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Another strangely quiet day on the climate news front. Suspect events are being under-reported rather than not occuring.

Locusts in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have been breeding at an unprecedented rate. This represents “an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season,” according to Locust Watch, a monitoring division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which provides emergency assistance to countries facing desert locust invasions.”

https://weather.com/science/environment/news/2020-03-18-swarm-of-locusts-threatens-middle-east


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Spain has recorded its warmest winter this century so far with the temperature recorded 1.8 celcius above the average for this season.

“This is based on the average temperature recorded from 1981 to 2010 by the Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (Aemet).”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/19/spain-records-its-warmest-winter-so-far-this-century/#.XnNtW6j7TIU


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“A strong wind warning is issued when the land wind speed is expected to reach 21 meters per second on a sustained level or gusts top 26 meters per second.

It is the first time Seoul came under a high wind warning since the weather agency began to keep relevant records in 1999, it said.”

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1245111/typhoon-like-strong-winds-lash-s-korea


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Australia is facing a rice shortage as panic buying, which has been blasted by the Morrison government as un-Australian, leaves shelves bare and sparks calls for rationing.

“Pasta supplies are also running low and farmers who grow durum wheat say most of what they have left is needed to plant a winter crop.”

https://www.afr.com/companies/agriculture/panic-buying-eats-into-drought-hit-rice-pasta-supply-20200318-p54bea#:~:text=Australia%20is%20no%20longer%20self,in%20the%20Murray%20Darling%20Basin.&text=Mr%20Gordon%20said%20the%202018,of%20water%20at%20affordable%20prices%E2%80%9D.


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…the scientists identified species-specific physiological responses to the heightened temperatures; these responses were influenced by the intensity and duration of the heatwave.

“These changes likely signal long-term consequences for the fitness of fishes—and the health of marine ecosystems—as extreme heat events increase in frequency.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-seas-climate-toll-tropical-fish.html


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Hilo – the largest city on the big island of Hawaii – has seen almost 18 inches of rain so far this month

“The heaviest of the rainfall, though, has been on the island of Kauai, the furthest west of Hawaii’s main islands. Lihue saw almost four inches of rain on Tuesday alone, about as much as the city typically receives over the full month of March.”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/wild-weather-continues-in-hawaii/


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After an absence of major storms for much of the winter, the ‘March Miracle,’ in terms of wet weather, seems likely to continue next week in California

“…a new series of storms is destined to impact much of the West next week with more rain and mountain snow from Monday to Wednesday.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/winter-weather/new-round-of-storms-to-hit-california-western-us-next-week/703210


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Last year’s summer was so warm that it helped trigger the loss of 600bn tons of ice from Greenland – enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2mm in just two months, new research has found.

“The analysis of satellite data has revealed the astounding loss of ice in just a few months of abnormally high temperatures around the northern pole. Last year was the hottest on record for the Arctic…”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/19/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise-climate-crisis


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“An estimated 1,400 gigatons of carbon is currently embedded in the world’s permafrost, mostly in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. By comparison, the atmosphere presently contains just 850 gigatons.

Should a major proportion of existing permafrost thaw, the Earth could experience dramatic and very dangerous warming.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/03/arctic-permafrost-moving-toward-crisis-abrupt-thaw-a-growing-risk-studies/


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Consider the current global landscape. One million species are now at risk of extinction, the disastrous effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, mass movements of people are becoming more common, and the world’s democracies are in the grips of partisan polarization and skepticism toward science and expertise.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1643321


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