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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“Things are not improving in the North Atlantic. The new records being set every day are crushing the previous highs set just last year.

“For example, yesterday the North Atlantic SST was 20.41°C, beating last year’s record 19.94°C by almost 0.5°C.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1771201408978534415


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“There’s never been anything like this!

“Just look at the reanalysis of the Atlantic Ocean Sea Surface Temperatures Anomalies for the past 2,042 months…

“This covers an ocean area of ~68 million km²!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1770783370600964301


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“Rising ocean temperatures: Intense hurricanes, extreme weather expected in coming months…

“As ocean temperatures hit new dangerous peaks, experts are warning the unprecedented levels of accumulated heat will trigger intense chain reactions, including deadly hurricanes and cyclones, over the coming months.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/environment/rising-ocean-temperatures-intense-hurricanes-extreme-weather-expected-in-coming-months/3170678


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“Fish are migrating towards the poles to escape warming waters…

“The research, spearheaded by PhD student Shahar Chaikin and Professor Jonathan Belmaker, uncovers a stark decline in marine fish populations as they migrate poleward in an attempt to escape rising sea temperatures.”

https://www.earth.com/news/fish-migrating-towards-poles-escape-warming-waters/


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“When the temperature increases, so do the energetic requirements of fish species [leading to more extinctions].

“We find that the energetic stress caused by increases in temperature pushes fish species to consume the first prey they encounter to fulfil their immediate needs, rather than focusing on more energetically rewarding prey.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-024-01969-5


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“Global sea level jumped due to El Nino and climate change: NASA…

“Global average sea level rose by about 0.76 centimeters from 2022 to 2023, nearly four times the increase of the previous year, NASA said on March 21, attributing the “significant jump” to a strong El Nino and a warming climate.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/global-sea-level-jumped-due-to-el-nino-and-climate-change-nasa-191856


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“Scottish Golf Is Sliding Into the Sea.

“Coastal erosion is set to affect dozens of clubs, and courses are looking to raise funds to pay for repairs… “It didn’t use to be this hard,” the club’s general manager says. “The recent storms hit our first couple of fairways and we’re spending a lot of time trying to work out how to pay for all the repairs.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-03-22/scotland-s-famous-golf-courses-are-sinking-into-the-sea


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“Alps grapples with climate change, know what snow retreat can lead to…

“The repercussions are dire. This vital ecosystem, which is thriving with the help of plants and soil microorganisms, is being thrown off-kilter. This is disrupting the delicate balance of nutrient transfers crucial for sustaining plant growth and biodiversity in these harsh environments.”

https://www.wionews.com/science/alps-grapple-with-climate-change-know-what-snow-retreat-can-lead-to-703155


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“Water shortages a looming threat for Greek isles…

“…the Aegean islands are preparing for a difficult year. “The reservoirs on the islands are empty. Many islands will have problems this year. And the first victims will be crop growers and livestock breeders. If it doesn’t rain, there is no vegetation…”

https://www.ekathimerini.com/in-depth/1234642/water-shortages-a-looming-threat-for-greek-isles/


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“Many [monthly] records broken in FRANCE with temperatures up to 28C [82.4F] and over 18C in the alpine station of Alpe D’ Huez (see list below by Meteociel).

“In PORTUGAL >30C in the North at Braga,Vila Verde and Ponte de Lima. EXTRAORDINARY 32.5C at Evega in Galicia (meteogalicia ), it’s way above a typical July max. temperature.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771225754115756232


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“Large hailstorm with ‘golf ball sized’ hail hits Spanish city of Zamora…

“Residents of Zamora, in northwest Spain, compared the hailstones to golf balls as the storm hit overnight… The storm lasted just 20 minutes and covered the streets in balls of ice.”

https://news.sky.com/video/large-hailstorm-with-golf-ball-sized-hail-hits-spanish-city-of-zamora-13099082


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“HISTORIC – unbelievable minimum temperatures up to 24.8C [76.6F] at El Ejido, highest March min ever recorded in SPAIN.

“Dozens of records were pulverized with margins up to 7C ! in North Africa with tropical nights even above 1000m. An event which is rewriting climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771164279565128160


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“MONSTER EVENT IN NORTH AFRICA – monthly records broken by up to 7C/8C! Among the hugest margins ever seen worldwide.

“Northern ALGERIA INSANE MINS: 23.2 Maghnia; 22.5/33.4 Zenata; 20.2/32.8 Mascara; MAX: 36.0 Krechba; 33.6 Mostaganem; MOROCCO Crazy Tmin 17.2 Midelt 1500m asl, 16.6 Oujda.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771258622820933699


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“‘When it’s this hot, time stands still’: surviving west Africa’s blistering heat…

“Tarly, a 52-year-old carpenter, has seen his colleagues faint due to the heat in his home suburb of Abobo in Ivory Coast in recent months. “The first thing I do when I wake up is shower. But when I get on the gbakka [a popular urban minibus], I’m already sweating, and it stays that way until the afternoon.””

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/22/west-africa-heatwave


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“Never ending record heat in the Gulf of Guinea.

“BENIN Cotonou had its hottest night in history again with a Tmin 29.9C [85.8F]; just as Dapaon in TOGO with a Tmin 30.5C. Tmins >30C also in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770760773091881364


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“Completely insane records in SOUTH AFRICA beaten by 3/5C margins.

“MINIMUM temperatures up to 27C even in the highlands at 1000m asl. Today Tmin 26.5C at Springbok at 1000m asl. Also 23.6C Graaf Reinet and 23.2C at Taung. Maxes expected again near 45C [113F]. Unprecedented.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771101376795292012


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“Climate change puts pressure on Kenya’s water resources…

“Based on criteria used by the UN and other bodies, the east African nation is technically “water scarce”: the amount of water available annually per person is roughly 600 cubic metres — well below the UN threshold of 1,000 cubic metres. And only 60 per cent of the 54mn Kenyans have access to safe drinking water.”

https://www.ft.com/content/90debf42-0e13-4552-a740-dec39b52fe70


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“It has been extremely hot day and night in the Southern and Western parts of Middle East with MIN. up to 28.5C [83.3F] at Gizan, Saudi Arabia.

“In Oman 27.6C MIN at Salalah is the highest minimum ever recorded in March. Djibouti, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda are also with record heat.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771113565312733436


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“35 killed, 45 injured in KP rain related incidents [Pakistan].

“As the heavy snow fall and torrential rains coupled with floods and land sliding continued playing havoc in parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, around three dozen people were reported killed and scores others injured seriously during the last five days.”

https://pakobserver.net/35-killed-45-injured-in-kp-rain-related-incidents/


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“Record again in the MALDIVES. 34.6C [94.3F] at Hanimadhoo hottest March day in history for the second time this month.

“Maldives have been breaking records nearly every day in all stations since mid 2023.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771151690328056292


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“Malaysian farmers worried about ‘dual combo’ effects of heatwave and declining rain…

“Malaysia’s agricultural sector is grappling with the harsh effects of scorching temperatures and dwindling water supplies that pose significant challenges to crop cultivation and livestock farming.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-farmers-worried-about-effects-of-heat-wave-and-declining-rain-dual-combo


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“Food security affected by climate change in Fiji…

“Fiji’s Agriculture Ministry said that food security and economic stability is under threat due to climate change, as adverse weather, soil degradation and rising costs make farming tougher in the island nation.”

https://english.news.cn/20240323/fad69f9634234c589fd5962e335b3d22/c.html


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“‘Tourists ask a lot of questions’: Great Barrier Reef guides face up to bleaching tragedy.

““You can see it on their faces,” says scuba diving instructor Elliot Peters. “There’s definitely some remorse and sadness.” Peters works at a resort on Heron Island in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef and, in recent weeks, he’s had to tell curious guests why so many of the corals around the island are turning bone white.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/23/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-tourism-impact


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“HISTORIC – South America had its hottest March night in history with a TMIN 32.5 [90.5F] at Santa Liberada PARAGUAY.

“Also 30.2 Gen. Bruguez, 30 San Pedro, 29 San Estanislao. Also BOLIVIA Highest Tmin in March: 26.6 San Jose (26.3 Robore, 26.1 San Matias).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770805410477248606


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“Record rainfall causes flooding, displaces hundreds in Uruguay.

“Nearly 400 people were displaced, and thousands of others evacuated after record rainfall drenched the area. Local leaders say drinking water is temporarily unavailable.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/video/record-rainfall-causes-flooding-displaces-hundreds-in-uruguay/


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“Dramatic videos captured the moment streets in the Bolivian capital city of La Paz were overcome with waves of water that surged over the wall of a reservoir.

“The shocking footage showed cars circling an avenue in the La Florida neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon as the city was pounded by a rain storm when the water suddenly crept over the reservoir.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13228373/Terrifying-moment-huge-waves-overcome-La-Paz-streets-Bolivia-hit-heavy-rains-caused-reservoirs-fail.html


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“Exceptional in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – 38.5 at Sabaleta and 38.6 [101.5F] at Jimani, New national record of highest temperature in March.

“132 countries and dozens of thousands of stations broke records in the past few days. Never happened anything like this. And it will get much worse.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1770910053492519253


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“Another incredible record set in Mexico was in the city of Campeche, on the Gulf of Mexico with 41.8C [107.2F], which destroyed its March record.

“Two terrible shot of heat are expected these days in the area between Yucatan Peninsula and the Honduran Caribbean coast.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771137246420500508


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“A warm, dry spring has U.S. forecasters worried about the upcoming wildfire season…

“Most of the United States is expected to see warmer-than-average temperatures this spring, federal forecasters say, with dry conditions likely in the West. That’s raising concerns about wildfires…”

https://www.npr.org/2024/03/21/1239925707/warm-dry-weather-wildfire-climate-change-el-nino


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“More than 100 wildfires ravage West Virginia, destroying homes and razing over 4,000 acres…

“A driver could be seen fleeing for his life as he sped through thick smoke and nearby flames along a Virginia highway as wildfires ravaged the landscape. ‘We gotta get out of here!’ the man exclaimed…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13229537/National-Guard-helicopters-help-battle-West-Virginia-wildfires.html


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“Climate change is shifting the zones where plants grow – here’s what that could mean for your garden [USA].

“…some plants that once thrived in your yard may not flourish there now. To understand why, look to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent update of its plant hardiness zone map, which has long helped gardeners and growers figure out which plants are most likely to thrive in a given location.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-shifting-the-zones-where-plants-grow-heres-what-that-could-mean-for-your-garden-222108


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“Study reports enormous ice loss from Greenland glacier…

“This study examines how global warming affects the stability of a floating ice tongue. This is of great importance for the remaining ice shelves in Greenland as well as those in Antarctica, as instability of the ice shelf usually results in an acceleration of the ice flow, which would lead to a greater sea level rise.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-enormous-ice-loss-greenland-glacier.html


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“It’s now a full month since the Antarctic sea ice minimum this year and still hardly any new ice has formed in the Bellingshausen Sea (lower left in image).

“Sea ice concentration map from analysis of AMSR2 data by University of Bremen Institute of Environmental Physics.”

https://twitter.com/rdlarter/status/1771069429775798741


“Good morning Paris! If you’re keeping track, as of March 19th, the 365-day running mean global surface temperature reached 1.57°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial baseline.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1770776588411375825


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“‘New climate reality’ stretches global freshwater supply…

“It has led the UN to warn that the world is now “careering towards a global water crisis”, with a 40 per cent shortfall in freshwater resources predicted by 2030. Only about 3.5 per cent of the world’s water is fresh­water, mostly held in glaciers and groundwater.”

https://www.ft.com/content/aa0c75b6-524e-4090-9dfc-0d40ef8bccbd


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“Climate Change Is Causing Trees To Struggle To “Breathe”…

“We found that trees in warmer, drier climates are essentially coughing instead of breathing,” said Max Lloyd assistant research professor of geosciences at Penn State… “They are sending CO2 right back into the atmosphere far more than trees in cooler, wetter conditions.””

https://scitechdaily.com/climate-change-is-causing-trees-to-struggle-to-breathe/


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“UN climate chief pleads for funding as government budgets feel strain…

“The UN’s climate change arm faces “severe financial challenges” that could leave the organiser of the annual global COP summit struggling to help governments tackle global warming, its chief said… Countries including leading polluters such as the US, Qatar and Korea, as well as many developing nations, are all in arrears for mandatory contributions from the period 2010-2023.”

https://www.ft.com/content/b16153df-c52d-49a1-bbfd-f605643aab55


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“World’s largest oil companies ‘way off track’ on emissions goals, report finds…

“The analysis comes as oil and gas companies are publicly reneging on their climate commitments. Shell last week watered down earlier emissions targets, following BP, which made a similar announcement last year.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/22/oil-companies-emissions-goals-report


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“Could a sunshade cool the Earth, reducing climate change? WSU researchers seek the truth…

““The numbers are shockingly bad,” Solomey said… Kabler calculated a shade around 900 miles wide is likely necessary… “It’s not very practical,” Kabler said.”

https://www.wichita.edu/about/wsunews-releases/2024/03-march/sunshade_release_3.php


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“Scientists ponder fighting climate change by making clouds brighter and thicker…

“The goal of “marine cloud brightening” is to make low-level clouds over the ocean more reflective and longer-lived by injecting them with small particles of salt generated by spraying seawater into the air… Side effects of marine cloud brightening could include unknown and potentially hazardous changes to weather patterns.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/weather/2024/03/20/climate-change-geoengineering-study-probes-making-clouds-brighter/72971776007/


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