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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“You thought 2023 was extreme? Look what the first months of 2024 looked like for the whole Atlantic Ocean’s Sea Surface Temperatures.

“Compared to the same period for preceding 170 years. This is not what linear warming looks like!”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1780166223457550805


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“The [moderately] powerful El Niño weather event which along with climate change has helped push global temperatures to new highs, has ended, say [BoM Australia] scientists…

“But what happens next is uncertain, say researchers. A string of recent global monthly high temperature records has led some scientists to fear that the world could be tipping into a new phase of even faster climate change.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68826152


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“Weather and climate extremes in 2023 impacted the globe with emerging features…

“”We’re seeing extremes appearing in seasons in which they’re usually less likely. Heat waves, for example, appeared in spring 2023 in southwestern Europe, Brazil, Morocco, and South Africa,” said Dr. Robin Clark of the Met Office in the UK, a co-author of the study. The past year has also highlighted a very worrying signal regarding transitions between droughts and floods…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-weather-climate-extremes-impacting-globe.html


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“Let’s call it!:

“2023-2024 was the first year with a global temperature anomaly above 1.6°C in two or more data sets!” Or at least we are within a rounding error – 1.598C. Close enough.

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1780598596968353817


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“In the first half of April, there were more heat records broken worldwide than any FULL month before February 2024.

“164 countries/territories have broken heat records and many more will in the coming days. All tropics are sweeping every record, despite the fading El Niño.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780524260563341635


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“UK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather.

“Record rainfall has meant farmers in many parts of the UK have been unable to plant crops… Crops that have been planted are of poor quality… similarly wet conditions in European countries such as France and Germany, as well as drought in Morocco, could mean there is less food to import.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/16/uk-facing-food-shortages-and-price-rises-after-extreme-weather


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“Rising temperatures across Spain are thought to be responsible for growing numbers of insecticide-resistant Germanic cockroaches.

“Climate change could be causing a concerning uptick in the number of cockroach infestations in Spain – as well as alterations to their genetic makeup.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/18/cockroach-infestations-are-up-by-a-third-in-spain-is-climate-change-to-blame


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“Spanish drought pits tourists against locals in contest for water…

“Hotel swimming pools are the latest flashpoint in Spain’s struggle to cope with the effects of climate change, with local governments forced to consider strict controls on water usage to prevent the taps running dry across the south.”

https://www.ft.com/content/a2523b82-0547-4e76-bb9c-e8b6d03e9992


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“Torrevieja has suffered the driest start to a hydrological year since records began in 1927, according to the local weather association, Proyecto Mastral.

“Since October 1, just 31 litres per square metre (l/m2) of rain has been recorded by the pluviometer operated by state weather agency AEMET in the municipality.”

https://www.costa-news.com/costa-blanca-south/driest-ever-in-torrevieja/


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“Extreme temperature changes in parts of EUROPE, from record heat to a return of winter.

“In SLOVENIA 26.2 lost in 24 hours at Podčetrtek from 27.2C to 1.0C. Similar situation in AUSTRIA. From over 30c to snow in several towns like Villach.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780506492346454118


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“Fierce heat in Turkey and the Caucasus: GEORGIA: 34.8 Zugdidi; RUSSIA: 33.1 Labinsk.

“Record April warm nights on the Black Sea TMINS: BULGARIA: 17.7 Varna, 17.6 Burgas; ROMANIA:18.8 constanta 18.2 Tulcea; TURKEY: 21.1 Kusadasi 19.0 Cannakale. Heat is coming from Africa: >46C [114.8F] in CHAD.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780667416541905406


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“‘Human-induced’ climate change caused deadly Sahel heatwave, says study.

“The length and severity of the extreme heat led to an increase in the number of deaths and hospitalisations in the two countries, despite their populations being acclimatised to high temperatures, the WWA said.”

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20240418-human-induced-climate-change-caused-deadly-sahel-heatwave-says-study


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“Herders in Kenya are substituting camels for cows, whose numbers have declined by the millions as drought has devastated eastern Africa…

“…grazable land is shrinking. Water sources are drying up. A three-year drought in the Horn of Africa that ended last year killed 80 percent of the cows in this part of Kenya and shattered the livelihoods of so many people.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/interactive/2024/camel-milk-drought-climate-change-kenya/


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“The government of Burundi and the United Nations have launched an appeal for financial aid to cope with the “devastating effects” of months of relentless rainfall that has displaced nearly 100,000 people.

“East Africa has been experiencing torrential rains in recent weeks that have cost the lives of at least 58 people in Tanzania…”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/burundi-appeals-aid-rains-floods-134600755.html


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“Major floods due to heavy downpour in Al-Mukalla of Hadramaut, Yemen…

video:

https://twitter.com/Top_Disaster/status/1780627661783695783


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“Dubai floods: Chaos, queues and submerged cars after UAE hit by record rains…

“Up to 259.5mm (10.2in) of rain fell on the usually arid country of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, the most since records began 75 years ago. The state-run WAM news agency called the rains on Tuesday “a historic weather event” that surpassed “anything documented since the start of data collection in 1949”.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/18/dubai-floods-airport-malls-shopping-centre-uae-weather-record-rain


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“‘Cloud seeding did not cause Dubai floods’, expert says…

““The UAE does have an operational cloud seeding programme to enhance the rainfall in this arid part of the world, however, there is no technology in existence that can create or even severely modify this kind of rainfall event. Furthermore, no cloud seeding operations have taken place in this area recently.”

https://www.reading.ac.uk/news/2024/Expert-Comment/Cloud-seeding-did-not-cause-Dubai-floods-expert-says


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“HISTORIC rainfalls also in the Sultanate of OMAN.

“302mm [11.9 inches] of rain fell in just 24 hours at Mahada; we are at uncharted territories for no-cyclones rainfalls.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780526467278881239


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“At least 135 dead in Pakistan and Afghanistan as flooding continues to slam region.

“Death tolls across parts of central Asia have risen sharply as unusually extreme weather has continued to slam the region in recent days, with the combined tolls across hard-hit Pakistan and Afghanistan rose to at least 135 on Wednesday, officials said.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakistan-afghanistan-flooding-severe-weather-rain-death-toll-increase/


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“Kazakhs Prepare For Second Wave As Central Asia, Russia Struggle With Floods…

“In the Kazakh city of Oral, thousands of residents are building dams and preparing for another wave of flooding that could arrive on April 20. With no help from the state, people in a village in the Russian region of Orenburg raised money to build their own 1.5-kilometer dam.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhs-central-asia-russia-floods-second-wave/32909673.html


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“Kazakhstan may face drought after floods – experts…

“Experts say that Kazakhstan may face drought after the floods, Channel 31 reports. They also voice concerns that the flood washed away the fertile layer of soil. In their opinion, the floods in Kazakhstan will have a detrimental effect on the harvest.”

https://akipress.com/news:769191:Kazakhstan_may_face_drought_after_floods_-_experts/


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“Vijayawada [India] : Farmers in several districts have been struggling to save the standing crop and they are compelled to spend huge money to hire water tankers.

“Unable to see the crops getting withered away, farmers are pumping water by hiring tankers. Getting a tanker of water too has become a herculean task due to the surge in demand.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/farmers-turn-to-water-tankers-to-save-crops/articleshow/109386011.cms


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“FIERECE HEAT IN INDIA First 45C [113F] of 2024: 45.6 Cuttack; 45.2 Kadapa; 45.1 Palakonda. Some monthly records for April were broken as well.

“Minimum temperatures were locally above 30C like 30.3C at Agarpara.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780648905606050132


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“70,172 hectares of forests and pastures were destroyed by fire in Mongolia as of Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency reported.

“”Fires were registered in 18 districts of 8 provinces, including Bulgan, Dornod, Sukhbaatar, Selenge, Khovd, Khuvsgul, and Khentii,” the statement notes.”

https://akipress.com/news:769018:Over_70,000_hectares_of_forests_and_pastures_affected_by_fire_in_Mongolia/


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“Tonight gonna go down in history! multiple mega hail reported in Guangxi and Guizhou Province. This one was from the ongoing supercell in Northern Guangxi Province…

“The hail in Huanjiang, Guangxi tonight is close to the record for the largest hail measured in China.”

https://twitter.com/Ericwang1101/status/1780246897342787888


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“Brutal heat all over tropical Asia from 40C in the Philippines to 34C in Hong Kong and 45C in Myanmar.

“Insane 39.8 again at Krabi THAILAND and first time in history 40C at Victoria Point MYANMAR, humid places surrounded by water and still hovering 39/40C every day. Unprecedented.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780214198854709503


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“Fire razes Mount Arayat anew… This is the second fire incident in Mount Arayat this month [Philippines]…

“A fire hit a portion of Pampanga’s Mount Arayat on Wednesday, April 17, the Bureau of Fire Protection in Arayat town confirmed. The fire is visible from the nearby Magalang town…”

https://www.rappler.com/nation/luzon/fire-razes-mount-arayat-anew-april-17-2024/


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“Hundreds of farmers gather amid fears of worsening drought, condemn WA government response.

“Producers across the South West and Great Southern, used to cooler and wetter conditions than others in the state, have seen feedstock dwindle following a dry 2023 spring, WA’s hottest summer on record and a largely rainless autumn.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-18/wa-famers-hold-crisis-meeting-amid-drought-conditions/103729492


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“The National Weather Service based off Tiyan, Guam reports that drought in the Marianas will continue to intensify while extreme drought persists for other islands in Micronesia…

“Meanwhile, extreme to exceptional drought persists across islands of Yap State, Majuro, and the northern Marshall Islands.”

https://www.saipantribune.com/news/local/drought-in-the-marianas-to-intensify/article_8df6c32e-fbd4-11ee-84d4-9bbf9686b5f1.html


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“Record heat is sweeping all Latin America from Mexico to Bolivia. Hottest night in climatic history at Cayenne AP FRENCH GUIANA Tmin 27.2 (after 28C Cayenne Suzini few days ago).

“APRIL RECORD HIGH Tmins 25.6 San Matias 25.2 Santa Rosa BOLIVIA. ECUADOR: April txx 35.7 Santa Rosa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780348253478740114


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“Ecuador rations power as Andean drought tightens grip…

“The power cuts in Ecuador come days after dry weather forced Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá to ration water as its reservoirs reached record lows, threatening local supplies of tap water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/16/ecuador-rations-power-andean-drought


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN MEXICO – worst heat wave in history. Records are being smashed all over the country:

“42.2 [108F] Tuxtla Gutierrez; 39.0 Cuernavaca 1500m asl; 38.5 Huajuapan De Leon; 37.8 Morelia 1900m; 37.4 Aguascalientes; 35.3 Lagos de Moreno; 35.0 Tulacingo; 33.2 Pachuca 2360m; 32.0 Toluca 2700m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1780401226321924573


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“A popular lake in central Mexico that is a major tourist destination during the Day of the Dead festivities is drying up due to drought, deforestation, and the theft of its water.

“Lake Patzcuaro in the western state of Michoacán has lost more than half its volume since authorities started tracking its falling water levels…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/17/americas/lake-patzcuaro-mexico-dry-water-theft-intl-latam/index.html


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“Damage found inside Glen Canyon Dam increases water risks on the Colorado River…

“Federal officials have discovered damage inside Glen Canyon Dam that could force limits on how much Colorado River water is released at low reservoir levels, raising risks the Southwest could face shortages that were previously unforeseen.”

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-04-16/glen-canyon-dam-damaged-colorado-river


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“‘Water is more valuable than oil’: the corporation cashing in on America’s drought…

“Nearly a decade ago, Greenstone Resource Partners LLC, a private company backed by global investors, bought almost 500 acres of agricultural land here in Cibola. In a first-of-its-kind deal, the company recently sold the water rights tied to the land to the town of Queen Creek, a suburb of Phoenix, for a $14m gross profit.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/16/arizona-colorado-river-water-rights-drought


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“Washington declares drought emergency after ‘exceptionally dry’ winter…

““As our climate continues to change, we’re increasingly seeing our winters bring more rain and less snow,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in a press release.”

https://www.fox13now.com/washington-declares-drought-emergency-after-exceptionally-dry-winter


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“America’s Young Farmers Are Burning Out. I Quit, Too…

“A pilot study conducted by agriculture researcher Josie Rudolphi and her colleagues in 2020 found that of 170 participants, approximately 71% met the criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

https://time.com/6966324/america-young-farmers-exhaustion-essay/


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“Climate change damage could cost $38 trillion per year by 2050, study finds…

“Damage to farming, infrastructure, productivity, and health from climate change will cost an estimated $38 trillion per year by 2050, German government-backed research finds, a figure almost certain to rise as human activity emits more greenhouse gases.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-change-damage-could-cost-38-trillion-per-year-by-2050-study-finds-2024-04-17/


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“Shell says doing more to rein in global warming is ‘unrealistic’…

“Ahead of its annual meeting next month, its notice document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday is advising shareholders to vote down a proposal that would have it bolstering its efforts to fight climate change.”

https://qz.com/shell-climate-change-resolution-1851417483


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“Old-fashioned pessimism might actually help us fight climate change…

“Instead of squeezing climate models until the numbers just about fit the 1.5°C target, perhaps a more pessimistic outlook would better accelerate efforts to limit the damage.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg26234873-400-old-fashioned-pessimism-might-actually-help-us-fight-climate-change/


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“World faces ‘deathly silence’ of nature as wildlife disappears, warn experts…

““The changes are profound. And they are happening everywhere,” said US soundscape recordist Bernie Krause, who has taken more than 5,000 hours of recordings from seven continents over the past 55 years. He estimates that 70% of his archive is from habitats that no longer exist.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/16/world-faces-deathly-silence-of-nature-as-wildlife-disappears-warn-experts-aoe


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