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Climate Warms UP Once Again In 2022

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DENVER — Last year, the Earth’s fever didn’t go away. It didn’t reach a record high, but government groups say it was still one of the five or six warmest years on record.

Scientists from the US government, on the other hand, say that climate change caused by burning coal, oil, and gas will make the next few years the hottest on record.

Despite a La Nina, a cooling of the equatorial Pacific that somewhat lowers world average temperatures, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2022’s global average temperature was 14.76 degrees Celsius, placing it sixth on record. Because of data concerns, NOAA still needs to include the polar regions but will do so soon.

If the Arctic, warming three to four times faster, and Antarctica are included, NOAA says it will be the fifth warmest on record. Traditionally including the Arctic in its worldwide estimates, NASA stated that 2022 is tied for the fifth warmest with 2015. Four other scientific institutions or organizations worldwide rank the year as the fifth or sixth hottest on record.


NOAA And NASA Have Records Dating Back To 1880.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated that global warming is “very alarming… What we’re seeing is our warming climate warning us all. The intensity of forest fires is increasing. Hurricanes are becoming more powerful. Droughts are wreaking havoc on the environment. The sea level is rising. Extreme weather patterns endanger our well-being all around the world.”

According to Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit collection of independent scientists, it was the fifth warmest and hottest year for 28 countries, including China, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, and New Zealand.

Another group, whose satellite-based estimations are typically cooler than other science teams, claimed it was the fifth hottest year.


2022’s Climate Was Hotter Than 2021

Last year was slightly hotter than 2021, but scientists believe the real issue is that the last eight years, beginning in 2015, have been a step above the increased temperatures the world has been experiencing. According to NOAA and NASA, the last eight years have been warmer, over 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius), than pre-industrial times. According to NASA, last year was 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than in the mid-nineteenth century.

“The previous eight years have certainly been warmer than the years before,” said Russ Vose, chief of NOAA’s analysis section.

In a human body, an extra 2 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever, but Renee McPherson, a University of Oklahoma meteorology professor who was not part of any of the study teams, believes global warming is worse than the equivalent of a planetary fever because fevers can be treated to go away quickly.

“You can’t take a pill for it. Therefore the solutions aren’t simple,” McPherson explained. “It’s more of what you’d call a chronic sickness, like cancer.”


Each Year Will Get Warmer And Warmer

“Every tenth of a degree matters and things break down, and that’s what we’re witnessing,” says Climate Central Chief Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Plucky, comparing the situation to a fever.

The World Meteorological Organization says that it is more likely that the world will warm more each year than the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) limit agreed upon in 2015. According to the United Nations Weather Service, the previous ten years have been 1.14 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial periods. Vose says there is a 50/50 chance that the temperature will briefly reach 1.5 degrees Celsius in the 2020s climate.

Vose and NASA Goddard Institute Director Gavin Schmidt stated that there are indications of an acceleration in warming, but the data isn’t yet solid enough to be certain. However, they claim that the overall warming trend is unbreakable.

“You’ve seen this steady increase in temperature since the mid-1970s, and that’s completely resistant to all the different approaches,” Schmidt said.


La Nina Will Happen More Often

La Nina, a natural phenomenon that affects weather worldwide, is in its third year. Schmidt concluded that the La Nina lowered overall temperatures by around a tenth of a degree (.06 degrees Celsius) last year, even though it was the hottest La Nina year on record.

“The La Nina years of now are not yesterday,” said Kathie Dello, a state climatologist in North Carolina. “In the past, we could count on La Nina to lower the world thermostat. Heat-trapping gases keep the temperature high, ensuring another top-10 warmest year on record.”

With La Nina likely receding and a possible El Nino on the horizon, Schmidt predicts that this year’s climate will be warmer than 2022. And keep an eye out for an El Nino next year.

“That would imply that 2024 would be the warmest year on record by a significant margin,” Schmidt said

Scientists estimate that 90% of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends up in the upper 6,561 feet (2000 meters) of the ocean, and numbers released Wednesday suggest that 2022 will be another record year for ocean heat.

“There’s a fairly good connection between the patterns of ocean warming, stratification, and then the weather that we experience in our daily life on land,” a research co-author of the University of St. Thomas said.

Global warming first made news in the United States in 1988, when Schmidt’s predecessor, climate scientist James Hansen, testified about worsening warming. That year would be the warmest on record.


1988 Is Now The 28th Warmest Year On Record.

According to NOAA, the last time the Earth was cooler than the 20th-century average was in 1976.

However, scientists believe that average temperatures do not significantly impact humans and climate. What bothers and upsets people is how global warming makes extreme weather events like heat waves, floods, droughts, and storms harsher, more frequent, or both.

“These trends should concern everyone,” said Natalie Mahowald, a climate scientist at Cornell University who was not part of the study teams.

According to WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, these extremes will “undermine health, food, energy, and water security, as well as infrastructure” in 2022. Large parts of Pakistan were inundated, resulting in significant economic losses and human deaths. Heat waves of unprecedented proportions have been recorded in China, Europe, and North and South America. Long-term drought in the Horn of Africa threatens a humanitarian disaster.




Canadian Mother And Twins Charged With Pretending To Be Inuit

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Three Canadian women have been charged with impersonating Inuit to receive benefits from indigenous organizations.

Two sisters, aged 25, allegedly committed fraud by posing as adopted Inuit children.

The two sisters and their 59-year-old mother face two counts of fraud. One Inuit group described the alleged deception as “shocking.”

On October 30, the defendants are scheduled to appear in court in Iqaluit.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stated in a statement that Amira and Nadya Gill, along with their mother Karima Manji, defrauded two local organizations of “funds that are only available to Inuit beneficiaries by obtaining grants and scholarships” between October 2016 and September 2022.

As part of the Nunavut Agreement, a 1993 indigenous land claim settlement, members of Canada’s Inuit community in the sparsely populated northern territory are eligible for grants and scholarships.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., or NTI, which represents Inuits in the territory, oversees the registration of indigenous classification.

NTI stated in a March statement that it had become “aware of possible fraudulent enrollment” of the Gill sisters after Ms. Manji claimed they were adopted and identified an Inuk woman as their birth mother.


Three Canadian women have been charged with impersonating Inuit to receive benefits from indigenous organizations.

They stated that the instance was a “first of its kind” in the organization’s enrollment program’s history.

The three Ontario residents were removed from the NTI’s list of beneficiaries, and the matter was referred to the RCMP following an investigation.

Kitty Noah, the woman identified by the Gills as their birth mother, stated before her demise in July that she was unrelated to the twins.

In 2021, the sisters Gill, both Ontario’s Queen’s University graduates, launched an online business selling facial masks with designs by indigenous artists.

In an interview with Canadian broadcaster CBC, NTI President Aluki Kotierk stated that the Gill sisters and their mother should “at a minimum” refund the money they received from Inuit organizations.

HE ADDED THAT the NTI will conduct additional training for enrollment committees in the future.

Mr. Kotierk described the alleged fraud as “another form of colonization” and part of a larger trend of non-indigenous Canadians claiming indigenous ancestry.

He stated, “You wanted to take our language from us.” “You intended to strip us of our culture. Are you now attempting to assume our identity? It is simply astounding.”

In a statement, the NTI referred to the incident as “isolated” and stated that it was fortifying enrollment requirements by requiring applicants to submit a copy of their long-form birth certificate.


Three Canadian women have been charged with impersonating Inuit to receive benefits from indigenous organizations.

In addition to the funds provided by the Kakivak Association and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, claiming indigenous status enabled the siblings to receive scholarships from Indspire, a Canadian indigenous charity, Hydro One, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Before 2021, scholarship applicants could self-identify as indigenous, according to a Royal Bank of Canada spokesperson, but the requirements have since been updated.

The BBC has sought comment from Indspire and Hydro One.

Some Canadians have used “pretendians” to refer those who fraudulently claim indigenous ancestry.

Jean Teillet, a member of the Métis indigenous community, told Global News that the term “sounds harmless” minimizes the gravity of the issue.

“I prefer to call it fraud because the definition of fraud is intentional deception to obtain a material gain, and that’s what we’re talking about here.”

The three accused women were not readily accessible for comment.



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Tropical Storm Ophelia Moves Inland Over North Carolina As Coastal Areas Lashed With Wind And Rain

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — After making landfall near Emerald Isle early Saturday morning, Tropical Storm Ophelia swirled across North Carolina, lashing eastern portions of the state with rain, damaging winds, and hazardous water surges.

The storm landed at 6:15 a.m. with near-hurricane-force winds of 70 mph (110 kph) but was anticipated to weaken as it turned north Saturday and then shifted northeast on Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Centre.

As of Friday, Ophelia is churning up the East Coast at approximately 13 mph (21 kph), bringing windy conditions and torrential rainfall for the weekend. Through Sunday, portions of North Carolina and Virginia may receive up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of precipitation, with 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) predicted for the remainder of the mid-Atlantic region.

Philippe Papin, a hurricane expert at the National Hurricane Centre, stated that the primary risk posed by the storm system over the next few days will be the possibility of flooding precipitated by the rain.

“Tropical storm-force winds have been observed, but they are beginning to gradually diminish as the system moves further inland,” Papin said in an early Saturday interview. However, in the next 12 to 24 hours, a substantial portion of eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia is at risk for flooding precipitation.

Several eastern North Carolina counties had tens of thousands of residences and businesses without power as of Saturday morning, according to, which monitors utility reports.


Tropical Storm Ophelia swirled across North Carolina, lashing eastern portions of the state with rain, damaging winds, and hazardous water surges.

Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, told WTVD-TV on Saturday, “When you have a slow-moving storm with several inches of rain and a wind gust of 30, 40 miles per hour, that’s enough to bring down a tree or limbs.” “This has been the case in the majority of areas where we have experienced outages.”

From Bogue Inlet, North Carolina, to Chincoteague, Virginia, a storm surge warning was issued indicating the threat of rising ocean water forced inland by Ophelia. In some locations, waves of 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) were predicted. The area from Cape Fear, North Carolina, to Fenwick Island, Delaware, was issued a storm warning.

On Friday, each of North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland governors declared a state of emergency. Several institutions closed early, and several weekend activities were canceled. The Washington Nationals baseball contest scheduled for Saturday was postponed until Sunday. Until conditions improve, the North Carolina Ferry System suspended service on all routes until conditions improve.


Tropical Storm Ophelia swirled across North Carolina, lashing eastern portions of the state with rain, damaging winds, and hazardous water surges.

Nancy Shoemaker and her husband Bob picked up sandbags in a park in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, on Friday. In October of last year, a storm surge swept away the sandbags they had placed in their yard, which is adjacent to the water.

Nancy Shoemaker stated, “We’re hoping that won’t happen this time.” “If we have a lot of wind and a lot of surge, it can look like the ocean out there, so that’s a problem.”

Michael Brennan, director of the National Hurricane Centre, stated that it is not unusual for one or two tropical cyclones or hurricanes to form annually off the East Coast.

Brennan stated in a Friday interview, “We’re at the height of hurricane season, and storms can form virtually anywhere in the Atlantic basin.”

According to scientists, climate change could result in hurricanes expanding their reach into mid-latitude regions more frequently, making cyclones like Hurricane Lee more frequent.

One study simulated tropical cyclone trajectories from the pre-industrial and modern eras and a future with increased emissions. It was discovered that hurricanes would track closer to the coastal, including around Boston, New York, and Virginia, and form more frequently along the Southeast coast.


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2023: Canada Gets Muted Allied Support After Alleging India May Have Been Involved In Killing Of Canadian

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TORONTO, Ontario, Canada — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood up in Parliament and suggested that India was involved in the killing of a Canadian citizen, the international response was quiet.

India appears to be too powerful to be alienated.

None of Canada’s most key allies — the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, which are all intimately woven together in the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing agreement — reiterated Trudeau’s charges.

They’ve expressed their concern. They have demanded thorough investigations. However, none condemned India for its suspected role in assassinating a Sikh separatist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, on Canadian soil in June.


There is China, and the objective among allies is to strengthen ties with India as a counterweight to Beijing’s expanding influence and aggression.

But it goes beyond that. Many observers estimate that by 2030, modern India’s economy will have surpassed Japan and Germany to become the world’s third-largest. With over 1.4 billion people and one of the world’s largest militaries, it has emerged as a key player in international affairs.


This makes it difficult for Canada’s key allies, some of India’s main partners, to speak out loudly.

“I think Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom did about what was expected,” said Janice Stein, a political scientist at Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

According to Sushant Singh, a senior scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, “as long as the West needs India to counter China, it is likely to look away.”

On Monday, Trudeau claimed there were “credible allegations” of Indian involvement in killing 45-year-old Nijjar outside Vancouver by masked gunmen, whom India had wanted for years. In addition, Canada expelled an Indian diplomat.

A day later, after India escalated the conflict by dismissing a top Canadian envoy, Trudeau softened his approach, telling reporters that Canada was “not looking to provoke or escalate.”

“PM tempers criticism as allies decline to condemn India over slain Sikh leader,” read the main page of Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper on Wednesday.


The claims made by the government are especially troubling for the United Kingdom, which is negotiating a free trade agreement with India.

“These are grave allegations.” “It is appropriate for Canadian authorities to investigate them,” said Max Blain, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spokesman.

However, he stated unequivocally that the death will not be discussed during the trade talks, stating that “these are negotiations about a trade deal, and we are not looking to conflate with other issues.”

According to Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, Trudeau discussed the assassination with Sunak and US Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks.

If the allies’ reactions were subdued, Joly’s office and the White House refuted news reports that Canada had lobbied the US and other major allies to denounce the assassination in the days before Trudeau made his claims.

According to White House national security spokesperson John Kirby, any rumors that the United States had rejected Canada were “just flatly false.”

“We were deeply concerned by Prime Minister Trudeau’s allegations and remain in regular contact with our Canadian partners,” Kirby added. “They’re investigating, and that should continue unabated.”


However, he noted that the US-India partnership “remains vitally important, not only for the South Asia region but, of course, for the Indo Pacific.”

Nonetheless, the Biden administration provides more spiritual support than real backing. It may want to keep matters bilateral between Ottawa and New Delhi.

“It’s embarrassing” for Washington, according to historian and University of Toronto professor Robert Bothwell. However, “the United States has larger interests.”

If Trudeau’s allegations are true, it demonstrates that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is not “restrained by an innate sense of the rule of law or a commitment to democracy.”

“This is the same kind of thing that Putin does,” he said, alluding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adversaries who have been slain in Russia and abroad, including in the United Kingdom.

Najjar, born in India and had worked as a plumber in Canada for many years, was assassinated in the parking lot of a Sikh temple in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb. He was wanted by Indian police, who had long suspected him of having ties to separatist terrorists aiming to establish an independent Sikh republic within India. While advocating for a Sikh nation, Nijjar continually denied any links to terrorism.

Canada has failed to present proof of India’s involvement in the murder. However, a US official said Tuesday that the White House interpreted Trudeau’s willingness to come out as an indication of the Canadian leader’s confidence in what had been discovered. The official, who was not authorized to publicly comment, spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Canada is one of the few countries unapologetically supporting human rights and the international rule of law. It also has no qualms about confronting major powers.

China-Canada ties, for example, took a hit in 2018 after China imprisoned former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor. These arrests happened shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder and the company’s top financial officer. The arrest was done at the request of US officials, who accused Meng of fraud.

Even after a prisoner swap in which China released the Canadians in exchange for Meng in 2021, relations have not improved.

In addition, after Canada’s foreign ministry tweeted support for a jailed Saudi activist, the Saudi government removed Canada’s ambassador to the kingdom and withdrew its envoy. It took five years for Canada and Saudi Arabia to reestablish full diplomatic relations in May of this year.

Trudeau also clashed with former US President Donald Trump, who pledged to make Canada pay after Trudeau declared that he would not be bullied in trade talks with the US. Trump retaliated by criticizing Trudeau, calling him “meek and mild,” which surprised Canadians.

The stakes have risen, and it’s uncertain — at least publicly — who Canada can rely on for unwavering support.

“Is Canada alone?” Bothwell wondered. “That is obviously a concern because Canada has always relied on the protection of the British and then the Americans.”


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