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CANADA – Too much rain in summer? Blame global warming.

Too little rain? Blame global warming.

Heck, even if there’s a chinook in January in southern Alberta, blame global warming.

Just ask actor Leonardo di Caprio.

It was no surprise then when a wildfire raged in the oilsands city of Fort McMurray, the first response from many was to blame global warming. But climate scientist Paul Roundy of the University at Albany in New York state says global warming wasn’t the main culprit in the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Instead, Roundy blames El Niño, a weather phenomenon that’s been around for ages.

El Niño events come every two to seven years, based on fluctuations in the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean around the equator. The latest event started early last summer and has been massive. “By some measures it was the strongest ever recorded,” Roundy says.

Il temuto virus Zika è arrivato in Europa. Come riporta Il Giornale citando fonti della sanità britanniche, tre cittadini inglesi, appena rientrati in patria dopo viaggi in Sud America e ai Caraibi, sono risultati affetti dalla malattia.

I turisti avrebbero contratto il virus con punture di insetto in Colombia, Suriname e Guyana. La sanità inglese ha voluto tuttavia puntualizzare che il virus Zika “non si trova in forma naturale” nelle isole britanniche e che “non si contagia direttamente da persona a persona”.