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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“‘Boiling not warming’: Marine life suffers as Thai sea temperatures hit record…

“Aquatic life from coral reefs to fish in the Thailand’s eastern gulf coast is suffering as sea surface temperatures hit record highs this month amid a regional heatwave, worrying scientists and local communities.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/boiling-not-warming-marine-life-suffers-thai-sea-temperatures-hit-record-2024-05-23/


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“Record heat in JAPAN: 31.1C [88F] Furue and 30.8C Kamae. Broke their records of hottest day in May and spring.

“Record heat is sweeping over 150 countries in the world.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1793215264953110821


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“Adelaide facing driest May on record…

“It tried to rain on Sunday night, and the clouds even managed to squeeze out 0.6 mm of rainfall by 9 am Monday, but Adelaide’s desperately dry May continues with no immediate end in sight.”

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/adelaide-facing-driest-may-on-record/1889444


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN OCEANIA: MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 29.7C [85.5F] Funafuti, TUVALU.

“Hottest night ever recorded in May in the whole Southern Hemisphere and the hottest ever in Tuvalu.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792827672533274627


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“Submerged by flooding, Porto Alegre realizes it was unprepared: ‘Everything has to be rebuilt’.

“Three weeks after being hit by one of the worst climate disasters in its history, which left at least 157 people dead, 88 missing and forced the evacuation of 540,000, the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is still partly submerged.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2024/05/23/submerged-by-flooding-porto-alegre-realizes-it-was-unprepared-everything-has-to-be-rebuilt_6672363_114.html


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“Record heat all over Americas from TEXAS to BRAZIL (35C / 95F in Sao Paulo State nearly in winter).

“MINIMUM 81F/27.2c Del Rio TEXAS Hottest May night; MIN 27.8C Managua NICARAGUA Record hottest night; MONTHLY RECORDS: 35.3 St Laurent FRENCH GUIANA; 33.2 Saba; 41.6 Hidalgo del Parral MEXICO.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1793033186491920569


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“Reeling from one heat wave, Mexico awaits ‘highest temperatures ever recorded’.

“Mexico, reeling from a heat wave that has already broken records, caused power outages and killed people and animals, could see “unprecedented” temperatures over the next two weeks, the country’s largest university warned on Wednesday.”

https://wmbdradio.com/2024/05/22/reeling-from-one-heat-wave-mexico-awaits-highest-temperatures-ever-recorded/


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“Authorities continue to battle Cancun wildfires.

“Three wildfires have officially consumed more than 1,000 hectares outside the city of Cancun. After touring the areas, Pablo Gutiérrez Hernández of the Cancun City Council said they continue to work with authorities in the fight to put out the fires.”

https://riviera-maya-news.com/authorities-continue-to-battle-cancun-wildfires/2024.html


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“Mexico’s drought, heatwave and water shortage are so bad even police are blocking traffic in protest.

“… on Wednesday some officers were themselves manning a protest blockade, near the capital’s iconic Independence Monument. The officers stood blocking six lanes of traffic, saying their barracks hadn’t had water for a week, and that the bathrooms were unusable.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexicos-drought-heatwave-water-shortage-bad-police-blocking-110477760


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“RECORD HOT NIGHTS FROM CANADA TO MEXICO:

“Ontario: MINIMUM temperature of 22.2C [72F] Windsor, 21.4C Ridgetown (record); MIN 29.2 Arriaga HOTTEST MAY NIGHT IN MEXICO; max 37.5 Lagos de Moreno May record. RECORDS MAY HOTTEST NIGHTS: 27.2 San Juan PUERTO RICO; 27.4 Punta Cana DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1793412218857636123


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“Scorching heat and humidity have descended over parts of Texas, the Gulf Coast and South Florida this week — a bout of early-season extreme heat that has experts bracing for what’s to come.

“A full month before the official start of summer, Miami is already in the midst of its hottest May on record, according to experts.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/extreme-heat-hits-texas-florida-early-new-records-rcna153460


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“‘Horrifying. Gross’: mosquitoes bug Houston after recent storms.

“Houston native Morgan Young, 29, who now lives in Dallas, called the mosquito situation: “Horrifying. Terroristic. Gross.” …The standing water left over from the floods has created a breeding ground for the mosquitoes, since they thrive in this kind of warm and moist environment.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/22/mosquitoes-houston-texas


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“Colorado hailstorms severely damage several towns, kill horses and cattle.

“”Last night, a hailstorm came through and took out every west-facing window in town. Siding, roofs, it’s been a crazy time,” said Mike Harms, owner of Wray Lumber Company… “Oh my gosh. It was Armageddon,” Paula said.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/colorado/news/colorado-hail-storms-damage-towns-kill-horses-cattle/


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“Tornado leaves multiple fatalities and widespread damage in its wake in Iowa.

“Multiple people were killed by a tornado in Iowa on Tuesday, as severe storms threaten a large portion of the US later in the week. Sgt Alex Dinkla of Iowa state police confirmed the multiple fatalities in Greenfield, Iowa, during a briefing about the deadly storm, NBC News reported.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/22/tornado-deaths-iowa


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“In a warmer world, tornado behaviour is changing – this is how we can prepare…

“”We expect that the number of days in any given year that are favourable for tornadoes… are going to increase in the future and specifically increase earlier in the season,” Victor Gensini, associate professor of meteorology at Northern Illinois University, tells the BBC.”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240522-climate-change-experts-advise-how-to-prepare-for-a-tornado


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“U.S. wildfires are marching east. The government can only do so much…

“…the wildfires in Kansas are a grim preview of what is coming elsewhere. A changing climate is driving fire eastward across the United States, with fires beginning earlier in the season and lasting into winter. As a result, more states face a growing danger to people and property.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/05/22/wildfire-climate-change-kansas-midwest/


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“Displaced by climate disasters, ageing Americans struggle to find housing.

“From their hillside home above Barre, Vermont, Doug and Rhoda Mason thought they were safe. It was 11 July 2023, and record rains were flooding their small city. Then, just before 5am, a landslide crashed into the Masons’ house. The mud hit with such force it pushed the structure 10ft off its foundation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/22/climate-change-affordable-housing-older-adults


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“Tropical storms are missing. But warm waters are sounding alarm bells…

“Colorado State University’s Phil Klotzbach, a specialist in seasonal hurricane forecasting… found that we have not progressed this far into a year without a named tropical storm since 1983. Klotzbach said in an email that we’ve reached this milestone mainly because of the lack of storms in the western Pacific Ocean.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/05/22/missing-tropical-storms-ocean-heat-hurricanes/


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“The Tropical Atlantic has never been this hot before in May. A severe marine heatwave has developed across much of the Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, with water temperatures up to 5-7°F above normal in some areas.

“Water temperatures in the Caribbean have already exceeded peak hurricane season levels (mid-September).”

https://x.com/US_Stormwatch/status/1793401379861795095


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“The Scottish government has announced £5.5m to expand a network of community led climate action hubs.

“The hubs support community actions from repair cafes to food gardens as well as climate assemblies in schools and climate literacy sessions for adults. Some provide energy generation and flood mitigation.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjkk1grr53mo


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“‘Never-ending’ UK rain made 10 times more likely by climate crisis, study says.

“The seemingly “never-ending” rain last autumn and winter in the UK and Ireland was made 10 times more likely and 20% wetter by human-caused global heating, a study has found.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/22/never-ending-uk-rain-10-times-more-likely-climate-crisis-study


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“One person dead after mudslide at edge of North York Moors.

“Incident follows heavy rain across the UK, with Met Office warning the ‘worst is yet to come’ and that parts of the UK would have up to a month’s rainfall in 24 hours.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/article/2024/may/22/one-dead-after-mudslide-at-edge-of-north-york-moors-park


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“Netherlands: Thunderstorm With Hail Hits Friesland Causing Flash Flooding.

“Streets were flooded in the village of Buitenpost, north-east Friesland on Monday, May 20 after a thunderstorm with hail battered the province.”

https://www.voiceofalexandria.com/news/national/netherlands-thunderstorm-with-hail-hits-friesland-causing-flash-flooding/video_24f143bb-2e68-5592-a938-055e0b361dfb.html


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“An assessment of the double hailstorm in Chablis at the start of May has confirmed there was “considerable” damage to vines in the appellation, with some areas suffering 80% losses…

“Chablis grand cru climats Vaumur, Vaudésir, Moutonne and Preuses were thought to be among the worst-hit sites, the BIVB said when the hail struck.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2024/05/chablis-hailstorm-damage-considerable-bivb-confirms/


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“Shocking images of the hail and floods in Catalonia: this is how the destruction has been experienced.

“During the afternoon of this Tuesday, the storm and hail fell with intensity on the northeast of Catalonia. Neighbors of Girona municipalities have shared shocking images.”

https://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/cataluna/2024-05-22/cataluna-lluvias-inundaciones-imagenes-destrozos_3888432/


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“Bad weather in the Turin area, a massive hailstorm fell: severe inconvenience…

“A large hailstorm hit the south-eastern area of ​​the province of Turin in the early afternoon of today, Wednesday 22 February 2024: in particular, the most affected areas were Santena, where the roads turned into white rivers…”

https://www.torinotoday.it/cronaca/maltempo-grandinata-22-maggio-2024.html


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“Europeans at increased risk from tropical illnesses due to climate change.

“Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides told the Financial Times in an interview that “the effect of climate change on health . . . is really going to be at the top of the political agenda in the years to come,” …Cyprus, Kyriakides’ home country, is on the front line as mosquitoes and other disease carriers arrive from Asia and Africa.”

https://www.ft.com/content/b973c8b9-2d5c-48e2-9576-d5dbb55b178b


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“RECORD HEAT IN AFRICA NORTH TO SOUTH:

“Hottest night in history for the Libyan coastal town of Sirte which stayed >34C [93.2F] all night… Minimums >35C in Mali, 30.8 Kosseir, EGYPT, 30.5 Sedom ISRAEL… SOUTH AFRICA and NAMIBIA with up to 39C: It’s almost winter!”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792951714149986489


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“Scientists meet southern African farmers amid drought: “We will harvest absolutely nothing”…

““There was not a single raindrop in February, and crops reached a permanent wilting point. Even resilient crops such as sorghum and sunflowers wilted. Pests, fall armyworm, in particular, were also a menace,” Zimbabwe-based farmer Solomon Makiwa said.”

https://reliefweb.int/blogpost/scientists-meet-southern-african-farmers-amid-drought-we-will-harvest-absolutely-nothing


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“Kenyan fishers face increased drowning risk from climate change.

“Lake Victoria—bordering Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda—is heavily fished by some 200,000 fishers… thunderstorms, wind and rain are predicted to become more intense and up to 10 times more frequent by the end of the century, the authors note in the study.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-kenyan-fishers-climate.html


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“Hajj 2024: Record-breaking heat forecast in Saudi Arabia.

“The scorching temperatures will pose a serious health risk for the millions of Muslims expected to embark on the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. Saudi authorities are preparing for potentially record-breaking attendance after a surge in Umrah pilgrims during Ramadan.”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/1191847-hajj-2024-record-breaking-heat-forecast-in-saudi-arabia


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“India, Pakistan shut schools in several cities as temperatures soar…

“…authorities in New Delhi have asked schools in the capital to close for summer vacation with immediate effect… Pakistan is currently sizzling with temperatures between 38C (100.4F) and 43C (109.4), which are likely to soar to 46C (114.8F) next week.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/india-pakistan-shut-schools-in-several-cities-as-temperatures-soar/3226472


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“Kashmir’s strawberry harvest faces brunt of erratic weather, climate change…

“”We had a lot of blossoms earlier but due to intense rains, it all got damaged, so the crop was affected. We really need help from the government to tell us what to do to save our crops.”

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/India/kashmir-s-strawberry-harvest-faces-brunt-of-erratic-weather-climate-change/ar-BB1mPFwv


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“Vijayapura lemons in trouble due to drought.

“Officials from the Karnataka State Lime Development Board have estimated a 70 per cent loss in lemon yields for the 2023-24 period due to the drought and have initiated the process of disbursing compensation to the affected farmers.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/asia/article/9627862/vijayapura-lemons-in-trouble-due-to-drought/


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“RECORD! 35.4 [95.7F] at Bayantooroi MONGOLIA Altitude 1180m asl. Hottest spring day in history.

“For Mongolia this May has been extraordinarily hot with nearly ever day 30C/35C above 1000m asl.” [remember this follows on from the brutally cold “dzud”, which killed livestock in droves].

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792920339757810081


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“More on the extraordinary heat in Northern China:

“40.4C [104.7F] at Dunhuang, hottest spring day for all Gansu Province. 13 stations broke the monthly records (see list below) with more records coming next days.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1792906462227763374


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“Island states win historic climate case in world oceans court.

“Nine small island states have won a historic climate change case at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), which ruled that all signatories to a United Nations treaty on marine activities must do more to protect the world’s oceans from climate change.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/22/island-states-win-historic-climate-case-in-world-oceans-court


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“Young Alaskans sue state over fossil fuel project they claim violates their rights…

“The challengers, aged 11 to 22, argue that the proposal violates two sections of the Alaska constitution: the right to protected natural resources for “current and future generations”, and the right to be free from government infringement on life, liberty and property.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/22/alaska-youth-climate-change-lawsuit


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“Climate victims file criminal case against bosses of oil firm Total.

“A criminal case has been filed against the CEO and directors of the French oil company TotalEnergies, alleging its fossil fuel exploitation has contributed to the deaths of victims of climate-fuelled extreme weather disasters.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/21/climate-victims-file-criminal-case-against-bosses-of-oil-firm-total


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“OPEC affirms full support for Azerbaijan as COP29 host…

“Speaking during a high-level dialogue event on COP29 hosted at the OPEC Headquarters in Vienna, OPEC Sec Gen Haitham Al Ghais praised Azerbaijan’s adoption of an inclusive approach to COP that ensures that all views, including those of the oil industry, are heard.”

https://news.az/news/-opec-affirms-full-support-for-azerbaijan-as-cop29-host-


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“A program meant to help developing nations fight climate change is funneling billions of dollars back to rich countries.

“Wealthy countries sent climate funding to the developing world in recent years with interest rates or strings attached that benefited the lending nations, a Reuters data analysis found.”

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/climate-change-loans/


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“$215 Trillion to Save the Planet Is a Bargain…

“BloombergNEF’s latest New Energy Outlook estimates the world must invest $215 trillion by 2050 to zero out carbon emissions… it’s actually a bargain compared with the potential economic destruction of unabated climate change.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-05-22/climate-change-215-trillion-to-save-the-planet-is-a-bargain


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“How the climate crisis is making turbulence worse and flying more dangerous.

“The death of a 73-year-old British man on a Singapore Airlines flight has again raised concerns about how climate change is increasing instances of flight turbulence… severe turbulence is up 55% since 1979.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/climate-change-airline-safety-efficiency-b2549275.html


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