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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Extreme weather and pandemic help drive global food prices to 46-year high.

Current high food prices, combined with the ongoing pandemic, will make the global food supply highly vulnerable to extreme weather shocks in 2022.

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/12/extreme-weather-and-pandemic-help-drive-global-food-prices-to-46-year-high/


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Tiny Swedish settlement [Naimakka] sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C / -46.8F. [its lowest December temp on record]

“This is also the lowest temperature ever recorded in Sweden so early in the season since 1945 and it’s the lowest temperature in December since 1986.” [additional info from @extremetemps on Twitter.]

https://www.thelocal.se/20211206/tiny-swedish-settlement-sets-new-record-as-temperature-plummets/


Sweden Burns Diesel For Power to Keep Lights on as Prices Surge. Swedish utility Vattenfall AB turned on some of its reserve diesel generators to supply power on an island in the Baltic Sea as a cold spell caused demand and prices to surge.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-06/sweden-burns-diesel-for-power-to-keep-lights-on-as-prices-surge


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Storm Barra: multiple warnings issued for Ireland and UK…

“A rare red alert was issued for Cork and Kerry in the Republic of Ireland ahead of Storm Barra, which is due to make landfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, with gusts of more than 80mph forecast.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/dec/06/storm-barra-multiple-warnings-issued-for-ireland-and-uk


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How Athens chief heat officer Eleni Myrivili is dealing with extreme heat, the “silent killer”…

“A 2019 analysis by Newcastle University Polytechnic School in the UK ranked Athens as the European city facing the greatest impact from heat waves. In the summer of 2021, Greece experienced the worst heatwave in decades, causing temperatures to soar to 46.3 degrees Celsius and sparking over 140 wildfires.”

https://thefifthestate.com.au/urbanism/planning/how-athens-chief-heat-officer-eleni-myrivili-is-dealing-with-extreme-heat-the-silent-killer/


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People trapped in cars, Larnaca airport [Cyprus] floods as road network hit by rain (updated, video)…

“In a Tweet, fire services spokesman Andreas Kettis said the calls for help referred to flooded basements and people trapped in cars on flooded roads as well as opening blocked drains… Larnaca airport has also flooded.”

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/12/05/people-trapped-in-cars-flooded-basements-as-fire-services-on-call-in-larnaca-video/


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[South Sudan] The world’s newest nation is both drying up and drowning…

“Many of the main roads running through Unity State are now completely submerged, yet the traffic remains. There are no cars, just people, some of whom swim, others wade, pushing their way through the heavy silt-laden water.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/06/africa/south-sudan-floods-climate-cmd-intl/index.html


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Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people…

“The yellow school bus had been hired to take a church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it came across a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10277193/Bus-carrying-members-choir-swept-away-raging-flood-Kenya-killing-20.html


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Families in Oudtshoorn informal settlements [South Africa, Karoo] left homeless following flash floods…

“The victims are currently in a place of safety or with family members. The flash floods was caused by a cloud burst – where around 80 mm [3.14 inches] of rain fell in two hours. Resident, Karen Nathang, says she lost everything in the flood.”

https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/families-in-oudtshoorn-informal-settlements-left-homeless-following-flash-floods/


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How south India recorded its wettest November this year [records go back to 1901].

“The number of very heavy rain events jumped from 26 to 168 in the last five years, whereas extremely heavy rains recorded in November 2021 were 11 as opposed to just one in 2017, indicating over a ten-fold increase.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/how-south-india-recorded-its-wettest-november-this-year-7657146/


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Nepal again! The unusually warmth has been persistent in the Eastern parts of the Indian Subcontinent (also in Tibet and Bhutan).

On 5 December Bhairawa rose to 32.4C [90.3F], a full 1C above the previous Nepalese monthly max temperature record set at Janakpur in 2016 and tied yesterday.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1467535149898383361


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China ‘Modified’ Weather for Communist Party Celebration…

“In the days leading up to the event, officials shut down factories and halted cargo trucks in and around Beijing to minimize pollution, but stagnant winds did little to clear skies… To improve air quality, the government undertook a two-hour cloud seeding operation the night before the centenary…”

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/china-modified-weather-for-communist-party-celebration


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Houses washed away as flash floods hit Soppeng Regency, Indonesia December 6 2021 Banjir Bandang.

“Heavy rain hit the region over two days, causing flash flooding as rivers burst their banks. The force of water was enough to wash away buildings… Crops and produce were destroyed…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzKZdpPd3No


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Floods continue in Queensland as Western Australia swelters through heatwave.

“Australia is in for another day of wild weather, with floods and rain set to continue in the northeast while the west swelters through extreme heat. The country experienced its wettest November since records began, with the eastern states copping a deluge…”

https://thewest.com.au/news/floods-continue-in-qld-as-wa-swelters-through-heatwave-c-4828365


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Experts warn run-ins with venomous snakes and spiders will continue to rise after recent wild weather and Australia’s ongoing mouse plague.

“Millions of mice have created havoc for Aussie farmers across New South Wales, South Queensland, Northern Victoria and South Australia over the last year.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/venomous-snake-and-spider-numbers-to-rise-with-wild-weather/da6f368d-033c-445d-b738-3eef0d871068


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‘Just sitting there dead’: study finds mass tree losses in NSW after severe drought.

“The drought and heatwaves that seared eastern Australia in the lead-up to the 2019-20 black summer bushfires killed as much as 60% of the trees in some areas that escaped the fires, according to new research.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/05/just-sitting-there-dead-study-finds-mass-tree-losses-in-nsw-after-severe-drought


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Ocean flooding hits Marshall Islands, Micronesia over consecutive days.

“Ocean flooding for the third straight day hit low-lying islands throughout the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, causing sparse damage but requiring large-scale cleanups in their wake… Sea level rise is a major contributing factor.

https://www.fijitimes.com/ocean-flooding-hits-marshall-islands-micronesia-over-consecutive-days/


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70F/21.1C might look mild as record cold, but that is! On 3 December the Babelthuap/Koror Int. Airport of Palau had its lowest December temperature on record and just 1F from its all time low.

“Note that Palau uses Fahrenheit scale for all purposes.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1467672316301692931


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State of emergency declared in Hawaii, forecasters warn of ‘catastrophic’ flooding…

“”Expect widespread heavy rainfall with this system, especially under the large heavy rain band, capable of producing catastrophic flooding, and strong gusty southerly winds through Wednesday,” the National Weather Service in Honolulu said.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/06/hawaii-blizzard-warning-canceled-flooding-looms/8889082002/


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Harsh heat wave in Chile. Lontue (Maule Region) reached 40.5C / 104.9F (0.3C from national monthly record). Some other Regions Tmaxes:

“Atacama:37.1C [98.8F] at 1700m! Valparaiso: 38.1C [100.6F]; Metropolitana: 39.2C; O Higgins: 38.1C; Nuble: 39.4C; Bio Bio: 37.9C; Araucania: 36.6C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1467615575258062856


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Six Brazilian cities face climate emergency.

“The Brazilian federal government issued a decree on December 6 putting six municipalities under a state of “climate emergency” due to drought, water scarcity, or excessive rainfall.

“The move brought the number of cities in a state of climate emergency up to 26.

https://brazilian.report/liveblog/2021/12/06/cities-climate-emergency/


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Apocalypse Denver! Moment cold front causes huge dust cloud to blow through Mile High City completely obscuring skyscrapers.

“A rapid shift from 60-degree weather to temperatures in the 40s created strong downward gusts that blew up a wall of dust that engulfed Denver on Sunday.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10281953/Spectacular-moment-cold-causes-huge-dust-cloud-completely-obscure-Denvers-skyline.html


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Meet the New Climate Refugee in Town [California]: Coyotes…

“It’s a sign of a growing climate-driven conflict. Drought and heat waves are not only fueling catastrophic wildfires in California’s wildland-urban interface, they’re also driving coyotes and other wildlife into the streets in search of food and water…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-12-06/how-climate-change-forces-wildlife-into-cities


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Invasive grasses are taking over the American West’s sea of sagebrush.

“No one likes a cheater, especially one that prospers as easily as the grass Bromus tectorum does in the American West. This invasive species is called cheatgrass because it dries out earlier than native plants, shortchanging wildlife and livestock in search of nutritious food.”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/invasive-grasses-spread-wildfire-plants


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Across the Mid-Atlantic, giant oak trees are dying…

“Oak trees are dying across the Mid-Atlantic region, crippled by extreme weather, old age, construction and development, then finally succumbing to disease and pests…

“Experts say the oak decline was triggered by the year of record rainfall that waterlogged the Washington region from 2018 to 2019.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/11/25/oak-trees-dc-mid-atlantic-dying/


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Stuck jet stream brings blowtorch December in Lower 48, frigid Alaska…

“There is a cold side to the jet stream, and it’s been bottling up the frigid air in Alaska and parts of northern Canada. Some locations in Alaska were at least 20°F colder than average during November.”

https://www.axios.com/stuck-jet-stream-warm-december-frigid-alaska-weather-645ef1d9-9608-4a1e-86fc-6a11b0024ad9.html


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Bethel [Alaska] just recorded its coldest November in 80 years…

““So for Bethel, November is the coldest month of the year so far,” said Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “The only time that Bethel had a colder November than this, you have to go all the way back to 1939.””

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/12/06/bethel-just-recorded-its-coldest-november-in-80-years/


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British Columbia’s Ministry of Health is warning residents in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley of possible water contamination connected to the recent flooding in the province.

“Record-setting precipitation… may have caused overflow or failure of liquid manure storage systems in the region.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-floods-water-contamination-dec-5-1.6274407


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Inuit are battling an existential threat.

“Inuit face an existential threat… That threat, of course, is climate change. Declining sea ice is the single biggest impact of climate change on our lives and livelihoods. Climate change is also wreaking havoc on our land.”

https://www.hilltimes.com/2021/12/06/inuit-are-battling-an-existential-threat/332221


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Extreme lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay puts polar bears under pressure…

“Ice normally starts building up across Hudson Bay in November, but the area has remained almost entirely ice-free in the face of temperatures 6°C above average. In the north-western part of the bay…”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2300385-extreme-lack-of-sea-ice-in-hudson-bay-puts-polar-bears-under-pressure/


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Wildfires produced record-breaking emissions this year from U.S. to Turkey.

“Wildfires made worse by climate change produced a record amount of carbon emissions in parts of Siberia, the U.S. and Turkey this year… Blazes also devastated Albania, Algeria, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Spain and Tunisia.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/wildfires-broke-emissions-records-this-year-in-us-turkey.html


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2021’s weather disasters brought home the reality of climate change.

““Dangerous climate change is already here. That’s a harsh reality we need to recognize,” says Michael Wehner, an extreme weather researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/this-year-extreme-weather-brought-home-reality-of-climate-change


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Scientists declared these animals extinct in 2021.

Today’s rate of extinctions — driven by a quintuple-whammy of destroyed wilderness, exploited critters, invasive species, rapid climate change, and widespread pollution — are happening “at least tens to hundreds of times higher” than extinctions occurred over the past 10 million years…”

https://mashable.com/article/animals-that-went-extinct-2021


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