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Last year was the world's wettest on record. And it ties with 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began. Beside the floods we're seeing in Queensland, there's flooding now in Brazil that has killed at least 430 people. There've been massive recent floods in Pakistan, California and Tennessee. Russia saw a record breaking summer heatwave and there were snowstorms across US and Europe. This is what climate change looks like.
Experts say Queensland's flood disaster is the result of a La Nina weather pattern and global warming. The El Nina effect results in higher sea temperatures and heavy rain.
When people are directly affected by something, when they feel things personally, they act. So while I was at the shop the other day and every shop-keeper mentioned the tragedy my comment is also about climate change. "This is what climate change looks like."
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