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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“The amount of frigid winter air is near a record low, and shrinking… Analysis reveals the second-smallest pool of cold air on record above the Northern Hemisphere, a clear sign of climate change…

Nine of the 10 smallest winter cold pools since 1948-1949 have occurred in the 2000s, continuing a trend of shrinking winter cold pools that Martin identified in a 2015 study published in the Journal of Climate.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/02/27/cold-air-supply-record-low-climate/


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“Scientists Are Freaking Out About Ocean Temperatures.

““It’s quite scary, partly because I’m not hearing any scientists that have a convincing explanation of why it is we’ve got such a departure,” he said. “We’re used to having a fairly good handle on things. But the impression at the moment is that things have gone further and faster than we expected. That’s an uncomfortable place as a scientist to be.””

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/27/climate/scientists-are-freaking-out-about-ocean-temperatures.html


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“Did a marine heatwave cause 7,000 humpback whales to starve to death?

“Populations were recovering, but a new study reveals that numbers dropped by 20% coinciding with a period of record temperatures in the North Pacific. In 1972, a humpback whale nicknamed Festus was first spotted off the mountainous coast of south-east Alaska…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/28/did-a-marine-heatwave-cause-7000-humpback-whales-to-starve-to-death-aoe


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“Alaska’s melting glaciers that rip homes apart.

“Qasa Alom meets a team conducting research on Alaska’s changing environment. Melting glaciers are causing catastrophic damage, ripping homes from the banks of the river, leaving locals to question what the future will hold.”

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0hf9c8b/alaska-s-melting-glaciers-that-rip-homes-apart


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“Historic warmth in Canada, QUEBEC had its warmest February day on record with 20.5C [69F].

“Monthly records trounced in Ontario as well: 21.4C Windsor; 20.7C Sarnia; 19.5C Harrow; 18.0C Kemptville; 15.8C Peterborough.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762690824125534445


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“Warm winter weather leads to chaos in energy trading as demand craters for heating.

“”I don’t know what you guys are doing with the weather over there, but it’s been causing havoc throughout the futures market and the natural gas market,” FOX Business Contributor and author of The Energy Report, Phil Flynn, told FOX Weather.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/winter-warmth-chaos-energy-trading-demand-craters


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“Warmest winter ever. Minnesota has beat out the “Year Without a Winter,” setting new record…

“While this story was written three days before the official end of meteorological winter, there was no doubt as of early this week that a record that dates back nearly 150 years, to the winter of 1877-78, was going to fall.”

https://www.timberjay.com/stories/warmest-winter-ever,21216


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“”Insane”: Historic winter heat wave smashes records across U.S…

“Omaha (80°F), Des Moines (78°F), Minneapolis (65°F) and Abilene, Texas (94°F), saw their hottest winter temperatures on Monday… In Springfield, Ill., the high on Tuesday reached 80°F, while Detroit, Flint and Saginaw, Mich. had their hottest winter days on record Tuesday, with a high of 73°F.”

https://www.axios.com/2024/02/28/heat-wave-temperatures-records-us-2024-winter


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“Madison sees record-breaking temperature swing. It could be the new normal…

“…temperatures reached a high of 70 degrees on Tuesday and dropped to 11 degrees early Wednesday morning: A 59 degree difference… An expert said these weather patterns will have direct impact on the farming industry.”

https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/milwaukee/news/2024/02/28/weather-madison


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“How record February heat is priming the US for crop-wrecking ‘whiplash’…

“For crops, he added, “the risk is a freeze: They have this ‘false spring’ when things unusually warm, things start to bloom — then they get below-freezing temperatures, and the crop is damaged.””

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/4489635-how-record-february-heat-is-priming-the-us-for-crop-wrecking-whiplash/


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“Ron DeSantis says Citizens Insurance is ‘not solvent’… The Governor continues to raise questions about the state insurance company’s ability to weather a significant event…

“…raising new questions about Citizens Property Insurance ahead of what is expected to be an active hurricane season.”

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/662068-ron-desantis-claims-citizens-insurance-is-not-solvent/


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“Texas battles second-biggest wildfire disaster in state history.

“A rapidly spreading Texas wildfire has killed one person, forced residents to evacuate, cut off power to homes and businesses, and briefly paused operations at a nuclear weapons facility… Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68428496


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“Insanity in MEXICO. Dozens of records brutalized from North to South. Nothing like this had ever happened.

“Some examples: 39.2 Ciudad Victoria; 36.3 Huajuapan de Leon 1600m; 34.4 Morelia 1915m asl! 32.2 Aguascalientes. Most extreme event in North American history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762681552268403053


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“Never ending record heat in South America from North to South. Mind blowing 35.4 [95.7F] at St Laurent FRENCH GUIANA It broke the monthly record more than 10 times!

“In PARAGUAY monthly record broken at San Estanislao with 39.4. Mildest day of summer in ANTARTICA with 14.8 at Esperanza.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762558380411851246


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“Nearly 3,000 fires in Brazilian Amazon in February, new record.

“Brazil’s INPE space research institute said Wednesday its satellites had picked up 2,940 fires so far this month, 67 percent more than the previous high of 1,761 recorded in February 2007 and four times more than in the same month last year.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240228-nearly-3-000-fires-in-brazilian-amazon-in-february-new-record


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“At least 12,000 families have been displaced from their homes after torrential rains caused rivers and streams to overflow, the Brazilian state of Acre said.

“The government said on Tuesday that 17 of the state’s 22 municipalities remained under a state of emergency caused by the devastating rainfall.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13132843/Brazils-Acre-River-bursts-banks.html


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“The Scottish government’s climate change advisers have raised “serious concerns” about cuts to tree planting.

“It was announced in December that the woodland creation budget was being slashed by 41% from £77.2m to £45.4m. Ministers have admitted the cut means they will fall well short of next year’s target of 18,000 hectares of new woodland…”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-68414290


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“France’s changing climate: Fewer cold temperature records are being set…

“Météo-France’s national weather monitoring stations recorded 55 monthly cold records, compared with 2,451 warm records over the whole of 2023. In January 2024, despite a “wintry episode” at the beginning of the month, there were only nine cold records, compared with 170 heat records.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2024/02/28/france-s-changing-climate-fewer-cold-temperature-records-are-being-set_6565969_114.html


“February 2024 was so warm in Germany that it would rank as the 8th warmest March on record since records began in 1881. Just plain ridiculous.”

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1762882861118443863


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“Switzerland sees warmest February since records began in 1864…

“The first half of February was extremely mild, with excess temperatures of between 3 and 7C, according to the MeteoNews weather service. Overall, the average temperature was found to be nearly 5C higher than the 30-year average for this time of year.”

https://www.thelocal.ch/20240228/switzerland-sees-warmest-february-since-records-began-in-1864


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“HUNGARY broke more records including the first 20C [68F] in February in Debrecen and in Napkor.

“Tomorrow it can be even hotter and records can fall in Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Balkans.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762877473803448390


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“Risotto crisis: the fight to save Italy’s beloved dish from extinction.

“Ferraris realised the full extent of what he was about to lose only at the end of May 2022, when his rice fields had not turned their usual luxuriant green. “They were all brown,” he says. “It all looked like dry straw.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/29/risotto-crisis-the-fight-to-save-italys-beloved-dish-from-extinction-aoe


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“Sicily drought leads to withering oranges, cows going hungry.

“Marilina Barreca has two grim options: feed her cows tainted fodder or set them to graze on barren hillsides as Sicily battles a crop-devastating drought which is sucking reservoirs dry.”

https://dunyanews.tv/amp/english/794906.php


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“Catalonia’s farmers demand more help over drought.

“”We’re now in a situation where we have a full-on drought,” says Xavier Oliva, an artichoke farmer who owns land just outside the city.

“”If it doesn’t rain you can’t plant anything.””

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68401814


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“It’s simply unprecedented what AFRICA is living:

“Hundreds of records falling every day from North to South no stop. Today again GHANA and BENIN had their hottest February night in climatic history with Tmin of 30.5C at Tamale (also 29.8 Yendi) and 29.5C at Cotonou.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762783040630411576


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“NATIONAL MONTHLY RECORD HEAT IN TOGO. Shortly after its hottest February night ever with a min. of 30.0C [86F],TOGO wasn’t satisfied and beat also the record of highest maximum for February with 43.0C at Sansanne Mango.

“It’s a month like no other: 214 Countries/territories broke heat records.” 

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762995970164261284


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“Nigerians warned of exhaustion, dehydration associated with heatwave…

“Mr Ameh said the extreme temperatures, amid the epileptic power supply, could trigger diseases, threaten livestock and even lead to death. The physician said the heatwave and scorching sun experienced by residents could also trigger severe dehydration and respiratory infections aside from high temperatures.”

https://gazettengr.com/nigerians-warned-of-exhaustion-dehydration-associated-with-heatwave/


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“Locals from Nyakayojo, Mbarara City South Division in Mbarara City [Uganda] face starvation and financial crisis following a hailstorm that destroyed their crops and property worth millions.

“This disaster has caused panic among the residents and farmers who are scared of impending hunger. Those who were earning through farming also face financial stress.”

https://redpepper.co.ug/famine-looms-as-hailstorm-devastates-nyakayojo-mbarara/133961/


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“Emergency declared in Gwadar after record-breaking rainfall [Pakistan]…

“The recent heavy rainfall in Balochistan’s Gwadar and Kech districts has triggered severe damages, disrupting normal life and traffic along the Coastal Highway. The downpour, exceeding 160mm [6.3 inches] in just 12 hours, overwhelmed the region’s infrastructure…”

https://www.nation.com.pk/28-Feb-2024/emergency-declared-in-gwadar-after-record-breaking-rainfall


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“After so many Niños and record hot seasons, the February record high of the Sri Lanka executive capital Colombo of 36.2C [97.2F] had resisted since 23 February 1915.

“But nothing is spared to the madness currently going on, sweeping every record: after 109 years, today it fell.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762458580073005128


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“Phuket MP issues fire warning as heatwave grips island.

“Somchart Techathavorncharoen, a Move Forward MP in Phuket, has issued a warning about the risk of fire during the current heatwave. Just looking at most of the hills around the island you can now see plenty of brown spots where there has been no proper rain for many months.”

https://aseannow.com/topic/1321083-phuket-mp-issues-fire-warning-as-heatwave-grips-island/


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“Nearly every tropical country had its highest February TMIN this month. Today national records of High Minimums:

28.6 MALDIVES; 28.2 VIETNAM; 27.9 SRI LANKA; Hottest February day; 36.4 Colombo SRI LANKA; 33.6 Male MALDIVES; 38.5 Phuket THAILAND; 37.8 Launglon MYANMAR.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1762457182610641196


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“Vietnam’s Mekong Delta ‘rice bowl’ cracks in monster February heatwave.

“Southern Vietnam’s hot weather peaks in April or May, with temperatures around 39 degrees Celsius, but February saw ‘abnormal’ highs of 38 degrees. More than 80 canals have dried up in one district of Ca Mau province, where agricultural production is entirely reliant on rainwater.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3253540/vietnams-mekong-delta-rice-bowl-cracks-monster-february-heatwave


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“The record books have been smashed in Brisbane this morning, with the mercury failing to fall below 20 degrees Celsius for the 60th night in a row.

“Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster Pieter Claassen said New Year’s Eve was the last time the temperature had cooled to below 20C in the Queensland capital — when it dropped to 19.9.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-29/brisbane-overnight-temperatures-record-heatwave-hot-weather/103522760


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“Extreme weather events take enormous toll on Australia, State of Weather and Climate Extremes report shows…

““What was unusual about 2023 is how intense some of these events were and how they kept pushing records,” centre director Andy Pitman says. While it’s challenging to determine the cause of each extreme event, he says they seem to have occurred with increased frequency in 2023.”

https://7news.com.au/news/climate-calamities-extreme-weather-events-take-enormous-toll-on-australia-state-of-weather-and-climate-extremes-report-shows-c-13772674


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“An 80-mph speed record for glacier fracture helps reveal the physics of ice sheet collapse [Antarctica]…

“The study, recently published in AGU Advances, shows that a 6.5-mile (10.5 kilometer) crack formed in 2012 on Pine Island Glacier—a retreating ice shelf that holds back the larger West Antarctic ice sheet—in about five and a half minutes. That means the rift opened at about 115 feet (35 meters) per second, or about 80 miles per hour.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-mph-glacier-fracture-reveal-physics.html


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“Water scarcity threatens chipmakers like TSMC and could push prices higher, according to S&P…

“Semiconductor firms such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company are at risk of water shortages as processing technology advances, S&P Global Ratings said in a report… The chip making industry is a thirsty one…”

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/29/climate-change-could-push-chip-prices-higher-heres-how.html


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“Climate Change: The Great Equalizer Threatening Everyone’s Health…

“Other health impacts of climate change include, according to O’Brien, “obviously there is asthma, we had thunderstorm asthma here (in Australia), so people died who had never had asthma in their lives and didn’t know what was going on.””

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmichelson2/2024/02/28/climate-change-the-great-equalizer-threatening-everyones-health/


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“The False Promise of Carbon Capture as a Climate Solution…

“It is said that Mahatma Gandhi was once asked what he thought of Western civilization. He replied, “It would be a good idea.” The same could be said about carbon capture and storage as a solution to the climate crisis. Although it might be part of the solution down the road, right now it’s mostly a dangerous distraction.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-false-promise-of-carbon-capture-as-a-climate-solution/


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