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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“‘Termination shock’: cut in ship pollution sparked global heating spurt.

“Sudden cut in pollution in 2020 meant less shade from sun and was ‘substantial’ factor in record surface temperatures in 2023, study finds… The researchers said the sharp ending of decades of shipping pollution was an inadvertent geoengineering experiment.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/30/termination-shock-cut-in-ship-pollution-sparked-global-heating-spurt


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“Why didn’t we see spiking Sea Surface Temperatures immediately when IMO2020 shipping regulations came into effect?

“We did, but 3 years with La Niña in the tropical Pacific kept the global average relativity low. That changed when it turned neutral and then into El Niño.”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1796683612462461249


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“Spoiler: preliminary global temperature data shows no doubt that May 2024 is by far the warmest May on record and the 12th consecutive record warm month.

“Mongolia and Norway are tied as the most above average countries, while Argentina is the most below.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796648033989399037


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“Floods and Hailstones Wreak Havoc in Cherkessk and Kislovodsk [Russia]!

“Heavy rain, hurricane-force winds, and large hail have struck the regions of Karachay-Cherkessia and Stavropol Krai in Russia, causing significant damage. In the capital of Karachay-Cherkessia, Cherkessk, hailstones shattered windows and damaged building facades, while powerful winds uprooted trees.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2uXYOwl2O4


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“EXCEPTIONAL RUSSIA: 37 [98.6F] the Caucasus, 32 NW Europe and YAKUTIA RECORDS:

“31.6 Ugino; 31 Ust Judoma; 30.3 Ust Maja; 30.2 Prokrovsk; 30.1 Tommot; 29.9 Buyaga; 29.8 Segen Kyuel; 29.7 Batamaj; 29.4 O. Perevoz & Namtsy; 29.3 Tongulah; 29.1 Kujga; 28.6 Teplyj Klyuch; 27.8 Batagaj; 27.6 Chakry; 26 Kjusjur.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796555088296812708


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“For the *third* time this month, the heat record for May has been broken in Utö [Finland]: today the temperature has climbed to a whopping 24.3°C [75.7F]!

“Monthly records were also set on two other islands, reflecting partly the high sea surface temperatures in the Baltic Sea.”

https://x.com/mikarantane/status/1796538413518397786


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“For the vast majority of the UK spring has been much wetter than average… April was even wetter”

“This very wet spring follows on from a wetter than average winter… The seas surrounding the UK are …much warmer than normal, especially the North Sea, with temperatures widely 2C to 4C above average.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/articles/cz44911j2d4o


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“Edinburgh has had its wettest May – and spring – on record, obliterating previous records.

“Three and a half times the average rain falling here throughout May… pretty incredible stats!”

https://x.com/SimonOKing/status/1796069530214535311


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“Wildlife in the River Dee [Scotland] is facing a continued threat by rising water temperatures, conservationists have warned.

“Earlier this month, temperatures as high as 21C were recorded in the river near Ballater, well beyond the optimal 16 or 17C needed to sustain Atlantic salmon.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c999gjnv48xo


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“Past six months were “the wettest since records began…” [Belgium]

“591 millimetres of water fell from the heavens in Ukkel (where the Met Office is based) since the start of the meteorological winter on 1 December 2023. Not since measurements began in 1833 have the six months of winter and spring been so rained out. The previous record dates from 1877.”

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2024/05/30/past-six-months-were-the-wettest-since-records-began/


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“Montenegro Will Need To Deal With Climate Change…

“…statistics confirm it’s becoming more arid and that temperatures are gradually increasing…. “We used to have deep snow all winter, but there was only 50 cm this year,” says Rale, the deckhand on our small boat cruise, who comes from Nikšićki Korzo in the mountains in the north.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/heatherfarmbrough/2024/05/31/montenegro-will-need-to-deal-with-climate-change/


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“41 DEGREES [105.8F] – Scorching heat in SPAIN: 41.0 El Granado, 39.8 Montoro but also 38.6 Almaden (Castilla La Mancha), over 35C Madrid.

“38.0 Amaraleja PORTUGAL; Exceptional contrasts with the autumn weather of the Cantabrian Sea all below 20C max.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796244055115858285


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“Southern African countries fear losing more elephants to drought.

“Southern African countries home to the largest elephant population in the world fear a rise in animal deaths in the coming months as food and water sources dwindle following a severe drought… El Nino has worsened the impact of climate change, scientists say.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/southern-african-countries-fear-losing-more-elephants-drought-2024-05-30/


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“Horn of Africa: 600,000 children affected by devastating floods, as torrential rains threaten further havoc.

“The rains are the latest in a series of extreme weather events to hit East Africa. In November, devastating floods led to the deaths of at least 350 people and displaced over 2.3 million. Those floods followed the region’s worst drought in 40 years due to five failed rainy seasons.”

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/horn-of-africa-600k-children-affected-by-floods-as-torrential-ra


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“Climate change impacts on hydropower in the Middle East.

“Three hydropower dams built at the head of Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Turkey some 30 years ago have seen a 25% decrease in electricity generation capacity over that time, according to research by Dursun Yildiz, a Turkey-based hydropower expert…”

https://www.dw.com/en/declining-hydropower-in-the-middle-east-blamed-on-climate-crisis/a-69223366


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“HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST HEAT: 51C [123.8F] IN IRAN, AND HOTTEST MAY DAY IN IRAQ AND KUWAIT.

“IRAN: 51.0 Shabankareh; 50.8 Omidieh; 50.7 Gotvand; 50.4 Agayakan; 50.0 Minab; 49.2 Ahwaz; 48.4 Dezful; 38.5 Esfahan; 38.4 Meyaneh; IRAQ: 50.0; Basra AP; 48.9 Nassirya; 48.7 Fao; 47.8 Amarah; KUWAIT: 50.6 Jahra.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796620085013959142


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“Unusually high temperatures in Pakistan lead to rapid melting of glaciers, threaten lives.

“Unusually high temperatures in Pakistan’s northern areas have resulted in rapid melting of glaciers, officials and experts said on Friday, warning that the prolonged phenomenon could lead to water shortages and threaten lives in the longer run.”

https://www.arabnews.pk/node/2521136/pakistan


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“Deaths mount and water rationed as India faces record heat.

“Reports of heat-related illnesses and deaths have surged across the country as daytime highs continue to hover around 120 degrees and nights remain over 90… Aside from electricity demand, Delhi officials have also warned that the city’s water supply has fallen to crisis levels…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/05/31/india-heat-deaths/


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“Record heat never leaves India, it just moves from East to West. Temperatures up to 49.2 [120.6F] today in Eastern India at Sidhi; HOTTEST DAY EVER IN MADHYA PRADESH STATE.

“Record heat also in NEPAL: 44.2 Nepalgunj, May record tied; Danghadi, Janakpur and BHaiwara Tmins >30C, also May records.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796179210681086323


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“Uttarakhand forest fires: More than double wildfire incidents, forest cover loss is tripled this year.

“Amid unprecedented heat waves across Uttarakhand, the forest fire incidents are on rise again and this number has doubled in comparison to last year. Moreover, the forest cover gutted in these wildfire incidents is also three times more this year.”

https://www.news9live.com/india/uttarakhand-forest-fire-more-than-double-wildfire-incidents-forest-cover-loss-is-tripled-this-year-2557059


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“Ten dead as flood wreaks havoc in Assam, Manipur. Authorities have set up 187 relief camps where over 28,000 people are sheltered.

“Modi took stock of the situation in the Northeast states as well as West Bengal. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected…”

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2024/Jun/01/flood-wreaks-havoc-in-assam-manipur


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“What will happen to Japan’s rainy season if global warming continues?

“Caution is needed as the risk of disasters caused by torrential rain increases as organized rainfall events become more frequent. An increase in small-type rainfall events is also projected for all areas, with a particularly big rise along the Pacific Ocean coastline…”

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/features/z1304_00269.html


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“EXTRAORDINARY: June has just started and thousands of records of hottest nights are being pulverized all over Oceania and Asia.

“HOTTEST JUNE NIGHT IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: TMIN 29.1 Funafuti; TUVALU and Sangkapura INDONESIA; HOTTEST JUNE NIGHT IN MALAYSIA TMIN 28.9 Kudat.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796701630118633745


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“Ecuador Is Literally Powerless in the Face of Drought.

“Ecuador is in trouble… in mid-April, President Daniel Noboa declared a 60-day state of emergency. Since then, homeowners have been taking cold showers and struggling without internet access, while restaurants have been serving up meals by candlelight to avoid closing and losing perishable food.”

https://www.wired.com/story/ecuador-energy-crisis-water-shortage-hydro/


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“Flood-battered farmers in southern Brazil wade through lost harvests.

“The full extent of the losses is still coming into focus, especially in rural areas where farmers like Almeida and her family produce much of Brazil’s rice, wheat and dairy. Of her 60 egg-laying hens, just eight survived. Their cows have nowhere to graze in the flooded landscape.”

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/brazil-rains-farmers/


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“Fallen trees and dragged cars, emergencies due to rain in Barranquilla [Colombia]…

“The heavy downpour that fell on Thursday afternoon caused several emergencies in Barranquilla . Through the Wasapea line to EL HERALDO , citizens reported the incidents that occurred in various sectors of the Atlantic capital.”

https://www.elheraldo.co/barranquilla/emergencias-por-lluvias-en-barranquilla-este-jueves-30-de-mayo-1098595


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“More than 222 thousand hectares of forest affected by forest fires in Honduras…

“The high temperatures suffered this year by Honduras, a country of 112,492 square kilometers, the burning of land for agriculture and the criminal hand of man, are among the main causes of forest fires.”

https://proceso.hn/mas-de-222-mil-hectareas-de-bosque-afectadas-por-incendios-forestales-en-honduras/


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“Illustration of just how extreme the climate has been in Mexico, this is the city of Oaxaca. Defined by daily temps that fall into the 95th percentile, a record for “extraordinarily hot days”.

“70% of all days in 2024 had temps that would usually only be observed 5% of time.”

https://x.com/WeatherProf/status/1796530278686728692


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“CARIBBEANS RECORD HEAT:

“34.4C/94F CAYMAN ISLANDS HOTTEST MAY DAY beaten again; RECORDS HOT NIGHTS ALLOVER Tmins: 29.9 Salina Cruz MEXICO; 27.2 San Juan; PUERTO RICO: 28.4 St Marten; 28.3 Saba; 28.2 Carravelle MARTINIQUE: 28.2 Charlestown…”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796679526329594271


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“Virginia Key Water Temperatures Shattering Records Amid Extreme Heat and It’s Not Even Summer.

“The ocean already feels like a hot tub — and it’s still May. The official start of summer is still three weeks away, but ocean temperatures in South Florida are already hitting peak summer highs.”

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/virginia-key-breaks-water-temperature-records-12-days-in-a-row-20034495


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“Unstoppable record heat in FLORIDA: Exceptional 101F at Punta Gorda: it’s the hottest spring day ever recorded in all Southwest Florida climatic history.

“MORE MAY RECORDS: 99F Tampa Knight; 98 Tampa AP tied; 97 St Petersburg.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1796342600481624417


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“Gulf of Mexico Is August-Level Hot as Hurricane Season Nears.

“Water temperatures across the Gulf of Mexico have reached or exceeded levels usually found in August when the region is at its warmest, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-31/gulf-of-mexico-is-august-level-hot-as-hurricane-season-nears


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“Houston hit by more severe weather as Texas closes out a May full of storms…

“After the third round of severe thunderstorms since Tuesday, about 300,000 customers were without power Friday morning, mostly in East Texas and around Houston. The city also experienced intense storms Thursday evening…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/05/31/texas-severe-weather-active-may-houston/


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“Denver is being hit with extreme thunderstorms, with baseball-sized hail smashing through residents’ car windows and winds up to 60 miles per hour.

“A severe warning was in place until midnight for northeastern Douglas County, western Arapahoe County, and south-central Denver County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13479475/Denver-lashed-BASEBALL-sized-hail-extreme-weather.html


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“A new analysis of this past winter shows that it was the hottest ever recorded across Canada, beating out the previous hottest winter by the widest margin ever seen.

“Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Trends and Variations Bulletin — Winter 2023/2024 was released by the agency this month.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/climate/impacts/climate-winter-2023-2024-was-the-warmest-on-record-for-canada


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“The Earth had its warmest May on record… with New England also seeing record rising temperatures.

““The recent run of 11 consecutive record global average temperatures is hard to comprehend,” said Michael Rawlins at the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It means that we may not fully understand how the various factors are contributing to the sharp uptick in heat in recent years.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/05/31/metro/may-warmest-global-temperatures-new-england/


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“Exceptional atmospheric conditions in June 2023 generated an unprecedented northwest European marine heatwave which contributed to breaking land temperature records…

“This marine heatwave was intensified by the last 20-year warming trend in sea surface temperatures. Such sea surface temperatures are projected to become commonplace…”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-024-01413-8


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“There’s a climate threat lurking in rivers around the world…

“human activity can speed up the decomposition of leaves and other litter, sending more carbon dioxide up into the atmosphere. One key element is a warmer climate, which makes microbes more active. Chemicals from fertilizer, like phosphorus and nitrogen, also nourish microbes and lead to faster litter decomposition.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/climate/science-journal-climate-rivers-1.7219864


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“Why any estimate of the cost of climate change will be flawed.

“Temperature fluctuations are unpredictable. Humans are even more so. Earth’s climate is a complex system… There could be tipping points when global warming suddenly accelerates… Despite their flaws, the methods agree on one thing: climate change carries far heavier costs than Mr William Nordhaus first imagined.”

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2024/05/30/why-any-estimate-of-the-cost-of-climate-change-will-be-flawed


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