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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Why the global soil shortage threatens food, medicine and the climate. Soil can be considered black gold, and we’re running out it. The United Nations declared soil finite and predicted catastrophic loss within 60 years.

“There are places that have already lost all of their topsoil,” Jo Handelsman, author of “A World Without Soil,” and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNBC.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/05/why-the-global-soil-shortage-threatens-food-medicine-and-the-climate.html


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Almost half of Earth’s land requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services.

“A new study published in the journal Science on June 3, 2022, has revealed that 44 per cent of the Earth’s surface area, or 64 million square kilometres (24.7 million square miles), has to be conserved in order to protect biodiversity.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/almost-half-of-earths-land-requires-conservation-to-safeguard-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-485047


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Raw sewage pours into sea at 14 Cornwall beaches [UK].

“The recent storms has resulted in do not swim and pollution warnings being issued for 14 beaches in Cornwall by Surfers’ Against Sewage. According to the environmental charity, storm sewage has been discharged from sewer overflows at a number of locations within the past 48 hours.”

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/raw-sewage-pours-sea-14-7167657


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One woman has been killed and 14 people injured in France as thunder and hailstorms hit the country, ravaging vineyards and delaying flights.

“Residents of south-west France posted photos online of hail the size of tennis balls, and drivers in the Paris region shared images of flooded roads and daytime skies blackened by thunder clouds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/05/storms-cause-chaos-across-france


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Severe storms and hail hit southern Germany.

“The Allgäu and Lower Bavaria regions were particularly affected by the severe weather, which caused trees to fall as well as flooding. Parts of the state of Baden-Württemberg were also hit. Meanwhile, heavy rain hampered the rescue and investigation work underway after a train derailed on Friday.”

https://www.thelocal.de/20220606/severe-storms-and-hail-hit-southern-germany/


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Residents have been forced to evacuate as a wildfire on the outskirts of the Greek capital Athens threatened homes and power lines, a fire brigade official said.

“Fanned by strong winds on Saturday, the fire quickly spread across the slopes of Mount Hymettus which overlooks Athens, sending thick clouds of smoke over the southern suburbs of the city.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/4/residents-evacuate-as-wildfire-threatens-homes-near-athens


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Europe: 5th June was scorching hot in the Caucasus with 39.1C [102.4F] at Megri, Armenia at 630m asl. 36.5C at Tbilisi, Georgia. 39.9C in Greece, 36.7C in North Macedonia, 36.6C in Montenegro.

June record high at Pescara Italy with 38.6C [101.5F] today and at Alghero, Sardinia yesterday with 40.4C [104.7F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1533523857302294528


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Sandstorm hits Senegal’s capital.

“A cloud of dust covering the city surprised the residents on Dakar on Friday. Senegalese authorities warned of a “very poor air quality” in the city and the “high health risk” specially for those suffering of respiratory diseases, children and elderly, and recommended people to not go out and avoid practicing sports and other activities outside.”

https://www.africanews.com/2022/06/04/residents-struggle-as-dust-cloud-covers-dakar/


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Update on Middle East Heat Wave:

On 5th June Jahra in Kuwait rose to 51.2C/124F ,this is now the highest temperature worldwide in 2022 to date, surpassing the 51.0C of Jacobabad, Pakistan set last month. 50.0C also at Sulaibiya. Next days can be even hotter. Stay tuned.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1533561605648224268


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Afghanistan is seeking help from China to contain a forest fire that has been raging in its eastern Nuristan province for 12 days.

“Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, acting deputy foreign minister of the Taliban regime, made the request during a meeting on Thursday with Ding Yinan, charge d’affaires at the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the Chinese embassy in Kabul.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3180481/afghanistan-appeals-chinas-help-put-out-nuristan-forest-fire


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Four of a family were killed when a fire erupted in a forest in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local reports and officials said.

“The fatalities occurred after a fire that started some days ago in the hills overtook several houses on Saturday, including the one of the victims, Xinhua news agency reported.”

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/international/4-killed-in-pakistans-forest-fire


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Pakistan’s tourism industry rocked by climate change…

“While rising temperatures have pushed visitors out of Lahore, they are being increasingly lured to the north not only owing to the cool weather, but also because glaciers melting early in the season mean tourist attractions opening faster than usual.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/5/pakistans-tourism-industry-rocked-by-climate-change


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Delhi, MP sizzle under severe heatwave, crossing 47 degrees [116.6F]. See IMD updates.

“Just as a severe heat wave gripped Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh, where mercury touched 47 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted no significant changes in the maximum temperature in most parts of Northwest India for the next few days.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/delhi-mp-sizzle-under-severe-heatwave-crossing-47-degrees-see-imd-updates-11654473433857.html


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Deadly Heatwave Also Resulting In Ozone Exceedance And It’s Making Delhi’s Air Toxic…

“The dangerous build-up of ground-level ozone can happen anytime during the year, but it is usually in small pockets… this year, the frequency and spread of ozone exceedance started early — in the month of March.”

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/deadly-heat-wave-resulting-ozone-exceedance-making-delhis-air-toxic-571352.html


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China raises emergency response level for flood control.

“China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Saturday upgraded its emergency response for flood control from Level IV to Level III as torrential rain continued to batter southern part of the country… Some rivers in the provincial regions, including Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou, have exceeded their flood warning levels…”

https://english.news.cn/20220604/cb43024c842f4154a29c65afc0ddb289/c.html


Update on the Australian Heat Wave: On 5th June Bradshaw rose to 37.8C/exactly 100F. This is the second highest temperature ever recorded in Australia in June and just 0.1C shy of the national monthly record, which belongs to the same site.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1533467869798858756


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New Zealand experienced its second-warmest autumn on record – and a warm and wet winter looks to follow.

“Climate change was a factor in the “exceptionally warm” autumn, along with higher-than-normal air pressure and sea surface temperatures, Niwa said in a Seasonal Climate Summary.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/weather-news/128869191/secondwarmest-autumn-on-record-with-warm-and-wet-winter-forecast


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A Mexican city in the border state of Nuevo Leon is limiting daily water access to residents to just a six-hour window in response to a historic drought in the region, authorities said Friday.

“The city of Monterrey, a major business hub whose metropolitan area is home to 5.3 million, will allow water use from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily. Its previous policy restricted water for one day per week based on location.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexican-city-limits-daily-water-access-6-hours-amid-drought-2022-06-03/


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A tornado with winds between 105 and 135 km/h affected the municipality of Candelaria, Artemisa [Cuba], on Friday…

“According to a radio report by Artemisa on Facebook, no loss of human life is regretted, but there is a preliminary balance of 24 roofs of houses destroyed, as well as a dairy, the baseball stadium and the #2 sports complex.”

https://www.cibercuba.com/noticias/2022-06-04-u1-e199894-s27061-tornado-causa-danos-candelaria-artemisa


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Floods kill at least three in Cuba… Nearly 2,000 people have decided to evacuate their homes, authorities say, while about 50,000 customers in the province of Havana are without electricity.

“People are almost waist-deep in water,” said Luis Antonio Torres, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PPC) in the capital.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/floods-kill-least-three-cuba-2726906


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Tropical Storm Alex forms in the Atlantic after the system drenched South Florida with flooding rain.

“On Saturday, the system hit South Florida with a trio of heavy rain, strong winds and flooding, with up to 11 inches falling in some areas since Friday. The city of Miami cautioned residents Saturday afternoon that several roads were not accessible.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/05/us/tropical-storm-alex-sunday/index.html


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As California’s big cities fail to rein in their water use, rural communities are already tapped out.

“… the eight-acre farm in West Goshen, California, which Gary Briggs passed down to his son, Ryan, in the 1970s, is parched and fallow. His son and granddaughter carry in water from sources to drink and shower. They go to town to wash their clothes, Briggs says.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/05/us/california-rural-groundwater-crisis-climate/index.html


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Another atmospheric river drenches the Pacific Northwest; when will it end?

The northwest’s historically wet May is seeping into June, it would seem. Cities across western Washington saw up to 2 inches of rain Saturday, with soaking showers hitting the Puget Sound region Sunday morning.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/another-atmospheric-river-drenches-the-pacific-northwest-when-will-it-end/


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More firefighters and air support have been dispatched to battle a wildfire that has been raging in northwestern Alberta for several days.

“A fire ignited near Zama City, a hamlet around 700 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, on June 1 due to lightning, according to Victoria Ostendorf, wildfire information officer for Alberta Wildfire’s High Level forest area.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-zama-city-wildfire-1.6478336


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Wildfire smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility over portions of Saskatchewan’s north.

“On its website, Environment and Climate Change Canada said a plume of smoke from a forest fire northeast of La Ronge was continuing to create locally poor air quality, and advised people with breathing difficulties to stay inside.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wildfire-smoke-highway-closed-1.6478358


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Is human pollution causing clouds to form near the edge of space?

“…a possibility is that human-made pollutants reaching the upper atmosphere are acting as nuclei, enhancing the effect over recent centuries. If industrial pollution is to blame, this may explain why there appears to have been no reported sightings of noctilucent clouds before 1885.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/06/is-human-pollution-causing-clouds-to-form-near-the-edge-of-space


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Earth’s CO2 level passes a new climate milestone.

“Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May were 50 percent higher than during the pre-industrial era, reaching levels not seen on Earth for about four million years, the main US climate agency said on Friday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/4/earths-co2-level-passes-a-new-climate-milestone


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