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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Record rainfall in Western Australia’s Nullabor has plunged Australia’s largest sheep station underwater and closed Perth’s main arterial road to the rest of the country.

“Floodwaters have cut access to the Trans-Australian Railway line and the Eyre Highway, both vital freight paths in and out of Western Australia.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/tropical-lows-forming-off-northern-australia-heavy-rain-cyclone-risk/e0dedd91-7830-4a07-942b-0af05556c625


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“Australia Warns of Critical Financial Risks From Climate Change…

“Australia’s worsening climate change may see insurance companies and banks withdraw their services from communities vulnerable to extreme events, potentially triggering “cascading effects” across the economy, a new government report warned.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-11/australia-warns-of-critical-financial-risks-from-climate-change


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“Hobart endures hottest night in 112 years as severe heatwave hits south-eastern Australia.

“Saturday was the hottest March day on record for Edithburgh on South Australia’s Yorke peninsula (41.7C) and Kanagulk (40.6C) in western Victoria. The overnight low temperature in Hobart was 24.3C – the warmest night in the Tasmanian capital since 1912…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/10/hobart-endures-hottest-night-in-112-years-as-severe-heatwave-hits-south-eastern-australia


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“There are growing fears of an alarming shift in Antarctic sea ice…

“Researchers were shocked when the ice failed to recover during the Antarctic winter in the middle of last year, remaining so far below average that “our statistical models didn’t work anymore”, says Edward Doddridge at the University of Tasmania in Australia.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2421376-there-are-growing-fears-of-an-alarming-shift-in-antarctic-sea-ice/


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“Bird flu virus found in king penguins as scientists fear global spread…

“The cases were confirmed in samples sent back to the UK to the International Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza at the Apha laboratories in Weybridge, Surrey.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bird-flu-penguins-antarcita-spread-b2510978.html


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“Brazil’s staggering dengue fever crisis is a warning to the world…

“The disease is ripping through much of South America, where scientists say rising temperatures due to climate change have both extended the territorial range of the mosquito that carries dengue and increased its proliferation.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/03/10/dengue-fever-brazil-outbreak-epidemic/


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“EU food giants turn blind eye to deforestation in Argentina.

“This is the second part of a cross-border investigation conducted by Voxeurop and Periodistas por el Planeta into how soy from deforestation-prone areas in Argentina arrives in Europe by exploiting legal loopholes and abusing self-regulation.”

https://euobserver.com/world/158204


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN THE AMERICAS – records all over from Mexico to Argentina.

“Guyana beat again its national record, like every single month previously. Colombia is constantly >40C in the lowlands. French Guiana 35.2 St Laurent do Moroni it’s beating records nearly every single day.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767324210202816704


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“HISTORIC – unbelievable heat MEXICO & Central America.

“46.5C [115.7F] El Pujal – it has never been that hot anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere in the first half of March. 33.0 Pachuca 2300m asl record tied; 30.0 Quetzaltenango GUATEMALA all time high tied! 34.3 Carravelle MARTINIQUE record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1766599161976099288


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“B.C. winemakers rethinking industry after climate catastrophes.

“Record-breaking heat. Wildfires and smoke that repeatedly contaminated grapes. A destructive cold snap in 2022. Then, the hammer blow — another deep freeze this January that is estimated to have inflicted up to 99 per cent crop loss across the province, wiping out this year’s vintage.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wine-okanagan-climate-1.7140333


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“Fort McMurray prepares for wildfire season after a record warm, dry winter.

“The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has crews out FireSmarting across the region. Fort McMurray experienced its second driest and third warmest on record.”

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2317012547739


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“Trees are expanding north in Alaska’s Arctic as a result of sea ice loss.

“A group of scientists studying tree cover in Alaska’s Brooks Range found that trees are expanding north and at higher elevations, in part due to the loss of Arctic sea ice, which is disappearing because of human-caused global warming.”

https://alaskapublic.org/2024/03/11/trees-are-expanding-north-in-alaskas-arctic-as-a-result-of-sea-ice-loss/


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“England’s largest rhododendron bush has flowered a month ahead of schedule after the country experienced the hottest February on record.

“The bush in Horsham, West Sussex, is covered in red and pink buds and bigger than ever, with a circumference of 115m and able to fit a double-decker bus inside.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/03/11/west-sussex-rhododendron-bush-blooms-early/


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“The wettest February since 1836 will lead to a “horrific” harvest, farmers have warned.

“Many parts of southern England recorded more than twice the average rainfall. Seeds which were planted in the autumn and January have simply rotted in the soil before germinating.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c4nrz5v09g3o


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“EU Faces Systemic Financial Shocks From Global Warming…

““It’s not that we face a major financial shock tomorrow but it is accumulating. If we start talking about major investments in general into our infrastructure or if we make wrong choices in investing in the way we are constructing our society . . . the risks are getting higher and higher.””

https://stratnewsglobal.com/world-news/eu-faces-systemic-financial-shocks-from-global-warming/


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“Five dead, two children missing after weekend storms in southern France.

“Five people died over the weekend when violent storms swept southern France, authorities said Monday, March 11, as rescue services continued their search for missing people, including two children.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/climate/article/2024/03/11/five-dead-two-children-missing-after-weekend-storms-in-southern-france_6608098_96.html


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“Truffle hunters vs winemakers: Climate change is making Italy’s esteemed producers compete for land.

“White Alba truffles and Piedmont red wines typically pair well together. But rising temperatures are creating a rift in the region. The disappearing art of truffle hunting is facing a new and “grave threat” from winemakers in northern Italy.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/11/truffle-hunters-vs-winemakers-climate-change-is-making-italys-esteemed-producers-compete-f


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“Barcelona’s Catholics pray for rain amid worst drought.

“A religious procession took place with a figure of Christ on the cross carried through the city. The figure of Sant Crist de la Sang, or Holy Christ of the Blood, has been used to summon rain for centuries, according to Brother lluis Ignasi Bonastre.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/barcelonas-catholics-pray-rain-amid-080145510.html


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“Rain-free corner of Murcia named the driest spot in Europe.

“…there’s one corner in the south of the Region of Murcia, stretching from Cabo Tiñoso all the way across to the border with Almería… which has just been given the dubious honour of becoming the driest area not only in Spain, but in the entire European continent. This area has experienced the least amount of rainfall, by far, over the past five months.”

https://murciatoday.com/rain_free-corner-of-murcia-named-the-driest-spot-in-europe_1000014908-a.html


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“Thousands still missing six months after Libya floods.

“It has been six months since devastating floods struck north-eastern Libya. It caused two dams near the city of Derna to collapse. Over 4,300 people are believed to have been killed in the floods, but half a year later, thousands remain missing.”

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20240311-thousands-still-missing-six-months-after-libya-floods


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“THOUSANDS OF RECORDS ALL OVER AFRICA.

“47.2 [117F] South Africa, 45.5 Cameroon, 45 Niger and Chad, etc… Records smashed in nearly every single country from North to South from West to East. Never happened anything like this anywhere in the world in climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767270281448456281


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“Zambia’s Cholera Outbreak Rings Warning Bells on Climate Change.

“Climate change is reversing precious progress made on global health across the African continent. In southern Africa, higher than usual rainfall has caused pit latrines to overflow, contaminating local water supplies. As a result, health workers in Zambia are battling the country’s worst cholera outbreak in decades.”

https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/zambias-cholera-outbreak-rings-warning-bells-climate-change


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“Climate injustice: Malawi crippled by global warming it didn’t create…

“Last month was the world’s hottest February on record and the ninth consecutive month of record temperatures… Malawi, which contributes just 0.04% to global emissions, is among the global climate index’s top five countries to be impacted.”

https://www.channel4.com/news/climate-injustice-malawi-crippled-by-global-warming-it-didnt-create-dubbed


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“Tropical Storm Filipo Builds as It Nears Mozambique.

“Nation is still recovering from damaging cyclones Freddy, Idai… Tropical Storm Filipo is bearing down on Mozambique’s coast, where it’s forecast to make landfall south of the port city of Beira on Tuesday, bringing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) an hour and torrential rain.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-11/tropical-storm-filipo-intensifies-as-it-nears-mozambican-coast


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“Torrential rains and thunderstorms have swept through several governorates in the Sultanate of Oman, leading to severe floods and activating emergency protocols.

“The North Al Batinah Governorate, particularly the areas of Liwa and Shinas, along with Buraimi Governorate’s Madha, experienced intense early morning rainfall Saturday…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/oman/oman-braces-for-floods-as-torrential-rains-batter-governorates-1.1709980358128


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“Flash floods, rains in Balochistan suspend Pak-Iran transport service.

“Flash floods, triggered by heavy rains in Chagai, Noshki and other districts of Balochistan, have blocked national highways and washed away railway tracks at many points, suspending transport services between Pakistan and Iran.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1820895/flash-floods-rains-suspend-pak-iran-transport-service


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“India’s water problems set to get worse as the world warms.

“Winter storms that provide crucial snow and rainfall to northern India are arriving significantly later in the year compared to 70 years ago, a new study has found, exacerbating the risk of catastrophic flooding while also reducing vital water supplies for millions of residents of India.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-india-problems-worse-world.html


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“No crops, no brides: how rising seas are killing India’s coastal villages…

““When the soil turned salty, our crops shrivelled,” says Vaidehi Kardi, 64, a Tandahar resident. “Gradually, the water too turned salty and our lives withered. It has become difficult to get our sons married. Everyone feels our village is not safe any more.””

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/11/india-odisha-cyclones-coastline-climate-crisis-salinity-farming-migration-cities


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“Can one day of the year pass without Thailand breaking heat records? NEVER.

“Another stifling hot night with minimum temperature of 29.0C [84.2F] at Bangkok Klong Thoey and at Rayong, they tie the March hottest nights on record. It will just get worse and worse, no end in sight…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1766818094511432119


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“At least 26 people killed after floods, landslides hit Indonesia’s Sumatra.

“Giving the update on Monday, officials reported that 11 others are missing, and warned that the casualty count could rise. Rescuers have recovered more bodies as the waters recede following flash floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/11/dozens-dead-after-flash-floods-landslides-hit-indonesias-sumatra-island


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“CHART OF THE DAY: The cocoa rally.

“Cocoa prices hit a fresh record high, fast approaching the once unthinkable $7,000 per tonne level. At current levels, we will see soon widespread retail price increases for all kinds of chocolate.”

https://twitter.com/JavierBlas/status/1767307982910406993


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“Banana prices to go up as temperatures rise, says expert.

“Pascal Liu, senior economist at the World Banana Forum, says climate impacts pose an “enormous threat” to supply, compounding the impacts of fast-spreading diseases. The forum meets in Rome on Tuesday to tackle challenges facing the fruit.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68534309


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“Why more CO2 could be bad news for crops…

“Models show that in mid- and low-latitude areas, where most of the world’s breadbaskets are located, the yields from many crops will likely decrease over time. Boote: “There’s a very slow decline initially … but it becomes more severe the more the temperature goes up.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/03/why-more-co2-could-be-bad-news-for-crops/


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“This is a great visualization of the Global Sea Surface Temperatures, which have been breaking daily record highs for almost 365 days.

“Much of the heat is about to enter the atmosphere, causing a lot of extreme weather around the world in 2024. Hold on to your hats!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1767211845440401609


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“[Global sea surface temp] Going up again. 21.22°C yesterday.

“”O snail, climb Mt. Fuji, but slowly, slowly”” — Kobayashi Issa.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1767231593138303460


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“Sea-surface temperature pattern effects have slowed global warming and biased warming-based constraints on climate sensitivity [making them overly-confident]

“The findings suggest that observed warming over recent decades provides very little information about climate sensitivity… this introduces a major uncertainty in climate projections.”

https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2312093121


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“Y-Axis alert! Code UFB!

“The latest data from CERES was just released and the 36-month running mean for the Earth Energy Imbalance is at yet another record high, at 1.6W/m², equivalent to 13 Hiroshimas per second or about 1.23B Hiroshimas of Earth heating over the last 36 months.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1767305134688837826


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“Minimisation Is The New Denial…

“Nowhere does the scientific community twist and turn itself into more knots to avoid telling it like it is, than when talking about the ‘1.5°C above pre-industrial’, average global temperature limit.”

https://jacksondamian.substack.com/p/minimisation-is-the-new-denial


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