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At least 10 people died and eight are still missing after an avalanche occurred near the Indo-China border in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Friday. [You may recall Uttarakhand experienced a far more lethal glacier burst in Feb].

The avalanche occurred after a part of a glacier collapsed beyond Sumna on Sumna-Rimkhim road where labourers were engaged in road construction work.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/uttarakhand-glacier-burst-8-dead-avalanche-amit-shah-assures-help-1794517-2021-04-24


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Lack of sufficient rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, between January and March, has caused major losses in the crops sown in winter

Temperature over the Himalayas warming due to climate change, has led to a significant melting and decline in glacier mass over the Himalayan region in the recent decades, say experts.”

https://india.mongabay.com/2021/04/winter-drought-in-himachal-impacts-agriculture-and-drinking-water-supply/


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Bangladesh has recorded the highest temperature in seven years as it swelters under a severe heat wave [June is usually the hottest month for Bangladesh]… The mercury rose to 41.2 degrees Celsius [106.2F] in Jashore on Sunday, the highest in the country since 2014…

“Dhaka experienced the hottest day in eight years, with the highest temperature recorded at 39.5 degrees Celsius.”

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2021/04/25/bangladesh-records-highest-temperature-in-7-years-amid-heat-wave


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Nearly 2,000 firefighters and civilian volunteers are battling forest fires raging for the fifth day in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

“The fires broke out in the forests of Liangshan Prefecture on Tuesday in Ma’an Village of Mianning County. Strong and unpredictable winds caused the fire to spread rapidly across the region.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-04-25/Forest-fires-rage-on-for-fifth-day-in-SW-China-s-Sichuan-Province-ZKiKhxUmSA/index.html


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A new record of highest temperature in Hong Kong for the month of April was set on 23rd April with 35.6C [96F] at Tai Mei Tuk.

“This beats by a full degree the previous record set at Cheung Chau in 1994.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1386372936651706376


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Taiwan’s government has undertaken groundwater drilling in four major areas as an emergency response to the most serious drought on the island for over half a century.

“The drought has been precipitated in part by the fact the island had no typhoons in 2020, the first annual hiatus in 56 years.”

https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202104250012


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“Another record in the US Territory of Northern Marianas in the Pacific Ocean:

On 24th April The Saipan Int. AP recorded 93F / 33.9C which is the new April territorial record of highest temperature after tying the old record of 92F (set last year) 3 times.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1386492802956206084


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Farmers in parts of West Australia’s Mid West are struggling to seed paddocks strewn with powerlines felled by Cyclone Seroja

“Ferocious winds tore a 150-kilometre-wide, 700km-long path from Kalbarri to Merredin, damaging at least 130 transmission poles, four substations and 80 feeder poles.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/cyclone-seroja-leaves-powerlines-blocking-paddocks/100093378


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Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge… At a US-led climate summit, Bolsonaro promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030.

“But the budget signed off on Friday did not include his spending pledge, or additional proposals made by Congress. His government has weakened protections and wants to develop protected areas.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-56847958


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Mexico’s drought reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

“Drought conditions now cover 85 percent of Mexico, and residents of the nation’s central region said Thursday that lakes and reservoirs are simply drying up, including the country’s second-largest body of fresh water.”

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/04/24/mexicos-drought-reaches-critical-levels-as-lakes-dry-up/


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‘There’s just no water to waste:’ Sonoma and Mendocino counties [California] brace for renewed restrictions as drought deepens.

“Dwindling supplies, looming cuts make region an epicenter for wider state water crisis.”

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/theres-just-no-water-to-waste-sonoma-and-mendocino-counties-brace-for-r/


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An Arizona wildfire that’s ‘raging out of control’ prompts evacuation orders for about 200 homes… The blaze, named the Flag Fire, is about 600 acres in size, Mohave County Communications Director Roger Galloway said in a news release Sunday evening.

“Officials in the county issued evacuation orders for residents of Pine Lake, about two hours north of Phoenix.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/25/us/arizona-wildfire-hualapai-mountains-pine-lake-evacuations/index.html


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Northern Ireland’s mountains ‘like volcanoes exploding’ as crews battle devastating wildfire

“A huge wildfire on Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains, declared a major incident by the Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), is causing “incredible” damage to the environment.”

https://news.sky.com/story/northern-irelands-mountains-like-volcanoes-exploding-as-crews-battle-devastating-wildfire-12286198


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Wildfires ravage Britain on one of driest April’s on record… Hundreds of firefighters across Britain have been fighting serious wildfires across the UK…

“Fire crews have been fighting grass and gorse blazes between Thursday and Saturday in Cornwall, Dorset, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the Lake District, Gwynedd, north Wales and Orkney.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/wildfires-ravage-britain-on-one-of-driest-the-aprils-on-record-972306


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Turkey to witness extreme climate changes: Report

Extreme weather incidents have been on the rise in the country for the last two decades. Only in 2019, some 935 extreme natural incidents occurred,” according to a 2020 environmental report by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-witness-extreme-climate-changes-report-164233


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Iraq’s Kurdish farmers in anguish as drought kills harvest season

“Kurdish farmers look over their crops with dread. Every day without rainfall is another day when the reality that their agricultural season is prematurely over further sinks in.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-drought-kurdish-farmers-agricultural-season


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Siberian fires not an isolated event, EU earth observatory shows

“A new report released this week by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization shows that the tragedy in Siberia was not an isolated event, but part of broader changes affecting global weather.”

https://www.ft.com/content/4fe55cad-3ed2-4203-8742-bb176eb3bd54


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“Fighting the feedback loop: why scientists are sounding the alarm on Canada’s melting permafrost.

“Nearly half of Canada’s land mass lies above permafrost. As it thaws, greenhouse gases stored for centuries in the frozen ground are released and once-stable land is susceptible to collapse.”

https://thenarwhal.ca/permafrost-canada-scientists-climate-change/


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UN to declare slashing methane emissions more important than previously thought… According to The Times, the report indicates a shift in the global conversation regarding climate change, which has largely focused on reducing carbon dioxide.

“The looming report comes after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that carbon dioxide and methane emissions surged last year, even in the thick of coronavirus shutdowns.”

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/overnights/550196-un-slashing-methane-emissions-more-important-than


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From raw sewage to microplastics, our oceans and waterways are becoming more toxic by the day

“About four billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year and around 1.6 billion people – almost a quarter of the world’s population – have problems accessing a clean, safe water supply, according to the United Nations.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/river-pollution-climate-crisis-plastic-b1834316.html


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Climate Change Has Shifted the Axis of the Earth. Loss of water on land through ice melting and human-caused factors is changing the movement of the North and South poles.

Glacial melting due to global warming is likely the cause of a shift in the movement of the poles that occurred in the 1990s.”

https://scitechdaily.com/climate-change-has-shifted-the-axis-of-the-earth/


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