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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“Market forces are not enough to halt climate change…

” At the heart of attempts to halt damaging climate change is a pair of ideas: decarbonise electricity and electrify the economy. So, how is it going? Badly, is the answer. Will things change soon enough? Not on today’s trajectory…

“… today’s political fragmentation and domestic populism make it almost inconceivable that the needed courage will be forthcoming either. We talk a lot. But we find it effectively impossible to act on the needed scale. This is a tragic failure.”

https://www.ft.com/content/b2b6fb7a-9477-4485-a9e3-435b5e9c987e


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“40 DEGREES IN SIBERIA… almost there. 39.4C [102.9F] today at Urjupino near the border with China: it’s a new all time record for the town (previous was in 2010, records kept since 1940).

“Next days will be historic for Russia: 42/43C in European Russia and 40c in Siberia. In 3 separate heat waves.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1808483929898307862


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“This beginning of July in Russia — which meteorologists are dubbing “the hottest in the entire era of global warming” — has been even hotter than early July 2010, a year when Russia experienced one of the world’s deadliest heat waves in history….

“Hot, dry weather is also fueling the spread of wildfires in the Far East Zabaykalsky region.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/07/03/summer-heatwave-sweeps-russia-breaking-dozens-of-temperature-records-a85590


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“A thunderstorm with strong gusts of wind hit some areas of Moscow. There are already cases of trees falling in the capital…

“Residents and visitors of Moscow are asked to refrain from going outside.”

https://m.business-gazeta.ru/news/639497


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“Three Dead and Almost 40 Cars Wrecked: St. Petersburg Governor Reports Aftermath of July 1 Storm… The Governor of the Northern capital, Alexander Beglov , spoke about the consequences of the bad weather the day after the hurricane…

“At the same time, in the first half of the day on July 1, there was abnormal heat in St. Petersburg.”

https://www.dp.ru/a/2024/07/02/troe-pogibshih-i-pochti-40-razbitih


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“‘My escape is going north’: heatwaves begin to drive tourists in Europe to cool climes.

“Whether it’s swapping southern France or Mallorca for the UK or Scandinavia, rising temperatures are changing habits… Three in four (76%) European travellers are adapting their behaviour to the climate crisis, according to a new survey…”

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/article/2024/jul/02/my-escape-is-going-north-heatwaves-begin-to-drive-tourists-in-europe-to-cool-climes


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“Blackbird numbers plummet in south of England amid potential spread of virus…

“The Usutu virus is potentially fatal to blackbirds and is thought to be spreading across south-east England… The growth of the disease has been attributed to climate breakdown; native UK mosquitoes can transmit the virus when it is warm outside.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/03/blackbird-numbers-plummet-in-south-of-england-amid-potential-spread-of-virus


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“Disastrous fruit and vegetable crops must be ‘wake-up call’ for UK, say farmers…

“The country suffered the wettest 18 months since records began across the 2023-24 growing year, leaving soil waterlogged and some farms totally underwater… Guy Singh-Watson, the founder of Riverford fruit and vegetable boxes, said …the next government must plan to safeguard food security.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/03/disastrous-fruit-and-vegetable-crops-must-be-wake-up-call-for-uk-say-farmers


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“Forum concludes Malaga [Spain] needs three new reservoirs and two more desalination plants to tackle drought crisis.

“Civic heads from across the Costa del Sol and the province came together to discuss ongoing water scarcity issues at the Mayors’ Forum and proposed a range of ideas to solve the crisis.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/the-municipalities-the-mayors-forum-call-for-20240703075959-nt.html


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“Holidaymakers ‘forced to sleep outside’ as Greece wildfires continue…

“Firefighters in Greece are spending a second day fighting wildfires on the island of Kos… Some tourists were forced to take refuge in a football stadium and other venues overnight after the fires and thick black smoke reached costal areas, including the seaside village of Kardamaina.”

https://news.sky.com/story/holidaymakers-forced-to-sleep-outside-as-greece-wildfires-continue-13162376


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“Heavy lightning triggers wildfires on Greek island of Thassos…

“More than 32 firefighters assisted by 13 fire engines, one aircraft and two helicopters were trying to put out the flames devouring forest land on two fronts on the island in the northern Aegean Sea 306 km (190 miles) north of Athens.”

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/environment/1243058/heavy-lightning-triggers-wildfires-on-greek-island-of-thassos/


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“Croatia’s tourist hotspots hit by storms with hail the size of ‘tennis balls’…

“Hail the size of “tennis balls” has fallen on the Croatian capital of Zagreb as a dangerous thunderstorm swept through the country… Dramatic footage showed buildings with their roofs destroyed after a shower of hail pelted houses across Croatia.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/croatia-tourist-hotspots-storms-hail-3143465


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“Tornado destroys campsite in Tekirdağ [Turkey]…

“After the effects of the tornado and heavy rain subsided, the extent of the damage became apparent. It was learned that approximately 1 million liras worth of damage was incurred.”

https://www.trthaber.com/haber/turkiye/tekirdagda-hortum-kamp-alanini-yerle-bir-etti-866452.html


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“The Arab Maghreb heat wave broke temperature records and reached 50 degrees Celsius [122F] in many areas…

“For their part, meteorological specialists in the climate department within the Arab Weather Center said that heat waves are witnessing a clear deterioration during the recent period due to climate change…”

https://www.arabiaweather.com/en/content/the-arab-maghreb-the-heat-wave-broke-temperature-records-and-reached-50-degrees-celsius-in-many-areas-


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“Climate change’s outsized impact on North Africa…

“The challenges posed by climate change cut across sectors and, today, the region is both heating up and drying much faster than the global average. This has limited the ability of North African states to maintain water and food security…”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2542771


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“10-hour rainfall: Businesses grounded, house collapses as flood overtakes Lagos [Nigeria]…

“Our correspondents, who visited some affected flooded areas such as Iyana-Oworo, Agege, Ijegun-Isheri Osun, Gbagada and Lagos Island in Lagos State, observed that roads and houses were flooded as a result of long hours of downpour.”

https://punchng.com/10-hour-rainfall-businesses-grounded-house-collapses-as-flood-overtakes-lagos/


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“MIDDLE EAST HEAT WAVE – Incredible heat at mid elevations in Pakistan, Iran and Oman.

“IRAN: 48.9C Iranshar 600m 0.1C from its monthly record but more spectacular is the MINIMUM of 38.9C [102F] at Kuhak, a world record hot night above 500m asl.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1808198180946759860


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“Kyrgyzstan Declares Emergency As Floods, Mudslides Claim Lives…

“At least 15 people have died in Kyrgyzstan as the result of severe floods that caused bridges to collapse and forced large-scale evacuations. On July 2, officials declared a state of emergency in four regions and warned that heavy rains and the risk of further flooding were likely to continue.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/kyrgyzstan-floods-state-of-emergency/33019097.html


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“Indian Ocean was battered by world’s longest cyclone in 2023…

“[The storm] has now been classified by the United Nations as the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record which lasted for 36 days. The data regarding the storm, which made a remarkable journey in February and March last year, was studied by a panel of experts.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/indian-ocean-was-battered-by-worlds-longest-cyclone-in-2023-737033


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“The Indian Air Force on Tuesday rescued 13 stranded fishermen from a riverine island as floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains continued to batter India’s northeast.

“At least 16 people have been killed over two weeks and more than 300,000 have been displaced from their submerged homes…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/assam-flood-kaziranga-air-force-rescue-b2572432.html


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“As Devastating Floods Continue, Chinese County Issues Plea for Aid…

“A county in central China’s Hunan province has issued an urgent call for aid after being hit by an unprecedented flood… Over the past two weeks, Pingjiang County has experienced the heaviest rainfall since meteorological records began…”

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1015446


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“Flood fears in China’s east as rain swells Yangtze River levels…

“Rising water levels in the Yangtze River following intense rains in southern China have prompted eastern regions downstream to prepare for possible flooding. Water levels in the Jiangsu section of China’s longest river continued to rise on Wednesday…”

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/flood-fears-chinas-east-rain-swells-yangtze-river-levels-2024-07-03/


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“China faces diluted early-season rice harvest as floods drench crops in farming hubs…

“China is set to see a drop in its early-season rice harvest after recent bouts of extreme rainfall in major production areas, putting pressure on annual output at a time when Beijing is fighting to strengthen its food security.”

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3269035/china-faces-diluted-early-season-rice-harvest-floods-drench-crops-farming-hubs


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“EXCEPTIONAL COLD SPELL IN AUSTRALIA:

“-12.9C [8.8F] Liawanee Lowest July temperature in Tasmania history; -3.2C Nullarbor all time low; +1.2C Birdsville monthly record; Only +0.6C Adelaide Center close to the record.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1808460430790053938


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“New Zealand’s wettest and driest spells to become more extreme, says study…

“”We found that many regions experience significant changes in the amount of rain falling during both the wettest and driest spells, despite having shown only a minor change in annual average rainfall,” Dr. Harrington says.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-07-zealand-wettest-driest-extreme.html


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“RECORD HEAT ALL OVER THE TROPICS:

“35.0 [95F] Koror PALAU HOTTEST JULY DAY; SOLOMON ISLANDS 34.0 Honiara July record; MALDIVES 33.2 Kaadedhdhoo July record; MIN 26.2 Viwa Island FIJI HOTTEST JULY NIGHT ON RECORD (tie); THAILAND has been breaking records no-stop for 15 months: 37.5 Surat Thani is a new July record high.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1808545724214432025


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“EXCEPTIONAL WINTER HEAT WAVE IN SOUTH AMERICA: Temperatures >36c [96.8F] in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

“36.5 Puerto Suarez broke its July record after breaking the records of all past 12 months multiple times.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1808624411769004396


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“El Salvador Military Assists Residents Amid Severe Flooding…

“The Salvadoran Armed Forces are assisting with evacuations and flood response efforts in Ilopango… Fallen trees, landslides and flooded streets are part of the damage caused…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBNPCqK6QpM


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“‘Almost whole island homeless’ in Hurricane Beryl’s wake…

““Union Island is in a terrible state after Beryl passed. Literally, almost the whole island is homeless,” said Ms Coy in a video message. “There are hardly any buildings left standing. Houses are flattened, roads are blocked, the electricity poles are down in the streets.””

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c724x1rjlpno


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“Hurricane Beryl strikes Jamaica as Caymans, Mexico brace for storm’s impact…

“The death toll from the powerful Category 4 hurricane climbed to at least 10, but it is widely expected to rise further as communications come back online across drenched islands damaged by flooding and deadly winds.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/hurricane-beryl-churns-towards-jamaica-bringing-floods-least-two-reported-killed-2024-07-02/


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“Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t aid South Texas’ drought as expected…

““It’s really because of the soil moisture in the area, that first rainfall that you get after you’ve been dry for so long,” Wentzel said. “The soil just expands, soaks it in, and there’s very little runoff that would go into your streams and make its way down to your reservoirs.””

https://www.kxan.com/news/tropical-storm-alberto-didnt-aid-south-texas-drought-as-expected/


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“Producers weigh options following devastating hailstorm [Kentucky]…

“Tuesday afternoon more than 50 producers and assorted resource personnel gathered in Lexington to assess options for their crops following a devastating hailstorm that cut a two-mile wide and roughly 45-mile swath across Dawson County early Saturday morning.”

https://nptelegraph.com/news/local/producers-weigh-options-following-devastating-hailstorm/article_419a6900-38be-11ef-a9de-e3b31d2514dc.html


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“Death Valley is set to experience what could be the hottest week recorded anywhere on Earth, with temperatures predicted to reach a high of 133F.

“Fourth of July week will see “record-breaking and dangerous heat”, beginning on Independence Day itself when the mercury is predicted to hit 125F.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/death-valley-extreme-week-hottest-california-b2573588.html


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“13,000 people ordered to evacuate as devastating wildfire rages across Northern California.

“Some 13,000 people in Northern California have been ordered to evacuate from their homes as an enormous wildfire rips through the area, amid a sweltering heatwave on the US west coast.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/thompson-wildfire-oroville-northern-california-heatwave-b2573474.html


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“As the world burns, can we learn to live with wildfire health risks?

“…Experts say more needs to be done to protect vulnerable populations from wildfire smoke, such as those with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women, children and seniors, who may be impacted even thousands of miles from a fire’s source.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/07/as-the-world-burns-can-we-learn-to-live-with-wildfire-health-risks/


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“Wildfire season heats up as hot, dry conditions fuel risk in northern Alberta…

“About 20 out-of-control fires burning in province’s north… Melissa Story said the “elevated fire behaviour” in the High Level forest area makes fire suppression efforts more difficult.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/wildfire-season-heats-up-as-hot-dry-conditions-fuel-risk-in-northern-alberta-1.7252762


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“Why Alaska’s elite firefighters are being deployed to protect its permafrost… Alaska’s new program marks a radical shift…

“The region’s permafrost, a layer of permanently frozen ground, plays a crucial role in climate stability – but it is being threatened by wildfires, which are growing ever more frequent and ferocious as the world warms.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/alaska-firefighters-smokejumpers-permafrost-climate-change/


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“Melting glaciers in the Juneau Icefield may be approaching “irreversible tipping point,” new study says…

“Davies and her colleagues …found that glacier volume decreased at a pretty steady pace between 1770 and 1979. Through the tail of the 20th century and the early 2000s, things started to melt a little bit faster. Then, between 2010 and 2020, ice loss accelerated sharply.”

https://www.ktoo.org/2024/07/03/melting-glaciers-in-the-juneau-icefield-may-be-approaching-irreversible-tipping-point-new-study-says/


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“The NOAA global Sea Surface Temperatures have entered the second half of 2024 still at record high levels..

“Note the dark colors over most of the Northern Hemisphere mid latitudes. Did something change in this region?”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1808533715317915858


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“Google’s emissions climb nearly 50% in five years due to AI energy demand.

“Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates, said last week that AI would help combat the climate crisis… However, pledges to reduce CO2 emissions are now coming up against pledges to invest heavily in AI products that require considerable amounts of energy…”

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/article/2024/jul/02/google-ai-emissions


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“How to fight climate change in your close relationships…

“I’ve been consciously making more of an effort to just talk to random people about climate change. The thing I was working on before I joined Yale was relational organizing. It’s all about how to get people who are already vegetarians or installing solar panels to talk to their friends and family about doing the same things…”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/07/how-to-fight-climate-change-in-your-close-relationships/


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“Hip Hop’s Role In Combating Climate Change…

“Hip Hop has a unique and powerful role to play in addressing climate change, leveraging its cultural influence and creativity to drive meaningful change… Through lyrics, music videos and public statements, artists can shine a light on the environmental challenges…”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesnonprofitcouncil/2024/07/03/hip-hops-role-in-combating-climate-change/


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“Fourth human case of bird flu connected to dairy cattle outbreak identified in the US…

“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Wednesday that it has identified the state’s first human case of H5 avian influenza associated with the multistate outbreak of the virus in dairy cattle.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/07/03/health/bird-flu-fourth-human-case-in-us/index.htm


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