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As Arctic melt sets early July record, hard times lie ahead for ice

“Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record for this time of year on July 5, even though the spring had so far been relatively cool and stormy — conditions that, in the past, would have protected the ice.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/as-arctic-melt-sets-early-july-record-hard-times-lie-ahead-for-ice-studies/


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Thawing permafrost prompts Denali National Park to reimagine its future.

“Much of the ground in Alaska’s Denali is losing its top layer of permafrost, resulting in landslides and a sometimes-blocked park road.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/thawing-permafrost-forces-denali-national-park-to-reimagine-its-future


Folks! Be prepared, in a few days 3 CONTINENTS will approach/attack their records of highest temperatures on records: North America, Africa and Europe.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1412770959224938499


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Record-breaking US Pacific north-west heatwave killed almost 200 people

“The death toll from the record-breaking heatwave that struck the US Pacific north-west last week has risen to nearly 200, with health authorities reporting 116 deaths in Oregon and 78 in Washington state.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/08/pacific-northwest-heatwave-deaths


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B.C. wildfires damaged key rail lines, backlogging Canada’s freight supply chain.

“Wildfires burning across British Columbia damaged rail lines and brought train shipments to a grinding halt, causing a backlog of deliveries of all sorts of freight that is only now starting to slowly clear.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/rail-lines-wildfires-b-c-1.6094394


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US and Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change, analysis shows.

“The Canadian village of Lytton in British Columbia recently saw a new record high of 49.6C (121.3F), well above the country’s previous national record of 45C (113F), and was shortly afterwards largely destroyed by wildfire.”

https://news.sky.com/story/us-and-canada-heatwave-virtually-impossible-without-climate-change-analysis-shows-12350898


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Farmers and experts anticipate worst wheat harvest in years after extreme heat and drought levels fields

“Experts hold little to no optimism about this year’s wheat harvest after droughts during the spring and summer, and the record heat wave, shriveled fields in the Inland Northwest.”

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jul/08/farmers-and-experts-anticipate-worst-wheat-harvest/


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Hawaii is suffering from wildfires, too.

“Hawaii has become a breeding ground for wildfires this summer, as the island state continues to be dry and highly flammable amid a summer of immense heat.”

https://www.deseret.com/u-s-world/2021/7/7/22564871/hawaii-wildfires-us


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California Just Had Its Driest Rain Year Since 1895And it hasn’t just been one dry year.

“The past two rain years, July 2019 through June 2021, were second only to 1975-77 as the driest two-year stretch on record in the state, according to Null.”

https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2021-07-08-california-driest-rain-year-record-2021


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Upcoming Western U.S. Heat Wave Could Be Hottest Ever Recorded On Earth.

“The U.S. is set to deal with yet another scorching heat wave, but this one could be the hottest yet, with Las Vegas expected to flirt with its all-time record high, while more remote areas deal with heat that could rewrite the record books for the whole world.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/07/07/upcoming-western-us-heat-wave-could-be-hottest-ever-recorded-on-earth/?sh=54f7c3afeee1


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Hail, tornadoes and flooded New York subways as stormy weather hits east coast.

“The US east coast was battered by extreme weather on Thursday… Tropical Storm Elsa dumped heavy rainfall and even sparked tornadoes in North Carolina and Georgia.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/08/tropical-storm-elsa-new-york-flooding-rain


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Brazil drought crisis linked to global climate change, minister says.

“Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Thursday the country’s current drought crisis is part of extreme dryness in many parts of the world, including the U.S. West Coast, and is linked to global climate change.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-drought-crisis-linked-global-climate-change-minister-says-2021-07-08/


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Thick layers of hail covered streets when a heavy storm hit Tlalnepantla, Mexico

“One man died from hypothermia after the vehicle in which he was traveling was stranded on a bridge and covered by ice sheets.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ice-covers-streets-heavy-hail-103135178.html


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Huge hail crashes cars and rooftops in Rozzano, Italy

“… bad weather caused heavy rains, high winds and devastating hail that shattered the windshields of dozens of cars. In the Fiordaliso shopping center, hail even broke through the roof.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awRj7P7Iv6s


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Floods Kill 8 in Southern Russia Resorts.

“At least eight people have been killed by floods caused by torrential rain that have hit southern Russian resort towns over the past week, Interfax reported Wednesday. Authorities declared a state of emergency in six Krasnodar region towns near the Black Sea…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/07/08/floods-kill-8-in-southern-russia-resorts-a74455


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Canary in the coal mine: Gaza, the Levant, and climate change

“Gaza’s limited freshwater resources are being pumped at an unsustainable rate, and 95 percent of its groundwater is deemed undrinkable due to contamination with wastewater and seawater.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/7/7/canary-in-the-coal-mine-gaza-the-levant-and-climate-change


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Central Asia Heat Wave-8 July: All time records of highest temperatures keep falling every day. Today’s new all time records are:

“-Iran: 44.4C [111.9F at Semnan

-Turkmenistan: 47.0C [116.6F] at Kerki

-Tajikistan: 44.4C [111.9F] at Parkhar.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1413193763170701315


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Thirsty Iran faced with scorching summer.

“… this year, significantly lower rainfall means the country is experiencing one of its driest years, if not the driest, in several decades… More than 200 Iranian cities and a very larger number of villages… are water-stressed.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/462780/Thirsty-Iran-faced-with-scorching-summer


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Wheat being distributed to 15,000 drought-hit families [Afghanistan]

“15,000 families affected by drought in the center and districts of northeastern Sar-i-Pul province…”

https://pajhwok.com/2021/07/07/wheat-being-distributed-to-15000-drought-hit-families/


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Pakistan’s Sindh province heading towards famine, left with just 10 days of water

“As per Pakistan Irrigation Ministry, the region has not received any rainfall for quite a long period of time and there is no water left for agricultural needs or even for daily human needs.”

https://newsroompost.com/world/pakistans-sindh-province-heading-towards-famine-left-with-just-10-days-of-water/2746904.html


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Aftermath of Cyclone Yaas: 20 thousand people in 14 villages still waterlogged.

“It has been almost two months since then, but about 20 thousand inhabitants of Assasuni upazila in Satkhira [Bangladesh] are still marooned by saline water.”

https://www.thedailystar.net/environment/climate-change/news/aftermath-cyclone-yaas-20-thousand-people-14-villages-still-waterlogged-2125736


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In Pictures: Bangladesh’s ‘hanging village’ is about to drown

The villagers of Kalabogi are trapped in water. They are testimony to the fact Bangladesh is hit hardest by climate change.

“Not too long ago Kalabogi, a coastal village in Bangladesh, was full of cultivable land until the rising sea levels began to swallow the area all the way up to the Bay of Bengal.”

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/in-pictures-bangladesh-s-hanging-village-is-about-to-drown-48208


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Two dead, three missing in floods, landslides in Gandaki [Nepal]

“At least two persons died and three others have gone missing in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi districts of Gandaki Province in the past 24 hours.”

https://kathmandupost.com/gandaki-province/2021/07/08/two-dead-three-missing-in-floods-landslides-in-gandaki


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Future snowmelt from Third Pole may decrease drastically

“The water supply from snowmelt has changed considerably over the last 40 years and it will further diminish in the future under continued climate change, with potentially strong impacts on downstream water availability.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-future-snowmelt-pole-decrease-drastically.html


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Floods, landslides kill one in South Sulawesi [Indonesia]

“Floods and landslides in three districts in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province have killed one person and submerged more than 1,000 houses, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said yesterday.”

https://borneobulletin.com.bn/floods-landslides-kill-one-in-south-sulawesi/


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Japan’s Meteorological Agency says an active seasonal front has brought record rainfall in Hiroshima Prefecture and elsewhere in the region for half a day…

“…the city of Hiroshima had record rainfall of 196 millimeters [7.7 inches] over 12 hours to 10 a.m. Thursday. The city of Takehara had 193 millimeters, also a record high, over half a day to around noon.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210708_20/


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Underwater Noise Pollution Could Damage Crucial Ocean Plants

“André and his team discovered that two hours of noise exposure damaged a plant organ responsible for detecting gravity, meaning noise could affect the plant’s capacity to stay rooted. Moreover, the number of starch grains inside the organ decreased, which could affect the seagrass’s ability to store energy.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/underwater-noise-pollution-could-damage-crucial-ocean-plants


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Cold-adapted Arctic species more vulnerable to climate change: Study. [Really? They needed a study to figure that out?]…

“A new study has found that Arctic species such as the thick-billed murre (a penguin-like black and white bird) are poorly adapted for coping with rising temperatures, making them more vulnerable to climate change.”

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/technology/1642664-cold-adapted-arctic-species-more-vulnerable-to-climate-change-study


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