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Antarctica has logged its hottest temperature on record, with an Argentinian research station thermometer reading 18.3C, beating the previous record by 0.8C.

“The reading, taken at Esperanza on the northern tip of the continent’s peninsula, beats Antarctica’s previous record of 17.5C, set in March 2015.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/antarctica-logs-hottest-temperature-on-record-with-a-reading-of-183c


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The moment a tower block of ice broke off from a glacier in Antarctica was captured on camera last week.

“The huge slab toppled from the William Glacier and rolled into the waters of Börgen Bay, Anvers Island, on Thursday, January 30 2020.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/02/06/dramatic-glacier-collapse-in-antarctica-as-tower-block-sized-ice-mass-smashes-into-sea


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The east coast of Australia welcomed the heaviest drenching in years on Friday, dousing some of the country’s most damaging and long-running wildfires and easing a drought that has crippled farming across two states…

…with the rain came flooding. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issuing multiple warnings for rivers across Queensland and New South Wales.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bushfires/australia-welcomes-drought-easing-drenching-even-as-it-brings-floods-idUSKBN2002XM


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Panic has set in as residents prepare for the onslaught of Cyclone Damien [NW Australia].

“Supermarket shelves have been stripped bare of meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and suppliers are racing to re-stock them as the countdown begins for heavy rainfall and damaging winds.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7976509/Supermarket-shelves-stripped-bare-panicked-residents-prepare-onslaught-cyclone-Damien.html


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Residents of Southland are assessing the damage after New Zealand’s first ever category-red storm

“Days of torrential rains washed away roads, forced the evacuation of 2,000 people and saw the country’s MetService issue its first red weather warning this week, in response to the worst flooding the region in the South Island has seen in decades.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/a-kick-in-the-gut-southland-assesses-storm-damage-as-rains-ease


Between October 17 and yesterday, drought disasters were declared in 116 districts across Thailand, legally obliging the government to provide assistance, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports.”

https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/environment/drought-disasters-plague-the-nation


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“…drought and prolonged heatwaves linked to the climate emergency devastated crops across Guatemala.

“As a result, record numbers of subsistence farming families are going hungry: health officials registered more than 15,300 cases of acute malnutrition in children under five last year – up nearly 24% from 2018.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/07/guatemala-hunger-famine-flee-north


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A powerful and deadly storm system is leaving a path of destruction from the Florida Panhandle to Virginia.

“There are at least four deaths from the storm, including a Tennessee teacher who was killed when a tree fell on a bus. There were reports of at least nine tornadoes in the Carolinas on Thursday.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-storm-brings-tornadoes-and-flooding-to-the-south-2020-02-06/


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Vancouver has seen its 28th consecutive day with precipitation which makes this the longest run in over 50 years.

“While Vancouver has seen some brief moments of sunshine, there has been at least a trace amount of precipitation each day over the last 28 days.

“At other times, the city has seen a staggering amount of rain or snow accumulate in a matter of hours…”

https://www.vancourier.com/news/vancouver-has-seen-its-longest-run-of-wet-weather-in-more-than-50-years-1.24070322


When you get a temperature of 19C recorded in Norway in January and in Moscow and St. Petersburg temperatures are nearly 10 degrees higher than the monthly average, following Moscow’s warmest ever 25 December, you know things can’t be right.”

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/202002071078253349-outside-of-the-arctic-circle-where-has-the-winter-weather-gone/


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A major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent as a result of rapid sea ice melt, a new study from NASA shows.

“The current is part of a delicate Arctic environment that is now flooded with fresh water, an effect of human-caused climate change.”

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7590


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Bumblebees are in drastic decline across Europe and North America owing to hotter and more frequent extremes in temperatures, scientists say.

“A study suggests the likelihood of a bumblebee population surviving in any given place has declined by 30% in the course of a single human generation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/bumblebees-decline-points-to-mass-extinction-study


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Overlapping environmental crises could tip the planet into a ‘global systemic collapse’, more than 200 global scientists have warned.

“Climate change, biodiversity loss, dwindling sources of fresh water and food, and extreme weather events from hurricanes to heatwaves will provide a monumental challenge to humanity in the 21st century.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7975245/Multiple-overlapping-environmental-crises-trigger-global-systemic-collapse.html


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