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Iceland’s glaciers have lost around 750 square kilometres (290 square miles), or seven percent of their surface, since the turn of the millennium due to global warming, a study published on Monday showed…

“Since 1890, the land covered by glaciers has decreased by almost 2,200 square kilometres, or 18 percent. But almost a third of this decline has occurred since 2000…”

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-iceland-glaciers-km2-years.html


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Climate Change Is Melting Arctic Ice Cellars.

“For generations, Native Alaskans have preserved foods by digging 10 to 20 feet into the permafrost. As the planet warms, more than their food security is at stake.”

https://civileats.com/2021/06/01/climate-change-is-melting-arctic-ice-cellars/


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Firefighters from Sverdlovsk region celebrate cheating death after a wildfire east of Tyumen [Siberia] destroyed their camp, and forced them to run into a nearby stream where they had to stay for an hour.

“Tyumen region has been suffering from wildfires since late April.” [Video]

https://twitter.com/siberian_times/status/1399798835182923776


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31st May was another extremely hot day in Central Asia. Uzbekistan recorded its highest May temperature ever with 45.4C [113.7F] at Buzaubaj, beating the record which was set just 1 year ago.

“Kazakhstan recorded 43.3C at Kyzylorda, a record for the main net of stations.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1399425813116772355


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Hailstorm wreaks havoc in Kashmir.

“Inclement weather triggered hailstorm in parts of Kashmir on Tuesday afternoon, causing massive damage to orchards and standing crops in parts of north and central Kashmir.”

http://brighterkashmir.com/hailstorm-wreaks-havoc-in-kashmir-parts


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Another weather record for Delhi: Coolest day in June ever.

“A dust storm and late-night rain brought Delhi’s minimum temperature on Tuesday down to 17.9 degrees Celsius, the lowest ever recorded in June, ensuring that the city continued the trend of breaking some historical weather record every month since August 2020.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/delhi-records-another-weather-record-coolest-june-day-ever-101622573220211.html


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The drought that hit Southern India from 2016 to 2018 was the worst in 150 years

“So severe was the impact that a water crisis erupted in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city of 1.1 crore inhabitants, as four of the city’s major reservoirs went bone-dry and groundwater levels plummeted. In the summer of 2019, a “Day Zero” was declared and residents scrambled to obtain water from tankers.”

https://scroll.in/article/996261/the-drought-that-hit-southern-india-from-2016-to-2018-was-the-worst-in-150-years


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Dead fish, flooded fields, submerged homes in cyclone-ravaged Sunderbans, fight for life and livelihood

“Why is God so angry with us?” asked Manik Pradhan, pointing to the vast tracts of cropland inundated with dead fish floating around, as nearby ponds have overflown with saline water breaching the embankments.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/dead-fish-flooded-fields-submerged-homes-in-cyclone-ravaged-sunderbans-7339434/


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Torrential rainfall today left several parts of Dhaka [Bangladesh] city in knee-deep to waist-deep water, disrupting public movement

“Many shops and houses in low-lying areas were submerged. Many were seen traveling on rickshaw-vans, getting no other way to reach office. A number of vehicles were seen stalled on the road due to the waterlogging…”

https://www.thedailystar.net/bangladesh/news/morning-rain-leaves-dhaka-streets-waterlogged-showers-continue-till-wednesday-2102845


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On May 31st, China’s heavy rainfall season has arrived. Heyuan, Huizhou, Jieyang and other places in Guangdong Province suffered heavy to severe rainfall.

In Longhua town of Longmen District in Huizhou city, the 3 hour cumulative rainfall reached 400.9 mm [15.8 inches], breaking the historical record of 3 hour rainfall in Guangdong.” [Video].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhTDkjFs6Wo


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Kyabram [Victoria, Australia] records coldest May morning on record.

“Kyabramites shivered through their coldest May morning on record as the mercury plunged to minus 2.7°C [27.14F]. It was the coldest May temperature recorded in the town since records began 57 years ago, firmly closing the door on autumn.”

https://www.denipt.com.au/2021/05/31/4355617/kyabram-records-coldest-may-morning-on-record


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European carp population set to explode in NSW, Australia after floods, sparking fears for native species

“Native fish die in blackwater events, which occur when the floodwater stagnates and deoxygenates. But carp can survive because they are uniquely adapted to breathe oxygen above the surface of the water.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-06-02/carp-explosion-threatens-native-fish/100180656


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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern toured flood-hit areas of the country’s South Island on Tuesday, expressing shock at the destruction left when three months’ worth of rain fell in three days.

“Swollen rivers swept away bridges and landslides blocked highways in the deluge, which finally began to ease on Tuesday after a 72-hour barrage that Ardern described as a once-in-a-century event.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210601-ardern-tours-devastating-new-zealand-floods


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Coffee is the latest commodity to hit multi-year highs as [southern] Brazil drought sends prices soaring

“Coffee prices have risen nearly 70% in the past year and currently trade around $1.66 per pound. According to Dr. Michaela Helbing-Kuhl, an agricultural analyst at Commerzbank, global coffee production has been hurt by persistently dry weather in Brazil.”

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/coffee-price-latest-commodity-to-hit-multi-year-highs-2021-6-1030481927


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Brazil’s Amazonian rivers swell to 100-year highs causing large-scale flooding in Manaus.

The Rio Negro was at its highest level since records began in 1902, with a depth of 29.98 meters at the port’s measuring station. The nearby Solimoes and Amazon rivers were also nearing all-time highs…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-02/brazil-floods-amazon-manaus/100183242


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Wildfires sweep across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands.

“Wildfires are sweeping across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands near the border with Paraguay, putting at risk thousands of hectares of an area known for its rich wildlife that was hit by major fires just two years ago.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/wildfires-sweep-across-bolivias-pantanal-wetlands-2021-06-01/


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Farmers across California say they expect to receive little water from state and federal agencies that regulate the state’s reservoirs and canals, leading many to leave fields barren, plant more drought-tolerant crops or seek new income sources all-together.

“”We’re taking a big risk in planting crops and hoping the water gets here in time,” said Del Bosque, 72.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/big-risk-california-farmers-hit-by-drought-change-planting-plans-2021-06-01/


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Western USA Heat wave: 30th May saw the first 115F/46.1C of 2021 in the Lower 48 States at the Death Valley.

31st May saw a new monthly record of highest temperature in May at Ukiah with 106F/41.1C and monthly records tied at Redding and Red Bluff with 108F/42.2C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1399549966318804992


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Extreme floods hit southeast New Mexico

“The Chaves County undersheriff told KOB 4 that they were out until 3 or 4 a.m. in what is essentially their SWAT vehicle – rescuing people from the tops of cars and from mobile homes.”

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/extreme-floods-hit-southeast-new-mexico/6126865/


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Driest May in Ottawa in more than 100 years.

“Environment Canada reported 13.5 mm of rain fell on the city in May, the lowest figure ever recorded at the Ottawa Airport, whose records date back to 1938, and the lowest in 101 years overall.”

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/driest-may-in-ottawa-in-more-than-100-years-1.5451572


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Fires break out across the country [Israel] due to heatwave

“Firefighters have been working to put out fires across the country on Monday. Many of the fires are being contained but according to the spokespersons of the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services, most of the fires are ongoing and have not been extinguished.”

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/fires-break-out-in-southern-israel-as-heat-wave-strikes-region-669697


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Global warming blamed for 1 in 3 heat-related deaths.

“More than a third of summer heat-related fatalities are due to climate change, researchers said Monday, warning of even higher death tolls as global temperatures climb.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210531-global-warming-blamed-for-1-in-3-heat-related-deaths


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The 2020-2021 La Niña event has ended and neutral conditions (neither El Niño or La Niña) are likely to dominate the tropical Pacific in the next few months, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Air temperatures are expected to be above average between June and August, especially in the northern hemisphere.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/la-ni-ends


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How the decline in fish biodiversity is affecting human nutrition.

“As the biodiversity of fish species is reduced for several different reasons ranging from toxic runoff to overfishing, researchers find that biomass compensation may impair the health of populations that depend on these fish for their daily nutritional intake.”

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210601/How-the-decline-in-fish-biodiversity-is-affecting-human-nutrition.aspx


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Iconic animals are under threat if we breach 1.5°C warming, warns WWF.

“Wildlife ranging from bluebells and bumblebees to snow leopards and emperor penguins is under threat from climate change, according to a new report. Even the coffee plants that produce one of the world’s favourite brews are at risk from rising temperatures, WWF has warned.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2279088-iconic-animals-are-under-threat-if-we-breach-1-5c-warming-warns-wwf/


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