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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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“April marked an eleventh consecutive month of record global heat [1.58C above IPCC pre-industrial baseline], the latest sign that humans are in uncharted climate territory…

“How rapidly global temperatures moderate [under La Nina], if at all, will be key in gauging whether climate change is accelerating, NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt wrote…

“If La Niña develops and the record warmth does not moderate, it could signal that humans have “fundamentally altered” Earth’s climate system, he said.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/05/02/record-warm-april-climate-earth/


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“INSANE LATE AUTUMN HEAT IN SOUTH AFRICA >40c [104F].

“Exceptional temperatures >40C with furious hot berg winds blowing to the coast. Monthly records were destroyed locally by over 5C. 41.3 Uitenhage, 39.5 Vioolsdrif, 39.1 Ngqura, 38.7 Addo, 38.4 Cape St Francis, 37.9 Port Alfred.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786477803480703246


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“Historic tropical cyclone threatens Tanzania with major flooding…

“Deadly floods across eastern Africa may get worse this weekend as Cyclone Hidaya approaches landfall in Tanzania. The storm, a historic first for this stretch of coastal Africa, could produce 100-200+ mm of rain around the country’s densely populated capital region of Dar es Salaam.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/historic-tropical-cyclone-threatens-tanzania-205436521.html


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“Kenya brings in emergency measures to combat ‘unprecedented’ floods that have killed more than 200 people and left vast tracts of the east African nation underwater.

““No corner of this country has been spared from this havoc,” President William Ruto said on Friday, after a week of torrential rain overwhelmed the country’s rickety infrastructure, washing away roads and bridges and displacing more than 160,000 people.”

https://www.ft.com/content/7d37a457-a939-4a14-a340-b9e357347a0d


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“Why UAE, Saudi Arabia are witnessing unprecedented rainfall and floods…

“Concerns over infrastructure preparedness of Saudi Arabia and UAE after recent heavy rainfall. Experts suggest climate trend due to western disturbance and an anti-cyclone activity. Incidents underline urgent need for climate change adaptation strategies.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/uae-saudi-arabia-riyadh-dubai-heavy-rainfall-floods-climate-change-extreme-weather-patterns-2535059-2024-05-03


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“Watch: Record rain-induced flooding hits Saudi region near Mecca…

“A Saudi governorate near the holy city of Mecca has experienced flash floods believed to be unprecedented resulting from torrential rains. Videos circulating on social media show powerful flooding purportedly sweeping across the Fatma Wadi in Al Jumum Governorate north of Mecca…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/watch-record-rain-induced-flooding-hits-saudi-region-near-mecca-1.102433219


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“Floods caused by torrential rainstorms killed four hikers in the Sulaimaniyah region of northern Iraq on Friday, local officials told AFP…

“Civil defence spokesperson Aram Ali confirmed the toll, and said eight other hikers survived the incident south of Sulaimaniyah, the autonomous Kurdistan region’s second city.”

https://www.newarab.com/news/iraq-rainstorm-flooding-kills-4-hikers-officials


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“The inaugural 2024 Kazakhstan Grand Prix has once again been put on hold indefinitely by MotoGP owing to severe flooding in the central Asian country.

““Unprecedented weather conditions have led to flooding across Central Asia, causing a national emergency in Kazakhstan and displacing much of the population,” the statement read.”

https://www.the-race.com/motogp/kazakhstan-motogp-in-doubt-again-flooding-debut-delayed-indefinitely/


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“If East Asia and Eastern India are with brutal heat, unusual cool conditions prevails in Pakistan, Western India and even NW Myanmar.

“MIN 16.9 [62.4F] at Myitkyina MYANMAR is the lowest temp ever recorded in May there. In Haryana and Rajastan some mins are the May lowest in decades.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786030257931157577


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“In West Bengal, candidates battle record-breaking temperatures during campaign trail…

“Senior politician and BJP nominee from Asansol, one of the state’s hottest zones, S.S. Ahluwalia… said, “At times, I am not able to hold the handle of my open-hooded vehicle, which turns so hot that it parches the skin. I wrap a towel around my palm to save injury.””

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/west-bengal/in-west-bengal-candidates-battle-record-breaking-temperatures-during-campaign-trail/article68138394.ece


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“Kashmir Now Faces Water Scarcity as Himalayan Glaciers Melt.

“Climate change threatens water supplies around the world. Jammu and Kashmir, India, is no exception. The winter of 2023–2024 was the driest on record… The snow- and rainfall that normally build up the glaciers in wintertime are insufficient to make up for the summer melt.”

https://www.fairobserver.com/world-news/india-news/kashmir-now-faces-water-scarcity-as-himalayan-glaciers-melt/


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“Nepal battles raging wildfires across the country…

“Firefighters and local residents battled a massive wildfire on the outskirts of Nepal’s capital Thursday as the Himalayan republic endures a severe fire season authorities have blamed on a heat wave.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-nepal-raging-wildfires-country.html


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“In April, China’s precipitation and temperature were both the highest in history.

“In addition, China also had a lot of dust and extremely strong convective weather.

A total of 6 times of sand and dust, 8 times of heavy rain, and 9 times of strong convection!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1785976064310935740


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“Hong Kong experienced its warmest April on record last month, with an average day temperature of 26.4 degrees Celsius [79.5F], according to the city’s weather observatory.

“This marks the highest temperature recorded for April in the 140 years since meteorological records began in 1884.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/record-breaking-heatwave-hong-kong-experiences-hottest-april-in-140-years-717426


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“April 2024 in South Korea was exceptional: With an average temperature of 14.9C and an anomaly of +2.8C vs 1991/2020 baseline, it was the WARMEST April on record.

“North Korea had even higher anomalies (>+3C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786349474429743469


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“Thousands Of Fish Die In Vietnam Amid Brutal Heatwave.

“Like much of Southeast Asia, where schools have recently been forced to close early and electricity usage has surged, southern and central Vietnam have been scorched by devastating heat.”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/vietnam-fish-deaths-thousands-of-fish-die-in-vietnam-amid-brutal-heatwave-5565513


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“NATIONAL RECORD BROKEN AGAIN IN LAOS – 43.7 [110.7F] yesterday at Tha Ngon.

“Not less remarkable the two consecutive MINIMUMS >32C at Pakse. Heat indexes goes regularly above 50C in many areas of the country, where AC are far less common than its neighbour Thailand.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786074075745472858


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“Cambodia blames heatwave for deadly ammo blast…

“Cambodia has blamed factors including the heatwave gripping south-east Asia for a deadly ammunition warehouse explosion. Twenty soldiers were killed in the incident in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia on Saturday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/crgy20j75vgo


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“‘Fuel for water’: Heatwave piles misery on Myanmar displaced…

“Zay Yar Tun fills his truck with water for delivery to refugees in the parched hills of war-ravaged eastern Myanmar, where a heatwave is adding to the misery of life in displacement camps… More than 123,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Kayah by the conflict unleashed by the military’s 2021 coup…”

https://www.themountaineer.com/news/national/fuel-for-water-heatwave-piles-misery-on-myanmar-displaced/article_a29c9ab8-81af-5c69-873a-f8f60773286c.html


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“HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN MAY IN THE PHILIPPINES – minimum 29.8 [85.6F] at Cuyo.

“THAILAND also broke more records of High tmins: 31.0 Bangkok Don Muang; 30.7 Bangkok Pilot – all time; 28.5 Mae Sot all time.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786559056498368828


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“Floods and landslide kill more than a dozen people in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island…

“Torrential rain pounding the area since Thursday triggered a landslide, said local rescue chief Mexianus Bekabel. Floods up to three meters (10ft) have affected 13 sub-districts as water and mud covered the area… In March, flash floods and landslides on Sumatra island killed at least 30 people with scores still missing.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/04/floods-and-landslide-kill-indonesias-sulawesi-island


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“EXTRAORDINARY Thousands of Records all over the tropics – 34.4 [93.9F] Funafuti TUVALU HOTTEST MAY DAY IN HISTORY.

“MIN. 83f Pohnpei and Majuro MICRONESIA AND MARSHALL ISLANDS HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN HISTORY.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786174553233752444


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“Heavy rains in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have killed 37 people, with another 74 still missing, as record-breaking floods devastated cities and forced thousands to leave their homes…

“The flooding statewide has surpassed that seen during a historic 1941 deluge, according to the Brazilian Geological Service.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/03/brazil-floods-rio-grande-do-sul


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“Brazil rains cloud national soy outlook as big farm state submerges…

“The outlook for the soybean harvest in Rio Grande do Sul, which was on track to become the second largest producer in Brazil behind Mato Grosso state, is deteriorating swiftly after torrential rains flooded fields, with about a quarter of beans to be reaped.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-soy-output-top-farm-state-may-drop-15-amid-torrential-rains-2024-05-03/


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“BOLIVIA HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN HISTORY – TMIN 26.3 [79.3F] at Robore; RECORD HIGH TMAXES: 38.1 Puerto Suarez, 36.4 Robore, 37.6 San Jose.

“BRAZIL Hundreds of monthly records pulverized with huge margins >36C in Sao Paulo State, 39C Rio, >37 in Para, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. It will get worse.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786179007760802161


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“Torrential rain inundated southeastern Texas on Friday, forcing schools to cancel classes and closing numerous highways around Houston.

“More than 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell during the past 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a flood warning until Tuesday for the region.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/national-weather-service-ap-texas-houston-harris-county-b2539217.html


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“First heat wave of the year to bake Southern United States next week. It could set records from South Texas to the Southeast…

“Summer is still weeks away, but the season’s first surge of superheated air is set to spread over the southern United States in just five or six days. It could set records from southern Texas to the Southeast as temperatures surge 10 to 25 degrees above normal.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/05/02/record-heat-wave-south-gulf-coast-early/


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““There’s no season anymore. It’s a wildfire year”: The importance of being prepared [Colorado]…

“”I would say wildfire is a growing risk across the country. It is of course, part of the natural ecosystem, ecosystems across North America in many cases, but we’re seeing climate change driven impacts that really result in longer seasons. We even say there’s no season anymore. It’s a wildfire year.””

https://kgnu.org/wildifre-community-preparedness-day-natural-disasters/


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“An “extreme” wildfire warning has been issued for north-west Scotland by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

“The alert is in place until Saturday, taking in large parts of the west Highlands, Skye and the Western Isles… The warning comes after the A85 in Argyll was closed at Connel Bridge due to a wildfire on Thursday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c72p75wej09o


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“Isle of Man records its wettest ever April…

“A fifth consecutive month of above average rain saw the Isle of Man experience its wettest April on record. A total of 5.4in (13.8cm) of rain was collected at Ronaldsway Met Office, exceeding the 5in (13cm) that fell in 1961.”

https://au.news.yahoo.com/isle-man-records-wettest-ever-013759838.html


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“A “supercell” hail storm has wiped out vast swathes of Chablis vineyards in Burgundy in a devastating blow to the internationally renowned wine region.

“The storm that struck north-central France overnight caused “pétanque boule-sized” hailstones to rain down on the town of Chablis and surrounding vineyards, according to Météo-France.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/hail-storm-wipes-out-chablis-vineyards/ar-AA1o2AkB


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“Tornado spotted following strong winds and torrential rain in Veneto region of Italy…

“Local media reports said there were reports of damage to crops and property following the tornado.”

https://news.sky.com/video/tornado-spotted-following-strong-winds-and-torrential-rain-in-veneto-region-of-italy-13128053


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“‘Summer is coming and the torment will begin’: Greece readies itself for another record fire season…

“”We’re facing the climate crisis head on,” says Greece’s minister for climate crisis and civil protection. Greece’s fire season officially starts in May, but dozens of fires have already been put out over the past month after temperatures began hitting 30 degrees Celsius in late March…”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/05/02/summer-is-coming-and-the-torment-will-begin-greece-readies-itself-for-another-record-fire-


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“AFRICA EXTREME WEATHER – Endless record heat in the Sahel with 46C [114.8F] again in CHAD; Hottest night in history at Ouagadougou BURKINA FASO capital TMIN 32.4C.

“May Hottest night at Niamey, NIGER capital TMIN 33.0C; Cold in MOROCCO: 4.2C Sidi Slimane Record cold for May.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1786463483447361654


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“Wildfires in wet African forests have doubled in recent decades, large-scale analysis finds…

“A new study presents the first large-scale analysis of fire patterns in West and Central Africa’s wet, tropical forests. The number of active fires there typically doubled over 18 years, particularly in the Congo Basin. The increases are primarily due to increasingly hot, dry conditions and humans’ impact on the forests…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-wildfires-african-forests-decades-large.html


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“Ice shelves fracture under weight of meltwater lakes, study shows [Antarctica]…

“Researchers have shown that ice shelves don’t just buckle under the weight of meltwater lakes—they fracture. As the climate warms and melt rates in Antarctica increase, this fracturing could cause vulnerable ice shelves to collapse, allowing inland glacier ice to spill into the ocean and contribute to sea level rise.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-ice-shelves-fracture-weight-meltwater.html


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“Venomous snakes likely to migrate en masse amid global heating, says study…

“The researchers forecast that Nepal, Niger, Namibia, China, and Myanmar will gain the most venomous snake species from neighbouring countries under a heating climate. Low-income countries in south and south-east Asia, as well as parts of Africa, will be highly vulnerable to increased numbers of snake bites…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/03/venomous-snakes-migrate-global-heating-study


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“New Mutations Identified in Bird Flu Virus…

“None of the mutations is a cause for alarm on its own. But they underscore the possibility that as the outbreak continues, the virus may evolve in ways that would allow it to spread easily between people, experts said.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/03/health/bird-flu-cows-mutations.html


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“First mammal-to-human transmission of H5N1 ‘bird flu’ confirmed…

“Health authorities have called for increased monitoring of US farm workers at risk of catching H5N1, after genetic data confirmed the first instance of the virus jumping from mammals to humans… “This would be the first reported case of mammal-to-human H5N1 virus transmission reported worldwide,” said the authors.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/first-mammal-to-human-transmission-h5n1-bird-flu-confirmed/


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