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Extreme weather to drop European cereal production 6%

Combine harvester

To help farmers stay afloat Copa Cogeca has called on the EU Commission to issue an advance payment to those suffering the effects of extreme climatic conditions.
New estimates for this year's EU grain harvest are forecasting a 6% drop in EU cereal and oilseeds production, due to extreme weather conditions.

The estimate comes from Copa Cogeca, the farmer and agri cooperative representative body in the EU. The total harvest is expected to be in the region of 273.8m tonnes.

Copa Cogeca cereals working party chair Max Schulman said: "Farmers in some central European and northern countries [Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Finland] have been hit by severe drought, which is reaching catastrophic proportions. Whilst some southern countries [Iberian Peninsula, Italy, France] have been experiencing floods."

Copa Cogeca oilseeds working party chair Arnaud Rousseau went on to warn of the estimated 6% drop, around 2m tonnes, in EU oilseeds production. Last year's production figure stood at 31.5m tonnes.

"We are concerned about the substitution of EU crop-based biofuels by palm oil and biodiesel imports. EU crop-based biofuels which generate a protein-rich co-product for use in animal feed must be promoted against palm oil in the EU. In addition, we call on the Commission to implement urgently the countervailing duty on biodiesel imports originating from Argentina".


Heavy snowfall across South Africa

A motorist removes the snow from his car on the Swaarmoed Pass, 10 km outside Ceres in Western Province Cape, South Africa, on July 3, 2018.

A motorist removes the snow from his car on the Swaarmoed Pass, 10 km outside Ceres in Western Province Cape, South Africa, on July 3, 2018.
Globull warming in South Africa. Much of SA covered in snow. Gydo, Theronsberg and Matroosberg mountain passes closed.

3 July 2018 - Official snow reporter in the Western Cape says it's the most impressive snowfall since he began reporting.


Iranian general thinks Israeli weather modification is to blame for country's drought

As Iran is suffering from severe drought, its officials are struggling to explain the disastrous weather conditions. An Iranian general believes Israel is behind the cloud and snow theft, but meteorologists cast their doubts.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, accused the Islamic Republic's old regional adversary, Israel, of taking the lead in "suspicious" climate change in the country. The general says researches have proof that Tel-Aviv, with some allies, are putting a crimp in precipitation on Iranian soil.

"Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change," Jalali told a news conference on Monday as cited by Isna. He added that Iranian research centers can "confirm" the claim.

Comment: While the capabilities of weather modification is still up for debate, what is clear is that all over the world the climate has dramatically shifted where a variety of extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common, and that includes record breaking drought and epic flooding:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Fuel and food prices up, July snow in British Columbia


Snow in British Columbia July 02, 2018 and the news article covers heat in Ontario devoting a few sentences to the snow coverage in an article about snow cover in July, but the other 5 paragraph to how warm it is elsewhere. Ski resorts with honest journalism calling snow through their stories, heat not mentioned once.

Hudson Bay ice anomalies continue with ice measurements and food / fuel prices up which means now more than ever you need to take measures to grow your own food to keep costs low in your life.


Comment: See in addition: Global cooling: Snow hits parts of British Columbia in July

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Global cooling: The still-frozen north

North American snow and ice cover

North American snow and ice cover
There is still snow and ice in N. Canada. While the weather has been warmer the past couple weeks...the very cold spring in N. Quebec and N. Labrador has left some snow on the ground here in the first week of July. The ice on Hudson Bay is slowly melting, but the bay is still mostly ice covered.

Here's another view of the snow and ice in the Arctic. There is still a little ice left on Great Bear Lake and inland lakes northwest of Hudson Bay are still frozen. Barrow (Utqiaġvik) had a high of 41 yesterday. The average high at Barrow in July is 47.

Comment: Two tankers trapped in ice near Russian Arctic port in midsummer


Global cooling: Snow hits parts of British Columbia in July

Snow falls on Interior mountain passes and ski hills at the start of July

No matter where you go in the province today, you won't escape the cold.

Rain showers are expected to periodically hit several regions of B.C. until Wednesday and if you're up in the mountains there's snow.

It already fell on Big White in the Okangan and some mountain passes Monday morning, closing biking trails and putting motorists on high alert. Whistler Blackcomb also got hit with the white stuff, delying the opening of their summer season Peak Chair opening.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Russian Arctic port needs icebreakers in July & China's Maritime Silk Road

Icebreaker assistance in Gulf of Ob
© Sovcomflot
Icebreaker assistance in Gulf of Ob.
Several icebreakers are needed to keep deliveries of natural gas and oil coming out of the Gulf of Ob, Russia has sent three vessels to help rescue and free energy tankers stuck in six to nine foot thick sea ice. China completed its Maritime Silk Road after securing a 100 year lease of a port in Sri Lanka and the Maldives they received an island so the Maldive fishing industry can send product to China duty free. Looking at previous grand solar minimums and we see China is setting itself to go off line it the north but bring in food from other parts of the world through their southern corridors.

Comment: Two tankers trapped in ice near Russian Arctic port in midsummer


Heat wave scorches US Midwest and East, wildfire warnings for Colorado and California

heatwave midwest
A blistering heat wave will sweep the U.S. Midwest and East on Saturday and Sunday, when temperatures and humidity levels are expected to reach well above normal.

Tens of millions of Americans will be under heat warnings, watches and advisories as temperatures reach above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) in major cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, the National Weather Service said.

"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely," the service said in a warning for Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States.

The hot weather is especially dangerous for young children, elderly people and people with health problems, it said.

Comment: Winter battered the northern hemisphere, dragged well into spring, and now summer is scorching everywhere from Russia to the Europe to the US. Meanwhile we're still seeing epic flooding, deadly hail and stubborn snow:


UK heatwave causes farmers earliest harvest for 40 years - Yield is significantly reduced

They began harvesting their 750 acres of arable land on June 28, two weeks earlier than normal

They began harvesting their 750 acres of arable land on June 28, two weeks earlier than normal
The 86F heatwave which has swept Britain in the last week has caused an almost unheard of June harvest at a British farm.

Bisterne Estate in Ringwood, Hampshire, produces seed barley, milling wheat and biscuit rye, and began harvesting their 750 acres of arable land on June 28, two weeks earlier than normal.

Farm manager Martin Button says this is the earliest harvest there since 1976.

However, they are expecting a significantly reduced yield as the barley grain is much smaller than in a typical year, which was been attributed to the dry summer.

Comment: In recent years farmers all over the world have been fighting a losing battle against an increasingly erratic climate. With extreme cold, epic flooding, scorching heatwaves and deadly hailstorms, farmers are losing crop to disease and damage, and consumers are seeing prices skyrocket:

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Two tankers trapped in ice near Russian Arctic port in midsummer

Shipping in the Gulf of Ob is paralysed and the situation complicated, icebreaker company Rosatomflot says.

It is late June, but the winter has not abandoned the Gulf of Ob. The shallow bay, which houses two of Russia's biggest Arctic out-shipment terminals for oil and gas, remains packed with fast ice.

It has created a complicated situation, Rosatomflot says. The state company which manages the Russian nuclear-powered icebreakers, confirms that independent shipping in the area is paralysed and that LNG carriers and tankers are stuck.