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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“Warmest Arctic summer on record is evidence of accelerating climate change…

“NOAA’s 2023 Arctic Report Card documents new records showing that human-caused warming of the air, ocean and land is affecting people, ecosystems and communities across the Arctic region… Summer surface air temperatures during 2023 were the warmest ever observed in the Arctic.”

https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/warmest-arctic-summer-on-record-is-evidence-of-accelerating-climate-change


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“Arctic Permafrost Hides Migrating Methane That Could Skyrocket Emissions…

“The finding suggests that deep methane, two meters below the surface, under the frozen part of the ground, is not hard to find in the archipelago [Svalbard], and can easily migrate to the surface when ‘unlocked’. This probably goes for other parts of the Arctic, too, which have similar geological origins.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/arctic-permafrost-hides-migrating-methane-that-could-skyrocket-emissions


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“Do you remember when Oymyakon [Siberia] had -58.0°C a week ago? It was 12°C below average.

“Well, for the past 4 days, Oymyakon has been recording well above average temperatures, up to -18.6°C (24°C above average)! It’s record level for mid-December. Delyankir recorded -12.4°C [9.7F]!”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1734791375579951522


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“Alaska salmon woes, extreme precipitation, tundra shrub growth part of Arctic transformation…

“Western Alaska salmon runs provide a “particularly clear picture” of how ocean warming affects ecosystems, said Daniel Schindler, a University of Washington fisheries expert who was a contributing Arctic Report Card author.”

https://alaskabeacon.com/2023/12/13/alaska-salmon-woes-extreme-precipitation-tundra-shrub-growth-part-of-arctic-transformation/


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“Alberta records driest recorded Fall leading to water shortages across the province…

“At this time of the year, Alberta is usually a winter wonderland. But after a long and dry year across Alberta, the province is experiencing its driest Fall in recorded history. That is due to temperatures, on average, being five degrees higher.”

https://edmonton.citynews.ca/2023/12/13/albertas-driest-recorded-fall/


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“High-elevation snowpack loss during the 2021 Pacific Northwest heat dome amplified by successive spring heatwaves.

“We found that multiple early season (spring) heatwaves, concluding with the 2021 heat dome itself, resulted in dramatic early season melt… Using longer-term station records (1940–2021), we show that springtime +5 °C daily anomalies were historically rare but since the mid-1990s have doubled in frequency and/or intensity.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-023-00521-0


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“NORTH AMERICA is and will keep being exceptionally warm in the next weeks. Records are falling from Canada to Cuba.

“Yesterday warmest December days: CANADA [Newfoundland]: 13.8C [56.8F] La Scie; 12.4C St. Anthony; 10.9C Mary’s Harbour… CUBA: 33.2 Santa Lucia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1734644031697600749


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“Marine heat waves are persisting in the U.S., even in winter…

“Recent data from NOAA reveals that marine heatwaves are prevalent across various U.S. coasts, including the Pacific Northwest, the south Gulf of Mexico, and the Northwest Atlantic. Central America is also experiencing these heatwaves off both of its coasts.”

https://www.earth.com/news/marine-heat-waves-are-persisting-in-the-u-s-even-in-winter/


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“California wildfires created toxic chromium, research finds.

“As climate change intensifies wildfires, scientists are trying to figure out just how dangerous their smoke can be for human health… Scientists think the heat of severe wildfires can transform a benign version of the metal, which is found commonly in California soil, into a notorious carcinogen.”

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/california-wildfires-created-toxic-chromium-research-finds/3720020/


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“Wildfires found to also impact aquatic ecosystems…

“Many normally functioning lake and pond ecosystems tend to emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb since they receive carbon into their system from neighboring sources. The new study showed that this relationship could change with the increased input of burned wildfire materials.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-12-wildfires-impact-aquatic-ecosystems.html


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“Super tanker arrived in Chile to fight forest fires.

“Santiago de Chile, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, announced today the arrival of the second super tanker aircraft contracted to strengthen the fight against wildfires during the current summer season, expected to be intense.”

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2023/12/13/super-tanker-arrived-in-chile-to-fight-forest-fires/


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“Deforestation soars in Bolivia…

“Bolivia’s record [beef] sales have coincided with deforestation in recent years, mainly in Santa Cruz, the department where most meat for export originates. In 2022, the country ranked third in the world for primary forest loss, at 385,000 hectares, only behind Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo – a position it continued to hold in 2023.”

https://dialogochino.net/en/agriculture/386301-deforestation-soars-in-bolivia-can-its-beef-be-more-sustainable/


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“At least three people were killed and five others missing in floods and landslides in Bolivia, local media reported.

“Heavy rainfall in the city of Potosi, which has been ongoing since the weekend, has resulted in casualties and property damage. Rivers have overflowed, submerging agricultural lands and leading to the flooding of hundreds of homes.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/3-dead-5-missing-in-bolivia-floods-landslides/3081987


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“A strong storm that included intense rains and storms caused flooding in Santa Fe and surrounding areas [Argentina].

“The city of El Trébol and María Susana were under water this Wednesday. In 3 hours, between 4 and 7 in the morning, 200 millimeters [nearly 8 inches] fell in El Trébol and about 180 in María Susana.”

https://www.rosario3.com/informaciongeneral/El-Trebol-y-varias-localidades-santafesinas-bajo-agua-tras-el-temporal-20231213-0032.html


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“New brutal and historic heat wave in SOUTH AMERICA specially in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

“Extremely hot days, nights and high humidity will be a deadly combination. PARAGUAY can record 6 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ABOVE >30c [86F] OF min. temperature, never happened in South America.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1734988346403836165


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“Climate change causing 60% of plants and insects to fall out of sync.

“A study of more than 1,500 species of herbivorous insects in Europe, spanning 34 years of data, has found that 60% of insects are already struggling to keep up with the plants they rely on because climate change is advancing key seasonal timings (phenology), such as plant blooming or insect emergence, earlier in the year, at different rates.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-12-climate-insects-fall-sync.html


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“Scotland weather: ‘Warmest December night on record’ predicted…

“There is a chance the country could experience its warmest December night on record, with temperatures in the east of the country potentially rising to around the current record of 12.5C on Saturday night.”

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23987152.scotland-weather-warmest-december-night-record-predicted


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“Spain records hottest December day as nation’s ski season at risk…

“A mass of hot air swept over the Iberian Peninsula on Tuesday, with some parts nearing 30C (86F). Malaga reached 29.9C (85.8F), provisionally becoming mainland Spain’s hottest December day on record, the Met Office said, citing figures by the Spanish national weather agency AEMET.”

https://news.sky.com/story/spain-records-hottest-december-day-as-nations-ski-season-at-risk-13029351


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“Heavy rain and melting snow cause flooding and landslides in Switzerland.

“Heavy rain and melting snow have caused flood and landslide warnings in Switzerland. Canton Valais and the Jura and Lake Biel regions are badly affected… “The situation is dangerous all over,” Frédéric Favre, the head of the Department of Security, Institutions and Sport, told reporters on Tuesday.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/heavy-rain-and-melting-snow-cause-flooding-and-landslides-in-switzerland/49054926


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“Gaza a ‘living hell’ after heavy winter rains drench makeshift tents…

“Amid escalating shortages of food, spreading waves of communicable disease and the near collapse of Gaza’s health system, the winter storm turned large areas to mud and drenched many of those sleeping in makeshift plastic tents.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/13/gaza-a-living-hell-after-heavy-winter-rains-drench-makeshift-tents


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“The climate disaster strikes [India]: what the data say…

“India is facing a harsh new reality. In Kerala, near the southern tip of the subcontinent, floods frequently inundate farmlands and pour into households. In the sea off Mumbai, fewer fish are caught owing to an increase in cyclones and heavier rainfall. Farther north in Rajasthan, cattle farmers face rising temperatures and water shortages.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03910-w


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“In Tamil Nadu’s Rice-Bowl, Changing Climate Pushes Farmers To Skip Summer Crop…

“Prolonged and increased heat and the failure of monsoons have dried the groundwater in the region, even in fields that are just 100 metres from the Kollidam river. To make matters worse, increased salinity has made the groundwater unfit for use.”

https://www.indiaspend.com/climate-change/in-tamil-nadus-rice-bowl-changing-climate-pushes-farmers-to-skip-summer-crop-885167


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“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its Global Study on Homicide Report 2023 said that one in every five murders in India between 2019-21 is due to water-related conflicts.

“”Nearly 20 percent of all interpersonal murders recorded in India in the period 2019–2021 can be attributed to conflict over water,” the report said.”

https://www.cnbctv18.com/environment/unodc-global-study-on-homiside-report-2023-water-fight-18549801.htm


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“Northern China on alert for snow onslaught and record low temperatures. The mercury is expected to stay below freezing as cold wave sweeps across the region from Wednesday.

“Climatologist says the country’s winter average temperatures have risen but cold waves have also become more extreme.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3244848/northern-china-alert-snow-onslaught-and-record-low-temperatures


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“Foehn appeared in western Sichuan today. Ganluo 29.1C [84.4F] was only 0.1C lower than the provincial record.

“17 stations broke December record. Temperatures will soar tomorrow, and hundreds of weather stations will break the record for December!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1734922001956110653


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“The heat in East Asia is totally crazy. Thousands of records have fallen (over 1100 only in China) and hundreds/thousands more will fall next days from Myanmar to Japan.

“Today up to 36.7C [98.1F] in Thailand and more records in MYANMAR: 36.0C Myaungmya; 36.2C Belin.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1734572180170772926


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“Indonesia calls in army to help farmers plant rice as drought curbs output.

“Indonesia has ordered the military to help farmers plant rice as severe drought has reduced output of the staple in Southeast Asia’s most populous country, lifting prices, requiring increased imports and threatening food security.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesia-calls-army-help-farmers-plant-rice-drought-curbs-output-2023-12-14/


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“Hot in Northern Australia and Oceania. Today 39.8C at Lockhart River Queensland new December record, 0.4C from all time high.

“In PAPUA NEW GUINEA 39C [102.2F] at Lae Airport on 8 December HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN PNG EVER RECORDED IN DECEMBER and 0.4C from all time national high.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1734518736084930599


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“Major flooding is occurring along Queensland’s North Tropical Coast and Tablelands this morning after Tropical Cyclone Jasper dropped more than half a metre of rain in the last 24 hours.

“A rain gauge at Yandill in the Daintree region picked up 624 mm [24.6 inches] of rain during the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday. This included two separate periods of very intense rain… If valid, Yandill’s 624 mm… is Australia’s 2nd heaviest daily rainfall on record.”

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/tropical-cyclone-jasper-dumps-half-a-metre-of-rain-in-north-queensland/1677928

Edit: Some remarkable footage of flooding from Jasper here:

https://twitter.com/Top_Disaster/status/1735278427375378892


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“Out-of-control bushfires burning towards hospital at Abermain in NSW Hunter region.

“Residents near Cessnock in the NSW Hunter region are being urged to take shelter due to three out-of-control fires… The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued an emergency warning for Abermain and South Weston.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-14/emergency-level-fire-at-abermain-in-nsw-hunter-region/103230468


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“Hottest start to the summer on record for Sydney’s west and south-west.

“An ongoing heatwave across NSW has delivered the hottest start to summer on record for parts of Sydney… So far this month’s maximum temperatures are running up to 5 degrees Celsius above normal, simmering above 30C across western suburbs and in the high 20s closer to the coast.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-13/sydney-west-heatwave-temperature-weather-record/103219778


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“Marine heatwave predicted this summer [NSW] – our scientist explains why we should be concerned…

“Dr Coleman said a marine heatwave could have serious impacts on our marine life and marine industries. “We know how the severe marine heatwave in Western Australia in 2011 impacted marine life, and we could expect similar impacts off NSW given we have many of the same species,” she said.”

https://www.marinebusinessnews.com.au/2023/12/marine-heatwave-predicted-this-summer-our-scientist-explains-why-we-should-be-concerned/


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“Antarctic study proves [Pine Island] glacier has undergone irreversible retreat – highlighting potential for widespread ice loss.

“When glaciers, like those in west Antarctica, experience a small retreat due to some change in the climate, they can continue retreating even if the change is reversed. Essentially, the glacier gets pushed beyond a tipping point, whereby it experiences rapid mass loss until it reaches a new state.”

https://theconversation.com/antarctic-study-proves-glacier-has-undergone-irreversible-retreat-highlighting-potential-for-widespread-ice-loss-219533


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“Why It’s Alarming That Deep-Sea Currents are Beginning to Slow…

“Down in the coldest recesses of the deepest oceans, Earth’s circulatory system is pumping the brakes. Left unchecked, it threatens to halt a process that regulates the planet’s energy balance and stabilizes our climate.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/why-its-alarming-that-deep-sea-currents-are-beginning-to-slow


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“”This year so far is 1.46°C higher than the designated 1850-1900 pre-industrial level”

“2023 will be within a rounding error of +1.5°C! 2024 will be warmer still.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1734539608161968332


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“Hottest Survivable Temperatures Are Lower Than Expected…

“A recent paper published in Nature Communications found that the primary methodology to measure deadly heat — called “wet-bulb global temperature” — is inadequate, resulting in artificially low mortality estimates from extreme heat events.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hottest-survivable-temperatures-are-lower-than-expected/


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“‘Weak tea’: Climate scientists push back against COP28 cheer…

“No doubt there will be lots of cheer and back-slapping… but the physics will not care,” said Kevin Anderson, a professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20231214-weak-tea-climate-scientists-push-back-against-cop28-cheer


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