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Last month has entered the books as the warmest May In records stretching back to 1880, according to NASA’s monthly analysis of global temperatures, published today.

“By NASA’s reckoning, our planet was a little more 1.8 degrees warmer in May than the long-term average for the month.

“With NASA’s verdict today, two out of three independent analyses show the globe experiencing record warmth in May. The other was published earlier this month by Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/nasa-last-month-was-earths-warmest-may-on-record?fbclid=IwAR3tINZtVW1XHoaikCI7pG6guCJaYT2gR5oRZRb9XWwY-XL71NbUrMays_4


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The severe Norilsk spill, which released over two weeks ago more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel into a river in the Arctic zone, is forcing Russia to analyze the consequences of global warming

“The company and preliminary investigations believe the tank’s foundations were cracked by the thawing of the permafrost, on which it was built …which casts a dire prospect of what may happen in the future…”

https://theunionjournal.com/melting-arctic-permafrost-forces-russia-to-overhaul-key-infrastructure-society/


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Douglas — along with many other scientists and nonscientists — is noticing more thermokarst features opening up in Alaska.

“And the holes are happening fast, some appearing in just a few days, or over a single summer.

“Warmer air temperatures all over the world, and especially in the north, have accelerated the thawing of frozen soil.”

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2020/06/13/when-thawing-permafrost-kills-a-moose-story/


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The state [of Alaska] stipulates that water temperature must not exceed 59 degrees Fahrenheit in order for salmon to stay healthy during upstream migration. Last summer, however, river temperatures in Bristol Bay reached 76 degrees.

“That spells problems for the fish: When salmon can’t avoid warm water, they can sicken or die.”

https://www.wired.com/story/in-alaska-summers-getting-too-hot-for-the-salmon-run/


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The Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline has been shut down since early Saturday following an oil spill at a pump station in British Columbia, the pipeline company said.

“The pipeline crew are responding to a release at its Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, British Columbia, after an alarm was received early in the morning, Trans Mountain Corp said in a statement.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/7063784/trans-mountain-oil-spill-bc/?fbclid=IwAR2eXz5DzX1qnyquWXTxUYsGApaJR-tV2QUqb5GrK8jkkw4skIX4ZbyYjFk


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Calgarians are picking up the pieces after a massive storm brought tennis ball-sized hail and flooding to the city Saturday nightSaad Taleb, who lives in northeast Calgary, said nearly every home in his neighbourhood has seen some level of damage.

“”I’ve been in Calgary 40 years, this is the first time I’ve seen a storm like this,” Taleb said. “I’ve never experienced this before. It’s a disaster.””

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-storm-flooding-hail-1.5611619


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Southeast Queensland is experiencing an autumn mini-heatwave of sorts with one rural town having its warmest June night on record

“”Oakey with 17.4 degrees (overnight) appeared to have recorded its warmest June temperature to date. “In terms of how significant this is, Brisbane Airport recorded its warmest night since 1958 and it appears to have hit 18.7.””

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/aap/article-8418755/Overnight-temp-record-tumbles-Qld-town.html


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East Sumba, about 1,200 miles east of Jakarta, last year reportedly had 249 days in a row without rain, with some experts blaming climate change for more frequent drought-inducing weather patterns, forcing people to adapt to survive.

““Nowadays, we no longer plant things,” says local farmer Thomas Tay Ranjawali, referring to the peanut and corn crops typically grown by villagers.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/indonesia-climate-change-sumba-island-fishing-a9561536.html


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Some 6 inches of rain fell in one hour in Zunyi [China] on Friday, according to state media.

“Government officials said multiple chapters of roads and three bridges were destroyed in the town in Guizhou province. Earlier storms a week ago left 13 dead in nearby Hunan province and the Guangxi region.”

https://theunionjournal.com/china-floods-kill-5-more-as-rainstorms-impact-some-700000-residents/?fbclid=IwAR26uDX23mFHP0LmrpBKrbNMvp52NvmuTTdNtG4u_BUuht4BbH4aC61BCLk


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Troubles haven’t ended for the state of Rajasthan in western India, which has been struck by a heat wave amid the ongoing pandemic.

“After witnessing a major locust attack and a rising number of COVID-19 cases, the state is now experiencing drinking water shortages due to the exceptionally hot weather.”

https://sputniknews.com/india/202006131079600909-heat-wave-impact-camel-hundreds-of-fish-die-amid-drought-in-indian-state-of-rajasthan/


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Swarms of locusts have done extensive damage to crops in Pakistan, where the government has mobilized the military to help exterminate the insects.

“Since last month, desert locusts have been devouring wheat, cotton, and other farm produce, mainly in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200615_06/


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Unlovely and unloved, vultures play a vital role as nature’s clean-up squad but are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet

“From Kenya to Ethiopia, Botswana and South Africa, these birds have been a reassuring and seemingly permanent presence wherever big game animals roam. But now there are signs that Africa’s vulture populations are also plummeting at an alarming rate.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/13/the-vultures-arent-hovering-over-africa-and-thats-bad-news-aoe


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A section of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway [Kenya] under the railway underpass is flooded and at least one vehicle was submerged.

“Motorists using the route were stranded after the railway underpass sections became impassable.”

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001375116/motorists-stranded-as-nairobi-nakuru-railway-underpass-floods


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Partially submerged cars were left in a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Ajaccio, on the French island of Corsica, the island is under an orange alert due to severe weather.

“In just a few hours, nearly two months’ worth of rain deluged portions of Ajaccio, the capital city.”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/14/watch-the-shocking-video-as-flash-floods-continue-to-wreak-havoc-on-the-french-island-of-corsica/


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