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Shocking satellite image shows Alaska’s formerly frozen Yukon Delta is completely green.

“The images, captured by the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat 8 satellite on 29 May, showed extensive greenery in former tundra conditions – yet further evidence of global temperature rise.

“Dr Uma Bhatt, an atmospheric science professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, told The Independent that the explosions of plants and shrubbery, over what is typically a frozen tundra landscape, is linked to sea ice decline as the planet heats up.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/alaska-yukon-delta-green-why-b1892487.html


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Last ice-covered parts of summertime Arctic Ocean vulnerable to climate change.

“The study focused on sea ice in August 2020 in the Wandel Sea, an area that once was covered year-round in thick, multi-year ice. Satellite images showed extensive open water and a record low of just 50% sea ice concentration on August 14, 2020…”

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303187&org=NSF


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The Arctic Is Now Leaking Out High Concentrations of ‘Forever Chemicals’… Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) don’t originate in the Arctic, but they do settle there…

“The problem is that the planet warms up, cycles of melting and freezing form pockets of highly saline ocean water, packing PFAS into tiny pools. Eventually, those highly concentrated chemicals are released into general circulation.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/arctic-ice-melt-is-leaking-out-high-concentrations-of-forever-chemicals


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On 28th July there was another record of highest temperature in Greenland: This time in the eastern coast.

“The station of Danmarkshavn (lat 76N) recorded 19.8C [67.64F], its highest temperature on records. Incredible 23.2C at Constable Pynt (near Scoresbysund) at 70N [73.76F] (but short period of records).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1420498800401997828


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A ban has been imposed on hunting trout in Scotland’s longest freshwater loch as a heatwave is causing fish to die a painful death before they can be safely released

“…at the weekend, a number of large trout suffered unintended painful deaths…”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/3343894/ban-on-trout-fishing-in-argyll-loch-following-distressing-reports-of-heatwave-induced-fish-deaths/


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UK summers are likely to regularly see temperatures above 40°C even if humanity manages to limit global warming to 1.5°C, meteorologists have warned.

“The UK is already seeing increasingly extreme weather, with 2020 the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest year on record – the first to fall into the top 10 for all three variables.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2285302-uk-summers-are-likely-to-regularly-feature-intense-40c-heatwaves/


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More than 60 people rescued after Italy’s Lake Como hit by mudslides and floods.

“A spate of extreme weather in the region also saw hundreds of car windscreens smashed by hailstones ‘as big as apricots’.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/07/27/hundreds-car-windscreens-smashed-hailstones-big-apricots-summer/


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Temperatures will hit as high as 43 degrees celsius [109.4F] in southeast Europe, as authorities issue a weather warning ahead of an expected heat wave on Thursday.

“In North Macedonia, health officials have urged a pause in construction work and called for municipal-level initiatives to help the elderly and the homeless. All six of the country’s administrative regions are set to be hit by the rise in temperatures.”

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/28/baking-balkans-as-heatwave-set-to-sizzle-parts-of-southeast-europe


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New 2021 Tmaxes today 28th July in some countries: 42.8C [109.04F] at Gjorokaster, Albania (national all time record under threat in the next days), 42.7C at Danilovgrad in Montenegro, 40.1C [104.18F] at Baile Herculane in Romania.

“In Estonia on 27 July 31.7C [89.06F] at Ristna all time record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1420467065035571204


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Extremely hot temperatures and drought conditions exacerbate European wildfires.

“Extremely hot temperatures and drought conditions worsen conditions to fire European wildfires. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest.” [Video]

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/07/28/climate-change-hot-temperatures-europe-drought-wildfires.cnn


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Massive forest fire in Manavgat district [Turkey] leaves several injured, one dead.

““The fire has not yet been fully brought under control,” Bekir Pakdemirli told reporters at the fire control center in Antalya province.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/massive-forest-fire-engulfs-mediterranean-district-166659


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Lebanon battles wildfires in country’s north, firefighter dies.

“Raging wildfires have burned large swathes of Lebanon’s pine forests in the mountainous north of the country, killing at least one firefighter and forcing some residents to flee, the National News Agency said on Wednesday.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/lebanon-battles-wildfires-countrys-north-firefighter-dies-2021-07-28/


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A mother and her son were killed in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad where torrential rains triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc.

“Several videos on social media showed floodwater sweeping away cars and other vehicles after it rained heavily in Islamabad and Rawalpindi for hours.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/islamabad-cloudburst-flood-pakistan-army-deployed-death-toll-1833736-2021-07-28


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Dozens missing and seven dead after cloudburst triggers flash flood in India’s Jammu and Kashmir.

“Seven people have died and at least 30 are missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods in India’s northernmost Jammu and Kashmir state. The cloudburst occurred near the remote Honjar village in the state’s Kishtwar district on Wednesday at 4am local time…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/jammu-kashmir-cloudburst-floods-deaths-b1892078.html


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Myanmar floods, coup, complicate growing COVID-19 outbreak.

“Heavy downpours since the weekend caused flooding in several areas… “Hundreds of houses are submerged in water and only their roofs can be seen,” Pyae Sone, a social worker in Hlaingbwe in Kayin State said by telephone.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-floods-coup-complicate-growing-covid-19-outbreak-2021-07-27/


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Six killed in landslide, flooding at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

“At least six Rohingya Muslims, including children, were killed and several others injured on Tuesday after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, officials said.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/six-killed-landslide-flooding-rohingya-camps-bangladesh-2021-07-27/


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China floods: food security, inflation concerns with close to 1 million hectares affected in Henan

“Henan province accounts for almost a third of the national wheat supply and around a tenth of the nation’s corn, vegetable and pork production.”

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3142728/china-floods-food-security-inflation-concerns-close-1-million


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Hokkaido, Japan: Another waterfall of all time (and many more monthly) records beaten on 28th July.

“For the longest (period of records stations Asahikawa beat its record again with 36.7C [98.1F] and Otaru with 36.2C. It’s not over yet, the extreme heat will go on for some more days at least.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1420430627141300224


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Record heat again in the middle of Australian winter: Today 29th July Wyndham in the Western Australia recorded 38.1C [100.6F] which is a new monthly record for the station and just 0.2C from the Australian highest temperature ever recorded in July.

“Record heat is expected to expand south.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1420639953948659721


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Drought and Fire Are Pushing Australia’s Platypus to the Brink…

“Following the driest period on record in many parts of southern Australia, the platypus has undoubtedly gone locally extinct in some creeks across its range, said Gilad Bino, an ecologist at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.”

https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/drought-fire-pushing-australias-platypus-brink/


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New Zealand records largest flood flow in almost century.

“Flood flows on South Island’s Buller River this month were the largest of any river in New Zealand in almost 100 years, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) announced on Thursday. NIWA hydrodynamics scientist Richard Measures said records show even larger flooding of the Buller River in 1926.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-07/29/c_1310094062.htm


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Bolsonaro’s 1,000km Amazon railway will cause climate chaos. It must be stopped.

“Despite increasing global concern, Jair Bolsonaro is determined to expand his exploitation of Brazil’s crucial natural resources. His latest project, one of the most destructive yet, would rapidly deforest large areas of the Amazon.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/28/bolsonaro-amazon-railway-climate-chaos-must-be-stopped


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Floods in Nogales, Mexico drag cars and leave one dead…

“On Tuesday afternoon, heavy rains were registered in Nogales, Sonora… As a result of these torrential rains, a waterspout was registered that dragged dozens of vehicles and left one person dead.”

https://www.diariodemexico.com/mi-nacion/inundaciones-en-nogales-arrastran-autos-y-dejan-un-muerto


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Ferocity of US wildfires revealed as blaze engulfs forest camera in California.

“Several huge fires have destroyed dozens of homes in America’s west and the time-lapse video from Indian Falls in northern California shows the moment the camera is engulfed. Thick black smoke appears on the horizon before huge flames come into view, flaring into the sky.”

https://news.sky.com/story/ferocity-of-us-wildfires-revealed-as-blaze-engulfs-forest-camera-in-california-12366074


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Latest heat wave prompts heat and air quality alerts across the US.

“Heat and smoke from wildfires are spreading across the country Tuesday, impacting air quality and prompting heat alerts from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A ridge of high pressure has expanded over the US bringing a heat wave with high temperatures above average to much of the central portion of the country.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/27/weather/heat-wave-us-plains-forecast-tuesday/index.html


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Severe storms in the Midwest could produce hurricane-force winds, bringing widespread damage and power outages.

“The Midwest including most of Wisconsin will be at risk from possible tornadoes, strong storms and hurricane-force winds Wednesday as the region is under a level 4 out of 5 threat of severe weather.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/28/weather/derecho-storm-midwest-wisconsin-weather/index.html


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Video shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave.

“Salmon in the Columbia River were exposed to unlivable water temperatures that caused them to break out in angry red lesions and white fungus in the wake of the Pacific north-west’s record-shattering heatwave, according to a conservation group that has documented the disturbing sight.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/27/salmon-boiled-alive-pacific-north-west-heatwave-video


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‘We need more people’: Exhausted firefighters battle Siberia blazes…. Fuelled by summer heatwaves, wildfires have swept through more than 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of Yakutia’s swampy coniferous taiga…

“Vast areas of Russia have been suffering from heatwaves and droughts driven by climate change in recent years, with numerous temperature records set.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210729-we-need-more-people-exhausted-firefighters-battle-siberia-blazes


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Record-Breaking Heat Waves Have Arrived Decades Earlier Than Predicted…

“We still have a chance to avert the worst possibilities with climate change, but we still have centuries of warming baked in because of greenhouse gas emissions we’ve already put out into the atmosphere. So we have no choice but to adapt.”

https://truthout.org/articles/record-breaking-heat-waves-have-arrived-decades-earlier-than-predicted/


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Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’…

“The researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said in an article published in the journal BioScience on Wednesday that governments had consistently failed to address “the overexploitation of the Earth”, which they described as the root cause of the crisis.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/28/thousands-of-scientists-declare-worldwide-climate-emergency


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