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For the second straight year, an unusually large number of intense fires have ignited in the Arctic Circle, the polar region atop Earth.

“It’s now been anomalously warm in Siberia for nearly six months, and temperatures likely eclipsed triple digits in a Siberian town last weekend — setting a heat record for the Arctic Circle. This streak of warm and hot conditions has set the stage for blazes to torch the dried-out region.

“Last year, unprecedented fires burned in the Arctic Circle, and new data from Copernicus, the European Union’s earth observation agency, show the number and intensity of fires is similar in 2020…

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“Of the 18 years researchers have used satellites to closely monitor Arctic fires, 2019 and 2020 have emitted more CO2 into the atmosphere than the previous 16 years combined, said Thomas Smith, an assistant professor in environmental geography at the London School of Economics.

“”The two years together is quite alarming,” said Smith. “I don’t use that word lightly.”

“Over just six weeks last year, Arctic Circle fires released more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year, according to the World Meteorological Organization.”

https://mashable.com/article/arctic-fires-extreme-2020/?europe=true


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Record-setting temperatures above the Arctic Circle have again drawn attention to climate change in the high north, where the prospect of more accessibility has stoked both national and commercial competition

“Along with more interest from navies, a more accessible Arctic has attracted an increase in commercial activity.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/record-heat-in-the-arctic-is-affecting-ice-cover-fisheries-2020-6?r=US&IR=T


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Although Arctic communities have long known that warming temperatures will undermine buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, scientific research is still catching up on how to create localized hazard maps of permafrost thaw.

“Meanwhile, communities don’t have time to wait for research to catch up.”

https://eos.org/articles/the-ticking-time-bomb-of-arctic-permafrost


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The latest weather forecasts from the FMI have shown that tomorrow could well be the hottest day recorded in June in Finland’s history, with temperatures in the Central and Southern parts of the country expected to exceed 33 degrees Celsius.

“The heatwave will continue into the weekend, before collapsing dramatically at the beginning of next week.”

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/news-in-brief/17796-finland-s-all-time-heat-record-for-june-may-be-broken-tomorrow-wind-and-rain-to-follow.html


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Recently released from coronavirus lockdown, Europeans thronged shady parks on Wednesday as temperatures soared on the second day of an early summer heat wave that experts fear will lead to new infections as people flout social distancing rules…

“…the mercury could climb as high as 38˚C.”

https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2020/06/24/europe-basks-in-hot-weather-as-experts-fear-new-infections-risk


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Anyone who compares older pictures of the Alps with those taken today can see the impact climate change has had in the Alps

“Between 2000 and 2014, all glaciers in the Alps lost over 22 cubic kilometres of ice, equivalent to approximately 17 percent of the entire volume of ice in Alpine glaciers at the beginning of the 21st century.”

https://www.miragenews.com/glacial-retreat-in-european-alps/


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As of morning, June 25, in the territory of 16 administrative areas of Ivano-Frankivsk region [Ukraine], 250 settlements were flooded

““Totally, 10,399 houses, nine rural health posts, 15,610 residential yards, 4,546 basements, 7,182 hectares of agricultural land are flooded; 149 km of roads are destroyed; besides, 589 km of are damaged; 90 bridges are destroyed and 169 bridges are damaged.””

https://112.international/society/floods-in-ivano-frankivsk-region-over-10000-houses-are-inundated-52507.html


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Giovanni is a farmer from Bolotana, a small town in central Sardinia. His and 200 other farms have been hit by a swarm of Moroccan locusts that have been devastating the Tirso valley since April

“These insects have destroyed fields, pastures, grasslands, and invaded houses and gardens. Swarms of the same species had already caused damage in summer 2019…”

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-25/-There-s-nothing-left-Sardinian-farmland-stripped-by-locust-swarms-RzaYxkBVuw/index.html


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Senegal is one of the African countries most affected by the advancing desert.

“Up to 34% of farmland is affected by drought, and in 2018 the country’s authorities announced a national plan for sustainable reforestation to preserve forest ecosystems.”

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/senegal-34-of-arable-lands-threatened-by-desertification/


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The bitter dispute among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over the giant Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile seems like the classic case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object

“Egypt depends on the waters of the Blue Nile for about 82% of its water needs and fears that the big dam – which will eventually impound an immense 74 billion cubic metres of water – will choke off much of that supply.”

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/ethiopias-nile-dam-dispute-must-be-solved-soon


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Though Madagascar officially has just under 1,800 reported infections and 16 deaths from COVID-19, the pandemic’s socioeconomic effects will be catastrophic for the country, the U.N. has warned.

One tangible impact has been the fire season, which has started early and is likely to be fiercer this year as rural residents deprived of tourism revenue, employment opportunities and access to food markets turn to the forest to survive.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/in-madagascars-dry-forests-covid-19-sparks-an-intense-early-fire-season/


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Due to the flood in Assam, thousands of people have been forced to come on the road.

“Due to heavy rains for almost a week, the situation her remains serious and 38,000 people have been affected so far. According to the daily report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the total number of dead people has increased to 12 with the death of one more person in flood in the state.”

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/12-people-died-in-assam-due-to-flood-mc23-nu764-ta764-ta277-1102103-1.html


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Motorists have captured the terrifying moment a tornado hovered through the Chinese countryside, appearing to approach their cars.

“The giant column of wind struck the suburbs of Xilinhot city in north-eastern China’s Inner Mongolia on Wednesday afternoon, according to China’s weather authority.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8456183/Chinese-drivers-film-terrifying-footage-twister-heading-cars.html


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The deadly deluges in southern China this summer have affected more than 11 million people in the provincial-level regions of Guangxi, Guizhou, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Chongqing, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

“The floods have also destroyed some 9,300 homes and ravaged 861,000 hectares of farmland…”

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1005848/worst-floods-in-decades-submerge-chongqing%2C-south-china


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Japan’s Meteorological Agency said extremely heavy rain with localized thunderstorms could hit northern Kyushu through June 26.

“The agency called for caution…

“…saying that Nagasaki Prefecture, in particular, was getting levels of rain “seen only about once in 50 years.”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200625/p2a/00m/0na/005000c


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Earlier this week, Mount Wellington on Tasmania’s southeast coast had its wettest three days on record – with over 30cm of rain falling from Monday through Wednesday morning…

“…about four times its monthly average.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-more-showers-in-tasmania-after-rainfall-records-set-weatherzone/8f75edaa-c8b4-4098-bf82-ae67bee023b8


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“Under a pitch-black night sky, a group of Vietnamese farmers planted rice this week in a paddy field on the outskirts of the capital Hanoi using head lamps to illuminate the water-logged ground in front of them.

The farmers of the Tam Thanh commune [Vietnam] say they have been forced to work at night in the fields to avoid searing temperatures that they say have got worse over the years.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-vietnam-farmers/to-beat-the-heat-vietnam-rice-farmers-resort-to-planting-at-night-idUSKBN23W1BB


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The National Park Service is warning visitors to the Grand Canyon that Wednesday’s extreme heat could pose an unusual danger: melted shoes.

“In a tweet Monday, the Grand Canyon NPS showed how excessive heat can cause the glue holding hiking boots to melt, making the shoe fall apart. This warning comes on top of additional concerns about extreme heat in the West.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/24/weather/arizona-california-heat-forecast-grand-canyon-shoes-trnd/index.html


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Carbon dioxide at Mauna Loa reaches new record high at 417 ppm.

These could be the highest CO2 levels in our atmosphere in more than 3 million years.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/carbon-dioxide-at-mauna-loa-reaches-new-record-high-at-417-ppm


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