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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Gigantic Expanse of Sea Ice Breaks Free From Antarctica and Disintegrates [in] Yet Another Sign of What’s to Come as The Climate Warms Further

An expanse of sea ice more than three times the size of New York City has torn free from Antarctica and broken up in dramatic fashion.

“For 11 years, in one of the fastest warming regions on Earth, the 1,000-square-mile sheet of floating ice had tenaciously held fast to the coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. But then, in just a few days, warm winds racing down from the peninsula’s mountains delivered a death blow.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/gigantic-expanse-of-sea-ice-breaks-free-from-antarctica-and-disintegrates


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Another record mild day in Antarctica: This time in the Terra Nova Bay:

“The Italian base of Zucchelli (Base terra Nova) rose to at least 8.8C [47.8F], same value in the South Korean Base Jang Bogo (highest since it was opened in 2014). 8.3C at Cape Bird in the Ross Island, New Zealand Base.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492156123822051330


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Pilot dies after helicopter crashes while fighting Tasmanian bushfires.

“Police have confirmed a man has died after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a field in Tasmania’s north. The helicopter had been fighting a bushfire in the Lebrina area which has burned through more than 1600 hectares.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/tasmania-news-police-respond-to-reports-a-helicopter-crashed-fighting-bushfires/24ef67d7-6a6c-4148-bbf3-213b78d87f77


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Bushfires, dry lightning, rapid spark and spread all indicate climate change, southern fire chief [southern Western Australia] says…

“Superintendent Green said the fire became “absolute chaos” for volunteers attempting to protect the town. That fire and 13 others were sparked by severe thunderstorms which hit the region after temperatures surpassed 44 degrees Celsius in some areas.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-14/bushfires-dry-lightning-indicate-climate-change/100829712


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Rains mock drought-hit Australian farms [central Queensland]…

“”We’ve got rainfall records on this property back to 1968, we’re used to dry times and to droughts, but the length and severity of this drought is … unprecedented.” …Almost 65 per cent of Queensland remains drought declared.”

https://7news.com.au/weather/severe-weather/rains-mock-drought-hit-australian-farms-c-5676797


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Australia has designated the koala an endangered species amid unprecedented pressure on the marsupials’ eucalyptus tree habitats across the country’s eastern states.

“Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there would be increased protection for the animal, classed as vulnerable only 10 years ago, in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/11/australia-designates-koalas-as-endangered-species


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The first part of February has seen a complete turnaround in the weather. Taupō [New Zealand] went from close to complete drought conditions to record-breaking rainfall within a matter of days

“The new record established at the weekend was a 24-hour fall of 96mm recorded at the 8am observation time on Saturday.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/taupo-weather-report-february-rainfall-so-far-breaks-records/6UOSDELDH44MA5ICWO3IAU4UC4/


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Wellington has just experienced its second wettest day on record as Cyclone Dovi brings torrential downpours and gale-force winds to the capital.

“Police are urging those in the lower North Island to stay home unless they absolutely must travel today, with the weather causing evacuations, closing roads, bringing down landslips and trees and leading to widespread flooding.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/cyclone-dovi-wellingtons-second-wettest-day-on-record-evacuations-slips-flooding/DFOQMDQLCWT3ZYEBBZN6JPIOHA/


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13th February the record heat wave in New Zealand is reaching its end after one last hot night:

The minimum temperature in the remote Raoul Island -29S- (Kermadec group) was 25.6C [78.1F],this is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in New Zealand (prev. 25.4C Napier 19-2-55).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492664820604157952


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First national monthly record of highest temperature this February 2022 was in Papua New Guinea.

On 5th February the Nadzab Airfield serving the city of Lae rose to 38C [100.4F], tying the highest temperature recorded in February in PNG just 0.9C from the all time record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1492257139158511616


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High waves kill 10 during Indonesia beach ritual.

“At least 10 Indonesians died after tidal waves swept away a group of people meditating on a beach during Sunday’s early hours, police said. The group of 23 people was holding hands and meditating on Payangan beach, East Java province, shortly after midnight.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2263479/high-waves-kill-10-during-indonesia-beach-ritual


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Four-story high rogue wave breaks records off the coast of Vancouver Island…

“”Only a few rogue waves in high sea states have been observed directly, and nothing of this magnitude. The probability of such an event occurring is one in 1,300 years,” said Johannes Gemmrich… “”Rogue waves are generated by wind, so they are just a rare occurrence of wind generated waves.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/12/weather/rogue-wave-record-vancouver-island/index.html


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San Diego experiences hottest February day in history as temperature hits 91F.

“An odd shift in the wind helped push the temperature to 91 degrees Saturday at San Diego International Airport, producing the hottest February day in the city’s history [eclipsing the record set on] Feb. 19, 1995…”

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/weather/story/2022-02-12/san-diego-experiences-hottest-february-day-in-history-as-temperature-hits-91


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New York and the Northeast are in the midst of weather whiplash, as record warm temperatures Saturday gave way to cold and snow Sunday…

“The central U.S., meanwhile, could be swept by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center said.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-13/new-york-city-s-sunday-snow-covers-saturday-s-warm-temperatures


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Wild Horses Are Removed From Government Land as Drought Shrinks Food Supply…

“Bureau officials say wild horses, as well as burros, need to be removed from Nevada and other Western states because there are too many of them for the amount of grass and plants they feed on, supplies of which are shrinking due to drought.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/wild-horses-are-removed-from-government-land-as-drought-shrinks-food-supply-11644764401


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Various Christian congregations went to the ‘La Boca’ Dam, in the municipality of Santiago [Nuevo Leon, Mexico], and launched a prayer in the face of the lack of rains in the State

“Every day the dam presents less water and, currently, they report that it is below 22 percent of its capacity.”

https://abcnoticias.mx/local/2022/2/13/ante-falta-de-agua-hacen-oracion-en-presa-la-boca-156752.html


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A thousand tons of food dammed in Putumayo [Colombia] by low river flow.

“More than 1,000 tons of food, beverages and toiletries destined for the city of Leticia in the department of Amazonas, are dammed in Puerto Asís, Putumayo, because the low flow of the river prevents the navigability of the 20 vessels of five heavy cargo transport companies.”

https://www.radionacional.co/regiones/amazonia/alimentos-represados-en-putumayo-bajo-caudal-rio


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Food prices in the basic basket soared [Argentina]…

“… in the case of yerba, sugar, dairy and even rice, the sharp increases are due to the heat wave, the persistent drought and the fires in some areas of the country, which destroyed a good part of agricultural production.

https://www.primeraedicion.com.ar/nota/100557120/se-dispararon-los-precios-de-los-alimentos-de-la-canasta-basica/


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Federovisky: “We are facing a colossal drought” [Argentina]…

“”The dry season in the center of the country, which is usually in winter, is not just happening there. In Córdoba it was six months without rain, in Corrientes the amount of water fallen in the last year represents less than 30% of the last years, “added the national official.”

https://www.milpatagonias.com/federovisky-estamos-ante-una-sequia-colosal/


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Northern Quebec communities concerned about impact of burning garbage on health, environment…

“North of the 55th parallel, the permafrost means the earth is too hard to dig landfill sites. Since there are no incinerators, waste is burned in the open. There are 14 such landfills in Nunavik — one for each community.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-north-garbage-burning-1.6346739


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Thames Water is being investigated after more than two billion litres of raw sewage was discharged into the river over a period of two days.

“Mogden wastewater treatment works, in Isleworth in west London, released the equivalent of 400 Olympic swimming pools of untreated waste into the Thames on October 3 and 4, 2020.”

https://metro.co.uk/2022/02/14/2000000000-litres-of-raw-sewage-released-into-thames-in-two-days-16100030/


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Climate change-induced extreme winter drought devastates crops in Spain and Portugal…

“While the arid zones of the Iberian Peninsula have historically experienced periods of drought, experts say climate change has exacerbated the problem… In the last three months of 2021, Spain recorded just 35% of the average rainfall [1981 to 2010]. But there has been almost no rain since then.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/13/climate-change-induced-extreme-winter-drought-devastates-crops-in-spain-and-portugal


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Morocco’s Rainfall Is at a Record Low…

“As cities ration water in Morocco, the record low rainfall in cultivating season will likely result in small harvests, deepening the country’s reliance on grain imports…

“…at a time when food prices are soaring worldwide on the backdrop of the global supply chain disruptions…”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/02/347064/moroccos-rainfall-is-at-a-records-low


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Thousands displaced in Ntungamo [Uganda] following hailstorm

“More than 500 families in Kitashekwa ward, Ruhaama Ntungamo district are facing food shortage after heavy rains characterized by hailstorms destroyed several plantations in the area on Saturday.”

https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/thousands-displaced-in-ntungamo-following-hailstorm-3715118


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Madagascar: Death toll from Cyclone Batsirai rises to 120.

“The death toll from Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar jumped to 120 on Friday with tens of thousands needing shelter after their homes were destroyed… Batsirai was Madagascar’s second destructive storm in two weeks, after Tropical Storm Ana killed at least 38 people.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/11/madagascar-death-toll-from-cyclone-batsirai-rises-to-120


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Polar bear inbreeding and bird ‘divorces’: Weird ways climate change is affecting animal species.

“”Climate change is like this global killer,” Maria Paniw, an ecologist at the Doñana Biological Station, is a public research institute in Seville, Spain, told ABC News. “In effect, it often makes all the other risks that animals face much worse.””

https://abcnews.go.com/US/polar-bear-inbreeding-penguin-divorces-weird-ways-climate/story?id=82626634


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Arctic seed vault to receive rare deposits.

“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on Spitsbergen island halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, is only opened a few times a year to limit its seed banks’ exposure to the outside world. On Monday, gene banks from Sudan, Uganda, New Zealand, Germany and Lebanon will deposit seeds…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/arctic-seed-vault-receive-rare-deposits-2022-02-13/


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Co-occurring droughts could threaten global food security.

“Droughts occurring at the same time across different regions of the planet could place an unprecedented strain on the global agricultural system and threaten the water security of millions of people, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220209093355.htm


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UN science report to sound deafening alarm on climate…

“Species extinction, ecosystem collapse, crippling health impacts from disease and heat, water shortages—all will accelerate in the coming decades even if the carbon emissions that drive global warming are drawn down, the report is likely to find.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-science-deafening-alarm-climate.html


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