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“…forecasts from leading Arctic researchers leave little doubt about an upcoming mild winter.

“The summer of 2019 was the warmest on record, and the trend will continue into early 2020, researchers from the Arctic Regional Climate Centre (ArcRCC) Network conclude.

“The forecasts support evidence of drastic changes in the region. Arctic temperatures continue to warm at more than twice the global average and the extent of winter sea-ice is at record low levels.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2019/11/after-warmest-ever-arctic-summer-could-come-mildest-winter


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“Blame the Grinch or Mother Nature, but the annual Christmas in Ice sculpture park won’t open this year in North Pole, Alaska, because of a lack of ice.

“It’s the first cancellation since the event started 14 years ago in the city where Christmas is celebrated year-round…”

https://kcby.com/news/offbeat/bah-humbug-north-pole-lacks-enough-ice-for-sculptures


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“When too much rain falls on farm fields, crops can rot, and the soil can wash away. But with too little rain, the plants can wilt. In the northeast U.S., both of these extremes are becoming more common. For example, in 2018, Pennsylvania had its wettest summer on record.”

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/11/many-farmers-feel-unprepared-for-increasingly-extreme-weather/


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“…, the MTA, the authority that runs the New York City subway system elaborated:

“‘We’re investing in capital projects around the system to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.’

“‘We were testing a new ‘flex gate’ which is a flood barrier that would allow us to seal off a subway entrance.

“We ‘test flood’ the entrance for four hours to make sure it was installed correctly, which it was! We’re doing this because climate change is real.'”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7713669/MTA-testing-flood-barriers-seal-subway-entrances-avoid-destruction-flooding.html


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“The hottest, the sunniest, the driest … the list of weather-related records being reached and breached in recent years seems to be unparalleled.

“Well, the record keepers can add another one to the list following revelations that this autumn has been the wettest in [Denmark‘s] history – or at least since levels started being registered back in 1874.”

http://cphpost.dk/news/denmark-splashing-through-wettest-autumn-ever.html


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“Two people were to die on the first day of the deluge last week. More than 80 per cent of Venice, a Unesco world heritage site, was underwater.

“The Basilica, the cathedral church of the city, and St Mark’s Square were flooded. Modern as well as historic works of art suffered, including one of Banksy’s most famous drawings, that of a refugee child submerged at Campo San Pantalon.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/venice-floods-tourism-mestre-referendum-a9204316.html


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“The summer of 2019, for example, set record high temperatures across Italy, forcing dozens of cities to take steps to deal with the impact of hot weather, including handing out bottled water on the street and issuing warnings for tourists to stay inside, hydrate more, and avoid strenuous activities.

“Last winter, unusually high temperatures affected ski slopes in the country’s mountainous regions.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-11-22/Natural-disasters-taking-toll-on-Italy-s-tourism-sector-LOZRbTASac/index.html


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“[Nigeria‘s] General Manager of LASEPA, Dr Adedolapo Fasawe, in a statement on Thursday urged residents to ensure adequate ventilation at homes and offices in order to mitigate the intensity of the prevailing heatwave in the state. Fasawe also advised to adequately prepare for heat intensity associated with the dry season which had manifested globally as heatwaves with serious public health implications.”

https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/heatwave-how-to-guide-against-extreme-heat/ee2fsnf


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Zimbabwe has removed import controls on maize and wheat flour following a severe drought that cut supplies, a cabinet minister said. More than half of Zimbabwe’s population requires food aid following an El Nino-induced drought that also reduced water levels in the biggest hydro dam, leading to rolling power cuts.”

https://www.enca.com/news/zimbabwe-scraps-import-controls-maize-wheat-flour-after-drought


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Israelis should brace themselves for summer heatwave temperatures of 46 degrees Celsius (115°F) by 2050 and up to 50°C (122°F) by 2100

“…unless governments worldwide meet the challenge of cutting greenhouse gases to slow global warming, an internationally renowned climate scientist has warned.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israelis-should-prepare-for-50-degree-celsius-summer-days-climate-expert-says/


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“On Wednesday morning, a man known by the name Abbas risked his life to help people stuck in rain floods in Saudi Arabia‘s Wadi Nayra, a town located in Al Baha governorate.

“As most incidents these days, bystanders filmed the rescue mission and shared the incident on social media.”

https://stepfeed.com/video-man-in-saudi-arabia-risked-his-own-life-to-save-people-during-flood-7893


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“Experts are warning that over the next two to three months, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam can all expect severe drought conditions which will affect agricultural production.

“Of the four countries, Thailand and Cambodia are expected to suffer the most, according to the report.”

https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/weather/severe-drought-predicted-for-thailand-and-neighbouring-countries


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“The Australian state of New South Wales is gasping under the worst levels of air pollution recorded as smoke from widespread bushfires causes a spike in hospital visits and hazards including poor visibility for drivers.

“Sydney, the country’s most populous city, woke up to a thick haze, and blood red sun, for the fourth consecutive day on Friday…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bushfires/sydney-gasps-for-air-as-australia-bushfire-smoke-reaches-record-levels-idUSKBN1XW03T


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“An obsessive compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires.

“Bear, a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild.”

https://in.reuters.com/article/australia-bushfires-koalas/bear-the-dog-helps-find-koalas-injured-in-australian-bushfires-idINKBN1XW10Y?il=0


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“Most of the country [NZ] has already had sweltering temperatures this month – with two top-10 November temperature records – 33 degrees in Cheviot and 34 degrees in the Bay of Plenty – happening in the first days of the month.

“Mr Brandolino said hitting records so early in the month was a sign of climate change.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/403904/heatwave-conditions-set-to-hit-new-zealand-next-week


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