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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Brush fires rage in Southern California amid record heat, worsening drought…

“Talk about weather whiplash. Desiccating drought has become reinforced in California after a brief spell of heavy precipitation in the fall, dashing hopes of a long-term pattern change that would spell wetter weather for a state where 12 million acres have burned in the past decade.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/02/10/laguna-beach-emerald-fire-drought/


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Super Bowl 2022 Could Be Hottest on Record…

““We thought maybe we’d be talking about a winter storm or something that might impact the game,” said Eric Boldt, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Los Angeles and Oxnard. “Instead we’re talking about a heat wave.””

https://www.wsj.com/articles/super-bowl-2022-could-be-hottest-on-record-11644444587


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Washington state’s new maximum temperature record: 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

“After a months-long investigation, the State Climate Extremes Committee accepted a 120° reading taken at the Hanford site as the state’s new maximum temperature… The reading was taken by the Department of Energy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on June 29, 2021…”

https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/environment/washington-maximum-temperature-record-120-degrees/281-b6e6d27b-e37e-4a7d-a366-0e16dc572f06


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Historic flooding and a housing crisis left evicted Nooksack members [NW Washington] with nowhere to go…

In the last year alone, Whatcom County has faced a deadly, unprecedented heat wave, record-breaking rainfall, and landslides. Historic flooding in November caused nearly $50 million in disaster costs – the highest ever in Whatcom County…”

https://grist.org/indigenous/historic-flooding-and-a-housing-crisis-left-evicted-nooksack-members-with-nowhere-to-go/


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January driest on record for Jackson; Top 10 driest for many other Michigan cities…

“…this January was really dry. In a strip from Kalamazoo to Lansing and Jackson to Detroit, Flint and Saginaw, it was really, really dry. Jackson only had 0.31 inches of moisture, making it the driest January on record at Jackson.”

https://www.mlive.com/weather/2022/02/january-driest-on-record-for-jackson-top-10-driest-for-many-other-michigan-cities.html


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Feeding Cattle Gets Costly as Drought Grips U.S. Pasture… Widening drought in the U.S. High Plains is putting more pressure on cattle ranches already squeezed by soaring feed prices and a lack of hay.

“A week of dry weather worsened drought in top U.S. cattle states including Nebraska and Kansas, with recent precipitation totals in the region among the sparsest on record.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-10/feeding-cattle-really-expensive-as-drought-grips-u-s-pasture


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A rare waterspout on Wednesday struck the eastern part of the Cuban capital of Havana…

“Evolving into a tornado after coming onshore, the natural disaster damaged properties and brought down electric wires… On the night of Dec. 27, 2019, a large-scale tornado hit Havana, claimed at least six deaths, and left nearly 200 people injured and thousands of homes damaged…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/rare-waterspout-makes-landfall-in-cuba-132840517909


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Forest fires devastate 300,000 hectares in northeastern Argentina.

“The forest fires that hit the Argentine province of Corrientes (northeast) have already devastated 300,000 hectares, including a large area of native forests, official sources reported on Thursday.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/argentina-incendios_incendios-forestales-arrasan-300.000-hect%C3%A1reas-en-el-noreste-de-argentina/47338848


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Argentina soy belt drought awakens ghost of 2018 production ‘disaster’.

“Dry weather in recent weeks and scant hopes of significant rains for the rest of the month in Argentina’s soy belt are igniting fears of a “productive disaster” akin to that in 2018…

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/argentina-farm-belt-drought-awakens-ghost-2018-soybean-disaster-2022-02-10/

Argentina exchange slashes corn harvest outlook over drought, says rain needed… Argentina’s Buenos Aires grains exchange cut its forecast for the country’s 2021/22 corn harvest to 51 million tonnes on Thursday, down from its previous estimate of 57 million tonnes…”

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/argentina-exchange-slashes-corn-harvest-outlook-over-drought-says-rain-needed


January 2022 in Uruguay was very hot. Temperature anomalies ranged between +1C (SE) to +3C (north) above average. During the month the country tied its hottest temperature on records with 44.0C [111.2F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1491834350131834886


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‘Loophole’ allowing for deforestation on soya farms in Brazil’s Amazon.

“… in recent years deforestation has climbed steeply… With the moratorium applying only to soya, farmers have been able to sell the crop as deforestation-free, while still clearing land for cattle, maize or other commodities.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/10/loophole-allowing-for-deforestation-on-soya-farms-in-brazils-amazon


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Lisbon [Portugal] needs more trees to cope with the coming heat…

In 2018, Lisbon thermometers reached 44ºC [111.2F; it’s all-time heat record]… Now, in the middle of winter, the territory around Lisbon is in a situation of severe drought. In 2019, the municipality officially recognized the climate emergency and due to climate change, an intensification of extreme weather events is expected…”

https://amensagem.pt/2022/02/09/lisboa-precisa-mais-arvores-espacos-verdes-calor-temperatura/


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Malaga [southern Spain] is facing its driest year since records began.

“The province is facing its worst drought since records began in 1942, according to Aemet’s Meteorological Centre in Malaga. In Spain, the hydrological year begins on 1 October of one year and ends on 30 September of the next year, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-facing-driest-20220209093813-nt.html


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Worst Drought in Decades Grips Swathe of North Africa.

“Wheat is wilting, and cities are planning to ration water…

“For now, near-term forecasts show little relief, and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI called for nationwide Islamic prayers for rain to aid an industry employing one in three workers.”

http://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/worst-drought-in-decades-grips-swathe-of-north-africa-1.1720643


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Zambia: Tropical Storms Threaten Food Security.

“The Southern African nations are reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Ana and Batsirai… Food security is threatened. Parts of Southern, Western, Eastern, Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces are currently experiencing flash floods which are causing untold misery on the affected communities.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202202100560.html


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Zimbabwe: Six More Cyclones Forecast to Hit Zim…

“At least six more tropical cyclones that will develop in the south-west Indian Ocean this season are expected to reach Zimbabwe during the current rainy season, although there are no predictions of the strength and rain content they may have once they cross the border.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202202100189.html


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In Pakistan’s hottest city, summers force half of population to leave…

Jacobabad’s inability to cope with the extreme weather has pushed it into a vicious circle, as increased use of energy during the summer results in deforestation, which only exacerbates the effects of rising heat.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2021621/world


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Poorest people bear growing burden of heat waves as temperatures rise…

“People with lower incomes are exposed to heat waves for longer periods of time compared to their higher income counterparts due to a combination of location and access to heat adaptations like air conditioning. This inequality is expected to rise as temperatures increase…”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-poorest-people-burden-temperatures.html


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‘Warming in Himalayas accelerating snow melt, flooding in rivers’.

“Two independent studies point to increasing risk from warming in the Himalayas that is accelerating snow melt and contributing to flooding in rivers. Last February, an avalanche and snow melt in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand killed at least 70 persons and destroyed two hydropower projects.”

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/warming-in-himalayas-accelerating-snow-melt-flooding-in-rivers/article38408505.ece


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Mekong Drought Enters Fourth Year; Worst Conditions in 60 Years.

“Mainland Southeast Asia is entering its fourth year of drought, with climate change and unrelenting dam construction taking an unprecedented toll on the Mekong River and the 65 million people who rely on the waterway for their livelihoods.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/mekong-drought-enters-fourth-year-worst-conditions-in-60-years/6436938.html


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Several Siberian cities are under “black sky” emergency weather alerts as polluted air blankets swathes of the region and locals report a distinct smell of smoke.

“Authorities in eight cities issued warnings for air pollution exceeding permissible levels, making it one of the largest areas to ever to be under an air pollution emergency at a single time…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/02/10/black-sky-pollution-alerts-sweep-siberian-cities-a76325


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Climate change robs Australia of rain…

“Vast swathes of Australia have already lost 20 per cent of their rainfall and the country’s fire risk has gone beyond worst-case scenarios developed just a few years ago… without urgent action, conditions that spawned the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 could be the new normal by the end of this decade.

https://thewest.com.au/news/environment/climate-change-robs-australia-of-rain-c-5634868


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Residents warned to leave as firefighters tackle emergency blazes in West Australia…

“Western Australian firefighters are tackling two emergency bushfires in the state’s south that are threatening lives and property. On Friday evening, residents in Jerramungup and southern Hopetoun areas were told to take immediate action to protect themselves.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/residents-warned-to-leave-as-firefighters-tackle-emergency-blazes-in-wa/news-story/51325500509a843593cd1b3763247b18


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State [NSW] hit with two weather ‘extremes’ as one part floods, another burns.

“As parts of south-west Western Australia burns the north has been warned to brace for flash flooding. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said monsoon storms “fired up” again over the Pilbara last night bringing the risk of destructive winds and heavy rain.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-australia-wa-hit-with-two-weather-extremes-as-one-part-floods-and-another-burns/bd92c3af-e85d-470e-9886-9011f928ff06


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State of emergency declared in Buller. Another bout of record breaking rain for the West Coast [of New Zealand]… Looks like Westport Airport has broken it’s wettest 9am-9am record with already more than 160mm with a few hours to go.

“Also appears the wettest month on record there – sitting near 460mm currently.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/02/weather-buller-residents-evacuated-after-night-of-heavy-rain.html


New Zealand keeps beating heat records: 10th February Whanganui AP reached 32.7C [90.9F] beating the record of 32.3C set in 1989. More records can fall next days…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1491616500741988353


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Incredible record in the remote uninhabited island of Macquarie (Australian territory, halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica).

On 8 February temperature rose to 17.1C [62.8F], destroying its all time record of 14.4C. There are 73 years of meteorological data.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1491974019020738564


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Antarctic research links warming to fish decline.

“A long-term study in the Southern Ocean reveals a clear correlation between warming waters, decreased sea ice, and reduced abundance of Antarctic silverfish. These small, abundant fish are important prey for penguins, seals, and other regional marine life…”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-antarctic-links-fish-decline.html


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Perhaps not directly relevant but interesting nonetheless: “SpaceX’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm.

“Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites launched last week have either re-entered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on the verge of doing so, the company said in an online update Tuesday night.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/2/9/spacex-satellites-are-tumbling-out-of-orbit-after-solar-storm


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