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Residents of Moscow are wondering where winter has gone as the highest December temperatures for 133 years deprive the Russian capital of its customary covering of snow.

This is not our winter,” said pensioner Ludmila Biryukova. “It came from somewhere else.”

“it’s not just people who have been surprised. At Moscow State University’s Apothecary Garden, snowdrops and rhododendron are among flowers that have mistaken the soft soil for the early onset of spring.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/3042698/moscow-wonders-where-winter-has-gone-temperatures


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“Anyone in Switzerland‘s major cities holding out hope of a white Christmas is set to be disappointed.

“With temperatures across the country six degrees above average, it is officially the warmest December on record.”

https://www.thelocal.ch/20191218/no-white-christmas-for-switzerland-in-warmest-december-on-record


Norway made an outspoken right-wing lawmaker who once called wind turbines “white monsters” its oil and energy minister on Wednesday, as the government debates updating rules for petroleum industry activity in its Arctic waters.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/norway-wing-oil-minister-supports-arctic-drilling-191218143105559.html


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British peaches will hit market stalls for the first time next year because climate change has extended the growing season…

“…climate change has slowly increased the vital window of sunshine for ripening and the fruits, originally from the sun-drenched Mediterranean, need a long period of fine weather to grow.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/18/british-peaches-sold-first-time-next-year-heatwaves-drive-fruit/


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Climate change is already affecting the amount of food that farmers can produce.

“For example, crop sowing in the UK was delayed in autumn 2019 and some emerging crops were damaged because of wet weather. “

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-climate-farmers-seeds-threat.html


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Next year is likely to be another of the hottest on record, with global temperatures forecast to be more than 1.1C above the pre-industrial average, according to estimates from the UK Met Office.

“The forecast for 2020 is based on observations of trends over recent years…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/2020-to-be-one-of-hottest-years-on-record-met-office-says


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Until recently, researchers thought that glacial surges were routine events, independent of the climate change effects that are melting glaciers around the world…

“But events in recent years… are challenging the view that ice streams are unrelated to these surges, and that the surges aren’t primarily climate-driven, the researchers wrote.”

https://www.livescience.com/first-evidence-glacier-surges-become-ice-streams.html


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“Once again, from coast to coast to coast, 2019 proved to be another record weather year for Canada. Here are the top 10 weather events for Canada in 2019Another record-setting Ottawa River flood

Record heat continues in Arctic… In mid-July the Canadian Forces Station in Alert, Nunavut, recorded a searing temperature of 21 C — 14 C warmer than average.

“And on Aug. 10, there were several lightning strikes within 500 km of the North Pole, a true rarity indeed.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/top-ten-weather-2019-1.5401490


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“Louisiana’s governor issued a statewide emergency declaration after tornadoes swept across the South [USA].

“Bill Wadell takes a look at the 62-mile path of damage from DeRidder to Alexandria.”

Video:

https://news.yahoo.com/tornado-leaves-behind-62-mile-011117287.html


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Namibia’s electricity generation has dropped to below 40% of its capacity as the worst drought in almost a century has hit the country’s own hydropower plant and others in the region reliant on water from dams and rivers.

“The drought, plus power blackouts at South Africa power company Eskom, on which Namibia relies for 70% of its energy requirements, has put the security of the country’s electricity supply at risk.”

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1YM18J-OZATP


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““If the rains don’t come we will suffer,” she said simply. “There is nothing more we can do – we need help.”

Drought and an economic meltdown have combined to push Zimbabwe to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe, aid workers warn, with levels of hunger rarely seen outside of war zones. By early next year, some eight million people – half the population – will be short of food.”

https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2019/12/18/Zimbabwe-drought-food-crisis-economy-cholera-climate-change


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Another season of erratic weather has crippled Pakistan’s already ailing cotton sector, resulting in lost revenue and jobs that could cost the economy more than $3 billion by the end of the fiscal year in June 2020, industry experts have warned.

“Heavy rains and high temperatures during the whole of the cotton-growing season from April to September severely damaged the crop.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1601106/business-economy


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An increase in the number of floods, landslides and tornadoes across Indonesia this year has forced the National Disaster Mitigation Agency to prepare a better disaster mitigation system as the rising trend is predicted to continue next year.

“The agency recorded over 2,700 hydrological disasters, including floods, landslides and tornadoes, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 16, 2019, an increase from about 2,500 incidents last year.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/12/18/disaster-agency-braces-for-floods-landslides-and-tornadoes.html


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“”Once in a lifetime” heavy snowfalls could become five times more likely in Japan if the climate continues to warm at its current pace…

“…according to a team of scientists from Tohoku University and the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency.”

https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2019-12-18-climate-change-heavy-snowfalls-five-times-more-likely-japan


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Australia recorded its hottest day on record on Wednesday, with an average maximum temperature of 41.9C (107.4F), beating the previous record by 1C that had been set only 24 hours earlier.

“Tuesday 16 December recorded an average of 40.9C across the continent, beating the previous record of 40.3C set on 7 January 2013. But it held the record for just 24 hours.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/19/419c-australia-records-hottest-ever-day-one-day-after-previous-record


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“A day after Australia recorded its hottest day on record, thick smoke blanketed the harbour city, shrouded the Opera House and brought many outdoor activities to a halt.

“The state of emergency declaration gave firefighters broad powers to control government resources, force evacuations, close roads and shut down utilities across New South Wales…”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-australia-bushfires/australian-state-declares-emergency-as-wildfires-surround-sydney-idUKKBN1YM2L4


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“Well before the current spate of bushfires started ravaging eastern Australia, they were already dying in droves.

Lachlan Gall has seen “several thousand” kangaroo corpses splayed under trees or bogged in the mud of dried-out reservoirs on his 54,000 hectares (134,000 acres) in outback New South Wales.”

https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/12/18/an-australian-drought-is-killing-millions-of-kangaroos


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As Australia endures another heatwave, chronic water shortages are endangering life-saving kidney treatment for hundreds of Aboriginal people in remote desert communities.

“The dialysis machines they depend on need cold water, and lots of it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/heatwave-and-drought-a-dangerous-mix-for-dialysis-patients-in-remote-communities


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“Earth has had more major mass extinctions than we realized.

“All these periods of sudden, drastic species loss share patterns. That has worrying implications for the climate-driven losses we’re seeing now.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/12/earth-had-more-mass-extinctions-than-realized-end-guadalupian/


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