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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“At least 2 dead as largest wildfire in state history tears through Texas Panhandle: ‘Utter devastation’… The Smokehouse Creek Fire is now the largest blaze in Texas history.

“An estimated 400 to 500 structures have been destroyed amid the fires, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who described the “utter devastation” in the Panhandle region.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-panhandle-wildfires-weather-forecast/story?id=107667285


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“Buffett sounds wildfire alarm as utilities industry enters new era…

“Utilities have long been dependable motors of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate… But the billionaire is now casting doubt on the business… “Berkshire can sustain financial surprises but we will not knowingly throw good money after bad,” Buffett wrote in his annual letter to shareholders last week.”

https://www.ft.com/content/9619f503-6fd5-4256-8a5a-09eeebd08692


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“US spends billions on roads rather than public transport in ‘climate time bomb’…

“Since the passage of the enormous $1.2tn bipartisan infrastructure law in 2021, hailed by Biden as a generational effort to upgrade the US’s crumbling bridges, roads, ports and public transit, money has overwhelmingly poured into the maintenance and widening of roads…”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/feb/29/biden-spending-highways-public-transport-climate-crisis


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“This Winter Was the Warmest on Record for US Lower 48, AccuWeather Says.

“The contiguous US just experienced its warmest winter on record, a development fueled by climate change and El Niño, according to commercial forecaster AccuWeather Inc.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-01/this-winter-was-the-warmest-on-record-for-us-lower-48-accuweather-says


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“After destroying records in the Great Lakes area at Chicago, Detroit, Windsor, the warm air moved Northeast.

“After Ottawa, records moved in Newfoundland and Labrador with 12.9C [55.2F] yesterday at Cartwright, highest on record in February.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763549758138769569


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“‘Devastating’ floods leads to evacuations, street closures in Sussex, New Brunswick [NE Canada].

“Streets are closed and some residents have been evacuated from their homes in the New Brunswick town of Sussex on Thursday, as heavy rains have led to significant flooding in the area… about 190 millimetres [7.5 inches] of rainfall was measured at the Town’s Works Garage on Leonard Drive.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/10325720/sussex-heavy-rain-flooding-residents-evacuated/


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“Surprising methane discovery in Yukon glaciers: ‘Much more widespread than we thought’…

“A young researcher from the University of Copenhagen has discovered high concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas in meltwater from three Canadian mountain glaciers, where it was not thought to exist—adding new unknowns to the understanding of methane emissions from Earth’s glaciated regions.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-methane-discovery-yukon-glaciers-widespread.html


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“Svalbard seed vault welcomes baobab, hairy eggplant and African rice…

“Nine depositors – from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zambia – are sending their seeds for safekeeping for the first time. Some more popular crops deposited this time are beans, barley, cowpea, maize, rice, millet, and sorghum.”

https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9603995/svalbard-seed-vault-welcomes-baobab-hairy-eggplant-and-african-rice/


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“How climate change is altering Sami language.

“North Sami, a language spoken in the Arctic, has more than 300 words for snow and a special word for “frightened reindeer”. Can it survive in a warmer world? …Pieski says one endangered Sami word is jiekŋaguolli. It refers to salmon in the spring, immediately after the ice on the river breaks up. According to him, there’s no need to use that word anymore.”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240228-climate-change-is-altering-this-arctic-language


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“British farmers are facing thousands in costs as areas of England saw record levels of rain and warm temperatures for February.

“Last month was the warmest February on record for England and Wales, as well as the wettest on record for southern England, according to provisional figures from the Met Office.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/farmers-facing-thousands-costs-february-142128908.html


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“34 Injured in Catastrophic 15-Vehicle M23 Pile-Up Amid Hailstorm Near Gatwick [UK]…

“Roger Williams, a driver caught in the incident, described the crash site as the “worst pile-up” he had witnessed, highlighting the dangerous road conditions caused by the weather. The stormy conditions reportedly made the highway akin to an ‘ice rink,’ exacerbating the severity of the crash.”

https://bnnbreaking.com/weather/34-injured-in-catastrophic-15-vehicle-m23-pile-up-amid-hailstorm-near-gatwick


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“Landslides and torrential rain have prompted the mayor of one beautiful French city to ask the government to declare a state of emergency.

Nice mayor, Christian Estrosi, has written to France’s minister of the interior, Gerald Darmanin, asking for the status following heavy rain which caused damage to buildings and roads in some of the city’s districts.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1872796/nice-france-declares-state-of-emergency-after-rain-and-landslides


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“February was Luxembourg’s hottest on record.

“The average monthly temperature of 6.5°C was the warmest since records began to be logged at the Météolux observation station in Findel in 1947, the agency said in a report. The previous highest average temperature for February was 5.9°C in 1990.”

https://www.luxtimes.lu/luxembourg/february-was-luxembourg-s-hottest-on-record/8929791.html


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“Historic month in Europe, it started and it ends with record heat.

“Last days monthly records: 22.5 [72.5F] Ploce CROATIA; 19.2 Uzhorod, 17.8 Lviv UKRAINE; HIGHEST TMINS 14.9 Lastovo CROATIA; 14.1 Trieste, 11.6 Ferrara, 10.7 Treviso ITALY; 9.3 Lesko POLAND; 8.5 Trebišov , 8.3 Košice SLOVAKIA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763241965209154007


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“‘It makes me so sad’: church re-emerges from reservoir as Spain faces droughts…

“Struck by a drought that has dried the reservoir to 1% of its capacity, the remains of the village [Sant Romà de Sau] have come back into view. Crumbling stone structures now sit on cracked soil among ashen plants.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/02/it-makes-me-so-sad-church-reemerges-from-reservoir-as-spain-faces-droughts


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“Warmest February ends record breaking winter [Gibraltar]…

“Last month was the warmest February on record, bringing an end to a record-breaking winter in terms of high temperatures, the Gibraltar Met Office has confirmed. The Met Office described how the continuous warm days and mild nights have resulted in February 2024 being, on average, the warmest February on record…”

https://www.chronicle.gi/warmest-february-ends-record-breaking-winter/


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“Tunisia Raises Drinking Water Prices by Up to 16% due to Drought.

“After years of drought, average rainfall has increased in recent months but government officials said this week that Tunisian dams have only reached 35% of their stock capacity. The North African country last year imposed a quota system for drinking water and a ban on its use in agriculture.”

https://english.aawsat.com/arab-world/4887336-tunisia-raises-drinking-water-prices-16-due-drought


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“ABSOLUTELY INSANE EVENT IN AFRICA. Thousands of records brutalized every day from North to South for weeks.

“Exceptional records: 44.6C [112.3F] in CHAD at Bokoro; 44.5C Am Timam, 43.9C Ndjamena, 43.5C in CAMEROON. RECORDS HIGH MINIMUMS. 30.0C Mango and Dapaon TOGO. Unprecedented.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763273531243335752


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“Given the 3 hours gap in Chad data, the sparsely populated area and no data because the war in SUDAN, we can easily state today it’s the hottest winter day ever recorded anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere.

“Sadly, the hottest spots >45C [113F] are in war zones.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763279605404954989


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“More record heat in KENYA.

“After Eldoret, Mombasa and Malindi, today Garissa (just south of the equator) had its hottest night in its climatic history for any month with a minimum temperature of 27.9C [82.2F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763160433953747255


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“Kenya’s had unusually hot weather – an expert unpacks what could be causing it…

“…because of climate change, average global temperatures are rising. The temperatures last year were the highest on record. So the relatively high temperatures that we normally experience during this season (December-January-February) may be considerably higher.”

https://theconversation.com/kenyas-had-unusually-hot-weather-an-expert-unpacks-what-could-be-causing-it-224348


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“Zambia declares national emergency as drought devastates food and electricity supply…

“Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema declared the country’s debilitating drought a national disaster and emergency on Thursday. He said it has devastated food production and electricity generation as the nation battles to recover from a recent deadly cholera outbreak.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/zambia-declares-national-emergency-as-drought-devastates-food-and-electricity-supply/ar-BB1jbaON?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds


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“Water Starved Megapolis Mumbai Plans $500 Million Purifier.

“India’s financial hub Mumbai will build a new 41.2 billion rupee (about $500 million) treatment plant… Most of India’s big cities face water shortage and resort to supply cuts, especially during the summer months… Unprecedented heat waves may further exacerbate the shortages.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-01/water-starved-india-megapolis-plans-500-million-treatment-plant


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“Heavy snow kills nine in Afghanistan as extreme weather blocks key highways.

“The extreme weather destroyed residential houses and livestock… Several highways have been hit by snowfall and storms, resulting in blockades of traffic movement until cleared… Afghanistan is also reeling from a mass deportation drive from Pakistan in October and November last year…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/afghanistan-heavy-snowfall-people-killed-herat-b2505282.html


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“Over 2 million livestock dead due to extreme weather [Mongolia]…

“The United Nations has highlighted the gravity of this year’s ‘dzud’ (a slow-onset disaster, resulting in gradual livestock mortality over time due to a prolonged combination of malnutrition and cold stress), a phenomenon resulting in massive livestock losses, with 70% of the country currently experiencing these conditions…”

https://www.farmersguide.co.uk/livestock/over-2m-animals-died-in-mongolia-this-winter/


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“Endless heat all over THAILAND: 40C [104F] again. Records beaten from North to South.

“38.8 Lamphun; 38.5 Mae Hong Son. Incredible Phuket 38.4 again, almost every single day of the month it got above the previous record. Thailand has pulverized thousands of records non-stop in the past 11 months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763179987069268102


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“Australia sweats through third-hottest summer on record with hot and dry autumn predicted…

“Mean temperatures, which average out daytime and night-time readings, were 1.62C above the bureau’s 1961-1990 yardstick. Only the 2018-19 and 2019-20 summers were warmer, meaning Australia’s three hottest seasons have occurred in the past six years.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/01/australia-sweats-through-third-hottest-summer-on-record-with-hot-and-dry-autumn-predicted


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT OCEANIA-AUSTRALIA. TUVALU Hottest March night in history with Tmin 29.2C [84.6F] at Funafutu.

“AUSTRALIA Dozens of records of high Tmins + March record of Tmax at Lord Howe Island (see below); INDONESIA High Tmin records destroyed including 27.5C Semarang.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763793607734264011


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“Aerial surveys of Great Barrier Reef ordered as flights show extensive coral bleaching.

“The Great Barrier Reef’s management authority is preparing to carry out aerial surveys across the entire length of the marine park after helicopter flights confirmed extensive coral bleaching across the southern section of the world’s biggest coral reef.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/28/aerial-surveys-of-great-barrier-reef-ordered-after-flights-confirm-mass-coral-bleaching


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“Among dozens of thousands of heat record around the World, a monthly cold record was reached on February 29 in Concordia, Antarctica.

“The value of -64.3 °C [-83.7F] at 19:10 UTC broke the previous record of -62.9C and approached the Southern Hemisphere summer all time low.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763436264290938903


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“RECORD – PARAGUAY just broke its national record of its highest temperature in March with 43.3C [update 43.5C] at Nueva Asuncion.

“March has just started and hundreds of records are falling all over the world from Oceania to Asia to Africa to South America. It’s nothing to what it’s coming.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763624237372219630


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“Amazon savannization and climate change are projected to increase dry season length and temperature extremes over Brazil…

“The combined effects of land use change and global warming resulted in a mean annual rainfall reduction of 44% and a dry season length increase of 69%, when averaged over the Amazon basin, relative to the control run.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-024-55176-5


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“Heavy rains bring flash floods to northern Peru.

“Several streams overflowed, causing muddy water to flow down streets and flood homes. According to local media, the storm has left communities isolated and crops destroyed… more than fifty families lost their homes.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/heavy-rains-bring-flash-floods-001222962.html


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“The mayor of Cobija, a city in the north of Bolivia, has declared the area a disaster zone because of heavy rain.

“Local authorities say thousands of people have been displaced with homes and businesses damaged in the flooding. It comes following days of torrential downpours. As of Wednesday, rains in Bolivia had left 42 people dead and affected 31,000 families, according to the country’s Civil Defence.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-68441209


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“MEXICO still boiling: 43C [109.4F] in Ciudad Altamirano and Jesus Maria.

“Brutal Heat at high elevations too: 36.9C Huajuapan de Leon 1600m. 35.8C Oaxaca 1500m above sea level;

“Those are temperatures typical of June not February.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763151544436904420


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“The world likely notched its warmest February on record, as spring-like conditions caused flowers to bloom early from Japan to Mexico, left ski slopes bald of snow in Europe and pushed temperatures to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) in Texas.

“While data has not been finalised, three scientists told Reuters that February is on track to have the highest global average temperature ever recorded for that month…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/spring-came-early-february-likely-warmest-record-amid-climate-change-2024-02-29/


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“The current climate event known as El Niño is likely to supercharge global heating and deliver record-breaking temperatures from the Amazon to Alaska in 2024, analysis has found.

“Coastal areas of India by the Bay of Bengal and by the South China Sea, as well as the Philippines and the Caribbean, are also likely to experience unprecedented heat in the period to June…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/29/el-nino-forecast-record-heat-2024-climate-crisis


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“We need to learn to live in this +1.5°C climate. And prepare for a lot more warming in the pipeline.

“Because after decades of warnings, the only emissions that are being reduced are those that were hiding much of the warming. Monthly Temperature anomalies from pre-industrial [in graph]”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1763522877242957942


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“Safety fears stall U.N. bid to examine sun-blocking climate change tech.

“U.N. delegates on Thursday withdrew a motion calling for more research into technologies that aim to fight climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space, amid concerns about health and environmental risks.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/safety-fears-stall-un-bid-examine-sun-blocking-climate-change-tech-2024-02-29/


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“Climate change: Scientists explore ‘injecting ice’ to reduce water vapor and cool Earth…

“According to a study published in Science Advances, researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA plan to inject ice high up in the air so that water vapour in the upper atmosphere would get a bit drier and that could counteract a small amount of the human-caused warmth.”

https://www.livemint.com/science/news/climate-change-scientists-explore-injecting-ice-into-upper-atmosphere-to-reduce-water-vapor-and-cool-earth-11709295116772.html


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“Why The Insurance Industry Must Wake Up To The Harsh Reality Of Climate Change…

“….the financial consequences of the physical risks of climate change remain underestimated within the system. This is partly because they fall within the unspoken assumptions of how individual financial actors will behave in a catastrophe. For example, banks consider physical sources of risk to be insurable and make the assumption that insurance companies will cover the losses when they materialise.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninaseega/2024/03/01/why-the-insurance-industry-must-wake-up-to-the-harsh-reality-of-climate-change/


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