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Twice a week, Nothi Mlalazi joins a long line with dozens of other people – some of whom have slept there overnight – and stands for hours waiting for water in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city.

As the parched southern African country endures its worst drought in years – a problem scientists link to climate change – ongoing water shortages in Bulawayo have left residents in some suburbs without running water for more than three months.

“The tankers that the city council sends to deliver water every few days are often the residents’ only hope for clean water. Many will spend the night at the delivery point to make sure they can fill their buckets before the tankers – or bowsers – run dry.”

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-8429911/Families-sleep-water-lines-drought-grips-Zimbabwes-Bulawayo.html


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“…now Mali’s food production is under threat as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has sent the price of cotton plummeting, farmers warn, leaving them unable to afford key climate-smart inputs

“As Mali’s leaders focus on buying hospital equipment and rescuing small businesses, farmers say not enough is being done to shore up the agricultural sector, leaving it at the mercy of climate change and the pandemic.”

https://news.trust.org/item/20200616101601-ai2i8/


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As every year, Indians were eagerly awaiting monsoon rains by the end of May.

“Instead, they got back-to-back cyclones on the East and West coasts, locust outbreaks in the North, and scorching heat waves throughout the country.”

https://scroll.in/article/964344/indias-two-cyclones-locust-outbreak-marine-heatwaves-and-their-climate-change-link


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The West Australian Government will begin carting emergency water supplies to another dry agriculture region in the state’s south-east today after it made its 12th water deficiency declaration in a year.

“The small town of Cascade, about 100 kilometres north-east of Esperance, was yesterday declared water deficient for the first time in its history.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-17/water-deficiency-declaration-in-western-australia/12363394


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“The Amazon river dolphin (also known as the pink river dolphin, or boto) is the largest of the world’s freshwater dolphins. It lives in the Amazon and Orinoco river systems

“Now the [poaching] moratorium has lapsed and scientists are urging its quick renewal to prevent the Amazon river dolphin from going extinct. But so far, Brazil’s Bolsonaro administration has failed to take steps to restore the piracatinga ban.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/amazon-river-dolphin-risks-extinction-if-brazil-moratorium-not-renewed/


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A power company has admitted responsibility for the deaths of dozens of people in the 2018 wildfire that devastated the northern California town of Paradise.

“Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter after accepting that the huge Camp Fire blaze was started by one of its power lines.”

https://news.sky.com/story/power-company-pleads-guilty-over-84-deaths-in-2018-california-wildfire-12008422


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Temperatures are set to soar across the American Southwest and Southern Plains, reaching the low 40s Celsius

“The heat, gusty winds over 65km/h (40 mph), and low humidity are favourable conditions for fires to grow and spread.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/wildfires-rage-southwestern-200616085314434.html


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The Bush Fire northeast of metro Phoenix surged overnight and is fast becoming one of the largest wildfires in Arizona history.

“The blaze’s footprint in the Tonto National Forest between Fountain Hills and Roosevelt Lake expanded to 64,513 acres with 0% containment by Tuesday morning, according to forest officials, making it the largest current wildfire in the nation.”

https://ktar.com/story/3288266/bush-fire-nearly-doubles-in-size-nears-top-10-for-arizonas-largest/


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As summer arrives, how will the most vulnerable escape deadly heat and COVID-19?

“A dangerous and uncharted trifecta of the pandemic, high unemployment, and extreme heat is looming, and cities [in the US] are scrambling to make plans.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/summer-arrives-how-will-most-vulnerable-escape-deadly-heat-cvd/


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Parts of Wales are being warned about torrential rain and thunderstorms as more than a month’s worth of rain could fall in just an hour.

“The country is expected to bear the brunt of a band of thunderstorms that will cross the UK on Thursday, June 18, bringing heavy rain and even hail.”

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/warning-months-worth-rain-just-18434501


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Tornadoes have been spotted across two counties – as parts of Wales were hit by thunderstorms.

“Eyewitnesses glimpsed the first just five miles north of Brecon in Powys on late Tuesday afternoon. Then 40 miles away at Bont Goch, east of Talybont in Ceredigion, another twister was caught on camera.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53069614


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This is the shocking moment a freak “dust storm” tore through Streetly [Birmingham, England] and battered people’s homes and cars.

“People living and travelling through Aldridge Road were left stunned when high winds sent huge amounts of particles flying from a freshly ploughed farm into the street.”

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/watch-moment-style-dust-storm-18429249


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A new record has been broken as thunder, lightning and heavy rain batter Greater Manchester.

“In Oldham, a record-breaking 22.4mm of rain fell within 60 minutes on Tuesday (June 16) afternoon…

“Previously the most rain to fall in the area was 21.6mm on November 21 back in 2016.”

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/record-breaking-levels-rainfall-thunder-18433192


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One house collapsed and others went up in flames after violent thunderstorms battered the UK yesterday, causing flash flooding, with one area seeing the ‘worst floods in 20 years’.

“The three-storey Victorian building, which was unoccupied at the time, partially collapsed in the middle of the street in Chorlton, south Manchester, with firefighters seen checking houses on either side.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8431101/Houses-flames-lightning-strikes-thunderstorms-cause-worst-floods-20-years.html


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“…parts of Central Finland, Ostrobothnia, and Pirkanmaa all had mercury readings approaching 30 degrees today, representing near-record temperatures for this time of year.

“Pori, on Finland’s western coast, recorded a peak temperature of 29.9 degrees today.”

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/news-in-brief/17777-in-pictures-summer-heat-records-broken-across-the-country.html


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A big swath of Siberia has been way, way warmer than normal this year.

“Through May 2020, temperatures in the region averaged about 13 degrees Fahrenheit above average, with some places experiencing record warmth during this period… During each of the past five months, temperatures in this region were much higher than average.

““That’s rather remarkable,” Flavio Lehner, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told Mashable.”

https://mashable.com/article/siberia-warming-climate-change/?europe=true


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A team of researchers led by Arizona State University (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration professor Lindy Elkins-Tanton has provided the first ever direct evidence that extensive coal burning in Siberia is a cause of the Permo-Triassic Extinction, the Earth’s most severe extinction event.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200616135818.htm


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After Australia, Siberia is burning, indicating that the frequency of such events is on the rise, with myriad dire consequences:

“…devastated ecosystems, risk of desertification, CO2 emissions, toxic particles, further climate impacts… An expert in atmospheric processes at EPFL, Athanasios Nenes shares his views about it.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-huge-forest-health.html


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Researchers are looking toward Herschel Island, the northernmost point of Yukon, to understand how coastal erosion is contributing to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

“The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report doesn’t account for carbon dioxide released by permafrost in general…”

https://thenarwhal.ca/erosion-yukons-arctic-island-exposes-looming-climate-threat/


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“…the world’s five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2015.

We continue to warm on the long term and in any given month we’re likely to be knocking on the door, close to a record in the era that we’re in,” NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt told The Associated Press…

“Moreover, scientists pointed out that we are currently at the bottom of the 11-year solar minimum, when the incoming energy from the sun is reduced.”

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/yes-2020-expected-be-warmest-year-record-162842


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