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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More than a week of floods and landslides across Iran have left dozens dead while search operations are under way to find many more missing.

“At least 69 people have died in flooding across the country since the beginning of the current Iranian month of Mordad on July 23, Nejad Jahani, a deputy with the country’s Crisis Management Organisation, said on Sunday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/31/days-of-deadly-floods-and-landslides-wreak-havoc-in-iran


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Floods in Afghanistan kill at least 18, destroy people homes.

“Taliban’s Disaster Management Authority announced Saturday that recent floods in the country caused lots of damage to people’s homes and killed dozens of people in different parts of the country. The Taliban’s body said that as many as 18 people lost their lives in the floods and that dozens of homes were destroyed.2

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/189644/Floods-in-Afghanistan-kill-at-least-18-destroy-people-homes


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Over 50 Villages In Pakistan Submerged In Flash Floods.

“As many as 30 villages submerged in Sindh province in Pakistan after flash floods from Balochistan entered the province, taking the total number of drowned villages in the hilly region to 50, local media reported.”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/over-50-villages-in-pakistan-submerged-in-flash-floods-report-3210040


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“Japan Heat Wave.

Very hot and humid conditions with temperatures up to 38.6C [101.5F]. Hottest day on records at Kushiro, Hokkaido with 33.5C (prev. 32.4C ,data since 1910). All time records tied at Shiroishi 35.9C and Kuroiso 35.3C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1553663193528111106


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Tokyo heatwave inspires creation of wearable fans to help dogs and cats stay cool.

“A Tokyo clothing manufacturer has joined forces with veterinarians to create a wearable fan to help pets beat the heat. Maternity clothing brand Sweet Mommy has created an 85-gram battery-operated fan for dogs and cats to wear.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-01/japanese-pets-beat-the-heat/101288662


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Brazil moves to pave freeway through heart of Amazon rainforest…

“Researchers say the move will lead to the mass clearing of the rainforest, because most Amazon deforestation happens alongside roads where access is easier and the land is worth more. Clear cutters previously stayed away from the area – but this is starting to change.”

https://news.sky.com/story/brazil-moves-to-pave-freeway-through-heart-of-amazon-rainforest-12661656


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Mexico declares drought in northern state of Nuevo Leon matter of ‘national security’…

“Mexico declared the water shortage in the northern state of Nuevo Leon a matter of “national security” on Friday as the region, home to Mexico’s industrial capital, has been crippled by a worsening drought in recent months.”

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1638016/mexico-declares-drought-in-northern-state-of-nuevo-leon-matter-of-national-security


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August is set to turn up the heat on already historically hot summer, National Weather Service says [Texas]…

In the months of May, June and July, temperatures in Houston averaged 95.1F, ranking first in average high temperature at this point of the year, NWS meteorologist Josh Lichter said. Houston’s hottest summer on record — the summer of 2011 — registered an average temperature of 94.4F.”

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/article/Summer-2022-reaching-historic-high-temperatures-17340701.php


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Vicious California wildfire swells a staggering 62 times in size overnight, torching vehicles and homes…

“California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the fire escalated, which granted him more flexibility to make emergency response and recovery effort decisions and access federal aid.”

https://news.sky.com/story/vicious-california-wildfire-swells-a-staggering-62-times-in-size-overnight-torching-vehicles-and-homes-12662613


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Report: Algae hit all-time high at Lake Tahoe.

“Floating algae tripled at Lake Tahoe last year hitting an all-time high, according to researchers, in part due to wildfire smoke and in part because the microscopic critters that eat the algae have seen a decrease. The rate of algal growth, or “primary productivity,” has increased sixfold over the past 50 years.”

https://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/2022/jul/30/report-algae-hit-all-time-high-lake-tahoe/


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Seattle and Portland, Oregon, set records Sunday for most consecutive days of high temperatures and authorities in Oregon investigated more possible heat-related deaths.

“In Seattle, the temperature rose to 91 Fahrenheit (32.8 Celsius) by early afternoon, the record sixth straight day the mercury rose above 90 F…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/portland-ap-oregon-seattle-pacific-northwest-b2135295.html


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Hailstorms, derechos becoming more frequent as climate changes in Nebraska.

“When Nebraskans think of weather-generating headlines, they likely think of tornadoes that have caused significant damage to cities such as Grand Island, Omaha and Hallam. But lately, it’s been just as likely that hailstorms or derechos… are responsible for big, expensive weather events.”

https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/hailstorms-derechos-becoming-more-frequent-as-climate-changes-in-nebraska/article_1a0df682-ce2a-5c02-b113-a7cc95658e34.html


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Memories and lives swept away as aftermath of Kentucky floods revealed…

“Andy Beshear, a Democratic governor for a state where politics is deeply divided, is here to offer support and pledge help. It’s only six months since he was doing the same for communities in the west of the Kentucky hit by record breaking unseasonal tornadoes.”

https://news.sky.com/story/memories-and-lives-swept-away-as-aftermath-of-kentucky-floods-revealed-12663309


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The statewide drought in Massachusetts is getting worse, according to new data out that shows more of southern New England is now experiencing “severe” drought conditions.

“In fact, the severe drought area has expanded to almost half the state at this point, which is almost double that of just last week.”

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/nearly-half-of-mass-now-experiencing-severe-drought/2793161/


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Scotland’s snow patches are in danger of disappearing completely this year, giving further evidence the climate is changing.

“The warning has been given by “snow hunter” Iain Cameron, who has been observing the patches for more than three decades and whose work has now been recognised with a special exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.”

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20590056.global-warming-putting-scotlands-snow-patches-risk-vanishing-iain-cameron-warns/


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Record heatwave pushes Britain’s farmers to the brink…

“Record temperatures may have abated for now, but forecasters are warning similar levels of heat could return later in the summer, threatening drought. The trend of global warming is pushing Britain’s farmers closer to the brink: conditions for growing are far from ideal.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/30/record-heatwave-pushes-britains-farmers-brink/


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Bills must rise to pay for [UK] water security and avoid emergency supply handouts, infrastructure chief warns.

“As energy costs soar, be prepared to pay more for water too or else face shortages and queues for emergency supplies in the future, an infrastructure chief has warned. The country will face “collecting [water] in bottles or large canisters from emergency supplies” without a crackdown on use and leaks now…””

https://news.sky.com/story/bills-must-rise-to-pay-for-water-security-and-avoid-emergency-supply-handouts-infrastructure-chief-warns-12662751


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Belgium experiences driest July in 137 years.

“A worrying new record has been recorded for the driest July in recent memory. Barely 5 millimetres of rain was recorded in Brussels this month, compared to the last July’s average of 76.9mm, according to Belgian media RTL Info.”

https://www.brusselstimes.com/264755/belgium-experiences-driest-july-in-137-years


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High-altitude Alpine ski resorts have abandoned their summer seasons after record temperatures turned glaciers to slush.

“Only one resort remains open after Zermatt, in Switzerland, closed its slopes. The closure of Europe’s biggest glaciers is a blow to professional skiers, who use the high-altitude slopes for summer training.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alps-resorts-see-summer-ski-season-melt-away-5qzh633fz


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Wildfires in Bohemia Switzerland National park rage on.

“Hundreds of firefighters are continuing their efforts to tackle a wildfire that has been burning in the Czech Republic’s Bohemia Switzerland National Park for a week. So far around 1100 hectares have been destroyed.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/07/31/wildfires-in-bohemia-switzerland-national-park-rage-on


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New wildfires rage in France and Portugal as temperatures spike.

“Portugal and France on Sunday battled major forest fires as temperatures rose sharply this weekend. In Portugal, a blaze broke out in the Mafra area, north of Lisbon, while in France at least four firefighters were seriously injured and motorways were closed.”

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20220801-new-wildfires-rage-in-france-portugal-as-temperatures-spike


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Settat and Berrechid [Morocco] Face Nightly Drinking Water Rationing Starting in August.

“Khouribga’s Regional Directorate of the National Office for Electricity, Water, and Drinking Water announced on Friday that it will have to limit how much drinking water residents of Settat and Berrechid will be able to access starting on August 1.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/07/350540/settat-and-berrechid-face-nightly-drinking-water-rationing-starting-in-august


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Nine people have lost their lives and more are feared dead in flooding in the eastern Ugandan city of Mbale after two rivers burst their banks, leaving a trail of destruction, officials said Sunday.

“Police and the military have been called in to help in the search and rescue operations in Mbale, where stranded residents could only watch helplessly as their belongings were washed away by the floodwaters.”

https://www.news18.com/news/world/nine-dead-in-uganda-floods-many-more-feared-dead-5662357.html


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World’s glaciers are melting faster than expected, with visible consequences.

“The melting of glaciers has accelerated since 2015 and no region has been spared. However, the phenomenon is particularly affecting glaciers in Alaska, the Alps and Iceland. In total, the melting is contributing to more than 20% in sea level rise and could have disastrous consequences for agriculture and water supplies…”

https://www.france24.com/en/earth/20220731-world-s-glaciers-are-melting-faster-than-expected-with-visible-consequences


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Why the Arctic Is Warming 4 Times as Fast as the Rest of Earth.

“You may have heard that the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, in large part due to a gnarly feedback loop: As more sea ice melts, it exposes darker waters, which absorb more of the sun’s energy, further accelerating the melt. That’s wrong, as it turns out. Things are actually even worse…”

https://www.wired.com/story/why-the-arctic-is-warming-4-times-as-fast-as-the-rest-of-earth/


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