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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Risks to global supply chains are rising from the increasingly severe effects of climate change laid bare in a landmark UN report this week, and could place extra pressure on fuel stability and essential goods worldwide.

“Recent crises have thrown the vulnerability of supply chains into sharp focus, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted Europe’s dependence on oil and gas imports, while the international manufacture and distribution of goods remains chaotic following the pandemic.

“Climate-related shocks such as extreme weather events will become more common and severe as the world warms, and could further upend interconnected supply chains…”

https://www.ft.com/content/83f0e5c3-f399-444e-be46-23b3a7e33630


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‘Nothing to sell’: Queensland and NSW flood waters hit supermarkets and grocery supplies.

“In his small store in Mount Isa, almost 2,000km from the flood zones, grocer Joe da Silva is struggling to fill his shelves. His fresh produce is gone. Stocks of other basics are dwindling. And there’s no certainty about when the next truck will arrive.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/02/nothing-to-sell-queensland-and-nsw-flood-waters-hit-supermarket-grocery-supplies


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A quad bike has been pictured hanging from the power lines of a regional Queensland town – a terrifying insight into how high the floodwaters peaked.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10566603/Queensland-floods-Photo-quad-bike-hanging-power-lines-proves-high-waters-rose.html

How unusual is this rain? Very unusual. The rainfall totals from this event have been staggering.

“From 9am Thursday to 9am Monday three stations recorded over a metre of rain: 1637mm [64.4 inches] at Mount Glorious, QLD; 1180mm at Pomona, QLD; 1094mm at Bracken Ridge. Brisbane has absolutely smashed its three-day rainfall record with 677mm [26.7 inches].”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/weather-explainer/100873014


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North-west Sydney residents preparing to evacuate as Warragamba Dam spill rate revised upwards.

“New South Wales authorities have warned communities at risk of major flooding in the Sydney region to prepare to evacuate as the Hawkesbury-Nepean River continues to rise… There are also concerns Redbank Dam could fail…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/02/north-west-sydney-residents-told-to-evacuate-as-heavier-rain-predicted-for-thursday


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Australia’s summer weather data suggests an ‘average’ year, disguising several incidents of extreme weather…

“…in the nitty gritty are some phenomenal weather events. Australia had the equal hottest day ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere this summer — on January 13, the mercury climbed to 50.7C, matching a record set in 1960 at Oodnadatta.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-01/average-summer-disguises-extreme-weather/100873372


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Smoke injected high into the atmosphere by the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires resulted in a depletion of the ozone layer, new research has found.

“Scientists have found that the smoke from the devastating bushfires caused a 1% loss in ozone – an amount that typically takes one decade to recover.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/01/smoke-from-black-summer-bushfires-depleted-ozone-layer-study-finds


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Red alert for forest fire in Chilean region of Valparaiso.

“The fire at the intersection of Route 68 and Camino La Pólvora in the city is consuming hundreds of hectares of scrubland and eucalyptus forests… The geographical location of the fire between Placilla and Valparaíso could cross Route 66 and threaten an electrical substation, the road itself and many towns…”

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/03/01/red-alert-for-forest-fire-in-chilean-region-of-valparaiso/


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Paraguay capital choked by colossal smog cloud from Argentina wildfires.

“A massive, fast-moving cloud of ash hundreds of metres tall and several kilometres wide has swept over southern Paraguay, as storms blew debris from wildfires raging in neighbouring Argentina following two years of severe drought.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/01/paraguay-wildfires-ash-cloud


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Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, which account for more than half of the world’s soybean supply, are expecting smaller harvests this crop season.

“Major agricultural agencies and consultancies have already slashed their forecasts for the soybean output in 2021-22 as a result of severe drought since November.”

https://eu.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2022/02/28/soybean-prices-rise-drought-south-america-reduces-harvest/9325158002/


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A team of Brazilian and British scientists have discovered that extreme wind and water-deficiency are the main causes of tree death in the southern Amazon.

“The study revealed that more than 70% of all trees dying at the edge of the Amazon rainforest already had severely broken and damaged crowns due to climate change years before they died…”

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news-environment/news/article/5031/what-s-killing-trees-in-the-southern-amazon


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The threats facing the Peruvian Amazon.

“Crucial for biodiversity and freshwater supplies, Peru’s share of the Amazon basin has bored the brunt of rising deforestation and the increased prevalence of mining… Peru’s share of the biome is the second-largest in South America…”

https://brazilian.report/environment/2022/03/01/threats-peruvian-amazon/


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Record precipitation for King Salmon [Alaska] as winter temperatures flip-flop…

“King Salmon …received the most winter precipitation on record, with more than 7 inches of rain and melted snow from December through February. The average is four inches lower. That’s almost an inch more than the previous record…”

https://www.kdlg.org/environment/2022-03-01/record-precipitation-for-king-salmon-winter-temperatures-flip-flop


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California Drought Grows Dire Again After Two Record Dry Months.

“California’s snowpack has shrunk to about two-thirds of normal, as the state’s relentless drought produced the driest January and February on record and raised the likelihood of more wildfires and deeper water cuts to cities and farms.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/california-drought-grows-dire-again-after-two-record-dry-months-11646170295


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U.S. Farmers Contend With Drought Conditions Headed Into Planting Season.

“The current drought conditions in these regions started back in the summer of 2020 which led to last year’s historic drought conditions in the Northern Plains. North Dakota, for example, saw 22 weeks of “exceptional” drought and are currently facing 46 weeks of “extreme” drought — both records for the state.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimfoerster/2022/03/01/us-farmers-contend-with-drought-conditions-headed-into-planting-season/


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Ukraine War and Oklahoma drought will push bread prices higher…

“Mike Shulte says this year’s Oklahoma’s crop is not looking good. He declined to give an estimate on potential yields per acre but says the lack of rain is taking a toll. In fact, he calls the crop predictions “pretty dismal.””

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/local-regional/2022-03-01/ukraine-war-and-oklahoma-drought-will-push-bread-prices-higher


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UN: Droughts, Less Water in Europe as Warming Wrecks Crops.

“The saints are out again this year as large swaths of Spain face one of the driest winters on record. Even as irrigation infrastructure boomed along with industrial farming, the country’s ubiquitous dams and desalination plants are up against a looming water crisis…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-02/un-droughts-less-water-in-europe-as-warming-wrecks-crops


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“A very dangerous” year for fires ahead [Portugal]…

““Whenever there have been periods of severe drought like the one we are experiencing, those periods of the year have always been problematic,” he said, anticipating “a very dangerous year” of fires.”

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-03-01/a-very-dangerous-year-for-fires-ahead/65539


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Climate change is hitting Africa’s staple crops, increasing parasites…

The report shows that in Africa, climate change has reduced agricultural productivity growth by more than a third (34%) since 1961. This is more than any other region. “Future warming will negatively affect food systems in Africa by shortening growing seasons and increasing water stress.””

https://www.news24.com/fin24/economy/climate-change-is-hitting-africas-staple-crops-increasing-parasites-un-report-20220301


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Nigerian floating slum braces for more storm damage…

“Africa has contributed very little to climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, but the world’s hottest continent hosts some of the people who are most vulnerable to current and future fallout from the planet’s further warming…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/nigerian-floating-slum-braces-more-storm-damage-2022-02-28/


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Climate change erodes glacier on Turkey’s Cilo mountain.

“”Cilo, Turkey’s third highest mountain with a height of 4,116 meters (13,500 feet), is feeling the impact of climate change, which eats away its glacier… scientists examining the state of the glacier detected the rate of melting in the past three decades to be at 48%.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/climate-change-erodes-glacier-on-turkeys-cilo-mountain/news


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Three dust storms over Mumbai in a month, linked to rising temperature…

“Researchers with the Indian Tropical Meteorology Institute, Pune said westerly disturbances coinciding with dust storms emanating from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan borders causing the worst air pollution recorded in the region in decades could be due to rising heat.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/three-dust-storms-over-mumbai-in-a-month-linked-to-rising-temperature/articleshow/89933119.cms


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Flood-ravaged villages in Kottayam district [Kerala] hit by a double whammy of climate crisis…

“Pullukayar, a river that burst its banks to wreak havoc in the settler villages of Koottickal and Kokkayar just four months ago, might sound the most unlikely place to look for an impending drought situation. A walk along the riverbanks here , however, suggests otherwise…”

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/flood-ravaged-villages-in-kottayam-district-hit-by-a-double-whammy-of-climate-crisis/article65143620.ece


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China backpedals on climate promises as economy slows…

“The country’s central economic planner has watered down a roadmap to slash emissions, greenlighted giant coal-fired power plants, and told mines to produce “as much coal as possible” after power shortages paralysed swathes of the economy last year.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220301-china-backpedals-on-climate-promises-as-economy-slows


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At least 17 people are feared dead after a landslide trapped dozens of workers inside a Myanmar jade mine…

“The incident came on Monday evening near Hpakant township in northern Kachin state — the same region where a massive landslide in 2020 entombed 300 workers in the country’s worst ever mine disaster.” [torrential rain a factor there.]

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220301-at-least-17-feared-dead-in-myanmar-jade-mine-landslide


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UN: Climate Change to Uproot Millions, Especially in Asia.

“The walls of Saifullah’s home in northern Jakarta are lined like tree rings, marking how high the floodwaters have reached each year — some more than four feet from the damp dirt floor.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-02/un-climate-change-to-uproot-millions-especially-in-asia


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Severe water shortages are going to affect up to half of the world’s population if current warming trends are not curtailed…

“Even if politicians do manage to keep temperatures below 2°C, up to three billion people may suffer “chronic” water scarcity, the IPCC says.”

https://www.theenergymix.com/2022/03/02/half-the-world-faces-severe-water-shortages-if-global-warming-continues/


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Climate crisis poses global risk to biodiversity causing mass mortality events and threatening food shortages…

“”Climate change has caused local species losses, increases in disease, and mass mortality events of plants and animals, resulting in the first climate-driven extinctions, ecosystem restructuring, increases in areas burned by wildfire, and declines in key ecosystem services.””

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/ipcc-biodiversity-food-shortages-extinctions-b2025086.html


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