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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“I’m a climate scientist. If you knew what I know, you’d be terrified too…

“If the fracturing of our once stable climate doesn’t terrify you, then you don’t fully understand it. The reality is that, as far as we know, and in the natural course of events, our world has never — in its entire history — heated up as rapidly as it is doing now. Nor have greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere ever seen such a precipitous hike.

“Think about that for a moment. We’re experiencing, in our lifetimes, a heating episode that is probably unique in the last 4.6 billion years.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/07/opinions/climate-scientist-scare-doom-anxiety-mcguire/index.html


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“Are we stressing the wrong metrics for climate change?

“Experts say rising temperatures due to burning fossil fuels only explains part of the ways we’re cooking our planet… It all comes down to a statistic known as EEI, or Energy Earth Imbalance, that measures the difference between the solar energy that reaches Earth and the amount which returns to space.”

https://www.salon.com/2024/03/08/are-we-stressing-the-metrics-for-climate-change/


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“Breaking news! Code FUBAR!!!

“Well, today is the day I have to extend the y-axis to accommodate a new record Global sea surface temperature of 21.21C. How is your day going?”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1766120158748356753


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“Some might remember that Global Sea Surface Temperatures already started to spike upwards in March last year.

“If I go back and extrapolate the 2015-2016 Super El Niño from March 2023 onward instead, it ends up 0.05°C lower. And we’ve now peaked higher than the extrapolation [even though this El Niño is significantly weaker]!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1766148702136074680


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“How world’s ocean temperature record will speed up devastating climate change…

“Professor Richard Allan, also of Reading University: “Global temperatures have been given an extra boost by warm El Niño conditions… What is more surprising is that sea surface temperatures are at record levels over regions far away from the centre of El Niño action such as the tropical Atlantic and Indian Ocean.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/weather/topstories/how-world-s-ocean-temperature-record-will-speed-up-devastating-climate-change/ar-BB1juB9y


“In terms of ocean heat content, the tropical east Atlantic (the MDR east of the Lesser Antilles) thinks it’s June 8, not March 8.”

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1766226345351401624


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“La Niña is forecast to develop in time for the 2024 hurricane season. It typically makes conditions more favorable for Atlantic Basin hurricanes.

“Past La Niña seasons have generated twice as many hurricanes as the stronger El Niño season the previous year… La Niña adds to concerns about record warm ocean water for the upcoming hurricane season.”

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2024-03-06-hurricane-season-el-nino-to-la-nina


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“Hurricanes are intensifying more rapidly – and the most vulnerable communities are hit hardest…

“Chelle Walton and her husband Rob… decided to shelter in place, despite repeated evacuation notices. “You make all of your decisions based on past storms,” said Walton. “It turned out to be a bad decision.””

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/07/hurricane-strength-global-warming-intensification


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“Amazon wildfires could burn at unprecedented scale as El Niño and drought make rainforest ‘more flammable’…

“”Climatic changes in the Amazon region are increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme drought events, which are happening in combination with heat waves,” Flores, whose recent work focused on the potential collapse of the Amazon, said.””

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/amazon-wildfires-could-burn-at-unprecedented-scale-as-el-nino-and-drought-make-rainforest-more-flammable


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“EXCEPTIONAL – Hundreds of records from Mexico to Bolivia; >40C [104F] in Yucatan Peninsula, 40.8 again in Costa Rica (35C on the highlands),

“Records all over COLOMBIA: 40C in the lowlands and insane 34+ at Armenia 1200m above sea level.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765853993106866653


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“Record hailstorms ravaged Texas last year, and forecasters are increasingly concerned about the rising costs associated with storm repairs.

“In fact, hail of at least one inch fell on over 10 million homes and apartment buildings across the U.S. from mid-March through November. Texas led the nation in the number of buildings damaged… hail caused more damage across the U.S. last year than tornadoes and straight-line winds.”

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/2023-hail-info-texas/269-d63b7edc-413e-477f-a739-ca999ed85d69


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“The warmest winter in U.S. history leaves its mark…

“The Texas Panhandle shared in the El Niño moisture, recording one of its wettest winters on record. However, the grasslands of Texas can dry out quickly in late winter. In the last days of February, fierce winds and record-warm temperatures ended up stoking what appears to be the largest fire in modern U.S. history outside of Alaska.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/03/the-warmest-winter-in-u-s-history-leaves-its-mark/


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“Wildfire seasons are starting earlier and getting longer.

“Blazes in western Canada and Texas highlight how the elements that fuel wildfires are becoming present earlier in the year. Scientists say climate change is a factor.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/wildfire-seasons-are-starting-earlier-getting-longer-rcna142231


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“Environmental row over ‘last chance tourism’ in Canada’s melting Arctic…

“An increase in “last chance tourism” in Canada’s melting Arctic is causing a row between those who warn of the devastation it is causing to the environment and those who rely on income from tourists to survive as hunting becomes increasingly difficult.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/08/environmental-row-last-chance-tourism-canada-melting-arctic-pond-inlet


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“Gray whale sighted off New England 200 years after species’ Atlantic extinction…

“The North-west Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic Ocean in Canada, has lacked ice in the summertime in recent years… That means gray whales are able to travel through the passage in the summer when normally they would have been blocked…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/06/gray-whale-nantucket-extinction


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“EU underprepared as climate change risks mount, draft report says…

“Europe is in urgent need of stronger measures to prepare healthcare systems, farming and critical infrastructure for increasingly severe climate change, a draft report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) said.”

https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/eu-underprepared-climate-change-risks-mount-draft-report-says-2024-03-07/


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“The AEMET delegate in the Canary Islands, David Suárez, warns that the percentage of Canarian land changing from temperate to desert conditions is “increasing by 6 square kilometres every year.” [don’t click on the link; story is legit but it’s an ad-spam nightmare]

“According to technical reports, he emphasises that forecasts “for the subtropical region, including the Canaries and Morocco, indicate a 7% decrease in precipitation…”

https://www.canarianweekly.com/posts/Drought-is-desertifying-six-square-kilometres-of-land-in-the-Islands-every-year


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“Unstoppable record heat in AFRICA in both Hemispheres: 43.0C [109.4F] Moti and Big Bend ESWATINI (ex Swaziland) March records pulverized.

“More records: SOUTH AFRICA 41.6 Makatini again, 40.9 Tosca; NAMIBIA 40.4 Omaruru… This is just the beginning. NW South Africa might reach 46C in few days.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1766173736535834693


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“South African city [Cape Town] copes with climate change by chopping down trees…

“While preserving the world’s forests is widely considered essential to combating climate change, scientists in South Africa have determined that invasive tree species are sucking up so much groundwater that the area is better off eliminating the trees.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/02/27/south-africa-water-climate-trees/


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“Food supplies threatened in Southern Africa after driest February on record…

“Last month, large parts of Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe had the least rainfall — or close to it — since records began in 1981… Africa is being impacted by extreme weather events that scientists say are becoming increasingly frequent and severe…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-08/food-supplies-threatened-in-southern-africa-after-driest-february-on-record


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“A quarter million students face mass dropout amid unfolding drought induced starvation [Ethiopia]: Tigray Education Bureau…

“Expressing profound concern over the lack of assistance, the bureau has urgently appealed to both international and local partners for immediate intervention. In a statement forwarded to Addis Standard, the bureau underscores the critical need for support in the face of this alarming crisis.”

https://addisstandard.com/news-a-quarter-million-students-face-mass-dropout-amid-unfolding-drought-induced-starvation-tigray-education-bureau/


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“UAE weather live: Heavy rain hits Dubai as flights cancelled and police issue warning…

“”Ras Al Khaimah emirate is experiencing unpredictable weather patterns,” police said on X. “Avoid beach areas, drive with care, and follow instructions from competent authorities.””

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2024/03/08/live-uae-weather-dubai-abu-dhabi/


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“Bengaluru water crisis [India]: Residents use mall toilets amid water shortage, netizens express frustration.

“Bengaluru, the tech city of India, is facing a severe water shortage. The underground water is running out, and there’s a drought in the Cauvery basin, making things worse… Residents of Bengaluru have flooded social media with posts expressing frustration, fear, and concerns…”

https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/bengaluru-water-crisis-residents-use-mall-toilets-amid-water-shortage-netizens-express-frustration/3418377/


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“The women losing their hair because of the climate crisis: ‘It’s everything to us’ [South Asia]…

“… with clean water being such a precious resource, women are bathing in hard water, which is not just leading to infections but is also causing them to lose their hair, laying bare the deeper wounds inflicted by the climate crisis.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/women-hair-loss-climate-change-bangladesh-b2508529.html


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“More record heat in Southeast Asia. THAILAND with another 42C [107.6F] day and even a record 40.5C at Chachoengsao in the Gulf of Thailand, absolutely crazy.

“VIETNAM Monthly record at Tho Chu with 36.1C. From 1 January Thailand hasn’t missed a single day without breaking records. Brutal.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765727107533980102


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“Record after record in the PHILIPPINES.

“Cebu City had its warmest March night on record with a Tmin of 27.4C. Philippines have been breaking records no stop nearly every single day since mid 2023 allover the country.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765657106735149074


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“Insane in MICRONESIA – The capital Pohnpei tied its record of highest minimum temperature 4 times in 7 days with Tmin 82F/27.8C…

“National record tied in the Marshall Islands… Records are falling all over the tropics, every single day. This month is beyond anything ever seen.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1765640920253301200


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“After a record-shattering summer of heat across Western Australia, residents look to autumn for relief.

“Western Australia just sweltered through its hottest summer on record. It saw dozens of records broken, severe to extreme heatwaves, countless bushfires, and an ex-tropical cyclone that failed to redevelop.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-09/wa-summer-weather-wrap-autumn-outlook/103541460


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“Moomba Festival parade scrapped over severe heatwave in Victoria…

“Organisers of the Moomba Festival, which coincides with the city’s Labour Day long weekend, have cancelled the iconic Moomba Parade on Monday night due to safety concerns for performers, spectators, workers and volunteers.”

https://www.news.com.au/national/weather/bom-severe-heatwave-high-fire-danger-forecast-for-victoria-south-australia-and-tasmania/news-story/d311b5134cf53e2bbc99403e07a3b0c9


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“Fifth mass coral bleaching event in eight years hits Great Barrier Reef, marine park authority confirms…

“Researchers and scientists told Guardian Australia they were devastated by the bleaching, particularly in the reef’s southern section where corals hundreds of years old were severely bleached.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/08/coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-australia


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“Radical idea to protect ‘doomsday’ Thwaites Glacier with 62-mile long curtain divides scientists.

“John Moore, a glaciologist at Lapland University, is working on a drastic idea that has divided scientists. He hypothesises a giant underwater curtain could protect the glacier from being nibbled away by warm water beneath it, as it floats on the sea surface.”

https://news.sky.com/story/scientists-on-radical-idea-to-protect-doomsday-thwaites-glacier-with-62-mile-long-curtain-13088357


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“Not a bright idea: Why cooling Earth by blocking sunlight could be disastrous…

“… research has consistently identified potential risks posed by the technologies such as: unpredictable effects on climate and weather patterns… biodiversity loss… undermining food security… the infringement of human rights across generations…”

https://studyfinds.org/cooling-earth-blocking-sunlight/


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“Climate change: Could daffodil diet for livestock help?

“Researchers are testing a new method of using Wales’ national flower to cut the level of methane produced by livestock. Methane is the second most common greenhouse gas after CO2, and is released by livestock, such as cows and sheep, when they burp.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-66147726


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“Livestock industry co-opts academics to downplay its climate impact, study says…

“Academic centers at UC Davis and Colorado State University have accepted big donations from the livestock industry… ““It’s not as if all they’re doing is looking at kelp and methane digesters,” said Jacquet, referring to a few of the new technologies broadly supported by the livestock industry. “They’re also doing a lot of spin,” she said.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/03/08/livestock-industry-cows-climate-impact/


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“Feeding the future world… The impacts of climate change on food production will affect us all…

“Climate change will exacerbate food security, not only by affecting production, but for producers there could be reduced income as a result of addressing the challenges that climate change brings.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-024-01970-y


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“Bird flu is spreading from pole to pole. Here’s why it matters…

“Evidence now points to the latest strain being “extremely deadly” and “increasingly infectious,” according to an article published in Nature… H5N1 could have grave consequences for wildlife already suffering from a wide variety of human-caused stressors, such as pollution, climate change, habitat loss, and invasive species.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/premium/article/bird-flu-avian-alaska-antarctica-virulent


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“Animal extinction risk is heavily influenced by climate change.

“Many of the animals we love, from playful penguins to majestic elephants, could disappear because of climate change. It’s not something just for scientists to worry about — it’s a real threat.”

https://www.earth.com/news/animal-extinction-risk-is-heavily-influenced-by-climate-change/


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“De-extinction of the woolly mammoth takes a major step forwards: Scientists successfully re-programme elephant stem cells – and it could allow them to resurrect the lost species by 2028…

“Scientists from Colossal Biosciences have successfully created elephant ‘pluripotent’ stem cells which can grow into any cell in the body.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-13163981/Extinction-woolly-mammoth-elephant-stem-cells.html


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