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 scariest thing about climate change? Global cooling… We’ve been accidentally cooling the planet — and it’s about to stop…

“It is one of the great ironies of climate change that air pollution, which has killed tens of millions, has also curbed some of the worst effects of a warming planet… And now, as society cleans up pollution, that cooling effect is waning.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/06/25/climate-aerosols-shipping-global-cooling/


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“How Ocean Warming Is Warping the World… More than 90 percent of all the excess heat trapped in the atmosphere by the greenhouse effect goes into the oceans…

“This is a problem for the blue machine — “an engine the size of a planet,” Czerski writes, driving and distributing unimaginable scales of heat and energy, life and nutrients, around the globe, while also keeping the whole climate system (and the human civilization built on it) relatively stable.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/26/opinion/global-warming-ocean-life.html


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“‘Most of it was dead’: scientists discover one of Great Barrier Reef’s worst coral bleaching events…

“At least 97% of corals on a reef in the Great Barrier Reef’s north died during one of the worst coral bleaching events the world’s biggest reef system has ever seen, according to new analysis.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/26/most-of-it-was-dead-scientists-discovers-one-of-great-barrier-reefs-worst-coral-bleaching-events


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“Scientists and diplomats have warned of a spike in heat deaths as large parts of the world struggle with extreme weather in what is at risk of becoming the hottest June to August period on record.

“Selwin Hart, UN special adviser on climate change, told the Financial Times that countries urgently needed to take action to protect people from extreme heat…”

https://www.ft.com/content/c030776b-c974-4e3c-b9b5-1f614d23013d


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“When will the heat end? Never [US].

“Summer is off to a sweltering start after multiple record-breaking heat events sent temperatures soaring for millions of people in the US. So when will it end? Forecasts for the coming weeks and months show exceptional heat is largely here to stay, with only fleeting periods of respite.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/06/25/weather/us-summer-heat-forecast-climate/index.html


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“Rapidly growing wildfire sparks in Oregon as crews battles fires across US west…

“These early season, fast-burning brush fires have consumed high amounts of acreage. With months left to go in what’s expected to be an active season across the region, the number of burned acres this year is already more than 40% higher than the 10-year average for this time of year.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/26/oregon-wildfire-evacuations


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“Why is Phoenix experiencing so many record-breaking warm low temperatures?

“…”We’re seeing low temperatures get higher, which means that there’s less relief from this excessive heat overnight,” he said. “When our low temperatures are as warm as they have been, we’re concerned about those particular groups that are sensitive to that.””

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2024/06/26/whats-causing-warmer-low-temperatures-in-phoenix/74207922007/


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“Lawyers could charge big oil with homicide after 2023 Arizona heatwave…

“The memo, published by the consumer advocacy non-profit Public Citizen on Wednesday, concludes that the state could pursue reckless manslaughter or second-degree murder claims for the extreme weather event that killed hundreds of residents…”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/26/arizona-heatwave-big-oil-lawsuit


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“Texas’ Extreme Weather Pileups Point to World’s Climate Future…

“The state is reeling from multiple, back-to-back natural disasters. “Compound events” like these are set to become more common across a warming world… Dozens of Texas counties are currently under disaster declarations because of the cascading impacts of recent weather…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-06-26/texas-is-us-weather-battleground-of-warring-storms-floods-heat


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“Catastrophic floods wash away homes and memories in Upper Midwest…

“A flood emergency continued to cause havoc in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota as rivers remained swollen and communities looked more like lakes. More rain was in the forecast.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/catastrophic-floods-wash-away-homes-and-memories-in-upper-midwest-213759045631


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“Nearly half of Minnesota under “unprecedented” flooding, and some rivers are at or above record levels

“Gov. Tim Walz and other state leaders held a press conference on Monday to discuss the evolving flood response. “These are unprecedented, not-seen-before type of events that are coming on very quickly,” Walz said.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/flooding-minnesota-updates-june-2024/


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“Michigan’s changing seasons: Climate shift brings more extreme weather patterns…

“The 2023-2024 winter season ended up being the warmest on record… These extremes can go the opposite way too of what we had just a few months ago, meaning more devastating cold spells and higher ice concentrations across the great lakes.”

https://midmichigannow.com/news/special-reports/how-has-climate-change-impacted-the-state-of-michigan


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“Meteotsunami strikes Holland, MI during severe storms on Lake Michigan.

“Holland, Michigan, experienced a meteotsunami on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, coinciding with severe storms hitting Lake Michigan in the early morning. This resulted in a 2-foot water rise along parts of the Lake Michigan shoreline…”

https://www.foxweather.com/watch/play-73703ac3b001457


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“Temperatures are rising in the United Kingdom, leading to dangerously hot days and longer warm spells — and thousands of deaths in recent summers.

“The summer of 2022 saw temperatures surpass 40°C for the first time on record in the UK, and new national records set in England, Scotland, and Wales…”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/06/are-uk-temperatures-rising-because-of-climate-change/


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“Another heat wave in EUROPE from West to East with the first records already falling:

“Cabauw in NETHERLANDS had a Tmin of 20.2C [68.4F] the highest min ever recorded and June and only tropical night. Next days record heat also in Scandinavia and Baltic countries.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1805975657291169834


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“Dutch must curb water use or face shortages in 2030…

“A shortage of fresh water is looming in more and more parts of the country, prompting the national plan to head off over-use. The public health agency RIVM warned last year that all 10 water providers could be facing shortages by the end of the decade as demand increases…”

https://www.dutchnews.nl/2024/06/dutch-must-curb-water-use-or-face-shortages-in-2030/


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“Swiss air navigation service Skyguide is trying to restore capacity in Geneva airspace after flooding hit the city’s air traffic management control centre.

“Skyguide says the flooding resulted from a “heavy thunderstorm” on 25 June, and affected the cooling systems of its data centre.”

https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/geneva-airspace-crippled-after-flooding-affects-air-traffic-management-centre/158903.article


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“EU leaders ditch call to prepare for ‘new realities’ of warmer planet.

“Preparing the European Union for the dangers of a warming planet is no longer a priority for the bloc’s leaders, according to documents seen by POLITICO… Diplomats and spokespeople for national governments contacted by POLITICO largely declined to comment on the changes.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-ditch-call-prepare-new-realities-warmer-planet-green-deal-climate-crisis/


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“Spain: Madrid’s metro flooded during a severe storm…

“Madrid’s metro was flooded, with water on the tracks and leaking through ceilings, as strong winds and driving rain hit the Spanish capital on Tuesday, June 25.” [Video]


https://news.sky.com/video/spain-madrids-metro-flooded-during-a-severe-storm-13159127


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“Portugal is among the worst affected countries as climate change ramps up extreme wildfires.

“The 2024 wildfire season has already begun in Europe as the season starts earlier and lasts longer. Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of the world’s most extreme wildfires, a new study shows.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/06/25/portugal-is-among-the-worst-affected-countries-as-climate-change-ramps-up-extreme-wildfire


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“Drought Gripping Morocco Is Bad Omen for Global Food Supplies…

“Authorities project the current wheat harvest will be less than 2.5 million tons — far below what the national budget is predicated upon… the situation stirs memories of the Arab Spring a decade ago, when climbing food prices contributed to uprisings across the region.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-06-27/impact-of-climate-change-on-morocco-farmers-bad-omen-for-global-food-supplies


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“World headed for ‘food wars’, warns major commodities trader…

“The world is headed for “food wars” as geopolitical tensions and climate change push countries into conflict over waning supplies, said one of the world’s largest agricultural commodity traders. “We have fought many wars over oil. We will fight bigger wars over food and water,” said Sunny Verghese…”

https://www.ft.com/content/64ee15d1-c61e-4f48-b6ce-58956176beb0


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“‘Whack-a-mole situation’: Algerian officials wrestle with water shortage anger…

“As peak summer season approaches in Algeria, total water reserves in its 81 dams are at only a third of capacity… “There is less and less water for the population across western Algeria, and especially in the steppes and inland plains, which are traditionally pastoral areas,” said Andrew Farrand.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/27/algerian-officials-wrestle-water-shortage-anger


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“MIDDLE EAST HEAT WAVE: Records fell …between Turkey and Syria; Hottest June day on records:

“46.5 [115.7F] Kamshili SYRIA; 43.0 Adiyaman TURKEY.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1805675757089571102


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“Heat waves are sweep all ASIA from West to East. Some more remarkable values:

“39.8 [103.6F] Kaohsiung Lighthouse TAIWAN Record; 38.3 Bayanotoorai 1200m MONGOLIA; Up to 38C in SIBERIA; IRAN: Overnight MIN. 37.7 Bander E Dayyer.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1806038293064360280


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“Super-rare tornado rips through 1,000-year-old temple [Georgia]…

“Disaster struck on Tuesday metres away from the 11th century Eastern Orthodox Alaverdi Monastery in the Alazani Valley. Georgia’s climate is not known for tornadoes, so people could barely believe their eyes when it happened.”

https://metro.co.uk/2024/06/26/super-rare-tornado-rips-1-000-year-old-temple-21106093/


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“A flood has hit northern Iran on Tuesday evening, leaving five people missing and 24 injured.

“The flood, triggered by severe rainfall that began Tuesday afternoon, resulted in the overflow of the Telar River and subsequent flooding in the area of Savadkuh, Mazandaran province. The event caused extensive damage to roads, infrastructure, residential homes, and farmlands…”

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202406266513


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“Deaths mount as Pakistan swelters in heatwave…

“As the temperatures rose in southern Pakistan, so did the body count. The Edhi ambulance service says it usually takes around 30 to 40 people to the Karachi city morgue daily. But over the last six days, it has collected some 568 bodies – 141 of them on Tuesday alone.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cn05rz3w4x1o


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“DGCA says locust swarms pose threat to aircraft, issues guidelines [India]…

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday issued an operation circular directing all airlines’ staff, including pilots, to maintain caution about locust swarms hitting aircraft on landing or take-off or when planes are parked at the airport.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/dgca-says-locust-swarms-pose-threat-to-aircraft-issues-guidelines-11590761117273.html


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“Climate Change And Thinning Ice Exposes Bodies Of Mountaineers On Everest…

“Among those scaling the soaring Himalayan mountain this year was a team not aiming for the 8,849-metre (29,032-foot) peak, but risking their own lives to bring some of the corpses down. Five as yet unnamed frozen bodies were retrieved…”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/climate-change-and-thinning-ice-exposes-bodies-of-mountaineers-on-everest-5979386


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“14 killed in Nepal as heavy rain triggers landslides, floods…

“Landslides swept away three houses overnight in Lamjung district, about 125 km west of Kathmandu, killing four people, including two children, district administrator Buddha Bahadur Gurung told media.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/nepal-14-killed-as-heavy-monsoon-rain-triggers-landslides-floods-2558760-2024-06-27


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN CHINA.

“Just one day after reaching 50C [122F] and its hottest June day in history, today it’s the June hottest night ever recorded in China with an insane minimum temperature of 34.7C at Toksun [94.5F].”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1805947103954239674


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“Persistent hot and humid nights in JAPAN with again some minimum temperatures >29C [84.2F] today in the Southern islands.

“Another monthly record of high minimum for June: 24.1 Hatoyama. Minimum temperatures will be stable at persistent high levels,due to the very warm Sea.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1805866084601577745


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“Claims paid for hailstorm damage in Japan reach nearly $351 million.

“Data released by the General Insurance Association of Japan showed that claims paid for the hailstorm that hit the country’s Hyogo Prefecture on April 16 have reached 56 billion Japanese yen ($351 million), Reinsurance News reported. Damage to vehicles accounted for the largest share…”

https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20240625/STORY/912365216/Claims-paid-for-hailstorm-damage-in-Japan-reach-nearly-$351-million


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“Hail the size of golf balls and even grapefruit? The science of how tiny ice crystals grow dangerously large…

“Is climate change worsening hailstorms? …My colleagues and I analyzed four decades of hail environments and found that the atmospheric ingredients to produce very large hail – larger than golf balls – have become more common…”

https://theconversation.com/hail-the-size-of-golf-balls-and-even-grapefruit-the-science-of-how-tiny-ice-crystals-grow-dangerously-large-231587


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“Locusts are proving a resilient threat to Vietnam’s farmers…

“We’ve tried spraying insecticide, but it hasn’t been effective due to the expansive nature of the fields and the rapid influx of locusts from neighboring areas,” he said. Hundreds of farmers like Quyen are facing similar challenges to save their crops and corn…”

https://www.ucanews.com/news/locusts-are-proving-a-resilient-threat-to-vietnams-farmers/105469


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“Major supermarket report says we will be eating termites, crickets, locusts and grasshoppers by 2054…

“York university’s FixOurFood program suggests that consumers will increasingly turn to laboratory-grown meat and insect proteins to reduce emissions and water consumption. The report also highlights a shift towards locally sourced seasonal produce and traditional preservation methods.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/eating-insects-lab-grown-meat-b2564795.html


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“Endless record heat in SOUTH AMERICA. Cuiabà in BRAZIL broke another record yesterday:

“37.8C [100F] is its hottest June day in climatic history (data since 1911). It’s supposed to be the coldest part of the year. Since mid 2023 South America has been breaking heat records every single day.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1806004809985561066


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“‘Breathing smoke’: Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands hit by record fires…

“Erica Cristina has been “breathing in smoke every day” since a large fire broke out across the river from the city of Corumba, the gateway to Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/breathing-smoke-brazils-pantanal-wetlands-195708458.html


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“Venezuela: Water crisis looms as deforestation spreads in Yacambú National Park…

“Illegal settlements have pushed into important protected areas like Yacambú National Park in the state of Lara, degrading forests that serve as natural aquifers for multiple cities and towns. If those aquifers disappear, millions could face water scarcity…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/06/venezuela-water-crisis-looms-as-deforestation-spreads-in-yacambu-national-park/amp/


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“EXCEPTIONAL HEAT IN THE CARIBBEANS. Records have been falling every single day since mid 2023 in every island.

“Today June Hottest night in history TMIN: 28.6 [83.5F] SABA; 27.8 SAINT KITTS AP; 28.8 St MARTIN; 28.6 St BARTH AP; GUADELOUPE; 28.8 La Desiderade; 27.5 Le Raizet.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1805700240278011994


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“Powerful Rain Washes Cars Away in Nogales, Sonora [Mexico].

“In Nogales , Sonora, intense rains with hail were recorded, leaving overflowing streams and dozens of cars swept away.”

https://www.nmas.com.mx/foro-tv/programas/hora-21/videos/poderosas-lluvias-arrastran-autos-nogales-sonora/


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“Cost of climate change is higher than you think…

“A new working paper from two academics at Harvard and Northwestern, and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, argues that the macroeconomic damage from climate change might be as much as six times higher than previously estimated.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-06-26/cost-of-climate-change-is-higher-than-you-think


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“Bill Gates has said artificial intelligence (AI) will accelerate innovation and make it easier to combat climate change – but also warned it must be “used by people with good intent”.

“The philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder made the comments during an interview with Sky News…”

https://news.sky.com/story/bill-gates-says-ai-will-make-it-easier-to-combat-climate-change-but-must-be-used-by-people-with-good-intent-13159556


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“Antarctic sea-ice extent doing its thing again [Prof Eliot Jacobson]…

“What happened to Antarctic Sea Ice in recent years? Slow down of the AMOC? That could help to explain why Sea Ice Extend loss has decreased in the Arctic and has started around Antarctica.” [Leon Simons].

https://x.com/EliotJacobson/status/1805564413979549964


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“Scientists identify new Antarctic ice sheet ‘tipping point,’ warning future sea level rise may be underestimated…

“Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey found that warm ocean water is seeping beneath the ice sheet at its “grounding line” — the point at which the ice rises from the seabed and starts to float — causing accelerated melting which could lead to a tipping point…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/06/25/climate/antarctic-ice-sheet-tipping-point-sea-level-rise-climate-intl/index.html


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“The Antarctic mining ban could be in danger…

“The Antarctic is abundantly rich in valuable minerals. Many states, including the US, Russia and China, do not agree that only the seven original claimants are entitled to territory there. And no one agrees that they should have a monopoly of future economic exploitation.”

https://www.thetimes.com/uk/law/article/the-antarctic-mining-ban-could-be-in-danger-dkdbhplfn


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“Global Warming Game-Changer: Plants Release Carbon Sooner Than Expected…

“… the research shows that current climate models significantly underestimate how much CO2 is absorbed by vegetation annually and overestimate the duration it is retained, suggesting that carbon is released back into the atmosphere sooner than expected.”

https://scitechdaily.com/global-warming-game-changer-plants-release-carbon-sooner-than-expected/


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“Carbon dioxide’s heavy stamp on temperature: Doubling CO2 may mean 7 to 14 degree C increase…

“A doubling of the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere could cause an increase in the average temperature on earth from 7 to even a maximum of 14 degrees. That is shown in the analysis of sediments from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, by researchers at NIOZ and the Universities of Utrecht and Bristol.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/06/240624125500.htm


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