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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“The North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures are now higher above average than when an earlier version of this graph went viral around the world.

“Many thought this was some crazy natural variability on top of gradual global warming. It is not.”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1792220370587492427


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“Why the world’s oceans are changing colour.

“The balance of phytoplankton populations in the sea is shifting as a result of human-induced climate change, altering the oceans in profound ways… And while some waters are becoming more green, particularly in low latitudes near the equator, others are growing more blue as global temperatures rise.”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240517-are-the-oceans-changing-colour-because-of-climate-change


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“Microplastics hinder the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon, worsening climate change…

“The ocean has long been a crucial component in the Earth’s carbon cycle, acting as a significant carbon sink… where dead phytoplankton… clump together and sink to the ocean’s depths, effectively sequestering carbon… However, the introduction of microplastics into this environment is altering this age-old process.”

https://www.earth.com/news/microplastics-hinder-oceans-ability-absorb-carbon-worsening-climate-change/


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“Migratory fish populations have crashed by more than 80% since 1970, new findings show.

“Populations are declining in all regions of the world, but it is happening fastest in South America and the Caribbean, where abundance of these species has dropped by 91% over the past 50 years.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/21/living-planet-index-migratory-freshwater-fish-populations-decline-dams-weirs-mining-water-abstraction-pollution-threat-aoe


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“Mass deaths of fish in England’s rivers have increased almost tenfold since 2020, with fears sewage pollution is exterminating life in the country’s waterways.

“Environment Agency (EA) data from the past four years shows an alarming rise in the number of fish deaths linked to sewage pollution…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/20/fish-deaths-in-englands-rivers-rise-tenfold-in-four-years


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“UK rail faces fight to stay on track as climate crisis erodes routes…

“Unprecedented rainfall in the last 18 months – hot on the heels of record-breaking summer heat – has in every sense shifted the ground for the railway. Resilience to extreme weather of all kinds is a preoccupation in planning.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/article/2024/may/19/uk-rail-faces-fight-to-stay-on-track-as-climate-crisis-erodes-routes


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“Ten people have been seriously injured and four are fighting for their lives after lightning struck a river bank in Germany overnight.

“An earlier strike at a campsite saw 38 children rushed to hospital as 700 youngsters were evacuated.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/28034512/lightning-strike-river-bank-germany/


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“Freak storm leaves Polish city blanketed in hail.

“A hailstorm left streets in the western Polish city of Gniezno flooded on Monday as storms passed over the country… Poland’s weather agency said the ‘violent’ storms would continue into Tuesday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2024/may/20/freak-storm-leaves-polish-city-blanketed-in-hail-video


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“Giant hail that batters homes, solar panels is growing threat…

“For insurers, the first half of 2024 has underscored the growing threat posed by hail, which accounts for more and more of the industry’s losses in the US and Europe… the damage done by thunderstorms in the US — and, more surprisingly, in Europe — has been steadily ratcheting up in recent years…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2024-hail-storm-damage-insurance/


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“Ferocious heat in North Africa and Mediterranean:

“47.0 [116.6F] at Jalu in LIBYA (can be hotter tomorrow); 45.6 at Zwara right on the coast; 47C in Senegal; 46C in Egypt and Mali, 45.4 in Algeria. In GREECE up to 38.6C yesterday. The heat will move east and possibly increase even further.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792627802010685649


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“Agalega again! This tiny Island which belongs to MAURITIUS keeps beating records every single month since early 2023.

“Today it had its hottest May night in history with a MIN temperature of 27.8C / 82F. (hottest May day was few weeks ago).”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1791900069521723834


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“Countries in the Gulf will be required to invest billions of dollars in flood-proofing infrastructure as the region grapples with the “new normal” of extreme weather, a report has found…

“…the region “has not fully adapted” to the challenges posed by climate change and faces high costs, with each flooding event costing as much as $4.7 billion.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/climate/environment/2024/05/20/new-normal-of-extreme-weather-in-gulf-will-require-significant-infrastructure-investment/


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“UAE: Some insurers raise natural calamities premiums by up to 50% after record rains.

“As reported by Khaleej Times earlier, many insurers increased comprehensive insurance premiums within a couple of days after the storm, which caused massive widespread loss of cars, homes and shops in the country.”

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/uae-some-insurers-raise-natural-calamities-premiums-by-up-to-50-after-record-rains


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“Heatwave grips North India: Delhi’s Najafgarh hits record high of 47.4°C [117.3F], schools declare holidays…

“Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station, recorded its highest maximum temperature of 47.2 degrees Celsius on May 29, 1944—the highest for the weather station, which has maintained records since 1931.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/heatwave-alert-north-india-delhi-najafgarh-imd-weather-schools-declare-holidays-haryana-noida-up-rajasthan-punjab-11716262233822.html


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“At least 66 dead as new floods hit Afghanistan’s Faryab province.

“Heavy floods in multiple districts of Faryab province on Saturday night “resulted in human and financial losses”, Asmatullah Moradi, spokesman for the Faryab governor, said in a statement on Sunday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/19/at-least-66-dead-as-new-floods-hit-afghanistans-faryab-province


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“Exceptional heat in CENTRAL ASIA.

“39.1 [102.4F] at Bakanas north of 45 latitude on May 15th, 37.1 Aul, 37.0 Ciganak… Also 36.4 at Tokmak in KYRGYZSTAN, 15.7 at Tian Shan at 3635m asl. All these are unprecedented for this time of the year.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1791884076850237633


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“Exceptional heat in CHINA – 44.6C [112.3F] today in the northern Xinjiang Province.

“It has never been that hot in China this time of the year and it’s just 0.1C from the highest spring temperature in Chinese history.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792558618933399823


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“Firefighters rescue dozens from floods after record rainfall in Guangxi [southern China].

“…the 24-hour cumulative rainfall of 610.5 millimeters [24 inches] broke Qinzhou city’s historical record. The maximum rainfall occurred in the city’s Longmengang Town on Sunday, where meteorological data also showed a record-breaking 189.6 millimeters [7.5 inches] of rain fell within just one hour early this morning.”

https://www.bastillepost.com/global/article/3842061-firefighters-rescue-dozens-from-floods-after-record-rainfall-in-guangxi


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT VIETNAM.

“INSANE MINIMUM temperatures of 31.1 [88F] at Phu Quoc and 30.9 at Huyen Tran: Hottest nights ever recorded in history in all Southern Vietnam. 100% of the tropical countries are pulverizing every single record, every day.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792498465684988111


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“‘Climate K.O.’: Thailand’s gentle dugongs die in Andaman Sea as global warming takes toll.

“Dugongs in Koh Libong have been forced to find new feeding grounds where they are vulnerable to threats such as fishing gear and propellers. Measures to protect the dugong population could end up affecting low-season tourist businesses around Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.”

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3263134/climate-ko-thailands-gentle-dugongs-die-andaman-sea-global-warming-takes-toll


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“Endless record heat in SouthEast Asia:

“36.4c [97.5F] at Malaybalay, Mindanao, PHILIPPINES: Hottest May day on record and 2nd hottest day for any month. MIN 30.2C Laem Chabang THAILAND: Station Record hottest night.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792102898194583696


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“Sydney is set to have a warm winter – possibly its hottest on record.

“As any laundry-doing Sydneysider can attest, the weather in the Emerald City has been a bit all over the place recently. First, the city had its hottest March in more than 100 years, then a month’s worth of rain fell in one day. And the rollercoaster continues…”

https://www.timeout.com/sydney/news/sydney-is-set-to-have-a-warm-winter-possibly-its-hottest-on-record-052124


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“Thousands of Brazil hogs, poultry perish in flood-hit state- industry groups.

“Brazilian farm and meat lobbies on Monday revealed extensive losses of livestock from floods in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, likely leading to losses for farmers and processors and disruptions to meat production in one of the world’s biggest food exporters.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/close-13000-hogs-perish-brazil-flood-hit-state-2024-05-20/


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“Brazil’s Amazon fires off to record 2024 start as green union blames firefighting budget cut.

“Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has experienced its largest blazes on record in the first four months of the year, with the environmental workers union on Monday placing partial blame on lower government spending on firefighting.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/blazes-brazils-amazon-off-record-start-2024-firefighting-budget-cut-2024-05-20/


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“More than third of Amazon rainforest struggling to recover from drought, study finds.

“The signs of weakening resilience raise concerns that the world’s greatest tropical forest – and biggest terrestrial carbon sink – is degrading towards a point of no return. It follows four supposedly “one-in-a-century” dry spells in less than 20 years…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/20/more-than-third-of-amazon-rainforest-struggling-to-recover-from-drought-study-finds


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“‘Nothing left’: How climate change uprooted an Indigenous village [Peru].

“Farmland has supplanted forests. The Perene River that snakes through the valley below has become contaminated, as towns and farms dump agricultural waste and sewage into its waters. Even the village’s cassava crops are blighted, with yellow lesions swelling on their leaves.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/longform/2024/5/19/nothing-left-how-climate-change-pushes-indigenous-people-from-their-land


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“Never ending record heat in the CARIBBEAN: Incredible MIN 20.4C [68.7F] Guatemala City 1500m asl Hottest night in history.

“MORE RECORDS HOTTEST NIGHT FOR MAY TMINS: 28.6 Tortola UK VIRGIN ISLANDS; 28.4 Point Salines AP GRENADA; 27.2 San Juan PUERTO RICO; 26.7 Piarco AP TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792667213830509024


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“No rain in sight as France’s Martinique declares first ever drought.

“The French Caribbean department of Martinique has declared a drought crisis for the first time in its history. The lack of rain has threatened drinking water, while authorities have imposed heavy water restrictions.”

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20240520-no-rain-in-sight-as-france-s-martinique-declares-first-ever-drought


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“Mexico’s howler monkeys dropping dead as heat toll mounts.

“Threatened howler monkeys have been dropping dead from trees in Mexico’s southeastern tropical forests in recent weeks amid a nationwide drought and heat waves that have sent temperatures soaring across much of the country.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexicos-howler-monkeys-dropping-dead-heat-toll-mounts-2024-05-20/


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN MEXICO: 39.4C/103F Sombrerete (Zacatecas) 2354m/7723ft one of the highest temperature ever recorded IN THE WORLD at that altitude. All time high also at Aguascalientes with 38.7C

“Monthly records in CUBA: 37.3 Havana, 37.9 Holguin, 37.5 Jovellanos, 37.1 Paso Real.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792716940148133950


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“As El Niño is turning into La Niña, Americans (as in inhabitants of the continent and the Caribbean) should prepare for record strong Hurricanes.

“That’s Category 6, with winds over 309 km/h. Hope is not a risk mitigation strategy!”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1792513334954062128


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“One in four manatees found dead in Florida this year died within one year of birth…

“But state biologists aren’t sure yet what so many young manatees dying might mean. That’s also obscured by how many aren’t even examined — 98 so far this year — because they’re too decomposed, not recovered or for other reasons.”

https://eu.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2024/05/20/just-born-manatees-keep-dying-in-florida-scientists-arent-sure-why/73719361007/


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“FLORIDA HOTTEST SPRING NIGHT AGAIN: 86F/30C MINIMUM again at Key West NAS!

“Maxes up to 102F at Lakes Wales, heat indexes up to 113F. This heat in Florida is very rare in mid summer, never happened before in May. Also crazy Tmin 28.8C at Fajardo PUERTO RICO hottest spring night.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792293718730399804


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“Aside from crazy-2023, the heat index has ALREADY spent more time above the 108°F threshold (and tied for the most at 110°+) in Miami than in *any other entire year*.

“And it’s not even June yet.”

https://x.com/BMcNoldy/status/1792493096111886674


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“Kansas: Heavy dust storm engulfs homes.

“It was a long Sunday night for several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas as a round of powerful storms rolled into the region. Tornadoes left severe damage and a dust storm made travel nearly impossible.”

https://news.sky.com/video/kansas-heavy-dust-storm-engulfs-homes-13140528


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“Fire officials were calling in more resources to fight a fast-growing wildfire in the northeast Valley [Arizona] Monday morning after it nearly tripled in size within 24 hours.

The Wildcat Fire… has consumed more than 14,000 acres of land. It was 0% contained as of Monday morning. About 300 people are fighting the blaze…”

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-wildfires/2024/05/20/tonto-national-forest-wildcat-fire-grows-amid-dry-windy-conditions/73771419007/


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“Alaska’s rusting waters: Pristine rivers and streams turning orange.

“Dozens of Alaska’s most remote streams and rivers are turning from a crystal clear blue into a cloudy orange, and the staining could be the result of minerals exposed by thawing permafrost, finds new research in Communications Earth & Environment.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-alaska-rusting-pristine-rivers-streams.html


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“A regional state of emergency was introduced in Yakutia [Siberia] due to the severe situation with the floods.

“This was announced in his Telegram channel by the head of Yakutia Aysen Nikolaev: “Due to the severe situation with floods in a number of regions of the republic, I signed a decree declaring a regional state of emergency from May 20, 2024”, he wrote.”

https://fakti.bg/en/world/882095-a-state-of-emergency-due-to-the-flood-in-yakutia


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“Record low sea-ice levels around Antarctica ‘likely due to climate change’…

“Researchers at the the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) analysed data from 18 different climate models. They found Antarctica’s historically low sea-ice levels were a one-in-2,000-year event without climate change but four times more likely under its effects.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/antarctica-earth-sun-british-antarctic-survey-antarctic-peninsula-b2548048.html


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“Ocean water is rushing miles underneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ with potentially dire impacts on sea level rise…

“Many studies have pointed to the immense vulnerabilities of Thwaites. Global warming, driven by humans burning fossil fuels, has left it hanging on “by its fingernails,” according to a 2022 study. This latest research adds a new and alarming factor into projections of its fate.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/20/climate/doomsday-glacier-melt-antarctica-climate-intl/index.html


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“Pope Francis: “Climate change at this moment is a road to death”…

“”Unfortunately, we have gotten to a point of no return. It’s sad, but that’s what it is. Global warming is a serious problem,” Francis replied. “Climate change at this moment is a road to death.””

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-urges-action-on-climate-change-its-a-road-to-death/


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