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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“The past three months were off the chart.

“They were 1.74°C above 1850-1900.

“The truth is bad enough, folks:”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1747561561877528923


“The truth is bad enough without people [Michael Mann, implied] peddling false hope and disinformation for profit and fame. The risks are too great!

“2023 was 0.34°C warmer than 2015 [equivalent, incipient El Nino year] was, indicating decadal warming rate of +0.43°C. If this warming rate continues, 2024 will be +1.66°C in ECMWF dataset.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1747594522131935716


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“Northern Hemisphere temperatures were truly off the chart the past three months.

“2°C warmer than the 1951-1980 average!

“Aerosol cooling was centered over the NH. Since 2005, aerosol reductions caused more additional warming on this side of the planet than increasing GHGs did!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1747899777763672464


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“This is what a 218 day record high streak of Sea Surface Temperatures looks like for the North Atlantic.

“On average, temperatures were 0.44°C higher than ever during this period! Averaged over 40,000,000 km² of ocean!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1747298530891329845


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“Melting Greenland Has Lost 1 Trillion Tons More Ice Than Thought.

“The mass of ice lost between 1985 and 2022 has been underestimated by as much as 20%, or more than 1,000 gigatons (1 trillion metric tons). That’s due to the overlooked impact of calving around Greenland’s perimeter, where the sheet’s glaciers meet the sea, scientists wrote in an article published Wednesday in Nature.”

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/privacy-and-data-security/melting-greenland-has-lost-1-trillion-tons-more-ice-than-thought


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“As Tundra Thaws, an Alaskan River Turns Orange.

“A dramatic shift in the Alaskan landscape is underway. As unprecedented heat melts long-frozen tundra, runoff is altering the composition of Arctic rivers and streams. One such waterway is Tukpahlearik Creek in northern Alaska, which recently turned a striking shade of orange.”

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/alaska-permafrost-rivers-orange


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“More than 100 wildfires still burning after B.C.’s record wildfire season.

“Forrest Tower of the B.C. Wildfire Service said that while it’s not uncommon for some fires to burn through the winter, that number usually hovers around a couple dozen, not the 106 that were listed as active on New Year’s Day.”

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/more-than-100-wildfires-still-not-considered-out-after-b-c-s-record-wildfire-season


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“At least 27 people have died under weather-related circumstances in recent days as ice storms pound the Pacific Northwest.

“Several of those deaths are attributable to hypothermia as arctic temperatures blast the nation, as well as car accidents on frozen roads, according to media reports and local officials across the US.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/winter-storm-warning-weather-forecast-snow-b2480627.html


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“Videos shared on social media show dozens of damaged and downed trees after two ice storms blasted Oregon this week.

“…trees are seen so caked with ice that their branches drag on the ground. At roughly 40 seconds into the clip, dozens of downed trees can be seen as “nearly every tree” in the area appears to have battered by the severe weather.”

https://www.newsweek.com/videos-show-nearly-every-tree-damaged-oregon-ice-storms-1861720


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“Planetary waves, soil-moisture deficit likely caused 2021 heat dome over western North America: Study…

“An unprecedented heatwave struck much of Western North America in June 2021. The unusual warming, caused by a phenomenon called a ‘heat dome’, may have been led by high-altitude winds known as planetary waves, according to a new study… Further, local soil moisture conditions also acted as a precursor to the 2021 heat dome event.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/planetary-waves-soil-moisture-deficit-likely-caused-2021-heat-dome-over-western-north-america-study-93919


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“Crop-killing weeds advance across US farmland as chemicals lose effectiveness.

“Crop-killing weeds such as kochia are advancing across the U.S. northern plains and Midwest, in the latest sign that weeds are developing resistance to chemicals faster than companies including Bayer and Corteva can develop new ones to fight them. In many cases weeds are developing resistance against multiple herbicides.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/crop-killing-weeds-advance-across-us-farmland-chemicals-lose-effectiveness-2024-01-16/


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“Aquifer depletion threatens crop yields. A study shows that yield losses intensify when groundwater dwindles…

“We’re always going to be surprised by how bad things get.” The team came to its conclusions after analysing yields, weather and groundwater data from the High Plains Aquifer, which, as the largest in the US, underlies portions of eight states — including nearly all of Nebraska.”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/xplore/2024/Jan/17/aquifer-depletion-threatens-crop-yields


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“Murder, drought and peyote: the deadly struggle for Mexico’s water… How the twin menaces of mining and agribusiness threaten a sacred way of life…

“Since the 2000s, agriculture has grown exponentially in the state of San Luis Potosí, helping to make Mexico the world’s leading exporter of tomatoes, while putting more pressure on its already scarce water resources.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/jan/16/drought-and-peyote-the-deadly-struggle-for-mexicos-water


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“Brutal contrasts in Mexico with temperatures pulverizing the heat records with huge margins in the Highlands including a staggering 32.4C [90.3F] at Morelia at 1915m.

“In the North freezing conditions and ice rain in areas of Monterrey and Monclova.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747445756355805271


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“EXTRAORDINARY: The Caribbean is trashing every record day by day.

“Record hot nights never seen in January in Aruba, Curacao, St Lucia, Grenada, St Marteen, St Eustatius… Every island has beaten the record. Nothing in world climatic history is comparable to what it’s happening these days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747305956050874629


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“Six people are dead and two minors are missing after heavy rains this week sparked flooding in the Bolivian town of Tipuani in the department of La Paz, authorities said Wednesday.

“…the rains and overflowing rivers have inundated hundreds of houses, destroyed hectares of crops and left roadways impassable.”

https://english.news.cn/20240118/04ce50a24d314e208a25b4a97906c827/c.html


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“Harsh heat wave In South America with hot days and nights and high humidity

“In BRAZIL historic record of highest minimum in history at Curitiba with 23.4C [74.1F] and for January at Sao Paulo with 25.1C. In BOLIVIA record heat also at high elevations with 37.4C at Tarija at 1850m above sea level.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747685306776625521


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“Destructive Storm Hits Porto Alegre, Brazil, With Gale-Force Winds and Heavy Rains.

“The storm’s impact was immediate and severe, with the city’s infrastructure struggling to cope. Flooding was widespread, with many areas of the city under water. The storm was ….reported to be one of the strongest ever to hit this region. Amidst the chaos, Porto Alegre’s Mayor, Sebastiao Melo, declared a state of emergency…”

https://bnnbreaking.com/world/brazil/destructive-storm-hits-porto-alegre-brazil-with-gale-force-winds-and-heavy-rains/


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“Paraguay heat wave brings record-breaking temperatures (Video).

“Paraguay is experiencing an excruciating heat wave with record-breaking temperatures above 104 Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius)…”

https://www.socialnews.xyz/2024/01/17/paraguay-heat-wave-brings-record-breaking-temperatures-video/


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“SPAIN’S Catalunya region is to ramp up water restrictions from February 1 due to the ongoing drought with up to 202 municipalities being forced to reduce consumption.

“Measures will include restrictions on filling public swimming pools and using showers in sports facilities. The region confirmed on Tuesday that it will enter a drought emergency phase from next month.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2024/01/16/drought-latest-catalunya-region-prepares-to-declare-an-official-emergency-following-spains-driest-year-on-record/


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“UNBELIEVABLE: What it’s happening these hours is completely rewriting European climatic history.

“Summer temperatures tonight up to Balearic Islands, Pollenca reached 22.8C [73F] at 03:20am… lt’s temperature typical of July for that hour… And MELILLA 25.4C [77.7F] at 5 am IN THE MORNING. It’s more than a typical dawn temperature in July. It’s one of the most insane shocking events in world climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747569701629088086


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“Algarve drought nears “catastrophic” level…

“The region’s drought is being universally recognised as its “worst ever”, as the amount of water stored at reservoirs is unlikely to be enough to last the region until this summer if no significant rain falls until then.”

https://www.portugalresident.com/algarve-drought-nears-catastrophic-level/


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“More exceptional heat in the CANARY ISLANDS. It has never happened anything like this in January, nearly a week with >30C [86F] and tropical nights (up to 26C/27C at night).

“Today record again: 31.6C La Oliva, 30.6C Gran Canaria, 29.8C Fuertevenura etc… A full summer week…in January.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747295109744415173


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“Morocco’s irrigated area shrinks as drought empties dams.

“Six consecutive years of drought have left Moroccan dams at critical levels, prompting a big drop in the area of land being irrigated, Morocco’s water and agriculture ministers said… The country’s second biggest dam, Al Masira, which serves the economic hub of Casablanca, is almost empty.”

https://www.newarab.com/news/moroccos-irrigated-area-shrinks-drought-empties-dams


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“Extreme downpours in Hatay cause floods, damage fields [Turkey]…

“The intense rain in the evening hours of Jan. 16 led the Asi River to overflow, leaving many agricultural lands, especially in Hatay’s Antakya district, flooded. Farmers whose crops were damaged in the floods became the hard-hit victims.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/extreme-downpours-in-hatay-cause-floods-damage-fields-189795


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“2.7 million Zimbabweans need food aid as El Nino compounds a drought crisis, UN food program says…

“Food shortages putting nearly 20% of Zimbabwe’s population at risk of hunger have been caused by poor harvests in drought-ravaged areas where people rely on small-scale farming to eat. El Nino is expected to compound that by causing below-average rainfall again this year…”

https://apnews.com/article/zimbabwe-hunger-food-aid-el-nino-climate-aa25b4d2ee6405a792d75a0d4d12d505


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“Historic heat wave in Middle East, records have been smashed all over the Peninsula both of hottest days and nights ever recorded in January.

“In OMAN temperature reached 34.3C [93.7F] at Joba, Qatar and Emirates also reached 33C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747564798546444724


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Pakistan’s wheat and other Rabi crops are facing a severe threat from an extended dry spell that has lasted for months, agriculture experts warned on Wednesday.

“The country, which is largely dependent on agriculture for its food security, has received only 1.1 mm of rainfall in December 2023, a 92 percent drop from the average…”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1148832-wheat-crop-at-risk-from-severe-drought-experts


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“Himalayas on fire: Himachal’s tinder-dry forests, on its brown snowless hills, burn due to low moisture.

“Himachal’s white snow-clad forests and peaks are a bright orange this winter. The tinder-dry forests are burning because of a lack of precipitation. The number of such fires has increased seven times this winter, compared to last year, official data shows.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/himalayas-on-fire-himachal-s-tinder-dry-forests-on-its-brown-snowless-hills-burn-due-to-low-moisture-93935


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“Drought Takes Toll on Electricity Production, Leading to Concerns Across North India.

“In a concerning development, Himachal Pradesh is facing a severe power crisis as electricity production takes a nosedive by 85 percent… The Nathpa Jhakri, the largest underground hydropower project in the country, generating 1,500 MW, currently has only one out of six turbines operational, leading to a staggering 90 percent drop in power generation.”

https://thenewshimachal.com/2024/01/water-scarcity-plunges-himachal-pradesh-into-deep-power-crisis/


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Nepal suffers another winter drought.

“In December, forecasters predicted that Nepal would receive more rain than the three decade average rainfall this winter. We are halfway through winter, and many parts of the country have not received a single drop of rain for four months.”

https://nepalitimes.com/news/nepal-suffers-another-winter-drought


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“Climate breakdown will put tens of millions of people in Bangladesh at heightened risk of cancer from contaminated well water, according to research.

“Sea level rises, unpredictable flooding and extreme weather caused by the climate heating up will accelerate the release of dangerous levels of arsenic into the country’s drinking water, say scientists.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/17/climate-crisis-increase-cancer-risk-bangladesh-water


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“More records from COCOS ISLANDS Australian Territory in the Indian Ocean.

“With 32.7C [90.9F]] the territory beat again its record of highest temperature ever recorded in January. Records are falling in all Continents relentlessly every single day.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1747861376993816823


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“Queensland residents face the threat of another cyclone reaching their shores within days as intense rain continues across Australia’s north.

“A tropical low building in the Coral Sea is expected to turn towards the coast from Sunday, with the system most likely becoming a tropical cyclone by Monday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/18/threat-of-another-cyclone-looms-for-queensland-as-heavy-rain-continues-across-australias-north


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“Research led by The University of Western Australia has found marine heat waves are affecting the breeding, diet and population size of little penguins along Western Australia’s coast…

“”Diet composition changed immediately after the marine heat waves with sandy sprat (Hyperlophus vittatus), the penguins’ typical major prey component, replaced by scaly mackerel (Sardinella lemuru), a tropical fish species,” Dr. Cannell said.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-01-marine-affecting-penguin-population.html


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“Popular swimming spots south of Perth have been forced to shut over a recent growth of killer amoeba detected in the waters.

“A scorcher heatwave across south and central parts of the state this week has deteriorated water quality and created the perfect environment for the Naegleria amoeba.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-fatal-amoeba-found-in-popular-swimming-spots/dfd35ccb-a230-494c-bdb6-18822890642a


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“Fruit growers are bracing for huge losses this season after crops across Australia were wiped out by heavy rain and thunderstorms earlier this month.

“January brought wild weather to growing regions across south-east Australia, with weekly rainfall levels reaching 100 mm in parts of eastern NSW and Victoria, according to the BOM.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/aussie-fruit-growers-losing-millions-after-wet-weather-ruins-crops/b24efb7c-0608-4844-996a-63c258d7357e


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“Heatwave in New Zealand Strands Aquatic Life in Ashley River.

“The Ashley River in North Canterbury, New Zealand, once a bustling hub for recreational activities and a renowned fishing spot, is now a scene of distress. Due to the extreme summer heat, temperatures exceeding 30C, water levels in the river have plummeted, causing a dire state for the aquatic life residing there”

https://bnnbreaking.com/world/new-zealand/heatwave-in-new-zealand-strands-aquatic-life-in-ashley-river/


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“YouTube making money off new breed of climate denial, monitoring group says…

“…the report found that last year 70% of climate denial content on the channels analyzed focused on attacking climate solutions as unworkable, portraying global warming as harmless or beneficial, or casting climate science and the environmental movement as unreliable. That’s up from 35% five years earlier.”

https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/climate-energy/youtube-making-money-off-new-breed-climate-denial-monitoring-group-says-2024-01-16/


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