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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“For centuries we have plundered our planet. Now we are paying the price.

“The health of humans, animals and our environment – all woven together in a bond that is inextricable – is in peril. If our planet were a patient, it would be admitted to intensive care. Its vital signs are alarming.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus-who-climate-change-health-crisis/


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“Record temperatures in 2024 on land and at sea have prompted scientists to question whether these anomalies are in line with predicted global heating patterns or if they represent a concerning acceleration of climate breakdown…

“Carlos Nobre, one of Brazil’s most influential climatologists, said no climate model accurately predicted how high sea surface temperatures would reach during the past 12 months.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/mar/16/scientists-divided-record-heat-acceleration-climate-crisis


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“The global surface temperature is close to 2°C above the 1850-1900 baseline again, at 1.96°C as of March 14th.

“Being totally f&%ked has become normalized.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1768974270988967979


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“Court ruling further erodes climate activists’ right to protest in England and Wales…

“… the [consent] defence, which is contained in the Criminal Damage Act 1971, is inadmissible for those who argue that the facts or effects of the climate crisis are a circumstance that can amount to lawful excuse.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/19/ruling-erodes-climate-activists-right-protest-england-wales


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“Winter storms leave Germany’s North Sea island beaches without sand.

“Germany’s popular North Sea beach resorts, including the high-end resort of Sylt, are coming into the beachgoing season with a big problem: not enough sand. The turbulent storm surge season has almost completely washed away the main beach on Wangerooge.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/winter-storms-leave-germany-s-north-sea-island-beaches-without-sand/ar-BB1k25qm?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds


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“‘Records could be broken’: Spain braces for very high spring temperatures…

“Spain’s national weather agency has warned that the country could see historically high temperatures this spring that may worsen already alarming drought conditions in some regions.”

https://www.thelocal.es/20240318/records-could-be-broken-spain-set-for-very-high-spring-temperatures


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“Historic warmth this winter in the Canary Islands with a virtually existent winter and for the first time no snow at all in the Izana Observatory below the top mountain Teide.

“Data since 1916.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768909566874468535


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“Africa heat extending to SW Europe: 38C [100.4F] Morocco; 32.1C at Archena in SPAIN.

“SOUTH AFRICA is living an eternal heat wave: March Records set today: 43.7 Twee Rivieren; 42.3 Upington; 38.8 Postmasburg… GABON 35.9 Franceville March record; KENYA MIN 27.9C Garissa Hottest night on record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769776125465477203


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“EXCEPTIONAL IN AFRICA:

“Records keep allover from North to South: 37.2 Kinshasa DR CONGO Hottest day ever tied; 39.5 Impfondo Congo Rep., 38.0 Makoua again; 43.4 Mango TOGO 0.1 from national record. Dozens of records in SOUTH AFRICA again.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769439985160028183


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“South Africa Can’t Afford to Climate-Proof Its Infrastructure…

““The frequency of natural disasters and the results thereof are felt daily in South Africa,” David Masondo said at a conference in Johannesburg on Monday. “The fiscus cannot afford to financially support the amount of investment required for climate-resilient infrastructure.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-18/south-africa-can-t-afford-to-climate-proof-its-infrastructure


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“Back-to-back climate disasters leave millions of Malawians in deepening need…

“Mustafa pounds the seed in a mortar to separate the husk, then boils the grain in water to make a porridge for her family. “The first time I made it my whole family suffered from diarrhoea and our urine ran dark yellow,” Mustafa, 32, told The New Humanitarian.”

https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2024/03/18/back-back-climate-disasters-malawi-farmers


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“South Sudan heatwave: Extreme weather shuts schools and cuts power.

“All schools have been ordered to close in South Sudan, as it prepares for a heatwave in which temperatures could reach an exceptional 45C (113F). Authorities said children should stay indoors and that the extreme weather could last for at least two weeks.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68596499


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“Record heat in SAUDI ARABIA.

“Exceptional high Tmins at high elevations too: 26.6 Wadi Dawasser 622m; asl highest in March; 25.0 Sharurah 720m; 23.0 Najran 1200m. Next 3 nights we might see Tmins of 28/30C!: Unprecedented in March in all Middle East.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769046371531727209


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“The world’s hottest city [Kuwait City] has become ‘unliveable’ where birds drop dead from sky amid highs of 52C [I thought it was Jacobabad in Pakistan but…]

“Summer temperatures regularly smash 52C – and it’s only going to get worse… There are reports of birds falling dead from the sky and seahorses boiling in the bay. But it’s not just wildlife that’s suffering…”

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/worlds-hottest-city-become-unliveable-9171984


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“Iran’s Meteorological Organization has issued a “red warning” for flooding in five western provinces as a new wave of heavy rains approaches just ahead of the Persian New Year…

“Officials warn of potential flooding in the country’s western half, particularly on Tuesday, which coincides with a peak in travel in Iran as it is a day before the Persian New Year.”

https://iranwire.com/en/news/126543-red-warning-for-flooding-in-iran-ahead-of-persian-new-year/


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“Afghanistan’s drought in photos…

“Several years of punishing drought has displaced entire swaths of Afghanistan, one of the nations most vulnerable to climate change, leaving millions of children malnourished and plunging already impoverished families into deeper desperation.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/19/world/asia/afghanistan-drought-photos-climate-change.html


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“Spring is dramatically disappearing from India. Here’s why.

“Every region has experienced net warming during the winter months of December through February, with the southern states showing the largest increases in December and January.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/climate-change-spring-season-india-summer-global-warming-2516696-2024-03-19


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“Four dead in southwest China forest fires.

“Three people died when a forest fire broke out in Douge Village in Lincang City at about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday. The blaze engulfed an area of approximately 5.33 hectares, said the local publicity department. Another person was killed in a forest fire that broke out in Wenshan City…”

https://english.news.cn/20240317/dce2e71613f64854a1d53684b93ab811/c.html


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“Travel chaos as flights cancelled amidst Mae Hong Son forest fires [Thailand]…

“The forest fire situation in Mae Hong Son Province reached a critical point on March 18, with 367 fire spots reported, resulting in dense smoke enveloping the town of Mae Hong Son. Calm winds compounded the issue…”

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/travel-chaos-as-flights-cancelled-amidst-mae-hong-son-forest-fires-455517


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“HISTORIC in THAILAND. Hottest March night in history; Tmins >29C in Bangkok area.

“29.6 Don Muang *; 29.4 BKK Metropolis *; 29.2 BKK Klong Thoey; 28.5 Pathum Thani; 28.2 Lop Buri; 27.5 Suphan Buri… * =slightly dropped in early morning. It will get worse: Heat indexes >55C next weeks in BKK.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1768984895479570827


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“Record again in the MALDIVES. 34.6C [94.3F] at Hanimadhoo is the highest temperature ever recorded in the atoll in March.

“Maldives has broken records every single month since mid 2023. 116 countries have broken heat records this week alone: never happened anything like this.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769379464142537008


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“Code Yikes!

“In case you’re wondering where the hot action is, right now it’s in the tropics, setting a new all-time anomaly record on March 11th at 1.07°C over the 1991-2020 baseline [air temps]. This heat is not safe for children and other living things.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1769734797826335069


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“Thousands of people have fled their homes in Demak and Kudus as floods devastated the two regencies in Central Java over the weekend, killing at least five.

“The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) reported that flooding in the province had affected more than 250,000 people in at least 10 regencies, and more than 2,300 people were being accommodated in temporary shelters…”

https://asianews.network/thousands-flee-homes-as-massive-flooding-grips-central-java/


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“Flooding, landslides and torrential rains have killed at least 23 people in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands region, where homes have been damaged and roads washed away.

“Acting Director for the National Disaster Centre, Lusete Man said a mother and child were among the dead as bad weather hit multiple communities.”

https://www.barrons.com/amp/news/more-than-20-dead-in-papua-new-guinea-floods-landslides-d34af418


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“NT residents assess damage from Tropical Cyclone Megan after evacuation efforts fail.

“Tropical Cyclone Megan has been downgraded to a tropical low in Australia’s north-east where remote communities are still cut off due to major flooding… “We’ve had major flooding. The town was literally cut in two,” local Rebecca Whitehead said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/19/nt-residents-assess-damage-from-tropical-cyclone-megan-after-evacuation-efforts-fail


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“HISTORIC IN South America: Records allover from Colombia to Argentina – HOTTEST MARCH NIGHT EVER IN SOUTH AMERICA.

“Tmins: 31.6 [88.9F] Estigarribia, 31.4 Las Lomitas (max 43), 31.2 General Bruguez,31 Concepcion [Argentina]; PARAGUAY records: 41.6 Pozo Colorado; 40.8 San Pedro; 40.2 Coronel Oviedo; 40 Quyquyhat.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769491403011207475


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“Record heat index of 62.3C scorches Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro… The previous heat index record was set in November when it hit 59.7C (139.5F)…

“Meanwhile, extreme rains were wreaking havoc in the south of the country and are forecast to continue next week, according to authorities.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/3/18/photos-record-heat-index-of-62-3c-scorches-rio-de-janeiro


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“Brazil to release millions of anti-dengue mosquitoes as death toll from outbreak mounts…

“Factors such as hotter and wetter weather caused by the climate crisis and the circulation of previously absent subtypes of the virus are fuelling an explosion of dengue in Brazil, which has recorded 1.6m probable cases since January…”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/15/brazil-to-release-millions-of-anti-dengue-mosquitoes-as-death-toll-from-outbreak-mounts


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“Latin America is boiling from Mexico to Argentina: GUYANA 37.4 [99.3F] at Lethem hottest March day in Guyana history set twice in few days.

“COSTA RICA Another brutal heat wave: 39.2 at San Mateo de Orotina, 34.3C at the Juan Santamaria AP 920m above sea level, monthly records.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769816487861096794


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“Battered by hurricanes and tired of rebuilding, 90% of population has left this coastal town.

“The consequences of climate change are already taking a toll on some U.S. communities. In Cameron, Louisiana, hope comes from a natural gas plant that activists call a “carbon bomb.””

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/louisiana-town-battered-hurricanes-tries-hang-warming-world-rcna142966


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“Cherry blossoms hitting earlier peaks due to climate change, scientists warn…

“Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., tied for their second-earliest peak bloom record on Sunday following some warm final days of winter that have seen temperatures reach the 70s, per the National Park Service… Research shows cherry trees are blossoming earlier in D.C. and Japan due to climate change…”

https://www.axios.com/2024/03/18/cherry-blossoms-dc-japan-climate-change-peak-bloom


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“HISTORIC: Dozens of records brutalized all over Canada and USA. Insane 85F at Lowell in IDAHO. IT TIES IDAHO HOTTEST DAY IN MARCH.

“In Canada 23.3C [73.8F] at med-high elevations with records smashed with among the hugest margins ever seen in North America.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1769612799460651408


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“Wildfires made Canada’s air quality worse than the U.S. for the first time…

“Canada’s record-setting wildfire season hiked the country up global pollution rankings — and for the first time made its air quality worse than the U.S., according to a new report by air quality technology company IQAir.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/climate/air-quality-wildfires-iqair-1.7145355


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“This Overlooked Feedback Loop Is Accelerating Climate Change…

“Scientists at Tufts University state that soil, which contains 80 percent of the Earth’s carbon, emits more greenhouse gases as droughts cause soils to crack due to drying.”

https://scitechdaily.com/this-overlooked-feedback-loop-is-accelerating-climate-change/


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