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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Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds. Scientists ‘shocked’ by rate of change as rapid sea-ice melt drives absorption of CO2 – with ‘huge implications’ for Arctic sea life…

“Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic region over the past three decades has accelerated the rate of long-term acidification, according to the study, published in Science on Thursday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/29/arctic-ocean-acidifying-up-to-four-times-as-fast-as-other-oceans-study-finds


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Discovery of ‘fingerprint’ confirms alarming predictions of Greenland ice sheet melt…

“It is now more than clear that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating, said Sophie Coulson a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Coulson is the lead author of the study that led to the findings, which were published in the journal Science.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/discovery-fingerprint-confirms-alarming-predictions-greenland-ice-shee-rcna50029


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Fiona reshaped Prince Edward Island’s coastlines, stoking fears for the Island’s future [incidentally, I am right now being buffeted by the remnants of storm Fiona; my lights keep flickering, so I am hoping the power hangs on until I get this thread out].

“A picture of how much post-tropical storm Fiona has reshaped Prince Edward Island [just north of Nova Scotia, Canada] is beginning to emerge — and in some cases, whole coastlines made of sand and stone have been erased.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-fiona-coastal-climate-change-1.6599408


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Pacific Northwest heat wave was a freak, 10,000-year event, study finds…

““The event was just so extreme even after accounting for climate change, which has added about a degree-and-a-half Celsius or three degrees Fahrenheit to Pacific Northwest temperatures since 1960,” she said. “Temperatures were still in many places on the order of 30 degrees higher than average for that time of year during the heatwave.””

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/09/28/pacific-northwest-heat-wave-2021-oregon-summer-weather-heat-dome-climate-change/


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Exceptionally hot day in the Canadian Province of Alberta and in the US State of Montana.

In Montana up to 93F at Havre, the latest 93F in history of the station. In Alberta several stations above 90F/32C with provisional peaks of 33.7C/93F at Ralston. Similar tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1575257869049552897


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Driest September on record for Twin Cities; drought widens in Minnesota…

“In the Twin Cities we’ve only seen 23 one-hundredths (.23) of an inch of rain, the least amount in September on record… The dry conditions are affecting local landmarks, including Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, where the water heading into the falls has dropped off significantly.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/09/29/latest-drought-monitor-shows-dry-conditions-expanding-warming-trend-in-temperatures


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Drought-Hit Mississippi River Puts US Farm Trade Flow at Risk.

“American farmers are facing yet another supply-chain headache just as harvest season gets into high gear: A shrinking Mississippi River. The critical trade route for US crops and fertilizer used to grow them has had such a steep drop in water level that vessel traffic is being limited.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-28/drought-hit-mississippi-river-puts-us-farm-trade-flow-at-risk


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At least 12 confirmed dead as the scope of Hurricane Ian’s devastation comes into focus.

“At least 12 people have died after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida with such ferocity that President Joe Biden said it could be the deadliest in state history. Biden said that while the death toll remained unclear, early reports suggest the loss of life could be “substantial.” …“I spoke with the commissioners, and they are worried,” he said.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hurricane-ian-continues-batter-florida-weakened-category-1-storm-rcna49924


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Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was a 1-in-1,000 year event for the hardest-hit parts of Florida [record storm surge, too].

“Radar estimates suggest well over 12 inches of rain fell in just 12 to 24 hours in a wide swath from Port Charlotte to Orlando. In some of the hardest-hit locations, Hurricane Ian produced 1-in-1,000-year rainfall, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was at least 10% wetter because of climate change…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/29/weather/hurricane-ian-1000-year-rainfall-climate/index.html


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Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm.

“US border patrol said on Wednesday that it responded to a migrant landing in Stock Island, in the lower Florida Keys, Reuters said… Three more people were rescued in the water and taken to hospital…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/29/hurricane-ian-florida-boat-cuban-migrants


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Haiti: An island nation whose environmental troubles only begin with water.

“As Haiti plunges into the worst social unrest the nation has seen in years, shortages abound. One of these is water. But in Haiti, water scarcity has deeper roots, that connect to virtually every other aspect of the environment. Haiti’s ecosystems today… are under stress due to regional and global transgressions of the nine planetary boundaries.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/09/haiti-an-island-nation-whose-environmental-troubles-only-begin-with-water/


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Couple contaminate drought-stricken town’s water supply by dyeing waterfall blue for gender reveal party… Brazilian environment ministry says the couple may have polluted the Queima Pé river…

“The environment ministry in Brazil is investigating a couple that dyed a waterfall blue for their gender reveal party, likely contaminating the water supply of a nearby town.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/brazil-waterfall-blue-gender-reveal-b2177704.html


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UK Woodland creatures could see their food supplies drop this winter as trees around the country are being put under immense stress and are struggling to survive due to climate change, the National Trust has warned.

“The UK experienced record-breaking temperatures earlier this year, including a high of 40C in July, which contributed to drought and early fruiting of nuts and berries.”

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-09-28/animals-could-face-lack-of-food-as-trees-under-stress-from-climate-change


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Red kite chicks born during droughts are scarred for life…

“…a new study has revealed how climate change poses a hidden threat by permanently damaging the development of chicks born during droughts. This could undermine the recovery of the species and is a sobering reminder of the challenges that a warming world will confront species with, even those which seem to be doing well for the time being.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-red-kite-chicks-born-droughts.html


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Paris officials to run emergency exercise simulating a 50C [122F] day in the city.

“This simulation, which was announced on Wednesday, is set to take place in October 2023, and it would plunge two parts of one arrondissement (which has not yet been decided) into the fictitious scenario to test the city’s capacity to respond to such a crisis.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20220929/paris-officials-to-run-emergency-exercise-simulating-a-50c-day-in-the-city/


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Fire-stricken French forest clearing and regeneration plans begin…

“Two months after the devastating fire in July, teams from the Office national des forêts (ONF) are drawing up ways to restore the damaged 1,036 hectares of the 2,030-hectare Teste-de-Buch forest.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Fire-stricken-French-forest-clearing-and-regeneration-plans-begin


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A month of rain in 24 hours: flooding alert in south-west France.

“In the west of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 60-80mm of rain is expected to fall, with 100-110mm in some places. This equates to a month of rain in less than 24 hours. Around 20mm has already fallen over the department today.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/A-month-of-rain-in-24-hours-flooding-alert-in-south-west-France


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A man has died after torrential rainfall and storms flooded the Adriatic Sea port town of Rijeka in northern Croatia.

“Huge amounts of water drenched the entire town on Wednesday evening, submerging streets and flooding homes and drainage systems. Officials said 130 litres per square metre [over five inches] of rain fell in two hours — the equivalent of an average month of rain.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/29/man-dies-after-torrential-rain-floods-croatian-port-town-of-rijeka


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Portugal drought: Fruit growers’ harvest gloom after months of dry weather…

“”This year is going to be bad, it’s very bad, all the apples are very damaged,” said Luís Veiga, an apple grower in Carrazeda de Ansiães, situated 150 kilometres east of Porto and one of the municipalities worst hit by the drought. “We haven’t even earned enough to cover the expenses.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/29/portugal-drought-fruit-growers-harvest-gloom-after-months-of-dry-weather


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Morocco Ends Subsidy on Avocado, Watermelon Cultivation Amid Water Crisis.

“As Morocco navigates severe, growing water stress, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry in charge of the budget decided to lift their irrigation subsidy on the cultivation of avocado, watermelon, and citrus fruit.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/09/351563/morocco-ends-subsidy-on-avocado-watermelon-cultivation-amid-water-crisis


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Floods along Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon have killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless, according to local authorities.

“The most affected areas in Cameroon and Nigeria are agricultural districts that supply the majority of food in the region, particularly rice fields. There is a looming health and nutrition crisis.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/09/28/floods-west-africa-nigeria-niger-chad-cameroon-food-supply/


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Climate Migration: Blind and homeless amid Somalia’s drought…

“Somalia has long known droughts, but the climate shocks are now coming more frequently, leaving less room to recover and prepare for the next. Pastoralists and farmers who have known for generations where to take cattle, goats and camels when the usual water sources run dry have been horrified by this drought that has seen four straight rainy seasons fail.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/climate-migration-blind-homeless-amid-somalias-drought-90671588


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Hikers Evacuated as Firefighters Battle Blaze in Galilee, Gain Control of Fire in Jerusalem Hills.

“More than 40 firefighting crews battled on Wednesday to put out a forest fire that started in the Galilee panhandle in the afternoon. Eight planes joined the firefighting crews, who were still trying to contain the blaze on Ramim Ridge, near Kibbutz Manara, Wednesday evening.”

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-09-29/ty-article/.premium/firefighters-battle-blaze-in-galilee-gain-control-of-fire-in-jerusalem-hills/00000183-85a4-d633-a1cb-fdac148e0000


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Lebanon’s dwindling rain leaves farmers struggling for water.

“…where government neglect didn’t kill Harf Beit Hasna, the combination of climate change and economic disaster now threatens to. In recent years, rainfall in Lebanon has decreased, straining even the most water-rich country in the Middle East.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/lebanons-dwindling-rain-leaves-farmers-struggling-for-water/2022/09/30/6bc92b06-4088-11ed-8c6e-9386bd7cd826_story.html


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Türkiye’s Lake Van recedes further amid drought…

““Water levels are about 4 meters (13 feet) lower than the levels three decades ago,” Professor Necmettin Elmastaş from Bitlis Eren University says. Along with ancient structures, microbialites, sedimentary deposits resembling vertical rocks formed over thousands of years also emerged as the waters receded.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkiyes-lake-van-recedes-further-amid-drought/news


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Pakistan’s natural disaster to become a ‘nutrition disaster’…

“…a massive food crisis looms – 3 million livestock (and 700,000 cattle have drowned, imperiling the livelihood of millions). The International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates that crops over 3.6 million acres have been damaged, including 65% of the nation’s major food crops. In addition, 45% of agricultural land is lost.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/op-ed/pakistans-natural-disaster-to-become-a-nutrition-disaster


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Heat is increasing day by day in SE China.

“Today 29th September the temperature reached 38.0C [100.4F] at Zhenghe in Fujian Province, 37.4C at Ningdu in Jianxi Province (already with yellow alert for the heat) and 37.2C at at Jingning and Yunhe in the Zheijiang Province.” [ExtremeTemps says intensifying heatwave very likely to bring China’s first 40C in October].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1575413016799191040


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Research shows oil field flaring emits nearly five times more methane than expected…

“”Our findings indicate that flaring is responsible for five times more methane entering the atmosphere than we previously thought,” says Genevieve Plant, lead author and assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/29/1125894105/oil-field-flaring-methane-report


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