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“Almost exactly a year ago, we reported that June and July wildfires in the Arctic had released as much carbon as Belgium does in an entire year — an unprecedented summertime burn that would amplify the region’s climate change–fueled fever. But everything, apparently, is worse in 2020…

Data released Monday by the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) shows that in June and July, Arctic fires released 204 megatons of carbon dioxide, far exceeding last year’s 140 megatons and eclipsing the annual emissions of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland combined.”

https://grist.org/climate/arctic-fires-released-more-carbon-in-two-months-than-scandinavia-will-all-year/


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Russia has several thousand nuclear objects dumped on its Arctic sea floor.

“Now, the most dangerous will be removed… The lifting operation of the hazardous nuclear wastes will not only be technically difficult, but also very expensive.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/2020/08/russia-has-several-thousand-nuclear-objects-dumped-its-arctic-sea-floor-now-most


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“Nomadic reindeer herders who move with their domesticated herds animals by season, the Nenets cover exhausting distances across the Russian Arctic.

Even small climatic changes can have a dramatic effect on their environment…”

https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-siberia-2646879201.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2


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“Russian scientists are studying the well-preserved remains of a woolly mammoth thought to have lived 10,000 years ago, after it was retrieved from a lake in Siberia last month…

“Similar discoveries in Siberia have become more common in recent years because of the global climate emergency, since rising temperatures have caused permafrost in the region to thaw.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/russia-mammoth-remains-bones-siberia-permafrost-a9652881.html


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At least five people have been killed as Tropical Storm Isaias swept through US states on the Atlantic Coast. Two died when a tornado struck a mobile home park in North Carolina and at least three more were killed in New York, Delaware and Maryland…

“The Canadian Hurricane Center has warned of heavy rainfall over southern Quebec.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53645297


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The Caribbean is bracing itself for the double whammy of a bumper hurricane season and ongoing efforts to keep coronavirus under control

“A busier than normal Atlantic Ocean hurricane season has been predicted for 2020, and the coronavirus could “spread easily in crowded emergency shelters” where social distancing would be difficult…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/caribbean-braced-coronavirus-hurricanes/


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Multiple landslips have again blocked the A83 Rest and Be Thankful after heavy rainfall across Argyll & Bute, Scotland

“The incident happened as Scotland was battered by heavy rain on Tuesday causing localised flooding.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-53658307


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A forest fire Tuesday ravaged 800 hectares of vegetation near the southern French city of Marseille, forcing the evacuation of over 200 people, officials said…

“”We are braced for a difficult fight throughout the night,” said a spokesman for the firefighting service in the Bouches du Rhone department.”

https://www.france24.com/en/20200805-france-forest-fire-marseille-evacuations-bouches-du-rhone


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Twenty forest fires erupted in various parts of Turkey yesterday (August 3), the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM) has announced…

“The Ecology Union released a statement on the recent fires, saying that authorities must take precautionary measures in summer to prevent forest fires.”

http://bianet.org/english/environment/228461-twenty-forest-fires-erupted-in-one-day


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Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported…

“…the collapse of the Bout Earth Dam in Blue Nile state, after it exceeded its full capacity, risks compromising access to water for over 84,000 people living in its vicinity.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/08/1069502


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Mohamed is the director of the new national disaster early warning centre designed to help Somalia predict disasters.

“This year it has already suffered from flooding and a locust invasion.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-somalia-environment-warning/somalia-sets-up-disaster-warning-centre-to-battle-floods-and-locusts-idUKKCN2501FB


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Seventeen people, including eight children, have been killed in flash floods and by lightning in Yemen’s northern Marib region, health authorities said on Tuesday.

“”Sixteen people drowned and another person was killed after being struck by lightning,” local health authorities said in a statement.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/children-yemen-killed-floods-lightning


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July 2020 was the warmest month in Hong Kong in 136 years, seeing a monthly mean maximum temperature of 33.3 degrees.

““With a stronger than usual subtropical ridge persisting over southern China for most of the time in the month, July 2020 became the hottest month in Hong Kong since records began in 1884,” the observatory wrote Tuesday.”

https://coconuts.co/hongkong/news/july-2020-was-hong-kongs-hottest-month-since-records-began-in-1884/


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The annual reversal of the river flow in the Tonle Sap [Cambodia] has failed to arrive amid a long-running drought with water levels now “very low,” the Mekong River Commission said

“…a drought, now in its second year, coupled with upstream dams has resulted in water levels hitting record lows across the Lower Mekong Basin, which up to 70 million people rely on for their livelihoods.”

https://www.ucanews.com/news/mekong-agency-says-tonle-sap-very-critical-amid-drought/89037


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Residents in China have been stunned to see a waterfall appearing to flow backwards as Typhoon Hagupit battered their hometown.

“The tropical storm brought winds of up to 136.8 kilometres (85 miles) per hour at its centre when it made landfall in Zhejiang province in the early hours.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8591211/Incredible-moment-Chinese-waterfall-flows-backwards-Typhoon-Hagupit.html


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[South Korean] emergency rescue and recovery efforts were underway Wednesday in areas that saw a respite amid days of heavy downpours, with the weather agency predicting more rain to come through next week.

“The death toll from the five-day rain streak, which started Saturday and poured as much as 670 millimeters [26 inches] …stood at 15, with 11 others still missing.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200805000696


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Parts of South Australia have shivered through icy temperatures overnight, with one south-east town recording its coldest minimum on record

“Keith, in the state’s south-east, dipped to -4.7 degrees Celsius just before 5:15am — a record low for the town.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-05/sa-town-shivers-through-lowest-temperature-on-record/12525800


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New research shows that the rate at which glacier ice is lost from the Himalaya has doubled in the last 20 years and is similar to the rate of ice loss globally.

“Although extreme altitudes were thought to protect glaciers from climate change, we now know that high mountains are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-two-thirds-glacier-ice-himalayas-lost.html


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