Major Climate Stories Of 2019: From Record-Breaking Temperatures To Mass Protests | NBC News NOW

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It'S been a year for the climate, a year of record highs and record lows from frances heat waves to the california wildfires. Let'S jump right in here are the top moments in climate for 2019, a polar vortex at the beginning of the year brought some of the lowest temperatures to the united states, his midwest and eastern canada. Those temperatures left a number of people dead in march cyclone aid. ...
tore through southeastern africa countries like mozambique, zimbabwe, malawi, the cyclone killed over a thousand people and displaced over 600,000 others. It was one of the deadliest storms to ever hit the southern hemisphere. In april, the world became more familiar with extinction, rebellion, a social andpolitical movement that protests the state of the climate and also the loss of biodiversity. In london they protested for 11 days straight blocking thousands of roads, organizing eye catching demonstrations and even gluing themselves to london stock exchange. In may, the united states saw record flooding for parts of the midwest culminating in some of the longest lasting floods in some parts of the mississippi. In june, france hit a national record high temperature of 45 point 9 degrees celsius, that's 113 degrees, fahrenheit nearly two degrees. Above its previous high and france wasn't alone, other countries also hit record high temperatures. In june belgium, the uk, the netherlands, even helsinki in india, 290 people died from a heatwave that reached near record highs. Temperatures reached above 120 degrees, while the summer heat wave impacted.

So many countries, it also impacted greenland, furthering a massive ice melt in july. In august, for example, 11 billion tons of surface ice melted from greenland's ice sheet in 24 hours alone. Between 2018 and 2019, scientists estimate that the greenland ice sheet lost a net total of three hundred and twenty-nine billion tons on a different continent, but still in august, typhoon lucuma ravaged china, leaving more than 40 people dead, billions of dollars in damages and and millions to Evacuate in september, hurricane durian tore through the bahamas. It'S now the most intense tropical cyclone ever to hit the countryin october. The kincaid fire in sonoma county became the largest fire of the year. It earned roughly eighty thousand acres, which is twice the size of san francisco. In november, more fires, this time in australia, where bush fires have scorched millions of acres across the country, and that has left several people dead, including volunteer firefighters. Those bush fires which continue today are further fueled by heat and in december, australia saw its hottest day on record also in december time magazine named their person of the year greta thundered she's, the youngest person ever to be recognized. None of these disasters were without protest. More than a million students walked out of their classrooms in 120, countriesto demand action on climate change, the world both experienced and protested climate change in 2019. So it's unsurprising that climate strike was the word of the year chosen by colin's dictionary in 2019, and if things don't change soon, we could see more and more years that look like 2019, hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking On that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch, the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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