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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“Venezuela Bids Farewell to Last Glacier, Wrapped in Plastic…

““A couple of dying hectares is all that remains of the nearly 1,000 hectares of glaciers that Venezuela had in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida at the beginning of the 20th century. They are the first victims of global warming.” — Julio César Centeno.”

https://havanatimes.org/features/venezuela-bids-farewell-to-last-glacier-wrapped-in-plastic/


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“February 2024 in French Guiana was exceptionally warm. Particularly crazy St Laurent du Moroni, it broke the previous monthly record 16 times!

“Guess what? It has already broken the March record with 34.8C [94.6F] today. Since June 2023, it’s record heat no-stop.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1764787909654384821


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“EXTRAORDINARY EVENT IN PARAGUAY. 44.4c [111.9F] Luis Argana destroyed for the 3rd time in a row the national monthly record.

“It even went above the February record. 43.0 Mariscal Estigarribia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1764621817829016029


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“‘Worst Natural Disaster’: State of Emergency Declared After Heavy Rain in Northern Argentina.

“A state of emergency was declared in northern Argentinian city of Corrientes after more than 300 mm [12 inches] of rain fell on Sunday, March 3, in what local officials described as “the worst natural disaster” to hit the city.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/worst-natural-disaster-state-emergency-134552599.html


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“Flooded houses, floating cars and desperate neighbors after intense rain in a few minutes in Montevideo [Uruguay].

“A storm that raged over the weekend for an hour in Montevideo caused between 45 and 60 millimeters of water to fall in the Uruguayan capital. The intensity of the rain generated heavy flooding in the city, which recorded unusual images with the streets overflowing and cars and containers floating.”

https://www.infobae.com/america/america-latina/2024/03/04/casas-inundadas-autos-flotando-y-vecinos-desesperados-tras-intensa-lluvia-en-pocos-minutos-en-montevideo/


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“New lawsuit blames fallen power pole for starting Smokehouse Creek Fire; state investigation continues [Texas].

“Melanie McQuiddy filed the lawsuit late Friday against Xcel Energy; its subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Company; and Osmose Utilities Services, a contractor headquartered in Georgia that inspects wood utility poles.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/04/us/power-pole-smokehouse-creek-fire-lawsuit/index.html


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“Many homes burned in the Texas wildfires weren’t insured, creating a steep path to recovery.

“Growth in homeowners insurance rates here outpaced the rest of the nation last year, straining Texans’ ability to pay. In Texas, those without insurance are also more likely to be those who have a harder time recovering from disaster…”

https://www.texastribune.org/2024/03/04/texas-wildfires-homes-burned-recovery-insurance/


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“‘Tumblemageddon’: thousands of tumbleweeds roll into Utah towns.

“Towns in Utah have been inundated with tumbleweeds that have blocked roads, surrounded houses and buried cars after a strong storm… The weeds formed piles up to three metres high (10 feet), in some places. Similar scenes unfolded in Eagle Mountain, further to the south.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/04/tumbleweeds-utah-south-jordan-eagle-mountain


“Here’s a wild stat: An astonishing 23% of the Contiguous U.S. was at least 5°F above normal for the entire Meteorological Winter 2023-2024. Only 1% was below normal.”

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1764709266915577858


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“Minneapolis soars to 74 degrees as more record warm air swarms Midwest…

“Multiple locations from Kansas to Michigan witnessed their warmest day so early in the calendar year on Sunday as highs soared into the 70s and 80s. Minneapolis hit 74 degrees, which is a typical high over Memorial Day weekend.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/03/04/record-warm-weather-midwest-great-lakes-climate/


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“North America’s Great Lakes, Earth’s largest freshwater store, record ‘historically low’ ice levels…

““As of February 11, total ice coverage across all lakes measured a mere 2.7 per cent. Lakes Erie and Ontario are basically at—or tied with—their respective historic lows for this time of year, making both essentially ice-free,” a note on the website of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dated March 1, stated.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/world/north-america-s-great-lakes-earth-s-largest-freshwater-store-record-historically-low-ice-levels-94804


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“The North Atlantic Ocean reached 365 days of continuous record high temperatures!

“Thank you to the journalists who have accurately reported on this! E.g: Scientists warn Earth warming faster than expected — due to reduction in ship pollution.” [Leon Simons]

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1764686496689164735

“The 171st February is now in the books in NOAA’s ERSST database… in the North Atlantic, it was significantly warmer than any other February, warmer than any other March, and even warmer than all-but-three recent Aprils.” [Brian McNoldy]

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1764644391602503723


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“Record-Smashing Heat in the World’s Oceans, Explained…

“What’s next for ocean temperatures? If ocean surface temperatures remain as high as they are now, accelerated atmospheric warming is possible, according to Joel Hirschi, associate head of marine systems modeling at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/quicktake/why-ocean-temperatures-are-smashing-records-and-what-it-means-for-the-world


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“Climate Change and Military Power: Hunting for Submarines in the Warming Ocean…

“Through ocean-acoustic simulations, we estimate the effect of climate change on the detection range of enemy submarines in the North Atlantic and in the Western Pacific. Our results show that, in most areas, the range of detection through underwater acoustics is contracting due to climate change.”

https://tnsr.org/2024/03/climate-change-and-military-power-hunting-for-submarines-in-the-warming-ocean/


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“Seaweed ‘spreading across Arctic Ocean due to climate change’, according to new research.

“Scientists say that global warming is having a divisive effect in the Arctic Ocean with species such as seaweed boosted by the extra sunlight while other marine life suffers from the additional exposure.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/seaweed-spreading-across-arctic-ocean-32269129


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“Wettest February on record leads to poor month for retail [UK].

“February’s poor weather particularly impacted non-food sales, which fell 2.5 per cent over the previous three months. This compared to an increase of 8.1 per cent the year before. Toy sales were one of the few areas to get an increase as parents tried to keep their kids occupied inside.”

https://www.cityam.com/wettest-february-on-record-leads-to-poor-month-for-retail/


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“Towns in Germany evacuated and dykes reinforced after heavy rain triggers flooding.

“Rivers and streams overflowed when fresh downpours fell on already-soaked ground in the north and east of the country. Firefighters and volunteers have reinforced dykes against the rising floodwaters.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/towns-germany-evacuated-dykes-reinforced-162900016.html


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“Extreme weather in Italy and France brings avalanches, floods and landslides…

“Thunderstorms and winds of more than 60mph (100km/h) triggered landslides in the Liguria region on Italy’s north-west coast. A tornado struck off the port city of Savona, and waves of more than four metres were recorded in Capo Mele.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/04/extreme-weather-in-italy-and-france-brings-avalanches-floods-and-landslides


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“Truly outlandish.

“Some places in Europe didn’t just record their warmest February on record…. They went on to beat their warmest MARCH temperature levels… Wiener Neustadt in the east of Austria was so warm that temperature of February 2024 exceeded the warmest MARCH record (data here since 1949).”

https://twitter.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1764254749925204257


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“This yearʼs winter became the third in the ranking of the warmest winters in Kyiv since 1881. The average air temperature during the winter was 0.3 °C, which is 2.8 °C higher than the climatic norm…

“Due to much warmer than usual weather, the meteorological spring arrived earlier than the calendar dates — on January 24.”

https://babel.ua/en/news/104546-this-year-s-winter-took-third-place-in-the-rating-of-the-warmest-in-the-history-of-kyiv


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“A rare “fire tornado” ripped through a village in Far East Russia’s Primorye region over the weekend, media reported on Monday, as unseasonably warm weather, dry grass and strong winds continued to feed wildfires throughout the region.

“Video shared on social media showed the whirlwind of black smoke approaching a building…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/03/04/rare-fire-tornado-rips-through-far-east-russian-village-a84329


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“World’s largest soda lake in Turkey shrinks due to drought, extreme evaporation.

“The water level in Lake Van, the world’s largest soda lake, has been dramatically decreasing due to reduced rainfall and increased evaporation. This decline has been adversely impacting all ports surrounding the lake, affecting the local economy.”

https://www.duvarenglish.com/worlds-largest-soda-lake-in-turkey-shrinks-due-to-drought-extreme-evaporation-news-63945


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“Greece has recorded the hottest winter on record, raising fears of another summer of devastating wildfires.

“From December to February, the average peak temperature was 11.3 degrees Celsius (52.3 Farenheit), 1.8 degrees above the average top winter temperatures from 1960-2024, soaring as much as 7-8 degrees higher in some parts of northern Greece…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/greece-wildfires-weather-winter-summer-b2506665.html


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“A tourist hotspot that set a record for heat in Europe has declared a state of emergency.

“The Italian island of Sicily is grappling with severe drought after a lack of winter rainfall, with inhabitants having to stock up on drinking water. The island, which set a European heat record in 2021 at 48.8 degrees Celsius (119 degrees Fahrenheit), has declared a state of emergency.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/sicily-state-of-emergency-water-weather-b2504949.html


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“Spain braces for wildfires as beef farmers battle red tape…

“Last spring, in an unprecedented conflagration there, nearly 300 wildfires leapt across motorways, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents and reaching the edge of regional capital Oviedo. The authorities blamed many of the fires on farmers.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spain-braces-wildfires-beef-farmers-battle-red-tape-2024-03-02/


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“Morocco Will Need More Wheat Imports as Another Drought Looms.

“The North African country — often cited among the most vulnerable to climate change in the Mediterranean basin — suffered from a lack of rain during autumn, according to Comader Chairman Rachid Benali. The wheat crop will be “a lot less” than last year’s 4 million tons…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-04/morocco-will-need-more-wheat-imports-as-another-drought-looms


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“More drought across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Scores of smallholding subsistence farmers face miles of withering crop fields in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Government subsidies can help only so much as solutions prove slow to implement.”

https://www.dw.com/en/more-drought-across-sub-saharan-africa-threatening-millions-of-lives/a-68434140


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“Records all over, every day… These are the most extreme days in world climatic history: Record heat in the Republic of Congo: 38.5C [101.3F] at Impfondo tied its monthly record.

“Thousands of records have fallen in just 3 days all over the tropics. And it’s nothing to what it’s coming.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1764738152025985386


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“March just started but hundreds of records are falling all over the tropics in all Continents: In KENYA Today Mombasa with a min of 27.6C [81.7F] had its warmest night on record.

“Malindi was even hotter: minimum temperature of 28.0C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1764655349812863089


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“Despite Gaza tensions, Jordan asks Israel to extend water deal by a year…

“Israel’s energy ministry is reportedly considering not to extend the agreement over Amman’s repeated denunciation of Israel due to the war on Gaza. In return for extending the deal, Israel had reportedly asked Jordan to tone down criticism of Israel and incitement against it from Jordanian officials.”

https://www.newarab.com/news/jordan-requests-israel-extend-water-deal-year-kan


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“Dozens killed, hundreds stranded as rain and landslides paralyse parts of country… [Pakistan]

“According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, the death toll from torrential rain and snowfall in KP reached 35 today. Besides, 43 people sustained injuries in separate rain-related incidents.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1819109


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“Record of hottest March day in the Lankan port of Habantota today with 36.0C [96.8F].

“Previous record was 35.3C set on 23 March 1902 (122 years ago). Habantota had already broken the February record and the previous was also set in 1902. Curious things happen in climatology…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1763921258524414150


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“Why is Bengaluru [India] staring at a severe water shortage?

“Households in Bengaluru, dependent on water supply from the Cauvery river or water tankers, are preparing for the situation to worsen as the city stares at a severe summer… K.C. Deepika and K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj report on the worries of the people at a time of drought.”

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/watch-why-is-bengaluru-staring-at-a-severe-water-shortage/article67909743.ece


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“Winter drought threatens livelihoods in Himalayas amid lack of snow.

“This winter, the Himalayan region on the Indian side experienced record high temperatures and an unprecedented drought… Meteorologists say temperatures in recent months have been up to eight degrees above normal.”

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20240304-winter-drought-threatens-livelihoods-in-himalayas-amid-lack-of-snow


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“Forest fires rage in several northern provinces [Thailand] as air quality deteriorates.

“Forest fires are still raging in Thailand’s northern provinces, sending thick smoke into the atmosphere, as Forest Department and Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation firefighters try to control them.”

https://www.thaipbsworld.com/forest-fires-rage-in-several-northern-provinces-as-air-quality-deteriorates/


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“Japan expert calls 2nd warmest winter on record ‘quite abnormal’.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that the average temperature this winter, between December 2023 and February 2024, was 1.27 degrees Celsius higher than normal, the second warmest on record since statistics began in 1898, following the 2020 season…”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20240305/p2a/00m/0na/015000c


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“More record heat in OCEANIA.

“SAMOA 35.4 again; VANUATU Incredible 34.9 at Aneityum, all time highest temperature for the station (for any month).

“Almost 36C [96.8F] also in FIJI.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1764676757435691322


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“Exclusive: EU wants fossil fuel sector to help pay to combat climate change, draft shows…

“This year’s U.N. climate negotiations in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November, are the deadline for countries to agree a new goal of how much wealthy, industrialised nations should pay poorer ones to adjust to the most severe impacts of a hotter world.”

https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/sustainable-finance-reporting/eu-wants-fossil-fuel-sector-help-pay-combat-climate-change-draft-shows-2024-03-04/


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“Fury after Exxon chief says public to blame for climate failures…

“The dirty secret nobody talks about is how much all this is going to cost and who’s willing to pay for it,” he told Fortune last week. “The people who are generating those emissions need to be aware of and pay the price for generating those emissions. That is ultimately how you solve the problem.””

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/04/exxon-chief-public-climate-failures


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