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Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left at least 54 people dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places…

The heavy snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has broken the 50 years record of snowfall in the region as in Hunza and Nagar an emergency has been declared after continued rain and snowfall for last 36 hours.”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/598327-30-dead-houses-cave-in-as-snow-rain-set-new-record


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The Department of Environment in the Iranian flood-stricken province of Sistan and Baluchestan on Monday warned the local people about marsh crocodiles that may have strayed from ponds into flooded areas…

Unprecedented floods in Sistan and Baluchestan and adjacent Kerman and South Khorasan provinces have displaced thousands and killed at least one person since last Thursday.”

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/warning-issued-about-crocodiles-gando-iran-flood-stricken-southeast-/30375025.html


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“”This (non-stop rain) is a climate change phenomenon. Climate change is affecting the whole world. What we are seeing with rain is affecting the whole region. We saw snow in Saudi Arabia. And we have been affected little bit by that here in the country,” minister Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week that started in the Capital on Monday.””

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/weather/heres-the-reason-behind-uaes-record-breaking-rainfall-


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“In Syria, Yemen and Sudan, research shows that climate change-fuelled drought exacerbated regional conflict…

“But a new study shows that… in an odd and depressing twist drought …could lead to drop in conflict because going to war over dry land might simply not be worth it.”

https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/the-depressing-reason-more-drought-could-lead-to-less-conflict/


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Data shows the average surface air temperature over Europe was 3.2°C warmer than the standard reference period for December for 1981-2010

“Meanwhile, data also shows that 2019 was the second warmest year recorded, at 0.59°C above average.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/08/2019-sets-record-for-europe-s-hottest-december-copernicus


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From Naples, Fla., to Boston, several US cities saw their warmest January weather in recorded history.

A winter heat wave made history during the weekend, setting dozens upon dozens of records in the eastern United States. As temperatures shot up more than 30 degrees above normal, January seemed to leap ahead to May.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/01/13/january-heat-wave-engulfed-eastern-half-country-toppling-records/


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Naples hit 89 degrees Sunday, breaking its record for a Jan. 12 by 4 degrees and setting an all-time high for any day in January. Why the summer-like heat in the middle of the winter?

“…the high pressure system that’s in place over South Florida will remain stalled over the state for several days.”

https://eu.news-press.com/story/tech/science/environment/2020/01/13/record-temperatures-likely-continue-naples-fort-myers-bonita-springs-cape-coral/4454902002/


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Devastating weather that left 10 people dead over the weekend will make a dramatic encore.

“Torrential rain will deluge parts of the Southeast [US] this week as swaths of the Northwest will get walloped by feet of snow. Clusters of showers and thunderstorms will continue for several days in the Southeast, the National Weather Service said, raising concerns for flash flooding.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/13/weather/us-weather-monday-wxc/index.html


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“The Panama Canal will begin collecting a surcharge from ships after the surrounding watershed had its fifth driest year in seven decades. Panama Canal administrator Ricaurte Vasquez has warned climate change is a threat to the canal’s operations…

“2019 was one of the watershed’s lowest rain years in many decades, about 20% below the historical average.”

https://news.sky.com/story/panama-canal-to-impose-surcharge-after-fifth-driest-year-in-seven-decades-11908075


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Drought is already affecting productive sectors [in Chile].

“In mining, the problems are in central Chile, where mines are less prepared for water scarcity than those located in the northern regions. There, water is reused and huge investment in desalination has been made.”

https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/the-impact-of-chiles-drought


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“The information indicates that, for example, at the Bernardo O’Higgins Antarctic Base from December 15 to date there were three heat waves, that is, ” the period of time in which the maximum daily temperatures exceed a daily threshold considered extreme, for three consecutive days or more. “

“…there was a day where the maximum temperature almost doubled the historical average.”

https://www.24horas.cl/regiones/austral/altas-temperaturas-llegan-a-la-antartica-chilena-suma-5-olas-de-calor-en-un-mes-3852009


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Mussels may look rather mild-mannered, but they are prominent in a new list of non-native species most likely to invade the Antarctic Peninsula over the next decade.

“They fill three of the 13 spots, in fact, with the Chilean mussel and the Common blue mussel at one and two respectively.”

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/antarctic-alert-for-invading-mussels


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Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne was shrouded in hazardous smoke from the country’s raging bushfires on Tuesday… 

“…scientists warned enormous blazes could become routine unless more was done to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/melbourne-chokes-warning-massive-fires-routine-200114033251588.html


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Aussies are being told to expect a steep price hike for our food and vegetables, after the bushfires wiped out crops around the country…

“Agricultural Minister Bridget McKenzie says both farmers and processors around the country have been severely impacted around Australia, and it’s bound to affect the consumer.”

http://www.mygc.com.au/meat-veg-and-milk-prices-set-to-soar-as-bushfire-recovery-begins/


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“The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, issued a warning on Monday that Cyclone Claudia… may bring heavy rains to some parts of Indonesia between Jan. 13 and Jan. 15…

“Torrential rains have fallen in several provinces in Indonesia since the New Year, causing floods and landslides, including in the Jakarta metropolitan area on New Year’s Day. At least 67 people were killed in Jakarta…”

https://jakartaglobe.id/news/cyclone-claudia-may-bring-more-heavy-rains-to-indonesia-this-week


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Thailand, which is already in the grip of a severe drought, is expected to face its worst dry season in 40 years in 2020. This year’s dry season has arrived earlier than normal, and is expected to last longer than in previous years, Bernama reported.

“To complicate matters, last year’s drought exhausted the country’s water supply.”

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/01/556496/thailand-braces-worst-drought-decades


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Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.

To combat what scientists have described as the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, the proposal sets a 2030 deadline…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/un-draft-plan-sets-2030-target-to-avert-earths-sixth-mass-extinction-aoe


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“What is the significance of record ocean heat in 2019?

The new [ocean heat] record represents the most stark demonstration that global heating is unequivocally real and driving the climate crisis. With emissions still rising every year, more heat is being trapped by greenhouse gases, and the ocean data is crystal clear…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/why-record-ocean-temperatures-matter


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New climate models show carbon dioxide is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals for capping global warming out of reach, scientists have told AFP.”

https://www.france24.com/en/20200114-new-climate-models-suggest-paris-goals-may-be-out-of-reach


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