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June rainfall in the lower Yangtze River Basin can be predicted four months ahead

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) A new study shows that the Met Office’s operational seasonal forecasting system can predict June rainfall in the middle/lower Yangtze River basin up to four months in advance.

Last remaining glaciers in the Pacific will soon melt away

(Ohio State University) The last remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes will disappear in the next decade — and possibly sooner — due to climate change, a new study has found.The glaciers in Papua, Indonesia, are “the canaries in the coal mine” for other mountaintop glaciers around the world, said Lonnie Thompson, one of the senior authors of the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Accelerating greenhouse gas levels

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) just released its annual Emissions Gap Report, warning that even if all current unconditional commitments under the Paris Agreement are implemented, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2°C, bringing even wider-ranging and more destructive…

We’re living through Earth’s second-hottest year, NOAA finds – Washington Post

Global land and ocean temperature departures from average during October 2019. (NOAA) Andrew Freedman Editor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. November 19 at 8:15 PM This year is increasingly likely to be the planet’s second-…

2020 El Nino could start 18 degree temperature rise

[ click on image to enlarge ] Above image shows a blue long-term trend, based on NASA LOTI 1880-Oct.2019 data, 0.78°C adjusted to reflect ocean air temperatures (as opposed to sea surface temperatures), to reflect a higher polar anomaly (as…


Earth sizzles through October as another month ranks as the warmest on record – Washington Post

Global average surface temperature departures from average during October, when compared to 1981-2010 levels. (Copernicus Climate Change Service) Andrew Freedman Editor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. November 5 at 11:50 AM October was the warmest…


Changes in high-altitude winds over the South Pacific produce long-term effects

In the past million years, the high-altitude winds of the southern westerly wind belt, which spans nearly half the globe, didn’t behave as uniformly over the Southern Pacific as previously assumed. Instead, they varied cyclically over periods of ca. 21,000 years. A new study has now confirmed close ties between the climate of the mid and high latitudes and that of the tropics in the South Pacific.

Climate crisis disasters that could get worse if we don’t do anything – USA TODAY

CLOSE The Green New Deal has its share of supporters and critics, but the often-misunderstood plan is just the start of environmental politics. We explain. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY In September, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on…