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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“After climate tipping points, change will come slowly, then all at once…

“Anyone paying attention in 2023 and the start of this year will have seen and felt the extreme weather signs of a potential looming climate tipping point… Could this sudden shift happen? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.

“We can see it in the ice core record. About 11,500 years ago, during the Younger Dryas era, temperatures in Greenland leapt 10 degrees Celsius in a decade, with the rest of the world seeing a matching jump to a new state in a matter of decades, not centuries.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/4585835-after-climate-tipping-points-change-will-come-slowly-then-all-at-once/


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“Arctic permafrost is now a net source of major greenhouse gases…

“Areas of permanently frozen ground in northern regions are now emitting more carbon into the atmosphere than they absorb, causing the planet to heat even further, according to the first Arctic-wide estimate of all three major greenhouse gases.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2426732-arctic-permafrost-is-now-a-net-source-of-major-greenhouse-gases/


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“Sweden’s Earliest “Summer” On Record As Temperatures Cross 10 Degree Mark.

“”A Swedish weather record was broken on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Each day from April 6th to 10th, the average daily temperature was at least 10 degrees at SMHI’s stations in Malmo, Kristianstad and Karlshamn,” SMHI said on its website.”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/swedens-earliest-summer-on-record-as-temperatures-cross-10-degree-mark-5421655


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“[UK] Farmers who have their entire cropping land submerged underwater have found they are ineligible for a government flooding hardship fund – because their farms are too far from a major river…

“Agriculture organisations said earlier this week that food production was down in the UK because so much cropland was underwater after the floods.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/11/flooded-farms-england-ineligible-compensation-distance-from-rivers


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“Northern Europe’s Wet Spring Causes Further Pain for Farmers…

““The rains have had an impact because for some crops, we are over two months behind,” said Amaury Babault, president of the youth farming union Jeunes Agriculteurs, south of Paris. “We are forced to change to other crops” such as sunflower and corn.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-12/northern-europe-s-wet-spring-causes-further-pain-for-farmers


“After weeks of abnormal warmth, there is concern in large swathe of Europe for a return to cold conditions and frost which could damage fruit trees which have blossomed weeks in advance due to the unusually mild temperatures.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778754318545359335


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“No bathtubs or ice buckets as hotels seek to save water in French eastern Pyrenees…

“A three-year-long drought in the French eastern Pyrenees is forcing the district to take further action to conserve water. Tourism operators have signed a charter containing around 30 measures aimed at reducing water usage, including a ban on ice buckets.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/12/no-bathtubs-or-ice-buckets-as-hotels-seek-to-save-water-in-french-eastern-pyrenees


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN EUROPE, both in the West and in the East.

“INSANE records IN GALICIA: 34.5 [94.1F] Leiro and 33.9 Ourense; Widespread >30C in Spain, France (11 records including 28.1 Bormes) and Balkans (32C in Albania). The heat comes from NW Africa. Terrible MINIMUM 36.4 Yelimane, MALI.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778854886064427333


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“Hot temperatures in Canary Islands on April 11: 38.3°C [100.9F] Tenerife Sur Airport, new monthly record since 1980, breaking 36.2°C in 2008. 38.0°C Pájara

“Very hot also in Morocco: 38.9°C Taroudant; 38.6°C Tan-Tan; 38.3°C Guelmin; 38.2°C Agadir; 37.0°C Marrakech.”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1778616618379055443


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“Morocco Faces Severe Drought as Al Massira Reservoir Dries Up…

“Morocco is grappling with a severe drought that has left one of its major reservoirs, Al Massira Dam, with just 3% of its average water level compared to nine years ago, according to a BBC News analysis of satellite images.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2024/04/362010/bbc-analysis-morocco-faces-severe-drought-as-al-massira-reservoir-dries-up


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“RECORD HEAT IN AFRICA.

“After maximums >40C,Tete in MOZAMBIQUE had a min temperature of 27.5C [81.5F]. This is the highest minimum ever recorded in April in Mozambique. 128 countries broke heat records in just 10 days of April, we are beyond any imagination.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778378895676367166


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“Flash Floods Sweep Across Kenya, Leaving 13 Dead And 15,000 Displaced…

“The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said approximately 13 individuals have died, with around 15,000 people displaced and nearly 20,000 affected due to the heavy rains and ensuing flash floods sweeping the nation.”

https://www.arise.tv/flash-floods-sweep-across-kenya-leaving-13-dead-and-15000-displaced/


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“Gaziantep [Turkey] succumbs to floods.

“The heavy rain in Gaziantep negatively affected life and turned the streets and avenues into lakes. It was reported that vehicles were stranded in some areas while mud water was flowing through the side streets.”

https://telgraf.net/haber/19855369/gaziantep-sele-teslim-oldu


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“Russia floods: ‘Critical’ mass evacuations ordered…

“Authorities in the southern Russian city of Orenburg and in nearby Kazakhstan have called on hundreds of thousands of residents to leave their homes in a mass evacuation amid the worst flooding ever recorded in the region… “This is not a drill,” wrote Orenburg mayor Sergei Salmin on Telegram as sirens rang out across the city of 550,000…”

https://www.dw.com/en/russia-floods-critical-mass-evacuations-ordered/a-68807636


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“Hailstorms Ravage Western Iran, Devastate Agriculture…

“Hailstorms and heavy rain caused significant damage to agricultural products in the western Iranian provinces of Ilam and Kermanshah on Wednesday. Agricultural authorities in Dehloran confirmed damage to wheat and rapeseed fields due to the hailstorm.”

https://iranwire.com/en/news/127338-hailstorms-ravage-western-iran-devastate-agriculture/


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“A severe hailstorm and untimely rain lashed several parts of Vidarbha [Pune, India] over the past 48 hours, causing extensive damage to crops.

“According to preliminary data from the state agriculture department, over 36,000 hectares of crop area in Vidarbha suffered damage because of the hailstorm and convective rainfall.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/hailstorm-rain-damage-crops-over-36k-ha-in-vidarbha/articleshow/109259711.cms


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“PM Modi reviews readiness to tackle heat wave as India braces for sweltering months…

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting to review preparedness for the upcoming heat wave season, days after India’s weather forecasting agency warned of more than double the usual number of heatwave days between April and June.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pm-modi-reviews-readiness-to-tackle-heat-wave-amid-dire-weather-forecast-101712851177453.html


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“As Nepal’s peak forest fire season nears, number of human fatalities rises.

“Nepal’s valuable forests, which took more than six decades to restore, face a worsening wildfire reality with scarce resources and nearly zero strategies to prevent or fight it… The air quality in Kathmandu Valley has been worsening since Sunday due to the rise in forest fires across the country.”

https://asianews.network/as-nepals-peak-forest-fire-season-nears-number-of-human-fatalities-rises/


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“Since the end of March, precipitation has been unusually high in southern China. The Xiangjiang and Beijiang have experienced the earliest floods in history…

“The water level of the Yangtze River has been more than 2m higher than normal.”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1778416398081130549


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“243 million children in Asia at risk from ‘lethal threat’ of heatwaves: UN.

“Massive heatwaves across East Asia and the Pacific could place millions of children at risk, the UN warned on Thursday, calling for action to protect vulnerable people from the soaring temperatures… Global monitors have warned that 2024 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/3258652/243-million-children-asia-risk-lethal-threat-heatwaves-un


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“MALDIVES again! 35.1 [95.2F] Hanimadhoo today ties HOTTEST DAY IN MALDIVES HISTORY (set few weeks ago). 34.0 Male ties hottest April day.

“35.9 DIEGO GARCIA, Chagos Islands NEW HEAT RECORD FOR APRIL. Records are falling all over the tropics in all Continent non-stop.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778437771876520445


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“New day, new record in THAILAND. After Phuket town, now Phuket Airport breaks its share of records: 38.0C [100.4F] today it’s the highest temperature ever recorded in April.

“Exceptional heat also in SAUDI ARABIA: Sharorah at 700m asl recorded Tmin 27 Tmax 42,which is extreme for early April.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778764031081242743


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“The Phi Phi islands in Krabi are facing a freshwater shortage, with local authorities weighing up their options to find a solution…

“The price of water was reportedly as high as 200 baht per cubic metre… Meanwhile, Ittichai Tanbutr, vice president of the “Pattana Krabi [Krabi development]” group, said the water shortages in Krabi are worsening.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2775404/water-woes-hit-phi-phi-islands


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“A fierce storm and flash flooding struck parts of Perth on Friday after a [record] six-month dry spell, stranding people in submerged cars, and causing part of a shopping centre roof to collapse.

“Western Australia’s emergency services said State Emergency Service volunteers had been going ‘flat out’ to help fire crews with rescues.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2024/apr/12/shopping-centre-roof-collapses-as-freak-storm-hits-perth-video


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“The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast one of the warmest winters on record for most of Australia.

“Minimum temperatures are likely to be above average for most states from May to July… The temperatures threaten to surpass last year’s benchmark as the warmest winter since records began in 1910.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/temperature-record-to-be-broken-this-winter-bureau-bureau-of-meteorology/news-story/6b522c36db62586cef5d91c02cb67c6e


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“Another autumn weather record has been broken this year in Hawke’s Bay [NZ], and it’s likely to be why you were throwing your sheets off on Friday morning.

“MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane confirmed an 18.8C [65.8F] reading in Napier early Friday morning was the warmest April minimum temperature the station had recorded.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/hawkes-bay-weather-record-breaking-autumn-temperatures-as-storm-remnants-linger/LJD2GCIK75GKDE232ZNUU2JJIE/


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“A vast network of undocumented “ghost roads” is pushing into the world’s untouched rainforests and driving their destruction in the Asia-Pacific region, a new study has found…

“These ghost roads, which include bulldozed tracks through natural rainforest and informal roads on palm-oil plantations, were “almost always” an indicator of future destruction of nearby rainforests.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/13/ghost-roads-pave-way-for-deforestation-rainforest-asia-pacific-aoe


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“Extraordinary heat in all Pacific Islands:

“Record hottest nights: FRENCH POLYNESIA Tmin 28.8 [83.8F] Takaroa; WALLIS AND FUTUNA Tmin 28.4 Wallis… April Hottest days: NEW CALEDONIA 34.2 Koumac; 33.7 Bourail.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778694551722504404


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“Hawaii’s Kauai Island swamped by flash flooding after 12 inches of rain fall in hours…

“Torrential storms dumped nearly a foot of rain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late Thursday into Friday morning, leading to widespread flash flooding that shut down roads and closed schools… In addition, a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect…”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/hawaii-kauai-flash-flooding-12-inches-rain-fall-in-hours


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“Peru’s dengue deaths triple as climate change swells mosquito population…

“The government of President Dina Boluarte this week said it had approved an “emergency decree” allowing extraordinary economic measures to bolster the plan to counter the outbreak, which experts say is exacerbated by climate change.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/perus-dengue-deaths-triple-climate-change-swells-mosquito-population-2024-04-12/


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“April started scorching in BOLIVIA , nearly all records have been beaten already, like every month since June 2023.

“Yesterday the last one was Rurrenabaque which had its warmest April night on record with a Tmin of 25.1C [77.2F]. Ecuador and Colombia are also with harsh heat waves.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778394378148454582


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“‘Narco-deforestation’ and the future of the Amazon… The fate of Colombia’s rainforest may lay in the hands of a rebel group linked to drugs and illegal mining…

“Preliminary figures show tree loss was up 40 percent since the start of the year… Why have things changed so quickly? Mostly because a single armed group controls much of Colombia’s rainforests.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/11/climate/amazon-deforestation-drugs-crime.html


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“Colombians told to shower together as drought hits Bogotá…

“Neighbourhoods across the Colombian capital were cut off from the water grid on Thursday to save what little water remains in nearby reservoirs. Carlos Fernando Galán, the city’s mayor, pleaded with residents to consider forgoing daily hygiene measures entirely…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2024/04/12/couples-told-to-shower-together-as-drought-hits-bogota/


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“MORE HISTORIC HEAT IN LATIN AMERICA. HONDURAS AND COSTA RICA HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY – Tmin 30.2 [86.4F] Choluteca and 28.9 Cipancì National Park.

“COLOMBIA Monthly record at Santa Marta with 37.6C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778943233067758034


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“Drought is Frying Mexico’s Tortilla Corn.

“Severe drought is plaguing Mexico’s winter corn crop, the bulk of which is white corn used to make tortillas and other foods… in Mexico the price of tortillas is a matter of national importance and one in which the government regularly intervenes…”

https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/stock-market-today-dow-jones-04-11-2024/card/drought-is-frying-mexico-s-tortilla-corn-Hfwhw7RrDqQR5kXx0vto


“Brutal heat in MEXICO: 45.9 [114.6F] Monclova 0.1C from Campeche State all time high (don’t confuse con Monclova, Coahuila). 45.0 San Joaquin CHIAPAS all time high tied again.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1778543226498297875


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“[National] record heat of 40.1 [104.2F] degrees in Cuba…

“The previous national temperature was 39.7 degrees and dated from April 12, 2020, at the Veguitas meteorological station, in the same territory. Thus, April is confirmed as the month with the highest heat records on the Caribbean island.”

https://www.radiohc.cu/en/noticias/nacionales/352043-record-heat-of-401-degrees-in-cuba


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“Puerto Rico declares an emergency as cases of dengue fever spike…

“Puerto Rico’s health department is the latest government agency to mobilize its public health resources in service of controlling and treating large outbreaks of dengue. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka tried to tamp down unprecedented rates of dengue infections… Vast portions of Central and South America are battling months-long, record-breaking dengue crises.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/04/puerto-rico-declares-an-emergency-as-cases-of-dengue-fever-spike/


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“Sick, hot world: Climate change favors disease vectors, threatening to unleash more pandemics…

“Dr. Ben Beard, deputy director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the CDC, said that climate change will create a number of conditions conducive to dangerous pathogens: Longer and warmer summers, shorter and milder winters and increasingly frequent/unusually severe extreme weather events.”

https://www.salon.com/2024/04/11/sick-hot-world-climate-change-favors-disease-vectors-threatening-to-unleash-more/


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“Flash flooding has wreaked havoc in Alabama as vehicles became dangerously submerged in water on one of the state’s main highways.

“Traffic cameras from the Interstate 10 (I-10) highway show cars partially submerged in water on Wednesday (10 April), rendering the road virtually impassable due to high floodwaters. The footage has been shared widely across social media.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/alabama-flood-latest-cars-submerged-b2526910.html


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“Biden administration puts $830M to helping protect infrastructure from climate-fueled extreme weather…

“Most of the funding, $621 million, will go toward 36 projects aimed at bolstering the resilience of existing infrastructure through efforts such as improving draining, moving roadways, and lifting up bridges.”

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/4587007-biden-administration-puts-830m-to-helping-protect-infrastructure-from-climate-fueled-extreme-weather/


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“Unseasonal wildfires beset midwest: ‘The strangest winter I’ve ever seen’.

“The US midwest typically spends the start of spring emerging from snow. But this year, after a warm winter left landscapes parched, the region instead was primed to burn. Hundreds of blazes ignited in recent months…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/12/midwest-early-wildfire-season


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“Tandem heatwaves, storm surges increasingly batter coasts: study…

“…the study published in the journal Communications Earth and Environment found that high temperatures not only precede storms but persist through them, leaving communities battered by two extremes at once.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240411-tandem-heatwaves-storm-surges-increasingly-batter-coasts-study


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“In a new ‘Minecraft’ game, kids battle extreme heat—by slaying a fire-breathing dragon…

“The “heat dragon” is the archvillain of a new educational game based around the extreme heat crisis and built for the popular video game Minecraft. It’s designed for children to learn about heat’s dangerous effects and to engage with prevention and mitigation efforts…”

https://www.fastcompany.com/91090493/minecraft-kids-battle-extreme-heat


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