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Today 13th April made history again in South Africa.

“With a minimum temperature of 31.7C [89.1F] Vioolsdrif set the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in April in the whole Southern Hemisphere.

“The max. of 44.8C [112.6F] pulverized the national monthly record of 43.7C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1381998574460932099


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Tanzania: Floods Kill Three As TMA Warns of More Heavy Rains… Three people have passed away after being swept by flooding rain waters in Tarime District, Mara Region over the weekend.

“The incident happened as the Tanzania Meteorological Agency has forecasted heavy rain in 17 regions together with Unguja and Pemba islands in the next two days.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202104130112.html


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Purple revolution: India’s farmers turn to lavender to beat drought.

“Faced with climate change, farmers in Jammu and Kashmir are switching from maize to essential oils… Many farmers in Kashmir are starting to cultivate the crop, often growing it alongside apple orchards.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/13/purple-revolution-indias-farmers-turn-to-lavender-to-beat-drought


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Deadly Forest Fires in India and Nepal Are Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

“”It has neither rained nor snowed for several months now,” Bharati Pathak, president of the Federation of Community Forestry Users in Nepal, told the BBC. “That is why even oak forests are burning up — the ground they stand on is totally dry.””

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/forest-fires-in-india-and-nepal/


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Western Australia’s Kalbarri after Cyclone Seroja ripped through

“Many residents remain without power or telecommunications as clean-up operations begin.”

[Pictures of the damage]:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2021/apr/14/western-australias-kalbarri-after-cyclone-seroja-ripped-through-in-pictures


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Emergency services are attending to a multiple car crash in South Australia that has been caused by a huge dust storm causing zero visibility

“Ferries to Kangaroo Island have been cancelled because of wild weather and Augusta Highway near Port Wakefield has been closed…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9464813/Wild-dust-storm-blankets-Adelaide-causing-huge-four-car-pileup-major-highway.html


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Australia’s ‘black summer’ of severe weather wasn’t just bad luck:

“First it was severe drought, then record-breaking wildfires, and finally flooding. Through the summer of 2019 and winter of 2020 Australia’s east coast was hit by one extreme weather event after another. Research shows this triple-whammy was not just bad luck.”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/13/australia-black-summer-severe-weather-bushfire-flooding-polluted-rainfall


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[NZ] Farmers say they’re at rock-bottom as parts of the country are the driest they’ve ever seen at this time of year.

“The worst-hit areas are northern Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago and incomes are down hundreds of thousands of dollars, impacting the wider communities.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2021/04/farmers-at-rock-bottom-as-parts-of-the-country-the-driest-they-ve-ever-been.html


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Two hours of heavy rain caused flooding in El Carmen de Bolívar [Colombia], leaving 30 neighborhoods and around 12,000 people affected.

“For this reason, the authorities declared a public calamity to attend the winter emergency and seek support for the victims.”

https://www.radionacional.co/noticia/regiones/declaran-calamidad-publica-carmen-de-bolivar-inundaciones


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The Yucatan Peninsula is experiencing one of the most intense heatwaves in recent years. Temperatures of more than 45°C [113F] are expected in several areas.

“The third heatwave of the year in the Yucatan Peninsula is getting more and more intense. It is likely that if it continues like this, it will be close to reaching the intensity of April 2015, when there were records of intense heat and several days with extremely hot temperatures.”

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/04/extreme-heat-in-the-yucatan-peninsula/


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Why are so many gray whales dying in the Pacific?

“Scientists struggle to explain why the gray whale population plummeted by nearly a quarter between 2016 and 2020.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/why-are-so-many-gray-whales-dying-in-the-pacific


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Drought in US northwest signals rising water-rights tensions:

“Drought on the California-Oregon border could see tensions rise between farmers who need water for agriculture and local tribes who want to sustain endangered fish species.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/12/drought-on-ca-or-border-signals-water-battle-in-the-making


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Dozens of rare elk die in California due to drought linked to climate crisis:

“More than 150 elks are suspected to have died because of drought linked to the climate crisis in California as activists fear more animals will be at risk this summer due to soaring temperatures.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/elk-california-drought-b1830264.html


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Hail that was so big and mighty that it was deemed ‘gorilla’-like pounded parts of Texas, smashing windshields and denting other property.

“The extreme weather event was witnessed and recorded by various Texans who were both in awe and likely later in anguish over the amount of destruction on Monday evening.”

https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/13/moment-gorilla-hail-smashes-windshields-and-dents-property-14406036/


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As people flee climate change on the coasts, this Midwest city is trying to become a safe haven:

“In 2019, after conducting a statistical analysis of US cities — including the cost of living, relative vulnerability to climate-related disasters and effects, availability of diverse housing stock, natural resource availability, and so on — Keenan began discussing Duluth, Minnesota, as one of the most climate-friendly places in the United States.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/12/opinions/climate-migration-in-america-california-duluth-sutter/index.html


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Wisconsin poised for devastating wildfire season as hundreds of blazes rage:

“In just the first four months of the year, Wisconsin has lost nearly as much acreage to wildfires as it did in all of 2020. Since January, 365 wildfires have flared across the midwestern state, burning more than 1,500 acres, and 162 of those fires have ignited since the start of April alone.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/13/wisconsin-wildfires-season


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Canada’s prairies are in desperate need of rain:

“Fields across the Canadian prairies are among the driest on record, raising production risks in one of the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat. Much of the area has received less than half its average rainfall, and there is not much rain in the forecast.”

https://www.rfdtv.com/story/43655509/canadas-prairies-are-in-desperate-need-of-rain


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Moscow breaks temperature records mid-April… Muscovities seemed to be enjoying the summer-warm day in the middle of spring, they wore light clothes and were seemingly not worried about global warming…

“It’s possible they may set another record on Wednesday, as weather forecasts predict a temperature of up to 73.4 degrees Farenheit (23° C).”

https://news.yahoo.com/moscow-breaks-temperature-records-mid-204634905.html


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Climate Change May Be Costing Russia Billions Every Year

““The unstable climate system is leading to increasing extremes, to a growing number of weather anomalies, including dangerous events,” said Anna Romanovskaya, director of the Moscow-based Yu. A. Izrael Institute of Global Climate and Ecology. “The direction of the trend is undeniable.””

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/climate-change-may-be-costing-russia-billions-every-year


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Permafrost thaw is one of the world’s most pressing climate problems, already disrupting lifestyles, livelihoods, economies, and ecosystems in the north, and threatening to spill beyond the boundaries of the Arctic as our planet continues to warm…

“Already, permafrost degradation is costing millions of dollars due to infrastructure damage in the Canadian North and to Russia’s resource-focused endeavours in the Arctic, and many other northern regions…”

https://www.thearcticinstitute.org/permafrost-thaw-warming-arctic-final-remarks/


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Wildfires Scotland: ‘Extreme risk’ wildfire warning issued for much of the country: The Scottish fire service has warned of an extreme risk of wildfire in place across North-East, East and Central Scotland.

An extreme risk of wildfire is also in place across Western Scotland from 15th – 17th April.”

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19229919.wildfires-scotland-extreme-risk-wildfire-warning-issued-much-country/


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Felling, disease, pollution, and climate change pushing UK woodland to crisis point:

“The UK’s native woodlands are in crisis, according to the Woodland Trust, facing a “barrage” of threats that risk pushing climate targets out of reach and ecosystems to the point of collapse.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/felling-disease-pollution-climate-change-pushing-uk-woodland-crisis-point-955304


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March in Spain was the driest for sixty years [what a crazy winter Spain has had]

“In terms of rainfall, this was just 37% of what would normally be expected. The average for the country was 17 litres per square metre. In the Balearics, however, there was twice as much rain as normal. In the southeast of the mainland, there was double the amount of normal rain, while in much of the country, including the Canaries, rainfall was below 25% of the usual amount.”

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/international/2021/04/12/82375/march-spain-was-the-driest-for-sixty-years.html


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Something to look forward to:

Brain Parasite in Rodents Which Is Also Present in Humans, May Allegedly Evolve Resulting in Zombification… Although it seems farfetched, a zombie outbreak is not impossible because of one parasite that infects rodents’ brains, which is also found in humans.”

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/30637/20210413/brain-parasite-rodents-present-humans-allegedly-evolve-resulting-zombification-study.htm


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