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 spring temperatures in Northern Russia and Norway break records…

“The anomaly when the temperature was 4 degrees warmer was detected in the Russian Arctic, around the group of islands called Severnaya Zemlya in the Arctic Ocean…

“May in Southern Norway was 4.0 degrees above normal. The north and west of southern Norway were at 7 degrees above normal. “The temperatures in May have been so high in Norway that they were more like June…” the Norwegian Meteorological Institute tweeted.”

[NB, I am not clear what the precise baseline is but it is not pre-industrial; late 20th century average, I suspect]

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2024/06/spring-temperatures-russia-and-norway-break-records


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“See the monthly Sea Surface Temperature anomalies for the NH mid-latitudes updated to May 2024.

“This is where the aerosol termination shock hits hardest.

“Welcome into a new climate state! It’s not (yet) stable, so watch out for turbulence.”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1800782038754021721


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“North Atlantic sea surface temperature f&%kery continues.

“Here is a colorized version of the standard deviation graphic, showing the difference between 2023, 2024 (through June 11) and all the years before.”

https://x.com/EliotJacobson/status/1800905746026291665


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“[UK] Households are facing the biggest jump in home insurance bills on record, with extreme weather events partly to blame.

“Quoted home insurance premiums have risen 42pc over the last year, the highest annual increase since records began a decade ago.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/bills/insurance/households-record-jump-insurance-bills-year-extreme-weather/


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“Swiss women who won a historic ruling on climate change at the European Court of Human Rights say they feel shocked and betrayed by their parliament’s decision not to comply with it…

“The court’s rulings are binding for member states, and this decision was unprecedented.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cl55ggjqvx7o


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“There’s a Battle Over Carbon Emerging from the War in Ukraine…

“…direct and indirect emissions of militaries might account for 5.5 percent of total global emissions, according to estimates by Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Conflict and Environment Observatory, two U.K.-based nonprofits. That’s nearly as much as the annual emissions of the world’s entire fleet of passenger cars.”

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/09/03/ukraine-russia-invasion-carbon-footprint-00111652


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“Wildfire destroys 600 hectares in south of France, blaze continues…

“A wildfire has destroyed over 600 hectares close to St Tropez in southern France and continues to burn today (Wednesday June 12), with over 500 firefighters working to put out the blaze. The fire broke out at around 15:00 on Tuesday in Vidauban…”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/news/wildfire-destroys-600-hectares-in-south-of-france-blaze-continues/664402


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“Emergency crews in Spanish tourist hotspot rush to rescue people trapped in their cars as floods cause chaos [Murcia and Costa Blanca]…

“…in Murcia roads turned into raging torrents… Much of the continent is facing similarly extreme weather, with a heatwave blanketing Turkey, Greece and Cyprus…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13523359/Emergency-crews-Spain-Costa-Blanca-rescue-floods.html


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“Majorca flooding: Palma airport is paralysed by huge storm, with terminal flooded and flights diverted…

“One video showed rainwater flooding one of the airport’s runways, with a member of staff jokingly diving into the water to show how deep it was. Another showed the ceiling above the duty free shops in the airport severely leaking water.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13518583/Welcome-Majorca-hope-brought-umbrella-Palma-airport-paralysed-huge-storm-terminal-flooded-flights-diverted-Race-World-winners-plane-racing-straight-Luton.html


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“Acropolis closed during hottest hours in Greece’s earliest heatwave on record…

““In the 20th century we never had a heatwave before 19 June. We have had several in the 21st century, but none before 15 June,” said the state TV meteorologist Panos Giannopoulos.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/12/acropolis-closed-earliest-heatwave-of-year-greece


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“‘All we see is black,’ Paphos residents mourn fire destruction [Cyprus]…

“Seven aerial firefighting units, including a coordination helicopter along with ground forces were at the scene. The Ikarous II contingency plan has been activated, Kettis wrote on X. Meanwhile, a new fire broke out just outside the nearby Yiolou village but was controlled before it spread into the community, the spokesman said.”

https://cyprus-mail.com/2024/06/12/all-we-see-is-black-residents-of-villages-in-paphos-mourn-destruction-caused-by-fire/


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“Wildfires grip 7 provinces in Türkiye amid heat wave…

“Warm air masses from North Africa will continue to ensure temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius [113F] in places in Greece and Türkiye until at least Friday. The heat is not expected to subside until the weekend.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkiye/wildfires-grip-7-provinces-in-turkiye-amid-heat-wave/news


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“Egypt’s Extreme Heat Is Ominous Warning for Global Economies This Summer…

“Experts at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority worry this summer will be even more brutal than last year, upending commodities and agriculture while wreaking havoc on daily life… Meanwhile, perpetual power cuts are sharply denting productivity.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-06-12/egypt-early-heat-wave-is-ominous-warning-for-economies-trade


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“HISTORIC HEAT WAVE IN NORTH AFRICA:

“BRUTAL HEAT IN ALGERIA; Rhourd Nouss min 35.9 max 48.8 [119.8F]! TUNISIA and LIBYA JUNE RECORDS: 48.0 El Burma; 47.2 Remada; 44.1 Nalut; 43.5 Yefren; Also 46.8 in Tripoli.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1800603752711225713


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“Senegal’s remote Bassari people talk about climate change, and how their local knowledge is key to coping strategies…

“…increased temperatures, dry spells, and the shortening of the rainy season were the most reported changes. Many people also reported forest degradation, plant and animal loss, and soil erosion.”

https://theconversation.com/senegals-remote-bassari-people-talk-about-climate-change-and-how-their-local-knowledge-is-key-to-coping-strategies-227734


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“Chilli bombs and honeybees: Weapons in Tanzania’s human-elephant conflict.

“Across Africa, growing populations and shrinking habitats are putting people and wildlife on a collision course. Farmers and researchers are devising unlikely tools to keep elephants at bay.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2024/6/11/chilli-bombs-and-honeybees-weapons-in-tanzanias-human-elephant-conflict


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“Elephants call each other by name, study finds…

“While dolphins and parrots have been observed addressing each other by mimicking the sound of others from their species, elephants are the first non-human animals known to use names that do not involve imitation, the researchers suggested.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/article/2024/jun/10/elephant-names-study-ai


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“Amazon workers ‘made to pledge not to take water or bathroom breaks’ during 50C heatwave [India]…

“As temperatures soared past 50C, workers at Amazon India’s Manesar warehouse, located in the northern state of Haryana, said they were finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the hazardous working conditions they claim were being ignored by the management.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/india/amazon-warehouse-india-heatwave-no-breaks-b2559976.html


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“Rural India runs dry as thirsty megacity Mumbai sucks water…

“Far from the gleaming high-rises of India’s financial capital Mumbai, impoverished villages in areas supplying the megacity’s water are running dry – a crisis repeated across the country that experts say foreshadows terrifying problems.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/rural-india-water-scarcity-dry-drought-thirst-mumbai-megacity-consumption-4406956


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“Twelve persons were killed by lightning in different locations in East Burdwan and Bankura in the last two days [Bengal].

“Four others suffered shocks from lightning and were admitted to hospitals. The heavily parched districts have been witnessing multiple flashes of lightning and thunderclaps…”

https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/lightning-kills-12-in-burdwan-bankura-1503309498.html


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“Chinese crops at risk as extreme drought warning issued for central and northern areas…

“The forecaster said 16 of a total of 17 cities in the province had detected drought that lasted 10 days and was expected to develop further the following week. The temperature in its capital Zhengzhou was expected to get as high as 41 [105.8F] degrees…”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3266274/chinese-crops-risk-extreme-drought-warning-issued-central-and-northern-areas


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“HISTORIC HEAT WAVE IN CHINA:

“152 stations above 40C in the North! Temperatures up to 43C [109.4F] with dozens of records, including an all time high: 40.1 Fenyang.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1800889960209461295


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“Breaking news: NORTH KOREA has just recorded its highest temperature in history for June with 37.3C [99.1F] at Hamheung which tied the national record set Kangye in 2007.

“North China over 45C, it’s a historic heat wave which is rewriting climatic history and it will get much worse.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1800487674790465751


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“Never ending record heat in THAILAND.

“Since March 2023 Thailand has been breaking heat records no-stop… 37.6 today at Songkhla it’s the hottest June day on record, likewise 38.3 Yala; 37.4 Koh Samui; 37 Phattalung.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1800550623550849166


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“Hastings records New Zealand’s warmest-ever June day with 25.7C [78.3F]…

“Hastings has recorded a new national temperature record, with a reading of 25.7C on Monday. The unseasonable warmth also qualified as a new North Island temperature record for all of winter, based on Niwa records stretching back to the 1850s.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/hastings-records-new-zealands-warmest-ever-june-day-with-257c/2NWORHTB65H6XGHR7A2B3XQ2VA/


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“Floods leave Brazilians with a grim choice: rebuild or leave?

“Towns weigh up their future after climate-fuelled disaster strikes agricultural powerhouse of Rio Grande do Sul… The state’s response could hold lessons for other parts of the world threatened by extreme weather… with officials and scientists warning that neighbourhoods and even entire towns at risk from future inundations might need to relocate.”

https://www.ft.com/content/3121fb3f-36e6-4515-8a8a-ae32a29741e5


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“SOUTH AMERICA HEAT WAVE:

“Temperatures reached again >37C [98.6F] in this unprecedented winter heat wave. Some June records: PARAGUAY: 36.0 Puerto Casado; tmin 23.6 Concepcion; ARGENTINA: 32.6 Ceres; 32.3 Reconquista; 31.3 Posadas; 31.0 Sauce Viejo; 22.7 La Quiaca.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1801056233866072364


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“Glaciers in Peru’s Central Andes Might Be Gone by 2050s, Study Says.

““In my mother’s village,” he said, “the glacier stream, which we call mayucha in Quechua, no longer comes down from the mountain.” Now, new research shows that the glaciers and water in the central range, closer to the country’s capital, Lima, might face a similar fate.”

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11062024/peru-central-andes-glaciers-may-disappear-by-2050s/


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“More records fell today in BOLIVIA: 37.1 [98.8F] Puerto Suarez; 34.7 Ascension de Guarayos. Hottest June day on record.

“Next days will be completely crazy with 15/17C above average in a huge areas and records brutalized with huge margins like it was mid-summer.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1800692917981634781


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT MEXICO & CARIBBEANS:

“49C [120.2F] in Northwest Mexico; June records at Empalme and Ciudad Obregon AP >45C on the coast; JUNE HOTTEST NIGHT IN HISTORY TMIN: 29.0 CAYMAN ISLANDS; 28.4 CURACAO; 27.4 Montego Bay JAMAICA.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1801002554244960326


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“South Florida has been deluged by a once-in-a-millennium downpour bringing mass flooding and triggering travel misery.

“Parts of the Sunshine State were drenched by up to ten inches of rain on Tuesday… The Tampa Bay area was hit by eight inches of rain in three hours, a meteorological event so rare it is only expected once every 500 to 1,000 years.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13523237/south-florida-rain-weather-mass-flooding.html


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“South Florida underwater: Tropical rainstorm delivers 20 inches of rain in 24 hours…

“As of 4:30 p.m. EDT, nearly 20 inches had fallen in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, according to AccuWeather/Ambient Weather stations. This is nearly double the historical average rainfall for all of June and well above the 11.94 inches that fell in the region from January through May.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/south-florida-underwater-tropical-rainstorm-delivers-17-inches-of-rain-in-24-hours/1658887


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“‘It’s unbearable’: in ever-hotter US cities, air conditioning is no longer enough…

“Conventional wisdom and public policy have long operated on the assumption that, no matter how bad the heat gets, air conditioning will be enough to keep people safe. But the last few years of record-breaking temperatures are shattering that myth.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/11/air-conditioning-protect-extreme-heat


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“‘Tornado alley’ has been expanding over the past 50 years, new study finds…

“A new research paper recently submitted to the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology confirms what AccuWeather reported in 2022: tornadoes have shifted east from classic “tornado alley” in the Plains to be more prevalent in parts of the South and Midwest over the last 50 years.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/tornado-alley-has-been-expanding-over-the-past-50-years-new-study-finds/1657774


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“Warnings issued as tornadoes are spotted in southwestern Manitoba…

“Environment Canada issued a series of tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, alerting people to what it calls a “dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation” for parts of southern Manitoba.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/warnings-issued-as-tornadoes-are-spotted-in-southwestern-manitoba-1.7232955


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“EDF tight lipped about new geoengineering research program…

“One of the nation’s most influential environmental groups plans to launch a program that would assess the impacts of reflecting sunlight to slow global warming. The Environmental Defense Fund’s solar radiation management research effort is a significant mainstream endorsement of the controversial field, also known as solar geoenegineering.”

https://www.eenews.net/articles/edf-tight-lipped-about-new-geoengineering-research-program/


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“California town of Alameda refuses to host a climate geoengineering experiment…

“I don’t have a burning desire to be on the cutting edge of everything,” said Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Friends of the Earth congratulated the city on its “wise decision to not give into the geoengineering hype.””

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environment/article/2024/06/13/in-california-the-town-of-alameda-refuses-to-host-a-climate-geoengineering-experiment_6674627_114.html


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“Why London, New York and Shanghai should be worried about Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’…

““The worry is that we are underestimating the speed that the glacier is changing, which would be devastating for coastal communities around the world,” said Dr Christine Dow, a professor in the Faculty of Environment at Uni of Waterloo and co-author of the study.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/antarctica-doomsday-thwaites-glacier-climate-change/


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“The collapse of Antarctica’s ice sheets would be disastrous. A group of scientists has an idea to save them…

“Manipulating the flow of nation-size glaciers certainly qualifies as geo-engineering… another team has proposed that a curtain… be stretched across the 75-mile-wide zone where Thwaites meets the sea, to divert the warm water that is flowing underneath it.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/07/nasa-nisar-mission-glaciers-sea-ice-thwaites/678522/


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“To save the high seas, plan for climate change…

“Corals frying in Florida, billions of snow crabs dead in the Arctic — climate change is wreaking havoc in the world’s oceans. The race is on to protect marine areas amounting to 30% of global seas by 2030 under the Convention on Biological Diversity.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-01720-2


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“New images, exclusive to National Geographic, show that even remote marine havens aren’t safe from the impact of climate change.

“Lord Howe Island, a two-hour flight from Sydney, is home to the world’s southernmost coral reef, and its protected waters are a paradise for marine life. This year, researchers were devastated when a double tragedy hit the region’s pristine reefs. Soaring ocean temperatures and record-low tides wiped out many sensitive corals.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/before-and-after-bleaching-lord-howe-coral-reef


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“World must not give up on 1.5 C global warming target [Mukhtar Babayev, COP29 President and Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan]…

…we are sensing that faith in 1.5 C as the world’s fixed objective is waning. During the team’s visits to global capitals, many have asked whether the target is still achievable. Our clear answer is yes, the goal of 1.5 C remains.”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/World-must-not-give-up-on-1.5-C-global-warming-target


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“Azerbaijan accused of media crackdown before hosting COP29…

“Many campaigners and civil society groups have spoken of their concerns that climate advocacy was being stifled amid a media clampdown… Tilianaki said: “Holding Cop29 in Azerbaijan raises serious concerns about the possibility of advancing ambitious climate action in negotiations.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/12/azerbaijan-accused-of-media-crackdown-before-hosting-cop29


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“Climate change funding talks stuck ahead of COP29 summit…

“With just five months to go before this year’s U.N. climate summit, countries cannot agree on the size of a global funding bill to help the developing world fight climate change – let alone how to split it. The decision is set to dominate the COP29 climate talks in Azerbaijan in November.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-change-funding-talks-stuck-ahead-cop29-summit-2024-06-13/


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