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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“‘Unprecedented,’ ‘Gobsmacked’, ‘Unbelievable’: Changes in Antarctica’s sea ice could have dramatic impacts, says climate scientist Edward Doddridge…

“This is why I think that the RV Belgica’s voyage is such an interesting one to look at now. The region of the Antarctic coastline they sailed to has been ice-free for the first time since satellite records began — it now doesn’t have any ice for months and months of the year. That’s pretty surprising in a 45-year record, but when you look back 125 years ago, and you see that they were trapped in ice that was 2 meters [6.6 feet] thick, that’s a huge change.”

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/antarctica/unprecedented-gobsmacked-unbelievable-changes-in-antarcticas-sea-ice-could-have-dramatic-impacts-says-climate-scientist-edward-doddridge


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“Feedback loop that is melting ice shelves in West Antarctica revealed…

“Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato, from the University of Southampton, a co-author of the paper, said, “Our findings suggest a positive feedback loop: as the ice shelf melts more rapidly, more freshwater is produced, leading to a stronger undercurrent and more heat being transported toward the ice shelves.””

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-feedback-loop-ice-shelves-west.html


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“Geoengineering could save the ice sheets – but only if we start soon…

““There’s a time window that we can do this, and if we dither, there’s just no point in doing it,” says John Moore at the University of Lapland in Finland, who led… “The study we did says 2030 at the latest,” says Johannes Sutter at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2427681-geoengineering-could-save-the-ice-sheets-but-only-if-we-start-soon/


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“Code Yikes! [global sea surface temps]

“April 20, 2024: 21.16°C
March 1, 2024: 21.17°C”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1782069999064187165


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“Climate in uncharted waters as hundreds of millions of anchovies and sardines arrive off Irish coast…

“As global sea-surface temperatures continue to creep up to unprecedented levels, an acoustic survey has recorded three-quarters of a billion anchovies — traditionally found in the Mediterranean — shoaling off Ireland’s southern coast.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/climate-in-uncharted-waters-as-hundreds-of-millions-of-anchovies-and-sardines-arrive-off-irish-coast/a1525456124.html


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“Scotland faces water shortages unless immediate action is taken to make the country more resilient to drought, experts have warned…

“A recent study by the University of Dundee found that longer dry spells resulting from a changing climate, coupled with a rising demand for water, have left the country vulnerable to water shortages.”

https://www.thenational.scot/news/24270271.scotland-faces-water-shortages-unless-immediate-action-taken/


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“Wettest winter in decades causes construction chaos [Belgium]… work has been severely disrupted…

“Whilst Belgium is also renowned for its damp conditions, this period has been truly exceptional. The Royal Meteorological Institute has confirmed that the period from October to March has been the wettest since 1970. This was only beaten in 1902.”

https://www.brusselstimes.com/1009845/wettest-winter-in-decades-causes-construction-chaos


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“In the French Alps, ‘last chance tourists’ visit the disappearing glacier.

“Every year, like Sisyphus pushing his boulder, [the grotto keeper] digs a new cave using a small tunnel-boring machine – a four-month job. In 2023, the structure melted too quickly and didn’t even last the entire season. A new one had to be built faster than planned.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/economy/article/2024/04/21/in-the-french-alps-the-disappearing-glacier-and-last-chance-tourists_6669103_19.html


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“Late frost in Switzerland poses increased risk to crops.

“The risk of late frost damage to fruit crops and vineyards is increasing. As a result of climate change, winters are becoming milder and the growing season is being lengthened, says weather service Meteonews.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/climate-change/late-frost-in-switzerland-poses-increased-risk-to-crops/76154880


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“Europe baked in ‘extreme heat stress’ pushing temperatures to record highs.

“Heat-trapping pollutants that clog the atmosphere helped push temperatures in Europe last year to the highest or second-highest levels ever recorded, according to the EU’s Earth-watching service Copernicus and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/22/europe-baked-in-extreme-heat-stress-pushing-temperatures-to-record-highs


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“Spain and Greece face dire drought conditions…

“The drought affecting Europe is the worst in five centuries. Does this concern the European Parliament elections in June at all? Is it rated as an important issue or not? In the end, which of our identities is stronger: that of a citizen, voter or tourist, in general?”

https://knews.kathimerini.com.cy/en/comment/opinion/spain-and-greece-face-dire-drought-conditions


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“Spanish cava producer Freixenet has presented a plan to lay off temporarily 615 workers, nearly 80% of its workforce, due to a drought in the Penedes area of Catalonia, it said in a statement on Monday.

“The measure is expected to become effective in May, and the company did not specify how long the layoffs would last.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/catalan-cava-producer-freixenet-lay-off-80-workforce-due-drought-2024-04-22/


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“Granada province mops up after weekend rain and hail storm that flooded homes and roads and left one boy dead…

“Residents in the towns of Cijuela, Trasmulas, Valderrubio and Láchar are still assessing the damage caused by just one hour of heavy rain… “…there is no infrastructure capable of sustaining nature when it manifests itself in full force…””

https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/costa-tropical/one-fatal-hour-rain-hail-and-mud-20240422082627-nt.html


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN AFRICA – MIN temperature 29.7C [85.5F] Abidjan is the HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN IVORY COAST.

“Also 28.9 Sassandra 28.7 San Pedro. BENIN: Tmin 30.3 Cotonou hottest night in history; GHANA:Tmin 29.7 Axim hottest night in history; NIGER: Tmin 32.3 Guya hottest April night.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782039332955521041


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“Unprecedented autumn heat in SOUTH AFRICA and NAMIBIA – monthly records were locally broken by 6C! and in the second half of this autumn month. This is insane.

“35.5 [95.9F] Ventersdorp; Tmins 21.4 Coffee Bay,19.8 Addo,19.2 Gariep Dam, 21.0 lady Grey (previous 15.0!).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782359374750495077


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“Donkeys starving as African drought wreaks havoc.

“Zimbabwe has declared a state of disaster as a devastating drought brings the country to its knees. As always, in times of crisis, the animals are in serious trouble, and the rescued donkeys at our partner sanctuary are badly affected.”

https://networkforanimals.org/how-you-can-help/zimbabwe-mares-moringa-tree-emergency/


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“Deforestation pushes animals in Uganda forest to eat virus-laden bat poo.

“Animals in a Ugandan forest have been eating bat poo laden with viruses after tobacco farming wiped out their usual food source, a study has found. A virus linked to Covid-19 was among the 27 identified in the poo eaten by chimpanzees, antelopes and monkeys.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68875094


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“Ongoing heavy rains and flooding have caused havoc across Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia, claiming lives and displacing thousands of people…

“On Sunday, the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre warned that extremely heavy rainfall, reaching top 1 percent on record is expected over isolated areas in central parts of Ethiopia and central to northern Kenya.”

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202404/22/WS66262586a31082fc043c34cf.html


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“Mauritius shut its stock exchange, banks and many offices on Monday after torrential rains on Sunday caused flooding in the island nation.

“There would be no trading and settlement for the day, according to the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-22/heavy-rains-flooding-shut-mauritius-financial-markets-offices


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“Before and after: See Dubai flooding from space.

“The flooding that resulted from the UAE’s largest deluge on record was so intense that satellites were still able to see it from space days after the clouds cleared and the last drops of rain fell.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/22/weather/dubai-flooding-before-after-satellite-climate/index.html


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“Flash Floods In Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Leave Region In Despair…

“According to Moeineddin Saeedi, the lawmaker representing Chabahar in the Iranian parliament, the floods have “broken the back of the people,” with the death toll rising and critical damage to the region’s infrastructure, including roads, electricity, and water systems.”

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202404219813


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“Heavy flooding from seasonal rains in Afghanistan has killed at least 33 people and injured 27 others in three days, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday.

“Abdullah Janan Saiq, the Taliban’s spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management, said Sunday that flash floods hit the capital, Kabul, and several provinces.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/heavy-rains-set-off-flash-floods-killing-33-109217319


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“Russia’s Record Floods Submerge Uranium Mines in Urals…

“The hundreds or even thousands of mine wells drilled into the deposit have compromised the natural protective barrier surrounding the uranium ore, Alexei Shvarts, the former head of Alexei Navalny’s Kurgan regional office who previously worked with uranium mining issues, told Agentsvo.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/04/22/russias-record-floods-submerge-uranium-mines-in-urals-reports-a84919


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“Hundreds of glacial lakes expanding in Himalayan region, flags ISRO.

“Long term satellite imagery covering the Himalayas has revealed that of the 2,431 glacial lakes larger than 10 hectares in area identified in 2016-17, 676 glacial lakes have expanded notably since 1984.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hundreds-of-glacial-lakes-expanding-in-himalayan-region-flags-isro-101713847840590.html


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“Toxic smoke from burning garbage mountain blankets India’s capital.

“One of India’s largest rubbish mounds is on fire, continuing to burn after almost 24 hours and spewing toxic fumes into the air of a densely populated area on the outskirts of the capital Delhi.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/ghazipur-landfill-delhi-fire-toxic-smoke-b2532597.html


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“Heatwave in India: TV host faints during live broadcast as swaths of country reel from sweltering temperatures.

“Lopamudra Sinha, the anchor of state-run DD News in West Bengal, was reading a bulletin from a studio when she began feeling unwell and fell unconscious as cameras kept rolling.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/india-heatwave-west-bengal-anchor-faints-b2532165.html


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“HISTORIC HEAT WAVE in Asia: Records are falling all over – 45C [113F] in India and Myanmar, 43C in Bangladesh.

“NEPAL HOTTEST APRIL DAY IN HISTORY – 43.6C Bhairawa; SRI LANKA APRIL HIGHEST TMIN – Tmin 29.3C Galle.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1781666623931211793


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“China floods: Four dead as cities submerged after days of record breaking rainfall…

“Many parts of the region have seen precipitation records broken in April, with the amount of rainfall being two to three times higher than is typical for the month. Chinese meteorologists also noted that thunderstorms are set to continue…”

https://news.sky.com/story/china-floods-four-dead-as-cities-submerged-after-days-of-record-breaking-rainfall-13120801


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“Thailand’s sugar cane output falls sharply due to drought.

“The drop in production may affect sugar supply in the global market as Thailand is the world’s second-largest sugar exporter after Brazil… Verasak said that drought caused a water shortage, which dealt a blow to sugar cane plantation in Thailand.”

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/thailands-sugar-cane-output-falls-sharply-due-to-drought/284892.vnp


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA – Hundreds of records pulverized.

“Dozens of stations in THAILAND with nights MINS >30C in all regions of the country. For Thailand nearly 14 months of no-stop record heat every single day of the year.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782582348686492068


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“Hottest April Temperatures on Record Scorch Southern Taiwan… Mercury hits 36.8C (98F) in Kaohsiung, Chiayi County on Sunday…

“Temperatures soared to record highs in parts of southern Taiwan over the weekend, with authorities warning the heat is likely to continue on Monday and urged people to avoid unnecessary outdoor activity.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-22/hottest-april-temperatures-on-record-scorch-southern-taiwan


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“HISTORIC! MINIMUM temperature of 27.1C [80.8F] at Ishigashi JAPAN. It’s the HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN JAPAN IN APRIL.

“The minimum temperature should easily hold until next midnight. Thousands of records are falling all over Asia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1781823307173552207


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“HISTORIC HEAT WAVE in South America. A long and intense heat wave will sweep Paraguay, Bolivia and parts of Brazil and Argentina for the next 10+ days.

“Expect 35C/38C with nights of 25/28C,unprecedented for late autumn. Cobija BOLIVIA already broke its April record with 36.5C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782504071951188309


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“RECORD HEAT IN COSTA RICA again – 40.5C [104.9F] Palo Verde National Park broke the [national] April record of highest temperature again, after breaking that of the highest minimum 4 times.

“6 national records in 21 days in Costa Rica, plus all other broken almost every month of the past 10 months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782172567949689286


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“‘All hail broke loose’: Softball-size hail destroys property in Carolinas during weekend hailstorm…

“Severe thunderstorms brought a massive hailstorm to the Carolinas on Saturday, blasting out windows, tearing down fences and leaving yards covered in enough ice to create the appearance of a fresh blanket of snow.”

https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/softball-size-hail-south-carolina-hailstorm


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“Blazes break out in western Canada as wildfire season begins…

“Many of the blazes broke out just in recent days, though dozens are still burning from 2023, amid government fears of another “catastrophic” summer ahead. In British Columbia, firefighters are focusing on the central Cariboo region, where a human-caused burn quickly spread over the weekend and is now considered out of control.”

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/2024/04/22/blazes-break-western-canada-wildfire-season-begins/


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“Evacuation Warning Issued as Wildfire Nears Oil Sands Hub in Canada…

“…according to Bloomberg, the fire was raging near a town 25 miles from Fort McMurray. The report recalled that eight years ago another wildfire forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of locals and the suspension of some 1 million barrels of oil in daily production.”

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Evacuation-Warning-Issued-as-Wildfire-Nears-Oil-Sands-Hub-in-Canada.html


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“The world dumps 2,000 truckloads of plastic into the ocean each day. Here’s where a lot of it ends up…

“Despite global efforts to give plastic products longer lives, only 9% of them are actually recycled. Most plastic waste goes into landfills or is shipped to places like Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations, many of which are already drowning in their own plastic pollution.”

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2024/04/climate/plastic-pollution-ocean-cnnphotos/


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“Could soil microplastic pollution exacerbate climate change?

“Recent studies have demonstrated a causal relationship between MPs pollution and climate change… Our meta-analysis demonstrated that GHGs emissions and resulting GWP are highly sensitive to MPs type, shape, size and content.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935124008491


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