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A new all-time heat record for Spain’s Costa Del Sol:

45.6c (114f) recorded at Velez-Malaga on Sunday.

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/08/03/costa-del-sol-hit-with-record-temperatures-as-spain-suffers-intense-heatwave/


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First, poor weather left France with a paltry wheat harvest. Now the nation’s driest July in six decades is threatening its corn fields.

“Most of France… has seen a quarter or less of normal rainfall in the past 30 days. Temperatures already set heat records in recent days and are due to climb back toward 38C (100F) in the key southwest growing region from Thursday, according to Meteo France.”

https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/france-s-driest-july-in-six-decades-risks-frying-corn-fields


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Forest Fires Rage Across Albania as Temperatures Continue to Rise

“Albania has experienced a drier winter, spring, and summer than usual… Dom Gjergi Meta, the Bishop of Rreshen reacted to the fires on Facebook lamenting the destruction of animals, vegetation and the diverse life that is within Albania’s forests.”

https://exit.al/en/2020/08/03/forest-fires-rage-across-albania-as-temperatures-continue-to-rise/


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Isaias has strengthened back to a hurricane and slammed into North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said Monday evening.

“The storm — which now has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph — struck Ocean Isle beach at 11:10 p.m. as a Category 1 hurricane.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/03/weather/tropical-storm-isaias-carolinas-monday/index.html


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July is known for ushering in the hottest days of the year, but last month was especially tenacious. Blistering heat swept across the U.S. and shattered a slew of new records for the month

“”July set the record not only for the hottest July on record for Phoenix, but the hottest overall month in recorded history for the city,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Maxwell Gawryla said.”

https://news.yahoo.com/july-brought-heat-broke-slew-205519831.html


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A car’s diesel soot caused a large Southern California wildfire that forced the evacuation of thousands and is threatening hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

“In an interview, a spokesman with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said that witnesses saw a car shooting large diesel particles out of its exhaust system Friday afternoon…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/vehicle-malfunction-behind-giant-apple-wildfire-california-officials-say-n1235711


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A pensioner’s car insurance scam backfired, causing a disastrous blaze burning huge swathes of land, when his car exploded in a protected rainforest in Brazil.

“Heli Barroso Martins, 66, burned down 673 hectares of vegetation in the the Araras Biological Reserve, in Petrópolis in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8587763/Pensioner-burns-673-hectares-Brazilian-rainforest-setting-car-alight-insurance-scam.html


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Rainfall across Australia was 43% below average in July, continuing a long-term drying trend consistent with rising atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, the weather bureau says.

“The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate statement for July says the continent was drier than average across most of its south, from Western Australia to the south-west of New South Wales and including most of Victoria. Tasmania recorded its second-driest July on record behind 1957.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/04/july-rainfall-across-australia-dips-to-43-below-average-bom-reports


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NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Typhoon Hagupit in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean that showed the development of an eye as it quickly intensified. Imagery also showed a thick band of thunderstorms that resembled a giant tail, spiraling into the powerful storm…

“Hagupit is forecast to make landfall later today, Aug. 3, south of Shanghai and curve north then northeast.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-nasa-eye-giant-tail-typhoon.html


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Cambodia’s coastal provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot and Kep were hit by flash floods Sunday evening

“…amid high waves and torrential rainfall brought by Typhoon Sinlaku, prompting the issuance of warnings to the public.”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50751386/provinces-reel-as-typhoon-sinlaku-brings-heavy-downpour/


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Flash floods and mud slides triggered by days of heavy rains have killed at least 13 people and left 13 others missing in South Korea, according to officials.

“More than 1,000 people were also forced from their homes in the capital Seoul…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/flash-floods-mudslides-kill-13-people-south-korea-200804035050195.html


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“Climate change in the arctic and Siberia led to pouring rain in East Asia, including South Korea, like a butterfly effect,” said an official at the Korea Meteorological Administration.

“Experts said while scientists have yet to determine the exact cause of hyperthermal events in East Siberia, it is likely linked to global warming.”

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200804001000315?section=national/national


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China’s state agency in charge of its strategic grain stockpiles has sparked concern over the quality of national grain reserves, particularly corn, after a local unit moved to ban all photo-taking devices from its granaries…

“Beijing has strengthened its rhetoric on protecting national food security, following disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and floods…

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3095862/china-corn-video-stokes-public-food-security-fears-amid


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Ten people were killed in two separate incidents of landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Sindhupalchowk [Nepal] on Monday

“…a total of 18 people have died in six different incidents of landslides and floods in Sindhupalchowk alone.”

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/18-die-20-missing-and-11-injured-due-to-floods-landslides-in-sindhupalchowk-in-last-three-weeks/


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The Indian Metrology department has issued a Red Alert for Mumbai and Thane, India, for August 4 and 5… indications are the city may set a new rainfall record for August as well, as it had done in July.

“Last month, Mumbai received 1500 mm of rainfall, compared to the average of 843 mm of rainfall for July.”

https://www.cnbctv18.com/uncategorized/after-record-monsoon-in-july-mumbai-set-to-break-records-in-august-as-well-6536121.htm


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Thousands of people have been left homeless following torrential rain and flash flooding in Yemen.

“For the second consecutive week, heavy rains triggered flash floods that washed away houses, farms, roads and electricity and water lines in the provinces of Marib, Dhale, Abyan, Hadramout, Ibb and Hajjah.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1714196/middle-east


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Human-influenced climate change and greenhouse emissions are rapidly melting the world’s glaciers and could lead to extreme climatic events globally, Australian and New Zealand researchers say.

“Annual glacial melts were found to have been 10-times as likely in 2018 as a result of climate change caused by human emissions.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/climate-change-global-warming-glaciers-melting-human-greenhouse-emissions-research-australia-new-zealand/7b2f83ec-af43-475c-b041-92e773597f10


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At 88 degrees Fahrenheit, Friday’s temperature in Sitka, Alaska tied with the previous record, which has stood for more than 40 years, according to the National Weather Service.

““The all-time record high for Sitka, Alaska, is 88 degrees. And the last time that happened was on July 30, 1976,” Vaughan said.”

http://sitkasentinel.com/7/2012-05-10-22-08-10/local-news/17014-sitka-s-tropical-day-friday-s-88-f-sets-record


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According to experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, increasing amounts of fresh water have moved into the Arctic Ocean in the past 20 years. Researchers fear that if this trend continues, the desalination of the North Atlantic may disrupt ocean currents.

“Such events have happened before — in the 1970s and 1980s — but they were temporary, while now the process has become permanent.”

https://arctic.ru/climate/20200803/958939.html


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