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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“Record-breaking global atmospheric moisture in April…

“It has been known since the 1800s that rising global air temperature allows Earth’s atmosphere to hold more moisture. This phenomenon is explained by the Clausius–Clapeyron relation, which shows that the atmosphere can hold about 7% more moisture for every 1°C of warming.

“It comes as little surprise then that record-breaking global air temperatures last month occurred alongside unprecedented atmospheric moisture.”

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/recordbreaking-global-atmospheric-moisture-in-april/1889397


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“Next 12 months will be very interesting! We have record amounts of heat in both the surface of the oceans and the atmosphere.

“As we enter La Niña, there will be some regional cooling. The record amount of water in the atmosphere (latent heat) will condensate and come down.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1788210798856179958


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“Supercharged thunderstorms: have we underestimated how climate change drives extreme rain and floods?

“…the intensity of extreme rainfall could increase by much more than 7% per degree of warming. What we’re seeing is that thunderstorms can likely dump about double or triple that rate – around 14–21% more rain for each degree of warming.”

https://theconversation.com/supercharged-thunderstorms-have-we-underestimated-how-climate-change-drives-extreme-rain-and-floods-228896


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“Southern Brazil is still reeling from massive flooding as it faces risk from new storms.

“Authorities in southern Brazil are rushing to rescue survivors of massive flooding that has killed at least 100 people, but some residents are refusing to leave belongings behind while others are returning to evacuated homes despite the risk of new storms.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-brazil-rio-grande-luiz-inacio-lula-da-silva-army-b2541788.html


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“Disease and hunger soar in Latin America after floods and drought, study finds.

“The continent, which is trapped between the freakishly hot Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, probably suffered tens of thousands of climate-related deaths in 2023, at least $21bn (£17bn) of economic damage and “the greatest calorific loss” of any region, the study found.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/08/disease-hunger-soar-latin-america-floods-drought-study


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT SOUTH AMERICA: 26.8 [80.2F] Las Lomitas HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN ARGENTINA.

“26.6 Corrientes; 26.4 Resistencia; 26.3 Formosa; 24.0 Paso de los libres; 26.8 Robore HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN BOLIVIA; PARAGUAY: min 27 max 38 Puerto Casado! SOUTHERN BRAZIL Incredible TMIN 27.7 Santa Maria.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1787947854222221515


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“Ritacuba Blanco: death of a Colombian glacier…

“…large cracks have suddenly appeared in the glacier covering the peak, exposing the rock underneath. Experts say the glacier is melting at dizzying speeds, with climate change intensifying the effects of El Niño.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-ritacuba-blanco-death-colombian-glacier.html


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“MEXICO/CENTRAL AMERICA HISTORIC HEAT: Hottest day in history for NICARAGUA capital Managua: 38.8C [101.8F].

“MEXICO HOTTEST DAY EVER: 39.4 Cuernavaca AP 1500m; 35.5 Tulancingo 2000m; 32.0 Toluca 2700m; GUATEMALA: 30.2 Quetzaltenango 2300m.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788008454965145923


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“Update: In just one week of May, 100 ONE HUNDRED countries/territories have broken heat records so far.

“What we are witnessing this month is beyond any imagination. More records have fallen in one week than in the whole months of autumn 2023 (the warmest globally).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788259459027841102


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“The May 2023-Apr 2024 period (12 months) was the warmest May-Apr period on record for both the Contiguous U.S. and for Canada individually.

“In Canada, a remarkable 62% of the country had the #1 ranked May-Apr period.”

https://twitter.com/Climatologist49/status/1787860303126155500


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“Dozens of people have been rescued from a FedEx depot in Michigan that had partially collapsed after a tornado.

“The rare tornado hit the small town of Portage, eight miles (13km) south of Kalamazoo, on Tuesday evening… Severe weather warnings are still in place from Ohio to Mississippi…”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68974369


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“The climate crisis and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest national security threats facing Ireland today, according to multiple official reports.

“But according to independent experts we are still not paying enough attention to them while there is a “frightening lack of preparation for these risks”.”

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/climate-fear-how-climate-crisis-32744509


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“Flash floods which hit Bradford over the bank holiday were a “one in 150-year storm event”, the city council has said.

“The M606 motorway was closed on Monday following a sudden downpour, while parts of the city centre were also badly affected… Bradford Council said its drainage systems had been “overwhelmed”.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cl5k0vk34gzo


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“I’m a British farmer. Here’s the scary truth about what’s happening to our crops…

“…over the past decade, as the pace of change in weather patterns has accelerated, the value of [my] accumulated experience has become increasingly irrelevant. For most farmers, this last year has been about grabbing rare, good weather windows and trying to make the most of wet conditions as we repeatedly fail to get crops sown.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/08/british-farmer-food-climate-crisis-business


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“April 2024 in Ukraine was another exceptionally mild month. Temperature anomalies ranged from +1.4C (west) to +5.4C (Donbass) above average.

“Rainfalls were abundant up to 2/3 times the norm in the West, only the East was drier than average.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788152050368299154


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“April 2024 in Spain had an average temperature of 13.2C which is 1.3C above normal. Average precipitation was 31.9mm, which is half of the norm.

“In CANARY ISLANDS it was another exceptionally hot and dry month with +2.7C above average and 73% od rainfall deficit.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788180801013821876


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“[Northern] Africa dramatically dried out 5,500 years ago – our new study may warn us of future climate tipping points.

“Around five and half millenia ago, northern Africa went through a dramatic transformation. The Sahara desert expanded and grasslands, forests and lakes favoured by humans disappeared. Humans were forced to retreat to the mountains, the oases, and the Nile valley and delta.”

https://theconversation.com/africa-dramatically-dried-out-5-500-years-ago-our-new-study-may-warn-us-of-future-climate-tipping-points-229323


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN AFRICA. Hundreds of records North to South:

“TMIN 36.4 Yelimane MALI; 47 CHAD; 46.3 ALGERIA; MADNESS IN NAMIBIA/ZAMBIA: Records beaten by >5C >1000m asl… GHANA also keeps breaking records no stop since January. Today hottest day in history in May: 41.5 Tamale; 40.4 Yendi.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788255968817553806


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“Niger [state, Nigeria] plans 100,000 houses for displaced flood victims.

“The Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, on Wednesday, disclosed plans by his administration to construct 100,000 houses for the resettling of persons living in communities ravaged by floods and insecurity.”

https://punchng.com/niger-plans-100000-houses-for-displaced-flood-victims/


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“Eastern DR Congo faces a “humanitarian catastrophe” after being hit by severe flooding affecting about half a million people, the UN World Food Programme said Wednesday.

““Heavier rainfall than usual during the rainy season, prompted by climate change, has forced rivers and lakes to overflow, swallowing towns, villages and roads on the shores,” the WFP said…”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2507116/world


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“Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa…

““The numbers [of displaced people] keep rising,” the UN agency said, noting that the flooding emergency was one of the “harsh realities” of climate change, which has claimed lives and uprooted entire communities.”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/05/1149461


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“Devastating Kenya floods kill hundreds and leave thousands more homeless…

“Joy’s entire home, including her prized sewing machine she used to support her family, was washed away. She is just one of thousands of Kenyans who have lost everything amid devastating floods that have shaken the country to its core.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/kenya-floods-wet-season-el-nino-nairobi-weather/


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“Karachi sizzles as May temperature records shattered…

“The city of lights finds itself in the grip of an unprecedented heat wave as temperatures soar to record-breaking levels for the month of May… The Early Warning Center of the Meteorological Department has forewarned that Karachi is set to endure scorching temperatures for the foreseeable future…”

https://www.samaa.tv/2087314391-karachi-sizzles-as-may-temperature-records-shattered


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“Two more bodies found in drain, death toll in Hyderabad [Telangana, India] rain touches 9…

“Begumpet police said they fished out the bodies of two men aged between 35 and 40 from a drain. As many as nine persons, including a four-year old child, were killed in two rain-related incidents in Hyderabad, the police said.”

https://thesouthfirst.com/telangana/two-more-bodies-found-in-drain-death-toll-in-hyderabad-rain-touches-9/


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“Fierce heat in INDIA. 39.0 [102.2F] Bangalore centre new all time high yesterday, today some areas of India had MINIMUMS up to 34C.

“Nearly 42C in Northern China where a historic heat wave might send the temperature to 45C next days. In May and at 43 of latitude! Never happened worldwide.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1787826284501835867


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“MALDIVES AGAIN! 35.0 [95F] today in Hanimadhoo Atoll, hottest day ever recorded in Maldives in May.

“In the past 8 months EVERY MONTH Maldives broke the national heat record and did it several times each month.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1788200999686943098


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“Breaking News! Code UFB!!!

“As of the latest data (May 1st), tropical surface temperatures are back up to 6 standard deviations above the 1940-1989 average (first 50 years of data).

“Takes my breath away.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1787905224071590193


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“China’s aerosol reduction measures warming Pacific region, finds study…

“A recent study conducted by researchers at the Ocean University of China has put a spotlight on a concerning phenomenon – the exacerbation of global warming due to China’s efforts to reduce aerosol emissions. These efforts, aimed at curbing air pollution, have unintentionally led to the formation of ‘heat blobs’…”

https://www.wionews.com/science/chinas-aerosol-reduction-measures-fueling-global-warming-in-pacific-finds-study-719537


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“South Korea marked the hottest April since comprehensive records started in 1973, said the state weather agency on Tuesday (May 7).

“It added that the average daily temperature rose by more than 2.5 degrees, in comparison to previous years.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/south-korea-marks-hottest-april-since-1973-average-daily-temperatures-go-25-degrees-higher-718952


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“Sydney on track to smash record after copping more than a month’s worth of rain in just six days…

“Sydney could also break a rainfall record; twice, in 1943 and 2022, 16 consecutive days of more than 1mm rainfall was recorded at the Observatory Hill weather station. This consecutive days of rain streak began on May 1 and does not look set to end anytime soon.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13393587/Sydney-rain-record-weather.html


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“Tragically, we now have 7 bleaching maps for the Great Barrier Reef.

“In 2016, 30% of the corals died. 51% died in the northern region that year. In 2024, the extent and severity of bleaching is much greater, and mortality of corals on orange reefs has already exceeded 50%.”

https://twitter.com/ProfTerryHughes/status/1787364942146085044


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“Fuelled by climate change, the world’s oceans have broken temperature records every single day over the past year, a BBC analysis finds.

“Nearly 50 days have smashed existing highs for the time of year by the largest margin in the satellite era… not only has every single day since 4 May 2023 broken the daily record for the time of year, but on some days the margin has been huge.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68921215


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“Sharks threatened by record-breaking year of ocean heat…

“As water temperatures rise, the metabolism of sharks increases, forcing them to swim faster to deliver enough oxygen to their bodies. This results in the need to consume more food for energy or suppress growth and reproduction to compensate.”

https://thedailyjaws.com/news/sharks-threatened-by-record-breaking-year-of-ocean-heat


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“Shocking images released on Wednesday show the damage Cyclone Gabrielle has caused to New Zealand’s sea floor.

“Research, conducted by NIWA scientists on behalf of Fisheries New Zealand, has discovered evidence of significant impacts to the ecosystem.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2024/05/the-shocking-damage-cyclone-gabrielle-caused-to-the-sea-floor.html


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“Planet is headed for at least 2.5C of heating with disastrous results for humanity, poll of hundreds of scientists finds…

“I think we are headed for major societal disruption within the next five years,” said Gretta Pecl, at the University of Tasmania. “[Authorities] will be overwhelmed by extreme event after extreme event, food production will be disrupted. I could not feel greater despair over the future.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/08/world-scientists-climate-failure-survey-global-temperature


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“The Guardian view on the climate emergency: we cannot afford to despair.

“Top experts believe global temperatures will rise by at least 2.5C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. That frightening prediction must spur us to action… Just as climate tipping points exist, so do social tipping points. It is imperative to hit the latter as fast as we possibly can.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/08/the-guardian-view-on-the-climate-emergency-we-cannot-afford-to-despair


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“UAE’s al-Jaber invites business chiefs to climate talks on eve of COP29…

“The agreements made in Dubai included the first global undertaking to move away from fossil fuels and a commitment to triple renewable energy generation by 2030. However, there has since been little implementation of the pledges. The issue of how to finance the shift to a green economy is still being fiercely debated…”

https://www.ft.com/content/95a9f4cf-ee57-4107-b585-bff9c5d1f2b1


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“Should we fight climate change by re-engineering life itself?

“…What if we could harness the power of living organisms to help rein in climate change? The field of “engineering biology”, which uses genetic technology to engineer biological tools for solving specific problems, may be able to help.”

https://theconversation.com/should-we-fight-climate-change-by-re-engineering-life-itself-227995


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