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.

With apologies, especially to those of you forking out cash for my services, I cannot put out an “Economic” thread tomorrow, as I have to head to the mainland for a medical appointment. I’ll be back on Thursday with another thread, probably a “Climate” one, unless geopolitical/financial/economic events are pressing.

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“Climate change: ‘Uncharted territory’ fears after record hot March… new data showed last month was the warmest March on record, extending the run of monthly temperature records to 10 in a row…

“”By the end of the summer, if we’re still looking at record breaking temperatures in the North Atlantic or elsewhere, then we really have kind of moved into uncharted territory,” Gavin Schmidt, the director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told BBC News.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68665166


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“Global sea surface temperatures seem to not understand that they have passed their peak and should be going down. The mean date for the Spring SST maximum is March 22nd.

“Any day now…”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1776630175855530072


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“Get to high ground, residents urged after severe flooding in west Sussex [UK].

“Rescue operations are underway after severe flooding in the wake of Storm Kathleen caused a river to burst its banks. West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have warned people in the seaside town of Littlehampton to get “as high as possible within their homes”…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/04/09/rescue-west-sussex-flooding-river-banks/


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“Thames Water treatment facility leaves entire town reeking of sewage…

“Eton and Castle councillor Mark Wilson told i that when untreated sewage is discharged into Roundmoor during storm overflows, Eton Wick is permeated with an “unbearable” stench of sewage.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/thames-water-treatment-facility-leaves-entire-town-reeking-of-sewage/ar-BB1lfdBa


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“Over a thousand people gathered on Saturday in Vejle, western Denmark, to mourn a fjord suffocated by human activity, most notably agricultural waste.

“”It’s a painful event. Last year, Denmark experienced its worst deoxygenation in 25 years,” said Christian Fromberg from Greenpeace, which organised the event.”

https://www.brusselstimes.com/996301/nitrogen-pollution-1000-people-attend-funeral-for-a-fjord-in-denmark


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“E-coli polluted Paris river ‘unsafe for Olympics’ as Macron pledges to swim…

“Surfrider said its measurements had shown levels of two bacteria – e-coli and enterococci – were often double and sometimes three times higher than the maximum European permitted amounts. The presence of the bacteria indicates the presence of faecal matter.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2024/04/08/e-coli-polluted-river-seine-paris-olympics-macron-to-swim/


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“Crazy warm night in EUROPE.

“Hundreds of Records of high minimums, locally broken by 6C/8C and locally exceeded those of May and even June. It’s an insanity! Hottest April night in SPAIN. This double-heat event beat anything seen in Europe.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777030929313095830


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“22.5 [72.5F] at Biarritz and Bustince is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in France in April. Recorded in the beginning of the month.

“For Biarritz there has never been such a high tmin in April or even in May and not even in June! Is that crazy enough?”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776698842789838892


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“Germany has just observed its earliest +30°C on record, with +30.1°C [86.2F] at Ohlsbach, beating the previous record by 9 days.

“It is only early April.”

https://twitter.com/WxNB_/status/1776655161072484494


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“The Czech Republic has just marked a historic meteorological milestone with its earliest recorded tropical day, ie 30+C [Austria and Slovenia, too].

“Across the nation, weather stations are buzzing with reports of unprecedented heat, breaking longstanding temperature records.”

https://praguemorning.cz/the-czech-republic-records-earliest-tropical-day-in-history/


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“March 2024 in Hungary was exceptional:

“With an average temperature of 9.5C and an anomaly of +3.7C above the 1991/2020 norm, it was the hottest March on record. This follows the hottest February.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777592282121965857


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“April heatwave continues in the Alps.

“The highest ever recorded temperatures for the time of year were seen in some past of the Swiss Alps on Saturday. In Chur it was 28.5°C [83.3F] – that’s significantly higher than the previous April record of 27.7°C.”

https://planetski.eu/2024/04/06/april-heatwave-hits-the-alps/


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“Extreme heat in BOSNIA.

“32.9 [91.2C] at Zenica, 31.0 at Bihac (highest for April) and Tuzla. Already 20 TWENTY European countries (+Georgia in the Caucasus) hit 30C by April 8th and 3 more hit 29C+!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777429505449111706


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: April Records brutalized by huge margins.

“In SPAIN crazy 34C [93.2F] Muro BALEARIC ISLANDS; 28.8 Palma; 31.9 Almeria AP; 30.8 Melilla; MOROCCO 36.6 Nador; ALGERIA 37.9 Oran, 36.7 Zenata.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776682404251422885


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“Greece on Sunday raised its wildfire alert level to “high risk” after dozens of blazes broke out, the civil protection ministry said…

“On Saturday, “71 fires were declared in agricultural and forestry regions across the country in 12 hours, between 0300 GMT and 1500 GMT”, said the ministry that also looks after the climate crisis.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-greece-wildfire-spate-blazes.html


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“37.3 [99.1F] at Mostaganem Algerian coast followed by a Tmin 26.3C. High TMINS. Records were locally broken by nearly 10C and are close to all time summer highs.

“Definitely one of the top most extreme events in world climatic history. It’s beyond any imagination.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777042195238854816


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“Dust and Wind Storms: Ministry Calls on Moroccan Drivers to Exercise Caution…

“Morocco’s weather office also forecast a heatwave between 35 and 39 Celsius [102.2F] sweeping certain regions of the North African country from Tuesday to Friday in provinces including Taroudant, Guelmim, Assa-Zag, Es-Semara, and Tata.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2024/04/361896/dust-and-wind-storms-ministry-calls-on-moroccan-drivers-to-exercise-caution


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“Why is Ghana so hot this year? An expert explains.

“Since the 1960s, Ghana has been getting warmer… There are more really hot days now, with temperatures over 35°C, and this is happening 13% more often each year… since the 1960s, there has been less rain… The rapid rate of these changes is also a sign that the weather is not following the usual patterns and is part of broader climate change impacts.”

https://theconversation.com/why-is-ghana-so-hot-this-year-an-expert-explains-226845


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“Since the start of this year, Africa’s most populous nation Nigeria has faced prolonged stretches of severe heat…

“But the heat is still ongoing, with temperatures reaching a record 44.8C [112.6F] in Sokoto, a city in north-western Nigeria, on 1 April… The impact of the heat is “catastrophic”, Dr Ugo Uguwanyi, a doctor in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, tells Carbon Brief.”

https://www.carbonbrief.org/how-nigeria-is-reeling-from-extreme-heat-fuelled-by-climate-change/


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“A truck and a caravan were dramatically blown off the same bridge in South Africa by powerful storm winds, terrifying footage has shown.

“Several regions in the country’s Western Cape were devastated by the storm over the weekend, with trees being ripped out the ground, branches falling dangerously on built-up areas, and roofs being torn off buildings.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13283433/Terrifying-moment-truck-caravan-blown-bridge.html


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“Weatherman explains cause of Entebbe airport flash flood [Uganda]…

““Today, Entebbe received rain up to 106.8 millimetres -the highest maximum fall (highest millimetre recorded in a single day)… This happened two days after floods in Butaleja District reportedly caused loss of life, displacement of people and destruction of property and crops…”

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/weatherman-explains-cause-of-entebbe-airport-flash-flood-4582414


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“Health emergency declared as dust storm engulfs southern Iraq’s Najaf province…

“In a statement reported by the official Iraqi news agency, Ghazali emphasized the critical need to safeguard public health amidst the onslaught of dust. All health centers in Najaf province have been placed on high alert…”

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/34537-Health-emergency-declared-as-dust-storm-engulfs-southern-Iraq%27s-Najaf-province


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“Melting glaciers, drying sea highlight Central Asia’s water woes.

“Climate change and water scarcity are harsh realities facing Central Asia. Glaciers in the east, in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, are rapidly melting, while in the west, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the Aral Sea has turned into a desert.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/melting-glaciers-drying-sea-highlight-central-asia-s-water-woes/7558838.html


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“Cities in Russian Urals, west Siberia brace for worst floods in decades…

The Kremlin spoke of a “critical” situation on Monday, warning that the floods had “possibly not reached their peak”. Over the weekend, it said floods were also “inevitable” in western Siberia’s Kurgan and Tyumen regions. Thousands of people have already been evacuated.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240408-cities-in-russian-urals-west-siberia-brace-for-worst-floods-in-decades


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“Eight people have been killed and four others remain missing amid heavy downpours and floods in Central China’s Hubei province, CCTV reported.

“Torrential rain hit Yunyang district in the city of Shiyan at around 4 am Tuesday, causing floods and landslide in Qinglongshan village…”

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201908/06/WS5d491a61a310cf3e35564283.html


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT ALL OVER OCEANIA AND ASIA. Records every day all over the tropics:

“TMIN 28.6 [83.5F] Bora Bora FRENCH POLYNESIA Hottest April night; COCOS ISLANDS 32.8 all time high tied; RECORDS HOT NIGHTS tmins: 27.3 Jayapura INDONESIA; 28.7 Chanthaburi 29.2 Tha Tum THAILAND; 30.2 Pakse LAOS.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777245000226759079


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“FRANCE is beating records also in all its overseas departments: Guiana, Antilles, Indian Ocean, Polynesia,all in just 6 days!

“Today HOTTEST DAY ON RECORD in MAYOTTE: 36.5 [97.7F] Oungani; 35 Mamoudzou. In Nearby COMOROS National monthly heat record destroyed with 35.5 at Hahaya AP.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776716340050497668


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“Unbelievable Phuket! 39.4C [102.9F] today beat its all time high again after another record hot night.

“Almost every day of 2024 Phuket has broken and beaten again and again every record. Thousands of records have fallen in Thailand EVERY SINGLE DAY of 2024 (and since March 2023).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776602058990264547


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“The Waterworks Department of Hua Hin Municipality [Thailand] has announced that water supply will be rationed effective immediately, a measure that highlights the severity of the ongoing water shortage affecting the area.

“Residents will have access to public water only between the hours of 5:00 AM and 10:30 AM until further notice, following days of disrupted service across the city.”

https://aseannow.com/topic/1324398-hua-hin-faces-water-rationing-amidst-severe-drought/


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT SE ASIA Hundreds records.

“Brutal 45.2 [113.4F] Bagan MYANMAR, April record… MALAYSIA Tmin 28.4 Kudat HOTTEST APRIL NIGHT IN MALAYSIA; LAOS All time record in the mountains: 34.5C Pongsaly 1360m; SRI LANKA 37.2 Jaffna.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1776586809029398598


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“The state weather bureau of the Philippines on Monday warned of a scorching heat index of up to 51 degrees Celsius in at least nine areas across the country, reported Xinhua.

“The state bureau said nine areas in the Philippines are classified as “danger”, indicating temperatures ranging from 42 to 51 degrees Celsius.”

https://thesun.my/world/danger-heat-index-of-51-degrees-expected-in-9-areas-in-the-philippines-HB12313400


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“Manila: Increased forest and grass fires have been reported in central and northern Philippines, with officials urging citizens and visitors to take extra care as the summer heat intensifies.

“The Bureau of Fire Protection in Negros Oriental, stationed in Dumaguete City, on Monday reiterated its plea to the public to aid in preventing wildfires…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/philippines/philippines-forest-fires-reported-on-central-island-northern-province-1.1712576407232


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“Yikes! Melbourne just had the driest March on record, with the least rainfall in 110 years.

“While it may be hard to believe considering the recent rain deluge that washed through Melbourne, our city has surprisingly broken a dry weather record. Typically, March marks the transition from summer to Melbourne’s classic cool and rainy weather, but this year was an exception.”

https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/news/yikes-melbourne-just-had-the-driest-march-on-record-with-the-least-rainfall-in-110-years-040824


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“Rain set to fall on drought-hit Tasman, Marlborough, Nelson after driest summer on record [NZ]…

“In Upper Moutere, sheep and beef farmer Peter Moore said the last four months were the driest he had ever recorded on his farm, with the summer rainfall lower than during previous droughts in 2001 and 1973.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/country/513761/rain-set-to-fall-on-drought-hit-tasman-marlborough-nelson-after-driest-summer-on-record


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“Bogota restricts water as reservoirs hit ‘critical’ lows…

“The mayor of Colombia’s capital Bogota on Monday announced water restrictions as reservoirs in the sprawling Andean city hit “critical” levels… The city of eight million people has been divided into nine sectors, which will each go 24 hours without water on an assigned day before the cycle repeats itself.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-bogota-restricts-reservoirs-critical-lows.html


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“Colombia ravaged by wildfires…

“From January 1 to April 1, during the dry season that is prone to fire outbreaks, Colombian authorities counted 1,365 wildfires… By the end of January, 80% of Colombian municipalities were on fire alert, while record temperatures of 40.4°C [104.7F] were recorded in the village of Jerusalén, west of Bogota.”

https://international.la-croix.com/laudato-si/colombia-ravaged-by-wildfires


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“RECORDS HEAT ALLOVER AMERICAS from Mexico to Paraguay:

“Record heat in Chiapas, MEXICO with almost 42C [107.6F] at Tuxtla Gutierrez; SABA – Dutch Caribbeans 32.6C April record again; COLOMBIA: Almost 41C in Valledupar; PARAGUAY 39.4 San Pedro, 38 San Estanislao April records.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1777087181183483944


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“Hurricane-force winds and dry conditions combine to fuel critical fire threat in Central US…

“Low relative humidity is combining with high winds to create an extreme fire weather threat across the western half of the Southern and Central Plains — the highest risk level for fire weather.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/07/weather/hurricane-force-winds-fire-weather-central-us-sunday/index.html


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“Firefighters injured as western Oklahoma wildfire grows to 5,000 acres.

“The 57 Fire is largely uncontained thanks to dry and windy conditions in western Oklahoma. No occupied structures have been lost. Crews have been battling the fire in Woodward, Woods, and Blaine Counties.”

https://www.kosu.org/local-news/2024-04-07/firefighters-injured-as-western-oklahoma-wildfire-grows-to-5-000-acres


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“Climate change is starving out the iconic Arctic foxes of Scandinavia, so Norway is giving them dog food – and facing dilemmas that will be increasingly common in a warming world.

“If the food is not there for them, what do you do?” said conservation biologist Craig Jackson of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research…”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-as-climate-change-starves-arctic-foxes-norway-feeds-them-dog-food-and/


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“Arctic precipitation rates to double as temperatures rise, finds new study…

“Scientists at Japan’s Meteorological Agency and National Institute of Polar Research have discovered a rapid increase in Arctic precipitation at twice the rate of rising global temperatures. The two factors are proportional: As Earth’s temperature increases, so too will the rate of precipitation.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-arctic-precipitation-temperatures.html


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“Radiative forcing geoengineering causes higher risk of wildfires and permafrost thawing over the Arctic regions…

“This study concludes that these specific radiative forcing geoengineering designs induce less efficient cooling of the Arctic than the global mean and worsen extreme conditions…”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-024-01329-3


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“‘Simply mind-boggling’: world record temperature jump in Antarctic raises fears of catastrophe…

“On 18 March, 2022, scientists at the Concordia research station on the east Antarctic plateau documented a remarkable event. They recorded the largest jump in temperature ever measured at a meteorological centre on Earth.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/06/simply-mind-boggling-world-record-temperature-jump-in-antarctic-raises-fears-of-catastrophe


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“Climate change is rewiring fish brains — and probably ours, too…

“Acidifying oceans are leading to sensory loss in fish. Scientists fear people might be next… At the highest levels of acidification, the fish failed to respond to olfactory signals at all.”

https://grist.org/science/climate-change-is-rewiring-fish-brains-probably-ours-too/


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“Record-breaking sea temperatures due to anthropogenic heating destroys tiny coral restoration projects.

“There is no magical quick-fix alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

https://twitter.com/ProfTerryHughes/status/1776727575957787066


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“Wondering why it’s been really rainy where you are?

“March 2024 was the moistest March on record for the planet, continuing a run of record-moist months that date back to last year. 67% of Earth had above normal moisture content during the month…”

https://twitter.com/BenNollWeather/status/1776735284786508217


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“Scientists confirm record highs for three most important heat-trapping gases…

“Because of a lag between CO2 levels and their impact, as well as the hundreds of years that the emissions remain in the atmosphere, the timescale of the climate crisis is enormous.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/06/record-highs-heat-trapping-gases-climate-crisis


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“Climate-warming gases being smuggled into Europe, investigation says…

“Large amounts of climate-warming refrigerant gases from China and Turkey are being smuggled illegally into Europe, undermining a global pact to phase them out, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said on Monday. The gases are hydrofluorocarbons…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-warming-gases-being-smuggled-into-europe-investigation-says-2024-04-08/


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