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Turkey’s all time temp record from 1961 falls – the new record: 49.1C [120.4F] recorded at Cizre.

No English language articles on this yet – only one passing mention in the WaPo – but GoogleTranslate should oblige:

https://dogruhaber.com.tr/haber/766458-cizrede-sicaklik-rekoru/


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As floods stir climate change fears, Israel may be up a creek without a plan

“The report confirmed that extreme flooding events in Israel have risen in number and intensity over recent years, and that construction has reduced the availability of land that can absorb rain.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-floods-stir-climate-change-fears-israel-may-be-up-a-creek-without-a-plan/


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“‘The desert is covered in rivers’: Severe flooding in Oman causes evacuations and widespread damage

“…the coastal city of Sur, south east of Muscat… recorded more than 200mm [8 inches] of rain over two days – more than two year’s worth – and more rain is forecast according to the BBC.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/oman-floods-record-rainfall-muscat-b1887948.html


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Kazakh social media rings alarm about drought, livestock die-off

“The months-long drought gripping Central Asia has turned into catastrophe for herders in western Kazakhstan. Without grass or fodder, thousands of cows and horses are starving to death.”

https://eurasianet.org/kazakh-social-media-rings-alarm-about-drought-livestock-die-off


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‘Extraordinary Rainfall’ Drops Year’s Worth In Just 3 Days On China’s IPhone City… Zhengzhou… has seen over two feet (617 millimeters) of rain since Saturday, which forecasters say will continue throughout the week.

“The result has been deadly and devastating floods in Henan province, with at least 25 people killed as of Wednesday.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2021/07/21/extraordinary-rainfall-drops-years-worth-in-just-3-days-on-chinas-iphone-city/?sh=444ac5c99f76


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China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25.

“The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou…”

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/21/1018764692/china-blasts-dam-to-divert-massive-flooding-that-has-killed-at-least-25


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China’s port city Qingdao suffers worst ever algae infestation.

“China’s eastern port city Qingdao is experiencing the worst ever algae infestation in the region, with more than 1,700 square km of coastal area blanketed by harmful green seaweed, also known as “green tide”.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/chinas-port-city-qingdao-suffers-worst-algae-infestation-2021-07-20/


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Typhoon Cempaka makes landfall in China’s Guangdong, says Xinhua.

“Typhoon Cempaka made landfall in the coastal area of south China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday night, becoming the first typhoon to make landfall in China this year, according to state media.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/typhoon-cempaka-makes-landfall-chinas-guangdong-says-xinhua-2021-07-20/


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Tokyo Olympics: fears athletes could face hottest Games on record

“… athletes competing this year face potentially the hottest Olympics on record, with high temperatures combining with brutal humidity to make every moment spent outdoors an endurance test.”

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/20/tokyo-olympics-fears-athletes-could-face-hottest-games-on-record


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Perth has smashed its 20-year rain record for July with more wet weather on the way while Australia’s south-east shivers through even more hazardous wind conditions over the coming days.

“The Western Australian capital city has copped 184.2mm [7.3 inches] of rain so far this month after 18 straight days of downpour – eclipsing the previous record of 182.6mm in 2001.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9805475/Perth-smashes-20-year-rain-record-Australias-south-east-battered-cold-winds.html


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Millions of people in southern Angola are facing an existential threat as drought aggravated by climate change continues to ravage the region, Amnesty International said today…

Millions of people in southern Angola are on the brink of starvation, caught between the devastating effects of climate change and the land diversion to commercial cattle farming,” said Deprose Muchena of Amnesty International…”

https://reliefweb.int/report/angola/angola-millions-facing-hunger-thousands-flee-their-homes-drought-ravages-south-angola


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For the First Time Ever, Scientists Witness Chimps Killing Gorillas

“New research details two fatal encounters in which wild chimpanzees attacked and killed gorillas. It’s a rare example of one great ape species attacking another—and scientists are worried that climate change might have something to do with it.

https://gizmodo.com/for-the-first-time-ever-scientists-witness-chimps-kill-1847330442


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Germany counts cost of floods as hopes of finding survivors fade.

” A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many Germans felt policymakers had not done enough to protect them.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/no-more-survivors-likely-be-found-german-flood-zone-relief-official-2021-07-21/


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Britain’s rivers are suffocating to death… Water that should be crystal clear has become a green-brown slop of microscopic algae because of industrial farm waste

“On the border between Wales and England, we found a great river dying before our eyes. The Wye is covered by every possible conservation law, but in just a few years it has spiralled towards complete ecological collapse.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/21/britains-rivers-suffocating-industrial-farm-waste


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Rare “lightning rainbows” have been photographed during the thunderstorm across parts of the East of England on Tuesday night.

“The pictures were taken by BBC Weather Watchers in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Several roads in the East of England also flooded as temperatures of 30C (85F) turned to heavy rain and hail.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-57921718


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Extreme heat: Northern Ireland records hottest day ever for second time in week

“Met Office thermometers hit 31.3C [88.3F] in Castlederg in County Tyrone on Wednesday afternoon. The previous record was 31.2C, set at Ballywatticock in County Down on 17 July.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-57920672


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New York air quality among worst in world as haze from western wildfires shrouds city

“State officials in New York advised vulnerable people, such as those with asthma and heart disease, to avoid strenuous outdoor activity as air pollution soared to eclipse Lima in Peru and Kolkata in India to be ranked as the worst in the world on Tuesday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/21/new-york-air-quality-plunges-smoke-west-coast-wildfires


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Mandeville [Louisiana] flooding: Up to 11 inches of rain floods roads and businesses.

“Early morning thunderstorms dumped up to 11 inches of rain in parts of West St. Tammany Parish on Tuesday, flooding businesses and stranding drivers in their cars. The National Weather Service in New Orleans says up to 11 inches of rain fell in some areas…”

https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/northshore/heavy-rain-flash-flooding-mandeville-covington/289-f29bb461-72c7-4408-9f93-2a597b06a58f


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One dead, two missing after flash floods in Colorado canyon… Emergency evacuations were issued for parts of Larimer County because of floods in the Poudre Canyon, west of Fort Collins.

“The electric co-op Poudre Valley REA tweeted that mudslides took down power lines, and bridges were out, making damage assessment difficult.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/one-dead-two-missing-after-flash-floods-colorado-canyon-n1274576


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In California’s agricultural heartland, thousands of wells could soon run dry

“Well failure is a catastrophe becoming more and more commonplace in communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley, who are facing critical timelines as renewed drought and intense, record-breaking heat waves create drier and hotter conditions…”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/thousands-of-wells-could-go-dry-in-california-as-most-of-the-state-experiences-extreme-drought


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Western Drought Has Lasted Longer than the Dust Bowl. It has lasted longer than the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

“It’s dropped water levels perilously low at two of the nation’s largest reservoirs, forced ranchers to sell off herds and helped propel scorching wildfires. And worst of all, the drought blanketing the western United States is not going away.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/western-drought-has-lasted-longer-than-the-dust-bowl/


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A forest fire in Oregon is so huge that it’s generating freak lightning storms.

“”Normally the weather predicts what the fire will do. In this case, the fire is predicting what the weather will do.” …The Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon has already burned 530 square miles of forest and grasslands…”

https://futurism.com/the-byte/forest-fire-huge-lightning-storms


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Today’s Wildfires Are Taking Us into Uncharted Territory

“Fire Paleologist, Philip Higuera finds the recent unprecedented fire seasons unsurprising but still agonizing. “I’ve spent 20 years writing about this,” he says. “But I have not spent 20 years thinking about how this would feel.””

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/todays-wildfires-are-taking-us-into-uncharted-territory/


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‘Nowhere is safe’: heat shatters vision of Pacific north-west as climate refuge.

“The recent heatwave that broiled the US Pacific north-west not only obliterated temperature records in cities such as Seattle and Portland – it also put a torch to a comforting bromide that the region would be a mild, safe haven from the ravages of the climate crisis.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/21/pacific-northwest-heatwave-dome-climate-change


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Canada’s BC declares state of emergency as wildfires surge.

“The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has declared a state of emergency amid a surge in wildfires that have forced hundreds of people from their homes and could worsen in the coming days.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/20/canada-bc-declares-state-of-emergency-as-wildfires-surge


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A northern Siberian region plagued by unprecedented fires is experiencing one of the world’s “worst ever” air pollution events

“The republic of Sakha’s capital of Yakutsk has been under stay-home orders due to fast-spreading wildfires that blanketed dozens of cities with smoke and prompted regional authorities to declare a state of emergency nearly a month ago.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/07/21/worst-ever-air-pollution-event-hits-wildfire-plagued-siberia-a74571


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Glacier Ice Reveals Previously Unknown Viruses

“Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China. Most of those viruses, which survived because they had remained frozen, are unlike any viruses that have been cataloged to date.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/07/21/melting-glaciers-reveal-previously-unknown-viruses/?sh=1bb2301b1604


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Top US scientist on melting glaciers: ‘I’ve gone from being an ecologist to a coroner’

“A recent trip to Glacier national park spurred her to vent some of this emotion in a tweet that went viral and resonated with many: “Glacier National Park. 97F in June. Little snow left. 75F degree water. Glaciers disappearing. That is what we hear. But the worst is what most never see.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/climate-crisis-glacier-diana-six-ecologist


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Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather.

“Until recently, climate change had been talked about as a future threat. Its frontlines were portrayed as remote places like the Arctic… But in the past month, it’s been the developed world on the frontline.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/world/climate-change-extreme-weather-speed-cmd-intl/index.html


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