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CLIMATE CRASHING NEWS

NOAA: Assessing the Global Climate, August 2019

August Second Hottest Month Ever

Assessing the Global Climate in August 2019,
NOAA, September 16, 2019.

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Second Warmest August in Historical Record

August: The Second Hottest for August in the 1880–2019 Record; The Differences
August 2019 against averages from 1880 to 2019.
Global Status
"The August temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.66°F above the 20th century average of 60.1°F and tied with 2015 and 2017 as the second highest for August in the 1880–2019 record. The five warmest Augusts have all occurred since 2014. August 2016 is the warmest August on record with a global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average of 1.76°F." Big Map.

Long Series of Records

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Massive 2019 Blob Forms sticky icon

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & THE BLOB

Comparing The Blobs of 2014 & 2019
Comparing Blobs of 2014 & 2019, NOAA Sea Surface Temperatures, Big Maps.
NOAA Sea Surface Temperatures representing the 2014 & 2019 Blobs, Big Maps.

 

Massive 2019 Blob Forms

New Marine Heatwave Emerges off West Coast, Resembles "the Blob,"
NOAA Fisheries, September 5, 2019.

 

WATCH the BLOB
Current & Recent
Sea Surface Temperatures
(Scroll up for El Nino Information)

 

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We Changed the Trajectory of Life & Climate on Earth Long, Long Ago... sticky icon

 

ANTHROPOCENE

Mastodon
Mastodon, extinction only a small part of the Quaternary extinction event. Pixabay.
This long ago extinction is widely believed to have been caused by overexploitation by Clovis hunters. Their extinction only a very small part of the ongoing Quaternary extinction event that's really picking up speed nowadays... Wiki, Mastodon image on Pixabay.

 

We Changed the Trajectory of Life & Climate on Earth Long, Long Ago...

Archaeological Assessment reveals Earth's Early Transformation through Land Use,
University of Maryland Baltimore County, August 30, 2019.

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Long Effect
"Humans have been transforming Earth's ecology for thousands of years; far longer than previously known..."

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Eco Crash News, 2018: Observing Our Rapidly Shifting Seasons and Ecosystems sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

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CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

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2019 Climate Change News

 

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

 

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2019 Climate Change News

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New Feedback Phenomenon Found to Drive Increasing Drought and Aridity

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: LAND-ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES

Finding an Extreme Land-Atmospheric Feedback Loop

New Feedback Phenomenon Found to Drive Increasing Drought and Aridity,
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, September 2, 2019.

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A Drier Future
"...study indicates that the world will experience more frequent and more extreme drought and aridity than currently experienced in the coming century, exacerbated by both climate change and land-atmosphere processes."

Land-Atmosphere Processes
"Concurrent soil drought and atmospheric aridity is a time period when soil moisture is extremely low and vapor pressure deficit is extremely high."

"The researchers demonstrate that concurrent soil drought and atmospheric aridity are largely driven by a series of land-atmosphere processes and feedback loops."

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Two Research Notices: Climate Change in Europe Drives Chaos, Rapid Flooding & Heating

 

CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVING EURO-WEATHER HEAT & FLOODING CHANGES

Two Fronts of Climate Euro Chaos, Rapid Flooding & Heating

1> Climate Driving Changes in Euro Flooding

2> Rapid Euro Climate Warming

 

 

1> Climate Driving Changes in Euro Flooding

Flooding Lyth Valley, Cumbria, 2015
Flooding Lyth Valley, Cumbria, 2015, CEH, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
Floods have become more severe in northern Britain over the past 50 years, the new study has shown. Pictured above is the flooded Lyth Valley in Cumbria after Storm Desmond in December 2015.CEH, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

 

Changing Climate Linked to Major Changes in Flooding Across Europe,
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, August 28, 2019.

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Climate Change Bringing Trouble to the Source of the Blue Nile in the Ethiopian Highlands

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: AFRICAN FUTURE

Map of the Blue Nile
Map of the Blue Nile, Lourdes Cardenal, Wiki.
Lourdes Cardenal, Wiki.

 

Trouble at the Source of the Blue Nile in the Ethiopian Highlands

Upper Nile will experience more water scarcity due to hotter, drier periods,
AGU Blogosphere, August 28, 2019.

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The Problem
"An increase in hotter, drier years in the coming decades due to climate change may worsen water scarcity issues in the Upper Nile Basin."

Failure & Failure
"This region is already on the verge of water scarcity..."

"...impacts are likely to cause an increase in agricultural failure in Ethiopia and may potentially lead to civil strife, according to the authors..."

Increasing Extremity
Rain and Drought Increasing
"Climate models generally agree that rainfall will increase by roughly 10 percent by 2080 in the regions around the upper branches of the Nile River."

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Global Warming Changed North Hemisphere Rainfall Patterns, More Seasonal Precip as Rain

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS; OUR NEW, WARMER WINTER WEATHER

Human-caused climate change on wintertime precipitation
in the Northern Hemisphere from 1921 to 2015

Human-caused climate change on wintertime precipitation in the Northern Hemisphere from 1921 to 2015, Simmi Sinha, UCAR, redrawn from map by Ruixia Guo of Lanzhou University and NCAR.
This map shows the influence of human-caused climate change on wintertime precipitation in the Northern Hemisphere from 1921 to 2015. The warming climate has spurred significant increases in precipitation across much of northeastern North America and northern Eurasia. The stippled regions show precipitation trends that are statistically insignificant. ©UCAR. Image: Simmi Sinha, UCAR, redrawn from map by Ruixia Guo of Lanzhou University and NCAR. Big Map.

 

Warming Changed Rainfall Patterns, More Seasonal Precip as Rain

Climate change has altered winter precipitation across the Northern Hemisphere,
NCAR-UCAR, August 26, 2019.

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Testing the Range Limits of the Asian Tiger Mosquito

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & SKEETERS

Overwintering and Collection Sites for Mosquitoes in This Study
Overwintering and Collection Sites for Mosquitoes in This Study, Journal of Applied Ecology, Washington University in St. Louis.
Overwintering sites and sample locations for experimental populations. Range-core locations in white, range-edge locations in red, and field overwintering sites indicated by red box. A climate-based distribution model (sensu Medley 2010) indicates the predicted range for Ae. albopictus at the time of this study, where darker shading indicates a higher probability of occurrence. Journal of Applied Ecology, Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Testing the Range Limits of the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquitoes push northern limits with time-capsule eggs to survive winters,
Washington University in St. Louis, August 21, 2019.

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Asian Tiger
"When the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) arrived in the United States in the 1980s, it took the invasive blood-sucker only one year to spread from Houston to St. Louis."

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NOAA: Assessing the Global Climate, July 2019

 

CLIMATE CRASHING NEWS

Land & Ocean Temperature Percentiles, July 2019
HOTTEST on Record
Land & Ocean Temperature Percentiles, July 2019, NOAA map and report.

SEA of RED
The July temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.71°F above the 20th century average of 60.4°F and was the highest for July in the 1880–2019 record. July 2019 bested the previous record—set in 2016—by 0.05°F. NOAA. Big Version.

 

NOAA: JULY HOTTEST MONTH EVER

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2019:
July was the warmest month on record for the globe,
NOAA, August 2019.

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Growing into Destruction: The Diminished, and Diminishing Western US Snow Packs

 

CRASHING OUR OWN ECOSYSTEMS

"California Consumers" Formed Themselves into Nature-Killing Kamikaze Weapon

Back-to-Back Low Snow Years will Become more Common, study projects,
American Geophysical Union, August 8, 2019.

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Already Happening
"Consecutive low snow years may become six times more common across the Western United States over the latter half of this century, leading to ecological and economic challenges such as expanded fire seasons and poor snow conditions at ski resorts."

Get Used to It
"Across the West, we're generally losing a lot of our snowpack - in many places, low snow conditions will be increasingly consistent from year to year."

Destroying Our Natural Legacy
ALREADY Beyond Sustainable
"Every time we have a snow drought, we're delving into our water resources and the ecosystem's resources. We're drawing down on our savings without restocking the bank."

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Disturbances in the Force: El Nino & La Nina Ocean-Land Weather Relationship Disruptions

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: EL NINO & LA NINA

Weather Patterns Breaking Up

How the Pacific Ocean influences long-term drought in the Southwestern U.S.,
AGU Blog, August 5, 2019.

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The Rule
"The general rule of thumb had been that El Niño years — when the sea surface in a region off the coast of Peru is at least 1 degree Celsius warmer than average — tend to have more rainfall, and La Niña years, when that region is 1 degree Celsius cooler than average, tend to have less rain. But that simple rule of thumb doesn’t always hold true."

2015: Driest Year in Ca History during Biggest El Nino seen…
"About 1 in 20 drought years could see an El Niño that doesn’t deliver rain."

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ECO-CRASHING NEWS: 2019 GREENLAND MELTING EVENTS

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: 2019 GREENLAND MELTING EVENTS

Greenland Temperatures July 30 vs. Average Temps
Greenland Temperatures July 30 vs. Average Temps, Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS), by Joshua Stevens, NASA.
July 30 Temps compared to Average
Dark Blue, -39F, White = Average, Yellow-Red +39F, Dark Red >46.4F
Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS), by Joshua Stevens, NASA.

 

Rare Melting Events Becoming Common

Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 2, 2019.

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"In late July 2019, a major melting event spread across the Greenland Ice Sheet. Billions of tons of meltwater streamed into the Atlantic Ocean throughout the month, making a direct and immediate contribution to sea level rise."

"The melting was provoked by a bubble of warm air that moved over Greenland after delivering unseasonably warm temperatures to Europe."

"...the last major melt event on July 11, 2012."

"The difference is that in 2019, the main melt event spanned two days, with a few hours of melt also occurring on July 31."

 

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Europe Frequently Frying During Summer of 2019

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: EURO HEATWAVES OF 2019

European Heatwave, July 25, 2019
European Heatwave, July 25, 2019, depicts air temperatures at 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) above the ground. The darkest red areas are where the model shows temperatures surpassing 40°C (100°F), Joshua Stevens, NASA.
Yellow: Greater than 77 (25C), Light Red = 95 (35C), Dark Red 113 (45C)
"...depicts air temperatures at 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) above the ground. The darkest red areas are where the model shows temperatures surpassing 40°C (100°F)." Joshua Stevens, NASA.

 

Europe Frequently Frying

A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe,
NASA Earth Observatory, July 26, 2019.

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"On July 25, 2019, at least seven countries broke temperature records in a scorching heatwave. The United Kingdom experienced its hottest July day at 38.1°C (101°F)—0.4°C shy of the all-time UK record. Germany hit 41.7°C (107°F) to set a new record daytime high temperature. Belgium (41.8°C), France, (42.6°C), Luxembourg (40.8°C), the Netherlands (40.7°C), and Scotland (31.6°C) also registered their hottest days ever."

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Now the Whole World is All Warming. Fast.

 

ECO-CRASHING CLIMATE NEWS

Cooling Warming Rates Over the Last 2000 Years
Cooling Warming Rates Over the Last 2000 Years, University of Bern.
Global mean warming / cooling rates over the last 2,000 years. Big Version. In red are the periods (each 51 years) in which temperatures increased. Temperatures decreased in the periods in blue. At more than 1.7 degrees per century, the current rate of warming is significantly higher than the expected natural rate of warming, and higher than values for every previous century. Instrumental measurements since 1850 (in black) confirm these figures. University of Bern.

Now the Whole World is All Warming

The climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years,
University of Bern, July 24, 2019.

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"Little Ice Age (from approx. 1300 to 1850)."

"Medieval Warm Period (approx. 700 - 1400)."

Disputed
"...the team shows that there is no evidence that there were uniform warm and cold periods across the globe over the last 2,000 years."

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Bee-Flower Mismatches Rising with Temperatures

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Two Solitary Bees and Their Flower
European orchard bee, the red mason bee and the pasque flower, Sandra Kehrberger, University of Würzburg.
Global warming can disrupt the mutualistic interactions of plants and pollinators as in the case of the European orchard bee, the red mason bee and the pasque flower. Sandra Kehrberger, University of Würzburg.

 

Bee-Flower Mismatches Rising with Temperatures

How Climate Change Disrupts Relationships,
University of Würzburg, July 24, 2019.

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Bee & Flower Imbalanced
"The pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), for example, is very sensitive to rising temperatures by flowering earlier each year, whereas one of its major pollinators, a solitary bee species, does not quite keep pace by hatching earlier. In the worst case, this may cause the seed production of the plant to decrease and impair reproduction while requiring the bee to switch to other plants to forage on to compensate for the lack of food supply."

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Global Warming Driving Increase in Numbers and Intensity of Southwestern US Monsoons

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS, SOUTHWESTERN US

Tropical Monsoon Storm Hits East Sierra
 Fall Tropical Storm sucking up dust crossing Deserts before hitting the Eastern Sierra
A Long Voyage for Gulf Mexico Tropical Weather coming across the SW US deserts to smash into the Sierra. Article. Trail Guide.

Further South
Monsoon Clouds Passing Over Phoenix
Monsoon Clouds over Phoenix, Arizona, Wiki, by Syroco
Wiki, by Syroco

 

Southwestern US Monsoons Increasing and Intensifying

Monsoon Rains have become More Intense in the Southwest in Recent Decades,
US Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, July 23, 2019.

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FUNGAL Disaster on Our Horizon?

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Fungus, Yellow, Eagle Creek, Toiyabe Wilderness
Fungus, Yellow, Eagle Creek, Toiyabe Wilderness.
Fungus, Toiyabe National Forest, Mokelumne Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail between Carson and Ebbetts Pass at Eagle Creek below Reynolds Peak.

 

FUNGAL Disaster on Our Horizon?

Rise of Candida Auris Blamed on Global Warming,
American Society for Microbiology, July 23, 2019.

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Super-Fungus
"...C. auris, which is often multi-drug resistant and is a serious public health threat, may be the first example of a new fungal disease emerging from climate change."

Super-Fungal Forge
"Global warming may have played a pivotal role in the emergence of Candida auris, according to a new study..."

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US Wells Chasing Disappearing Groundwater Ever Deeper

 

GROUNDWATER DISASTER APPROACHES

Groundwater Well Drilling Equipment in California's Central Valley
 CHAD RESS, UCSB.
Looks like a rocket, but one pointed at the blood of the Earth... Photo Credit: CHAD RESS, UCSB.

 

Original Research

Drilling Deeper,
University of California - Santa Barbara, July 22, 2019.

After-market Article

In the US, wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes,
Ars Technica, July 25, 2019.

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Not Sustainable
"...current levels of groundwater use are not sustainable: resources are being steadily depleted as groundwater use outpaces natural replenishment."

 

Recent Research
Reveals
The Destruction of American Groundwater

 

March 2019
Our Frightening Groundwater Future of, Fright, Flight, & Fight

 

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Life Moving with Changing Climate and Seasons

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

 

African Bird Breeding in UK
African Bird in UK, European Bee-eater, Zoological Society of London.
"The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is one of the species moving with climate change, traditionally breeding in Africa, southern and central Europe and East Asia -- they have reportedly bred in Nottinghamshire."

 

Life Moving with Climate Changes

Species on the move,
Zoological Society of London, July 18, 2019.

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"...A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018)..."

The Study
"The analysis also considered UK Government environment reports as well as 111 scientific papers, leading to a total of 55 species (out of 39,029 species in the UK) being identified. The research focused solely on species which had established sustainable populations through natural, rather than human-assisted movement."

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