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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“This is really quite something…

“Antarctic sea ice extent is back to a record low for the current date.

“This is actually below 2016, which was previously a massive outlier in November and December [More graphs: https://zacklabe.com/antarctic-sea-ice-extentconcentration/].

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1733127949166194939


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“Fears over extinction of KRILL – Earth’s powerhouse beast in Antarctic seas.

“Antarctic krill is essential to maintaining the health of our planet, and acts as a carbon absorber. At just 6cm long, their population is one of the largest biomasses in the world, which sustains the entire Antarctic ecosystem… Warming seas and reports of over-concentrated krill fishing threaten their populations.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/indonesian/en/podcast-episode/kekhawatiran-terhadap-kepunahan-krill-binatang-pembangkit-tenaga-bumi-di-lautan-antartika/h22t8ycpx


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“Mass deaths of elephant seals recorded as bird flu sweeps across the Antarctic.

“Bird flu is spreading in the Antarctic, with hundreds of elephant seals found dead, and fears it could bring “one of the largest ecological disasters of modern times” if the highly contagious virus reaches the remote penguin populations.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/08/mass-deaths-elephant-seals-penguins-bird-flu-antarctic-ecological-disaster-aoe


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“Arctic sea ice extent is currently the *3rd* lowest on record (JAXA data)

“• about 240,000 km² below the 2010s mean
• about 790,000 km² below the 2000s mean
• about 1,450,000 km² below the 1990s mean
• about 1,910,000 km² below the 1980s mean”

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1733127949166194939


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“The mysterious ‘speeding up’ glaciers of Svalbard…

““The problem is, we expect this glacier to stop speeding up and slow down again. When that happens, all this ice has been pushed towards the ocean, and because it’s below the snow line, it’s going to melt again and retreat even further back than it was already. So we think these glaciers are actually going to increase the amount of ice that is lost from the archipelago of Svalbard.””

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/22600/


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“Frozen methane under the seabed is thawing as oceans warm – and things are worse than we thought…

“Colleagues and I have just published research showing more of this methane hydrate is vulnerable to warming than previously thought. This is a worry as that hydrate contains about as much carbon as all of the remaining oil and gas on Earth.”

https://theconversation.com/frozen-methane-under-the-seabed-is-thawing-as-oceans-warm-and-things-are-worse-than-we-thought-216054


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“Degrading Permafrost Likely Caused Diomede City Building’s Collapse [Alaska].

“… the city building slid off its foundation and came to rest with its weight pressed against the adjacent school building. At first it was thought the foundational stilts were rotted out, but the visiting engineers didn’t see any rot on the wood and instead suspect melting permafrost as the culprit that destabilized the building’s foundation.”

http://www.nomenugget.com/degrading-permafrost-likely-caused-diomede-city-building%E2%80%99s-collapse


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“Native Hawaiians fighting to take control of Maui’s water rights amid wildfire clean-up.

“Four months after West Maui suffered the deadliest natural disaster in the state’s history, residents are seeking existing water rights, which many characterize as “stolen” from the native population who have lived on the island for generations in favor of Westerners looking to deepen their pockets.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/native-hawaiians-fighting-control-maui-water-rights-wildfire-cleanup/story?id=105356097


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“‘We need information’ plead Peru farmers battling drought, climate change.

“A light rain barely moistens the soil in the drought-stricken region of Junin in central Peru. It does nothing to bring relief to farmers in Latin America’s biggest potato producer. “We cannot fight on our own against climate change,” said 40-year-old Lidber Ramon, one of about 4,500 crop and livestock farmers around the region.”

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/information-plead-peru-farmers-battling-194813961.html


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“São Paulo heatwave a concern for citrus growers.

“According to the Center for Advanced Studies on Applied Economics (CEPEA), a new heat wave in Brazil’s São Paulo state has been concerning citrus growers. Temperatures are higher than those registered in the last wave in September and are lasting longer.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/europe/article/9583792/sao-paulo-heatwave-a-concern-for-citrus-growers/


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“November 2023 in Brazil had an average temperature of 26.8C, +1.5C above normal and was the hottest on records.

“Last 5 months in BRAZIL: Hottest July; Hottest August; Hottest September; Hottest October; Hottest November.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1733140702991626732


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“Venezuela Seeks to Slow Down the Humboldt Glacier Melting.

“On Wednesday, the Venezuelan Environment Ministry announced that it will launch a plan to slow down the melting of the Humboldt Glacier, which is located in the Merida state. A thermal mesh will be used in a pilot project whose purpose is to decelerate the melting of the last glacier in the Venezuelan Andes.”

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Seeks-to-Slow-Down-the-Humboldt-Glacier-Melting-20231207-0008.html


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“Record heat in South America too:

“Yesterday the COLOMBIAN famous city of Cartagena de Indias rose to 37.0C [98.6F] breaking its December record thanks to winds from inland blowing towards the coast.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/173280381295467737


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“Costa Rica’s Unprecedented Heat: November 2023 Breaks All Records.

“According to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), November 2023 ended as the hottest November since 1940. Luis Alvarado, a climatology expert, indicated that there was an increase of more than 1.0 °C above normal.”

https://ticotimes.net/2023/12/08/costa-ricas-unprecedented-heat-november-2023-breaks-all-records


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“How Climate Shocks Are Linked to Cross-Border Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“This climate-migration nexus is especially critical for the region’s two sub-groups of smaller economies: the Caribbean and Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Our analysis sheds light on different drivers of cross-border migration, the importance of climate shocks, and impact of climate-induced migration on the economies in the region.”

https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2023/12/08/cf-how-climate-shocks-are-linked-to-cross-border-migration-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean


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“Bermuda’s Atlantic Ocean Warmest, Most Acidic in 40 Years [of record-keeping]…

“At the BATS monitoring station… the ocean is around 1°C warmer now than it was 40 years ago. In the last four years, ocean temperatures have also risen more sharply than in the previous decades, the researchers found. Not only have the monitored waters gotten warmer, but also more saline at the surface, meaning more salt is dissolved in the water.”

https://www.miragenews.com/bermudas-atlantic-ocean-warmest-most-acidic-in-1139996/


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“Record temperatures in the Canary Islands over the weekend due to a warm air mass…

“There will be a general rise in temperature starting from Friday, December 8 and Sunday, December 10th, with temperatures set to reach 28ºC [82.4F] in some areas. If these predictions come true, these could be the highest temperatures registered in Spain at this time of year.”

https://www.guidetocanaryislands.com/record-temperatures-canary-islands-over-weekend-due-warm-air-mass/


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“Climate Change Makes East Africa’s Deadly Floods Worse, Study Finds…

“East Africa has an annual rainy season in fall, but this year’s disastrous rainfall is about double what it would have been without human-caused climate change, according to research made public on Thursday.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/07/climate/climate-change-flooding-east-africa.html


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“Tanzania: Landslide death toll rises to 76.

“At least 76 people were killed in landslides caused by heavy rains in northern Tanzania last week, President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who visited the scene, said on Thursday. “This disaster cost the lives of 76 people in the Katesh region,” about 300 km north of the capital Dodoma, lamented the head of state after meeting survivors.”

https://www.africanews.com/2023/12/08/tanzania-landslide-death-toll-rises-to-76/


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“Long-lasting household damage from Cyclone Idai increases malaria risk in rural western Mozambique.

“… storm damage results in poor housing conditions which are known to increase the risk of malaria. Mozambique has the 4th highest malaria prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa and is struggling to control malaria in most of the country.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-49200-3


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“Elephants killed by drought disaster: Dozens of the creatures die of thirst at Zimbabwe national park as watering holes dry up.

“Dozens of elephants have died of thirst in Zimbabwe’s popular Hwange National Park, and conservationists fear losing more as a drought caused by climate change and the El Niño global weather pattern dries up watering holes.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12841019/Elephants-killed-drought-disaster-Dozens-creatures-die-thirst-Zimbabwe-national-park-watering-holes-dry-up.html


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“November warm spell seemed the most extreme event in China history but this is beating it.

“Nearly 500 more records of [December] highest temperature were pulverized today, with margins as high as 4C, including 7 provincial records. 27.8C [82F] of Shahe: unprecedented in December in Northern China.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1733096973203370205


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“HISTORIC WARMTH in the KOREAS. About half of the stations broke their [December] records today and many more tomorrow.

“NORTH KOREA: Nampo 16.3; Kaesong 16.4; Singye 14.5; SOUTH KOREA: Wando 20.3; Gunsan 20.5; Gwanju 19.9; Daejeon 19.2; Cheongju 19.3; Gochang 19.7; Cheonan 18.5; Chungju 17.8; Wonju 17.2.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1733065638418268402


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“Thousands of tonnes of dead fish wash ashore in Japan.

“The sardines and some mackerel washed ashore in Hakodate on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning, creating a silver blanket along a stretch of beach about a kilometre long. Local residents said they have never seen anything like it.”

https://www.riverineherald.com.au/world/thousands-of-tonnes-of-dead-fish-wash-ashore-in-japan/


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“Staff at a remote weather station may soon be evacuated as Queensland [Australia] braces for an unusual tropical cyclone.

“Cyclone Jasper intensified into a category 4 system on Friday and was on track to approach the north Queensland coast around the middle of next week… The state emergency services minister, Mark Ryan, urged Queenslanders to be prepared and keep across warnings as the unusual cyclone approached.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/dec/08/tropical-cyclone-jasper-queensland-brisbane-cairns-weather-forecast-rain-winds-bom


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“Monster heat wave in AUSTRALIA. Today 6 stations rose above 46C [114.8F] and many more >45C! Highest was 46.5C at Marree.

“Also 46.4C at Smithville in New South Wales and 45.4C at Birdsville in Queensland. It can get even worse tomorrow, than another brutal heat in the Southwest.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1732735449922437197


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“Emergency services concerned for Canberrans going into heatwave without power due to severe storm.

“State emergency services have warned Canberrans affected by blackouts to consider seeking alternative shelter to prepare for a very hot day. Clean-up is continuing across Canberra after heavy rain and high winds left a trail of destruction through the capital and thousands without power last night.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-09/heatwave-canberrans-without-power-after-thunderstorm-blackouts/103209538


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“‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert…

“The impact of climate change on coral reefs has reached “uncharted territory”, said Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, from the University of Queensland, Australia, leading to concerns that we could be at a “tipping point”… The upper ocean is undergoing unmatched changes in conditions, ecosystems and communities…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/07/unprecedented-mass-coral-bleaching-expected-2024-professor-ove-hoegh-guldberg


“Records set in 2023:

“⧽Total atmospheric CO₂, CH₄, NO₂
⧽ Total CO₂ emissions
⧽ Highest daily global temperature anomaly (>2C)
⧽ Hottest year & months
⧽ Highest sea surface temperatures
⧽ Lowest Antarctic sea ice extent
⧽ Highest Earth Energy Imbalance
⧽ What else??”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1733182676474216530


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“You’ve probably heard that November 2023 was the warmest November on record, but did you know that it was the moistest November on record too?

“62% of the planet had above normal atmospheric moisture. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor…”

https://twitter.com/BenNollWeather/status/1732844727773634987


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“Not a single G20 country has policies in place that are consistent with the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting global heating to 1.5C and meeting their “fair share” of emissions reduction.

“The assessment, based on data up to 5 December provided by the Climate Action Tracker, comes as leaders gather in Dubai for the Cop28 conference.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/07/visualised-how-all-of-g20-is-missing-climate-goals-but-some-nations-are-closer-than-others


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“What happens if the 1.5C target for global heating is missed?

“…With half a degree less breathing space, the non-human inhabitants of the planet will suffer considerable losses, which adds to stress on pollination, water quality and other biological components of the planetary life-support system.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/08/what-happens-if-the-15c-target-for-global-heating-is-missed


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““A Miracle Will Occur” Is Not Sensible Climate Policy…

“The COP28 Chairman and the United Nations Secretary General say that the goal to keep global warming below 1.5°C is alive, albeit barely, implying that the looser goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement (to keep warming well below 2°C) is still viable. We find that even the 2°C goal is dead…”

https://mailchi.mp/caa/a-miracle-will-occur-is-not-sensible-climate-policy


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