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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An El Nino event has emerged in the Forecast for 2023, while the Cold La Nina impacts this Winter weather season for the final time.

“La Nina has reached its peak just as the Winter 2022/2023 begins. After that, it will begin its slow breakdown process while still affecting the weather patterns over the Winter season. But we are already seeing signs that later in 2023, an El Nino could emerge after several years. It can completely change the weather patterns for the weather seasons next year.”

https://www.severe-weather.eu/long-range-2/winter-season-cold-enso-2022-el-nino-event-2023-weather-forecast-united-states-canada-fa


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Deadly heat waves engulfed the planet this year [in spite of La Nina]: Climate change is a national security crisis.

This calendar year brought the United States its third hottest summer on record and Europe its hottest summer ever. And you can set aside hope it was just funny timing. Last year was the sixth hottest recorded year across the globe. The year before that, 2020, was the hottest ever recorded. This isn’t a coincidence; it’s a trend.”

https://www.salon.com/2022/12/04/heat-waves-engulfed-the-planet-this-year-climate-change-is-a-national-security/


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Utqiaġvik low temperature on Dec 2nd of 28F (-2.2C) is the highest daily minimum temp on record in December [Arctic Alaska].

“Previous record was 26F (-3.3C) in 1924 and 1932. Friday’s high temp of 32F (0.0C) was new record high for the date.”

https://twitter.com/AlaskaWx/status/1599060192435802124


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Very mild in Greenland: Yesterday the temperature reached 10C in the capital Nuuk and in Kangerlussuaq. 26 synoptical stations out of 33 rose above freezing!

“And Summit Camp at 3200m hasn’t reached -50C not even once yet, while Delyankir in Siberia today touched -53C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599063409160589314


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November 2022 in Iceland was the warmest on records, with an anomaly of almost +3C above normal.

“Together with North Korea, it was the national biggest anomaly in the world. It was very rainy in the East. See temperature anomalies map vs. the 2012-2021 average (by vedur. is).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1598746311490256896


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Record Breaking Average Temperatures in Malaga [Spain].

“In November this year Malaga Province recorded record breaking average temperatures. The average has been 18c [64.4F] which is more than 2c higher than normal for November. This is the highest average temperature since record keeping began in 1942.”

https://global.fm/news/record-breaking-average-temperatures-in-malaga/


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Flash flood in Messina [Sicily], more than 300 mm [12 inches] of rain…

“A violent stationary storm between Etna and Peloritani hit several centers of Messina, where in a few hours over 300 mm of rain fell… The humid sciroccal flow, coming from the Ionian and Libyan Seas, interacting with Etna and the Peloritani produced a large orographic storm.”

https://www.ilmeteo.net/notizie/attualita/alluvione-lampo-maltempo-messinese-torrenti-piena-video.html


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While most of Europe is with wintry conditions, it has been very mild in Eastern Mediterranean.

Today the temperature rose to 27.9C [82.2F] at Tepak in Cyprus,very close to the December national record. Over 25C also in Southern Turkey.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599425798041214977


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The severity of the drought leads Morocco to social instability…

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has called on mosques across the country to pray for rain. King Mohamed VI already warned of the consequences of the drought at the beginning of October in Parliament: “The water problem must not stoke social tensions”.”

https://www.niusdiario.es/internacional/africa/20221204/severidad-sequia-marruecos-inestabilidad-social_18_08104527.html


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At last some news of unusual cold weather: Niamey in Niger is one of the world’s hottest capitals and hottest cities with yearly average temperature in the past year often above 31C.

It has been unusually cool these weeks; today the Tmin was 12.7C [54.9F], the earliest sub 13C on records.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1598692323315093505


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Nine dead after flash floods in South Africa wash away worshippers during river ‘baptism’…

“Emergency teams were dispatched to the Jukskei river after a congregation of 33 people gathered for what is thought to be a baptism or cleansing ritual on Saturday.”

https://news.sky.com/story/nine-dead-after-flash-floods-in-south-africa-wash-away-worshippers-during-river-baptism-12761652


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White butterflies are filling Johannesburg’s skies earlier than usual. Climate change is to blame…

“Across the world, phenological events are occurring increasingly earlier as a result of climate change. The temperatures that used to signal the onset of spring for plants and animals are now occurring earlier in most parts of the world. Simultaneously, the timing and amount of precipitation are changing too.”

https://stuff.co.za/2022/12/03/white-butterflies-are-filling-johannesburg/


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‘Soon we will have no water’: Thousands face uncertain future in drought-ravaged Kenya.

In Elwak, a town of some 100,000 people in Mandera, more than 85% of population has no access to water, says official… Water bodies that once sustained entire communities in the area have long dried up, as have the wells set up as replacements.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/soon-we-will-have-no-water-thousands-face-uncertain-future-in-drought-ravaged-kenya/2755464


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Floods in Gaza are getting worse every year.

“Impeding Gaza’s ability to move beyond its own destruction, the blockade is being exacerbated by climate change, and even an hour of rain floods Gaza’s neighborhoods…. From one year to another floods have only increased in severity despite the long list of accomplishments declared by the Gaza municipality.”

https://mondoweiss.net/2022/12/floods-in-gaza-are-getting-worse-every-year/


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We didn’t waste a day to set a temperature record this month:

On 1st December Al Wafra in Kuwait rose to 32.0C [89.6F], which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the country in December. In Saudi Arabia 33.0C [91.4F] at Dammam is also a new December heat record.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1598648183705346050


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Recent floods, rains pose ‘serious’ threat to wildlife in Pakistan…

“In addition to climate change, the report added, a string of other factors, including illegal wildlife trade and hunting, human-wildlife conflict, unsustainable development, habitat loss and encroachment, and water pollution are also contributing to a gradual decline in wildlife.”

https://dailytimes.com.pk/1035583/recent-floods-rains-pose-serious-threat-to-wildlife-in-pakistan/


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November 2022 in Hong Kong had an average temperature of 23.4C which is 1.2C above the 1991-2020 norm and was the 3rd warmest November on records. Autumn was the warmest on record.

“Total rainfall was 130.8mm more than 3 times the average. See stats below by HK Observatory.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599350299394592768


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Despite the increased rainfall in the Yangtze River basin, the water level of the Three Gorges Reservoir is still more than 17 meters lower than usual.

If the drought continues in winter and spring, the situation will be very serious.

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1599041562230472704


New Heat Wave in Southern Japan and Taiwan. Last 2 days temperatures reached >29C [84.2F] in the Japanese subtropical islands. Ibaruma with 28.6C broke its December heat record.

“In Taiwan temperatures also close to 32C. Today’s High temperatures in Japan map by JMA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599371951646322689


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Darwin [Australia] heat stings as parts of city still without shade trees years after Cyclone Marcus ripped through.

Darwin recently experienced record heatwaves at the warmest time of year, making the bitumen in the Northern Territory capital even hotter. Cyclist Rob Brooks is jaded by the lack of shade for people exercising on paths and roads.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-04/darwin-s-lack-of-shade-trees-amid-heatwaves-in-hot-season/101723626


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First heatwave of Australian summer to push mercury to 46C.

“An early summer heatwave is on the way for a vast swathe of the nation’s north, with areas as far south as Brisbane to see a blast of high temperatures. The summer’s first intense bout of heat is forecast to hit tomorrow and last for three days.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-australia-heatwave-nt-wa-brisbane-queensland-summer/6f209518-16e1-4436-8bf0-44244b3db207


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Marine heatwave conditions could continue into new year, says Niwa [NZ]…

“Niwa principal scientist of marine ecology Dr Vonda Cummings says that marine heatwaves can have big impacts on the ecosystem. “Marine heatwaves can have concerning effects, with heat stress pushing marine organisms towards or beyond their thermal tolerance limits. These events can upset the balance of marine food webs and disrupt ecosystems.””

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/marine-heatwave-conditions-could-continue-into-new-year-says-niwa/YQJKZSQHUVHKRDVZB7RYPCT62U/


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Water Scarcity in Latin America: Operational Challenges.

Extreme weather events such as water stress, floods, and droughts have led to additional operational challenges in Latin America. Restricted electricity generation, supply chain disruption, damages to production sites, and agricultural losses will continue generating detrimental economic and political effects.”

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4562210-water-scarcity-in-latin-america-operational-challenges


Argentina lived a scorching hot November, with anomalies even >5C above average in some stations, but that was just the appetizer: A new terrible heat wave is looming with temperatures which could approach 45C [113F] later next week in some areas.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1598812567056486400


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Mountains of waste overwhelm Buenos Aires effort to curb methane.

“Despite installing a capture system that operators of the Norte III landfill outside Buenos Aires said would limit methane seeping from the dump, new satellite observations suggest releases of the potent greenhouse gas from the site haven’t diminished.”

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/economy/mountains-of-waste-overwhelm-buenos-aires-effort-to-curb-methane.phtml


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A landslide engulfed a road Sunday in Colombia, killing three people and leaving some 20 trapped in the mud, authorities said…

“This rainy season that began in August is Colombia’s worst in 40 years, according to the government, causing accidents that have left more than 270 people dead.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/landslide-colombia-leaves-three-dead-214549967.html


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Dominica again! On 3rd December the Canefield Airport which serves the capital Roseau, rose to 33.2C [81.8F] which is a new national record heat for December.

In the past 4 months Dominica beat the national record for September, November and December!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599134167228624897


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Small Lakes Keep Growing Across the Planet, And It’s a Serious Problem…

“”There have been major and rapid changes with lakes in recent decades that affect greenhouse gas accounts, as well as ecosystems and access to water resources,” says terrestrial ecologist Jing Tang, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/small-lakes-keep-growing-across-the-planet-and-its-a-serious-problem


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Low marshes emit more CO2 as temperatures rise…

“The analysis revealed that each degree of warming correlated with an exponential increase in carbon dioxide emissions. “But what was surprising is that we found higher temperature sensitivity in the low marsh habitat. That means for each degree of warming, there was significantly more carbon dioxide released from the marsh at lower elevation relative to the high-marsh habitat,” Carey explained.”

https://www.earth.com/news/low-marshes-emit-more-co2-as-temperatures-rise/


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