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.

A heads-up that I am travelling to England to see family and friends for Christmas and won’t be able to update the site on the road. Thursday will be my last thread until the following Thursday, ie 28th December.

My apologies for the hiatus and my heartfelt thanks to all of those who subscribe and donate.

EDIT: This will actually be my last thread until next Thursday. The weather is ferry-cancellingly bad later this week and If we do not leave the island tomorrow morning our whole Christmas will be scuppered. Again my apologies.


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“Breaking News!

“The October data from CERES just came out /wrt the Earth Energy Imbalance, and once again a new record was set for the 36-month running mean, this time at 1.52 W/m², equivalent to 12.3 Hiroshima bombs worth of Earth heating per second.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1736525591749468332


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“Absorbed solar radiation is solar radiation that did not get reflected, making it to the surface where it heated up something. Some (not all) ASR goes back into space as outgoing thermal.

“ASR’s rise is the tell-tale signal for aerosol termination shock.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1736866051818930227


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“Global Albedo is decreasing very rapidly.

“Will the 2023-2024 El Niño mark a new, much lower baseline?”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1736768044049842212


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“Global sea surface temperatures are nearing record anomaly territory (again), and are back over 5 sigma above the 1982-2011 mean (first 30 years of data).

“Will a new record be set in 2023? The magic 8-ball says “f&%kery ahead!””

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1736774646035612098


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“We’ve spent 5 months above +1.5°C.

“Next year we might hit a month of over +2.0°C. The rate of warming will keep increasing with growing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing aerosols. Monthly ECMWF ERA5 Surface Air Temperature Anomalies from 1850-1900 in °C:”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1736478491535692031


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“Scotland’s climate is changing faster than expected, scientists have warned.

“A study by the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen says February in some areas is already 2.5C warmer while rainfall is at levels forecast for 2050. They are concerned that the changes could affect food production and efforts to protect peatlands which store carbon.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-67752167


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“Very warm in Northern Europe and in the Alps. In SCOTLAND records of December HIGHEST TMIN. at 12.1C [53.8F] Kinloss, 11.9C Lossiemouth and 11.0C Tain Range.

“In SWITZERLAND record of December highest Max on the Weissfluhjoch (2691m) with +8.1C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/173640406359047381


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“This year likely to be wettest ever recorded in Denmark.

“With less than two weeks to go, and rain on the way, Erik Hansen, a forecaster with the Danish Meteorological Agency, believes it is near certain that 2023 will beat the 905.3mm record set in 2019. On December 14th, the agency said in a press release that with 897.7mm fallen, it would take “an incredibly dry Christmas” for Denmark not to beat the record.”

https://www.thelocal.dk/20231218/this-year-likely-to-be-wettest-ever-recorded-in-denmark


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“Parts of Rhine closed to shipping as river levels rise [in the summer they were too low]…

“Water levels on the Rhine were critically high last week, after heavy rain across the catchment area and the snow melt that followed… The Rhine is an important shipping route in central Europe for transporting commodities. High levels mean ships and barges do not have enough space to sail under bridges.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/18/weather-tracker-rhine-closed-shipping-river-levels-rise


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“Several areas in west France were hit hard by flooding over the weekend as a major river burst its banks. More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes.

“The Charente hit its ‘peak’ water level on Sunday (December 17) after days of steady rainfall.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/PHOTOS-Floods-hit-west-France-hundreds-of-homes-evacuated


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“Drought: Iconic Algarve almond blossom could disappear, warn sector officials [Portugal].

“Data indicates that the Algarve’s almond tree plantation area has fallen from 13,338 hectares in 2002 to 5,001 in 2022. Almond trees in bloom, an iconic image of the Algarve, could be part of the past if the agony of the few orchards that exist, caused by drought and lack of profitability, is not stopped…”

https://www.portugalresident.com/drought-iconic-algarve-almond-blossom-could-disappear-warn-sector-officials/


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“Andalucia is officially suffering its longest drought since [records began in] 1961.

“OFFICIALS have confirmed Andalucia is experiencing its longest drought since 1961. The drought started almost eight years ago in 2016. Though prolonged, it is not the most intense drought to have hit the region.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2023/12/18/andalucia-is-officially-suffering-its-longest-drought-in-over-fifty-years


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“Namibia: Omaheke Farmers Lose Cattle, Residents Face Starvation Due to Drought.

“Communal farmers in the region are grappling with the harsh effects of the erratic rainy season, witnessing a substantial number of deaths among their livestock due to the scarcity of grazing. During a recent visit to the village situated in the Aminuis constituency, farmers expressed concern about the dire situation…”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202312180408.html


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“Heat waves to intensify in Madagascar, one of Earth’s richest biodiversity hotspots: WWA study…

“The African country experienced its hottest October on record this year. Temperatures were more than 2.5°C above average, a heat which is normally not experienced until December or January, highlights the outcome of a study conducted by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) published in November 2023.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/world/heat-waves-to-intensify-in-madagascar-one-of-earth-s-richest-biodiversity-hotspots-wwa-study-93435


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“Shrinking Glaciers And Shallow Rivers: Kyrgyzstan Feeling The Effects Of Climate Change Despite Its Tiny Carbon Footprint…

““Autumn contracted from 75 days in 1961-1990 to 71 days in 1991-2021,” Abdrakhmatov wrote on Facebook, adding that winter now arrives later than before, while spring and summer start earlier and last longer.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/kyrgyzstan-climate-change-glaciers-rivers-/32734186.html


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“Iranian Cities Overwhelmed by Influx of Climate Migrants.

“Climate change effects, including drought and temperature rise, are displacing thousands of Iranians, especially farmers and fishermen… Some Iranian officials have warned that many parts of the Islamic republic could eventually become uninhabitable, leading to a mass exodus from the Middle Eastern country.”

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Iranian-Cities-Overwhelmed-by-Influx-of-Climate-Migrants.html


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“Drought leaves Karnataka farmers in distress [India]; 456 end lives this year.

“Karnataka is grappling with an acute drought this year, leaving crops unviable, existing yields destroyed, and farmers in severe distress. Tragically, the dire situation has led 456 farmers, burdened by the weight of debt, to end their lives this year so far.”

https://www.siasat.com/drought-leaves-karnataka-farmers-in-distress-456-end-lives-this-year-2936983/


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“[An unprecedented] 95cm [37.4 inches] of rain in 24 hours sinks Kayalpattinam in Tuticorin [Tamil Nadu]…

“The three armed forces on Monday joined the Tamil Nadu government in rescuing stranded people as extremely heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in four southern districts of Tamil Nadu… The state government termed the rainfall ‘unprecedented’ and deployed helicopters…”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/95cm-rain-in-24-hours-sinks-kayalpattinam-in-tuticorin/articleshow/106106056.cms


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“Parts of China Gripped by Record-Low Temperatures, Icy Snap Intensifies.

“Temperatures in parts of China, including in provinces Shanxi, Hebei and Liaoning, hit their lowest levels since records began, the state broadcaster said Sunday, as a cold snap gripped large swathes of the country.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/parts-of-china-gripped-by-record-low-temperatures-icy-snap-intensifies/7402120.html


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“China allocates $33 bln from sovereign bonds for disaster-hit infrastructure -state media…

“China has grappled with weather extremes this year, from ultra-low temperatures in January to record rainfall and a blistering hot summer, in wild swings that scientists attribute to climate change… Northern China, including the capital city of Beijing, were the hardest hit by floods after record rainfall from Typhoon Doksuri in July and August.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-allocates-33-bln-sovereign-bonds-disaster-hit-infrastructure-state-media-2023-12-18/


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“Breathtaking unseasonable warmth covered western and eastern Japan on Fri and Sat.

“Numerous December records were broken, including Sakai reaching 23.4℃ (74F), which is 12.5℃ (22F) higher than normal. It was the warmest December day since records began in 1883!”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1736060688152605148


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“Hokkaido schools to extend summer break after record heat…

“Schoolchildren in Hokkaido, the northernmost main island of Japan, can now look forward to longer summer breaks after temperatures hit a blistering 36.3 degrees [97.3F] this year. The island’s education board revised administrative rules for school operators on Nov. 22 to extend the total vacation period…”

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/15066089


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“South Korea experiences unexpected temperature swings, raises climate concerns.

““Just last week, I wore short-sleeved clothing… suddenly, within a day, it became extremely cold,” said graduate student Lee Seo-hyun from a central area of the capital, where pedestrians were seen wearing puffer jackets and gloves.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/south-korea-experiences-unexpected-temperature-swings-raises-climate-concerns-671065


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“Insane heat in THAILAND – December National record again with 38.5C [101.3F] at Laem Chabang.

“MINIMUM temperatures up to 28.5C at Bangkok Pilot. Records also at 36.5C Ko Sichang; 36.0C Phuket… Bangkok hasn’t dropped below 26C in the whole month so far. This should be the “cold season”.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1736462122354417927


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“Record-breaking Heatwave Sweeps Across Indonesia, Hinting at Larger Climate Crisis.

“On December 16-17, 2023, Indonesia experienced record-high temperatures, as reported by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG). The areas that were hardest hit included western Java, Lampung, West Kalimantan, and South Sumatra.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/breaking-news/climate-environment/record-breaking-heatwave-sweeps-across-indonesia-hinting-at-larger-climate-crisis/


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“North Queensland’s record-breaking floods are a frightening portent of what’s to come under climate change.

“Unprecedented rain brought by Tropical Cyclone Jasper has triggered widespread flooding in far north Queensland, forcing thousands of people to evacuate… Some rain gauges in the Barron and Daintree River catchments recorded more than 2m of rain over recent days…”

https://theconversation.com/north-queenslands-record-breaking-floods-are-a-frightening-portent-of-whats-to-come-under-climate-change-220039


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“Fourteen people have been killed after a storm brought heavy rain and winds of 150km/h (93mph) to eastern Argentina.

“The storm hit the port city of Bahia Blanca, around 570km (355 miles) south of Buenos Aires, on Saturday, damaging buildings and causing power outages before moving towards the capital on Sunday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-67745451


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“Intense heat and catastrophic floods in ARGENTINA.

“Insane MIN. temperature 29.0C [84.2F] at Tinogasta 1200m asl (and max of 42.5C). Monthly records: 42.0 Jujuy Aero; 39.6 Salta; 41.2 Camiri (BOLIVIA). Severe storms in Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires with casualties reported.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1736562448608678344


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“SOUTH AMERICA between record heat and catastrophic floods

“Historic heat in BRAZIL; 30.5C [86.9F] MINIMUM TEMP at Cuiaba HIGHEST DECEMBER MIN. IN BRAZIL HISTORY. Dozens of monthly records of highest Tmins/Tmaxes fell. Highest was 41.9 Tres Lagoas.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1736548249191043293


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“Panama Canal Drought Impacts Drug Traffickers’ Logistics…

“These traffic jams in the Panama Canal are not only affecting international trade. Criminal organizations that use containers to move drugs also depend, in part, on the continuous flow of vessels passing through the Central American isthmus.”

https://insightcrime.org/news/panama-canal-drought-impacts-drug-traffickers-logistics/


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“About 3 million Americans are already “climate migrants,” analysis finds. Here’s where they left…

“About 3.2 million Americans have moved due to the mounting risk of flooding, the First Street Foundation said in a report that focuses on so-called “climate abandonment areas,” or locations where the local population fell between 2000 and 2020 because of risks linked to climate change.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-america-3-million-migrants-first-street-nature/


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“More shelters, beds coming to Phoenix, after record-breaking heat-related deaths.

“After a summer of record-breaking temperatures and heat-related deaths, the city of Phoenix will add more shelters and beds for Summer 2024. According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the county broke another record with 569 confirmed heat-related deaths.”

https://www.azfamily.com/2023/12/18/more-shelters-beds-coming-phoenix-after-record-breaking-heat-related-deaths/


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“Deadly East Coast storm pummels Northeast with 90-mph winds, widespread flash flooding.

“Several deaths have been reported across the Northeast and New England as a deadly storm packing damaging wind gusts, flooding rain and the threat of severe weather sweeps across the region on Monday. Hundreds of thousands are still without power as the bulk of the storm exits the Northeast.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/east-coast-storm-flooding-wind-severe-weather-snow-northeast-southeast


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“‘A real gut punch’: Flooding throughout Vermont leads to rescues, evacuations and road closures…

““As we continue the recovery from this summer’s flooding, I know this is the last thing Vermonters want to see right now — and especially during the holiday season,” said Berlin, Gov. Phil Scott, speaking from the Agency of Transportation’s Dill Building.”

https://vtdigger.org/2023/12/18/flooding-prompts-schools-in-moretown-roxbury-to-close/


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“EXCEPTIONAL WARMTH ONGOING IN CANADA. Temperatures rose >17C [62.6F] in the evening in Quebec at Cap Chat, it’s like a July evening temperature.

“15/17C also in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It’s exceptional and it’s not over yet. The warmth will spread to Newfoundland and St Pierre next.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1736925829492556071


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“Update: Monthly records already falling in Quebec at 11pm local time and they might not be the last ones:

“Warmth is moving to Newfoundland and Labrador and the French territory of St. Pierre et Miquelon.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1736981035701928042


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“Zuckerberg hunkers down in Hawaii to wait out apocalypse.

“$270M secret building project includes 5,000 sq ft bunker. On a remote part of Kauai, the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, someone with a lot of money is bankrolling an extensive construction project…”

https://www.theregister.com/2023/12/18/zuckerberg_hawaii_bunker/


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