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Nine people have died and more than 70 are missing following severe floods [from “once in a generation” rain] in western Germany, police say.

“Four deaths were reported south of Bonn in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine which burst its banks, bringing down six houses.”

https://news.sky.com/story/30-people-missing-after-houses-collapse-during-severe-floods-in-germany-report-12356134


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Switzerland suffered one of its heaviest rainfalls on record during a thunderstorm that caused flooding and travel chaos on Tuesday (13 July) in its financial capital, Zurich, writes John Revil, Reuters.

“More than 4 cm (1.57 inches) of rain fell on Zurich overnight and over 3.1 cm of rain fell in 10 minutes on Waldegg, just outside the city, broadcaster SRF said.”

https://www.eureporter.co/world/disasters/2021/07/15/heavy-rain-floods-zurich-streets-causes-travel-chaos/


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Heavy rainfall in Liège [Belgium] causes flash floods after river bursts.

“In Mery, near Esneux, cars were swept away by flood water, as the wider province of Liege was placed under a ‘red’ alert level. Over 100 mm [4 inches] more rain is expected to fall on part of the region, through the day into Thursday.” [Video]

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/14/heavy-rainfall-in-liege-causes-flash-floods-after-river-bursts-banks


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Fierce Storm Inundates London, Causing Flash Flooding [London’s wettest day in 38 years].

“The downpour, which dumped a month’s worth of rain in some parts of the capital, disrupted transportation and forced some residents to evacuate.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/world/europe/uk-london-floods.html


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‘Sunny Day’ Floods Hit Record Along U.S. Coasts as Seas Rise.

“Record high-tide flooding washed over U.S. coasts in the past year, and rising sea levels are expected to send the deluges into streets, homes and businesses even more frequently over the next decade…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-14/-sunny-day-floods-hit-record-along-u-s-coasts-as-seas-rise


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Severe storms lash the Northeast: Dozens rescued on rafts after ‘supersoaker’ storm dumps 10 inches of rain on Philadelphia sparking ‘100-year floods’ – as NYC faces wettest July since 1889.

“Severe storms have lashed the Northeast with a ‘supersoaker’ downpour dumping up to ten inches of rain on parts of Philadelphia.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9783509/NYC-course-smash-1889-record-wettest-July-8-5ins-rain-falling-already.html


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How many 500-year floods must Detroit endure in a decade?

“At the end of June, Detroit experienced its second 500-year flood in seven years. In some areas, 6 inches of rain fell in just five hours. Rain for the whole month of June is typically three inches.”

https://grist.org/cities/how-many-500-year-floods-must-detroit-endure-in-a-decade/


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Flagstaff area [Arizona] sees 2nd day of flash flooding due to rain in wildfire burn scar

“Video from Taylor Landy, a Flagstaff resident, shows strong floodwaters moving a Toyota Prius down a residential street.”

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-weather/2021/07/14/coconino-county-orders-residents-shelter-in-place-due-to-monsoon-flooding/7972372002/


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Reno thermometers have topped the century mark 12 days so far this year, smashing the city’s previous record.

“The last time Reno came close to experiencing as many smoking-hot days this early in the summer was in 2013 and 1940, when the city had seven 100-plus degree days through July 11.”

https://eu.rgj.com/story/news/2021/07/12/reno-smashes-year-to-date-record-for-most-100-degree-days/7940984002/


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Death Valley Records [Earth’s] Hottest [Ever] Average Temperature Over 24 Hours.

“On Sunday, July 11, a weather station at Stovepipe Wells in northern Death Valley National Park recorded an average temperature of 118.1 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest average daily temperature observed on Earth.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-valley-records-hottest-average-temperature-over-24-hours-180978162/


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Arizona and Texas see record migrant deaths on Mexico border as temperatures top 43C.

“The non-profit group Humane Borders, which maps the recoveries of bodies in Arizona, said 43 sets of human remains were found in the state’s border region last month – the hottest June on record for Phoenix.”

https://news.sky.com/story/arizona-and-texas-see-record-migrant-deaths-on-mexico-border-as-temperatures-top-43c-12354751


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Desert plant life in California disappearing due to climate change, UC Irvine study says.

“The steady decline of plants in Southern California’s portion of the Sonoran Desert… is caused by climate change-driven heat increases… the area grew hotter by 3 degrees over the study period, 1984 to 2017…”

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/07/13/desert-plant-life-disappearing-due-to-climate-change-uc-irvine-study-says/


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17 million gallons of sewage floods and closes California beaches…

“The sewage was released from the Hyperion Water Reclamation plant, one of the largest treatment plants in the world, situated near Dockweiler State Beach.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/sewage-floods-santa-monica-bay-b1883136.html


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Dusty snow is making the western drought worse.

“How to help relieve drought? Limit the growing amount of dust blowing from deserts to mountains, where it melts the snowpack and robs rivers of water.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/dusty-snow-is-making-the-western-drought-worse


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The United States Department of Agriculture is authorizing emergency procedures to help agricultural producers impacted by extreme drought conditions.

“USDA’s Risk Management Agency is working with crop insurance companies to streamline and accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance policyholders…”

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/13/622422.htm


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Relentless heat wave and lack of rain scorching Saskatchewan crops.

“Adrienne Ivey and her husband farm about 10,000 acres near Ituna, 134 kilometres northeast of Regina… “The crops were looking like they were under a lot of stress and really starting to burn up,” Ivey said.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/heat-crop-burning-climate-drought-1.6100715


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Satellite reveals devastating glacier melt on Washington’s Mount Rainier following historic heatwave.

“Mount Rainier, the iciest peak in the US, lost 30 per cent of its snowpack as a consequence of the heatwave… A deadly heatwave, exacerbated by the climate crisis, smashed temperature record after temperature record in the US Northwest and Canada…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/satellite-mount-rainier-washington-heatwave-b1884014.html


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Yet another major heat wave is set to roast the western U.S. and Canada by the weekend.

“It’s happening. Again. For the fourth time in five weeks, a punishing heat wave is set to bake the West and adjacent western Canada. This time, the most exceptional heat is expected to focus in the central and northern Rockies…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/07/14/western-heat-wave-rockies/


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More than 60 wildfires rage across US west – including blaze bigger than Portland…

“The fires have torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/13/us-wildfires-california-oregon-washington


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Southeast Amazonia is no longer a carbon sink…

“Eastern Amazon sites have warmed by as much as about 0.6 °C per decade during the dry season over the past 40 years. This is more than three times the rate of global warming and about the same rate as for the Arctic.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01871-6


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Thousands displaced by floods in southwest China.

“Flooding in southwest China has displaced thousands of people after days of heavy rain – and more could be on the way, authorities warned. Across Sichuan province, rainstorms have pushed up water levels in 14 rivers…”

https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2021/07/13/thousands-displaced-by-floods-in-southwest-china


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At least six dead, several missing after India landslides and floods.

“Rescuers in northern India were digging through rocks and mud searching for the missing on Tuesday, after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flash floods in two states, killing at least six people…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210713-at-least-six-dead-several-missing-after-india-landslides-and-floods


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Water scarcity threatens agricultural production in Turkey’s breadbasket.

“Lack of rainfall and excessive use of underground water in the past year has triggered drought alert for the Konya Plain, which is at the heart of the country’s agriculture capital, raising concerns over the production of future crops.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/water-scarcity-threatens-agricultural-production-in-turkeys-breadbasket-166292


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Central Asian drought highlights water vulnerability.

“A severe drought in Central Asia is causing mass livestock die-offs and shortages of water for irrigation. In two provinces of Kazakhstan, more than 2,000 domesticated animals have died… In Kyrgyzstan, farmers have staged multiple protests…”

https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/78965


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“June 2021 was the second-hottest June in Russia’s recorded history, with even more record-breaking heat to come

“Average June temperatures in Russia were approximately 3 degrees Celsius higher than normal, scientists from the St. Petersburg-based Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory told The Moscow Times last week.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/07/13/russia-marks-second-hottest-june-in-history-with-more-record-heat-to-come-weather-chief-a74510


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Siberia wildfires: Russia army planes and thousands of firefighters battle blazes…

“Russia has seen its annual fire season become more ferocious in recent years, as climate change has driven unusually high temperatures across the northern Siberian tundra. This year, temperatures have already hit new record highs.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/14/siberia-wildfires-russia-army-planes-and-thousands-of-firefighters-battle-blazes


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Summer’s temperature record under threat in coming days in Finland.

“The weather has been unusually warm for almost a month, with the temperature rising over 25°C in most parts of the country also on Tuesday.”

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/19592-summer-s-temperature-record-under-threat-in-coming-days-in-finland.html


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Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline…

“Alaska’s thawing permafrost is undermining the supports that hold up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, putting in danger the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines.”

https://www.ecowatch.com/permafrost-thawing-trans-alaska-pipeline-2653766367.html


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Glaciers Are Disappearing and So Too Might the Microbial Ecosystems Within

“If the glaciers vanish, so too might our chance to discover new knowledge and acquire new medical or agricultural tools from the life forms these unique landscapes support.”

https://www.insidescience.org/news/glaciers-are-disappearing-and-so-too-might-microbial-ecosystems-within


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June 2021: Earth’s fifth-warmest June on record, warmest over land areas

“The relative coolness of June, by recent standards, was partially the result of the lingering effect of a La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific that had dissipated earlier in the year: Its cool waters limited global ocean temperatures to their sixth warmest June on record, while global land areas experienced their warmest June on record.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/07/june-2021-earths-fifth-warmest-june-on-record-and-warmest-over-land-areas/


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Europe, U.S. and Canada Slammed by Record Weather Catastrophes in June.

“June 2021 left Europe with its costliest severe storm period on record. Meanwhile, over in the U.S. in Canada, record-setting heatwaves caused significant damage, according to Aon’s latest natural catastrophe report.”

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2021/07/12/622151.htm


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