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Quantifying the human cost of global warming – Nature Sustainability

Abstract The costs of climate change are often estimated in monetary terms, but this raises ethical issues. Here we express them in terms of numbers of people left outside the ‘human climate niche’—defined as the historically highly conserved distribution of…

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In pictures: Wildfires blaze through Canada thanks to unusually hot, dry spring

Wildfires are raging across Canada, with smoke from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan pouring into the United States. The fires began early in May 2023 and 10,000 people in Alberta and British Columbia were forced to evacuate. Alberta is home to more than four million people and is under a state of emergency as nearly 100 wildfires burn, dozens of them out of control. Photos: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

Wildfires are raging across Canada, with smoke from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan pouring into the United States. The fires began early in May 2023 and 10,000 people in Alberta and British Columbia were forced to evacuate. Alberta is home to more than four million people and is under a state of emergency as nearly 100 wildfires burn, dozens of them out of control. Photos: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

The first local state of emergency was declared on May 4. As of May 21, 2023, 84 fires burned in Alberta, 23 of which were out of control, reported news website ABC News. Early data suggests this wildfire season could be one of the worst on record, reported news website British Broadcasting Corporation. However, scattered rains and even smoke cover cooled air temperatures and helped efforts to fight wildfires in the province over the weekend. Photo: Earth Observatory, United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The first local state of emergency was declared on May 4. As of May 21, 2023, 84 fires burned in Alberta, 23 of which were out of control, reported news website ABC News. Early data suggests this wildfire season could be one of the worst on record, reported news website British Broadcasting Corporation. However, scattered rains and even smoke cover cooled air temperatures and helped efforts to fight wildfires in the province over the weekend. Photo: Earth Observatory, United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Early May is typically the start of the wildland fire season in Alberta, as snowmelt uncovers dead vegetation that can become fuel for fires, according to NASA. This year, an unusually hot and dry spring made it easier for fires to start. The majority of central and northern Alberta received less than half the rainfall this year from the middle of February to middle of May. Photo: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

Early May is typically the start of the wildland fire season in Alberta, as snowmelt uncovers dead vegetation that can become fuel for fires, according to NASA. This year, an unusually hot and dry spring made it easier for fires to start. The majority of central and northern Alberta received less than half the rainfall this year from the middle of February to middle of May. Photo: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

The wildfire smoke blanketing the western region of Canada triggered health warnings for people but was also helping to cool blazes by blocking out a hot sun across hard-hit portions of the country on May 21, reported news outlet WION. Alberta Wildfire has responded to 496 wildfires through May 22. More than 842,000 hectares have been burned, compared with just 459 hectares last year. Photos: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

The wildfire smoke blanketing the western region of Canada triggered health warnings for people but was also helping to cool blazes by blocking out a hot sun across hard-hit portions of the country on May 21, reported news outlet WION. Alberta Wildfire has responded to 496 wildfires through May 22. More than 842,000 hectares have been burned, compared with just 459 hectares last year. Photos: @AlbertaWildfire / Twitter

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Satellite data signals early hints of a looming El Nino

During El Nino years, the Indian monsoon appears to be weaker and less consistent

A  sea level-monitoring satellite has spotted early signs of a looming El Nino across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, according to a statement by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The US-European satellite Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich detected Kelvin waves — a potential precursor of El Nino conditions — cruising from west to east along the equator toward the west coast of South America.

A string of Kelvin waves forming in spring is a prominent forerunner to an El Nino, a periodic climate phenomenon that can alter weather patterns across the world.


Also read: India should brace for dry and hot spring-summer, El Nino, say experts


These enormous waves — roughly 5-10 centimetres high at the ocean surface — originate at the equator. They bring warmer water and are linked to increased sea levels. Since water expands as it warms, parts with warmer waters usually see higher sea levels.

The climate dynamics of countries like India are dramatically impacted when these waves move from the warmer western Pacific to the eastern Pacific. As a result of changes in atmospheric patterns, the monsoon circulation across the Indian subcontinent weakens. During El Nino years, the Indian monsoon appears weaker and less consistent.

Even though India occasionally receives normal or above-normal rainfall during El Nino years, the link between El Nino and Indian monsoon rainfall is significant. India saw normal or above-average rainfall in six of the 15 occurrences of the El Niño weather pattern over the last 70 years.

However, the previous four El Nino years have seen a divergent trend, with India continuously experiencing drought and rainfall below 90 per cent of the long-term normal.

El Nino is also connected with a weakening of the trade winds. The condition can bring cooler, wetter conditions to the US.

There are now more possibilities that El Nino may form before the end of the summer, according to recent reports from the World Meteorological Organization and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The upcoming months will show how powerful El Nino can become thanks to the continuous observation of ocean conditions in the Pacific by tools and satellites like Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich.

“When we measure sea level from space using satellite altimeters, we know not only the shape and height of water, but also its movement, like Kelvin and other waves,” said Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, NASA programme scientist and manager for Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich in Washington.

El Nino may also reduce the upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water off the coast of South America, which might have a detrimental effect on marine life and the fishing sector.

Satellites like Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich can detect Kelvin waves with a radar altimeter, which uses microwave signals to measure the height of the ocean’s surface. When an altimeter passes over areas that are warmer than others, the data will show higher sea levels.

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