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“Tiny bubbles of ancient air trapped in ice cores from Greenland suggest we’ve been seriously overestimating the natural cycle of methane, while vastly undervaluing our own terrible impact…

“…our own methane emissions might be up to 40 percent higher than suspected.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/we-ve-vastly-miscalculated-how-much-methane-humans-are-spewing-into-the-atmosphere


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Deluged communities in parts of the UK are facing more heavy rain as they struggle to cope in the wake of Storm Dennis.

“A month’s worth of rain in 24 hours could also hit north Wales and north-west England, forecasters said, falling on ground that is already saturated.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51567635


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Residents of a village near to Lyme Regis have told of their shock after a ‘tornado’ wreaked havoc in the early hours of the morning.

“It was in between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis that Rousdon in East Devon saw the worst of the weather.”

https://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/18247242.i-petrified-tornado-devastates-caravan-park-pulls-powerlines/


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Southwest Florida is known for having two seasons, but so far this year it’s more like one. This year has brought record-breaking heat, but scientists warn it could disrupt the ecosystem.

“”A quarter of 2020 so far has been record-breaking warm,” said NBC2 First Alert Meteorologist Rachel Duensing.”

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41733485/recordbreaking-heat-could-disrupt-ecosystem-wildlife


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Sprawling fields turned into large lakes throughout West Tennessee, including in the small town of Halls, where it turned cold and extremely wet…

“Forecasters expect more heavy rains in parts of the flood-ravaged south on Tuesday, prolonging the misery for worried people unable to return to homes surrounded by water.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/torrential-downpours-hit-parts-southern-200219105009886.html


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There was a mysterious yellow orb hovering above the Seattle skyline earlier this week. The National Weather Service said it last appeared 80 days ago

“All of the gloomy weather is directly due to a stuck weather pattern that has funneled storm after storm into the Pacific Northwest.”

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2020-02-19-seattle-sunny-day-first-in-months


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Anchorage, Alaska, set two seemingly opposite records, one for high temperature and one for snowfall, on the same day.

“Just the right setup, with a moist and active pattern, allowed a warm temperature record to occur on the same calendar day as heavy snowfall.”

https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/2020-02-19-anchorage-alaska-daily-records-high-snowfall-same-day


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Oahu had a sweltering 2019. In fact, it was the island’s hottest year on record, NOAA has determined.

“Mayor Kirk Caldwell made the announcement Wednesday…

““Rising temperatures are no longer a projection for later this decade or later this century, our island is hotter here and now,” Caldwell said.”

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/02/20/its-official-was-honolulus-hottest-year-record/


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Communities on the north coast of New South Wales are struggling to recover from an extraordinary series of natural disasters

“Six months ago the drought was the major environmental issue on most people’s minds, but since then the region has been hit by catastrophic bushfires, severe flooding, mass fish deaths, and landslides.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-20/disaster-follows-disaster-on-nsw-north-coast/11977496


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Thai farmers said their troubles on the [Mekong] river began when the turbines of the Xayaburi Dam started churning upstream from Nong Khai in Laos seven months ago, further disrupting the river flow that was already drying out even at the end of the rainy season.”

https://www.eurasiareview.com/20022020-mekong-river-dams-disrupting-lives-of-southeast-asian-fishermen-farmers/


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The temperature [in Sri Lanka] is rising, rainy days are decreasing, and drought periods, intense rainfalls, weather-related disasters, and even thunder are increasing, to recap a few realities.

“It is time we focused on environmental conservation and disaster resilience on top of all other matters.”

http://www.dailynews.lk/2020/02/20/features/211958/heat-wave-melts-records


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Swarms of desert locusts, which have been ravaging crops and grazing land across east Africa, have now crossed the border into South Sudan, a country already struggling from widespread hunger and years of civil war.

“The UN has warned that an imminent second hatch of the insects could threaten the food security of 25 million people across the region.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/20/huge-locust-swarms-raise-fears-of-food-shortages-in-south-sudan


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A century ago, more than one million giraffes used to roam across sub-Saharan Africa. But these gentle giants are now extinct in at least seven countries

“…with only 100,000 left in fragmented populations across the continent, wildlife experts warned on Thursday.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/feb/20/wildlife-experts-warn-giraffes-now-extinct-in-seven-countries-2106111.html


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Glaciologist Adrian Luckman from Swansea University in the U.K. said the changes in the west of Antarctica appear to be caused by a warming climate.

““Taken as a whole, the generalized retreat of ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula, and especially the thinning elsewhere such as at Thwaites Glacier, shows clearly that climate change is causing accelerating mass loss from Antarctica to the oceans,” he said.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/two-giant-icebergs-broke-antarctica-here-s-what-means-continent-n1138821


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