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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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Snow and ash over Colorado: Devastated owners of the nearly 1,000 homes razed to the ground by December wildfires survey the damage

“Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday, calling the wildfires a ‘disaster in fast-motion’… Tens of thousands were ordered to flee as flames swept over drought-stricken neighborhoods with alarming speed, propelled by guests up to 105 mph.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10360171/Devastated-owners-nearly-1-000-homes-razed-ground-December-wildfires-survey-damage.html


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‘I thought I was broken’: when wildland firefighters head home, trauma takes hold…

“Asad Rahman woke up feeling like someone had punched him in the face. It was the winter after one of his first seasons as a wildland firefighter and he’d battled a blaze that had claimed the lives of six other firefighters. The stress left Rahman grinding his teeth at night until his jaw ached.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/31/i-thought-i-was-broken-when-wildland-firefighters-head-home-trauma-takes-hold


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Are radioactive wildfires next on California’s apocalyptic climate-change guest list?

“…The United States hasn’t experienced a nuclear disaster on the level of Chernobyl, but there may be other sources of radiation that could have been absorbed by the West Coast’s forests.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Are-radioactive-wildfires-the-next-on-16737625.php


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Newsom declares storm-related state of emergency in 20 [Californian] counties, including L.A.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 20 California counties on Thursday as winter storms continued to lash the state with record snow and rainfall that have knocked out power, shut down major roads and freeways, and caused debris flows, among other hazards.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-30/california-storm-related-state-of-emergency


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Observers: Oregon Glacier is gone.

“Until recently, Oregon’s southernmost glacier was on Mt. Thielsen, an extinct volcano mountain in the Cascade Range, east of Diamond Lake in Douglas County. But sometime over the past half decade, Lathrop Glacier disappeared.

https://www.avpress.com/news/newsline/observers-oregon-glacier-is-gone/article_dfd51566-691d-11ec-847b-bbb4c17f7d81.html


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From record high temperatures to bitter cold days, Western Washington’s year of extreme weather.

“For three local meteorologists asked to weigh in on the year’s most significant weather, the record-setting year was not unexpected. “I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see where this is going,” said Justin Shaw, who writes the Seattle Weather Blog.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/the-seattle-areas-5-most-extreme-weather-events-of-2021/


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Four tornadoes have been confirmed from Wednesday’s round of severe weather [Alabama]…

“Of the tornadoes confirmed today, the one that hit Winfield was the strongest with top winds estimated at 110 mph, according to the weather service’s preliminary report. There were no injuries.”

https://www.al.com/news/2021/12/second-tornado-confirmed-from-wednesdays-round-of-severe-weather.html


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Two Alabama cities have their hottest December day on record.

“Mobile’s high temperature of 82 broke the Dec. 30 record of 79 degrees set back in 1971. It also breaks the monthly high temperature record for the city… Montgomery’s… 85 degrees… broke the old record of 80 set in 1980…”

https://www.al.com/news/2021/12/two-alabama-cities-have-their-hottest-december-day-on-record.html


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Huge snake spotted in Arkansan’s tree following record breaking temperatures.

“Aren’t snakes supposed to hibernate for winter? …Arkansas’s Christmas day high temperature was 78 degrees, thus shattering the previous all-time record of 73 degrees set in 1942 and possibly confusing the snakes in the state.”

https://www.thv11.com/article/news/local/snake-spotted-arkansas-tree-record-breaking-temperatures/91-8b8c822e-1d00-46f2-b071-49b643eaeac5


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December 2021 is the warmest on record in Corpus Christi since [records began in] 1887.

“The average temperature for the entire month came in at 69.0 degrees, beating the old record of 68.5 degrees in 1889 which was just ahead of the very warm year in 1933.”

https://www.kztv10.com/weather/sharons-weather-blog/december-2021-is-the-warmest-on-record-in-corpus-christi-since-1887


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A heavy downpour caused floods, landslides and damage to the inhabitants of the municipal seat of Suárez, in the northwest of the department of Cauca [Colombia]

“The residents recorded videos with their cell phones in which the magnitude of the emergency is appreciated…”

https://caracol.com.co/emisora/2021/12/31/popayan/1640952807_824533.html


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Brazil’s Bolsonaro refuses flood aid from Argentina, drawing Bahia rebuke.

“Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected an offer of aid from Argentina, saying on Thursday that his country did not need the assistance dealing with deadly floods that have affected broad swaths of the country’s northeast and killed dozens.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/brazils-bolsonaro-refuses-flood-aid-argentina-drawing-bahia-rebuke-2021-12-30/


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Extreme heat Warning sign in South America right now.

“We just witnessed the second hottest day in recorded history for Paraguay – 45.3c [113.5F] in Teniente Esteban Martinez [also a record for December].

The all-time record was set only last year (+45.5°C, Pozo Hondo, September 2020).”

https://twitter.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1476881521109786626


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Heat up to 46c [114.8F] brings extreme fire risk to half of the South American continent…

“South America’s fire risk map is impressive on this last day of the year. Half of the continent is at risk of high or extreme fire. Virtually all of Argentina… has extreme fire risk projected by the models. Also the West of Uruguay, the West of Rio Grande do Sul and Paraguay present exceptionally high risk of fires.”

https://metsul.com/calor-de-ate-46oc-traz-risco-extremo-de-fogo-em-metade-da-america-do-sul/


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Ireland has hottest autumn on record, ‘in line with human-caused climate change’…

“…Met Éireann notes that several temperature records were broken in 2021, in particular during the summer heatwaves… Northern Ireland also set a new record for its highest temperature, with 31.3°C reached in Castlederg, Co Tyrone and Co Armagh on 21 and 22 July.

https://www.thejournal.ie/hottest-autumn-on-record-in-ireland-5643674-Dec2021/


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Northern Ireland records highest ever New Year’s Eve temperature – beating Loughgall’s 2014 record.

“With 13.8 degrees recorded at Murlough, today, Northern Ireland has an updated New Year’s Eve daytime maximum temperature record… The extremely mild spell will continue to affect all areas across the UK… The warm spell also has the potential to challenge records for New Year’s Day.”

https://www.armaghi.com/news/loughgall-news/ni-records-highest-ever-new-years-eve-temperature-beating-loughgalls-2014-record/153693


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Britain is now warmer, wetter and sunnier.

“The UK’s climate is growing warmer, wetter and sunnier. The average temperature of the country has risen by 0.8C, rainfall is up by 7.3 per cent and there has been 5.6 per cent more sunshine over the past 30 years.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-is-now-warmer-wetter-and-sunnier-v8rvpfkcw


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UK weather: Britain marks warmest New Year’s Eve on record with temperatures reaching 15.8C [60.4F]…

“The UK has seen its warmest New Year’s Eve on record with temperatures reaching 15.8C (60.44F) in Somerset. Colwyn Bay in Wales held the previous 31 December record of 14.8C (58.64F) in 2011.”

https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-britain-marks-hottest-new-years-eve-on-record-with-temperatures-reaching-14-9c-12506757


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France is experiencing its warmest end of year on record, with temperatures 10 degrees warmer than average in some regions, according to forecasts by the national meteorological service Météo France.

“Bordeaux residents are making the most of the good weather, as the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve should be the warmest in the country’s history.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/12/31/france-s-warmest-end-of-year-on-record-good-for-sunseekers-bad-for-skiers


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Spain’s Malaga has broken in its all-time record for high temperatures in the month of December since records began

“The gauge reached 24.8C [76.6F] beating the old record of 24.6C set in 1998… Temperatures were even higher in other parts of the province with 25.9C recorded in Coin.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/12/31/spains-malaga-breaks-all-time-record-for-elevated-temperatures-in-december/


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Extreme heat and extraordinary drought: this has been the meteorological 2021 in Andalusia [Spain]…

“Between September and November 2021, the main Andalusian observatories registered on average almost 64% of water deficit compared to normal values. All the main seasons have presented a severe deficit during one of the rainiest weather seasons of the year…”

https://www.eldiario.es/andalucia/el_tiempo/calor-extremo-sequia-extraordinaria-sido-2021-meteorologico-andalucia_1_8621185.html


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Some other remarkable temperatures today in Europe: Croatia 19.3C [66.7F], Hungary 17.1C, Slovakia 16.2C, Austria 18.3C, Switzerland 17.2C.

“In Switzerland also monthly record at San Bernardino (1641 m) with 14.3C. In Italy monthly records set at Monte Argentario, Latina and Campobasso.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1476964841885732868


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Extreme weather in Turkey split between deluges in Southern coast with almost 200mm of precipitations in 24 hours: 178mm [over seven inches] at Marmaris and 168mm at Antalya Bolge.

“Heavy frosts in Eastern Highlands with temp. below -28C and mild in Northern Coast with +21C/+22C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1476870749298245640


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Sinkholes emerge in rural Kenya after series of floods, droughts.

“In recent years, a number of sinkholes have emerged in Baringo county, a geologically active region in western Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. According to geologists, their appearance can be linked both to the worsening impacts of climate change through floods and droughts, and local communities drilling boreholes…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/12/sinkholes-emerge-in-rural-kenya-after-series-of-floods-droughts/


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Hailstorm Leaves Dozens Homeless In Hwange [Zimbabwe].

“Dozens of families were left homes and soaking in Hwange’s Ngumija suburb on Monday after a hailstorm damaged their houses.

“Over 30 houses had their roofs blown off while two of them were reduced to rubble following the violent hailstorm.”

https://news.pindula.co.zw/2021/12/31/hailstorm-leaves-dozens-homeless-in-hwange/


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‘The storm caused huge havoc’ – Msunduzi [Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa]…

“”On the 30th of December 2021, a strong storm consisting of heavy rain and a hailstorm ripped through most of the wards within the jurisdiction of Msunduzi Municipality. The heavy rains caused flooding in various wards, uprooting trees, with water overflowing the low level bridges.”

https://www.news24.com/witness/News/Pietermaritzburg/msunduzi-responds-on-crippling-outages-20220101


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Chennai [India] beats 2015 annual rainfall record, Mylapore crosses 200mm [7.9 inches] within hours.

“As heavy rains continued to lash Chennai city, according to data tweeted by weatherman Pradeep John, Mylapore crossed 200 mm of rainfall within hours. The city also crossed the annual 2015 rainfall record, he said.”

https://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2021/12/30190301/1336460/Chennai-beats-2015-annual-rainfall-record-Mylapore-.vpf


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“Typhoon Odette [aka Rai] kills 1.29 million chickens in Negros Occidental, Philippines…

“Typhoon Odette (Rai) killed at least 1.29 million broiler chickens in Negros Occidental as it whipped through the province in the early hours of December 17, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said on Thursday, December 30.”

https://www.rappler.com/business/negros-occidental-veterinary-office-report-poultry-livestock-damage-typhoon-odette-december-30-2021/


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Western ringtail possums found badly dehydrated in heatwave.

“Western Australia reached a record breaking heatwave last week, leaving some critically endangered Western ringtail possums badly dehydrated and in poor health.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-31/western-ringtail-possums-found-badly-dehydrated-in/13693114


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Marine heatwave pushing tropical fish into Northland waters [NZ]…

“Fishers and divers are having a fintastic time as warmer than normal sea temperatures are pushing more fish from the tropics into Northland waters.

“A marine heatwave is happening all around New Zealand…”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/marine-heatwave-pushing-tropical-fish-into-northland-waters/H4JPHSWP2YWQIGNU4QFUJHN6F4/


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More tropical cyclones could hit cities such as Beijing, Tokyo and New York because of rising temperatures caused by climate change, study warns

“The ability for more tropical cyclones to form at mid-latitudes, where most of the world’s population lives, will place millions more within their devastating reach.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10355315/Climate-change-tropical-cyclones-hit-cities-Beijing-Tokyo-New-York.html


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The world is heading for the biggest mass extinction event since the dinosaurs within the next decade, pushing millions of plants and animals to the bring of extinction, the WWF has claimed.

“Elephants, polar bears, sharks, frogs and fish are all under threat according to the environmental organisation in its Winners and Losers of 2021 report.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10358031/World-heading-largest-mass-extinction-event-dinosaurs-decade-WWF-claims.html


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