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A French ski resort has angered ecologists by using a helicopter to move snow from higher up the mountains after exceptionally mild weather left its slopes bare.

“Officials at Luchon-Superbagnères in the Pyrenees authorised the “exceptional” emergency operation overnight on Friday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/16/french-ski-resort-moves-snow-with-helicopter-in-order-to-stay-open


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Norway’s [indoor] Sno resort opened its doors just one month ago, during the country’s warmest January on record.

“The project is the brainchild of Olav Selvaag, a member of one of Norway’s richest families, known for real estate and property development. Among the owners is Norwegian billionaire Stein Erik Hagen.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/travel/2020/02/16/now-even-norwegians-are-skiing-indoors-in-winter.html


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“Two St. Petersburg marmots roll out of their den, peer around in front of the cameras, and confirm what seemingly everyone in the Russian animal kingdom already knows — winter isn’t coming this year…

All across Russia, record-high temperatures have tricked countless plants and animals into thinking spring has arrived.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-s-animal-kingdom-sees-the-future—-and-it-doesn-t-include-winter/30436886.html


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Storm Dennis has hit England and Wales creating severe flooding, especially in south Wales where officials have warned conditions are ‘life-threatening’.

“Streets have been evacuated by lifeboat in some of the worst-hit areas and people moved to emergency rescue centres after their properties and businesses were devastated by water from overflowing rivers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2020/feb/16/storm-dennis-huge-waves-and-flooded-roads-in-england-and-wales-video


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New [UK] Environment Secretary George Eustice risked sparking anger in flood-hit areas yesterday after warning he will ‘never be able to protect every single household’ from extreme weather.

“Less than a week into his ministerial post, Mr Eustice warned the nature of climate change means extreme weather events such as this weekend’s deluge are becoming more common, advising: ‘We have to live with that fact.'”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8010579/New-environment-secretary-George-Eustice-admits-protect-Storm-Dennis.html


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The U.S. is on track to finish its warmest year on record as global temperatures rise due to the effects of climate change.

“Scientists are bracing for the next mass extinction as they struggle to keep up with changing weather patterns and its effects on millions of species.”

https://news.yahoo.com/u-track-warmest-winter-record-134903139.html


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Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi passed major flood stage on Sunday morning as it exceeded 36 feet, sending the Ross Barnett Reservoir beyond capacity.

“The river is predicted to continue to rise just under one foot in the next 6 to 12 hours.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/mandatory-evacuations-ordered-in-mississippi-as-river-threatens-to-spill-over/681463


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This also happened last year:

Part of the Argentine Army was mobilized this weekend towards rural areas of Chaco, due to flood flooding. The Ministry of Defense, led by Agustín Rossi, informed through the Secretary of Military Coordination in Emergencies that troops began to evacuate neighbors and deliver merchandise in affected areas.”

https://www.rosario3.com/informaciongeneral/Movilizan-el-ejercito-a-Chaco-por-las-inundaciones-20200216-0015.html


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The drought currently affecting New Zealand’s North Island is having devastating effects on farmers — and has already dramatically changed the country’s landscape.

“New Zealand’s lush greenery has now turned into the driest of browns as the North Island’s thirst for rain continues.”

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/upper-north-island/in-pictures-kiwi-farmers-show-devastating-magnitude-of-north-island-drought/


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The mercury pipped 40C about 3.32pm on Saturday in Cairns, and after taking into consideration the 33 per cent humidity, the apparent temperature at the time was 41.5C.

The new record high for Cairns in February eclipsed the previous record of 39.7C, which was recorded on Fridayat Cannon Park.”

https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns-weather-heatwave-melts-record-plus-forecast-for-this-week/news-story/5d809aecdd63e75a5e64426646b85f44


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A Gold Coast [Australia] Councillor says mosquitoes have “reached plague proportions” in the city, after recent record-breaking rainfall created ideal breeding conditions

The council has restarted spraying residential areas to kill adult mosquitoes after efforts were suspended during recent wet weather.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/mosquito-eating-fish-deployed-on-gold-coast-amid-plague/11971374


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Kuwait has become threatened by the locust attack on its soil… Locusts arrived in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the eastern coast of Iran and Pakistan and numbered in billions.

“The only way to combat it is by spraying with pesticides, whether with portable devices on the shoulders or with cars, but for large countries that have large areas, they need to spray with planes.”

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/locusts-invade-areas-in-saudi-arabia-and-yemen-likely-to-threaten-kuwait/


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As these huge systems, like the Antarctic, respond to a warming planet, the scientific community have condemned governments… things are coming to a head.

“Climate change is now in the news like never before as temperature records continue to be broken, storms batter the UK and flooding, heat waves and the resulting disruption become the new normal.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/green-new-deal-rising-temperatures-antarctic-sea-ice-a9337921.html


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“Residents of the small Alaskan town Kongiganak can no longer bury their dead. Their cemetery has become a marshy swamp, sucking graves into the once frozen ground. On the island of Sarichef near the Bering Strait, the village of Shishmaref is shrinking so fast locals are considering relocating it entirely.

Global warming has shown that permafrost is not so permanent after all.”

https://europeansting.com/2020/02/15/permafrost-is-thawing-so-fast-its-gouging-holes-in-the-arctic/


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