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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June heat waves smash records across the globe – it’s not your imagination: This summer is already hotter than normal.

““These temperatures are occurring with only 2 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming and we are on track for 4 degrees Fahrenheit more warming over this century,” Andrew Dessler, a Texas A&M University climate scientist, told the Associated Press. “I literally cannot imagine how bad that will be.””

https://grist.org/extreme-weather/june-heat-waves-smash-records-across-the-globe/


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Italy hits record June temperatures as another heat wave sweeps Europe. Scorching temperatures have again swept across parts of Europe, with many locations in Italy among those setting June or all-time records for heat.

“Temperatures surpassed 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) across much of Italy on Tuesday. Rome tied its hottest temperature on record, while several other cities set monthly records.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/06/28/record-heat-europe-italy-rome-scandinavia/


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Rome firefighters battled a vast wildfire on the north-west outskirts of the city on Monday afternoon amid the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the capital in June

“The blaze was exacerbated after the explosion of 50 gas cylinders in storage and driven by high winds on a day when the city’s temperatures topped 40°C [104F], beating Rome’s previous June record of 38°C in 2019.”

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-battles-wildfires-amid-record-june-heatwave.html


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The mayor of an Italian town has banned hairdressers and barbers from shampooing their customers’ hair twice in an attempt to conserve water during one of the most severe droughts in decades.

“Carlo Gubellini, the mayor of Castenaso, near Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region, said thousands of litres of water was squandered each day through double-shampooing…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/28/italian-hairdressers-face-fines-for-shampooing-amid-heatwave-castenaso-bologna


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Heatwave in Finland.

32.9°C today in Pori airport is a new June heat record for the station and overall for the City of Pori. Previous record was 31.4°C on 14.6.1977… Porvoo Kalbådagrund remained above 22.7°C all night. If it stands until 9 p.m., it will be the highest Tmin in June in Finland.”

https://twitter.com/mikarantane/status/1541828334006505474


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Heatwave in northern Norway, up to 1000 km north of polar circle, has today resulted in 23 June heat records.

“All weather stations with new records has been in work for more than 15 years. Oldest heat record beaten today was from 1958.”

https://twitter.com/VaerTorsten/status/1541867309064765440


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A walrus has been spotted on the beach on Poland’s northern coast, the first ever such sighting of the Arctic mammal in the Baltic Sea.

“The 2-metre-long mammal appeared on Thursday morning on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno… Arctic walruses tend to live in the coastal waters of the Arctic, along the coasts of North America and Russia.”

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-arctic-walrus-spotted-on-local-beach-in-first-ever-polish-sighting-31339


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Netherlands: Rare tornado leaves 1 dead.

“A tornado hit the small historic fishing town of Zierikzee in the Netherlands on Monday, blowing the roofs off several houses and causing several casualties. At least one person died and 10 others were injured as the whirlwind left a trail of damage in several streets, according to the Zeeland province safety authority.”

https://www.dw.com/en/netherlands-rare-tornado-leaves-1-dead/a-62278978


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Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Russia-annexed Crimea.

The Biyuk-Karasu river overflowed for the first time in history on Monday, the Tass news agency reported, prompting officials to introduce a state of emergency in the Belogorsky district in the south of the peninsula.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/heavy-rainfall-causes-flooding-russia-annexed-crimea-2022-06-27/


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In the last ten days central Siberia has been experiencing new devastating wildfires that are quickly enlarging in multiple regions.

“This fire seen by Sentinel2 on June25 in northern Irkutsk oblast (63N,108E) is already more than 160Km2 wide. Russia – ClimateEmergency.”

https://twitter.com/AMIE_py/status/1541255372513607683


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Morocco invests in desalination plants as drought worsens.

“Water stress is defined as water supplies below 1,700 cubic meters per person annually. When annual supplies are less than 1,000 cubic meters per person, the population is at the water scarcity level, and below 500 cubic meters is absolute scarcity… Morocco is below 650 cubic meters per person annually, compared to 2,500 in 1960.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/morocco-invests-desalination-plants-drought-worsens


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Heat wave, fires badly damaging Tunisia’s grain harvest… The farmers union forecasts that output will fall well short of government hopes…

“Loss of grain production comes as the North African country struggles with food importation costs driven higher by the war in Ukraine.”

https://www.middle-east-online.com/en/heat-wave-fires-badly-damaging-tunisias-grain-harvest


Historic day in Tunisia. With a temperature of 48.7C [118.6F] Tozeur tied the national record of the highest temperature in June, which was set at the same place last year. Second place for Kebili with 48.1C also the same value set in June 2021.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1541854423525343234


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Sandstorms cause serious damage to properties in Namibia’s coast.

“The sandstorm has caused infrastructural damage in the major coastal towns including Luderitz, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, and Swakopmund, and resulted in the closure of a school and businesses in Swakopmund.”

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2022/06/28/sandstorms-cause-serious-damage-to-properties-in-namibia039s-coast


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An extreme heatwave warning has been issued for the Northern Cape [South Africa].

“The South African Weather Services said clear skies and offshore conditions are expected to result in persistently high temperatures over the Richtersveld Municipality in the Northern Cape between Wednesday and Friday.”

https://www.iol.co.za/news/weather/sa-weather-services-issues-warning-of-heatwave-for-northern-cape-7837879d-cff8-4f8b-a070-8a93eca32f12


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Severity of Middle East sandstorms confronts Arab Gulf states with a daunting challenge…

““The incidence and intensity of dust storms vary year by year and the World Meteorological Organization declared that the world is going through a turbulent time of extreme climate change. Dust storms with winds up to 45 km per hour for several days are a common phenomenon in the area, and are a result of this extreme global climate.””

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2112886/middle-east


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A terrible heat wave is under way in Iran. All main cities had their hottest June day on records:

“Tehran 42.0C [107.6F]; Esfahan 42.1C; Mashhad 41.6C; Shahrud 40.4C; Bojnourd 41.8C; Very close: Kerman (1750m) 40.0C; Yazd (1237m) 43.8C; *0.2 from record; Sabzevar (980m) 44.7C *0.1 from record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1541817462122917890


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After Brutal Heatwave, Himachal’s Apple Farmers [India] Say Over 30% of Crop Damaged…

“By ‘damaged’, Panjita explains, he means that the fruit has cracked and has stopped growing in size. “Premature dropping of the fruit is another common problem. Spots on the fruit are also visible,” he adds.”

https://thewire.in/agriculture/after-heatwave-himachals-apple-farmers-fear-damage-of-over-rs-50-crore


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Photos: Thousands forced to leave home in India’s flood-hit Assam… The worst floods in years have affected millions of people in the northeastern Indian state of Assam and killed 127 people so far, according to officials.

“The floods have breached more than 200 embankments in the state, displacing tens of thousands of people and submerging large swaths of cultivated land.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2022/6/27/photos-thousands-forced-to-leave-home-in-indias-flood-hit-assam 


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7 million in Bangladesh need aid after ‘worst floods in memory,’ Red Cross says.

“Hundreds of thousands of homes near the Bangladesh-India border are underwater, and in the worst-hit areas whole neighborhoods have been submerged, aid agencies said Tuesday. At least 207 people in both countries have died since the floods began in April, according to official figures.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/29/asia/bangladesh-floods-millions-urgent-relief-need-intl-hnk/index.html


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According to the local insurance regulator, extreme levels of rainfall in China have triggered parametric catastrophe insurance payouts for 16 cities in the province of Guangdong

Guangdong recorded 666mm, or 26 inches of rainfall [over, I’m assuming, a 24 hour period], breaking the record for the province.

https://www.artemis.bm/news/china-rains-trigger-guangdong-parametric-catastrophe-insurance/


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More extreme weather events expected to pummel China in July, August…

“”It is predicted that from July to August, there will be more extreme weather events in China, and regional flood conditions and drought conditions will be heavier than usual,” said Yao Wenguang, director of the Department of Flood and Drought Disaster Prevention of the Ministry of Water Resources…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/more-extreme-weather-events-expected-pummel-china-july-august-2022-06-28/


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Heat records have been shattered many times in Japan. A total of 263 June record highs have been set in six days.

Tokyo had highs of over 35℃ (95F) for four days in a row, making it the first time on record for June. And it will be even hotter tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1541735462892580869


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One of the coldest July days in recorded history looks like it is about to be set in the Northern Territory [Australia] in the middle of the dry season.

“The Top End’s typically hot and sunny middle months have been disrupted by dark clouds and rain over the past couple of days, in what the Bureau of Meteorology is describing as “quite unusual”.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-29/cold-weather-snap-katherine-nt-rain-dry-season/101190202


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Record-high temperatures set to scorch Alaska to start July.

“Alaska, traditionally one of the coldest states in the country, is set to see an unusually warm start to July thanks to a heat dome parking itself over the region. Temperatures could rise up to 20 degrees F above normal in the northernmost state, with temperatures rising well into the 80s to near 90 F.”

https://www.aol.com/weather/record-high-temperatures-set-scorch-163542010.html


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June heat wave continues on with 7th consecutive 100-degree day in Sacramento [California].

“June 2022 has had 11 days reach at least 100 degrees. That is the second highest number of days for June according to National Weather Service records dating back to 1877… It is worth noting that July is typically the hottest month of the year.”

https://www.kcra.com/article/june-heat-wave-7th-consecutive-day-sacramento/40436979


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Austin [Texas] breaks June record for 100-degree days — and 5 other things to know about the weather.

“The June weather has been so brutally hot and dry, it’s not even funny… With a maximum temperature reading of 102, Austin on Monday logged its 21st day of 100-degree weather in June, breaking the record set in 2008 for the most 100-degree days in June.”

https://eu.statesman.com/story/weather/2022/06/27/austin-tx-weather-forecast-heat-break-june-record-100-degree/7745868001/


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Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages…

“Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods, fires and changes in rainfall patterns are also affecting the cost and availability of staples, including wheat, corn, coffee, apples, chocolate and wine. The climate crisis is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events – and it’s putting food production at risk.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/28/climate-crisis-food-shortages


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