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 Southern Hemisphere just reached an average temperature of 17°C for the first time in observational history!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1755567555777892469


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“By request, some annual global mean temperatures:

“Pre-industrial baseline: 13.50°C (56.30°F)
1991-2020 baseline: 14.38°C (57.88°F)
2023: 14.98°C (58.97°F)”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1756011972561457350


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“Why does every climate change story need to end with the same false f*cking hope?

“Look, we’ve just passed 1.5°C” …But the good news is, that an instant human extinction scenario (also known as net-zero) wouldn’t lead to much more warming!” [Leon Simons commenting on this BBC piece:]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68110310


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“NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Adds New Alerts Due to Record-Breaking Heat…

“The Bleaching Alert Area global map for January 31, 2024 has already shown parts of the world’s oceans under heat stress, including some parts listed under the newly added Bleaching Alert Levels 4 and 5.”

https://www.ecowatch.com/noaa-coral-reef-watch-new-alerts-climate-change.html


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“Severe flooding has left cars submerged in Essex [UK], with torrential rain causing landslides and several lane closures.

“More than 400 flood alerts or warnings were in place across the UK on Friday morning, with dozens still in place as of Friday evening, mostly in the South and Midlands.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/09/uk-weather-flooding-britain-weather-warnings/


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“Italy’s Farmers Brace for Unprecedented Challenges Amid Mild Winter and Drought.

“The dry spell not only destroys crops and livelihoods but also threatens sowing and animal feed, with potential economic damage in the hundreds of millions of euros.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/finance-nav/business/italys-farmers-brace-for-unprecedented-challenges-amid-mild-winter-and-drought


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“Drought nightmare in Sardinia, the water resources of the reservoirs are restricted.

“There is the nightmare of drought scaring northern Sardinia and Sulcis , where the lack of rain and empty reservoirs have plunged the territories into a water emergency.”

https://www.unionesarda.it/news-sardegna/incubo-siccita-in-sardegna-vincolate-le-risorse-idriche-degli-invasi-h5s47z90


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“‘Desert’ Malta on course to see its driest year ever…

““One of the definitions of a desert is an area which receives less than 250 mm of rain a year, and Malta has received much less so far,” the University of Malta professor said.”

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/desert-malta-course-see-driest-year-ever.1083015


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“Malaga plans to reopen old wells as emergency measure to combat drought crisis.

“In the 1990s, the Guadalhorce Valley wells were used to supply more than four cubic hectometres per year, but stopped being used due to poor water quality.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-plans-reopen-old-wells-emergency-measure-20240208073623-nt.html


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“Drought: Tangier [Morocco] Enacts New Measures to Curb Water Use.

“Fez – Tangier, the City of the Strait, has enforced measures decreed by a local council for the rationalization of water use. The launched project aims to curb the water stress, caused in part by climate change and exacerbated by delayed rainfall.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2024/02/360681/drought-tangier-enacts-new-measures-to-curb-water-use


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“Cocoa prices have surged to all-time highs this week as bad weather conditions hammer crop yields in West Africa, home to three quarters of the world’s production [might be a good time to stockpile before these costs filter through to consumers].

“Cocoa futures prices have surged more than $1,000 or nearly 40% since the start of the year to hit an intraday all-time high of $5,874 per metric ton Thursday.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/08/cocoa-prices-surge-to-all-time-highs-as-bad-weather-hurts-west-africa-crop-yield.html


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“Record after record in Africa.

“TANZANIA metropolis of Dar Es Salaam had a record hot night with a min. temperature of 27.8C [82F], which tied the highest minimum ever recorded in February in Tanzania.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755903676689052018


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“Record heat again in KENYA.

“Yesterday the city of Mombasa rose to 36.5C [97.7F] which ties its highest temperature on record which was also set on 22 February 2000. Records are falling all over Africa, every single day. Next days Kenya might record the hottest night in its climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755879221887725856


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“‘At the door of death’: desperation in Ethiopia as hunger crisis deepens…

“The drought has turned the area into a dust bowl. Its gravelly fields are full of the stunted remains of dead crops. “Every day we think about where to get food,” says Tsilaley Abraley, a single mother of six, who lives next door to Abadi. “We are always hungry.””

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/feb/09/tigray-ethiopia-war-drought-aid-suspended-hunger-crisis-death-desperation


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“Season receives record-low rainfall [Nepal].

“Experts say shifting rainfall patterns have led to increased pollution, forest fire incidents, reduced agricultural yields, and fueled internal and external migration. Nepal has witnessed just 11 millimeters of rainfall since December…”

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2024/02/10/season-receives-record-low-rainfall


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“Mongolian dzud: Extreme weather puts 90% of country at ‘high risk’…

“About 190,000 herder households are struggling with inadequate feed, skyrocketing prices and heightened vulnerabilities, according to the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/02/1146422


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“Brutal heat in THAILAND. it’s the “cold season” yet temperatures are reaching 39C with minimums up to 28C.

“Thousands records have fallen nearly every day since March 2023. Today both Phuket and Huai Phong had their hottest February night on record with Tmin 27.5C [81.5F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755803710926565585


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“New Zealand faces ‘long shadow’ of Cyclone Gabrielle one year on from disaster…

“About 1,600 homes across New Zealand remain uninhabitable while authorities determine what should be repaired, and what should be abandoned. There is a backlog of roads and bridges awaiting repairs. Questions linger over the country’s infrastructure resilience and its emergency response to future weather events.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/10/new-zealand-faces-long-shadow-of-cyclone-gabrielle-one-year-on-from-disaster


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“Record heat is sweeping every single tropical country:

“MICRONESIA and MARSHALL ISLANDS tied their February highest minimum temperatures on record with tmins of 82F/27.8C at Chuuk and Majuro.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1756146536265011645


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“Six months after Maui wildfire, 5,000 survivors still stranded: ‘We’re tired of broken promises’…

“Six months after the deadliest American fire in more than a century, almost 5,000 people are still in emergency hotel accommodation in West Maui, struggling to grieve and navigate the labyrinth of post-disaster bureaucracy amid throngs of tourists.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/08/maui-wildfire-six-months-later-housing


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“How climate change contributes to wildfires like Chile’s…

“The increased number of droughts as global rain cycles are interrupted means whole regions can be left unusually parched and more vulnerable to ignition. “Climate change has made droughts more common,” said Mitchard. “And that’s especially happened in South America this year…”

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/climate-change-contributes-wildfires-chiles-106967768


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“More records from SOUTH AMERICA.

“BOLIVIA: 36.5 [97.7F] Cobija new February record after beating all records of the past 7 months… ARGENTINA: Record hot night at Cordoba but the Tmin can drop below 28C with incoming afternoon storms… ECUADOR highest temperatures since 1983 in the GALAPAGOS.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755659760723169353


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“Fire Breaks Out Next to Uruguay’s Main Airport.

“A wildfire next to Carrasco International Airport in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, was contained before it reached any airport runways, firefighters said. The blaze scorched 67 hectares (166 acres) of vegetation, local media reported.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/fire-breaks-next-uruguays-main-152655272.html


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“Carnival party-goers told to cover up as mosquito-borne virus surges in Rio de Janeiro…

“The city declared a public health emergency earlier this week after 364,855 infections of the mosquito-borne virus were reported nationwide last month – more than four times the average rate for January.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/rio-carnival-brazil-dengue-fever-symptoms/


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“What’s causing the Amazon’s ongoing record drought?

“The devastating drought in the Amazon River Basin that reported in October has continued into Northern Hemisphere winter, which is the heart of the wet season in the southern part of the basin. The drought is cutting off rural and riverside communities from food supplies, markets for their crops, and health services…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-amazon-ongoing-drought.html


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“January 2024 in the Dominican Republic had an average temperature of 25.9C [78.6F] and was by far the hottest January on record.

“7 of the past 8 months in Dominican Republic were the hottest on record: brutal.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1755984914909188337


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“HISTORIC IN MEXICO.

The capital Mexico City rose to 30.8C [87.4F], which broke the February record of highest temperature (data since 1877).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1756038567137022415


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“Two tornadoes, the strongest in more than 74 years, hit San Luis Obispo [California] during last storm.

“Two tornadoes touched down Wednesday along San Luis Obispo County’s coast, hitting Grover Beach and the Los Osos area with 95-mph winds that uprooted trees, snapped power lines and took part of a roof off at least one building, according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-02-09/two-tornadoes-the-strongest-in-more-than-74-years-hit-san-luis-obispo-during-last-storm


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“Summer-like conditions with record temperatures lead to first Wisconsin tornado in February.

“The first tornado ever recorded in Wisconsin in the usually frigid month of February came on a day that broke records for warmth, setting up the perfect scenario for the type of severe weather normally seen in the late spring and summer.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/wisconsin-ap-meteorologists-national-weather-service-madison-b2493678.html


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“Central, eastern U.S. bask in record winter warmth…

“Already, at least 350 warm-weather records have fallen, and two more days of springlike warmth are on the way from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic… Minneapolis, where there is no snow, has spent much of this week with highs in the 50s…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/02/09/record-high-temperatures-midwest-greatlakes-climate/


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“‘Scary situation’: Unprecedented snowpack lows raising B.C. drought concerns…

“Last summer, British Columbia experienced one of the most severe droughts in its history, with 27 of 34 water basins classified in the two highest categories of drought in August. It took place as the province grappled with hundreds of out-of-control wildfires, in what has since been determined to be the worst wildfire season on record.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/10285720/unprecedented-snowpack-lows-bc-drought-concerns/


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“Alberta has dozens of wildfires still burning this winter. Here’s why.

“Alberta Wildfire has been responding to an increased number of winter wildfires in the area due to drought-like weather conditions this season. About 16 fires have carried over from the 2023 season in the High Level area alone.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/how-alberta-wildfire-responds-to-increased-winter-fires-1.7108499


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“Atlantic Ocean circulation nearing ‘devastating’ tipping point, study finds…

“Amoc has declined 15% since 1950 and is in its weakest state in more than a millennium, according to previous research that prompted speculation about an approaching collapse. Until now there has been no consensus about how severe this will be…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/09/atlantic-ocean-circulation-nearing-devastating-tipping-point-study-finds


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“Antarctic Tipping Point That Occurred 8,000 Years Ago ‘Could Happen Again’…

“”The very same processes we are seeing just beginning now, in areas like Thwaites Glacier, have played out before in similar areas of Antarctica and indeed, the pace of ice loss was equal to our worst fears about a runaway ice loss” [Cambridge Earth sciences professor Eric Wolff].”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/antarctic-tipping-point


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“Submersible Mysteriously Disappears Under Doomsday Glacier In Antarctica…

““It’s a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack, but without even knowing where the haystack is,” Wåhlin said. “At this point, Ran’s batteries are dead. All we know is that something unexpected happened under the ice. We suspect it ran into trouble, and then something prevented it from getting out.””

https://www.iflscience.com/submersible-mysteriously-disappears-under-doomsday-glacier-in-antarctica-72848


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“Climate Change Is No Laughing Matter. Or Is It?

“…From Hollywood movies like Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” to independent sketches on YouTube and TikTok, comedians — no strangers to tackling difficult subjects — are increasingly looking for punchlines in one of the greatest existential threats ever to the planet.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/09/nyregion/climate-change-comedy.html


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