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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“Antarctica ‘super vortex’ is speeding up due to climate change – and it could melt thousands of square miles of sea ice, study reveals…

“A massive vortex of ocean water encircling Antarctica, a swirling volume 100-times larger than all the world’s rivers combined, is getting faster due to climate change… Now scientists fear it’s hastening the rise of global sea levels as it stirs Antarctica’s thousands of square miles of ice shelves — like a straw stirring ice into a cold drink.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/antarctica-super-vortex-is-speeding-up-due-to-climate-change-and-it-could-melt-thousands-of-square-miles-of-sea-ice-study-reveals/ar-BB1kDZPk


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“In some parts of Australia, coastal dunes are retreating from the ocean at an alarming rate, as waves carve up the beach and wind blows the sand inland…

“Our new research documents the retreat, revealing an accelerating rate of change along Australia’s longest coastal dunefield, in South Australia. These beaches are being reshaped in the geological blink of an eye.”

https://theconversation.com/coastal-dunes-are-retreating-as-sea-levels-rise-our-research-reveals-the-accelerating-rate-of-change-225664


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“1st phase of Tuktoyaktuk erosion mitigation project underway [NWT, Canada]…

“Since 1976, there have been efforts to slow down the erosion on the shore from the waves of the Arctic Ocean. The first measures used were called Longard tubes, which were sand-filled synthetic fibre tubes installed along the shore behind the old school.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tuktoyaktuk-erosion-mitigation-proejct-meeting-1.7157166


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“How eutrophication and climate change alter food webs in the Baltic Sea…

“”The phytoplankton of the central Baltic Sea has changed considerably over the last three decades. In summer, it is increasingly dominated by mass developments of filamentous cyanobacteria. The phenomenon is known as blue-green algae blooms,” says Markus Steinkopf, a marine biologist…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-eutrophication-climate-food-webs-baltic.html


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“Hypoxia is widespread and increasing in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast, study shows…

“”We’ve known that low oxygen conditions are increasing based on single points of study in the past, but this confirms that these conditions are occurring across Pacific Northwest coastal waters,” said Barth, an oceanography professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-hypoxia-widespread-ocean-pacific-northwest.html


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“Seabirds and humpback whales give early warning to marine heatwaves.

“During the prolonged and harsh Blob conditions, top predators in the Gulf of Alaska pelagic ecosystem showed alarming signs of distress, indicating large-scale disruptions below the surface. Humpback whales displayed changes in foraging behavior and faced unusual mortality events, and seabirds faced massive die-offs and breeding failures.”

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/article/seabirds-and-humpback-whales-give-early-warning-to-marine-heatwaves/175459/


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“The ocean says it’s June 3 in the tropical Atlantic.

“Anomalies this large aren’t supposed to happen, and certainly not for 10 consecutive months with no end in sight.”

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1772620104057880595


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“Explosive Atlantic Hurricane Season Brews With 25 Named Storms… There’s a chance the number of named storms tops 2020 record…

““The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to feature well above the historical average number of tropical storms, hurricanes, major hurricanes, and direct US impacts,” Alex DaSilva, AccuWeather’s lead hurricane forecaster, said in a Wednesday statement.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-27/super-charged-atlantic-hurricane-season-threatens-to-set-new-record


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“Biden’s Biofuel Push Risks Dethroning Corn as King of US Crops…

“President Joe Biden’s decarbonization plan and the huge subsidies it offers to green energy are boosting demand for soybean oil, key to renewable diesel production. That means the old adage that the US farmer likes to plant corn could become history, with soy taking the No. 1 spot in the future.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-27/biden-s-biofuel-push-risks-dethroning-corn-as-king-of-us-crops


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“How drought is destroying the US crawfish sector…

“Louisiana began to experience drought conditions in the late spring of 2023, and the situation became increasingly worrisome as summer progressed. As early as mid-August of 2023, Extension personnel with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center were warning crawfish producers of potential problems ahead.”

https://thefishsite.com/articles/how-drought-is-destroying-the-us-crawfish-sector-in-louisiana


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“Forest fires spread in Mexico, at least four dead…

“Strong winds aggravate forest fires across Mexico… 18 of Mexico’s 32 states are now reporting forest fires as strong winds and severe drought aggravate the situation.”

https://news.sky.com/video/mexico-strong-winds-aggravate-forest-fires-across-mexico-13102740


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“RECORD HEAT – again records for March are smashed in pieces in the Yucatan Peninsula.

“42.7 [108.9F] Campeche; 41.8 Villahermosa; 40.6 Hacienda Ylang; Also 43 again in Guatemala,40C in Belize and 39C on the Honduran coast.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772420207518085506


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“JUST IN: It’s just UNBELIEVABLE Records everywhere every hour every minute…

“HOTTEST MARCH DAY IN ALL CENTRAL AMERICAN CLIMATIC HISTORY. Brutal 44.0 [111.2F] at La Fragua GUATEMALA today…

“Thousands of records are being pulverized.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773156448786125194


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“Costa Rica’s Wildfire Crisis: Chira Island Battling Uncontrolled Blaze…

“The fire started last Sunday and has spread rapidly, despite all the human resources available in ACT being used to combat the incident. The situation is aggravated by the complex topography, strong winds, and high temperatures in the area, making it very difficult to control the fire and putting a heavy strain on personnel.”

https://ticotimes.net/2024/03/27/costa-ricas-wildfire-crisis-chira-island-battling-uncontrolled-blaze


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“EXCEPTIONAL RECORDS – All 3 “Guyanas” destroyed their March national heat record again.

“36.9 [98.4F] Grand Santi and St Laurent FRENCH GUIANA; 36.4 Zanderj Airport SURINAME; 38 (provisional, max later) Lethem GUYANA. Records are falling in this area every day beaten and re-beaten continuously.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773116503946129694


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“Exceptional heat wave in SOUTH AMERICA – 39.6C [103.3F] at Pasabar PERU, 2nd hottest March day in Peru.

“Record heat in ECUADOR with 29.1 at Cuenca at 2500m asl.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772743698410836466


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“Andean alarm: climate crisis increases fears of glacial lake flood in Peru…

“In 1941, thousands of people died in Huaraz when the natural dam on a lake above the city gave way. Now, melting glaciers are raising the chances of it happening again.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/26/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-palcacocha-huaraz-andes-peru-climate-crisis


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“Rain, rain and more rain: What is driving the recent wet weather Ireland has been experiencing?

“‘Significant’ record rise in sea temperatures in the North Atlantic caused by climate change is a factor, says Met Éireann… The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has issued a warning that the continuing wet weather has left Ireland’s tillage sector at “breaking point”…”

https://www.irishtimes.com/environment/climate-crisis/2024/03/26/rain-rain-and-more-rain-what-is-driving-the-recent-wet-weather-ireland-has-been-experiencing/


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“Sh-t hits the fan as Britain’s politicians squabble over record sewage spills…

“Water firms blamed record rainfall, but the center-left Liberal Democrats, a threat to the Tories in numerous coastal seats in the West Country, are pushing the issue repeatedly as a core message, replacing previously dominant battles like Brexit.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-politicians-fight-over-record-sewage-spills-river-sea/


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“Climate change wreaked havoc in [Europe’s] ski resorts this winter – here’s what we learnt…

“A stellar start, rain in January, the warmest February on record and then storm cycles that breathed life back into brown mountains, the 2023/24 ski season will go down in history as a strange one for forecasters… it has led many to believe the future of ski holidays is doomed…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/news/climate-change-wreaked-havoc-in-ski-resorts-this-winter/


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“Europe’s Warmer Weather to Continue in April After Winter Highs…

“The concluding winter has been exceptionally mild across Europe, reducing demand for heating and pushing power and natural gas prices down. Global temperatures continue setting new highs…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-28/europe-s-warmer-weather-to-continue-in-april-after-winter-highs


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“EXTRAORDINARY – Temperatures close to 30C in the middle of the night in GREECE. 24.8C [76.6F] the MINIMUM at Falasarna HOTTEST MARCH NIGHT IN GREEK HISTORY.

“All Mediterranean was swept by a historic record heat from West to East, except Italy which was completely untouched.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772903779332940075


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“At Least Seven Dead in Nairobi as Flooding Hits City.

“Authorities were busy with rapid response operations in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, March 25, following floods that killed at least seven people in the city, according to reporting from NTV and The Star Kenya.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/least-seven-dead-nairobi-flooding-120203712.html


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“KENYA WRITES ITS CLIMATIC HISTORY – For the first time it records a minimum >30C: 30.3 [86.5F] at Lodwar.

“Tropical nights at 1500m asl. The heat in the last 2 months in Kenya has been relentless and unreal. Record March Hot night also in JUAN DE NOVA ISLAND (French Indian Ocean) MIN 29.4.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772995352167141843


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“Madagascar’s key vanilla-producing region has taken a direct hit from a tropical storm that made landfall on the Indian Ocean island’s north eastern coast on Wednesday…

“The region, which produces around 80% of the world’s vanilla beans, was being hammered by heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 125 kilometer per hour by Cyclone Gamane…”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/madagascar-key-vanilla-producing-region-160217788.html


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“Records of hottest nights pulverized also all over Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Crazy minimum of 29.4C in the island of MAYOTTE, its hottest night in history.

“27.8C Tmin ASCENSION Island also its hottest night in history. 168 countries are beating records: we are beyond any imagination.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772650305450053731


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT WAVE IN CENTRAL ASIA – Up to 33C [91.4F] In the former USSR Republics, night minimums up to 23C in Uzbekistan, Iran (Iranshar, Zabol) and Turkmenistan.

“29C in the highlands of Kazakhstan,Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. NIghts >16C (Turkestan). Dozens of Records of warm nights.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772657266145034711


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“Kyrgyzstan Takes Issue With Uzbekistan’s Hydropower Plans…

“Uzbekistan’s grandiose hydropower development plans are irking neighboring Kyrgyzstan, which is experiencing a shortage of water resources. These shortages have in part been caused by Kyrgyzstan swapping its water with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in exchange for electricity.”

https://timesca.com/kyrgyzstan-takes-issue-with-uzbekistans-hydropower-plans/


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“Amid water crisis in Bengaluru, temperature crosses 40 degree [104F] across Karnataka…

“In a significant development, Karnataka witnessed soaring temperatures on Wednesday, breaching the 40-degree Celsius mark in various districts. Kalaburagi and Bagalkot districts notably recorded maximum temperatures of 40.6 and 40.2°C, respectively.”

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/bengaluru-news/amid-water-crisis-in-bengaluru-temperature-crosses-40-degree-across-karnataka-imd-issues-heat-alert-for-next-3-days/articleshow/108839010.cms


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“ABSOLUTE MADNESS HONG KONG AND MACAU – Records smashed all over: 32.9 [91.2F] Wetland Park HONG KONG; 32.7 Ka Ho MACAU. Hottest March temperatures ever recorded in both Territories [again].

“Dozens of thousands of records are falling in a span of millions of square kilometers at the same time.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772598350749089816


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“Hottest March night on records in thousands of cities all around Asia North/South/East/West.

“LAOS MIN 30.0 [86F] Pakse Hottest March night ever in Laos; CAMBODIA MIN 28.6 Preah Vihear Hottest March night ever in Cambodia; MALAYSIA Tmin 28.3 Penang Hottest March night ever in Malaysia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772577920944312635


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“Malaysia Braces for Worst as Heat Wave to Run Through Mid-April…

“Malaysia is rolling out emergency measures to deal with a worsening heat wave, after temperatures edging close to 40 degrees Celsius claimed a life and threatened crop yields… Climate change could further exacerbate the situation, the minister said.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-26/malaysia-braces-for-worst-as-heat-wave-to-run-through-mid-april


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“HISTORIC DAY ALLOVER ASIA:

“39.2 [102.5F] Phuket THAILAND hottest day in history; 33.5 Male MALDIVES March hottest day. MYANMAR monthly records: 41.9 Shwekyin; 40.2 Kawthaung; 39.7 Mawlamyine; 39.2 Mudon.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772971894796394744


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“Again a waterfall of records broken in JAPAN.

“29 more stations had their warmest night ever in March with summerly MINIMUMS up to 24C [75.2F]! See list by JMA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1772583653576417537


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“Extreme heat is the silent assassin of climate change…

“…extreme heat, far less visually dramatic than hurricanes or floods, is claiming lives and livelihoods with a stealth that belies its impact. Climate change is dramatically increasing the probability that we will see a mass fatality extreme heat disaster soon.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/3/27/extreme-heat-is-the-silent-assassin-of-climate-change


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“Embrace Nap Times, Go Nocturnal to Beat the Heat…

“Researchers are witnessing more nighttime activity among numerous animals across the globe – alpine ibex in Europe, cheetahs in Africa and the white-lipped peccary (a cute pig-like creature) in South America – to escape extreme heat associated with climate change.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-03-28/climate-crisis-embrace-nap-times-go-nocturnal-to-beat-the-heat


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“NOAA gets dire warning about solar geoengineering…

“Picture this: As a Phoenix heat wave is killing hundreds of people, an entrepreneur approaches the city’s mayor with an extraordinary offer. The company will spray enough aerosols into the sky to reduce temperatures near Phoenix for a week, until the heat wave passes. It’s a tempting offer…”

https://www.eenews.net/articles/noaa-gets-dire-warning-about-solar-geoengineering/


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“‘Everybody has a breaking point’: how the climate crisis affects our brains…

“…children who were in utero during [hurricane] Sandy bear an inordinately high risk of psychiatric conditions today. For example, girls who were exposed to Sandy prenatally experienced a 20-fold increase in anxiety and a 30-fold increase in depression later in life compared with girls who were not exposed.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/27/everybody-has-a-breaking-point-how-the-climate-crisis-affects-our-brains


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“More than a billion meals are thrown away every day, in poor countries as well as rich ones, despite more than 730 million people living in hunger around the world…

“Not only is this waste squandering natural resources, it is also a big contributor to the climate and biodiversity crises, accounting for close to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/27/fifth-of-food-wasted-globally-at-cost-of-1tn-a-year-says-un-report


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“Climate change puts global semiconductor manufacturing at risk. Can the industry cope?

“The 21st century chip manufacturing industry has been described as “at least as significant geopolitically as oil was in the 20th.” But semiconductor manufacturing requires vast quantities of water to keep machinery cool and wafer sheets free of debris, and the unfolding climate emergency puts the industry at risk.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-puts-global-semiconductor-manufacturing-at-risk-can-the-industry-cope-225879


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“Global Warming and Plastic Pollution Are Inextricably Trapped in a “Vicious Circle”…

“Plastics that we rely on every day will deteriorate more rapidly because of rising global temperatures, and one effect will be a demand for more plastics. Xinfeng Wei, a researcher in polymeric materials at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, says meeting that demand will further compound greenhouse emissions…”

https://scitechdaily.com/global-warming-and-plastic-pollution-are-inextricably-trapped-in-a-vicious-circle/


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“Human-driven climate change has ‘slowed the Earth’s rotation’ and could affect how we measure time, study suggests…

“Duncan Agnew, the author of the study and a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, says the ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica has changed where the Earth’s mass is concentrated.”

https://news.sky.com/story/human-driven-climate-change-has-slowed-the-earths-rotation-and-could-affect-how-we-measure-time-study-suggests-13102985


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