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Global warming

2018

The 3 Highest-Volume U.S. Rainfall Events on Record Have Happened in the Past 3 Years 

It is highly unusual to get three such extreme events in one three-year period, and the odds of this occuring were increased by global warming, which boosts the amount of water vapor in the air and increases the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events.

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/3-Highest-Volume-

US-Rainfall-Events-Record-Have-Happened-Past-3-Years

Impacts of human-induced climate change are coming earlier than expected – but halving global emissions in the next decade is achievable and affordable, say scientists

“10 New Insights in Climate Science” will be officially launched at a briefing event at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. Organized by Future Earth and the Earth League.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiCL0-U9WxI

 The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice — a startling sign of what’s to come

If the thinning trend continues, scientists fear an added boost to global warming.

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/11/

arctic-is-even-worse-shape-than-you-realize/?utm_term=.b37a3880bffa

Greenland's ice is melting

http://greenlandmelt.pageflow.io/greenland-melting#179348

 Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-greenland-ice-sheet-centuries.html

New UC map shows why people flee

A new map by the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States.

https://www.uc.edu//news/articles/2018/11/n2048465.html

 The Five Hottest Years On Record…A Nasty Trend

The best source and graphics to see how global averages are doing comes from NASA and more specifically climatologist Gavin Schmidt. Let’s closely peruse this graphic produced yesterday:

http://www.guyonclimate.com/2018/12/01/extreme-temperature-diary-november-30-2018-hot-topic-the-five-hottest-years-on-record-a-nasty-trend/


Climate Shocks and Humanitarian Crises

In fact, several risk factors make some countries more vulnerable than others to the consequences of climate change. Three stand out in particular: a high level of dependence on agriculture, a recent history of conflict, and discriminatory political institutions. Research suggests that in countries that display some or all of these risk factors, climate extremes are especially likely to lead to disastrous outcomes, including violence, food crises, and the large-scale displacement of populations.

 https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2018-11-29/climate-shocks-and-humanitarian-crises

  2018, 4e année la plus chaude jamais enregistrée

https://fr.euronews.com/2018/11/29/2018-4e-annee-la-plus-chaude-jamais-enregistree

ВМО: осталось всего полградуса

https://ru.euronews.com/2018/11/29/wmo-un-2018-hottest

WMO: Erde erwärmt sich immer weiter

https://de.euronews.com/2018/11/29/wmo-erde-erwarmt-sich-immer-weiter

 WMO El Niño/La Niña Update

Model predictions and expert opinion indicate a ...

http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/wcp/wcasp/enso_update_latest.html

  Guy Walton 

https://twitter.com/climateguyw/status/1063960105874542593

 Extreme Temperature Diary-November 17, 2018/ Topic: Watching For The Next El Nino

 “It looks like an El Nino. It smells like an El Nino. But we still aren’t in an El Nino yet.”

 http://www.guyonclimate.com/2018/11/18/extreme-temperature-
diary-november-17-2018-topic-watching-for-the-next-el-nino/

Stefan Rahmstorf

A note to all our climate scientist colleagues: “How will history judge us if we watch the threat unfold before our eyes, but fail to communicate the urgency of acting to avert potential disaster?”

https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/1065716802246909957 

If You See Something, Say Something

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/if-you-see-something-say-something.html 

 FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

  We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN 

“This report is really important. It has a scientific robustness that shows 1.5C is not just a political concession. There is a growing recognition that 2C is dangerous.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/
global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
 

 Stef Lhermitte

@NASA_Landsat shows the first optical high-resolution image (15/30m) of iceberg B-46 after its calving from Pine Island Glacier on 29 Oct 2018. The image shows clearly how it fragmented into multiple pieces like iceberg B-44 did in 2017.

https://twitter.com/StefLhermitte/status/1059521086306574336

 Local drivers of amplified Arctic warming 

The new findings of this study highlight the importance of Arctic processes in controlling the pace at which sea-ice will retreat in the Arctic Ocean.

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-local-drivers-amplified-arctic.html  

‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/climate/climate-
disasters.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=
click&contentCollection=climate&region=rank&module=package
&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
 

  A warm winter is coming to the Arctic

The forecast comes of the heels of a warmer-than-average summer in much of the region.

https://www.arctictoday.com/warm-winter-coming-arctic/

 

John Kerry: Europe must tackle climate change or face migration chaos

“I am telling you. If you don’t believe me, just go read the literature.”

 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/16/john-kerry-
europe-must-tackle-climate-change-or-face-migration-chaos

Iceberg flux from Antarctica from 1976-2017

Most icebergs travel counter-clockwise around Antarctica before travelling north through "Iceberg Alley"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua3WS8sPDL4

Zack Labe 

#Antarctic sea ice extent is currently more than 900,000 km² below the 1981-2010 average... 

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1061745291164999681

 

 Arctic Temperatures 

https://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/arctic-temperatures/

California is facing monstrous wildfires, again 

A changing climate is increasing the wildfire risk in California. 

https://twitter.com/RARohde/status/1060862331486420992 

WATCH: The Pacific Coast Highway is backed up for at least 20 miles as drivers use it to evacuate the #WoolseyFire. 

https://twitter.com/CBSLA/status/1060985965353861121

 Surface air temperature for October 2018

October 2018 was the 4th warmest on record globally

 https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-october-2018

 

  Scientists Warn That Canadian Glacial Melting Is “Outside the Scope of Normal”

 Research published last year in the journal, Nature Geoscience, outlined what was called “river piracy”, in which one huge river suddenly flows into another.

 https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/10/30/

scientists-warn-canadian-glacial-melting-outside-scope-normal

 

Scott Cook

El Niño Watch

https://twitter.com/scook2214/status/1058337946288513024 

 

Brian Brettschneider 

We finally did it!

https://twitter.com/Climatologist49/status/1056912003841712128

 Robert Rohde

The last six months in Europe have averaged nearly 2.5 C (4.5 F) warmer than historical averages for the period of April to September.

 https://twitter.com/rarohde/status/1055763569814528001

 

 Drought-hit Rhine forces Germany to tap oil reserves

 According to Wirtschaftswoche magazine, it is only the fourth time in 40 years the government has taken this step.

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-drought-hit-rhine-germany-oil-reserves.html#nRlv

 

 Cry me a river: Low water levels causing chaos in Germany

 A new island in Lake Constance. A river in Berlin flowing backward. Dead fish on the banks of lakes and ponds. Barges barely loaded so they don't run aground.

 https://phys.org/news/2018-10-river-chaos-germany.html

 World is at a 'critical juncture,' says SFU professor who co-authored UN global warming report

 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/un-report-global-warming-climate-change-1.4854950

 

The blob is back

'Son of the blob': Unseasonably warm weather creating new anomaly off B.C. coast

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/blob-pacific-ocean-bc-1.4867674

Brian Brettschneider

 16-day GFS 2-meter temperature anomaly

https://twitter.com/Climatologist49/status/1053491852899307520

 NOAA Climate.gov 

https://twitter.com/NOAAClimate 

 Etienne Kapikian 

https://twitter.com/EKMeteo/status/1048676008310788096

 

 

 

International Day for Disaster Reduction

 https://www.unisdr.org/disasterreductionday

 

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

“You can set up a wall to try to contain 10,000 and 20,000 and one million people, but not 10 million.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-
2040.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=
click&contentCollection=climate&region=stream&module=stream
_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront

 

 Second warning

Potsdam-Institut 

https://twitter.com/PIK_Klima/status/1048127903421095937

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/05/charge-30-a-tonne-for-co2-to-avoid-catastrophic-4c-warming

 

First warning 

Andrew Simms 

One month to go                      Thu 22 Dec 2016 

What can a medieval climate crisis teach us about modern-day warming? 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/22/
what-can-a-medieval-climate-crisis-teach-us-about-modern-day-warming
 

Two months and counting     Wed 23 Nov 2016

The new climate change story must be one of rapid transition 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/
23/the-new-climate-change-story-must-be-one-of-rapid-transition

99 months and counting         Mon 1 Sep 2008 

How can we save the planet in 99 months? Over to you 

On August 1, the Guardian ran our article arguing that the world had entered a countdown to a new more perilous phase of global warming. One hundred months from that date the risk of triggering runaway climate change goes, in effect, from amber to red.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2008/
sep/01/climatechange.carbonemissions

100 months to save the world  Fri 1 Aug 2008

The final countdown 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/
aug/01/climatechange.carbonemissions

 Zack Labe

Well above average temperatures will continue across the entire #Arctic Ocean over at least the next 7 days. This is mostly a result of excessive poleward heat and moisture transport from the North Pacific. 

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1046783025042710528

Mika Rantanen

I'm not an expert, but I would guess that it's not very common to have hurricane, typhoon, tropical cyclone and medicane at the same day across the globe. #TyphoonTrami#HurricaneRosa#TropicalCycloneLiua#MedicaneZorbas

https://twitter.com/mikarantane/status/1046087292962705410

  

#RIPAgung 

https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPAgung?src=hash 

severe-weather.EU

Latest view of the #medicane in the central Mediterranean: impressive structure! Now beginning to track eastwards towards Greece. Video: @meteociel 

https://twitter.com/severeweatherEU

 

 

'We're moving to higher ground': America's era of climate mass migration is here

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/
americas-era-of-climate-mass-migration-is-here

 Meet the 'climate refugees' who already had to leave their homes

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/
climate-refugees-new-orleans-houston-hurricane-katrina-hurricane-harvey

Unprecedented ice loss in Russian ice cap

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-unprecedented-ice-loss-russian-cap.html 

 Migrants climatiques, la prochaine grande crise

 https://fr.euronews.com/2018/09/21/migrants-climatiques-la-prochaine-grande-crise

 В Европу хлынет поток климатических беженцев

 https://ru.euronews.com/2018/09/21/climate-change-expert

 Klimawandel fördert Migration

 https://de.euronews.com/2018/09/21/klimawandel-fordert-migration

“Muchos de los que llaman inmigrantes económicos son también inmigrantes medioambientales

 https://es.euronews.com/video/2018/09/21/muchos-de-los-que-llaman
-inmigrantes-economicos-son-tambien-inmigrantes-medioambientales

Migranti, l'esperto: "cambiamento climatico è fattore chiave"

https://it.euronews.com/2018/09/21/migranti-l-esperto-cambiamento-climatico-e-fattore-chiave

  

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/climate/airport-global-warming
-kansai.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&contentCollection=
climate&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=
6&pgtype=sectionfront
  

Guy Walton

 Extreme Temperature Diary- September 17th

https://twitter.com/climateguyw/status/1041886331859857408

#TyphoonMangkhut

https://twitter.com/hashtag/TyphoonMangkhut?src=hash

CNN

Images taken Friday of Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut shows the tropical storm force winds extend 350 miles across Florence and 550 miles across Mangkhut.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/14/asia/typhoon-mangkhut-philippines-intl/index.html

 

 New El Niño weather event likely this winter says WMO

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45471409

https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/el-ni%C3%B1ola-ni%C3%B1a-update

  Neil Kaye 

169 maps showing global annual temperature data since 1850 (HadCRUT4). 

https://twitter.com/neilrkaye/status/1037338763532357632 

The International Migration Report 2017 (Highlights)

18 December 2017 There are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth — an increase of 49% since 2000 — according to new figures released by UN DESA today, on International Migrants Day.

https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/international-migration-report-2017.html 

Climate change could affect human evolution. Here's how.

 http://www.euronews.com/2018/09/07/

climate-change-could-affect-human-evolution-here-s-how-ncna907276 

Arktis-Drama: Wasser-Entdeckung im Ozean ist "tickende Zeitbombe"

Der Arktis geht es nicht gut, denn ihr setzt die globale Erwärmung zu. 

https://www.focus.de/wissen/natur/arktis-drama-wasser

-entdeckung-im-ozean-ist-tickende-zeitbombe_id_9527514.html

New study assesses sea level rise over past 25 years

https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/new-study-assesses-sea-level-rise-over-past-25-years

 Etienne Kapikian 

Précédent record : 49.6°C à Nassiriya le 01-09-2016.

https://twitter.com/EKMeteo/status/1036036170453602304

 

Géoclimat

Températures maximales supérieures ou égales à 50°C dans le monde en 2018

http://www.geoclimat.org/2018/06/temperatures-max-sup50-2018.html

https://www.facebook.com/geoclimat.org

 WMO | OMM

This graph from @dmidk and @ZLabe shows the monthly average sea ice extent in Northern hemisphere since 1979, as observed by @eumetsat@OSISAF. #climatechange#ParisAgreement

https://twitter.com/WMO/status/1035121564168151040

  As temperatures keep trending up, ‘heat belt’ cities maneuver to stay livable 

Los Angeles, where the number of days of 95-plus-degree days is expected to triple by 2050, is among the municipal pioneers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/as-temperatures-keep-trending-up-heat-belt-cities-maneuver-to-stay-livable/2018/08/29/3c7ef2f2-ab15-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html?utm_term=.3586d8157fdb

 Vers un épisode El Niño faible à modéré fin 2018 

Le développement d'un épisode climatique El Niño en fin d'année 2018 paraît maintenant de plus en plus probable.

http://www.meteofrance.fr/actualites/65473600-vers-un-episode-el-nino-faible-a-modere-fin-2018 

 

Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer

 This is a hot, strange and dangerous summer across the planet.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-change-is-supercharging-a-hot-and-dangerous-summer/2018/07/26/cf960ba8-905c-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html?utm_term=.22de1cc80f27 

 

 Red hot planet: This summer’s punishing and historic heat in 7 maps and charts

The headlines of record-crushing heat in the Northern Hemisphere began in June and haven’t stopped midway through August.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/08/17/red-hot-planet-this-summers-punishing-and-historic-heat-in-7-maps-and-charts/?utm_term=.24b2ef2a16c8

 

  Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act?

SYDNEY, Australia — Mile after mile of the Great Barrier Reef is dying amid rising ocean temperatures. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/world/australia/australia-climate-change-malcolm-turnbull.html

Was ist los in der "Region des letzten Eises"?

Laut Klimamodellen gilt der Ozean nördlich von Grönland als Rückzugsort des letzten Arktiseises. Doch derzeit klafft dort ein großes Loch. Forscher sind irritiert.

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/eisloch-vor-groenland-was-ist-da-los-a-1224643.html 

 Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record 

Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/
arctics-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-first-time-on-record

 

 Zack Labe

Here is a closer look at the sea ice pushing north of Greenland via Sentinel-1 satellite. Interestingly, this is the 2nd time this has happened this year.

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1027215142059040768

Robert Rohde

 The last three months have been the warmest May to July.
https://twitter.com/rarohde/status/1030163165366153216 

  A novel probabilistic forecast system predicting anomalously warm 2018-2022 reinforcing the long-term global warming trend 

For 2018–2022, the probabilistic forecast indicates a warmer than normal period, with respect to the forced trend.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05442-8#Abs1

2018-2022 expected to be abnormally hot years 

Using a new method, the study shows that at the global level, 2018-2022 may be an even hotter period than expected based on current global warming.

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-abnormally-hot-years.html

The Next Five Years Could Be Seriously Hotter Than Normal, Say Scientists

 "Let's be clear, being 58 percent confident that 2018 will be 0.02 degrees Celsius above the forced trend . . . is not practically significant (even if it might be skillful)," Gavin Schmidt wrote in an email.

https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-are-already-making-
the-planet-warmer-now-earth-could-help-speed-the-process-up
 

 Stefan Rahmstorf

https://twitter.com/rahmstorf

 Andrew Freedman 

July 2018 was third-warmest such month on Earth, NASA finds

https://twitter.com/afreedma 


  As panic about climate change sets in, I’m thinking about escape – to Canada

 The New York Times has devoted an entire edition of its magazine, some 30,000 words, to a terrifying piece about climate change.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/10/
climate-change-escape-canada-summer-heatwaves
 

 Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Fifty years ago, this would be dismissed as alarmist, but now scientists have become really worried.

Johan Rockström, executive director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/06/
domino-effect-of-climate-events-could-push-earth-into-a-hothouse-state
 

Stefan Rahmstorf

"For many scientists, this is the year they started living climate change rather than just studying it." Excellent article on climate change in the NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/climate/summer-heat-global-warming.html 

https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/1028017167651037187 

 

 Lars Kaleschke

 What‘s this? Now you could possibly sail up to the northernmost tip of Greenland.

https://twitter.com/seaice_de/status/1026679659092758528

 Greenland

 Thinner than usual sea ice north of Greenland is pushed away from coast by winds.

https://twitter.com/greenlandicesmb/status/1027107700306583552

  

Zack Labe

Sea ice extent in this region is a satellite-era record low for the date (previously held by 2016).

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1026905010041282560


 

Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes

 “In the past, we had this kind of heat wave once every 10 years, and now we have them every two years or something like that,” said François-Marie Bréon.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/world/europe/europe-heat
-wave.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=
click&contentCollection=climate&region=stream&module=stream_
unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront
 

  Met Office‏@ metoffice 12h

 5 to 6 degrees above average!

https://twitter.com/metoffice/status/1025505870476705793 

 Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/02/

climate-change-to-cause-humid-heatwaves-that-will-kill-even-healthy-people

 Unsurvivable heatwaves could strike heart of China by end of century 

Many of the region’s 400 million people are farmers and have little alternative to working outside.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/31/

chinas-most-populous-area-could-be-uninhabitable-by-end-of-century

Guy Walton

 This spell's trouble for Europe

https://twitter.com/climateguyw/status/1023375961067323392 

Zack Labe 

Arctic sea ice extent has now dropped below what used to be the average annual minimum in the 1980s... 

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1025248797079691264

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1022879986661744645

UN Security Council session on climate-related security risks

It is clear that climate change is a real threat and it is proceeding at a relentless pace. While the impact of climate change may be spread unevenly across different regions today, no country will be spared from its consequences in the long-term.

https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/un-security-council-session-climate-related-security-risks 

 Mika Rantanen @mikarantane Jul 19

The Scandinavian ridge is not going anywhere, at least if you believe the latest CFSv2 weekly forecast. Especially the signal on week 2 is impressive.

 https://twitter.com/mikarantane

Yet another hot day far up in the Arctic circle – northern Finland already at 33 °C by 11:30 UTC (July 18)!

http://www.severe-weather.eu/news/yet-another-hot-day-far-up-in-the-arctic-circle-northern-finland-already-at-33-c-by-1130-utc-july-18/

 

2018 Global Heat So Far

Globally, the past four years have been the hottest four years on record, and 2018 so far is coming in as the 4th hottest.

http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/2018-global-heat-so-far

 

 Japan Reels From Heavy Rains; Dozens Killed and Millions Urged to Evacuate 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/07/world/asia/japan-rain-landslides.html 

At least 49 killed, 48 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

 By Saturday morning, more than 1.6 million people had been ordered to evacuate their homes for fear of flooding and further landslides, with 3.1 million more advised to leave, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-weather-japan/at-least-49-killed-48-missing-as-torrential-rain-pounds-japan-idUSKBN1JX05B?il=0

 Central America’s Climate Refugees

Climate change is a key factor forcing families to flee from Central America and Mexico.

https://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00026&segmentID=5

The First Awful Heat Wave of the Summer Is Here

The hellish weather isn’t expected to break before the end of the week. 

https://earther.com/the-first-awful-heat-wave-of-the-summer-is-here-1827236774

 

It's been 30 years since the first alarm on global warming was sounded

After leading NASA climate scientist James Hansen told the US Congress 30 years ago this week global warming was already worsening heatwaves.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/it-s-been-30-years-since-the-first-alarm-on-global-warming-was-sounded-20180621-p4zmtd.html

 

 

Global Warming in South Asia: 800 Million at Risk

 Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to 800 million people in South Asia, a region that is already home to some of the world’s poorest and hungriest people.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/28/climate/india-pakistan-warming-hotspots.html?rref=

collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&contentCollection=

climate&region=rank&module=package&version=

highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront


Etienne Kapikian (@EKMeteo)  Twitter

29.1°C ce 9 juin à Hatanga (latitude 72°N !), +20°C/norm !
RECORD pour une 1re quinzaine de juin > 28.8° 15-06-2013

https://twitter.com/EKMeteo

https://twitter.com/EKMeteo/
status/1005563363307515904

 

Nation’s Hottest May on Record Leaves Dust Bowl in the Dust

After one of the coldest Aprils in U.S. history, last month delivered a stunning switch—the warmest May for the contiguous U.S. in records going back to 1895.

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/nations-hottest-may-record-leaves-dust-bowl-dust

https://twitter.com/bhensonweather 

 April was Earth’s 400th warmer-than-normal month in a row

Do you remember February 1985? Perhaps you were rocking out to Wham! and Foreigner while teasing your bangs. Or maybe you hadn’t even been born.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/18/april-was-earths-400th-warmer-than-normal-
month-in-a-row/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a1dca41cd65e
 

  In the Arctic, the Old Ice Is Disappearing

But as the old ice disappears, the newer ice left behind is more vulnerable to rising temperatures.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/14/climate/arctic-sea-ice.html?rref=collection%2Fsection
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 Gavin Schmidt‏Verified account @ClimateOfGavin 

https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin/status/
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 Extreme drought for May in the Czech Republic - Czech Hydrometeorological Institute

https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news-from-members/extreme-drought-may-czech-republic-czech-hydrometeorological-institute 

Climate change: 1.5°C is closer than we imagine 

Global warming of 1.5°C is imminent, likely in just a decade from now. That’s the stunning conclusion to be drawn from a number of recent studies.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-change-1-5c-closer-imagine-44124/

 Pakistan has gone from water surplus to water-stressed 

Pakistan is a country facing depleting water resources mainly due to climate change and poor water resource management.   

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1709380/2-pakistan-gone-water-surplus-water-stressed/

NOAA — Possibility of El Niño by winter ‘nearing 50 percent’

The El Niño weather pattern, associated with warmer and wetter weather than usual that may give rise to damaging conditions, could emerge by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter. 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/
adios-to-la-nina-but-look-out-for-el-nino-by-november/article/521894

Cape Town's water disaster averted due to public shaming, police crackdown

A historic three-year drought has forced residents of this coastal city of 4 million to radically change their relationship with water as city restrictions limit each person to using no more than 50 liters, or 13.2 gallons, a day

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/cape-town-s-water-disaster-averted-due-public-shaming-police-n871366

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/24161-2/

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Atmospheric CO2 levels in April hit highest average ever recorded

Last year, a sensor at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory recorded a CO2 reading above 410 ppm. It was the first time CO2 concentrations had been that high in millions of years. Now, for the first time, CO2 concentration averaged above the 410 mark for an entire month. 

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/05/04/Atmospheric-CO2-levels-in-April-hit-highest-average-ever-recorded/5291525461078/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=mp&utm_medium=2

 

 3°C may double Europe’s drought risk

And 400 million people could feel the heat as the water content in the European soils begins to evaporate. The worst droughts will last three to four times longer than they did in the last decades of the last century.

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/3c-may-double-europes-drought-risk/

 Simulations suggest poor tropical regions likely to suffer more from global warming

The researchers report that they saw the biggest impacts in places like the Amazon Basin, Southeast Asia, Australia and some parts of Africa. 

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-simulations-poor-tropical-regions-global.html 

 Hottest April Day Ever Was Probably Monday in Pakistan: a Record 122.4°F

Even in Pakistan, no stranger to blistering heat, the temperature on Monday stood out: 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/world/asia/pakistan-heat-record.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&contentCollection=climate&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&content

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  The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary.

 The research also has ramifications for the U.S. military, whose massive Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site sits, in part, on the atoll island of Roi-Namur — a part of the Marshall Islands and the focus of the research.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/25/climate-change-could-make-thousands-of-tropical-islands-uninhabitable-in-coming-decades-new-study-says/?utm_term=.867c41b805c2

 


40 degrees in April: Why this autumn has felt more like summer

 The southern states of Australia have been experiencing unseasonably hot weather this autumn.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-17/april-heatwave-why-autumn-has-felt-more-like-summer/9664122  


Meet America's first climate change refugees, whose island is disappearing under rising seas 

 The vanishing of Isle de Jean Charles, home to members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, might take another decade or even five. On the other hand, one more big storm could finally end its viability for human occupation permanently. 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/time-almost-up-island-louisiana-sinking-into-the-sea-american-indians-coastal-erosion-isle-de-jean-a8280401.html

 

The Biggest Refugee Camp Braces for Rain: ‘This Is Going to Be a Catastrophe’

Nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees live in the camp, at Cox’s Bazar, near the southern tip of Bangladesh. Cyclones, which can occur from March to July, would considerably worsen the situation beyond the dangers of flooding and landslides. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/climate/bangladesh-rohingya-refugee-camp.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&content
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 Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest

According to recent research, the region dried faster in the 20th century than at any time over the last 2,000 years. Four severe droughts have walloped the area in the last two decades, a rapid succession that has pushed millions of the world’s poorest to the edge of survival.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/climate/kenya-drought.html  

 

Is India's Bangalore doomed to be the next Cape Town?

The Bangalore water supply and sewerage board (BWSSB), the agency that provides drinking water and manages the city's sewage system, acknowledges that in 2014, a survey predicted Bangalore was on the verge of running out of water.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43252435

 

 

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'

The region experienced its warmest winter on record. Sea ice hit record lows for the time of year, new US weather data revealed on Tuesday.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/arctic-warmest-winter-record-climate-change

Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down

 On Sunday, meanwhile, air temperatures at the North Pole—which won't see the Sun until March—rose above freezing.
"In relative terms, that's a 30 C (54 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature anomaly," Robert Rohde, lead scientist at Berkeley Earth in Washington, tweeted. 

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-icy-europe-balmy-north-pole.html

 

 

It will be warmer at the North Pole next week than much of Europe, as sea ice melts

In the Bering Sea in particular, sea ice has been at record low levels for much of the fall and winter. As if spooked by a ghost, much of the ice that had been covering the region vanished during February, a time when it would normally be at its peak extent and thickness.

https://mashable.com/2018/02/22/north-pole-temperatures-above-freezing-europe-deep-freeze/#u5JNkjd2ZOq3 

 

Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises

The north pole gets no sunlight until March, but an influx of warm air has pushed temperatures in Siberia up by as much as 35C above historical averages this month. Greenland has already experienced 61 hours above freezing in 2018 - more than three times as many hours as in any previous year.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/
27/arctic-warming-scientists-alarmed-by-crazy-temperature-rises 

 

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/long-term-warming-trend-continued-in-2017-nasa-noaa

 

Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days

Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17022018/arctic-sea-ice-record-low-extent-alaska-bering-hunting-whales

Helping refugees help themselves

http://www.euronews.com/2017/11/23/helping-refugees-help-themselves

 

What's Actually Behind Cape Town's Water Crisis

In 2008, Barcelona came close. Sao Paulo, the biggest city in the Western Hemisphere, teeters on the brink. The government of Indonesia has given serious consideration to abandoning chunks of Jakarta, which is paradoxically sinking below sea level, drowning in torrential rains, and running out of potable water.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/cape-town-water-crisis/553076/

 

Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'

“If Europe thinks they have a problem with migration today … wait 20 years,” said retired US military corps brigadier general Stephen Cheney. “See what happens when climate change drives people out of Africa – the Sahel [sub-Saharan area] especially – and we’re talking now not just one or two million, but 10 or 20 [million]. They are not going to south Africa, they are going across the Mediterranean.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/02/climate-change-will-create-worlds-biggest-refugee-crisis

 

Floods Leave Paris Contemplating a Wetter Future

PARIS — Must France simply get used to flooding?

The Seine River overflowed its banks again in Paris and several nearby cities this week, a mere 18 months after reaching its highest level since 1982.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/world/europe/france-paris-floods.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&
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Billion-Dollars Storms: Is This the New Normal?

The superstorms and wildfires of 2017 cost a record-breaking $306 billion. 

https://www.nytimes.com/video/climate/100000005539793/billion-dollar-storms-is-this-the-new-normal.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&
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