Extreme Temperatures - Environmental Hazards Newsletter - 12th Mar 2018

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Tens of thousands of starfish wash up on British beach following extreme change in temperature

Thousands of dead starfish washed up on a British beach following the 'beast from the east' weather snap. She estimated "hundreds of thousands" of starfish and other sea life were washed ashore this weekend following the spell of subzero temperatures.
4th Mar 2018 - The Independent

Death toll rises as snow causes chaos across Europe

Conditions are expected to improve by the end of the weekend, but average temperatures across the UK could remain lower than normal over the next month as the polar air gradually returns to the Arctic.
2nd Mar 2018 - CNN

Extreme fire danger threatens south-central US on Sunday

Rising temperatures and strong winds have forces meteorologists to issues warnings against extreme fire danger which may pose a threat to South-Central areas of the US in the incoming days.
4th Mar 2018 - AccuWeather.com

ASU researchers to help cities cope with extreme temperatures

ASU researchers are working with academics and officials in Tempe and Buffalo, New York to create smarter and more resilient strategies to cope with extreme temperatures.
1st Mar 2018 - The State Press

Extreme Temperatures - Environmental Hazards Newsletter - 1st Feb 2018

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How Australia's extreme heat might be here to stay

While it is record-breaking that tends to make news, scientists say it is the unbroken run of hot days in the high 30s and 40s that causes the significant problems for human health, and other life. Health officials in Victoria highlighted the threat of heatwaves when they found about 374 more people died during an extreme three-day period in January 2009 than would have been expected had it been cooler. There has, however, been relatively little investment in research into the health impact of escalating maximum temperatures. A paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change last year said while a government report called for greater focus on the area 25 years ago, less than 0.1% of health funding since has been dedicated to the impact of climate change.
21st Jan 2018 - BBC News

Extreme weather forces changes at Australian national championships

Expected temperatures in the high 30's have forced changes to the Saturday programme for the Australian national championships. The schedule for the day's racing: a Gran Fondo, men’s and women's U19 road races, and the U23 men's road race in Buninyong – had previously been adjusted but now further changes have been made to combat the expected heat.
21st Jan 2018 - Cycling News

Hottest global five-year period in recorded history confirmed by Aussie scientists

The last five years have been the hottest on earth since records began, Australia's Climate Council has confirmed. Data released by the Climate Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that the global average temperature between 2013 and 2017 were the highest in any five-year period since global temperature has been tracked. Will Steffen, a Climate Council scientist, said that 2017 was the third-warmest year on record an the warmest where temperatures were not boosted by an El Nino event in the southern Pacific. The findings mean that 17 of world's 18 warmest years have occurred this century. "Temperatures and extreme weather records have toppled one after the other around the globe in 2017," Steffen said in a media release on Friday.
19th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

World entering "critical period of intensified risks" in 2018, WEF says

WEF's latest Global Risks Report 2018, published Wednesday, showed that environmental disasters, cybercrime, large-scale involuntary migration and illicit trade were among the most notable risks, in terms of likelihood, facing the world this year. As with previous reports, the top-ranking global risk in terms of impact was the use of weapons of mass destruction. But this was followed in the table of top 10 risks by three environmental risks: Extreme weather events, natural disasters and a failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation.
18th Jan 2018 - CNBC

2017, a year of extreme disasters, was also one of the hottest on record

Throughout 2017, extreme weather events reached epic proportions: In January, the Arctic and Australia suffered serious heat waves that melted ice caps and cut power to 40,000 homes. By February, droughts dried out Somalia and lasted the full year. And ...
18th Jan 2018 - PBS NewsHour

Extreme weather a factor in 2015 mass death of saiga antelopes

Unusually high temperatures helped contribute to the dramatic sudden death of more than 200,000 "critically endangered" saiga antelopes in Central Asia's remote Steppe grassland in 2015, according to a new study. Over the course of three weeks in May 2015, a bacterial disease caused blood poisoning and wiped out more than 80 percent of the saiga population in Kazakhstan's Betpak-Dala region. In some herds, not a single animal survived.
18th Jan 2018 - Deutsche Welle

Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic

To understand how extreme weather may be hitting these massive creatures, the scientists, like their subjects, huddled in the dark through good weather and bad, taking photographs and notes. They tracked animal sizes and weather events and used ...
18th Jan 2018 - National Geographic

Scientists refine climate models, link human activities to extreme weather

A related advance has been in the science of event attribution, which seeks to determine whether individual severe weather events that have already occurred may have been caused or exacerbated by human activities. In the field of event attribution, Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration accurately predicted that the burning of fossil fuels would lead to an increase in destructive cyclones in the Arabian Sea by 2015. This marks one of the first instances that modeled climate predictions have been verified by recorded weather events.
17th Jan 2018 - Duluth News Tribune

There have been some weird weather events so far this year

We're less than two weeks into 2018, and already we’ve had more than our fair share of strange weather events. This week, for example, we were flooded with the strange sight of snow on the red dunes of the Sahara desert. According to local news reports, around 15 inches of snow fell in some northwestern parts of Algeria last weekend. Although the sight is extremely striking, geologist Stefan Kröpelin told the New York Times that it’s possible that it’s not that rare, as there are parts of the Sahara desert that aren’t frequently monitored.
13th Jan 2018 - The journal.ie

Looming Landslide Stokes Fears, May Help Disaster Predictions

Landslides occur daily around the world and kill thousands of people each year. Many are fast and furious, occurring without much warning. These are usually triggered by natural disasters: In the months since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico more than 50,000 landslides occurred across the island, and the rain hitting To help provide early warnings about precarious hillsides in the future, the USGS is planning to collect LiDAR data that would allow them to peer beneath vegetation in search of any ground deformation. NASA also plans to launch (pdf) a satellite in 2020 that will allow the agency to identify and track subtle movements of Earth’s surface. “That may revolutionize monitoring landslide activity across the country and the globe,” Godt says. Meanwhile in Yakima County, officials are placing heavy barriers between the major highway and millions of cubic yards of moving rock and earth. Just in case.
12th Jan 2018 - Scientific American

Humans Did Not Cause the US Cold Snap

The cold snap that sent temperatures plunging last week and brought the most frigid new year in recorded history, in some places, had nothing to do with climate change, according to a new study. In recent years, climate scientists have studied the connection between global warming and freezing temperatures. They are examining how shifting air patterns over the Arctic, and their incursion into North America and Europe, are connected to climate change. But the two-week deep freeze didn't carry the hallmarks of human activity, according to a rapid attribution study from Climate Central, a science communication project based in Princeton, N.J. World Weather Attribution, a group of international researchers, performed the analysis.
12th Jan 2018 - Scientific American

Scientists can now quickly link extreme weather events to climate change

The United States is in the middle of a deep cold snap, and meteorologists are saying that a “bomb cyclone” — essentially a freezing hurricane — will hit parts of the East Coast tonight. It's a weather cycle that's prompted a number of climate change ...
4th Jan 2018 - VICE News

A "Bomb Cyclone" Forming off the East Coast Could Bring the Coldest Temperatures in 100 Years

Meteorologists are calling the event Winter Storm Grayson, and they say it could bring snow to the Southeast on Wednesday, as well as possible blizzard conditions to the Northeast Wednesday night and Thursday. After the wet winter weather passes, the cold air would make the east coast even more miserable. Boston, for instance, could see its coldest week in 100 years.
3rd Jan 2018 - TIME

Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters on Climate Change

Over the last few years, dozens of studies have investigated the influence of climate change on events ranging from the Russian heat wave of 2010 to the California drought, evaluating the extent to which global warming has made them more severe or more likely to occur. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society now issues a special report each year assessing the impact of climate change on the previous year's extreme events. Interest in the field has grown so much that the National Academy of Sciences released an in-depth report last year evaluating the current state of the science and providing recommendations for its improvement.
2nd Jan 2018 - Scientific American

First in Science: Report on 2016 Extreme Weather Confirms Human Impact on Climate

In December, scientists released a report that determined some extreme weather events from 2016 would not have been possible without human-caused climate change. The new report from the American Meteorological Society contains 27 peer-reviewed analyses of extreme weather events from across the world. Scientists have long documented that human activities are increasing the risks of extreme weather events. However this is the first time that scientists have determined certain extreme weather events were not possible without human influence making it clear we are creating a new climate.
2nd Jan 2018 - National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

2017 Was The Year Of Extreme Weather

This year will go down in history for its extreme weather. Researchers have now definitively attributed three major extreme weather events to climate change. The average temperature around the globe in 2016. It was 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit above the average in the 20th century. And that is just enormous. The second one - extreme heat waves in Asia, especially India and Pakistan. Hundreds of people died. The temperatures were just beyond belief. And the third one - one not noticed that much - but something called the blob, which was a section of water in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska that was just unusually warm - again, so warm that it's just beyond what could be modeled as being - as happening in a natural world.
30th Dec 2017 - NPR

Three Observations About Conversations On The Extreme Cold Weather This Week

Much of the U.S. is experiencing an Arctic air mass. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider, one of my favorite Follows on Twitter, tweeted that "the last four runs of the GFS (one of the U.S. weather models) show the eastern half of the Lower 48 ringing in the New Year with the lowest average temperature in at least 70 years – edging out 1977 by just over 2°F." Brettschneider also messaged to point out that areas west of 100°W will be about 1 degree F above the 1948-2017 average according to the GFS.
30th Dec 2017 - Forbes

From "angry summer" to "weird winter": 2017 was riddled with extreme weather

As the year draws to a close, it remains on track to become the third hottest year on record and the hottest in a non-El Nino year. Despite the United States and Europe continuing their decade-long decline in greenhouse gas pollution, Australia has been missing in action. Australia’s pollution has been rising year on year since March 2015. This pollution is contributing to driving worsening extreme weather here and around the world.
28th Dec 2017 - The Guardian

Global warming fuelled five extreme weather events

In a new collection of papers published last Wednesday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers around the world analysed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that human-caused climate change was a “significant driver” for 21 of them. The effort is part of the growing field of climate change attribution, which explores connections between warming and weather events that have already happened.
27th Dec 2017 - Gulf News

Will the weather get worse in 2018? What the experts say

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, an international body set up to assess the science of climate change, we can continue to expect an increase in the average global temperature. That means we will be experiencing warmer years in the future. But at the same time, we may see changes to the extremes, which could become more frequent in the case of high temperature or heavy rainfall, or less frequent in the case of extreme cold. This means that the distribution, occurrence and expected averages of our weather (for example, temperature and rain) throughout the year may change, resulting in warmer years on average with more extreme hot days, and fewer extreme cold days in the future.
11th Jan 2018 - The Conversation UK

Will the weather get worse in 2018? What the experts say

19th Jan 2018 - Eyewitness News