Friday, 1 September 2017

NGL's Xtreme Climate, etc Events / Trends Diary – Aug 2017

NGL's Xtreme Climate, etc Events / Trends Diary – Aug 2017

The past month has further shown that in all continents 1 in 100 year extreme climate events are now occurring 2/3 times in 10 years.  

1.  Canada: How many more homes must burn? We're drowning in evidence of climate change, Alex Paterson writes.  "We're going to have to understand that bracing for a 100-year storm is maybe going to happen every 10 years now, or every few years," our prime minister said after the floods in Ontario and Quebec. I've been watching footage of the raging forest fires in B.C., only a few months after homes flooded across Quebec and Ontario, only a year after Fort McMurray went up in flames, not even five years since downtown Calgary was submerged by floods. I have disaster fatigue.
2.       Europe: From intense heat waves to severe flooding, Europe is a continent of extremes at the moment. Severe weather conditions have caused mayhem and destruction in many countries. Italy has experienced one of its driest springs in some 60 years, meteorologists say some parts of the country have seen rainfall totals 80 percent below normal. Ilaria Salvadori an Italian agronomist says “The loss in sunflowers, like soft and durum wheat, is about forty to sixty percent. Sunflowers sowed at the right moment are ready to be harvested one month before their time.” In Portugal, more than a thousand firefighters were deployed to extinguish two forest fires in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem, which have forced authorities to evacuate surrounding villages.
3.       Russia: Mysterious craters blowing out of Russia could mean trouble for the whole planet. Rising temperatures are causing Siberia's long-frozen ground, called permafrost, to thaw. The permafrost last melted 130,000 years ago, but the rate of melting this time is unprecedented, a scientist says. The thawing could worsen global climate change.
4.       Australia: A large portion of northern and central Australia just experienced its warmest July on record in terms of maximum temperatures. Towns and communities from the Pilbara in WA across to the Central Coast of Queensland recorded average daytime temperatures that were a whopping 2-4 degrees warmer than usual during July.
5.       Global roundup: Climate Disruption Dispatches, With Dahr Jamail. The reality of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) continues to outstrip our ability to model worst-case scenarios, as it is happening so much faster than was ever anticipated. Sixty-three percent of all human-generated carbon emissions have been produced in the last 25 years, but science shows us that there is a 40-year time lag between global emissions (our actions) and climate impacts (the consequences). Hence, we haven't even begun to experience the worst of our emissions, and won't, until at least 2054.
6.       INDIA: The frequency of extreme events is increasing. This appears to be the year for breaking records. Mt Abu, in Rajasthan, has had record rainfall this July — the highest in over 100 years. The combination of runoff from here, unusually heavy rain in Banaskantha and a canal breach have flooded parts of northern Gujarat. Ahmedabad may break a 100-year record for heaviest rainfall in July, receiving three times the normal amount. Several places in Gujarat received a large fraction of an entire season’s rainfall in 24 hours. In another part of the country, Assam is flooded. Forty percent of the state’s area is flood prone – making this an annual tragedy. This year has been particularly potent: resulting in 15 times the usual economic damage.
7.       Global Wildfires: The world is currently on fire. Massive blazes burn in the United States, Canada, Russia, South America, and across Europe. To give you a sense of the scale of the inferno, we’ve included maps of the wildfires, as well as images from some of the fiery scenes. Here is the lowdown. An increased number of wildfires is one of the scenarios predicted under climate change. Warmer temperatures lead to more evaporation and drier soils—perfect conditions for wildfires. Especially out West, warmer temperatures mean that snow melt happens earlier (if it builds up at all) which means soils are drier for longer—extending fire season. At the same time, an indirect climate change threat in the form of an increase in tree killing insects have left behind a lot of dead plant matter for fires to feed on. So now when a fire breaks out, say, after a lightning strike, the conditions are such that it can burn hotter and spread further.
8.       India Drought: Shivaji Thomre has 13 acres of farmland. Meandering across his ploughed fields being readied for cotton, jowar and corn, we come upon a patch of dried  trees under which round yellow fruits – akin to sucked-up lemons – lie scattered. “This is mosambi  (sweet lime),” says Shivaji, picking one up. “It  needs 60 litres of water per plant per day in ideal conditions. The mosambi have totally dried up.” From 2012 onwards, Marathwada witnessed four consecutive years of drought and a water shortage. “Forget the harvest, because of the paucity of water, even the plants have barely survived,” says Shivaji. “Even the relatively good monsoon of 2016 did not help. In this area, the rainfall wasn’t that great.”
9.       Global: Yesterday, the New York Times published the final draft of a broad-based U.S. climate change report. The report carries with it a monumental scientific gravitas. It includes a culmination of research coming from thousands of peer-reviewed studies resulting in the accumulated work of tens of thousands of scientists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) served as the lead government agency conducting the report. Representatives from three other federal agencies joined with NOAA along with a team of 54 scientist authors and reviewers drawing from both public and private sector institutional knowledge in compiling the report.The 673 page report represents a massive body of the latest scientific findings on climate change. It includes numerous key advances in understanding which we will take a shot at briefly highlighting for you here.
·         Humans Are the Primary Cause of Warming by a Huge Margin
·         Future Warming is Locked in, But it Can be Dramatically Reduced by Cutting Carbon Emissions
·         Extreme Weather is Becoming More Common and More Attributable to Human Caused Climate Change
·         Harmful Impacts to Oceans are on the Rise
·         Serious Risk of Unanticipated Changes
10.   USA. Hurricane Harvey is the biggest flood threat of any U.S. storm in modern times. Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit the middle Texas coast late Friday night as the most intense such storm to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But its winds, which will rank as at least a Category 3 storm on the Saffir Simpson Scale, are not the biggest threat Texans face.
11.   South America Desert Rain. Desert erupts in floral beauty after unexpected rain falls in driest place on Earth Changing face of planet.
12.   Italy Drought. Police clear migrants from Rome piazza with water cannons . Europe's migrant crises deepening. Root  climate change.
13.   UK Rain Bomb Flood. Scarborough flash flood turns streets into rivers . XXtreme event. RAIN BOMB. Frequency rising. Climocalypse.
14.   Global. Inexorably being sucked into climocalypse. disruptive unusual & extreme climate patterns across all continents. …
15.   USA. Zombie storm comes back from the (mostly) dead to threaten Gulf Coast with biblical flooding … via @mashable.
16.   USA Chemical bombs. New Hazard in Storm Zone: Chemical Blasts & Noxious gas . Dystopian times. Globally so many xtrm clmt chem bombs.
17.   India / Asia Floods: Half a World Away From Harvey, Global Warming Fueled Deluges Now Impact 42 mn People |robertscribbler. Climocalypse. Unprecedented floods in India and SE Asia. 

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