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!!!

“For the first time in recorded history, the 365-day running mean reached the Paris limit of 1.50°C in ERA5 data.

“The graph below shows the 365-day running mean, noting a few benchmarks we’ve hit along the way.

“Data from Climate Reanalyzer.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1750949313067516184


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“A roaring tailwind just hurled a passenger plane at 826 miles per hour.

“China Airlines Flight 5116 rocketed to a speed of 826 mph as it bolted eastward across the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, potentially breaking informal records for passenger travel. The commercial flight, which departed from Taipei, landed more than an hour early in Los Angeles, propelled by exceptionally strong tailwinds.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/01/26/airplane-flight-record-speed-pacific-jetstream/


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“Atmospheric rivers set to hit US west coast…

“Large parts of the western US are forecast to be battered by more rain and wind because of an “atmospheric river” phenomenon, after the Californian city of San Diego experienced one of the wettest days in its history this week.”

https://www.ft.com/content/fa20c7a0-2cd2-4abf-a189-ba530c931de7


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“Ice jam threatens flash flood emergency in Midwest.

“In the suburbs of Chicago, melting ice is making water levels on the Kankakee River rise to dangerous heights, threatening homes in the area, while downstream, there’s growing concern in areas where the ice has yet to start melting.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/ice-jam-threatens-flash-flood-emergency-in-midwest-203051589919


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“All-time January heat records fall as astounding warmth hits North America.

“A remarkable month of extreme weather across North America rolls on as all-time heat records crumble and a slab of fog smothers the continent… Tropical moisture leeching north is pushing all-time records in spots.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/severe/all-time-january-heat-records-fall-as-astounding-warmth-hits-canada-united-states


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“Washington soars to 80 degrees, its highest January temperature on record…

“Reagan National Airport, the official observing site for Washington, reached 80 degrees, the highest observed in January since record keeping began in 1872. Friday’s temperature reached 80 degrees earlier than any other year by several weeks.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/01/26/dc-record-january-temperature-climate/


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“Canada is underestimating toxic oil sands emissions by up to 6000%.

“Total carbon emissions from oil sands operations in northeastern corner of Alberta are larger than from all human-made sources in megacities like Los Angeles, researchers found.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/canada-emissions-toxic-oil-sands-b2485599.html


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“Climate change to push up home insurance bills 20pc next year [UK].

“Mohammad Khan, head of general insurance at PwC UK, said the increase in the number and severity of weather events means that insurers will need to increase the prices charged to consumers in order to cover the rising cost of claims.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/property/climate-change-push-up-home-insurance-bills-20pc/


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“‘We can’t engineer our way out of this’: how to protect flood-hit Severn Valley.

“Tens of millions have been spent on human-made defences over the years, but the impact of the climate crisis means flooding is inevitable… the extraordinary impact of the climate crisis on rainfall, river levels and flooding means it is a matter of when not if the barriers will be breached.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/27/we-cant-engineer-our-way-out-of-this-how-to-protect-flood-hit-severn-valley


“Another extraordinary warm day in FRANCE with temperatures up to 25.6C [78.1F] at Ceret and more records falling including Nimes again with 21.7C. In 3 days nearly 100 monthly records were broken in France.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750906391018246570


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“‘Hard to live like this in 2024’: How drought is affecting Catalonia.

“Although Atlantic storms regularly sweep through Spain they always seem to peter out before reaching Catalonia, which is experiencing its worst drought in living memory and is already restricting water use in the most affected places.”

https://www.thelocal.es/20240126/hard-to-live-like-this-in-2024-how-drought-is-affecting-catalonia


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“Spain basked in scorching temperatures on Thursday as residents sweltered in the warmest January day in Europe since records began.

“In Calles in the Valencian Community a temperature of 30.7C [87.3F] was recorded, while in Gavarda, in the same region, the mercury hit 30C. It marked the highest temperatures ever recorded in Europe in January…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13007147/Spain-basks-30-7C-temperatures-warmest-January-day-Europe-records-began.html


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“Another extraordinary milestone for European climatology. Yesterday PORTUGAL also beat its national record of highest temperature ever recorded in January with 26.3C [79.3F] at Alijezur.

“Previous official record was 26.0C at Ladoeira in 1999.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750915745201205467


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“Temperature in Funchal reaches record high [for Madeira] for January.

“The thermometer at the Funchal Meteorological Observatory registered… 26.2 ºC, dethroning the previous record for the highest maximum temperature ever recorded in Funchal/Observatório in the first month of the year, by surpassing the 25.5 ºC, extreme maximum temperature that has persisted for more than 40 years…”

https://www.madeiraislandnews.com/2024/01/temperature-in-funchal-reaches-record-high-in-january.html


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“Extreme heat wave in North Africa , records pulverized in MOROCCO and ALGERIA:

“Agadir airport 32.2 [90F] temp above summer average! ALGERIA: 28.4 Oran; 27.8 Sidi Bel Abbes; 27.7 Maghnia; 26.8 Mascara; 26.7 Mostangem… Record also more much more South In KENYA with 39.4C [102.9F] at Lodwar.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750592896221532175


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“Fires result in evacuations across the province [Western Cape, South Africa].

“Residents were evacuated around Tygerberg Hills and in Wolseley following two separate fires which firefighters were battling to get under control on Thursday.”

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/fires-result-in-evacuations-across-the-province-b23de5e6-6a0c-4e2d-8d54-f4575c7afb69


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“eThekwini Water Crisis: Mayor unveils plan as tap water dries up for close to 100 days in some communities [Durban, South Africa].

“…eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, presented a plan on the municipality’s efforts to tackle the pressing water supply challenges and infrastructure damages caused by the recent devastating heavy rains.”

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/ethekwini-water-crisis-mayor-unveils-plan-as-tap-water-dries-up-for-close-to-100-days-in-some-communities-9a9b0eac-d182-47a2-b050-ec204a7726e0


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“The Sundarbans dilemma: Islands swallowed by water, and nowhere else to go…

“…things are changing fast. Four cyclones that hit the eastern coast of India from 2019 to 2021… point to the increasingly unpredictable weather in the Sundarbans caused by climate change and rising sea levels. Now, the Sundarbans are increasingly “not safe for human habitation”, says Kalyan Rudra, chairperson of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board.

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2024/1/27/the-sundarbans-dilemma-islands-swallowed-by-water-and-nowhere-else-to-go


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“Floods: Over 2,600 evacuated in three states by noon [Malaysia]…

“According to the latest disaster report issued by the National Disaster Management Agency’s (Nadma) National Disaster Command Centre, the number of evacuees in Terengganu increased to 2,105 people, compared with 1,541 reported this morning.”

https://selangorjournal.my/2024/01/floods-over-2600-evacuated-in-three-states-by-noon-nadma/


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“Cyclone Kirrily hovered over the Coral Sea collecting water for days, so where is the rain?

“…Well, it’s still in the system. The Bureau confirmed moisture remained with ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily and it’s expected to fall over the next few days. Senior forecaster Angus Hines said as Kirrily continued its path through the northern interior of Queensland, it was likely to bring extensive wet weather.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-27/qld-ex-tropical-cyclone-kirrily-rain/103394980


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“EXTRAORDINARY – MINIMUM temperature of 36.4C [97.5F] at Birdsville, Queensland, Australia.

“It’s the second hottest night ever recorded anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere after the Tmin 36.6C at Wanaaring on 26 January 2019.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750805791055958224


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“The tiny Oceanic country of TUVALU answers to Australia with its hottest night in climatic history.

“Minimum temperature today at Funafuti was 29.3C [84.7F], highest on record for the country. Unlike Australia, Tuvalu’s heat is extremely humid all the time.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750843627247673604


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“Tuvalu votes as election spotlights climate migration…

“Tuvalu voters cast their ballots Friday in an election that could shape the future of a security agreement with Australia to allow citizens from the small Pacific nation to migrate, as climate change threatens their home.”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Tuvalu-votes-as-election-spotlights-climate-migration-Taiwan-ties


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“Exceptional heat wave in the PATAGONIA.

“As forecast, extreme heat returned to Argentina side with 43.9C [111F] at San Antonio Oeste, 42.5C at Cipolletti, 41.6C Neuquen, 41.2C Viedma. Also 38.5C at Maquinchao at 888m asl. It’s the most long lasting and widespread heat wave in Patagonia history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750727821012742438


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“Heavy rains trigger deadly landslide in south Peru…

“In central Peru, floodwaters entered homes, destroying belongings and knocking down walls, according to eyewitnesses. A woman in Chanchamayo pleaded for help in an interview with local media. “The water is coming from above and is coming all at once,” she said… While in Apurimac, heavy rains caused the Chalhuanca River to overflow…”

https://news.yahoo.com/heavy-rains-trigger-deadly-landslide-042511587.html


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“Another record heat in South America: With a min. temperature of 28.6C [83.5F] San Jose de Chiquitos had the highest min. ever recorded in January in Bolivia.

“All past 7 months this (along many Bolivian stations) broke their records of highest max and highest min. several times.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1751064275475689650


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“Historic in COLOMBIA. Bogota El Dorado rose to an astonishing 25.2C [77.4F] – ITS HIGHEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD.

“Remember its altitude is 2547m above sea level. Colombian climatic history hit a milestone.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750724135226065136


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“‘All You See Is Smoke’: Mountain Fire Sends Huge Cloud Over Bogota.

“Thick plumes of smoke drifted over Bogota, the capital of Colombia… President Gustavo Petro said he would be seeking international aid to help with the fires. Bogota’s Mayor Carlos Fernando Galan said he had requested help from government representatives of Spain, the US, and Chile.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/see-smoke-mountain-fire-sends-125330988.html


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“Just in: RECORD – hottest January day in Costa Rica climatic history with 38.2C [100.8F] at San Mateo, near Orotina.

“Records have been falling all over Central America and Colombia every day of the month.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1750600686990168524


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“Record heat in MEXICO: Exceptional temperatures up to 40.9C [105.6F] at Ciudad Altamirano in Guerrero State and more 40C in Oaxaca State.

“January has been record breaking the whole month in Mexico and Central America.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1751087608459878553


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“Water restrictions in Mexico City affect 284 neighborhoods…

“Residents of Polanco told newspaper Excelsior that this water shortage is like “nothing they’ve experienced before.” They have been without water supply for six days and rely on tanker deliveries that take several days to arrive.”

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/water-restrictions-in-mexico-city-affect-284-neighborhoods/


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“A dry Panama Canal shows how climate change will scramble globalization.

“Global shipping companies excited by the potential new routes that climate change and melting ice are opening up around the North Pole have gotten walloped by some unexpected bad news. The Panama Canal might be on its way out as one of the most critical routes of global trade, impaired by, yes, climate change.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/01/25/panama-canal-climate-change-drought/


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“A viral climate chart [alarms] experts… the North Atlantic has now spent 321 consecutive days breaking daily SST records. This year has shown no signs of improvement…

“Dr Thomas Smith… told Yahoo News UK this week: “In the past few years there seems to be a lot more sunlight being absorbed by the surface of the ocean. This coincides with the shifting regulations around shipping fuel, and I think it would be prudent not to ignore that coincidence.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/viral-climate-chart-alarmed-experts-updated-results-bad-163908040.html


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“Melting glaciers are destroying a valuable record of Earth’s climate.

“The relentless acceleration of global warming has now claimed an unexpected victim: our understanding of Earth’s past climate. A recent study led by the Ice Memory initiative has revealed a sobering reality. The rapid melting of the Corbassière glacier, located in the Grand Combin massif, has destroyed what was once a valuable record of climate data.”

https://www.earth.com/news/melting-glaciers-are-destroying-a-valuable-record-of-earths-climate/


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“Global water crisis threatens the energy transition.

“Across the fossil fuel, power production and mining sectors, there are a growing number of assets at risk of being stranded as a direct result of the global water crisis, according to research from CDP.”

https://www.meed.com/global-water-crisis-threatens-the-energy-transition


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“The Roman Empire’s Worst Plagues Were Linked to Climate Change…

“The research—the culmination of a 10-year effort—shows how a changing climate can have dire consequences for societies that are not robust enough to withstand the upheavals it can cause, the study authors say. Those findings resonate today as the world contends with human-caused global warming.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-roman-empires-worst-plagues-were-linked-to-climate-change/


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“Can Animals Evolve Fast Enough to Keep Up With Climate Change?

“…Ultimately, as the climate continues to warm and species scramble to keep pace, there is going to be a seismic shift in the animal community, says Diamond. Big marine animals like whales, with their small populations and long life spans, will be vulnerable to extinction—as will creatures with temperature-dependent sex ratios, like sea turtles.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-animals-evolve-fast-enough-to-keep-up-with-climate-change-180983612/


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