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Europe, US to see snowy, cold winters: expert

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Europe, North America and east Asia can expect more cold, moist and snowy winters such as the one just passed, a top scientist said Friday.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, warmer Arctic climes caused by climate change influence air pressure at the North Pole, shifting wind patterns in such a way as to boost cooling over adjacent swathes of the planet.

“Cold and snowy winters will be the rule rather than the exception,” said James Overland of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Continued rapid loss of ice will be an important driver of major change in the world’s climate system in the coming years, he said at an Oslo meeting of scientists reviewing research from the two-year International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The exceptionally chilly winter of 2009-2010 in temperate zones of the northern hemisphere were connected to unique physical processes in the Arctic, he said.

“The emerging impact of greenhouse gases in an important factor in the changing Arctic,” he explained in a statement.

“What was not fully recognized until now is that a combination of an unusual warm period due to natural variability, loss of sea ice reflectivity, ocean heat storage, and changing wind patterns all working together to disrupt the memory and stability of the Arctic climate system,” he said.

The region is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.

Resulting ice loss is significantly greater than earlier climate models predicted.

The polar ice cap shrank to its smallest surface since records have been kept in 2007, and early data suggests it could become even smaller this summer.

“It is unlikely that the Arctic can return to its previous condition,” Overland said. “The changes are irreversible.”

Source: Europe, US to see snowy, cold winters: expert – france24

Date: 11 June, 2010

Delhi minimum temperature breaks 40-year record

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Soaring temperature and a dust haze made life difficult Thursday in the Indian capital as the city recoded its highest minimum temperature for June in over 40 years.

Delhi’s minimum temperature 34.7 degrees Celsius was seven degrees above average for this time of the year, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Source: Delhi minimum temperature breaks 40-year record – Thaindian News

Date: 03 June, 2010

Heat wave in Orissa, toll 37

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

It was another hot day in Orissa Thursday as temperatures in many parts of the state crossed 45-degree mark. One person died due sunstroke, taking the toll since March to 37, officials said Thursday.

Sambalpur town recorded the highest temperature of the day at 46.8 degrees Celsius followed by Hirakud (46.6 degrees), Sundergarh (46.0 degrees) and Bhabanipatna, Titlagarh and Jharsuguda at 45.5 degrees Celsius each, an official of the meteorological centre said.

Source: Heat wave in Orissa, toll 37 - Thaindian News

Date: 03 June, 2010

Algeria helps drought-ridden African nations

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Algeria has provided food assistance to African nations suffering from drought-related food shortages, Maghreb and African Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel told APS on Wednesday (June 2nd). Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia received 15,000 tons of rice worth 10 million dollars.

Source: Algeria helps drought-ridden African nations - Magharebia

Date: 03 June, 2010

How New York City is preparing for climate change

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Under the existing New York City comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC, efforts focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions with initiatives to increase building energy efficiency and retrofit ferries to use cleaner fuel. The new NPCC plan recognizes that these actions will not stop climate change alone and points to the climate risks already facing the city, such as heat waves, blackouts, flooding, and coastal storms.

In response to these challenges the NPCC calls for New York City to begin to adapt to climate change immediately and proposes the creation of flexible Adaptation Pathways, strategies that evolve through time as climate risk assessment, evaluation of adaptation strategies, and monitoring continue.

Source: How New York City is preparing for climate change – physorg

Date: 01 June, 2010

Temperatures reach record high in Pakistan

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Meteorologists record a temperature of 53.7C (129F) in Mohenjo-daro as heatwave continues across Pakistan and India

Mohenjo-daro, a ruined city in what is now Pakistan that contains the last traces of a 4,000-year-old civilisation that flourished on the banks of the river Indus, today entered the modern history books after government meteorologists recorded a temperature of 53.7C (129F). Only Al ‘Aziziyah, in Libya (57.8C in 1922), Death valley in California (56.7 in 1913) and Tirat Zvi in Israel (53.9 in 1942) are thought to have been hotter.


Temperatures in the nearest town, Larkana, have been only slightly lower in the last week, with 53C recorded last Wednesday. As the temperatures peaked, four people died, including a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder and an elderly woman. Dozens are said to have fainted.


The extreme heat was exacerbated by chronic power cuts which have prevented people from using air-conditioning. The electricity has cut out for eight hours each day as part of a severe load-shedding regime that has caused riots in other parts of Pakistan where cities are experiencing a severe heatwave with temperatures of between 43C and 47C.

“It’s very tough,” said M B Kalhoro, a local correspondent for Dawn.com, an online newspaper.

“When the power is out, people just stay indoors all the time.”

The blistering heat now engulfing Pakistan stretches to India where more than 1,000 people have reportedly died of heatstroke or heart attacks in the last two months. Although Europe and China have experienced cooler than average winters, record or well-above average temperatures have been recorded in Tibet and Burma this year.


Source: Temperatures reach record high in Pakistan – guardian.co.uk

Date: 01 June, 2010

Over 1,000 evacuated in Nicaragua after heavy rains

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Over 1,000 people in Nicaragua have been evacuated due to strong rains that continue to plague the country, a civil defense official said.

The most affected provinces are Leon and Chinandega in northwestern Nicaragua and Managua and Esteli in the north, Lieutenant Colonel Jose Benito Perez from Managua Civil Defense told local media.

He said that the rains damaged several houses in Esteli province and cut off roads to San Francisco Libre. The rescue unit had to deploy the air force to evacuate 24 people in the town.

Source: OVER 1,000 EVACUATED IN NICARAGUA AFTER HEAVY RAINS – NAM News Network

Date: 28 May 2010

Death toll tops 250 as heat wave grips India

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A heat wave across India intensified withtemperatures ranging between 46 and 49 degrees Celsius in cities as the death toll this summer season topped 250, news reports and officials said Wednesday.

While heavy rains and gales brought on by cyclone ‘Laila’ over recent days cooled the south and east of the country, the northern, central and western regions were blazing hot, the Indian Meteorological Department was quoted as saying by the German Press Agency ‘DPA’. A record temperature of 46.3 degrees Celsius was recorded in part of the capital New Delhi on Tuesday. Doctors said hospitals in the city were receiving up to 20 per cent more heat-stroke patients compared to last year.

Cities such as Kota, Hissar and Ganganagar in the northern states of Haryana and Rajasthan all recorded 48 degrees on Tuesday. On Monday, temperatures rose to a country-wide record of 49.2 degrees Celsius in Morena in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

Source: Death toll tops 250 as heat wave grips India – Saudi Press Agency

Date: 26 May 2010

Cuban drought hits water supplies

Friday, May 21st, 2010

A severe drought that has struck Cuba for the past eighteen months is affecting the water supplies of more than half a million people.

Many in Havana spend much time carrying water in buckets from government trucks because their taps have dried up.

Source: Cuban drought hits water supplies - euronews

Date: 21 May, 2010

New landslide hits Hunan villages

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

For residents of many parts of Hunan, the worst may be yet to come. On Tuesday morning the third round of torrential rain this month hit the province. CCTV reporting team was travelling to a mountain village in Xinhua county, but was stopped by an unexpected landslide.

We were setting up our equipment when this happened..

Fortunately all the residents of this mountain village managed to escape, but some of them very narrowly. The landslide blocked the only road linking the area with the outside world.

Source: New landslide hits Hunan villages - CNTN

Date: 19 May, 2010

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