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.

Irish wildlife ranger
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‘Like the flip of a switch, it’s gone’: has the ecosystem of the UK’s largest lake collapsed?

Lough Neagh’s flies were seen as a nuisance. Now their sudden disappearance is a startling omen for a lake that supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s water

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/19/like-the-flip-of-a-switch-its-gone-has-the-ecosystem-of-the-uk-largest-lake-collapsed-aoe


Rideau Canal melting
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How global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada

The impacts of this mild winter were felt across the country and touched all aspects of winter culture. From melting ice castles at Québec’s winter carnival, to a dismal lack of snow at many Western Canada ski resorts, seemingly no part of Canada was unaffected. But the change that will likely be felt most keenly by many Canadians is the loss of a reliable outdoor skating season.

https://theconversation.com/how-global-warming-is-reshaping-winter-life-in-canada-222329


Active fires in BC
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It’s the middle of winter, and more than 100 wildfires are still smouldering [Canada]

There are still 92 active fires in British Columbia and another 54 in Alberta — holdovers from last year — according to the latest figures from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Others are also active in the Northwest Territories, experts said.

Fires that simmer below the surface in winter are sometimes called “zombie fires” or “overwintering fires.”

Often, they are visible to the naked eye only by small plumes of smoke that billow into the winter sky.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/climate/wildfires-zombie-fires-canada-bc-alberta-1.7119851


North Atlantic SST
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*Florida man shakes fist at ocean* Don’t make me extend my axis!

The North Atlantic sea surface temperature is now up to an unbelievable 4.34 standard deviations above the recent 1991-2020 baseline climatology. Relative to that, the current anomaly is a 1-in-142,000-year event!

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1759960696127975637

Through February 21, #Miami has STILL not had a sub-52° temperature this season.  That has never happened before in the city’s recorded history. 🥵

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1760292689806061903


dry February Portland Maine
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Portland [Maine] experiences driest February since 1987 as rainfall hits record low

https://fox23maine.com/news/local/portland-experiences-driest-february-since-1987-rainfall-hits-record-low-weather-winter-rain-snow

 

 


car buried in mudslide
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California battered by mudslides and flooding during three-day storm

The storm triggered several landslides throughout the state

Much of California was on flood watch on Monday and Tuesday as some regions approach ten inches of total rainfall while bracing for floods and landslides. Road blockages, landslides and toppled trees have already been reported in and around Los Angeles. Many parts of California are already saturated from the heavy rain after a storm earlier this month caused hundreds of landslides so far.

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-weather-today-floods-storm-mudslides-live-b2499823.html


Costa Rica palm trees
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Costa Rica Issues Travel Warning With Heatwave And Extreme UV Rays Expected

Experts in Costa Rica have warned residents and visitors to take precautions against an impending heatwave expected to hit the country over the next couple of months. According to a recent statement from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), Costa Rica will experience elevated temperatures and intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation between March and April.

https://www.travelinglifestyle.net/costa-rica-issues-travel-warning-with-heatwave-and-extreme-uv-rays-expected/


Central America map
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Relentless record heat in Central America

The Nicaraguan capital Managua rose to 37.2 ,a new record heat for February, beating the 37.1 set in 1998.

176 countries have broken monthly records (from 1 to thousands each) heat so far this month, almost all the world.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1759752338624184562

 


Barcelona reservoir
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Climate shelters and shipping in water: Barcelona looks for ‘exceptional solutions’ to drought

Critics say unusual solutions doesn’t solve long-term water management problems.

Catalonia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in living memory. At no point in the last century have water shortages been so severe.

The reservoirs that supply most of the region, including Barcelona,  are at an all-time low – less than 16 per cent of capacity.

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/21/an-exceptional-solution-catalonia-is-bringing-in-water-by-boat-to-top-up-dwindling-supplie


Sau reservoir dried up
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Spain isn’t the only country suffering as southern Europe’s water supplies run low.

Around 17 per cent of EU territory is now facing serious drought conditions, according to the European Drought Observatory’s latest update.

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/21/regular-droughts-could-become-the-mediterreneans-new-normal-due-to-climate-change

 


Tunisian wheat farmer
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Tunisian wheat farmer Hasan Chetoui is seeking inspiration from the deep past as he tries to adapt to drought caused by climate change, sowing old wheat varieties that he hopes will produce crops throughout the year.

Chetoui does not believe his experiment with alternative types of wheat is likely to work everywhere, but he thinks it may help him cope after years of scant rains and heatwaves that destroyed much of his crop last year.

https://theprint.in/environment/tunisia-farmer-turns-to-old-wheat-varieties-as-climate-change-bites/1974240/


African farmer
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Amid Heat and Hot Temperatures, Nigerian Farmers Face Climate Crisis

Nigerian farmers face climate change crisis, with heat and hot temperatures wreaking havoc on crop yields and agricultural sustainability. From extreme heatwaves to less rainfall, farmers are resorting to innovative measures to protect their harvests.

https://bnnbreaking.com/breaking-news/climate-environment/amid-heat-and-hot-temperatures-nigerian-farmers-face-climate-crisis-3865191

 

 

 


Iraqi sewage pipe
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Iraq’s Looming Crisis: Battling Water Pollution Amidst Drought and Dams

At the core of this unfolding disaster lies an outdated and overburdened sewage network, struggling to cope with the demands of a growing population. Water treatment facilities, where they exist, teeter on the brink of collapse, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of contaminants. This predicament is compounded by a lack of rigorous regulatory oversight, allowing pollution to fester visibly. In Iraq, a country where clean drinking water is a scarce commodity for half its population, the stakes could not be higher.

https://bnnbreaking.com/breaking-news/health/iraqs-looming-crisis-battling-water-pollution-amidst-drought-and-dams


Kashmir landscape
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The Kashmir region [India] and parts of Jammu witnessed an unprecedented surge in temperatures during January 2024, marking it as the warmest January in recorded history.

These alarming temperature spikes have raised concerns about the long-term impact on the region’s ecology, agriculture, and overall climate patterns. The unusual warmth challenges the region’s resilience to climate change, urging authorities and communities to adopt sustainable practices

https://www.knskashmir.com/kashmir-witnesses-warmest-ever-january–breaks-all-records-184400


AMOC slowing down
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The Atlantic Ocean currents are getting very unstable and are close to a tipping point of no return. That is what a new study shows, with the ocean currents nearing a critical point, likely induced by the increased fresh water from the melting ice and the effects of changing ocean currents already being felt.

https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/ocean-currents-near-a-tipping-point-of-collapse-weather-effects-united-states-europe-fa/


Planes flying 800 MPF
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Near record wind speeds resulted in multiple international flights over the weekend exceeding 800 miles per hour — far faster than the 500 mph to 600 mph speeds at which commercial flights usually travel.

The impact of a changing climate is causing stronger winds within the jet stream, a narrow band of wind that flows west to east, experts say. While that can help give a tailwind to aircraft flying east, there are also downsides, such as more turbulence — and stronger headwinds for flights heading west.

“Depending on what direction you’re going, having a great tail wind is nice,” Shem Malmquist, a professor of aeronautics at Florida Tech University and a Boeing 777 captain, told CBS MoneyWatch. He noted that he recently flew on an international flight that hit 822 miles per hour, also thanks to the jet stream.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flights-over-800-mph-high-winds-early-arrival/


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