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Several killed, nearly 2m affected, as China’s Shanxi deluged by record-breaking rainfall…

“The flooding comes just months after record floods hit the country’s central Henan province in July – killing more than 300 people – and raises fears about ensuring the supply of energy ahead of the winter.

“Many parts of Shanxi, a landlocked province that generally has dry weather, saw record-breaking rainfall over the past week… Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, recorded rainfall of 185mm [7.3 inches], about seven times the pre-2010 average for October… Shanxi [overall] received more than three times the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/12/several-killed-after-rains-batter-chinas-shanxi-province


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Hong Kong Observatory to raise No 8 typhoon warning at or before 5.20pm, school classes cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Kompasu nears.

“The typhoon, the second in just four days, was about 560km from the city as of noon.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3152021/hong-kong-observatory-raise-no-8-typhoon-signal


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The harsh heat isn’t not going away in Taiwan. On 10th October the station of Zaoqiao, in Miaoli County recorded 38.7C [101.7F],the highest temperature ever recorded in Taiwan in October.

“Heat indexes are deadly: the temperature was recorded with 40% humidity.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1447193496276905987


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Storm leaves 9 dead in landslides, floods in Philippines.

“A tropical storm set off landslides and flash flooding as it barreled over the tip of the northern Philippines overnight, and officials say nine people died and 11 are missing.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/storm-leaves-dead-landslides-floods-philippines-80531857


Record high temperatures for October reported across Japan… The high pressure system has blanketed the entire Japanese archipelago since the beginning of this month, with the atmosphere over Japan almost similar to that in summer.”

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14459280


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UN deforestation scheme under scrutiny after Indonesia debacle.

“The collapse of a $1-billion deal to curb Indonesian deforestation has highlighted the pitfalls of a UN-backed global initiative, which critics say has been ineffective and trampled on indigenous communities’ rights.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211012-un-deforestation-scheme-under-scrutiny-after-indonesia-debacle


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Indigenous leader warns Amazon ruin could spark global ‘apocalypse’…

“People will run out of oxygen, the planet will warm up in 50 years, by two or even three degrees. Life on this planet will not be possible if the Amazon disappears.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211012-indigenous-leader-warns-amazon-ruin-could-spark-global-apocalypse


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Intense heat in Texas and Northern Mexico:

On 10th October Rio Grande in Texas hit 106F/41.1C and in Coahuila State of Mexico,Monclova (615m asl) recorded 41.8C and Torreon (1123m) 40.7C, both new records for October.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1447637102045368320


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As US western wildfires ravage property, protection services boom…

“Nine of California’s 20 largest wildfires on record have torn through the state since last year, according to Cal Fire. The biggest – the August Complex Fire of August 2020, consumed more than 404,000 hectares (one million acres) of land and killing one person.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/10/11/as-us-western-wildfires-ravage-property-protection-services-boom


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Decline in hydropower strains power grids amid drought.

U.S. hydropower generation is forecast to drop 14% this year compared with 2020 as drought grips vast areas of the West. Experts say the reductions complicate grid operations…”

https://www.knau.org/post/decline-hydropower-strains-power-grids-amid-drought


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Summer temperatures usually don’t last long here in the Coulee Region [Wisconsin], but this year mother nature had different plans.

La Crosse just broke the record for most 80-degree days in a calendar year… La Crosse also set a record this year for the most low temperatures that were at 60 degrees or warmer.”

https://www.wxow.com/news/top-stories/la-crosse-breaks-record-for-most-80-degree-days/article_85b3a0f0-2af4-11ec-899f-8b84ab382d21.html


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25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds.

“As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/11/weather/infrastructure-flood-risk-climate-first-street/index.html


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Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events.

The United States is now averaging a billion-dollar disaster every 20 days… in the first nine months of this year we have already surpassed the total disaster costs for all of last year. And we are on pace to set a new record for total number of disasters…”

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/576130-disaster-fatigue-is-getting-worse-with-more-billion-dollar-extreme


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Lake District sewage could leave Windermere ‘ecologically dead’ [UK]…

“Pictures show algal blooms across the surface of the lake. Campaigners say there is also evidence of dead fish and invertebrates, indicating the waters are not healthy.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/08/sewage-could-leave-windermere-lake-ecologically-dead


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Greece swept by torrential rains, 100 people evacuated in fire-stricken island.

“Greece was swept by a wet front this weekend which has caused significant damages in the island of Evia, which had suffered destructive wildfires in the summer, Greek news agency AMNA reported.”

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/international/greece-swept-by-torrential-rains-100-people-evacuated-in-fire-stricken-island


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Water crisis leaves Mozambique “in very serious need”: ICRC.

“The north of Mozambique is in “very serious need” of support for its public health infrastructure, says Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross.”

https://www.sharjah24.ae/en/articles/2021/10/11/Water-crisis-leaves-Mozambique-in-very-serious-need-ICRC


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Yemen’s water crisis worsening.

“UNICEF representative to Yemen Philippe Duamelle said the water situation in Yemen is very serious as only a small number of people have access to clean water.”

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/10/10/668250/Yemen-water-crisis-Saudi-Arabia-war-UNICEF-


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Iran wheat imports soar due to drought.

“Agricultural production ravaged by drought has been an all-too-common theme across the northern hemisphere over the last twelve months. Unfortunately, Iran is another country to have fallen victim to well-below average rainfall and extreme temperatures during its most recent winter crop cycle.”

https://www.graincentral.com/markets/iran-wheat-import-soars-due-to-drought/


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Severe Drought Adds to Afghanistan’s Woes, Endangering Millions as Economy Collapses.

“… the scarcity of water is slashing farmers’ incomes and driving up food bills for people in cities. The United Nations estimates that the drought is threatening the livelihood of up to 9 million Afghans and affecting 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-drought-adds-to-afghanistans-woes-endangering-millions-as-economy-collapses-11633872935


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Thajiwas glacier in Kashmir melting at rapid pace, say locals.

“”Before 20 years, Thajiwas glacier was spread over huge area and tourists were able to get a glimpse of it in Sonmarg by just walking only a few meters. But, now they need to walk kilometers to see the glacier,” guide Bilal Ahmed said.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/thajiwas-glacier-melting-kashmir-global-warming-locals-1863229-2021-10-10


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Three dead as heavy rain lash Kerala.

“According to Skymet Weather forecast, in the last 24 hours, the state has seen some three-digit rains as well including 216 mm [8.5 inches] in Kozhikode, 166 mm in Kannur, 136 mm in Punalur, 77 mm in Palakkad, 59 mm in Thrissur, and 51 mm in Kochi.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2021/oct/12/three-dead-as-heavy-rain-lash-kerala-2370739.html


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Will low winds strike another heavy blow to energy prices?

“Industry experts now warn a global phenomenon which is known as global stilling, an extended period of low wind speeds and increasing temperatures could potentially deepen the crisis in the energy market.”

https://www.energylivenews.com/2021/10/11/will-low-winds-strike-another-heavy-blow-to-energy-prices/


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Now climate change is blamed for the spread of bubonic plague:

“‘We do see that the borders of plague hotspots have been changing with global warming and climate change, and other anthropogenic effects on the environment,’ Dr Anna Popova said. ‘We are aware that cases of plague in the world have been growing.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10080541/Black-Death-able-reach-areas-global-warming-Russias-doctor-warns.html


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‘This is a reality now, it’s scary’: Why leaders must pay attention to world’s fastest warming town.

“In Svalbard – the northernmost town in the world – massive metal barriers are currently being airdropped onto mountainsides. Houses simply bulldozed to make way for a huge protective wall around the town. The warmer air here means more chance of avalanches.”

https://www.itv.com/news/2021-10-11/this-is-reality-now-its-scary-why-leaders-must-act-now-in-arctic


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