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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Tree loss due to fire is worst in far northern latitudes, data shows. Forests in Russia are most affected, as scientists warn of escape of huge quantities of buried carbon dioxide…

Russia has lost about 53m hectares of tree cover to fire since 2001, an area about the size of France… the carbon released to the atmosphere by forest fires [is] creating a vicious circle of climate damage…

“…boreal forest has been warming rapidly and drying out, making it more prone to catch fire. Heatwaves have struck northern Canada and Siberia in recent years, and the Arctic has warmed much faster than the rest of the planet.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/17/tree-loss-due-to-fire-is-worst-in-far-northern-latitudes-data-shows


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Historic day in Finland. The temperature just rose above 31C [87.8F] to set a new record for the second half of August.

“And this looks to be just the beginning, the warmth is there to stay for several days (with the chance of some possible tropical nights as well).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1559517118281957378


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Freya the walrus killed, social media erupts… Freya was a young female walrus, of a species normally found in the Arctic…

“Norway’s fisheries directorate “euthanized” (some social media reports are now saying “shot”) the 1,300-pound walrus early on Sunday morning. The directorate said the decision came after the public ignored repeated warnings to keep their distance from Freya.”

https://earthsky.org/earth/freya-the-walrus-killed-social-media-erupts/


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Concerns have been mounting over the presence of bacteria caused by pollution in England’s largest lake, with recent record temperatures adding to the problem.

“Toxic blue-green algae is multiplying on the surface of Lake Windermere as a result of this summer’s heatwaves, increasing fears over ecological stability in the area.”

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/heatwave-multiplies-toxic-blue-green-algae-woes-on-lake-windermere/


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A [UK] farmer is giving away more than 140,000 onions after the summer heatwave has stopped them from being sold in supermarkets…

This comes as Brits are being encouraged to ‘pull together’ and buy ‘wonky’ vegetables due to the ongoing drought damaging farmer’s produce and destroying harvests.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11117049/onions.html


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Storms and flash flooding hit Paris.

“Paris is only under a yellow alert, but when the rain hit late on Tuesday afternoon it was extremely heavy, leading to flash flooding in some streets and Metro stations… At least 26mm of rain fell in a single hour… Meanwhile the weather station on the Eiffel Tower registered gusts of wind of 104km/h.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20220816/in-pictures-storms-and-flash-flooding-hit-paris/


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Swiss lakes and rivers drop to record lows due to continuing drought…

“Experts have warned that some fish populations are at risk as a result of high water temperatures in rivers and streams. The ice of alpine glaciers has been melting fast in the hot weather, releasing old plane wreckages or exposing an old Alpine pass covered by ice for the past 2,000 years in the west of the country.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-lakes-and-rivers-drop-to-record-lows-due-continuing-drought/47828220


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Europe heatwave: Hungary reports its driest summer since 1901.

“Much of Europe has faced weeks of baking temperatures that have triggered large wildfires, drained water levels of the Rhine River in Germany and seen the source of Britain’s River Thames dry up further downstream than in previous years.”

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20220816-europe-heatwave-hungary-reports-its-driest-summer-since-1901


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Drought, heat greatly damage agricultural crops in Croatia.

“Photo taken on Aug. 15, 2022 shows a sun-scorched sunflower field amid heat wave in Slavonia, Croatia. Agricultural crops in Croatia have suffered great damage due to the severe drought and high temperature.”

https://english.news.cn/20220816/aeae2178279b420bb388957054195691/c.html


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Farmers in ‘water wars’ in southern Spain as droughts threaten livelihoods.

“The receding of the water at the Vinuela Reservoir has shocked and worried nearby residents… The reservoir is only at around 12% capacity after Spain had record high temperatures in July, amidst the driest spell in the country in more than 1,200 years.”

https://news.sky.com/story/farmers-in-water-wars-in-southern-spain-as-droughts-threaten-livelihoods-12671637


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Spain wildfires: up to 20 injured after passengers break out of train engulfed by flames.

“As many as 20 passengers have suffered burns, three of them seriously, after they jumped from a train when it was engulfed by a forest fire near Castellón in north-east Spain… A number of passengers, fearing that the train would be consumed by the fire, panicked and fled after breaking windows to escape.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/17/spain-wildfires-injured-after-passengers-break-out-of-train-engulfed-by-flames


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Portuguese wildfire envelops Madrid skyscrapers in smoke 400 km away.

“Smoke from a huge wildfire in central Portugal enveloped skyscrapers known as the “Four Towers” in Madrid 400 km (250 miles) away on Tuesday, and residents of the Spanish capital complained of a strong burning smell.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/portuguese-wildfire-envelops-madrid-skyscrapers-smoke-400-km-away-2022-08-16/


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Three firefighters died and two others were seriously injured in a forest fire in northern Morocco that was suspected to have been started deliberately, authorities said Tuesday.

“The firefighters were in a vehicle that plunged into a ravine while they were battling the blaze in M’diq-Fnideq province late Monday, the authorities told AFP.”

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/north-africa/2022/08/16/Three-firefighters-die-in-Morocco-forest-fire


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The death toll from flooding triggered by torrential rains in Sudan has risen to 75 and destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes, police said on Tuesday.

“”The number of people killed by the floods rose to 75, and left 12,551 houses completely destroyed, and another 20,751 partially damaged,” a National Council for Civil Defence statement said.”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/death-toll-sudan-floods-increases-75-dozens-injured


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Iraq’s Garden of Eden Now ‘Like a Desert’.

“The reputed home of the biblical Garden of Eden, Iraq’s swamplands have been battered by three years of drought and low rainfall, as well as reduced water flows along rivers and tributaries originating in neighboring Turkey and Iran.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/iraq-s-garden-of-eden-now-like-a-desert-/6701644.html


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On Tuesday, citizens in Shahrekord, in the southwest of Iran, took to the streets, protesting continuous water shortages.

““Death to [president Ebrahim] Raisi” and “Death to the provincial governor [Gholam-Ali Heydari],” protesters chanted… After at least a ten-day lack of piping water and officials’ hollow promises, people found no way to meet their demands but to take to the streets.”

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/insider/death-to-raisi-shahrekord-citizens-chant-protesting-water-shortages/


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Five die as vehicle swept away in flash flood near Quetta [Pakistan]… rising the death toll in the province to 201…

“Meanwhile, Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed 635 people and injured 1016 across the country since June… The Balochistan and Sindh provinces were hardest hit by the flooding after the heaviest rains on record lashed the provinces amid heightened concerns about climate change.”

https://www.aaj.tv/news/30295511


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With widespread rains continuing in different parts of Himachal Pradesh [N India], two persons were killed while seven others were injured in landslide-related incidents…

“It has been raining continuously for past more than 12 hours in several parts of the state… The rains wreaked havoc in several parts, triggering flash floods and landslides in Kullu, Chamba, Sirmaur, Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti districts.”

https://thenewzradar.com/himachal-weather-rain-wreaks-havoc-as-2-killed-7-injured-due-to-landslides-in-chamba-and-sirmaur-districts/


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As stronger storms hit Bangladesh farmers, banks are climate collateral damage.

“Nearly a third of Bangladesh’s total land mass lies in its coastal zone, spanning 47,201 square kilometers (18,224 square miles), according to a study. This zone is home to about 35 million people, or 29% of the country’s population. These communities are heavily dependent on agriculture…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/08/as-stronger-storms-hit-bangladesh-farmers-banks-are-climate-collateral-damage/


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This monster heat wave in China is getting worse day by day; Today 81 records fell, the highest was 44.4C [111.9F] at Fengjie. New all time provincial record for Sichuan with 43.4C at Qu.

“Some stations beat and rebeat their all time highs more than a dozen times and this will just get worse.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1559181868662026240


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More on SE China’s low water levels: “The Yangtze River, pictured in Wuhan, Hubei province, is at its lowest level for this time of year since records began in 1865.

Meanwhile, the nation’s two largest freshwater lakes – Poyang and Dongting, which connect to the Yangtze – have seen their lowest levels since records began in 1951.” [Extraordinary to think that Poyang was at its *highest* level on record in the floods of July 2020].

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3188972/yangtze-river-lakes-record-low-levels-heatwaves-drought-hit


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A severe drought since June has affected some 4.2 million people in central China’s Hubei Province, the provincial emergency management department said on Tuesday.

“As of Tuesday, drought conditions triggered by sustained hot weather and low precipitation had impacted 78 counties in the province. In addition, a total of 151,300 people had difficulties accessing drinking water…”

https://english.news.cn/20220816/1fb24d3ee42c4557bc8819df7fb3f437/c.html


Heavy rainfalls in Western Australia left many records of highest 24 hours precipitations for August and in some cases year-round. See list of records beaten courtesy of Australian Weather News.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1559484007833899008


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Australia could be lashed with more rain and possible floods for the next three months with La Niña conditions predicted to return for a rare third consecutive year.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology raised the El Niño-Southern Oscillation La Niña outlook from “watch” to “alert” on Tuesday afternoon… The prediction for renewed rainfall comes after three major flooding events in New South Wales within a year…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/17/eastern-australia-faces-wet-weather-and-flooding-with-70-chance-of-third-consecutive-la-nina


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A long-lived atmospheric river is landing on New Zealand shores todayNIWA says this one is unusual for this time of the year

“Current forecast models indicate that this would be classified as an ‘extreme’ to ‘exceptional’ atmospheric river – indeed, an analysis we undertook indicates that the amount of moisture in the atmosphere for this particular event is unprecedented for August in climatological data going back to 1959.

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC2208/S00028/a-most-unusual-atmospheric-river-expert-reaction.htm


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Auckland’s warmest minimum temperature for August recorded overnight.

“MetService recorded Tuesday’s overnight low of 15.1 degrees [59F]. The previous record sat at 14.3 degrees set in 1970 and 1998. A MetService forecaster told Newshub they were “very surprised by how warm it actually was”.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/08/auckland-s-warmest-minimum-temperature-for-august-recorded-overnight.html


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Harsh heat wave in Japan: Today 16 August 101 stations rose above 35C after a very hot night with some overnight minimums above 30C.

“Yesterday highest minimums on record were set at: Hamada 28.9C [84F] and Shimizu 28.6; Today all time max. was set at Gunge with 37.2C [99F].

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1559458212683849733


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Extremely heavy rain is continuing to pound Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Tuesday, increasing the risk of disasters…

Two towns in Hokkaido had record-high rainfall in the 12 hours since Monday night. Imakane had 190.5 millimeters [7.5 inches] and Okushiri had 162 millimeters, both surpassing the average for the whole month of August.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220816_13/


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Brazil’s other deforestation; has the savannah farming boom gone too far?

“…the conversion of huge swaths of a region known as the Cerrado into pasture and arable land over the past few decades has helped transform Brazil into an agrarian powerhouse… But the extent of the agricultural encroachment on to this vast patchwork of grasslands, scrub, wetlands and wooded areas is alarming ecologists.”

https://www.ft.com/content/c70e8db4-11c4-42b3-808d-016e413253cd


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California power grid officials issue Flex Alert for Wednesday amid heat wave…

“The alert, which is a call for voluntary electricity conservation, will be in effect from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., officials with the California Independent System Operator said Tuesday evening… Customers are asked to conserve electricity, especially during the late afternoon and early evening when the grid is under the highest stress.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-16/heat-wave-prompts-california-flex-alert-electricity-conservation


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New water cuts coming for Southwest as Colorado River falls into Tier 2 shortage.

“An extraordinary drought in the West is drying up the Colorado River and draining the nation’s largest reservoirs — Lake Mead and Lake Powell. And amid the overuse of the river and the aridification of the region, the federal government is implementing new mandatory water cuts and asking states to devise a plan to save the river basin.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/16/us/colorado-river-water-cuts-lake-mead-negotiations-climate/index.html


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Drought Devastates U.S. Cotton Harvest…

U.S. agricultural forecasters expect drought-struck farmers to walk away from more than 40% of the 12.5 million acres they sowed with cotton and harvest the smallest area since Reconstruction. Back then, in 1868, yields per acre were less than a fifth of what they are today…”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/drought-devastates-u-s-cotton-harvest-11660649469


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Salt Lake City breaks record for most 100+ degree days ever.

“Any thoughts of the summer heat coming to an end were given a wake up call Tuesday when the temperature in Salt Lake City hit 100 degrees late in the afternoon, setting a new all-time record… The new record breaks the previous mark set in 1960, 1994 and 2021.”

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/salt-lake-city-breaks-record-for-most-100-degree-days-ever


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Residents of two West Virginia counties were recovering from significant flash flooding that prompted dozens of water rescues early on Monday and destroyed at least two bridges, officials said.

“Overnight, brown water rose swiftly in Kanawha and Fayette Counties, uprooting trees, engulfing cars and roads, washing out culverts and damaging at least 100 homes in Kanawha County…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/15/us/west-virginia-flash-floods.html


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Scorching heat waves roasting the world… What is really worrying is that previous records were broken by a fraction of 1 C. Now, the increase is by 3-5 C, as seen in Canada and the UK…

“The summer of 2022 is on track to become the hottest since China began compiling complete meteorological records in 1961. Even the Arctic town of Verkhoyansk in Siberia, Russia, registered 38 C in June 2020. No part of the world is free from extreme heat.”

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202208/17/WS62fc25b4a310fd2b29e72918.html


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Major cities blighted by nitrogen dioxide pollution, research finds…

“Moscow is the world’s second worst city for nitrogen dioxide pollution, behind Shanghai in China, while St Petersburg takes fourth place. Other cities near Russia follow close behind… NO2 is not as closely linked to mortality as particulate pollution, but can cause a variety of respiratory problems…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/17/major-cities-blighted-by-nitrogen-dioxide-pollution-research-finds


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