The unstoppable forces of nature!
They are calling it the perfect storm, that phrase may be a massive understatement. Weather is now beginning to play its part in the great supply crash and it could bring many countries to their knees.
China has been knocked back onto the ropes this weekend. Crippeled recently by a nationwide shortage of power, just like the rest of the world, of course, the Chinese government has had to impose power cuts to its ports and factories. Now after a week of Biblical amounts of rain, 185.6mm fell just last week, compared with the 25mm average it saw in October between 1981 and 2010. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced in the Shanxi Province. Thousands of houses have been destroyed and the government has had to close almost 450 mines. The unprecedented rainfall comes just three months after floods killed more than 300 people in Henan Province.
China's neighbor India is about to lose power to its 135 coal-fired plants, which is a devasting blow to the population when 70% of their electricity is generated using coal. To make matters worse, power consumption has jumped by almost 20% and global coal prices have jumped by an incredible 40%.
We can expect the winter weather to cause absolute chaos in the Northern Hemisphere. Already weather channels are predicting an extremely cold winter for the US and Europe. Can you imagine the chaos a "Beast From The East, or a frigid Polar Vortex," would cause? Energy and gas prices are going through the roof with no end in sight and many families will have to choose between heating or eating this winter. However, a shortage of gritter drivers and skyrocketing gas prices could collapse the entire road infrastructure in the US and Europe when the snow and ice arrive. Adding to the shortage of supplies in supermarkets and other retailers.
Another mystery causing energy prices to soar around the world is something called "global stilling!" Global stilling is a recent phenomenon whereby measurable wind speeds across the world continental surfaces have decreased by as much as 15% since 1980. Increased dependence on wind has suddenly become a major problem in Europe as the wind farms struggle to find wind amid soaring global prices and energy bills.
According to NOAA, the United States alone saw an unprecedented 20 billion-dollar weather and climate disaster in the first nine months of 2021. Not only was September the fifth warmest September on record but also endured massive flooding from Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Nicholas massive droughts and unstoppable wildfires.
Back in June, the UN issued a frightening “code red warning for humanity.” They claimed in their report there is “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide,” as climate change has actually become, "CLIMATE CHANGED!"
What is happening around the world in the winter of 2021 is unprecedented, but it is the speed at which our climate is changing that continues to surprise our governments and experts, no government has prepared for what is coming.
The fiery gates of hell have opened
In northeastern Siberia, a hundred active forest fires burned across 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) of Sakha-Yakutia during the summer months, making it the worst affected region of Russia. In recent years, Russia has recorded record-breaking high temperatures that many scientists regard as a result of climate change. The hot weather coupled with the neglect of fire safety rules has caused a growing number of fires.
Other parts of the northern hemisphere were currently suffering record-breaking heatwaves and fires which serves as a reminder as to the danger many of us are in without fully understanding the severity of the circumstances, which is exactly why so many people died in Western Europe, Canada, and the United States this summer.
Also in July, Zhengzhou saw an incredible 624 mm of rainfall on Tuesday the 20th, with a third of that amount falling between 16:00 and 17:00 alone, which "smashed historical records". Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely. Henan province, home to about 100 million people, was issued its highest level of weather warning. Local authorities called the floods a "once in 100 years" event.
Along China's Southern coast, Tropical Storm Cempaka dumped tropical amounts of rainfall as the storm moved inland.
To make matters worse for China, Typhoon "In-Fa" equivalent to a category 2 hurricane is slowly rolling toward the country's eastern coast delivering more tropical downpours for the beleaguered nation.
Extreme weather continues to wreak havoc across the planet with farmers, agriculture, wildlife, and humans all taking a hit on the chin from the unusual extreme weather. Unusual and unseasonal cold, record-breaking heat and droughts, wildfires, and killer floods are creating absolute havoc in the summer of 2021 as climate change becomes, "CLIMATE CHANGED!"
It's not just warmth and wet. Unusual freezing temperatures and frost have harmed and damaged trees which will affect next year's coffee crops in many parts of Brazil. The country has suffered all year with drought and flooding and a cold snap is a final slap in the face for coffee producers.
Meanwhile, in the East of the country, it hasn't rained for over a year. Worse still, around 2,300 animals and 8,000 endemic plants are at high risk of extinction due to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, according to a scientific report published on Wednesday. 35% of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested or degraded.
According to a report by the Science Panel for the Amazon, some of the animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest include jaguars, anteaters, sloths, river dolphins, macaws, anacondas, glass frogs, iguanas, harpy eagles, poison dart frogs, and thousands of other animals, including birds, reptiles, and fish species. Cutting deforestation and forest degradation to zero in less than a decade “is critical,” the report said. 18% of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested, according to the report – primarily for agriculture and illegal timber. Another 17% has been degraded.
Australia's southeast has seen everything recently, record-breaking wildfires, heat, drought, and even flooding, however, the record-braking cold and heavy snow in July could be the final nail in the coffin for many farmers.
According to Electrovers, on what was forecast to be Australia's coldest July day in history, western and southern regions of NSW, historic lows of - and have been registered.
Farmers and citizens were also advised to take the necessary precautions ahead of an unexpected cold snap in many parts of South Africa also in July.
On the eastern side of the US, scientists are trying to find out just what the mystery disease is which is killing songbirds in their thousands. The disease was first recognized in the Washington DC area in May, since then countless birds have died leaving scientists scratching their heads.
Tampa Bay last month has been anything but a paradise, last week officials had to clean up more than 600 tons of dead fish which had died of red tide with residents having to endure breathing problems and sore eyes as well as a disgusting smell. It is only 3 years ago Florida suffered its worst red tide event ever when thousands of tons of marine life died. The red tide has never really gone away.
In May, an early heatwave in Baja Sur, Mexico caused the deaths of "thousands of tons" of sardines and other marine life. According to officials, nearly 20 km of coastline was covered and the event was unprecedented in size.
In Brazil, around 2,300 animals and 8,000 endemic plants are at high risk of extinction due to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, according to a scientific report published last Wednesday. 35% of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested or degraded. Produced by the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), the 33-chapter report brings together research on the world’s largest rainforest from 200 scientists from across the globe. Some of the animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest include jaguars, anteaters, sloths, river dolphins, macaws, anacondas, glass frogs, iguanas, harpy eagles, poison dart frogs, and thousands of other animals, including birds, reptiles, and fish species. Cutting deforestation and forest degradation to zero in less than a decade “is critical,” the report said. 18% of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested, according to the report – primarily for agriculture and illegal timber. Another 17% has been degraded.
A drought in Turkey is thought to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of baby flamingos. Drone footage shows thousands of dead chicks and infants buried in dry mud in the central province of Konya, with environmentalists blaming the deaths on climate change.
As fires rage across the northern Siberian tundra, Russia's Defense Ministry has sent planes and helicopters to help douse the blazes. A heatwave and strong winds are complicating firefighting efforts. Russian on Wednesday deployed military aircraft to help some 2,000 firefighters on the ground who are battling wildfires raging across almost 800,000 hectares (roughly 2 million acres) in Siberia. The Defense Ministry said it had sent Ilyushin II-76 transport planes to the Sakha-Yakutia region to water-bomb fires. Military helicopters were also used to transport firefighters and carry out reconnaissance flights to locate the worst fires. The Russian agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said on Tuesday that the situation was worst in Yakutia, where 144 fires are burning over 578,000 hectares. In all, there are some 300 blazes raging in Siberia. The help from the military came after local residents petitioned President Vladimir Putin to send more resources and equipment to help put out the fires.