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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.

Readers, my apologies – my dearest friend is very ill with stage 4 brain cancer and I am going to travel down to England to spend some time with him next week, so will be absent from the site. Kali and team will very kindly be filling in for me. I’ll be back with an ‘Economic’ thread on 26th February.

Heartfelt thanks as ever to all my subscribers and donors.


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“February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records…

“A little over halfway into the shortest month of the year, the heating spike has become so pronounced that climate charts are entering new territory, particularly for sea-surface temperatures that have persisted and accelerated to the point where expert observers are struggling to explain how the change is happening.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/17/february-on-course-to-break-unprecedented-number-of-heat-records


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“Um. Hello? Media? Politicians? Celebrities? Oprah?

“The latest global temperature that was just posted by Copernicus (data from Feb. 9) was 2.03°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial baseline.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1758561840207180257


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“Ocean Temperatures Keep Shattering Records—and Stunning Scientists…

“Unlike land, which rapidly heats and cools as day turns to night and back again, it takes a lot to warm up an ocean that may be thousands of feet deep. So even an anomaly of mere fractions of a degree is significant.”

https://www.wired.com/story/ocean-temperatures-keep-shattering-records-and-stunning-scientists/


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“After 348 record high days, the North Atlantic Ocean has reached the same temp anomaly as when this graph went viral around the world last year.

“It was long expected, but mostly ignored. This can help reduce the largest climate uncertainty [ie extent of aerosol masking]!

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1758534552207650943


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“Why a hot Atlantic has hurricane forecasters very worried…

“As meteorologists look ahead to this hurricane season, which begins June 1, they see an increasing likelihood that a La Niña pattern will replace El Niño by late summer or early fall. That is another bad sign for the U.S. coastline — La Niña is associated with active patterns in the tropical Atlantic.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/02/15/atlantic-ocean-heat-hurricane-season/


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“Florida’s vulnerable coral reef system ravaged by last summer’s record-warm ocean temperatures…

“Record-warm ocean temperatures off the coast of Florida last summer stressed an already vulnerable coral reef system, prompting a massive die-off across the only living barrier reef in the continental United States.”

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/02/16/floridas-vulnerable-coral-reef-system-ravaged-by-last-summers-record-warm-ocean-temperaturs/


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“January 2024 in Martinique was once again, another record hot month: the territory broke average records, extreme max records, extreme mins records, everything which is beatable, it was beaten.

“See Lamentin Int. Airport stats courtesy of Meteo France.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758152368997150966


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“Elderly resident laments daily struggle amidst water crisis [St Lucia].

“The water situation faced by WASCO is because of too much rain,” Casimir stated. “It has been raining, and because of the rain, the rivers have excess silt, which is excess sand, so because of the excess sand, WASCO is unable to pump the water with the same amount of pressure that they normally would.””

https://stlucia.loopnews.com/content/elderly-resident-laments-daily-struggle-amidst-water-crisis


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“Record heat never ends in Central America: Now it’s PANAMA. 37.6 [99.7F] at David breaks its record of highest temperature ever recorded in February.

“It’s the 160th country which has at least one monthly record broken this month. Very few remain at zero.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758676727210078370


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“Exceptional heat never ends in SOUTH AMERICA. Record heat in PERU in the North close to the coastal areas with temperatures up to 39C [102.2F] in Piura area, Sullana and Catacao.

“In the meanwhile harsh heat wave in PATAGONIA again with temperatures close to 40C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758264932997742760


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“Ascension Island is one of the most remote places on earth in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, an UK Territory together with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

“It just tied its hottest night in climatic history with a min. temperature of 27.9C [82.2F] at Wide Awake Fields Aero.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758562710650847576


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“Thatched cottage insurance surges as roofs ruined by miserable weather [UK]…

“Thatched cottages owners face surging insurance bills after a year of extreme wet weather pushed up the cost of cover to a record high. The average premium for a thatched-roofed home soared by 56pc to almost £2,000…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/bills/insurance/thatched-cottage-insurance-surges-roof-ruined-storm-weather/


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“More crazy warmth in EUROPE with summer nights SPAIN – tropical nights yesterday in the Cantabrian Coast (3C above August average!).

“Over 100 records in GERMANY with nights +13C/+14C [57.2F]. Historic early Tmin of 10.4C in DENMARK at Store Jyndevad (Records also at Hammerodde and Vestervig).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758523156904431818


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“Lake Geneva threatened by record water temperature.

“Since 2012, the water temperature at the bottom of Lake Geneva has risen by one degree while the average surface temperature has leapt by 1.2 degrees to 13.6 degrees. Similar changes have been recorded at Lake Constance, Switzerland’s second largest lake…”

https://lenews.ch/2024/02/17/lake-geneva-threatened-by-record-temperature/


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“EU puts water resilience plan on hold as drought grips Spain, Italy…

“The delay comes as large parts of southern Europe are already grappling with severe dry spells. Catalonia declared a drought emergency earlier this month, Sicily announced a “state of natural disaster” last week, and Sardinia’s reservoirs are running low.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-put-water-resilience-plan-hold-drought-grip-spain-italy/


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“Homes may run out of water on Spain’s Costa del Sol next week…

“Water pressure will be reduced in homes on the Costa del Sol next week and many could see their taps run dry, it has been announced. Acosol… said the measure will begin on Wednesday. It blamed the ‘critical’ drought and lack of rainfall for the move.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2024/02/16/homes-may-run-out-of-water-on-spains-costa-del-sol-next-week-acosol-to-reduce-pressure-on-supply-networks-due-to-the-critical-drought-and-lack-of-rainfall/


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“Tunisia cuts off water supply at night amid severe drought…

“Cutting off water without prior announcement, in areas of the capital Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir and Sfax, threatens to fuel social tension in a country whose people suffer from poor public services, high inflation and a weak economy.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2277336/middle-east


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“Mystery groundwater upsurge floods homes in Libyan coastal town.

“Stagnant water and squishy mud have flooded houses, streets and palm groves around the northwestern town of Zliten, spreading a foul smell and creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Many residents have fled their homes…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/2/16/mystery-groundwater-upsurge-floods-homes-in-libyan-coastal-town


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“Total brutality in AFRICA: hundreds of records are wiped out all over the Continent from Morocco to South Africa every day.

“43.5 [110.3F] Kedougou SENEGAL; 43.0 Bougouni MALI; 41C Ivory Coast; Historic 41.8 Abuja NIGERIA capital. Never in climatic history has happened anything like this.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758200677291966493


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“Torrential floods and relentless downpours have wreaked havoc across several regions and provinces in Türkiye, plunging communities into disaster and disrupting daily life.

“In the eastern province of Şanlıurfa, the downpour that started the night of Feb. 13 and continued intermittently on Feb. 14 disrupted daily life… all schools across the province were canceled…”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/several-provinces-grapple-with-downpours-floods-190770


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“Heavy rainfall causes material damage in Erbil [Kurdistan].

“Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Erbil city on Thursday, submerging around 40 vehicles as well as damaging several houses. The Kurdistan Region has witnessed a wave of torrential rain since Wednesday afternoon. Local authorities in Garmiyan and Raparin administrations declared a public holiday on Thursday due to the rain.”

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/150220243


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“EXTRAORDINARY – 32.1C [89.8F] at Saragt TURKMENISTAN former USSR in IRAN, just beyond the border, 32.2C at Sarakhs, (nearly same name) broke the February record of highest temperatures.

“Temperatures up to 30C at 1000m in this non-existent winter in Central Asia, night minimums >18C at 600m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758316114998943880


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“Kazakhstan: Methane mega-leak went on for months.

“One of the worst methane leaks ever recorded took place last year at a remote well in Kazakhstan, new analysis shared with BBC Verify has shown. It is estimated that 127,000 tonnes of the gas escaped when a blowout started a fire that raged for over six months.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-68166298


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“Warmest winter night in MONGOLIAN history:

“Several stations in Mongolian highlands at 1000/1500m failed to freeze tonight, one of which failed to drop below +5C / 41F (but it can drop later in the day), by far the warmest winter night ever recorded in Mongolia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758432960712511542


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“TOTAL MADNESS IN ASIA.

“Thousands of records are being brutalized all over from Middle East to Japan. Crazy 38.5 [101.3F] at Phuket THAILAND it pulverized its record again MALDIVES destroyed its national heat record again with 34.2 at Hanimadhoo.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1758110881227878781


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“Thai farmers advised against off-season rice due to climate change.

“Climate change and the moderate effects of the El Niño phenomenon have led to a reduction in Thailand’s water supply, prompting authorities to advise second-crop farmers against the cultivation of off-season rice.”

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thai-farmers-advised-against-off-season-rice-due-to-climate-change


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“Dozens of houses destroyed in bushfires after freak storms in Victoria [Australia]…

“Extreme weather hit the state this week exacerbating the fires, authorities confirmed, knocking down trees and power lines. It caused a major power failure in the state with over half a million houses in a blackout.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/victoria-bushfires-houses-destroyed-storms-b2496681.html


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“Super current El Niño and climate change hit the Galapagos Islands.

“The Galapagos Islands sit on the Equator in the eastern Pacific Ocean, just west of Ecuador at the confluence of three major ocean currents. MPR meteorologist Sven Sundgaard just returned from the islands on a trip where he got a first-hand look at what’s happening.” [podcast]

https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2024/02/16/super-current-el-nio-and-climate-change-hit-the-galapagos-islands


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“Record rain saturates SoCal landscape, heightening fears of more landslides.

“Already inundated by record rainfall, Southern California is facing another major storm Presidents Day weekend that could bring new risks for mudslides and flooding in vulnerable areas saturated with water.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-02-15/southern-california-faces-risk-of-mudslides-flooding-as-new-storms-move-in


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“New York’s allergy season is closer than you think.

“While many New Yorkers are enjoying this mild and relatively snowless winter, people living with allergy are dreading what lays just around the corner. We may experience a longer-than-normal allergy season all across New York thanks to one of the warmest winters we have seen in recorded history.”

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/weather/2024/02/16/seasonal-allergies-early-this-year


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“Flowers are blooming up to 22 days earlier due to climate change.

“New research aimed to observe the changes in the blooming patterns of flowers and 51 species of shrubs, bushes, and trees over the past 35 years, providing insights into how plant communities are adapting to climate shifts in the southern Iberian Peninsula.”

https://www.earth.com/news/flowers-are-blooming-up-to-22-days-earlier-due-to-climate-change/


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“Rising mammal infections signal alarm for potential H5N1 pandemic.

“…a recent review published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers… suggest mammal-to-mammal transmissions are on the rise. These alarming findings highlight recent mutations in H5N1 strains, underscoring the need for continuous surveillance to mitigate a potential global pandemic.”

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20240214/Rising-mammal-infections-signal-alarm-for-potential-H5N1-pandemic.aspx


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“War, Extreme Weather and Aging Workers Makes Farming a Tough Job…

“From America’s Midwest — where hi-tech machinery works giant fields — to outdated tracts of land in India, growers face headache after headache… the farming issues highlight the difficulties the world faces in feeding a growing population and battling a hunger crisis.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2024-02-16/global-food-roundup-farmer-protests-bad-weather-and-price-anger


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“Do Record Temperatures Mean Our Climate Goals And Net Zero Are Dead?

“The last twelve months have exceeded 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels (the scientific baseline period used for global warming). This grim milestone has led some critics to say that reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is impossible.

“Doomsayers are even claiming that it is too late to stop climate change. Fortunately, science and economics show that these narratives are completely wrong. However, they are dangerous due to the backsliding and inaction they promote.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidcarlin/2024/02/15/do-record-temperatures-mean-our-climate-goals-and-net-zero-are-dead/


You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back on Monday 26th with with an “Economic” thread. Kali and team will be covering for me in the meantime.

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