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Polar bears in Russia’s Arctic are increasingly turning to cannibalism as growing human activity and development in the region shrinks their hunting grounds, scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

“Polar bear cannibalism most often happens when a malnourished male bear attacks a female and her cub, eating the cub, he said. The phenomena gained widespread attention when members of a 2017 National Geographic expedition captured it in a graphic video.

“Rising temperatures in the Arctic and melting ice cover have also forced polar bears further south in search of food, making them more likely to come into contact with human settlements.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/polar-bear-cannibalism-on-the-rise-in-russias-arctic-scientists-say-a69419


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Across Northern Ireland, the total rain that has fallen from February 1, up to and including February 25 averages 195.1mm. This is 234% of the typical average February rainfall for the Province (with 83.5mm being the average monthly total).

“For comparison, Northern Ireland’s previous wettest February was in 1990, when an average of 194.4mm of rain fell across the month.”

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/country-and-farming/its-official-nis-wettest-february-records-began-and-it-isnt-even-over-yet-1996273


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Police have warned that people living along the River Severn [UK] could face another 10 days of flooding misery with more rain showers predicted to sweep across affected areas.

“Environment Agency officials and engineers were continuing to monitor a barrier at Ironbridge in Shropshire on Thursday after the weight of water caused it to buckle, prompting an emergency evacuation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/27/prepare-for-10-more-days-of-flooding-people-living-along-severn-told


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The rains began in December, triggering landslides and massive flooding across northern Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries. Roads, bridges and crops have been destroyed, livestock killed and vital water access points washed away.

“Houses built of mud bricks have literally melted in the rain, leaving hundreds of families with nowhere to go.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/unicefusa/2020/02/26/severe-flooding-threatens-lives-and-futures-in-burundi/#5d1f0abb2799


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For a modern American audience, it is hard to convey just how devastating swarms of locusts can be.

“The swarms that we’re talking about can move up to 100 miles in a day. They eat as much as 35,000 people. You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be. So it really is a crisis.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/26/usaid-mark-green-locust-swarms-east-africa/


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Rainfall doused the capital city of Tehran over the past two days, reaching 55.5 millimeters, which was unprecedented in the past 69 years.

“The precipitation station in Tehran was first set up in 1951, and this is the first time it has recorded such rainfall rate, Sahar Tajbakhsh, head of Meteorological Organization said.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445585/Rainfall-in-Tehran-hits-69-year-record-high


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Climatologist Gopakumar Cholayil said that climate change is clearly visible in our state (Thrissur, India).

““During the last Christmas season there was no dip in temperature. Then we expected that cool climate would arrive in February this year.” But the mercury continues to soar and highest temperatures were recorded in many districts in February.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/floods-record-temperatures-clear-sign-of-climate-change/articleshow/74325761.cms


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Chinese duck platoons are waiting to be deployed to neighboring Pakistan to fight a swarm of crop-eating pests [locusts] that threaten regional food security.

“At least 100,000 ducks are expected to be sent to Pakistan as early as the second half of this year to combat a desert locust outbreak…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-27/army-of-100-000-chinese-ducks-on-standby-to-combat-locust-swarms


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Climate change-driven global warming is a factor behind repeated instances of severe flooding across Greater Jakarta since early January, including a flood that inundated parts of the capital on Tuesday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/26/climate-change-behind-2020-floods-that-displaced-thousands-in-jakarta-agency-says.html


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Torrential rainfall has blanketed Queensland [Australia] in a ‘once every 100 years storm’, with major highways closed and homes left without power.

“Thousands of residents on New South Wales’ south coast are suffering power cuts, with the worst of the dangerous storms yet to come.”

https://abc14news.com/2020/02/26/a-once-every-100-years-storm-east-coast-rain-bomb-is-set-to-blow-across-qld-nsw-and-victoria/


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Sydney’s smoky, sweaty and dry start to summer has come to a soggy and stormy end to what will be one of the country’s three hottest seasons on record.

“With just a couple of days to the end of summer, the harbour city will probably end February with temperatures averaging about 27.3 degrees for the season… about 1.7 degrees above the long-term average…”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/weather/australia-s-hot-smoky-summer-come-to-a-soggy-end-in-sydney-20200227-p544tf.html


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The New Zealand army has been sent to Northland to assist in drought relief efforts after months without any rain.

“The towns of Kaikohe and Kaitaia are the worst hit with severe water restrictions in place throughout February.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/27/were-running-out-of-water-nz-army-sent-in-to-help-with-northland-drought-relief


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The Central Valley is America’s fruit bowl, and the heart of California’s $50bn agriculture industry. But the 2011-2017 drought raised serious questions about the future of that industry and forced the state to grapple with regulating the one thing fueling much of it: groundwater.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/27/california-groundwater-sgma-law-farmers


Stiff Santa Ana winds — including what could be the strongest gust ever recorded locally — buffeted the San Diego area Wednesday, causing widespread East County power outages and prompting school closures.”

https://timesofsandiego.com/life/2020/02/26/106-mph-gust-recorded-in-san-diego-mountains-amid-santa-ana-winds/


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Heavy downpours have continued to batter parts of South America.

“Hundreds of people were evacuated from the northern provinces of Argentina last Thursday due to widespread flooding… The same system went on to affect Brazil and Paraguay, resulting in landslides and flash-flooding which caused widespread destruction.”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/feb/26/weatherwatch-floods-across-south-america-after-heavy-rain


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Bumblebees are top pollinators and many essential food crops are pollinated by them. Their loss or decline would have serious impacts on food production at a time when rising temperatures are stressing both pollinators and the food plants themselves.

“It is sobering when you consider that the current decline in bumblebee populations has occurred over a single generation.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/innovation/why-we-should-all-care-about-the-loss-of-bees-1.4184424


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