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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Hottest January on record sees the world reach 1.7°C warming mark.

“The global average temperature in January 2024 was 1.7°C above pre-industrial levels for the month, meaning the planet has breached the 1.5°C benchmark for the past 12 months.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2416231-hottest-january-on-record-sees-the-world-reach-1-7c-warming-mark/


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“New UN weather agency chief says rate of global warming is speeding up [she disagrees with Michael Mann, IOW]

“The new chief of the World Meteorological Organization said it looks to her that the rate of human-caused climate change is accelerating and that warming has triggered more Arctic cold outbreaks in North America and Europe, weighing in on two issues that divide climate scientists.”

https://apnews.com/article/climate-change-hot-world-meteorological-organization-6096b3b604025aea9dee07a653907b55


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“Earth’s global average sea surface temperature has [again] reached the highest level on record this week, with more warming likely in the coming months.

“According to the NOAA OISST v2.1 dataset, our planet’s global average sea surface temperature reached 21.13ºC on February 6. This was 0.83ºC warmer than the 1982 to 2011 average for this date, and the highest global ocean temperature on record for this dataset.”

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/global-sea-surface-temperature-reaches-new-record/1785671


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“We are now very close to the North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly of June 10 last year, when this graph went viral all over the world.

“I guess people are already getting used to this? Maybe we need more of those new Category 6 Hurricanes to wake people up?”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1755249360751722872


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“Meltdown of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier Captured From Orbit…

“Alaska’s Columbia Glacier has significantly retreated over 20 km since the 1980s, with climate change being a major factor. Satellite imagery from 2023 highlights the glacier’s dramatic transformation and the advanced technology used for monitoring these changes.”

https://scitechdaily.com/meltdown-of-alaskas-columbia-glacier-captured-from-orbit/


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“Coast guard cadets called in to help as Cape Breton [Canada] digs out from record snowfall…

“Meanwhile, schools and most government offices were closed for a third day across Cape Breton. As well, Nova Scotia Health announced that non-emergency services would be reduced across the island, and in the eastern counties of Antigonish and Guysborough on the Nova Scotia mainland.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/10278390/coast-guard-college-cape-breton-shovelling-snow-storm/


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“Record-breaking winter weather devastates tree fruit supply [BC, Canada]…

“A Creston Valley orchard in British Columbia has seen its entire tree fruit supply decimated by the recent extreme winter weather. The region experienced record-breaking low temperatures from January 12 to 14, reaching as low as -27.2 degrees Celsius.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/north-america/article/9598824/record-breaking-winter-weather-devastates-tree-fruit-supply/


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“Ticks make an early appearance in Minnesota after mild winter.

“The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in St. Paul said it identified its first deer tick of the 2024 season on Wednesday, several weeks earlier than their usual emergence around March or April… The U.S. government tracks the prevalence of Lyme disease as an indicator of climate change.”

https://scrippsnews.com/stories/ticks-make-an-early-appearance-in-minnesota-after-mild-winter/


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“Millions of gallons of raw sewage spills into Pacific after heaving flooding in California.

“On Monday, Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr Anissa Davis, ordered all recreational swimming areas temporarily closed for water contact due to two separate sewage spills. According to a press release from the City of Long Beach, approximately five million gallons of sewage was discharged…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/california-floods-sewage-pacific-weather-b2492439.html


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“In Los Angeles, a Growing Sense That ‘Historic’ Weather Is Becoming Normal…

““The weather seems more extreme on every level,” Fred Rosen, a retired entertainment executive, said on Monday, hunkering in the lobby of the nearby Hotel Bel-Air as mudslides threatened his neighborhood. “But where are you going to go?””

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/06/us/los-angeles-storm-climate.html


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“Climate change will bring megafloods to California.

“This extreme storm scenario would produce runoffs 200-400% greater than anything seen before in the Sierra Nevada… The last such megaflood happened in 1861, inundating a 300 mile-long (483km) stretch of the Central Valley and large portions of modern-day Los Angeles…”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240207-climate-change-will-bring-a-megaflood-to-california


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“Insane heat wave in MEXICO highlands, totally unprecedented for this time of the year:

“33.5 [92.3F] Zamora 1561m above sea level; 32.0 Ciudad Guzman 1514m; 29.5 Guanajuato 1996m… Those should be temperatures in the hottest days of the year in June.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755064010859553188


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“Monarch butterfly numbers dip to second lowest level in Mexico wintering grounds.

“The number of endangered monarch butterflies at their wintering areas in Mexico has dropped by 59% this year to the second lowest level since record keeping began, experts said, blaming pesticide use and climate change.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/08/monarch-butterfly-population-numbers-decline-endangered-mexico


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“Huge waves and high winds hurl jellyfish and seaweed into the streets of Havana…

“Havana residents hunkered down overnight as lights flickered on and off but slowly emerged onto the streets Tuesday morning bundled in jackets and hats as temperatures plunged to as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius), unusually chilly for Cuba.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/07/climate/cuba-havana-weather-intl/index.html


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“Crazy in the CARIBBEAN. Hundreds of records smashed all over the area.

“Hottest February nights beaten again in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, San Martin, St Eustatius, COLOMBIA (Tmin 28.3C / 82.9F)… Records were broken with the hugest margins ever seen anywhere anytime in a tropical island.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755288146106028513


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“Drought has hit the Panama Canal hard – can it survive climate change?

“…“This is about the worst it’s been,” says Larsen. The resulting traffic jam – with some ships having to wait for more than a month to cross – has already had serious financial consequences for Panama and the world… Things are set to get even worse over the next few months of the dry season.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2416020-drought-has-hit-the-panama-canal-hard-can-it-survive-climate-change/


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“HISTORIC SOUTH AMERICA. 33.7 [92.6F] Lima downtown PERU, its 2nd hottest day on record after a dubious 33.8C in April 1939 in an old station.

“ARGENTINA – more monthly records: 42.2 Santa Rosa; High Tmins: 26.1 Rosario; 25.4 General Pico; 25.3 Pehuajo; 25 Rio Cuarto; 24.8 Pilar; 24.5 Laboulaye.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755313722481140186


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“Hundreds still missing in Chile’s deadly wildfires.

“Wildfires in Chile have left at least a hundred and thirty people dead in recent days. Survivors are left dealing with grief for lost family members while trying to salvage what little is left… On top of mourning their losses, survivors have had to stay alert because of subsequent looting.”

https://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-still-missing-chiles-deadly-053528508.html


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“Fire continues to advance on native Patagonian forests in south of Argentina…

“In Chubut, the strong wind and high temperatures have fed the flames at the Los Alerces National Park, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its biodiversity. Since January 25, thousands of hectares of native forest have been burning in a fire that has still not been controlled…”

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/fire-advances-on-native-patagonian-forests-in-southern-argentina.phtml


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“Records keep falling in EUROPE:

“In GREECE hottest February day at Skiathos with 22.6C [72.7F]; In TURKEY record at Edirne with 24.5C. Almost all Europe had its share of record heat in the past weeks, save from Central Mediterranean/Italy. More record heat is coming for Spain and France.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755267677973598281


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“Spain sees warmest January on record…

“The average temperature in mainland Spain for January 2024 was 8.4 Celsius, or 2.4 degrees higher than average for the period and 0.4 degrees above the previous record set in 2016, Aemet said.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-january-warmest-spain.html


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“Spain is battling a historic drought. Its government says that is a warning for the world…

“With Spain’s government having agreed to ship water to Catalonia to help battle a historic drought, the Spanish environment minister says countries need to realise it is a resource that can no longer be taken for granted.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/spain-is-battling-a-historic-drought-its-government-says-that-is-a-warning-for-the-world/ar-BB1hTVjN?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds


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“More than 2 million people, 60 percent of them children, need humanitarian aid due to the floods in the last two months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund said.

“The Congo River, the world’s third largest by water discharge volume, has reached levels unseen in more than 60 years due to exceptionally intense rains…”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/dr-congo-floods-leave-more-than-2-million-in-need-of-aid-unicef/


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“Most extreme heat wave AFRICA has ever seen. Hundreds records are being pulverized all over from North to South from East to West.

“The GHANA capital Accra 38.0C [100.4F] had its hottest day in history. NAMIBIA and BOTSWANA broke every record for February in the highlands with >40C at 1000m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755303763089440868


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“Torrential rain lashes Türkiye’s Artvin, causing floods, landslides.

“The tranquil landscape of Türkiye’s northeastern Artvin province has been disrupted by recent torrential rains, unleashing havoc in the region with landslides, floods and extensive damage to buildings, particularly impacting the Borçka district.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkiye/torrential-rain-lashes-turkiyes-artvin-causing-floods-landslides/news


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“Landslide Kills At Least 4 In Western Georgia.

“Georgian authorities said on February 7 that a massive landslide had killed at least four people overnight in the country’s west. According to the Interior Ministry, more than 200 rescue workers continue to search for five missing people in the village of Negreti…”

https://www.rferl.org/a/georgia-deadly-landslide/32808897.html


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“Climate change is fueling the disappearance of the Aral Sea. It’s taking residents’ livelihoods, too…

“The Aral has nearly disappeared. Decades ago, deep blue and filled with fish, it was one of the world’s largest inland bodies of water. It’s shrunk to less than a quarter of its former size. Much of its early demise is due to human engineering and agricultural projects gone awry, now paired with climate change.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-kazakhstan-uzbekistan-soviet-union-water-b2492595.html


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“Chinese travelers stranded as winter storms throw Lunar New Year travel into chaos…

“In central China, traffic ground to a halt as dozens of highways were closed across Hubei and hundreds of flights were canceled in transit hub Wuhan over the weekend – with more bad weather expected in the greater region over the coming days.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/06/china/china-lunar-new-year-travel-snow-blizzard-weather-intl-hnk/index.html


“At noon on February 7, ice shards fell on the Second Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan after the freezing weather ended, and some vehicles were damaged.” [footage]

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1755223679850758222


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“Seven people killed as landslide buries two buses in Philippines mining village.

“Employees at a mining company had been waiting to return home when a landslide struck their vehicles – it is the latest incident in the Philippines following a long spell of extreme weather.”

https://news.sky.com/story/seven-people-killed-as-landslide-buries-two-buses-in-philippines-mining-village-13066129


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“Another heatwave forecast for Perth sparks warnings off back of record-breaking weather.

“Preparations are underway across Perth for trains to slow down, tradies to down tools and school students to eat lunch indoors as the city prepares for its second heatwave in two weeks. Temperatures are forecast to reach 39 degrees Celsius on Thursday, peaking at 41C on Friday and Saturday, and remaining in the high 30s into next week.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-07/perth-to-swelter-through-second-heatwave-in-two-weeks/103432562


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“Climate whiplash [for Australia]… What was originally expected to be a mostly dry El Niño summer has instead dispatched almost every possible extreme…

“Such experiences are not confined to Queensland, Australia’s most disaster-prone state. Communities throughout our eastern states, including Victoria and New South Wales, have similarly experienced wild swings between scorching heat and fire risk to intense downpours and flash floods, and back again.”

https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-whiplash-wild-swings-between-weather-extremes/


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“Australia’s climate has officially warmed by 1.5C since 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s long-term record of temperatures.

“The figure is revealed in the bureau’s annual climate statement that found 2023 was Australia’s joint-eighth warmest year on record, with the national temperature 0.98C above the average between 1961 and 1990.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/08/australia-global-warming-climate-change-data-statistics-warmed-bom-temperature-records


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“Whakatāne [NZ] breaks record for hottest month since [records began in] 1974…

“The average temperature in Whakatāne was 21.6C in January – the highest since records began in 1974, according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa)… People have reportedly been heading to retail outlets in a bid to combat the “warm, muggy and sultry nights”.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/whakatane-breaks-record-for-hottest-month-since-1974-homeware-store-soldout-of-fans-in-some-bay-of-plenty-stores/DC567WJDGRGZDP7XBFT73R6M4Y/


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“The Ripple Effect: New Research Indicates That Climate Change Can Trigger Pandemics…

“A groundbreaking study conducted by researchers from MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bremen, alongside the University of Oklahoma in the USA, establishes a connection between variations in temperature and precipitation and the occurrence of pandemics.”

https://scitechdaily.com/the-ripple-effect-new-research-indicates-that-climate-change-can-trigger-pandemics/


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“Pollution risks worsening global water scarcity: Study…

“Water scarcity could affect three billion more people than previously expected by mid-century, with increased pollution rendering river sources “unsafe” for humans and wildlife, researchers warned Tuesday… Human activities are spewing large amounts of nitrogen, pathogens, chemicals and plastics into water systems.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-pollution-worsening-global-scarcity.html


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