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Wildfires in at least three different areas of the Florida Panhandle, including one suspected to be caused by an “illegal burning,” raged through the night Wednesday into Thursday morning, forcing the evacuation of over 1,000 homes.

“High winds and dry conditions fed the blazes that burned dozens of buildings and scorched over 2,500 acres.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/illegal-burning-suspected-one-florida-panhandle-wildfires-over-1k-homes-n1201886


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About 76% of Colorado is now abnormally dry, compared with 16% this time last year.

“That, combined with worries about the spread of COVID-19, has firefighters worried wildfire response will be tapped.”

https://coloradosun.com/2020/05/08/drought-conditions-wildfire-season-coronavirus/


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“Most of the homes impacted by heavy rain were unprepared for the flooding because it never was an issue before with a lower water table…

“”Until Lake Michigan levels peak, Bush said, “this is kind of the new norm.””

https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2020/05/historic-high-water-levels-on-lake-michigan-lead-to-basement-flooding-inland.html


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“…heavy rain with hail that fell this afternoon-night on the Hidalgo capital [Mexico] left severe floods and damages in several parts of the Pachuca metropolitan area, so Civil Protection units deal with the incidents…

“…the water ran dragging mud, garbage and even construction material or rubble in its path.”

https://www.elindependientedehidalgo.com.mx/lluvia-deja-severas-inundaciones-y-afectaciones-en-pachuca/


The province of Buenos Aires experienced the highest level of rainfall for 30 years in March and April, allowing wheat planting to potentially hit a new record pace, according to a report from the Rosario Board of Trade.”

https://www.agricensus.com/Article/Record-rainfall-to-aid-Argentina-wheat-planting-BCR-11691.html


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The rolling hills on the Dasent family’s farm in rural Hawke’s Bay [NZ] are a sea of brown as far as the eye can stretch. They’ve had only 26 percent of their average rainfall for April, and the last four months have been the driest on record for the region.

“In fact, there really hasn’t been any decent rainfall since October.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12330525


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Binh Thuan Province [Vietnam] has declared a state of emergency after drought affected over 97,000 residents and depleted irrigation water

“Rainfall, which came late this year, has been low. Since the end of January, rivers and streams have dried out across Binh Thuan, home to popular beach town Mui Ne.”

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/central-vietnam-province-hit-by-severe-drought-4095762.html


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Firefighters were forced to suspend their work to put out a forest fire in southwest China’s Sichuan Province due to strong winds, fire police said Friday.

“The fire broke out at 5 p.m. Thursday at the border of Xide and Mianning counties in Sichuan, according to the provincial forest fire department.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/08/c_139040490.htm


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The Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters has registered 634 wildfires since the beginning of this year in the Trans-Baikal Region, the Ministry’s press service told TASS Thursday. On Thursday, EMERCOM head Yevgeny Zinichev arrived in the region and conducted a meeting on wildfires.”

https://tass.com/emergencies/1153933


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“…forest loss in Africa accelerated, from 3.4 to 3.9 million hectares annually

““This is indeed very bad news” for the African continent, said Anne Branthomme, a global forestry expert at FAO.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/05/07/deforestation-in-africa-accelerates-un-food-agency/


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Flooding and landslides have killed at least 65 people and washed away nearly 100 homes in Rwanda after heavy rains overnight on Wednesday. It is the latest in a series of floods across the East African nation in recent weeks.

“Dozens of people have died since the start of March, but the most recent rains took the most lives.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/07/flooding-landslides-kill-least-65-northern-rwanda/


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[Uganda’s] State Minister for Disaster and Preparedness, Mr Musa Ecweru, was on Thursday, May 7, 2020 shocked at the trail of destruction left behind by the floods that pounded Kasese District.

“Several rivers in the area such as Nyamwamba, Mubuku and Nyamughasana on Wednesday night, burst their banks, letting off huge flooding that swept away homes, gardens, schools and inundated hospitals.”

https://www.pmldaily.com/news/2020/05/minister-ecweru-left-speechless-after-seeing-homes-schools-swept-away-by-floods-in-kasese.html


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As if our world wasn’t already off-kilter: Snow and shock-the-system cold will numb the Mother’s Day weekend for many across the U.S.

“Forecasters warn of a bizarre spring pattern that is expected to sweep unseasonably raw weather east of the Rockies. The arctic plunge could shatter dozens of records and notch temperatures chillier than Christmas Day in some cities.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/07/mothers-day-weather-record-cold-bomb-cyclone-thunder-snow/3087024001/


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Climate change is affecting every country on the globe, and the U.S. military must adapt to provide defense, officials said… Climate change is particularly fast in the colder regions of the globe, with glaciers and ice caps melting at alarming levels. That change means new operational environments.”

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2180254/us-british-arctic-exercise-shows-us-concern-for-region/


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A world expert on diseases is warning that frozen ‘ancient microbes’ are a danger to humanity, as rising temperatures thaw the Arctic.

“Dr Dennis Carroll – who appears in the Netflix documentary Pandemic – said we should be ‘should be exceedingly cautious about underestimating the potential threats’ that reborn germs could pose.”

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/07/climate-change-unlock-ice-age-bugs-spark-worlds-next-pandemic-12669104/


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