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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“Warmer, wetter, hotter, drier — February caps unending stretch of record temperatures.

“The global average temperature in February was 1.77C above the pre-industrial average and marked the ninth month in a row of record heat, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said.

“The rise in global average temperatures continued to trend above the critical benchmark of 1.5C higher than pre-industrial levels, and over the past 12 months have surpassed the 1850 to 1900 average by 1.56C.”

https://www.ft.com/content/8a436da0-0531-4561-b6f8-35fcd79b6d79


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“Breaking News! Code FFS.

“Another new [global sea surface temps] record. 21.19°C today. I’d give the y-axis one more day.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1765393958803517447


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“Record Ocean Temperatures Push Coral Reefs to Brink of Fourth Mass Bleaching Event…

“Speaking with Reuters, the coordinator of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch Derek Manzello said it was likely that the entire Southern Hemisphere would experience bleaching this year.”

https://earth.org/record-ocean-temperatures-push-coral-reefs-to-brink-of-fourth-mass-bleaching-event/


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“Climate change is warping the seasons…

“If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you may have noticed plants flowering earlier than usual. It’s not your imagination: a 2022 study revealed that spring blooms are arriving a month sooner in the UK due to climate change.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/climate-change-warping-seasons-174512016.html


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“Catastrophic sugar beet harvest delays due to record rain [UK]…

“Over this last year, there have been increasing reports of delays to both the sowing and harvest, with some farms being close to a month behind.. Andrew Blenkiron, a farmer and director at Euston Estate in Suffolk, advised that the conditions have been “frustrating and costly” for sowing and harvesting crops this year.”

https://eastangliabylines.co.uk/catastrophic-sugar-beet-harvest-delays-due-to-record-rain/


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“Weatherwatch: pothole problem to deepen amid climate crisis.

“Climate models show worsening weather will exacerbate rail and road infrastructure problems… Londoners had a taste of this during the heatwave of July 2022, when timber beams supporting railway caught fire, bringing trains to a halt.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/07/weatherwatch-pothole-problem-deepen-climate-crisis


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“Rain floods southern France for third time in six months…

“In Saintes, the river Charente is once again overflowing its banks. It is impossible to move about in the streets without beams. This scenario is being repeated just three months after the last flood, which affected thousands of homes.”

https://www.euronews.com/2024/03/05/rain-floods-southern-france-for-third-time-in-six-months


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“Malaga [Spain] needs to triple quantity of water in its reservoirs across the province to overcome current drought crisis…

“Across the province, the hydrographic response varies from area to area, but an estimate would place the required water reserves at more than 250 cubic hectometres (the storage capacity is 611.48 cubic hectometres (hm³). This is practically three times higher than the current level of the reserves…”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-needs-triple-amount-water-its-reservoirs-20240306151925-nt.html


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“Brussels warns of water conflict danger in EU…

“Water scarcity risks sparking conflict among European Union countries unprepared for a warming world, the bloc’s executive will warn next week, according to a leaked document obtained by POLITICO.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/water-fights-will-come-if-europe-doesnt-act-climate-brussels-warn/


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“Morocco winter breaks heat records: meteorologists [also set a national heat record of 50.4C last summer].

Morocco experienced record heat this winter, including the hottest January since measurements began, the country’s meteorological department told AFP, placing the blame on climate change… The North African kingdom… is facing a sixth consecutive year of drought.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240306-morocco-winter-breaks-heat-records-meteorologists


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“Dry weather hits southern Africa’s farmers, putting key maize supplies at risk: how to blunt the impact…

“Given that South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are among the largest maize producers within the Southern Africa region, a potential decline in the harvest in these countries suggests there could be an increase in the risk of food insecurity.”

https://theconversation.com/dry-weather-hits-southern-africas-farmers-putting-key-maize-supplies-at-risk-how-to-blunt-the-impact-224974


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“43.3 [109.9F] Beitbridge ZIMBABWE: National record for March highest temperature smashed.

“Hundreds of records in dozens countries might seem the “main course” but hell it’s just the appetizer of the insanity we will witness next days: Prepare for something never seen before.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765080143301873756


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“Floods Displace 500,000 in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan…

“Severe flooding has ravaged farms, mud houses, rural roads, and local infrastructure, closing roads and isolating villages from nearby cities and each other. With roads flooded, bridges broken, and pathways washed out, air assistance has become the only feasible means of aid.”

https://iranwire.com/en/news/126132-floods-displace-500000-in-irans-sistan-and-baluchistan-government-aid-missing/


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“Iran Faces Dwindling Water and Escalating Climate Pressures, Aggravating Displacement Threats…

“Nearly 85 percent of Iran is in an arid or semi-arid zone, meaning that even as millions are confronted by deluges, many also face a lack of water and heightened vulnerability to droughts. ”

https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/iran-climate-migration


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“Climate change pushes Malaysia’s coastal fishermen away from the sea…

“…erratic weather, warming seas and declining fish stocks caused by climate change are slowly pushing them away from the seas they and generations before them once depended on.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/7/climate-change-pushes-malaysias-coastal-fishermen-away-from-the-sea


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“Absolute madness in Southeast Asia: Medan INDONESIA March warmest night 3 times in a row Tmin 27.6 [81.7F]; MALAYSIA Penang March warmest night Tmin 27.8.

“THAILAND: 42C at Bua Chum. Nearly every single station at record level with March records also beaten by big margin like 41.2 Roi Et.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765375168610738333


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“On the northeast coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, the first of two annual dry seasons led to a spike in wildfires in some peatland areas in February.

“In the week ending March 2, Indonesian peatland NGO Pantau Gambut said 34 hotspots, possibly fires, were identified by satellite on peatlands in Riau province.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/03/sumatra-firefighters-on-alert-as-burning-heralds-start-of-riau-dry-season/


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“Korea saw historically wet winter: weather agency…

“From Dec. 1 through the end of February, up to 236.7 mm of rain was observed here, marking the highest amount of precipitation to be recorded in the cited period since 1973, when the Korea Meteorological Administration started collecting the related data.”

https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20240307050731


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“Climate change is causing fish to shrink [in NW Pacific]: Japanese study.

“A University of Tokyo study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries analyzed medium-term data on the weight of 13 fish species over a 33-year period (1995-97 to 2018) and long-term data on the weight of four fish species over a 40-year period (1978 to 2018).”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/climate-change-causing-fish-shrink-220834435.html


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“Pūkaki Airport [NZ] recorded its lowest ever rainfall total for summer…

“The National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research’s summer climate summary said temperatures were above average (0.51-1.20C above average) or well above average (more than 1.20C above average) for most of the country.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/350204149/record-low-rainfall-pukaki-airport-over-summer


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“Highway to Amazon collapse.

“Lucas Ferrante uncovered the impacts of the proposed BR-319 highway in the Amazon rainforest: it could trigger biome collapse and biodiversity crisis… Ferrante’s research findings highlight the danger this project poses to 63 indigenous territories and 18,000 indigenous people…”

https://theecologist.org/2024/mar/07/highway-amazon-collapse


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“‘There aren’t seasons any more’: a childhood without water in north Colombia…

“The expansion of coal mining and large-scale agriculture in the 20th century also caused shortages, as industrial needs were prioritised over those of local communities. Now the effects of the climate crisis have intensified the frequency and severity of droughts, putting further pressure on water supply.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2024/mar/06/water-children-climate-change-wayuu-la-guajira-colombia-drought


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“Historic day in COSTA RICA. 41.0 [105.8F] Cerro Huacalito highest temperature ever recorded in the country for any month.

“Second highest 40.3 Palo Verde. Nearly every single tropical country has broken records in these 6 days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765628603968913773


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“Texas wildfires: Firefighter killed responding to blaze as state pleads for hay to stem cattle losses…

“The Smokehouse Creek Fire has burned more than 1.3 million acres across the Texas Panhandle and destroyed 500 structures. It’s now the largest fire in the state’s history and one of the largest in the US’ history.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/texas-wildfires-map-2024-smokehouse-creek-panhandle-b2507966.html


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“US regulators approve significantly scaled back climate disclosure rule.

“US regulators have voted to require large, publicly traded companies to disclose climate change-related information to investors, though the rule’s scope has been significantly scaled back from the original draft proposal.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/mar/06/us-sec-climate-change-emissions-disclosure


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“Higher temperatures force New England fishers off ice early: ‘Global warming is real’.

“New England fishers are on thin ice this winter as warming temperatures force them to abandon their lake perches months ahead of schedule, an alarming reality that could jeopardize the future of a deeply rooted recreational tradition.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/06/ice-fishing-new-england-bob-houses-climate-change


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“As drought persists on the Prairies, some farmers are selling off their herds… Prairies in the midst of multi-year drought…

“Pomeroy said the drought became “really severe” last year when the seasonal snowpack melted roughly one month early in the Prairies, the mountains and across the North, contributing to hot and dry conditions in the summer.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/prairies-drought-farmers-alberta-1.7134770


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“Winter in La Ronge [Saskatchewan, Canada] driest on record…

“In addition, La Ronge, Prince Albert and Yorkton all had its second warmest winter on record. In La Ronge, the seasonal mean temperature was -11.6 C, which represents a 5.3 C departure from normal.”

https://larongenow.com/2024/03/05/winter-in-la-ronge-driest-on-record/


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“Several Canadian cities have broken record temperatures during one of the mildest winters in history.

“Edmonton had the warmest winter on record, Vancouver had the warmest December on record, and Montreal had the second warmest winter on record, according to Environment Canada.”

https://nowtoronto.com/news/canadian-cities-experiencing-the-warmest-winter-in-histor-is-this-a-sign-of-climate-change/


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“Arctic rivers face big changes with a warming climate, permafrost thaw and an accelerating water cycle − the effects will have global consequences…

“More old carbon is already showing up in samples gathered from Arctic rivers, attributed to permafrost thaw. Carbon dating shows that some of this carbon has been frozen for thousands of years.”

https://theconversation.com/arctic-rivers-face-big-changes-with-a-warming-climate-permafrost-thaw-and-an-accelerating-water-cycle-the-effects-will-have-global-consequences-224869


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“The Arctic could become ‘ice-free’ within a decade, say scientists…

“…a new study out of the University of Colorado Boulder… suggests that the first ice-free day in the Arctic could occur over 10 years earlier than previous projections, which focused on when the region would be ice-free for a month or more. The trend remains consistent under all future emission scenarios.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-arctic-ice-free-decade-scientists.html


“Breaking News! Code FUBAR!!! February CO₂ data was just released by NOAA, a 4.25ppm gain year-over-year!”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1765371637808103710


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“Methane concentrations reached a record high of 1934 ppb! An increase of 168% from preindustrial levels!

“This is already higher than the assumed peak of IPCC’s mid range scenario, SSP2-4.5. Don’t let anyone use bad assumptions to downplay near term climate change!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1765482095168672146


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“Plastic pollution amplified by a warming climate…

“Rising temperatures and moisture alter plastic characteristics, contributing to waste, microplastic generation, and release of hazardous substances. Urgent attention is essential to comprehend and address these climate-driven effects and their consequences.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-46127-9


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“22 Countries Most Likely To Survive Climate Change [weird list but for interest].

“To compile our list of the 22 countries most likely to survive climate change, we utilized the ND-GAIN Country Index. The index evaluates the preparedness of a country against climate change through two key dimensions, vulnerability and readiness.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/22-countries-most-likely-survive-121024979.html


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