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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“Breaking News! Code UFB!!!

“Yesterday saw a new record standard deviation for global sea surface temperatures, a full 6.10σ above the 1982-2011 mean, beating the previous record of 6.08σ set on Nov. 24, 2023.

“The Golden Globe award for ‘most overheated planet’ goes to Earth.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1744382036029190469


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“Global Temperatures Will Breach 1.5C Threshold in May, Former NASA Scientist Warns…

“In James Hansen’s view, the gap between the Earth’s albedo – the amount of solar energy being absorbed by the Earth – and the amount returned to space, is widening, leading to increased global heating. “The 1.5C global warming ceiling has been passed for all practical purposes because the large planetary energy imbalance assures that global temperature is heading still higher,” the bulletin read.”

https://earth.org/global-temperatures-will-breach-1-5c-threshold-in-may-former-nasa-scientist-warns/


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“Robust acceleration of Earth system heating observed over the past six decades…

“In this study, we demonstrate that since 1960, the warming of the world ocean has accelerated at a relatively consistent pace of 0.15 ± 0.05 (W/m2)/decade, while the land, cryosphere, and atmosphere have exhibited an accelerated pace of 0.013 ± 0.003 (W/m2)/decade. This has led to a substantial increase in ocean warming…”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-49353-1


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“Greenland start-up begins shipping glacier ice to cocktail bars in the UAE.

“Frozen daiquiri anyone? Drinking a cocktail on top of a Dubai skyscraper may seem decadent enough, but a Greenland entrepreneur wants to add ancient glacier ice scooped from the fjords to the glass, for the ultimate international thrill.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/greenland-startup-shipping-glacier-ice-cocktail-bars-uae-arctic-ice


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“The warm air has reached the southern tip of Greenland (it will extend further North).

“The MINIMUM temperature today at Narsarsuaq failed to drop below 7.9C [46.2F (now +11C), very close to the January highest min. ever recorded in Greenland. In the next days there is a chance to beat it.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1743958641286521321


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“Svalbard in 2023: Record hot, record cold, record wet, and record dry…

““2023 has been special in several ways,” Jostein Mamen, researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, tells Svalbardposten (link in Norwegian). Mamen finds it most remarkable that a Norwegian, Arctic weather station for the first time recorded an average temperature for a whole month of more than ten degrees.”

https://www.sciencenorway.no/climate-ntb-english-svalbard/svalbard-in-2023-record-hot-record-cold-record-wet-and-record-dry/2304908


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“Lincolnshire flooding latest as water levels rise to highest ever recorded [UK].

“Further safety warnings have been issued as Storm Henk continues to wreak havoc across parts of Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, which is in place to respond to major emergencies, has issued an update following unprecedented water levels at Torskey Lock and closure of Trent and Dunham Bridge.”

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/lincolnshire-flooding-latest-water-levels-9019477


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“River Thames in Caversham at highest record ever after rainfall.

“The Environmental Agency reported this morning (7/1) that both upstream and downstream levels were reaching their highest with an extreme chance of property flooding. In the River Thames level downstream at Caversham Lock, measurements were taken at 10:06 am this morning and now stand at 4.24 metres.”

https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/24032705.river-thames-caversham-highest-record-ever-rainfall/


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“It’s another record day in Europe. Dozens of records were smashed between Balkans, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

“Records in ALBANIA: 21.8C [71.2F] at Kucova, 20.6 Durres. In Turkey up to 26C. Also Records warm nights widespread in Croatia and most of Balkans.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1743707660464050384


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“Climate change, invasive species threaten Türkiye’s agriculture.

“…there was a steep decline in olive, hazelnut, pistachio and cotton production. Last year, the country’s olive production plunged 49 percent… One of the main reasons for the drop in production is climate change, according to experts.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/climate-change-invasive-species-threaten-turkiyes-agriculture-189457


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“Israel sees sharp rise in climate damage to agriculture in 2023: report.

“Israel’s agricultural sector reported a record high number of damage cases last year, found an annual report released Sunday by Israel’s Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture (Kanat)… Climate-related damages claimed by practitioners totaled 390 million shekels (about 106 million U.S. dollars) last year…”

https://english.news.cn/20240108/c22b686cb630407786d2dac1829402ba/c.html


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“West Asia’s water crisis deepens through cloud wars.

“…it is noteworthy that many countries surrounding Iran have experienced favorable levels of precipitation from Turkey to Afghanistan, and even in arid regions like Saudi Arabia and the UAE considering all of these factors, it is inevitable to ponder the impact of cloud seeding projects on enhancing precipitation to combat drought in these countries.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/493446/West-Asia-s-water-crisis-deepens-through-cloud-wars


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“Turkmenistan Grapples with Unprecedented Dust Storms and Record Temperatures, Drought Fears Loom.

“Weather patterns in Turkmenistan have taken an alarming turn with the country experiencing an unprecedented frequency of dust storms, haze, and instances of drifting snow in October and November. These severe weather conditions were grave enough to meet the criteria for hazardous weather events…”

https://bnnbreaking.com/breaking-news/climate-environment/turkmenistan-grapples-with-unprecedented-dust-storms-and-record-temperatures-drought-fears-loom/


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“Dry Spell Triggers Forest Fires in Kashmir.

“The prolonged dry spell this year has sparked off fires in multiple forest areas across the Valley while the government has claimed to have initiated action and activated the forest personnel in this regard.”

https://kashmirlife.net/dry-spell-triggers-forest-fires-in-kashmir-337551/


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“Rising air pollution impacts India’s crop yields and food security.

“A recent study has highlighted how air pollution impacts crop yields and increases associated economic burdens. The study found that India’s annual wheat yields declined by 14.18% between 2008 and 2012 due to air pollution from ground level ozone.”

https://india.mongabay.com/2024/01/rising-air-pollution-impacts-indias-crop-yields-and-food-security/


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“Karnataka’s Sullia sees record-breaking rain on a single January day. The unseasonal rains are not good news, particularly for Arecanut growers…

“Villages across Sullia taluk witnessed an unprecedented rainfall of about 100 mm — the highest ever rainfall received on a single day in January — according to farmers compiling accurate rainfall data with the help of their ‘on-site rain gauges.’”

https://www.deccanherald.com/india/karnataka/karnatakas-sullia-sees-record-breaking-rain-on-a-single-january-day-2839240


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“Himalayan Birds Are Shifting Their Altitudes Due to Climate Change.

“The team found that many bird species have started shifting to higher elevations due to rising temperatures. Logged forests have higher average temperatures and lower humidity than primary forests, thus hastening the transition.”

https://www.technologynetworks.com/applied-sciences/news/himalayan-birds-are-shifting-their-altitudes-due-to-climate-change-382554


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“Climate change poses huge challenge to avian migration…

“Avian migration is a challenging journey… Climate change has made this situation worse, especially with record-low temperatures in northern China this winter. In early November, a snowstorm struck more than 100 Oriental white storks in Changchun…”

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202401/09/WS659c7fcea3105f21a507b311.html


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“Record-breaking heavy snow is hitting parts of Japan.

“The earthquake-hit Ishikawa Prefecture is experiencing intense snow, creating harsh conditions for survivors and rescuers. As of Monday, 168 deaths have been confirmed, with 323 people still unaccounted for.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1744270861673377908


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“The Hong Kong Observatory said it expected this winter to have fewer cold days than past years did.

“Cold days are when temperatures drop below 12 degrees Celsius. Last winter, Hong Kong had 13 cold days. The city ended 2023 with the warmest New Year’s Eve since records began in 1884.

https://www.scmp.com/posties/kids/eye-news/article/3247067/global-warming-causing-hong-kong-winters-get-warmer


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“More Records in PHILIPPINES.

“36.0C [96.8F] at San Jose is its hottest January day on record, while Dipolog didn’t drop below 27C, hottest January night. In the past 5/6 months hundreds of records have been smashed in the Philippines every single day. This should be the “cool season”.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1744186885373919656


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“Parts of Perth record no rainfall over months prompting bushfire concerns.

“Perth has recorded no rainfall in the past month and a half – and temperatures are well above average. It’s a worrying sign for firefighters who are preparing for a prolonged bushfire season across the state.”

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/weather/parts-of-perth-record-no-rainfall-over-months-prompting-bushfire-concerns/video/da9d247e1e60eaffef3281515f60662e


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“Floods Strand Cows, Damage Crops as Wild Weather Hits Australia.

“Heavy rains and flooding across Australia’s southern state of Victoria has damaged crops and stranded cattle as a months-long run of wild weather on the nation’s east coast leaves a trail of destruction… some farmers have lost as much as 60% of their sugar crops after tropical cyclone Jasper.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-01-09/floods-strand-cows-damage-crops-as-wild-weather-hits-australia


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“A giant blob of warm ocean water is adding a decidedly different flavour to New Zealand’s El Niño summer…

“The surprise wildcard comes as a climate scientist says marine heatwaves proved a major factor in what was our wider region’s hottest year in a century and a half of records… “During an El Niño, you’d actually expect water lying between 20 and 35 degrees south [of the equator] to be cooler than average, but instead, it’s warm in that zone.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/el-nino-why-ocean-heatwaves-and-the-tasman-sea-blob-are-making-for-a-messy-summer/4QNUIPWHNFGBZABZAFL6PUIY2A/


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“Record of highest minimum/hottest night again in MICRONESIA where Chuuk didn’t drop below 83F/28C tying the record which was set on 1 January.

“Records are being smashed all over the tropics in all Continents, every day only to be re-beaten later…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1744194191952126388


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“2023 was a bad year for the Antarctic Sea Ice Extent, by far the lowest extent in average.

“The situation in December was still with a big deficit in East Antarctica while it was near normal in West Antarctica.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1744055830717354033


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“Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ has devastated wildlife across South America. Antarctica could be next.

“”The impact will potentially be catastrophic,” Michelle Wille, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Pathogen Genomics at the University of Melbourne, said… The suspected case, which is listed on the Antarctic Wildlife Health Network’s database, involves a gull-like bird known as a brown skua.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-08/antarctic-bird-flu-h5n1-threat-scientists-fear-worst/103287708


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“Paraguayans alert due to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius…

“…the thermometer could reach around 45 degrees Celsius [113F] in some regions, Paraguay’s Directorate of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) announced. Although the average annual temperature is 20 degrees… it is now rising due to the global climate crisis.”

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2024/01/08/paraguayans-alert-due-to-temperatures-above-40-degrees-celsius/


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“Brazil warns dengue cases could hit 5mn as extreme weather takes toll…

““We have a situation that is very worrying because of climate change [and] mainly the El Niño phenomenon,” said Ethel Maciel, secretary of surveillance at the health ministry. “There will be [an acceleration] in transmission.””

https://www.ft.com/content/2f3b9b80-7b9a-42d4-bf7f-ea8492a8da24


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“Another record heat wave in Brazil:

“Dozens of records for January have been smashed in several states: Sao Paulo, Parana (Londrina), Caera, Alagoas, Sergipe, Mato Grosso. 38.2C [100.8F] Cuiaba tied its monthly record after beating the records of every month since mid 2023. It’s an insanity.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1744550285312455161


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“December 2023 in Bolivia was another record hot month: six record hottest months in a row!

“Temperature anomalies were little bit less brutal compared to November but still exceptional and mostly between +2C and +3C above average. Tmax/Tmin.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1744396067746263218


“The Caribbean and Central America are living their most record breaking heat event in history. Monthly records are being smashed all over in nearly every single country from Mexico to Guatemala, Honduras ,all Caribbean islands (except Cuba and Bahamas). Many fell with huge margins too.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1743804192626806901


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“Avian flu surges in Northern California, threatening national poultry, egg supplies.

“Farms across California have had to euthanize several million chickens and ducks in recent weeks, as a wave of avian influenza threatens to upend national poultry and egg supplies.”

https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/4392167-avian-flu-northern-california-national-egg-poultry-supplies-threat/


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“Where has all the honey gone? Scientists point to factors in declining yields.

“It’s a question that has bedeviled beekeepers across the US in recent years: where has all the honey gone? …The amount of honey produced by honeybee colonies in the US has dropped by around half a pound, on average, per colony in the past decade, even as the number of managed colonies increased slightly.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/08/declining-honey-yields-bees-research


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“Wildfire Smoke Is Likely Poisoning Killer Whales, Study Finds.

“As climate-driven wildfires spiral out of control, scientists have shown for the first time that toxic smoke is likely poisoning killer whales off North America’s west coast… PAHs from petrogenic sources were found in critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales…”

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/wildfire-smoke-is-likely-poisoning-killer-whales-study-finds-1.2019201


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“Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat — is climate change making it worse?

“Drug-dodging bacteria are on the rise. In 2020, human blood infections caused by antibiotic-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoea, Escherichia coli and Salmonella bacteria became at least 15% more common than in 2017… We are hurtling towards a world where scraping your knee, giving birth or having a simple surgical procedure could kill you…”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-04077-0


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