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More on the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan:

Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather have killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan and left others stranded by heavy snowfall. At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan in recent days – with several still missing – while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, officials in both countries said on Tuesday.

“Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/more-than-130-dead-as-avalanches-and-floods-hit-pakistan-and-afghanistan


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A video of a glacier wall breaking off and sliding on to the highway in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh is revolving around the Internet and it is the scariest thing you will come across today.

“The video was shot at Tinku Nallah near Pooh, Himachal Pradesh…”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/himachal-pradesh-glacier-wall-breaks-and-slides-on-to-highway-11579020409783.html


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A powerful storm bringing sub-zero temperatures has transformed parts of the Saudi Arabian desert into a winter wonderland.

“Residents of Tabuk, 193 kilometres from the Red Sea, awoke to see the region’s dry desert coated in white snow, leaving many in awe.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-15/saudi-arabian-desert-covered-in-snow-by-powerful-storm/11871048


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The United States may be using a “climate weapon” to cause an unseasonably warm winter in Russia, a lawmaker has claimed in an interview with the Govorit Moskva radio station Tuesday…

““If [Russia’s permafrost] melts now, it will be a disaster. … The Americans know this and they’re testing this weapon,” the leader of the nationalist Rodina party said, alleging that the U.S. tests are in violation of international bans.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/15/us-climate-weapon-caused-russias-warm-winter-lawmaker-says-a68904


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“…global warming has left its mark on Garmisch-Partenkirchen [in the German Alps] — the site of the 1936 Winter Olympics—putting the town’s identity and affluence at risk.

It’s January, and there’s so little natural snow that anxiety is building whether upcoming ski races can go ahead.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-15/climate-change-is-killing-alpine-skiing-as-we-know-it?srnd=economics-vp


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If the recent stretch of record-warm temperatures in the East [US] has you confused about what month it is, you’re not alone.

“A group devoted to protecting and managing herds of wild horses in North Carolina posted a warning to drivers over the weekend explaining that the animals have been taking advantage of mild weather and sleeping on the sand at night.”

https://www.foxnews.com/us/north-carolina-wild-horses-warm-weather-beach-outer-banks-sand-currituck-warning-driver


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Authorities have activated an “emergency watch” and closed the gates of the Steele Bayou control structure Tuesday as high-water forecasts threaten the Mississippi River…

“Extensive rain has extended flood warnings down the banks of the river about 700 miles. Daily rainfall records were broken Tuesday in Jackson, Meridian and Vicksburg, Mississippi.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/14/us/mississippi-dam-imminent-danger-failing/index.html


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“The world watched in horror last summer as vast swaths of the Amazon went up in flames…

A new study, out Friday in the journal Science Advances [suggests] that as as Amazon wildfires continue to worsen… they threaten to convert the region from a carbon sink—a place that sucks carbon out of the air and stores it away—to a net source of carbon to the atmosphere.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wildfires-could-transform-amazon-from-carbon-sink-to-source/


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The wildfires in Australia have caused “unprecedented” conditions that will effect the entire world, according to NASA.

“The space agency has released satellite images that show smoke from the fires moving around the globe.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-nasa-says-smoke-from-wildfires-will-circle-the-entire-world-globe-earth/


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As global temperatures rise, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country’s residents could become climate refugees.

“That’s the view of acclaimed US climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann who’s in Australia studying climate change.”

https://7news.com.au/news/climate-change/australians-may-become-climate-refugees-c-648335


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“Sulaiman’s story shows how Indonesia’s fishermen struggle to make a living amid the effects of climate change.

““According to ‘island people’ like myself who have knowledge of climate from our ancestors, we should be in the middle of the northern wind season.

“”However, seasons skipped and we are in the southwestern wind season.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/01/15/indonesian-fishermen-grapple-with-climate-change.html


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Half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic, a new study has found, as Greenpeace warns that the species could become extinct.

“The report stated that once a turtle had consumed just 14 pieces of plastic, it had a 50pc chance of dying.”

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/extinction-fears-as-half-of-all-sea-turtles-found-to-have-eaten-plastic-38863116.html


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Leatherback turtles are making exhausting journeys, in some cases nearly twice as long as usual, from nesting to feeding grounds, because of rising ocean temperatures and changing sea currents.

“After nesting, turtles must move to cooler waters to feed, but higher temperatures mean some are having to swim further to reach suitable areas…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/15/warming-oceans-force-leatherback-turtles-on-longer-journeys-to-feed


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Studies are underway to uncover the role Arctic seabird guano—or poop—plays in microplastic contamination.

“Given the size of their colonies and the duration of their stay, what thick-billed murres and northern fulmars are bringing into the Arctic and leaving behind could be of consequence.”

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/plastic-is-in-the-poop-of-arctic-seabirds/


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Tardigrades are well-known for being one of the hardiest animals on the planet, but even they have their limits.

“New research has shown that they could be more susceptible to climate change than previously thought.”

https://newatlas.com/science/tardigrade-climate-change-temperature/


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