This summer will push us well past global trigger points.

Heat records were smashed across the USA for the first three weeks of summer as a record breaking hurricane tore through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The average temperature for the previous 12 months has been at least 2.7°F (1.5 C) warmer than the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average. Extreme weather disasters cost China $13 billion the first half of 2024. . 

Extreme weather comes for South Korea

Four dead amidst evacuation of thousands

An extraordinary storm system brought climate catastrophe to South Korea in mid July. The record breaking rainfall was the most intensive seen in 200 years, wrecking infrastructure and killing four.

Some med evac choppers can’t fly due to heat

Rescue helicopters grounded in California

Some California helicopter rescues have been curtailed due to excessive temperatures, resulting at least one death.

The climate crisis brings a new set of unintended consequences every day. As temperatures are smashed on the West and East Coasts, at least one medical evacuation company has had to ground its equipment because it’s physically too hot to fly. 

REACH Air Medical Services was forced to cancel two rescue fights in mid-July due to extraordinary temperatures.  One motorcyclist died in Death Valley and another came near death; evac choppers were prevented from accepting the mission in Death Valley when temperatures hit around 129°F for several days running. When temperatures exceed 120°F degrees, medical helicopters often can’t take off, and their ability to maneuver is compromised because the a super heated atmosphere is not dense enough to provide lift. This is the same reason high altitude climbers can’t be rescued by chopper.

Some national parks in the region have begun warning visitors that a helicopter may not be able to reach them during heat waves. 

Pantanal wetlands aflame in Brazil 

Fires increase 1,500% over 2023

Over 1.8m acres have been consumed by wildfire in the Brazilian Pantanal in 2024, as fires area surpass 2020, the previous worst year on record. A series of wildfires is turning the world’s largest tropical wetland into an open-air inferno. Home to over 3,500 plant species, more than 600 bird species, 124 mammals, 80 reptiles, 60 amphibians, and 260 freshwater fish species, Brazil’s Pantanal is burning as never before recorded in history.

Huge stretches of land resemble the aftermath of a battle, with thick green shrubbery now a carpet of white ash, and chunks of debris falling from the sky.

“The impact is devastating. Animals are dying, wildfires are vanishing huge areas,” says Gustavo Figueirôa, a biologist at SOS Pantanal, a non-governmental organisation. “We expect it is only going to get worse.”

Wildfires threaten CA as evacuations continue

Neverland Ranch also threatened

The fire erupted on Friday near Zaca Lake, northeast of Los Olivos, Calif. As of early Monday, it had burned more than 20,000 acres and was 8 percent contained.

Record high temp records smashed on both coasts

Extended heat waves driving death toll

Death Valley temperatures are projected to stay around 130°F the second week in July as tens of millions in the US West see another record heatwave.

Consider the following:

  • Portland, OR  103°F
  • Raleigh, NC  106°F
  • Boston, MA  103°F
  • Las Vegas  120°F
  • Palm Springs  124°

Baby bumblebees cooking 

More than 200 fires already burning

According to a new study by University of Guelph, bumblebee babies are dying in their nests because global temperatures are getting too warm. 

Runaway climate crisis is rapidly increasing the planet’s temperatures and now these temperatures have reached the point where nesting bumblebees are struggling to cope. 

New Mexico Flash Floods

Climate Whiplash comes for Las Vegas, NM

Las Vegas, New Mexico, a historic town nestled in the heart of the state, is facing a climatic phenomenon that’s becoming all too familiar across the globe: climate whiplash. Defined as rapid shifts between extreme weather patterns, climate whiplash poses significant challenges to communities, economies, and ecosystems alike. 

Killer Hurricane Beryl breaks things across the Gulf 

Hot sea water temps are more like September

After having leveled 90% of the buildings on Carriacou, Grenada, Cat 5 Hurricane Beryl has already broken lots of records as it barrels toward Jamaica. The rapid intensification of this storm is unprecedented for this time of year (and for most any time of year), a condition made possible by Atlantic surface temperatures that are historically high. Rapid Intensification (RI) is defined as an increase of 35 MPH or more in a storm’s wind speed over 24 hours. Beryl’s wind speed more than doubled to 160 MPH from Monday to Tuesday.

Zombie Fires spark Siberian wildfire season 

More than 200 fires already burning

These peat fires, often referred to as “zombie fires,” smolder beneath the snow from the previous year’s wildfires and can quickly spread with the arrival of warm, dry conditions. 

“At our place, the season lasts all year due to wintering peat fires,” said Anastasia, who became a volunteer after devastating wildfires hit the Sverdlovsk region in 2021, opening her eyes to the threats faced by nearby green areas. 

The wildfire activity in the region follows a period of anomalously high surface air temperatures at the end of May, with forecast temperatures 7-9°C higher than normal, according to reports in the local media. Data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (*C3S) confirms this, with negative (drier) soil moisture anomalies and positive (warmer) surface temperature anomalies in the first three weeks of June.