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Rainstorms in western Ukraine have killed three people and forced hundreds of others to evacuate their homes. The flooding has affected Ukraine’s western regions of Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattya, and Lviv…

“Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov have visited the disaster zone — an area where one emergency service report said about 5,000 houses in 187 villages remained flooded early on June 24.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/three-dead-hundreds-evacuated-after-flooding-in-western-ukraine/30687917.html


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Heavy rains and surging rivers have hit Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

“Rivers have… burst their banks and there are increasing concerns over the possibility of landslides. A landslide in neighbouring Bosnia cut a key road connecting Tuzla and the capital Sarajevo.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/23/heavy-rain-causes-floods-in-serbia-and-bosnia-herzegovina


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Heavy rainfall and flash floods drenched Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on Tuesday, with a rare tornado forming in the city’s westernmost areas, killing a Syrian refugee.

“Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed later that the refugee fell victim to flooding.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/1-killed-as-heavy-rainfall-tornado-batters-istanbul


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“For the last decade, Silus Musasizi has lived on a wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria. For most of that time, Uganda’s government has been trying to chase him away. Now, it is the water itself that has driven him from his small house on the edge of Entebbe, a Ugandan town that juts into Africa’s largest lake.

Thousands have been displaced from their homes along the shoreline of Lake Victoria by the worst flooding since records began more than a century ago.”

https://www.thedispatch.in/uganda-wants-people-to-leave-flooded-wetlands-and-not-come-back/


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The second wave of floods hit Assam on Tuesday as incessant rainfall occurred at several places

“…killing one person and affecting nearly 37,000 people across four districts, the state disaster management authority said on Tuesday.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/second-wave-of-floods-hits-assam-one-dead/articleshow/76542842.cms


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Internally displaced people (IDPs) in 14 camps in five Rakhine State townships [Myanmar] are facing difficulties with rising floodwaters, local civil society organizations said.

“Zaw Zaw Tun, secretary of the Rakhine Ethnics Congress (REC) said that days of heavy rain has caused flooding in Minbya, Myebon, Rathedaung, Buthidaung, and Mrauk-U townships in northern Rakhine State, damaging IDPs’ shelters.”

https://www.bnionline.net/en/news/flooding-makes-bad-situation-worse-thousands-rakhine-state-idps


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Millions of people in southern China may have to be evacuated as weather forecasters say the region is set for more heavy rain and flooding that have already wreaked havoc in low-lying areas.

“More than 8.5 million people have been affected by the torrential downpours that soaked the region between the end of May and June 15, according to a report by China National Radio.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-braces-more-flooding-torrential-134447500.html


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A New Zealand glacier is thought to have lost so much ice over three years it could provide the drinking water for all New Zealanders over the same period, one of the country’s research institutes said Wednesday.

“Scientists estimate the Brewster Glacier, in the country’s South Island, lost 13 million cubic meters of ice between 2016 and 2019…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/environment/ice-lost-from-single-glacier-equal-to-3-years-of-drinking-water-for-new-zealand


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A recent study highlights how demand for Brazilian soy by Europe and China is stoking deforestation, thereby increasing carbon emissions, especially in Brazil’s Cerrado savanna biome, followed by the Amazon rainforest…

“The study is the first to offer an estimate of carbon emissions across Brazil’s entire soy sector.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/china-and-eu-appetite-for-soy-drives-brazilian-deforestation-climate-change-study/


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An intense heat wave leaves one dead and four people hospitalized in Chihuahua [Mexico], Health authorities reported Tuesday.

“In the last hours, temperatures in various municipalities of Chihuahua have exceeded 40 degrees in the shade.”

https://noticieros.televisa.com/ultimas-noticias/ola-de-calor-deja-un-muerto-en-chihuhua/


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“A dozen wildfires have torched nearly 400,000 burned acres in Arizona and have left parts of the state, particularly the southeastern portion, in ruins…

Three current active wildfires in the state all rank in the top-10 for largest blazes in Arizona history.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/arizona-firefighters-forced-to-handle-multiple-historic-wildfires-at-once/763289


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Damaging storms moved through a large part of the country yesterday from New Mexico to New York… several inches of rain fell near Washington, D.C. in a short period of time producing localized flash flooding.

“In western Texas, winds gusted to 78 mph and in both Texas and New Mexico hail fell as large as tennis balls. In the Midwest, more than a half a foot of rain fell in parts of Iowa and produced flash flooding there.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/storms-flash-flooding-mexico-york-wildfires-continue-west/story?id=71402421


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“Subtropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Dolly well off of the northeastern United States coast on Tuesday.

Not only did Dolly become a rare June D-named storm, only the third in recorded history, but it also will go down in the history books as the second-earliest fourth-named storm in the basin.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/tropical-storm-dolly-becomes-2nd-earliest-d-named-storm-in-atlantic/763397


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An abandoned asbestos mine in a remote corner of Yukon has yet to be remediated 42 years after closing, and could pose a flood risk to anyone downstream, according to the federal government.

““Clinton Creek is literally on the edge of the map,” said Lewis Rifkind, mining analyst for the Yukon Conservation Society.

“The mine is on the western border of Yukon, about 100 kilometres northwest of Dawson City. “It’s out of sight, out of mind.””

https://thenarwhal.ca/unremediated-yukon-asbestos-mine-health-hazards-flood-risk/


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Crews are working to clean up and assess about 15,000 gallons of heating oil that spilled in Shungnak [Alaska] over the weekend when a tank was overfilled during a routine fuel delivery in the Northwest Arctic village

“…the Kobuk River and the local drinking water well could potentially be at risk, ADEC noted.”

http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/2026thousands_of_gallons_of_heating_oil_spill_in


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“Moscow hydrogeologist Georgy Kavanosyan has just returned from Norilsk, where he took a long boat trip to measure contamination of River Pyasina flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

Kavanosyan, 33, shows in the video that maximum permitted concentration of oil products in the river exceeds the norm by 2.5 times, and says that urgent steps are now needed to check the river delta where it flows into the Kara Sea.”

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/poisonous-fuel-from-major-norilsk-diesel-leak-may-already-be-in-the-arctic-ocean/


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“…temperatures have been unusually warm in the region [of Siberia] since January 2020.

“Since the ERA5 data begins in 1979, the European team also looked to GISTEMP, a NASA temperature record with data through 1880. They could not find any other examples in either dataset of such an intense heat wave in this part of Siberia persisting for such an extended period.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146879/heat-and-fire-scorches-siberia


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““For a long time, we’ve been saying we’re going to get more extremes like strong heat waves,” says Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

““It’s a little like the projections are coming true, and sooner than we might have thought.””

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/what-100-degree-day-siberia-means-climate-change/


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Microplastics have been discovered in the gut of an animal on a remote island in the Antarctic, raising concerns that plastic pollution could be prevalent in the region’s ecosystem.

“A new study by researchers in Italy and Ireland found traces of contamination inside the gut of the “Cryptopygus antarcticus,” a small invertebrate that lives in the soil of the Antarctic.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/23/world/microplastics-gut-isolated-animal-antarctic-scn-scli-intl/index.html


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NASA, NOAA, the Japanese Meteorological Agency and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service all now agree.

Earth just experienced its hottest month of May on record.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/may-2020-tied-or-beat-hottest-may-on-record-says-nasa-noaa-jma-copernicus


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