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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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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT… As of today: 212 countries/territories have broken heat records (from one to thousands) so far this month (nearly 90% of the total).

“Nothing like this would have deemed possible until few months ago.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783829984001569232


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“Mercury soars to 42.7C in Chuadanga as heatwave scorches Bangladesh for record 27 days…

“Meteorologist Shahinul Islam said the ongoing heatwave has prevailed for 27 days so far, the longest since record-keeping began in 1948… The previous record was 23 days in 2023.”

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/z82u6zvvny


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“Forest fire in Uttarakhand [India] spreads to Nainital, Army deployed…

“Forest fires in Uttarakhand have now reached Nainital, sending smoke billowing through the hill town. The flames have reportedly reached Nainital’s High Court Colony, prompting the administration to seek help from Army personnel to control the blaze.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/uttarakhand-forest-fire-reaches-nainital-high-court-colony-army-deployed-2532333-2024-04-27


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“Air pollution takes its toll on Nepal’s tourism capital…

“As smog levels soar in Pokhara, travel trade entrepreneurs fear worse days ahead for the popular tourist destination… Locals said that since March, the sky of Pokhara has been filled with dust and haze. The air is not healthy. The mountains, too, are not visible.”

https://kathmandupost.com/money/2024/04/26/air-pollution-takes-its-toll-on-nepal-s-tourism-capital


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“EXTRAORDINARY EVENT – Insane MINIMUM temp. 30.8C [87.4F] Dongfang Hottest April night in CHINA history…

“HONG KONG AP MIN 28.4 Hottest April night in Hong Kong history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784024104418291871


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“Just in: HISTORIC HEAT IN [northern] JAPAN – 30.1 [86.2F] in HOKKAIDO in April, historic.

“Dozens of records have been destroyed with huge margins (up to 3C/4C) see list below credit of JMA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784095637451006056


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“Southeast Asia’s heatwaves threaten food security. How can nations adapt?

“Many parts of the region are suffering record-breaking temperatures, leading to disruptions in rice supplies and fluctuations in prices… global temperatures have surged to unprecedented levels… Southeast Asia, home to more than 600 million people, is currently experiencing a rise in the number of heatwaves.”

https://www.scmp.com/opinion/asia-opinion/article/3260404/southeast-asias-heatwaves-threaten-food-security-how-can-nations-adapt


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“VIETNAM just had its Hottest April night on record with a TMIN of 29.8C [85.6F] at Huyen Tran (Spratly Islands).

“Cambodia*, Indonesia, Laos*, Vietnam, Philippines* (among 71 countries) had their warmest night on records (April or all time*).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783550683175592066


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“Hot weather kills 30 in Thailand as heat index hits ‘extremely dangerous’ level…

“Thailand issued fresh warnings about scorching hot weather on Thursday as the government said heatstroke has already killed at least 30 people… City authorities in Bangkok gave an extreme heat warning as the heat index was expected to rise above 52 degrees Celsius (125 degrees Fahrenheit).”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3260321/hot-weather-kills-30-thailand-heat-index-hits-extremely-dangerous-level


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“RECORD HEAT IN THAILAND. Main stations with their hottest day in history:

“43.3 [109.9F] Kosumphisai; 43.1 Roi Et; 42.9 Kalasin and Mukdahan; 42.6 Ubon; Ratchathani; 42.5 Wichian Buri; 42.2 Nakhon Phanom; 42 Takfa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783918154097258973


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“Ozone hole: Why Antarctic wildlife is being ‘sunburnt’.

“For Antarctic wildlife, exposure to the Sun’s damaging rays has increased in recent years, scientists say. A major cause of ozone loss is believed to be the amount of smoke from unprecedented Australian wildfires, which were fuelled by climate change.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68906013


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“Emperor penguins will not survive the current rate of sea ice decline.

“Emperor penguins, iconic symbols of Antarctica, are facing increasing survival challenges as Antarctica’s ice is melting away. A recent study by the British Antarctic Survey reveals worrying trends for these charismatic birds due to declining sea-ice levels.”

https://www.earth.com/news/emperor-penguins-will-not-survive-the-current-rate-of-sea-ice-decline/


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“In SOUTH AMERICA the record heat is endless since June 2023. Yesterday almost 39C [102.2F] in eastern suburbs of Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL with the heat set to continue for weeks into May.

“Some records of April hottest nights today: 28.2 San Andres COLOMBIA; 26 San Borja BOLIVIA; 25.6 Rurrenabaque.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783596499307209205


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“Vegetation dieback in the Mississippi River Delta triggered by acute drought and chronic relative sea-level rise…

“Here, we show that a large-scale vegetation dieback in the Mississippi River Delta was precipitated by salt-water incursion during an extreme drought in the summer of 2012 and was most severe in areas exposed to greater flooding.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-47828-x


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“Sudden summer: D.C. could see its first 90-degree day this year Monday…

“To hit 90 for the first time in late April would be about two weeks earlier than normal but not all that surprising considering 2024 has been one of Washington’s warmest years on record so far. Recall that it hit 80 degrees in January for the first time on record.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/04/26/washington-dc-first-90-degrees/


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“Hundreds of homes damaged after tornado smashes through Nebraska…

“A number of tornadoes were reported in the state but the worst hit the suburbs to the northwest of the city, which has a population of 485,000… Elkhorn resident Kim Woods said… “The whole neighbourhood just to the north of us is pretty flattened.””

https://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-of-homes-damaged-after-tornado-smashes-through-nebraska-13123760


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“Fear rekindled in Aq’am community as wildfire season begins [BC Canada]…

“More than 50 people were evacuated from their community and seven families lost their homes in the St. Mary’s River fire which ignited on July 17, 2023 near Cranbrook, B.C… As CBC’s Corey Bullock reports, with B.C. heading into another early fire season, communities like Aq’am are on edge.”

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/video/1.7187046


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“Is UK’s worst ever rain linked to ‘scary’ unexplained warming of Atlantic?

“The Atlantic’s sea temperature has been getting warmer for 13 months, but scientists don’t know why… Sea surface temperature rises are linked to disrupted weather, Dr Kuhlbrodt explained, because air can hold more water when it’s warmer… the warmer sea surface has also disrupted the jet stream…”

https://au.news.yahoo.com/uk-weather-rain-atlantic-ocean-warming-124529645.html


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“Devastating Hailstorm Ravages South-Eastern Bulgaria, Crops and Infrastructure Suffer Heavy Losses.

“… the agricultural heartland of Bulgaria faced significant setbacks as the hailstorm pummeled through fields and villages. In areas such as Banya, Samuilovo, Zetiovo, Gita, Svoboda, and Shivachevo near Nova Zagora, the impact was particularly severe, with crops of wheat, potatoes, and roses obliterated.”

https://www.novinite.com/articles/225830/Devastating+Hailstorm+Ravages+South-Eastern+Bulgaria%2C+Crops+and+Infrastructure+Suffer+Heavy+Losses


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“48 [118.4F] DEGREES IN CHAD at Faya. It ties the hottest day in history. There is no end in sight in any foreseeable future of the extreme and unprecedented heat which is sweeping all Continents: it will just get worse into May.

“May will start beating records by thousands since day 1st.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783454173998072027


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“Endangered hippos trapped in dried ponds amid African drought…

“Conservation authorities informed AFP on Friday (April 26) that herds of endangered hippos, trapped in the mud of dried-up ponds, are at risk of dying in drought-stricken Botswana… Several countries in the region have recently declared a state of national disaster.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/endangered-hippos-trapped-in-dried-ponds-amid-african-drought-715583


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“Flash floods kills at least 155 people in Tanzania.

“Flooding in Tanzania has killed 155 people and left at least 236 injured, the country’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Thursday. More than 10,000 houses have been damaged and upwards of 200,000 people have been affected, Majaliwa told the Tanzanian parliament…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/25/africa/flash-flooding-kills-at-least-155-people-in-tanzania-intl/index.html


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“Kenya floods leave 70 dead as truck is swept away in deluge…

“At least 70 people have died from countrywide flooding in Kenya, a government spokesperson said Friday as authorities ordered more evacuations of people from at-risk areas due to ongoing heavy rainfall.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/26/africa/kenya-flooding-intl/index.html


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“As floods strike East Africa, church officials fear nature is hitting back…

“Rev. Dr Ezekiel Lesmore, director of Programmes at the All Africa Conference of Churches, said nature was angry at humanity for brutalizing it in the quest for wealth and technological advancement. “Humanity has acted without due consideration of the ecosystem and the roles that each component plays in our collective wellbeing. We have failed in our stewardship roles.”

https://anglican.ink/2024/04/26/as-floods-strike-east-africa-church-officials-fear-nature-is-hitting-back/


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“Dubai deluge brings home climate change dangers to a desert nation…

““You wouldn’t engineer for the worst possible scenario . . . it’s prohibitively expensive,” said Huda Shaka, a chartered urban planner based in Dubai. But following the storm, “it’s not just a theoretical scenario. It has happened, and the costs are real.””

https://www.ft.com/content/a12272e7-536f-49ac-85d8-97e60dfec05e


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“HISTORIC Records of April HOTTEST NIGHTS – TMINS:

“30.6 [87.1F] Jeddah Hottest April night for SAUDI ARABIA; 28.1 Sedom same for ISRAEL; 25.6 Latakia same for SYRIA; JORDAN 25.2 Irbid; EGYPT 28.2 Abu Simbel.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783816820262125861


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“Tel Aviv temperatures shatter 85-year April record as heatwave scorches Israel…

““The current heat is unusual by any standard,” Dr. Avner Gross of Ben Gurion University’s Department of Environmental Sciences told the Ynet news site. “It’s not that there aren’t heatwaves in April, but the intensity is unusual. It is part of a very heavy heatwave that is affecting the entire Eastern Mediterranean region, like Turkey, Greece and Cyprus,” he said.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-temperatures-shatter-85-year-april-record-as-heatwave-scorches-country/


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN RUSSIA AND GEORGIA: For the first time in April Russia had tropical nights, hundreds records of High minimums destroyed:

“21.6 Tuapse; 20.0 Adler; 19.4 Maykop; 19.1 Anapa; 18.8 Liski; 18.7 Primorsko Atarsk; 18.3 Voronezh; GEORGIA Crazy Min 25.0 Kutaisi, 23.6 Zugdidi.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1783801299517005883


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“COP29 Host Azerbaijan Says Its Fossil Fuel Is ‘Gift From God’… President Aliyev commits to boosting investments in gas…

“Azerbaijan, host of this year’s COP29 climate summit, will continue to invest in increasing gas production in order to feed demand from Europe as its president said that its abundant fossil fuels were a “gift from God.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-26/cop29-host-azerbaijan-says-its-fossil-fuel-is-gift-of-the-gods


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“You can ‘fly off on holidays and eat steak’ under net zero, says top [UK] climate adviser…

“Chris Stark, the chief executive of the climate change committee, suggested he and others in the green sector had pushed too hard the idea that the shift required a radical transformation. Instead people’s lives would not be that different in 2050, the target date for ending the UK’s contribution to climate change by cutting emissions to zero overall.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/04/26/chris-stark-climate-advisor-net-zero-flying-holidays-steak/


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“Another day, another modern-day record: global sea surface temperatures are now up to 21.19°C.

“By comparison, the 2023 record was 21.09°C, held from August 22-26.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1783512618151666064


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“Global wine production reached a historic low in 2023 and climate change could be to blame, a new report has revealed.

“The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) says the drink hit its lowest level since 1962. This intergovernmental organisation has 50 member states, representing 75 per cent of the world’s vineyard area. Experts blame “extreme environmental conditions” including droughts and fires…”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/26/worst-wine-harvest-in-62-years-blamed-on-extreme-weather-and-climate-change


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“‘Outrageous’ climate activists get in the faces of politicians and oil bosses – will it work?

“The head of ExxonMobil told to “eat shit” as he was about to receive an award. A US senator and coal boss called a “sick fuck”, almost sparking a brawl. Theatre shows interrupted. As the climate crisis has deepened, protests aimed at those deemed responsible are becoming starkly personal, and often confrontational.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/25/climate-crisis-activists


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“Emergency action. Could civil disobedience be morally obligatory in a society on a collision course with climate catastrophe?

“Some, notably the Swedish ecologist Andreas Malm, take the matter further still, into ‘ecotage’: Malm holds that the gravity of the situation requires substantial property damage, such as severing oil pipelines.”

https://aeon.co/essays/is-civil-disobedience-a-moral-obligation-in-a-time-of-climate-crisis


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