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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HISTORIC EVENT rewrites world climatic history

16.8C Kurilsk today it destroyed its monthly record by 7C ! (previous record 9.8) and it’s the highest temperature ever recorded in winter in all Asian Russia.

This is one of the most insane events ever seen in world climatic history

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1759592241545240959

 


extreme temperatures in china
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The largest temperature difference in China’s meteorological records! Today, China observed a temperature of -52.3C/38C, (-61/100F) and the temperature difference across China was as high as 90.3C!

… It’s a world record of hugest daily spread in any country if we discount Alaska which is generally not included in those statistics coz it’s physically separated and not bordering the lower 48 states. Previous was 20 January 1954 in USA -56 +32  Roger Pass/Laredo

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1759173825764495756


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‘More unzipping of the landscape’: Arctic permafrost could crumble into rivers, unleashing devastating feedback loop

Permafrost thaw could result in new rivers forming across the Arctic, potentially unleashing 35 million car journeys’ worth of carbon every year.

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/rivers-oceans/more-unzipping-of-the-landscape-arctic-permafrost-could-crumble-into-rivers-unleashing-devastating-feedback-loop


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Wetlands, the most extensive natural methane sources on Earth, are contributing significantly to atmospheric warming, with methane being around 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

A study led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has revealed a concerning trend. Methane emissions from the Boreal-Arctic wetlands have surged by approximately nine percent since 2002.

https://www.earth.com/news/wetland-methane-emissions-have-surged-at-high-latitudes/


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This month is on pace to become the warmest February ever recorded in Chicago

There’s a good chance the rest of the month will have highs in the 40s and 50s, which would bring the total number of days where temperatures reach or exceed 40 degrees to 27 days

https://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/this-month-is-on-pace-to-become-the-warmest-february-ever-recorded-in-chicago/3359847/


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Chicago is sinking. From melting glaciers to underground hotspots, global warming could threaten the city’s elegant skyscrapers and breathtaking lakefront, climate scientists say.

Of course, this Midwestern metropolis is far from alone in suffering the scourge of subsidence. Venice, Jakarta, New York and cities along the US East Coast are all sinking too…According to a recent study by Northwestern University, there’s a “silent hazard” beneath the streets: subsurface heat islands that deform the ground. Northwestern researcher Alessandro Rotta Loria says it’s the first study to quantify the effect of “underground climate change” on urban infrastructure, which threatens cities around the world, especially those built near water.

https://archive.is/pnD59


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Nearly the entire population of California is under flood alerts Tuesday as the latest round of rainfall soaks the state, prompting road closures, evacuation warnings and some water rescues. In Los Angeles, which faces significant flood threats, part of the city is close to seeing its wettest February ever recorded.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/19/weather/california-storm-rain-flooding-tuesday/index.html


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Hundreds of towns and villages in Bolivia have been put under alert as torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in the South American country.

Officials say 33 people have died since November due to the rains, which have triggered landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. The death toll is eight times higher than in the same period last year. Officials are carefully monitoring a number of dams which they fear could overflow.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-68338020


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Record High February Temperatures Hit Northern Japan’s ‘Cold Areas’, Prompting Snowmelt and Flood Warnings

Temperatures rose across Japan as warm air flowed in from the south, with daytime highs hitting a record for February at many locations in northern Japan, the weather agency said.

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2024-02-20-record-high-february-temperatures-hit-northern-japan


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Malaysia Grapples with Intense Heatwave: El Nino Fuels Record Temperatures Across Northern States

An intense heatwave, driven by El Nino, grips Malaysia, pushing temperatures to near-record highs. With states like Perlis, Kedah, and Penang suffering, health authorities warn citizens of heat stroke risks and emphasize the importance of resource conservation.

https://bnnbreaking.com/weather/malaysia-grapples-with-intense-heatwave-el-nino-fuels-record-temperatures-across-northern-states


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Imagine stepping outside to a world where the air feels like a blast furnace, where the relentless sun scorches everything in its path to a crisp. This is not a scene from a dystopian novel but the reality for the residents of Carnarvon, Western Australia, who recently experienced a heatwave that catapulted the town into the global spotlight as the hottest place on Earth this year. With temperatures soaring to a nearly unimaginable 49.9C, the small Australian town not only shattered its own heat records but also sent a stark reminder of the escalating climate crisis gripping our planet.

https://bnnbreaking.com/weather/carnarvon-shatters-heat-records-signaling-climate-alarm-in-western-australia


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WA [Western Australia] heatwave: Perth breaks records with seven February days above 40C

Extreme temperatures see WA have top 15 hottest places in world over past 24 hours with heatwave expected to peak on Tuesday with 47C weather forecast

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/19/perth-weather-heatwave-temperatures-forecast-bom-radar


Alberta reservoir
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Alberta’s Brutal Water Reckoning: Scientists who studied the region’s arid past warned this drought was coming. Thirst for growth won out.

“To a water expert, looking ahead is like the view from a locomotive, 10 seconds before the train wreck.” — The late scientist David Schindler on Alberta’s looming crisis

Alberta’s water reckoning has begun in earnest. Snowpack accumulations in the Oldman River basin, the Bow River basin and the North Saskatchewan River basin range from 33 to 62 per cent below normal. A reduced snowpack means less summer water for the fish and all water drinkers.

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2024/02/19/Alberta-Brutal-Water-Reckoning/


Sub Saharan women
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Droughts have the potential to increase the spread of HIV for women living in rural parts of Africa, researchers at the University of Bristol have found.

In the study, published today in AIDS and Behavior, findings imply that drought triggers behavioural changes as people struggle to battle poverty and food insecurity through activities such as transactional sex.

Due to climate change, droughts are likely to become increasingly common in the future, which could lead to higher instances of HIV transmission.

https://www.miragenews.com/research-links-droughts-to-rise-in-hiv-among-1176754/


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Natural gas prices plunge as US set for warmest winter on record

Lower demand during mild weather has coincided with surging production

https://archive.is/MzGxM

 


Pembroke power station
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Plan to capture, ship and bury power station’s CO2

The scheme would link Pembroke power station with a LNG terminal across the Milford Haven estuary in Pembrokeshire

Plans to lay new undersea pipes to carry carbon emissions from one of Europe’s largest gas power stations have been unveiled.

The scheme would link Pembroke power station with a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal across the Milford Haven estuary in Pembrokeshire.

Supporters said it would secure jobs and launch a new industry shipping CO2 from Wales to be buried at sea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-68296155


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Norfolk and Suffolk [UK] may be experiencing the wettest February since records began nearly 180 years ago.

Heavy rains and storm conditions across the region this month are leading experts to believe it could be in with a strong chance of beating records that date back to 1836.

Dan Holley, a meteorologist and weather forecaster for the eastern regions, said: “February is, climatologically, our third driest month of the year with on average 43mm of rain.

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/24127018.wettest-february-since-records-began-norfolk-suffolk/


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Is There a Place for Hydropower in a Warming World?

The IPCC acknowledged that unceasing droughts impact stream flow and that climate change is unpredictably worsening matters. Yet its climate experts still contended that hydropower could be a crucial part of the world’s energy transition, arguing that an electric dam will produce seemingly endless energy.

https://scheerpost.com/2024/02/20/dam-dam-dam/


African women in corn field
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Climate change, extreme weather & conflict exacerbate global food crisis

In the past year, international agencies worldwide have continued to sound an alarm over surges in food insecurity that are plunging millions of people into extreme hunger, malnutrition and threats to their overall health. The U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) calls it “a hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/climate-change-extreme-weather-conflict-exacerbate-global-food-crisis/


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[The “good news” section (LOL)]

France’s camping season grows longer thanks to climate change

Tourists are braving the great outdoors even in midwinter as global warming alters holiday habits…The two-week February break is traditionally the busiest period of the year for ski resorts, but with many hit by a lack of snow, some tourists are heading to the Mediterranean coast instead.

https://archive.is/JJOHO


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