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Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, according to state media.

“The bad weather has wreaked havoc on popular tourist areas that had already suffered through months of travel restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/11/china-floods-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-of-thousands-displaced


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Terrifying footage has shown a family’s three-storey house being swallowed by devastating floods in southern China.

“The residential building can be seen in the video suddenly collapsing and being washed away by the raging floodwaters in Guangxi province this morning.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8405841/Terrifying-moment-three-storey-building-gets-washed-away-raging-floodwaters-China.html


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Hong Kong may have to brace for a typhoon slamming its large container port this weekend

“This storm, which would be named Typhoon Nuri, will likely track over the northern Philippines on Friday, June 12, moving into southeastern China over the weekend. The projected track takes the storm close to Hong Kong on Sunday, June 14.”

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/typhoon-could-hit-port-of-hong-kong-this-weekend


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The Apsara Authority [Cambodia] yesterday announced, in cooperation with the local pagoda and authorities, it has taken immediate action to safeguard wildlife at Bakong temple after droughts have endangered the sacred fish which inhabit its surrounding moat.

“He said that there is still no rain forecast so far…”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50732614/drought-threatens-sacred-fish-at-bakong-temple/


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The heatwave northern Vietnam has been experiencing since last month is expected to become the longest to have hit the region in two decades

“On May 21, Hanoi’s Ha Dong District experienced a record 40.9 degrees Celsius, the highest May temperature since 1961.”

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/06/599758/vietnam-sizzles-lengthy-heatwave


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Brazil reports even more deforestation after revising data – Amazon deforestation rose by 34.4% year-on-year in Brazil, the country’s space agency INPE has said, revising its numbers based on satellite observation.

“The latest data does not include last year’s forest fires.”

https://www.dw.com/en/brazil-reports-even-more-deforestation-after-revising-data/a-53767938


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Primary forests in the tropics are declining at an accelerating rate according to analysis of satellite data released last week by the University of Maryland (UMD) and World Resources Institute (WRI).

“Since 2002, the tropics lost more than 60 million hectares of primary forests, an area larger than the combined land mass of the states of California and Missouri or the island nation of Madagascar.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/how-much-rainforest-is-being-destroyed/


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The heat has been building across the West and it’ll be especially toasty in southern California again today (Wednesday).

“Temperatures could approach 100 degrees in the Los Angeles and San Diego. Heat advisories have been issued once again for the area. Several cities tied or saw record highs broken on Tuesday and more could fall today (Wednesday).”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/temperatures-could-approach-100-degrees-in-southern-california-tuesday/


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Two fires have at least 450 acres of the hills and woods between Ventura and Santa Paula in flames as Ventura County firefighters are battling twin blazes known as the Lime and Elizabeth fires on Wednesday evening

“At least 75 firefighters have responded to the Lime fire, which according to county fire personnel, began about 5 p.m. and has consumed at least 200 acres, with the possibility of growing five times that size.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-10/twin-fires-burn-ventura-county-hills-at-least-450-acres-in-flames


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Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall on Louisiana’s coastline on Sunday 7 June, but the impacts of the storm were felt far and wide.

“Rainfall rates of 152.4mm an hour were recorded in Florida resulting in flash flooding destroying cars, as well as a tornado forming in downtown Orlando.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/10/tropical-storm-cristobal-brings-heavy-rain-and-flooding-to-southern-us


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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a fast start with three named storms by early June.

“There have been several unusual aspects about this early-season activity. Below is a look back at some of the notables.”

https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/2020-06-10-2020-hurricane-season-unusual-start


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In what is potentially the first case of many of its kind, JPMorgan Chase, Boyce Hydro Power, and several other defendants were slapped with a class action in Michigan Eastern District Court.

“The suit alleges the defendants caused the destruction of property due to mass flooding, citing the May 19, 2020, breach of the Edenville Dam.”

https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2020/06/11/michigan-dam-owners-sued-by-saginaw-county-residents-414-180649/?slreturn=20200511061620


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The US has opened a consulate in Greenland for the first time in nearly 70 years, igniting a three-way race with China and Russia for mineral wealth and strategic control in the Arctic.

“It is the first time the US has had a consulate in Nuuk, the capital, since the Second World War when it opened one in Nuuk to counter the Nazis after Germany invaded Denmark. It closed its doors in 1953.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/11/donald-trump-opens-us-consulate-greenland-arctic-push/


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Officials in Siberia have warned that it will take years to clean up a massive fuel spill in the Arctic Circle, as investigators detained three employees of a power plant where the disaster originated.

“It is the largest ever to have hit the Arctic, say environmentalists.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/10/three-arrested-over-huge-fuel-spill-in-the-arctic-circle


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“…the environmental catastrophe happed after the concrete foundation on which the reservoir rests began to sink. Following the sinking, the bottom of the reservoir detached from its walls whereupon the diesel oil spilled into the surroundings…

“…the environmental watchdog now warns that the remaining reservoirs could ultimately get the same fate as the first collapsed tank.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/2020/06/warning-eco-inspectors-more-tundra-oil-reservoirs-could-collapse?fbclid=IwAR0J-twNYp7uiT7hNPmTd8o8w1oBhDjyrci0aVf_2RgDvhXfolqfBpaJSKg


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Since 22 May, the Zagros mountain range in southwestern Iran has been ravaged by forest fires spreading across thousands of hectares.

“Iran is woefully underprepared to deal with the country’s hot season because of a lack of resources and budget, and so extinguishing the fire falls to volunteers.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/iran-locals-extinguish-wildfires-almost-121319853.html


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A number of Cape Town informal settlements have been left flooded after heavy rainfall overnight.

“These include Overcome Heights, Phola Park, Langa, Masiphumulele, Khayeltisha and Philippi.”

https://ewn.co.za/2020/06/11/several-informal-settlements-in-ct-hit-by-floods


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Global warming is making Mediterranean’s signature climate harsher

““By 2050, many parts of the Mediterranean, including agricultural lands, are expected to see drought condition for at least six months of the year on average and the number of days considered too hot for a beach holiday are projected to increase, which could put tourism at risk,” says Hauke Engel…”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/emanuelabarbiroglio/2020/06/11/mediterranean-sea-without-mediterranean-climate-may-be-a-thing-new-study-finds/#28f9b9e12db2


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In a new study led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich (LMU), experts have determined that a spring heatwave contributed to the severity of the summer 2018 drought in Europe.

“Unusually warm spring temperatures accelerated the timing and rate of plant growth, which depleted soil moisture.”

https://www.earth.com/news/spring-heatwave-intensified-the-2018-european-drought/


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Asturias [Spain] will be between Thursday and Friday one of the coldest spots in all of Europe. The drop in temperatures, which include an explosive cyclogenesis phenomenon , will be reflected in thermometers with highs of between 11 and 13 degrees in Cangas del Narcea and lows of eight.

“The atmosphere has put the time just the opposite of what is usual. Low temperatures are recorded in southern Europe and highs in the far north, in the Arctic…

“This configuration is a consequence of the dynamics of the jet stream, which by moving increasingly frequently in a southern way is altering the natural order of the distribution of hot and cold air…

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“The contrast is so extreme that it favors that in the regions of the Arctic Circle the maximums are much higher.”

https://www.lavozdeasturias.es/noticia/asturias/2020/06/10/asturias-registra-temperaturas-frias-europa/00031591807095946458933.htm


 

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