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Drought in key wheat producing countries is having an impact on world supply. We have talked a lot about how the western drought is impacting American farmers and ranchers, but we are now seeing its impact on global production.

“According to Mark Jekanowski, a USDA economist, “United States, especially, drought affects the spring wheat crop, but certainly for Canada, that’s partially all spring wheat and Kazakhstan as well, they’ve been suffering drought throughout the entire growing season.””

https://www.rfdtv.com/story/44988219/drought-cuts-into-global-wheat-production


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Extreme water shortages in Iraq will halve the area of crops being grown next harvest, the authorities said Monday, following UN warnings calling for “urgent” action….

“Iraq is struggling amid the consequences of dire droughts exacerbated by global warming, compounded by the extraction of water from the Tigris and Euphrates, rivers shared with neighbouring Turkey and Syria.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211018-drought-hit-iraq-s-crop-farmland-to-be-halved


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“It’s still exceptionally hot in the Arabian Peninsula. [On] 18th October Makkah, Saudi Arabia rose to 44.6C [112.3F], near record levels for the whole Asia for this time of the year.

“Exactly 11 years ago on 18 October 2010 Makkah recorded its latest 45C ever.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1450182392866426883


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Africa’s fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face imminent drought, floods or extreme heat, and climate change could also shave 3% off continental GDP by mid-century, the U.N. climate agency warned on Tuesday.”

[3% off GDP. Think that may be underestimating the situation a tad.]

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/africas-glaciers-melt-millions-poor-face-drought-floods-un-says-2021-10-19/


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“The tiny and uninhabited Europa Island, part of the territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, located between Madagascar and Mozambique, recorded 33.7C [92.7F] on 15th October.

“This is a new monthly heat record for the Territory.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1449653912328237064


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For South Sudan learners, floods threaten to wash away access to education…

“Peter Jol Maker, a headteacher at Panapet primary school, said the school was completely submerged in water, noting that learners are braving flooding for education in just a temporary learning space erected in some higher ground.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2021/10/18/for-south-sudan-learners-floods-threaten-to-wash-away-access-to-education/


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Hunger looms, as drought hits Kano rice farmers [Nigeria]…

“As climate change continues to worsen in the northern parts of Nigeria, weeks without rainfall in Kano has resulted in many farmers to losing their crops, especially rice… the plants are drying out.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/10/hunger-looms-as-drought-hits-kano-rice-farmers/


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Marmara Sea getting warmer due to global warming, pollution…

“Speaking at an organization in the northwestern province of Edirne, hydro-biologist Mehmet Levent Artüz stressed the dangers the Marmara Sea will face in the near future in a presentation named “The Climate Crisis and the Seas.””

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/marmara-sea-getting-warmer-due-to-global-warming-pollution-168690


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The tiny country of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean had its hottest October day in history on 15th October with 34.1C [93.4F] at the Vc Bird Int. Airport.

“This beats the 34.0C set in October 2015. All time record for any month is 34.9C in August 1995.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1449442517745864707


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A rare waterspout was spotted off the coast of Cienfuegos, Cuba on Saturday.

“According to the Cienfuegos Provincial Meteorological Centre, the waterspout swirled between 4.50pm to 5pm local time. No damage was reported from the waterspout.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2021/1018/1254503-waterspout-cuba/


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In drought-prone South Texas, aging water system meets rapidly growing population…

““As this region continues to become drier due to climate change, water supplies will be greatly reduced,” said Guy Fipps, a professor of irrigation engineering at Texas A&M University who has studied the water system since 1998.”

https://www.borderreport.com/news/in-drought-prone-south-texas-aging-water-system-meets-rapidly-growing-population/


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Lake Tahoe runs dry: Severe drought leaves boats and docks hundreds of feet from shore and salmon unable to spawn…

“Lake Tahoe’s water levels have dropped about half-an-inch below its natural rim as experts warn that another dry winter could put the body of water at risk of becoming ‘terminal’ – meaning the lake will no longer be able to supply its only outflow, experts say.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10101493/Severe-drought-sends-Lake-Tahoe-water-levels-natural-rim.html


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Alberta glacier suffered record melt in 2021, researchers suggest it will worsen.

“The Saskatchewan Glacier in Banff National Park melted by more than 10 metres in the past year, researchers say. “It clearly is the most extreme melt that we’ve seen,” said Brian Menounos, glaciologist at the University of Northern British Columbia, while on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/in/news/article/alberta-glacier-suffered-record-melt-this-year-but-researchers-suggest-it-will-get-worse


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BOM forecasts potentially record temperatures during Northern Territory [Australia] heatwave…

“BOM NT senior forecaster Sally Cutter said the hot spell was expected to produce maximum temperatures up to the high 40s and minimums as high as the high 20s in some areas, especially inland.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-19/nt-heatwave-conditions-peak-record-temperatures-bom/100549312


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China, Koreas and Japan had their hottest 1st half of October ever with hundreds of records (including national ones) broken.

But the record heat came to a halt with a dramatic shift to wintry conditions. Seoul dropped to just +1.3C and low level frosts were recorded in Hokkaido.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1449807380359876614


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Beijing records lowest Oct temperature in half century.

“A temperature of minus 0.2 degrees at 6.44 a.m. on Sunday was the lowest recorded in the 10 days from October 11 to 20 by a city observatory since 1969, reports xinhua news agency.”

https://www.dtnext.in/News/World/2021/10/18115959/1324343/Beijing-records-lowest-Oct-temperature-in-half-century.vpf


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Heavy rain, floods leave 3 dead in Vietnam.

“Three people died, four injured and one is missing after torrential rains swept through northern and central provinces of Vietnam as of 5pm yesterday, the Standing Office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said.”

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/346042


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Thailand hit with more flooding amid heavy rains.

“Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand have caused new flooding, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/thailand-bangkok-fears-b1940280.html


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At least 17 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.

“On Monday, five people, including three labourers from Nepal, were killed after a landslide in Champawat district.”

https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2021/10/19/uttarakhand-floods-death-toll-rises-to-17.html


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At least 27 people killed after torrential rain in India’s Kerala state triggers landslides and floods

“Torrential rain has battered the coastal state of Kerala since Friday, causing rivers to swell and flooding roads that left vehicles submerged in muddy waters, with some houses reduced to rubble.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/18/india/kerala-rains-flooding-intl-hnk/index.html


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Wettest October: Delhi breaks a weather record for 15th straight month.

“Data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed that Delhi recorded 87.9 mm rainfall between Sunday night and Monday, the most in a day since an October 1956 day when Delhi recorded 111mm rain.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/wettest-october-delhi-breaks-a-weather-record-for-15th-straight-month-101634581237850.html


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How thawing permafrost is destroying Russian homes.

“Cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia are suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost. Homes are collapsing, pipelines and storage facilities are under threat, and roads are increasingly in need of repair.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russias-remote-permafrost-thaws-threatening-homes-infrastructure-2021-10-18/


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“…the widespread collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is avoidable if we can keep global warming below the Paris target of 2 degrees Celsius

“[However] significant uncertainty remains in terms of the internal ice structure [of the sheet] and conditions of the bedrock and sediment below.”

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/antarctica-s-ice-melting-avoidable-if-we-keep-global-warming-below-2-deg-c-121101800274_1.html


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Gaping hole opened up in ‘Last Ice Area’ of the Arctic, NASA images show…

“”The scary thing is this area might not be as resilient as we think it is,” Arctic scientist Kent Moore told Mashable. Moore is a professor of physics at the University of Toronto Mississauga who led the research.”

https://mashable.com/article/arctic-climate-change


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