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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“Heavy rains kill at least 10 in southern Brazil, governor warns of historic disaster…

“”We are experiencing in Rio Grande do Sul the worst moment, the worst disaster in our history. It is absolutely, absurdly, extraordinarily serious what is happening in Rio Grande do Sul right now,” Leite said. “And unfortunately, it will get worse.””

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/heavy-rains-kill-8-brazils-rio-grande-do-sul-affect-over-100-cities-2024-05-01/


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“HISTORIC HEAT SOUTH AMERICA.

“MINIMUM 28.5 [83.3F] San Bernardino HOTTEST MAY NIGHT EVER IN PARAGUAY (and in all South America except Venezuela); MIN 26.7 Posada HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN ARGENTINA. Hundreds of records in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785802104377893108


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“Perth [Australia] cops driest seven months on record.

“Perth finally registered some showers yesterday but the damage may have already been done with the city clocking up its driest seven-month spell on record… Jessica Lingard from the Bureau of Meteorology revealed far less than the typical 160mm of rainfall has been recorded since October.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-driest-seven-months-on-record-winter-rain-forecast/5d5c0651-1659-48fc-b3cb-e3f1c6883943


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“Japan is to trial an AI bear-warning system after a record number of attacks on humans over the past year as the animals struggle to find their staple foods…

“Fluctuating harvests of bears staple foods, as well as rural depopulation, have been cited as factors in the rise in encounters with the animals.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/30/japan-to-trial-ai-bear-warning-system-after-record-number-of-attacks


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“(It’s no longer particularly surprising,) but JMA announced that Japan had the warmest April since records began in 1898 with the average April temperature being 2.76℃ higher than normal.

“Many records were set, including the nation’s warmest April night. (27.6℃ / 81.7F, Ishigaki).”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1785689313470197887


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“A nearly 300-year-old settlement once submerged beneath a major dam in the Philippines has reemerged as sweltering heat and drought dry up the reservoir

“The area was deliberately flooded in the 1970s in the dam’s construction… Figures from the Philippine government’s weather agency, PAGASA, show those levels on April 30 were nearly 50 meters (160 feet) lower than normal.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/30/climate/settlement-resurfaces-philippines-climate-dam-scli-intl/index.html


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“Extreme heat shuts schools for millions, widening learning gaps worldwide…

“Hena Khan, a grade nine student in Dhaka, has struggled to focus on her studies this week as temperatures surpassed 43 degrees Celsius (109F) in the Bangladesh capital…. Khan is one of more than 40 million students who have been shut out of classrooms in recent weeks as heatwaves have forced school closures in parts of Asia and North Africa.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/extreme-heat-is-closing-schools-widening-learning-gaps-worldwide-2024-04-30/


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“LAOS HOTTEST DAY IN HISTORY.

“43.6 [110.5F] Seno and Tha Ngon yesterday, followed by Laos hottest night in history with a brutal 32.1C MIN at Pakse (weeks with mins >30C !). 2023 heat wave looks nothing, zero compared to this hell. Most extreme event in world climatic history BY FAR.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785619318056603976


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“SE ASIA HEAT WAVE – List of records broken in VIETNAM in the past days + today. Today another major city broke its all time high: 41.5 [106.7F] Danang.

“MYANMAR records: 38.0 Heho, 36.7 Kyawathpyau. SRI LANKA: 39.8C in Anuradhapura is ALL TIME HIGH and tied the HOTTEST MAY DAY IN SRI LANKA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785666124169769046


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“EXTRAORDINARY IN THAILAND. Dozens of stations pulverized their High min records, including Bangkok Metropolis with its HOTTEST NIGHT ON RECORD. 

“In a matter of few hours several of thousands of records have fallen in dozens countries: those are BY FAR the most extreme hours in climatic history.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785835798119469248


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“Cardiovascular deaths exacerbated by high temperatures: study…

“The study, titled “Projecting heat-related cardiovascular mortality burden attributable to human-induced climate change in China”, collected daily data on CVD mortality and temperature in 161 Chinese communities from 2007 to 2013.”

https://www.nationthailand.com/health-wellness/40037645


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN CHINA. 42.8C [109F] Lingao hottest day in history of Hainan Province.

“Nights over 30C. 19 records today including 10 for any month including Haikou again. See table of records below.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785311124402962821


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“At least 36 people are now confirmed dead from a highway collapse in southern China that sent cars tumbling down a slope.

“Around 23 vehicles rolled into a pit after a 59-foot-long section of the highway gave way at about 2am (local time) on Wednesday in Guangdong province due to torrential rain.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/china/china-highway-collapse-guangdong-cars-b2538265.html


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“The hail streak in China just never ends – mega hail again observed in Sandu, Guizhou Province on the evening of April 29, some up to 14+cm in diameter.

“This place was hammered by some 12cm+hail on April 16, and now just even larger ones…..”

https://twitter.com/Ericwang1101/status/1785343238305718330


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“Emergency landing for Delhi-Bound flight after hailstorm…

“The aircraft, carrying a total of 169 passengers and crew members, encountered a hailstorm that was part of the severe weather affecting several parts of Odisha that afternoon. The impact of the hail was significant enough to crack the aircraft’s windshield…”

https://www.travelandtourworld.com/news/article/emergency-landing-for-delhi-bound-flight-after-hailstorm/


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“How a village in the Himalayas was entirely relocated.

“The fields of the hamlet of Samdzong in Nepal were washed away by the river. The inhabitants had to leave and build a new village from scratch in Namasung. As they start a new life in the new settlement, climate change is increasing the risk of floods and drought in the region, and they pray to be safe.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p0htxkvy/how-a-village-in-the-himalayas-was-entirely-relocated


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“Tourists have turned Mount Everest into a high-altitude garbage dump…

“And then there’s sewage. Most septic tanks at the hundreds of lodges located throughout the national park and buffer zone leak, further polluting groundwater. Camp Four, the last site that climbers occupy before they attempt to summit Everest, is covered with garbage and frozen, wind-swept feces.”

https://studyfinds.org/mount-everest-garbage-dump/


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“A massive fire has broken out in forests of Uttar Pradesh bordering Hanumana forests in Rewa. Forest officials of Rewa were on site to ensure that fire doesn’t comes towards Rewa jungles.

“Fire has broken out in Dibhor jungles under Drumandganj range in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. It is adjacent to Hanumana forest range of Rewa district.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/massive-fire-breaks-out-in-hanumana-forests-of-rewa/articleshow/109765991.cms


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“Northeast India Sees Hottest April on Record While South Suffers Under Prolonged Dry Spell.

“Above-average temperatures will continue in May, India’s weather office said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a lack of precipitation in the southern city of Bengaluru exacerbated a dry spell that began more than five months ago.”

https://earth.org/northeast-india-sees-hottest-april-on-record-while-south-suffers-under-prolonged-dry-spell/


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“Saudi Arabian authorities have closed schools in several regions on Wednesday as flash floods inundated roads, the latest instance of heavy rains disrupting life in the desert Gulf…

“The national meteorological centre issued red alerts for Qassim and other areas including eastern province on the Gulf, the capital Riyadh and Medina province bordering the Red Sea.”

https://www.knskashmir.com/schools-shut-in-several-regions-as-rain-causes-flash-floods-in-saudi-arabia-186228


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“Kenyan floods leave tourists stranded at iconic Maasai Mara…

“The world-famous wildlife reserve is the latest area of Kenya to be affected by torrential rains that have claimed more than 170 lives and displaced more than 195,000 people across the nation.”

https://www.dw.com/en/kenyan-floods-leave-tourists-stranded-at-iconic-maasai-mara/a-68973411


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“Countless wild animals dropping dead in Botswana’s horrific drought…

“In Botswana, once-majestic wild animals are withering away and dropping dead on parched landscapes – tragic victims of the country’s worst drought in decades… Deadly conditions were made worse by extreme heat exceeding 99℉ (37℃).”

https://animalsurvival.org/appeal/botswana-drought-camelthorn-farmstead/


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“Severe drought in South Africa has led to massive loss of livestock and crops…

“February turned out to be the driest in the 40-year history of observations in an area covering most of Zambia, Zimbabwe, southeastern Angola and northern Botswana.”

https://dairynews.today/global/news/severe-drought-in-south-africa-has-led.html


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT WAVE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Records broken by the extreme margins.

“Up to 39C [102.2F] both on the coast with berg winds and lowlands. Insane 35.9C at 1350m asl at Welkom, 37C also in the Eastern areas:36.9 Komatidraai, 35.6 Punda Maria,35.5 Thohoyandou. It will get worse.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785815867940286605


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“Ugandan farmers sleep with their cocoa crops as beans soar in value

“Climate change has elevated the east African country to a key cocoa outpost. Now its farmers must take measures to protect their valuable fields from thieves… According to Mutanga Grace, a cocoa bean exporter, an estimated 30 per cent of the country’s crop has been stolen during the present growing season.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ugandan-farmers-sleep-with-their-cocoa-crops-as-beans-soar-in-value-7mg02jqqf


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT WAVE IN AFRICA – 44.6 [112.3F] Navrongo, GHANA’S HOTTEST DAY IN HISTORY.

“47C in Niger. Widespread Records MONTHLY RECORDS: 46.4 Birni Nkonni NIGER; 43.4 Po BURKINA FASO; 39.1 Khorogo IVORY COAST.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785744489388151099


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“Warmth from North Africa (crazy MIN 35.2C today at Kenieba in MALI) in extension to Central and Eastern Europe again after days of cold with nearly 30C [86F] in Germany.

“MONTHLY RECORDS IN CROATIA: 29.5 Senj (tie); 29.0 Rijeka.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1785384213383901583


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“London must adapt to ‘new reality’ as number of days over 30C [86F] rises.

“Plenty of solutions to adapt the capital to greater heat already exist, but must be rolled out, IIED said. These include more trees and green space to counter the “urban heat island” effect, and “passive cooling” for homes such as insulation and shutters.”

https://news.sky.com/story/london-must-adapt-to-new-reality-as-number-of-days-over-30c-rises-13126715


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“Landfill waste enters beaches and sea – scientists [UK]…

“Thousands of rubbish dumps span the UK’s coastline, many containing materials that were buried long before records needed to be kept… At the more severe end, Dr Riley said compounds like arsenic and lead had “the potential to leech out of these wastes and into the environment”.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cl40ml5yyz5o


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“River Levels in Western Siberia Set to Peak Later Than Forecast Due to ‘Abnormal’ Flooding…

““Along the Tobol River, hydrologists have observed abnormal behavior. The water moves very slowly because it’s spilling over the floodplain,” Tyumen region Governor Alexander Moor said on social media. “Flood peaks are shifting [to] after May 6 [and] May 9-10.””

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/04/30/river-levels-in-western-siberia-set-to-peak-later-than-forecast-due-to-abnormal-flooding-a84993


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“A powerful dust storm swept through the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Tuesday, with local authorities reporting damage to buildings and a local energy provider shutting down power lines as a safety precaution.

““Irkutsk was hit by inclement weather, the wind speed has reached 28 meters per second,” Irkutsk Mayor Ruslan Bolotov said in an emergency statement…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/04/30/powerful-dust-storm-rips-through-siberias-irkutsk-a84995


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“Increasingly Frequent Ocean Heat Waves Trigger Mass Die-Offs of Sealife, and Grief in Marine Scientists…

“With even more mass die-offs of ocean species projected, “scientists are leaving in droves from the field,” Jennifer Lavers said. “Incredibly skilled, talented, qualified, very passionate people are leaving because no matter what they say, what they do, how many papers they publish … It doesn’t matter.””

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01052024/ocean-heat-waves-killing-sealife/


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“Have the world’s coral reefs already crossed a tipping point? A quarter of marine life depends on coral reefs. So do 1 billion people…

““This is one of the key living systems that we thought was closest to a tipping point,” said Tim Lenton, a professor of climate change and Earth systems at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. “This [year’s bleaching] is sort of horrible confirmation that it is.””

https://grist.org/science/coral-reefs-bleaching-climate-tipping-point/


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“Big oil spent decades sowing doubt about fossil fuel dangers, experts testify…

““Big oil had to evolve from denial to duplicity,” said Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat… The revelations, based on hundreds of newly subpoenaed documents, illustrate how oil companies worked to greenwash their image while fighting climate policy behind the scenes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/may/01/big-oil-danger-disinformation-fossil-fuels


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“Methane emissions from gas flaring being hidden from satellite monitors…

“Energy companies operating in countries such as the US, UK, Germany and Norway appear to have installed technology that could stop researchers from identifying methane, carbon dioxide emissions and pollutants at industrial facilities involved in the disposal of unprofitable natural gas, known in the industry as flaring.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/may/02/methane-emissions-gas-flaring-hidden-satellite-monitors-oil-gas


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“Report finds over 70% of copper, cobalt and lithium production could face significant or higher drought risk by 2050 in high emissions scenario.

“Less than 10% of copper production faces significant or greater drought risk today, rising to over half in a 2050 low emissions scenario and over 70% in a high emissions scenario, according to this Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC) report.”

https://www.iom3.org/resource/over-70-of-critical-minerals-face-drought-risk.html


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“Cats died from bird flu ‘after consuming raw milk from infected cows’…

“Scientists are rushing to understand the devastating impact H5N1 is having on the brains and lungs of US farmyard cats. Bird flu has now affected 39 herds of dairy cattle across nine US states. Whilst it causes a mild infection in most cows, the effects in cats are severe.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/bird-flu-outbreak-us-cattle-farms-cat-deaths/


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