A hot, parched South America gets ready for more tragedy in El Nino’s next act

Source: theglobeandmail.com theglobeandmail.com

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As the climate phenomenon known as El Nino began to crank up the global thermostat last year, South America felt the heat. A series of searing temperature spikes hit Brazil. In November, a 23-year-old woman passed out at a Taylor Swift concert in Rio de Janeiro and subsequently died of heat exhaustion. A severe drought hit the Amazon basin, while in Bolivia, authorities in July declared a drought alert for Lake Titicaca, an 8,300-square-kilometre freshwater lake that sits high in the Andes Mountains. Scores of river dolphins washed up dead on the shores of Lake Tefe in Brazil, with researchers...