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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Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Set an All-time Record Low at the End of the Austral Summer with a Marked Negative Anomaly after a Season Dominated by Föhn Events…

“A warm summer in Antarctica and several strong föhn wind events smashed the Antarctic sea ice extent setting an all-time record low in 44 years of satellite observations.

“It is impressive to witness this frozen ocean melting down, and for the first time since satellite measurement began in 1979 the Southern Ocean sea ice coverage has dropped below 2 million square kilometers.”

https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/antarctic-sea-ice-extent-all-time-low-february-marked-negative-anomaly-rrc/


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Tasmania records driest summer in 40 years as La Niña ‘swings the wind around’…

“The island state’s west and south-west – both sparsely populated and typically wet – recorded their lowest levels of rainfall on record, the Bureau of Meteorology said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/03/tasmania-records-driest-summer-in-40-years-as-la-nina-swings-the-wind-around


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Stalled weather: How stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves. Climate change—fuelled by increasing greenhouse gases—is causing more extreme weather events worldwide.

“Many of these events, such as the “rain bomb” inundating Australia’s east coast and the recent heatwave in Western Australia, are associated with “stalled” weather systems.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-03-stalled-weather-stuck-air-pressure.html


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Flooded Australian towns brace for more rains, several people still missing.

“Australian authorities on Friday warned of more rains over the weekend in several flooded regions in the country’s east, likely hampering relief efforts as defence personnel try to reach worst-hit towns cut off by days of downpours.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/flooded-australian-towns-brace-more-rains-several-people-still-missing-2022-03-04/


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Australia’s health experts fear mosquitoes flourishing in the rainbomb floods of Queensland and New South Wales could spread a deadly new threat.

Japanese encephalitis virus has now been declared a national health emergency after a ninth Australian case of the disease was found in Queensland.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10576665/Japanese-encephalitis-virus-Australian-health-emergency-Queensland-NSW-rainbomb-floods-fear.html


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Little reprieve in sight for central and north Queensland as sweltering heatwave conditions continue.

“It’s only the fourth day of the month but temperature records for March have been broken in central and northern Queensland, with little reprieve in sight from the extreme heatwave conditions.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-04/central-and-north-queensland-heatwave-continues/100882158


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New Zealand has just completed its fifth-warmest summer on record, with temperatures 1.1 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 summer average.

Three of the country’s five warmest summers have now occurred since the summer of 2017-18.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/weather-news/127960778/new-zealand-completes-fifthwarmest-summer-on-record


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South America sees record wildfire activity in early 2022.

“A heatwave and the resulting dry conditions across northern Argentina and Paraguay have resulted in record wildfires in the region, with much higher than average fire emissions and smoke transport. Colombia and Venezuela have also been experiencing some increases in fire activity…”

https://atmosphere.copernicus.eu/south-america-sees-record-wildfire-activity-early-2022


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The heat wave in Argentina is accompanied by an invasion of beetles.

“In Argentina, the week was not only marked by intense heat. Residents of several municipalities in the province of La Pampa have also registered an unprecedented invasion of beetles. Discover the images that circulate on social networks.”

https://www.diarioelanalista.com.ar/la-ola-de-calor-en-argentina-viene-acompanada-de-una-invasion-de-escarabajos-mira-las-fotos/


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Drought-Riven Chile Makes World First in Environmental Bonds.

“Chile issued bonds tied to sustainability goals, the first nation in the world to do so, as the country wracked by a decade-long drought looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and obtain cheap financing.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-02/chile-becomes-first-nation-to-tap-sustainability-linked-bonds


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Brush Fire Burns Hundreds of Acres in Cleveland National Forest.

“Smoke could be seen for miles around after a brush fire broke out Wednesday in Southern California‘s Cleveland National Forest… The fire started around 11:20 a.m. in the Holy Jim trail area…”

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california-wildfires/brush-fire-wildfire-cleveland-national-forest-san-diego-orange-county/2839195/


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Lake Powell is about to drop below a critical level never reached before, as drought rages on.

“For the first time since it was filled more than 50 years ago, Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the country, is projected to dip past a critical threshold, threatening water supplies and putting a key source of hydropower generation at heightened risk of being forced offline…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/03/us/lake-powell-water-colorado-river-climate/index.html


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Climatologists: Drought to worsen in Oregon, Idaho this year.

“Climate scientists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest warned Thursday that much of Oregon and parts of Idaho can expect even tougher drought conditions this summer than in the previous two years…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/oregon-pacific-northwest-portland-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration-washington-b2028268.html


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[Ireland’s] Winter was one of mildest on records, but ended with three storms in a row.

“The winter just past was one of the mildest on record with temperatures above normal everywhere. Temperatures ranged from 0.8 degrees above the seasonal average at Dublin Airport to 1.8 degrees in Finner, Co Donegal.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/winter-was-one-of-mildest-on-records-but-ended-with-three-storms-in-a-row-1.4817712


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A drought affecting the River Po is worsening, the authority that manages Italy’s longest river said Thursday.

“The drought in the Po Basin “is getting worse and is serious”, it said. “There is an emergency in the Delta and Piedmont but the whole area is in difficulty”.”

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/03/03/river-po-drought-worsening-says-authority_1dc0be6a-deb3-4fc7-86f9-84589af7468d.html


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Tanzania records extreme weather events in 2021 caused by climate change.

“Tanzania’s weather watchdog said on Thursday in 2021 the country experienced extreme weather events, mainly heavy rainfall, floods, prolonged dry spells, strong winds, and high temperatures caused by climate change.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/20220304/d1741e9901aa4c30b9d99adf145b3805/c.html


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Zimbabwe: Ravaging Drought Sparks Famine Fears.

“”The dry spell has disastrously affected farmers. Things are not looking good here,” Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Shadreck Makombe said. “Most crops as we speak now have wilted because we have not received rain for a long time. Even if the rains come, they will not recover. It’s really a disaster.””

https://allafrica.com/stories/202203030182.html


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Environment: Experts Ring Alarm Bells as Extreme Weather Events Rapidly Increasing in India…

“”Glaciers are depleting and increasing the flow of rivers in north India. The northern sides of the country will receive more rain compared to the eastern side. Cloudburst is becoming common, and we have found that in case of a cloudburst along the foothills of the Himalayas, the precipitation goes up by 14%.””

https://www.newsclick.in/environment-experts-ring-alarm-bells-extreme-weather-events-rapidly-increasing-india


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Air pollution increases in South East Asia, combined with pollution cuts in Europe, may have had an important influence on European and Asian weather patterns in recent decades, new research has found…

“…[producing] atmospheric conditions that favored prolonged summer extremes in Europe, as well as causing dry spells in Central Asia.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-03-air-pollution-linked-asia-summer.html


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Thailand to make artificial rain to tackle looming threat of drought.

“The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry launched a “rainmaking” project on Thursday in a bid to ease the scarcity of water across the country. The project was launched in a special ceremony presided over by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on…”

https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40013026


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Floods: Landslide causes Sultan Mahmud Power Station in Hulu T’ganu [Malaysia] to shut down temporarily.

“The Sultan Mahmud Power Station (SJSM) in Kenyir near Hulu Terengganu has been temporarily shut down since Sunday (Feb 27) after the high voltage transmission tower, which supplies electricity from SJSM to the National Grid, collapsed due to a landslide.”

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/03/02/floods-landslide-causes-sultan-mahmud-power-station-in-hulu-t039ganu-to-shut-down-temporarily


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Arctic Council in upheaval over Russia as climate change transforms region.

“Countries of the Arctic Council said on Thursday they would boycott future talks in Russia over its Ukraine invasion, throwing international cooperation in the region into upheaval at a time when climate change is opening it up to resource exploitation.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/arctic-council-countries-halt-meetings-over-russias-invasion-ukraine-2022-03-03/


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The Arctic Seafloor Is Degrading and Could Be a Climate Time Bomb.

“…new research confirms previous studies that raised alarms about the potentially catastrophic release of methane from icy gas-rich solids known as hydrates, while also revealing new insights about the [East Siberian Arctic] shelf with much-needed in-situ measurements from the field.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kbmzb/the-arctic-seafloor-is-degrading-and-could-be-a-climate-time-bomb


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