[MCN] Update on record-breaking heat: Washington Post's "Red-hot planet"

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Wed Jul 4 12:17:50 EDT 2018

"These various records add to a growing list of heat milestones set over the past 15 months that are part and parcel of a planet that is trending hotter as greenhouse gas concentrations increase because of human activity:

In April, Pakistan posted the hottest temperature ever observed on Earth during the month <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/01/a-city-in-pakistan-may-have-just-endured-the-hottest-april-temperature-ever-observed-on-earth/?utm_term=.4bf023d72924> of 122.4 degrees (50.2 Celsius).
Dallas had never hit 90 degrees in November before, but it did so three times in four days <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/11/06/dallas-had-never-hit-90-degrees-in-november-it-just-did-so-three-of-the-past-four-days/?utm_term=.dcdae2a4d59e> in 2017.
In late October 2017, temperatures soared to 108 degrees in Southern California, the hottest weather on record so late in the season in the entire United States. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/25/southern-california-stews-in-most-extreme-heat-nation-has-ever-seen-so-late-in-year/?utm_term=.646494fcb9de>
On Sept. 1, 2017, San Francisco hit 106 degrees, smashing its all-time hottest temperature <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/01/san-francisco-smashes-all-time-record-high-temperature-hits-106-degrees/?utm_term=.8e6880a01cd1>.
In late July 2017, Shanghai registered its highest temperature in recorded history <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/07/21/the-worlds-most-populated-city-shanghai-just-had-its-hottest-day-in-recorded-history/?utm_term=.727e12c522e1>, 105.6 degrees (40.9 Celsius).
In mid-July, Spain posted its highest temperature recorded <https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/1059-170714193744-spain-breaks-all-time-highest-temperature-record> when Cordoba Airport (in the south) hit 116.4 degrees (46.9 Celsius).
In July 2017, Death Valley, Calif., endured the hottest month recorded on Earth <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/03/death-valley-just-experienced-the-hottest-month-ever-recorded-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.52d363b5d972>.
In late June 2017, Ahvaz, Iran, soared to 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/06/29/iran-city-soars-to-record-of-129-degrees-near-hottest-ever-reliably-measured-on-earth/?utm_term=.9b610b86683c> (53.7 Celsius) — that country’s all-time hottest temperature.
In late May 2017, the western town of Turbat in Pakistan hit 128.3 degrees (53.5 Celsius), tying the all-time highest temperature in that country and the world-record temperature for May, according to Masters <https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/historic-heat-wave-sweeps-asia-middle-east-and-europe>."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/03/hot-planet-all-time-heat-records-have-been-set-all-over-the-world-in-last-week/?utm_term=.84c7c9cd7493 <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/03/hot-planet-all-time-heat-records-have-been-set-all-over-the-world-in-last-week/?utm_term=.84c7c9cd7493>

****************. international trade. ***************

"The global shipping industry is continuing to release more and more greenhouse gas emissions by the year, 
according to a new study released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

"The findings are the result of an analysis utilizing 'state of the art' global ship operations (AIS) data, along 
with detailed vessel characteristics relating to over half a million ships — collectively used to estimate 
greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution released by shipping “at high resolution (1° x 1°) on an hourly 
basis for the years 2013 to 2015.”

CleanTechnica Oct 24 2017

"We linked 25,000 Animalia species threat records from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List to more than 15,000 commodities ….   
we found that 30% of global species threats are due to international trade. In many developed countries, the consumption of imported coffee, tea, sugar, 
textiles, fish and ... manufactured items causes a biodiversity footprint that is larger abroad than at home."

M. Lenzen, D. Moran, K. Kanemoto, B. Foran, L. Lobefaro & A. Geschke.
International trade drives biodiversity threats in developing nations. 
Nature  7 June 2012 doi:10.1038/nature11145

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