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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“One of the world’s biggest cities [Mexico City] may be just months away from running out of water.

“Alejandro Gomez has been without proper running water for more than three months. Sometimes it comes on for an hour or two, but only a small trickle, barely enough to fill a couple of buckets. Then nothing for many days.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/25/climate/mexico-city-water-crisis-climate-intl/index.html


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“The last sugar mill in Texas shuts down because of ongoing water issues with Mexico…

““For over 30 years, farmers in South Texas have been battling with Mexico’s failure to comply with the provisions of the 1944 Water Treaty between the U.S. and Mexico,” the company said in a statement.”

https://www.tpr.org/environment/2024-02-26/the-last-sugar-mill-in-texas-shuts-down-because-of-ongoing-water-issues-with-mexico


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“Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S…

“In 2023, extreme precipitation, likely supercharged by climate change, hammered nearly every corner of the United States. For every degree of warming in Fahrenheit, the atmosphere can hold about 3%-4% more moisture.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/climate-change-throwing-water-cycle-chaos-us-rcna137892


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“Soaring temperatures could shatter over 300 records to close out February [US]…

“An unseasonable warmup continues to spread throughout most of the U.S. this week, with high temperatures from Texas to the Midwest feeling more like May than the end of meteorological winter.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/soaring-temperatures-record-breaking-warmth-end-february


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“65 degrees: Monday is warmest February day on record in the Twin Cities.

“Monday is now the warmest February day on record in the Twin Cities. The temperature hit 65 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Monday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. The previous record is 64 degrees set way back in 1896.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/02/26/warmest-day-on-record-for-february


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“Emergency declared in two Nebraska counties due to large wildfire…

“According to a release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency on Monday evening, local officials declared the emergency and requested state assistance. Multiple evacuations were ordered throughout the day and numerous roads remain closed in the counties.”

https://nebraskapublicmedia.org/en/news/news-articles/grassfires-in-nebraska-lead-to-multiple-evacuations/


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“Fruit and grain farmers are braced for a bad summer [Canada]…

“From Thunder Bay, Ont., to Vancouver, B.C., much of Western Canada is suffering a drought and many regions are seeing lower-than-normal precipitation. Extreme temperature swings have also hit some areas hard…”

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2024/02/26/news/fruit-and-grain-farmers-are-braced-bad-summer


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“I hope I got this wrong, but it seems that the AMOC is already reaching close to the -0.75 PW reduction in heat transported Northward associated with its tipping point (dashed black line)!”

[James Hansen co-author, Leon Simons]

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1762124938792591443


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“UK on track for wettest February on record with Met Office forecasting more downpours and temperature drop…

“It’s been a washout for much of the country so far the month, with flooding and flood warnings across England and Wales. More than 120mm of rain had reportedly fallen on the UK in the first quarter of February already.”

https://www.nationalworld.com/news/weather/uk-weather-february-rain-record-met-office-temperatures-4533335


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“Rare dragonfly spreads its wings from Norfolk and Suffolk.

“A once-rare type of dragonfly may have been aided by climate change, the Broads Authority has said. The Norfolk Hawker went extinct from the Cambridgeshire Fens in 1893 and, prior to 2013, its breeding sites were in the east of Norfolk and Suffolk.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-68406076


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“Climate change may cause crisis amid important insect populations, researchers say…

“Scientists estimate that 40% of insect species are in decline, and a third are endangered. Habitat loss, the use of pesticides and climate change are threatening insects of all shapes and sizes, including the not-so-glamorous dung beetle.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-may-cause-crisis-amid-important-insect-populations-researchers-say/


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“Spring already? February 2024 will be the warmest on record [Netherlands]…

“The average temperature at the Bilt weather station near Hilversum, where weather records are set, will be between 8.1° and 8.3° this month, NOS weather forecasters say, and that is twice the average temperature in a “normal” February.”

https://www.dutchnews.nl/2024/02/spring-already-february-2024-will-be-the-warmest-on-record/


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“Public transport workers join climate activists for week of strikes across Germany…

“One of Europe’s largest trade unions, Verdi, which represents the majority of public transport workers in Germany, is collaborating with the youth-led Fridays for Future in what the organisations themselves admit is an unusual partnership, but one born out of recognition of their overlapping goals.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/26/public-transport-workers-join-climate-activists-for-week-of-strikes-across-germany


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“Europe’s ski resorts facing halt amid potentially hottest February ever…

“Stark images from resorts in the likes of France, Austria and Bosnia show huge swathes of mountains almost entirely bare. It’s a striking contrast to how they usually look in mid-to-late February – typically the peak season for winter sports.”

https://travindy.com/news/2024/02/europes-ski-resorts-facing-halt-amid-potentially-hottest-february-ever/


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“Up to 21°C [70F] today in Serbia!

“In Belgrade Tmax 20.5°C, it will remain warm by the end of month. It seems likely that Belgrade will have record warmest February and winter since 1888. This February will be first winter month with double digit mean temperature in Belgrade.”

https://twitter.com/skomimaster/status/1761828311410327613


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“Record again in BELARUS and UKRAINE. Pinsk had a MIN. temperature of +8.4C [47.1F] beating again the February highest min.

“Vilnius LITHUANIA min 6.2C, tomorrow even more. Uzhhorod UKRAINE MIN. 9.0C. One month of unstoppable record warmth in Europe since the first to the last day.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762068824541786601


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“Tenerife to call drought emergency as Spain struggles with water shortages…

“Following similar announcements made by Andalusian and Catalan authorities, the Canary island of Tenerife faces water shortages this summer due to one of its “driest winters in recent history”. The Cabildo government of Tenerife will declare a “hydraulic emergency” on the island on Friday March 1st…”

https://www.thelocal.es/20240226/tenerife-to-call-drought-emergency-as-spain-struggles-with-water-shortages


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“Long lasting drought led to crop failures in the Maghreb…

“In particular, well-below-average crop biomass accumulation was observed in most of the main cereal-growing regions of Morocco and the north-western and central regions of Algeria, and a marked delay in winter crop sowing was recorded in Algeria, Tunisia and western Libya.”

https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/jrc-news-and-updates/long-lasting-drought-led-crop-failures-maghreb-2024-02-26_en


“Exceptional heat all over AFRICA: dozens of records were smashed from North to South. TOGO MIN. 30.0 [86F] at Dapaon Hottest February night on record for Togo. 44C in Eswatini (ex Swaziland), record at Hoespruit in SOUTH AFRICA with 41.8C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761817936753557861


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“Heatwave threatens South Africa’s summer grain harvest…

““The excessive heat across South Africa currently is a significant concern for the farming sector. The 2023/24 summer crop season started on favourable footing. We received widespread rains, which was unusual in an El Niño season,” Sihlobo wrote.”

https://www.foodformzansi.co.za/heatwave-threatens-south-africas-summer-grain-harvest/


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“Record heat again in Southern Africa: Livingstone, Zambia second largest city, destroyed its February heat record with 39.4C [102.9F].

“The heat will just get worse and beat dozens of records next days and straight away in March. No heat wave that long has ever happened in the region.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762159400440016901


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“HISTORIC. Insane MIN temp 28.7C [83.7F] at Male MALDIVES destroyed the highest February min ever recorded in MALDIVES. 28.4 also at Hanimadhoo.

“Dozens of thousands of records are falling in all Continents. Never happened anything like this in climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762351539799380034


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“Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week…

“The forum, organized by the World Meteorological Organization’s Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center, is expected to draw wide international participation and aims to address the growing global challenge posed by dust and sand storms.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2466861/saudi-arabia


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“Hotter, thirstier, hungry: The Middle East in a 1.5C warmer world…

“Iraq: Towards unbearable heat… Like in Jordan, water stress is a major issue in Iraq, but more worrisome yet are the rising temperatures in summer, which could make parts of the country unlivable altogether.”

https://www.newarab.com/features/hotter-and-hungrier-middle-east-15c-warmer-world


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“China’s record-breaking cold wave prompts fears over vegetable crops…

“Over 400 weather stations in China broke the lowest daily high-temperature record for late February, according to preliminary data shared by Jim Yang, a meteorologist with the Chinese Meteorological Association.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/china-cold-wave-vegetable-oilseeds-b2502406.html


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“RECORD SE ASIA – 39.5 [103.1F] Luang Prabang LAOS NATIONAL RECORD FOR FEBRUARY TIED.

“Over 39C again in Thailand and India. Records: 37.8C Tha Wang Pha THAILAND; 38.3 Dawei MYANMAR.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761369530872610841


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“Chiang Mai forests ravaged by wildfires [Thailand].

“The blazes, which began about a week ago, erupting almost simultaneously in Hot, Chomg Thong, and Mae Cham districts, continue to burn uncontrolled and have primarily affected the Ob Luang National Park. The fires have been especially visible at night…”

https://www.thephuketnews.com/chiang-mai-forests-ravaged-by-wildfires-91421.php


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“THAILAND is living the most extreme any country has ever lived: 11 months of endless record heat every day.

“Nearly all stations broke the February high tmin records. Today Nakhon Sawan Tmin 27.3 (far from the sea). Phuket another insane 38.3C [100.9F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761729818062925884


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“RECORD HEAT IN OCEANIA/ASIA. VIETNAM had its warmest February night on record with 28.2 [82.8F] MIN. temperature at Phu Quoc 27.6C also at Phan Thiet.

“In INDONESIA dozens of records including: 28.2 Neira; 27.8 Renai; 27.3 Batan… It’s expected near 100% of Indonesia will break records in March.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762326690846642188


“A DAY FOR HISTORY. Dozens records of hottest nights were swept away all over Oceania and Asia today. PHILIPPINES had its hottest February night on record with TMIN 27.8C [82F] at San Jose.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761584966616629444


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“Victoria fires: more than 30,000 evacuations urged ahead of Wednesday’s bushfire risk [Australia]

“More than 30,000 Victorians have been urged to leave their homes ahead of what authorities fear could be the worst fire day for the state in four years, with temperatures forecast to reach the mid 40s in some areas.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/27/victoria-fires-bushfires-evacuations-warnings-extreme-danger-ballarat-ararat


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“Accumulated heat stress (Degree Heating Weeks) on the southern Great Barrier Reef is approaching record levels – a month earlier than peak levels in earlier years.

“(The black trajectory, bottom left of the graph). A high risk of severe coral bleaching….”

https://twitter.com/ProfTerryHughes/status/1761740265268867136


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“Scientists confirm first cases of bird flu on mainland Antarctica…

“Previous outbreaks in South Africa, Chile and Argentina have shown that penguins are susceptible to the virus. Since H5N1 arrived in South America, more than 500,000 seabirds have died of the disease, with penguins, pelicans and boobies among the most heavily affected.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/26/scientists-confirm-first-cases-of-bird-flu-on-mainland-antarctica


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“Barriers Against Antarctic Ice Melt Disappearing At The Double.

“Undersea anchors of ice that help prevent Antarctica’s land ice from slipping into the ocean are shrinking at more than twice the rate compared with 50 years ago, research shows. More than a third of these frozen moorings, known as pinning points, have decreased in size since the turn of the century…”

https://scienceblog.com/542610/barriers-against-antarctic-ice-melt-disappearing-at-the-double/


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“80-mile-long [Thwaites] Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica started melting in 1940s…

“This finding correlates with the thinning of Pine Island Glacier, which began in the 1940s. “What is especially important about our study is that this change is not random nor specific to one glacier. It is part of a larger context of a changing climate…” said Rachel Clark, corresponding author of this new study.”

https://interestingengineering.com/science/doomsday-glacier-started-melting-in-1940s


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“Thwaites’s sea ice tongue disintegrates…

“Sad news: the Thwaites sea ice tongue has disintegrated, confirmed by satellite imagery. When the clouds cleared enough, the collapse was visible. That part of the eastern shelf melange has been in danger from warming ocean currents and winds.”

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/2/25/2225706/-Update-Thwaites-s-tongue-disintegrates


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“Locals at the mouth of the Amazon River get a salty taste of climate change…

“Climate change, coupled with man-made actions in the Bailique Archipelago, a group of islands at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian Amazon, has changed the water cycle and made life increasingly arduous over the past four years.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/locals-at-the-mouth-of-the-amazon-river-get-a-salty-taste-of-climate-change/


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“Modern anthropogenic drought in Central Brazil unprecedented during last 700 years…

“Here we present a set of geochemical proxies in speleothems from a well-ventilated cave located in central-eastern Brazil which shows that the evaporative demand is no longer being met by precipitation, leading to a hydrological deficit. A marked change in the hydrologic balance in central-eastern Brazil, caused by a severe warming trend, can be identified, starting in the 1970s.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-45469-8


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“Bolivia: Mudslide sweeps away neighbourhoods after record rainfall…

“Heavy rainfall caused a mudslide to sweep away neighbourhoods in the town of Colcha K, in southeastern Bolivia, a desert region where usually rainfall is low.”

https://news.sky.com/video/bolivia-mudslide-sweeps-away-neighbourhoods-after-record-rainfall-13081793


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“Record heat continues unabated all over SOUTH AMERICA.

“Extremely hot in Colombia, Guyanas and still record heat also in BRAZIL. Yesterday Cuiaba tied its record of highest temperature in February with 38.2C [100.8F] after beating those of all previous months since mid 2023.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761946617434005691


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“A total of 194 countries/territories out of 239 with meteorological stations have broken monthly records of high temperatures so far this month and some more are expected to join.

“No other month came close. This was unthinkable before mid 2023.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1761345745352028247


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“Global sea surface temperatures are once again in record territory, yesterday at 21.11°C, a temperature not seen in any year prior to 2024.

“We live in interesting times.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1762133406555730205


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“Buried Nuclear Waste From the Cold War Could Resurface as Ice Sheets Melt…

“A federal report by the Government Accountability Office published last month examines what’s left of that nuclear contamination, not only in the Pacific but also in Greenland and Spain. The authors conclude that climate change could disturb nuclear waste left in Greenland and the Marshall Islands.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/buried-nuclear-waste-from-the-cold-war-could-resurface-as-ice-sheets-melt/ar-BB1iVkz2


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