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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Timelapse shows Italian glacier melting at a record pace. [This is alarming viewing.]

“Timelapse footage released by the Servizio Glaciologico Lombardo shows Italy’s Fellaria glacier shrinking at a record pace.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/video/environment/climate-crisis/2022/11/10/timelapse-shows-italian-glacier-melting-at-a-record-pace/


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Northern Italy Sees Hottest October Since [records began in] 1800.

“On Tuesday, National Research Council climatologist Giulio Betti released data showing that large swathes of northern Italy have this year experienced the hottest October since records began in 1800… Temperatures reached 3.18 degrees Celsius above normal levels in the northern part of the country.”

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Northern-Italy-Sees-Hottest-October-Since-1800-20221109-0006.html


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Italian media has unveiled a plan to see Albanian water sold to Italy via an underwater pipeline to a region suffering from water shortages.

“Corriere Della Sera published information on the project, which will see water transported from Gjirokaster to Puglia through 85 kilometres of underwater pipes and 120 kilometres of land pipelines. The project is estimated to cost some €1 billion.”

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/albania-and-italy-mull-water-pipeline-project-amid-puglia-droughts/


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October 2022 in Spain was extremely hot.

Average temperature was 18.0C which is +3.6C above the 1981-2010 normal [!] and was by far the hottest on record with one of the greatest national anomaly ever recorded in Spain for any month. It was the 4th driest October.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590645452210176000


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Floods, shellfish and wine: 7 ways that the climate crisis is impacting France.

“The ongoing climate crisis naturally affects the whole planet, but there are some particular risks in France. From declining grain supplies to unreliable wine harvests, coastal flooding to heatwave deaths, shellfish shortages to wildfires – here are 7 of effects already being felt.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20221110/floods-shellfish-and-wine-7-ways-that-the-climate-crisis-is-impacting-france


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Sussex beaches [UK] hit by “unprecedented” level of sewage dumping due to torrential November rain.

“Environmental campaign group SOS Whitstable said five months’ worth of releases occurred in the Southern Water area in the first week of November – with sewage being pumped out into the sea 493 times in eight days along the south coast.”

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/environment/sussex-beaches-hit-by-unprecedented-level-of-sewage-dumping-due-to-torrential-november-rain-3912670


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Potential flooding is expected in parts of England – including around the Thames in west London – ahead of ‘unfeasibly mild’ 17C [63F]. temperatures today and tonight, which could be the warmest November night on record.

“The government has issued one flood warning (meaning flooding is expected and action is required) and eight flood alerts (flooding is possible) in response to the wet weather.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11411521/England-warned-brace-FLOODING-ahead-warmest-November-night-record.html


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A new provisional record minimum high temperature for November has been set in Northern Ireland.

“Previously the record stood at 13.9C in Armagh on 21 November 1947. However, overnight on Friday the lowest temperature recorded was 14.5C [58.1F]at Magilligan in Co. Londonderry.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-63590080


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Greenland’s ice sheet is melting much faster than previously feared, according to new research.

“Researchers say the trend could contribute up to six times more to global sea level rise by the end of the century than current climate models predict. The study is based on an analysis of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS) that extends 372 miles into the landmass’s interior.”

https://studyfinds.org/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-faster/


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A year after floods, B.C. estimates cost of climate-resilient highway rebuilds at $1 billion.

“A year after torrential rain-fuelled mudslides, debris flows and flooding hammered critical transportation corridors in southwestern B.C., the provincial government estimates that permanent repairs to the Coquihalla, Trans-Canada and Nicola highways will cost $1 billion.”

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/bc-floods-estimate-highway-rebuilds-1-billion


While extreme cold is advancing from NW (-20F / -6.6C] at Choteau 35WSW yesterday), it’s record warm in the Great Lakes area; IL 83F [28.3C] Hamletsburg 82F Cairo yesterday… November Records: MI: 79F Rogers City; 77F Alpena tied; 77F Gaylord and Midland; WI: 77F Milwakee and Janesville; 76F Burlington tied.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590802220060389376


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‘Major forest fire’ burning in heart of Pennsylvania Elk Range…

“Crews from at least 19 fire companies in six counties on Wednesday night are battling what’s described as a “major forest fire” in an area a couple of miles east of the Elk Country Visitor Center near Benezette, the heart of the Pennsylvania Elk Range.”

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2022/11/major-forest-fire-burning-in-heart-of-pennsylvania-elk-range.html


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Storm Nicole caused major coastal flooding along 100s of miles of the Florida coast, and set an all-time high water mark since accurate records began in 1928 at Jacksonville.

“The 2nd-latest landfalling hurricane in U.S. history caused major flooding and significant storm surge damage… It’s a good thing Nicole hit at low tide, or else the damage would have been greater.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/11/hurricane-nicole-hits-florida/


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Shrunken Mississippi River Slows US Food Exports When World Needs Them Most.

“With water levels at record lows, barges have run aground, causing traffic jams as boats wait for the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge a path through the shallows. The problem has been building for months.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-mississippi-river-drought-global-impact


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A body has been found and four other people are presumed dead after a homeless encampment of at least ten people was swept more than three miles downstream by flash flooding in southern California.

“The group was sheltered inside a flood tunnel in a park in Ontario, a city around 40 miles east of LA, when fast-moving currents swept them away and carried them south into multiple water basins.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11408761/A-homeless-encampment-swept-away-flash-flooding-California-one-dead-two-missing.html


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Bolivian protected areas hit hard by forest fires.

“Tucabaca Valley Municipal Wildlife Reserve comprises around 2,644 square kilometers (1,021 square miles) of semi-arid forest and scrubland in the heart of southern Bolivia’s Chiquitania region. But the reserve, like the region around it, was beset by wildfires this year.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/11/bolivian-protected-areas-hit-by-wide-ranging-forest-fires/


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Deforestation is pushing Amazon to ‘point of no return’: WWF report…

“Around 18% of Amazon forests are lost and another 17% are highly degraded, the report said. If more drastic action isn’t taken, the report said the biome could transition from forest to savanna and push global warming above the safe threshold of 1.5°C.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/11/deforestation-is-pushing-amazon-to-point-of-no-return-wwf-report/


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Ministry of Environment confirms that drought in Chile reached 14 consecutive years…

“Among the most worrying data, is that it was found that thedrought in Chile reached 14 consecutive years, where it was possible to know that in the center, south and south, there has been a decrease in rainfall by an average of 26 millimeters per decade.”

https://www.biobiochile.cl/especial/aqui-tierra/noticias/2022/11/10/ministerio-de-medio-ambiente-confirma-que-sequia-en-chile-llego-a-14-anos-consecutivos.shtml


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Wildfires on the “Hawaiian Savanna”…

““If you had asked me earlier if climate change is affecting fire, I would’ve been skeptical,” he says. “But after the 2018 fire … I would say we’re definitely seeing the impacts of climate change. Record-breaking heat and incredibly low humidity levels are driving these fires beyond the ability to put them out.””

https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/wildfires-hawaii-invasive-plants-environmental-community-action/


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Record heat in Northern Marianas, a US Territory in the Pacific Ocean:

“On 3 November the Saipan Airport reached 92F/33.3C which ties the record of highest temperature ever recorded in November in the Territory.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590411398659678215


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Hot water beaches: record ocean heatwave may lure sharks and cyclones [NZ]…

“When a similar marine heatwave began off the west coast of the USA in 2013, juvenile white sharks were seen “for the first time in recorded history” in Monterey Bay, California said Kyle Van Houtan, former chief scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300736566/hot-water-beaches-record-ocean-heatwave-may-lure-sharks-and-cyclones


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‘Rain bursts’ over Sydney have intensified 40% over last two decades, research finds.

“Analysis of weather radar data by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes suggests that the intensity of rain bursts – extreme downpours that occur for a period of about 10 minutes – rose significantly between 1997 and 2018.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/10/rain-bursts-over-sydney-have-intensified-40-over-last-two-decades-research-finds


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Spring tracking to become the wettest on record for southeast Australia as wet weekend predicted…

“In a repeat of the pattern observed numerous times since August, a band of thunderstorms will initially develop over central and South Australia on Saturday then extend to eastern states through Sunday and Monday, dropping heavy rain from north-west Queensland to Tasmania.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-11/spring-tracking-to-become-the-wettest-on-record/101641378


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Sheep affected by flystrike, worms, foot abscesses in flooded NSW farming areas.

“Sheep producers say their livestock is suffering and dying as prolonged flooding leaves animals waterlogged and stranded… in many cases sheep are stranded, so shearing keeps getting pushed back and animal health is getting worse.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-10/sheep-affected-flystrike-worms-foot-abscesses-flood-nsw/101637046


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Thailand’s businesses prepare to face the storm of climate change.

“It took less than an hour for flash floods in August 2021 to overwhelm Bang Pu, an industrial zone outside Bangkok along the Gulf of Thailand. By the next day the waters had subsided, but they left their mark on Delta Electronics’ balance sheet: 393 million baht ($10.7 million) in damages to inventory and assets.”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Spotlight/Thailand-s-businesses-prepare-to-face-the-storm-of-climate-change


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And here we are again ….Another heat wave in China. Today 10 November 13 provinces exceeded 30C!

“In Fujian 32.9C [91.2F] at Hua An, in Hunan 32.9C at Qiyang and monthly record heat at Changsha with 31.0C, in Guangdong 32.7C at Fengshuan. More records are coming next 3 days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1590705848736686080


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Urumqi Glacier No. 1 on track to disappear.

“For 18 years, I have been trekking on snowy glaciers. Urumqi Glacier No. 1 of the Tianshan Mountains, in Shawan City, northwest China‘s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region… due to global warming, the glacier has retreated severely. In 1993, Urumqi Glacier No. 1 split into two branches called the East and West Branches.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-11-10/Urumqi-Glacier-No-1-on-track-to-disappear-1eQsg586kRG/index.html


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India at 75: Melting glaciers, heatwaves and climate crisis.

“From prime ministers and millionaires to labourers and ascetics, Hindu faithful dream of trekking at least once in their lives to Gaumukh, where the Ganges, emerge from a Himalayan glacier. But the ice at the end of the arduous journey is receding rapidly and portends an increasingly dry future for a country of 1.4 billion people facing existential challenges from climate change.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221110-india-at-75-melting-glaciers-heatwaves-and-climate-crisis


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Yesterday was another very warm day in the Middle East:

“39.3°C [102.7F] in Jabal al Dhanna, only 0.6°C below the November United Arab Emirates record; 38°C [rounded] in Doha Int’l Airport, tying the November Qatar record set at the same place (1969) & in Sudanthile two days ago.

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1590602661786947585


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Jordan is running out of water, a grim glimpse of the future.

“Population growth, diminished water supplies and climate change have all taken their toll, while damaged and inefficient infrastructure and the considerable challenges posed by Jordan’s geography and topography have only made things worse.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/jordan-is-running-out-of-water-a-grim-glimpse-of-the-future-8260609/


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Heavy rains floods Gaza’s homes and streets for second year in a row.

“The impoverished coastal enclave, home to more than 2.3 million people, most of whom are refugees, witnessed heavy rain and thunder, causing traffic in many streets. School students, women, and elderly men were stuck and could not return to their homes as the main roads of the Strip were closed…”

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/heavy-rain-floods-gazas-homes-streets-second-year


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Floods in Central African Republic leave fishermen stranded…

“The tributary of the mighty Congo often floods during the rainy season, but this year the water levels have been catastrophic for the nation at the heart of the African continent. And communities that eke a livelihood from fishing have been among the worst affected.”

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/rest-of-africa/fishermen-stranded-after-floods-in-central-africa-4014006


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Africa’s fragile food and water security threatens us all…

“By 2050, population in Africa will have increased by 95 per cent. This will put extraordinary pressure on its fragile food and water infrastructure, already the most vulnerable in the world and particularly threatened by global warming… Put simply, we are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe…”

https://www.ft.com/content/f3cda3a6-f4ee-4bc4-b512-d1f9f12925ec


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Climate extremes from the Poles to the Tropics…

“Prof Richard Betts MBE, who is Head of Climate Impacts Research at the Met Office and University of Exeter, led the study. He said: “It is clear from our analysis that all regions of the world are experiencing increases in extreme weather or other impacts of climate change, and these are costing lives and causing widespread environmental and economic damage.””

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2022/changes-in-weather-extremes-and-climate-impacts-from-the-poles-to-the-tropics


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Here are 3 dangerous climate tipping points the world is on track for…

“… if the planet heats up beyond 1.5 degrees, the impacts don’t get just slightly worse. Scientists warn that abrupt changes could be set off, with devastating impacts around the world… Here are the three most important and well-studied changes, from collapsing ice sheets to thawing Arctic permafrost, to disappearing coral reefs.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/10/1133090748/here-are-3-dangerous-climate-tipping-points-the-world-is-on-track-for


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UN announces high-tech, satellite-based global methane detection system…

“As part of global efforts to slow climate change by tackling methane, the UN today announced a new satellite-based system to detect emissions of the climate warming gas and allow governments and businesses to respond.”

https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-announces-high-tech-satellite-based-global-methane-detection


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Climate change is extending the lifetime of space debris.

“Both space junk and spacecraft in LEO are on the rise. And that increases the probability of a collision… a recent study …shows that increased levels of carbon dioxide will reduce the density of Earth’s upper atmosphere. And that will ultimately increase how long space debris takes to burn up.”

https://astronomy.com/news/2022/11/climate-change-is-impacting-space-debris-lifetime


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The Office actor Rainn Wilson to change his name to raise awareness of climate change.

“Actor Rainn Wilson has changed his name to raise awareness of climate change. The star of the US version of The Office said he will now be known as Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson” [Worth a shot].

https://news.sky.com/story/the-office-actor-rainn-wilson-to-change-his-name-to-raise-awareness-of-climate-change-12744112


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Mood shifts on gene-edited crops as droughts and wars bite. The European Commission is considering easing regulation on the technology. But critics say it is an untested risk being pushed by Big Ag…

“Dutch farmer Hendrik Jan ten Cate… can see only one answer if Europeans still want to eat home-produced food: gene-edited crops, which are more resistant to drought and extreme heat. “Climate change is coming faster than we are developing new crops,” he says. “We need new techniques. There is a big danger to food production in Europe.”

https://www.ft.com/content/337ba132-cc33-42a9-9df3-cd53114200bc


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