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An unseasonably rare forest fire has engulfed the Russian tundra as the country faces significant changes from climate change, Interfax reported Wednesday.

“Some 360 hectares are burning despite below-zero temperatures in the Magadan region some 10,000 kilometers east of Moscow.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/11/03/rare-forest-fire-hits-winter-tundra-in-far-east-russia-a75478


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Snow on strike in the world’s coldest region – Siberia’s Pole of Cold

“Videos and pictures show the unseasonal lack of a snow cover in Olyokminsk, Mirny and Oymyakon… Locals in southern Yakutia share surprise over bare ground, as Russia’s leading meteorologist says some areas of Siberia are 12C too mild.”

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/snow-on-strike-in-the-worlds-coldest-region-as-temperatures-in-siberia-go-4-to-12c-above-the-norm/


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A look at Siberia’s methane-emitting craters, amid pledge to cut global methane emissions at COP26…

“A leading theory to how the craters formed is that they emerged from melted permafrost due to global warming. Bubbles of methane and other gases pushed their way up, forming these major methane-emitting craters.”

https://www.scmp.com/video/world/3154670/look-siberias-methane-emitting-craters-amid-pledge-cut-global-methane-emissions


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October was the warmest on record in Northern Quebec, Labrador and much of Nunavut [Canada]…

“…with anomalies reaching +7.7°C for Resolute!
“Warm anomalies covered most of the country…”

https://twitter.com/Pat_wx/status/1455185682251517952


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A powerful, historic storm has walloped southern Alaska for days, unloading extreme amounts of precipitation and overwhelming its infrastructure in some areas…

Alyeska, Alaska, situated on the Kenai Peninsula where it meets the rest of Alaska, reported 9.53 inches on Halloween — the station’s highest daily total ever recorded.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/11/02/alaska-record-storm-rain-girdwood/


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2021 Pacific Northwest heat wave ‘virtually impossible’ without global warming, scientists find.

“In June 2021, a record-breaking heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest. High temperatures in Portland are usually in the seventies that time of year. But in 2021, they reached more than 110 degrees. Hundreds of people died…”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/11/2021-pacific-northwest-heat-wave-virtually-impossible-without-global-warming-scientists-find/


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California farm town lurches from no water to polluted water.

“…for years, probably decades, the water coming from Teviston taps has been laced with the carcinogen 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, or 1,2,3-TCP, the legacy of pesticides.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/california-farm-town-lurches-no-water-polluted-water-2021-11-02/


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Dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate US tap water: Report…

“Decaying infrastructure and pollution from toxic “forever chemicals” are causing tens of millions of United States residents to drink contaminated water, increasing the risk of cancer and other ailments, according to a new report.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/dangerous-forever-chemicals-contaminate-us-tap-water-report


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A landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 11 people in southern Colombia…

“UNGRD Director Eduardo Joze Gonzalez is scheduled to travel “first thing in the morning” to the site of the landslide. He already deployed rescue teams to the area. However, operations were suspended because of the potential for more landslides due to rains.”

https://www.dw.com/en/colombia-landslide-kills-11-leaves-several-others-injured/a-59702258


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A strong hail storm hit Taija on Sunday, causing floods and damage across the southern Bolivian city.

Hail reached as high as 1.5 metres (4.92 ft) in some places, heavily affecting private residences and businesses near Taij´s commercial area.”

https://www.newson6.com/story/618129d41c90a90c19aaac64/strong-hail-storm-causes-floods-damage-in-bolivia-


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World’s highest ski resort a Bolivian memory.

“Bernardo Guarachi’s eyes light up as he reminisces about the glory days of Chacaltaya — once the highest ski resort in the world but now a crumbling relic to climate change in the Bolivian Andes. “Today, it’s a cemetery,” said Guarachi…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211104-world-s-highest-ski-resort-a-bolivian-memory


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The longest-lasting patch of snow in Britain has melted for just the eighth time in the past 300 years, according to experts monitoring the Cairgnorm phenomenon.

“Known as ‘The Sphinx’, the 13ft strip is the ‘most durable patch of snow’ in Britain, but the rate of melting appears to be increasing – four times in the past five years.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10161845/Britain-loses-longest-lasting-patch-snow-fourth-time-five-years.html


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Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating…

“The summer of 2021 was the hottest on record in the continent, with average temperatures about 1C above normal. The elevated heat caused wildfires and premature deaths.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/03/europe-record-summer-global-heating-cop26


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After being flooded by heavy rains, last Sunday night, the General Hospital of Jaén, in Cajamarca [Spain], this morning restarted the attention to the public in 90% of its facilities

“The rains put at risk the equipment and medicines that are in the first level of the hospital…”

https://www.radionacional.com.pe/noticias/nacional/cajamarca-hospital-de-jaen-reanudo-atencion-tras-inundaciones


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Heavy rain, storms and snowfall are forecast across Italy over the next few days due to the arrival of another cyclone, according to weather reports.

“After severe storms battered southern Italy last week, a new “intense” cyclone is expected to bring thunderstorms and cold weather from Wednesday…”

https://www.thelocal.it/20211102/weather-italy-issues-storm-and-snow-warnings-ahead-of-intense-cyclone/


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760,000 affected by South Sudan floods: UN…

“Eight out of South Sudan’s 10 states have now been hit by flooding, affecting access to healthcare and other services, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a briefing note.”

https://news.yahoo.com/760-000-affected-south-sudan-144550147.html


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Food crisis looms as Kano farmers count losses [Nigeria]…

“Kano farmers have expressed worry as the rainy season seemed to have come to an end abruptly. The situation has made it difficult for most of the farmers to achieve expected harvests.”

https://guardian.ng/features/agro-care/food-crisis-looms-as-kano-farmers-count-losses/


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Hailstorm ravages Mutare [Zimbabwe]…

“A hailstorm hit parts of Mutare rural and left a trail of destruction with over 100 homesteads, schools and clinics, among other infrastructure heavily damaged.”

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/11/hailstorm-ravages-mutare-rural/


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‘We run from men only to meet crocodiles’: Kenya’s drought is deadly for women.

“As poverty and lost livelihoods fuel threats in the home, those who have found refuge still risk their lives walking miles in search of water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/03/we-run-from-men-only-to-meet-crocodiles-kenyas-drought-is-deadly-for-women


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Turkey proxies weaponising water in north Syria: report.

“Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria have weaponised water by building dams on a river that serves as a lifeline for communities living downstream in Kurdish-dominated areas, a report alleged Wednesday said.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/031120211


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‘Catastrophe’ faces Jordan’s water sector as climate heats up.

““No one knows what to grow any more. The tomato yield is bad, and onions are the same. Every farmer in Al Ghor is at zero.”.. Jordan is the second most water-scarce country in the world, and water levels have been falling in recent years.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/2/experts-warn-of-catastrophe-facing-jordans-water-sector


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‘Great distress’: Bangladesh bears brutal cost of climate crisis.

“Experts say the effects of global warming are devastating Bangladesh and destroying the livelihoods of millions, particularly increased cyclones and flooding that brings saltwater further inland.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/bangladesh-global-warming-climate-crisis-seawater-agriculture


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Hail damage mars start of harvest in Western Australia.

“A complex weather system led to the formation of a series of hail storms that dumped enormous hail stones across Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria last week.”

https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/7495121/hail-delivers-a-cruel-harvest-blow/


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Gisborne flooding: State of Emergency declared in Tairāwhiti [New Zealand], residents told to evacuate.

“IRB boats are being used to help evacuate residents in parts of Gisborne as wild weather caused flash flooding and rivers to rise rapidly. At 2pm the district council broadcast the alert…”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/gisborne-flooding-state-of-emergency-declared-in-tairawhiti-residents-told-to-evacuate/REJ2HF4Y5MU2HGMGY4TOQEP65Y/


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‘Reality check’: Global CO2 emissions shooting back to record levels.

“Global carbon emissions are shooting back to the record level seen before the coronavirus pandemic levels, new analysis has shown. Scientists said the finding is a “reality check” for the world’s nations gathered at the Cop26 climate summit.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/04/reality-check-global-co2-emissions-shooting-back-to-record-levels


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