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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“Relatives search for missing in Saudi Arabia as hajj death toll tops 900…

“Relatives scoured hospitals and pleaded online for news, fearing the worst after temperatures hit 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) in Mecca…

“An Arab diplomat told AFP that deaths among Egyptians alone had jumped to “at least 600″, from more than 300 a day earlier, mostly from the unforgiving heat.”

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20240619-relatives-search-missing-saudi-arabia-hajj-death-toll-tops-900


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“Extreme heat in MIDDLE EAST: IRAN 51.2 [124.2F] Gotvand; KUWAIT 51.2 Al-Rabya; IRAQ 50.7 Nassirya; Brutal minimums up to 37C.

“Including Kahnuj IRAN 470m and MIN of 36.4C. Alula SAUDI 624m MIN 35.2 max 47.0 double [June] record!”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803499136274276707


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“EXCEPTIONAL MINIMUMS 29.1C [84.4F] at Kulsary KAZAKHSTAN at 46:5N latitude.

“Central Asia is living an absolutely extreme heat wave with mins locally over 30C and maxes >45C. Nights >29C and days >44C were recorded as north as 47N. Russia is reaching 40c since the beginning of June.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803396406960345341


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“Scientists Warn About Glacier Melt from Aral Sea [causing] Sand Storms…

“Altai glacier melting is worsened by sand and dust storms blown thousands of kilometers from the Aralkum desert, scientists say at a seminar for journalists in Bonn dedicated to the United Nations (UN) Desertification and Drought Day, marked annually on June 17.”

https://astanatimes.com/2024/06/scientists-warn-about-glacier-melt-from-aral-sea-sand-storm-on-un-desertification-and-drought-day/


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“Water shortages in Iran cause ground to give away…

“The ground beneath Tehran sinks by up to 22 centimeters (around 9 inches) every year, which is seven times higher than what would be normally expected. The reason, experts say, is the country’s acute water shortage.”

https://www.dw.com/en/water-shortages-in-iran-cause-ground-to-give-away/a-69405927


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“India reports over 40,000 suspected heatstroke cases over summer…

“Billions across Asia are grappling with extreme heat this summer in a trend scientists say has been worsened by human-driven climate change, with temperatures in north India soaring to almost 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in one of the longest heatwave spells recorded.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/unrelenting-heatwave-kills-five-indian-capital-2024-06-19/


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“Brutal heat… New Delhi, India just recorded its hottest night on record [35.2C / 95.4F] at the Safdarjung Observatory (data since 1901).

“The heatwave has been rewriting many records. New Delhi has hit 40°C or greater for 37 consecutive days now.”

https://x.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1803471212288344382


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“Heatwave, dry conditions push Uttarakhand forest fires to new high.

“A combination of heatwave conditions, dry weather, and poorly equipped responders has led to a fivefold increase in major forest fires in Uttarakhand since January 1 this year, when compared to the corresponding period in 2023…”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/heatwave-dry-conditions-push-uttarakhand-forest-fires-to-new-high-101718824808777.html


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“Landslides kill at least 15, displace millions, in Bangladesh and India.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded by flash floods and heavy rains with the country’s refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims being the most affected.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/6/19/landslides-kill-at-least-15-displace-millions-in-bangladesh-and-india


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“China floods: Destructive landslide triggers evacuation as at least 9 killed. Torrential rain pounded south China, triggering destructive floods and landslides that destroyed roads.

“The provincial headquarters for flood, drought and wind control said at least nine people were killed in Meizhou.”

https://news.sky.com/video/china-floods-destructive-landslide-triggers-evacuation-as-at-least-9-killed-13154963


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“Guilin, Guangxi, was hit by extreme rainstorms, with 945mm [37.2 inches] of rainfall in 6 days and 304mm of rainfall in 6 hours!

“The Li River flowing through Guilin experienced the largest flood in history, with the water level 1.23 meters higher than the highest record in history!”

https://x.com/yangyubin1998/status/1803471268613894210


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“Central China farmers face crop failures in ‘withering’ drought…

“The weeks-long dry spell striking central China has led many farmers to hold off on planting as agricultural authorities warn of damage to crops. A short drive down the road from Bao’s home, 70-year-old reservoir manager Liu told AFP that the area hadn’t seen any significant rain since April.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-06-central-china-farmers-crop-failures.html


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“South Korea hit by hottest June day on record…

“Heat wave warnings were issued in 92 regions across South Korea, due to the influence of high pressure and warm westerly winds bringing higher temperatures compared to typical years.”

https://asianews.network/south-korea-hit-by-hottest-june-day-on-record/


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“Weather officials are calling on people in central and eastern Japan to be on the alert for landslides, as heavy rainfall continues to pound the regions…

The city of Atami in Shizuoka saw record rainfall of 255.5 millimeters [10 inches] for the 12-hour period through 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Izu City, also in Shizuoka, got more than 300 millimeters for the 12 hours until 6 p.m.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20240618_26/


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“SOUTH AMERICA WINTER HEAT WAVE – another day >37C [98.6F] in PARAGUAY and also 36C in Bolivia and Peru.

“36.1C Tarapoto PERU is the highest temperature ever recorded in June, tying the same value recorded few days ago. The abnormal winter heat will go on for the rest of the week.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803602786807931292


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“THE CARIBBEANS keep beating records like they have done the past 500+ days.

“33.8C St Eustatius HOTTEST JUNE DAY; 35.0C [95F] Roatan Island HONDURAS, also June record; MIN. 28.2C San Pedro Sula HONDURAS Record hottest night.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803532049782886410


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“Historic heat in MEXICO continues into June.

“Incredible all time record yesterday at Chihuahua with 43.1C/110F at 1500m asl: it’s extreme at that elevation. Record also at Hidalgo del Parral with 42.0C. Chihuahua has >100 years of data and its old record was set just last year.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803190927034401187


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“Tropical Storm Alberto Brings Floods to Texas as Mexico Braces for Landfall…

“…the main concern was rainfall of a foot or more that was predicted for parts of Texas and Mexico. Tropical storm warnings were issued for coastal areas on both sides of the border.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/19/weather/tropical-storm-alberto-floods-texas.html


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“Drone video: Tropical Storm Alberto leaves Texas beach towns underwater…

“FOLLET’S ISLAND, Texas – The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season punished Texas beach towns with storm surge that put communities underwater.”

https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/drone-video-tropical-storm-alberto-storm-surge


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“Rainfall records shattered in Oklahoma Panhandle…

“By Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma Mesonet’s Climatologist Gary McManus reported Goodwell had recorded 7.52 inches. “Goodwell’s highest daily rainfall total on record is 5.38″ from June 8, 1942, so that’s also blown completely out of the water…pardon the pun,” he wrote in his daily Mesonet column.”

https://www.okenergytoday.com/2024/06/rainfall-records-shattered-in-oklahoma-panhandle/


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“Satellite imagery shows massive haboob overtaking parts of Desert Southwest, Mexico…

“Winds from strong to severe thunderstorms that impacted West Texas and New Mexico on Wednesday evening triggered a massive dust storm, known as a haboob, which was even visible from space.”

https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/new-mexico-dust-storm-haboob


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“New Mexico town, battling wildfires, now faces flash floods…

“Rescue efforts were ongoing around Ruidoso, N.M., the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office said around 7 p.m., as floodwaters surged down slopes charred by the fires that have burned since Monday… About 2½ inches of rain fell in 30 minutes.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/06/19/ruidoso-wildfire-flash-flood/


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“Emergencies Declared Across the Northeast as Heat Index Hits Triple Digits…

“Record-breaking temperatures are expected in parts of the country every day this week… A rare June heat wave drove New Englanders to drag fans and air-conditioning units out of closets and attics on Tuesday and prompted concern for vulnerable residents…”

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/06/18/weather/heat-wave-news


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“MAINE ANSWERS TO IDAHO – 100F today at Seboeis River ties the HOTTEST JUNE DAY IN MAINE HISTORY.

“Dozens of monthly records fell in NE USA (98 Fryeburg, 95 Presque Isle,etc) some remarkable all time. 96 Caribou ties all time high.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803585270870344109


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“Record high temperatures in Eastern Canada!

“PE: 34.9°C [94.8F] North Cape, all-time record & new June provincial record! NB: 37.6°C Bathurst, all-time record & new June provincial record! 37.2°C Miramichi. 36.8°C Kouchibouguac. 36.5°C Charlo. 36.3°C Gagetown & Red Pines.”

https://x.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1803594767877419140


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“Why Scotland is one of the most sensitive places in the world to climate change…

“Scotland is several degrees warmer than it would otherwise be because of this warm water circulation [AMOC]. If it switched off completely, our climate would be more like that of Labrador in Canada, which is at the same latitude as Scotland.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/why-scotland-is-one-of-the-most-sensitive-places-in-the-world-to-climate-change-4670474


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“Fewer swallows grace summer skies in Britain amid changing climate…

“A mixture of wet springs and summer droughts, leading to major falls in numbers of the flying insects on which they feed, has reduced the swallow’s breeding population by almost a quarter in the past 25 years or so.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/20/fewer-swallows-britain-summer-skies-climate-change


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“Britain’s Stonehenge sprayed with paint by environmental protesters…

“In video released by environmental group Just Stop Oil, two protesters were seen running towards two of Stonehenge’s megaliths and spraying paint as another person attempted to stop them.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/britains-stonehenge-targeted-with-paint-by-environmental-protesters-2024-06-19/


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“Ryanair and easyJet have lashed out at a decision by the EU to exclude long-haul flights from its crackdown on jet emissions…

“It comes after Brussels bowed to pressure from long-haul airlines and dropped plans to include all flights from its study into the effects of non-CO2 emissions.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2024/06/19/easyjet-ryanair-criticise-brussels-net-zero-row/


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““The sky was black”: roofs torn off and residents in shock after a tornado passed through the Oise [France].

“This Tuesday, June 18, shortly after 5 p.m., a storm gave birth to an impressive meteorological phenomenon: a small tornado crossed the village of Carlepont, fortunately only causing material damage. Around thirty houses were affected.”

https://www.leparisien.fr/oise-60/le-ciel-etait-noir-toitures-arrachees-et-habitants-sous-le-choc-apres-le-passage-dune-tornade-dans-loise-18-06-2024-5NAWIDJFZVH7ZESKYCOBFLEHDQ.php


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“Fan zones have been shut and Tartan Army fans told to “get to safety” amid a tornado warning in Cologne a day before Scotland’s game against Switzerland on Wednesday…

“Outdoor pre-match events have been cancelled, including a sing-along with local band Die Hohner, which was due to perform its own version of Loch Lomond…”

https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/euro-fan-zones-shut-to-scotland-tartan-army-fans-amid-tornado-warning-4670173


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“Europe is being battered by extreme weather with record-high temperatures and severe storms. Serbia and Romania face heat waves reaching 40ºC, while Germany is experiencing severe thunderstorms.

“Extreme weather continues to wreak havoc in Europe, where high temperatures and intense storms are affecting various regions.”

https://www.euronews.com/2024/06/20/extreme-weather-ravages-europe-with-record-heat-and-severe-storms


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“Sicily turns tourists away as heatwave follows weeks of drought…

“Crops are dying, farm animals face slaughter and bed and breakfasts with no water are turning away tourists in Sicily as a brutal heatwave follows weeks of drought.”

https://www.thetimes.com/world/europe/article/sicily-turns-tourists-away-as-heatwave-follows-weeks-of-drought-6ljjzzqrk


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“Wildfires erupt in four cities in western Turkey.

“Wildfire season has started earlier than usual as the country is going through a heatwave. Fires erupted in four cities on Wednesday as the efforts to contain the Çanakkale fire continue.”

https://bianet.org/haber/wildfires-erupt-in-four-cities-in-western-turkey-296639


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“HISTORIC HEAT IN ALGERIA – 49.6c [121.3F] In Salah ties the HOTTEST JUNE DAY EVER RECORDED IN ALGERIA.

“Also: 49.3 Adrar; 47.3 Krechba; ALL TIME HIGH MINIMUM (for any month) like tmin 33.0 Bou Saada.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1803500043988517103


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“Morocco poised to become top wheat importer due to drastic production decline… This substantial increase in import demand positions Morocco to become the world’s sixth-largest wheat importer.

“The FAO report attributes the decline in wheat harvest across North Africa, including Morocco, to significant rainfall deficits and high temperatures that damaged crops.”

https://apanews.net/177964-2/


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“Nigeria Says Drought Has Severely Impacted 40 million Citizens…

“Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Salako has said drought has seriously impacted about 40 million Nigerians negatively and has led to loss of livelihood and thrown many into adverse poverty especially around the Lake Chad region.”

https://www.arise.tv/nigeria-says-drought-has-severely-impacted-40-million-citizens/


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“Southern Africa drought crisis demands fresh solutions…

“February was the driest in 100 years, with just a fifth of the usual rainfall for the month, in a region where 70% of people depend on rain-fed agriculture to survive, according to the World Food Program… Now, the window of opportunity is rapidly closing to prevent a large-scale humanitarian crisis…”

https://phys.org/news/2024-06-southern-africa-drought-crisis-demands.html


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“Record rains in UAE: Two months on, car insurance claims continue to be filed…

“Industry executives said that many disputes are also arising due to claims, especially related to big sums, as many cars that were submerged in the floods were written off.”

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/uae-record-rains-two-months-on-claims-continue-to-be-filed


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“From Texas to Dubai The Era of Super-Wild Weather Is Already Here…

“The term “global warming” itself suggests a kind of predictability that may no longer suit the times. “These days I think it’s much more appropriate to call it ‘global weirding,’” Katharine Hayhoe says. “Wherever we live, our weather is getting much weirder.””

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-06-18/from-texas-to-dubai-the-era-of-extremely-wild-weather-is-here


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“Fossil fuel use, emissions hit record highs in 2023, industry report says…

“Nick Wayth, CEO of the Energy Institute, said that while demand for fossil fuels is peaking in advanced economies, economic development and improvements in quality of life in emerging economies continue to drive fossil growth.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2024/6/20/fossil-fuel-use-emissions-hit-record-highs-in-2023-industry-report-says


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“Climate change is helping the H5N1 bird flu virus spread and evolve…

“As global climate conditions change, avian migratory patterns and routes are …changing. Higher temperatures and extreme weather has resulted in large-scale population shifts in a range of temperate species. These changes have led to diseases emerging in areas — and in genetic configurations — entirely unique and unprecedented.”

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-helping-the-h5n1-bird-flu-virus-spread-and-evolve-230361


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“Bird flu cases among animals continue to rise as US officials warn about the role of humans in spreading the virus.

“There are now 102 herds in the US with H5N1 cases, though given the prevalence of inactivated virus in commercially available pasteurized milk, experts believe the true number may be even higher.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/19/bird-flu-pandemic-risk-cattle-human-cases


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