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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“‘Stark warning’ as global temperatures hit record levels for 13th month…

“June also marked the 12th straight month that the world was more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the pre-industrial era, Copernicus said in an announcement on Monday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/7/8/stark-warning-as-global-temperatures-hit-record-levels-for-13th-month


“Global Sea Surface Temperatures are daily record high again!”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1810367164442096037


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“Maui residents say their ongoing illnesses are connected to the devastating 2023 wildfires…

“Thousands of people on Maui now live in or near areas that were burned. In a recent study of residents impacted by the fires, almost half reported declines in their health. Almost 40 percent of those examined had compromised lung function…”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/maui-residents-say-their-ongoing-illnesses-are-connected-to-the-devastating-2023-wildfires


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“California’s Lake Fire threatens Neverland Ranch, previous home of Michael Jackson…

“A wildfire in Santa Barbara County, California, has burned more than 20,000 acres and is 8% contained, according to Cal Fire. It has prompted evacuation orders along the area, threatening Michael Jackson’s former Neverland Ranch.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-lake-fire-neverland-ranch-michael-jackson-rcna160762


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“Record heat in California: we’re seeing climate change unfold before our eyes…

““Southern California has warmed about three degrees (F) in the last century and all of the state is becoming warmer,” a 2016 EPA advisory warned. “Heat waves are becoming more common, snow is melting earlier in spring…””

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/california-record-heat-now/


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“US heatwave tied to four Oregon deaths as temperature records are shattered…

“More than 146 million Americans were under extreme heat alerts on Monday, as both sides of the country cooked. Excessive heat warnings, the National Weather Service’s (NWS) highest alert, stretch across the west…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/08/excessive-heat-wave-warning


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“Las Vegas hits its all-time temperature record – as motorcyclist dies from ‘heat exposure’ in Death Valley…

“The city in Nevada recorded 49C (120F) for the first time on Sunday – a day after the temperature reached 46C (115F) there, which tied with a record set in 2007. Temperatures are running as much as 20 degrees above normal for this time of year…”

https://news.sky.com/story/las-vegas-hits-all-time-temperature-record-as-motorcyclist-dies-from-heat-exposure-in-death-valley-13175014


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“Beryl leaves millions of Texans without power as dangerous heat descends on the region…

“Restoring power to millions of Texans slammed by the deadly and destructive storm Beryl could take days or even weeks, posing a dangerous scenario for residents who will not have air conditioning as sweltering heat settles over the state.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/07/09/weather/beryl-storm-texas-power-outages-heat


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“Hurricane Beryl today produced one of the most prolific and significant tropical cyclone-induced tornado outbreaks in US history.

“An incredible 110 tornado warnings have been issued since midnight. This is also the most tornado warnings issued in the US in a single July day since records began in 1986.”

https://x.com/US_Stormwatch/status/1810522435072184518


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“D.C.-area forecast: Brutally hot and humid through midweek…

“The heat is becoming relentless and the humidity is back as well after taking a short pause yesterday. Heat indexes — accounting for both the heat and humidity — are set to surpass 100 every day through Wednesday.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/07/08/dc-forecast-hot-humid/


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“Amid extreme heat, US infrastructure and transportation systems buckle under pressure…

“”Trains move more slowly during the heat because the tracks are softer and the catenary wires are drooping,” said Clinton Andrews, director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University… Higher temperatures also put a strain on aging signal infrastructure and electric grids, which are needed to cool trains and stations.”

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international/us-heat-wave-transportation-infrastructure-impact/3326154/


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“It’s so hot in New York that the bridges stopped working. Well, one bridge anyway.

“The Third Avenue Bridge connecting the Bronx and Manhattan closed Monday afternoon as city agencies rushed to cool it down. That’s right, cool it down.”

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/its-so-hot-that-a-nyc-bridge-literally-stopped-working/5576418


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“Holidaymakers stranded at Heathrow have hunkered down for the night in the terminal after storms across the Atlantic forced dozens of flights to be cancelled.

“Photos show passengers in Terminal 5 trying to get some sleep on the hard plastic chairs as many were not able to stay in the hotel opposite.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13613783/heathrow-holidaymakers-night-torrential-rain-atlantic-storms-flights-cancelled.html


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“A plane heading into Heathrow Airport [from Stuttgart, Germany] was diverted when it was reportedly hit by lightning.

“The British Airways flight had to land at Gatwick following the strike, according to The Sun. BA confirmed to Sky News the flight had experienced “adverse weather conditions” without giving further details.”

https://news.sky.com/story/british-airways-flight-travelling-to-heathrow-diverted-after-being-struck-by-lightning-13175103


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“Vineyards in northwestern Spain hit by extreme weather.

“Following similar events in Catalonia, northwestern Spain has been hit by severe hailstorms with DOs Bierzo and Valdeorras likely to see both the 2024 and 2025 harvests severely affected.”

https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/vineyards-in-northwestern-spain-hit-by-extreme-weather-533892/


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“Firefighters battle wildfires on 2 Greek islands as premier warns of a dangerous summer.

“Firefighters battled wildfires that broke out on the eastern Aegean islands of Chios and Kos Monday and injured five people, as Greece’s prime minister warned of a dangerous summer ahead and said the public’s help was essential in limiting the impact of wildfires.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/firefighters-tackle-blaze-greek-island-chios-premier-warns-111570029


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN RUSSIA NIGHT MINIMUMS >30c / 86F.

“MINIMUM 30.3C at Derbent is the 2nd hottest night ever recorded anywhere in Russia. 2 stations in European Russia had their hottest day in history: 40.7 Primorsko Ahtarsk (tie); 38.6 Anapa. Eastern Europe in in the grip of an exceptional heat wave.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810368960476623296


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“Severe floods kills 2 in country’s north, east [Turkey]…

“Intense rainfall inundated the northern province of Ordu beginning the afternoon of July 7, with precipitation reaching approximately 100 kilograms per square meter in its two districts, İkizce and Çaybaşı.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/severe-floods-kills-2-in-countrys-north-east-198229


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“Endless record heat in North Africa & Middle East. Today 50.7C [123.3F] in the Emirates; 49.8C Sunaynah OMAN (July record)

“In ALGERIA the extreme heat seems eternal; 49.8C Adrar (0.1C from all time high); 49.2C Timimoun; There is no end in sight of the extreme heat in any foreseeable future.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810393018295521556


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“Rains batter Cape Town: Lwandle residents cry for help as extreme weather exposes neglect.

“Hundreds of Lwandle residents on Monday lined the streets for humanitarian aid and food. Damaging weather wreaked havoc in some areas in Cape Town. Some residents say they don’t know why they voted when their living conditions haven’t improved.”

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/watch-rains-batter-cape-town-lwandle-residents-cry-for-help-as-extreme-weather-exposes-neglect-20240709


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“Extreme weather in South Africa is disrupting tourism – research tracks the impact on coastal areas.

“Coastal tourism has been hard hit by sea storms, tropical cyclones, heatwaves, rising sea levels, rough seas, cut-off lows, wildfires, coastal and fluvial flooding (where rivers burst their banks).”

https://theconversation.com/extreme-weather-in-south-africa-is-disrupting-tourism-research-tracks-the-impact-on-coastal-areas-232172


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“Zambia’s energy regulator approved the construction of the nation’s second coal-fired power plant, as its worst drought in decades cut output at the hydroelectric dams that account for most of its energy supply.

“The Energy Regulation Board awarded a construction permit for the 300 megawatt facility in the south of the nation.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-07-08/zambia-to-build-rare-coal-power-plant-as-harsh-drought-hits-dams?embedded-checkout=true


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“East African health systems struggle to manage floods fallout.

“The recent floods in East Africa fuelled water-borne diseases such as cholera with vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya on the rise, said Dr. Martin Muchangi…”

https://www.devex.com/news/east-african-health-systems-struggle-to-manage-floods-fallout-107882


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“Kenya’s dramatic flooding sweeps away a central part of the economy: Its farms…

“The rains that started in mid-March have posed immediate dangers and left others to come… Now a food security crisis lies ahead, along with even higher prices in a country whose president had sought to make agriculture an even greater engine of the economy.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/kenyas-dramatic-flooding-sweeps-central-part-economy-farms-111724187


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“Pakistan Withers Under Deadly Heat and Fears the Coming Rains…

“In nearly every corner of Karachi, there are signs of the heat wave scorching the sun-baked city. Hundreds of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses pour into the hospitals every day, pushing them far past their capacity. Morgues overwhelmed by a surge in bodies are struggling to find space.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/06/world/asia/pakistan-heat-wave.html


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“Record-low snow persistence threatens water security [Hindu Kush].

“The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is experiencing a significant decline in snow persistence, affecting the water security of millions living within the HKH region and billions living downstream.”

https://kuenselonline.com/record-low-snow-persistence-threatens-water-security/


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“Tea prices risk boiling over as extreme weather disrupts harvest [India]…

“Heatwaves and flooding have driven the average price of Indian tea leaves to more than £2 per kg, up almost 20 per cent on last year, according to India’s Tea Board… Extreme weather events are hurting tea production. Excessive heat in May, followed by flooding in Assam, are reducing output.”

https://www.thetimes.com/uk/society/article/tea-price-rise-weather-india-9z332778h


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“Khatima toll plaza turned into ocean earlier today after historic 24hr Rainfall [Uttarakhand]

“Recent 24hr 400mm+ Rainfall from Uttarakhand Manual weather stations: Khatima 431.0mm on 8th July 2024; Rishikesh 434.6mm on 10th August 2023; Pantnagar 403.9mm & Nainital 401.0mm on 19th Oct 2021.”

https://x.com/shubhamtorres09/status/1810364386827186216


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“More than 130 wild animals, including at least six rare rhinos, have died in flooding at a national park in north-eastern India, officials say.

“The Kaziranga National Park in Assam is experiencing its worst deluge in recent years. The dead animals – many of whom died by drowning – include 117 hog deer, two sambar deer, a rhesus macaque and an otter.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/ckrg1lr4935o


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“Persistent rainfall in Nepal has caused flash flooding and landslides that have killed at least 14 people, authorities said on Sunday.

“Police said the deaths occurred in various locations and that at least nine people are missing… Nepal’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority says that at least 50 people have died since June due to extreme weather events.”

https://www.dw.com/en/nepal-monsoon-rains-cause-deadly-flash-floods-landslides/a-69586603


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“China races time to combat floods, relocate residents.

“On Sunday, China activated a Level IV emergency response to flooding in Shandong and Sichuan provinces [Linyi, Shandong was hit by heavy rain, with rainfall reaching 376 mm / 14.8 inches in 10 hours! H/t Jim Yang].

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2024-07-08/China-races-time-to-combat-floods-relocate-residents-1v3YvXXio0w/p.html


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“UNBELIEVABLE HEAT IN CHINA – NIGHT MINIMUMS 30/32C [86/89.6F] in dozens stations in 9 different provinces! Unprecedented.

“Many records of high minimums were broken, most important: ALL TIME HIGH TMINS: 31.6 Nantong; 31.2 Taizhou; JULY HIGH TMINS: 32.0 Chaozhu; 31.6 Changzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810281721943801892


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“A heatwave continues to dominate Japan. For the first time in recorded history, Shizuoka reached the forty-degree mark on Sunday, which is 11 degrees higher than normal.

“I’d like to emphasize that we are still a month away from the hottest time of the year.”

https://x.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1809895789663252744


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“Indonesian landslide triggered by heavy rain leaves 11 dead and dozens missing at illegal gold mine…

“More than 100 villagers were digging for grains of gold on Sunday in the remote Bone Bolango district in Gorontalo province when tons of mud plunged down the surrounding hills and buried their makeshift camps…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/08/indonesia-landslide-illegal-gold-mine/a9e6d494-3ce2-11ef-83bf-e35a32077d3e_story.html


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“Endless record heat in OCEANIA. It’s the cold season in the Southern Pacific yet it’s stifling hot day and night.

“Insane MINIMUM of 27.5C [81.5F] today at Munda, hottest July night ever recorded in the SOLOMON ISLANDS. Records are falling in 100% of the tropics.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1809523518507249996


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“This Pacific island country is disappearing. What happens next? [Tuvalu]

“In the shadow of this immense existential threat lies a personal question for Tuvaluans: Should I stay or should I go? Some Tuvaluans are considering leaving to pursue more security, but the majority of those I spoke to plan to stay.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/tuvalu-islands-sea-level-rise-climate-change


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“Families evacuated due to flooding and overflows caused by rains [El Salvador].

“Dozens of families were evacuated from their homes and taken to shelters. Several highways nationwide were blocked by landslides… the Minister of Government and Territorial Development, Juan Carlos Bidegain, indicated that they will continue to respond to incidents…”

https://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/nacional/lluvias-danos-causados-por-torrenciales-evacuaciones-inundaciones-la-libertad-el-salvador/1153933/2024/


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“State of calamity declared in Guatemala due to rainy season…

“Last April, Arévalo de León also requested a state of calamity due to forest fires in the territory… According to Guatemalan law, a “state of calamity” is a mechanism that allows access to emergency funds from institutions responsible for dealing with crises of different kinds.”

https://www.laprensagrafica.com/internacional/Declaran–estado-de-Calamidad-en-Guatemala-por-la-temporada-de-lluvias-20240708-0033.html


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“Polar warming may be underestimated by climate models, ~50 million year old climate variability suggests…

“…models underestimate polar amplification (1.1–1.3x)… “Our new study shows that the current warming is already on the same scale of some of these hyperthermals, which strongly impacted climate and oceans,” Fokkema concludes.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-07-polar-underestimated-climate-million-year.html


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“Can we reach climate goals despite new record heat?

“…While action needs to ramp up quickly, progress has been made to slow climate change. Renewables such as wind, solar and other green technologies like electric cars are expanding rapidly and falling in price.”

https://www.dw.com/en/can-we-reach-climate-goals-despite-new-record-heat/a-69593532


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“Positive tipping points: A credible way to meet climate and nature goals…

“The good news is that we are starting to see positive tipping points unfold in our societies and technology. They happen when amplifying (positive) feedback takes over from damping (negative) feedback and gets strong enough to support self-propelling change.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2024/07/positive-tipping-points-climate-nature-goals-wef/


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“Trauma-sensitive climate change education can develop truthful hope…

“Doom and gloom discourses encountered at school and through multimedia exposure risk evoking worry, fear, anxiety and hopelessness. To enhance a growing understanding of complex climate emotions, we think it’s important to notice feelings like climate anxiety and climate trauma…”

https://theconversation.com/trauma-sensitive-climate-change-education-can-develop-truthful-hope-230817


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“Your semen is not immune to climate change… 

“Men exposed to increases in temperature during spermatogenesis exhibited a lower number of sperm with worse morphology compared to those who suffered the heat wave at the time of ejaculation.”

https://english.elpais.com/health/2024-07-08/your-semen-is-not-immune-to-climate-change.html


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“Bird flu spread to cows takes ‘dangerous’ step towards infecting humans through respiration, scientists warn…

“New analysis of the version of bird flu which has spread to cattle on more than 100 farms in the US suggests that the virus has mutated, which could eventually lead to it being spread to humans by breathing.”

https://news.sky.com/story/bird-flu-spread-to-cows-takes-dangerous-step-towards-infecting-humans-through-respiration-scientists-warn-13175177


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