“The alarming thing is how far our human reach is, in a big way.”
– Roman Dial, Prof. Biology, Alaska Pacific University.

Scientists at this point are indicating that the minerals are leaching out of rock that has been newly exposed to water and suddenly active bacteria in defrosting wetlands are also releasing iron, manganese and other elements.

Although we expect this phenomenon to worsen rapidly, it has already negatively affected the indigenous way of life. The increased quantities of dissolved minerals and salts in the waters of the Wulik and Kobuk rivers to increase, threatening the drinking water supply for native communities. The affects are seen in fish and wildlife, with key staple fish species are reported deformed in increasing numbers.

There is a certain amount of low grade irony in the fact that many the most powerful effects of global heating are taking place in the relative cold of the Arctic. Not only is this region warming three time faster than the rest of the planet, but visual evidence of ecosphere collapse in the far North tends to takes more exotic and dramatic form than in the lower latitudes: Exploding craters, flammable lakes, crashing glaciers. But comparatively few humans live in the Arctic and therefore miss all the powerful evidence of the broken climate on display.

It will only be when extreme weather events and the serious disruptions to the food supply affect their own lives that people will truly understand.

 

Gates of Hell methane blowout crater in Turkmenistan continues to burn

As ice melts on the lakes for the first time in thousands of years, newly released methane bubbles up from the deposits below. which can sometimes be lit.

Batagaika Crater in Siberia is a half mile deep

New methane craters continue to blast out of the Siberian tundra.

One of the first and still the largest emerged in Turkmenistan 1971 with some help from a drilling rig and continues to burn today. The so called “Gates of Hell” (also known as the Darvaza gas crater) is about 200 ft. in diameter and 100 ft. deep. Since then, dozens of new craters have emerged without the help of humans, with blasts that can be heard 60 miles away. This anthropomorphic phenomenon is a direct result of global warming, linked to the thawing of permafrost triggered by runaway warming in the Arctic.

Methane (CH4) has been trapped beneath Arctic permafrost for many thousands of years. Now the frozen land cap is thawing across the Arctic regions, releasing massive quantities of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. As the permafrost thins and weakens on the surface, it is also heated from below by gas deposits.

Although it dissipates after 12 years, methane (renamed by the fossil boys “natural gas” to make it sound more friendly) is far more powerful than CO2*. It also explodes. At this point, science doesn’t know for certain how much of the gas is down there, but spewing additional megatons of CH4 into the atmosphere can’t be good.

The Clathrate Menace Beneath the Sea
And below the surface of the Arctic seas lurks another ominous peril, with a name out of a Phillip K. Dick horror fantasy. Composed of methane frozen within a crystal of water, methane clathrate (CH4·5.75H2O) or “fire ice” is found in the deepest sediments of the ocean. As the seafloor temperature increases, these reservoirs appear to be destabilizing, releasing methane into the ocean and atmosphere. While this process is not fully understood at this point, evidence is clear that there have been dramatic, rapid climatic consequences in the past. Although unproven, the “methane burp” hypothesis claims an event during the Paleocene epoch raised deep ocean temperatures about 10F.

The Megaslump that ate Siberia
In 2023, Batagaika Crater – the world’s largest permafrost crater – continued to grow in Siberia. Already more than half a mile deep, this monster “mega-slump” is expanding at about 33 ft. a year. This part of Siberia is warming about 2.5 times faster than the rest of the planet is warming, accelerating the land surface thaw.

These non-explosive but more widespread craters are another dramatic manifestation of land subsidence caused by permafrost collapse. This phenomenon was first noted in the 1960s and is becoming more and more common as the climate warms.
Also related (and lots of fun in their own right) are thermokarst lakes: the entertainment value being related to the fact that you can light them on fire. As ice melts on the lakes for the first time in thousands of years, newly released methane bubbles up from the deposits below. The greenhouse gas emissions from these lakes deploys powerful climate effects because of the rapid release of long stored CO2.

Blowing through the albedo feedback loop
Of the many climate feedbacks at work on the planet, the “albedo” effect is one of the most convincing. As snow cover and sea ice area diminish, less solar heat energy is reflected back into space and more is absorbed into the oceans and land, further heating the planetary systems which accelerates thawing of the permafrost.
While most noticeable in Siberia, these phenomena are also taking place in Alaska and Canada.

 

Getting Yelled At By The Petro Sultan


The Host With The Most…To Lose

I don’t know, does anyone else think that there might be some sketchy optics when a major oil producing nation hosts a global climate conference, and the president of the event – head of the state oil company – publicly objects to the term “phaseout” of fossil fuels. The very mention of such a thing caused Cop28 conference president Sultan Al Jaber to insist there is “no science” indicating that a “phase-out” of fossil fuels is necessary. In fact, the petro boss was a little cranky with press members asking such awkward questions of the host. The host of the climate event.

“I accepted to come to this meeting to have a sober and mature conversation. I’m not in any way signing up to any discussion that is alarmist. There is no science out there, or no scenario out there, that says that the phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to achieve 1.5C,” ranted Al Jaber. ”Stop the pointing of fingers. Stop it!”

Hey, sorry Al! Didn’t mean to offend. Hoping this doesn’t mean I won’t be invited back?

To be quite candid, a lot of people disagree with the Sultan. In fact, the past month saw a couple of successive days in which the magic 1.5C threshold was already breached. 2023 is the hottest month globally for hundreds of thousands of years. Emissions are still climbing, ice melt at both poles is accelerating, droughts are emptying rivers, atmospheric CO2 has soared past 420 ppm for good and extreme weather event insurance losses breached $100 billion annually. The USA is producing more oil and gas than anytime in history.

So then, if the 84,000 attendees of Cop28 weren’t there to phase out fossil fuels, why did they commit all that time and money? Did you guess that the 1,400 oil company lobbyists in attendance were there to promote solar and wind? Nope, sorry, you guessed wrong.

[ FOR ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVE, THE FIRST WORLD NATIONS COMMITTED FUNDS THAT EQUAL THE COST OF JEFF BEZOS LATEST BOAT. ]

No, the point of this glitzy exercise in lux networking and sustainable partying is to help the distracted, uninterested and overwhelmed public feel as if something meaningful is being done to put the brakes on the runaway climate emergency. In other words, to provide cover for corporate business as usual (even maybe meet some fellow operatives and make a few deals – that oil isn’t going to extract itself).

The strategists who run the global denialist infrastructure have moved past denial (it’s been an ever shifting platform for at least six decades). The new phase is to shape and smooth the narrative to make sure the draconian actions that are now imperative do not happen. Instead, the oil producing entities have most definitely committed more or less to probably take some action pretty soon “as they see fit.” Lots of words, nothing actually binding. And history shows that even those promises will not be kept. There is no enforcement mechanism in the contract that no one will read.

So the way this will work is the way it’s supposed to work: the average citizen will probably peripherally notice that there was a climate summit and they will read the back pat ourselves press releases. They will conclude – because they really want to conclude – that the greatest catastrophe ever to face the species is being taken care of. But it isn’t.

One unprecedented outcome was announced after Cop28: The First World countries agreed for the first time to set aside $550,000,000 for third world companies to “fight” climate change. That’s a lot of zeros. F

For perspective, it’s the price of Jeff Bezos’ latest boat. Maybe Maldives can build some sustainable rafts.

Black Summer 2.0 In Australia?

Most of the rest of the world has forgotten Australia’s summer of 2020, when wildfires driven by apocalyptic winds and 120°F temperatures killed hundreds of people, torched 72,000 square miles and 3 billion animals and cost in the neighborhood of $88 billion. The firestorms moved so fast that fleeing Australians were incinerated in their vehicles trying to escape.

The Red Hot Chile Peppers Song “Black Summer” metaphorically commemorates the event, which was a wakeup call to many in the land down under. Some woke up, some expedited the world’s largest coal mine and 116 new fossil fuel projects.

Now, many wonder if a repeat of the catastrophe is in the near future. On December 8, temperatures at Sidney airport approached 110°F, with 85 bushfires still burning in the state. Jasper, a very early Cat 4 cyclone is churning south toward Queensland, threatening a landfall this week.

Australia has always had crazy climate extremes, but the last decade has moved into a range that can only be called apocalyptic.

These events are unfolding a day after scientists from the EU climate service Copernicus announced 2023 would be the hottest year on record AND as the Cop(Out) 28 joke conference – hosted by one of the planet’s largest oil producers – makes a mockery out of any meaningful effort to mitigate the climate crash.

 

Half a million Somalians displaced by floods

A month of record rains have turned roads to rivers in Mogadishu and other cities, destroying infrastructure and killing hundreds. The fall harvest has been wrecked. This catastrophe follows record drought earlier in the years. Famine will follow.

 

Spain’s avocado harvest threatened by heat

The combination of ever increasing temperatures and drought is killing thousands of avocado trees in one of the world’s major producing countries.

 

Greenland ice shelves that block land ice are down to 5

Greenland’s floating ice platforms — which hold back trillions of tons of ice that could cause sea level rise — are in stark decline, according to a new study.

 

Global shipping is threatened by dropping water levels at the panama canal and major rivers

The Mississippi, Amazon and Rhine have experienced diminished commercial traffic, affecting global shipping for a wide range of products.

 

 

As the Amazon region undergoes eco-collapse, corporate media focuses on the shiny

Last week’s death by heat of a young Brazilian Swiftie concertgoer was breathlessly covered by global media. The record heatwave involved was noted as a component of the story, but typically missed the much much larger story:  the accelerating eco-collapse of Amazonia as Brazil recorded its highest temp of all time (112.6°F) and the nation’s hottest driest winter ever. One more broken record in the hottest planetary year in hundreds of thousands of years.

We are now in mid-spring in the Southern hemisphere and the web of waterways that are the lifeblood of the region are drying up, leaving boats stranded in the muddy river bottoms. Water levels in the mighty Amazon and its tributaries are at never before seen lows as the ocean forces salt water deeper into the delta. If the pattern prevails, the hydroelectric  dams that are the main source of energy in the Amazon region will fail.
The global climate catastrophe is the driving force behind the emergency, but human activity – as always – has pushed the region to the brink. Healthy forests once generated regular rainfall and cooled the region naturally. Those days are gone. The pattern now in effect is a typical climate feedback loop, with higher temperatures triggering more fires which burn more trees which create a warmer climate. The local crisis is a climate disaster within a climate disaster.

“The forest is succumbing,” Climate Observatory executive secretary Marcio Astrini told the Financial Times in November. “It doesn’t happen as a whole or all at once, but in some regions you’re already experiencing these inflection points.” 

With forests already slashed by cattle ranching, mining and illegal logging, new blazes are filling the air with smoke so toxic that school is canceled in Manaus and other cities. Through the bleak landscape wander emaciated cattle, simultaneously cause and victims of the drought and toxic air in the shrinking tropical forest.

The wandering cows are evidence of one of the most dangerous and persistent climate crimes on the planet, as the herds serve to protect the claims of the criminals who introduce them to the land they have cleared by fire. Brazil’s 220 million cows produce a carbon footprint greater than all of the nation of Japan.

Palm trees shrivel and the leaves wrinkle up. Mass dolphin die-offs are photographed and cataloged in 102°F waters as the rains decline to make an appearance. Food and drinking water are already scarce.

 

States of Emergency

With forests already slashed by cattle ranching, mining and illegal logging, new blazes are filling the air with smoke so toxic that school is canceled in Manaus and other cities. Through the bleak landscape wander emaciated cattle, simultaneously cause and victims of the drought and toxic air in the shrinking tropical forest. Palm trees shrivel and the leaves wrinkle up. Mass dolphin die-offs are photographed and cataloged in 102°F waters as the rains decline to make an appearance. Food and drinking water are already scarce.

Seventy-five percent of the states in the Amazonas region have declared a state of emergency, this only two years after the worst flooding catastrophes of all time. The flood drought flood model that characterizes the dawning Anthropocene epoch becomes more extreme with each cycle.

Like Moses’s wives, the name of this deceased Brazilian music fan is not easy to find in the reporting. Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s death is only important to the media in the context of megastar Taylor Swift. Similarly, the fact that her death was a small component in the collapse of the world’s largest rain forest was barely noted…and then they move on to the next shiny thing.

Until we grow up as a species, our prospects for surviving the climate crash will continue to dim.

TAJIKISTAN TOXIC STORMS DRIVEN BY WARMING AND POLLUTION

NOTHING TO SEE HERE…REALLY

 

Health Emergency In Dushanbe

It’s not that sand storms in semi-arid Tajikistan are new, it’s that there are now 10 times as many events as a few decades ago, they are more violent, the season lasts much longer and the fine particles are more deadly to humans. They were rare in the nineties, but now afflict the capital of Dushanbe 30 to 40 times a year.

The most obvious cause is the heat-driven extended drought that is drying out Central Asia. The effects are most dramatically seen in the collapse of the once magnificent Aral Sea to the northwest. The other part of the climate component is that winds are becoming more powerful, lifting more soil into the air and carrying it farther, and making the air borne particles more destructive.

Worse, the airborne particles are also composed of salt and toxins that damage lungs over time. For Tajikistani citizens, the health toll is becoming alarming, as these fine particles infiltrate and destroy lung tissues. In Dushanbe, air quality and visibility has reached the level of an ongoing emergency  

Yet another contributing factor is less obvious: not only do these toxic storms impact agriculture,  they speed alpine glacier melt, which historically provides what little fresh water is available to farmers.  

 

HURRICANE OTIS: THE LATEST EXTREME RAPID INTENSIFICATION

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The hurricane that devastated Acapulco last week is getting little attention as Gaza, Ukraine and “As The Donald Turns” divert the attention span of corporate media. Nevertheless, this particular climate disaster highlights the realities of the new normal in hurricane and cyclone behavior.

The aftermath of this Category 5 monster storm looks much like any of several other recent extreme weather episodes.  The event left hundreds of thousands of Mexicans in the resort city of about 1 million in dire straits, with little hope of any kind of timely relief for the underclasses.  About 250,000 homes were completely destroyed and the final death toll will be in the hundreds. The city was flooded, homes, hotels and businesses were destroyed, vehicles were tossed about and submerge (Don’t worry, the tourist center will be restored ASAP).

Driven by preternaturally warm waters, the 165 MPH winds speeds were second only to the record smashing 200 MPH gales of Hurricane Patricia, which struck further north in western Mexico in 2015. Patricia was the first storm to really grab the attention of climate scientists as it went from about 100 MPH to 200 MPH in a day. Patricia received little coverage because it hit a sparsely populated area, so there were no good photos.

HOW EXPLOSIVE INTENSIFICATION WORKS

(Not your grandfather’s hurricane)

Although this phenomenon began to alarm climate scientists several years ago, Otis took authorities by surprise as it blew up from a tropical storm to a Cat 5 monster in 24 hours. In the nine hours before landfall, Otis’s sustained winds  went from 90 to 165 MPH. This dynamic is known as rapid intensification and it is increasingly common. It is technically defined as escalation in wind speed of 35 MPH in 24 hours; Otis increased roughly three times that fast, ambushing authorities and hindering evacuation.

If you think of hot water as HURRICANE FUEL, it’s easy to understand how globally warming waters are driving the new breed of hurricanes. Warmer water means more energy is available to the storm system. This is true of extreme weather on land as well, as “thunderstorms” cause more and more wind damage and flooding.

The less obvious factor driving intensification is the DEPTH of the warm water in the upper layers of the oceans. “Legacy” hurricanes were self-moderating  in the good old days, because the storm would churn the upper layers as it moved over them, bringing up cooler waters below and causing  a cooling near the surface. This process lowers the overall energy of the storm. With warmer waters extending deeper in many areas of the ocean, this scenario is no longer in effect, and hurricanes explode in power rather than diminish.

Earlier this year, Atlantic Hurricane Lee blew the doors off with a display of rapid intensification that saw its increase wind speed by 85 MPH in 24 hours as it moved through record warm waters.  Luckily Lee moved north into cooler waters before it made landfall. In 2008, the incredibly destructive, 1,000 mile wide Hurricane Ike displayed similar behavior before it hit the Texas coast, killing hundreds and causing billions in damage.

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And Other Very Bad News


10 BILLION SNOW CRAB DIE OFF IN THE EAST BERING SEA

A new research report confirms that rapidly warming waters triggered the mass die-off of billions of Alaskan snow crabs.  The collapse pf the population is linked to a marine heat wave that occurred in the region between 2019 and 2021.  Prevailing theory is that the warming waters elevated the crabs’ metabolism, causing them to die of starvation. $ Billions will be lost, and a large percentage of the fishing businesses are expected to declare bankruptcy.

HURRICANE OTIS INTENSIFIES TO CAT 5 IN RECORD TIME

The hurricane, which made landfall near Acapulco on Wednesday morning as a Category 5, intensified by about 110 mph in just 24 hours. Rapidly warming oceans are making storms more powerful and difficult to predict. This record breaking storm surpassed Hurricane Patricia (2015), which was the first to shock climate scientists in terms of rapid intensification.

MASS DOLPHIN DIE OFF IN THE AMAZON AS RIVER WATERS HIT 102 °F

Hundreds of pink river dolphins are dying in the Amazon Basin as record temperatures and an extended drought take their toll on the intensively threatened ecosystem. The immediate cause is attributed to extreme temperatures in Lake Tefé, measured in excess of 102 °F.

The Amazon region contains about 20% of the world’s fresh water, but most rivers are now becoming impassable as water levels drop.

TIP OF THE ICEBERG: CONSEQUENCES EXTEND FAR BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS


The Swiss Academy of Sciences has documented a more rapid collapse of Alpine glaciers over the past two years, an acceleration equal to the entire volume lost from 1960 to 1990. That stat is based on a decline of 4% this past summer and 6% in 2022, the worst year ever. The cause of course is record high temps and record low snowfall. 

Europe’s glaciers had already lost about half of their volume in the past century. 

Swiss scientists have stopped measuring many glaciers, simply because they are essentially gone. Matthias Huss of the Glacier Monitoring Switzerland organization (GLAMOS) predicts that only about one third of the mountain nation’s glaciers will make the long haul even if the imaginary international 1.5C target. 

This is more than just bad news for the Alpine tourist industry. Yes, glacier retreat does threaten local economies based on ski resorts, climbers and hikers (the death toll for hikers is climbing as glaciers collapsed). But water from melting glaciers is also essential to the fresh water supply of Europe and the ability of major waterways to provide transportation. Shipping on the essential Rhine River has been restricted in 2022 and 2023 because of low water levels. 

Alpine glacial runoff also irrigates crops and cools nuclear plants. The emerging pattern is insidious: First there is more water, then there is no water. Glaciers produce more meltwater in the early stages of rapid melt, then it is gone.

Almost a side show (albeit potentially deadly), newly formed lakes are growing to bursting behind moraine dams, creating Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF), which endanger mountain villages downstream when the dam collapses.

Finally, as previously reported, as ice melts in the very rocks that form the mountain structure, the frozen “glue” that keeps it all together is thawing permanently (similar to crumpling permafrost in the Arctic). The imminent danger of entire mountains disintegrating into rock slides is driving evacuations of places such as Brienz, Switzerland, which was abandoned just prior to a mammoth rock avalanche that nearly destroyed the canton in June.

Glaciers

CONSIDER THIS SUMMER YOUR CLIMATE EMERGENCY ANNOUCEMENT

It’s really here and you are on your own

Summer 2023 was the hottest month planet wide in 120,000 years

This is the hottest summer endured by human civilization, but the context is even more alarming. In a nutshell, during the La Nina cycle that just ended, the planet recorded the eight hottest years on record. But La Nina is associated with a cooling cycle. With El Nino just beginning, there is really no telling what will transpire.

Salt water entering New Orleans water supply

Emergency declaration as extended drought pushes salt water into Mississippi River estuary

Both the state of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans have issued emergence declarations as the city that should not be there acknowledged the threat to its drinking water supply. Saltwater from the Gulf is entering the river due to drought-driven low water levels. 

For those who rely on the Mississippi River for drinking water, the saltwater intrusion is a potential health risk, as high concentrations of salt in drinking water may cause people to develop increased blood pressure and corrode drinking water infrastructure.

Halifax sees lethal flooding in “Biblical” event

10″ of rain in 24 hours  kills four in “under the radar” disaster

Halifax and Nova Scotia did not make the news in August when an extreme storm smacked into the city and surrounding area, but the resulting flooding 

“We need to understand that all of these things are pounding away at our infrastructure, at our roads and our culverts. So even though we get past one event, it might be a hurricane and then we have the fire and then we have the rain. They’re all taking an impact on infrastructure.”

Mike Savage, Halifax mayor. infrastructure, just like ourselves, is being pounded by cumulative weather events,’ Halifax mayor says.

September 2023 hottest ever

Following the warmest summer ever recorded, September continues the alarming trend
This month will be recorded as the hottest September ever recorded planet wide according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. It ties and most likely exceeds that record set in 2016.
“The dog days of summer are not just barking, they are biting. Climate breakdown has begun.

António GuterresUN Secretary-General 

Scientists say the extreme heat  contributed to this summer’s epic ocean storms, wildfires, flooding, and droughts. In North America and Europe, such heat would have been “virtually impossible” had humans not warmed the planet with fossil fuel emissions.

12,000+ Dead In Libyan Storm Onslaught

“People are using shovels to get the bodies from underneath the ground, they are using their own hands. They all say it’s like doomsday.”

 

A Mediterranean cyclone brought 16 inches of rain in 24 hours to eastern Libya, driving a ten foot tsunami wall that destroyed dams, bridges and infrastructure in the process of setting a new rainfall record. This is more than a year’s rainfall in a place so dry that no permanent river runs through it. Storm Daniel is a Medicane,, a term coined to describe the increasingly violent weather impacting the regions as the globe heats

 

Around 10,000 more are missing and 30,000 displaced in Derna, a city of 100,000. Many are believed swept out to sea or buried in rubble..

Antarctic Ice Melting Even Faster Than predicted.

The size of ice volume lost this year in Antarctica is about the area of Argentina

Antarctica is likely warming at almost twice the rate of the rest of the world and faster than climate change models are predicting, with potentially far-reaching implications for global sea level rise, according to a scientific study.

In West Antarctica, a region considered particularly vulnerable to warming with an ice sheet that could push up global sea levels by several metres if it collapsed, the study found warming at twice the rate suggested by climate models.

Climate scientists have long expected that polar regions would warm faster than the rest of the planet – a phenomenon known as polar amplification – and this has been seen in the Arctic.

Hurricane Lee is the latest example of how heating waters drive rapid intensification.

Hurricane Lee Is A Record Breaking Monster 

In spite of the fact that it will not likely be newsworthy, this kind of rapid intensification is the new normal-ish 
In it’s early incarnation, Hurricane Lee went from 80MPH to 165 MPH (Cat 5) winds in 24 hours, the third fastest intensification on record. The storm has stayed mostly in the ocean and will therefore not get the kind of coverage it warrants. Sooner or later one of these will come ashore.
Hurricane Lee’s wind field expanded Thursday, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 105 miles from the center, with  tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 350 miles.

Irony of the Year: Fertile Crescent No Longer Fertile

“The Fresh Water is Finished”

The “cradle of civilization” is drying rapidly, driving inhabitants from their ancestral lands between the Tigris and Euphrates. Locals once lived self-sufficient lives in the  Iraq Marshlands, making traditional livings fishing and herding Water Buffalo. The epicenter of the slo-mo disaster is the city of Basra, once known as the Venice of the East. About 40% of Iraq has already been overtaken by sand.

Canada Wildfires Move North As 20,000 Evacuated

With hundreds of wildfires already sweeping through BC and Quebec, Canada’s worst wildfire season just got worse as the disaster moves into the Northwest Territories.  In Yellowknife, a mandatory evacuation order went into effect creating a chaotic scene as long lines of cars queued for miles to flee along the only road out of town.

Killer Sandstorm + All Time Record High For Morocco 

Panic and death as skies turns orange in capital city
A popular tourist destination, the Mediterranean nation registered a new record high of 122°F in mid-August as a lethal sand storm swept through Marakesh, driven by 70 MPH winds. At least one person was killed. 

Firestorms in Maui kill hundreds 

Hawaii’s Worst Disaster In History:
Hundreds are dead or missing as hurricane force winds ignited drought stricken fields, forests and neighborhoods. The historic seaside town of Lahaina has been reduced to ash and thousands were evacuated. Desperate tourists ran into the ocean to escape the flames.

Thwaites “Doomsday” Ice Shelf Melts From Below

Dubbed the Doomsday Glacier because of it’s potential to raise sea levels around the world very rapidly, the Thwaite’s ice shelf in West Antarctic is melting from below. Ice shelves are hybrid formations that float on land and help slow the flow of trillions of tons of land ice to the ocean.

Sri Lanka all time heat record August

Endless record heat in Sri Lanka with a new August record pulverized at Ratnapura today with 37.2C Record heat is also in the Philippines (Tmins >29C),Vietnam and Thailand In just 10 days of August about 1/3 of world countries broke heat records, while only Italy had low records.

Scary South America Winter Temps Setting Records

102°F is plenty hot any day most places, but it’s winter in South America and the town of Vicuna, Chile is roasting. And Vicuna is in the Andes Mountains.  For perspective, think of August in South America as the equivalent of February in North America. 

“South America is living one of the extreme events the world has ever seen,” weather historian Maximiliano Herrera tweeted, adding, “This event is rewriting all climatic books.”

Global emissions continue to climb

The most recent widely ignored warning from climate scientists would be worrisome if anyone was listening. Greenhouse gas emissions have reached an all-time high, threatening to push the world into “unprecedented” levels of global heating, scientists have warned. Levels of the big three greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane ( CH4)  and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, continued  unprecedented rates of growth during 2022. CO2  alone increased by nearly 1%, driven in part by switchovers to goal as Russia squeezed the global supply of methane.

Under the radar killer dirt storm in Illinois

The storm came suddenly on a clear cool day and hit the travelers on interstate 55 near Springfield, IL by surprise. The 200 ft high wall of soil blinded drivers, turning the day into utter darkness and sending 84 speeding vehicles crashing into each other. Some caught fire and burned on the highway. The death toll was seven, with vehicles and bodies burned beyond recognition. This is a global warming event, driven by drought and unenlightened industrial ag practices.

Italy smashed by record heat, fires, floods & glacier collapse

The collapse of a glacier in the Dolomites and a landslide on the island of Ischia. Devastating floods, wildfires and record-breaking heatwaves. The worst drought of the Po, Italy’s longest river, in 200 years. Luca Mercalli, an Italian climatologist, has seen his fair share of extreme weather events in Italy within the past two years. But nothing prepared him for the scene in Mortegliano, a small town in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the northern region bordering Slovenia.

Salt water incursion threatens açaí crop, Amazon

The climate emergency combined with industrial agriculture in coastal Amazonia are threatening açaí harvests in Brazil’s Macapa region. Soil erosion and the creep of seawater into the freshwater river are changing the berries’ flavor and tainting drinking water.  

Seawater began pushing back the river around the delta island  archipelago in late 2021, leaving thousands of residents without fresh water.

Record low ice levels in Antarctic winter ice melt

A sharp winter slowdown in Antarctic sea ice growth has added another slo mo catastrophe to the list of climate driven threats. Current levels show a shortfall that is radically rewriting the record books.

Speaking to the New York Times in early August, Ted Scambos (a senior research scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder) said: “This year is really different. It’s a very sudden change.”

When sea ice collapses, the trillions of tons of land ice behind it accelerates its flow into the Southern Ocean, raising seas planetwide. The sea ice also plays a role in regulating ocean and air temperatures, potentially affecting marine life from microscopic plankton to the continent’s iconic penguins.0