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States across American west see hottest summer on record as climate crisis rages

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California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah faced historic heatwaves, which were made possible by human-caused global heating, a study found

California experienced its hottest summer on record this year as the climate crisis caused deadly heatwaves and intense wildfires in the state and across the American west.

Related: ‘Fire weather’: dangerous days now far more common in US west, study finds

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Hurricane Ida drowned 11 New Yorkers in their own homes. The climate crisis is here | Ross Barkan

By Bambam

New York and other major cities will need to spend billions of dollars fortifying themselves for extreme weather. Even neighborhoods above sea level aren’t safe

In New York City last week, more than three inches of rain fell in one hour, shattering all previous records. Busy streets and highways turned into rivers. The subway was inundated, temporarily shutting down. At least 13 people died, most of them drowning in basement apartments. The devastation brought back chilling memories of Superstorm Sandy, which flooded large swaths of the city 11 years ago.

The death and destruction that Hurricane Ida just inflicted on New York is a reminder that the climate crisis isn’t coming. It’s here. There will be more fierce hurricanes and flooding, the kind of weather events that can destabilize a society.

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‘We left it in God’s hands’: floods wreck Spanish seaside town

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Residents in Alcanar say they feel fortunate no lives were lost after intense rain caused heavy flooding

People in the town of Alcanar in north-east Spain have been assessing the damage caused to homes and businesses by flooding produced by intense rain that fell over large areas of the country.

Residents said they were fortunate no lives had been lost when more than 250 litres of water per sq metre was dumped on the town between 12am and 6pm on Wednesday.

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Climate crisis likely creating extreme winter weather events, says report

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Arctic change increased chances of tightly spinning winds above North Pole, authors say, boosting chances of extreme weather

The climate crisis has not only been leaving deadly heatwaves and more destructive hurricanes in its wake, but also probably creating extreme winter weather events, according to a new report released on Thursday by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal Science.

Related: ‘Fire weather’: dangerous days now far more common in US west, study finds

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