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Rescue workers were among at least 11 Indonesians killed as two landslides in quick succession devastated a village in West Java. The landslides were reported three-and-a-half hours apart on Saturday at Cihanjuang Village in the Sumedang district of West Java, 150 kilometres south-east of Jakarta.

“Heavy rain is hampering rescue efforts with the death toll predicted to rise.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-11/indonesia-landslides-kill-11-as-search-goes-on-for-survivors/13047258


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Two men died while at least 16,323 families, consisting of 81,615 individuals, were evacuated as flood waters rose in some areas in the Visayas [Philippines] due to non-stop rains spawned by the tail of the frontal system last Friday and Saturday…

“Local authorities said 15,200 families, consisting of 76,000 individuals, were evacuated in Negros Occidental last Friday.”

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1382380/2-dead-thousands-flee-floods-in-the-visayas


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At least three people were killed, while more than 62,000 others evacuated as a result of heavy rains in southern Thailand, authorities said on Monday.

“In a statement, the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said heavy rains since Jan. 4 has affected thousands of families in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla provinces.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/3-killed-over-62-000-evacuated-as-floods-hit-thailand/2105605


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Wettest January on record for Tamil Nadu [India]; more heavy rain likely:

“Post cessation of Northeast Monsoon on 31st December 2020, an unusually heavy wet spell has lashed most parts of Tamil Nadu. Historic record rainfall has been recorded at many places including the state capital Chennai.”

https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/wettest-january-on-record-for-tamil-nadu-more-heavy-rain-likely-may-spare-chennai-and-puducherry/


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Japan’s Hokuriku region blanketed by record snowfall:

“Heavy snow has swept across the Hokuriku region of Japan, bringing traffic to a standstill, damaging electricity cables and leaving more than 100 vehicles stranded.” [Video]

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jan/11/japans-hokuriku-region-blanketed-by-record-snowfall-video


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Icy flash flood destroys vehicles in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina, January 10 2021:

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z37q0tSKfmY


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An atmospheric river is poised to bring another threat of flooding rainfall and landslides to the Pacific Northwest in what has already been one of the wettest starts to January on record for parts of the region.

“Disturbances in a strong jet stream stretching from west to east across the North Pacific Ocean will funnel this pipeline of moisture into the Northwest.”

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/2021-01-11-atmospheric-river-northwest-washington-oregon-flooding


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Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes

“Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources including vehicle exhaust and power plants, the amount from fires increased sharply…”

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/study-wildfires-produced-half-pollution-us-west-75188692


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‘There’s a red flag here’: how an ethanol plant is dangerously polluting a US village:

“Situation in Mead, Nebraska, where AltEn has been processing seed coated with fungicides and insecticides, is a warning sign, experts say.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/10/mead-nebraska-ethanol-plant-pollution-danger


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It’s not just you. Utah’s winters are getting warmer: It’s not just a license plate slogan; Utah really may have the greatest snow on earth…

“But those delicately balanced climate conditions aren’t immune to change, and you might be noticing a difference in temperatures, precipitation and seasonal patterns in general. If so, it’s not in your head—Utah’s winters really are getting warmer.”

https://www.ksl.com/article/50063500/its-not-just-you-utahs-winters-are-getting-warmer


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Manatees had a terrible 2020. Rainfall and floodgates are partly to blame

2020 was a very wet year, with record-breaking rainfall drenching South Florida right at the beginning of the season in May and then again through October, before Tropical Storm Eta slammed the region in November.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-manatees-terrible-rainfall-floodgates-partly.html


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Madrid offers emergency shelter to 4,000 slum dwellers without electricity in record cold snap:

“Cañada Real has been cut off from the grid since October after the company claimed cannabis farmers were using too much power.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/11/madrid-offers-emergency-shelter-4000-slum-dwellers-without-electricity/


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France’s Côte d’Azur braves the cold: a winter like no other.

“The French Riviera is susceptible to two different types of cold. Weather expert Paul Marquis explains the difference: “Arctic maritime air comes from the North Pole, from the north-west. It’s a moist air, it’s humid. Continental air comes from Russia. It’s much drier and that is what we are experiencing along the coastline at the moment.””

https://www.monaco-tribune.com/en/2021/01/cote-dazur-braves-the-cold-a-winter-like-no-other/


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Athens’ hottest January in 160 years: Athenians are sweltering through one of the hottest starts to the year on record.

“According to the National Observatory of Athens, January has already proven to be Athens’ hottest month in at least 160 years.”

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/12/athens-hottest-january/


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Flooding has caused chaos in several Southeast European countries from Albania to Bulgaria.

“Heavy rain and snowfalls in recent days resulted in rising river levels and widespread flooding that resulted in dozens of people being evacuated from their homes in Albania and Kosovo, while emergency situations were declared in parts of Bulgaria and Serbia.”

https://www.intellinews.com/heavy-flooding-causes-chaos-in-parts-of-southeast-europe-200024/


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Istanbul’s drought raises ‘rain bomb’ debate among experts: Millions across Istanbul woke up on Saturday to a sight for sore eyes: The city’s desolated streets were echoing with the tips and taps of rain finally falling from the sky…

“…the sigh of relief was …because the metropolis is on the brink of depleting its water reserves.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/istanbuls-drought-raises-rain-bomb-debate-among-experts


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An official delegation headed by the Wali of Casablanca-Settat region, Said Ahmidouch, visited several areas impacted by the floods in Morocco’s economic capital on Saturday.

“The tragic events have now claimed four lives and caused several injuries.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331493/casablanca-local-authorities-visit-areas-impacted-by-floods/


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Nigeria cattle crisis: how drought and urbanisation led to deadly land grabs:

“The death toll of animals and humans is mounting as herders seeking dwindling reserves of pasture clash with farmers.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/11/nigeria-cattle-crisis-how-drought-and-urbanisation-led-to-deadly-land-grabs


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Heavy rain causes flooding in the region of Mecca, Saudi Arabia

“Thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong winds lashed the regions of Mecca, Al Baha, Asir, Ha’il and Al Jawf have led to flash flooding.”

“Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx09ELghiMw&t=141s


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How lightning is affected by climate change:

“Thunderstorms happen because of convection, when the heating of the Earth’s surface by sunlight and infrared radiation causes water to condense as buoyant air rises.”

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/the-future-is-not-forecast-how-lightning-is-affected-by-climate-change/


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Awareness of climate tipping points has grown in policy circles in recent years

“The evidence base of cascading effects between tipping points has also expanded.”

https://science.thewire.in/environment/interview-tim-lenton-climate-tipping-points/


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