Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.

Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.
Stay current with what’s happening around the world with a quick scan of top news.

Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.
Stay current with what’s happening around the world with a quick scan of top news.

Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.
Stay current with what’s happening around the world with a quick scan of top news.

Daily updates on climate change and the global economy.
Stay current with what’s happening around the world with a quick scan of top news.

Global heatwaves
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“In the past two weeks, from California to Oman to Siberia, temperatures have soared, shattering records. Here’s just a small sample:

“Death Valley National Park, Calif.: 52 C (July 8)

Ouargla, Algeria: The highest reliable recorded temperature of 51 C (July 5)

Northern Siberia: Consecutive days with forecast above 30 C (July 9–16)

Chino, Calif.: Daytime record of 48.9 C (July 7)

Tajimi, Japan: Record-setting temperature of 40.7 (July 17)

“”This is unfortunately our new normal,” said Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.”


“”When night-time temperatures continue to be hot, when that heat just runs all the way through the night and onto the next day, we don’t get that recovery, and that’s when heat stress really starts to build up.” Research published in the International Journal of Climatology last year found night-time temperatures were increasing more rapidly than daytime temperatures.”


The global heatwave in pictures:


“Sweden has issued calls for emergency assistance from the European Union after wildfires broke out across the country during an extreme heatwave. Dozens of forest fires have swept the Nordic region, including in parts of the Arctic circle, prompting Stockholm to seek intervention from its neighbours to control the spread.”


“Denmark’s historic summer looks set to continue over the next few weeks, according to the national weather forecasters, DMI… the Danish agriculture sector is languishing in a drought that could end up costing the industry billions of kroner. “


“The longest heatwave Britain has experienced in 42 years saw just 47mm of rainfall between 1 June to 16 July. It makes it the driest start to summer on modern records.”


“High temperatures, low rainfall and an extremely dry summer have caused Swiss authorities to restrict water usage and raise wildfire alerts… In many eastern regions it has not rained for weeks. The dry summer has also seen wildfire warnings raised… Last month “was the driest June for over 100 years,” writes the Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology in its monthly report.”


“No fewer than 44 persons were feared dead and scores missing as flood wreaked havoc in 10 communities in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State [Nigeria] on Sunday night.”


“Eight people were killed and seven others are missing after heavy rain hit northwestern China’s Gansu Province on Wednesday evening, state media CCTV has said. In Dongxiang County, houses have been destroyed by the torrential flooding as nearly 114 millimetres of rain fell overnight.”


“A special report on the recent floods across China’s Sichuan province has uncovered an extraordinary story of resilience, discomfort, tragedy, and rapidly changing economic circumstances experienced by the the people who make up the world’s largest concentration of small-time bitcoin miners.”


“As floods hit major provinces of [Cambodia], the authorities are preparing for a new storm brewing in the South China Sea, officials said yesterday.”


“Vietnam has warned of floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains after tropical storm Son Tinh made landfall in northern coastal areas.”


“Newly formed Tropical Storm Ampil is set to strengthen as it tracks toward Japan’s Ryukyu Islands into the weekend. While currently churning over the open Pacific Ocean, Ampil will track north and then northwest through this weekend, putting areas from southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands to Taiwan and China on alert for potential impacts.”


“Rescuers in Tokyo responded to more than 3,000 emergency calls on Wednesday, a record for a day, as a deadly heat wave continued to grip Japan, preliminary data from the Tokyo Fire Department showed Thursday.”


“In the central-west region of New South Wales, farmers continue to battle a crippling drought that many locals are calling the worst since 1902.”


“The heat that is blistering central Texas this summer is causing a rise in scorpion sightings in people’s homes because when it’s miserable outside, it should be terrible inside too.”


“Drenching thunderstorms moved into the northeastern United States Tuesday afternoon and evening, resulting in numerous flash flooding reports throughout the region… Through the first 16 days of the month, the nation’s capital did not receive a mere 0.01 of an inch of rain, making it the driest first half of July on record for the city. “


Read yesterday’s ‘Climate’ thread here.

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