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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“Breaking News!

“In the latest data, for April 23rd, a new modern-day record was set for Tropical 2-meter surface temperatures, at 26.93°C [80.47F].

“For reference, the baseline for the first 50 years of data, from 1940 to 1989, is the black line. April 23rd was 5.72σ above that baseline.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1785005838496829947


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“EXCEPTIONAL EVENT – Thousands of records all over Oceania & Asia.

“HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY FOR MYANMAR AND LAOS; HOTTEST APRIL NIGHT IN HISTORY FOR VIETNAM AND JAPAN; HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY Jakarta, Bangkok, Kolkata etc…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785114179336122807


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“Indian Ocean headed for a near-permanent state of marine heatwave…

“A recent study titled Future Projections for the Tropical Indian Ocean has found that the Indian Ocean is warming rapidly and moving towards a state of near-permanent marine heat waves, with 220-250 days of heat waves projected in a year until 2050.”

https://india.mongabay.com/2024/04/indian-ocean-headed-for-a-near-permanent-state-of-marine-heatwave-cyclones-to-intensify-fisheries-at-risk/


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“Ooty records its highest ever temperature [Western Ghats, India]…

“Ooty in Tamil Nadu has recorded its highest-ever temperature of 29 [84.2F] degrees Celsius on April 28, said director of regional meteorological centre (RMC) Chennai, S Balachandran. This is 5.4 degrees above the average temperature for Ooty in Nilgiris district.”

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/India/ooty-records-its-highest-ever-temperature/ar-AA1nTCjx


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“RECORD HEAT BANGLADESH – Hottest April night on record also in Bangladesh.

“MIN 29.5 [85.1F] at Satkhira, 29.4 Khepupara., 29 Bola,Chandpur, over 29 also Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar. Worst heat wave in history,  especially for the combination hot nights + extreme humidity + length.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784904789081371072


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“Myanmar recorded its hottest ever April temperature of 48.2 degrees Celsius (118.76 Fahrenheit), authorities said Monday, as the Southeast Asian nation bakes in a heatwave.

“The mercury hit 48.2C in the town of Chauk in central Myanmar’s Magway region on Sunday, according to a statement from the country’s weather office.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/myanmar-records-hottest-ever-april-temperature-of-48-2c/articleshow/109688328.cms


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“Today, the temperature in Yuanyang, Yunnan rose to 43.4C [110.1F], once again breaking the highest record of China’s national weather station in April!

“(The original record was 43.1C on April 14)!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1784550800230125828


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Extreme weather in Guangzhou kills five and brings destruction to China’s industrial heartland.

“At least five people were killed and 33 injured after a tornado struck the Chinese city of Guangzhou over the weekend, state media reported, in the latest bout of extreme weather to hit the country’s industrial heartland.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/29/china-extreme-weather-guangzhou-tornado-death-toll-damage-floods


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“Wildest hail day we ever had [China]! In addition to the tornado outbreak, we’ve hearing dozens of reports of hail bigger than 10cm even 12cm!

“Today gonna go down in history!”

https://twitter.com/Ericwang1101/status/1784196077245378714


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN CAMBODIA. 42.8 [109F] yesterday at both Preah Vihear and Svay Leu.

“HOTTEST DAY IN CAMBODIAN HISTORY, one day after the hottest night with a brutal min 31.1 at Preah Vihear.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784507850762731801


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“Thailand reels under heatwave as some regions hit record high temperatures such as 44.2 deg C [111.6F]…

“The northern province of Lampang has seen the highest temperature so far in 2024 at 44.2 deg C, just shy of the highest temperature ever recorded in Thailand – 44.6 deg C – that was last seen in 2016 and 2023.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailand-reels-under-heatwave-as-some-regions-hit-record-high-temperatures


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“Southeast Asia’s severe heat wave is pushing temperatures and power demand to new records, straining grids and prompting traders in the region to bulk up on natural gas cargoes…

““Our consumption has suddenly increased because it’s very hot,” Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told reporters on Monday, saying the cooling demand is overloading power systems.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/thai-heat-wave-pushes-temperatures-005642498.html


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“38.8 [101.8F] MANILA Ninoy Aquino AP Hottest day in Manila climatic history. It took more than 110 years to reach those stubborn 1912/1915 heat waves records.

“Wait next tweets- spoiler: INSANITY IN THAILAND DOZENS STATIONS >43c with high humidity; worst heat wave in world climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784208523271806984


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“Filipino Farmers Struggle As Drought And Heatwave Hits…

“Filipino farmer Daniel Velasco pumps water from a well in a desperate attempt to save his wilting vegetables, as a scorching heatwave and the worst drought in years hits crops… “I’m losing a lot of money,” Velasco, 57, told AFP…”

https://www.barrons.com/news/filipino-farmers-struggle-as-drought-and-heatwave-hits-b3ec73b0


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“Corn production stunted in Argentina…

“Corn-production forecasts are being adjusted drastically lower as the crop, which only a month ago was widely expected to be a record, battles a rare leafhopper plague. This sap-sucking pest is also a vector for the highly pathogenic crop disease known as spiroplasma.”

https://www.graincentral.com/markets/corn-production-stunted-in-argentina/


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“SOUTH AMERICA HEAT WAVE – Never ending heat with temperatures up to 38C [100.4F] in Brazil and Paraguay.

“Hot nights too: Record high minimums of 28.7C at Recife Airport. BRAZIL, hottest April night in April in South America except Venezuela; ARGENTINA: 25.7 La Quiaca 3500m; Min 25.0 Ituzaingo.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784327259282698348


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“Baby among at least five killed as tornadoes leave trail of destruction in central US.

“Oklahoma’s governor said “you just can’t believe the destruction” as homes and other buildings were flattened – while experts revealed nearly 40 twisters are thought to have swept through central areas of the US during a remarkable weekend of weather.”

https://news.sky.com/story/baby-among-at-least-five-killed-as-tornadoes-leave-trail-of-destruction-in-central-us-13125638


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“Port Arthur tornado preceded Motiva emissions release…

“Some 54,000 pounds of carbon monoxide, among 40 other contaminants, were released by Motiva in Port Arthur shortly after a tornado earlier this month… ​​The event also released over 11,000 pounds of n-hexane and over 3000 pounds of propane and sulfur dioxide…”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/port-arthur-tornado-preceded-in-motiva-emissions-release/ar-AA1nwuIu


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“Growing wildfire risk leaves states grappling with how to keep property insurers from fleeing.

“Months after a catastrophic fire burned more than 2,200 homes and killed 101 people in Hawaii, some property owners are getting more bad news — their property insurance won’t be renewed because their insurance company has deemed the risk too high.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/growing-wildfire-risk-leaves-states-grappling-property-insurers-109771665


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“With record-setting heat, Philadelphia hits first 90-degree day in April since 2009.

“On Monday, Philadelphia had a high temperature of 90 degrees, marking the first time the area experienced a 90-degree or higher temperature this season and tying the record for the day, last set in 1974.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/philadelphia/news/record-setting-heat-philadelphia-hits-first-90-degree-day-in-april-since-2009/


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“‘Water everywhere’: Shropshire farmers race to salvage harvest after record rain.

“With his farm almost entirely surrounded by the banks of the River Severn in north Shropshire, Ed Tate is used to flooding on his land – but this year, the sheer level of rainfall is the worst he has ever seen.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/29/water-everywhere-shropshire-farmers-race-to-salvage-harvest-after-record-rain


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“Say Goodbye to Potatoes Being as Cheap as Chips. And say hello to sogflation. Poor weather conditions in Europe are hurting humble crops such as the spud.

“Last year, the word to describe much of the spike in food prices would have been “heatflation,”… This year we’re facing a different concept, still undeniably linked to the climate crisis. Let’s call it “sogflation.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-04-29/cheap-as-chips-potatoes-grains-and-other-crops-suffer-climate-sogflation


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“AFRICA HEAT WAVE – Extraordinary MINIMUM TEMPERATURE of 36.3C [97.3F] at Kayes in MALI. Record heat is sweeping all Africa since months with an endless summer in South Africa and a deadly heat in the Sahel.

“Hottest night in history at Cotonou BENIN min 30.1 and Agalega MAURITIUS Tmin 28.7.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1784636948977705251


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“Mali heatwave: Ice becomes a hot commodity as temperatures soar.

“Record-breaking heat means ice cubes now cost more than bread and milk in parts of Mali. “I’ve come to buy ice because it’s very hot now,” says 15-year-old Fatouma Yattara as she visits her local vendor in the capital, Bamako.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-68905041


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“[Zimbabwean] Farmers urged to insure wheat crop…

“The Agricultural Finance Corporation Holdings has urged wheat farmers to insure their crop against climate shocks and consolidate Government’s efforts towards boosting food security… Mr Masukume urged farmers to take risks and invest more in their farms even when the climate is so unpredictable.”

https://www.thezimbabwemail.com/farming-environment/agriculture-enviroment/farmers-urged-to-insure-wheat-crop/


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“Dozens dead after dam bursts amid torrential rain in Kenya…

“At least 45 people died when a makeshift dam burst its banks near a southern town in Kenya’s Rift valley in the early hours of Monday, police said, as torrential rains and floods hit the country.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/29/dam-burst-kenyan-town-mai-mahiu-nakuru


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT ALLOVER AFRICA-MIDDLE EAST. MINIMUM 31.4 [88.5F] Jeddah HOTTEST APRIL NIGHT EVER IN SAUDI ARABIA.

“Min 30.2 Cotonou BENIN Hottest night for Cotonou; 45C in ALGERIA; 39.3 on the NAMIBIAN coast. Record heat from North to South from East to West since months.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785012319480844776


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“Raging floods hit parts of Saudi Arabia…

“Stormy weather is expected across the Arabian Peninsula his week… Twenty people died in Oman and four were killed in the Emirates when a series of storms battered the Gulf nations earlier this month. The emirates of Dubai and Sharjah were struck by four waves of rainstorms that caused widespread flooding and disrupted daily life.”

https://news.sky.com/video/raging-floods-hit-parts-of-saudi-arabia-13125951


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“Flash floods, landslides hit multiple districts across Kashmir…

“Amidst incessant and intermittent rainfall, parts of Jammu and Kashmir grapple with rising water levels for the second consecutive day, triggering flash floods and landslides. The government has assured residents to stay calm as they are closely monitoring the situation.”

https://risingkashmir.com/flash-floods-landslides-hit-multiple-districts-across-kashmir/


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“Unwise to neglect Himalayan crisis…

“The depletion of glaciers would lead to a sharp reduction in freshwater supply. All the major rivers in north India, Pakistan and China are fed by the Himalayan glaciers. The depletion of glaciers will result not only in a water crisis but also in serious economic and social problems.”

https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/editorial/unwise-to-neglect-himalayan-crisis-2998773


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“Reduction of glaciers in Kyrgyzstan by 1,200 sq km affected water resources in Central Asia – Security Council Secretary…

“Kyrgyzstan has nearly 10 thousand glaciers with total area about 7 thousand square kilometres. However, the area of glaciation in Kyrgyzstan has decreased by 16 per cent within 70 years.

https://akipress.com/news:771214:Reduction_of_glaciers_in_Kyrgyzstan_by_1,200_sq_km_affected_water_resources_in_Central_Asia_-_Security_Council_Secretary/


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“Russia’s Ishim River Swells to Record High Amid Widespread Flooding.

““The water level in the Ishim River isn’t decreasing. It even increased due to yesterday’s rainfall. The historical maximum of [12.15 meters] has been reached,” Tyumen region Governor Alexander Moor said on the messaging app Telegram.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/04/29/russias-ishim-river-swells-to-record-high-amid-widespread-flooding-a84982


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“The first case of a walrus dying from bird flu has been detected on one of Norway’s Arctic islands, a researcher has said.

“The walrus was found last year on Hopen island in the Svalbard archipelago, Christian Lydersen, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, told AFP.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/30/first-walrus-bird-flu-death-arctic-islands


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“Climate change increases chances of zoonotic disease ‘spillover’…

“Diseases once limited to particular parts of the world are spreading to new regions, threatening populations that have no inbuilt immunity. Meanwhile, the impact of global warming is forcing animals and humans to seek out new habitats, bringing them into closer proximity and creating conditions for the spread of zoonotic diseases.”

https://www.ft.com/content/599c87da-7920-4832-87de-98934cb5cbc4


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“Mpox: why the virus’s continued, rapid mutation since the 2022 global outbreak remains a concern…

“A string of tell-tale mutations in these mpox samples confirmed the virus was spreading from person-to-person at a rapid rate. Previously, mpox outbreaks tended to originate almost entirely via animal-to-human transmission. Furthermore, a new clade – clade IIb – had formed.”

https://theconversation.com/mpox-why-the-viruss-continued-rapid-mutation-since-the-2022-global-outbreak-remains-a-concern-228338


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