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Iraq yet again hit by increasingly frequent dust storms. Flights were grounded due to poor visibility at airports serving the capital Baghdad and the Shiite holy city of Najaf, with the phenomenon expected to continue into Monday, according to the weather service…

“Iraq was hammered by a series of such storms in April, grounding flights and leaving dozens hospitalised with respiratory problems.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220501-iraq-yet-again-hit-by-increasingly-frequent-dust-storms


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Accidents caused by floods kill 7 people in Iran.

“Valipour, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s Rescue and relief Organization said over the past days, it has been raining cats and dogs in 12 Iranian provinces, mainly in the northwest and west of the country, as well as in the central part of Semnan and Yazd provinces.”

https://ifpnews.com/accidents-caused-by-floods-kill-7-people-in-iran/


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The heat wave in Asia was exceptional also in the Central Asian Republics.

“Today 1 May both Turkmenistan (40.3C /104.5F) and Uzbekistan (40.0C) reached 40C. Also 37.4C in Tajikistan,35.5C in Kazakhstan and 31.3C in Siberian Russia. After a pause,next weekend will be similar.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1520791403634184193


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After India’s hottest March ever, average April max for NW, Central India hits 122-year high (ie also its hottest since record-keeping began).

“The average maximum temperature over Northwest and Central India for April this year has been the highest in the past 122 years, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data until April 28 show.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/heatwave-news-weather-update-average-max-temperature-in-april-for-northwest-central-india-highest-7894917/


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Heat to Scorch India’s Wheat Supplies, Adding Food-Shortage Worries to World.

“Soaring Temperatures …shrivelled India’s wheat crop during a crucial growth period. That’s spurring estimates that yields have slumped 10% to 50% this season…”

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/scorching-heat-in-india-to-deal-new-blow-to-global-wheat-supply


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75 days without rain: It’s driest March, April in 50 yrs [Punjab].

“K K Gill, weather expert at PAU’s School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, said this is after 52 years that there has been no rainfall in Ludhiana in last about 75 days. She said in the whole of April month, the maximum temperature has been 4 to 5 degrees more than normal…”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/75-days-without-rain-its-driest-march-april-in-50-yrs/articleshow/91223063.cms


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Uttarakhand has witnessed 30% uptick in forest fires this April compared to the corresponding month last year.

“Experts attributed the spike to the unprecedented heat wave this year, coupled with a prolonged dry spell… In April alone 1,137 incidents have been recorded in the state.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/may/02/warmer-april-triggers-uptick-in-forest-fires-in-uttarakhand-this-year-2448808.html


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In This Himachal Village, Debris From Flash Floods Has Made Half the Farmland Unusable.

“‘We have no role in disturbing the climate. We are living peacefully, away from the daily hustle and bustle of urban life. But it is us who are suffering disproportionately from the effects of the changing weather,’ says one villager.”

https://thewire.in/rights/himachal-pradesh-flash-floods-landslide-farmland-unusable


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Today 2 May is a historic day in Hong Kong. The Observatory dropped to 16.4C [61.5F] and Macao to 14.9C, for both it’s the coldest May day since 1917.

“The Chinese city of Guangzhou with 13.7C [56.7F] had its coldest May day in history. The cold air is moving into Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1521014122720210948


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Rains cause floods, landslides and a death in Rio de Janeiro.

“The rain gauges of INMET and Cemaden recorded volumes close to 200 mm [7.9 inches] in the 12-hour period in the metropolitan region of the capital of Rio de Janeiro. Almost double what is expected during the month of April.

https://www.tempo.com/noticias/actualidade/chuvas-provocam-inundacoes-deslizamento-e-uma-morte-no-rio-de-janeiro.html


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One person was found dead in a vehicle and several had to be rescued today after heavy rainfall led to massive flooding in Guadeloupe.

“The Prefecture de Guadeloupe reported that rainfall has exceeded 300mm [12 inches]… a phenomenon higher than that recorded during Cylcone Maria.

https://caribbean.loopnews.com/content/deadly-flooding-hits-guadeloupe


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Extremely hot starts May in Yucatan [Mexico]…

“In certain regions of the center, west and south of Yucatan, and in most of Campeche, the heat could even reach 45 degrees [113F]… All these weather conditions will not only generate a lot of humidity but the thermal sensation could even exceed 50 degrees.”

https://sipse.com/novedades-yucatan/pronostico-clima-yucatan-2022-mayo-1-merida-calor-423872.html


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Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it tore apart more than 1,000 homes and carved path of destruction 13 miles long.

“The Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground for 21 minutes Friday evening. Drone footage from the area shows the tornado’s whirlwinds demolishing everything in its path, including the roof of residential homes.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10772835/Kansas-tornado-generated-165-mph-winds-destroyed-homes.html


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Farming, producing prices rising, while extreme drought conditions plague Texas…

“According to Ronnie Schnell with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the acres are down and farmers are now paying more to produce with higher fertilizer prices… On top of the extreme drought plaguing the state, Schnell said it’s making producing much harder.”

https://www.ketk.com/news/texas/farming-producing-prices-rising-while-extreme-drought-conditions-plague-texas/


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‘Turning the dial up’: US south-west braces for extended wildfire season amid drastic drought.

“Climate change is taking a situation that would be bad for us normally,” says Gregg Garffin, a climatologist at the University of Arizona, “and turning the dial up.” Once confined to specific times of year, wildfire conditions are stretching across more months…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/01/us-new-mexico-drought-wildfire-southwest


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Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead.

“The water supply for Las Vegas has marked a milestone, with a water intake breaking the surface of drought-depleted Lake Mead and the activation of a new pumping facility to draw water from deeper in the crucial Colorado River reservoir.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/las-vegas-ap-colorado-river-lake-powell-new-mexico-b2069127.html


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Portland broke its record for the rainiest April in city history, getting drenched with at least 5.60 inches of rainfall by 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service…

This year’s April was a far cry from last year’s, when Portland got just 0.39 inches of rain, breaking the city’s record for the driest April in history, Rockey said.”

https://www.oregonlive.com/weather/2022/05/portland-breaks-record-for-rainiest-april-in-city-history.html


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A number of communities in Manitoba’s Interlake are dealing with flooding, crumbling roads and states of emergency after the third heavy rainfall in as many weeks.

“Over the weekend, Environment Canada recorded 40.6 millimetres of rain in Gimli, prompting the rural municipality to call a state of local emergency.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/interlake-manitoba-flooding-1.6437765


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Video shows helicopter fighting Corwen forest fire [North Wales] as operation may run into third day…

“The fire service said the initial call was received at about 2.30pm on April 30. Crews from Cerrigydrudion, Bala, Ruthin, Johnstown and Colwyn Bay are at the scene tackling the fire.”

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-firefighters-battle-corwen-forest-23833992


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Raw sewage ‘pumped into English bathing waters 25,000 times in 2021’.

“Untreated sewage was discharged into England’s coastal bathing waters for more than 160,000 hours last year, according to figures collated by the Liberal Democrats to mark the start of the summer sea-swimming season.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/02/untreated-sewage-discharge-england-coastal-bathing-waters-2021


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India’s UPL applies to flush toxic pesticides into South African sea.

“Indian agrochemicals manufacturer UPL Ltd has applied for permission to flush water contaminated by a toxic pesticides spill [caused by flooding disaster] in South Africa’s city of Durban directly into the sea or the sewerage system, the company said on Saturday.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/indias-upl-applies-flush-toxic-pesticides-into-south-african-sea-2022-04-30/


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The heat wave in Chad/Egypt is spreading NE.

“On 30th April the Israeli station of Sedom in the Dead Sea area (-388m) rose to 43.0C [109.4F],which is a new April record (prev. 42.5C 18 Apr 1993).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1520703137740468225


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Changing climate impacts biodiversity in protected areas globally.

“”As the planet continues to warm, we expect a number of species to move out of some protected areas and into others as they shift their ranges in response to climate change,” says lead-author Sean Parks, a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station…”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220430113706.htm


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Scientists Warn That Climate Change Could Spark the Next Major Pandemic.

“Researchers anticipate that as the earth’s temperature continues to warm, wild animals will be compelled to migrate their habitats – most likely to areas with dense human populations – drastically raising the danger of a viral jump to humans, which might lead to the next pandemic.”

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-warn-that-climate-change-could-spark-the-next-major-pandemic/


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