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Five ways El Niño is wreaking havoc in South America

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: An exceptionally strong El Niño event, combined with climate change, is causing widespread environmental and societal impacts across South America
• The article highlights 5 instances of El Nino’s impact across multiple regions of South America: a dengue outbreak amid heat waves in Peru, en masse deaths of Amazon river dolphins, devastating fires in Chile affecting communities, and drought hitting Bolivia 

🔭 The context: El Niño, characterized by the unusual warming of Pacific Ocean waters, alters global weather patterns, exacerbating extreme weather events

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The combination of El Niño and global warming highlights the urgent need for climate action
• The impacts on South America's environment, wildlife, and human populations underscore the increasing vulnerability of ecosystems and communities to climate-related disasters

⏭️ What's next: The ongoing and potential future impacts of El Niño events call for enhanced global efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to its inevitable effects
• Strengthening resilience in vulnerable regions is crucial to prevent further loss of life, biodiversity, and infrastructure

💬 One quote: "We have made it worse with climate change," (Mark Cane, a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, emphasizing the human contribution to the severity of current climate phenomena)

📈 One stat: Over 270,000 cases of dengue were reported in Peru during its largest outbreak on record, attributed to favorable conditions for mosquito breeding created by El Niño-induced weather patterns

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