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“[Yet more extreme weather for The Mediterranean] Cars carried away by floodwaters as month’s worth of rain pelts Malta. Flash floods carried away cars, collapsed walls and trapped motorists in their submerged vehicles after a month’s worth of rain fell in a matter of hours on Thursday.

“Police and army units were deployed as roads turned into rivers, leading to multiple water rescues and road closures throughout the day.”

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/cars-carried-away-by-floodwaters-as-heavy-rain-pelts-malta.917155


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Tornados, Landslides Hit Western Greece as Weather Front Moves East.

“Several parts of western Greece were hit by tornados, landslides and heavy rain on Friday, causing damage to buildings and flooding on many roads throughout the region.”

https://greekreporter.com/2021/11/26/tornados-landslides-hit-western-greece/


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Helicopter rescue evacuations as northern Spain floods.

“Heavy rainfall of over 150 mm [6 inches] in 24 hours caused severe northern Spain floods, prompting evacuations and dramatic rescues by helicopter. Emergency services had to evacuate 40 patients from a hospital in Arriondas in the Parres municipality due to the flooding.”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/11/26/helicoptor-rescue-evacuations-as-northern-spain-floods/


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A severe hailstorm disrupted operations at Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain on the morning of November 25, with flights completely stalled at one point, according to local reports.

“Hail also caused disruptions at other airports, according to weather information service El Tiempo.”

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/national/hailstorm-disrupts-operations-at-barcelona-airport/video/bcf9b16f91dd8b7624ada16ef4e09258


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Egypt: Sisi to Inspect Areas Damaged By Aswan Flash Floods.

“President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will inspect on Thursday areas damaged by the latest flash floods and storms in the Aswan Governorate, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202111250618.html


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Blowing the house down: life on the frontline of extreme weather in the Gambia.

“A storm took the roof off Binta Bah’s house before torrential rain destroyed her family’s belongings, as poverty combines with the climate crisis to wreak havoc on Africa’s smallest mainland country.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/26/blowing-the-house-down-life-on-the-frontline-of-extreme-weather-in-the-gambia


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Pics and videos: Serious HAILSTORM hits Klerksdorp, South Africa.

“A hailstorm is one thing, but a severe one during November is something else.

“Residents in Klerksdorp were puzzled as much as the rest of us.”

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/klerksdorp-pictures-and-videos-hailstorm/


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Uganda: Downpour Destroys Schools, Crops in Kwania, Alebtong.

“….gardens of cassava, maize, simsim and have been destroyed following the Sunday’s downpour.

“Mr Martin Etik, a resident of Too Pe yero Village, said the rain also killed domestic animals.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202111250550.html


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High fertiliser prices threaten food production amid drought worries.

“Food insecurity in the region —where several conflicts in the Horn of Africa, climate change and socio-economic conditions are already a cause for worry — is about to get worse as the global price of fertiliser soars.”

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/high-fertiliser-prices-threaten-food-production-3630640


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Cheetahs fast running to extinction as cub trade thrives in Africa.

“Every year an estimated 300 cheetah cubs are trafficked through Somaliland to wealthy buyers in the Middle East…” [Photos]

https://www.scmp.com/photos/today-photos/3157356/cheetahs-fast-running-extinction-cub-trade-thrives-africa


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Somalia’s president resigns two months’ salary to help fight the country’s drought crisis.

“The president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’, announced this Friday that he will resign his salary from November and December as a personal donation to contribute to the fight against devastating drought that is ravaging part of the country…”

https://marketresearchtelecast.com/somalias-president-resigns-two-months-salary-to-help-fight-the-countrys-drought-crisis/212909/


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Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people in a central Iranian city who were protesting to demand government action over a drought, media reported Friday.

“Some videos on social media appeared to show police and protesters clashing in the dry bed of the Zayandehrud River.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-police-fire-tear-gas-at-protesters-demanding-response-to-drought/


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India battles floods amid spike in extreme weather events. Unprecedented rain and flooding in southern India has led to substantial loss of life and property.

“While experts say the disasters are linked to climate change, environmentalists are pushing for nature-based solutions.”

https://www.dw.com/en/india-battles-floods-amid-spike-in-extreme-weather-events/a-59932825


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Kerala surpasses 2018 tally, records heaviest rainfall in 6 decades.

“Heavy rainfall in catchment areas forced authorities to open the shutters of Idukki dam thrice (October 29, November 10 and November 14), a first of sorts since the arch dam was commissioned in 1973.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-surpasses-2018-tally-records-heaviest-rainfall-in-6-decades-101637868091890.html


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25 cm rain [9.8 inches] in 9 hours drowns Thoothukudi.

“Thoothukudi received a whopping 25 cm of rain within just nine hours on Thursday, forcing weather officials to issue a red alert to the district. The incessant rains left the district reeling with an average rainfall of 9.1 cm between 6 am and 5 pm.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/nov/26/25-cm-rain-in-9-hours-drowns-thoothukudi-2388269.html


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Permafrost on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) undergoes significant thawing and degradation under climate warming.

“Ground deformation is a key indicator of permafrost degradation, which can be quantified via the advanced multi-temporal Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-radar-remote-reveals-magnitudes-patterns.html


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Central Queensland [Australia] residents flee rising floodwaters for the second time in eight months.

“For the second time in eight months, Clive Nesbitt has lost everything… In the past 48 hours, an average of 150 millimetres [6 inches] fell throughout the catchment, but falls of up to 270mm [10.6 inches] were recorded near Theresa Creek.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-26/emergency-flooding-overnight-gemfields-central-qld/100652422


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Warnings of flash flooding in Brisbane, Sydney as ‘relentless’ rain continues.

“Australia’s east coast is being battered by a weather system stretching across four states as the November deluge continues… Residents in parts of both states could be cut off, with more than 100 roads already swallowed by rising waters in Queensland.”

https://www.9news.com.au/wild-weather/nsw-queensland-floods-updates-warnings-in-place-heavy-rain-to-continue-eastern-australia/89dd267e-03e4-4e98-8f9d-3e9e9baeff11


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Devastating drought threatens Brazil exports…

“Recurring drought, regular power outages and a devastated farming industry — these are the problems scientists say Brazil could face as research suggests the rainforest-rich country is drying out at an alarming rate.”

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/americas/2021-11-25-devastating-drought-threatens-brazil-exports/


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Vaquitas: What are the ‘smiling pandas’ of the sea and why are they going extinct?

“…A …narrow strip… between mainland Mexico and the peninsula of Baja California, is the only place vaquitas live. With their numbers drastically falling in recent years, vaquitas are now limited to the northwestern corner of the gulf.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/11/25/vaquitas-what-are-the-smiling-pandas-of-the-sea-and-why-are-they-going-extinct


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Thousands without power in Southern California as fierce winds fuel potential wildfire threat for 17 million people.

“More than 70,000 homes and businesses in Southern California lost power on Thanksgiving as the region battles dangerously dry conditions and high winds, with gusts topping 70 mph in some areas.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/26/weather/southern-california-wildfire-threat/index.html


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Arctic sea ice melt has driven an increase in “fire-favourable weather” across the western US over the past four decades, according to new research.

“The study, published in Nature Communications, finds that low Arctic sea ice levels during July to October have knock-on impacts in the atmosphere that push the jet stream northwards.”

https://www.carbonbrief.org/melting-arctic-sea-ice-linked-to-worsening-fire-hazards-in-western-us


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Unrelenting drought leaves millions who rely on Colorado River facing an uncertain future.

“The Colorado River is a critical resource for the western U.S. But a megadrought, one significantly exacerbated by climate change, is jeopardizing the river’s future and threatening to upend how its water is used and longstanding agreements between states.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/unrelenting-drought-leaves-millions-who-rely-on-colorado-river-facing-an-uncertain-future


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‘Atmospheric rivers’ threaten new floods in hard-hit Washington state.

“Flood watches were issued for much of western Washington state on Friday, as storms associated with multiple “atmospheric rivers” threatened parts of the US north-west that saw heavy damage from extreme weather earlier this month.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/26/atmospheric-rivers-floods-washington-state


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‘We have nowhere’: B.C. First Nations, rural residents say storm permanently changed the land…

““It moved rivers and moved hills and filled valleys and then created new valleys … That’s the magnitude of that storm,” said the elected chief of the Shackan First Nation.”

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/we-have-nowhere-b-c-first-nations-rural-residents-say-storm-permanently-changed-the-land


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Freezing rain wreaks havoc on roads in Edmonton region, several fatal collisions Thursday morning.

“A freezing rain warning was issued for about four hours on Thursday for the Edmonton region, as overnight rainfall turned to deadly ice on area roads and highways.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/8401499/edmonton-freezing-rain-warning-november-25/


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Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey flies in to Port aux Basques after record storm severs highway links in N.L…

Just over 165 millimetres [6.5 inches] of rain has fallen in Channel-Port aux Basques since Tuesday, setting records for the highest 24-hour rainfall total and highest two-day rainfall amount, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Rodney Barney.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-rain-storm-cleanup-1.6261967


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Scientists say climate change is to blame for Lake Michigan’s above average 52F water temperatures just weeks before annual freeze…

“Warn warmer water will worsen coastal erosion and kill marine life.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10246741/Scientists-blame-climate-change-warm-Lake-Michigan-just-weeks-freeze.html


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Latest first snow since 1889 falls at Albany International Airport [NY].

“The first snowflakes of the winter season were observed at Albany International Airport on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, making it the second-latest snowfall on record logged for Albany.”

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Frst-snowfall-at-Albany-International-Airport-16653913.php


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Hurricane-force winds greet hikers atop Grandfather Mountain in NC, videos show.

““Winds continue to wreak havoc on the outer ridgeline of Grandfather Mountain this morning,” Fisher posted on Twitter. “Peak gust so far is 102.1 mph.”

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article256132677.html


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Storm Arwen: winds reach almost 100mph as wild weather batters UK.

“The UK has felt the full force of Storm Arwen with gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battering some areas, leaving one man dead, buildings damaged and trees blown down in the ferocious winds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/27/storm-arwen-winds-reach-almost-100mph-as-wild-weather-batters-uk


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Scandinavia’s Wine Scene Is Growing, Partially Due to Climate Change.

“In the last 10 years alone, the number of vineyards in Denmark has more than doubled to over 100. The trend is picking up across Scandinavian borders, too: Sweden has grown to 40 vineyards…”

https://www.cntraveler.com/story/scandinavias-wine-scene-is-growing-partially-due-to-climate-change


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France’s Burgundy winemakers agree on one thing: 2021 was about as catastrophic a year as any of them can remember.

“It was in April that disaster struck. Even as the delicate buds of their vines were burgeoning, the weather forecasts warned of a sudden and unseasonable drop in temperatures.”

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/france-burgundy-wine-disaster-cmd/index.html


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‘Lost’ Siberian tiger is spotted 800 miles north of its normal habitat by Russian residents of the ‘coldest permanently inhabited’ region in the world

“It is the first time the endangered Amur tigers – the world’s largest cats – have been seen in this region in half a century, and the latest account of an animal venturing far from its normal home in Siberia.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10246501/Siberian-tiger-spotted-800-miles-north-normal-habitat-Russian-residents.html


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Climate tipping points: The Arctic is a bellwether for irreversible change…

“The term “tipping point” is often applied to a moment of critical change in human history. In ecology, tipping points describe small changes that, over time, force an irreversible change.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/583115-climate-tipping-points-the-arctic-is-a-bellwether-for-irreversible


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