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(Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Worst drought in 90 years and seawater intrusion in Mekong River delta destroy fruit, rice and sugar crops
BANGKOK, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An El Niño-induced drought in Vietnam has left 1 million people in urgent need of food assistance and 2 million people lacking access to drinking water, Europe's humanitarian aid agency said. The country's worst drought in 90 years coupled with seawater intrusion into the Mekong River delta have destroyed fruit, rice and sugar crops in the world's third-largest rice exporter after India and Thailand. ... read more

(Bloomberg) It's no longer a question of whether 2016 will be the hottest on record, but by how much. The El Niño warming pattern in the Pacific Ocean is over, but unprecedented heat remains across the planet. Last month was the hottest May in 137 years of record keeping, according to new reports from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In an age of rising temperatures, monthly heat records have become all too common: May was the 13th consecutive month to set a new record, according to NOAA data released on Wednesday. ... read more at Bloomberg.com

(blog.ucsusa.org) Dangerous Heat Wave to Grip the US: Top 10 Lessons to Survive Extreme Heat. - The US National Weather Service heat index forecast for June 18, 2016 looks scary. It indicates a dangerous situation that everyone who lives in the red areas in the map below should take steps to prepare for. I am not kidding. Extreme heat can be life threatening if not taken seriously .. read more ...

(WEForum.org) The last time the atmosphere held as much carbon dioxide as it does today was about three million years ago – a time when sea levels were 10-30 meters higher than they are now. Climate models have long struggled to duplicate those large fluctuations in sea levels – until now. Indeed, for the first time, a high-quality model of Antarctic ice and climate has been able to simulate these large swings. That is smart science, but it brings devastating news. ... read this article at Weforum.org

(WashingtonPost) It was such a different time — and yet, the message was so similar. Thirty years ago, on June 10 and 11 of 1986, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works commenced two days of hearings, convened by Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.), on the subject of “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change.” ... read more at Washington Post

(Mashable.com) Another month, another shattered global temperature record. According to preliminary readings from NASA, May 2016 was the warmest such month on record for the planet, dating back to 1880. Global average surface temperatures were 0.93 degrees Celsius, or 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit, above average for the month, beating out the old record, which was set in May 2014. ... read more at mashable.com

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(Spiegel Online) Im kalten Norden Amerikas sprießen auf einmal Pflanzen. Ein Nasa-Bild zeigt die Entwicklung eindrücklich. Das nördlichste Amerika wird grüner. Teile der arktischen Tundra ähneln mittlerweile Landschaften in wärmeren Gefilden. "Der Trend zum Grün ist unzweifelhaft", sagt Nasa-Forscher Jeffrey Masek. ... Bild und Text bei Spiegel Online

(Boston Globe) Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization. ... read more at Boston Globe