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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Satellites Show Climate Change Thinning Rivers, Erasing Glaciers… Drought, floods and the melting of glaciers affected almost every part of the world in 2021, according to a new WMO report.

“Climate change is distorting rain patterns across the planet, leading to drought and floods, while rising temperatures are causing glaciers to melt, according to the first ever comprehensive review of water resources by the World Meteorological Organization.

The WMO says it aims to publish global water reports annually from now on in response to calls for more accurate data in an era of growing demand and limited supplies.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-11-29/how-climate-change-impacts-water-by-thinning-rivers-and-erasing-glaciers


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The Arctic is warming 4 times faster than the world. What does that mean for the N.W.T.?

“…A pair of reports this past year say the Arctic is warming not twice as fast as the rest of the world, not three times as fast — but four times as fast… If the world manages to cap warming at 1.5 C like world leaders have committed to, and if the Arctic continues to warm four times as quickly as the rest of the world, it could mean 6 C of warming for the Arctic.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-warming-dehcho-region-1.6664273


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Accelerated warming in the Svalbard archipelago is offering a glimpse into the impact of climate change now, and in the future, in the Arctic and around the world.

“The Arctic region is warming at a much faster pace than the global average, with temperatures in Svalbard rising six times faster than the rest of the world.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/warming-in-svalbard-arctic-will-continue-at-a-fast-pace-climate-scientist-1.6171280


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Large areas of Arctic seabed is damaged by trawlers.

In some of the most popular fishing grounds north of Svalbard, more than half of the sea bottom has deep wounds from trawl bags… Consequences for local marine life is dramatic. Many of the species living on the sea bottom are considered endangered and they are very vulnerable to external pressure, the marine researchers say.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2022/11/large-areas-arctic-seabed-damaged-trawling


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After a prolonged period of dry weather in Ireland earlier this year, autumn has brought record rainfall due to rising sea temperatures…

“Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, which records more rainfall than any other weather station in Ireland, has already recorded its wettest autumn since records began with two days left in the month.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/environment/2022/11/28/autumn-weather-brings-record-rainfall-due-to-rising-sea-temperatures/


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Spain could face winter drought amid unprecedented temperatures.

“The parched Mediterranean nation has experienced the longest-running drought since records began in 1961, according to AEMET, the Spanish meteorological agency… “It has not been a good year and even if it rains next year probably will not be much better. It is a worry.”

https://theleader.info/2022/11/29/spain-could-face-winter-drought-amid-unprecedented-temperatures/


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Harsh heat wave in South Africa: Today the temperature rose to 44.8C [112.6F] at Augrabies Falls (635m asl); this is the highest temperature recorded worldwide this month.

“Also 42.9C at Addo and 42.7C at Vioolsdrif.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597642020205789184


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Antalya [Turkey] experiences its warmest October.

“The southern province of Antalya [experienced] a record-breaking temperature of 41.2 degrees [106.2F] for the month of October, while the temperature has dropped to minus 8.8 degrees in the eastern province of Erzurum, a difference of almost 50 degrees that has caused concern.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/antalya-experiences-its-warmest-october-178911


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Another area with abnormal heat is Middle East.

“Many stations in Oman, Emirates and even Bahrain haven’t recorded any non-tropical night this month (100% Tmins >20C). In Oman, Qaboos Port hasn’t dropped below 25C yet. Iraq still rises >30C. December might see records since its start.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597285246613204993


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Saudi Arabia weather office issues warning as torrential rains to hit Jeddah again.

Torrential downpours also struck Jeddah last Thursday, causing devastating floods that killed two people. It was the highest-ever recorded rainfall in the coastal Saudi city. The rain on Thursday lasted for about eight hours – from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – and amounted to 179.7 millimeter of water.”

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/saudi-arabia/2022/11/30/Saudi-Arabia-weather-office-issues-warning-as-torrential-rains-to-hit-Jeddah-again


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Engineers warn of ‘severe’ groundwater shortage in northwest Pakistan.

“Tubewells have dried up, forcing residents to dig deeper in search of freshwater. “This [year] we found water at a depth of 225 metres,” said Sarmad Khattak, a local resident… A 2019 study by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources found that over the previous four to five years, the water table in Mohmand and Khyber districts had dropped by more than 60 metres.

https://arynews.tv/water-shortage-in-kp-pakistan/


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South Asian black carbon is threatening the water sustainability of the Asian Water Tower.

“Long-range transport of black carbon from South Asia to the Tibetan plateau and its deposition on glaciers directly enhances glacier melt. Here we find South Asian black carbon also has an indirect effect on the plateau’s glaciers shrinkage by acting to reduce the water supply over the southern Tibetan plateau.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-35128-1


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Floods have become common in cold, dry Mongolia.

“Hotter temperatures mean more evaporation. More humidity in the air means more frequent and intense rainfall and cloudbursts – an effect of climate change… Rainfall patterns have changed in Mongolia over the past 40 years, meteorologists have found.”

https://scroll.in/article/1038262/floods-have-become-common-in-cold-dry-mongolia


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Deadly Freeze in Northwest China Threatens Livestock and Heating.

“Plunging temperatures could be the next flashpoint for China’s commodities markets, after the coldest weather in the northwest in over a decade killed workers and livestock. Seven road workers died near the city of Altay at the weekend after blizzards struck the Xinjiang region…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-30/deadly-freeze-in-northwest-china-threatens-livestock-and-heating


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Today 29th November the extreme heat in China has been squeezed to the South:

35.6C [96.1F] in the province of Yunnan, 34.1C in Hainan and 33.1C in Fujian where several important cities had their latest 30C on records including Fuzhou, Xiamen, Putian and Nanping.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597583659661393922


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Another unbelievably hot day in Taiwan: Today 29th November, 3 stations rose above 35.5C [96F]; 5 stations above 35C; and 10 above 34.5C!

Never before any station had ever reached 34C in Taiwan so late. Absolutely unprecedented heat wave.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1597525245011046400


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Parts of Japan had the warmest day ever measured after November 29.

“Hamada had 26.6℃ (80F) today, making it the warmest day on record so late in the year since records began in 1893! But the daytime high in two days could plummet to 6℃ (43F), a 20℃ drop!”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1597546700234629120


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Perth has narrowly missed out on setting a new record for the hottest November night after steamy temperatures made for an uncomfortable sleep for those without air-conditioning.

“The city fell just 0.2C shy, getting down to a sticky 24.2 [75.6F] at 6.30am before temperatures began to climb again. The highest recorded November minimum temperature was 24.4C taken in 2004.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/weather/perth-weather-city-narrowly-misses-setting-new-november-record-after-hot-and-sweaty-night-c-9011215


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Australia saw its coldest spring in decades and wettest on record for some regions.

“Daytime temperatures were especially low compared to recent years, including the coldest in 30 years for Melbourne, Adelaide, and Canberra. This spring was also the wettest on record for much of south-east Australia, with ongoing flooding across the Murray-Darling Basin.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-30/weather-australia-experienced-coldest-spring-in-decades/101712340


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Northland deluged by wettest November on record [NZ].

“…each time the heavy rain watch was issued, down came a deluge, flooding paddocks and roadways, leaving the region sodden and rendering driving dangerous. MetService meteorologist Dan Corrigan said Whangārei Airport had already recorded 360.3mm of rain, well ahead of the previous November record of 257.6mm in 2000.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/northland-deluged-by-wettest-november-on-record/C6KQCCUNCNHQ3GSC4LE36GGT7Q/


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Unprecedented heat wave in Mendoza [Argentina] until the second week of December… there is no statistical history of such an extensive continuity and with such high temperatures in Mendoza…

“The heatwave… will extend for about 15 more days from next Saturday. Meteorologist Federico Norte indicated that this would imply that the fatal heat wave that occurred in the summer of the northern hemisphere is replicated in the southern hemisphere.”

https://www.memo.com.ar/clima/federico-norte-ola-calor/


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Colombia’s heavy rains seen pouring into mid-2023 -government.

“Heavy rains in Colombia associated with the La Nina weather phenomenon, which led the government to declare a disaster, could last until the middle of next year, the national unit for managing risks and disasters said on Tuesday. Downpours in Colombia have left 216 dead with 48 people missing…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombias-heavy-rains-seen-pouring-into-mid-2023-government-2022-11-29/


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Flood stress in Trinidad..

“…several communities were on the verge of being cut off, as access to roadways remained limited due to flooding, toppled bridges and landslips… Information reaching Newsday was that in some parts of north and central Trinidad, floodwaters were as high as seven feet and was not receding.”

https://newsday.co.tt/2022/11/29/flood-stress-in-trinidad/


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Tornadoes in the Southeast [US] are getting worse and they’re often the deadliest…

“… while Tornado Alley in the Great Plains still leads in the number of tornadoes, more are appearing in the Southeast, in eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Tornadoes shifting further east have been taking a devastating toll.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/28/weather/southeast-tornado-xpn/index.html


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Record-Breaking Hailstorm Pelts Mon Valley [Pennsylvania].

“Hail bigger than golf balls pelted homes and vehicles in the Mon Valley during Sunday afternoon’s thunderstorms in what weather forecasters say were the largest hailstones ever recorded in Western Pennsylvania in November.”

https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/community/2022/11/record-breaking-hailstorm-pelts-mon-valley/


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U.S. warns California cities to prepare for possible water cuts and fourth year of drought.

“Federal water managers on Monday warned California cities and industrial users receiving water from the Central Valley Project to prepare for a fourth year of drought and possibly “extremely limited water supply” during 2023.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/28/us-warns-california-cities-possible-water-cuts-in-fourth-dry-year.html


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Tipping Points Research Makes Urgent Case for Limiting Global Temperature Rise to Lowest Possible.

“Since the concept of climate tipping points was introduced two decades ago, there have been calls for a better understanding of their probability and impacts. Tipping points can occur when changes in a system become self-sustaining, lock in irreversible impacts, and are driven by “positive” feedback loops which can quickly amplify small changes.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/tipping-points-research-makes-urgent-case-limiting-global-temperature-rise-lowest-possible


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Mauna Loa eruption interrupts key record of atmospheric CO2.

“Lava flow from the ongoing eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has knocked out power and cut off access to an observatory that has recorded the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since 1958.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349130-mauna-loa-eruption-interrupts-key-record-of-atmospheric-co2/


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