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.

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Yet more extraordinary weather in the Mediterranean: 6 killed, dozens injured in heavy storms that battered Turkey.

“At least four people, including a foreign national, died and dozens of others were injured on Monday after heavy storms [winds over 80mph] hit Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul and its surrounding regions, the governor’s office said.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/4-killed-38-injured-in-heavy-storms-that-battered-turkey/news

And you can see video of that here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb1bMJvytNs


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Extraordinary heat in Greece. In the middle of the night 2 days from the meteorological winter, Chania is recording >30C (THIRTY degrees; 86F) at local 3am, which is well above a summer average night.

For the end of November it’s near record even for tropical latitudes!

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1465133135704870916


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Snowfalls, heavy rains and strong winds hit Italy and Spain…

The Nervion, Cadagua and Ason rivers in northern Spain burst out their banks on Monday 29 November, flooding streets in several towns. Other rivers like the Deva are close to exceeding their flow capacity after heavy rains hit northern Spain and snow in the region melted suddenly after the last week snowstorm.”

https://www.euronews.com/2021/11/29/snowfalls-heavy-rains-and-strong-winds-hit-italy-and-spain


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Shell to ‘blast’ South African coastline in search of oil during whale season…

“Shell’s ships will have to conduct three-dimensional seismic surveys… using underwater explosions… Environmentalists worry the sound of these explosions… will leave marine life ‘panicked and damaged’.”

https://metro.co.uk/2021/11/28/shell-to-blast-south-african-coast-in-search-of-oil-in-whale-season-15664354/


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As floods worsen, Uganda moves to protect its vanishing wetlands.

“Until recently, truck drivers who poured fill into wetlands near Uganda’s capital, to illegally create new land for building or agricultural expansion, rarely met any resistance.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/floods-worsen-uganda-moves-protect-its-vanishing-wetlands-2021-11-29/


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The rising cost of the climate crisis in flooded South Sudan – in pictures.

“Families facing severe hunger are wading through crocodile-infested waters in search of water lilies to eat. Susan Martinez and photographer Peter Caton return with Action Against Hunger to find that the dire situation they reported on in March has only worsened.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/30/the-rising-cost-of-the-climate-crisis-in-flooded-south-sudan-in-pictures


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The lake that vanished: Climate change and conflict combine in Syria’s Idlib…

““War has displaced millions of people in Syria and now climate change is making the situation even worse,” Mark Cutts, the UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, told MEE.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-idlib-drought-reservoir-climate-change-conflict-combine


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“Nightmare”: Power Cuts, Flooding Bring Chennai [Tamil Nadu, India] To Standstill, Again.

“Chenna Rainfall: Chennai braces for more rains for the next three days. The city has already received more than 1000 mm [39.4 inches] rains since October and the bulk of it in November.”

https://www.ndtv.com/chennai-news/chennai-rain-tamil-nadu-rainfall-chennai-rainfall-nightmare-power-cuts-floods-bring-chennai-to-standstill-again-2629962


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Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of century, study finds.

“Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of the century, according to new research, as scientists say the human-made climate crisis is already making them stronger.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/29/asia/tropical-cyclones-asia-climate-intl/index.html


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Heat waves, tropical nights increase in N. Korea due to global warming: weather agency.

“North Korea has seen an increase in heat waves and tropical nights and a decline in cold spells over the past three decades as global warming has driven up temperatures, South Korea’s state weather agency said Tuesday.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20211130000219


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With loss of forests, Bali villages find themselves vulnerable to disaster…

“Considering the village’s dense forest and plentiful crops, Sumerti said she didn’t understand how the flood could be so severe. Traces of it were still visible a month later; the walls of several houses and other buildings had collapsed, while rice fields remained inundated.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/11/with-loss-of-forests-bali-villages-find-themselves-vulnerable-to-disaster/


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Parts of northern Western Australia are bracing for a week of scorching temperatures as extreme heatwave conditions hit the region.

“The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a run of hot days in the Pilbara and Kimberley, with temperatures in some areas expected to exceed 45 degrees Celsius [113F].”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-30/extreme-heatwave-to-hit-kimberley-and-the-pilbara/100658568


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Western Australia’s penguins fighting for survival…

Another heatwave hit early this year, killing fish, and causing malnutrition and deaths in the already reduced penguin population. The surviving birds are so underweight, they cannot reproduce…”

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/wa-penguins-fighting-for-survival-c-4665290


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NSW notches up wettest November in more than 100 years as records tumble in the Hunter Valley.

“The Lostock Dam weather station recorded 352.8mm [13.9 inches] this month, surpassing the previous November high, set in 2013, by more than 100mm. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Wilke said it had been the “wettest November on record for NSW in general”.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-30/nsw-records-wettest-november-in-more-than-a-century/100660944


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Australia’s forest fires fanned by climate crisis: Study.

“New research by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has found climate change has driven a significant increase in forest fires in the country over the past 30 years.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/29/australias-forest-fires-fanned-by-climate-crisis-study


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Marine heatwave occurring in waters around New Zealand, NIWA says…

“Not only that, but coastal sea temperatures around New Zealand have been 1.1C to 1.4C above average during November, with daily sea surface temperatures more than 3C above average around the western and northern North Island and eastern South Island over the last week.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/456889/marine-heatwave-occurring-in-waters-around-new-zealand-niwa-says


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La Nina is set to wreak havoc during Argentina’s upcoming summer, when soybean and corn plants will be growing across the Pampas farm belt.

“Precious little rain will fall in January and February across much of the key growing region because of the weather pattern, according to maps in a Buenos Aires Grain Exchange report.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-29/la-nina-is-set-to-deliver-drought-to-argentina-s-soybean-crop


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Maximum alert in Misiones [Argentina] due to the Paraná river shrinking and the drought…

“The historic declines of the Paraná River is suffering from time to time in Misiones… has already become the steepest in the last seven decades …unfortunately… it will continue throughout the summer, so the authorities are on a red alert…”

https://weekend.perfil.com/noticias/informativo/alerta-maxima-en-misiones-por-la-bajante-del-parana-y-por-la-sequia.phtml


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The rains cause floods in five municipalities in central Bolivia.

“The heavy rains registered in the last hours caused floods and floods in at least five municipalities in the Bolivian region of Cochabamba, in the center of the country, according to official information.”

https://holanews.com/las-lluvias-provocan-inundaciones-en-cinco-municipios-del-centro-de-bolivia/


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B.C. floods: Province extends state of emergency with third storm looming.

“The provincial state of emergency is being extended into the middle of December, as a third major storm heads this way. Gas rationing measures are also staying place, and drivers are being warned to stay off the roads during the next atmospheric river.”

https://globalnews.ca/video/8412198/b-c-floods-province-extends-state-of-emergency-with-third-storm-looming


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Seattle area breaks rainfall record ahead of another atmospheric river.

“The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that this past fall has been the wettest the Seattle area has experienced on record, as the region continues to deal with heavy rains and flooding conditions.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/583404-seattle-area-breaks-rainfall-record-ahead-of-another-atmospheric-river


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“Strong winds, with occasional gusts of up to 100 mph, made travel difficult along the Rocky Mountain Front in northern Montana, while record high temperatures were seen in some areas…

Missoula hit 62, the warmest high temperature on record for this late in the season.

https://dailyinterlake.com/news/2021/nov/28/kalispell-sets-record-high-damaging-winds-blast-ea/


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Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for moose in U.S., study says…

“In addition to the partial loss of their bristly winter coats, tick infestation makes moose anemic and less able to reproduce, she said. It’s a leading cause of recent population declines in the Northeast, where summer temperatures have been surging…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/warmer-summers-worsen-tick-infestations-for-moose-in-us-study-says/2021/11/27/beeefaf6-4d4d-11ec-b73b-a00d6e559a6e_story.html


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A massive wildfire on North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain has been raging for three days, spreading across hundreds of acres.

“Officials say the fire, which started on Saturday, is currently burning 240 acres of land, forming a blazing ring around the mountain’s peak. So far, no people or homes have been harmed.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fire-pilot-mountain-north-carolina-b1966319.html


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Hundreds of seal pups killed after Storm Arwen batters nature reserve on Scottish coast.

“The pups perished at St Abb’s Head national nature reserve in Berwickshire, in a bay at Pettico Wick. Rangers there found 224 dead grey seal pups in the water, with “many more” washing up on the shoreline.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/hundreds-of-seal-pups-killed-after-storm-arwen-batters-nature-reserve-on-scottish-coast-3475540


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Climate crisis posing growing risk to the homeless, UK charities tell ministers…

“The leaders of three of the UK’s biggest housing charities have written to ministers to call for urgent action for this winter for people facing homelessness, and to improve inadequate housing.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/29/climate-crisis-posing-growing-risk-to-the-homeless-uk-charities-tell-ministers


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Scientist says time is running out for West Antarctic ice sheet…

“Unless we can bring our present atmospheric carbon dioxide level down, the eventual outcome will again be substantial loss of ice and open seas across West Antarctica.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-scientist-west-antarctic-ice-sheet.html


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How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, became one of the most polluted places on Earth.

“A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off forests and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.””

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/norilsk-russian-arctic-became-one-polluted-places-earth-rcna6481


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Eight worst wildfire weather years on record happened in the last decade: study.

“…extreme fire weather is being driven by a decrease in atmospheric humidity coupled with rising temperatures.”

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-worst-wildfire-weather-years-decade.html


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Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of.

“Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/29/nurdles-plastic-pellets-environmental-ocean-spills-toxic-waste-not-classified-hazardous


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