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Crisis of heat across the planet: climate change is here

Japan Crushed by Godzilla-Like Deluge, Floods, and Landslides

GLOBAL HEAT CRISIS  September 5, 2018, Alex Smith,  Radio Ecoshock New high temperature records set all over N. Hemisphere

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“…..Nobody alive or dead has ever seen anything like what just happened in the past few months. No human has ever lived with carbon dioxide levels this high in the atmosphere. And that carbon load continues to climb as motorized life and fossil-powered electricity spread across the globe. The human cloud of greenhouse gases found an echo as forests released their carbon on every continent.

Here in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, we had our second year of fire emergency. Over 700 large fires burned through the mountains. Gigantic out-of-control blazes lit up the night, and then buried the whole sky with thick smoke, turning the day into night. Thousands were evacuated, turning on their vehicle headlights at ten in the morning……..

Thick smoke was blown down into Vancouver and Seattle and Portland. Then it blew back right across the continent, thousands of miles across the Prairies and into Ontario and New York State. Of course the smoke was rained out in the East, where a series of strange storms stoked up alternating high heat with hard-to-bear humidity and then unseasonable cold. Nobody in North America got a free pass to enjoy the summer.

And that’s the thing. During my life, summer was the time of good weather you could count on, except for the occasional thunder storm. Now in the age of climate change, summer is the season to survive.

When I was growing up, old people feared the winter. More old men and old women died during the cold weather. Now in the new climate times, the lore has changed. Old people should fear the summer. That’s true with the heat deaths this summer in Canada in 2018, and the mass heat deaths in Europe 2003. From Australia to California to Pakistan, we will dread the coming of summer. Think about that.

Below, NASA space shot showing fires August 2018

SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE…….. At one point in July the whole Northern Hemisphere seemed ablaze. It may be the first transcontinental fire ever seen. Fires rages in most of western North America, in the Arctic, in Sweden, Germany, Greece, Russia, Japan, and even Australia – where it is supposed to be winter. A global fire-mapping service just blaring red all over. Meanwhile in Africa the annual crop-burning, and in the Amazon and Indonesia, slash and burn to expand agriculture added to the planetary pulse of carbon into the atmosphere. It as all in the same two weeks of July.Here is a graphic by NASA based on fires they can see from space.

…….The situation in California began with absolute record breaking heatJuly 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in California. It was day after day of temperatures above 100 degrees or 38 C, and then over 110 Fahrenheit, over 43 C.

The summer of 2018 developed into a terror for many Californians, with the Mendocino fire being the largest ever seen in that state. Then, on July 24th, at 119 degrees F, (48.3 C) Imperial California recorded “a new world record for the hottest temperature ever measured while rain was falling,” says Dr. Jeff Masters at the Weather Underground.


Like the fires, heat spread around the northern half of the world. The roof of the Science Centre in Glasgow Scotland melted and flowed down the walls. Roads melted all over. Ireland found it’s highest ever recorded temperature on June 28th. …… Scientists from the University of Oxford said the Summer of 2019 is the future, with the UK heatwave made “twice as likely by climate change”.

No doubt you heard that Portugal and Spain also suffered through record-breaking temperatures. For a day, Lisbon Portugal was the hottest city on the planet. Greece burned with temperature and then burned with deadly fires.


Yerevan, the capital of Armenia hit a new record of 107.6 degrees. Night time temperatures remained high, which is very dangerous for human health. Several places in the south of Russia beat their all time heat records. According the Capitol Weather Gang at the Washington Post, Tbilisi, Georgia also set their all time high on July 4th, with 104.9 degrees, or 40.5 Celsius.


As Brian Kahn at reported: “Weather reports from Ouargla, a city of 190,000 in Algeria, indicate the mercury cracked 51.3 degrees Celsius (123.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday. That looks to be the highest reliable temperature record recorded in any month for all of Africa.


The Arctic is supposed to be the world’s refrigerator. But on July 18, far northern Finland, at 70 degrees North, hit 33 degrees C, 91 degrees Fahrenheit. All of Scandinavia was rocking hot.

Find a few news stories about the heat and fires in Sweden herehere, and here.

The European weather site reported “Norway’s July temperature deviation was 5.3°C, which resulted in the hottest summer since measurements began in 1900.”

Or take northern Siberia where it’s supposed to be cold. On July 5th, temperatures were 40 degrees F above normal, well over 90 degrees or 32C, above the Arctic Circle. That’s nuts. Smoke from Siberian wildfires crossed Alaska, into Canada, and as far away as New England!

Canada was roasting. Toronto had 18 days over 30C, in the high 80’s Fahrenheit – double what used to be “normal”. The morgue in Montreal Canada went over capacity with 84 killed by high heat. Both Montreal and the Canadian capital of Ottawa set all-time record extreme combinations of heat and humidity at midnight. Hot humid nights don’t just cost sleep, they kill.

The world’s highest night-time low temperature of 109 degrees F, 42.7 C was set in Oman on the Persian Gulf.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Africa – and that’s saying something! – was recorded July 5th in Algeria’s Sahara Desert. It was 51 degrees C, 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit. That sounds like another planet, one closer to the sun, but now it’s our planet.


And let’s talk about Japan for a minute. That country began with an extreme rainfall event which the government called “historic”. Hundreds of thousands of people had to evacuate. Over 30 inches of rain fell within two days. Hundreds died. Rivers overflowed to drown cities and landslides blocked out emergency help.

Canadian scientist Paul Beckwith explains the science behind those extreme rain in Japan in this Youtube video. Japan Crushed by Godzilla-Like Deluge, Floods, and Landslides

As tens of thousands of emergency workers attempted to help, they became the next victims as unbelievable heat buried Japan. Dozens died and hospitals filled up as temperatures went over 40 C, more than 100 Fahrenheit. In the third week of that heat wave, on Monday July 23rd the highest temperature ever recorded in Japan arrived about 40 miles northwest of Tokyo. It was 106 degrees Fahrenheit or 41.1 C.

And just this week Japan was hit AGAIN, this time with Typhoon Jebi, the strongest in at least 25 years. It’s more violent weather.


That’s the one-two punch climate scientists and activists have feared and warned about. Japan suffered never-before-seen rains followed immediately by weeks of emergency level heat. Those are the combinations that could eventually wear down an economy, and civilization itself. We saw that combination all over. As temperatures soared health emergencies clogged the hospitals. Then the hospitals need to be evacuated due to the following wildfires, as happened in California.

By the way it was way too hot in North Korea (where there are few air-conditioners). That country declared a national heat emergency. Hong Kong went over 91 degrees F for 16 straight days. Add the pollution and imagine the stress.


As we move toward our guest interview, I’ll just add one more factor you’ll never hear in an IPCC report or government planning. It’s the fact that a small number of humans thrive on disaster and want to play a part in it. As I was surrounded by wildfires here in the studio, I was collecting news stories. Rising out of that collection was an alarming fact: arson was often part of the emergency, and so part of the carbon burst as well……….


September 10, 2018 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change

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