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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“Marine heatwaves in Arctic shows worrying trend since 2007: Study.

“A worrying trend has emerged in the Arctic Ocean, with marine heatwaves occurring for six consecutive years from 2015 through 2021, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications…

“Since 2007, the paper added that there has been a pronounced regime shift from thicker and deformed ice cover to a thinner and more uniform one.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/marine-heatwaves-in-arctic-shows-worrying-trend-since-2007-marginal-seas-more-vulnerable-study-94437


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“The new Arctic: Amid record heat, ecosystems morph and wildlife struggle.

“Every species of animal and plant that lives or breeds in the Arctic is experiencing dramatic change. As the polar region warms, species endure extreme weather, shrinking and altered habitat, decreased food availability, and competition from invading southern species.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/the-new-arctic-amid-record-heat-ecosystems-morph-and-wildlife-struggle/


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“Polar bears risk starvation as they face longer ice-free periods in the Arctic…

“Polar bears in Canada’s Hudson Bay risk starvation as the climate crisis lengthens periods without Arctic Sea ice, despite the creatures’ willingness to expand their diets… New research looking at 20 polar bears in Hudson Bay suggests that without sea ice they still try to find food.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/13/polar-bears-risk-starvation-arctic-ice


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“Climate experts sound alarm over thriving plant life at Greenland ice sheet.

“Significant areas of Greenland’s melted ice sheet are now producing vegetation, risking increased greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea levels and instability of the landscape.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/13/flourishing-vegetation-greenland-ice-sheet-alarm-climate-crisis


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“The Midwest is experiencing a ‘lost winter.’ Here’s what that means…

“From the northern Plains to the Great Lakes, February is typically a time for winter revelry, set against a landscape of deep snow and iced over waterways. But this year, snow is absent, ice is dangerously thin and many cities are experiencing their warmest winter on record.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/02/14/record-warm-winter-greatlakes-midwest-snow-ice-climate/


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“Warm winter leads to continued record-low ice along Great Lakes.

“As of mid-February, NOAA reported that Great Lakes ice coverage clocked in at around 2.7%, which was a historic low. Both Lakes Erie and Ontario were essentially ice-free when they should be nearing the peak of coverage for the year.”

https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/great-lakes-ice-coverage-low


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“Doing some number crunching, this will be the warmest winter (Dec-Feb) on record [US] if the last 17 days of the month are warmer than normal (even if it is 0.5F below normal).

“Here are the Day 0-5 and 5-15 days forecasts from the ECMWF model.”

https://twitter.com/Climatologist49/status/1757529723809272247


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“Nearly 15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, a new study out of the University of Michigan reveals – shedding light on the highly polarized attitude toward global warming.

“Additionally, denialism is highest in the central and southern US, with Republican voters found less likely to believe in climate science.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/14/americans-believe-climate-change-study


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“The flooding caused by intensifying winter rainstorms in California is helping to spread a deadly fungal disease called coccidioidomycosis, or Valley fever.

““Hydro-climate whiplash is increasingly wide swings between extremely wet and extremely dry conditions,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at University of California, Los Angeles.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/91028130/californias-torrential-rains-may-help-spread-a-deadly-fungal-disease


“Sea surface temperatures across the Atlantic Main Development Region (MDR) — where most of our Category 3 or stronger hurricanes form during the peak months of hurricane season — are as warm today in mid-February as they typically are in middle July. Incredible.”

https://twitter.com/MichaelRLowry/status/1757892634083758452


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“Wet weather saw record-breaking rainfall hit Antigua…

“A remarkable deluge of 58.9 mm (2.32 in) drenched the island, shattering the previous one-day rainfall record and propelling February 8 into the annals of history as the wettest day ever recorded in February… Thursday’s rainfall also exceeded the cumulative rainfall for the entire month of January…”

https://antiguaobserver.com/wet-weather-saw-record-breaking-rainfall-hit-antigua/


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“‘We are in an era of megafires’: new tactics demanded as wildfires intensify across South America…

“As South America endures unprecedented high temperatures, after the hottest January on record globally, it is still coming to terms with the devastating wildfires that have torn across the continent… [Chile] is not the only country suffering from out-of-control blazes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/feb/13/megafires-wildfires-chile-argentina-south-america


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“SOUTH AMERICA:

“Fierce heat on the Brazilian Atlantic coast due to downslope wind: 3 State had temperatures >40C [104F]: 41.1 Morretes PARANA; 40.6 Registro SAO PAULO; 40.2 Iguape SP; 40.5 Jacarepagua RIO DE JANEIRO.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757596775307939877


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“Hemsby’s Desperate Battle: The Unseen Coastal Wave Threats [UK].

“Hemsby village, home to 3,000 residents, is under threat from coastal wave storms. With each passing day, the chasm between homes and the eroding cliff grows smaller. Despite petitions, the government has yet to provide sufficient funding to prevent further erosion.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/politics/hemsbys-desperate-battle-the-unseen-coastal-wave-threats


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“England Sets New Warmth Record on Valentine’s Night 2024.

“England experienced an unprecedented warmth on Valentine’s Night 2024 as temperatures refused to dip below 11.5C. Winds from the Azores blew in warmer air, breaking a 100-year-old record. While England enjoyed the balmy weather, Scotland faced sub-zero temperatures.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/weather/england-sets-new-warmth-record-on-valentines-night-2024


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“Pretty appalling when you realize we’re only 14 days into the month and Austria is virtually certain to experience its warmest February since records began 256 years ago in 1768.

“The country is running almost 7°C above the 1991-2020 reference period.”

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1757859080989794575


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“What will Spain look like when it runs out of water? Barcelona is giving us a glimpse.

“Walking through Barcelona these days, you can’t miss the signs and billboards picturing a red plastic bucket and the message “Water doesn’t fall from the sky” (l’aigua no cau del cel in Catalan). The ads are part of a campaign to get people to save water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/feb/15/spain-water-barcelona-farmers-tourism-catalonia-drought


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“A DAY LIKE NONE IN HISTORY – thousands records all over Asia and also from Spain all the way to South Africa.

“27.0 [80.6F] Almeria, 37 in Morocco ,43C in Senegal (record broken at Kedougou), Records smashed all over GHANA (41.5 Bole, 39.8 Akuse, 38.7 Akim Oda) down to NAMIBIA 41.6 at Gobabis).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757840845284520031


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“TOTAL MADNESS IN MOROCCO. 36.6C [97.9F] Tan Tan Hottest winter day on record. 12 stations above 33.9C In winter!

“Temperatures up to 5C/10C ABOVE JULY averages. One of the most insane shocking events in world climatic history. Record were brutalized with huge margins.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757832752391729260


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“Heatwave worsens Nigerians’ suffering as blackout widens.

“Nigerians are facing a double whammy as scorching heatwave coincides with widespread power outages that have seen many areas experience total darkness for days on end.”

https://businessday.ng/news/article/heatwave-worsens-nigerians-suffering-as-blackout-widens/


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“Cyprus: A powerful storm has hit Limassol, Cyprus, in what resident’s have described as ‘biblical destruction’.

“Powerful overnight storms, including at least two tornadoes, have caused extensive destruction from fallen trees to broken homes.”

https://news.sky.com/video/cyprus-a-powerful-storm-has-hit-limassol-cyprus-in-what-residents-have-described-as-biblical-destruction-13071537


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“Several cars were submerged in floodwater in the southwestern Turkish city of Antalya on Tuesday, 13 February.

“At least one person died after the severe rainstorms unleashed torrents of water that destroyed bridges and roads, deputy interior minister Munir Karaloglu said. Residents in flooded houses had to be rescued by boats…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/weather-turkey-floods-rain-antalya-b2495609.html


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“Hundreds of rescuers are continuing their search for nine gold field workers who went missing following a landslide in eastern Turkey…

…officials are trying to allay fears that cyanide and dozens of other chemicals used in gold extraction could spread from the site into the nearby Euphrates River, which flows into Syria and Iraq before emptying into the Persian Gulf.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68292469


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“Exceptional in SAUDI ARABIA. MINIMUM temperature of 26.7C [80.1F] at Jeddah it destroyed its record of highest minimum ever recorded in February. Dozens of thousands of records are falling all over Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757358159885447575


“Thousands of records are being brutalized all over Asia and Africa, 30C [86f] in Turkmenistan, 25C at 1000m asl in Tajikistan, 20C+ in Kazakhstan (record also on the Caspian at Ft Shevchenko)…

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757741375398027580


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“Kyrgyzstan Creates Artificial Glaciers to Fight Climate Change Consequences.

“Kyrgyzstan is the agrarian, mountainous state. 94 per cent of the country’s territory consist of mountains, so farming is fraught with major difficulties. Access to clean drinking and irrigation water is one of them. Country’s farmers have been concerned about the shortage of irrigation water for farming.”

https://cabar.asia/en/kyrgyzstan-creates-artificial-glaciers-to-fight-climate-change-consequences


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“Water Crisis in Uzbekistan: an interview with Eco-journalist Nargis Kosimova.

“For a long time now, there have been murmurs about the growing problem of water shortages in Uzbekistan. Every citizen is likely to remember, at the very least, public service announcements on television with calls to conserve water.”

https://timesca.com/water-crisis-in-uzbekistan-an-interview-with-eco-journalist-nargis-kosimova/


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“Global Warming Could Drive Locust Outbreaks into New Regions, Study Warns.

“Warming temperatures, as well as more droughts and extreme rains, may create favorable conditions for breeding and swarming in Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan… west India and west central Asia could become locust hotspots… further threatening food security and livelihoods in already vulnerable regions.”

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/14022024/global-warming-could-drive-locust-outbreaks-into-new-regions/


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“Nepal Farmers Face Another Year of Agricultural Drought, Threatening Food Security.

“Najboon Khatun looks up at the sky every day, searching for the possibility of rain. Clouds come and go without a drop of water. “Winter crops like wheat and vegetables need water, but like last year, there has been no rainfall yet,” says 65-year-old Khatun, expressing her anguish.”

https://www.globalissues.org/news/2024/02/13/35974


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“It may be the most dramatic temperature fluctuation in Asia in February!

“February 1620th, Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan will experience record-breaking heat. Then cold wave quickly followed, temperatures plummeting by more than 20C in a short time!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1757762363271655760


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“Exceptional and unprecedented mildness in the usually cold Northeast China.

“The famous city of Harbin which hosts the ice city during winter, failed to drop below freezing today with its highest February Tmin on record: +1.0C [33.8F]. The ice city had to be closed because the melting ice.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757414542215397687


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“RECORD! After the hottest night, now it’s the hottest day. 19.8C [67.6F] at Wonsan NORTH KOREA hottest February day in climatic history. (18C also Kaesong).

“Records were pulverized also in SOUTH KOREA, with TMINS up to 15C. It’s gonna get even hotter in few days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757721276020588629


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“HISTORIC EVENT IN JAPAN – hundreds of records have been broken: 90 more records of highest Feb minimums were set yesterday.

“Only yesterday there were 160+ records. And next days it will be far hotter. Thousands of records will fall all over Central/East Asia from Turkey to Japan.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757947683942408371


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“More record heat in THAILAND – 37.6 [99.7F] Bangkok Port and 36.5 Bang Na broke their February records.

“In MYANMAR record at Dawei with 38.0. Record also at Male MALDIVES: 32.7. Thailand has broken thousands of records in the past 11 months, almost every single day of every month.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757772623017340956


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“Insane heat in INDONESIA. MIN. Temperature today was 28.6C [83.5F] at Sabu the highest minimum ever recorded in February in Indonesia.

“28.2C also record at Saumlaki (for any month). Every single day since 8 months records have never stopped falling in the country.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1757649604936605872


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“It’s official: Perth breaks February record for most days over 40 degrees [104F].

“Perth broke its record for the most days hotter than 40 degrees in February on Thursday, as the city sweltered through its third heatwave in as many weeks. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast the Perth metropolitan area would reach 43 degrees on Thursday, with Sunday tipped to be 42 degrees, and Monday 41 degrees.”

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-s-third-heatwave-in-as-many-weeks-to-bring-record-breaking-temperatures-and-a-thunderstorm-20240215-p5f57e.html


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“One dead and half a million homes without power after freak storms in Victoria.

“About 620,000 Victorian homes and businesses blacked out on Tuesday after electricity transmission lines were damaged in the storm. Winds of up to 157kph (98 mph) toppled six electricity transmission towers. This was one of the highest number of power outages Victoria state had ever experienced, officials said.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/victoria-storms-power-cut-australia-b2495880.html


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“Beetroot shortage: cyclone damage to New Zealand farms behind empty Australian shelves.

“A shortage of canned beetroot has left supermarket shelves empty and put the classic Australian hamburger at risk. The shortages began 12 months ago, when Cyclone Gabrielle devastated Golden Circle’s Hawke’s Bay beetroot farms in New Zealand.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/14/australia-beetroot-shortahe-cyclone-gabrielle-damage-hawkes-bay


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“Last month was the world’s warmest January on record [NOAA]…

“January 2024 was Earth’s warmest January since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was also the planet’s second-wettest January on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported Feb. 14.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/02/last-month-was-the-worlds-warmest-january-on-record/


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“New preprint confirms that global warming is accelerating.

“The rate of increase of Ocean Heat Content increased with 0.36 W/m² per decade from 2005 to 2023. Good to see scientific agreement. The truth was not bad enough, after all [Leon Simons].” Study:

https://essd.copernicus.org/preprints/essd-2024-42/


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“The world is quietly losing the land it needs to feed itself…

“Many people are familiar with human contribution to climate change and perhaps also the loss of biodiversity. But there’s a third environmental impact that rarely gets the attention it deserves: desertification, also known as land degradation.”

https://financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/world-quietly-losing-land-needs-feed-itself


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“Billionaires’ Survivalist Bunkers Go Absolutely Bonkers With Fiery Moats and Water Cannons…

“The one-percenters who can afford to pull out all the stops for self-preservation are doing so more than ever — often in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units seen on reality shows like Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers.”

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/bunkers-billionaires-survive-apocalypse-cost-features-1235822762/


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