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East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated nearly 3 miles over the past two decades, losing 268 billion tons of ice between 1979 and 2017, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. If the glacier were to melt completely, it holds enough water to raise global sea levels by about 5 feet.

“The 9,266-square-mile glacier currently fills Antarctica’s deepest canyon. As it melts, water is traveling from the canyon into the ocean. Scientists warn the shape of the ground under the ice makes it very susceptible to rapid climate-driven collapse.

“Not only would this raise sea levels globally, the unblocked canyon could also serve as a pathway for ocean water to penetrate inland and further melt ice sheets.”

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/a-massive-glacier-in-east-antarctica-has-retreated-3-miles-in-22-years


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Warm winter temperatures were one reason for the sparse snowfall [in southern Scandinavia].

“According to NOAA, the December 2019 to February 2020 period was the warmest on record in Europe, and the January-February period was the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146475/snow-parched-scandinavia


Torrential rain hammered much of central and coastal Murcia [Spain] on Monday night…”

https://murciatoday.com/fears-of-more-flooding-in-los-alc%C3%A1zares-after-100-mm-of-rain-falls-close-to-cartagena_1367726-a.html


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The Konya Closed Basin, once known as Turkey’s “grain warehouse,” is fighting drought due to improper irrigation activities and uncontrolled agriculture.

“The annual consumption of water in the basin was 4.5 billion cubic meters, while annual consumption reached 6.5 billion cubic meters.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-biggest-basin-struggles-with-drought-153228


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As people around the globe battle the coronavirus pandemic, rounds of deadly flooding have gripped parts of the Middle East.

“The latest in a series of storms moved into the Middle East on Friday and swept across the region into Monday. The storm spread periods of rain and thunderstorms from the eastern Mediterranean coastline to the northern Arabian Sea.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/middle-east-pummeled-by-frequent-rounds-of-flooding-rain-severe-weather/706160


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Poor Iran – this on top of low oil prices and sanctions pummelling their economy and the coronavirus killing thousands:

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is providing relief aid for thousands of people in 19 provinces of the country in the wake of floods that have inundated many cities and villages, an official said.”

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/03/24/2229449/iran-floods-rescue-missions-underway-in-19-provinces


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Summerlike temperatures will develop in parts of the South [US] this week, potentially setting dozens of daily record highs in what has already been one of the warmest starts to March on record.

“A building dome of high pressure is expected to bulge northward into the South in the week ahead. When that happens, there is sinking air in the atmosphere that causes temperatures to heat up.”

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/2020-03-23-record-heat-hot-temperatures-south-late-march


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As it braces for the coronavirus outbreak, the US will soon have to add another concern to its list: flooding, likely exacerbated by climate heating.

“Up to 23 states are set to experience moderate to severe flooding in the spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…”

https://www.zmescience.com/science/the-us-midwest-readies-for-flooding-as-it-copes-with-coronavirus-outbreak/


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The Russian part of the Barents Sea is heavily polluted with microplastics.

“According to specialists from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, in terms of microplastics concentrations, the water area is comparable to the most polluted territories on the planet.”

https://arctic.ru/ecology/20200324/934527.html


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In the northern regions of the world, a great change is taking place. Permafrost, which covers around 25 percent of exposed land in the Northern Hemisphere, is melting.

“Defined as a layer of soil that remains completely frozen for over two years at a time, permafrost is often located a meter or so below the surface. Its thawing creates issues for both the environment and human infrastructure.”

http://fatcatwebproductions.com/ThePaper_2014/md-thenews/content/how-melting-permafrost-affecting-communities-arctic-and-beyond


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Not related to climate change, as far as I can tell, but too cute to leave out:

A new expedition to the Andes has found mice living at even higher elevations than thought—making them the world’s highest-dwelling mammals.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/mouse-found-atop-volcano-highest-altitude-mammal/


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