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: New Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments
Dear Diary. Something that is most welcome are more computer programs and information showing how bad infrastructure and in particular that along coastlines will be impacted from the climate crisis. Nearly a quarter of the 21st century is behind us, so as predicted, sea level rise will be increasing substantially from here on out. Cities that are just about always trapped for cash need to know where and how tax dollars can be spent in the best manner for adaption efforts.
Here are details on a new program that should help cities deal better with our changing climate Also, I highly recommend that you subscribe to the Energy Mix since it’s a great source to find the latest new on Renewable energy:
#SaturdayAfternoon Reading: #ClimateEmergency: "Moving beyond financial costs, it also covers 'non-market costs' to social systems, human #health and well-being, and the natural #environment, must also be accounted for. " https://t.co/4q1P20rKXn pic.twitter.com/IcNnrm0xG9— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) November 12, 2023
‘Cost of Doing Nothing’ Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments
Image Credit: Halifax Fire News Twitter
A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.
“While the mounting costs of climate change present a serious fiscal and logistical challenge for municipalities, justifying the investment in adaptation measures can be difficult for municipalities whose budgets and capacities are already stretched,” writes ICLEI Canada, explaining the reasoning behind the development of its Cost of Doing Nothing (CODN) toolbox. The package of templates, spreadsheets, and case studies is meant to provide a “jumping off point for municipalities to assess the costs of doing nothing within their own local context, and support their own climate adaptation planning process.”
Without immediate action, the cost of inaction will only increase with time, threatening to consume the scarce funds and resources that municipalities have to maintain and operate critical services, ICLEI adds.
While many cost estimates account only for direct impacts, like flood damage to buildings and infrastructure, the toolbox sets out to redefine the true costs to communities by assessing indirect, cascading costs like disrupted services, rising insurance premiums, and job losses when local businesses are damaged or destroyed.
Moving beyond financial costs, it also covers “non-market costs” to social systems, human health and well-being, and the natural environment, must also be accounted for. For example, “the cost of heat-related hospital visits is expected to increase 21% by mid-century and 102% by end of century even under a low-emissions scenario,” ICLEI writes.
Another consideration is that “much of the available literature (peer-reviewed and grey) on assessing the impacts and costs of climate change leans heavily on Western knowledge systems,” the organization adds. So the CODN toolbox urges trust-based engagement with Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) for a more “holistic” understanding of the impacts and costs of climate change.
An IKS resource list in the toolbox includes the Indigenous Climate Hub, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), the findings of the 2021 Onjisay Aki International Climate Summit, and the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy produced by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
The toolkit also includes a tracking tool, presented as an editable Excel spreadsheet, with detailed guidance on data types and sources and columns for tracking the collection process. Toolbox users are supplied with eight national impact statements, from which they can select the ones that are most relevant to their community. An appendix aids the collection of local data.
ICLEI urges city staff to “gather as much local data as is feasible to include in your report and build a compelling business case.” The final numbers are plugged into an editable template that composes a customized report.
The City of Hamilton has already completed a cost of doing nothing assessment [pdf] focused on the multiple hazards it faces due to extreme precipitation and high temperatures. The 2022 document is appended to the CODN toolbox as a case study, alongside a technical analysis of 19 potential climate impacts published [pdf] by the City of Windsor in 2019. ICLEI has also produced a webinar to help users get the most out of the toolbox.
Here are more “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
Insane temperatures in Brazil tonight.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
NATIONAL RECORD of highest Tmin destroyed in pieces again: 32.7C the MIN temperature at Porto Murtinho, that s more typical of Pakistan or Algeria.
South America has never seen anything like or even close to this.
More to come…. https://t.co/TqggOmntLC
SOUTH AMERICA— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
Dozens monthly records fell again in BRAZIL including Sao Paulo with 36.7C
Aquidauana 41.5 also broke its all time high
In PARAGUAY also most stations broke their monthly records and General Bruguez with 43.6C also its all time high
Here a list of the most important pic.twitter.com/XHxmSay6g0
More on the record hottest nights in PARAGUAY— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
33 San Pedro
32 Pozo Colorado
31 Gen. Bruguez
Note:This wasn't just the highest Tmin ever in South America but also the 2nd hottest November night worldwide.-Nov 6th,1965 in Australia https://t.co/2uBPtXVlJV
More record heat West and East of the Mediterranean— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
It's mid November but nights are still stifling warm in Turkey
MIN temperatures tonight were 23.0C at Antalya Samandira,22.4C Burnu Feneri.
12 stations had tropical nights.
To the other side,Canary Islands rose >32C. https://t.co/yh905d5KDL
Exceptional warm spell in Spain and France— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
28.5C at Ceret in France,26C also at >500m asl,15 monthly records were broken.👎
In Spain 32C Canary Islands,29C Valentian community,28C in Catalonia,27C Basque Region.
In Morocco record with 31.2C at>1136m at Ouarzrzate.
Kudos Meteociel pic.twitter.com/qqFyaUQA4p
Here is some more new October 2023 climatology:
October 2023 in #Malaysia had an average temperature of 28.55C and was the WARMEST October on records.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
It was mostly drier than average specially in Western Peninsula and in Sabah.
See rainfall anomalies map credit of Malaysia Meteorological Service. pic.twitter.com/EOPXeiRaiA
October 2023 in New Caledonia had an average temperature of 22.8C which matches the 1991-2020 normal.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 13, 2023
Rainfall amounts ranged from 31.3mm at Tiaret to 328.6mm at Ouinnè and they were in average 67% above normal. pic.twitter.com/Sdm5ms9L6u
Here is More Climate and Weather News from Monday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Hmmm…I don’t think this was in the Paris Accord playbook, or in most older climate models.— Randall Gates (@rgatess) November 14, 2023
Faster Arctic warming hastens 2-degree-Celsius rise by eight years, finds modeling study https://t.co/iUbM8s8ZX0
NASA climate scientist and activist Peter Kalmus discusses why a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects is one of the most urgent tasks required of world leaders. #PeterKalmus #GlobalHeating #FossilFuelMoratorium #ClimateEmergency #EndFossilFuels #ClimateScience #Climate101 pic.twitter.com/nUH0ETSVKi— Undeniable: The Climate Emergency Network (@UndeniableNtwrk) November 13, 2023
For all interested in the tipping point of the Atlantic overturning circulation : here's Henk Dijkstra's recent talk.— Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf 🌏 🦣 (@rahmstorf) November 13, 2023
The tipping point has been confirmed in a state-of-art climate model, and a novel early warning indicator suggests we're heading there.https://t.co/5kMmE8BdEt pic.twitter.com/Ek4wc1JiDs
This is like evidence of a large commet heading towards Earth.— Leon Simons (@LeonSimons8) November 13, 2023
Like in the disaster movies, many choose to completely ignore the data. https://t.co/WRqvCw4Ctl
I’m pretty skeptical of most carbon removal schemes, but this one makes more sense to me.— Dr. Jonathan Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) November 14, 2023
Let biology capture the carbon — instead of machines — and we figure out how to make it durable and store it for thousands of years.
Worth exploring… https://t.co/53oFv6ID1o
The remarkable string of days with record low #Antarctic sea ice extent is coming to an end (started in April), as the rate of decline has slowed (melt season – austral spring). 2016 is the record low for November and December.— Zack Labe (@ZLabe) November 13, 2023
More graphs: https://t.co/V0Lt0w1sTi pic.twitter.com/2EcHc5zrtW
Deniers do not like to hear the truth – so here it is again— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 13, 2023
Humanity's emissions '100-times greater' than volcanoeshttps://t.co/RiGL95LJKv
An excellent review of the story behind the 2023 State of the Climate Report by Ripple et. al.— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 13, 2023
"An alarmist is someone who yells fire in a crowded theater if there is no fire. But if the building is ablaze, they’re just telling the truth"https://t.co/5Fk1Kh2J1N
Today’s News on Sustainable Energy, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
With @POTUS' Investing in America agenda, we’re giving our electric grid some much-needed TLC.— Secretary Jennifer Granholm (@SecGranholm) November 13, 2023
Through our recent announcements for grid investments, we’re planning to invest $5.5B to strengthen our grid and keep the lights on for folks across the country.https://t.co/U9AcEqZS3w
Huge! @laurimyllyvirta calculates that the enormous deployment of wind and solar in China right now or in 2023 will exceed the growth of China's electricity demand this year. Her calculations are production, not capacity! Chinese grid emissions could start falling in 2023. Huge! pic.twitter.com/99RSVeiLro— John Raymond Hanger (@johnrhanger) November 13, 2023
Aside from spewing CO2 and other emissions, gas-powered lawn equipment is noisy for everyone and unhealthy for the folks using it. Here's a hopeful sign that we can soon leave the racket and fumes of autumn behind. @CC_Yale https://t.co/vvKancgMzZ— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) November 13, 2023
Historic: China’s CO2 emissions set to fall in 2024 and enter structural decline— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) November 13, 2023
Because: incredible acceleration of renewables deployment, led by 210GW of solar in 2023, twice the total installed solar in the US and 4 times what China added in 2020https://t.co/1IjbsFYB4G pic.twitter.com/4lpwvZvwBQ
One of the biggest nuclear projects in the world is being built in Turkey (Akkuyy) right beside the Mediterranean coastline. 4 huge reactors. Meanwhile scientists tell us the West Antarctic ice sheet melting is irreversible. Go figure. pic.twitter.com/UjmrBF54Em— Peter Dynes (@PGDynes) November 13, 2023
Okay — this one is about 100 miles from here and I admit to a certain amount of schadenfreude from the collapse of a major piece of Los Angeles freeway infrastructure.— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 13, 2023
Work from home. Walk. Ride a bike. Take public transportation.https://t.co/v3A7kqC7BB
Agroforestry,a practice that combines the cultivation of trees, crops, and livestock,offers numerous benefits.Introducing trees alongside crops restore biodiversity,provide shade to protect crops, improve soil structure.This holistic approach create a resilient ecosystem. pic.twitter.com/oLxY0Mjj62— Tangwa Abilu.🌿🌏🌾🍀🍃.SDG's. (@AbiluTangwa) November 13, 2023
More from the Weather Department:
Still several days out, but this system has the potential to dump massive amounts of rain in the Greater Antilles, where flash floods and mudslides are a perennial threat. @CC_Yale https://t.co/ry4RJbKkN0— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) November 13, 2023
As far as a potential Caribbean system, looks like models have converged on the idea of a sloppy, quick-hitting low forming and moving NE across the Antilles into the Atlantic. Can't totally rule out some intensification, but doesn't seem likely to linger or move west at all. pic.twitter.com/vVr1lrnVD8— Andy Hazelton (@AndyHazelton) November 13, 2023
This is climate change in a warming world— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 13, 2023
Not even recovered from previous storm and another one hits
A long cry from the cold frosty Novembers of the past
Yet many are trying to normalize increasing floods and extreme storms as normal https://t.co/NsEmkk3tvP
mid winter in Anchorage, AK https://t.co/c7mQCkfWYO— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) November 13, 2023
More on the Environment and Nature:
Conserving and restoring forests could sequester 226 gigatonnes of carbon, study finds https://t.co/wblKWdq9wV— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) November 13, 2023
Today, #PlasticsTreaty talks restart in Nairobi & we want world leaders to hear our message in every language: End the Age of Plastic!— Greenpeace International (@Greenpeace) November 13, 2023
Watch & 🔁 to join 🐒 @JaneGoodallInst, 🖖@WilliamShatner & ⭐️@CelinaJaitly in calling for a strong Plastics Treaty!
Your 'moment of doom' for Nov. 13, 2023 ~ Exposing a bright green lie.— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 13, 2023
"Trees don’t soak up much carbon dioxide immediately when planted, but only as they grow to maturity over several decades. That is problematic when we are facing rapid warming today."https://t.co/W56y66poCV
A swan landing on water. An ability acquired in millions of years of evolution.pic.twitter.com/5jlwIFRPrA— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 13, 2023
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
In Iceland, they're watching and waiting as the Fagradalsfjall volcano about 25 miles southwest of Reykjavik could erupt any time in the coming days. Cracks in the earth are splitting streets and pouring steam into the air above.— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) November 13, 2023
The latest ⬇️https://t.co/fvFBXFPPb9
NEW: In #Iceland, officials are warning of a 'significant' likelihood of an eruption.— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) November 13, 2023
We've had the ground move by up/down by a meter around Grindavik.
Magma is moving closer to the surface. A 10 mile-long fissure passes directly beneath Grindavik.https://t.co/BV4YRlpSU6
New aerial footage from Grindavik, Iceland, shows a large crack in the center of the town with apparent steam emanating from it. pic.twitter.com/Mjlxafr8ot— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) November 13, 2023
Newly released InSAR data shows— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) November 13, 2023
that some parts of Grindavík, Iceland have sunk by up to one meter in a matter of hours.
Astonishing ground deformation. pic.twitter.com/ZZKbb1hahi
🌋 The Sicilian sky glowed orange as Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupted on the evening of November 12. pic.twitter.com/FgRtlDMnoz— AccuWeather (@accuweather) November 13, 2023
“The decline in life expectancy in the U.S. suggests that advancements in medical treatment are no longer sufficient to counter ongoing public health crises.” https://t.co/RpHZRrmVdB— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) November 13, 2023
Sunflowers are made up of hundreds of smaller flowers in near perfect symmetry pic.twitter.com/4xxq904a98— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 13, 2023
Night thoughts— Green is a mission (@Greenisamissio1) November 13, 2023
I couldn't say it better.💚🌱☘️🌿🌲🌳🍀💚 pic.twitter.com/UTtdpkMw1c