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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“The models are wrong, climate change is accelerating faster than predicted [graph is of declining sulphur emissions, which are proving a significant warming wild card]

“”It’s not like we’re breaking records by a little bit now and then. It’s like the whole climate just fast-forwarded by fifty or a hundred years,” says Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School, told the New Yorker…

““The effects of global warming are progressively more severe, and possibilities such as a worldwide societal breakdown are feasible and dangerously underexplored…””

https://www.intellinews.com/the-models-are-wrong-climate-change-is-accelerating-faster-than-predicted-317180/


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“Breaking News! Code FUBAR!!!

“Yesterday global sea surface temperatures (SST) hit a new modern-day record high of 21.18°C [70.12F], beating the previous record of 21.17°C set just this past March 1st. Yearly SSTs usually peak towards the end of March.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1783151323736609047


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“One way to see just how truly “gobsmackingly bananas” North Atlantic sea surface temperatures are right now is to remove the “less anomalous” year 2023 from the graph.

“This just looks impossible in real life.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1783187432139284738


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“Forecast group predicts busiest hurricane season on record with 33 storms… [Michael Mann’s team]

“The new forecast, issued Wednesday, calls for a range of 27 to 39 named storms, with a best guess of 33. The most on record was 30 named storms in 2020. The forecast is consistent with those recently released by Colorado State University and AccuWeather but is even more aggressive.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/04/24/record-atlantic-hurricane-season-forecast/


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“Met Eireann have forecast ‘cursed weather’ coming for Ireland following a record breaking 18 months of wet weather.

“Weather experts have forecast wetter weather with the latest maps showing more rain sweeping into the country for the end to April and start of May.”

https://www.galwaybeo.ie/news/galway-news/met-eireann-forecast-cursed-weather-9242983


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“A heat wave fueled by climate change helped create deadly, record-breaking hail in Spain, a new study finds.

“The baseball-sized hail hit northeastern Spain in August 2022, injuring 67 people and killing a 20 month old girl. Videos of the storm show balls of ice up to 4.7 inches (12 centimeters) wide dropping from the sky, smashing car windows and damaging property.”

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/weather/massive-heat-wave-and-a-supercell-thunderstorm-caused-deadly-baseball-sized-hailstones-to-rain-down-on-spain


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“Storms and cold temperatures combined yesterday (April 22) in the south of France, bringing rare hail to the French Riviera – turning several towns and beaches white…

“At 18:00, temperatures in Nice and the surrounding area were 4.4C, the lowest in all of France at that time.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/news/photos-sudden-hailstorm-turns-french-riviera-towns-white/654295


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“Incredible in EUROPE – January weather in Italy (maxes 6C/10C yesterday, 12/14C below average), above July average in GREECE with HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN APRIL IN EUROPE. INSANE MINIMUM 29.3 [84.7F] at Rethymnon.

“Europe has never seen a month like that extreme.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782717945853944234


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“Dust storms are becoming ‘more frequent and severe’ – so are we prepared? As haze from the Sahara envelops Athens, scientists are racing to explain a worrying global trend…

“As the number of storms increases across the planet, scientists are now racing to explain the trend – with deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion and climate change all identified as potential factors.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/dust-storms-sand-sahara-athens-greece-pollution/


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“Mosquito-borne diseases spreading in Europe due to climate crisis, says expert…

“The insects spread illnesses such as malaria and dengue fever, the prevalences of which have hugely increased over the past 80 years as global heating has given them the warmer, more humid conditions they thrive in.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/25/mosquito-borne-diseases-spreading-in-europe-due-to-climate-crisis-says-expert


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“EXTRAORDINARY MEDITERRANEAN HEAT WAVE – Almost 40C in CYPRUS – 39.3 [102.7F] Morphou, hottest April day in Cyprus history.

“Tomorrow the heat will worsen and expand: hundreds of records will be brutalized in several countries.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783201613714260025


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“HISTORIC DAY IN TURKIYE – HOTTEST APRIL DAY IN HISTORY. 39.2 [102.6F] today at Çukurova broke the 39.0 recorded at Iskenderun in April 1970.

“39.3 Cyprus, 39.2 Turkey, 44C Egypt, 42C Jordan, 45.5 Israel. From MGM”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783210484730052936


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT WAVE IN AFRICA: Records all over the Continent:

“47.2 Tillabery ties HOTTEST APRIL DAY IN NIGER; 47.0 Bokoro ties HOTTEST APRIL DAY in CHAD… ALL TIME RECORDS – NIGER: 47.1 Nguigmi 46.1 Dosso; 45.5 Magaria; 45.1 Zinder; 44.0 Kano NIGERIA… Niamey NIGER MIN 33.3 Hottest night in history…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783228399013532028


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT SOUTHERN AFRICA – April Records destroyed all over Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana with margins up to 6C.

“ZIMBABWE 39.4C [102.9F] at Beitbridge NATIONAL HEAT RECORD FOR APRIL. Both South America and Southern Africa are living unprecedented autumn heat waves.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1782840694106710497


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“Madagascar’s forgotten crisis: poverty and hunger on the front line of climate change…

“Madagascar, situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southern Africa, has one of the world’s highest poverty rates, exacerbated by recurring natural disasters. Much of the soil is infertile and drinking water scarce.”

https://civil-protection-humanitarian-aid.ec.europa.eu/news-stories/stories/madagascars-forgotten-crisis-poverty-and-hunger-front-line-climate-change_en


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“Unstoppable records in African islands of Indian an Atlantic Oceans.

“GLORIOSO ISLAND TMIN 28.5 [83.3F] Hottest April night on record again; ASCENSION ISLAND TMIN 27.7C Hottest April night again (0.1C from all time high set last month). Records are sweeping every single tropical country.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783144637860864509


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“At least 32 dead as flash floods sweep through half of Kenya…

““The situation in Nairobi has escalated to extreme levels. The county government for all its efforts is clearly overwhelmed,” wrote city Senator Edwin Sifuna on his X account. “We need all national emergency services mobilized to save lives.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/24/africa/kenya-flash-floods-intl-latam/index.html


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“Mass Snowmelt, Heavy Rains Worsen Flood Devastation Across Central Asia.

“Sudden spring warming and rains are continuing to complicate flood recovery across Central Asia. Devastating mudslides in Kyrgyzstan and overflowing rivers in Kazakhstan and Russia are the worst current threats. They follow weeks of floods and a burst dam in Orsk, Russia, on April 6.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhstan-kyrgyzstan-flood-orsk-russia-river-ural-snowmelt-mudslide-central-asia/32917760.html


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“Highway Along China Border [with India] Washed Away After Massive Landslide In Arunachal…

“The district witnessed heavy landslides between Hunli and Anini on the National Highway-313 yesterday due to heavy rainfall over the past few days, authorities said. Videos showed a stretch of the highway missing…”

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/massive-landslide-in-arunachal-key-district-bordering-china-cut-off-5518463


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“Bengaluru witnesses second hottest April day in history…

“Bengaluru city broke yet another weather record on Tuesday, witnessing a maximum temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius, marking the second-hottest summer day in the city’s history. The Karnataka capital, which is already enduring a relentless heatwave for months, continued to see sizzling temperatures…”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/bengaluru-news/bengaluru-witnesses-second-hottest-april-day-in-history-report-101713933115682.html


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“Along the mighty Bay of Bengal, the forces unleashed by climate change are overwhelming lives and livelihoods…

“Climate change is warming waters, shifting ocean patterns and transforming the region’s yearly monsoon from a reliable lifeline into a menace. The water in the bay is rising faster than in other major bodies of water.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2024/bay-of-bengal-climate-change/


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“Thousands in heatwave-hit Bangladesh pray for rain…

“”Praying for rains is a tradition of our prophet. We repented for our sins and prayed for his blessings for rains,” Muhammad Abu Yusuf, an Islamic cleric who led a morning prayer service for 1,000 people in central Dhaka, told AFP. “Life has become unbearable due to lack of rains,” he said. “Poor people are suffering immensely.””

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-thousands-heatwave-bangladesh-pray.html


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“‘Everything is gone’: Chinese farmers face huge losses after widespread floods…

“In south China’s Qingyuan city, farmers are facing huge losses caused by widespread floods. Torrential rains hit Guangdong province starting on April 19, 2024, ushering in an earlier-than-normal start to the province’s annual flooding season in May and June.”

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3260012/everything-gone-chinese-farmers-face-huge-losses-after-widespread-floods


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“First cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan have a record going back to the 9th Century. It shows: – No trend and random noise till about 1800. Then, exponential warming for the last two centuries.

“These single site data from crude instrumentation track climate change very well.”

https://twitter.com/RogerCoppock/status/1782971875036909914


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN ASIA. Thousands of records smashed. HOTTEST NIGHT ever LAOS/CAMBODIA TMin. 31.5 [88.7F] Pakse, 30.6 Preah Viehear.

“HOTTEST APRIL NIGHT in INDONESIA Tmin 28.6 Medan; RECORD HOT NIGHTS VIETNAM Tmin 29.2 Truong Sa; THAILAND 30.6 Ubon, 30.5 Mukdahan, 30 Kosumpisai; 29.5 Buriram.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783295931196072196


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“In the Philippines, it’s ‘so hot you can’t breathe’ as heat index touches 47 degrees Celsius…

“Extreme heat scorched the Philippines on Wednesday, forcing schools in some areas to suspend in-person classes and prompting warnings for people to limit the amount of time spent outdoors.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3260173/philippines-its-so-hot-you-cant-breathe-heat-index-touches-47-degrees-celsius


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“HISTORIC IN THE PHILIPPINES – 29.8 [85.6F] MINIMUM Manila AP (28.6 Puerto Princesa) HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY.

“Dozens thousands of records are being brutalized all over Oceania and Asia in every country, we are witnessing something beyond any imagination.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783297153059721533


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“More than coral: the unseen casualties of record-breaking heat on the Great Barrier Reef…

“What have we found? So far, the signs are not good. When we dive underwater, we can taste the change as stressed and dying corals release chemicals into water. When we bring back samples, the smell is distinctly sulphurous and sour.”

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2024/04/24/the-unseen-casualties-of-record-breaking-heat-on-the-great-barrier-reef.html


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“New Zealand experiencing 5x more temperature extremes than expected…

“Researchers have analysed 70 years’ worth of weather data across the whole country to see how frequently extreme events, such as record-breaking heatwaves, are happening. They found that they are increasing at a much faster rate than the mean average temperature.”

https://niwa.co.nz/news/new-zealand-experiencing-5x-more-temperature-extremes-expected


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“Early this Wednesday, a storm occurred that hit several cities [Parguay] in the Central department with great force, including Limpio, Fernando de la Mora, Asunción and Luque.

“In this last city, the death of a woman and her daughter was even recorded, who were traveling in their vehicle that was swept away by the rapid when crossing a bridge, and fell into the bed of the stream.”

https://www.lanacion.com.py/pais/2024/04/24/luque-y-los-puntos-mas-peligrosos-para-transitar-en-dias-de-lluvia/


“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT WAVE IN SOUTH AMERICA – Unbelievable MINIMUM 29.4C [84.9F] at IPTA Chaco Hottest April night in PARAGUAY.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783170436907368521


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“Amid record-high fires across the Amazon, Brazil loses primary forests…

“The number of fires shows no signs of easing as Brazil’s Roraima faces unprecedented blazes, and several Amazonian countries, including Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, registered record-high outbreaks in the first quarter this year.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/amid-record-high-fires-across-the-amazon-brazil-loses-primary-forests/


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“Costa Rica Faces Water Supply Challenges Amid Severe Drought…

“This alarming situation has left residents of various areas in the capital, which is home to half of Costa Rica’s 5.1 million inhabitants, facing programmed cuts in their drinking water supply for weeks. Some neighborhoods have even gone days without access to water.”

https://ticotimes.net/2024/04/24/costa-rica-faces-water-supply-challenges-amid-severe-drought


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“Wildfire razes pinelands near top Cuba tourist town of Viñales…

“A wildfire blazed early on Wednesday outside the picturesque western Cuba valley town of Vinales, state-run media said, threatening a region considered to be among the island’s most important tourist destinations.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/wildfire-razes-pinelands-near-top-cuba-tourist-town-viales-2024-04-24/


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN MEXICO – MINIMUM temperature 29.2C [84.6F] at Arriaga is HOTTEST APRIL NIGHT IN MEXICAN HISTORY.

“Dozens of thousands of records are falling in every corner of the planet: nothing seen in 3+ centuries of world climatology can remotely compares to what’s happening these hours.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783268995052785809


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“Iceland’s glaciers are collapsing quickly. It could be catastrophic for the Massachusetts coastline..

“Sólheimajökull has lost two kilometers of ice in the last 130 years. Twenty-five percent of that loss happened in the last 15 years. The glacier is now melting at a rate of over 40 meters per year.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/iceland-melting-glaciers-climate-change-massachusetts-coast/


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“Wildfires in Siberia are a growing global threat…

“The researchers predict a dramatic increase in air pollution, especially under the most extreme wildfire scenarios. This pollution impacts not only Siberia but also vast areas of East Asia, which lie downwind from these fires.”

https://www.earth.com/news/wildfires-in-siberia-are-a-growing-global-threat/


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“Beyond higher temperatures: Preparing for national security risks posed by climate change…

“”National security has many facets affected directly by climate,” said Jill Brandenberger… who leads the Laboratory’s climate security research. “It involves energy and water, which may be more obvious, but also food security, infrastructure, and health. These are all critical to national security and overall human security.””

https://phys.org/news/2024-04-higher-temperatures-national-posed-climate.html


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