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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Using data gathered over the last four decades to study the effects of temperature changes and rain on the atmospheric concentration of methane, scientists have concluded that Earth could be both delivering more, and removing less, methane into the air than previously estimated

“…They show that climate change is a stronger driver of increasing atmospheric methane than expected, causing the Earth to heat up more and faster than anticipated.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220630083306.htm


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Global emissions of methane from oil and gas basins have showed a “worrisome” jump since the beginning of 2021… according to new research.

“US-based geo-analytics company Kayrros, a specialist in analysing satellite data, studied emissions of the potent climate-warming gas in several onshore US basins, as well as producing fields in Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Turkmenistan, and at the giant but ageing Hassi R’Mel gas basin in Algeria.”

https://www.upstreamonline.com/environment/new-study-highlights-worrisome-rise-in-global-methane-emissions/2-1-1249027


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Midnight Sun heat wave… Temperatures surpassed 30 degrees Celsius across northern Scandinavia on Wednesday and many metrological stations hit new record high temperatures for June

“…the record temperatures in the Arctic are signs of worrying heat events in patterns of human-caused climate change.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2022/06/heatwave-northern-edge-europe


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Record heat sets off flood warnings in Northern Norway.

“Northern Norway sweated through sudden and record-high temperatures this week and now they’ve set off rapid melting of snow that was still lying at high elevations. Local officials braced for flooding, while weather experts linked it all to climate change.”

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2022/06/30/record-heat-sets-off-flood-warnings


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Record-high temperatures in Hungary, some water shortages…

“Hungary witnessed record-high temperatures in the early morning as well as the afternoon on Wednesday, with peak temperatures reaching 39.2 C, the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) said… Meanwhile temporary water shortages have been experienced in ten localities of Pest County…”

https://dailynewshungary.com/record-high-temperatures-in-hungary-some-water-shortages/


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One dead after severe rainfall causes heavy flooding in southern Austria.

“Authorities in Austria have declared a civil emergency after mudslides cut off several villages from rescue services, while at least one person died after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the southern state of Carinthia.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/29/one-dead-after-severe-rainfall-causes-flooding-in-southern-austria


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French told to prepare for second heatwave within two weeks.

“The mercury is set to climb again in France two weeks after a heatwave that caused record-breaking early summer temperatures across the country… South-eastern France is expected to bear the brunt of the heatwave, with local temperatures tipped to surpass 40°C.”

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220630-french-told-to-prepare-for-second-heatwave-in-two-weeks


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Italy suffers extreme temperatures with 22 cities on red alert…

“The African anticyclone Charon, largely responsible for the heat wave, will continue to punish this European nation for at least another ten days… The temperatures expected in Sicily could surpass the European record of 48,8 degrees Celsius set on that island on August 11, 2021…”

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/06/29/italy-suffers-extreme-temperatures-with-22-cities-on-red-alert/


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Italy: Seawater crashes through barriers and rushes up rivers as northern Italy faces worst drought in 70 years.

“Waves from the Adriatic Sea have been crashing through anti-salt barriers and pushing downstream, making irrigation even more difficult for farmers already struggling against the high temperatures.”

https://news.sky.com/story/italy-looming-agricultural-catastrophe-as-saltwater-from-adriatic-damages-crops-12642432


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Record Marine Heatwave Hits Mediterranean Sea. On June 19, a day after thermometers rose to record highs across several parts of Spain and France, a buoy floating on the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of the Balearic Islands, registered 29 degrees Celsius (84F).

The extreme heat wave on land unleashed a marine heatwave that’s still ongoing… “There has never been such an intense marine heat wave so early in the year…”

https://gcaptain.com/record-marine-heatwave-hits-mediterranean-sea/


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More June records of highest temperatures fell yesterday in North Africa. In Algeria 48.7C [119.7F] at Touggourt and 47.7C at El Golea.

“The heat will stay at extreme levels into the first days of July but July (and all time) records will be more difficult to beat.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1542493154951081984


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Flash floods hit Obuasi in Ashanti, Ghana on June 29th 2022.

“Heavy rain caused flash floods, causing disruption throughout the area. Sewers overflowed, as drains failed to handle the volume of water. Houses were flooded, with possessions destroyed or washed away by the water. Roads were blocked by water, making travel impossible and isolating areas.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11G3AzUrGD4


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Ethiopia Child Marriages Surge as Drought Hits Families…

“Impoverished families are exchanging female children for dowries and because “it’s one less mouth to feed for the family,” Andy Brooks, Unicef’s child protection adviser for Eastern and Southern Africa, said in an interview. “These are not decisions families are taking lightly.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-29/ethiopia-child-marriages-surge-as-drought-impoverishes-families


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Among so many records today it’s worth mentioning the tiny island of Mayotte, a French territory in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros. 

This June 2022 was its 100th (HUNDREDTH) consecutive warmer than average month. Last slightly cooler than average month was February 2014!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1542462965672189952


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Iran again! Today 30th June the city of Shiraz beat its June record again with 42.8C [109F] which is just 0.4C from its all time high for any month.

Altitude is 1500m above sea level.

“At low elevations temperature reached 50.7C [123.3F] at Dezful.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1542606097571139584


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Historic day in Central Asia. With 48.2C [118.8F] Uchadzhi in Turkmenistan recorded the hottest June day in history of Central Asia/Former USSR.

Previous record was 48.0C in 1977.

“Also 45.8C in Uzbekistan (record 46.5C) and 45.1C in Tajikistan (record 46.0C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1542176354661195780


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Turkmenistan calls, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan answer!

“100% Historic day: 46.1C at Isambaj New Tajik record for June and hottest day ever for the station; 44.1C in the capital Dushanbé – hottest day ever; 47.0C [116.6F] at Termez New Uzbek record for June.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1542558611066572802


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Glacial outburst sweeps away two bridges in Chitral’s Garam Chashma area [Pakistan].

“GLOFs are sudden events, which can release millions of cubic metres of water and debris, leading to loss of lives, property and livelihoods among remote and impoverished mountain communities… Footage aired on Dawn News TV showed fast-flowing flood waters tearing through one of the bridges.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1697483/glacial-outburst-sweeps-away-two-bridges-in-chitrals-garam-chashma-area


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Hatoyama, north of Tokyo, had 39.9C [103.8F] on Thursday. That’s hotter than yesterday’s Dubai (39.2C).

16% of Japan had the hottest June day on record. Tokyo’s highs were above 35C for six days in a row, making it the longest on record for June.

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1542459834317975552


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Living through Japan’s hottest [early] summer on record [I don’t think we can give it that overall designation yet]…

“For many in Japan, the heat over the last few days feels strange, and rather frightening. This should be the middle of the country’s rainy season. But across Japan the skies are clear, and the mercury is stuck in the high 30s and has twice broken through 40C this week.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/470151/living-through-japan-s-hottest-summer-on-record


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Animals we’ve lost: the 15 carp species that disappeared from a single lake. Just two species of the freshwater fish still exist in the ancient waters of Lake Lanao in the Philippines after predatory fish were accidentally introduced.

“It was a celebrated clan: a group of 17 carp species found nowhere else in the world except for an ancient freshwater lake in the Philippines.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/29/15-carp-species-extinct-philippines-aoe


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Communities in New South Wales hit by heavy flooding earlier this year are bracing for days of torrential rain, as the east coast prepares for an intense wet spell

“Six-hourly rainfalls of between 80mm to 150mm [5.9 inches] are possible, with the warning of heavy rainfall likely to last into Sunday, potentially bringing with it flooding along the east coast.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/01/nsw-weather-communities-brace-for-flooding-as-heavy-rainfall-returns-to-state


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Australia’s bushfire season now lasts for 130 days a year and has lengthened by almost a month in the past four decades, according to new research.

“In the south-east of the country, where forests and communities are still recovering from the unprecedented Black Summer bushfires of 2019 and 2020, there are now 11 extra days where the risk of fire is at its most extreme, compared with the late 1970s.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/01/australias-bushfire-season-has-grown-by-almost-a-month-in-40-years-study-finds


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More Brazilians are dying in floods and downpours. It’s not just the water that is killing them…

“Between late May and the start of June 130 people died as a result of heavy rains in the state of Pernambuco in north-eastern Brazil. In February and March at least 240 people perished in Petropolis near Rio de Janeiro following severe flooding in the city’s hinterland.”

https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/06/30/more-brazilians-are-dying-in-floods-and-downpours


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Emergency in Soacha [Colombia] due to overflow of sewage and toxic foam.

Due to the heavy rains, a ravine on which sewage is poured overflowed and flooded part of the low income Villa Esperanza neighborhood… dozens of people were trapped in the middle of the dirty waters and the foam of foul odors that even reached, the eight meters high.”

https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2022/06/29/emergencia-en-soacha-por-desbordamiento-de-aguas-negras-y-espuma-toxica/


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Death risk soars with exposure to extreme heat and air pollution the same day: study.

Researchers gathered data on more than 1.5 million deaths in California between 2014 and 2019 using death certificate information from California’s Department of Public Health and data on temperature levels and air particulate matter… There was a 36.2% increase in mortality risk for people over 75.”

https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/environment/3541725-death-risk-soars-with-exposure-to-extreme-heat-and-air-pollution-the-same-day-study/


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San Francisco train derailment was caused by severe heatwave, say experts…

“The derailment caused a dangerous accident, with all 50 passengers having to be evacuated and several people reporting minor injuries. Temperatures on the track reached a sweltering 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit) near the city of Concord in the Bay Area.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/06/29/san-francisco-train-derailment-was-caused-by-severe-heatwave-say-experts


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This June the hottest on record in San Antonio, Texas.

Not only was the month the hottest June on record, but it also saw the most 100-degree days of any June on record! (Temperature records in San Antonio began in 1885). This all follows the hottest May on record…

https://www.ksat.com/weather/2022/07/01/this-june-the-hottest-on-record-in-san-antonio/


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The Water Wars Come to the Suburbs… The best gossip you’re likely to hear in Rio Verde Foothills, Arizona, is about water…

“Some homeowners’ wells are drying up, while others who get water delivered have recently been told that their source will be cut off on January 1st. “It’s going to turn into the Hunger Games,” Leigh Harris said grimly.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-southwest/the-water-wars-come-to-the-suburbs


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Yes, The Drought Really Is That Bad. The Western U.S. is experiencing its worst drought since 800 A.D…

“Across the West, state leaders are bracing against the long-term impacts of aridification… A study published in Nature Climate Change in February predicted a 94% chance the drought stretches through 2023; the chances of it persisting through 2030 are 75%.”

https://www.bendsource.com/bend/yes-the-drought-really-is-that-bad/Content?oid=17103913


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With changing climate, global lake evaporation loss larger than previously thought.

“A white mineral ring as tall as the Statue of Liberty creeps up the steep shoreline of Lake Mead, a Colorado River reservoir just east of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border. It is the country’s largest reservoir, and it’s draining rapidly.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-climate-global-lake-evaporation-loss.html


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Climate change may be culprit in Antarctic fish disease outbreak.

“…scientists determined the tumors were the result of a parasitic illness, an unprecedented outbreak on a scale never seen before near Antarctica. Waters and melting ice might have contributed to the outbreak in this particularly vulnerable ecosystem, the team reports in June in the journal iScience.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-climate-culprit-antarctic-fish-disease.html


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Scientists surprised as geomagnetic storm [over the weekend] opens ‘crack’ in Earth’s magnetosphere.

“Even if we had been able to predict the storm, the planet has limited defences against the most powerful forms of space weather – and our increasing dependence on electronics makes us vulnerable to their effects.”

https://news.sky.com/story/scientists-surprised-as-geomagnetic-storm-opens-crack-in-earths-magnetosphere-12642375


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