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Record snowfall in Patagonia bury livestock alive

Historic snowfall could destroy sheep farming in the area for years. Five feet (1½ m) of snow and temperatures around 20 degrees below zero.
Can you imagine even trying to walk through snow up to your chin?

This climate combo, which has been taking place for 20 days in the region, left livestock farming in a critical state and led to the Rio Negro government this week declaring a state of Emergency and / or Agricultural Disaster in 6 departments of the western province.
Heavy Snowfall
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In the departments of Bariloche, El Cuy, Ñorquinco and Pilcaniyeu were hit by "extraordinary snowfall" that "have caused damage" in rural livestock farms in the area, leading to a crisis for many sheep farmers and other productions in Patagonia and the south of the country.

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Lightning claims 10 lives in a day across Bihar, India

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The separate lightning incidents claimed 10 lives at different places in Bihar on Thursday.

According to reports pouring in here from different districts 5 people died due to lightning in Jamui, three in Sheikhpura and one each in Aurangabad and Begusarai during the day.

Meanwhile expressing deep sorrow over the lightning incident the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the authorities to pay an exgratia of rupees 4 lakh to the kith of those killed in the incident.


Flash floods doubled in Western Himalayan rivers between 1980-2003

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Flash flood events in the Western Himalayan rivers doubled between 1980-2003 due to increases in extreme rainfall, according to a new study.

The findings provide the first observational evidence of increases in "extreme streamflow" in the rivers of this highly vulnerable region, and highlight an urgent need for a real-time flood-forecasting system for the area, the study said.

Floodplain zoning to regulate construction should also be considered, researchers added. Around 17 million people live in this region.

Although the data analysis does not cover recent years, the frequent floods over the past decade suggest the findings are representative, said Subimal Ghosh, study co-author and professor at IIT Bombay. There have been floods almost every other year in the past decade in the Western Himalayan states, including in Uttarakhand in 2013 and Jammu and Kashmir in 2018.


A sizable earthquake just hit Los Angeles, and the clock is ticking for the West Coast of the United States

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Every time the west coast shakes, it is another reminder that a day of reckoning is fast approaching. Someday time will run out and "the Big One" will finally strike, and the devastation will be far more immense than most people would dare to imagine. Over the last 7 days, there have been 1,957 earthquakes in California and Nevada, but the one that everyone is talking about is the magnitude 4.2 earthquake that just shook up Los Angeles. According to ABC News, this quake was large enough to trigger "alerts from the state's new quake warning system"...
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake gave the Los Angeles region a predawn wake-up call Thursday, triggering local alerts from the state's new quake warning system but resulting in no reports of significant damage.

The 4:29 a.m. jolt was centered in the northern San Fernando Valley and occurred at a depth of 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Dozens of aftershocks followed.

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Bangladeshi floods continue unabated, 129 dead, 5 million affected

Flood-affected people get on a boat
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Flood-affected people get on a boat to cross a stream in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, July 18, 2020
Floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water from hills have continued unabated in parts of Bangladesh, leaving a trail of death, misery and destruction in their wake.

The ongoing floods caused widespread damage to habitation, crops, roads and highways across vast swathes of the country.

According to the daily disaster situation report by the country's National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, 5,097,424 people were affected due to floods in 31 out of the country's total 64 districts as of Thursday.

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Summer storms cause destruction and flooding in Medina, Saudi Arabia

Strong winds destroy cars and planes, and causes floods in Medina, Saudi Arabia. July 30, 2020.

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Violent hailstorms hit Slovenia

Violent storms with strong winds, downpours and hail hit Slovenia Wednesday evening, causing huge damage and disruption across central, eastern, northeastern and southeastern Slovenia.

Several hundred firefighter units were dispatched to over 500 locations across the country to pump water from houses, patch up roofs, divert torrents and clear fallen trees and debris from roads, the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration said.

The biggest damage was sustained by the area of Domžale about 15 kilometres north-east of Ljubljana, which was battered by hail the size of an egg for more than half an hour. Other parts of the country experienced landslides and flooding and power outages.

The state of the damage in Domžale was inspected on the ground by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek, who said more than 390 buildings had been damaged there. Deputy Mayor Renata Kosec put the damage estimate at around EUR 2.5 million.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Beijing July snow, gold scarcity & unusual Arctic events

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Summer snow in Beijing shocks the country as the worst flooding in 400 years submerges the central crop growing and grain storage areas, leading to a food crisis inbound.

U.S Mint reduces to almost nothing available sales of gold and silver and the 2nd lowest pressure reading for a cyclonic low in the Arctic ever recorded. The cosmic egg and dragon streamers return.


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Couple killed by lightning strike in Myanmar (Burma) - 62 such fatalities in first 5 months of 2020

Most of the victims were farmers who were struck while out in the fields, or fishing in rivers or creeks.

Most of the victims were farmers who were struck while out in the fields, or fishing in rivers or creeks.
A couple, who were the caretakers of a cable car at a mountain resort in Kayin state, were found dead after they were allegedly struck by lightning.

According to reports in the Myanmar Times, rescuer U Yu Waing said the couple were found dead outside the cable car depot in Mount Zwekabin in Hpa-an township.

He said the woman was five months' pregnant and was found with blisters on her hands.

The victims were discovered by workers from the cable car depot. They were found several metres apart.


Decline of bees, other pollinators threatens US crop yields

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Largest study of its kind highlights risk to global food security

Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by a lack of pollinators, according to Rutgers-led research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date.

Most of the world's crops depend on honeybees and wild bees for pollination, so declines in both managed and wild bee populations raise concerns about food security, notes the study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

"We found that many crops are pollination-limited, meaning crop production would be higher if crop flowers received more pollination. We also found that honey bees and wild bees provided similar amounts of pollination overall," said senior author Rachael Winfree, a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. "Managing habitat for native bee species and/or stocking more honey bees would boost pollination levels and could increase crop production."