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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“Colossal floods stun Kazakhstan. Entire swathes of Kazakhstan look like a scene from a disaster movie.

“Vast amounts of floodwater have destroyed villages and carried away livestock. Social media is filled with images of people clambering for safety onto the roofs of their homes as rescue helicopters circle above.”

https://eurasianet.org/colossal-floods-stun-kazakhstan


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“The worst yellow dust hit northern China, including the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region…

“… local governments, companies, and schools have suspended work and classes, and major factory facilities have temporarily stopped operating, according to the Korea Meteorological University.”

https://www.mk.co.kr/en/world/10977974


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“Massive hailstones the size of eggs battered cars during a heavy storm in China.

“Shocking video footage captured the freak storm that shattered windscreens. The hailstorm hit in the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang Province on Monday. It barraged vehicles with large hailstones measuring up to two inches.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/egg-sized-hailstones-smash-car-windows-during-heavy-storm/ar-BB1kIn9u


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“Hail paints northern Vietnam white.

“Hail and tornadoes have been wreaking havoc in several mountainous areas in northern Vietnam, damaging over 1,000 houses and thousands of hectares of crops.”

https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/environment/hails-paint-the-grounds-of-northern-vietnam-in-white-4728327.html


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“Coffee prices at record high in Vietnam as dry weather drives supply concerns…

““With the current low supply situation and negative new crop supply prospects, Vietnamese farmers and traders are still in a ‘stockpiling’ mood,” Mercantile Exchange of Vietnam said in a note earlier this week.”

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40296041/coffee-prices-at-record-high-in-vietnam-as-dry-weather-drives-supply-concerns


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“Today, only one station in China broke the March record (Dongshan, Fujian, SE China), but a fierce heat wave is coming.

“Baise, Guangxi may experience China’s first 40C this year, and many places may break the highest record in March.”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1773334421078208709


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“China’s hydro generators wait for the rains to come.

“China’s hydro generation has been essentially flat for the last three years, despite commissioning several large new power plants, as a prolonged drought has sharply reduced river flows in the southwestern part of the country.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/chinas-hydro-generators-wait-rains-come-2024-03-22/


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“Karnali villages are emptying as water sources dry up [Nepal]…

“Of 366,370 households in the province, only 130,000 have reliable access to drinking water… “The water supply project has stalled due to the absence of a road to transport the transformer needed for supplying electricity to the project,” explained BK.”

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2024/03/30/karnali-villages-are-emptying-as-water-sources-dry-up


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“Indians may already be experiencing temperatures close to limits of human survivability without even being aware…

“The basic criteria for IMD to declare a heatwave currently does not include take into account relative humidity, which is increasingly becoming a cause of humid heatwaves.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/indians-may-already-be-experiencing-temperatures-close-to-limits-of-human-survivability-without-even-being-aware-95278


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“Climate change is making giant heat waves crawl slower across the globe and they are baking more people for a longer time with higher temperatures over larger areas, a new study finds.

“Since 1979, global heat waves are moving 20 per cent more slowly — meaning more people stay hot longer — and they are happening 67 per cent more often…”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/study-says-since-1979-climate-change-has-made-heat-waves-last-longer-spike-hotter-hurt-more-people-1.6827589


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“Unseasonal rain, hailstorm ‘entirely’ wipe out crops in Zhavame [Nagaland, NE India]…

‘I’ve never witnessed a hailstorm of this magnitude before,’ says 72-year-old citizen… “The hailstorm lasted for about 25 minutes- the longest that I have seen in all my life”, he told The Morung Express aftermath of the hailstorm.”

https://www.morungexpress.com/unseasonal-rain-hailstorm-entirely-wipe-out-crops-in-zhavame


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“Hail storm strikes northeastern Thailand, most sizable hailstones in decades…

“Video clips shared by locals on social media during the hail storm showed that the hailstones were large, some as big as a child’s fist or a tennis ball. Many people, posting on Facebook, mentioned that in the past 40-50 years, they had never witnessed such large hailstones before.”

https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/hail-storm-strikes-northeastern-thailand-sizable-hailstones-in-decades-456608


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“THAILAND-INDONESIA are still racing.

“From 1 January EVERY SINGLE DAY they broke heat records and none seems to quit first. Tonight it was the hottest March night on record with a TMIN of 28.0C [82.4F] at both Surabaya and Patthaya.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773869922726142317


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“In Indonesia, deforestation is intensifying disasters from severe weather and climate change…

“Roads turned to murky brown rivers, homes were swept away by strong currents and bodies were pulled from mud during deadly flash floods and landslides after torrential rains hit West Sumatra in early March, marking one of the latest deadly natural disasters in Indonesia.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/indonesia-deforestation-intensifying-disasters-severe-weather-climate-change-108674080


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“HISTORIC HEAT SE ASIA – HOTTEST MARCH NIGHT IN HISTORY VIETNAM AND PHILIPPINES.

“Tmin 29.0 [84.2F] Phu Quoc; 27.9C Cebu (also 27.8 Roxas, Catbalogan, 27.5 San Jose; 27.4 Dipolog; 27.0 Masbate).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773291672027181519


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“Incredible record broken again and again in FRENCH GUIANA, 37.1C [98.8F] today, every day St Laurent do Moroni is beating and re-beating its own records continuously now nearly 3C above its previous record.

“Few days ago also record hot night in the Cayenne Airport with Tmin 27.0C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773508361205452991


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“In a heated discussion with BBC reporter Stephen Shakur over Guyana’s oil reserve, the country president, Irfaan Ali, said that he “would lecture” him….

“…the president says, “Let me stop you right there,” and adds, “Do you know that Guyana has a forest forever that is the size of England and Scotland combined? A forest that stores 19.5 gigatonnes of carbon? A forest that we have kept alive.””

https://www.hindustantimes.com/trending/guyanese-president-says-i-would-lecture-you-on-climate-change-to-bbc-journalist-when-discussing-countrys-oil-reserve-101711769659995.html


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“Smoke Blankets Venezuela…

“…unusually warm and dry weather, potentially a consequence of global warming and shifting circulation and rainfall patterns associated with the ongoing El Niño, parched the country’s landscapes and primed them to burn.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/152607/smoke-blankets-venezuela


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“Another record in NICARAGUA . Almost 100% of Nicaraguan stations broke records this month, even for all months (37.0 / 98.6F) Rivas 2 days ago).

“The capital Managua yesterday with 38.2 had its hottest March day in history, breaking the 37.8 record set on 23 March 1983.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773831301486813310


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“Cattle are drinking the Colorado River dry…

“…86% of the water consumed in the Western U.S. is used to irrigate crops… Most of that, however, is used to grow food for cattle — alfalfa, hay and grass. “We were quite surprised to see how large a proportion was going to cattle crops,” Richter told me in a Zoom interview earlier this month.”

https://www.hcn.org/articles/cattle-are-drinking-the-colorado-river-dry/


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“Bird flu spreads to dairy cows in Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio.

“A highly virulent bird flu first detected in dairy cows in Texas and Kansas this week has spread to additional herds, bringing the number of affected states to six and adding evidence the virus may be spreading cow-to-cow… “Spread of symptoms among the Michigan herd also indicates that HPAI transmission between cattle cannot be ruled out.””

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/03/29/bird-flu-cows/


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“Record low Great Lakes ice jump-starts Michigan’s severe weather season…

“The lack of ice on the Great Lakes this winter could cause thunderstorms and tornadoes to occur earlier than usual in the region. Michigan is expected to see more severe weather in April and May, said Paul Pastelok, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.”

https://news.jrn.msu.edu/2024/03/record-low-great-lakes-ice-jump-starts-michigans-severe-weather-season/


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“Portland [Maine] experiences record wet March, prepares for warmer April…

“As of Friday afternoon, 11.07 inches of rain has fallen in Portland. This has put the Portland area in 2024 second all-time for the wettest March on record. This data dates back to 1871.”

https://fox23maine.com/news/local/portland-experiences-record-wet-march-prepares-for-warmer-april-weather


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“Potato planting in peril: Irish farmers face uncertain future amidst wet weather woes.

“In a concerning turn for the Irish potato industry, farmers across the nation are grappling with a pressing dilemma due to unrelenting rainfalls. The situation has left them in a state of uncertainty, as they question whether planting their crops this year is a feasible option…”

https://www.potatonewstoday.com/2024/03/28/potato-planting-in-peril-irish-farmers-face-uncertain-future-amidst-wet-weather-woes/


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“Oxford’s Boat Race preparation ‘thwarted’ by flooding.

“Oxford’s Wallingford HQ has been underwater for much of this winter, and the flooded Thames has been too dangerous to row… This is unlikely to be a one-off. If you lump rainfall data into 30-year chunks, the national average has risen from 247mm for 1831-60 (the first available period) to 347mm for 1991-2020.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rowing/2024/03/28/oxford-boat-race-preparations-thwarted-by-flooding/


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“Andalucia’s economy is predicted to grow slower compared to other Spanish regions this year, with a study suggesting that the drought is to blame…

““Agricultural production in southern communities continues to be affected, leading to below-average growth in Castilla-La Mancha, Andalucia, Extremadura and Murcia,” the BBVA said.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2024/03/29/economic-impact-of-drought-is-laid-bare-andalucia-to-grow-less-than-the-rest-of-spain-due-to-affected-industries-study-says/


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“UNBELIEVABLE! 30c AT NIGHT IN GREECE… at 6:40am this morning Sisi, Crete was at 30.0 [86F].

“Europe will live some extraordinary with hundreds of records beaten with extreme margins.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773278498775257140


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“Athens chokes in clouds of Sahara dust…

“The city regularly experiences such sandstorms but the current one is accompanied by unusually high spring temperatures, heightening the choking effect.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-03-athens-clouds-sahara.html


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“Bulgaria basks in warm spring weather as temperature records set.

“Records for maximum temperatures were set at Bulgaria’s Black Sea major coast cities on March 29, according to the country’s weather bureau. In Bulgaria’s main Black Sea city of Varna on Friday, thermometers recorded 25.6 [78.1F] degrees Celsius…”

https://sofiaglobe.com/2024/03/29/bulgaria-basks-in-warm-spring-weather-as-temperature-records-set/


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“Next 2 days will rewrite the European climatic history: thousands of records will be wiped out all over the Balkans, Central/Eastern Europe, Belarus, the Baltic countries, NW Russia, Ukraine.

“A dozen countries can break their national records… Ukranian city of Odessa just had its warmest March day in history with 24.8C [76.6F].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773778722979487954


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“RECORD! Africa is under an exceptional heat wave which will rewrite climatic books for days to come.

“Today BURKINA FASO had its hottest March night on record: TMIN 31.7C [89.1F] at Dedougou. 100% of african countries beat records every single day for months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773655360076763240


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“TOGO, GHANA and BENIN are very close to their national all time highs, all 3 are at risk next days.

“Today 45.6C [114.1F] in the CHAD capital Ndjamena. RECORDS FOR MARCH: 44.6 San, MALI; 44.0 Magaria NIGER; 43.8 Boromo, BURKINA FASO; 42.3 Dapaong, TOGO.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1773801435358007380


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“At Least 18 Dead, Thousands Displaced As Tropical Cyclone Causes Devastation in Madagascar…

“The cyclone has led to extensive flooding, submerging entire villages partially, displacing or affecting around 47,000 people, and triggering landslides that caused injuries to three individuals, as stated by the National Office for Disaster Management.”

https://www.arise.tv/at-least-18-dead-thousands-displaced-as-tropical-cyclone-causes-devastation-in-madagascar/


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“In Iraq, water crisis leaves farmers clinging to sidr trees…

“…the landscape has been devastated by upstream damming of the main two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, lower rainfall trends and decades of armed conflict, leaving farmers, such as Ibrahim, facing the loss of their livelihoods.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240328-in-iraq-water-crisis-leaves-farmers-clinging-to-sidr-trees/


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“Vegetables are losing their nutrients. Can the decline be reversed?

“…recent research has documented the declining nutrient value in some staple crops due to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels; a 2018 study that tested rice found that higher CO2 levels reduced its protein, iron and zinc content. The climate crisis has only accelerated concerns about crops’ nutritional value.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/28/vegetables-losing-nutrients-biofortification


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“As climate change and pollution imperil coral reefs, scientists are deep-freezing corals to repopulate future oceans…

“Today, the world’s coral reefs are degrading at unprecedented rates due to pollution, overfishing and destructive forestry and mining practices on land. Climate change driven by human activities is warming and acidifying the ocean, producing a reef crisis that could cause most corals to go extinct within a few generations.”

https://theconversation.com/as-climate-change-and-pollution-imperil-coral-reefs-scientists-are-deep-freezing-corals-to-repopulate-future-oceans-224480


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“‘Garbage Lasagna’: Landfill Dumps Are a Big Driver of Warming, Study Says.

“These landfills also belch methane, a powerful, planet-warming gas, on average at almost three times the rate reported to federal regulators, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/28/climate/landfills-methane-emissions.html


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“Copernicus online portal offers terrifying view of climate emergency. Looking at the mass of information, there is only one conclusion: we are running out of time…

“…it seemed to this observer that scientists have been underestimating for some time how quickly the situation is deteriorating.”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2024/mar/29/copernicus-online-portal-offers-terrifying-view-climate-emergency


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“Global Warming Acceleration: Hope vs Hopium [James Hansen et al]…

“Our paper, Global Warming in the Pipeline was greeted by a few scientists, among the most active in communication with the public, with denial. Our friend Michael Mann, e.g., with a large public following, refused to concede that global warming is accelerating. We mention Mike because we know that he won’t take this notation personally.”

https://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2024/Hopium.MarchEmail.2024.03.29.pdf


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“Seven ways that climate change will alter our holidays by 2050…

“Northern Europe, as opposed to the Med, may well become the destination of choice in summer… The vineyards of southern England – once derided – are now flourishing. Warmer temperatures are producing plenty of lauded, refreshing bottles, and paving the way for the development of wine tourism.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-truths/ways-climate-change-will-alter-holidays-by-2050/


You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back on Monday with an “Economic” thread, although it may be shorter than usual with the news-cycle slowing over the Easter break.

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