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    Things look bad with all-time high temps in parts of Europe especially where most homes don't have air conditioning. Here in North Dakota our summers have been getting more humid over the decades. My childhood home only had a wall air conditioner that was probably used 7-10 days per year at the most. Now that the low temps are warmer due to the higher humidity I've only had the air conditioner off 2-3 days in the last 6 weeks.

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    over 40 degrees celsius in UK yesterday, terrible heat for us.
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      #3
      The US isn't faring any better, with half the country, including Alaska experiencing severe heat.

      I understand that Siberia has hundreds of unchecked wildfires.

      And the ice in northern Greenland is melting.

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        #4
        Surprisingly, given the record heat in places like the UK that typically don't experience bad heat, at least parts of the midwestern US that normally get miserable, like Illinois where I live, are not doing that badly at the moment. It was about 90°F today (32°C) and is going to get up close to 100°F (38°C) by Saturday. At least today, the humidity wasn't all that bad, and it's what usually makes it miserable. After this week, we are supposed to start getting rain again, which is good, because it got rather sparse recently and parts of my lawn died (and parts of everyone else's, too). We don't have much in the way of forests locally, so we don't have to worry about forest fires, but if the corn fields start catching on fire, well then we'll be in a world of hurt.

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          #5
          Climate change can be quite puzzlin'. We are expectin' our 4th La Nina weather event soon. Massive rivers of moisture comin' off the Pacific and rollin' down the East coast causin' floodin' and beach erosion. All because more moisture is bein' drawn up from the ocean by global warmin'. So hotter summers and more rain for the driest continent.

          We lost 3 billion birds and animals in the Black Summer bushfires 2 years ago. That was the canary in the coalmine for me. Sydney had the worst air ratin'in the world. Worse than Delhi or Beijing.

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            #6
            Pearl Jam Cancels Concert After Wildfire Smoke Damages Eddie Vedder's Voice
            "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

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              #7
              Here in the central flyway which is the main migration path for birds in North America between Canada and Mexico/Central America, it seems like we have way fewer songbirds than just a few years ago. Some of that could be due to one hawk species moving in, but I haven't seen one of those hawks in years either. It's the same with monarch butterflies and dragonflies that used to be common in the summer months and now it's surprising to se one at all.

              Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
              Climate change can be quite puzzlin'. We are expectin' our 4th La Nina weather event soon. Massive rivers of moisture comin' off the Pacific and rollin' down the East coast causin' floodin' and beach erosion. All because more moisture is bein' drawn up from the ocean by global warmin'. So hotter summers and more rain for the driest continent.

              We lost 3 billion birds and animals in the Black Summer bushfires 2 years ago. That was the canary in the coalmine for me. Sydney had the worst air ratin'in the world. Worse than Delhi or Beijing.

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                #8
                Originally posted by hammerhead View Post
                Here in the central flyway which is the main migration path for birds in North America between Canada and Mexico/Central America, it seems like we have way fewer songbirds than just a few years ago. Some of that could be due to one hawk species moving in, but I haven't seen one of those hawks in years either. It's the same with monarch butterflies and dragonflies that used to be common in the summer months and now it's surprising to se one at all.


                Yeah. The Climate changes, and territories of animals move. It can also instigate a rescheduling of migration.

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                  #9
                  Monarch butterflies added to international endangered species list today, they were on Canada’s list since 2016.

                  https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/mona...list-1.6527309

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Khatrooper View Post
                    Monarch butterflies added to international endangered species list today, they were on Canada’s list since 2016.

                    https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/mona...list-1.6527309
                    I saw that earlier today! Very sad. I have a butterfly garden in my front year and haven't seen a single butterfly yet this year. A few years back, one day I counted almost two dozen caterpillars on the milkweed.

                    Some much better news today is that there are more tigers than they thought (apparently a more accurate count or estimate) and their populations seem stable for the moment. 🐯

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Olorin View Post

                      Some much better news today is that there are more tigers than they thought (apparently a more accurate count or estimate) and their populations seem stable for the moment. 🐯

                      Aren't the most tigers in Texas?

                      Butterflies and tigers? Isn't the latest Yes creature a combination of the two? See...


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post


                        Aren't the most tigers in Texas?
                        Apparently that has some slang meaning of which I’m not aware….

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post


                          Aren't the most tigers in Texas?
                          No, that's Detroit. 😎
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                          My hovercraft is full of eels

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Olorin View Post

                            Apparently that has some slang meaning of which I’m not aware….
                            No slang. Mathematics. There is a larger number of Tigers in Texas and Florida private zoos than in all the jungles of India and South East Asia. 5,000 in the US to 3,900 in the wild. Ironically. It may be the savin' of the species. For more information there is a doco on the subject. Tiger King. 😝


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                              #15
                              Ah, you were being literal. Yeah, I’ve heard there are more in captivity. I’ve also heard, unfortunately, that since there’s no breeding registry, some of these big cats are sorrowfully very inbred and wouldn’t be good candidates for repopulating the species.

                              I’ve also heard that Tiger King is super-cringy, so I’ve never watched it.

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