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Death Valley Posts 130-Degree Heat, Potentially Matching A Record High
The hottest place on Earth is as hot as it's ever been — at least in terms of recorded temperatures in modern times. Death Valley, Calif., recorded high temperatures of 130 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday and 129.4 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Those temperatures come as Death Valley and other areas in the Western United States continue to be blanketed by scorching heat. The Friday temperature matches 130 degrees recorded in August 2020.

Experts need to verify the 130-degree records from this year and last year, but if correct they would be the hottest temperatures reliably recorded on Earth.
Death Valley Hits 130 Degrees as Heat Wave Sweeps the West
The 130-Degree Fahrenheit Reading in Death Valley Ties for the Hottest Temperature Ever Reliably Recorded


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‘Catastrophe.’ Extreme heat cooks more than a billion shellfish alive on beaches
A deadly heat wave engulfing the Pacific Northwest and Canada has killed hundreds of people — and more than a billion shellfish cooked alive on scorching beaches, experts say.

“A mussel on the shore in some ways is like a toddler left in a car on a hot day,” Chris Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, told CBC News.

“They are stuck there until the parent comes back, or in this case, the tide comes back in, and there’s very little they can do,” Harley said.

Harley described smelling dead mussels, clams and sea stars before even reaching a beach near his home, CNN reported.

“I started having a look around just on my local beach and thought, ‘Oh, this, this can’t be good,’” he told the network. Harley described another nearby beach as a “catastrophe.”
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Flash floods cause travel chaos in parts of London

14 hours ago

Heavy rain has caused flash floods in various parts of London.

Cars have been submerged as roads filled with water while train services have also been cancelled.

Photos on social media showed parts of south-west London including Barnes, Raynes Park and Richmond had been affected, as had areas of north London including Golders Green and Highgate.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-57805391
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In California’s Interior, There’s No Escape From the Desperate Heat
by Maanvil Singh
July 10, 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... -heat-race

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(The Guardian) While coastal regions, including the Bay Area, will have been spared by cool marine air, California’s Central Valley – the state’s sprawling, agricultural innards – will have broiled.

Hotter, drier conditions also mean harder, and less work for the region’s hundreds of thousands of farm workers. This week, Jesús Zúñiga has been up at 3am, to get to the fields by 5am. “I pick tomatoes – which is one of the toughest jobs out here,” he said, showing off the thick calluses that have developed on his hands. For hours each day, the harsh valley sun bears down on his back as he hunches over the tomato vines. Once he’s collected 50 pounds of fruit, he sprints down the neat, irrigated rows, to dump buckets full of the fruit on to trucks. His harvest ends up in grocery stores as well as fast food restaurant chains.

On several days this week, temperatures reached dangerous highs by 10am. “So on these hot days we’re only able to work five or six hours, before we’d start to get sick,” he said. “But then, we only get paid for five or six hours.” At $14 an hour that isn’t enough to pay his rent and soaring electricity bills, or to support his family of five.

Farm workers die of heat at roughly 20 times the national rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But as the climate crisis triggers longer, hotter heatwaves, the risks for agricultural workers will rise, said Michelle Tigchelaar, a researcher at Stanford University. Based on climate models projecting a global temperature increase of 3.6F (2C) by 2050, Tigchelaar discovered that agricultural workers who currently labor through an average of 21 dangerously hot days a year will see that number nearly double over the next few decades.

In some parts of the Central Valley, the heat index through most of the summer will surpass what even healthy, young and well-hydrated workers could safely handle, according to the study, published last year. “These are the hidden costs of keeping our supermarkets and shops well-stocked,” she said.
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At least 21 dead in ‘catastrophic’ flooding in western Germany
Thu 15 Jul 2021

At least 21 people have died and dozens are missing or awaiting rescue from rooftops after heavy rain and floods caused buildings to collapse in the western German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North-Rhine Westphalia.

In the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Schuld, set in the Eifel mountain range, police said on Thursday morning they were searching for about 70 missing people following the collapse of six houses. At least eight people are confirmed to have died, officials said.

“There are dead people, there are missing people, and many who are still in danger”, said Rhineland-Palatinate’s state premier Malu Dreyer. “We have never seen a catastrophe like this,” the Social Democrat politician added. “It is truly devastating.”

A spokesperson for the Koblenz police told Reuters that an “unclear number” of people needed to be rescued from roofs.

“There are many places where fire brigades and rescue workers have been deployed. We do not yet have a very precise picture because rescue measures are continuing,” the spokesperson added.
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Time_Traveller wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:26 pm At least 21 dead in ‘catastrophic’ flooding in western Germany

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... in-germany

Death toll at 33 now.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57846200
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Major disaster in Germany - death toll now above 100.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57858829

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Germany floods: Huge 'sinkhole' emerges after quarry dam collapses causing landslide
16 JUL 2021

A huge sinkhole has formed after a quarry dam collapsed in Germany as Europe continues to be devastated by extreme weather.

Homes and part of a castle in Blessem, near Cologne, were destroyed after heavy rain saw the River Erft burst its banks before the quarry gave way on Friday.

Geographer Matthias Habel said the river rushed into the gravel pit which eventually could no longer withstand the water pressure.

The sinkhole is growing bigger with the erosion currently spanning over 300 metres.

It is understood several people have died as a result of the collapse, while the death toll for the ongoing floods across the country's western region has reached at least 110.
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So I've seen in some articles that the floods in Germany are unprecedented but looking at one of the rivers that was affected - the Ahr in this case - it appears that this river has had similar catastrophic flash flooding events in 1804 (widespread destruction) and 1910 (200+ dead). Seems that the collective memory and awareness of these events were not there or perhaps better flood planning in the area could've avoided the major loss of life we are seeing now. Hopefully, this causes a revision of the flood risk in these areas going forward as it appears the Ahr in particular is prone to catastrophic life-threatening flash floods every 110 years or so (and this could increase with climate change).
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