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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“Climate graphic of the week: huge ice loss risks Antarctica’s ‘destabilisation’… Melting season was more than a month longer than usual in parts of the continent…

“Sea temperatures have been exceptionally high across the world since last March, while surface air temperatures have remained far higher than normal in many areas of Antarctica, averaging 5C above the 1981-2010 average in some parts for the melting season.”

https://www.ft.com/content/deb66512-d866-43a6-bffa-3a37dbb48a8a


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“Thawing permafrost in the Arctic could release radon, a radioactive gas that has the potential to cause cancer, scientists have warned…

“The review suggests that permafrost degradation has the potential to allow radon to migrate into homes and workplaces, the researchers, led by Jian Cui of the Harbin Natural Resources Comprehensive Investigation Center of the China Geological Survey, wrote.”

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/thawing-arctic-permafrost-could-release-radioactive-cancer-causing-radon


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“Why is there so much methane in the atmosphere right now?

“According to the report, the main reason is that more methane has been released from wetland areas such as bogs, shallow ponds, and lakes in tropical regions. And as it gets warmer, more is released… Another reason for the increase in methane emissions is that permafrost has begun to thaw in the north.”

https://www.sciencenorway.no/climate-permafrost-physics/why-is-there-so-much-methane-in-the-atmosphere-right-now/2328016


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“Unbelievable: the North Atlantic sea surface temperature is now 4.5 standard deviations above the recent 1991-2020 climatological mean…

“That translates to a 1-in-284,000-year event. Yet here we are watching it unfold, one day at a time. This is deeply troubling.”

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1760690880867185017


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“With around a week of February still to go, the rainfall in Peterborough [England] has smashed previous records…

“In January, The Peterborough Telegraph reported how the wet weather throughout the start of the winter was impacting farmers across the region – and since then, the rain has hardly stopped. So perhaps it will be no surprise to hear that February has broken weather records in our city.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/weather/topstories/record-rainfall-for-peterborough-in-february-as-winter-washout-continues/ar-BB1iNyHn


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“‘Our yields are going to be appalling’: one of wettest winters in decades hits England’s farms.

“Speak to farmers across the country and you will hear similar stories of how one of the wettest winters in decades has ruined thousands of acres of crops and put farms under tremendous financial pressure. Few regions have been spared.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/23/farms-flooding-rainfall-winter-nfu-conference


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“Record again yesterday in the Swiss town of Chur: With a minimum temperature of +10.0C [50F] in 24 hours the Alpine town had its warmest February night on record, beating the record set 2 weeks ago.

“Data since 1887. Chur has beaten several heat records in the past months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761067404140883972


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“Switzerland calls on UN to explore possibility of solar geoengineering.

“The Swiss proposal, submitted to the United Nations environment assembly that begins next week in Nairobi, focuses on solar radiation modification (SRM). This is a technique that aims to mimic the effect of a large volcanic eruption…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/22/switzerland-calls-on-un-to-explore-possibility-of-solar-geoengineering


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“Flooded Greek lake a warning to European farmers battling climate change…

“”I could never have imagined I would have to board a boat to get to see my land,” said Evangelinos as he drifted by his sodden trees. “Work of a lifetime ruined, gone in three, four days of rain.” The situation has fuelled anger among farmers…”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/flooded-greek-lake-warning-european-080519736.html


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“New EU Report: Morocco Faces Deepening Drought Crisis.

“As the country enters its sixth straight year of drought, a new report singles out Morocco as an area of “severe concern;” the water crisis threatens economic and food security with no end in sight… Cities have been forced to ban using potable water for activities like cleaning roads and watering parks.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2024/02/360986/new-eu-report-morocco-faces-deepening-drought-crisis


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“Strong Winds, Dust Storms Expected in Several Moroccan Regions…

“The directorate issued a similar alert earlier this month for several Moroccan regions, including the northern city of Tangier which witnessed strong winds, causing considerable property damage.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2024/02/360971/strong-winds-dust-storms-expected-in-several-moroccan-regions


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“Record heat never ends in SOUTH AFRICA, Namibia and Botswana. Yesterday another avalanche of monthly records:

“41.7 [107.1F] Kimberley; 40.0 Gariep Dam; 39.8 Welkom; 39.5 Aliwal; 38.7 Fauresmith; 38.5 Knellpoortdam; 36.3 Jamestown… There is no end in sight to this brutal heat wave…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1760722370111918166


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“East Africa is losing its glaciers at astonishing speed, all on Kilimanjaro retreating…

“Tropical glaciers are important indicators of climate variability and climate change. While Prinz and Molg (2020) concluded that more than 80 per cent of the East African glacier area had disappeared by 2010, “the new estimates for the early 2020s showed that more than 90 per cent of the modern glacier extent is gone”.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/africa/east-africa-is-losing-its-glaciers-at-astonishing-speed-all-on-kilimanjaro-retreating-94616


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“Tanzanian coastal city of Dar es Salaam is living an unbearable heatwave: Nights have been sticky and extremely hot for weeks.

Today MIN. temperature was 28.3C [82.94F] which beat for the 5th time the Tanzanian national record of hottest February night on record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761096921345642663


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“Snow and ice covered on the Shanghai Tower in Pudong of Shanghai, China (23.02.2024).

“Freezing rain was observed for the first time in more than 150 years records in western Shanghai!”

https://twitter.com/Top_Disaster/status/1761003776171761757


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“Japan’s early bloom of cherry blossoms sparks concerns amid record heat.

“Japan usually sees the peak cherry blossom season in March and April when the streets of its major cities are adorned by beautiful pink and white flowers, attracting millions of visitors… But videos from Kawazu… show the flowers were in full bloom by mid-February.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/cherry-blossoms-tokyo-japan-climate-crisis-b2501148.html


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“Exceptional heat in Asia with 2 more February national records broken today.

“37.7°C [99.9F] Yujing, Taiwan, 1.4°C above the previous national record set… last year and above the reliable March national record! 32.3°C Lau Fau Shan, Hong Kong, record broken 2 days in a row.”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1760324728063926320


“Endless record heat in SE Asia. 3 capitals today had their hottest February night on records: Tmins 28.2 [82.8F] Jakarta, 28 Bangkok and 26 Vientiane.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761277200261656639


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“‘First of its kind’ tornado sweeps through West Java, Indonesia.

“The unexpected appearance of a tornado in Nanjung Mekar Village, West Java, Indonesia, has spurred urgent research efforts as meteorologists ponder this unprecedented weather phenomenon. The tornado, which ravaged hundreds of houses on Wednesday, February 21, took both residents and experts by surprise…”

https://www.iol.co.za/news/weather/watch-first-of-its-kind-tornado-sweeps-through-west-java-indonesia-944e4ae3-2665-4405-8423-b47f7fe9b6d5


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“Malaysia’s Battle Against Flames: Sabah Faces Alarming Spike in Fire Incidents Amidst Heatwave…

“This month alone, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department reported a staggering increase to 277 fires, a significant leap from the 76 incidents recorded just the month prior. The bulk of these fires, ranging from bush and weed blazes to forest, garden, and farm fires, paints a grim picture of the environmental and health hazards facing the region.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/world/malaysia/malaysias-battle-against-flames-sabah-faces-alarming-spike-in-fire-incidents-amidst-heatwave


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“49 DEGREES AGAIN – TOTAL insanity in AUSTRALIA: 49.1C [120.4F] at Emu Creek yesterday is:

“1) Latest 49C in Southern Hemisphere history
2) SIXTH consecutive max >47C at the station: it ties the most in Australian Hemisphere climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1760984260159410202


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“‘Stuck in recovery mode’: far north Queensland still waiting to rebuild after ex-Cyclone Jasper.

“The federal MP for Leichhardt said some remote communities in his electorate remained practically cut off. “Nobody could have imagined the devastation, communities were completely wiped out,” he said. “Cape Tribulation pretty much relies 100% on tourists. But the roads are still very unstable so they’ve got no visitors.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/23/stuck-in-recovery-mode-far-north-queensland-still-waiting-to-rebuild-after-ex-cyclone-jasper


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Climate change is fanning the flames of NZ’s wildfire future. Port Hills is only the beginning…

“Our research integrating detailed climate simulations with daily observations reveals a stark forecast: an uptick in both the frequency and intensity of wildfires, particularly in the inland areas of the South Island.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-fanning-the-flames-of-nzs-wildfire-future-port-hills-is-only-the-beginning-224133


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“Record heat in the ARGENTINA town of San Carlos de Bariloche, better known for its winter holiday resorts.

“With a minimum temperature of 17.1C [62.8F], it broke its all time highest minimum temperature on record, few weeks after having its hottest day in climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1760338208829722995


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“8 People Die in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro State as Rain Causes Landslides, Floods…

“The state government warned that there was still a high possibility of more floods and landslides in 10 cities, including in Rio de Janeiro city. Local media reported several cases of desperate residents working as improvised rescue teams in an attempt to save lives.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/people-die-in-brazil-s-rio-de-janeiro-state-as-rain-causes-landslides-floods/7500323.html


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“Megafires are spreading in the Amazon — and they are here to stay.

“Wildfires consuming more than 100 square kilometers (38 square miles) of tropical rainforest shouldn’t happen, yet they are becoming more and more frequent… Scientists say the rainforest is becoming increasingly flammable… fire is now spreading faster and higher…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/megafires-are-spreading-in-the-amazon-and-they-are-here-to-stay/


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“HISTORIC HEAT WAVE IN PERU.

“40.6C [105.6F] at Bagua Chica is an all time record for the area and the highest temperature ever recorded in February in Peru. Also 40.3C at Jaen, 39.4C at Chiriaco and 38.2C at Armango.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1760748795963547657


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“Record after record in South America. In GUYANA the Georgetown Timehri Int. Airport beat again its record of the hottest February day on record with 34.8C [94.6F].

“Since June 2023, not a single day has passed without a broken record of highest temperature in South America.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761179132367454685


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“Incredible feat at La Esperanza, HONDURAS. It recorded the lowest and the highest February temperature in 68 years on the same day!

“Min -0.3 [31.5F] lowest since Feb 1956. Max. 29.8 [85.6F] ties highest ever in February. It’s a nearly unique case in world climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761254638047658313


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“Forest Fires Engulf Agua Volcano’s Slopes, Guatemala Battles the Blaze…

“The fire, which started on Wednesday, has devastated the vegetation on the upper part of the 3,766-meter-high volcano, located about 30 km southwest of Guatemala City. Firefighting brigades and military personnel are combating the blaze, supported by two helicopters that are dropping water on the flames.”

https://ticotimes.net/2024/02/22/forest-fires-engulf-agua-volcanos-slopes-guatemala-battles-the-blaze


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“Insane heat wave in MEXICO. Records were brutalized with huge margins all over the highlands:

36.2 [97.1F] Chipalcingo 1270m; 36 Hujuapan de Leon; 34.2 Morelia; 34.2 Ciudad Guzman; 32.5 Gunajuato 2000m… Temperatures reach 30C at 2500m asl! It should only happen between April and June.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761222178329211172


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“Mexican delays deepen [Rio Grande’s] water crisis, forcing agriculture casualties…

“While Mother Nature has delivered horrific, but cyclical, blows to agriculture forecasts, Valley farmers have had to contend with another factor that has contributed to their inability to irrigate their fields — unreliable water deliveries from Mexico.”

https://myrgv.com/local-news/2024/02/23/mexican-delays-deepen-water-crisis-forcing-agriculture-casualties/


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“Record low winter snow cover may boost spring fire danger [Minnesota].

“The winter of 2023-2024 not only has been record warm but we’ve also see very low snowfall and snow cover. The lack of snow cover could lead to increased spring fire potential… Duluth has averaged just seven-tenths of an inch of snow depth this month compared to a normal February snow depth of 15.1 inches!”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/02/23/snow-and-fire-the-potential-spring-correlation


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“February to end with record-smashing warmth in Midwest, Eastern U.S…

“Another major pulse of record-setting warmth is predicted for the end of February from the Upper Midwest to the East Coast, as the “lost winter” for much of the region charges on. Temperatures are predicted to rise at least 20 to 40 degrees above average…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/02/23/record-warm-february-winter-midwest-east/


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“I have heard approximately 10^4 people say that our (very likely) record warm winter in the Lower 48 is a result of the strong El Nino.

“The reality is that on balance, El Nino winters are historically not warmer than La Nina winters. It’s as if there’s something else going on…”

https://twitter.com/Climatologist49/status/1760719790237470851


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“It’s not just rising sea levels – the land major [East Coast] cities are built on is actually sinking, NASA images show.

“Rising sea levels are threatening the East Coast of the U.S., but that’s not the only thing to worry about, according to NASA. Images shared by the space agency on Tuesday show the coast is actually sinking — including the land that holds major cities such as New York and Baltimore.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-images-east-coast-cities-sinking-new-york-baltimore-rising-sea-levels-subsidence/


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“Cholera: An overlooked outcome of climate change…

“We have seen repeatedly in different countries and communities climate-related intense tropical storms, heavy rains and flooding which damage or destroy water and sanitation infrastructure and cause untreated sewage to spill into clean water sources, and triggering cholera outbreaks.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/23/cholera-an-overlooked-outcome-of-climate-change


You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back on Monday with an “Economic” thread. Many thanks to Kali for covering so ably in my absence.

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