Tuesday, 24 August 2021

The Earth's hottest month ever recorded

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared July 2021 as the world's hottest month in the 142 years since it started keeping record. "This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe'. the NOAA Administrator said in a statement. 

(Photo: ABC Chicago)


During July 2021, news of extreme weather scenarios came from all corners of the world. Data shows that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93°C (1.68F) above the 20th Century average of 15.8°C (60.4F). We have researched the web and put together a comprehensive list below.




EUROPE

Northern Ireland: Broke all-time heat records twice in five days

Italy: Europe's new all-time record of 48.7°C in Siciliy, plus over 800 wildfires recorded nation-wide including the island of Sardinia

Germany: Massive floods180 dead + 150 missing and a Eur400 million recovery package

Belgium: Floods causing substantial damage and landslides, 50 dead

Switzerland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg: Floods causing substantial damage

Spain: Blazing countryside and record-braking snowfall and snowstorm

UK: wettest 3-day period on record, and extreme flash floods

France: Unusual, larger and faster spreading wildfires

Greece: More than 580 wildfires caused by heatwaves

A firefighting helicopter flies in front of a thick cloud of smoke from a forest fire at Spathovouni village, Greece. The Mayor called the situation "an immense catastrophe". (Photo: Global Citizen)

Damaged houses are seen at the Ahr River, Germany. 148 litres of rain per m2 fell in 48 hours, compared to the 82 litres that are normally expected in the month of July. (Photo: Global Citizen)

 
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms have caused severe flash flooding in parts of London. Tube and rail networks suspended after a month's worth of rain in a day. (Photo: The Telegraph)



AMERICA

California: Extreme heatwaves 53°C and devastating wildfires

Canada: Heat dome 50°C and wildfires

North America: Extreme heatwave, 840 dead and wildfires

Texas: Extreme low temperature of -13°C, 210 people dead

Oregon: One of the largest blazes in history, hundreds of homes consumed by the flames and thousands evacuated

Mexico: Heavy rains, severe flooding and a long-term drought

Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands (Caribbean): Storm Elsa caused relentless storms and mass flooding

Brazil: Extremely rare snowfall with huge risks for crops

The Andes Mountain range, in South America, is facing historically low snowfall during a decade-long drought that scientists link to global warming. (Photo: Reuters)

There are currently 86 active large fires across 12 U.S. states, as more than 22,000 firefighters are battling the blazes that have so far burned over 1.5 million acres. (Photo: Newsweek)

Disaster is brewing in Brazil as the world's coffee supply is at risk as temperature plunge and snow falls, also threatening sugarcane and orange cops with frost. (Photo: Gizmodo)
 


ASIA

Turkey: Record high temperatures, devastating wildfires and floods

Japan: Severe weather with torrential rains, strong winds, landslides and flooding

Russia: 1.5 million hectares of forest in Siberia on fire, and record temperatures in Moscow 34.8°C

Nepal: Heavy rainfall triggering flooding and landslides

Oman: Heavy rains and severe floods

China: 60 dead and 1+ million evacuated due to deadly floods caused by a typhoon, and the worst sandstorm/duststorm in a decade

India: Extreme floods in various states, 200 dead

Iraq: Strong heatwave 50°C causing loss of electricity

Iran, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece: Floods causing substantial damage

The National Disaster Response Force rescuing people in Maharashtra, India, where heavy monsoon downpours caused landslides, flooding and killed at least 180 people. (Photo: Global Citizen)


A huge search and rescue operation is underway in north of Turkey, after dramatic flash foods killed at least 77 people. The country is also battling huge wildfires in the south. (Photo: Global Citizen)

China was hit by 2 major events in July; floods in Henan province left 73 people dead and a typhoon in Zhejiang province that caused $516 million in damage. (Photo: Bloomberg)


AUSTRALASIA

Fiji: Two cyclones in a row

New Zealand: Floods causing substantial damage

New South Wales: Extreme flooding, thousands of evacuations

Australia: Coldest weather in 17 years in Queensland


Major roads turned into lakes across Perth as they were deluged by flash flooding, leading to almost 700 calls to the State Emergency Service for help. (Photo: The West)


AFRICA

Algeria - Forest fires killing at least 65 people

Nigeria: Floods causing substantial damage

Madagascar: Worst drought in 40 years; famine effecting 1+ million people

South Africa: Rare and unusual snowfall twice in a month

Ghana & Ethiopia: Below-average rainfall results in abnormal dryness

Firefighters battle more than 30 blazes amid blistering temperatures in Algeria, killing at least 65 people including 28 soldiers deployed to help the firefighters. (Photo: News Central Africa)



Meanwhile, in August 2021, rain fell for the first time on record on the snowy summit of Greenland, where tempreatures rose above freezing for the third time in less than a decade. The result was a loss of ice mass which is seven times higher than the daily average for this time of year. 


Collapsology

According to Sir John Beddington, England's Chief Scientist Advisor and author of 'A Perfect Storm', by 2030, the world will be dealing with an increase of 33% in population (6bn to 8bn); a 30% demand for water, a 40% demand for energy, and a 50% demand for food; challenges which we will need to face and find a solution for, amidst natural disasters, 50 million climate change refugees, deadly diseases, failed states and economic instability. 

The term collapsology refers to the collapse of societies and of industrial civilization; a likely consequence, unless drastic measures are implemented immediately to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. 



We were warned

"All of this was predicted in climate science decades ago" says John P. Holdren, a Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government. The reason why this alarming news went mostly unnoticed was because of the interference of the oil industry, that deliberately manipulated and distorted scientific evidence, and spent millions in climate hoax campaigns. Instilling doubt was enough to convince people that it might not be true. If you'd like to read more about this subject, we recommend this BBC article.  


On the 10th of August, 2021, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued the 'Sixth Assessment Report'. In this landmark report, the world's top climate scientists are warning that Earth is headed toward unprecedented warming. They believe that in order to prevent the worst effects, the Earth needs a drastic U-turn away from the use of fossil fuels. 

This report is accessible to the general public and it explains the science in plain language and you can read it here.



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Sources:

https://www.noaa.gov/news/its-official-july-2021-was-earths-hottest-month-on-record?fbclid=IwAR1uvI6IiMZAXdrf2IVxirGgnAplf9a5gmbovB8E3i68zg1YWcz5-E3OcPQ

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/environment/953574/worlds-most-extreme-weather-events-2021

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/turkey-china-canada-photos-extreme-weather-climate/

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-change/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58208792

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