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Arctic Ocean started getting warmer decades earlier than we thought, study finds…

“”When we looked at the whole 800-year timescale, our temperature and salinity records look pretty constant,” said co-lead author Dr. Tesi Tommaso from the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council in Bologna. “But all of a sudden at the start of the 20th century, you get this marked change in temperature and salinity—it really sticks out.””

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-arctic-ocean-warmer-decades-earlier.html


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Ice-locked Arctic towns might not get needed supplies.

“Ships loaded with several thousand tons of goods are unable to reach settlements along Russia’s Arctic coast following the early freeze on the Northern Sea Route. Among the objects waiting for equipment is the floating nuclear power station in Pevek.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/life-and-public/2021/11/ice-locked-arctic-towns-might-not-get-needed-supplies


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City of Iqaluit [far north, Canada] looks for workers to help with water distribution.

“The City of Iqaluit is hiring temporary workers to help with water distribution as its water emergency [record warmth melted permafrost, cracking fuel pipes, which contaminated water plant] enters its seventh week and the energy of volunteers …dwindles.”

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/city-of-iqaluit-looks-for-workers-to-help-with-water-distribution/


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Greenland saw record ice loss from calving icebergs and ocean melt over the last year.

Greenland had a quite a year. For the first time in its history, rain fell at its summit. In August, it experienced one of the latest-occurring melt events in recent memory. This also became the third year with major melting events in the past decade.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/11/23/greenland-ice-melt-2021-recap/


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A Lurking Disaster in Greenland… A far larger landslide is expected with 10 times the volume of debris [than the one that destroyed Nuugaatsiaq in 2017]

“This also taps into a deeper… question about Greenland’s future—the tenability of its smaller communities in a risky and uncertain landscape… Such occurrences are expected to increase with climate change.”

https://pulitzercenter.org/stories/lurking-disaster-greenland


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Shellfish areas [UK] polluted by sewage tens of thousands of times last year.

“Shellfish areas around the UK were polluted by human sewage tens of thousands of times last year, data reveals. People eating the fish could have been at risk of being poisoned by E.coli or norovirus.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sewage-shellfish-pollution-england-uk-b1963688.html


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Ten regions on alert for snow as early winter storm hits Spain.

“[Also]… Tarragona province recorded 67 millimeters of rain per hour on Monday, with 125mm [4.9 inches] falling between midnight and Tuesday at 8am. This made Monday the rainiest day of November since 1920.

https://english.elpais.com/spain/2021-11-23/ten-regions-on-alert-for-snow-as-early-winter-storm-hits-spain.html


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Climate: extreme events in Italy rose in past 10 years.

“The number of extreme-weather events registered in Italy is increasing significantly every year as the climate crisis escalates, according to the Osservatorio CittàClima 2021 report released on Tuesday by environmental association Legambiente.”

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/environment/2021/11/23/climate-extreme-events-in-italy-rose-in-past-10-years_9908ebac-6821-4035-a886-384776b512de.html


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South Sudan is staring at a catastrophic humanitarian crisis as extreme floods hit the country for the third consecutive year.

“Humanitarian agencies are warning that the situation is threatening to cause an outbreak of waterborne diseases and malaria, and lead to food insecurity and malnutrition…”

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/south-sudan-flood-food-security-3629730


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Tanzania Heat Wave: 24th November Songea (1067m above sea level) had its hottest day on records again with 35.6C 96.1F].

“Kilimanjaro Airport (890m) with 37.3C was just 0.5C from the national monthly record…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1463583486233792520


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A six-year old girl has died after she was trapped in the rubble of one of 20 houses destroyed in a hailstorm in Mwenezi [Zimbabwe] on Tuesday night.

“The hailstorm left a trail of destruction in the Rinnett resettlement area near Rutenga where most houses, including Mwenezi Clinic, were left without roofs.”

https://www.herald.co.zw/mwenezi-girl-6-dies-after-hailstorm-leaves-trail-of-destruction-near-rutenga/


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World Bank warns over looming plunge in Iraq water resources…

“Water is a crucial issue for the oil-rich country of 40 million that is facing an acute energy crisis, compounded by increasingly severe droughts and low rainfall.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211124-world-bank-warns-over-looming-plunge-in-iraq-water-resources


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Water protests spread in Iran.

“According to hard-line Tasnim News Agency, nearly half of the million residents of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province struggle to obtain consistent potable water… Solving the water shortages of the country is now on the shoulders of President Ebrahim Raisi.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/11/water-protests-spread-iran


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Pakistan has ordered private offices and schools to remain closed on Mondays in Lahore in the hope that a three-day weekend will help reduce toxic levels of smog in the country’s second-largest city

“Last week, the air quality index in the city of about 12 million people was ranked at 348, much above the hazardous level of 300….”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/pakistan-orders-monday-closure-of-schools-and-offices-in-lahore-to-cut-smog


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A massive avalanche, triggered by a hanging glacier breaking, was reported in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul valley on Wednesday morning

Entire Himachal, including Lahaul valley, is reeling under dry weather conditions for many weeks now. People are enjoying sunny days.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/himachal-pradesh-glacier-breaks-in-lahaul-triggers-avalanche/articleshow/87905076.cms


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Video shows southern India under water after weeks of heavy rain.

“Heavy rains have been pounding southern India on and off for weeks. The latest spell has submerged highways and roads, while completely isolating some villages and blocking access to food and water.”

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/11/24/southern-india-rain-flood-sater-pkg-ovn-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/


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Record rainfall in Queensland’s Wide Bay signals the start of La Niña. The so-called Bundaberg dome has burst with the city set to record its wettest November since 1934.

“Localised flash flooding has cut roads, dams are overflowing, and parts of the Wide Bay Burnett have already received triple their monthly rainfall average.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/bundaberg-record-breaking-rain-weather/100647974


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Parts of New South Wales have already recorded their wettest November in more than 100 years as most of Australia is lashed with severe thunderstorms and a huge soaking of rain.

Orange in NSW’s Central Tablelands has seen its highest monthly rainfall since records began in 1870 with a total of 243.2mm [9.6 inches] recorded as of Tuesday…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10237241/Australia-weather-Wettest-November-150-years-NSW-pummeled-rain.html


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Fears Australia’s horrifying mouse plague could explode again – hammering another nail into the coffin for struggling farmers.

“Torrential rainfall and flooding will only dent mouse populations, not destroy them, and create ideal conditions for another plague.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10237055/Fears-Australias-horrifying-mouse-plague-explode-again.html


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Although it’s still November, unprecedented heavy snow is hitting Northern Japan’s Hokkaido.

77cm [30.3 inches] of snow fell in 24 hours (Tue-Wed) in Shumarinai, making it the heaviest since records started in 1981.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1463426029603618818


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Drought conditions endanger Hawaii’s cattle industry.

“Hawaii cattle ranchers are feeling the heat as the drought persists. They say it’s forcing them to spend a lot more money and threatening their livelihood.”

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/drought-conditions-endanger-hawaiis-cattle-industry/


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Temperatures reached 90 degrees in Kahului on Saturday, tying the record set on the same day in 1957, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s the second time this month that Kahului has hit a heat record, after temperatures of 90 degrees on Nov. 10…”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2021/11/record-90-degree-heat-reached/


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San Francisco declared a water shortage emergency and is calling for a 10% reduction across its regional system

“”With California still experiencing devastating drought and the uncertainty around this rainy season, we need to make tough decisions that will ensure that our water source continues to be reliable and dependable for the future,” Mayor Breed said.”

https://www.kake.com/story/45282318/san-francisco-declares-a-water-shortage-emergency-and-urges-residents-to-cut-usage


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Southern California faces year’s worst fire threat amid Santa Ana wind event…

“November has been mostly dry and punctuated by several rounds of warm Santa Ana winds, which at times have brought record-breaking temperatures to the coast, quickly drying out vegetation and nearly erasing the benefits of earlier autumn rains.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/11/24/southern-california-santa-ana-fire/


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As winter approaches, Utah remains in drought, needing multiple years of heavy snowpack…

“The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map of Utah produced by the University of Nebraska shows that the entire state remains primarily in extreme drought conditions, even in the middle of November.”

https://www.abc4.com/weather/drought/as-winter-approaches-utah-remains-in-drought-needing-multiple-years-of-heavy-snowpack/


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Flood-hit British Columbia eyes cost of climate-proofing infrastructure…

“Upgrades would include building longer bridges and bigger culverts with wider drainage channels, putting roads on flatter slopes to avoid landslides and armoring slopes with vegetation and boulders…”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/flood-hit-british-columbia-eyes-cost-climate-proofing-infrastructure-2021-11-24/


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Could take ‘days or weeks’ to fix flood-damaged parts of Cape Breton [eastern Canada]…

Incredible rainfall totals in Cape Breton. Widespread 100+ mm, with 200+ recorded in parts of Victoria county, including 279mm [11 inches] at Ingonish River! 150 to 170 mm in the Sydney region.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/flooding-cape-breton-guysborough-storm-1.6260477


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Fall foliage was disrupted by climate change. It might be the new normal

“…the Northeast, which is most famous for fall foliages, is warming faster than the rest of North America. From Vermont to North Carolina, fall foliage appeared behind schedule this year—continuing a long-term trend…”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/fall-foliage-disrupted-by-climate-change-might-be-new-normal


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After a hectic start to the Atlantic hurricane season, cyclone activity around the world has come to a sudden halt, leaving seas eerily silent and scientists stumped.

“For weeks, the oceans have been quiet and the tropics devoid of cyclones. Not one hurricane-strength storm has formed since October 29.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/no-hurricanes-for-first-time-in-65-years-as-cyclone-activity-stops-98phndpzx


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Climate crisis pushes albatross ‘divorce’ rates higher – study…

“Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener romantic pastures. But in the years with unusually warm water temperatures, that average consistently rose, with up to 8% of couples splitting up.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/24/climate-crisis-pushes-albatross-divorce-rates-higher-study


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