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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Chad: After Severe Drought Followed by Floods, 2.1 Million Left Hungry…

“As a result of the climate disaster, 10% of all children under five are affected by severe malnutrition, and one in three will suffer from stunted growth, said the United Nations children’s fund.”

https://thewire.in/world/chad-climate-millions-hungry


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Nigeria floods kill 500, displace 1.4 million people.

“Floods caused by abundant rains and poor infrastructure have affected vast swathes of Africa’s most populous country sparking fears they could worsen food insecurity and inflation… Fuel scarcity caused long queues at petrol stations in the capital Abuja this week after tankers were blocked by floods in neighboring states.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-nigeria-displace-million-people.html


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Cameroon’s Far North region faces devastating floods.

“Impassible roads, flooded houses and schools and fields submerged following heavy rains, the scenery in Cameroon’s northern town of Yagoua is one of devastation. Since August, the Far North region has been experiencing floodings caused by heavy rainfalls, the overflowing of rivers and the breaching of dikes.”

https://www.africanews.com/2022/10/13/cameroons-far-north-region-faces-devastating-floods/


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Torrential rain, flooding kills four in western Algeria.

“Algeria’s National Gendarmerie has closed a number of roads due to torrential rain, while also asking drivers to avoid them. Environment minister Samia Moualfi offered her condolences to the victims of the floods, saying that such extreme weather has become more frequent due to climate change.”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/torrential-rain-flooding-kills-four-western-algeria


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JOHANNESBURG – With no end in sight for power cuts, there are now serious concerns about the provision of water in Gauteng.

“Frequent power cuts and hot weather have seen water levels run low at a number of reservoirs. As a result, the outflow has been reduced. Sandton and Midrand are the latest areas to be affected.”

https://ewn.co.za/2022/10/14/gauteng-water-supply-a-concern-as-power-cuts-heatwave-see-reservoirs-run-low


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South Africa: N12 highway closed near Kimberley due to wildfires, Oct. 13th.

“Officials closed part of the N12 highway north of Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province the afternoon Oct. 13. The closure is due to an ongoing wildfire in the area. It is not clear when the route will be reopened. Disruptions are likely in the area even after the road is reopened as normal traffic resumes.”

https://crisis24.garda.com/alerts/2022/10/south-africa-n12-highway-closed-near-kimberley-due-to-wildfires-oct-13


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Madagascar: fires ravage the Ankaratra Reserve.

“The Ankaratra Nature Recerve in the Vakinankaratra region of Madagascar, a popular hiking destination, was recently devastated by forest fires that are undermining its spectacular ecosystems… Following the example of Ankaratra, several Malagasy national parks have experienced fire episodes in recent weeks.”

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/madagascar-fires-ravage-the-ankaratra-reserve/


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Yemen’s future conflicts will be over water. Ravaged by war, the country is also running out of water. That is leading to local conflicts that could grow.

“…as temperatures have risen, the frequency and severity of extreme weather events have also increased, combining with the destruction of water sources across the country by warring parties to deepen Yemen’s crisis.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/10/14/yemen-conflicts-water-displaced


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Syrian farmers suffer from prolonged drought.

“In Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, known as the food basket of the country, farmers have been reeling under a severe drought… For Karmo Ali, another farmer whose village used to enjoy wetter weather, the situation is also bad as poor rainfall wrecks hope of a harvest, forcing people to leave their farmland to find jobs in urban areas.”

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202210/1277055.shtml


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Australian wheat yields plummet after decades of global heating, study finds.

“Global heating in the Indian Ocean has shifted a climate pattern towards drier conditions across Australia’s globally important wheat belt causing a severe drop in yields over the past three decades, according to a new study.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/14/australian-wheat-yields-plummet-after-decades-of-global-heating-study-finds


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Australia‘s major rice grower has flagged that La Nina is causing issues with production, with ongoing concerns that wet weather could impact preparation.

“SunRice, an Australian company that exports grain around the globe, has written to shareholders to say that the weather pattern is “proving a headache” for rice preparation.”

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/sunrice-reveals-fears-la-nina-will-cause-issues-with-rice-production/news-story/bf54dd5c52e9c8cbfdb584a1df0eb586


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Floods force thousands from their homes in southeastern Australia.

“Large parts of Victoria state, southern New South Wales and the northern regions of the island state of Tasmania have been pounded by an intense weather system with some seeing more than a month’s worth of rain since late on Wednesday, according to officials.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/14/floods-force-thousands-from-their-homes-in-southern-australia


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Aerial footage by Tasmania SES has shown much of the town of Deloraine underwater after heavy rain across the state.

“Flood-hit communities in the north and north-west have entered a ‘danger period’ as waters rise, with evacuation orders for areas around several rivers and part of Launceston.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2022/oct/14/tasmania-floods-aerial-footage-shows-extensive-flooding-in-deloraine-video


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Our blue backyard is being squeezed more than ever, a major new stocktake shows, as another severe marine heatwave looms for New Zealand.

“The Government’s latest report on the state of our marine environment bears little good news, with ocean pollution, fishing bycatch and a fast-worsening climate crisis all putting ecosystems under increasing pressure.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/severe-marine-heatwave-looming-the-ongoing-plight-of-nzs-warming-rising-blue-backyard/S636YQWZMJTWN25AJFE4RBN6LY/


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An estimated 240 pilot whales that became stranded on remote Pitt Island in the Pacific Ocean are now dead, just days after 215 whales died after becoming beached on nearby Chatham Island, New Zealand’s conservation office has said.

“Two “super pods” of pilot whales beached on the two islands in the remote chain and the surviving animals, which could not be refloated, were euthanised, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said on Tuesday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/11/estimated-455-whales-dead-after-stranding-on-new-zealand-islands


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Smoke from fires in the Paraná Delta again affects CABA, Buenos Aires and Entre Ríos.

“Inhabitants of different areas of the city of Buenos Aires and the suburbs, as well as the north of the province of Buenos Aires and the south of Entre Ríos, were affected again this afternoon by the smoke and the smell of burning product of the fires in the islands of the Paraná Delta.”

https://eleconomista.com.ar/actualidad/el-humo-incendios-delta-parana-afecta-otra-vez-caba-buenos-aires-rios-n56739


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Argentina Mulls Tighter Wheat Export Controls as Crop Withers.

“Argentina is considering tightening the screws on wheat exports as a drought withers plants that are harvested at year-end and food inflation spirals, according to people with knowledge of the matter… A brutal season of drought and frosts appears to be forcing the government’s hand…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-12/argentina-mulls-tighter-wheat-export-controls-as-crop-withers


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Wheat Is Piling Up in the US Even as World Food Crisis Alarm Blares.

“The world desperately needs more grains to help temper rampant food inflation, yet there are signs that the US, a key producer, will ship the smallest amount of wheat in 50 years. American wheat is too expensive and sales have been slow… Adverse weather across parts of the US breadbasket have limited harvests…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-12/wheat-is-piling-up-in-us-even-as-world-food-crisis-alarm-blares


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A drought is spreading across the US Midwest, drying up the Mississippi River and its tributaries that serve as a critical freight artery for the country.

“From Iowa to Ohio, nearly a third of the region is in drought, up from a quarter a week earlier, according to Thursday’s update from the US Drought Monitor.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-13/drought-worsens-across-us-midwest-as-mississippi-river-dwindles


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Nashville’s drought is threatening critters and diminishing fall foliage in Warner Park…

“Trees stopped chlorophyll production early, now shedding crunchy, golden leaves daily. Wildflowers stopped blooming. Mosquitoes disappeared… The latest National Climate Assessment shows how the warming climate is intensifying droughts in the Southeast. These dry spells can “greatly modify” ecosystems.”

https://wpln.org/post/nashvilles-drought-is-threatening-critters-and-diminishing-fall-foliage-in-warner-parks/


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“An inverse tsunami”: How inflation and drought are making it harder to feed West Texans in need.

“…people are currently facing food insecurity at worse levels than during the COVID-19 pandemic… A requirement for federal funding is to buy fresh produce grown by local producers, but the historic drought has wiped out corn and wheat crops. Supply chain issues are leaving less for food banks to buy.”

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/10/13/texas-food-banks-inflation-drought/


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Lake Mead water crisis is exposing volcanic rock from eruptions 12 million years ago.

The record-low water levels are exposing sedimentary rocks that haven’t been seen since the 1930s when the Hoover Dam was built and Lake Mead filled. Among these rocks, researchers with the University of Nevada in Las Vegas found ash deposits from volcanoes in Idaho, Wyoming and California.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/10/12/us/lake-mead-volcanic-ash-exposed-climate/index.html


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Amid historic drought, California approves $140 mln desalination plant.

“California regulators unanimously approved a $140 million desalination plant on Thursday, offering a guideline for how the state can convert ocean water into drinking water amid the worst drought in 1,200 years. Just five months ago, the same Coastal Commission had unanimously rejected a much larger and privately owned plant, citing environmental concerns.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-amid-historic-drought-california-214243031.html


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Portland breaks record for number of 80-degree heat in October; likely to set more records this week.

Oregon’s ongoing stretch of warm and dry weather in October has smashed a number of records, with more likely on the way before the month is over. On Sunday, the Portland International Airport reported its seventh day of 80-degree or higher temperatures so far this month. That breaks the previous record of six total 80-degree days.”

https://www.kgw.com/article/weather/portland-record-temperatures-october/283-1b2e5fc5-f3b0-4371-8b97-94a774dead8c


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Canada’s British Columbia province on Thursday warned residents to prepare for flooding when rains eventually return after a prolonged drought exacerbated by climate change that has raised concerns about long-term damage to ecosystems ranging from glaciers to salmon rivers.

“The usually rainy western province has experienced weeks of record-breaking warm fall temperatures and minimal precipitation in central and southern regions.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-drought-stricken-british-columbia-bracing-floods-when-rains-return-2022-10-13/


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The uninsurables: how storms and rising seas are making coastlines unliveable…

In Canada, the number of uninsurable homes has reached 10%, according to industry figures. The Magdalen archipelago is losing half a metre each year to erosion, roads have fallen into the sea and the sand dunes that once offered protection from squalls are disappearing faster than they can be saved, but it is not just there.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/13/the-uninsurables-how-storms-and-rising-seas-are-making-coastlines-unlivable


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Alaska snow crab season canceled as officials investigate disappearance of an estimated 1 billion crabs.

“In a major blow to America’s seafood industry, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has, for the first time in state history, canceled the winter snow crab season in the Bering Sea due to their falling numbers.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fishing-alaska-snow-crab-season-canceled-investigation-climate-change/


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Climate change: Summer 2022 smashed dozens of UK records.

“Two months after the summer heatwave, new data underlines the huge impact climate change is having on the UK. More than half of the UK’s oldest active weather stations recorded their hottest day ever in 2022, according to Met Office data.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-63244353


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Climate change is testing resilience of UK wheat yields…

“…where some combinations of extreme weather occurred over the course of a growing season there were significant negative impacts on production. For example, in 2020, torrential autumn rain hampered sowing of crops, an exceptionally dry spring affected plant growth and, finally, heavy downpours in August created very challenging harvesting conditions, resulting in some of the UK’s poorest wheat yields for decades.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-climate-resilience-uk-wheat-yields.html


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Warmer UK waters herald changes in marine life… This summer the temperatures were record-breaking in the seas around the UK and reached 21C at South Knock, east of the Thames Estuary

“The poisonous weever fish was a painful reminder of the warm summer as it spread from southern and western coasts and reached northern Scotland… Another sign of warmer seas is more jellyfish around the UK.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/warmer-uk-waters-herald-changes-in-marine-life-3xvzjvs7h


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A group of Slovenian scientists has become the first in the world to find microplastic particles in hailstones, this in a study of large samples of hail that hit the Poljanska Valley along the Kolpa River in Bela Krajina in June 2019.

The results of their research suggest that microplastics may also contribute to the formation of large ice balls. This could indicate an upward trend in severe hailstorms if microplastic pollution continues.”

https://www.gov.si/en/news/2022-10-12-slovenian-researchers-the-first-in-the-world-to-find-microplastics-in-hailstones/


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A vault built on an Arctic island to preserve the world’s crop seeds from war, disease and other catastrophes will receive new deposits on Wednesday, including for the first time from Iraq and Uruguay, Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food said.

“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, set in permafrost caves on Spitsbergen island halfway between mainland Europe and the North Pole, is only opened three times a year to limit its seeds’ exposure to the outside world.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/iraq-uruguay-deposit-crop-seeds-arctic-doomsday-vault-2022-10-12/


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Animal populations experience average decline of almost 70% since 1970, report reveals…

“From the open ocean to tropical rainforests, the abundance of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles is in freefall, declining on average by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 2018, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) biennial Living Planet Report. Two years ago, the figure stood at 68%, four years ago, it was at 60%.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/13/almost-70-of-animal-populations-wiped-out-since-1970-report-reveals-aoe


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