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A new maximum temperature for December in the UK has been confirmed. Data suggested a temperature of 18.7C was reached at Achfary, in the Scottish Highlands, on 28 December.

“The Met Office has now verified it was the hottest day of the month on record in Britain.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51054028


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Rare 28,000-year-old archaeological finds excavated from rapidly thawing ground in Siberia are to go on display for the first time at the British Museum…

“Jago Cooper, the head of the Americas collections at the museum, said the archeological site in north-east Siberia was a remarkable treasure trove, but it is also a tragedy because the objects are only now emerging due to the climate emergency.”

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/09/arctic-treasures-melting-ice-british-museum


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All-time January records for precipitation are in jeopardy for parts of Ontario this weekend as a mess of a storm threatens significant rain, ice and snow.

“Parts of Ontario are set to get more rain from a single incoming system than their entire January average, starting Friday night.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/ontario-shots-of-snow-lake-effect-messy-weekend-system-with-widespread-heavy-rain-freezing-rain-snow


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“It might feel like freezing midwinter now but, weirdly, spring is just around the corner [New York].

A freak January heatwave is expected to reach record temperatures this weekend.

“The mercury is expected to rise nearly 30 degrees from Thursday’s frigid 34 degrees to a balmy 65 forecast for Sunday.”

https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/nyc-weather-freak-heatwave-bring-spring-january


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“If you think temperatures have been feeling warmer in the last 10 years, you wouldn’t be off base.

The last decade in Washington, D.C. was the warmest on record, according to data from Climate Central.”

https://www.wusa9.com/article/weather/weather-blog/dc-just-had-its-warmest-decade-on-record/65-09f9d85f-aa18-4610-8608-3dc1de17ac93


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A powerful storm system set to affect much of the country [USA} this weekend could be a triple threat, with the possibility of severe storms and tornadoes, ice and snow, and flooding.

“Millions of people in the eastern half of the United States — in the southeast, Midwest, Great Lakes Region and the Northeast — could feel the effects…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/10/weather/triple-threat-storm-friday-wxc/index.html


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““Five years of recurring droughts have destroyed maize and bean harvests, leaving poor subsistence farmers in the so-called Dry Corridor that runs through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua struggling to feed their families.”

“Farther south, central Chile is in the midst of what scientists have labeled a “Mega Drought,” an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/10/mega-droughts-engulf-countries/


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The office of Defense civil of Bolivia declared alert orange in four of the nine departments of the country, the risk of an increase of floods and other disasters…

“…that have already left the least two dead and one missing since early year.”

https://www.tn8.tv/america-latina/494182-bolivia-declara-alerta-naranja-riesgo-inundaciones/


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Rainfall in 2019 was the lowest ever on record, for Kaitaia, Puhipuhi, Ngunguru, Whangārei and Brynderwyn [New Zealand], and very low rainfall was widespread elsewhere, the Northland Regional Council says.

“The lack of rain comes on the heels of a string of dry years, the council’s regulatory services group manager Colin Dall says.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/country/407042/northland-on-the-cusp-of-drought-with-record-low-rainfall-and-no-significant-rain-forecast


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“A series of weather maps have revealed how temperatures in Australia have skyrocketed over the last 110 years – after the country experienced its driest and hottest year on record.

“The graphic, produced by the Bureau of Meteorology, illustrates how far above or below average annual mean temperatures were each year from 1910 to 2019.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7871115/Australias-annual-climate-report-reveals-alarming-rise-temperatures.html


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Australia urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as authorities said the next few hours could be “very, very challenging” even as rain poured down in some parts.

“Defense personnel stood ready to move to bushfire grounds if conditions became extreme…”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/10/australia-urges-a-quarter-of-a-million-to-flee-as-winds-fan-massive-bushfires.html


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Scenes out of Australia’s raging bushfires continue to be devastating. But as frightening as they are, it might be even more terrifying to realize that photos of red skies and the charred bodies of animals are only displaying a small fraction of the true loss of life in the region…

“Insects are essential for processing waste, for pollination, as nutrition for other species, and for myriad ecological functions. Global insect populations are already under sustained existential threat…

https://www.thecut.com/2020/01/australia-fires-insects-extinction.html


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“Today the natural springs and aquifers of the area are dwindling—so residents must save what they can, when they can, and by whatever means they can.

Meghalaya is India in microcosm, a stark example of its dual conundrum of having both too much and too little water.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dispatches-wettest-earth.html


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Shrubs and grasses are springing up around Mount Everest and across the Himalayas, one of the most rapidly heating regions of the planet.

“The impact on water supplies of the small but significant increase in vegetation between the treeline and snowline is not yet known but could increase flooding in the vast Hindu Kush Himalayan region…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/10/grass-growing-around-mount-everest-as-global-heating-intensifies


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“Climate change is causing most glaciers worldwide to shrink, but due to a meteorological anomaly this is one of a few in the Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan that are surging.

“This means hundreds of tonnes of ice and debris are pushing down the valley at ten times the normal rate or more, threatening the safety of the people and homes below.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-hell-ice-glacier-threatens-pakistan.html


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“While many Israelis were doing their best to avoid having to go outside during the recent rains which have flooded large parts of the country. some enterprising citizens saw the record breaking precipitation as a once in a lifetime chance to surf the streets.

Recent torrential downpours in northern Israel have broken a 50-year record of rainfall…

https://www.timesofisrael.com/making-waves-israelis-surf-the-streets-after-torrential-rain/


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“President Cyril Ramaphosa must take drastic steps to cope with a worsening drought that has gripped large parts of [South Africa]. It is estimated that over 37 percent of rural communities in South Africa are affected by the drought.

“A recent study by farmer association Agri SA shows that at the beginning of last year around 30,000 farm workers had already lost their jobs due to the drought.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/09/c_138691846.htm


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Torrential rain in Angola has killed 41 people and caused widespread destruction, the government said on Thursday. Twelve out of 18 provinces were hit by a violent downpour which began in the early hours of Monday and lasted late into the afternoon…

The rain comes on the heels of a severe regional drought caused by years of erratic rainfall and record-high temperatures.

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/dozens-killed-by-heavy-rain-in-angola-20200109


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