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Temperatures in Siberia have broken a new record, but not for recording icy figures as usual in the winter, but for high temperatures.

“As reported on Thursday (6.02.2020) the Russian meteorological authorities, 1.5 positive degrees were recorded in the Tyumen region. “Incredibly hot weather in Siberia.””

https://www.dw.com/es/invierno-r%C3%A9cord-de-temperaturas-elevadas-en-siberia/a-52277049


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The Taiga forests of Siberia have expanded north toward the Arctic as a result of warming temperatures over the past four decades, a team of Russian and Finnish scientists has said…

“This has set off massive releases of gases like methane and carbon dioxide — previously stored in the permafrost — into the atmosphere.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/05/climate-change-is-moving-russias-taiga-north-scientists-warn-a69170


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Last month was the wettest January ever seen in Norway.

“Total rainfall for the country was 195 percent of the expected amount for the month, beating a record of 185 percent set in 2005, NTB reports. …

“Those records were primarily set in Vestland, Trøndelag, Nordland and Tromso…”

https://www.thelocal.no/20200205/january-2020-was-norways-wettest-ever


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A distinct change has happened in recent years in the Barents Sea, around Svalbard (74° to 81° north latitude) showing a clear shift from Arctic climate to North Atlantic climate…

“Powerful pulses of water warmer than five degrees enter the area at the time of the year when the sea ice should freeze… new sea ice fails to appear.”

https://www.icenews.is/2020/0/05/north-barents-sea-shifting-from-arctic-to-north-atlantic-climate/


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The iconic polar bear is facing extreme difficulty as disappearing sea ice makes it almost impossible for them to eat enough food to raise healthy cubs, a study found.

“Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, mate and give birth to their cubs.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7970771/Vanishing-Arctic-sea-ice-making-IMPOSSIBLE-polar-bears-survive.html


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Snowfall during fall and spring is declining across most of the United States

“The analysis included data from 145 sites around the country, examining changes in snowfall from the 1970s to the 2010s. Among those sites, 80% saw a decrease in snowfall during the autumn (September – November), and 66% saw a decrease after March 1.”

https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/2020-02-05-snow-season-shorter-us-climate-central-study


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The eroding shorelines along Lake Michigan might not reappear anytime soon.

“At a time when lake levels typically are low, Lake Michigan water levels broke a monthly record high for the first time in more than 30 years. The January 2020 level is about 3 inches higher than the previous record in 1987…”

https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/05/lake-michigan-s-high-water-level-breaks-30-year-monthly-record


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People living in the rural Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North province [Zimbabwe] have pleaded with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government to assist them survive a devastating drought whose effects are worsening…

“The drought prone southern parts of the country are cattle ranching areas.”

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/starving-villagers-in-tsholotsho-call-out-for-govt-assistance/


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East African nations have been battling with swarms of desert locusts since the beginning of 2020.

“In what is being called the worst outbreak the region has seen in decades, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns that rising numbers of desert locusts present an extremely alarming threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.”

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/locust-swarms-and-climate-change


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Cyclone Damien formed on Thursday afternoon in warm waters off WA’s north and is set to be the first severe tropical cyclone to make landfall in Australia this season…

“Before making landfall it is expected to strengthen into a category four system — the second-highest intensity possible — which means it could produce wind gusts of up to 279 kilometres per hour.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-06/cyclone-damien-upgraded-category-four-crossing-pilbara-coast/11941042


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Bone dry plains are being drenched across Australia’s east as the coast is lashed by by a 2,000km-long rain bomb, causing dangerous flash floods…

“Flood warnings have been issued for New South Wales and Queensland, with experts fearing an incredible 500mm of rain could be dumped on some areas over eight straight days.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7971037/Rain-bomb-lashes-Australias-east-coast-sparking-flash-flooding-fears.html


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“The size of the cavity [under Thwaites glacier, Antarctica] is surprising, and, as it melts, it’s causing the glacier to retreat,” said Pietro Milillo, a NASA radar scientist who led the new research into Thwaites.

“He headed a team analysing data collected by Italian and German satellites, as well as NASA’s own Operation IceBridge, a program in which aircraft equipped with ice-penetrating radar fly over polar regions.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-crisis-glaciers-melting-collapse-thwaites-hole-western-antarctic-a9320766.html


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Winds are picking up worldwide, and that is making the surface waters of the oceans swirl a bit faster, researchers report.

“A new analysis of the ocean’s kinetic energy, measured by thousands of floats around the world, suggests that surface ocean circulation been accelerating since the early 1990s.”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-speeding-up-ocean-circulation


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“With global temperatures continuing to break records in recent years, it’s important to cast an eye towards the future… time is running out to arrest the slide into catastrophe.

“Further compounding the issue are a variety of positive feedback loops that promise to further compound the problem… Unfortunately, the mechanisms at play in these feedback scenarios are far beyond the scale that humanity can realistically arrest.”

https://hackaday.com/2020/02/05/tipping-points-in-the-climate-system-the-worst-kind-of-positive-feedback/


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“We looked around and said, ‘huh, there just don’t seem to be as many fireflies around as there used to be,’” lead study author and Tufts University biology professor Sara Lewis, who has spent her career studying the mating rituals of a few firefly species, told Popular Science.”

https://www.ecowatch.com/fireflies-extinction-2645035259.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2


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