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More than 20% of Australia’s forests burned during the summer’s bushfire catastrophe, a proportion scientists believe is unprecedented globally, according to new research.

“Research published in a special edition of Nature Climate Change focused on the bushfire crisis finds that 21% of the total area covered by Australian forests – excluding Tasmania – has burnt so far in the 2019-20 bushfire season.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/25/unprecedented-globally-more-than-20-of-australias-forests-burnt-in-bushfires


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Ocean temperatures across parts of the Great Barrier Reef have been above or close to thresholds where there is a high risk of coral bleaching for several weeks.

“During this time, temperature readings from marine weather stations operated by the Australian Institute of Marine Science have shown sea surface temperatures throughout most of the Reef at 1 to 2.5°C above average.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-high-temperatures-stress-australia-great.html


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An emergency situation has been declared in Queensland’s south-west town of St George because of expected major flooding.

“The [Beardmore] dam was on the brink of being empty at the start of February and filled in less than two weeks, Sunwater said. “In 10 days Beardmore Dam increased by 94%, from 6% to 100%.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/25/south-west-queensland-towns-brace-for-flooding-as-police-declare-emergency


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Brown grass and empty water tanks around the country [NZ] are set to stay that way for the next week as the hot, dry weather continues.

“The weekend’s fleeting wet spell is a distant memory with the chance of any decent rain unlikely for the next week, according to MetService.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12311630


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Flooding caused by torrential rain paralysed large parts of Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday,

“…major streets were inundated with murky, brown flood water and power supplies cut in certain parts of the city.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1865294/floods-in-indonesia-capital-paralyse-parts-of-city-cut-power


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In what has already been a lackluster winter season across much of California, a warm, dry and windy forecast to end the month will only add to the expanding drought concerns across the state

“…many cities across Southern California have only recorded a fraction of rainfall compared to average.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/gusty-santa-ana-winds-to-usher-in-record-challenging-temperatures-to-southern-california-at-midweek/689141


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Bats in December. Bluebonnets in January. Butterflies in February. These are a few of the unseasonal appearances Austinites noticed this warm winter. And, experts say, people should get used to such sights.

“The first two months of winter in Austin [Texas] were the second warmest in 122 years of records.”

https://www.kut.org/post/warm-winter-austinites-can-look-out-their-windows-and-see-climate-change


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The Northeast United States has had one of its mildest winters on record

“In the three winter months of December, January, and February, Boston has experienced more days above 60 degrees than below 32 degrees.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8040473/Winter-winter-Boston-seen-second-lowest-snow-ever.html


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With just weeks left to go, the world is heading toward the warmest winter ever recorded as a strange brew of weather patterns at the top of the world combines with the mercury-boosting influence of climate change

“A stubbornly extreme low-pressure system over the North Pole has pulled the jet stream north.”

https://menafn.com/1099749440/Its-the-Warmest-Winter-Ever-and-Its-the-North-Poles-Fault


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Arctic ocean temperatures are rising at rates faster than previously thought by the scientific community.

“That’s the finding of a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which shows warming waters having an effect on everything from sea ice growth to marine ecosystems.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/02/24/dramatic-ocean-changes-are-coming-a-couple-decades-too-early-scientists-say/


An Arctic “doomsday vault” is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/25/world/social-issues-world/arctic-doomsday-vault-climate-change/#.XlUCnij7TIU


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If you live in central or southern Scotland then it’ll probably come as no surprise to you that it’s been the wettest February on record for quite a few locations… Edinburgh Botanics… has broken 78 years’ worth of records with 127mm of rain falling so far this month, which is two-and-a-half times the months normal rainfall.

“Bishopton in Renfrewshire has had a shocking amount of rain, at nearly 300mm [12 inches] for the month so far.”

https://news.stv.tv/opinion/its-been-raining-records-in-soggy-scotland-this-february


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Parts of England will be threatened with serious flooding for several days due to swollen rivers, the Environment Agency has warned.

“Rainfall is expected to continue hitting areas along the rivers Severn, Wye, Ouse and Trent. The agency has issued two severe danger-to-life flood warnings…”

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-serious-flooding-to-threaten-parts-of-england-for-several-days-11942524


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Hedgehogs and other animals have not hibernated this winter, after ‘unprecedented’ mild weather [in the SE UK].

“That is according to wildlife rescuer Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS (Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service).

“He says the effects and implications of this ‘unheard of’ phenomenon are yet to be discovered, but we should be worried.”

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/environment/hedgehogs-have-not-hibernated-winter-says-east-sussex-wildlife-rescuer-1889591


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“So far we’ve had very little winter, no cold waves, few snowfalls and barely frost”, said Efe Rubén del Campo, spokesman for Spain’s State Meteorological Agency AEMET

“The trend of 2019 continues when heat records were broken in several dozens of places in the peninsula…”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/02/24/record-high-winter-temperatures-recorded-across-spain-says-efe-ruben-del-campo-spokesman-for-spains-state-meteorological-agency-aemet/


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“After being the first visitors, we can now confirm that Sif Island [an island newly revealed by climate change in the Antarctic] is made of granite and that it is covered by remnant ice shelf, and a few seals,” wrote University of Houston marine geologist Julia Wellner on Twitter.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2020/02/24/new-island-visible-from-space-discovered-in-antarctica-amid-record-heat/#68fb341029ec


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