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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Villagers in Maharashtra’s Melghat region [central, western India] risk their lives for a bucket of water.

“The scorching heat in Maharashtra has led to several villages in the Melghat region facing acute water shortages. People in many villages have been risking their lives to get water. A video from Khadial village in Melghat shows people doing everything they can to get just one bucket of water.”

https://www.firstpost.com/india/watch-villagers-in-maharashtras-melghat-region-risk-their-lives-for-a-bucket-of-water-10780061.html


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Middle East/Central Asia/India/NW China are all boiling under terrible heat waves.

“Today 9 June 48.7C [119.7F] in the Emirates, 48.0C at Doha in Qatar, 9th day out of 9 in June >46C [114.8F] in Ganganagar, India, 43.6C in Turkmenistan. Minimum temperature of 35.8C at Hoseyniyeh, Iran.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1534969819648380928


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Devastating forest fires continue to rage in Pakistan amid extreme heatwave.

“One of the worst affected areas was Balochistan where deadly fires have destroyed nearly 40 per cent of the trees in the pine forests of Koh-e-Sulaiman Range, according to local estimates. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province also witnessed multiple wildfires…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/devastating-forest-fires-continue-to-rage-in-pakistan-amid-extreme-heatwave-1.88454394


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One dead, eight injured in Peshawar dust storm.

“A child was killed and at least eight people were injured during a windstorm which hit the Peshawar valley on Thursday afternoon… The dust storm was so powerful that trees along the main roads were uprooted resulting in complete disruption of traffic in several parts of the city.”

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2360855/one-dead-eight-injured-in-peshawar-dust-storm


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Lightning storms in Albania flooded cities, caused power outages in the capital and led to the death of at least person Thursday, authorities said.

“Police said a 51-year-old man died in a fire after lightning hit a home in the northwestern village of Dedaj and caused an electrical short.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/lightning-storms-in-albania-flood-cities-cause-1-death/2022/06/09/b1cce7b0-e812-11ec-a422-11bbb91db30b_story.html


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A new fierce and long lasting heat wave is starting in Western Europe and Morocco.

“On 9th June temperatures exceeded 39C [102.2F] in Southern Spain and might rise to 43-44C in few days, in Morocco to 46-47C [116.6F]. Today the first >30C of the year was recorded in Poland and Belarus. Stay tuned.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1534929867405692928


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Thousands evacuated, three injured as wildfire rages in Spain…

“The affected area on the Sierra Bermeja mountain range was devastated by a six-day wildfire last September that destroyed more than 9,000 hectares (35 square miles) of forest.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/9/thousands-evacuated-three-injured-as-wildfire-rages-in-spain


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Nearly all of Portugal in ‘severe’ drought after hottest May on record…

“The average temperature (19°C / 66.2F) was more than 3°C higher than usual… At the same time, the average May rainfall of just under 9 millimetres was just 13% of what would normally be expected. As a result, the IPMA noted a “very significant increase” in the number of areas under “severe drought”…”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/09/nearly-all-of-portugal-in-severe-drought-after-hottest-may-on-record


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The European Union faces a disappointing wheat harvest this year, dimming hopes that one of the world’s biggest producers might help fill a widening global grain gap left by the war in Ukraine…

“Combined with spells of extreme heat—the mercury having risen well above seasonal averages—this weather took a negative toll on the condition of all cereal crops in Europe, during the period of critical yield formation phases…””

https://www.wsj.com/articles/wheat-harvest-outside-ukraine-is-also-under-threat-adding-pressure-to-global-supply-11654770672


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La Nina may further disrupt commodity markets via hurricanes.

“As if commodity markets needed any more drama this year, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be the seventh-consecutive with above-average activity, raising risks for U.S. grain exports as well as oil production and refining capacity.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/la-nina-may-further-disrupt-commodity-markets-via-hurricanes-2022-06-08/


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US Faces Small Wheat Harvest as World Supplies Shrink… The U.S. government has been calling on American farmers to plant more winter wheat this autumn…

“There are two wheat crops in the United States: spring wheat and winter wheat. Both are in trouble. In the southern U.S. Plains, winter wheat farmers have received very little rain… Extremely wet spring weather in the northern U.S. Plains will also likely reduce crop production this year.”

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/us-faces-small-wheat-harvest-as-world-supplies-shrink-/6599341.html


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Severe storms erupted in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic late Wednesday afternoon and evening, producing several tornadoes and areas of flooding.

“In Ohio, a tornado west of Columbus caused parts of a distribution center to collapse. In Maryland, a cloudburst inundated a popular concert venue, postponing the performance of pop singer Halsey.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/06/09/ohio-tornadoes-maryland-flooding-halsey/


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As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’.

“Climate change and rapid population growth are shrinking the lake, creating a bowl of toxic dust that could poison the air around Salt Lake City… scientists warn it could start as soon as this summer…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/07/climate/salt-lake-city-climate-disaster.html


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Black Fire becomes New Mexico’s 2nd largest fire in the state’s history.

Two of the largest fires in New Mexico history are happening simultaneously and are only expected to get bigger through the weekend. The two wildfires — the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire just northeast of Santa Fe and the Black Fire in the Gila National Forest — continue to burn at a historic pace.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/09/weather/historic-simultaneous-new-mexico-wildfires-weekend/index.html


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Arizona’s emergency services brace for temperatures above 110F as deaths mount.

“A dangerous heatwave is due to scorch large swaths of Arizona for the rest of the week, triggering the first extreme heat warning of the year as temperatures in Phoenix are forecast to top 113F (45C) on three consecutive days.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/09/arizona-phoenix-triple-digit-heatwave-deaths


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Mexico’s Industrial Capital Suffers Water Rationing Due to Severe Drought.

The inhabitants of Monterrey, Mexico’s industrial capital, were supplied with water in tanker trucks on Wednesday, after a rationing decreed by the authorities in the face of the severe drought that hits the north of the country.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/capital-industrial-de-m%C3%A9xico-sufre-racionamientos-de-agua-por-fuerte-sequ%C3%ADa/47659386


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Argentina set for worst wheat harvest in 12 years…

“Planting area for the 2022-2023 wheat crop is a lower-than-expected 6.2 million hectares due to drought, which reduced sowing of the crop by farmers, the Rosario Grain Exchange said. That’s 700,000 hectares smaller than the preceding season…”

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/economy/argentina-set-for-worst-wheat-season-in-12-years.phtml


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Brisbane will shiver through its coldest start to winter in more than 100 years as Australia’s brutal big freeze sends records tumbling.

“An icy polar blast will see forecast temperatures plummet in every major city except Perth to lows not seen in decades.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10898453/Brisbane-endures-coldest-start-winter-1904-records-fall-Sydney-Melbourne.html


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Australian snow, rain and heat linked by blocked weather systems, climatologist says.

“…the weather systems driving the wind and rain have stopped moving west to east like they normally do. As meteorologists would say, Australia’s weather systems have become “blocked”… blocking high pressure systems are behind some of Australia’s deadliest extreme weather events…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-09/blocked-weather-high-pressure-system-linking-snow-to-record-heat/101134306


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10 killed, village buried, as heavy flooding continues across south and central China…

“Around 1.8 million people have been affected by flooding in the central Chinese province of Hunan — including those who lost their lives, three missing and 286,000 evacuated to safety — since the beginning of June.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-09/10-killed-village-buried-heavy-flooding-china/101140278


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4 Killed After Massive Floods, Landslides In Meghalaya [Northeastern India]…

“The three members of a family of five lost their lives in a landslide that took place in the Gambegre block area of West Garo Hills. The remaining two members, the father and the son, survived and were taken to a hospital in critical condition.”

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/4-killed-after-massive-floods-landslides-in-meghalaya-3051773


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Two years after huge Arctic spill, river water in Norilsk is still red from diesel fuel…

“More than 21,000 tons of fuel spilled into the tundra, streams and lakes when the tank tilted and cracked following what is believed to have been negligent maintenance from Nornickel and its subsidiary Norilsko-Taymyrsky Energy Company.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2022/06/two-years-after-huge-arctic-spill-river-water-norilsk-still-red-diesel-fuel


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A ‘Reckless’ Arctic Geoengineering Project Draws Local Criticism… An Alaska Native delegation… stood outside a country club in Menlo Park, California, last month with a banner that resembled a red road sign: “Wrong Way, Do Not Enter.”

“Their message was directed at the Arctic Ice Project, the geoengineering group that was raising money inside for a scheme to slow climate change by sprinkling tiny, sunlight-reflecting silica beads over sea ice.”

http://www.nomenugget.com/news/%E2%80%98reckless%E2%80%99-arctic-geoengineering-project-draws-local-criticism


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Antarctic glaciers losing ice at fastest rate in 5,500 years, finds study.

“…the glaciers have begun retreating at a rate not seen in the last 5,500 years. With areas of 192,000 km2 (nearly the size of the island of Great Britain) and 162,300 km2 respectively, the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers have the potential to cause large rises in global sea level.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-antarctic-glaciers-ice-fastest-years.html


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Copernicus summary for May 2022: Globally, May was the fifth warmest on record, joint with May 2018 and 2021
[which was a “cooler” La Nina year, as is this].

“In southwestern Europe, temperatures were much above average, associated with a heatwave which broke national and local records for daily maximum and minimum temperatures

“Temperatures were also much above average in a band stretching southward from western Siberia across central Asia to northern India and Pakistan, over the Horn of Africa, southern USA and Mexico, as well as Antarctica.”

https://climate.copernicus.eu/copernicus-may-2022-globally-joint-fifth-warmest-heatwave-leads-temperature-records-southwestern


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