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New Zealand is headed for its warmest winter on record

New Zealand is headed for its warmest winter on record

This sort of specific reporting in New Zealand is very rare and when it comes out is hard to find and is not usually in the top headlines Mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Fiordland shocks scientists For the first time there has been a mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Aotearoa, raising alarm about the impact climate change is having on marine ecosystems. A healthy, unbleached native sea sponge (left) and a bleached sea sponge (right). Photo: Dr Valerio…

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Thousands, devastated by NSW floods are waiting for expected government payouts

Thousands, devastated by NSW floods are waiting for expected government payouts

Word on the grape vine is that the past mayor of Lismore signed up the area to be a smart city. So  Lismore is the role  model displaying how  to convert a regional town to a smart city.  4 schools out of operation and a church not repaired. Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed in devastating floods are still waiting for promised government payouts with only a TINY number paid out months later’ Thousands of families whose homes destroyed…

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Surface temperature tops 60°C in India?

Surface temperature tops 60°C in India?

Excuse me if I express light skepticism. These are satellite figures. How accurate are they? When I asked the Met Service here in Wellington why my measured temperatures constantly differed from their reported temperatures the answer was they were based on a MODEL and largely reflected the EXPECTED temperatures. I wouldn’t mind betting that the measured land temperatures will be lower. 60C? I’m skeptical.  For what is worth this is not “spring”.Early May brings extremely hot temperatures. Surface temperature tops…

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Extreme weather: Wildfires in the US; extreme heat in India

Extreme weather: Wildfires in the US; extreme heat in India

Map Shows Wildfire Outbreak Sweeping Across US Amid Megadrought New data from NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) shows an outbreak of wildfires sweeping across the country.  FIRMS’ interactive map shows wildfire activity is expanding in the country’s Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions amid one of the worst megadroughts in 1,200 years.  National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) released an update Wednesday that said more than 3,700 wildland firefighters and personnel are assigned to eleven major fires.  “The Southwest area continues to…

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Floods in South Africa

Floods in South Africa

South Africa Deploys 10,000 Troops As “Flood Disasters” Leave Hundreds Dead South African authorities have “activated” 10,000 soldiers to help with emergency relief efforts in the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal Province after floods killed at least 443 people. KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala released a statement that six days of heavy rains, triggering “flood disasters” now “rank as being among the worst catastrophes to befall the province of KwaZulu-Natal in a long time.” He confirmed Monday, the death toll now stands at 443, adding that 63…

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Unvaxxed BANNED from helping flood victims

Unvaxxed BANNED from helping flood victims

https://www.rebelnews.com/watch_unvaccinated_volunteers_banned_from_helping_in_flood_disaster After a week of torrential rain and floods, the Wyong SES put out a call to the community through its Facebook page asking for volunteers to help fill sandbags for desperate residents. What’s being referred to as a ‘one in a thousand-year’ weather event has meant all hands on deck are called on to pitch in. Well, not quite. Adding to the grief for local SES operators was a decision by the NSW state government and SES leadership to…

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UNDERREPORTED: Catastrophic floods in Australia

UNDERREPORTED: Catastrophic floods in Australia

 I woke to the following this morning. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10587219/Sydney-weather-BOM-issues-evacuation-orders-rain-bomb-strikes.html So, I checked across NZ media – RNZ, Stuff, Newshub – NOTHING! You might think that what was happening across the Ditch was really important.  But then I checked the Australian media. Even in the Sydney Morning Herald it was not top of the headlines. There has been some coverage on Australian television. Lismore may not survive future floods Australians: THIS MAN NEEDS YOUR HELP RE: FLOODS; PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS VIDEO It…

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B.C. residents urged not to panic-buy as bare shelves fuel food security angst

B.C. residents urged not to panic-buy as bare shelves fuel food security angst

 Provincial leaders are urging British Columbians not to hoard food and groceries as disruptions to B.C.’s farm industry and supply chains from historic rain and flooding fuels angst amid consumers. Scenes of empty grocery store shelves in Hope, Chilliwack and the Okanagan prompted B.C. Premier John Horgan to issue calls to residents to refrain from panic-buying. B.C. residents urged not to panic-buy as bare shelves fuel food security angst Flooding has put pressure on B.C.’s dairy, chicken, and egg…

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