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Propaganda alert: BBC highlights US heatwave story but buries 'Junuary' winter storm story

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© Timberline LodgeTimberline Lodge webcams, located on Mt. Hood, Oregon, capture fresh snowfall on June 16th, 2024.
The BBC has a story today about the heatwave in May and early June the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Apparently, a report by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) group has claimed that climate change made the heatwave 35 times more likely, though exactly what that means goes unexplained.
The World Weather Attribution (WWA) group studied excess heat between May and early June, when the U.S. heatwave was concentrated in south-west states including California, Nevada and Arizona.

Extreme temperatures in Mexico also claimed lives during the period.

Such attribution studies take some time to complete, so it is too soon for scientists to say how much of a role climate change is playing in the current heatwave stretching from the centre of the U.S. through to the north-east and into Canada.

In their new report, the scientists said such a heatwave was now four times more likely than it was in the year 2000, driven by planet-warming emissions.

Many extreme weather events including heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change, experts say.

"The results of our study should be taken as another warning that our climate is heating to dangerous levels," said Izidine Pinto, Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.

"Potentially deadly and record-breaking temperatures are occurring more and more frequently in the U.S., Mexico and Central America due to climate change.

"As long as humans fill the atmosphere with fossil fuel emissions, the heat will only get worse - vulnerable people will continue to die and the cost of living will continue to increase."

The WWA study focused on a region including the US south-west and Mexico, as well as Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras which also saw dangerously high temperatures.

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Comment: Wide temperature swings are one sign that base-line weather patterns forcasters have relied on for over a century are becoming deranged. This increasing chaos in the system is seen by some as the precursor to another Ice Age.


Woman mauled to death by four pit bulls in Free State, South Africa

A 42-year-old man has been arrested after a 28-year-old woman was attacked and killed by four pit bulls in Namibia Square, Free State, on Monday.

The woman was visiting the man, who is her boyfriend, and had been left alone when the dogs attacked in the yard of the property.

In a video taken through a fence, four pit bulls can be seen mauling the woman who was lying face down on the ground. People can be heard screaming. The footage is too graphic to be published.

According to the police, he was arrested at about 9pm on Tuesday at his home under the Animal Matters Amendment Act.

Comment: See also: Woman dies after being mauled by two pit bulls in Limpopo, South Africa - 7th such fatality for the country within 7 weeks


Shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake kills four, injures 120 in northeastern Iran

At least four people were killed and 120 injured Tuesday in a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Iran's northeastern city of Kashmar, state media reported.

The quake struck at 1:24 pm (0954 GMT), Kashmar's governor, Hajatollah Shariatmadari, who gave the casualty toll, said on state television.

Thirty-five people were hospitalised, he said, adding the quake damaged mostly dilapidated buildings in urban and rural areas of the city.

State television aired footage of the aftermath of the quake showing first responders working in a street where all buildings were reduced to rubble.

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Deadly landslide in Cox's Bazar refugee camps kills 10 amid heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh

At least ten refugees were killed on Wednesday when their makeshift shelters collapsed during the most recent landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

The deluge has caused widespread flash floods and landslides, severely impacting refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

Initial reports indicate that approximately 7,794 refugees across 33 camps have been affected. An estimated 1,191 shelters have been damaged or destroyed, along with critical infrastructure such as learning centers, health facilities, mosques, latrines, water points, and bathing cubicles.

Since early morning, partners and refugee volunteers have been assisting families in relocating to safer shelters and communal facilities until the floodwaters recede.

Comment: Related: 500,000 stranded in Bangladesh after rain-triggered flooding


Police inquiries continue after baby killed by family dog in Coventry, UK

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Police investigations are continuing into the death of a baby girl who was attacked by the family's pet dog.

The seven-month-old died after being bitten on the head by the animal in Coventry on Sunday, although its breed has yet to be confirmed by West Midlands Police.

The force said on Wednesday, however, the breed was not classed as dangerous, adding the dog had been humanely destroyed.

Police have been contacted by the BBC for an update on the inquiry.


Tropical Storm Alberto brings flooding rains and ocean surge to Texas

The first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday morning as it slowly progressed toward the coast of northeast Mexico into the evening. The developing storm was pushing ashore both heavy rains and, in some coastal communities, a significant ocean surge.

The storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico on Thursday morning while its effects will be felt as far north as coastal Louisiana.

It's the United States' first taste of tropical trouble, but experts are calling for a long, busy season with many more threats on the way.

The storm's most significant impact so far has been its surge, or storm-driven rise in ocean waters above normally dry land at the coast. Social media video showed water inundating coastal communities, including Surfside Beach to the south of Galveston, flowing over roads and underneath elevated homes while overwhelming storm drains.

Comment: Also noted was a waterspout off Jamaica Beach:


Two fatal elephant attacks recorded in Namibia

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) this week expressed deep sorrow following two separate fatal elephant attacks on 17 June within the country.

The first incident involved the tragic death of Gert Van der Walt, a renowned professional hunter, during a hunting expedition.

The ministry identified the elephant involved as a problem-causing animal and issued a trophy hunting permit accordingly.

Van der Walt, known for his adherence to hunting ethics and his pivotal role in resolving human-wildlife conflicts, was highly respected within the conservation community.


Infant dies in stray dog attack in Telangana, India

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A newborn boy died following an attack by stray dogs at Madipalli village of Thorrur mandal in the district on Tuesday.

A couple, D Venkanna and Renuka, along with their 42-day-old son had reached Renuka's maternal home at the village two days ago.

On Monday, Renuka made the child lie on a cot outside the house after feeding him and went into the house on a task. A few stray dogs then attacked the boy biting his ears and head causing bleeding injuries.

Hearing the child crying, Renuka rushed outside and drove the dogs away.

The child was rushed to MGM Hospital in Warangal, where he died early on Tuesday while undergoing treatment.

A pall of gloom descended on the village following the incident.

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5 die in landslide in Assam, India - flood situation worsens in state with over 30 killed

The heavy rain in northeastern states has worsened the flood situation in Assam where more than 161,000 people have been affected in 15 districts. The heavy rain also caused a landslide in the Badarpur area of Karimganj district in which five people including a woman and her three daughters as well as a three-year-old boy were killed.

The landslide took place in Gainachora village on Tuesday night. The landslide deaths bring the total number of deaths in Assam to over 30 since Cyclone Remal made landfall in the state in May.

"Last night at about 12.45 am, information was received about a landslide in the Gainachora (Bendargool) village area under the Badarpur police station. Upon receiving the information, the officer-in-charge of Badarpur police station, along with his staff and SDRF personnel, rushed to the spot and carried out a rescue operation. After three hours, the rescue team recovered five bodies from the debris," said Mr Partha Protim Das, Superintendent of Police for Karimganj district.


It's almost summer, but that didn't stop the snow from falling in western Canada

A June snowfall might be a shock to some, but its not all bad news. The Weather Network's Connor O'Donovan has more.