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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Cities underwater today as floods hit Guangxi, China on June 12 2022.

“Heavy rains caused flash floods in Guangxi, China on June 12th 2022. Residents were stranded as water filled streets, making travel impossible. Emergency services used boats to provide aid to trapped citizens. Power cuts were reported as electrical cables were damaged.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1_Tc1sYfDQ


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Weather experts [Japan] warn about dangerously wet early July period… Meteorologists are urging the public to be on guard in early July, which has become an annual season for heavy rainfalls, landslides and flooding.

“Since 2017, at least one deadly disaster caused by torrential rains has occurred each year during the period from July 1 to 10.”

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14643741


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Record rainfall floods capital, causes chaos [Cambodia]…

“Phnom Penh residents spent two days pelted by record heavy rainfall, which caused flooding along major boulevards, forcing vehicles to stop and stall, and in some cases drivers couldn’t restart their cars… the levels reached over the past two days are unprecedented.”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501092853/record-rainfall-floods-capital-causes-chaos/


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Flash flood leaves 20,000 people marooned in Kurigram [Bangladesh]…

“Low-lying areas in six unions of Roumari upazila of Kurigram have been inundated by flash flood triggered by the recent rains and onrush of upstream water, rendering 20,000 people marooned. Aman seedbeds and other paddy fields were submerged…”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/nation/2022/06/12/flash-flood-leaves-20000-people-marooned-in-kurigram


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Vanishing rivers stir concern in Bangladesh.

Despite the fact that flooding has become a yearly occurrence in Bangladesh, more than half of the country’s rivers have become impassable and many more have disappeared, hurting the livelihoods of millions of people in the South Asian country… According to officials, just 172 of the 405 rivers that run through the delta region of Bangladesh are currently navigable.”

https://www.bolnews.com/world/2022/06/vanishing-rivers-stir-concern-in-bangladesh/


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In Himachal Pradesh, people look for ‘divine mediation’ to break dry spell…

“With almost no or very less rain since March, many places in the state are facing a shortage of drinking water. The water level in some streams has fallen too. Standing crops are drying up as there is insufficient water for irrigation.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/across-hp-people-seekdivine-intervention-for-rain/articleshow/92167685.cms


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Himachal Pradesh village, rare trees at risk as wildfire rages on.

“Usually, when there is a forest fire, the villagers are able to control it locally, but this time its scale is massive, so they have requested the government to send a helicopter… “On Saturday night, we had some control but the blaze restarted.””

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/himachal-pradesh-village-rare-trees-at-risk-as-wildfire-rages-on/articleshow/92169971.cms


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In the grip of an acute water shortage and with temperatures reaching 43.8 degrees Celsius [110.8F] on Saturday, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has written to Haryana, asking it to release water from Somb river, a tributary of the Yamuna.

“The water utility has also taken up the matter with the Upper Yamuna River Board.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/release-somb-water-to-abate-crisis-delhi-to-haryana-101654990493178.html


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The water shortage has reached to its extreme level in Sindh [Pakistan] as the water scarcity in Indus has reached to 59.1 percent, sources said…

“It is also being feared that such an extreme shortage could cause drinking water crisis in Sindh’s cities, especially Karachi, the mega city below the tail end of the river, for which water supply from Indus river is major source…”

https://arynews.tv/sindh-drought-reaches-extreme-indus-thirst-rising/


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Iraq’s ‘pearl of the south’ Lake Sawa dry amid water crisis. Southern Iraq’s Lake Sawa has dried up for the first time in its centuries-long history.

“Lake Sawa is only the latest casualty in this broad country-wide struggle with water shortages that experts say is induced by climate change, including record low rainfall and back-to-back drought.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-iraq-baghdad-muhammad-saddam-hussein-b2099492.html


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Iraqi Meteorological Authority warns of coming dust storm.

“Dust storms are repeated unprecedentedly in Iraq, and according to experts, these storms are formed because of climate change, lack of rainfall and desertification. Iraq is considered one of the most five countries vulnerable to climate change and desertification.”

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/iraqi-meteorological-authority-warns-of-coming-durst-storm/


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Syrian Kurds warn of ‘disastrous’ water shortages, accuse Turkey as military offensive looms.

“Authorities in northeastern Syria have warned dropping water levels on the Euphrates river could spark a humanitarian disaster, local media reported on Saturday, accusing Turkey of being behind the water shortages.”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/syrian-kurds-say-disastrous-water-cuts-caused-turkey


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87 still missing 2 months after South Africa’s worst floods.

“South Africa marked two months since the worst floods in living memory hit the city of Durban and its surrounding areas on Sunday, announcing that nearly 90 people are still unaccounted for in the aftermath of the disaster that killed hundreds.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/africa/87-still-missing-2-months-after-south-africas-worst-floods


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12th June was another very hot day in North Africa and South Europe with 47C [116.6F] at Faya (Chad), 0.6C from national heat record.

“In Morocco 44.9C at Kasba Tadla and Beni Mellal and hottest June night ever at Fes with Tmin of 27.5C. In Spain 43.0C at Andujar [109.4F], in France up to 38.6C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1536055881711992832


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This Saturday, June 11, heat records were broken in places in Occitania [France; you may recall that Southern France also had a heatwave three weeks ago that saw heat records for May fall]…

“In Nîmes-Courbessac, the thermometer reads 36.7 degrees. “It had never been so hot so early in June on this station since the beginning of the records 100 years ago”, announces Keraunos.”

https://www.midilibre.fr/2022/06/11/records-de-chaleur-battus-pour-la-saison-plus-de-37-degres-mesures-dans-le-gard-laude-et-lherault-10352824.php


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In southern France, hundreds of firefighters were still battling forest fires on Sunday that broke out over the weekend.

“In drought conditions and with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, the first forest fires of the summer were fuelled by strong winds.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/12/drought-heat-and-high-winds-fan-forest-fires-in-southern-france


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Remarkable temperature gradient in SE England:

“GFS on next Saturday – totally nutty! 30C [86F] in London and 15C [59F] in Aylesbury never seen anything like that.”

https://twitter.com/TheSnowDreamer/status/1536096151606333440


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Heat, drought, wildfires continue as new warm weather records set in May [US]… Over 25 years, Shannon Kovitch has watched it grow warmer and warmer at the Summit School in Wylie, Texas.

“Rising temperatures now force Kovitch, a co-owner of the school, and her students to scour social media to find fun indoor activities to keep them busy so they don’t have to go outside.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/2022/06/11/climate-change-drove-record-setting-warm-temperatures-may/7587361001/


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US temperatures hit record levels as south-west bakes in heatwave…

“In Colorado, Denver hit 100F (38C), tying a record set in 2013 for both the high temperature and the earliest calendar day to reach 100F.  Temperatures in several inland areas of California reached triple digits by the afternoon, with a record high for 11 June of 122F (50C) reached in Death Valley.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/12/us-temperatures-hit-record-levels-south-west-heatwave


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Texas Power Use Tops All-Time Record as Heat Bakes State.

“The record underscores the searing heat and rampant population growth underway in Texas… It’s also a potentially grim harbinger of what’s to come this summer.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-12/texas-power-use-tops-all-time-record-as-heat-bakes-state


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Evacuations are in effect in parts of northern Arizona as a wildfire about 6 miles (9 kilometers) north of Flagstaff steadily grew Sunday, authorities said.

“Coconino National Forest officials said the Pipeline Fire was reported at 10:15 a.m. by a fire lookout and had burned approximately 4,000-5,000 acres by late Sunday, pushing about 15 miles (24 kilometers).”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/flagstaff-wildfire-forces-evacuations-steadily-grows-85350021


It is only mid-June and the Sheep Fire in SoCal is burning with an intensity more commonly seen in peak fire season. Fuels are at/near record dry levels. An ominous sign for later this summer/fall when vegetation dries out even further.”

https://twitter.com/US_Stormwatch/status/1536196108161953794


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A looming Sriracha shortage has hot sauce lovers feeling fiery, after the maker of the popular condiment said it was suspending sales over the summer due to a shortage of chili peppers

“In an April email to customers, the company described the pepper shortage as “severe” and related to the climate [its peppers are grown in California, New Mexico and Mexico].”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/09/sriracha-chili-pepper-shortage


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Portland is seeing its wettest April, May and early June on record.

“It’s not your imagination: Portland is experiencing the wettest April, May and early June of any time in at least the past 81 years. The National Weather Service said it measured 12.23 inches of rain at Portland International Airport from April 1 through Sunday mid-morning.”

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2022/06/portland-is-seeing-its-wettest-april-may-and-early-june-on-record.html


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Tundra wildfire creeps closer toward Alaska Native community… The East Fork fire was within 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) of St. Mary’s, a statement from Alaska Wildland Fire Information said…

“The fire is burning in dry grass and shrubs like alder and willow in the mostly treeless tundra in southwest Alaska. The fire was started by lightning May 31.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-bethel-anchorage-b2099317.html


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New intense heat wave in Xinjiang, NW China. The city of Turpan (lat 42,5N) today reached 43.4C. But it ‘ll get hotter.

“Temperatures will rise above 45C [113F] in the next days with overnight minimums above 30C. After its hottest May on record, Turpan is heading towards its hottest June.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1535962623191044096


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Climate crisis is ‘battering our economy’ and driving inflation, new book says.

“Forget Ukraine, coronavirus, corporate greed and “supply chain issues”, when it comes to inflation the climate crisis is the real, lasting, worry, according to a new book, and one that’s only likely to get worse.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jun/11/climate-crisis-inflation-economy-climatenomics-book


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The race against time to breed a wheat to survive the climate crisis.

“Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Sonora are focused on developing wheat varieties which can better cope with drought, rising temperatures and excessive rainfall… it’s a complicated, never-ending race against time, as global heating drives climate disasters and the emergence of new, adapted or more aggressive pathogens.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/12/wheat-breeding-climate-crisis-drought-resistant


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