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Why we’re seeing the worst locust invasion in decades and how Covid-19 exacerbates it | DW Analysis
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While Asia and Africa are battling their worst locust invasion in decades, the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could push tens of millions of people even into deeper poverty and hunger. Over 50 million people were already facing crisis-level food insecurity before the coronavirus pandemic began to spread. COVID-19 prevents farmers from offsetting crop losses by doing manual labor in cities because of curfews, restricted movement, and social distancing mandates.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQGn9Ts_YWI

East Africa is being destroyed by a huge swarm of locusts
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The biggest swarm of locusts for decades sweeps across East Africa. And it's threatening to wreak catastrophe on countries already struggling with food insecurity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dOD0LCa6Jg

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Scientists warn of a busy hurricane season as Tropical Storm Cristobal nears U.S. coast
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A recent study by scientist Jim Kossin found that tropical storms are 30% more likely to reach hurricane strength than they were just 40 years ago. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli reports on the relationship between these intense storms and climate change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx5ou21lIzk

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Massive Saharan dust cloud makes its way to U.S., while Arctic heat wave continues
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Even as states battle surges of coronavirus infections, some are preparing for a massive dust storm to hit in the next few days. And that's not the only unusual weather event occurring this week. Siberia is dealing with an intense heat wave, recording temperatures as high as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nZnxBP7Z1c

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Massive Siberia wildfires pose potential threat to climate worldwide
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Forest fires tearing through Siberia have experts worried about the potential long-term impacts on the planet. CBS News contributing meteorologist Jeff Berardelli joined "CBSN AM" with how the fires could increase the melting of the Arctic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g18NPYZccjk

Oil spills, wildfires, invasive insects… Siberia’s climate change vicious circle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS2E4FDusEQ

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Temperatures in the Artic Circle hit all-time high | DW News
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Temperatures in the Arctic Circle have hit an all-time record, with a town in Siberia reaching an unprecedented peak of 38 degrees Celsius over the weekend. This comes amid a record-breaking heat wave that's left the region scrambling to contain a spate of severe wildfire. Many locals have welcomed the development but to experts, Siberia’s unseasonably high temperatures are cause for concern.
Rising heat across the Arctic has led to widespread wildfires in the Sakha Republic, where Verkhoyansk is located. Local authorities say more than 275,000 hectares are burning. The heat wave is also causing permafrost, or permanently frozen soil, to thaw at a faster pace. In late May, the Arctic saw one of its worst environmental disasters in decades, when a fuel reservoir collapsed near Norilsk, spilling 21,000 tons of diesel into local rivers, an accident blamed in part on melting permafrost.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__ia85T_JXE

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Tropical Storm Edouard forms in far North Atlantic, enters the record books
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Edouard is the earliest fifth Atlantic named storm on record
https://www.foxnews.com/world/tropical-storm-edouard-atlantic-hurricane-season-history-formation-weather

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See why pink snow in Italy is concerning scientists
Scientists are studying the climate impact of the spread of algae that is turning snow pink in the Italian Alps.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbvokylQ-iA

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China, Japan hit by devastating floods, mudslides
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43C70EQkFTg

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The great death of insects | DW Documentary (ecology documentary)
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Insects are dying out and scientists and environmentalists are sounding the alarm. Our film team meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a bid to lay bare the causes of insect mortality.

Insects aren’t really likeable. They sting, bite, transmit diseases and frighten children. But, on the other hand, they are also fascinating: 480 million years ago, insects were the first animals to learn to fly, and they took over the Earth. Even now, they are fundamental to life on Earth, and are at the beginning of the food chain on which all human beings are ultimately dependent.
But insect numbers worldwide are dropping, creating a rupture of  the food chain. Environmentalists and scientists are now extremely worried. Landscape ecology professor Alexandra-Maria Klein from Freiburg, for example, has been researching the effects of human interventions in natural environments for decades and has launched an experiment in a fruit plantation on Lake Constance: What happens when insects disappear? An ominous silence is settling on places that were once humming and buzzing. Why are the insects dying? Author Christoph Würzburger takes a journey into the fascinating world of insects and meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a search for the causes of insect mortality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CidaOP7PA-o

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Florida Threatened By Permanent Flooding
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Miami and the state of Florida face the threat of permanent flooding over the next 20 years as a result of climate change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnmUfADZlQ

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Regions along China's longest river continue to battle historic floods
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Chinese authorities are making all-out efforts in rescue and relief work, as heavy rainfalls continue to wreak havoc in vast stretches of the country. Over 24 million people have been affected due to the unprecedented floods and landslides in 24 provincial regions of China.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn0JK54rq8M

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Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas as two other storms threaten Hawaii and the Caribbean
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Three separate storm systems are threatening the United States and the Caribbean this weekend.
They are Hurricane Hanna in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Douglas in the Pacific Ocean and Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/25/weather/us-caribbean-hurricane-tropical-storm/index.html

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Shocking Coastal Erosion in Wamberal, Australia
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Drone footage shows the shocking level of coastal erosion on beachfront homes in Wamberal, Australia. 2 homes have already collapsed and 18 at-risk homes have been evacuated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOLVkFRnONw

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Nearly one-third of Bangladesh affected by monsoon floods
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Nearly one-third of Bangladesh is currently affected by flooding, leaving two million people needing help. Many of those displaced are living in temporary shelters, while others are being forced to take refuge near highways or bridges. More than 100 people have died so far. Health officials say thousands have fallen victim to water-borne diseases. The government says it is prepared to deal with the situation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfiAiJpdv-E

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Canada's last intact Arctic ice shelf has collapsed
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The last fully intact ice shelf in Canada has collapsed into the Arctic Ocean. It took just a couple of days for the shelf to lose nearly half of its area, scientists said Friday, sending large ice islands out into the ocean.

The 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf, located at the edge of Ellesmere Island in the northern territory of Nunavut, collapsed at the end of last month, researchers announced this week. It lost 43% of its area in just two days.

"Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up," The Canadian Ice Service said.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/canada-last-intact-arctic-milne-ice-shelf-collapse-climate-change/