Climate Change 2019





Arkhangelsk, Russia to introduce a state of emergency after a large group of aggressive polar bears have moved into town entering homes
On Saturday, regional authorities in Arkhangelsk in northern Russia decided to introduce a state of emergency for the settlement on the southern island on Novaya Zemlya.
Military people have since December been patrolling and guarding the streets to ensure safety but without the desired effect.
The polar bears no longer react to noise- and light signals from the guards patrolling with cars and dogs, the statement issued on Saturday by Arkhangelsk officials reads.
Consequently, the state of emergency is declared and a task force to assess the situation is now on its way to Novaya Zemlya.

A glimpse of our future? Heatwaves in the southern hemisphere is killing wildlife ‘on a biblical scale’ from record-breaking heat
We are just 38 days into 2019 and already we have had record heat in Australia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil,  NASA claims the last 5 years have been the warmest since modern records began
Heatwaves in the southern hemisphere taking its toll on wildlife dramatically in 2019 already

The number of dead cattle on a remote Western Australia property is expected to double to 2,000, a peak industry group warned today, as evidence surfaced of an earlier incident at the same site. Full story

As 2019 weather hits the ground running NASA claim the last 5 years have been the warmest since records began and last year was the 4th warmest
We are just 38 days into 2019 and already we have had record heat in Australia, Chile and Brazil, record cold in the US, Canada and Russia, record snowfall in the US and record rain in the US and Australia and now NASA claims the last 5 years have been the warmest since modern records began and last year was the 4th warmest.
Can we ignore the figures anymore?
Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

35 days of hell on Earth: After record breaking heatwave which saw temperatures nudge 50 deg C (122 deg F) now two months of rain in 7 days sinks Queensland
Major flooding threatened several thousand homes on Monday in the Australian state of Queensland, forcing more than 1,100 people to be evacuated, after authorities opened up dam gates after days of torrential rains filled reservoirs to overflowing.
“Once in a century event happening here, it's historic.
I have never seen the likes of this before,” Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in an interview on Australian Broadcasting Corp TV, in a state often hit by cyclones and flooding. Palaszczuk said there could be thousands of homes affected by the flooding.
According to Reuters, a record 1.16 meters (3.8 ft) of rain has fallen across the Townsville area over the past seven days, with another 100 millimetres expected to be dumped over the area on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

January 2019 was the warmest month in Australia since records began 2018 was third warmest 2017 fourth
The Bureau of Meteorology will today release its January climate summaries, showing the month was Australia's warmest on record.
The mean temperature for January averaged across country exceeded 30 degrees, the first time this has occurred in any month.
At least five January days were among the 10 warmest on record, with daily national temperature highs of 40C.
Australia has increasingly endured hotter summer temperatures. Last year, Sydney sweltered at 47.3C - its hottest day since 1939.
 "The warming trend which has seen Australian temperatures increase by more than one degree in the last 100 years also contributed to the unusually warm conditions," Dr Watkins said.

A vision of the future? Electricity grid systems, natural gas and other systems shutting down due to extreme weather around the world
Electricity grid systems and natural gas and other systems have been shutting down around the world due to heat and cold waves.
Thousands of Minnesotans endured the coldest night in a generation without power.
 Xcel Energy says equipment failures on power poles is leading to outages all over the metro Tuesday evening, which started at about 5:40 p.m.
 At the peak of the outage, about 8,000 residents were affected in the Twin Cities metro area.
Xcel Energy is advising residents in parts of central Minnesota north of the metro to turn down their thermostats and reduce their natural gas use.

Australia Heatwave: Port Augusta hits 49.5C (121 deg F) in South Australia as 25 heat records tumble and the fish die-off crisis continues
Photo The Guardian Menindee Lakes: hundreds of thousands of fish dead in Murray-Darling basin Port Augusta was the hottest place in South Australia when it hit 49.5C at 4.22pm, one of 25 heat records that fell today.
Adelaide has recorded Australia's hottest capital city temperature of all time, hitting a new high of 46.6C at 3.36pm.
West Terrace reached 46.6C at 3.36pm after earlier recording 46.2 at 1.42pm.
The previous Adelaide record was 46.1C, set on January 12, 1939.
Ceduna reached 48.6C at 2.18pm but is cooling rapidly, its temperature dropping 12 degrees in 40 minutes as the cool change rolls over the state from the west.
The Red Lion, a pub in the city’s Elizabeth North suburb, promised to hand out free beers if the mercury rose above 45C.
By 1pm, there was a line out the door and around the block.

“This sort of event has not happened in Australia's far north since human settlement." Now horses dying from Australian heat
Shocking pictures show dead horses at a dried-up waterhole in central Australia.
Deaths of about 40 horses discovered near Santa Teresa blamed on extreme weather conditions Forty wild horses have been found dead at a dry waterhole in central Australia in what is believed to a mass death caused by extreme weather.
Shocking pictures have been published of the animals, which were discovered by rangers near the remote community of Santa Teresa last week.
About 40 dead feral horses were found at the Apwerte Uyerreme waterhole and another 50 were found in poor health and had to be culled by the Central Land Council.

22 days into 2019 and catastrophic weather events bring an unprecedented start to a year extreme records breaking across the globe
If the first 22 days of 2019 are anything to go by this year will be an alarming jump-forward into the deep unknown with the weather being the leading conductor.
according to BoM, Australia was home to all 15 of the world's hottest temperatures on Tuesday, a feat it may well repeat this week as a huge swath of the nation bakes in 45-degree-plus heat.
These ranged from Tarcoola in inland South Australia, which reached 49.1 degrees, to Yulara in the Northern Territory at 46.1 degrees in the 15th slot.
Jacob Cronje, a senior meteorologist with Weatherzone, said he "wouldn't be shocked" by a 50-degree C, 122 deg F reading during the current spell, given the scale and intensity of the heat.

More heat records tumble as the heatwave shows no sign of dwindling causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions in Australia
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Temperatures still rising in Australia as heatwave peaks after a record-breaking night
It is the hottest heatwave since records began and it is not going away any Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate.
An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions.
Meteorologists say that the heatwave has broken heat records at more than 10 places around Australia, largely central inland locations.

Record temperatures of almost 50 deg C (122 deg F): Drought: Millions of dead fish: Wildfires: Crop failure: Bats and birds dying: Australia summer 2019
Australians have been warned to stay indoors as the country's heat wave hits a record highs.
In the South Australian town of Port Augusta, temperatures hit 48.5C on Tuesday, the highest since records began in 1962.
According to the country's meteorological bureau, the past four days are among Australia's top ten warmest days on records.
Temperatures were set to soar to more than 45C on Wednesday in parts of New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria.
"Avoid physical activity, stay well hydrated - it's vital at this time," said Richard Broome, director of environmental health for the New South Wales state government.
He also urged people to stay indoors during the heat of the day.
For the four-fifths of Australia's 25 million people who live on the coast, the summer typically means lazing on the beach and watching cricket.

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