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A few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, the small town of Boguchany in Siberia, Russia, had its hottest April on record. On April 25, the temperature soared to 31° Celsius (87.8° Fahrenheit), even though it should be much cooler at this time of the year.

“Other parts of Siberia, and the greater continent of Asia, also experienced record heat. On April 27, the temperature in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, reached 35.1°C (95.2°F), while at Ayding Lake, China, the temperature peaked at 43.5°C (110.3°F). Over the past few months, Europe has also been dealing with abnormal heat during its warmest winter on record.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/siberia-experiences-hottest-spring-on-record-fueling-wildfires/


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In the convoy that this week set out from Sabetta, the LNG terminal in Yamal, are LNG tanker “Christophe de Margerie” and icebreaker “Yamal”. It is the first voyage across the Northern Sea Route this year. It is the earliest voyage of its kind ever.”

“Like previous years, the Russian Arctic saw average air temperatures far beyond normal.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2020/05/years-first-convoy-breaking-its-way-through-russian-arctic-ice-course-china


About a hundred firefighters fought a wildfire in Norðurárdalur valley, West Iceland, yesterday and overnight. The fire was reported between 5 and 6 pm yesterday, near Glanni waterfall.”

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/05/19/wildfire_in_west_iceland_overnight/


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Already, fast-melting Bering Sea ice is threatening spotted seals and other marine mammals.

“Warming Gulf of Alaska waters wiped out cod eggs in 2019, causing a crash in cod stocks. Record warm waters in the Yukon River last summer killed thousands of migrating salmon with heat stress.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/19/marine-heatwaves-will-cripple-salmon-cod-and-pollock-at-twice-the-rate-previously-predicted-study-says/


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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for one county after two dams failed in the area — following heavy rains and flash floods across the state.

“Both the Edenville and Sanford Dams breached Tuesday night, the governor said in a news release, and urged residents to evacuate the affected areas in Midland County immediately.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/19/us/michigan-dam-collapse/index.html


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Chicago just notched its wettest May on record — for the third May in a row. At least 8.37 inches of rain has come down so far this month and, with a third of the month still to go, that tally is expected to grow.

“This year’s historic May rainfall broke the record of 8.25 inches set in May 2019, which had surpassed May 2018′s 8.21 inches, the previous record holder.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/05/19/chicago-may-rainfall-record/


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In its 2020 harvest report, industry body Wines of Argentina stated that “nothing about the 2019-2020 season has been usual”.

“The first point of note was the heat. With the exception of Cafayate and some other high altitude areas, Argentine vineyards experienced “historically high temperatures”.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/05/argentina-experiences-unusual-and-early-harvest/


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Severe storms have ripped through homes In Victoria [Australia], with hail and winds leaving a path of destruction, tearing off roofs and bringing down fences.

“A line of extreme weather burst into Geelong just after midnight on Wednesday, lashing the southwest coast and leaving four families homeless.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8338869/Like-war-zone-Carnage-super-storm-rips-Geelong-wild-east-coast-weather.html


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The Queensland Beekeepers’ Association has used World Bee Day to call for a financial lifeline, warning crops will fail if starving bees don’t make it through winter.

“An unprecedented combination of drought and bushfires has left little food in the wild and many commercial beekeepers have been forced to hand feed their insects to keep them alive.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-05-20/world-bee-day-bees-starving-drought-feeding-sugar-honey/12263374


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India and Bangladesh evacuated millions of people from the path of the most powerful storm in 20 years, which is expected to hit on Wednesday evening and has raised fears of extensive damage to houses and crops.

“The authorities’ move to save lives was complicated by continuing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and enforce social distancing.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/bangladesh-india-brace-amphan-largest-cyclone-20-years-200520022755647.html


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Scorching temperatures during a record-breaking heatwave continue to be felt throughout Israel on Tuesday, with power outages across the country causing many to be stranded in elevators.

“The Israel Electric Corporation reported a record high demand in the early afternoon hours, surpassing its ppeak in July of last year.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkbCkcZo8


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The dry spell that’s scorching parts of the European Union’s eastern wing is devastating harvests and exacerbating what’s expected to be the region’s deepest economic downturn since at least the fall of communism.

“In parts of Romania and Poland, the drought is the worst in a century.”

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/100-drought-hits-poor-eu-040000584.html


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Part of Antarctica is already green due to blooms of algae living on the snow. As the continent warms, more of it may turn green

“A warmer climate would melt more Antarctic snow and destroy some of the algae’s habitat. But it would also mean more areas of slushy snow further inland, so there could be a net increase.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2243918-algae-is-now-growing-on-melting-antarctic-snow-due-to-climate-change/#ixzz6Mye3RgZ3


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Japanese scientists doing groundbreaking research in Antarctica say warm seawater flowing deep beneath a glacier may hold the key to rising sea levels rather than warmer air melting the ice sheets

“Simulations have shown that a collapse of the glacier’s tongue would induce an outflow of ice from adjacent continental areas into the ocean, leading to a rise in global sea levels by about 4 meters.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13353378


“…new data published today suggests that the COVID pandemic will barely make a dent on manmade climate change.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davekeating/2020/05/19/it-turns-out-covid-isnt-helping-the-climate/#c675a07273ea


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We have been shown repeatedly, and yet do not learn, that we live within nature, subject to its laws and limits and brutality, and that many of the fortresslike features of modern life that we once assumed were unshakable and unmovable turn out to be very fragile and vulnerable indeed.”

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/welcome-to-the-end-of-the-human-climate-niche.html


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