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.

The news cycle will slow down over the New Year and many will have sore heads, so, if you’ll forgive me, I will skip Jan 1st’s Economic Thread. Normal business will resume with a Climate Thread on Tuesday 2nd.


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“World will look back at 2023 as year humanity exposed its inability to tackle climate crisis, scientists say…

“As historically high temperatures continued to be registered in many parts of the world in late December, the former Nasa scientist James Hansen told the Guardian that 2023 would be remembered as the moment when failures became apparent.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/29/world-will-look-back-at-2023-as-year-humanity-exposed-its-inability-to-tackle-climate-crisis


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“COP28: Our Biggest Failure in 2023.

“The climate summit meekly called for “a transition away” from fossil fuels leaving no doubts in the minds of climate experts: COP failed because it is non-binding and devoid of any specific measures or implementation schedule.”

https://impakter.com/cop28-our-biggest-failure-2023/


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“And so, the end is near, and so I face December 23rd (the latest data point):

“…a cool 1.92°C above the pre-industrial baseline.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1740798246505865500


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“What the North Atlantic Ocean went through in 2023 is beyond anything this basin has ever seen in recorded history. Just unbelievable.”

[Nice visualisation]

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1740813290576736288


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“The warmest year on record has been recorded by the Republic of Ireland’s weather service Met Éireann.

“The Irish Climate Report 2023 created by the service, external shows the average annual temperature rose above 11C (51.8F) for the first time, beating the previous warmest year of 2022.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c1dyprzd9yeo


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“Bird flu had devastating impact on UK seabirds this year, NGO finds.

“The last two years have seen the most severe outbreak in the UK since the virus emerged from a Chinese poultry farm in the 1990s. Vast numbers have died, with the only nesting tern colony in Wales at Cemlyn Nature Reserve having halved since last year.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bird-flu-uk-seabirds-wildlife-trusts-b2470695.html


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“Scotland’s climate targets are in “serious doubt” as a result of planned spending cuts, the body that represents local authorities has warned.

“Cosla said the Scottish Budget was “bad news” for the transition to a net zero economy, and would also undermine work to regenerate communities and tackle inequality.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotlands-climate-targets-in-serious-doubt-due-to-spending-cuts-warns-cosla-4461265


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“Christmas trees are being planted later due to shifting weather patterns, growers have revealed [UK].

Traditionally, trees are planted in spring but many growers are now planting in the autumn when rain is more likely… The five warmest autumns, have all been observed since 2006, with the three wettest all occurring since 2000.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67649989


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“More exceptional warmth in EUROPE.

“From 24C [75.2F] in France in the West to 24C in the East in Turkey. Record heat in Caucasian RUSSIA: 20.2C [68.4F] at Grozny, Chechnya is the highest December temperature on record. 20.0C also at Nazran, Ingushetia 664m asl (record but short POR).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740198557746180380


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“Floods in Europe: Hungary, Netherlands and Lithuania brace themselves…

“Western Lithuania, home to the delta of the Baltic country’s largest river, the Nemunas, typically experiences flooding in the spring. However, this winter marks the second instance in two months when natural water levels have reached critical levels.”

https://www.euronews.com/2023/12/29/floods-in-europe-hungary-netherlands-and-lithuania-brace-themselves


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“Germany braces for more heavy rain in flood-affected areas.

“Since Christmas, several rivers in Germany have burst their banks due to heavy rains. Lower Saxony requested help from the Bundeswehr over the flooding, and six helicopters were put on standby.”

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-braces-for-more-heavy-rain-in-flood-affected-areas/a-67855657


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“British mother and son killed in French avalanche.

“The pair were skiing with their instructor in an off-piste area of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains… Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of Saint-Gervais, said weather and snow conditions were too unstable for off-piste skiing. “It rained, then it snowed and it was warm,” he said.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-mother-son-killed-french-avalanch-saint-gervais-ws2nrrrg0


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“The highest temperatures in 130 years are threatening Italy’s ski season, while heavy rain is expected to hit runs in the French Alps in the coming days.

“Italy’s northern region of Piedmont has recorded its warmest December since the 1890s on the back of the country’s hottest autumn in centuries…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/12/28/highest-temperatures-italy-threaten-ski-rain-french-alps/


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“Italy has experienced a record-setting number of extreme weather events in 2023, a year that is set to be the warmest in more than 150 years, reports said on Thursday.

“According to the climate observatory run by the environmental lobby group Legambiente, Italy reported 378 severe weather events in 2023, an increase of 22 percent compared to last year…”

https://english.news.cn/20231229/ad40870940ca49999a480a92b1080a14/c.html


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“Driest year on the Costa del Sol [Spain] since at least 1872 draws to a close…

“The 179.3mm 7 inches] that has been collected this year in the official Aemet rain gauge at Malaga Airport is the lowest figure since the first, more rudimentary records began to be recorded in some academic institutions in Malaga city in 1872, around 150 years ago.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/driest-year-the-costa-sol-since-least-20231228121056-nt.html


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“Morocco’s interior ministry ordered a ban of using drinking water to irrigate public parks, swimming pools, and cleaning streets due to a shortage of rainfall.

“The alarm bell was rung a few days ago in Parliament by water Minister Nizar Baraka who said five years of consecutive droughts left dam filling rate at a critical 23% capacity.”

https://northafricapost.com/74126-morocco-cuts-water-use-due-to-drought.html


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“Never ending record heat in the Gulf of Guinea in Africa. Records have been falling every day for weeks. Last December records to fall:

NIGERIA: 37.0 [98.6F] Benin City; REP. OF CONGO: 35.5 Makoua; GHANA: 37.4; Koforidua; COTE D’ IVOIRE: 36.6 Daloa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740760933516132635


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“Pakistan: Protests erupt in Balochistan’s Gwadar against continuous water shortage.

“Continuing the trend of protests in Balochistan, residents of Pasni, took to the streets to voice their discontent over the ongoing water scarcity in the area. Led primarily by women, the protest led to a temporary disruption of traffic as demonstrators congregated in front of the Assistant Commissioner’s office in Pasni.”

https://organiser.org/2023/12/30/213384/world/pakistan-protests-erupt-in-balochistans-gwadar-against-continuous-water-shortage/


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“120 kms from Mumbai: Water dries up, anger boils over.

“Their situation has become even more acute this year, as the state received poor rainfall, leading to a depletion of existing water reserves in the four wells – two have completely dried up while the other two, said villagers, have enough water to last barely 15 days.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/120-kms-from-mumbai-water-dries-up-anger-boils-over-101703876394866.html


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“Unseasonal fierce heat has been persistent in Southern India in the past days with temperatures of 36C/37C.

“Today the city of Thiruvananthapuram reached 36.2C [97.2F] its highest temperature ever recorded in December.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740738293644525975


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“Japan’s annual mean temperature anomaly for 2023 (compared to 1991-2020) is expected to be+1.28°C, based on provisional calculations using data up to 27 December, significantly higher than the previous all-time high of +0.65°C in 2020!!”

https://twitter.com/StabilizClimate/status/1740670075269788143


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“Global warming intensifies typhoon-induced extreme precipitation over East Asia.

“Last year, Typhoon Hinnamnor, which caused 36 fatalities, gained notoriety as the first super typhoon that developed at a high latitude as 25°N since Korea Meteorological Administration records began. This year in Osong, Chungcheongbuk-do, an unanticipated intense downpour caused rivers to suddenly overflow, resulting in numerous casualties.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-12-global-typhoon-induced-extreme-precipitation-east.html


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“Flooding disaster death toll rises to 12 [Thailand]…

“Eleven public health service centres in Narathiwat, 12 in Yala and 11 in Pattani have been closed due to the floods. The ministry has provided 4,200 first aid kits to flood victims and opened extra evacuation centres in the three provinces.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2715254/flooding-disaster-death-toll-rises-to-12


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“Endless record heat in the Philippines.

“36.2C [97.2F] at San Jose yesterday tied its December record which was set earlier this month and today its MIN. of 27.5C tied the record of December warmest night which was set few days ago. Philippines have been beating records for months no-stop.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740296533390852167


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“49 DEGREES /121F – Exceptional heat wave in AUSTRALIA from West to East. All time RECORD HEAT tied: 49.3C Marble Bar in Western Australia.

“Records also in Queensland: 47.2 Winton all time high; DEC HIGHEST TMINS: 26.2 Gympie; 26.0 Brisbane AP; 26.3 Maryborough; 25.3 Archefield.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/174099951282153889


“Marine Heatwave Off NSW Coast Could Be Devastating For Sea Species, Aquaculture… The CSIRO has predicted warming of the ocean by 1 to 2.5 degrees Celsius for the south-east Australian coast, already known as a global warming hotspot.”

https://theabj.com.au/2023/12/27/aquaculture/


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“Hastings District Council nearly $400 million in debt as cyclone costs compound [NZ]…

“That means the council’s interest payments now sit around $18m per year, with an average interest rate of just over 5 per cent. HDC is forecasting it will need to borrow more money by the end of its financial year in June, including to help cover Category 3 home buyouts following Cyclone Gabrielle.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/hastings-council-nears-400-million-in-debt-as-cyclone-costs-compound/K62GAHPN4JFCTCRS7OEAOO4NO4/


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Records heat keep falling every single day in South America. In PERU several December records fell these days with temperatures up to 38C on the Northern coast (see below).

“In BRAZIL records every day too: last one was Seridò with 39.8C [103.6F] broke its December record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740433890945421445


“36.9°C [98.4F] recorded today in Cerro Huacalito, Costa Rica which is a new December national record!”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1740542184775188858


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“Huge waves smash California beaches, injuring eight and leaving buildings flooded.

“The National Weather Service has advised people to stay away from the areas affected, not to use the water and to take note of barricades in place, as it forecasts similar conditions into the weekend.”

https://news.sky.com/story/huge-waves-smash-california-beaches-injuring-eight-and-leaving-buildings-flooded-13039021


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“Scientists warn ‘zombie deer disease’ could spread to humans as cases surge across US…

“Chronic wasting disease, which leaves animals drooling, lethargic, stumbling and with a blank stare, has been found in 800 samples of deer, elk and moose across Wyoming. But experts warned the disease was a “slow-moving disaster” and urged governments to prepare for the possibility of it spreading to humans.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/zombie-deer-disease-humans-b2470285.html


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“Friday was a day of record-breaking temperatures in the Puget Sound area.

“KIRO Newsradio meteorologist Ted Buehner said Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac Airport)… reached 62 degrees Friday afternoon, tying the record for the highest temperature ever recorded during the second half of December.”

https://mynorthwest.com/3944740/record-temperatures-hit-seattle-area-more-could-come/


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“Lack of snow, ice partially to blame for warmer winter temperatures in Minnesota.

“…when there’s no snow cover, more of the sun’s energy reaches the soul to warm it. That’s why, this year, parts of your lawn may be green, and why temperatures have been above average so consistently.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/lack-of-snow-ice-partially-to-blame-for-warmer-winter-temperatures-in-minnesota/


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“122 anglers rescued from ice floe in northern Minnesota lake, no injuries reported…

“Minnesota is wrapping up an abnormally warm December, with temperatures above normal nearly every day of the month, the state’s Department of Natural Resources reported. Temperatures have been running 10-15 degrees above seasonal averages…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/12/29/us/minnesota-ice-rescue-122-people


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“Two teens dead after group falls through ice on the Rideau River in Ottawa.

“Ottawa has seen warmer-than-normal temperatures through December, with five straight days of temperatures above 0 C. The temperature hit 6.6 C on Tuesday and 4.1 C on Wednesday. The tragedy comes amid a spate of similar incidents across the country.”

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/body-of-2nd-teen-who-fell-through-ice-on-the-rideau-river-in-ottawa-found-1.6702946


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“This December 2023 in Canada is rewriting history: Record warmth almost the whole month in almost the whole country.

“On 29 December another extremely mild day in British Columbia up to 16.5C [61.7F] at Sheringham Point and a new December record at Tofino with 16.0C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1740908052793188532


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“Is winter, as we know it, dead? Canadians adapt to a mild December.

“Coast to coast, Canadians are talking about the unusual start to the winter season. Unseasonably warm weather broke temperature records in southern British Columbia… In northern Labrador, schools were closed before Christmas because of concerns over a rapid melt and flooding… In Quebec, heavy rains dumped a month’s worth of precipitation in less than 24 hours…”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-is-winter-as-we-know-it-dead-canadians-adapt-to-a-mild-december/


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“Geese hatching eggs in winter? Experts concerned climate change is reshaping wildlife…

“Brian Salt, director of Wildlife Rehabilitation at Salthaven in London, Ontario, said he’s been seeing a lot of strange wildlife behaviour in the last few months. “Eastern gray squirrels in this area, at least in southwestern Ontario, have had not two litters as they normally do spring and fall, but this year they had three and I’ve never seen that before,” said Salt.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/geese-winter-goslings-experts-concerned-climate-change-wildlife-1.7071271


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“The Foods the World Will Lose to Climate Change…

“As the agriculture sector looks toward 2024, crop scientists are working to get ahead of ruinously unstable weather. They are envisioning adaptations for both growing systems and plants themselves. But time is not on their side.”

https://www.wired.com/story/the-foods-the-world-will-lose-to-climate-change/


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“Millions infected with dengue this year in new record as hotter temperatures cause virus to flare…

” Dengue is sweeping across the Western Hemisphere in numbers not seen since record-keeping began more than four decades ago, with experts warning that rising temperatures and rapid urbanization are accelerating the pace of infections.”

https://www.caribbeanlife.com/millions-infected-with-dengue-this-year-in-new-record-as-hotter-temperatures-cause-virus-to-flare-2/


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“Silicon Valley’s dark sustainability secret. Data centres threaten to push already stretched water supplies to the extreme…

“While farming and energy are the most water intensive sectors, technology is catching up… tensions are increasingly starting to arise when companies clash with local communities seeking to preserve water because of droughts.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/12/29/silicon-valley-data-centres-global-water-crisis/


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“Water increasingly at the center of conflicts from Ukraine to the Middle East…

““It’s very disturbing that in particular attacks on civilian water infrastructure seem to be on the rise,” said Peter Gleick, the Pacific Institute’s co-founder and senior fellow. “We also see a worrying increase in violence associated with water scarcity worsened by drought, climate disruptions, growing populations, and competition for water.””

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2023-12-28/water-related-conflicts-on-the-rise-worldwide


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