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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Residents of Lismore have been left reeling after “unprecedented” floods inundated the New South Wales regional city [Australia] with rescue efforts expected to continue throughout the night.

“The situation is expected to worsen on Monday night with the NSW premier, Dominic Perrottet, saying the Wilsons River was expected to peak at 16m, far higher than predicted earlier on Monday [previous record peak: 12m].”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/28/lismore-flood-worst-history-nsw-floods-2022-rescued-evacuated


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Western Australia weather delivers Perth its hottest summer on record as scientists predict trend to continue…

“While numbers will not be technically official until Tuesday, Bureau of Meteorology figures show Perth’s average maximum temperature is currently 33.2 degrees Celsius — well above the previous record of 32.3 set in 2012/13.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-28/wa-weather-delivers-perth-its-hottest-summer-on-record/100854890


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Coldest morning of summer ends Christchurch’s wettest February on record [NZ].

“The city’s total rain this month (148mm) puts it ahead of the second-wettest February (144.3mm) on record which occurred in 1945 – over seven decades ago. Adding to the weather gloom, Monday was also the coldest morning of this summer at 2.6 degrees…”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/127905343/coldest-morning-of-summer-ends-christchurchs-wettest-february-on-record


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Marine heatwaves expected to become norm for Northland [NZ]…

“New data from MetOcean Solutions shows coastal waters in many parts of Aotearoa New Zealand have been warmer than usual for increasingly longer periods of time, and forecasts predict these conditions will persist. This is a concern for Northland where marine heatwaves can have disruptive implications…”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/marine-heatwaves-expected-to-become-norm-for-northland/UNH6HTJNOKAQHWFU54JKKAVPVY/


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New rainfall record for Fiji during Tropical Cyclone Cody.

“The tipping bucket rain gauge at an automated weather station in Nadarivatu, Ba recorded an astounding 524.5mm [20.7 inches] of rainfall from 9am 8th January to 9am 9th January during tropical cyclone Cody this year, which is the highest ever recorded since its installation in 2008.”

https://www.fijivillage.com/news/New-rainfall-record-for-Fiji-during-TC-Cody-f84x5r/


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“Japan Struck by Record-Breaking Winter Snowfall… This includes snow 12 to 15 feet deep…

“Honshu is home to several resorts and hot springs that take advantage of the climate and frequent snowfall. But there’s also a difference between a region that gets a lot of snow and a region where there’s too much snow for daily activities to take place — or where bomb cyclones make driving hazardous.”

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/science/japan-snowfall-records-set


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Seismic study reveals key reason why Patagonia is rising as glaciers melt.

“The icefields that stretch for hundreds of miles atop the Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina are melting at some of the fastest rates on the planet… Geologists have discovered a link between recent ice mass loss, rapid rock uplift and a gap between tectonic plates that underlie Patagonia.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-seismic-reveals-key-patagonia-glaciers.html


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“[The Brazilian state of] Rio Grande Do Sul Records the Highest Temperature in its History…

“The maximum temperature in Uruguaiana on this afternoon reached 42.9ºC [110F] …it is the highest maximum temperature ever officially observed in the state since the regular measurements began between the years 1910 and 1912.”

https://metsul.com/rio-grande-do-sul-tem-maior-temperatura-da-sua-historia/


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South America Heat Wave: 27th February was another record hot day in Northern Argentina with some monthly records of highest temperatures:

“Resistencia 43.5C; Formosa 42.8C; Corrientes 42.8C; Reconquista 42.3C; Paso de los Libres 41.8C; Monte Caseros 42.1C (new record for any month).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1498093025330966528


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On 26th February the Island of St Helena [southern Atlantic] recorded its warmest night on record on its highlands with a minimum temperature of 21.5C /70.7F (altitude 435m).

“There is data for almost 150 years. The station is close to Longwood House,where Napoleon Bonaparte lived his last years.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1497600064058970118


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This May Be the Driest Start to a New Year Ever Recorded in San Francisco.

“Between January 1 and February 26, just 0.65 inches of rain have fallen in San Francisco — about 8% of the usual average rainfall observed during the same time period. And if the city doesn’t receive any rain by Monday, it will beat the 1852 record for driest January-February stretch ever recorded in SF.”

https://sfist.com/2022/02/26/this-may-be-the-driest-february-ever-recorded-in-san-francisco-ip/


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‘Atmospheric River’ Threatens to Pummel the Pacific Northwest.

“The Pacific Northwest is bracing for what meteorologists call an “atmospheric river,” a stream of water vapor that is set to arrive from the Pacific Ocean on Sunday night and bring heavy rains and flooding through Wednesday.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/us/atmospheric-river-pacific-northwest.html


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Alaska Worries for Its Salmon Run as Climate Change Warms Arctic Waters…

“Salmon all but disappeared from the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) Yukon River run last year, as record-high temperatures led to the fish piling up dead in streams and rivers before they were able to spawn.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/alaska-worries-for-its-salmon-run-as-climate-change-warms-arctic-waters/6459279.html


SE USA Warm Spell: Another Historic day in the Carolinas with temperatures up to 89F /31.7F in South Carolina (if verified it ties the State February records) and 87F in North Carolina (1F shy of NC February record).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1497350603638464514


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Councils ‘will have to cut key services to pay for UK storm damage’.

“Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin brought hurricane-force winds and heavy rain to large parts of the UK in the past week, leaving more than 1m homes without power and hundreds under water. Local authorities said they faced multimillion-pound bills to clean up and repair damage…”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/feb/27/councils-will-have-to-cut-key-services-to-pay-for-uk-storm-damage


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The construction of ‘transvases’ (channels) to carry water from rivers in the north of Portugal to regions in the south “could be the solution for the problem of drought” that all experts accept is here to stay.

“The last few years have seen increasingly dry winters. This year’s ‘crisis’ may be more acute than most, but it is part of a pattern that needs as many solutions as possible.”

https://www.portugalresident.com/water-in-rivers-of-north-could-be-channeled-south-says-top-engineer/


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Severe lack of water drives farmers to migrate to the cities [Morocco]…

“…the situation is not on track to improve. Morocco is attempting to mitigate the impact of climate change by building wastewater stations, water desalination plants and dams — over 140 are present in the country to cope with water scarcity.”

https://www.africanews.com/2022/02/27/severe-lack-of-water-drives-farmers-to-migrate-to-the-cities/


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Dry conditions continue affecting global wheat production…

Iran, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt have all seen crop reductions during the 2021/22 growing season, contributing to lower global wheat production. That suggests higher wheat import volumes will be needed to meet domestic demand. This is significant…”

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dry-conditions-continue-affecting-global-wheat-production/


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Fears for farmers as crops fail due to drought [Kenya]…

“For farmer Safari Mbuvi, it’s a devastating blow. He sank 50,000 Kenyan shillings in this season alone in planting. “Since I was young, my father used to get a bounty harvest in this farm, but now, there seems to be a change in climate and the rains are no longer dependable,” he says.”

https://www.africanews.com/2022/02/27/fears-for-farmers-as-crops-fail-due-to-drought/


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Seven farmers killed by lightning strike in southern Tanzania… in Tanzania’s southern highlands region of Rukwa, police said on Sunday.

[Also… The Tanzania Railways Corporation has suspended passenger and cargo operations between the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and central and northern regions after flash floods washed away rail track].

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/20220228/8be9086b46524ba7a2919cc6eea71a75/c.html


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Days of rain trigger floods in Narathiwat [Thailand].

“Communities in 13 districts have been flooded, as rains caused by northeasterly winds over the Gulf of Thailand have continued for three consecutive days in this southern border province… 6,891 houses damaged…”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2270459/days-of-rain-trigger-floods-in-narathiwat


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About 12,000 people in Malaysia had to evacuate from their homes after heavy rain caused flooding in the country’s northern states over the weekend, reported local media.

“Official data showed that 11,831 people housed in flood relief centres in the northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu as at 4.30pm on February 27.”

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/thousands-of-people-in-malaysia-displaced-by-floods/222728.vnp


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Prolonged heavy rain over many areas of Singapore on Sunday (Feb 27) afternoon sparked flash floods in several areas…

“…the heaviest rainfall recorded in eastern Singapore was 141.8mm… “This corresponds to 135 per cent of Singapore’s average monthly rainfall in February and lies within the top 0.6 per cent of maximum daily rainfall records since 1981.””

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/pub-warns-flash-floods-risk-singapore-ubi-bedok-macpherson-2522836


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Climate Change and Extreme Weather Will Have Complex Effects on Infectious Disease Transmission…

“The study suggests it will be increasingly difficult to predict the consequences of climate change on host-pathogen interactions as global temperatures rise and extreme weather events become more common.”

https://scitechdaily.com/climate-change-and-extreme-weather-will-have-complex-effects-on-infectious-disease-transmission/


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A new UN report on the impacts of climate change is set to be the gravest assessment yet of how rising temperatures are affecting every living thing.

The study, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), summarises several years of research. The report will likely say that the world is fast approaching the limits of adapting to climate change.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60525591


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