector.

“The European Commission announced that it will increase its aid to fruit and vegetable producers and wine growers impacted by the frost, floods, and heatwaves. This aid is provided in addition to the exceptional measures taken by the Commission in July 2020 [for Covid]…”


Very warm nights in Ireland and Scotland on 8 October. In some cases at record levels for October. Minimum temperatures were as high as 16.0C [60.8F] in Scotland and 16.3C [61.3F] in Ireland: full summer values.”


Over 400 glaciers cover more than 10% of Iceland’s landmass and almost every one is shrinking.

“Scientists say more than 1.2 trillion tons of ice per year are lost to warming temperatures globally. For a nation named after the very stuff that’s disappearing, that’s forcing difficult conversations.” [Video]


Galapagos of Russia threatened by chemical waste…

“Experts say Lake Baikal now faces… swathes of illegal building work, surging tourist numbers that are overwhelming local infrastructure, and the spectre of a potential disaster involving 6.5 million tonnes of toxic waste stored in ponds near the shoreline.”


Sea-level rise causing frozen grounds along Arctic coastlines to thaw, study suggests.

“In a new study, researchers at Dalhousie University have found that sea-level rise is causing permafrost along Arctic coastlines “to thaw and retreat,” threatening northern ecosystems.”


Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity.

“Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health. Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife.”


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