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Extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum has hit Australia, as Hobart records its highest-ever temperature while a South Australian city is flooded.

“Hobart airport reached a scorching 40.9 degrees on Friday – breaking the previous record of 40.8 set on December 30.

“Meanwhile, Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide, has become submerged by flash floods as rain lashes South Australia.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7950893/Australian-state-capital-records-highest-temperature-severe-flash-flooding-hits.html


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Gisborne has recorded its warmest temperature since 1940, and the hottest of the New Zealand summer so far according to NIWA…

“”Provisionally, Gisborne’s 38.2 degrees is New Zealand’s 5th warmest January temperature on record,” NIWA says.”

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/gisborne-records-its-warmest-temperature-since-1940-and-new-zealands-hottest-so-far-summer


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Some farmers in Northland [NZ] are already culling stock suffering in the [drought] conditions – with the hot weather forecast to peak over the weekend…

“Northland farmers suffered record low rainfall in 2019 and grow supplementary crops to feed stock during summer – when the region is usually bone dry.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/408594/farmers-culling-stock-as-drought-in-northern-regions-takes-hold


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Another torrential downpour left the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte paralyzed Wednesday, with ruined cars abandoned on streets cake with mud…

“With the new precipitation, January saw 930 milimeters of rain in Belo Horizonte, making it the wettest month here since record keeping began.”

https://dailytimes.com.pk/549172/more-torrential-rain-in-brazil-raises-death-toll-to-54-daily-times/


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In addition to southern Brazil, other parts of South America may also be threatened

“The rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected across southern Brazil and into Paraguay, Bolivia and extreme northern Argentina.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/flooding-fears-renewed-as-persistent-rainfall-targets-paraguay-southern-brazil/671273


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The government of Chile has decreed a catastrophe due to flooding in the Atacama region

“The Chilean army has deployed a Fundamental Emergency Unit.”

https://www.infodefensa.com/latam/2020/01/31/noticia-ejercito-chile-envia-personal-zonas-afectadas-inundaciones.html


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February 2018 had numerous warm temperature records tied or set from the South to the Northeast [US]. Temperatures soared to 78 degrees in New York City on Feb. 21, 2018, topping the previous February record of 75.

“Washington D.C. recorded its earliest 80-degree day with a high of 82 on Feb. 21. Several cities across the South experienced their warmest February on record, including New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa.”

https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/2020-01-30-february-weather-what-to-look-for-warmer-daylight-snow-tornado


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“A storm system that is expected to barely brush the East Coast of the United States late in the week will end up bringing the brunt of the impactful weather to Atlantic Canada over the weekend.

The upcoming system is set to track over the same region that experienced record-breaking snowfall and storm-force wind gusts less than two weeks ago.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/coastal-storm-to-bring-heavy-snow-strong-winds-to-atlantic-canada-this-weekend/671151


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“Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex — sometimes for less than the cost of a loaf bread — to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday.

In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40c to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said.”

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa/2020-01-31-cheap-as-bread-girls-sell-sex-to-survive-drought-crisis-in-angola/


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Madagascar experienced torrential rains that caused deadly flooding in the northern parts of the island recently.

“In a new natural-color image from the Operational Land Imager instrument on the NASA and the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat 8 satellite, the sediment-filled brown rivers can be seen swelling out of their banks and onto the Helodrano Mahajambe due to the heavy floods.”

https://www.ibtimes.com/nasa-satellite-image-shows-deadly-flooding-madagascar-2912900


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““We used to have these makeshift skates when I was a kid; we used to skate on this long stretch of frozen streams in our village.

Now, I hardly see any ice there—the most drastic change I have seen,” says N.A. Gyapo, president of Ladakh Winter Sports Club.”

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/sports-news-ladakhs-melting-glaciers-ring-a-warning-bell-why-indo-gangetic-plain-is-in-danger-zone/302705


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This [Mekong] river has nourished civilizations for millennia. Now it’s drying up, under attack from dam building, overfishing, and sand mining.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/southeast-asia-most-critical-river-enters-uncharted-waters/


An explosion in the frequency and extent of wildfires worldwide is hindering recovery even in ecosystems that rely on natural blazes to survive.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/extreme-wildfires-reshaping-forests-worldwide-recovery-australia-climate/


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Antarctic tourists risk being killed in a Titanic-style tragedy because climate change is creating more icebergs, putting cruise ships in danger, experts have warned.

“Some 50,000 people visited the inhospitable region last summer and the numbers have been increasing steadily along with the numbers of icebergs.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7946907/Antarctic-tourists-risk-killed-Titanic-style-tragedy-climate-change-sees-icebergs.html


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Scientists have discovered record warm water beneath Antarctica’s “doomsday glacier” for the first time, leading to concerns for the glacier whose collapse could contribute nearly a meter (approximately 3 feet) to global sea level rise.

“On Jan. 8 and 9, researchers drilled a bore hole through the ice, then measured the waters beneath for the first time on Jan. 10 and 11, according to New York University (NYU).

“They recorded temperatures more than two degrees Celsius above freezing.”

https://www.ecowatch.com/antarctica-doomsday-glacier-water-2644974237.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1


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