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‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists WT24 Desk The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic, The Guardian reports. The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as ...

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Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico’s Guadalajara

At least six neighbourhoods woke to find their streets covered in ice pellets up to two metres deep WT24 Desk A freak hail storm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, burying vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two metres deep, AFP reports. “I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” said the state governor, Enrique ...

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Bonn climate meeting fails to address threat of 1.5 degree C warming

A scientific and technological body of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took note of Saudi Arabia’s dissent and concluded that its engagement with the 1.5 degree is complete. WT24 Desk Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC’s) “Global Warming of 1.5 degree C” report was once again debated at the Bonn climate meeting and its science allegedly questioned ...

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France on red alert as heatwave is forecast to reach record 45C

Hundreds of schools are closed and pools and air-conditioned museums open for free WT24 Desk France is braced for record-breaking temperatures in the south, and two people have died in Spain, as Europe continues to face a sweltering heatwave, The Guardian reports. Four départements in southern France were placed on emergency red alert on Friday, the first time the measure has covered such ...

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Lightning strikes kill 5 in Satkhira

Victims include 3 members of the same family WT24 Desk Four people, including three members of a family, were killed by lightning strikes in Kaliganj and Ashashuni upazila of Satkhira on Friday, Agencies report. In Kaliganj upazila, three members of a family were killed when a thunderbolt struck at Garaimahal village around 10:00am, said Rajib Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police ...

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Europe heatwave: cities take steps to limit effects of record temperatures

Germany imposes speed limits on highways while schools in France remain closed WT24 Desk European cities are taking exceptional steps to limit the impact of a historic early summer heatwave as temperatures across the continent approached monthly and, in some places, all-time records, The Guardian reports. Authorities have warned that temperatures could pass 40C and reach 45C in parts of the ...

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7.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami threat

That quake hit about 240 kilometres (150 miles) west of the town of Abepura in Papua province, at a relatively shallow depth of 21 kilometres, according to the USGS. WT24 Desk A powerful 7.3 magnitude quake struck a remote part of eastern Indonesia on Monday and was felt as far away as the holiday island of Bali and northern Australia, ...

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