The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Not Forgetting About Those Suffering from the Climate Crisis in Pakistan
Dear Diary. We are now officially in winter across the Northern Hemisphere since the winter solstice occurred yesterday. Most of us are thinking about harsh winter weather that is already occurring, including that from historic Winter Storm and Cold Wave Elliot, that will chill millions and unfortunately has the potential to be deadly across the bulk of the United States. As bad as this season has started, most people living across the Northern Hemisphere would gladly trade winter for this past summer. Residents here don’t have a clue how badly people have suffered from this year’s summer climate crisis, case in point being Pakistan.
I’m reminded today after reading the following Desdemona Despair/Associated Press article that people are still suffering from the aftermath of this summer’s awful weather. From now on during the 21st century people will think of winter as a reprieve from summers that can bring conditions as bad as this:
Pakistan’s premier urges global aid for 20 million flood victims – “People living in such areas are looking toward the sky for help”
Flood victims from monsoon rain use a makeshift barge to carry hay for cattle, in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, on 5 September 2022. Photo: Fareed Khan / AP Photo
By Munir Ahmed
21 December 2022
ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s prime minister on Wednesday urged the international community to give his country desperately needed aid to help 20 million flood victims survive the harsh winter, as the country struggles to cope with the humanitarian aftermath of vast floods earlier in the year.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif made the emotional appeal for help in arranging food, tents and other essential items for the millions of people the deadly floods had displaced ahead of an international donors conference in Geneva on 9 January 2023.
“Even today, 20 million victims of the floods need urgent humanitarian assistance,” Sharif said in televised comments during a visit to Kot Diji in the southern province of Sindh, an area widely devastated by the inundations.
Cash-strapped Pakistan was already facing a serious financial crisis before the heavy monsoon rains hit in mid-June. The rains triggered unprecedented floods that at one point submerged a third of the country’s territory.
Sharif said Pakistan was suffering from climate change-induced floods, despite having a negligible share in global carbon emissions.
Women carry belongings salvaged from their flooded home after monsoon rains, in the Qambar Shahdadkot district of Sindh Province, of Pakistan, 6 September 2022. Photo: Fareed Khan / AP Photo
The U.N. in Geneva will co-host the “International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan” to raise much-needed funds for the victims of last summer’s wideranging floods that killed 1,739 people, destroyed 2.2 million homes and affected 33 million Pakistanis.
Sharif said he plans to travel to Switzerland to lay out for the world community the ordeal of the flood victims, tens of thousands of whom are still living in open areas.
Sharif said nine million children are among those flood survivors who were “desperately waiting for help.” His government was trying to help flood victims with its limited resources, he said.
Sharif added that snow has started falling in some of the flood-hit areas in the northwest and southwestern Baluchistan province, adding more misery to the plight of flood survivors.
“People living in such areas are looking toward the sky for help. They are waiting for tents and aid,” he said.
Sharif claimed Pakistan’s government was using all its resources to ensure that flood victims return to normal life by rebuilding destroyed homes and communities. In recent weeks, many of the flood survivors have returned to their villages.
The floods also destroyed much of the country’s crops. Pakistan says the inundations caused up to $40 billion in damages to its economy.
Here are some “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as some extreme precipitation reports:
Here is more climate and weather news from Thursday:
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Guy Walton… “The Climate Guy”