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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“Thousands of people living in Russia’s Orenburg region have been forced to evacuate after severe flooding caused a dam to burst in the Ural river.

“”Don’t wait for the situation to become threatening! Leave! You need to evacuate as quickly as possible,” the region’s mayor Sergei Salmin told residents… Several parts of the Russian Siberian and Ural mountains as well as neighbouring parts of Kazakhstan have been hit with floods in recent days and a state of emergency has been declared in Orenburg.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-dam-burst-flooding-orenburg-b2524334.html


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“Uranium stocks soar on bullish Goldman Sachs call, Kazakhstan flooding…

“Uranium stocks are having their best run in months on a combination of flooding in Kazakhstan, the world’s largest producer of the nuclear fuel, and a burst of bullish coverage from banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.”

https://www.mining.com/web/uranium-stocks-soar-on-bullish-goldman-sachs-call-kazakhstan-flooding/


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“Climate change and nuclear waste are a toxic stew. Building weapons and storing contaminated material safely is becoming harder…

“Worryingly, there is little evidence nuclear operations or governments are ready for such potential catastrophes, warns Nickolas Roth, senior director of nuclear materials security at the Nuclear Threat Initiative…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/commentary/2024/04/04/climate-change-nuclear-waste/


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“Rainfall in southern China was very severe today.

“It rained 103.8 mm in one hour in Yingde, Guangdong. An AWS even recorded a super heavy rain of 131.1 mm [5.2 inches] in 30 minutes! It may have broken China’s 30-minute rainfall record!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1775851235368948211


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“Rescue operations in full swing in east China’s Jiangxi Province after torrential rain…

“Intensive rescue operations are underway in east China’s Jiangxi Province following torrential rain in the area. The rain caused flooding that trapped residents, interrupted traffic and inundated crops. Rescuers worked overnight to evacuate those affected.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2024-04-05/Rescue-operations-continue-in-E-China-s-Jiangxi-after-torrential-rain-1syqWbWFWaQ/p.html


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“King of fruits may fall victim to early heat fury this year… With mango crop already vulnerable to climate change impact, output in northern India may be hit by heat wave…

“With horticulturists already battling the impacts of climate change, mango yield in northern India including Uttar Pradesh… may be hit by the earlier-than-usual summer this year…”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/king-of-fruits-may-fall-victim-to-early-heat-fury-this-year-101712345449779.html


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“KOLKATA: Amidst the sweltering heat, the state health department has asked all state-run hospitals to ensure sufficient stocks of essentials like IV fluid, ice packs, ORS, anti-diarrheal medications and necessary equipment are available to treat patients suffering from heat-related illness.

“The health department has issued an SoP for doctors to correctly identify severe complications like heat stroke for immediate medical attention.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/stock-up-on-ice-packs-fluids-meds-govt-to-hosps/articleshow/109077397.cms


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN ASIA: 44.3 [111.7F] MYANMAR; 43.7 INDIA; 43.5 THAILAND.

“For Myanmar, Thailand and China (41.8 yesterday) it had never been that hot in early April and it can get worse. 40.5 even in the humid Surat Thani in Southern Thailand. 34.0 Male MALDIVES ties its hottest April day.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776241135154798625


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“Vietnam heatwave threatens farmers’ livelihoods, worsens challenges for Mekong…

“”My vegetables are dying from the heat. The crop yields dropped 30% to 40% compared to the past.” In the Mekong Delta, the country’s southernmost region made up of 12 provinces and Can Tho City, saltwater is intruding into freshwater sources.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/vietnam-heatwave-threatens-farmers-livelihoods-worsens-challenges-for-mekong/7558068.html


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“Schools close and crops wither as ‘historic’ heatwave hits south-east Asia…

“Prof Benjamin Horton, the director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore: “We always knew we were going to be headed in this direction with our increasing greenhouse gases, but the fact that we’re shattering all these records in 2023, and 2024, is perhaps slightly ahead of time.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/schools-close-and-crops-wither-as-historic-heatwave-hits-south-east-asia


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“SE ASIA/AUSTRALIA HEAT WAVE. More brutal heat today with 44C [104F] in 2 more stations of MYANMAR: Magwe and Bagan.

“42.7C at Lampang in THAILAND,41.8C in China (Yuanyang). Minimums up to 30C in Thailand and Laos. In AUSTRALIA Hottest April night ever at Brisbane AP with Tmin 23.1C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1775862821764333844


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“Record rainfall, flooding force evacuations, rescues [NSW, Australia]…

“Some areas in western Sydney had more than 200mm with Penrith recording 252mm [9.9 inches] over the past 48 hours – five times the month’s average. The Cooks River burst its banks at Earlwood after 7am on Saturday, triggering road closures.”

https://au.news.yahoo.com/drenching-low-moves-south-rivers-163000561.html


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“Is bird flu to blame for thousands of dead penguins in Antarctica? Scientists rush to find out…

“Last month… a scientific expedition discovered at least 532 dead penguins, with thousands more believed to have perished from an unknown ailment. Researchers suspect that the deadly H5N1 virus might be to blame…”

https://www.wionews.com/science/is-bird-flu-to-blame-for-thousands-of-dead-penguins-in-antarctica-scientists-rush-to-find-out-707953


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“With the planet facing a ‘polycrisis’, biodiversity researchers uncover major knowledge gaps…

“A scientific review has found almost no research studying the interconnections across three major threats to planetary health, despite UN assessments suggesting one million species are at risk of extinction, a global pandemic that resulted in over six million excess deaths, and a record-breaking year of global temperatures.”

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1040069


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“Record heat is endless in SOUTH AMERICA.

“Abnormal and unprecedented high temperatures still lingering over BOLIVIA with 38.4C [101.1F] at Puerto Suarez its hottest April day on record. Several MINIMUMS >25C also record for April. Tomorrow it can get even hotter.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776403903296192903


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT CARIBBEANS/SOUTH AMERICA.

“Unprecedented hot nights for April were widespread today like the TMIN 27.5C [81.5F] at Point Salines AP Hottest April night ever in GRENADA. Also record hot night in FRENCH GUIANA and in several stations of Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776351043909017790


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“Saba again! Few days after having its hottest March day on record, the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba just had its hottest April day with 32.5C [90.5F]. 

“Saba has been breaking records nearly every single month for years, beating and re-beating them.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776357579037323663


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“Canada’s wildfires blamed for rise in global loss of tree cover outside of tropics…

“The annual survey, published Thursday by the World Resources Institute, a research group, found that global tree cover loss outside of the tropics increased 24 per cent in 2023. The change is attributed to the enormous loss of tree cover last year in Canada.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/climate/tree-cover-canada-amazon-world-resources-institute-1.7162827


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“Floods Strike Virginia’s Wheeling Island After Ohio River Bursts Banks…

“Drone video reveals major flooding on Wheeling Island in Wheeling, Virginia, after heavy rain caused the Ohio River to burst its banks on Thursday, April 4. The footage from Bruce Kirby shows homes, a race track and a stadium surrounded by water.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/floods-strike-virginias-wheeling-island-154247519.html


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“Last 4 months were the wettest on record for parts of New England…

“…excessive rainfall set record or near record precipitation levels in western Massachusetts and other parts of New England, according to Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.”

https://www.nepm.org/regional-news/2024-04-04/last-4-months-were-the-wettest-on-record-for-parts-of-new-england


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“Update with March’s monthly-average sea surface temperature data: the North Atlantic continues to shatter records.

“In fact, this year it has not (and will not) get below 20°C [68F] for the first time in recorded history! Data: NOAA ERSSTv5.”

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1775831293865111985


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“Kerry [Ireland] has a new record – the most wet and dulls days of any county in March…

“According to the weather summary for last month a total of 239.8mm of rainfall was recorded at Valentia Observatory in Kerry… The statistics also show that Valentia Observatory recorded almost 200% of it’s Long Term Average (LTA) rainfall last month.”

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerry/south-kerry-news/kerry-has-a-new-record-the-most-wet-and-dulls-days-of-any-county-in-march/a285239083.html


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“Floods in central France as rivers burst their banks.

“The departments of Yonne and Saône-et-Loire remain on red alert for floods after a sudden rise in water levels which led to exceptional floods. Three of the four roads leading to Saône-et-Loire are closed, forcing a 15 km detour.”

https://news.sky.com/video/floods-in-central-france-as-rivers-burst-their-banks-13108204


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“Exceptionally high temperatures for early April in France with up to 31.8C in Orthez. This is record levels for this time of year.

“Among main stations: 29.9C [85.8F] Dax; 29.4C Bordeaux; 29.2C Pau; 28.8C Saint-Girons. Hotter tomorrow…”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1776298983448887551


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“While Europe is living one of its most extreme and memorable events with a heat wave which will beat thousands of records, Scandinavia is with very cold conditions.

“One record for April fell in Norway today: -26.0C [-14.8F] at Bardufoss (data since 1946).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776308504631894105


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“March 2024 in the BALTIC COUNTRIES:

“LITHUANIA Average temperature +4.2C, anomaly +3.3C; LATVIA Average T +3.4C ,anomaly +3.2C; ESTONIA Average +2.0C , anomaly +2.6C. In the 3 countries unprecedented heat at the end of the month broke every record by huge margins.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776142733779878332


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“March 2024 in Poland had a temperature anomaly of +3.65C and was the warmest March on record.

“Moreover, records of high temperatures were beaten all over the country.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776523990489546985


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“Austria likely to be largely ice-free within 45 years as glaciers recede quickly, experts say.

“The 79 glaciers measured both last year and the previous year were an average 23.9 meters (78 feet) shorter than a year earlier, it said… Gerhard Lieb, the co-leader of the club’s glacier measurement service, said Austria’s glaciers can no longer be saved and their disappearance in the coming decades is “unstoppable.””

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/austria-largely-ice-free-45-years-glaciers-recede-108890066


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“March 2024 in ROMANIA AND MOLDOVA was exceptional.

“Temperature anomalies ranged from +2C to +4C, with records broken all over and temperatures >30C and even local tropical nights, unprecedented in March.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776197892560097326


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“Stats for Belgrade (Serbia), data since 1888:

“3rd warmest Sep 2023; 2nd warmest Oct 2023; warmest autumn 2023 on record; tied warmest Dec 2023; warmest year 2023 on record; warmest Feb 2024 on record; warmest winter 2023/24 on record; warmest Mar 2024 on record.”

https://twitter.com/skomimaster/status/1775910318192943514


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“Greece’s fire season hasn’t officially started but large wildfires are already breaking out…

“Temperatures touched 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in late March and large wildfires are already breaking out weeks earlier than expected… To cope with the crisis, Greece is fast-tracking a 2.1 billion euro ($2.3 billion) program to upgrade its fleet of water tankers…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/greece-wildfire-athens-corfu-weather-b2523312.html


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“Exceptional heat wave kicks off in North Africa and Europe; 39.0 [102.2F] at Agadir in MOROCCO, also incredible 37.0C at Casablanca, hottest April day on record.

“Record heat in SPAIN with Tmin >22C in the North and in FRANCE with maxes 31.8C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776322322313396652


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“Sperm count, concentration and speed suffer under extreme heat, scientists warn…

“Reproductive cells are already known to be affected by heat, but the findings from researchers in Singapore give more detailed insights into how climate change could impact fertility rates.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/04/sperm-count-concentration-and-speed-suffer-under-extreme-heat-scientists-warn


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“Climate engineering carries serious national security risks − countries facing extreme heat may try it anyway, and the world needs to be prepared…

“… a single country or coalition of countries witnessing the harms of climate change could make a cost and geopolitical calculation and decide to begin climate engineering on its own. This is the so-called “free driver” problem…”

https://theconversation.com/climate-engineering-carries-serious-national-security-risks-countries-facing-extreme-heat-may-try-it-anyway-and-the-world-needs-to-be-prepared-222120


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“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could rule that governments have to protect people from climate change…

“If [the judges] rule in favour of three cases claiming their rights have been breached, it would mean that individuals could seek redress with the ECHR and compensation if their governments failed to take sufficient measures to prevent their citizens suffering the consequences of climate change.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/04/05/echr-make-governments-protect-from-climate-change/


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“Breaking News! Code UFB! Doesn’t this say everything about the moment? CO₂ is up 4.39ppm from last year!

“There are two more months of gains before CO₂ peaks this year. 428ppm is in site, which would be an incredible one year peak-to-peak gain.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1776366237205086359


“The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere today is comparable to around 4.3 million years ago, when sea level was about 75 ft higher than today, the average temp was 7 degrees F higher than in pre-industrial times, & large forests occupied areas of the Arctic that are now tundra.” [NOAA]

https://twitter.com/NOAAClimate/status/1776323487352996287


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“‘It threatens us all’: How dirty air became the world’s silent killer…

“…t last week, a major study revealed that only seven countries globally meet the air quality standards set by the World Health Organization, leaving 99 per cent of the world’s population at risk of a vast array of health conditions linked to the air they breathe.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/air-pollution-africa-asia-climate-particulate-matter-toxic/


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“Clearer skies may be accelerating global warming…

“Climate scientists have long known that pollution declines can lead to warming: Not only do the pollution particles, or aerosols, reflect light into space, but they can also increase the number of droplets in clouds, causing them to grow brighter or last longer.”

https://www.science.org/content/article/clearer-skies-may-be-accelerating-global-warming


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