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Twelve people reportedly lost at sea following the capsizing of a vessel in so-called “microburst” winds off the coast of Louisiana

Winds locally topped 100 mph, abruptly whipping up hazardous seas. The ship was south of Grand Isle when the 129-foot vessel issued a mayday call about 4:30 p.m.

The active weather is the result of a stalled stationary front draped across the area It’s unclear what exactly produced the 117 mph gust reportedly measured by a ship south of Port Fourchon, La.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/14/louisiana-capsize-weather-rescue/


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It’s not done raining yet in southeast Louisiana

“Cloudy skies and rainstorms will continue to cover southeast Louisiana for at least a few more days, after New Orleans’ second-wettest first half of April on record, the National Weather Service said Thursday.”

https://www.nola.com/news/weather/article_601f86bc-9e34-11eb-ad27-e75430b7a2ce.html


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[California’s] wildfire season “is coming quickly and it’s coming earlier.

“That’s the message from meteorologist Eric Kurth and the National Weather Service in Sacramento, California, as the state deals with a crippling drought and vegetation and grasses that are already beginning to brown.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/15/weather/california-wildfire-season-forecast/index.html


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Climate change in Minnesota is already here: Die-off at Big Woods State Park, washed-out roads and bridges tell the story of a warmer, wetter state

“The tree canopy at Big Woods State Park was starting to thin. It was 2018… Two years later, there were 200 acres dead.”

https://www.postbulletin.com/news/science-and-nature/6976728-Climate-change-in-Minnesota-is-already-here


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Sunshine on Vancouver Island is breaking [daily] weather records this week, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“On Wednesday, new temperature records were set in Victoria, Nanaimo and the Malahat area… in the Malahat area, temperatures reached 19.8 C [67.6F], smashing the record of 16.7 [62.1F] set in 2014.”

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/mid-week-heat-breaks-weather-records-on-vancouver-island-sun-to-stay-through-weekend-1.5388995


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Drought threatens spring wheat on plains: Things are dry and dusty in the Upper Midwest, the Northern Plains states and the Prairie provinces of Canada.

“This region… is the most important one for spring wheat, the higher-gluten variety that’s used for pasta or mixed with other wheat for all-purpose flour. And that crop is at significant risk…”

https://modernfarmer.com/2021/04/drought-threatens-spring-wheat-in-the-plains/


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Canada’s methane emissions are likely undercounted, and that makes them harder to cut… FluxLab’s latest paper, which involved measurements at 6,500 sites, found that Canada’s methane emissions are about one-and-a-half times the official estimate.

“Another report just last year, by the government’s own scientists, found that methane emissions are about double the official estimate.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/methane-emissions-undercounted-1.5987246


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Nuclear apocalypse = when winter never ends … like in Denmark recently.

“Following the coldest spring night in any youngster’s living memory, when are the authorities going to fess up and tell us what the hell is going on with the weather?

https://cphpost.dk/?p=123851


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“Morocco’s agriculture sector relies primarily on grain production. Nearly 75% of usable agricultural surface areas (SAU) contain cereal crops…

As drought looms over Morocco’s agriculture sector, researchers seek to implement new strategies to combat the effects of climate change.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/04/339763/drought-moroccos-agriculture-sector-and-climate-change-challenges/


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The Algerian General Directorate of Forests indicates in a note that more than half of the country’s flora diversity is threatened with extinction.

“The GDF points an accusing finger at deforestation, urbanisation and the low proportion of Algerian nature reserves, which constitute only 0.007% of the national territory.”

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/algeria-nearly-51-of-floral-biodiversity-is-threatened-with-extinction/


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Changes in India’s monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people:

Global warming is increasing the variability of India’s monsoon rains faster than previously projected, according to a recent study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/14/weather/climate-change-india-monsoon-agriculture-heavy-rain/index.html


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Preparing for floods on the Third Pole… The mountains that include the Himalayan and adjacent ranges are …also called the Third Pole or the Asian water tower because it has the largest ice mass outside the polar regions.

“Increasing temperatures and human interventions have added stress on the region’s hydrological sensitivity and have increased the risks of major flood events.”

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6539/232


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Labor is ramping up pressure on [Australia’s] federal government to send military helicopters to Timor-Leste, which is struggling to provide aid to remote communities devastated by catastrophic floods.

“Much of the focus has been on the capital Dili, which was swamped by floodwaters after torrential rain. But floods and landslides also killed people in more isolated communities, as well as damaging or sweeping away countless roads and bridges across the country.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-14/australia-gov-urged-to-ramp-up-aid-to-timor-leste-/100069722


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Urgent warning for millions of Australians after a huge spike in crippling mosquito-borne illness… Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) virus and Kunjin virus were found in the Top End and Barkly regions during routine screening, NT Health says.

“‘The results of recent testing indicate widespread MVE and Kunjin virus activity throughout the Territory, medical entomologist Bill Pettit said…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9473485/Urgent-warning-millions-Australians-huge-spike-crippling-mosquito-borne-illness.html


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Pollution from Australia wildfires ‘warmed stratosphere by 1°C for six months’

“The smoke plume from the fires reached a height of more than 20 kilometres and the flames sent 900,000 thousand metric tonnes of smoke particles into the stratosphere, the largest amount ever documented in the satellite era.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-wildfires-australia-smoke-b1831369.html


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Tropical Storm Surigae to intensify into powerful Pacific typhoon, brush past Philippines… The Pacific typhoon season is getting an early start this year

“It comes just days after Tropical Cyclone Seroja south of the equator made landfall in Western Australia, bringing wind gusts over 120 mph as the Category 3-equivalent storm battered cities such as Kalbarri…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/14/typhoon-philippines-pacific-surigae/


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Hawaii’s famed coral reefs that protect islands from floods could be destroyed by ‘extreme’ heavy rains scientists blame on climate change

“Hawaii State Climatology Pao-Shin Chu Chu said heavy rains like those which inundated the Aloha State last month wash sediment from the ground into the ocean. This sediment then blocks light reefs needed for photosynthesis…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9475397/Global-warmings-extreme-rains-threaten-Hawaiis-coral-reefs.html


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Dryness worries grow for Brazilian corn, sugar producers:

“Dryness in southern Brazil is, after hitting prospects for arabica coffee production, “at risk” of provoking downgrades to the safrinha corn harvest, and expected to bring a slow start to the cane crushing season too.”

https://www.agrimoney.com/commodities/commodities/dryness-worries-grow-for-brazilian-corn-sugar-producers-118484


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“[Meanwhile, further north:] Amazon River reaches severe flooding:

“It has already rained a lot in this area, according to information from the National Institute of Meteorology… in January it rained 518mm and the average is 327mm… Climatempo forecast for the coming days is more rain for the North Region…”

https://www.climatempo.com.br/noticia/2021/04/15/rio-amazonas-atinge-inundacao-severa-9131


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Brazil demand for U.S. to pay upfront stalls deal to save Amazon forest:

“The United States and Brazil are at an impasse on a deal to stop destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which has surged under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/brazil-demand-us-pay-upfront-stalls-deal-save-amazon-forest-2021-04-15/


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Drought scorches 83% of Mexico’s territory… A drought is scorching Mexico…

“…83.9% of the national territory is hit by this phenomenon, which has intensified in March, aggravated by the decrease in rainfall percentage. Also, several states in the country have registered temperatures above 40ºC [104F]…”

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/mexico/drought-scorches-83-of-mexicos-territory/


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Hundreds of Firefighters Battle Large Forest Fire Near Guadalajara, Mexico

“Hundreds of firefighters fought the Bosque de la Primavera forest fire near Guadalajara, Mexico, on Wednesday, April 14. Fifteen firefighters were injured on April 13, officials said… Residents have been ordered to stay away from the area and avoid outdoor activities.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/hundreds-firefighters-battle-large-forest-185419589.html


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Trees suffer from noise pollution and biodiversity with it… Nobody wants to live in a noisy building near a highway or airport. It’s the same for insects and pollinating birds…

American scientists studied trees exposed for 15 years to high man-made noise in New Mexico… They found a 75% reduction in pine seedlings in noisy areas compared to Quieter areas.”

https://www.vaughantoday.ca/trees-suffer-from-noise-pollution-and-biodiversity-with-it/


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[Another daily heat record for Moscow – 22 C / 72 F]…

It has been an unusually mild April across western and northern Siberia. Amderma, a community located on Russia’s northern coast with the Kara Sea, has had temperatures above normal every day this month…

“On April 8, temperatures reached 2.8 C (37 F). While it does not sound very warm, temperatures typically remain between -18 C (zero F) for a low and -11 C (13 F) for a high on that date.”

https://news.yahoo.com/russian-city-breaks-140-old-095758835.html


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Russian drivers dice with death as ice starts to thaw on frozen highway across Siberian river:

“Driver filmed desperately trying to cross the highway on Lena River in Russia. Footage shows driver struggling through melting ice and gushing water.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9470827/Russian-drivers-dice-death-ice-starts-thaw-frozen-highway-Siberian-river.html


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Lost polar bear is now 500 miles from its natural habitat: Latest footage shows the animal continuing to run south in Russia where wildlife teams are trying to track it

“The bear was recently spotted by locals running along the side of a desolate road in the Tomponsky district of Yakutia – Russia’s coldest region.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9473563/Lost-polar-bear-500-MILES-natural-habitat-New-footage-shows-bear-running-south.html


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What to Expect for the Arctic 2021 Melt Season?

“All things considered, my estimate for this melt season is 4.0 million km2 (with a range from 3.4 to 4.6 million km2), the 3rd lowest minimum on record and in line with the long-term trend.

“Now, lets wait and see how mother nature makes a fool of me!”

https://www.netweather.tv/weather-forecasts/news/10805-2021-arctic-sea-ice-melt-season-outlook


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Microplastics from the ocean are being transported in the wind and are polluting our air, according to a new study…

“…researchers at Cornell University… found that 84% of the microscopic shards came from road dust, about 11% came from atmospheric sea spray and 5% was derived from agriculture soil dust.

“The researchers have highlighted that this 11% from sea spray is particularly alarming.”

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/microplastics-are-contaminating-our-air-new-research-suggests/


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