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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Floods devastate Philippines, fuel concerns over extreme weather… The Philippines has been welcomed into the new year by incessant rain, fatal flooding and landslides in many provinces.

“Nearly every day so far in January, heavy rains have caused a town or city to issue emergency warnings, order evacuations or respond with relief efforts. At least 28 people have died this month, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Monday. More than 211,000 people have been displaced…

“That follows the 50 killed and more than 50,000 displaced during the holiday season by torrential rains that began Dec. 25 and continued through New Year’s Day.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/01/17/philippines-flood-climate-rain-weather-typhoon/


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Warming ocean waters in Western Australia are a ‘sentinel of climate change’, UWA researchers say.

“Researchers from the University of Western Australia say the WA’s waters are an international “sentinel of climate change”. Professor of marine ecology Thomas Wernberg and a team of academics presented their research to the 13th International Symposium of Temperate Reef Systems in Tasmania last week.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-16/marine-heatwave-wa-waters-sentinel-of-climate-change/101845858


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Australians have been told to brace for wild weather this week as one state swelters through an intense heatwave while another is plagued by heavy rain and floods.

Up to one metre of rain is predicted to fall on Queensland’s north and the Whitsundays by midweek as heavy showers and flooding continues.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11641609/Heatwave-hits-Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide-Queensland-floods-bring-metre-rain.html


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New lake created by Cyclone Hale being closely watched [NZ]…

The lake, thought to be about 1km long and about 15 metres deep, has been formed in the Waiorongomai River, a tributary of the Tapuaeroa River, which enters the Waiapu River near Ruatoria. The lake was created by a massive landslide of earth and bush…”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/130977395/new-lake-created-by-cyclone-hale-being-closely-watched


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The tiny Enderby Island, located in the Auckland Islands archipelago at latitude 50S,an uninhabited territory of New Zealand, rose to 16.9C [62.4F] on 15 January.

“This ties the highest temperature on record for this island, which was set on 29 December 2005.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1614754374718291969


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Drought alarm in Uruguay: the government will extend the agricultural emergency until April.

“The drought that affects the entire Uruguayan territory in recent weeks has become critical for the productive sector. Harvests are being severely affected, with consequences that will last throughout the year, according to specialists.”

https://www.infobae.com/america/america-latina/2023/01/16/alarma-por-la-sequia-en-uruguay-el-gobierno-extendera-la-emergencia-agropecuaria-hasta-abril/


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Due to drought, Argentina loses half a soybean harvest in its main producing area…

“”Although it was known that it would be a very difficult campaign due to the drought, what is seen has surpassed the worst nightmares of the producers,” explained the stock exchange entity of the city that concentrates the largest agro-export pole in the country, 310 km north of Buenos Aires.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/spa/por-sequ%C3%ADa–argentina-pierde-media-cosecha-de-soja-en-su-principal-zona-productora/48209274


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At Least Two Dead and Multiple Rescues After Landslides in Tijuana Due to Storm.

“Carrillo mentioned that the incident was a consequence of the saturation of so much water that had fallen, which caused the slope to give way and fall on the house. The mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero issued a statement and lamented the death of the minors because of the effects of Sunday’s storms.”

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/at-least-two-dead-and-multiple-rescues-after-landslides-in-tijuana-due-to-storm/3143912/


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A World War II battery bunker tumbled down a cliff onto a San Francisco beach, officials said Monday.

It’s the latest in a series of landslides across California, due to saturated ground. Record rain and floods have constantly belted the state since New Year’s Eve.”

https://news.yahoo.com/world-war-ii-bunker-tumbled-030001276.html


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Second wettest water year on record reported for Reno already.

“Since October 1, Reno has seen 7.4 inches of liquid which surpasses the annual average of 7.35 inches. The best year on record was 2017 when 8.35 inches of precipitation fell in the Biggest Little City.”

https://foxreno.com/newsletter-daily/second-wettest-water-year-on-record-reported-for-reno-already


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‘Our water tanks will be dry within days’: Arizona city cuts OFF water to neighbors amid drought…

“Scottsdale has blamed the ongoing drought for its decision to shut off tap water for its neighbors. The city says it can no longer afford to sell water to its neighbors and must concentrate instead on conserving water for its own residences.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11640903/Were-not-going-make-Arizona-city-cuts-neighborhoods-water-supply-amid-drought.html


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Town where Martin Luther King Jr made historic march reels from tornado.

“As the US marked Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, the town of Selma, Alabama, that hosted his historic 1965 march was still reeling from a tornado that destroyed buildings, swept away roofs and tossed around mobile homes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/16/selma-alabama-martin-luther-king-march-tornado


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Historic cold in Cuba: The lowest temperature today was +1.5C at Indio Hatuey, only 0.9C from the official all time low of Cuba.

Historic cold also in the eastern town of Guantanamo with 9.9C (49.8F): it’s the lowest temperature ever recorded. New record also at La Jiquima with 7.4C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1615046239544020992


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Florida citrus growers face challenges from lowest crop yield in more than 80 years.

“”Commissioner Wilton Simpson announced Thursday that the latest crop forecast is now worse than the original estimate. The biggest issues were freezes, tree disease and inflation.”

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/florida-citrus-growers-face-challenges-lowest-crop-yield-more-than-80-years/QPTQVYPADZD25HXZJH2DAYTJYQ/


Warm January confuses DC’s cherry blossoms… The traditional coldest month of the year in the nation’s capital has been more like spring or late fall…

https://wtop.com/weather-news/2023/01/warm-january-confuses-dcs-cherry-blossoms/


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Halifax [Nova Scotia] set to break record for least snowy winter, expert says…

““This has been the least snowiest year if I’m looking at the records for the Halifax airport, in the history of Halifax,” said Jim Abraham, president of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/9411304/halifax-record-least-snowy-winter/


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Part of Canada was nearly warmer than the entire U.S., see how it happened…

“Florida was at or below 14°C on Sunday morning, making St. John’s, N.L., warmer for several hours. It is a rare occurrence for part of Canada to be nearly as warm as the entire United States, especially in the middle of January.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/forecasts/part-of-canada-was-nearly-warmer-than-the-entire-us-see-how-it-happened


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NWT, warming faster than anywhere in Canada, feels it most in winter.

“The Northwest Territories has warmed more than any other jurisdiction in Canada, trends over the past 75 years show. Whereas the country has warmed 1.9C on average since 1948, the NWT’s temperature trend over that period shows a significantly higher 2.8C of warming.”

https://cabinradio.ca/114666/news/weather/nwt-warming-faster-than-anywhere-in-canada-feels-it-most-in-winter/


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Siberia Was Blasted By Temperatures Of -62°C This Weekend.

“Siberia is currently going through some dangerously cold weather. On Sunday, January 15, temperatures of -62.4°C (-80.32°F) were picked up in Tongulakh, a rural part of Sakha Republic, Russia. The temperatures were reported by Ventusky, a meteorological company based in Czechia. They explain that this is a “new all-time low” for the station at Tongulakh and the coldest temperature in Siberia since 2002.”

https://www.iflscience.com/siberia-was-blasted-by-temperatures-of-62-c-this-weekend-67093


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Svalbard tourism faces restrictions as temperatures keep rising.

Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is in the midst of recording its mildest January in 90 years. Climate researchers think temperatures will keep on rising, so officials are trying once again to restrict tourism because of its contribution to climate change.”

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2023/01/16/svalbard-tourism-faces-restrictions-as-temperatures-keep-rising/


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Latvia hit by worst flood in decades.

“Latvian authorities on Sunday urged residents of certain central areas to evacuate their homes in response to the worst flooding the Baltic state has seen in decades. “It will be near impossible to get you out from among the ice cold sludge once it rushes into your homes,” Raivis Ragainis, mayor of the city of Jekabpils, warned on local radio.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230115-latvia-hit-by-worst-flood-in-decades


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Pictures show scale of flooding in the South West after days of heavy rain [UK].

“After days of relentless heavy rain, many areas in the West Country have been subjected to severe flooding. Rivers burst their banks, blocked drains flooded roads and many homes and businesses were left with debris when waters rose above ground level.”

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2023-01-16/pictures-show-scale-of-flooding-in-the-south-west


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Avalanche in French Alps kills British woman…

“The Mont Blanc’s popularity poses a growing security and environmental challenge, local officials have warned. Warmer temperatures in recent years have melted permafrost, raising the risk of rock falls on the most popular routes.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20230115/avalanche-in-french-alps-kills-woman/


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From Ireland to Croatia, and from the Arctic to the Mediterranean sea, Europe saw examples of extreme weather in 2022 and experts are warning this could be the new normal.

Climatologist Valerie Masson-Delmotte of Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat… said… “The Summer of 2022, for me, truly saw the materialisation of a new climate.” …Dr Matthius Huss, Climatologist, ETH, Zurich says the Swiss Alps lost 6% of their total remaining ice volume…”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/01/16/a-year-of-highs-and-lows-but-just-how-exceptional-was-our-climate-in-2022


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Almeria’s first forest fire of 2023 breaks out in Lubrin municipality [Andalusia, Spain].

“As reported this evening, Monday, January 16, by Plan Infoca on its official Twitter profile, a forest fire has broken out in Almeria’s Lubrin municipality in the Levante region. The blaze is believed to have originated in the so-called Cortijada del Chive de Arriba area at 4:50pm.”

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/01/16/almerias-first-forest-fire-of-2023-breaks-out-in-lubrin-municipality/


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December 2022 in Montenegro was exceptionally warm with temperature anomalies ranging from +1.9C (Herceg Novi) to +6.2C (Rozaje) above the 1981-2010 normal and it was the warmest December on records.

“Preliminary data place 2022 as the 2nd warmest year on records in Montenegro.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1614932572512948226


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‘False spring’ seen in Istanbul as trees begin to blossom in mid-January…

“Dr. Doğanay Tolunay from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Forestry, Soil Science and Ecology Department said that these seasonal shifts became more frequent in recent years. ‘‘While it used to be seen every 10 years, it is now seen every two to three years…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/false-spring-seen-in-istanbul-as-trees-begin-to-blossom-in-mid-january


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Algeria will take measures against drought and reactivates the “emergency plan”…

“The government of Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced its intention to “take urgent measures” in the face of the “growing shortage of rainfall due to climate change”. To this end, “the urgent plan approved during the last two years 2021 and 2022″ will be revived.”

https://atalayar.com/en/content/algeria-will-take-measures-against-drought-and-reactivates-emergency-plan


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Brutal heat in South Africa:

Today the temperature rose to 47.3C [117.1F] at Augrabies Falls (altitude 635m asl) and to 46.1C at Vioolsdrif.

“The intense heat will last a couple of more days before start easing.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1614652710476992512


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Kenya declares war on millions of birds after they raid crops.

“A drive by the Kenyan government to kill up to 6 million red-billed quelea birds that have invaded farms will have unintended consequences for raptors and other wild species, experts have warned.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/17/kenya-birds-raid-crops-pesticides-quelea-raptors-aoe


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Freezing morning continues in Plains of North India.

“Most farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have reported widespread frost in the farms during the early morning, Visuals are from Bathinda, Rewari, Siwani. Temperature continue to stay sub-zero for 3rd day in a row.”

https://twitter.com/navdeepdahiya55/status/1615184160297226240


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India to boost coal imports to cope with harsh weather, freight snags.

“India’s power utilities will likely boost coal imports this year to cope with surges in demand, made worse over the past year by extreme temperatures, and with freight bottlenecks that are disrupting domestic coal supplies, analysts and officials said.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/india-boost-coal-imports-cope-with-harsh-weather-freight-snags-2023-01-16/


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Central Asia’s shorter winters are whittling away glaciers.

“[Central Asia’s glaciers] are not only melting due to higher temperatures. Glaciers today are also being starved of replenishing snowfall each winter. Instead, precipitation is increasingly falling as rain, which further speeds melting as it flows across the ice and down into the valleys.”

https://eurasianet.org/central-asias-shorter-winters-are-whittling-away-glaciers


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Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: 4 homes destroyed, 40 partially damaged in lake outburst in Daimer.

“Two lake outbursts in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Diamer’s Tangir Valley have resulted in the complete destruction of four homes and around 40 homes partially damaged, reported Dawn.”

https://theprint.in/world/pok-4-homes-destroyed-40-partially-damaged-in-lake-outburst-in-daimer/1316063/


Insane warm spell in Japan in the past 3 days with 332 monthly records, 194 of which were highest Tmins set yesterday (see map) including Kobe, Hiroshima and Sendai.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1614548071387373568


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Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023…

“It’s very likely that the next big El Niño could take us over 1.5C,” said Prof Adam Scaife, the head of long-range prediction at the UK Met Office. “The probability of having the first year at 1.5C in the next five-year period is now about 50:50.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/16/return-of-el-nino-will-cause-off-the-chart-temperature-rise-climate-crisis


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