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A Russian mining giant said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby Arctic tundra

“The incident occurred at the Talnakh enrichment plant near the Arctic city of Norilsk, the company said.

“It comes a month an unprecedented fuel leak at one of the company’s subsidiary plants near Norilsk saw President Vladimir Putin declare a state of emergency. More than 21,000 tonnes of diesel leaked from a fuel storage tank, with the fuel seeping into the soil and dying nearby waterways bright red.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/29/russian-mining-giant-admits-pumping-wastewater-into-arctic-tundra


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Ravaging wildfires are burning further north in the Russian Arctic than had previously been recorded from space.

“Images captured by a satellite have shown an out-of-control inferno just 30 miles from the Arctic Ocean in the Yakutia region.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466109/Satellite-images-reveal-raging-wildfires-just-30-miles-Arctic-Ocean-Siberia.html


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Russia’s forest fire aerial protection service says forest fires in Siberia have grown nearly fivefold over the past week

“According to figures reported Saturday by Avialesookhrana, Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management, 1.15 million hectares (2.85 million acres) were burning in Siberia in areas that cannot be reached by firefighters.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fivefold-growth-forest-fires-siberia-reported-71490782


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Warmer temperatures and an earlier start to spring in the Arctic are leading to a spider baby boom.

“Earlier snowpack melt driven by warmer temperatures gives wolf spiders more time to produce more eggs, according to new research published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.”

https://weather.com/science/nature/news/2020-06-26-arctic-spider-baby-boom-global-warming?fbclid=IwAR2UJILTLgaBwia_R7AbW4a-y7Y_TFsZFwwL6e9qVhmABZ_I2aUaSronPfA


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The ice along the shores of Siberia has the appearance of Swiss cheese right now in satellite images, with big areas of open water that would normally still be covered.

“The sea ice extent in the Laptev Sea, north of Russia, is the lowest recorded for this time of year since satellite observations began.”

https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/record-temperatures-and-record-low-sea-ice-in-siberian-arctic


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The districts in western Ukraine hit by heavy floods are suffering the lack of drinking water, which may cause the spread of gastrointestinal infections

“The problem is big… According to our estimations, the level of water and the scale of the disaster in Ivano-Frankivsk region is higher than in 2008 and higher than in 1998…”

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/flood-affected-districts-in-western-ukraine-lack-drinking-wate.html


The unusual British weather in May and June has brought some surprising flowers into bloom at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardensthe RHS has seen plants more usually found in the desert regions of Mexico coaxed into flower by the hot conditions…”

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/driest-may-record-spurs-desert-101500385.html


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On Friday, Ivory Coast’s meteorological services warned more rain was expected through the weekend.

“The administrative head of the Abidjan area, Vincent Toh Bi Irie, said on Facebook that “in some places, the rainfall could reach 300 millimetres (12 inches) today, or six times the threshold for a critical alert”.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/killed-ivory-coast-flash-floods-200627082422610.html


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The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/abandoned-oil-tanker-yemen-coast-risk-exploding-n1232254?fbclid=IwAR0c6XLfodQ94pUBUMAYd-Sq664rJrKL1q_3cqwHfSaCrEvDECo0toy8gMQ


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On Sunday morning, a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains hit the Passingdang village in North Sikkim [India].

“Although no loss of life has been reported yet but there has been substantial damage to properties due to the landslide.”

https://pragnews.com/massive-landslide-in-north-sikkim-hundreds-of-houses-damaged/national/


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Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains has forced more than a million people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities said on Monday, warning that the crisis was becoming more critical by the hour…

“”The flood situation remains extremely grave with several embankments breached,” Assam Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told Reuters.”

https://news.yahoo.com/floods-assam-force-million-homes-084812429.html


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Incessant rain and onrush of water from upstream have triggered flash floods in the low-lying areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj under Sylhet division [Bangladesh]

“…the flash flood has rendered hundreds of thousands of people waterlogged and without access to drinking water.”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/06/27/flash-flood-hits-sunamganj


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“Firefighters of Yichang, Hubei province [China] rescued more than 1,000 residents from floods caused by heavy rainfall as of Saturday night, according to local authorities.

“The city was hit by a 50-year record rainfall, with a downpour of 17 centimeters according to local meteorological authorities.”

http://www.ecns.cn/m/news/society/2020-06-28/detail-ifzxrvxc0872929.shtml?fbclid=IwAR25Ga5cQMMafjKmnpBmFpgzPxv5J0Z5b59pQBOnSdv5UKf3FWlGRBiRsgI


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Heavy rain across the north washed out roads in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai [Thailand]

“Flash floods sent rivers of mud and debris across Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Road after a night of rain June 27.”

https://www.pattayamail.com/chiangmaimail/flash-floods-wipe-out-chiang-mai-roads-305668


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Floods have been reported in the interior regions of Limbang, Marudi and Baram districts in northern Sarawak [Malaysia] from Sunday (June 29).

“The state Fire and Rescue Department said in Limbang, villages in Ukong and Medamit are under 0.7m of water.”

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/29/floods-hit-northern-sarawak-districts


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The Fukuoka Prefecture city of Kurume [Japan] was lashed with 92.5 millimeters of rain over the one-hour period up until shortly after 8 a.m. on June 27 — a record high for the city.

“Extremely heavy rain was expected across the Kyushu region through June 28, and the Japan Meteorological Agency is calling for people to be on their guard against landslides and river flooding.”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200627/p2a/00m/0na/003000c?fbclid=IwAR01ZZuZgZ6a4f1jAUcTT8_cf5gusfCeVDWdJp7fcXcgbRhJDaOElc7vVUw


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The mercury hit 38.9°C in Taipei Monday afternoon (June 29), the hottest the Taiwanese capital has ever recorded in the month of June, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

“After experiencing a record-breaking 38.4 degrees for the year 2020 last Tuesday (June 23), Taipei again broke its record for hottest June temperature on Monday, surpassing the previous 38.7°C recorded on June 1, 2016.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3955671


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A family says they feel lucky to be alive after a tornado ripped through their home [Auckland, NZ], wrecking it and “snapping 50-foot pine trees like toothpicks.

“Dan Tudman – who was out when the tornado struck – was phoned by his terrified daughter and arrived home to find “everything was destroyed, absolutely everything”.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12343562


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Over the past 20 years, like clockwork, severe droughts have hit the Amazon every five years with regularity 2005, 2010, 2015. Of course, droughts have hit the Amazon rainforest throughout paleoclimate history, but this time it’s different.

“The frequency and severity are off the charts.”

https://www.pressenza.com/2020/06/amazon-rainforest-hit-by-killer-droughts/


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After Miami’s warmest June morning ever recorded on Thursday and warmest morning ever recorded on any day of any year on Friday, we are waking up to more record warm temperatures today.

“Expect hazy, hot & humid weather all weekend.”

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/more-record-breaking-highs-this-weekend-in-south-florida/2254770/


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The smooth handfish (Sympterichthys unipennis), an unusual species that could “walk” on its pectoral and pelvic fins, is the first marine bony fish to go extinct in modern times, likely due to habitat loss and destructive fishing practices…

“Only four species of handfish have been spotted in the past 20 years, which has raised serious concerns for the future survival of these species.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/the-first-modern-day-marine-fish-has-officially-gone-extinct-more-may-follow/?fbclid=IwAR3HVFHguk4owaaPU9M_xeGmBAqaSHnBhEr2mVIG0_xcVuxwgkk4qE9Vf28


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