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Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos last month.

“Arctic fires emitted 16.3m metric tonnes of carbon in June… nine times more than the same month in 2018… The previous June record was registered last year, when fires were the worst on record.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-02/arctic-fires-cause-record-jump-in-emissions-as-temperatures-soar


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The permafrost need not entirely thaw nor be thawed year round for [pathological] microorganisms frozen in the earth to come to life or make their way to the talik — a layer above the permafrost that is rarely if ever frozen.

“That active layer, ever larger and active for longer, becomes a new habitat, where “an increase in unfrozen water is enough to activate some biological processes.””

https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2020/07/03/arctic-permafrost-pandemic-life-uh-finds-a-way/


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“While we’ve all been locked up inside for months the weather has been quietly hotting up across the Anglia region [UK].

According to provisional data from the Met Office, January to June in East Anglia has been the warmest ever – a record held jointly with 2014 and 2007.”

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-07-02/first-half-of-the-year-joint-hottest-on-record-in-east-anglia-and-the-sunniest


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2020 is expected to be the hottest year on record in Spain, a spokesperson of Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said here Thursday.

“…spokesperson Ruben Del Campo explained that the first five months of 2020 have been the warmest ever recorded in the country.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/03/c_139184289.htm


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Temperatures will soar to reach 46 degrees Celsius in a heatwave that will hit several Moroccan provinces from Thursday to Saturday.

“The General Directorate of Meteorology (DMN) forecast in a special weather report temperatures to reach 42 to 46 degrees Celsius…”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/07/307557/heatwave-to-hit-morocco-with-weekend-temperatures-up-to-46-degrees/


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“Turkey has become familiar with a worrying pattern in which it experiences low magnitude earthquakes more frequently than usual…

“”Also, during May and June, Turkey experienced floods and other adverse weather events such as hailstorms that caused casualties and damage to agricultural crops.”

https://www.intellinews.com/turkey-seesawing-between-earthquakes-and-floods-186625/


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Locusts in Kenya could threaten the nation’s food supply if not controlled quickly, prompting experts to travel to remote corners of the country to try to find budding infestations.

“Boris Polo, a Kenyan logistician on contract for the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization, says the team can fight locusts by finding ones that are too young to fly.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/02/locusts-in-kenya-threaten-to-cut-off-food-supplies


As many as 26 more people died in lightning strikes in various parts of Bihar [India] on Thursday, officials said. According to Police, five people died after being struck by lightning in Dulhin Bazaar of Patna alone.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/jul/02/26-die-in-fresh-lightning-strikes-across-bihar-2164509.html


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“We have faced many floods [in Assam, India], but this time the situation is hard for us. We have not seen such huge volumes of flood waters before. Our lives have been totally disturbed,” Abdul told NDTV.”

“…the poor and the marginalised in rural areas are suffering the worst.”

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/assam-floods-trigger-huge-crisis-for-villages-crippled-by-covid-19-2256117


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[Bangladeshi] Farmers are estimating the huge losses they might suffer in the wake of the floods, while the rest of the flood-hit people are waiting to get relief or food assistance from the government.

“The flood situation has worsened in several northern districts of the country, with people living these areas facing their worst nightmare with their houses, croplands, livestock and ponds still under water.”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/07/02/floods-continue-to-worsen-in-the-north-but-relief-remains-a-far-cry


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The water level of the Baishui river [China] rose more than eight meters overnight, causing houses to collapse, crops to be destroyed, infrastructure to be severely damaged and vehicles to be swept away by the floods.

“Thousands of people have been affected.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/baishui-river-rises-27-feet-overnight-in-yunnan-severe-flooding-reported_3409311.html


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Weeks of abnormally intense rains have swept away buildings and ruined homes across southern China, leaving at least 106 people dead

“With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up after more than 31 consecutive days of alerts about torrential rain from the government weather agency, experts have warned of potential landslides and bursts at reservoirs and dams.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/world/asia/china-floods-rain.html


South Korea’s average high temperature rose to 28 C last month, making it the hottest June on record since authorities began collecting relevant data in 1973, a government agency said Friday.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200703000605


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Heatwaves have become more frequent and have been lasting longer across much of the planet, including Australia, over the past seven decades and the trend is accelerating as the world warms.

“Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes based at the University of NSW said the findings emerged from the first comprehensive assessment of heatwaves down to regional levels.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/trend-towards-worsening-heatwaves-is-accelerating-new-research-finds-20200703-p558s8.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed


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Since January 2017, research institute NIWA hasn’t recorded a single month where temperatures hadn’t slipped more than 0.5 C below the 1981 to 2010 average across Auckland, Wellington, Masterton, Nelson, Hokitika, Lincoln and Dunedin [NZ]

““That is clear evidence of New Zealand’s warming climate,” NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll said.”

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/record-temperatures-clear-evidence-new-zealand-s-warming-climate-meteorologist


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The coming heat is projected to affect huge parts of the U.S

“”The first half of July looks to have well-above-normal temperatures, at pretty high probabilities, beginning around the Fourth of July or slightly before,” said Jon Gottschalck, chief of the Operational Prediction Branch at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/heatwave-forecast-u-s-has-scientists-alarmed-n1232825


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Called the Bighorn fire, it is the eighth-biggest in Arizona state history… And yet, Bighorn is just one of three fires that sit in the top 10 biggest wildfires in Arizona history

“In June, Arizona saw regular daily temperatures of 105-110F. And little rain has fallen so far this summer, despite 15 June marking the start of the state’s official monsoon season.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/02/arizona-wildfires


Tulsa had its driest June on record as drought surged across the state last month, the state climatologist said Thursday.”

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/tulsa-sets-record-for-driest-june-drought-surges-across-state/article_3cb0e204-dfb2-5512-96f8-b9a66d8c140b.html


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Dust storms—those billowing walls of sand and dirt often seen seen in the more arid regions of the world—doubled in the American Southwest between the 1990s to 2000s.

“Data now suggest these weather systems in the U.S. may be associated with increased intensive care unit admissions.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-02/climate-change-is-fueling-u-s-dust-storms-with-dire-health-consequences


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Tropical plants which flourish closest to the equator are among those most at risk from climate breakdown, with the warming world expected to eventually become too hot for some species to germinate.

“This process could happen within just 50 years, according to researchers from the University of New South Wales.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-crisis-tropical-plants-die-off-global-warming-research-a9598746.html


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Sixty per cent of studied fish species will be unable to survive in their current ranges by 2100 if climate warming reaches a worst-case scenario of 4-5C (7.2-9F) above pre-industrial temperatures, researchers have found.

“In a study of nearly 700 fresh and saltwater fish species, researchers examined how warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/02/fish-species-survival-climate-warming-study


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This year has been sobering and life-altering for reasons that have little to do with weather, but the weather has also been bizarre in many ways.

“Strange heat, early-season tropical anomalies, late-season snow and severe weather that either repeatedly hammered an area or was largely absent from a typically prone alley are among the oddities that make our top 20 list for the weirdest weather events we’ve seen so far in 2020.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-07-01-strangest-weather-2020-june


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