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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“NASA’s “Ocean Heat Content” data confirms record high Earth Energy Imbalance!

“For the past three years (IAP/CAS) OHC (in 10 ZJ) indicates a global Energy imbalance of +1.5 W/m². And for the past year an Energy Imbalance of >2.0W/m²!

“The 3-year averaged Ocean Heat Content based Earth’s Energy Imbalance is off the chart.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1730511844513644712


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“The hits keep coming.

“Global sea surface temperatures are nearing record anomaly territory again.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1730605530270576682


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“”It is likely that the current global warming level has now reached (or exceeded) 1.5 °C”.

“The next 15 years will likely be much warmer than ΔT +1.5°C, resulting in a 30 average of +1.5°C centered at or even before 2023. [Leon Simons is a co-author of Hansen’s “Global Warming in the Pipeline” paper].

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1730573575277453538


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“This Year Is ‘Virtually Certain’ to Be Hottest in Human History, Researchers Say…

“…the World Meteorological Organization announced on Thursday at COP28 [that] 2023 has been about 1.4 degrees Celsius, or about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit, above the global average preindustrial temperature from 1850 to 1990” [what a dishonest metric; intentionally oblique, I would suggest].

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/30/climate/2023-hottest-year-cop28.html


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“Amazing +5.4C [41.7F] Today at Grise Fiord at 76 latitude Nunavut [Arctic Canada], it smashed its December record of highest temperature.

“Records also: +2.3C Arctic Bay; +1.9C Pond Inlet; -1.3C Resolute.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730754728743645508


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“Gray Whale Die-Offs Driven By Food Supply Swings In Changing Arctic Conditions…

““These findings demonstrate the consequences of a warming ocean and retreating sea ice on a marine species that’s very sensitive to rapid environmental changes that reduce prey availability and affect survivorship,” said Roberto Delgado, a program director in NSF’s Office of Polar Programs.”

https://scienceblog.com/540688/gray-whale-die-offs-driven-by-food-supply-swings-in-changing-arctic-conditions/


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“Study Finds Western Alaska Chum Survival Rate Being Impacted By Marine Heatwave.

“After looking at nearly two decades of survey data, scientists found evidence to suggest that recent marine heatwave events in the eastern Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska may have played a key role in juvenile chum salmon survival. Scientists also suspect this impacted subsequent adult returns to western Alaska rivers.”

https://aksportingjournal.com/study-finds-western-alaska-chum-survival-rate-being-impacted-by-marine-heatwave/


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“Drier than the Dust Bowl: Iowa, facing more drought, preps for water shortages.

“The nearly 50-year-old Regional Water Rural Water Association treatment plant ran nonstop a record 72 days this summer, struggling to keep up with drought-driven demand. With the Avoca-based utility’s wells drying up, the district was pulling reserves from its nine water towers…”

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2023/11/30/cracks-emerge-as-iowa-drought-enters-fourth-year-water-demand-grows/71480556007/


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“Dust Storm Catastrophe Serves as Major Warning…

“The tragedy of the infamous Dust Bowl era of the 1930s was repeated in the “mini” dust storm on I-55 in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt in May 2023… A dust storm led to near blackout conditions along I-55 in Illinois May 1, 2023, resulting in 8 deaths, 32 hospitalizations and 72 destroyed vehicles.”

https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/12936-dust-storm-catastrophe-serves-as-major-warning


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“September hail storm caused $600 million in damage to Austin area, NWS estimates…

“Of the $700 million in the state, the NWS determined $600 million of that loss happened in Travis and Williamson counties. This $600 million in losses will go down in the books as the costliest hailstorm in Austin-area history, far outdistancing the following hailstorms.”

https://www.kxan.com/weather/weather-blog/september-hail-storm-caused-600-million-in-damage-to-austin-area-report-says/


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“Bolivia’s Indigenous women climbers fear for their future as the Andean glaciers melt.

“When they first started climbing the Andes peaks, they could hear the ice crunching under their crampons. These days, it’s the sound of melted water running beneath their feet that they mostly listen to as they make their ascents.”

https://www.local10.com/news/world/2023/12/02/bolivias-indigenous-women-climbers-fear-for-their-future-as-the-andean-glaciers-melt/


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“Scientists Say 2023 Amazon Drought Most Severe in Recorded History.

“Rivers and lakes reached record low levels before rising in recent weeks. Thousands of people were isolated because of the lack of water in tributaries. Scientists say this should be considered a warning of what climate change can do. Yan Boechat reports from Manaus, Brazil.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/scientists-say-2023-amazon-drought-most-severe-in-recorded-history/7379370.html


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“This 1 December will be remembered as one of the most extreme day in climatic history.

“Records falling in all Continents, in dozens countries, in thousands stations. SOUTH AMERICA also had its share. Temperatures >40C [104F] in BRAZIL beat several December records (including Salinas again).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730707990452334893


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“Uruguay Rains and floods: an intense storm left Montevideo under water. In some areas of the city, 100 millimeters [nearly four inches] fell in just two hours.

“”The problem is that it rains in an hour what it rains in a month,” said Mayor Carolina Cosse.”

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/el-mundo/uruguay-lluvias-e-inundaciones-un-intenso-temporal-dejo-a-montevideo-bajo-el-agua-nid02122023/


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“In Chile’s far south, scientists record an island’s quickly shifting ecology.

“The beautiful landscape [of Navarino Island] has seen increased temperatures and decreased rainfall. Wetlands have dried up, ice floes have disappeared, populations of various animals have declined significantly and the life cycles of some insects have changed.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2023/11/in-chiles-far-south-scientists-record-an-islands-quickly-shifting-ecology/


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“Norfolk Broads land still flooded one month after Storm Ciarán [UK].

“Land and businesses in an area of the Norfolk Broads remain under water almost a month after Storm Ciarán hit the county. Water continues to seep into a shop in Potter Heigham from its car park.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-67569766


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“Luxembourg experiences second-hottest autumn since 1838.

“The country saw its second-warmest autumn on record since 1838, with an average temperature of 11.7°C, between 1.8° to 2.6°C warmer than the average in the same months from 1991 to 2020, the Agriculture Ministry’s weather service, AgriMeteo, said in a press release [only 2006 hotter].”

https://www.luxtimes.lu/luxembourg/luxembourg-experiences-second-hottest-autumn-since-1838/5039062.html


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“HISTORIC WARM SPELL IN EUROPE: Bosnia and Herzegovina 23.5C [74.3F] Zenica NEW NATIONAL RECORD HIGH FOR DECEMBER.

“Several other records were beaten in Italy, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, France (Corsica).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730687409086407036


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“Insane historic warm spell in EUROPE. Unbelievable MINIMUM temperature of 22.0C at Loznica in SERBIA, widespread tropical nights. Not even the historic December 1989 warm spell did this.

“A night like this would be above average even in July let alone in December.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730857973566607433


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“North Africa Braces for a Dangerously Dry Future…

““It’s been years since we’ve [been talking] about climate change, but I think today we’re really with our backs to the wall,” said Daoud, who began farming in the 1990s and is a member of Tunisia’s farming union Synagri. “We need to find solutions and change our agriculture, so it respects the resources we have.””

https://www.voanews.com/a/north-africa-braces-for-a-dangerously-dry-future-/7379225.html


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“Water crisis forces Tunisia to boost sea and wastewater purification.

“Throughout summer, Tunisia grapples with fresh water supply problems, exacerbated by reservoirs running dry and the rise in demand from urban growth. The north African country has imposed a water ban for months…”

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2023-11-30/Water-crisis-forces-Tunisia-to-boost-sea-and-wastewater-purification-1p8xkCjGbeg/index.html


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“Farmers race to innovate as climate change threatens African food supply…

“Rising temperatures mean large chunks of Africa are whipsawing between increasingly severe droughts and more frequent and intense cyclones, threatening staple foods for hundreds of millions of people.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2023/12/02/cop28-africa-agriculture-climate-change/


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“Cocoa prices surge to 44-year high as extreme rainfall devastates crop in West Africa…

“During the past three to six months, the cocoa-producing West African region has experienced extreme rainfall, which poses a significant risk of crop losses, according to Everstream Analytics, a global company that provides supply chain insights and risk analytics.”

https://www.foxweather.com/lifestyle/cocoa-shortage


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“Historic heat wave also in AFRICA: Records are falling all over the Sahel:

“Mali (39.7 San, 39.8 Mopti), Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso (39.6 Ouahigouya), Ghana, Cameroon (which also missed by 0.1C its national monthly record),with the record heat going to increase. A day like no other.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730701321706111047


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“Kenyan herders on the edge after record drought.

“…in recent years, this precarious lifestyle has grown all the more untenable, as more severe droughts arrive more frequently. Of the 17 that have hit Kenya since 1965, five occurred between 2011 and 2019. Then, in late 2020, the region’s severest drought on record started.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kenyan-herders-on-the-edge-after-record-drought-tpchqwtvr


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“Monster heat wave in SOUTH AFRICA. Today the heat moved West with record heat like:

“44.5 [112.1F] Fort Beaufort also tied all time high; 44.4 Addo; 43.4 Somerset East… Records have been falling by dozens since weeks in heat waves one after another in South Africa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730662085170753987


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“August, September & November warmest on record in India, winter temperatures to remain above normal…

“According to IMD’s seasonal forecast, the maximum temperatures from December 2023-February 2024 are likely to be above normal in most parts of the country, except some areas of central and northwest India. These regions may record normal to below-normal maximum temperatures.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/august-september-november-warmest-on-record-in-india-winter-temperatures-to-remain-above-normal-imd-93112


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“China’s unprecedented December heat is about to hit! December 3rd5th is the first wave of warming, and then cold air arrives to temporarily curb the warming.

“Starting on December 7th, a more ferocious heat will cover China! Hundreds of stations will break records!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1730183640758501808


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“Japan experienced its hottest autumn on record this year, with the September-November period soaring 1.39 C above the nation’s average between 1991-2020, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday…

“High temperatures are attributed to record high sea surface temperatures in the waters around Japan.”

https://japannews.yomiuri.co.jp/science-nature/climate-change/20231202-153199/


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“December started few hours ago and records are already falling allover.

“From INDONESIA – 36.8 Maumere; 36.0 Kaimana… to PHILIPPINES – 36.2 San Jose… to THAILAND – 35.8C Trat… to be continued.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1730644114268405869


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“Indonesia — Torrential rain triggered flash floods and a landslide on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, leaving at least 12 people missing, officials said Saturday.

“Tons of mud, rocks and trees rolled down from a mountain late Friday, reaching a river that burst its banks and tore through mountainside villages, said Budiono, who heads the local search and rescue agency.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/12-people-missing-after-heavy-rain-triggers-landslide-105326399


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“November 2023 saw the most lightning ever detected in Australia.

“November 2023 will go down in history… Never before has so much lightning been recorded across Australia, with Weatherzone’s Total Lightning Network detecting 40,465,119 individual lightning pulses over the Australian region during November.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/november-2023-saw-the-most-lightning-ever-detected-in-australia/a8186a5d-82b3-4e32-a5ae-50d51e200b58


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“Perth heatwave leaves hospitals overwhelmed with injuries.

“Doctors in Western Australia are calling on the government to take urgent climate action, as hospital admissions increase during extreme weather events. A hospital in Perth saw a 60 per cent rise in emergency patients during last week’s heatwave.”

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/weather/perth-heatwave-leaves-hospitals-overwhelmed-with-injuries/video/493e3603cf5e81b06554ece3c2ff65eb


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“Hottest spring on record for Sydney and Perth.

“Sydney maxima averaged 24.7°C for the season, making it the warmest spring in terms of daytime maximum temperatures on record (records go back to the 1850s)… On the other side of the country, Perth also recorded the warmest spring on record in terms of maxima, averaging 26.2°C.”

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/hottest-spring-on-record-for-sydney-and-perth-/1654892


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“‘Support the blemished cherry’: NSW Christmas harvest hit by wild storms.

“Hundreds of tonnes of ripe cherries have been dumped in New South Wales after heavy rains, reducing supply in the lead up to Christmas… Deniliquin experienced its wettest November day on record, with 135mm [5.3 inches] of rain on Wednesday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/dec/01/support-the-blemished-cherry-nsw-christmas-harvest-hit-by-wild-storms


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“Great Southern Reef scientists say they are “concerned and alarmed” at the [Australian] Government’s lukewarm response to a request for urgent funding to set up monitoring before a forecast marine heatwave…

““With the summer’s marine heatwave already upon us, the government’s inaction is a matter of national concern.””

https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/marine-life/government-silent-on-marine-heatwave/


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“The UN highlighted Friday that climate change is increasingly threatening the agrifood sector.

““Agrifood systems are facing an escalating threat from climate change-induced loss and damage, and actions – including increasing financing— must be taken to address their vulnerabilities,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said…”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/un-reports-say-climate-change-increasingly-threatening-agrifood-sector/3070804


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“Efforts to eliminate malaria are at a “crunch point” as climate change drives a deadly surge in cases, the World Health Organization has warned.

“In its annual World Malaria Report, the agency said malaria is “driven by the environment” and is especially sensitive to temperature, rainfall and humidity.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/climate-change-malaria-surge-world-health-organization/


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“Not so dead as a dodo: ‘De-extinction’ plan to reintroduce bird to Mauritius.

“An audacious collaboration between geneticists and conservationists plans to bring back the extinct dodo and reintroduce it to its once-native habitat in Mauritius… The full genome of the dodo has been sequenced by Beth Shapiro, lead paleogeneticist at Colossal.”

https://edition.cnn.com/dodo-de-extinction-mauritius-spc-intl-scn/index.html


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