Climate Change Quick Read

Thousands of kilometres from home billions of jellyfish-like organisms called velella velella wash up on French coast for the first time ever
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The coastline of the French resort Palavas-Les-Flots turned a dark purple Tuesday after jellyfish-like organisms called velella velella washed ashore in the billions.
It's not uncommon for velella velella clusters to wash up on US coastlines.
When spring arrives they move closer to shore, making them susceptible to being pushed ashore due to strong winds and storms.
While velella velella clusters are a somewhat regular occurrence on U.S. coastlines, this marks the first time they've been observed on this part of the French coast.

Argentina farmers are faced with slaughtering 1 million head of cattle as they endure their worst drought in decades
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Argentina is the latest land to suffer drought horror as farmers are faced with slaughtering 1 million head of cattle in the coming year after ranchers are faced with the worst drought in decades have decided to slaughter females rather than grow their herds, analysts said.
According to Reuters, a wave of hot, dry weather since November has cut 40 percent off overall grains production in the world’s No. 3 corn and soy exporter and will knock off an estimated 0.7 percent from Argentina’s gross domestic product this year.

In 2015 the heatwaves killed thousands: With summer still weeks away India and now Pakistan enduring temperatures of 42 deg C (108 deg F)
Every year thousands of people die from the heat in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with the heatwaves beginning in March.
March Madness began in India this week with temperatures of 42 deg C (108 deg F) resulting in people fainting and birds falling out of the sky now Pakistan is reporting similar temperatures.
Karachiites endured the hottest day of the year on Wednesday when the mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark on the thermometer, with the Pakistan Meteorological Department linking the sweltering conditions to a halt in the sea breeze towards the coastal city.
The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 40.5 degrees Celsius, the department said.
The city has been in the grip of a hot spell since Sunday when the temperature rose to 39 degrees Celsius, although the summer is still a few weeks away.

'Marine heatwave' hits The Tasman Sea shattering heat records with both Tasmania and New Zealand recording their hottest summer ever
The Tasman Sea experienced a 'marine heatwave' over summer that pushed the surface temperature to a record high, climate scientists say.
Following a particularly hot summer on both sides of the Tasman and in between, the Bureau of Meteorology and New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research teamed up to release a "special climate statement".
New Zealand's summer was the hottest ever recorded, while Tasmania had its hottest November-January on record.
"Tasmania had its warmest November on record and its second-warmest December and second-warmest January," senior BoM climatologist Dr Blair Trewin said.

NOAA monthly global weather report springs a surprise as Earth had its coolest February since 2014 and December-February since 2014
An annotated map of the globe showing other notable climate events that occurred during February and Winter 2018. (NOAA NCEI) Click on image to enlarge.

Today is the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere but you wouldn't think so if you live in Europe or the Northeast of the US with Siberian cold and heavy snow respectively so late in the season.
NOAA's monthly world weather report came out today for February and guess what?...
Our planet recorded its coolest February since 2014!

"Day Zero" Wrangell Alaska has declared a water emergency and could be the 2nd city to run out of water this year along with Cape Town in SA
Wrangell Alaska has declared a water emergency and could be the 2nd city to run out of water this year along with Cape Town in SA.
City officials say the Southeast community has about one month of supply left.
So, they're asking residents to cut way back on use.
Those conservation measures and more rainfall could solve the problem.
The city said it will "aggressively monitor and strictly enforce" water restrictions for residents.
These mandates include no outside water usage, fixing plumbing leaks and reducing everyday consumption.
"Obviously nobody's watering anything outside yet because it's still too cold.

NOAA: January 5th warmest on record for the globe but try telling that to most of the Northern Hemisphere with record cold and snow in strange places
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An annotated map of the globe showing notable climate events that occurred in January 2018.
January was 5th warmest on record for the globe
Despite the cooling influence of La Nina this winter, the global temperature ranked among the five warmest on record in January. Earth’s polar regions continued to experience record-low ice conditions.
Let’s dive deeper into NOAA’s monthly analysis to see how the planet fared in the first month of the year but first what was The Big Wobble's vision of January?

Daily water ration of 25 litres (6.6 USA gallons) allowed per day (single toilet flush uses nine litres) Cape Town's "Day Zero" approaching soon
Most Cape Town residents would be forced to queue at communal taps at 200 water points-likely under police or military guard-to collect a daily ration of 25 litres (6.6 USA gallons), half the amount allowed now.
The latest data from the City of Cape Town indicates that dam storage level is at 24.9% - a weekly decrease of -0.6%.
South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town, though the city pushed back its "Day Zero", the date when its taps are expected to run dry.
However, the decision to declare a national disaster means the central government - which is run by the African National Congress (ANC) - will now take responsibility for relief efforts.

4 million people will be allowed just two-and-a-half buckets of water per person per day as Zero-Day looms and Cape Town's water runs dry
With just 88 days of water left before Zero-Day, frustration is breaking out among residents who are queueing at springs to fill up containers.
With panic beginning to set in amongst Capetonians over the water crisis, citizens are showing their frustration by screaming and shouting as they queue up for water, with officials fearing their fear will lead into all-out anarchy as the crisis reaches its climax, Zero-Day, when Cape town will to be the first major city in the world to run out of water.

With snow on the ground in all 50 states and Russian temperatures of -84F ( -64.4°C) NOAA announce 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record
 This week was the first time the US had snow on the ground in all 50 states at the same time since Feb 2010
Crippling winds and record-breaking low temperatures were recorded in New Orleans and other cities in the US deep south this week.
The blast of cold air shattered records early Wednesday in Louisiana and Mississippi.
It's the second time already in 2018 freeze warnings for deep south and the Gulf Coast have been recorded.

"Day Zero" April 29, 2018 is the day Cape Town population 3.75 million becomes the first major city in the world to run out of drinking water!
At the current rate of consumption, officials warn April 29, 2018, will become Day Zero, the day the city’s taps will be turned off, becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water.
On January the 1st 2018 residents of South Africa's bustling city of Cape Town, home of nearly 4 million people celebrated the start of a new year with stringent new water regulations.

Weather wars! We are all doomed as establishment claim's record warming and anti-establishment warns of a mini-ice-age
It's the kind of temperatures human beings shouldn't have to endure!
Most of the US will be plunged into Arctic conditions on New Year's Eve with some parts plummeting to minus 36.6 deg C (minus 34 deg F) with meteorologists warning of frostbite to exposed skin.
With parts of the US colder than Mars and the North Pole and record snowfall in Pennsylvania at the moment, it's hard to imagine NOAA scientists recently claimed November was the 395th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average and 2017, 2016 and 2015 the three warmest years ever.

November was the 395th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average and 2017 set to be the third warmest ever: NOAA
It has been an incredible year for major wildfires and hurricanes both blamed on climate change, in my part of the world, Holland, it has been a warm year but...It started raining in August and it hasn't stopped, well that's an exaggeration but it has been unusually wet for the last 5 months.

As California tackles, one of it's biggest wildfires in history reports claim nearly 1 billion (963 million) dead trees in California and Colorada alone
The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, see here, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to a historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres.
The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centred in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state.