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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“Temperature Update for April 2024. Warmest April to be directly measured. Our 12-month moving-average now stands at 1.65 °C (2.97 °F) above the 1850-1900 average.

“El Niño weakens further, ending soon. 2024 likely be the warmest or 2nd warmest year. [Berkeley Earth]

“This is F’d up: We will likely hit a 12-month average above preindustrial of +3 °F!” [Leon Simons]

https://twitter.com/BerkeleyEarth/status/1790712830808768706


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“‘Unprecedented’: CO2 in the atmosphere is rising 10 times faster than at any point over 50,000 years.

“Ice built up in the Antarctic over hundreds of thousands of years is helping scientists to understand today’s climate. A detailed analysis of ancient Antarctic ice has revealed that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are rising 10 times faster than at any point in the past 50,000 years.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/05/14/unprecedented-co2-in-the-atmosphere-is-rising-10-times-faster-than-at-any-point-over-50000


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“Ancient trees reveal last summer hottest in [at least] 2,000 years…

“The authors combined the long-term tree ring record with modern temperature data. They found that the summer of 2023 was 2.07C warmer than the “pre-industrial” period of 1850-1900.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c72pp3yqzjyo


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“There’s been a lot of attention on Atlantic ocean temperatures, which there should be! What we’re seeing is absolutely stunning.

“The “Main Development Region” SST is as warm as it normally would be in mid-August, and in terms of ocean heat content, it looks like early August.”

https://twitter.com/BMcNoldy/status/1790783052257648703


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“Climate disruption to UK seasons causes problems for migratory birds…

“This is the sinister paradox of the climate crisis. It does not just affect nature through long-term shifts in weather patterns, but also causes unpredictability, so that one spring may be hot and dry and the next one cold and wet.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/16/climate-disruption-to-uk-seasons-causes-problems-for-migratory-birds


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“People living in a seaside town in Devon are being urged to boil their tap water before use after the outbreak of a highly infectious virus.

“South West Water issued the notice to residents in two areas of Brixham after the UK Health Security Agency confirmed there had been 22 confirmed cases of cryptosporidium.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/brixham-cryptosporidium-outbreak-symptoms-treatment-b2545620.html


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“Contaminated food and resurrected bacteria: EU agency sounds alarm over health risks of warming waters…

“Serious food poisoning from contaminated fish, drug-resistant bacteria emerging from melting permafrost and reindeer populations decimated by anthrax — these are just some of the looming threats to Europe as the Continent’s waters warm…”

https://www.politico.eu/article/climate-change-food-and-resurrected-bacteria-eu-agency-sounds-alarm-over-health-risks-of-warming-waters/


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“One in eight Europeans now lives in an area at risk of extreme flooding, says new report…

“Many European hospitals were also found to be on flood plains… In the last 40 years, violent storms have claimed more than 5,582 victims, and the danger remains high.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/05/15/extreme-flooding-threatens-one-in-eight-europeans-confirms-new-report


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“Record rainfall in Milan for the last 170 years… The constant rain caused the Lambro and Seveso rivers to flood…

“…in some areas of the city, torrential rainfall was recorded with cumulative amounts of over 100 mm of rain since midnight, with peaks of 130 mm in Monza and Lodi… at the end of the event, we will probably beat every record of the last 170 years for the month of May.”

https://www.agenzianova.com/en/news/rainfall-record-in-Milan-for-the-last-170-years/


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“NORTH AFRICA EXTRAORDINARY HEAT WAVE day #1:

“ALGERIA: 45.3 [113.5F] Hassi Messaoud; MIN up to 32C… TUNISIA: Insane MINIMUM 32.2 at Remada; 44.0 Kebili and Tozeur, 43.8 El Borma; 7 stations above 43C!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1790812771380023550


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“Searing Sahel: Climate Crisis Fueling Terrorism…

“As climate change develops in the Sahel, namely the lack of rainfall and desertification, increasing segments of the population of this region will have their food security taken. As people migrate to arable land to raise crops and livestock, increased competition over diminishing land will lead to conflict.”

https://theatlasnews.co/analysis/2024/05/14/searing-sahel-climate-crisis-fueling-terrorism/


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“The capital of GABON Libreville and the BENIN Cotonou keeps breaking records no-stop.

“Minimums of 29.9 [86F] at Cotonou and 27.8 at Libreville, hottest nights ever recorded in May, after breaking those of April (and all time). 118 countries have already broken heat records this month.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1790756808849559963


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“‘Weather whiplash’ cycles of floods & droughts imperil Nigerian farming.

“Farmers in Nigeria — and other regions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa — are suffering huge losses due to extreme weather shifts in quick succession, a phenomenon that researchers refer to as “weather whiplash.””

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/05/weather-whiplash-cycles-of-floods-droughts-imperil-nigerian-farming/


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“At least five missing in landslide in central Kenya…

“A landslide that followed heavy rain in central Kenya has swept away at least five people, residents said on Wednesday, and the Red Cross said its workers would assist in rescue efforts. The landslide occurred in Kimende Escarpment in Kiambu County…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/kenya-red-cross-says-responding-landslide-area-centre-country-2024-05-15/


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“Can the Middle East handle its increasing heatwaves?

“…Lebanon and Syria are among the countries where the rate of excess deaths due to extreme heat has jumped sharply. When these results are viewed in conjunction with other important findings – a report released last August by the international charity Oxfam found that heatwaves in this region will rise by 16 per cent – it is clear that unavoidable change is upon us.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/editorial/2024/05/16/climate-heatwaves-middle-east-temperatures/


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“Uzbekistan experiences serious irrigation water shortages.

“For a long time, scientists have stated that, against the backdrop of global climate change, in particular, a sharp increase in air temperature, serious environmental problems are emerging in the world. Now, this is especially noticeable in the Central Asian countries… These problems are acute in Uzbekistan.”

https://asiaplustj.info/en/node/336753


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“Death toll in worst floods in decades in Iran’s Mashhad rises to 7…

“The head of the Khorasan Razavi Province Reza Abbasi, in an update on Thursday morning, said at least seven people have died in the floods and three more are missing in the flash floods hitting the provincial capital and its neighborhoods.”

https://ifpnews.com/death-toll-worst-floods-decades-iran-mashhad-7/


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“New warning as sweltering heatwave returns to Bangladesh after record temperatures.

“After record-shattering temperatures for over a month followed by a brief spell of rain, Bangladesh will bake in a heatwave for at least another two days.”

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/b27c46e79533


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“Widespread Myanmar water shortage kills scores of people.

“Nearly 50 villages in western Myanmar are facing shortages of water, residents told RFA on Tuesday, after the hot season brought record high temperatures across the region. Ponds and small lakes across Rakhine State are drying up…”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/rakhine-water-shortage-05142024055629.html


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“Freak April heatwave in Southeast Asia ‘virtually impossible’ without climate crisis.

“Since the beginning of April, dozens of countries in Asia from India to the Philippines have seen record-high temperatures… This is the third year in a row that billions of people in Asia have experienced brutal heatwaves that shattered records and killed dozens of people.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/freak-april-heatwave-southeast-asia-214013029.html


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“New day, new record in the PHILIPPINES.

“San Jose beat its record of the hottest May day on record again with 39.0C [102.2F]. Every single month since mid 2023 San Jose broke multiple times its records of hottest days and nights, ever month without exception.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1790904420932161747


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“Indonesia’s toll rises to 62 from deadly Sumatra floods, 25 still missing…

“The disaster struck the area on Saturday evening when heavy rains unleashed flash floods, landslides, and cold lava flow – a mud-like mixture of volcanic ash, rock debris and water. The cold lava flow, came from Mount Marapi…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesia-searches-35-still-missing-deadly-sumatra-floods-2024-05-15/


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“Brazil floods: Porto Alegre may suffer severe flooding for weeks to come, experts warn.

“An initial forecast from the UFRGS Institute of Hydraulic Research (IP) suggested that the water could take 35 days to return to normal levels based on the experiences of the [less severe] flood in 1941.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/brazil-floods-porto-alegre-may-suffer-severe-flooding-for-weeks-to-come-experts-warn-721939


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT ALL OVER AMERICAS. Hundreds of records from Mexico to Brazil.

“Some important records in South America: 40.0 [104F] Sao Joao do Piaui BRAZIL; 34.1 St Georges FRENCH GUIANA; MIN. 29.1 San Andres 29.0 Santa Marta HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN MAY IN COLOMBIA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1790849260201578819


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“Cali [Colombia], flooded: these are the impressive images after the heavy downpour.

“After the heavy rains this Wednesday in Cali, residents of the Normandía sector, in the west of the city, stated that flooding is occurring on Second North Avenue and several sectors in the north of the capital of the Valley.”

https://www.elpais.com.co/cali/impresionantes-imagenes-de-inundaciones-en-normandia-en-cali-tras-fuerte-aguacero-1523.html


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“BRUTAL HEAT IN CENTRAL AMERICA/MEXICO: 41.1 [106F] Cha Creek BELIZE HOTTEST DAY EVER IN MAY; Tmin 28.6 Belize AP Hottest night in May

“MEXICO 47.0 Jalpan HOTTEST DAY EVER IN QUERETARO STATE; 43.7 Villahermosa all time high; GUATEMALA: 43.0 Flores all time high; HONDURAS: Tmin 28.8 Roatan.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1790547721197158865


“The Caribbean Sea already reached the average 1991-2020 peak temperature. Four months early!” [Leon Simon]

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1790448785971159520


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“Saint Lucia declares water emergency amid critical shortage…

“Zilta Leslie George, WASCO’s CEO, announced the emergency during a press conference on Tuesday. The decision comes after consultations with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Agriculture, The Water Resources Management Agency, and The Met Office.”

https://stlucia.loopnews.com/content/saint-lucia-declares-water-emergency-amid-critical-shortage


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“Cuba Reaches 40 Degrees [104F] Celsius for the Second Time in History.

“Cuba reached a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius for the second time in its history this Tuesday, just a month apart from the first occurrence. The record was set in the municipality of Bolivia, in the province of Ciego de Ávila, according to sources from the Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) of Cuba.”

https://www.cubaheadlines.com/articles/281995


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“Extreme heat is punishing South Florida and poised to scorch Texas.

“It may mark the start of an unforgiving summer of brutal high temperatures in these areas.” …“FLORIDA… HOTTEST NIGHT EVER RECORDED IN MAY; MIN. 85F/29.4C both Fort Lauderdale and Key West NAS – It’s the highest min. ever recorded anywhere in spring in Eastern USA [Extreme Temps].”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/05/15/extreme-heat-florida-texas-records/


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“DeSantis signs bill scrubbing ‘climate change’ from Florida law.

“Florida will eliminate climate change as a priority in making energy policy decisions, despite the threats it faces from powerful hurricanes, extreme heat and worsening toxic algae blooms… The measure …removes most references to climate change in state law…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/05/15/florida-law-climate-change-desantis-energy/


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“Storms present ‘nightmare’ flash flood scenario in waterlogged East Texas, Louisiana.

“A critical situation is unfolding for much of the South as relentless rounds of showers and even strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to plague East Texas through at least Saturday — a place that already has received 12-20 inches of rain in recent weeks.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/texas-louisiana-mississippi-flood-threat


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“Hundreds of ‘emaciated’ and stranded pelicans turn up along California coast.

““Most birds are coming in cold, emaciated and anemic – essentially starving to death,” Dr Rebecca Duerr, Bird Rescue’s research and veterinary science director, said in a statement. “Many of them are exhibiting severe injuries – especially from fishing hooks and line.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/13/sick-pelicans-california


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“Canada: Evacuations as wildfire closes in on oil sands town…

“Some 6,000 people had evacuated from Fort McMurray as of Wednesday and the blaze scorched almost 21,000 hectares (52,000 acres) of forest and nearly doubled in size as it approached the town.”

https://www.dw.com/en/canada-evacuations-as-wildfire-closes-in-on-oil-sands-town/a-69091922


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“No internet, no phone: Canada wildfires expose fragility of rural infrastructure…

“Shortly before sunset on Friday, residents of Canada’s Yukon territory discovered their connection to the outside world had vanished. Internet access had gone. Mobile phones showed no signal. Landlines had failed. Chaos quickly set in. Electronic payments couldn’t be processed.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/15/internet-access-rural-canada-wildfires


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“The 1.5C global heating target was always a dream, but its demise doesn’t signal doom for climate action [Bill McKibben]…

“So now we’ve gone past the 1.5C mark for at least a year, and as the recent Guardian survey of climate scientists makes clear, almost none of them think we will stay below that number long term. All of which is to say, the target was very useful, and at the same time we’re not going to meet it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/15/1-5-degree-global-heating-target-climate-action


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“Don’t despair about the climate. Be part of the social tipping point…

“If we support the drive to achieve net zero, we should also join the dots and realise that this means we each have to live net zero lives. Collective acceptance of this may be one of the “social tipping points” that would accelerate the solution. We need to make it socially unacceptable to drive combustion cars and heat our homes with fossil fuels.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/15/dont-despair-about-the-climate-be-part-of-the-social-tipping-point


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“‘Doomist’ climate scientists have a point in war of words with the ‘optimists’ – Dr Richard Dixon…

“…the other side would say that voices which say ‘it can all be OK, look at the progress and that technology will save us’ feed a complacency that is not justified. In a nice clear bit of communication, Kevin Anderson calls this a “litany of optimistic crap”.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/doomist-climate-scientists-have-a-point-in-war-of-words-with-the-optimists-dr-richard-dixon-4628542


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