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How climate change amplifies extreme weather like Tennessee’s deadly floods and NYC’s record rainfall

“…in Tennessee this weekend as more than 17 inches of rain fell in just 24 hours around McEwen and Centerville — a third of the region’s typical annual rainfall — which would set a record in the state of Tennessee once made official

Meanwhile, in New York City on Saturday night, residents saw extreme rainfall rates unmatched in the city’s history… 1.94 inches of rain fell in Central Park, setting the all-time record there for the largest amount of rain in a single hour, according to the National Weather Service.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/23/weather/flooding-henri-tn-climate-change/index.html


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The slow-rolling storm Henri was taking its time drenching the US north-east on Monday…

“More than 140,000 homes lost power and deluges closed bridges, swamped roads and left some people stranded in their vehicles… National Hurricane Center says storm to slow down further and likely stall near Connecticut-New York line.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/23/henri-tropical-storm-hurricane-weather-connecticut-new-york


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Caldor Fire grows to more than 98,000 acres as US sees 94 active large fires nationwide.

“Eight days after the blaze broke out in El Dorado County [N California], it has grown to 98,149 acres, according to an update Sunday morning from CAL Fire. It remains 0% contained, officials said, and full containment is not anticipated until at least August 31.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/22/us/us-wildfires-update/index.html


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Burned paws, hungry bears: the race to help animals injured in wildfires.

“The emaciated bear cub was trekking along a mountain road through the scorched Sierra Nevada when firefighters spotted it. His paws appeared burned and he seemed alone. There was little the fire crew could do, but call the Wildlife Disaster Network.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/22/california-wildfire-animal-rescue


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Floods blow gates off Trump’s border wall. Donald Trump’s ill-fated border wall between the US and Mexico is already failing at its sole task – being a wall.

“Flooding caused by monsoons in Arizona has broken the floodgates on portions of the wall, separating metal panels from their hinges and leaving huge openings in the barrier.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/trump-wall-border-flood-damage-b1907274.html


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Remnants of Hurricane Grace, which slammed into Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane Saturday morning, may bring flash floods and mudslides to the central part of the country

At least eight people are dead and another three missing from the storm, which made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of at least 120 mph.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/22/weather/hurricane-grace-mexico-sunday/index.html


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Floods in Guaranda, Sucre [Colombia, have 500,000 citizens on alert].

“The winter wave that Colombia is going through in recent days continues to wreak havoc in different regions. This Sunday, after several hours of rain, the municipality of Guaranda, Sucre, reported high-impact floods that put its inhabitants at risk.”

https://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/inundaciones-en-guaranda-sucre-tienen-en-alerta-a-500000-ciudadanos/202136/


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Massive wildfires devastate protected area of Bolivian forest.

“More than 1,000 square miles of Bolivian forests have been destroyed by wildfires, authorities say. So far 280,000 hectares, an area equivalent to just less than twice that of greater London, has been devastated in a southeastern region bordering Brazil and Paraguay.”

https://news.sky.com/story/massive-wildfires-devastate-protected-area-of-bolivian-forest-12386567


The extreme winter heat wave doesn’t stop in Paraguay with another day above 40C [104F]. Today and tomorrow will make one week of temperatures exceeding 40C every day except one. And it’s still winter.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1429854406493749252


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Drought and downspouts: countries in central and southern South America “are in the same oven”

“In conversation with ABC Color, Báez affirmed that central and southern South America are being affected by forest fires due to the drought, which, according to him, is “very serious” in terms of severity and has been going on for some time. two years.”

https://www.abc.com.py/nacionales/2021/08/23/sequia-y-bajante-de-rios-paises-del-centro-y-sur-de-sudamerica-estan-en-el-mismo-horno/


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Watch Alpine glaciers melt at a record pace.

⁠”Video shows some of the key sights around the Mont Blanc massif, which spans France, Italy, and Switzerland. At Chamonix, France, a thermometer in the town center recorded 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on August 14, which is 10 degrees above average for the summer month.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/watch-alpine-glaciers-melt-record-142803547.html


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Climate change made German floods ‘more likely and more intense’.

“Climate change made the deadly floods that devastated parts of Germany and Belgium last month up to nine times more likely, according to an international study published Tuesday. At least 190 people lost their lives…”

https://www.thelocal.de/20210824/climate-change-made-german-floods-more-likely-and-more-intense/


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France: Winemakers assessing ‘heartbreaking’ damage after vineyards hit by wildfires near French Riviera [you may recall that French vineyards suffered terribly from a brutal late frost in April].

“Thousands of people were evacuated last week as strong winds helped spread wildfires through the Var region in southeast France.”

https://news.sky.com/story/france-winemakers-assessing-heartbreaking-damage-after-vineyards-hit-by-south-of-france-wildfires-12388470


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August’s wildfires in North Macedonia engulfed a vast amount of forest whose absence will be felt for decades – worsening climate conditions and threatening the livelihoods of rural communities.

“In less than one month, from July 26 until August 19, little North Macedonia experienced some 120 wildfires across its territory, the country’s Crisis Management Centre has counted.”

https://balkaninsight.com/2021/08/24/north-macedonia-will-feel-cost-of-wildfires-for-decades/


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Villagers evacuated as forest fire spreads near Athens.

“People were evacuated from two villages west of Athens on Monday as firefighters battled a new blaze in a forested area that was devastated by flames last week.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/villagers-evacuated-forest-fire-spreads-near-athens-2021-08-23/


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Forest fire in Turkey’s Mount Kaz rages for second day.

“The idyllic Mount Kaz (Mount Ida) in western Turkey was still embattled with flames on the second day after a forest fire broke out Monday. The challenging geography and strong winds obstructed the efforts of firefighters.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/forest-fire-in-turkeys-mount-kaz-rages-for-second-day/news


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Global wildfires have released a record 4.7 gigatons of CO2 in 2021 so far – more than the entire European Union.

“…fires have unleashed 4.7 gigatons (4.3 gigatonnes) of CO2 as of August 16. In comparison, the 27 member nations of the European Union generated a relatively scant 2.7 gigatons…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9919005/Wildfires-released-record-4-7-gigatons-CO2-2021-far-entire-European-Union.html


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Russian Heat Wave: The hot air which has been stuck for weeks in the Caspian Area (some stations might record incredible +7C/+8C of monthly positive anomalies in August) pushed north with temperatures peaking at 35.8C [96.4F] in Yekaterinburg…

“…and even 32.7C [90.9F] at Nadym at 65N, near the Arctic.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1429859944443125762


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Water crisis and drought threaten 12 million in Syria, Iraq.

“Rising temperatures, record low levels of rainfall, and drought are depriving people across the region of drinking and agricultural water, said the report, published on Monday. Syria is currently facing its worst drought in 70 years.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/23/water-crisis-and-drought-threaten-12-million-in-syria-ira


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Dust from the Arabian Desert is melting Himalayan glaciers and affecting the seas.

“Asia’s largest freshwater reserve is disappearing. In the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, which is warming by 0.3 degrees Celsius-0.7 degrees Celsius above the global average, global heating is melting the glaciers that blanket the planet’s highest peaks. Scientists now know that this catastrophic melt is being exacerbated by dust blowing from West Asia.”

https://scroll.in/article/1003244/dust-from-the-arabian-desert-is-melting-himalayan-glaciers-and-affecting-the-seas


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China warns rapid climate change may be warming Tibet but extreme weather and disasters to follow.

“… the number of disasters – including mudslides, avalanches and the breaking up of glaciers – has increased over the past four decades.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3146143/china-warns-rapid-climate-change-may-be-warming-tibet-extreme


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Fire Services Battle Floods After Heavy Rainfall in China’s Henan Province.

“This footage, posted to Weibo by Henan Fire, shows firefighters attempting to drain water from flooded streets and alleys, push stranded cars through the deluge, and rescue elderly and juvenile citizens who found themselves caught in a precarious position.” [Video]

https://news.yahoo.com/fire-services-battle-floods-heavy-115501878.html


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Chinese Cities Aren’t Ready for Climate Disasters.

“Climate change is making China’s annual summer floods worse, and cities housing millions of people aren’t prepared to handle the damage. Record-breaking rainfall in the central province of Henan killed more than 300 people last month…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-23/chinese-cities-aren-t-ready-for-climate-disasters


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Typhoon Omais leaves behind flooded homes, damaged roads, railways [South Korea]…

“The railway connecting Gwangju and Miryang in South Gyeongsang Province was cutoff after parts of the railway became covered with piles of mud from heavy rainfall early Tuesday morning. Six roads in the provinces of South Gyeongsang and South Jeolla were inundated with flash floods.”

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/08/281_314394.html


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East Sea’s Water Temperature Rises to Record High in July.

“According to the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, the East Sea’s average sea surface temperature was 22.2 C [72F] last month, the highest since relevant record keeping began in 1982 and 2.7 C higher than the average of the past 30 years.”

http://koreabizwire.com/east-seas-water-temperature-rises-to-record-high-in-july/197437


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A month of rain in a day possible in Sydney, ‘small tornado’ in Orange.

“Snow has fallen in the Blue Mountains and almost one month’s worth of rain could soak parts of Sydney in a 24-hour period, as a cold front brings to an end a record string of warm days.”

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wild-weather-to-hit-sydney-after-record-string-of-warm-winter-days-20210823-p58lam.html


Sydney has notched up 15 consecutive days with maximum temperatures above 20C [68F] – the longest winter stretch since records began.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/23/record-run-of-warm-weather-for-sydney-as-australia-sees-above-average-temperatures


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Record-breaking heat wave batters Quebec for the second time this month…

“Montreal broke the record set in 1916, where we saw more than three days with temperatures of 33 degrees C [91.4F],” Legault said. “So heat waves are not unseen, but we are far above where we should be.””

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/08/23/news/record-breaking-heat-wave-hits-quebec-second-time-august


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Lightning strikes shock Iqaluit [Canadian territory of Nunavut]…

Such weather is rare in Iqaluit because lightning needs both warm air and moisture… but by being located on the cold Arctic Ocean and often surrounded by snow and ice, Iqaluit is not often likely to see that type of weather occur.”

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/lightning-strikes-shock-iqaluit/


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When Greenland was green: rapid global warming 55 million years ago shows us what the future may hold…

The abrupt global warming event 56 million years ago, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), is often used as a worrying analogue for our current climate crisis.

Our research, published today in Communications Earth and Environment, provides crucial details about the event — with a focus on Greenland’s role in it.”

https://theconversation.com/when-greenland-was-green-rapid-global-warming-55-million-years-ago-shows-us-what-the-future-may-hold-166342


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