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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At least six people have been killed after torrential rains caused havoc in the Dominican Republic… In some parts of Santo Domingo, 232mm (9.1in) of rain fell in a matter of hours, twice the estimate for the month, Weather Bureau Director Gloria Ceballos said.

“Meteorologists said that while they had been aware of heavy rains approaching, they had been surprised by the strength of the sudden downpour.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-63542985


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A rare late-season hurricane is expected to hit Florida, after the Sunshine state dealt with the impact of Hurricane Ian a month ago.

“Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall in eastern Florida this week. As the storm continues to strengthen, it is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Thursday morning…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/08/florida-state-of-emergency-tropical-storm-nicole


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Warm, dry October intensifies U.S. drought…

“The average October temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 55.3 degrees F, 1.2 degrees above the 20th-century average, ranking in the warmest third in the climate record. Several states had a top-10 warm October. Looking at the western U.S., Washington saw its warmest October on record, Oregon its second warmest…”

https://www.noaa.gov/news/warm-dry-october-intensifies-us-drought


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Nebraska on pace for second-worst wildfire year ever; 2023 outlook is dim…

“It’s weird. We’re not in a normal pattern. And it doesn’t seem like we’re going to break that pattern any time soon,” said Matt Holte, fire program leader for the Nebraska Forest Service. So far this year, about 200,000 acres of grasslands, cropland and forests have burned in the state…”

https://nebraskaexaminer.com/2022/11/07/nebraska-on-pace-for-second-worst-wildfire-year-ever-2023-outlook-is-dim/


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It’s still record heat on the Gulf. Yesterday New Orleans had its hottest November day on records with 90F, while today record for Slidell with 90F and Baton Rouge 89F (tied).

“In Mississippi 90F at Columbia, record tied. In Alabama 91F at Andalusia and record tied at Troy with 89F.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590093045466247168


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November feels like September as warm weather shatters records in East.

“The eastern United States is in the final throes of an extended and exceptional bout of warmth that has resulted in dozens of records from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border since late last week.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/11/07/record-warmth-east-coast/


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Since setting the record for the warmest November day in Montreal’s history on November 5, above-average temperatures are expected to continue throughout this week.

“This past Saturday, temperatures topped out at 24.3ºC, making it Montreal’s warmest November day ever recorded.”

https://dailyhive.com/montreal/weather-forecast-november-7


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Western Arctic Caribou Herd decline continues, bringing population to a third of peak size…

“The Western Arctic Caribou Herd is, in most years, the largest of Alaska’s 32 herds. Its range covers a nearly California-sized swath across Northwest Alaska that stretches from the North Slope in the summer to the eastern Seward Peninsula in the winter.”

https://alaskapublic.org/2022/11/08/western-arctic-caribou-herd-decline-continues-bringing-population-to-a-third-of-peak-size/


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World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns…

““There’s nothing we can do about that now. We’ve just screwed up and let the system warm too much already,” said Julie Brigham-Grette, a scientist at University of Massachusetts Amherst and report co-author, about the sea ice.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/07/melting-arctic-sea-ice-summer-report


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Scotland set for its hottest November night-time… Scotland is on course for its hottest November night in history, eclipsing records going back a hundred years.

“Tomorrow night could see Glasgow and Dyce in Aberdeenshire exceed the 14.5C (58F) overnight record set 15 years ago at Dyce on November 1, 2007.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scotland-set-for-its-hottest-november-night-time-n3dg2j8nh


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Heatwaves across Europe have killed at least 15,000 people so far this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, including more than 3,200 in the UK.

“Spain and Germany have been the worst-affected countries… The three months from June-August were the hottest in Europe since records began.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11404201/At-15-000-people-Europe-died-hot-weather-2022.html


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Europe had its “warmest October on record” this year, the European Union’s earth observation programme said.

“Temperatures were nearly 2°C above the average observed over the 1991-2020 period with Austria, Switzerland and France [and Spain and N. Italy] experiencing a record-warm October, Copernicus added.”

https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/11/08/europe-has-warmest-october-on-record-eu-earth-programme-says


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Drought drops France’s maize output…

“Excluding crop grown for seeds, grain maize output is now seen at 29% lower than last year’s bumper crop and 21% below the average of the past five years, the ministry said. The new forecast was based on a projected yield of 7.89 tonnes per hectare, down from 8.18 tonnes per hectare estimated last month…”

https://www.world-grain.com/articles/17702-drought-drops-frances-maize-output


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Their lagoons languishing, precious Spanish wetlands go dry.

“Flamingos, herons and fish once filled a freshwater lagoon in southern Spain. Today, it’s a fetid brown splotch. The whisper of wind in the grass is a sad substitute for the cacophony of migratory birds.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-lagoons-languishing-precious-spanish-wetlands.html


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Drought devastates Spain’s olive harvest.

“An extremely hot and dry summer in Spain that has shrunk reservoirs and sparked forest fires is now threatening the heartiest of its staple crops: the rows of olive trees that line huge swathes of the European country.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2022/11/08/drought-devastates-spains-olive-harvest/8299988001/


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Africa’s heritage sites in peril as planet heats up…

“As rich nations scramble to protect their cultural landmarks from extreme weather and rising seas, African countries face additional hurdles such as funding shortages and a dearth of archaeological expertise, said conservationists and researchers.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/africas-heritage-sites-peril-planet-heats-up-2022-11-08/


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Torrential floods in West Africa hurt food security.

The floods have destroyed harvest for this season, while nearly 1 million hectares of farmland across the region remain under water, with soil nutrients being washed away and setting the scene for an even worse crop production next season.

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/torrential-floods-west-africa-hurt-food-security-2022-11-09/


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Armed conflict and climate change: how these two threats play out in Africa…

“Research shows that adverse climate conditions may lead to more support for violence. These conditions can also contribute to escalating or prolonging conflict. This is particularly the case in places marked by climate-sensitive economic activities, political marginalisation and a history of violence.”

https://theconversation.com/armed-conflict-and-climate-change-how-these-two-threats-play-out-in-africa-193865


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Egypt faces an acute water crisis, but it’s building a ‘Green River’ in the desert.

“On the easternmost outskirts of Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a giant belt of lakes and parks deep in the desert. Creators call it the “Green River”…Just how the government plans to source the vast amounts of water for the project is unclear.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/08/middleeast/egypt-water-scarcity-climate-cop27-intl-cmd/index.html


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Iran, Turkey hold three days of water talks in border regions…

“The talks come amid Iran’s efforts to convince Turkey of releasing more river water to help the country cope with water shortages in its west and northwest. Statements from Iranian officials in recent years have indicated that Turkey’s construction of major dams have restricted the flow of water into Iran’s farming sector.”

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/11/07/692338/Iran-Turkey-water-supply-talks


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Water scarcity Iraq’s main climate challenge: President Rashid.

“Water scarcity is the most prominent climate challenge facing Iraq at the moment, said the country’s President Abdul Latif Rashid on Monday, adding that Baghdad hopes for greater cooperation with neighboring countries Turkey and Iran to resolve that issue.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/08112022


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Endless heat in Qatar. With 38C [100.4F] Sudanthile tied the Qatari hottest day in November.

“The heat will go on with even higher temperatures expected in the next days. Still unfit to play soccer without health risk. Even nights will be scorching hot specially along the coastal areas.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590003689997017088


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COP27: ‘We’d never seen this much water’ – Pakistan flood survivors.

“Months on from devastating floods in Pakistan, millions of people remain homeless, roads are destroyed and tens of thousands of schools and hospitals lie in ruins. At the COP27 summit, the country’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called on Western nations to offer compensation to poorer, vulnerable countries like his…”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-63218139


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Kashmir’s farmers suffer floods and drought as glaciers melt…

“In Kashmir, where nearly 70% of the population directly or indirectly makes an income through farming, mountain communities rely on a pattern of seasonal snowmelt to irrigate their crops, making them especially vulnerable when a heating climate brings unexpected rainfall instead of snow and causes glaciers to melt too fast and too early.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/kashmirs-farmers-suffer-floods-drought-glaciers-melt-2022-11-08/


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On November 8, the water level of the Yangtze River in Wuhan dropped to 12.59m…

This was the same as the lowest level last month and still at the lowest level in the same period in history.”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1589973681249587207


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‘Smells like sewage’: blackwater from Victorian floods causes mass fish deaths…

“The fish and animals are dying en masse. It is a toxic, painful death. “The fish deaths in the Murray at Echuca are unusual. It does not appear to be a case of the ‘usual’ blackwater,” he said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/08/smells-like-sewage-blackwater-from-victorian-floods-causes-mass-fish-deaths


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Record-breaking marine heatwave lingers [Bay of Plenty, NZ]…

“In the longest continuous marine heatwave observed here, sea surface temperatures in the region have been running at around 1.6C above the long-term average. Instead of cooling over winter, water temperatures instead climbed to 2.4C above normal.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/record-breaking-marine-heatwave-lingers/NZB2P25ZHJCFDGE6KROZAN33YM/


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UN weather report: Climate woes bad and getting worse faster…

“”The latest State of the Global Climate report is a chronicle of climate chaos,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “We must answer the planet’s distress signal with action—ambitious, credible climate action.””

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-weather-climate-woes-bad-worse.html


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Global Methane Pledge targets ‘not being met’…

“The pledge, agreed by over 100 countries at COP26 last year, holds signatories to reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. However, Kayrros does not see any notable progress except in Australia, while emissions from Algeria’s Hassi R’Mel basin have increased significantly through 2022.”

https://www.gasworld.com/story/global-methane-pledge-targets-not-being-met/


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Oil and gas greenhouse emissions ‘three times higher’ than producers claim…

“The “shocking” under-reporting of emissions is a big problem in trying to tackle the climate crisis, according to Al Gore, former vice-president of the US, a founding member of the Climate Trace coalition. “We can only manage what we can measure,” Gore told the Guardian…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/09/oil-and-gas-greenhouse-emissions-three-times-higher-than-producers-claim


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