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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“‘A deeply troubling discovery’: Earth may have already passed the crucial 1.5°C warming limit.

“Global temperatures have already exceeded 1.5°C warming and may pass 2°C later this decade, according to a world-first study I led. The worrying findings, based on temperature records contained in sea sponge skeletons, suggest global climate change has progressed much further than previously thought.”

https://theconversation.com/a-deeply-troubling-discovery-earth-may-have-already-passed-the-crucial-1-5-c-warming-limit-222601


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“No Progress on Global Emissions 8 Years After Paris Climate Agreement.

“Eight years after the Paris climate agreement, where do we stand on global emissions? The title of a new United Nations Environment Programme report sums the situation up: Broken Record: Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again).”

https://reason.com/2024/02/05/predictably-no-progress-on-global-emissions/


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“January CO₂ data just came in at 422.80 ppm. That’s a massive 3.32 ppm gain in CO₂ over the last 12 months.

“The climate casino has an over/under for this year’s peak CO₂ of 426.80 ppm. It will be close, but I’m taking the under.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1754659137714352260


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“We are changing the climate of our planet at the speed of a coked-up Billionaire’s kid in a Ferrari.

“Methane reached a record high of 1933.5 ppb! That’s already higher than the peak of the mid range climate scenario (SSP2-4.5)!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1754626711671460196


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“The oceans are warming like crazy!!

“Let’s look back at the past 365 days. Temperatures were 0.25°C higher than the previous (Super) strong El Niño, indicating a warming rate of 0.31°C/decade (SST only!!)! Don’t let anyone downplay this, or the associated risks!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1754517746904084811


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“The North Atlantic Ocean is heading towards a >365-day record temperature anomaly streak.

“That’s 40 million square kilometers of record shattering heat! It takes >3000 times as much heat to warm ocean water by 1°C than it does for the same volume of air!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/175454041335073218


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“Study Finds Ocean Heatwaves Could Affect Global Food Supplies.

“A new study finds that marine heatwaves are changing the base of the marine food chain, disrupting ecosystems and potentially global food supplies. Researchers in the investigation led by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, say their work has global implications.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/study-finds-ocean-heatwaves-could-affect-global-food-supplies/7471051.html


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“Scottish Farmers Increasingly Concerned By Continued Flood Risks.

“This storm season has already shown its teeth with Perth reporting 91mm of rainfall in two days – more than an average month’s worth. Glasgow also found itself hit by severe flooding with some areas reporting over a month’s rainfall in just 24 hours and widespread travel disruption across the region.”

https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/scottish-farmers-increasingly-concerned-by-continued-flood-risks-4504833


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“Under intense pressure from farmers, the European Commission has dropped key passages in a proposal for a new 2040 goal for cutting greenhouse gas pollution.

““All sectors” would need to contribute to the effort, the EU executive’s plan says. But a mention of a possible 30 percent cut to agricultural pollution between 2015 and 2040, which was in previous drafts seen by POLITICO, had been removed.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-eases-farming-demands-in-2040-climate-proposal/


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“C’est fou! CRAZY HEAT IN FRANCE.

“27.5C [81.5F] today at Ceret, France has never been so hot that early in the year. Monthly records fell: 26.9 Vinca; 25.1 Vives; 24.6 Canet; 24.2 Caixas; 22.6 Lodeve; 22.2 Montdardier… Switzerland also with 22.5C again. Mins up to +14C on the Alps. Insane.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754152808843268458


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“A mild winter across Europe has seen a number of ski slopes left entirely snowless with residents and businesses blaming climate change for spring-like temperatures.

“Ski-lifts have been turned off and snow cannons abandoned on the grass of the 7,274ft Mount Terminillo in Italy’s Apennine Mountains after it became ‘too hot’ to use artificial snow cannons…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13047607/Europes-ski-slopes-missing-one-crucial-SNOW-Warm-temperatures-hit-resorts-France-Italy-Switzerland-entire-mountains-snowless-hot-artificial-snow-cannons.html


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“Valencia might have to ship water to Catalonia if drought continues…

“The idea is to have boats transport desalinated water from the Sagunt plant (in the Valencian Region) to Barcelona daily in the summer if the drought situation does not abate.”

https://www.themayor.eu/en/a/view/valencia-might-have-to-ship-water-to-catalonia-if-drought-continues-12337


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“Gibraltar records warmest January ever.

“Rising global temperatures have seen Gibraltar record the warmest January ever last month, the Gibraltar Met Office has confirmed. The January data continues the trend of warming temperatures, after the Met Office found 2023 was the hottest year on record, with 2022 also holding the record before it was broken.”

https://www.chronicle.gi/gibraltar-records-warmest-january-ever/


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“Drought challenges Morocco’s traditional hammam bathing ritual.

“Morocco’s government-imposed restrictions on public baths, aimed at curbing excessive water usage, are disrupting tradition and sounding alarms in a sector employing several hundred thousand people.”

https://international.la-croix.com/news/environment/drought-challenges-moroccos-traditional-hammam-bathing-ritual/19124


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“Ongoing drought boosts Algeria’s cereal imports.

“Algerian wheat and barley imports look set to remain at elevated levels in the 2024-25 marketing year with a delayed plant, below-average rainfall and poor soil-moisture conditions season to date expected to result in production similar to last year’s poor harvest.”

https://www.graincentral.com/markets/ongoing-drought-boosts-algerias-cereal-imports/


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“Climate change an afterthought in Pakistan election.

“Pakistan was ravaged by monsoon floods two years ago that left a third of the country submerged, turning climate change into an international rallying cry for the government. But surging inflation and a massive political crackdown on the opposition have pushed the issue down the priority list ahead of polls on Thursday.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240206-climate-change-an-afterthought-in-pakistan-election


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“Afghanistan: lack of snow raises fears of further drought as children and communities suffer impacts of climate crisis…

“Vulnerable children and families who rely on subsistence agriculture will be significantly affected without increased rain and snow. Afghanistan is one of the world’s most vulnerable places to the impacts of the climate crisis and is currently enduring its worst drought in 30 years.”

https://www.savethechildren.net/news/afghanistan-lack-snow-raises-fears-further-drought-children-and-communities-suffer-impacts


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“In January 2024, the Kashmir region and certain areas of the Jammu region experienced unusually high temperatures, marking it as the warmest January on record.

“The absence of snowfall and inactive Western Disturbances contributed to extraordinarily high temperatures, reaching more than 8°C above normal levels on some days during the month.”

https://thekashmiriyat.co.uk/january-2024-shattered-all-temperature-records-in-kashmir/


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“Extreme Weather: Freezing rain hits Wuhan, posing challenges for local residents.

“Icy roads, stranded vehicles and passengers – the provincial capital of Hubei has witnessed heavy to blizzard levels of snowfall. For many residents, this is the most severe snowfall they have encountered in the past two decades.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2024-02-05/VHJhbnNjcmlwdDc3MjUw/index.html


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“While China and Japan are with huge snowstorms, exceptional heat is stuck in THAILAND.

“Minimum temps up to 28C [82.4F],maxes >38C and high humidity. Nearly the whole country is at record levels and it will get worse. Thousands of records have fallen in Thailand in the past 10 months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754429661159792990


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“Flooding and landslides caused by a series of severe weather events have damaged homes and displaced people in many regions of [Indonesia] prompting local and national authorities to issue a public advisory on potential hydrometeorological disasters…

“Several regions on Sumatra currently battling floods include Ogan Ilir regency in South Sumatra and Bungo regency in Jambi.”

https://asianews.network/floods-landslides-hit-as-indonesia-enters-rainy-season/


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“Record warm night in New South Wales, Australia.

“Records of highest minimums broken on 5 February: 24.2 Taree; 22.2 Green Cape; 23.0 Moruya all time; 22.5 Moruya Airport all time.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754369261630628013


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“Sydney’s Warragamba Dam edges closer to capacity as ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily brings heaviest rain in decades…

“By 9am on Monday, the heaviest falls in decades had already soaked the state’s far north-west, including 100mm at Fort Grey near the border, nearly double its summer average and the locations heaviest rain in 40 years.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-06/nsw-warragamba-dam-spill-rain-ex-tropical-cyclone-kirrily/103429374


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“Very mild day in some parts of the Antarctic coasts:

“Up to +10.8C in the Ukrainian Base of Vernadsky, +10.3C at Juan Carlos II (Spain), +8.6C King Sejong (S. Korea). Hottest February day on record in the French Base of Dumont Durville with +6.8C [44.2F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754559135394541873


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“What happens now bird flu has reached the Antarctic? – podcast…

“The Guardian’s biodiversity reporter, Phoebe Weston, tells Ian Sample why researchers have said the spread of bird flu through the Antarctic’s penguin colonies could signal ‘one of the largest ecological disasters of modern times’.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2024/feb/06/what-happens-now-bird-flu-has-reached-the-antarctic-podcast


“HISTORIC IN SOUTH AMERICA. 45.8 Pozo Hondo, ARGENTINA hottest February day in South America since 1937! and 2nd overall after the 46.0C at Campo Gallo.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754186710878245305


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“‘Like a war zone’: Chile wildfire death toll reaches 123 amid race to clear rubble…

“The official death count from Chile’s worst natural disaster in years increased to 123 on Monday according to Marisol Prado, the director of Chile’s forensic medical service. That number was expected to climb as residents, firefighters and military raced to clear rubble.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/05/chile-fires-death-toll


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“RECORDS HEAT ALL OVER THE AMERICAS:

“34.4 [93.9F] CURACAO Hottest February day on record; 33.4 DOMINICA Hottest February day on record; 39.6 Boa Vista BRAZIL Record for February (2nd hottest for any month); 42.2 Oran ARGENTINA Record for February.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1754673861243891855


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“Entire neighbourhoods affected by floods in Imbabura [Ecuador].

“The province of Imbabura went from one extreme to the other when it comes to climatic conditions. Until a week ago, the province was experiencing high temperatures, ranking as the hottest in the Sierra, with the highest radiation in Ecuador. However, the last few days have been heavy downpours that have caused various havoc.”

https://www.lahora.com.ec/imbabura-carchi/barrios-enteros-afectados-inundaciones-imbabura/


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“California weather: Three killed as atmospheric river storm brings half a year’s rain.

“”We’re talking about one of the wettest storm systems to impact the greater Los Angeles area since records began,” Ariel Cohen, chief NWS meteorologist in Los Angeles, said. “Going back to the 1870s, this is one of the top three.””

https://news.sky.com/story/california-weather-three-killed-as-atmospheric-river-storm-brings-half-a-years-rain-13065111


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“Record snowfall buries parts of Maritimes [Canada], sets sights on Newfoundland…

“As of Monday afternoon, a whopping 84 cm of snow has been recorded at the Halifax airport. A total of 96 cm was reported on the ground, with some existing snow there ahead of this storm. This is the most amount of snow on the ground ever recorded for the region…”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/forecasts/potent-storm-drops-80-cm-of-snow-over-nova-scotia-cancellations-widespread


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“Alaska’s Record-Breaking Snow Is Reaching Dangerous Levels.

“In Anchorage, where more than 100 inches have fallen so far, city officials have warned the owners of more than 1,000 commercial properties that their roofs may be at risk of collapse. Some buildings have already been damaged…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/04/us/alaska-snow-record.html


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“Alaska’s Arctic and boreal ecosystems see climate change-driven ‘microbial awakening’…

“Underground fungi and bacteria are becoming more active as permafrost thaws in northern regions, breaking down dead plants and other organic matter that was previously frozen in the soil. Scientists call this new activity a “microbial awakening.””

https://alaskapublic.org/2024/02/05/alaskas-arctic-and-boreal-ecosystems-see-climate-change-driven-microbial-awakening/


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“Hurricanes becoming so strong that new category needed, study says..

“Michael Wehner, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US, said that “192mph is probably faster than most Ferraris, it’s hard to even imagine”. He has proposed the new category 6 alongside another researcher, James Kossin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/05/hurricanes-becoming-so-strong-that-new-category-needed-study-says


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“Extraction of raw materials to rise by 60% by 2060, says UN report…

“Decarbonisation without decoupling economic growth and wellbeing from resource use and environmental impacts is not a convincing answer and the currently prevailing focus on cleaning the supply side needs to be complemented with demand-side measures,” Potočnik said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/31/raw-materials-extraction-2060-un-report


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