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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“India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ is running dry as residents urged to take fewer showers and use disposable cutlery…

“It’s a crisis that has been described as dire by those who live in Bengaluru – and experts warn it is only going to get worse as mercury levels climb in the lead up to summer. “I have been warning about this for over a decade,” said climate scientist T.V. Ramachandra, from the Centre for Ecological Sciences.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/14/india/india-bangalore-water-crisis-impact-intl-hnk-dst/index.html


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“Floods hit Central Java, East Java as extreme weather persists.

“At least two people have died and hundreds have been displaced by severe flooding in several regions of Central Java and East Java, in the latest string of hydrometeorological disasters triggered by extreme weather.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/indonesia/2024/03/14/floods-hit-central-java-east-java-as-extreme-weather-persists.html


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“UNBELIEVABLE RECORD: 29.1C [84.4F] MINIMUM temperature at Kaimana INDONESIA.

Hottest night in the climatic history of all West Papua and all Papua Island including Papua New Guinea. And hottest March night ever recorded in all Indonesia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768230433395716139


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“UNPRECEDENTED: Thousands of records are falling all over Oceania and Asia.

“TOKEALAU had again its hottest night in history with a Tmin of 29.4C. TUVALU has also been beating records for months: Tmin 28.9C at Niulakita highest ever. THAILAND Hottest March night ever… records all over.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768781189874167927


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“A warming island’s mice are breeding out of control and eating seabirds. An extermination is planned.

“Mice accidentally introduced to a remote island near Antarctica 200 years ago are breeding out of control because of climate change, and they are eating seabirds and causing major harm in a special nature reserve with “unique biodiversity.””

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-mice-mouse-south-africa-south-georgia-b2513645.html


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“HISTORIC – Extreme heat in SOUTH AMERICA.

“HOTTEST MARCH DAY IN GUYANA AND FRENCH GUIANA; HOTTEST MARCH NIGHT IN ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY AND COLOMBIA. Records in every country from Colombia to Argentina… SOUTH AMERICAN MARCH HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY BEATEN AGAIN – CRAZY MINIMUM 30.8C Pozo Colorado [Paraguay].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768361472424353879


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“February 2024 in Guadeloupe was exceptional: Records of highest max and highest min were wiped out all over the islands.

“It was also very rainy and with 2 cold days which broke 2 monthly records lows. No month has ever been that extreme.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768701299992711594


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“The Panama Canal Averts a Crisis for Now— But at a Cost to Drinking Water.

“The Panama Canal has avoided the worst of a shipping crunch that threatened to upend the global economy — but at a cost to marine life and the Latin American country’s supplies of drinking water.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-15/how-panama-canal-s-efforts-to-combat-drought-put-drinking-water-at-risk


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“Mexico City mayoral race tightens on anger over water shortages.

“Just a few months ago ruling party candidate Clara Brugada looked like a shoo-in to be elected the next mayor of Mexico City. But a worsening water crisis has many voters rethinking their choice to run Mexico’s largest and most important city.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/analysis-mexico-city-mayoral-race-120238025.html


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“Mexican lake is being sucked dry by development, drought and lawlessness…

“Once a glittering weekend getaway for wealthy residents of Mexico City, Valle de Bravo has been reduced to a shrinking, increasingly polluted patch of mud flats and water by a combination of drought, water transfers to the capital, bad planning and lawlessness.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-glittering-lake-sucked-dry-development-drought-lawlessness-108132553


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“An invisible water surcharge: Climate warming increases crop water demand in the San Joaquin Valley [California]…

“The researchers… found that in the past decade, this invisible water surcharge on agriculture has increased the crop water demand in the San Joaquin Valley by roughly 650 thousand acre-feet per year, a volume larger than the capacity of Millerton Reservoir on the San Joaquin River near Fresno.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-invisible-surcharge-climate-crop-demand.html


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“Hottest city in US saw record 645 deaths related to high temperatures in 2023…

“Public health officials in Arizona’s most populous county on Wednesday reported they confirmed a staggering 645 heat-associated deaths last year – more than 50% higher than 2022 and another consecutive annual record in arid metro Phoenix.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/14/arizona-heat-deaths


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“It has been an extraordinarily warm first half of March in NE America, in both Canada and USA; for hundreds of stations the warmest on record. Early blossoming has been widespread.

“But there is a concern for a return of freezing conditions and a potential damage of fruit trees.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768688045727883508


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“A fierce hailstorm, unleashing hail the size of baseballs, wreaked havoc across Missouri, causing significant damage to residences and nearly 500 vehicles.

“Massive chunks of hail pelted parts of Kansas and Missouri on Wednesday night, bringing traffic to a standstill along Interstate 70, as storms unleashed possible tornadoes.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13202093/Missouri-hail-damage-ford-car-dealership-storm.html


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“Three killed as fierce storms and tornadoes damage homes and businesses across several US states.

“Homes and businesses were damaged in parts of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky on Thursday. The fatalities in Ohio were confirmed by chief deputy Joe Kopus of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department in Bellefontaine, who warned more fatalities would probably be discovered.”

https://news.sky.com/story/three-killed-as-fierce-storms-and-tornadoes-damage-homes-and-businesses-across-several-us-states-13095196


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“Scientists must work urgently on predicting the effects of climate geoengineering, the chief of the US atmospheric science agency has said, as the technology is likely to be needed, at least in part.

“Richard Spinrad, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said the government-backed body was estimating the effects of some of the likely techniques…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/14/geoengineering-must-be-urgently-investigated-experts-say


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“Climate change: The ‘insane’ plan to save the Arctic’s sea-ice…

“Perched on sea-ice off Canada’s northern coast, parka-clad scientists watch saltwater pump out over the frozen ocean. Their goal? To slow global warming… “We don’t actually know enough to determine whether this is a good idea or bad idea,” admits Dr Fitzgerald.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68206309


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“Underwater gas fields off Cumbria [UK] are to be mapped for their potential to store millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by industry.

“The fields, about 35km (22 miles) off Barrow-in-Furness, are being assessed as part of a project which would need to be approved by the government.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c724r643698o


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“England drenched after the wettest 18 months since records began in 1836…

““The UK’s observations clearly show winters are getting warmer, and they are also getting wetter since as the atmosphere heats up, it has an increased capacity to hold moisture,” said Met Office senior scientist Mike Kendon.”

https://www.ft.com/content/f976b2fb-9a23-4a64-91bb-cb250f35853f


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“A Norfolk road dubbed “the most flooded in Britain”, has broken records after being submerged for 12 weeks this winter.

“The A1101 Welney Wash Road was closed this morning just days after reopening – marking a whopping 86 days underwater. The closures which have run consistently throughout the winter, has angered locals…”

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/24188929.a1101-welney-breaks-record-days-underwater/


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“French state watchdog recommends grants to stop house drought cracks… More should be done to prevent damage from climate change, it says…

“The growth and shrinkage of clay soils – retrait et de gonflement des sols argileux (or RGA) – is one of the main repercussions of droughts in France. Periods of extreme dry weather can cause certain clay soils to shrink, and then expand rapidly after rainfall.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/Practical/Property/French-state-watchdog-recommends-grants-to-stop-house-drought-cracks


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“So far, March has been too mild, too wet and too cloudy across Switzerland…

“After the record mild February with a temperature deviation of 4.7 degrees across Switzerland (see February balance sheet ), the first half of March also shows a temperature surplus…”

https://meteonews.ch/en/News/N13382/March-too-mild_-wet-and-cloudy-so-far


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“Drought devastates crops [Cyprus]…

“Reduced rainfall, combined with the recent sunny days, have scorched and destroyed cereal crops in farming communities of West Nicosia. Farmers are trying to salvage what they can, noting that “Nothing can save our cereal crops, not even the rains anymore.”

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/insider/economy/drought-devastates-crops/


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“Temperatures in Spain this past winter were ‘warmest on record’ , says state meteorological agency, AEMET…

“Ruben del Campo, Aemet spokesperson, said in comments reported by Europa Press that the temperature was 1.9ºC higher than average both this past winter and four years ago… Del Campo also warned about the ‘speeding up of climate change’ that is being reflected by the weather…”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2024/03/14/temperatures-in-spain-this-past-winter-were-warmest-on-record-says-state-meteorological-agency-aemet/


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“UNBELIEVABLE – 34.6 [94.3F] MINIMUM at Dosso NIGER.

“It’s the 2nd hottest night ever recorded in March in Africa, 3 days after the second hottest day and also the highest minimum in Niger in March. 28.5 TMIN Ile Europa FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES RECORD FOR MARCH.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768255838949388380


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“Sangana community in Bayelsa State [Nigeria] is under serious ecological threat induced by rising sea level.

“Residents of the community, in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have now called on the state and the federal governments, especially the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to intervene in the surging sea level that has destroyed homes, properties and livelihoods.”

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/sangana-indigenes-raise-alarm-as-rising-sea-level-threatens-bayelsa-community/ar-BB1jRP2E?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds


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“Code Yikes!

“The North Atlantic SST anomaly is up over 1.0°C again for the first time since last October. Luckily, I already extended the y-axis last June.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1768663062083711427


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“12 months of record ocean heat has scientists puzzled and concerned…

“”I pray we’re having a once-in-a-lifetime year of hot sea surface temperatures, but I do fear there may be something else going on that is causing a long-term change in sea surface temperatures we hadn’t predicted,” said John Abraham, a professor at the University of St. Thomas who studies ocean temperatures. “All bets are off now…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/oceans-record-hot-rcna143179


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“A startling rise in sea-surface temperatures suggests that we may not understand how fast the climate is changing…

““We don’t really know what’s going on,” Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told me. “And we haven’t really known what’s going on since about March of last year.” He called the situation “disquieting.””

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/why-is-the-sea-so-hot


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“Companies take step back from making climate target promises…

“Hundreds of companies including Microsoft, Unilever and JBS have been removed from a validation process for their climate plans after failing to submit sufficiently ambitious targets.”

https://www.ft.com/content/3ebc5b56-a8f0-4fcd-99dd-9023d7a20013


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“Climate change: Sabrina Lee quits buying new clothes.

“With her job as a TV weather presenter, it would be easy for Sabrina Lee to justify buying new clothes for work on a regular basis. Instead she has set herself a challenge – to quit buying new clothes for the whole of 2024… So what rules has she set herself? No brand new clothes apart from underwear and shoes.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-68545114


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