Climate Impact Report – 05/10

Quick Facts

50/50

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization found that the world has a 50/50 chance of temporarily breaching 1.5 degrees of warming in the next five years.

10,000,000s

As a "heat dome" of high pressure expands north and east out of Texas, tens of millions will be exposed to temperatures in the 90s to triple-digits when their bodies are not yet accustomed to it.

20 Mill Acres

A May 2022 report found that about 20 million acres of cropland in the U.S. may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer.

Key Facts Of The Day 5/10

Storms and Flooding

  • On Monday, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum met with local leaders to discuss ongoing flood impacts and response in the Tongue River Watershed.
    • A week prior, the North Dakota and Minnesota National Guards had been called to respond to the eroding Bourbanis Dam.
    • On Friday, May 6, the Minnesota National Guard provided a Chinook helicopter to place two five-ton pumps to minimize water flow at the damaged structure.
  • On Friday, the mayor of Huntington, West Virginia issued an emergency declaration after the second large-scale flooding event in the city in nine months.
    • Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said there was severe damage to public and private property, along with a disruption of utility services.
    • Rapidly moving floodwaters several feet deep covered cars along one neighborhood.
    • Schools were dismissed early Friday afternoon in Cabell and Wayne counties.
    • First responders helped guide families out of their homes in some areas.
  • Sedgwick County officials acknowledge that some residents living in rural areas did not hear sirens going off before an EF-3 tornado roared through parts of the Kansas county last week.
    • Several homes were damaged and three people were hurt in a rural neighborhood Gypsum Township.

Wildfires

  • As of Monday, there are currently 12 large active wildfires that have burned 322,309 across AZ, CO, NM, and TX. As of Monday, 23,366 wildfires have burned 1,269,758 acres across the country.
  • As of Monday, the Tunnel Fire in Arizona has burned 19,075 and is 98% contained. 
  • As of Monday, the Cooks Peak Fire in New Mexico has burned 59,359 acres and is 97% contained.
  • As of Monday, the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire in New Mexico has burned 176,273 acres and is 43% contained.
    • According to the National Weather Service, the fire danger may not significantly ease in New Mexico until Friday.
  • With above-normal wildfire conditions present across much of Arizona, restrictions on campfires and other fire sources took effect yesterday in most of national forests in the state.
    • The Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto forests imposed restrictions that prohibit campfires and use of stoves fueled by charcoal, coal or wood except within a developed recreation site.
    • Smoking is prohibited except in a vehicle, inside a building or within a developed recreation site.
  • As summer approaches forecasters say central Oregon has the highest fire risk of anywhere in the state.

Extreme Heat

  • As a “heat dome” of high pressure expands north and east out of Texas, tens of millions will be exposed to temperatures in the 90s to triple-digits for the first time this year, when their bodies are not yet accustomed to it.
    • This exposure to excessive heat raises the risk of heat-related illness.
    • The heat wave will move into the lower Mississippi Valley and Southern Plains this week, before arriving in the Midwest. 
    • By the end of the week, 90-degree weather will reach Chicago.
  • The Department of Agriculture says drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana, and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid.
  • Lake Mead’s dropping water levels have revealed another set of human remains, less than a week after finding a barrel containing human remains.
  • A new report from the World Meteorological Organization found that the world has a 50-50 chance of temporarily breaching 1.5 degrees of warming in the next five years.
    • An temperature rise of 1.5 degrees increases the risk of irreversible climate tipping points, such as a collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. 
  • According to a new UN report, women in much of the world are more prone than men to shocks related to drought and desertification because of systemic sexism.
    • Women who engage in agricultural practices are not recognized as farmers because of gender norms, restricting their access to finance, information, and services needed to protect them against climate-related damages like drought.
    • Without land titles or assets that can serve as collateral, women struggle to secure loans and credit that can help them recover from climate-related damages.
    • Without access to money and technology, women are less able to adopt sustainable land management practices that could help prevent additional climate damages or increase crop yields.

New Reports And Data

  • A May 2022 report found that the world has a 50-50 chance of temporarily breaching 1.5 degrees of warming in the next five years.
  • A May 2022 report found that women worldwide are more prone than men to shocks related to drought and desertification because of systemic sexism.
  • A May 2022 report found that about 20 million acres of cropland in the U.S. may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer.

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