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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“Extreme heat could trigger the worst global financial crisis ever seen.

“Thanks to globalisation, severe heatwaves in one part of the world can cause financial losses in another. Annual losses could reach as much as $25 trillion by 2060 if we don’t curb emissions, dwarfing any previous financial crisis.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2422004-extreme-heat-could-trigger-the-worst-global-financial-crisis-ever-seen/


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“Global supply chains amplify economic costs of future extreme heat risk…

“Research has been showing a trend in rising temperature and increasing occurrence of extreme heatwaves since the 1950… Global economic losses show a nonlinear growth trend with respect to time and degree of heat stress, driven by increased indirect losses.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-024-07147-z


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“World in ‘unknown territory’ after heat records, says head of UN’s climate body.

“IPCC chair Jim Skea believes ‘more science needed’ to understand extraordinary temperatures over past year… he said that he was “surprised, in one sense”, that the average global temperature last year exceeded the 1.5C threshold set out in the Paris agreement.”

https://www.ft.com/content/70907feb-4c6f-4b7e-a540-15ffee867fc3


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“Now the NASA dataset also touches the ΔT +1.5°C with its 12-month running average.

“With about 6 more monthly records in the pipeline. The rate of warming is not linear any more!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1767940267535945796


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“Climate Change Is Weakening River Seasonality in the North.

“Northern ecosystems are changing rapidly as permafrost thaws, glaciers retreat, and precipitation patterns change. As a result, the rhythms of river flow are shifting, too, according to a new analysis… with consequences for human and ecological communities alike.”

https://eos.org/articles/climate-change-is-weakening-river-seasonality-in-the-north


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“Warmest winter ever: Canada’s record season reaches new heights…

“The strongest temperature anomalies across Manitoba and Ontario pushed Canada to new heights in terms of the warmest winter temperatures on record – 1.3°C warmer than the previous warmest winter.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/forecasts/warmest-winter-ever-canadas-record-season-reaches-new-heights


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“Floodwaters inundate Maine, New Hampshire for fourth time since December…

“Floodwaters overtook shoreline neighborhoods in New England as an intense storm gained strength and swept northward Sunday. The inundation was particularly severe in coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/03/11/maine-new-hampshire-northeast-coastal-flooding/


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“This $600k defense against sea level rise could have lasted 3 years. It was destroyed in less than a day

“CNN’s Bill Weir speaks to homeowners on a disappearing beach in Salisbury, Massachusetts, where a protective sand dune was destroyed during a strong winter storm at high tide.”

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2024/03/13/massachusetts-dune-sea-level-rise-climate.cnn


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“Storm carrying massive ‘gorilla hail’ threatens parts of Kansas and Missouri.

“The National Weather Service just after 8 p.m. CDT said that the Kansas City metro area was under a severe thunderstorm warning for a storm that contained hail described as the size of apples, softballs or baseballs. “If you are in this warning, get away from windows and shelter inside now!!!” the National Weather Service posted on X…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/national-weather-service-ap-missouri-kansas-louis-b2512352.html


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“Oil and gas producers in major oil fields across the United States may be emitting three times as much planet-warming methane gas as official estimates, according to new research published Wednesday…

“In some parts of New Mexico, more than 9 percent of the natural gas produced was escaping into the atmosphere…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/13/climate/oil-gas-industry-methane-release.html


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“Texas Fires Have Emitted a Near-Record Amount of Carbon…

“Massive wildfires raging across Texas released a combined 920,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in January and February, the second-largest release on record for that period.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-13/texas-wildfires-emitted-a-near-record-amount-of-carbon-to-start-the-year


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“Wildfires are becoming night owls — and that’s a big problem…

“Wildfires are no longer quieting down overnight, and new research suggests the dynamic is fueling some of the most extreme and damaging blazes. The research, which was published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, says drought is the main factor fueling overnight burns.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/wildfires-are-becoming-night-owls-s-big-problem-rcna142836


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“Guyanese are being advised to be take precautions when it comes to wildfires after an elderly man died from severe burn injuries which he sustained while on his farm.

“The deceased has been identified as Alexander Josephine, 93, of the Parakies Village community in the North West District.”

https://caribbean.loopnews.com/content/guyana-tragic-wildfire-incident-claims-life-elderly-man


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“Another scorching day with >40C [104F] in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras

“HISTORIC IN PANAMA 28.2C MINIMUM Temp. at David: Hottest Night in Panama history. MARCH RECORDS: 4.5 Canefield DOMINICA; 35.1 St Laurent FRENCH GUIANA; BOLIVIA: 37.3 Riberalta; 37 Cobija.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767693262129602900


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“Authorities in central Chile issued evacuation orders to residents in the Valparaiso region on Wednesday, March 13, as a forest fire continued to grow in the area.

“The Chilean National Disaster Prevention and Response Service issued a red alert on Wednesday evening, asking residents from several sectors of the region to evacuate…”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/evacuations-issued-wildfire-threatens-homes-023936023.html


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“HISTORIC: For the first time in March a minimum temperature >30C [86F] in recorded in South America with TMIN 30.4C Las Lomitas ARGENTINA.

“TMIN 29.0 Mariscal Estigarribia and Concepcion HOTTEST MARCH NIGHT IN PARAGUAY; Hundreds of records are being brutalized from Colombia to Argentina…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768043128550727768


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“Argentina downpour drenches crop fields; flash floods in Buenos Aires.

“Intense rains in Argentina are beginning to leave the soil in key agricultural areas too wet, which could bring difficulties when the time comes to harvest the 2023/24 soybean crop, a climate specialist said on Tuesday, though the conditions could be good for the 2024/25 wheat crop.”

https://theprint.in/environment/argentina-downpour-drenches-crop-fields-flash-floods-in-buenos-aires/1998730/


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“Record-Breaking Rowers Reveal UK’s Rising Sea Temperatures…

“Sea surface temperature data collected by an all-female crew of rowers as they raced around Great Britain last summer has found that UK coastal seas were on average 0.39 degrees Celsius warmer in 2023, compared to 2022. Some areas experienced even more substantial warming, with local increases exceeding two degrees Celsius…”

https://www.miragenews.com/record-breaking-rowers-reveal-uks-rising-sea-1193836/


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“Nearly five months after flooding destroyed swathes of the centre of Downpatrick [Northern Ireland], business owners say the town is still struggling to recover.

“On Sunday, thousands of people will descend for St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the town where the saint was buried. But damage from the flooding remains obvious.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-68552918


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“‘Ski season is over’: Snowless winter forces Austria’s resorts to turn to summer sports in March.

“With numerous countries seeing their warmest winter on record, slopes have been closed and some resorts forced to shut entirely. An exceptionally mild winter has left many almost entirely without snow.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/12/austrian-ski-resort-transitions-to-summer-sports-after-snowless-winters


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“After destructive floods, EU sues Greece for failing to revise risk plans.

“The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Greece to the EU’s top court for failing to revise its flood risk management plans, a key tool for EU countries to prepare themselves against floods. The action comes five months after the worst rains in Greece flooded its fertile Thessaly plain, devastating crops and livestock…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/after-destructive-floods-eu-sues-greece-failing-revise-risk-plans-2024-03-13/


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“Türkiye’s climate to mirror Egypt’s due to global warming: Expert…

“Pointing out that the warm area is spreading further north, Eroğlu provided the following information: “Türkiye’s seas are warming up, and because of this warming, invasive fish are moving toward our seas, both in the more southern seas and toward the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.””

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkiye/turkiyes-climate-to-mirror-egypts-due-to-global-warming-expert/news


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“EXTRAORDINARY: thousands records all over AFRICA.

“HOTTEST DAY EVER IN CONGO: 39.6 [103.3F] Impfondo; 38 Gamboma & Makoua… HOTTEST NIGHT EVER IN BENIN Tmin 31.3 Kandi; Hottest night Mombasa KENYA Tmin 27.6. More records SOUTH AFRICA (see below). 94 countries broke records in just few hours!

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767991014646759744


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“List of records broken yesterday in SOUTH AFRICA. This has been going on for months almost every single day.

“Note yesterday 47.2C [117F] at Vioolsdrif is the SECOND hottest day ever recorded in March in all Africa. But next days Sudan can beat it. Thousands of records on the way.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767506321618706503


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“Johannesburg’s dry taps partly blamed on heatwave.

“Residents across areas in South Africa’s largest city have suffered during the current heatwave as some have now been without water for over a week. The public water services provider Johannesburg Water says lower reservoir levels and increased water consumption are also fuelling the city’s ongoing water crisis.”

https://www.africanews.com/2024/03/12/johannesburgs-dry-taps-partly-blamed-on-heatwave/


“Four people have died and one person has been injured as Storm Filipo hit southern Mozambique’s Inhambane province, according to the state-owned broadcaster. Roofs have been ripped off schools and residential homes… In some areas the roads are inaccessible.”

https://www.africanews.com/2024/03/13/mozambique-at-least-4-dead-following-storm-filipo//


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“Rains wreak havoc in Balochistan…

“Heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, submerging Quetta and triggering a state of emergency, declared by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.”

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2458583/rains-wreak-havoc-in-balochistan


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“60 Afghans killed by weeks of intense snow, rain.

“About 1,645 houses have been totally or partially ruined and nearly 178,000 livestock killed. Provisional data showed about 250 houses had been destroyed and vast tracts of farmland flooded.”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/world/south-asia/341739/60-afghans-killed-by-weeks-of-intense-snow-rain


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“Forest fires are raging in Nepal’s Taplejung district…

““We are assessing the data regarding the fire incidents. It is estimated that around 400 to 500 hectares of forestland have been damaged by the wildfires,” said Parameshwar Pasawan, the forest officer. According to him, the fire incidents will continue for some months causing further destruction.”

https://asianews.network/forest-fires-are-raging-in-nepals-taplejung-district/


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“Officials wage no-win battle against Chiang Mai’s raging fires…

“Officials reported that great difficulty in extinguishing the fires, due to most blazes taking place on steep mountain slopes or deep ravines. They said the combination of dry leaves and hot weather is causing fires to rapidly spread.”

https://www.nationthailand.com/thailand/general/40036340


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“Thailand groans under heatwave.

“The temperature in Thailand could rise to over 50 degrees several times in the coming weeks. The heat poses great dangers, especially for chronically ill people, the elderly and the overweight.”

https://www.travelnews.ch/english-corner/25951-thailand-groans-under-heatwave.html


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“TOTAL INSANITY THAILAND AND INDONESIA – 38.7 Phuket March record smashed,

“INDONESIA: 36.0 Kaimana, 35.5 Fak Fak (all time high); Record hottest nights: 28 Kaimana and Amahai (hottest night for ANY MONTH); 27.8 Deo Sorong; Thousands of records have been destroyed every single day of 2024.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1767930022839411143


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“Most of Semarang [central Java] Flooded After Extreme Rainfall.

“The situation was worse in the eastern part of the city, such as Pedurungan and Genuk Districts, where floodwaters submerged residential areas. Meanwhile, the Semarang East Flood Canal (BKT) could no longer hold the water flow and overflowed into surrounding residential areas.”

https://en.tempo.co/read/1844761/most-of-semarang-flooded-after-extreme-rainfall


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“EXTRAORDINARY OCEANIA – thousands of records are being smashed all over Oceania in every single tropical island every day.

“29C [84.2F] MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FRENCH POLYNESIA at BORA BORA: Hottest night ever recorded in French Polynesia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768171535762673730


“Record run of autumn hot weather for Sydney as waters simmer past cyclone threshold… …monthly averages are running at levels up to 7C above normal, including 35.5C at Narrandera, more than 3C above the town’s record for March… Sydney has sweated through seven consecutive maximums above 28C (measured at Observatory Hill), already an all-time record for autumn…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-13/nsw-sydney-water-warm-summer-temperatures-in-autumn/103576780


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“Seven months after Florida corals faced what scientists called their worst bleaching event ever, a similar emergency grips the Great Barrier Reef…

“The bleaching event appears likely to be the worst on record in southern sections of the 1,400-mile-long reef, and could bring the first significant coral fatalities observed there…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/03/13/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching/


“Unprecedented Hauraki Gulf heat waves revealed by marine lab’s historic data set [NZ]… The number of marine heat wave days and their cumulative intensity has increased sharply since 2012, Shears and his co-authors write in a paper published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-unprecedented-hauraki-gulf-revealed-marine.html


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“Bird flu: access to Ernest Shackleton’s grave ‘blocked by dead seals’…

““We weren’t allowed to go up to the grave of Ernest Shackleton because there were so many dead seals blocking the way,” she said. “My impression from what I could see was that there were hundreds of dead seals.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/14/explorer-ernest-shackleton-grave-antarctica-south-georgia-bird-flu-dead-seals-aoe


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“Emperor penguin population in Antarctic drops 9.6% in just under a decade…

“The loss of sea ice in Antarctica caused unprecedented breeding failure for emperor penguins in 2022, according to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Through the new methodology, the researchers observed 9.6% fewer birds in 2018 compared with in 2009.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/environment/emperor-penguin-populations-antarctic-b1145077.html


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“Nature facing irreversible decline without urgent political action, WWF warns…

“The WWF is …calling for MPs to turbocharge net zero through effective public investment and increased private finance, ensure company transition plans for climate and nature are aligned, and support farmers to cut emissions and restore nature.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/wwf-nature-climate-change-committee-mps-yougov-b2512316.html


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“Tell us: how has the climate crisis affected your relationships?

“…Perhaps the stress of fleeing extreme weather events like wildfires or floods has impacted your budget and put strains on your relationships. Or perhaps different ideas about carbon footprints and child-rearing have caused tension in your relationships.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/12/tell-us-how-has-the-climate-crisis-affected-your-relationships


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“Some young people planning fewer or no kids because of climate change…

“Data is scarce but a 2021 study published in the journal Lancet Planet Health found that 36% of teens and young adults were hesitant to have children due to climate change. Famous millennials—from Miley Cyrus to Prince Harry—have said they are taking climate into account when planning their families.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-young-people-kids-climate.html


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