November Current Events 2023: Disaster News
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- Hurricane Otis Leaves Destruction Along Its Path As It Moves Through Mexico
- Millions Of People In The Middle East Getting Affected By More Frequent Drought
- A Long Year Of Several Wildfires May Change The Climate Of Canada
- Dreadful Heatwave Spreads Across Brazil
- Campaigners Protest About Continuous Sewage Flow Into Protected Harbor
Hurricane Otis Leaves Destruction Along Its Path As It Moves Through Mexico
Photo Source: AP Photo/Felix Marquez
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – Hurricane Otis made landfall on the southern Mexican coast, bringing winds of up to 165mph (270km/h). It made landfall near the popular Acapulco resort shortly after midnight on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). As torrential rain pours onto the area, authorities have issued a warning of a potentially fatal storm surge and the likelihood of landslides.
A hurricane warning is in force for a 350-kilometer length of coastline in Guerrero between the coastal cities of Zihuatanejo and Punta Maldonado. Scientists claimed the rate at which Otis grew from a tropical storm to a category five hurricane was unusual, surpassing the record for the fastest intensification rate in the Eastern Pacific within 12 hours.
Current information from the rescue team says up to 47 people are still missing even after several people were rescued. Guerrero Governor Evelyn Salgado also stated that many of the roads that had been obstructed by debris and fallen trees had been removed, making food distribution simpler while power was restored to around two-thirds of the city.
Millions Of People In The Middle East Getting Affected By More Frequent Drought
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Wednesday, November 8, 2023 – Extreme droughts that have devastated the lives of millions of people in Syria, Iraq, and Iran since 2020 would not have occurred if not for human-caused global warming, according to a new study. According to the analysis, the climate problem means that such long-lasting and severe droughts are no longer uncommon.
The World Weather Attribution organization conducted the research. The researchers compared how droughts have altered in the region since global warming has increased temperatures by around 1.2 degrees Celsius. The scientists discovered that the high temperatures recorded since 2020 would have been "virtually impossible" without climate change, making the drought significantly more likely.
The drought's effects have been far-reaching, leading millions to evacuate rural regions, surging food costs, wildfires and air pollution, and the depletion of fishing rivers and lakes. In Syria, 2 million rural residents and 12 million people have been displaced.
Source: The Guardian
A Long Year Of Several Wildfires May Change The Climate Of Canada
Photo Source: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano
Thursday, November 9, 2023 – Fires have historically been a prevalent occurrence in the forests of Canada. However, specialists assert that this year's wildfire served as a dire portent of the kind of circumstances that will be engendered by the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is contributing to the escalation of wildfires in intensity and size through altered precipitation patterns and elevated temperatures. A remarkable 45.7 million acres, or roughly twice the size of Portugal, were consumed by wildfires, nearly tripling the previous annual record.
The boreal forests of Canada, a vital repository of carbon and a haven for species including moose, bears, and songbirds, were the primary target of the fires. Due to the extreme intensity of some of these fires, it is uncertain whether the boreal forest's predominate fir and spruce trees will return to their former positions.
The fires' effects extended well beyond the borders of Canada, resulting in smoke columns that cast a dystopian orange hue over New York City in June and hazy conditions as recently as last month in Florida.
Source: The Guardian
Dreadful Heatwave Spreads Across Brazil
Photo Source: AP Photo/Edmar Barros
Thursday, November 16, 2023 – Almost 3,000 towns and communities in Brazil have received red alerts because of an unusual heatwave. The heat has affected over a hundred million people and is predicted to linger for a few more days.
Rio de Janeiro recorded 42.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, a record for November, and heavy humidity on Tuesday made it seem like 58.5 degrees Celsius, according to municipal authorities, while The National Institute of Meteorology reported average temperatures of 37.3 degrees Celsius in Sao Paulo on Tuesday afternoon.
Officials blamed it on the El Nio phenomenon which is typically responsible for increased global temperature as well as climate change that is causing the increased frequency and duration of extreme weather events.
The heatwave, which arrives more than a month before the start of summer in the southern hemisphere, has caused Brazil's energy usage to reach new highs as people strive to stay cool.
Campaigners Protest About Continuous Sewage Flow Into Protected Harbor
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Thursday, November 23, 2023 – In the last month, raw sewage has been released into Chichester Harbor for more than 1,200 hours, which environmentalists have condemned as an "assault on the environment." The discharges have been affecting the West Sussex Protected Harbor, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
Data from Southern Water's Beachbuoy system, which displays real-time sewage discharges from storm overflows, indicates that the storm outflow at Thornham near Chichester released sewage for 710 hours and five minutes between October 24 and November 23.
The storm overflow at Bosham, which is also in the harbor, shows a series of discharges, including one of 281 hours and 24 minutes between October 27 and November 8, and another of 213 hours and 7 minutes between October 27 and November 8.
According to environmentalists, the outstanding length of the sewage leaks will have a severe environmental impact on these locations, and notwithstanding the recent significant rains, there can be no justification for this amount of water contamination.
Source: The Guardian
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