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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“World hits streak of record temperatures as UN warns of ‘climate hell’…

“Each of the past 12 months ranked as the warmest on record in year-on-year comparisons, the EU’s climate change monitoring service said on Wednesday…

“The average global temperature for the 12-month period to the end of May was 1.63 degrees Celsius (2.9 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average…”

https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/world-hits-streak-record-temperatures-un-warns-climate-hell-2024-06-05/


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“Climate change is accelerating faster than ever…

“This is the “most up-to-date understanding” of the state of the climate, and “what we see is worrisome,” said Zeke Hausfather, a climatologist at the Berkeley Earth Institute, who was not involved in the study.”

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2024/06/05/climate-change-is-accelerating-faster-than-ever_6673802_114.html


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“Good Riddance to El Niño, But La Niña Won’t Be Much Relief.

“Persistent global heating makes it less likely that even a broad cooling weather pattern can halt the inexorable rise in temperatures… There is still a strong chance that 2024 will be the hottest year on record, even if half of it is spent under cooler La Niña conditions.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-06-04/la-nina-to-bring-hurricanes-but-no-climate-change-relief


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“Chief Heat Officers Are Developing a Global Playbook for Deadly Temperatures…

“Cities are on the frontlines of unrelenting high temperatures that are shattering records in 2024. In recent months, heat waves have forced school closures from Delhi to Manila. In Thailand, more people have already died from heat this year than in all of 2023.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-06-04/chief-heat-officers-are-writing-a-new-playbook-for-deadly-temperatures


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“The baseline seems to have shifted. We are reaching temperature anomalies [in the North Atlantic] higher than at this time last year, but it doesn’t seem as unusual any more.

“After everything that happened after June 11 in 2023:”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1798028315464515673


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“Warmest May on record in Ireland…

“The average temperature was 13.08 degrees, according to Met Éireann, which is 2.53 degrees above the 1961-1990 long-term average. The previous warmest May was in 2008 with an average monthly temperature of 13.03 degrees.”

https://www.rsvplive.ie/news/irish-news/ireland-weather-warmest-record-ireland-32970221


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“The North Sea was warmer in 2023 than at any time since records began, according to the Helgoland Biological Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in the German port of Bremerhaven.

“Measurements show the average water temperature in 2023 was just under 11.9 degrees Celsius, the institute said.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/weather/topstories/north-sea-temperature-at-record-high/ar-BB1nGdds


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“Shipping group Maersk’s truck and rail operations have been hit by heavy flooding in Germany, the Danish company said on Wednesday.

“Several people died and thousands were forced to leave their homes in southern Germany late last week as the water cut off some areas, local authorities reported.”

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/maersk-truck-rail-operations-hit-090523406.html


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“Austria closes Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe.

“Flooding caused by torrential rain that killed five people in Germany over the weekend has spread across Austria and Hungary overnight Tuesday. The entire Danube in Austria has been closed after its banks burst in Linz, the country’s third-largest city.”

https://www.euronews.com/2024/06/05/austria-closes-danube-as-deadly-floods-spread-across-central-europe


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“Storms and heavy rains have caused damage and flooding across the southeast of Poland…

“Firefighters had been called out as many as 335 times by 11 a.m on Tuesday in the Małopolska province alone, with 118 of those calls being from the provincial capital Kraków, where widespread flooding was reported.”

https://tvpworld.com/77899414/storms-and-floods-hit-southern-poland


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“Penedès [Spain] hit by severe hailstorm.

“Following months under severe drought, the Catalonian region now sees up to 1,500 hectares of vines devastated by a severe hailstorm. Worst-affected areas might not be able to harvest at all.”

https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/penedes-hit-by-severe-hailstorm-531302/


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“Cherry growers in the southern Italian region of Puglia have apparently lost a major slice of their production as a result of unusually hot and dry weather during the spring.

“That’s according to Coldiretti Puglia, which estimated that more than half of the most common variety, Ferrovia, had been lost.”

https://www.fruitnet.com/eurofruit/cherry-growers-in-puglia-count-cost-of-drought/260698.article


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“Study shows climate change boosts olive tree-devouring bacteria in the Mediterranean…

“Xylella fastidiosa, the deadly disease-causing bacterium that has already wiped out millions of plants of emblematic Mediterranean crops, like grapevines, olive-trees and almond-trees, by clogging their ducts and plant tissues, will get a boost from climate change…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-06-climate-boosts-olive-tree-devouring.html


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“Flooded Streets, Washed Away Cars: Algerian Town of Bou Saada.

“Devastating floods struck Algeria’s southern and western regions on Monday evening. Entire neighborhoods were submerged as residents scrambled to save themselves and their belongings.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42LrqndAUgI


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“NORTH AFRICA/MEDITERRANEAN HEAT WAVE; 48C [118.4F] Faya CHAD HOTTEST DAY IN HISTORY TIED.

“49C in Saudi Arabia and 46C at 700m asl. 44C in Turkey, 43.7C in Cyprus (6 stations >43C), 41.5C in Greece. Extraordinary minimum temperatures up to 31.5C in Rhodes Island and 31.1 in Benghazi Libya.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1798416655003123758


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“Road collapses, evacuations and rescues — floods in Western Cape wreak havoc.

“Flooding was reported across the Western Cape, from Cape Town to the Garden Route, as the province experienced its second cut-off low system this week. Wednesday brought major damage, with roads collapsing, power outages, evacuations and rescues.”

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2024-06-05-road-collapses-evacuations-and-rescues-floods-in-western-cape-wreak-havoc/


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“‘Crying from hunger’: Zimbabwe drought hits children

“Mother of four Laiwa Musenza is already reliant on aid from a local NGO to feed her family and Zimbabwe’s drought is only getting deeper. Zimbabwe is only one of a band of countries in Southern Africa experiencing food shortages due to the drought…”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/crying-from-hunger-zimbabwe-drought-hits-children/vi-BB1nFZCo


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“Record, record and record all over… Today KENYA had its hottest June night on record with a min temperature of 28.1C [82.6F] at Lodwar.

“Lodwar is one of the only 2 stations in the world >500m asl with a yearly average temperature >30C.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1798445072062755181


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“Record heat in 3 days swept 100% of the tropics, records pulverized everywhere in all Continents.

“Seychelles, Mauritius and Diego Garcia all had their June hottest nights in history with Tmins of 28.2C [82.8F], 26.9C and 27.8C.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1798063499018662392


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“The Caspian Sea to shrink by a third due to global warming.

“Global warming will see its level fall by up to 18 metres and reduce its surface area by a third thanks to global warming. Azerbaijan’s capital will no longer be a port if that happens and the Northern Caspian will disappear entirely.”

https://www.intellinews.com/the-caspian-sea-to-shrink-by-a-third-due-to-global-warming-328301/


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“The shrinking Aral Sea: An environmental disaster.

“…the Aral Sea is technically an endorheic lake that straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, receiving water from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers… extensive diversion of these rivers for agricultural irrigation has dramatically reduced the lake’s surface area… to about 10% of its original size since the 1960s.”

https://www.earth.com/image/the-shrinking-aral-sea-an-environmental-disaster/


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“Uzbekistan “will suffer” as Taliban canal diverts fifth of Amu Darya river, warns expert…

““The government of Uzbekistan is trying to establish relations with Afghanistan, but the Taliban is very tough. Afghanistan does not intend to make any agreements with Central Asia on this matter,” Bosch was also reported as stating.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/uzbekistan-will-suffer-as-taliban-canal-diverts-fifth-of-amu-darya-river-warns-expert/ar-BB1nD2Rh


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“Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan remain affected by ongoing flash floods, especially in the north and west, the U.N. children’s agency said Monday.

“Unusually heavy seasonal rains have been wreaking havoc on multiple parts of the country, killing hundreds of people and destroying property and crops.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tens-thousands-children-afghanistan-affected-ongoing-flash-floods-110765651


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“Delhi water crisis: Supreme Court asks Himachal to release excess water and Haryana to facilitate its flow to Delhi.

“The directions come amid a water crisis and the ongoing heatwave in Delhi, prompting the Union Territory’s government to turn to the Supreme Court for immediate intervention.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-water-shortage-himachal-pradesh-haryana-supreme-court-9375374/


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“Bengaluru goes from the driest April to the wettest June day; raises alarm.

“It was only in April 2024 that the city was reeling from its worst-ever water shortage and an extreme heatwave with temperatures soaring upto 38 degrees… “Bengaluru has lost its charm,” sum up netizens on social media as the once garden city shifts towards erratic weather patterns.”

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/India/bengaluru-goes-from-the-driest-april-to-the-wettest-june-day-raises-alarm/ar-BB1nHc4L


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“Devastating floods hit Assam.

“The flood situation in Assam remains grim, with more than 2.5 lakh people affected in multiple. Road and rail communication in several parts of the State remained disrupted following incessant rain…”

https://www.deccanherald.com/india/devastating-floods-hit-assam-25-lakh-people-still-suffering-3055096#1


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“Korea experienced its second-highest average spring temperatures on record,

“…the average temperature was 13.2 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than the average from 1990 to 2010… data indicates that the past three years have seen the hottest spring seasons on record.”

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2024/06/113_376103.html


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT SOUTH ASIA – HOTTEST JUNE NIGHT EVER AGAIN IN THE PHILIPPINES.

“MINIMUM 30.0 [86F] at Sangley Point; Also record heat in VIETNAM; MINIMUM 30.7 Rach Gia, 29.8 Con Son. Since nearly 500 days, EVERY SINGLE DAY hundreds of records have been pulverized all over Southeast Asia.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1797935332656333039


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“Brazil braces for severe drought after historic floods killed 172 people…

“After torrential rains that sparked historic flooding in southern Brazil, the country expects a swing to severe drought in parts, the environment minister said Wednesday. Brazil has been battered by a series of extreme weather events…”

https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/world/story/brazil-braces-for-severe-drought-after-historic-floods-killed-172-people-2549639-2024-06-06


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“Chile’s Lithium Dreams Raise Water Concerns In The Desert.

“Chile is seeking to retake its position as the world’s top lithium producer, but environmentalists fear extraction in the Atacama desert will harm fragile ecosystems there… Demand for lithium, used in electric car batteries, has grown strongly in recent years as the world seeks to move away from fossil fuels to curb global warming.”

https://www.barrons.com/amp/news/chile-s-lithium-dreams-raise-water-concerns-in-the-desert-8c750894


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“EXTRAORDINARY RECORD HEAT ALL OVER AMERICAS:

“42.4 [108.3F] Comotan JUNE HOTTEST DAY IN GUATEMALA; 36.3 CURACAO HOTTEST JUNE DAY; 35.7 ARUBA HOTTEST JUNE DAY; tmin 28.2 ST EUSTATIUS JUNE HOTTEST NIGHT; tmin 28.6 GRENADA JUNE HOTTEST NIGHT.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1798092176854831585


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“Why Mexico City’s thirst is causing it to sink.

“Some areas in Mexico City are slipping as fast as 20 inches a year in recent decades, according to researchers. Overall, the clay layers under the soil have compressed by 17 percent in the last century. A culprit for the uneven sinking in Mexico City, researchers say, is pumping water from underground.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/06/04/mexico-city-sinking-water-crisis/


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“While a harsh heat wave kicks off in SW USA today expected 120+ Death Valley, 115 Phoenix…. more records fell South of the border:

“MEXICO ALL TIME STATE RECORDS: GUERRERO 47.1 [116.8F] Ciudad Altamirano; MORELOS 46.0 Tequesquitengo; OAXACA 48.0 Valle Nacional.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1798487007087497490


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“Drought Hampers Manufacturing in Mexican State Bordering Texas.

“Numerous companies in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas along the Texas border have shuttered factories or curbed operations due to a severe drought in the region. The natural disaster is having an impact on the manufacturing industry, which is one of the state’s main economic engines.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-06-05/drought-hampers-manufacturing-in-mexican-state-bordering-texas


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“”Dangerous” heat wave threatens to break more records across U.S. Southwest…

“Extreme heat ranks as the nation’s top weather-related killer annually, per the NWS. U.S. Border Patrol El Paso, Texas, sector chief Anthony Good noted in a post to X that the extreme heat had killed four migrants trying to cross the border from Mexico over the weekend.”

https://www.axios.com/2024/06/05/southwest-us-heatwave-california-vegas-arizona


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“UH-OH: Vegas Hasn’t Broken a Low-Temp Record in 25 Years.

“Twenty-five years ago today, Las Vegas broke a low temperature record for the day. What most tourists, and even residents, haven’t noticed is that it hasn’t done so since. That record, set on June 4, 1999, was 50° Fahrenheit.”

https://www.casino.org/news/uh-oh-vegas-has-not-broken-a-low-temp-record-in-25-years/


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“It was the hottest May ever in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. How warm did it get?

“The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport recorded an average temperature of 80.6 degrees this May, beating out the previous record of 80.1 set in 2000, according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.nola.com/news/weather/may-2024-heat-record-new-orleans-baton-rouge/article_e7e4bcf8-21f2-11ef-8080-6f576db2270c.html


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“‘We can’t get anything done’: Mississippi farmers battling yet another climate crisis…

“Another wave of weather has Mississippi farmers once again battling to keep their crops alive. Last year, farmers were hit hard by a severe drought… This year, the problem is too much rain, which is oversaturating farmland and killing crops before they can even grow.”

https://www.wlbt.com/2024/06/06/we-cant-get-anything-done-mississippi-farmers-battling-yet-another-climate-crisis/


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“Why the hurricane season matters for the Federal Reserve.

“The US central bank increasingly needs an understanding of meteorology to see where the economy is headed… as storms grow in frequency and cost and have broader macro implications… The data backs up my observations.”

https://www.ft.com/content/9d4e5437-6049-47ed-b852-8faf3ac34138


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“Tornadoes in the US midwest and on the east coast were causing chaos on Wednesday, killing a two-year-old boy and injuring his mother outside Detroit when a tree fell on their suburban home.

“Meanwhile, in Maryland, emergency workers were responding to reports of collapsed structures with people trapped inside after another tornado there.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/05/michigan-tornado-people-killed-injured


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“The end of the great northern forests? The tiny tree-killing beetle wreaking havoc on our ancient giants…

“Forests across Europe, the US and Canada have been hard hit by drought, fires and bark beetles. Now scientists fear the northern hemisphere’s greatest carbon sink is nearing a tipping point.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/05/collapse-northern-boreal-forests-drought-fire-beetles-climate-crisis-ancient-trees-carbon-sink


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“A fierce battle is being fought in the soil beneath our feet – and the implications for global warming are huge…

“Our new research… shows it comes down to a below-ground battle for phosphorus, a mineral nutrient in soils that is essential for tree growth. The results suggest in some parts of the world, increased CO₂ means tiny bugs in the soil “hold onto” their phosphorus, making less available for trees. This is alarming news for some forests…”

https://theconversation.com/a-fierce-battle-is-being-fought-in-the-soil-beneath-our-feet-and-the-implications-for-global-warming-are-huge-231802


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“Breaking News! Code Yikes!

“Antarctic sea-ice extent is now the second lowest on record for the date.

“It seems another Southern hemisphere Winter of Antarctic sea-ice f&%kery is upon us.”

https://x.com/EliotJacobson/status/1798339870299169105


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“The world’s fossil fuel industries should be banned from advertising to help save the world from climate change, the head of the United Nations said on Wednesday.

“UN Secretary General António Guterres called coal, oil and gas corporations the “godfathers of climate chaos” who had distorted the truth and deceived the public for decades.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cv22vl99vwro


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“Global rich must pay more to tackle climate crisis, says architect of Paris deal…

“Climate finance will be the key focus of this year’s UN climate summit, Cop29, in Azerbaijan. Government representatives were gathering on Monday in Bonn, Germany, where the UN framework convention on climate change secretariat is based, for a fortnight of preliminary talks…”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/article/2024/jun/04/global-rich-pay-more-climate-crisis-architect-paris-deal


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“Nearly half of journalists covering climate crisis globally received threats for their work…

“A global survey of more than 740 reporters and editors from 102 countries found that 39% of those threatened “sometimes” or “frequently” were targeted by people engaged in illegal activities such as logging and mining. Some 30%, meanwhile, were threatened with legal action…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/05/climate-crisis-journalists


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“‘Out of control’: Why the discovery of H5N1 bird flu in mice is so alarming.

The discovery of the virus in mice is particularly alarming, as it significantly raises the risk of human transmission and further spread, say experts… scientists suspect the creatures lived on a farm, and became infected after consuming unpasteurised milk from infected cattle.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/why-the-discovery-of-h5n1-bird-flu-in-mice-is-so-alarming/


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“The first lab-confirmed human case of H5N2 bird flu has died, according to the World Health Organisation.

“It said the 59-year-old Mexican resident developed a fever, shortness of breath, nausea and diarrhoea. They died on 24 April… The victim had no history of exposure to poultry or animals, the WHO said.”

https://news.sky.com/story/first-confirmed-human-case-of-bird-flu-h5n2-has-died-says-world-health-organisation-13148535


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