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Another eerily quiet day on the climate front:

In Abisko [northern Sweden], locals are seeing changes that they say are not visible to people farther south, such as treelines, which used to be much lower – each year, with temperatures rising, the line of trees moves up the mountain…

“For Tomas Kuhmunen, a Sami – an indigenous community that lives mostly in northern Sweden, Norway and Finland – things are getting harder every year for those who still live traditionally, herding reindeer.

“Warmer weather means more rain, which turns to ice, locking lichen into ground and leaving reindeer to starve. Kuhmunen says some families this year have corralled their reindeer and are feeding them by hand, even though they say It’s not good for the animals.

“For him, the future is uncertain. “When we ask our elders, [what] do you do when the winters are like this? [What] did you do? And our elders [say], we don’t know.””

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/16/warmer-winter-in-the-arctic-the-changes-afoot-in-one-of-the-coldest-places-in-europe


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The winter of 2019-2020 was fundamentally different from anything experienced in the northern hemisphere over a century ago. With its record warmth and heavy rain, this winter was fundamentally different to those of only a decade ago.

“These are winters that we need to become familiar with and one that is already changing British wildlife.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk-news/how-british-wildlife-greeted-warmest-winter-record-paul-ashton-2454080


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Analysis of 40 years of Dublin’s temperature records shows extreme temperature events have increased by up to 20 per cent in just eight years.

“The findings have implications for public health, and indicate how climate change will impact on the capital in coming years.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/extreme-temperature-events-in-dublin-up-20-in-eight-years-1.4205212


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Egypt suffered losses of over EGP 1 billion due to a wave of bad weather last week, which killed at least 20 people nationwide, a statement by the presidency read. The cabinet said in a Friday statement that Egypt had not seen such conditions for 35 to 40 years.

Rainfall in the area was five times greater than the normal range, he added.”

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/365494/Egypt/Politics-/Wave-of-stormy-weather-cost-Egypt-EGP–billion-Sis.aspx


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According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020, Myanmar has had the highest weather-related losses in the past two decades, alongside Puerto Rico and Haiti.

“It is said that Myanmar is also one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of climate crisis.”

https://theaseanpost.com/article/myanmar-risk-extreme-climate


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The National Weather Service issued two rare tornado warnings for western Hawaii on Tuesday morning, the first tornado warnings for the state in over a decade.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2020/03/17/hawaii-saw-two-rare-tornado-warnings-on-tuesday/#1a9950c25b25


By early Tuesday afternoon, the storm, which consisted of almost uninterrupted heavy rain for more than 36 hours on the North Shore, had left Hanalei and the rest of the west end of the island cut off by flooding that closed Kuhio Highway.”

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/03/kauai-violent-march-storm-soaks-the-island/


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Despite the critical role that the Amazon rainforest plays in storing carbon, governments in the area continue to approve road building projects…

“…oftentimes without ever assessing the ecological impact of such projects or whether they will even be economically viable.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-amazon-road-building-result-deforestation-million.html


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As winter ends and spring begins, a coast-to-coast storm with blizzard conditions, strong winds and heavy rains will barrel across the US Wednesday through Friday.

“The vast storm will “impact almost every state in the lower 48,” says CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/18/weather/spring-winter-storm-forecast/index.html


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