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Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday that a state of emergency for natural disaster would be recognised next week in the Gard department in the south east of France after violent storms caused major damage

“Nothing suggested an event of this magnitude,” confirmed Marc Pontaud, an expert from Météo-France. “244 mm [9.6 inches] in three hours at Saint-Dionisy is exceptional,” he insisted, recalling that the absolute record in the Gard was 216.4 mm at Saint-Martial on 19 September 2020.”

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20210915-french-government-to-announce-emergency-status-for-flood-hit-south-gard-weather


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Heavy rain causes more than 120 floods in Alentejo [Portugal]…

“In the district of Évora, 193 firefighters, municipal civil protection services and GNR were involved in the operations. According to the District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) of Beja, 47 floods were registered in the district.”

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-09-15/heavy-rain-causes-more-than-120-floods-in-alentejo/62380


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Tower Bridge: Heavy rain in London causes flooding on roads and tube lines.

“Footage taken by a bus passenger shows Tower Bridge deep in rainwater as vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians struggle to make their way over the bridge.”

https://news.sky.com/video/tower-bridge-heavy-rain-in-london-causes-flooding-on-roads-and-tube-lines-12407709


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Pollution is damaging UK rivers more than public thinks, report says.

“Rivers, streams and freshwater marshes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being devastated by diffuse agricultural pollution and sewage, according to a new report.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/15/pollution-is-damaging-uk-rivers-more-than-public-thinks-report-says


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Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region’s cork industry.

“For cork collector Khaled Warhani, the wildfires that devastated part of northern Tunisia’s lush woodland this summer were a warning of how the changing climate will hurt his livelihood.”

https://kfgo.com/2021/09/14/tunisian-wildfires-scorch-poor-regions-cork-industry/


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South Sudan: 380,000 People Displaced By Floods and Violence – UN.

“At least 380,000 people from six states in South Sudan have been displaced by flash floods and numerous waves of inter-communal clashes, according to the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109140567.html


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Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation.

“The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said people living in 23 counties across the arid north, northeastern and coastal parts of the country will be in “urgent need” of food aid over the next six months…”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/sep/15/drought-puts-21-million-kenyans-at-risk-of-starvation


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Over 400 families face starvation after hailstorm wreaks havoc in Rukungiri [Uganda].

“Over 400 families in the four villages of Buhandagazi, Kanombe, Kyeshero, Rwenanura, all in Nyabitete parish… face starvation after hailstorms ravaged their plantations and gardens.”

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/over-400-families-face-starvation-after-hailstorm-wreaks-havoc-in-rukungiri-3551100


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Climate change is already taking its toll on Israel’s health system, with both premature deaths from exposure to extreme heat and weather-linked hospital visits on the rise.

“But the Health Ministry has no action plan or any specific budget for dealing with the consequences of climate change.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/heatwaves-already-causing-more-deaths-hospitalizations-researchers/


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Here’s how many weather, rain records Delhi has broken in last 1 year… The past year has seen a lot of records being broken in Delhi, for which the experts point towards climate change and global warming.

“Here’s a list of all the records in past one year as compiled by Hindustan Times:”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/heres-how-many-weather-rain-records-delhi-has-broken-in-last-1-year-101631762656686.html


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India floods: Rescuers carry people to safety over raging floodwaters in Gujarat.

“National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials have joined rescue operations to help evacuate people to higher ground after heavy rain has caused several parts of India’s western Gujarat state to flood.” [Video]

https://news.sky.com/video/india-floods-rescuers-carry-people-to-safety-over-raging-floodwaters-in-gujarat-12407655


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China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms.

“The chances of heavy rain and high heat within one week are higher now than in the past two millennia, records suggest.”

[Picture from record-shattering Zhenghzou floods, July 2021]

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02495-6


China is currently with 3 heat waves at the same time. One in the northwest (Xinjiang), one in the southwest and one in the southeast. In all these regions max. temperatures will shoot above 35C / 95F for several more days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1438167742935339011


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Typhoon-ravaged Batanes [Philippines] under state of calamity…

“The provincial government of Batanes has declared a state of calamity following the “massive destruction” brought by Typhoon Kiko (international name: Chanthu)… Kiko “severely affected” 100% of the province’s population and left initial damage worth P258 million…”

https://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2021/9/15/Batanes-state-of-calamity-Kiko.html


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Australian ‘Black Summer’ wildfires produced almost twice as much CO2 as all Australians in a year.

“The Dutch team of scientists from the VU and SRON now determine the total CO2 emissions at over 700 billion kilograms. That is nearly double the annual emissions from fossil fuel consumption across Australia and comparable to annual emissions from air travel globally.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-australian-black-summer-wildfires-co2.html


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Mural shows drought impact on Argentine stretch of Parana River.

“A boy whose image is reflected in a parched section of the Parana River is the subject of the latest mural by Argentine artist Martin Ron, a work that captures the severe drought impact on that waterway as it meanders through San Nicolas de los Arroyos…”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/mural-shows-drought-impact-on-argentine-stretch-of-parana-river/


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Possible cases of cholera detected in Tula [Mexico] after floods…

“The overflowing of the Tula River and the opening of the gates in dams such as Taxhimay and Endho , caused that streets, shops and houses were under the residual water coming from drains of the City and State of Mexico.”

https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/estados/detectan-posibles-casos-de-colera-en-tula-tras-inundaciones


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Ancient sequoia trees threatened by growing wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada.

“The flames are burning so intensely that park officials fear that the world’s largest trees could be in peril. “There is a threat to the groves. It is a serious threat,” said Mark Ruggiero, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks fire information officer.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/14/california-wildfire-sequoia-kings-canyon-latest


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Record high temperatures and drought have left California’s Mt. Shasta without its usual snowcover – and it is causing surrounding glaciers to melt.

“California’s Mount Shasta, one of the tallest peaks in the continental US, has a giant bald spot.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9994949/Record-high-temperatures-drought-left-Californias-Mt-Shasta-without-usual-snowcover.html


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Thousands of salmon washing up dead on California creek banks due to climate crisis.

“The salmon population in California is plummeting due to conditions linked to the climate crisis. The state’s Fish and Wildlife Service reported that thousands of dead Chinook salmon have been found on banks of Butte Creek this year…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-chinook-salmon-population-disappearing-b1920088.html


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Pasture conditions in the US are the worst they’ve been since 2012. That’s bad for inflation…

“Less quality pasture means less food for livestock and other animals, which could lead to higher prices for meat and dairy products—or even a shortage. It also means more yellow and brown in typically green landscapes.”

https://qz.com/2057145/2021-pasture-conditions-are-a-bad-for-inflation-and-food-prices/


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‘Despondent’: Battered Louisiana city gets more rain from Nicholas; 100,000 without power in Texas.

“…the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas slid across the Gulf Coast from the Lone Star State into Louisiana, drenching a region still staggering from Hurricane Ida’s wrath…”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/15/tropical-storm-nicholas-rain-flooding-louisiana-texas-power-outages/8345362002/


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Toxic Stormwater: The Less Obvious, Often Unknown Danger of Flooding…

“When it rains, stormwater runs over land and lawn, sidewalks and streets, pavements and parking lots collecting whatever is in its way. The water gathers fertilizers, pesticides, phosphates, gasoline, heavy metals, litter, plastic and more.”

https://www.ecowatch.com/toxic-stormwater-flooding-2655034250.html


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Study finds rapid increase in global light pollution in last 25 years.

“Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows. This figure only includes light visible via satellites, and scientists estimate the true increase may be significantly higher – up to 270% globally, and 400% in some regions.”

https://aboutmanchester.co.uk/study-finds-rapid-increase-in-global-light-pollution-in-last-25-years/


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Biden Urges Climate Action: ‘We Don’t Have Much More Than 10 Years’.

“President Biden spent two days warning about the climate crisis and promising that his administration would work to confront it, but Congress is not aligned on the solution.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/14/us/politics/biden-climate-change.html


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Northern Hemisphere had historic temperatures and second hottest summer on record, NOAA says.

“Three months among the hottest on record, including a chart-topping July, made this summer the second hottest in the Northern Hemisphere since record keeping began more than 140 years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.”

https://www.masslive.com/weather/2021/09/northern-hemisphere-had-historic-temperatures-and-second-hottest-summer-on-record-noaa-says.html


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