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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“160 countries and dozens of thousands of records have been broken with the hugest margins ever seen in climatic history in the past days.

“Next days will be far worse, with records falling by thousands in each Continent Nothing like this had ever thought possible just few months ago.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772422392763084808


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“UNBELIEVABLE – 28.1c [82.6F] MINIMUM temperature at El Ejido in SPAIN.

“Highest minimum temperature ever recorded in Europe in March (and April). Records were locally broken by 10C! First case worldwide outside Antarctica. We are beyond insanity…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771565153080762568


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“A major European climate change plan stumbles amid farmer protests…

“The member states were supposed to give final approval to the biodiversity bill on Monday following months of proceedings through the EU’s institutional maze. But what was supposed to be a mere rubber stamp has now turned into its possible perpetual shelving.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/a-major-european-climate-change-plan-stumbles-amid-farmer-protests


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“Dust clouds from the Sahara are reaching Europe more frequently…

“Dust blown from the arid expanses of the Sahara desert is regularly carried into the sky above parts of Europe, with harmful impacts on air quality. But recently there has been an eightfold increase in these dust intrusions – even during colder months…”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2423467-dust-clouds-from-the-sahara-are-reaching-europe-more-frequently/


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“Dust storm from Sahara to hit Türkiye…

“A massive dust storm from the Sahara Desert is expected to shroud the country, with experts warning citizens, especially those with respiratory disorders, to take precautions.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dense-dust-from-sahara-desert-comes-to-turkiye-expert-191878


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“MOST EXTREME EVENT IN MEDITERREAN CLIMATIC HISTORY. In Algeria records of high Tmins were locally broken by 10C, much above April records and some even above May records!

“28/29C [84.2F] all night at Adrar. Mins up to 27C in the Highlands (26.8 Beni Abbes,25.8 Timimoun, 23 Ghriss).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771887481551503781


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“The Moroccan city of Tangier is the next record victim: With a minimum temperature of 18.3C [64.9F], it destroyed the record of the hottest March night on record.

“In Algeria some records beaten these days are above those of MAY ! and rare in June.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772186673373470783


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“More than 5,400 lightning strikes in a day and a half of intense thunderstorms [Madeira]…

“Between the early hours of Saturday morning (00 hours) and the end of Sunday morning (12 hours) the strong thunderstorm that hit the Madeira Region – a radius of 300 kilometers around the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo – provided 5,427 lightning strikes…”

https://www.madeiraislandnews.com/2024/03/more-than-5400-lightning-strikes-in-a-day-and-a-half-of-intense-thunderstorms.html


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“Uber drivers are melting amid Nigeria’s historic heat wave and record fuel prices.

“Uber drivers in Nigeria are suffering from heat-related health issues, but say they cannot afford to reduce their work hours. Drivers say they cannot switch on air conditioning in their cars when they don’t have passengers, due to high fuel costs.”

https://restofworld.org/2024/nigeria-heat-wave-uber/


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“Mozambique: Flood…

“Starting in the early morning of March 24th, intese rainfall in Maputo has led to extensive flooding of neighbourhoods across the province of Maputo… The capacity of the rivers and drainage systems is already limited due to the tropical storm Filipo.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/mozambique-flood-03-2024-maputo-floods-2024-03-25


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“Malawi follows Zambia in declaring drought disaster as El Niño brings hunger to southern Africa.

“The southern African nation of Malawi has declared a state of disaster over drought in 23 of its 28 districts and the president says it urgently needs more than $200 million in humanitarian assistance, less than a month after neighboring Zambia also appealed for help.”

https://apnews.com/article/malawi-africa-drought-disaster-el-nino-ccdb755b84133d0e2796da3296410edf


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“In the past days 150 countries and dozens of thousands of stations have set records.

“Some more remarkable addtions: SAUDI ARABIA 40C [104F] in the Highlands and TMIN 24.1 Bisha 1100m; KENYA Hottest March night ever: Tmin29.3 Lodwar; EUROPA ISLAND Hottest night ever Tmin 28.2; 37.7 Majanga, MADAGASCAR.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771928528205885474


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“Extraordinary heat in the Middle East: Records were locally beaten by 5C.

“Insane minimum temperatures >29C [84.2F] In the Emirates and Oman and minimum 27.0C at Sharurah Arabia 700m asl and 26.5C Al Ahsa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772209310145097781


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“HISTORIC – HOTTEST DAY IN CLIMATIC HISTORY IN MALDIVES; 35.1 [95.2F] Hanimadhoo, for the first time in history Maldives had a reliable temperature above 35C.

“Dozens of thousands of records are falling all over the world in all Continents; we are witnessing something unbelievable.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771874567503368214


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“How does war affect nature? Syria has lost 20% of its forests in 10 years.

“Explosions spark forest fires while the impoverished population is using trees as a source of fuel, which is driving desertification in the country, according to a study.”

https://english.elpais.com/climate/2024-03-25/how-does-war-affect-nature-syria-has-lost-20-of-its-forests-in-10-years.html


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“Severe Flooding Grips Southern Khuzestan Amid Heavy Rains [Iran]…

“Due to the flooding, the Khuzestan Governorate, in coordination with the Khuzestan Crisis Prevention, Coordination, and Operations Command, has ordered the closure of government offices in Ahvaz and Karun on Monday, except essential services and banks.”

https://iranwire.com/en/news/126700-severe-flooding-grips-southern-khuzestan-amid-heavy-rains/


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“Water crisis deepens in Bhatkal [India] as heatwave hits, residents grapple with drying rivers and wells.

“The heatwave sweeping across Bhatkal taluk has exacerbated the water crisis, with rivers and wells drying up and the next two months posing a significant challenge for residents.”

https://sahilonline.org/water-crisis-deepens-in-bhatkal-as-heatwave-hits-residents-grapple-with-drying-rivers-and-wells


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“Unusual March Heatwave Hits Pune: IMD Explains Surprising Temperature Rise…

“Moisture from the Arabian Sea has infiltrated Maharashtra, resulting in fewer clouds. While this doesn’t bring rain, it does amplify the heat in Pune and its surroundings, as per Kashyapi’s analysis.”

https://www.mypunepulse.com/unusual-march-heatwave-hits-pune-imd-explains-surprising-temperature-rise/


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“Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring, on Monday, issued a warning about strong winds and dust storms…

“Climate change-related desertification is the main factor behind the increasing frequency of dust storms in Mongolia in recent years… About 77 per cent of Mongolia’s total territory has been affected by desertification and land degradation.”

https://realnewsmagazine.net/mongolia-issues-warning-about-dust-storms/


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“A brief compilation of today’s microburst and straight-lined winds in Zhejiang Province [China], mostly from four identical supercells.

“One weather station recorded an unbelievable 147mph wind near Yiwu, Zhejiang Province!”

https://twitter.com/Ericwang1101/status/1772300772153172034


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“Hong Kong logs hottest ever March day with temperatures hitting 31.5 degrees Celsius.

“It was a scorching Sunday for Hong Kong as the city sweltered on its hottest March day ever as temperatures rose to 31.5 degrees Celsius (88.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the afternoon.”

https://www.scmp.com/yp/discover/news/hong-kong/article/3256566/hong-kong-logs-hottest-ever-march-day-temperatures-hitting-315-degrees-celsius


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“39.1c [102.4F] in TAIWAN at Ma Tou Shan – hottest March day ever recorded in the island.

“Also 34.5 Kaoshiung. Tomorrow it will be even worse, China is destroying records allover the Southeast. Worst East Asia heat wave in history just kicked off.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771837284196790397


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“Farmers Risking Extreme Heat To Bring Food to Taiwan’s Tables.

“Record-breaking March temperatures in Chiayi County, Taiwan, pose health risks for the large agricultural community there, as well as concerns for the summer.”

https://www.taiwanplus.com/news/taiwan-news/climate-and-natural-disasters/240325024/farmers-risking-extreme-heat-to-bring-food-to-taiwans-tables


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“Cambodia braces for record temperatures, early rains.

“The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology urged relevant authorities and individuals to conserve the use of water, emphasising the necessity for them to exercise caution in hot and dry conditions, particularly rural people far from water sources.”

https://vietnamnews.vn/world/1652634/cambodia-braces-for-record-temperatures-early-rains.html


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“12 months with thousands of records broken in THAILAND, every day.

“Insane 38.8 [101.8F] today at Phuket, which is beating its records nearly every single day of every month.

“MALAYSIA 39.0C Chuping monthly record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771519395673546949


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“Man, 22, dies of heatstroke in Pahang [Malaysia]…

“Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, “We are thankful that we have not yet reached the third level of extreme heatwaves, but given that climate change and ozone layer depletion have made our country vulnerable to extreme heat, this could happen at any time.””

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2024/03/26/man-22–dies-of-heatstroke-in-pahang


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“In Malaysia’s drought-hit Sabah, taps run dry – with more extreme heat expected.

“The east Malaysian state is surrounded by water, but years of infrastructure neglect and an El Nino-triggered drought have brought severe shortages. Tankers have been deployed to supply villages ‘around the clock’, spotlighting the plight of rural poor…”

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3256725/malaysias-drought-hit-sabah-taps-run-dry-more-extreme-heat-expected


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“Record outback rains could eventually move south this Easter [Australia]…

“An exceptional soaking across outback Australia has broken all-time rain records, caused dry Northern Territory rivers to flood, and will supply another boost to waters already flowing south into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-26/nsw-outback-wet-weather-moving-south-easter/103630796


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“New Zealand’s glaciers are shrinking as ice melts at an accelerating rate, a top government scientist warned Monday after concluding a monitoring expedition in the country’s Southern Alps.

“The country’s climate institute conducts a yearly aerial “snowline survey”, which helps to chart how much ice the nation’s glaciers have lost.”

https://www.barrons.com/amp/news/new-zealand-s-glaciers-shrinking-faster-scientist-warns-fb327efa


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“At least 27 dead as flooding ravages southeast Brazil…

“The death toll in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo rose to 19, and at least eight people have been killed in neighboring state Rio de Janeiro, CNN Brasil reported citing each state’s respective Civil Defense. At least six people are still missing, and more than 7,000 people were forced to flee their homes…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/25/climate/brazil-flooding-landslide-climate-intl/index.html


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“RECORD! 35.1 [95.2F] in the Guyanese capital Georgetown Airport destroys once again its hottest March day on record.

“Guyana has been beating records neatly every single day in the past 9 months. It will get worse…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772170038713184437


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“EXTRAORDINARY – COSTA RICA pulverized again its highest temperature in history with an incredible 41.5C [106.7F] at Cerro Huacalito…

“…also 40.8 Palo Verde. Not even the nights at 3400m above sea level are cold: +9,2C Min on the Irazu Volcano.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1771635283575853115


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“Hottest night in climatic history in the Honduras capital.

“Tegucigalpa (1000m asl) with a min. temperature of 22.4C [72.3F]. 156 countries have broken records this week: we are living something beyond any imagination.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772022100829589986


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“Forest fires burn in nearly half of Mexico’s drought-stricken states, fueled by strong winds.

“The National Forestry Commission reported 58 active fires in 15 states, including in protected nature reserves in Morelos, Veracruz and Mexico states. A preliminary estimate of the affected area reached more than 3,500 acres (1,421 hectares), the commission wrote on the social platform X.”

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/forest-fires-burn-in-nearly-half-of-mexico-s-19368488.php


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“Texas authorities are preparing to battle yet another set of wildfires as the state experiences a bout of critical fire weather.

“The Texas A&M Forest Service, the agency that handles Texas fire response, says that the potential blazes are centred in the Texas plains and southwest Texas near Amarillo, Lubbock, Childress, Andrews and Alpine/Fort Davis.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/texas-wildfire-abbott-smokehouse-creek-b2518394.html


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“Wildfire smoke may be deadliest effect of climate change in US.

“Exposure to rising levels of wildfire smoke could lead to more than 10,000 additional deaths each year in the US by 2050. This could make deaths due to wildfire smoke the costliest consequence of climate change for the country…”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2423807-wildfire-smoke-may-be-deadliest-effect-of-climate-change-in-us/


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“Sky turns brown as dust storm engulfs Texas town.

“Parts of west Texas were hit by dust storms with wind speeds reaching up to 130km/h (80mph) on Sunday. Footage from Amarillo, Texas shows the sky turning a brownish red as dust engulfed the town. The National Weather Service warned locals of “significantly reduced visibilities”.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-68642023


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“Rise of the climate crisis cafes: Anxious Americans are meeting up to sip kombucha and share their fears that global warming and overpopulation are destroying the planet.

“Psychologists claim that these groups are having a positive impact on those trying to face the tough realities of a changing planet.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13218775/Rise-climate-crisis-cafes-Anxious-Americans-meeting-sip-kombucha-share-fears-global-warming-overpopulation-destroying-planet.html


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“A shortage of coffee could hit the UK as supply is affected by rising costs and climate change…

“Coffee drinkers could face a reduced supply of their favourite beverage and higher costs as climate change and disease is hitting supply. At the same time, environmental campaigners are calling for restrictions on coffee grown in countries where rainforests are illegally cut down.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13237951/shortage-coffee-UK-supply-costs-climate-change.html


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“How climate change could affect the microbes that ferment grapes and give wine its specific flavours…

“Earlier studies have already suggested that grapevine characteristics such as flowering and grape sugar ripeness may be linked to climatic changes. But so far, the microbes that ferment grapes have received little attention. Our new research explores how yeasts, bacteria and fungi may be affected by changes in temperature and rainfall.”

https://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-could-affect-the-microbes-that-ferment-grapes-and-give-wine-its-specific-flavours-225997


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“Honey bee colonies are collapsing as climate change progresses…

“With warmer, longer fall seasons, bees keep flying when they’d normally start preparing for winter. This extra activity, unfortunately, takes a toll. Instead of conserving energy, they’re shortening their lifespans.”

https://www.earth.com/news/honey-bee-colonies-are-collapsing-as-climate-change-progresses/


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“What’s Worse for the Planet Than Planes? Drained Bogs…

“About 11% of peatlands globally have been modified and drained. These degraded wetlands cover less than 0.4% of the Earth’s land area but are responsible for 5% of human-caused emissions — more than aviation.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-03-26/climate-change-drained-peatland-poses-as-much-threat-as-planes


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“Antarctic sea ice near historic lows: Arctic ice continues decline…

“Sea ice at both the top and bottom of the planet continued its decline in 2024. In the waters around Antarctica, ice coverage shrank to near-historic lows for the third year in a row. The recurring loss hints at a long-term shift in conditions in the Southern Ocean…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-antarctic-sea-ice-historic-lows.html


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“The critical limits of climate scenario modelling [Actuarial perspective]…

“Measured against a current ‘view of the world’ taxonomy of plausible catastrophe threats – including tipping points that have the potential to cause damage and disruption to social and economic systems – scenario modeling should now be a standard tool within an insurer’s armory.”

https://www.actuarialpost.co.uk/news/article/the-critical-limits-of-climate-scenario-modelling-23173.htm


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“The legal implications of climate change…

“Given climate-related risks will affect most clients and nearly all areas of legal practice, the Law Society, based on the advice of its Climate Change Working Group, considers there is an evolving duty of care owed by solicitors to their clients to advise on climate-related risks.”

https://lsj.com.au/articles/the-legal-implications-of-climate-change/


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