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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“Record warmth leaves world with too much gas. The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest October and November in records dating back to the 1880s – pushing the gas market into a large surplus and triggering a slump in prices…

“Record temperatures extended the gas storage refill season much later than usual and delayed the onset of the winter drawdown.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/record-warmth-leaves-world-with-too-much-gas-kemp-2023-12-15/


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“November 2023 globally, according to NOAA was the warmest on record, specially warm in South America, Caribbean, Asia and Africa where it was by far the warmest November on record.

“2023 is set to finish in 1st place with a huge margin vs 2016.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735357523715342472


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“”This year’s temperatures are giving new meaning to the phrase “off the charts.” [World Meteorological Organisation]…

“”If you told me last year, that we’d see this in 2023, even with the knowledge that El Niño was coming, I would not have believed you. The extent of the jump in one year is something that meteorologists would never have imagined.”” [Jeff Berardelli, Weather Prof]

https://twitter.com/WeatherProf/status/1735865078245740645


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“El Nino, intensifying climate change to make 2024 another record hot year, scientists warn.

““We are completely in uncharted territory. The water of the oceans is at a record temperature, and we have not seen temperatures like these in our observational records… This is a new world and in this new world, we can expect different things from what we have seen before.”” [Carlo Buontempo, director of Copernicus Climate Change Service]

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/environment/el-nino-intensifying-climate-change-to-make-2024-another-record-hot-year-scientists-warn/3083649


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“Despite COP28 deal on fossil fuels, 1.5C goal likely out of reach…

“”It’s a landmark result because it’s the first time we’ve said we’re going to reduce fossil fuel use,” said James Dyke, an earth systems scientist at the University of Exeter in Britain. “But you can forget about 1.5C.””

https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/climate-energy/despite-cop28-deal-fossil-fuels-15c-goal-likely-out-reach-2023-12-14/


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“…When GHG and aerosol forcings are combined, the climate models with a realistic 20th century warming indicate that the global mean precipitation increase due to GHG warming has, until recently, been completely masked by aerosol drying.

“This explains the apparent lack of sensitivity of the global mean precipitation to the net global warming recently found in observations. As the importance of GHG warming increases in the future, a clear signal will emerge.”

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.1501572


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“Unstoppable record warmth in CANADA.

“Yesterday Thunder Bay in Ontario with 13.7C [56.7F] had its warmest December day on record. Record also at Cameron Falls with 12.0C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735483964109038063


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“Is climate-friendly flying possible? Biden administration places a big wager…

“The proposal calls for giving subsidies to support the development of so-called sustainable aviation fuels, capable of powering jet engines from agricultural products. Examples of such fuels include biofuels engineered out of soybeans, diesel made with animal fat and conventional types of ethanol.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2023/12/15/aviation-climate-biden-tax-credits/


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“In southern Iowa, Osceola is urging its 5,500 residents to use bottled water to stretch the city’s water supply as extreme drought shrinks West Lake, its primary source of water.

“In a notice this week, Osceola City Administrator Ty Wheeler asked residents to switch from using tap to bottled water for their “drinking water needs.””

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2023/12/14/osceola-iowa-urges-residents-to-drink-bottled-water-as-water-supply-dwindles-drought-west-lake/71921792007/


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“For first time ever, ‘exceptional drought’ declared by Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District [Texas].

“The leaders managing the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District took the unprecedented step Thursday night of moving to a Stage 4 Exceptional Drought declaration, meaning tougher water-saving measures are coming for well operators.”

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/for-first-time-ever-exceptional-drought-declared-by-barton-springs-edwards-aquifer-conservation-district/


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“Drought by day, ice by night: extreme weather in Peru’s Andes killing crops and leaving families hungry.

“A freak combination of drought interspersed with night-time hailstorms is destroying crops and plunging children and families into hunger in the Peruvian Andes as the climate crisis and El Nino wreak havoc, Save the Children said.”

https://www.savethechildren.net/news/drought-day-ice-night-extreme-weather-peru-s-andes-killing-crops-and-leaving-families-hungry


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“SOUTH AMERICA HEAT WAVE:

“COLOMBIA 38.4 [101.1F] Neiva monthly record; BRAZIL Several monthly records, last one 39.3 Ze Doca; PARAGUAY MIN, TEMP. 31.0 Mariscal Estigarribia, highest on record in December. Next 4 days will be historic with records in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735703540386132341


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“Understanding atmospheric flash droughts in the Caribbean.

“The word “drought” typically conjures images of parched soil, dust-swept prairies, depleted reservoirs… all the result of weeks or seasons of persistently dry atmospheric conditions. In the sun-soaked islands in the Caribbean, however, drought conditions can occur much more rapidly, with warning signs appearing too late for mediation strategies…”

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1011424


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“Bermuda set for wettest year in more than a century.

“A day of rain on Wednesday has pushed 2023 over the line to make it the wettest year since 1902. While more than two weeks remain on the calendar, a total of 76.25in of rain were recorded by the Bermuda Weather Service as of yesterday morning, making this year the wettest since modern record-keeping began…”

https://www.royalgazette.com/weather/news/article/20231215/bermuda-set-for-wettest-year-in-more-than-a-century/


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“Billions of euros earmarked to boost renewable energy and slash emissions are on the cutting block after EU leaders proposed moving them over to fund immigration and defense efforts instead.

“The move came during this week’s EU leaders’ summit in Brussels…”

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-renewable-energy-green-lacking-funds-budget-guillotine-defense-immigration-climate-change/


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“Axarquía’s December Heatwave Raises [Drought] Concerns…

“The south of Spain experienced an unexpected meteorological shift as temperatures soared to unprecedented levels this week… Higher temperatures can accelerate evaporation rates, leading to increased water loss from reservoirs and drying out of soil. If prolonged, such temperature anomalies could further strain water resources, posing further challenges.”

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/12/15/axarquias-december-heatwave-raises-concerns/


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“November sets new record temperature for the month of 29.1°C [Malta]…

“As the mercury hit 29.1°C [84.4F] on the first day of November, a new record for the highest temperature for the month was set, Malta International Airport said Friday… The first half of November was also marked by a shortage of rain, with the Maltese Islands receiving just 0.6 mm of precipitation during this time.”

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2023-12-16/local-news/November-sets-new-record-temperature-for-the-month-of-29-1-C-6736257150


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“Images from Lake Van reveal severe drought [Turkey]

“Amidst escalating concerns about climate change, striking photographs captured at Lake Van in the Eastern Anatolian region have revealed the harsh reality of drought. Global climate change and resulting droughts continue to affect Lake Van. The 3,712 square kilometer lake is the largest soda lake in the world and the largest lake in Türkiye.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/images-from-lake-van-reveal-severe-drought-188685


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“‘Floods have washed away entire villages’: Kenya’s rains made twice as intense by climate change…

“Tens of thousands of people in Northern Kenya have lost livestock, farmland and homes due to the floods described by aid groups as the worst in 100 years. The rains have also caused an increase in cholera and other waterborne diseases in some parts.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/12/15/floods-have-washed-away-entire-villages-kenyas-rains-made-twice-as-intense-by-climate-chan


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“‘It’s scary’: Malawian women forced to sell sex after cyclone destroys crops.

“It has been nine months since Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded, struck Malawi twice in six days. The cyclone triggered floods and landslides across the country, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing nearly 700,000.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/dec/14/malawi-prostitution-rural-women-forced-to-sell-sex-after-cyclone-freddy-destroys-crops-resilience


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“Hundred commuters break bones in subway crash triggered by record big freeze in China.

“A subway crash in China has left 102 commuters with broken bones after freezing temperatures affected braking systems, according to local reports. Authorities in Beijing say more than 500 people were sent to hospital…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/12/15/102-commuters-break-bones-in-subway-crash-triggered-by-reco/


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“Extraordinary, crazy heat in East Asia: By far the most extreme event in East Asia history.

“Hong Kong destroyed its December territorial record again with 32.8C [91F] at Wetland Park, record also at the Int. Airport with 30.4C. Tmin 18.2C at Seongsan South Korea unprecedented in December.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735610478678991051


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“Absurd insane warm night in JAPAN: TROPICAL NIGHT in Tokyo Prefecture with several stations not dropping below 20/21 [70F] like in a summer night.

“MIN. temperature 21.5C at Miyake and 20.9C at Nijima, about 3C above their December records.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735828300633903154


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“More and more records from INDONESIA:

“Yesterday Serang, in the island of Java, had its hottest December day on record with 36.1C [97F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1735570394730426583


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“More than a dozen of Australia’s coral islands that help to extend the country’s maritime jurisdiction are at high risk of disappearing because of climate change, according to a study.

The fate of the low-lying islands now “hangs in the balance”, said the scientist who led the study…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/dec/16/some-of-australias-strategically-important-coral-islands-at-great-risk-of-vanishing-study-finds


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“Ex-Cyclone Jasper: Residents in far north Queensland brace for more rain as flooding cuts off towns…

“Thousands of people have been without power for days and flooded roads have hampered access to towns in the aftermath. The weather system is at moderate risk of strengthening into a cyclone again mid next week as it moves west across the Gulf of Carpentaria.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/dec/16/ex-cyclone-jasper-residents-in-far-north-queensland-brace-for-more-rain-as-flooding-cuts-off-towns


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“A man has been killed during a severe storm in Murarrie on Friday evening as heavy rain, hail and almost 200km/h [124mph] wind gusts ripped through parts of Brisbane.

“Emergency services were called to Murarrie Road just after 5pm after an unconscious man was found lying near fallen powerlines.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/man-dies-after-storm-hits-brisbane-with-200km-h-winds-20231215-p5erw5.html


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“Fresh call to be aware of Australia’s ‘secret killer’ ahead of sweltering summer.

“Community pools, libraries, shopping centres and cinemas must be kept accessible in a bid to stop Australia’s secret killer — heatwaves. Australia is set to swelter this summer and authorities are concerned about the impact of extreme heat over the next two months.”

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/fresh-call-to-be-aware-of-australias-secret-killer-ahead-of-sweltering-summer/news-story/83636d83301dc8c2d5cfd1a302b9dc47


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“Ocean heat waves often lurk out of sight…

“…roughly a third of marine heat waves aren’t detectable at the ocean’s surface, a new study reports. The findings, published in the December Nature Geoscience, suggest that far more of these potentially harmful events might be occurring than previously believed.”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ocean-heat-waves-below-surface-common


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“Climate change is further reducing fish stocks with worrisome implications for global food supplies…

“For animal-derived nutrients such as B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, nearly 20 per cent of the global population are at risk of becoming nutrient-deficient in coming decades due to reliance on wild-caught fish.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-further-reducing-fish-stocks-with-worrisome-implications-for-global-food-supplies-217428


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“Genetically modified crops aren’t a solution to climate change, despite what the biotech industry says…

“The European Commission launched a proposal in July 2023 to deregulate a large number of plants manufactured using new genetic techniques… if the proposal were to be approved, these plants would be treated the same as conventional plants, eliminating the need for safety tests and the labelling of genetically modified food products.”

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Genetically-modified-crops-aren’t-a-solution-to-climate-change-despite-what-the-biotech-industry-says


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“Extreme weather events pose a risk to migratory birds.

“Extreme weather events such as cyclones and droughts are set to worsen as the planet warms, putting the future of around 200 migratory birds at risk a new study from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Imperial College London has revealed.”

https://www.yourweather.co.uk/news/science/extreme-weather-events-pose-a-risk-to-migratory-birds.html


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“Is the world running out of freshwater?

“…Only around 3% of Earth’s water is freshwater, most of which is in frozen glaciers, ice caps or deep underground. As climate change accelerates the frequency of extreme weather events and higher temperatures, our freshwater supply grows smaller and the risks to people’s health greater.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-12-world-freshwater.html


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“Iceberg Harvesting: A Viable Solution for Global Water Scarcity or an Ecological Time Bomb?

“According to a New Scientist report, it is technically possible to capture icebergs, tow them to the equator and harvest them for drinking water… The removal of icebergs from their natural habitats could disrupt marine ecosystems, affecting marine life and sequestering CO2… towing icebergs across vast ocean distances may release large amounts of CO2…”

https://medriva.com/health/environmental-health/iceberg-harvesting-a-viable-solution-for-global-water-scarcity-or-an-ecological-time-bomb/


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