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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“Climate models can’t explain 2023’s huge heat anomaly — we could be in uncharted territory… [Gavin Schmidt, NASA].

“For the past nine months, mean land and sea surface temperatures have overshot previous records each month by up to 0.2 °C — a huge margin at the planetary scale… this sudden heat spike greatly exceeds predictions made by statistical climate models that rely on past observations.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00816-z


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“Climate report issues ‘red alert’ warning after record-breaking temperatures caused ‘misery and mayhem’ in 2023 [WMO].

“Some of the consequences of climate change will be “catastrophic for civilisation” without urgent action, according to the annual report. In 2023, the global average surface temperature reached a level just below the threshold that scientists believe will result in chaos for the planet.”

https://news.sky.com/story/climate-report-issues-red-alert-warning-after-record-breaking-temperatures-caused-misery-and-mayhem-in-2023-13098034


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“Breaking News! Code FUBAR!!! The tropics just had its hottest day on record on March 13th, reaching 26.87°C, barely beating the previous record of 26.83°C on April 24th, 2016.

“That’s right, there’s over a month of heating ahead before the Tropics hits its yearly peak.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1770510654283366605


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“Records of highest Tmins are all over [the tropics]: INDONESIA: TMINS 28.2 [82.8F] Neira and 27.5 Larantuka, hottest night on record.

“TMIN 28.5C in Saudi Arabia and again re-beaten the record of hottest night in history at Garissa, KENYA with 28.0C. Tropical nights in KENYA even at 1500m asl. Extraordinary.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770396339584602572


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“Ex-Tropical Cyclone Megan: evacuations in NT ahead of ‘one-in-a-hundred-year flood’…

“The McArthur River at the township was forecast to peak at 18 metres by Thursday afternoon, three metres higher than the previous 2001 flood record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/21/borroloola-nt-ex-tropical-cyclone-megan-flooding-floods-evacuations-mcarthur-river-northern-territory


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“Cattle dying from mosquito-borne Bovine Ephemeral Fever spreading south with warmer, wetter climate [Australia]…

“A potentially deadly virus normally seen in warmer climates is killing cattle in an area where farmers rarely, if ever, see a case. BEF cases are skyrocketing on the New South Wales South Coast due to the extreme warm temperatures experienced over summer.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-21/cattle-disease-three-day-sickness-virus/103610832


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“Tasmania’s tall eucalypt forests will be wiped out by heatwaves unless we step in to help them.

“…climate change is making it harder for these forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in wood. During heatwaves, they stop removing carbon altogether and release it instead.”

https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-tall-eucalypt-forests-will-be-wiped-out-by-heatwaves-unless-we-step-in-to-help-them-224335


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“Climate change is speeding up in Antarctica…

“Events in recent years have bordered on the unbelievable, and it is difficult not to link them to climate change… measurements show that the speed of climate change on the edge of Antarctica is four times faster than the average of other ecosystems.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-speeding-up-in-antarctica-225951


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“A series of “intense” rainstorms brought flooding to parts of Argentina’s Buenos Aires province on March 19…

“Footage filmed by X user @gomezeibra shows cars in floodwaters in La Plata, a city on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, on Tuesday. “My neighborhood with the umpteenth consecutive rain of the week: I’m tired,” he wrote in one of his posts.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/intense-flooding-series-rainstorms-pounds-154144716.html


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“HISTORIC – Thousands records are being pulverized all over Americas. Almost all Caribbeans had their warmest March night in history.

“MIN 28.8 [83.8F] Colombia, 27.7 Bonaire, 27 Grenada… MAXES: 43 Paraguay,41 Honduras and Colombia; 39.8 Puerto Suarez BOLIVIA; 32.0 Bucaramanga COLOMBIA 1200m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770199503854879001


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“Rare Sawfish Deaths Baffle Scientists In Florida Keys…

“An alarming mystery is unfolding in the Sunshine State of Florida. Reports of distressed and dying rare sawfish have surged to a shocking number (39), sending shockwaves through the scientific community…”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissacristinamarquez/2024/03/20/rare-sawfish-deaths-baffle-scientists-in-florida-keys/


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“Avian flu detected for first time in US livestock.

“The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH) today announced that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a baby goat that lived on a farm where an outbreak had recently been detected in poultry.”

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/avian-influenza-bird-flu/avian-flu-detected-first-time-us-livestock


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“Climate change is bringing earlier springs, but it’s wreaking havoc on animals [Canada]…

“With Canada coming out of its warmest winter on record, some may be enjoying the signs of spring that are showing up much earlier this year: plants beginning to pop up out of the ground, the earlier calls of robins or migrating birds or even just the warmer and sunnier days.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/climate-change-natural-world-1.7148719


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“Scotland’s flagship 2030 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is now out of reach, the government’s independent advisers have warned.

“The Climate Change Committee (CCC) said the measures that would be needed to achieve the target by the end of the decade were “beyond what is credible”.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/crgrv45ed1po


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“Weatherwatch: record winter warmth may not be good news for birds…

“The news that last month was the warmest ever February in England and Wales will not have come as much surprise – after all, we are used to weather records being broken regularly because of the climate crisis…”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2024/mar/21/weatherwatch-record-winter-warmth-birds


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“46C summer days and ‘supercell’ storms are Britain’s future – and now is our last chance to prepare…

“To say that the government has no credible plan for this, as the UK Climate Change Committee did last week, is – if anything – an understatement. Britain is woefully underprepared for extreme weather, and in a number of key areas we are going backwards.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/mar/19/summer-storm-britain-future-tories-labour-climate


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“Lights Out! City [of London] to be plunged into darkness on Saturday to raise awareness for climate change…

“From 8:30pm, the Barbican Arts Centre, the Central Criminal Court, the City Corporation’s Guildhall headquarters, and the Mansion House will take fall dark in support of Earth Hour, the City of London Corporation has said.”

https://www.cityam.com/lights-out-city-to-be-plunged-into-darkness-on-saturday-to-raise-awareness-for-climate-change/


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“Political infighting is weakening Europe’s capacity to deal with climate change…

“Since climate forecasters suggest Spain is at the forefront of experiencing extreme climate events in Europe, it would be natural to expect Barcelona’s water crisis would be a matter of concern, if not the main event, animating national politics in Madrid. But no.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-03-20/europe-s-climate-crisis-bites-drought-gridlock-and-sharks-teeth


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“Italy travel warning as popular holiday destination brings in ‘rations’ to tackle drought…

“More than 850,000 people in Sicily are seeing their water being rationed following a persistent and severe lack of rainfall. Sicily has declared a state of emergency as the region experiences its worst drought in almost 20 years.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/italy-travel-warning-as-popular-holiday-destination-brings-in-rations-to-tackle-drought/ar-BB1kdcQJ?ocid=weather-verthp-feeds


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“Lasting drought takes hold of Mediterranean region.

“Water shortages are affecting areas stretching from North Africa to Italy, as well as Portugal, Spain, France, Malta, Romania and Greece… The current situation is not the result of an exceptional episode linked to record temperatures – though the past three months stand out as the warmest winter ever recorded globally – but rather a long-term phenomenon.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2024/03/19/prolonged-drought-takes-hold-of-mediterranean-region_6634622_114.html


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“Exceptional heat also in ALGERIA. On the coast Oran Airport rose to 33.4C [92.1F], the hottest on record for this time of the year and just 0.2C from the March 2001 record.

“Temperatures will keep rising all week in Algeria and Tunisia will be well above 30C even in the North and on the hills.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770039568907088253


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“A searing heatwave that struck west Africa in February was made 4C hotter and 10 times more likely by human-caused global heating, a study has found.

“The heat affected millions of people but the number of early deaths or cases of illness are unknown, due to a lack of reporting. The region is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/21/west-africa-heatwave-climate-crisis-study


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“Crazy heat on the normally cool Atlantic coast of Namibia.

“The German speaking town of Luderitz reached 41.9C [107.4F] today; its hottest March day on record and 20C above average!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770489844042510480


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“SOUTH AFRICA AGAIN: After hitting 45.1C [113.2F] Yesterday, Vioolsdrif MINIMUM temperature today was a staggering 31.9C.

“And it’s not over yet: 42/44C can be reached inland from Port Elizabeth (Addo, Uithenage) on Friday. In BENIN, Cotonou had ITS HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY: TMIN 29.8c.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770441714995454069


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“Hundreds of tents were blown away or were flooded after strong winds and rains pummelled Gaza, the WAFA news agency reported.

“Thousands were forced to spend the night outside as a result of the damage caused by the weather as they could not find anywhere to take shelter.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240320-rainwater-floods-tents-while-others-blown-away-by-strong-winds-in-gaza/


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“Iraq: Mudslides rush down roads as city of Duhok suffers severe floods.

“Flash floods caused by heavy rainfall swept through Iraq’s Dohuk governorate on Tuesday 19 March, leaving at least two people dead. The victims were trapped in their vehicle and swept away by floodwaters.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/iraq-flooding-storms-duhok-mudslides-b2515265.html


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“EXTRAORDINARY. One of the most shocking events in world climatic history

“After maxes >35C, MINIMUMS temperatures >24C [75.2F] in Central Asia (former USSR) in Turkmenistan. Records broken by nearly 10C margin, world climatic history is totally rewritten anew.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770375381893210531


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“In an unprecedented weather event, several key cities across Odisha experienced their lowest-ever maximum temperatures on Wednesday…

“Bhubaneswar recorded a temperature of 19.2°C, surpassing the previous lowest ever temperature of 24.3°C on March 6, 1970. Cities like Cuttack, Puri, Chandbali, Paradeep, and Baripada witnessed remarkably low temperatures, breaking records that had stood for decades.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/odisha-record-breaking-low-maximum-temperatures-grip-key-cities-9225235/lite/


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“India stares at summer water crisis as reservoir levels slide…

“In major centres such as India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Bengaluru, home to firms like Google, water supply is already being curtailed. The 150 reservoirs monitored by the federal government -which supply water for drinking and irrigation and are the country’s key source of hydro-electricity – were filled to just 40% of capacity last week.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/india-stares-summer-water-crisis-reservoir-levels-slide-2024-03-19/


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“Flash floods wreak havoc in Sri Racha [Thailand] following torrential rainfall.

“When the heavens opened over Sri Racha in Chon Buri province, it brought with it two hours of relentless downpour yesterday, March 19. This torrential rainfall was the catalyst for a series of flash floods that wreaked havoc across the district.”

https://thethaiger.com/news/pattaya/flash-floods-wreak-havoc-in-sri-racha-following-torrential-rainfall


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“Vietnam farmers struggle for fresh water as drought brings salinisation…

“A blazing month-long heatwave has brought drought, parching the land in Thuong’s home of Ben Tre province, 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of business hub Ho Chi Minh City.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240320-vietnam-farmers-struggle-for-fresh-water-as-drought-brings-salinisation


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“A nuclear plant’s closure was hailed as a green win. Then emissions went up…

“Castigated for its impact upon the surrounding environment…Indian Point nevertheless supplied a large chunk of the state’s carbon-free electricity. Since the plant’s closure, it has been gas, rather then clean energy such as solar and wind, that has filled the void…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/20/nuclear-plant-closure-carbon-emissions-new-york


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“Northern Hemisphere’s record winter warmth slashes gas consumption…

“The northern hemisphere has experienced the warmest winter on record, with the unusual warmth concentrated around the Atlantic Basin, which has produced an enormous surplus of gas and slump in prices since October. Surface temperatures on land were +2.65°C above the 20th century average between December and February…”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/northern-hemispheres-record-winter-warmth-slashes-gas-consumption-2024-03-20/


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“Now experts warn climate change could unleash cascade of deadly viruses, fungi and flesh-eating bacteria – ‘causing absolute chaos for the world’…

“Climate change could lead to a surge of viruses and the re-emergence of ancient diseases like the plague, a US government-funded study suggests.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-13218857/climate-change-virus-fungi-bacteria-world-infection-chaos.html


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