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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“I cannot understand how any climate scientist can say that the current rate of warming is even marginally close to 0.2°C per decade.

“A linear trendline over the period 2004-2024 gives 0.25°C per decade. And since 2014, it’s more like 0.30°C. Warming is accelerating! [Prof Eliot Jacobson]”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1752731484577022171


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“Code Yikes! Global sea surface temperatures are nearing record highs.

“Dating back to 1982, just nine days saw hotter global sea surface temperatures than yesterday’s 21.07°C. The record is 21.10°C, from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, 2023.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1752711276319723687


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“‘Literally off the charts’: global coral reef heat stress monitor forced to add new alerts as temperatures rise.

“The world’s main system for warning about heat stress on the planet’s coral reefs has been forced to add three new alert categories to represent ever-increasing temperature extremes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/01/literally-off-the-charts-global-coral-reef-heat-stress-monitor-forced-to-add-new-alerts-as-temperatures-rise


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“I thought that the North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly might go back to charted territory.

“[But] It’s been running record high for 332 days now! See The 2023 state of the climate report: Entering uncharted territory for more.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1752716764276834589


“If you want any more proof of the heatwave currently gripping the Arctic, it’s mid-winter when sea-ice extent should still be growing, yet extent has declined for the last 5 days in a row.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1752320338913005816


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“West’s coming war with Russia will be triggered by Arctic climate breakdown…

“NATO has long recognised how climate change is a ‘threat amplifier’ for traditional security issues. Several NATO studies have warned that with the climate changing faster than previously thought, the danger of a military confrontation in the Arctic is rapidly increasing.”

https://www.euractiv.com/section/arctic-agenda/opinion/wests-coming-war-with-russia-will-be-triggered-by-arctic-climate-breakdown/


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“Anchorage tallies 100 inches of snow — the earliest on record for winter.

“Anchorage is having a banner winter for snowfall. A total of 104.3 inches of snow have been measured in the city this season, after a fresh 16.6 inches fell Sunday into Monday. That’s the most on record to date — by over a foot compared to the old record high.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/01/30/anchorage-alaska-snow-record/


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“ABSOLUTELY INSANE IN CANADA 21.1c [70F] at Maple Creek destroyed the Saskatechewan Provincial record for January by over 2C!

“14.5C also in Manitoba including +2.7C at Churchill on the Hudson Bay. Records by dozens. North America climatic history is being rewritten.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752521130647404631


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“Abnormally mild January full of joy, grief for Manitobans as winter on track to break record.

“A record-breaking warm January may become the new normal for future generations as mild weather continues to play havoc on normal winter activities in Manitoba, according to an expert. This winter is set to break a record for the fewest cold days since record keeping began in 1872…”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-mild-winter-weather-warm-activities-1.7094402


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“Alberta to launch ‘unprecedented’ water-sharing negotiations Thursday amid drought fears…

“Significantly reduced mountain snowpack and below-average precipitation over the past number of months has led to extremely low reservoir levels and record-low river levels. All of the province will be affected by that, but southern Alberta’s agricultural sector is expected to face particularly significant challenges.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-water-sharing-negotiations-rebecca-schulz-old-man-river-1.7100450


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“Boise [Idaho] sets all time record heat for the month of January.

“Boise has set a new record high today, marking three days in a row of record-setting temperatures. The National Weather Service in Boise is reporting that todays high temperature of 66 degrees in Boise is the warmest temperature on record for the month of January.”

https://idahonews.com/news/local/boise-sets-all-time-record-heat-for-the-month-of-january


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“The Sacramento and Stockton region recorded its third straight day of record-breaking high temperatures on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Modesto, Sacramento and Stockton broke or tied record high temperatures for Jan. 30 that were set in 1976, according to the NWS.”

https://fox40.com/weather/sacramento-region-sees-three-straight-days-of-record-breaking-high-temperatures/


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“‘Pineapple express’ storms bring strong winds and flash flood risk to California…

“The storms have put residents on edge. Last winter, California was battered by a string of atmospheric rivers that unleashed extraordinary amounts of rain, causing flooding and waves that hammered shoreline communities, as well as extraordinary snowfall that crushed buildings.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/31/severe-storms-california-flash-flooding-risk


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN MEXICO – 41.5C [106.7F] Jesus Maria, Nayarit State.

“This is just 0.2C from the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in January in all North America (including Central America and Caribbean). 2nd highest temperature in January from Canada to Panama in climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752774082808975586


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“Frustrated Mexico City residents have been protesting weeks of water shortages, with officials warning of “unprecedented” low levels in a main system that supplies millions of people.

“The bustling metro area of 21 million people – one of Latin America’s largest cities – is struggling after years of low rainfall blamed on climate change, as well as chaotic urban growth and outdated infrastructure.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-city-residents-protest-unprecedented-water-shortages-2024-01-31/


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“RECORD IN MARTINIQUE – 33.1C [91.6F] on 31 January at Ducos it’s the HOTTEST JANUARY DAY in Martinique history.

“Previous record was 33.0C in 1984 at the same location. Record also at Caravelle with 32.1C and yesterday at Lamentin with 32.3C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752889476207309194


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“Brutal heat is sweeping all SOUTH AMERICA. GUYANA 36.8C [98.2F] Lethem HOTTEST JANUARY DAY IN GUYANESE HISTORY.

“COLOMBIA 33 Medellin, hottest January day; ARGENTINA MIN. 27.0 San Martin Highest January minimum. Dozens of records will fall next 10 days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752367773383061811


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN CHILE.

“Brutal 42.9C [109.2F] at Marchigue – it’s the highest temperature ever recorded in the O Higgins Region, beating the 41.2C set in 2019.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752881177424486424


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“Global Warming Is Damaging to Even Europe’s Coldest Countries. Extreme cold spells are becoming less likely in Nordic region.

“Global warming made January freeze 4C warmer, WWA says… lobal warming triggered by greenhouse gas emissions is damaging ecosystems and infrastructure in even the coldest countries in Europe.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-01-31/global-warming-is-damaging-to-even-europe-s-coldest-countries


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“High levels of dangerous bacteria have been found in flood water from UK rivers that could pose a risk to human health.

“Water samples taken from a Surrey housing estate close to the River Mole, a street near the River Ouse in York and a Shrewsbury park near the River Severn, found E.coli, faecal matter and ammonia.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bacteria-uk-rivers-flood-water-b2487472.html


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“‘Hypocritical’ European politicians weaken climate policies amid farmer protests…

““Over the last few years we’ve spoken out vigorously, but we haven’t been heard,” Europe’s biggest farming lobby, Copa Cogeca, said on Wednesday in an open letter to the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen. “The survival of European family farming as it is known today is in danger.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/31/hypocritical-european-politicians-weaken-climate-policies-amid-farmer-protests


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“Low rain and snowfall in Europe could hit UK food costs.

“The latest rain and snow levels from the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees region have raised concerns of drought. According to Météo France, the level in the Pyrenees area is the lowest for January since records began. The dry weather in the region is threatening food production…”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/68146091


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“The Confederation of Farmers of Portugal argued that the effect of the drought has been devastating, especially in the south of the country, and could lead to a rise in prices and that the measures adopted by the Government are unfair…

“For the confederation, the measures are still insufficient when it comes to combating the effects of the drought, being nothing more than mere “palliative care”.”

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2024-01-31/farmers-warn-devastating-effect-of-drought-could-affect-prices/85603


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“Spain expected to declare drought emergency today, with big fines for breaking water rules.

“After months of warnings, Catalan authorities are expected to declare a drought emergency today. This could mean more extreme water restrictions for six million people in Barcelona and the 201 surrounding municipalities in northeastern Spain.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/01/spain-expected-to-declare-drought-emergency-today-with-big-fines-for-breaking-water-rules


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“The recent phenomenal winter warmth across Europe has led to one of the most absurd temperature records of 2024 so far.

Puerto de Navacerrada in central Spain, at an elevation of ~1,900 meters (6,210 ft), hit an unbelievable 18.3°C last week. That’s around 17°C above normal.”

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1752737979758415922


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“A RECORD warm January has worsened air quality rates in Alicante province due to the ever-present anticyclone over Spain resulting in fewer winds.

“The month has produced little rain in the region and combined with lower airflow, polluting particles have accumulated due to the air remaining stagnant.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2024/01/30/air-pollution-spikes-on-spains-costa-blanca-due-to-warmest-january-on-record/


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“It’s official. There is a new record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Continental Europe.

“The World Meteorological Organization recently certified that Syracuse on the Italian island of Sicily hit 119.8 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 degrees Celsius) on Aug. 11, 2023. The previous record for Europe was set in 1977.”

https://news.yahoo.com/europe-officially-set-record-2023-210916326.html


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“Climate Change Behind Africa Cholera Surge, Top Health Officials Say…

“That’s as floods in Democratic Republic of Congo — and across much of southern Africa — stretch already fragile health systems, limit access to safe water and sanitation and force people from their homes.”

https://time.com/6590560/climate-change-africa-cholera-surge/


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“South Sudan flooding hampers efforts to contain hepatitis E outbreak…

“Hepatitis E spreads through contaminated water, has no cure and is potentially fatal to pregnant women. Although rare in the developed world, it infects more than 20 million people a year lacking proper sanitation in poorer countries.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/jan/31/south-sudan-flooding-hampers-efforts-to-contain-hepatitis-e-outbreak


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“The City of Windhoek [Namibia] will reinforce water restrictions with fines of N$2 000 in an effort to combat critical water shortages.

“The municipality has reintroduced a zero tolerance to water wastage policy from 2019 after it found that the country’s central area is facing declining water levels in three major supply dams.”

https://www.namibian.com.na/city-of-windhoek-to-reinforce-n2-000-fines-for-water-wastage/


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“South Africa Heat wave Update… Brutal heat wave…

“45.8C [114.4F] yesterday at Fort Beaufort (455m above sea level) HOTTEST DAY in its climatic history (for any month).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752340552270635239


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“South Africa evacuates small coastal communities near Cape Town as wildfires burn out of control…

“Authorities ordered a full evacuation of Pringle Bay, a coastal village popular with holidaymakers about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Cape Town. People evacuated parts of the nearby town of Betty’s Bay on Monday.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-africa-evacuates-small-coastal-towns-cape-town-106794295


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“Kashmir Records Driest Ever Chillai Kalan [harsh winter period] This Year.

“In a first of its kind, Srinagar and other parts of the Valley witnessed the record-breaking driest Chillai-Kalan this year. As per the details shared by the Meteorological department, this year’s prolonged dry spell has surpassed the previous records at all the stations across Kashmir.”

https://kashmirobserver.net/2024/01/30/kashmir-records-driest-ever-chillai-kalan-this-year/


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“Insane heat wave in THAILAND: Phuket destroyed its monthly record again with 37.0C [98.6F]. Dozens records of highest minimums.

“Thailand has broken thousands of records continuously nearly every day since March 2023.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752307046039613617


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“A new exceptional heat wave kicks off in East Asia. Today 2 records of January highest temperature were set in JAPAN: 25.3 [77.5F] Yakushima; 22.5 Higashi Ichiki.

“In TAIWAN 32.1C. Next days CHINA might reach over 35C! Stay tuned.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1752630468019945552


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“1000mm [approx 40 inches] rainfall forecast for North West Queensland as ex-Cyclone Kirrily continues to take toll.

“Queenslanders are grappling with devastating floods after Tropical Cyclone Kirrily caused chaos in the state’s north. The state is now bracing for another deluge, with forecasts predicting an additional 1000mm of rainfall over the coming days.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/1000mm-rainfall-forecast-for-north-west-queensland-as-excyclone-kirrily-continues-to-take-toll/news-story/d18e676a348cd43c60e64a8470684b3e


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“The Swan Valley has set a new record for its hottest day ever as a heatwave grips Perth.

“On Thursday the Swan Valley reached 45 degrees [113F] by noon while the Perth CBD hit 42.6 and Pearce reached 44.8 degrees by lunchtime… Perth airport reached 44.6C at 11:43am making it the hottest February day since 1997 with 44.9C.”

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/temperature-records-tumble-as-perth-s-east-cops-brunt-of-heatwave-20240201-p5f1qb.html


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“Melbourne weathers its first January without a ‘hot’ day since 1984.

“While other parts of the country have sweltered through severe heatwaves, the first month of 2024 has recorded no days above 35C, as observed at the BoM’s Melbourne Olympic Park weather station.”

https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2024/jan/31/melbourne-weather-forecast-heatwaves-under-35-record


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“One-third of flood losses in New Zealand not insured, study finds.

“A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) revealed that the uninsured losses from the Auckland Anniversary Weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand totalled $2.3 billion, representing a third of the affected physical assets.”

https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/nz/news/catastrophe/onethird-of-flood-losses-in-new-zealand-not-insured-study-finds-475221.aspx


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“Victory in climate race ‘still possible’ even if 1.5°C hits this decade…

“Pledges at the recent Cop28 talks in the UAE, such as a first ever global commitment to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels, were intended to keep hope alive of achieving the 1.5°C goal. “I think that [it] is still technically possible to do that within the 21st century,” said Prof Skea, chairman of the IPCC…”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/climate/2024/01/31/victory-in-climate-race-still-possible-even-if-15c-hits-this-decade/


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“‘Smoking gun proof’: fossil fuel industry knew of climate danger as early as 1954, documents show…

“The fossil fuel industry funded some of the world’s most foundational climate science as early as 1954, newly unearthed documents have shown, including the early research of Charles Keeling, famous for the so-called “Keeling curve” that has charted the upward march of the Earth’s carbon dioxide levels.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/30/fossil-fuel-industry-air-pollution-fund-research-caltech-climate-change-denial


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