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10 thousand hectares of cultivation in Bolivia affected by adverse weather events

Producers are given ways to move water and prevent crops from drying out.
© Mayor of Omereque
Producers find ways to move water and prevent crops from drying out.
The department's tropical region has been affected by heavy rains and the southern cone by droughts. According to reports, both natural phenomena have damaged almost 10 thousand hectares of cultivation: 7 thousand hectares of fruit trees have been affected in Chapare, 2 thousand hectares of corn have been lost in Pasorapa, 80 hectares of watermelon and tomato in Omereque, and Aiquile also reports damages.

Pasorapa has already declared itself to be in an emergency situation due to the drought, while the municipalities of Omereque and Aiquile are preparing their declarations. The municipalities of Villa Tunari, Entre Ríos and Chimoré declared themselves a disaster area in January.


Extreme weather cost Scottish farmers £131m in 2018

Sheep farming

Sheep farmers were the hardest hit because of the unpredictable weather of 2017-2018

Extreme weather contributed to losses of up to £161m for Scotland's farmers during 2017 and 2018 amid fears such unpredictable weather will soon become the norm.

Last year's adverse weather had an impact on livestock and yields of key crops across Scotland according to a new report published this week.

Sheep farmers suffered the biggest losses of £45m as the Beast from the East hit during lambing season.

The largest impact on beef producers was the increased cost of feed, as cattle were kept inside for longer during the bad weather and grass growth was low during the dry summer. This cost farmers £28m.

Cereal crops were also significantly impacted, costing the sector £34m. Total production, area grown and yields were down in 2018 due to previous year due to the poor weather conditions at key points in the season.

At the UK level, wholesale prices of some staples like carrots, lettuce and onions rose by up to 80%.

Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also:


George Galloway mocks Macron lecturing UK on democracy while France burns every Saturday

Yellow Vest protest
© Reuters / Benoit Tessier
"Yellow vests" demonstrators protest on March 16, 2019.
French president Emmanuel Macron, who rebuked British MPs for failing to respect the will of the people after they repeatedly refused to accept Theresa May's Brexit deal, has been criticised for ignoring his own people.

Former UK parliamentarian George Galloway said that Macron's lecture came from a leader whose country was "on fire every Saturday".

Macron, one of the European Union's harshest critics of Britain's indecisiveness over Brexit, told a meeting of the European Council on Thursday that the result of the British referendum must be respected.



Weather extremes: Drought in Costa Rica causes losses of up to 50% of vegetables

horticulture in the upper area of ​​Cartago is one of the most affected areas with the absence of rain.

Horticulture in the upper area of ​​Cartago is one of the most affected areas with the absence of rain.
According to MAG officials, the region most affected by the drought, which has affected products such as onions, potatoes, carrots, and beans, is the upper part of Cartago. Banana producers fear a 15% drop in exports due to the drought's impact in the Caribbean.

The drought, which has been caused by the absence of rains since October, resulted in the loss of up to 50% of the expected crops in onions, potatoes, carrots, and beans, in the upper area of Cartago. It has also affected the livestock sector in regions such as Brunca (south), according to officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).

Other areas are already beginning to experience problems, even in crop areas that have irrigation, due to the low level of natural water sources. Such is the case of Llano Grande de Cartago, where surface water sources (rivers and streams) are running out of liquid, which will impact strawberry, onion, flower, and milk farming.

Arrow Down

Italy sees 57% drop in olive harvest - The worst in 25 years

Olive trees in Italy infected by the xylella fastidiosa bacterium
© Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
Olive trees in Italy infected by the xylella fastidiosa bacterium.

Extreme weather blamed for plunge in country's olive harvest - the worst in 25 years - that could leave the country dependent on imports by April

Extreme weather events have been the "main driver" of an olive harvest collapse that could leave Italy dependent on imports from April, a leading climate scientist has warned.

A 57% plunge in the country's olive harvest - the worst in 25 years - sparked protests by thousands of Italian farmers wearing gilet arancioni - orange vests - in Rome earlier this month.

Olive trees across the Mediterranean have been hit by freak events that mirror climate change predictions - erratic rainfalls, early spring frosts, strong winds and summer droughts.

Prof Riccardo Valentini, a director of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for climate change, said: "There are clear observational patterns that point to these types of weather extremes as the main drivers of [lower] food productivity."

He added: "Freezing temperatures in the Mediterranean are anomalous for us. In any direction the extremes are important and indeed, they are predicted by climate change scenarios."

Several reports by the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) "all point to these climatic extremes as one of the major impacts of climate change", he said. "We know there will be more extremes and anomalies in the future."

Comment: This must read provides some crucial context for the drive behind the IPCC:

The Dark Story Behind 'Man-Made Global Warming', Those Who Created it - And Why

Comment: Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global 'Peak Wheat' production has arrived - What it means for you

wheat harvest
We have reached "Peak Wheat" production globally as the current 4% decline in yields is not enough to cover the demand on our planet. There is enough to supply if we continue to dig into carryover stocks and reserves, but at these rates this will last for five years maximum, all the while global yields will continue to decrease and more mouths to feed will drive consumption. This is the most detailed overall picture to show you where we are in terms of Grand Solar Minimum crop losses and where we are headed in the next five years. The information will allow you to map out the changes to protect your family and yourselves and get communities organized around you.

Comment: Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world


Millions of fish have been dying in Australia's major rivers

Australian fish are dying in their millions
© Robert McBride
Australian fish are dying in their millions
Fish have been struggling to breathe and dying by the millions on the banks of Australia's largest river system. Experts say that without serious change, it will continue to happen.

Poor management, excess upstream irrigation and drought led to three mass deaths of endangered fish species during December and January in the Murray-Darling Basin. These deaths included Murray cod fish that were decades old, according to an investigation by the Australian Academy of Science that was published last week.

Craig Moritz at the Australian National University in Canberra, who chaired the investigation, says the sight of millions of dead fish should be a wake-up call. He described the mass fish deaths as a mainland equivalent of the coral bleaching events that have been hitting the Great Barrier Reef.


Floods, fire and drought: Australia bearing the brunt of rise in extreme weather

australia flood
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Residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of Hermit Park in Townsville this week.
Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual

The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city's 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged moist air south from the equator to Australia's top end.

It dumped an unprecedented 1.4 metres of rain in less than two weeks - roughly double what falls on London in a year.

The ensuing chaos has wrecked homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to property. Two men have drowned and videos posted to social media have shown crocodiles climbing trees and taking to elevated highways in search of shelter.

But amid the deluge, not everyone heeded the evacuation advice.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

Bizarro Earth

'Hundreds of thousands' of fish dead in Australia

Darling River Mass Death
Just weeks after up to a million fish were killed, another mass death occurred in the Murray-Darling river system.
"Hundreds of thousands" of fish have died in drought-stricken Australia in the last few days and more mass deaths are likely to occur, the authorities warned Tuesday.

Locals around the Darling River were confronted with a sea of white, as dead fish carpeted the waters near the southeastern Outback town of Menindee.

Just weeks after up to a million were killed -- with scientists pointing to low water and oxygen levels as well as possibly toxic algae -- another mass death occurred in the key agricultural region.

Inspectors from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries have visited the site and said they found that "hundreds of thousands of fish have died".

"Further fish deaths in the Darling River are anticipated as a significant number of fish have been observed under stress," the department said in a statement.

Some 700 kilos (1,543 pounds) of dead fish were removed from the river Monday, with similar amounts expected to be collected Tuesday, it added.

The Darling River is part of the Murray-Darling River system that stretches thousands of kilometres across several states.


Australian heatwave - Forgotten history

Don't believe your lying eyes - Australian newspaper archives are full of temperatures recorded higher than 121 in the shade which is 50C. All of these temperatures in the map below are found in historic newspaper archives. Measurements done after 1910 are even done with official Stevenson screens, yet the BOM "throws them away". It's true that ones done in the 1800s are often recorded on non-standard equipment, or are just literally "in the shade" under cover. So some of these, perhaps many, are one or two degrees too high. But even if we take two degrees off, how scary is global warming when Australia knew many days of 48C and 49C and some at 50C 120 years ago? The BOM - supposedly so concerned about the State of Our Climate - show little interest in talking about our history or in analyzing it, or even mentioning it.

And modern temperatures are recorded on electronic equipment, sometimes in areas affected by urban heat islands (concrete and cars).
Forgotten History
© JoNova
50C temperatures have occurred all over Australia before

Australians have been recording temperatures of over 50C since 1828, right across the country. In 1896 the heat was so bad for weeks that people fled on emergency trains to escape the inland heat. Millions of birds fell from the sky in 1932 due to the savage hot spell.

Australia heatwave: Dozens of wild horses found dead at dried-up waterhole