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.

NB: I will try, but I may struggle to put out an economic thread tomorrow – upholding the amusing stereotype of terrible British teeth, I must attend the dentist for some rather uncomfortable treatment.

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Alaska’s northernmost city posts warmest winter temperature on record. Despite total darkness, Utqiagvik hit 40F Monday – its highest temperature ever observed between November and March.

“The record-crushing high temperature was six degrees higher than the next warmest December reading ever measured there, in more than a century of records. It marked yet another exceptional extreme event in a region that is rapidly warming because of human-caused climate change.

““For a station with 100+ years of observation to break a monthly record by 6F and a seasonal record by 4F is very significant,” wrote Rick Thoman, a climate scientist based in Alaska, in an email.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/12/06/alaska-winter-temperature-record-utqiagvik/


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How Greenland’s ice streams could have major impact on sea level rise. ’No-one had any idea that the streams of this scale could change so quickly’…

“New radar technology allowing scientists to examine the Greenland ice sheet has revealed that major flows of ice across the continent can change much more rapidly than was previously thought.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/greenland-ice-sheet-melt-sea-level-b2239151.html


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Climate change in the forests of northern Germany: Team finds widespread drought stress in European beech.

“More and more trees are suffering the consequences of decades of manmade climate change. The growth of the European beech has so far suffered decline mainly in southern Europe. European beech is Germany’s most important native forest tree species, and it is most commonly found in central Europe.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-climate-forests-northern-germany-team.html


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Europe’s water crisis is much worse than we thought.

“This year’s historic drought was just one part of the story: New findings reveal an alarming decline of freshwater in the continent’s aquifers… most of the continent is losing far more groundwater each year than is being replaced by rainfall and other recharge…”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/europes-water-crisis-drought-worse-grace


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Italy saw over 30 extreme-weather events this weekend, bringing to over 6 billion euros the damage to crops and farms caused this year across the country, farm group Coldiretti said Monday.

“Thunderstorms, hurricanes and hailstorms swept across the country this weekend, Coldiretti said, flooding fields and stores, uprooting trees, destroying greenhouses, and ruining crops.”

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/12/05/over-30-extreme-weather-events-this-weekenddamage-up-to-6bn_2a4877a6-ac79-413a-b8dc-39e8cf5cc1a6.html


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A tornado transformed the sun-kissed Costa del Sol resort of Marbella yesterday.

“The freak weather phenomenon left one person injured, trees uprooted and motorbikes on the ground as it came in from the sea and struck the town centre. Bar owners in the path of the windstorm watched on in horror as tables and chairs began to fly through the air.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11506903/Tornado-hits-Marbella-terrifying-freak-weather-smashes-Spanish-resort-town.html


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Heavy rain floods several parts of Algarve [Portugal]…

“Several roads in Quarteira were completely flooded on Sunday due to the downpour. Footage shared on social media shows cars struggling to drive through the town’s flooded streets, which forced some drivers to try to push their cars away from some of the worst affected areas.”

https://www.portugalresident.com/heavy-rain-floods-several-parts-of-algarve/


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Record heat in Northern Africa after few weeks of cool weather in November.

Yesterday Nigeria reached 40C [104F] for the first time ever in December with 40.0C at Yola, while Cameroon with 40.0C at Garoua missed its monthly record by 0.3C. Very hot today in Algeria with over 34C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1599803988848672783


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Climate change and hunger are driving a refugee crisis in the African countries bordering Lake Chad…

“Nasuri Saidu is a former fisherman. He used to fish in the shrinking waters of Lake Chad. Now he’s also reliant on U.N. rations that were recently reduced due to funding shortfalls.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/04/1140630184/climate-change-and-hunger-are-driving-a-refugee-crisis-in-the-african-countries-


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Water Crisis Poses Greatest Risk For Africa’s Food, CEO of Fertilizer Company Says.

“One of Africa’s largest producers of agriculture chemicals says erratic rains and water shortages pose the biggest risk to food security on the continent, more than Russia’s war on Ukraine or other supply-chain disruptions.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-12-06/water-crisis-poses-greatest-risk-for-africa-s-food-fertilizer-company-ceo-says


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Climate Change leaves 2 million Zambians vulnerable.

“About 2 million Zambians are vulnerable to hunger, food security, poor nutrition, health, water and hygiene after heightened flash floods, dry spells swept the agriculture prospects in the 2021/22 season, fueling a call for humanitarian aid.”

https://farmersreviewafrica.com/climate-change-leaves-2-mln-zambians-vulnerable/


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Current power outages being experienced in the country have worsened Harare’s perennial water supply woes amid reports the energy crisis has crippled water treatment works at the city’s Morton Jaffrey water treatment plant…

“The situation is set to get worse in the next coming few days as the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has ordered the Zimbabwe Power Company to stop generating electricity at Kariba Dam due to low water levels.”

https://www.zimlive.com/power-cuts-worsen-harare-water-woes-as-treatment-works-stall/


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Due to an ongoing drought, over 3.5 million Kenyan children will not be able to enroll in schools when classes resume in January 2023, according to Save the Children on Tuesday.

“A survey conducted by Save the Children, an international humanitarian aid group, warned that as drought worsens, more and more school-age children are being forced out of school…”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/over-35m-kenyan-children-to-miss-school-in-january-over-drought/2757234


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November 2022 goes on record as the warmest November ever experienced in Bahrain since [records began in] 1902.

“The mean temperature of the month was 27.4°C [81.3F] which is 2.8°C above the long-term normal for November and this goes on record as the highest mean temperature for November since 1902.”

https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1149416/November-warmest-month-in-the-kingdom-since-1902


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Autumn 2022 in China was the warmest on records. Hundreds of records were beaten during all these months, this after the hottest summer on records.

“40C [104F] was reached for the first time in October in the country.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1600124147820101633


Hottest December day ever in Myanmar: 38.3C [100.9F] at Bawlakhae.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1600059974322823168


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Temperatures forecast to reach mid-40s as heatwave hits northern Australia.

North of Western Australia, NT and Queensland to swelter in up to 47C [116.6F] as ‘monsoon break’ allows build-up of intensely hot air mass… Domensino said the 45C recorded in Marble Bar over the weekend was the latest in the season that mark had been broken since 1999.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/dec/06/australia-heatwave-weather-temperatures-forecast-to-reach-mid-40s


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The NSW floods have been as gut wrenching as drought and caused more damage…

“Forbes had only just dried out from the previous flood. The sheer devastation of this event shocked me with its size and power. We have been assessing the damage as we get access to various parts of the farm and prioritise the clean up effort while still needing to run a business.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/dec/06/the-nsw-floods-have-been-as-gut-wrenching-as-drought-and-caused-more-damage


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Last month was NZ’s ‘warmest November on record’ – NIWA…

“NIWA remarked November saw a “plethora of warm daytime maximum and overnight minimum records and near-records”. It also said spring was wet and warm in the north and near normal in the south.”

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/12/06/last-month-was-nzs-warmest-november-on-record-niwa/


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Argentina subjected to the worst [December] heat wave… the temperatures will be even higher than the Sahara Desert… that means a big problem for the agricultural sector…

“Most of the country, except for the Patagonian region, will experience a strong heat wave, the worst in history, with temperatures that will reach up to 45C [113F] in some regions…”

https://urgente24.com/actualidad/argentina-sometida-la-peor-ola-calor-a-quienes-afecta-n547795


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Heavy rains in northwest Colombia sent a wall of earth crashing onto a winding road, swallowing up a bus and other vehicles and killing 34 people, emergency services said Monday.

“The landslide Sunday evening prompted a large rescue effort, with dozens of people in hard hats using backhoes and excavators to dig through the earth looking for victims.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/colombia-landslide-leaves-at-least-34-dead/6863968.html


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‘One Mississippi…’ How Lightning Shapes The Climate…

“Scientists are just beginning to understand how lightning operates in these forests, and its implications for climate change. Lightning tends to strike the biggest trees – which, in tropical forests, lock away a huge share of the planet’s carbon. As those trees die and decay, the carbon leaks into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/05/1140778347/one-mississippi-how-lightning-shapes-the-climate


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