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There’s a major change happening in the Arctic. Dark waters are blooming with algae, as sunlight floods spaces long obscured by sheets of ice.

“Over the past two decades, there’s been a 57 percent increase in phytoplankton in the Arctic ocean, an analysis by researchers from Stanford University has revealed.

“That’s outpaced scientist’s expectations, and it’s changing the way the ocean stores carbon, as well as sucking up resources needed for the rest of the ecosystem. And no one’s sure what it means.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-shift-in-how-the-arctic-locks-up-carbon-and-nobody-knows-what-to-expect


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Pressure is mounting on Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel over an Arctic oil spill that has wiped about 17% off its share price, left it with a hefty compensation bill and exposed it to accusations of covering up the full extent of the damage…

“Nornickel, as it is better known, denies the cover-up allegations by green campaigners, a regional governor and a former official at Russia’s environmental watchdog.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-pollution-insight/russias-nornickel-fights-cover-up-accusations-over-arctic-oil-spill-idUKKBN24B0T1


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After a month of blazes that released record-breaking amounts of polluting gases, smoke from Siberian wildfires are now making their way to the west coast of the United States

““I was a little shocked to see a fire burning 10 kilometers south of a bay of the Laptev Sea, which is like, the sea ice factory of the world,” Miami University in Ohio fire researcher Jessica McCarty tells National Geographic.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/siberian-wildfires-cause-record-pollution-send-smoke-us-180975275/


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A punishing and relentless heat wave is just getting underway in the US

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 75 or more record-high temperatures to be approached or broken from Friday to Tuesday alone, and that number is likely to grow significantly into next week. Early next week a few cities in the Plains states may even flirt with their all-time record highs.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/summer-heat-wave-across-united-states/


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As weather patterns in the Northeast US change, expect to see swings between soil-damaging rain events and more regular drought conditions. The words of University of Maine soil scientist Ivan Fernandez reveal a troubling truth.

““Never again will we have the climate system of the 20th century,” wrote Fernandez, co-chair of the Maine Climate Council’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee…”

https://pinetreewatch.org/sea-change-when-it-comes-to-weather-abnormal-is-the-new-normal/


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Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is set to batter New York City on Friday, bringing the potential for flash floods and sustained 50mph winds for at least 12 hours as the system follows a similar path as Hurricane Sandy in 2012.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8508915/Big-Apple-Braces-Tropical-Storm-Fay-set-batter-NYC-Friday.html


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Fish kills are a recurring phenomenon in lakes suffering from oxygen depletion. Often the kills are triggered by factors like an algae bloom, but now a new study reports on a new, climate-related cause of fish kills.

“A grave example is reported from a lake in Denmark.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709092421.htm


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Hundreds of children were being evacuated from a summer camp in Greece as a precaution after a forest fire broke out near Corinth and strong winds fanned the blaze.

“The fire department said more than 80 firefighters, two water-dropping planes and one helicopter were sent to tackle the fire near Corinth in south-central Greece on Thursday.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greece-forest-fire-leads-evacuation-childrens-camp-71689133


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“Between end-May and mid-June, parts of northern and western India went through a phase of intense heatwaves…

The increasing frequency of heatwaves has long been seen as a signature of global heating, and we have seen exactly that in the past few years around the world.”

https://www.livemint.com/mint-lounge/features/climate-change-tracker-heatwaves-rising-around-the-world-11594354150715.html


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Parts of Uttar Pradesh [India] are set to experience heavy rainfall for the next three days starting Friday, July 10. Accordingly, a red alert has been issued across the state between July 10-12…

“According to The Weather Channel’s forecast, east UP could record total precipitation between 150 mm to 200 mm…”

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/monsoon/news/2020-07-10-extremely-heavy-showers-hit-uttar-pradesh-between-july-10-12


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“The district water development board has recorded 183mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours…

Already flooded this year, people in the lowlands and haor areas of Sunamganj [Bangladesh] are seeing fresh flooding again due to heavy rainfall and water from upstream.”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/07/10/fresh-floods-inundate-sunamganj


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As many as 31 people have been killed and dozens are missing due to incessant rainfall-triggered landslides and floods throughout the country [Nepal].

“According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, incessant rainfall is likely to will continue till Monday.”

https://english.khabarhub.com/2020/10/111205/


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China has experienced a 20% increase in incidents of heavy rainfall since 1961, while urban development on flood plains has put more people at risk

“Four cities along China’s Yangtze river have declared top-level flood warnings over the past two days after torrential rain triggered landslides and inundated roads and farmland, with parts of the river threatening to burst its banks.”

https://news.trust.org/item/20200710051513-984ve/


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Wuhan in central China is bracing for potentially devastating floods as intense downpours pound the surrounding region, threatening the metropolis of over 11 million people with a second disaster as it recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hubei province… has been hit by at least seven rounds of heavy rain since early June. Each of those has produced average cumulative rainfall of 55.3cm (21.8 inches).”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3092627/covid-19-and-now-floods-wuhan-first-epicentre-pandemic-braces


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Outbreaks of deadly African swine fever are surging in some parts of southern China following heavy rains, analysts and industry sources said, in what could be a big setback for Beijing’s goal of replenishing pork supplies.

“China’s hog herd, by far the world’s largest, shrank last year by around 180 million pigs, or 40%, after the incurable disease decimated farms.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-swinefever-floods/china-floods-blamed-for-fresh-african-swine-fever-outbreaks-idUKKBN24B0ZF


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Japanese emergency services and troops yesterday scrambled to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency said that heavy rain will likely continue at least until July 12, calling for “extreme vigilance”…”

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2020/07/10/2003739675


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A late 2020 La Nina raises crop risks for already-dry Argentina

“Persistent dry conditions associated with La Nina are most likely to occur in Argentina and southern Brazil, along with the southern U.S. Plains, where the country’s hard red winter (HRW) wheat variety is grown.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-grains-weather-braun/a-late-2020-la-nina-raises-crop-risks-for-already-dry-argentina-kansas-braun-idUSKBN24B007


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