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New Zealand flooding: state of emergency in Canterbury, with hundreds evacuated. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and many more face being forced to abandon their homes in New Zealand’s Canterbury region as heavy rains raise water levels and cause widespread flooding.

“A state of emergency was declared for the entire Canterbury region and at least 300 homes were evacuated overnight as water levels rose in rivers across the region in a “one-in-100-year deluge”, local media reports said on Monday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/new-zealand-flooding-canterbury-state-of-emergency-evacuations-rescues


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Melbourne just shivered through its coldest May morning in 72 years

“The morning of Sunday, May 30 was the coldest May morning for 71 years and 364 days according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with the mercury dropping to a chilly 1.7 degrees [35.1F].”

https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/news/melbourne-just-shivered-through-its-coldest-may-morning-in-72-years-053121


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Australian farmer counts the cost of mouse plague after drought.

“Australian farmer Norman Moeris lifts a protective tarpaulin covering his valuable grain harvest on a cool evening – only to reveal a seething mass of rodents.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/australian-farmer-counts-cost-mouse-plague-after-drought-2021-05-31/


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A freak cyclone destroyed Ian’s pub [500km north of Perth, Australia]. A warming climate could mean more are on their way.

“When Cyclone Seroja unleashed on Western Australia earlier this year, many residents experienced a freak weather event for the first time. Weeks later, they are learning of the storm’s true cost.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-freak-cyclone-destroyed-ian-s-pub-a-warming-climate-could-mean-more-are-on-their-way


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In a flood-prone Sabah village [Malaysian Borneo], life hangs on a rope lifeline.

“Living in one of the most flood-prone areas in Sabah has forced villager Abdul Malik Abdul Ghani to come up with a routine every time the floodwater rises. He literally reaches for his lifeline. It is a rope that he ties from the stilt of his house to that of a neighbour’s house.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/05/30/in-a-flood-prone-sabah-village-life-hangs-on-a-rope-lifeline/


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29th May was a historic day for Manila, Philippines. The Ninoy Aquino AP rose to 38.6C [101.5F] which is:

“1-an all time high for the station (previous 38.3C in 2010)

“2-it ties the official highest temp. for Metro Manila (set on 17 May 1915).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1398625436402388994


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Drought continues in Taiwan as rainstorms fail to raise reservoir water levels

“The rains led to flooding in some parts of the island — water levels in Changhua’s Lukang town reached up to people’s calves — but failed to fall into catchment areas, resulting in just a minor increase in reservoir water levels.”

https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210531/IOXZTAEZIJFPFHWKFBQNS7O7LY/


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Sri Lanka faces ‘worst beach pollution’ in history from burning ship.

“Sri Lanka faces an unprecedented pollution crisis as waves of plastic waste from a burning container ship hit the coast and threaten to devastate the local environment, a top environment official warns.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-30/sri-lanka-faces-worst-beach-pollution-from-burnt-ship/100176806


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Cyclone-hit barge Gal Constructor spills diesel into Arabian Sea.

“Barge Gal Constructor, which for stuck on the rocky ridges at Vadrai coast, Palghar due to Cyclone Tauktae, has started to spill around 80,000 litres of diesel and lube, grease and other liquids into the sea.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/cyclonehit-barge-gal-constructor-spills-diesel-into-arabian-sea-101622315853001.html


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Sundarbans bears the brunt of cyclone Yaas while shielding rest of Bangladesh

“…this protection comes at a cost, as the forest ecosystem must bear heavy damage each time to both its flora and fauna… For two days, the entire mangrove remained inundated in saline water pushed in by tidal waves that reached over five-feet during the high tide.”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2021/05/30/sundarbans-bears-the-brunt-of-yaas-while-shielding-rest-of-bangladesh


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Huge swathes of farm land swamped in eastern India after cyclone Yaas.

“More than 96,000 hectares (237,221 acres) of agricultural land has been inundated in parts of an eastern Indian state hit by a powerful storm this week, officials said, a year after the coastal region was ravaged by a super cyclone.”

https://www.easterneye.biz/huge-swathes-of-farm-land-swamped-in-eastern-india-after-cyclone-yaas/


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Delhi’s 10 consecutive months of weather records hint climate trouble.

“Delhi has broken at least one weather record every month since August last year, witnessing everything from rain to sweltering heat and biting cold, hinting that broader climate change is precipitating a shift in weather patterns.”

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/delhi-s-10-consecutive-months-of-weather-records-hint-climate-trouble-991389.html


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Ivory Coast is in the midst of a new geological era called the “Anthropocene”, characterised by multiple upheavals due to human pressure on biodiversity

“”Extensive agriculture has over the years destroyed the forest, changing the climate and the green face of the country. As a result, the low productivity of farms, the loss of soil fertility and irregular rainfall show that “we have reached the limit of what is possible”, explains Carol Flore-Smereczniak, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative in Ivory Coast.”

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/ivory-coast-human-pressure-on-biodiversity-the-anthropocene-era/


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‘They failed us’: how mining and logging devastated a Pacific island in a decade

“Logging companies arrived on the island of West Rennell at the southern tip of Solomon Islands about 10 years ago. Satellite images show extensive tree cover loss in the western part of the island and the scars of roads built to get the timber out.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/they-failed-us-how-mining-and-logging-devastated-a-pacific-island-in-a-decade


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Brazil is facing its worst drought in more than 90 years, sparking fears of energy shortages from its large hydroelectricity industry and an increased risk of fires in the Amazon rainforest…

“Ministry warns dry spell is expected to continue for months in southeast and midwest region.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/brazil-drought-water-amazon-rainforest-b1856404.html


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California already in throes of drought as summer looms.

“Summer has not even begun and Lake Oroville, the second-largest reservoir in California that provides drinking water to more than 25 million people, is at less than half of its average capacity at this time of year.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-california-throes-drought-summer-looms.html


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Unprecedented outbreak of side blooms on saguaros cacti in Arizona

“Typically, the giant cacti sprout flowers only around the tips of their arms and trunks. But a large number of saguaros also are pushing out buds farther down their stems this year… The exact cause is unclear, but experts agree the rare display is a sign of distress.”

https://www.wral.com/unprecedented-outbreak-of-side-blooms-on-saguaros-in-arizona/19702991/


Flowers and crops are feeling this spring’s weather extremes in central Virginia… off-balance spring weather has been detrimental for growing…”

https://richmond.com/weather/flowers-and-crops-are-feeling-this-springs-weather-extremes-in-central-va/article_0c871d2b-f19d-57c2-afeb-1f71ad9f7b16.html


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Record-cold temperatures grip Northeast Memorial Day weekend.

“Periods of heavy rain and well below-average temperatures continue to grip parts of the Northeast this Memorial Day weekend… there is a stubborn upper level low over southeast Canada that is pulling down cooler air and keeping the air rather unsettled.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/record-cold-temperatures-grip-northeast-memorial-day-weekend/story?id=77988364


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Alaska drilling project defended by Biden requires inserting giant chillers into melting permafrost.

“The use of massive “chillers” to prevent Alaskan permafrost melting for oil drilling operations has resulted in criticism of Joe Biden’s White House after his administration defended the move.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/alaska-drilling-biden-chillers-permafrost-b1856469.html


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Climate change has transformed the Arctic into one of the most politically dangerous regions on the planet. Now, Vladimir Putin is ramping up the rhetoric

“The warming climate has changed everything, militarily and economically, in the northernmost reaches of the world.”

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/europe-news/political-tensions-in-the-arctic-7995376


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Sixteen wildfires break out in Russia’s Tyumen Region [Siberia] over 24 hours

“Governor of the Tyumen Region reported that the region had been documenting the most extensive wildfires over the past 10 years… The region is experiencing anomalously hot weather for mid-May – up to 30 degrees Centigrade.”

https://tass.com/emergencies/1295961


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Brutal heat wave in Central Asia. On 30th May Turkmenistan set a new record of highest temperature for May with 45.8C [114.4F] both at Erbent and Ekezhe.

“Monthly record also in the capital Askhabad with 45.6C.

“Uzbekistan got close to its record also with 44.0C at Buzaubaj.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1399066859241099266


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“A combination of extreme weather, climate change and environmental degradation have created the perfect storm – or rather, a series of eight cross-border sandstorms through March, April and May that have destroyed animal herds, exacerbated respiratory problems and cancelled flights in both Mongolia and China

“If no measures are taken now, Mongolia will be all desert in 30 to 40 years,” says Dulamsuren.”

https://wfuv.org/content/buried-alive-mongolias-worst-sandstorms-decade


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