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Hundreds of thousands of mussels have been cooked to death on a beach in New Zealand’s North Island, with experts saying more will die as the effects of the climate crisis accelerate.

“The mass die-off in Northland was sparked by “an exceptional period of warm weather” combined with low tides in the middle of the day, which had exposed the shellfish, said Dr Andrew Jeffs, a marine scientist from the University of Auckland.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/18/hundreds-of-thousands-of-mussels-cooked-to-death-on-new-zealand-beach-in-heatwave


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Australia’s hottest and driest year on record has slashed crop production, with summer output expected to fall to the lowest levels on record, according to official projections released Tuesday.

“The country’s agriculture department said it expects production of crops like sorghum, cotton and rice to fall 66 percent…”

https://www.france24.com/en/20200218-drought-slashes-australian-crop-output-to-record-low


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Many parts of South Korea see snowfall during the months of December, January and February. However, this season, snow remained almost absent and very heavy snow was not seen…

“However, this Monday was a different one as snowfall pounded many parts of South Korea including the national capital Seoul.”

https://www.skymetweather.com/content/global-news/record-breaking-snow-lashes-seoul-parts-of-south-korea-more-snow-today-in-pockets/


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Normally, the Moscow River should be covered by a thick sheet of ice, but there’s hardly any for kilometers through the city.

“On the river banks, there are a few signs of snow here and there. And the temperature in the middle of February is two degrees Celsius. Unbelievable for this time of year.”

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-02-17/Bears-are-waking-early-Russia-s-recording-breaking-warm-winter-Oa6sczh504/index.html


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Temperatures peaked at 16.4° C on Sunday in Uccle [Belgium], setting a new record for a 16 February, meteorologist David Dehenauw published on his Twitter account.

“This news comes alongside reports that Belgium has become systematically warmer and winters gradually drier from the 17th century…”

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/95445/another-record-temperature-recorded-in-brussels-on-sunday/


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One week after Storm Sabine wreaked havoc in northern Germany, the offshoot Storm Dennis, named Victoria in Germany, swept across the country, causing accidents on Sunday and Monday.

“Germany’s weather service (DWD) said the storm had wind speeds of up to 172 kilometers per hour (107 miles per hour).”

https://www.dw.com/en/several-injured-as-storm-dennis-rips-through-germany/a-52408037


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Houses in Hereford and surrounding villages were inundated by flood water as the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

“Communities across the country are assessing the cost of Storm Dennis, which brought winds of more than 90mph and up to 150mm (6in) of rain to some areas over the weekend.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2020/feb/18/storm-dennis-aerial-footage-shows-scale-of-flooding-in-hereford-video


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Parts of Wales that have been hit by the worst floods in a generation are preparing for further rain in the next 48 hours, as more than 450 flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the UK.

“Heavy rain is forecast in parts of north and south Wales from Wednesday evening…”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/18/wales-braced-for-more-heavy-rain-after-devastating-floods-storm-ellen


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Authorities managing dams in Tennessee and Mississippi must make difficult decisions as floodwaters swell along the states’ rivers;

“…the surging water pressing against the dams has to be released at some point, and when it does, it often spells disaster for individuals living downstream from the dams.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/tennessee-flooding-river-latest-houses-landslide-mississippi-floods-a9341086.html


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More rain will soak parts of the flood-weary South through Thursday, adding to what has been one of the wettest Februaries and winters to date from Mississippi to the Carolinas.

“The first round of rain, associated with an approaching cold front, is already soaking parts of the South and will persist through Wednesday morning before moving off the coast of the Carolinas.”

https://weather.com/safety/floods/news/2020-02-16-south-record-wet-winter-more-rain-ahead


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When rainstorms follow large and severe wildfires, they tend to flush ash, nutrients, heavy metals and toxins, and sediments into streams and rivers.

“This contamination from wildfires causes problems for the health of downstream rivers and lakes, as well as safe drinking water production.”

https://www.salon.com/2020/02/17/buried-in-mud-wildfires-threaten-north-american-water-supplies_partner/


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Caritas warns that Zambia is facing one of its worst droughts in decades and 2.3 million people urgently need help.

“Caritas is appealing for E745,000 to support communities as they cope with the impact of the drought and help them build resilience against future climate crises.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/zambia/zambia-facing-one-its-worst-droughts-decades


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“There is a link between climate change and the unprecedented locust crisis plaguing Ethiopia and East Africa,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

““Warmer seas mean more cyclones generating the perfect breeding ground for locusts. Today the swarms are as big as major cities.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-africa-locusts/


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I’m a climate scientist, and I deal every day with the kind of worrying truths that induce “climate anxiety”. When you work on the polar regions, the statistics are even more stark because they are where we see the most dramatic and fast-occurring changes.

“The poles are also the places where we are seeing change at a much faster rate than predicted…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/antarctic-heatwave-glacier-foehn-climate-crisis-warming-nasa-a9339396.html


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