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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“At least five people were killed and thousands were evacuated when record-breaking rains battered South Korea’s southern regions Wednesday…

“The town of Gunsan, located some 178 kilometers (110 miles) south of Seoul, got 131.7 millimeters (5.19 inches) of rain within a one-hour period until 2:42 a.m. local time (1700GMT Tuesday), marking the heaviest hourly downpour on official record nationwide.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/record-rains-kill-5-in-south-korea/3271369


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“Insane humid heat 24/7 in CHINA: MINIMUM temperatures >32C [89.6F] again. More records of highest minimums fell; the most important:

“32.1 Liuhe all time highest minimum; 31.9 Changzhou July highest minimum. And several others.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810652623495688277


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“Another year of heat and floods spurs China’s climate-change awakening…

“Beijing has made adapting to bouts of extreme weather a greater policy priority. Last week, weather officials issued an unusually direct warning about the country’s vulnerability to intensifying heat and rainfall worsened by climate change.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/09/china-floods-climate-change/


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“Japan adds ‘most severe’ category to its heatstroke index amid deadly summer…

“Medical experts in Japan are to add a “most severe” category to the current heatstroke index, amid warnings that the extreme heat is straining medical services and causing damage to public health comparable to that in a “natural disaster”.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/10/japan-adds-most-severe-category-to-its-heatstroke-index-amid-deadly-summer


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“EXTRAORDINARY HEAT IN JAPAN: Dozens of records every day since weeks. Today all time high at Nagahama with 36.1C and monthly record at Hyuga with 38.5C [101.3F].

“Yesterday dozens more records of hottest nights (all time and July), including Nagoya, Ajiro, Kumagata, Utsonomiya.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810586163641520521


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“New Zealand’s sea temperatures hit record highs, outstripping global averages…

“When comparing data from the previous 20 years, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand has outstripped the global per decade average of 0.18C twofold, with one region – the Chatham Rise – three times warmer than the global average…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/10/new-zealand-sea-temperatures-record-highs-global-average


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“SOUTH AMERICA COLD SPELL.

“Exceptional cold this morning in the city of La Plata, Argentina with -5.7C [21.7F] which tied its ALL TIME LOW, also recorded on 14 June 1967.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811086253976129553


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“Devastation as world’s biggest wetland burns: ‘those that cannot run don’t stand a chance’ [Pantanal]…

“Blackened trees, dead animals and scorched earth – early wildfires have already devastated Brazil’s Pantanal and local people worry they may lose the battle to save them. Perched atop blackened trees, howler monkeys survey the ashes around them…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/09/devastation-as-worlds-biggest-wetland-burns-those-that-cannot-run-dont-stand-a-chance-brazil-pantanal


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“Brazil worried about Amazon energy collapse amidst drought risks.

“The Brazilian Amazon is bracing for a significant climate change stress test… In May 2024, the Civil Defense of the state of Amazonas advised populations in the most drought-prone areas to start storing water, food, and medicine in preparation…”

https://brazilian.report/environment/2024/07/10/amazon-energy-supply-collapse-drought-risks/


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“Since June 2023 South America has been with endless record heat…

“Today the Peruvian town of Tarapoto broke its monthly record of highest temperature again with 36.7C [98.1F], after having broken multiple times that of June and every month of 2024.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811183135574413630


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“VIDEO: Chiapas under water! [Mexico]

“The recent rainfall in Chiapas has caused overflowing rivers and collapsed streets with several stranded vehicles… A series of videos began circulating on social media showing the intense damage, including vehicles that were stranded and even swept away by the current.”

https://www.tvazteca.com/aztecanoticias/inundaciones-en-tuxtla-gutierrez-lluvias-azotan-chiapas-y-causan-caos-en-vialidades


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“CARIBBEAN HEAT WAVE.

“Record heat is never ending in the Caribbean, before, during and after Beryl, one thing never changed: records and more records no stop. Today hottest July on record in DOMINICA with 35.4C [95.7F] at Canefield.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811139043993997823


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“Rising Frustration in Houston After Millions Lost Power in Storm…

“By late Tuesday, some 1.5 million of CenterPoint’s customers still had no power — and little sense of when it would return… As the temperatures rose, so did many residents’ anger.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/10/us/hurricane-beryl-texas-grid.html


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“Wildfire ‘burn scars’ bring repeated flash floods to New Mexico village…

“The alpine resort village of Ruidoso, N.M., was pummeled by flash floods again on Tuesday, after “burn scars” from the South Fork and Salt wildfires left the soil unable to absorb rainfall, upending recovery efforts and underscoring the growing climate risks to tourist-dependent towns.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/07/10/ruidoso-new-mexico-flash-floods-wildfires/


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“Las Vegas sets record for number of days over 115F amid its ‘most extreme heatwave in history’…

“The brutal milestone marks yet another record for the Nevada desert city this week: on Sunday, Las Vegas hit an all-time high of 120F (48.8C). Even by desert standards, the prolonged baking the city is experiencing is nearly unprecedented.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/10/las-vegas-heatwave-record-temperature


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“Hot Nights Fuel Wildfires in California, Complicating Containment…

“Over the July 4 weekend, hundreds of fires sparked across California, feeding on the hot, dry conditions of an ongoing heat wave. But some of these fires were strange. They grew rapidly and expanded their territory at a time when fires, like people, traditionally rest: at night.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/10/climate/wildfires-heat-wave-night-temperature.html


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“Another brutally coast-to-coast hot day in most of USA:

“>125F in California and 110s in Oregon, Idaho and Washington; 118 Barstow Dagget CA tied again its hottest day in history; 106 Eugene OR ties its July highest temperature on record. CANADA: 42.1C/108F Ashcroft Monthly record.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810824977869832217


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“Destructive storms, reported tornadoes sweep through upstate NY…

“A string of strong thunderstorms resulting from remnants of Hurricane Beryl tore through Western New York, Central New York and the Finger Lakes region Wednesday, producing multiple tornado warnings and at least one legitimate tornado…”

https://eu.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2024/07/10/destructive-storms-tornadoes-ny-see-the-damage-eden-erie-county/74358033007/


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“Town of Moriah declares state of emergency due to flash floods, multiple roads closed in northern New York…

“The town of Moriah has declared a state of emergency due to flash flooding on Wednesday night. Officials posted on social media saying that roads are flooded and crews are out assessing any damage.”

https://www.mynbc5.com/article/town-of-moriah-declares-state-of-emergency-due-to-flash-floods-mutiple-roads-closed-in-northern-new-york/61563278


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“The detection of a massive harmful algal bloom in the Arctic prompts real-time advisories to western Alaskan communities.

“Toxins produced by this organism as it proliferates can accumulate in organisms that consume the algae, and the toxins can then be transferred through the food web, causing illness or mortality of marine animals and potentially fatal Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in people who eat contaminated seafoods.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-07-massive-algal-bloom-arctic-prompts.html


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“Warming Baltic Sea: a red flag for global oceans.

“Climate change combined with pollution from farming and forestry could flip northern Europe’s Baltic Sea from being a sponge for CO2 to a source of the planet-warming gas, scientists studying told AFP. This should be a red flag, they warned.”

https://phys.org/news/2024-07-baltic-sea-red-flag-global.html


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“Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly records keep breaking over the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitude.

“It’s like we have added a permanent El Niño! And June was record high at 8.1 standard deviations from the 1951-1980 climatology.”

https://x.com/LeonSimons8/status/1810697138491572609


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“The Gulf Stream is wind-powered and could weaken from climate change…

“Together, the combined effect of weakening winds and reduced deep water formation could significantly weaken the Gulf Stream. If the AMOC were to collapse European temperatures would cool by 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, wreaking havoc on continental agriculture and weather patterns.W

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2024/jul/gulf-stream-wind-powered-and-could-weaken-climate-change


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“Records are falling everywhere:

“The remote AZORES, a territory of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, today had their hottest day ever recorded in July with 31.5C [88.7F] at Lajes Airport, in the Terceira Island.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811170283849679236


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“Why is Europe experiencing such extremes in its weather and what can be done?

“In the north of the continent, temperatures have been far below average, with significantly more rain than normal, while the south is battling heat waves and wildfires. In Belgium alone, June marked the ninth month in a row with more rain than usual – a new record for the country…”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/07/10/why-is-europe-experiencing-such-extremes-in-its-weather-and-what-can-be-done


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“Videos capture chaos of Brussels storm…

“A two-month-old baby was tragically killed by a falling tree branch in Uccle. The storm caused severe flooding, disrupted public transport, and resulted in numerous power outages. Emergency services dealt with hundreds of incidents, as Belgium’s National Crisis Centre issued multiple warnings and advisories.”

https://www.euronews.com/video/2024/07/10/videos-capture-chaos-of-brussels-storm


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“Torn off roofs, fallen trees. Tragic consequences of storms over Pleszew district [Poland]…

“On Wednesday, July 10, devastating storms passed through the Pleszew district. The element affected all municipalities in the district. The wind ripped off roofs, damaged power lines, broke branches, and in some places uprooted trees.”

https://zpleszewa.pl/wiadomosci/zerwane-dachy-powalone-drzewa-i-linie-energetyczne-tragiczne-skutki-wichury-nad-powiatem-pleszewskim/GNCGcQGaSFFTGqscdevd


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“HISTORIC East European and Mediterranean Heat Wave:

“Record hot nights in Poland, Germany, Bulgaria (Varna),Ukraine and Russia; MINIMUMS up to 30C in Croatia and Russia. Record heat in Algeria and Tunisia; ALGERIA ALL TIME HIGHS: 49.6 BIskra; 45.1 Batna.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811111877411299791


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“‘It’s about survival’: Athens mayor focuses on getting capital through extreme heat…

“After a June that was the hottest on record, the greater Attica region has already witnessed record-breaking temperatures and wildfires. “In any place tackling such extreme weather phenomena would be difficult,” says Doukas.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/10/athens-mayor-extreme-heat-greece


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“Exceptional heat in GREECE – Minimum temperatures 32C [89.6F] and 30C even in the North of the country, unprecedented.

“Kefalonia and Athens AP Tmin 30C, Alexandropolis 29.0C, a record. Nearly all Eastern Europe is at record heat level and will remain so for weeks.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811122163757252890


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“Wildfires break out in Attica, Evros and Parga…

“A fire is also currently burning in a forested area in Kanalaki, Parga, western Greece. Some 35 firefighters with 12 vehicles have been dispatched to the scene, while six aircraft are operating in the area.”

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/environment/1243649/wildfires-break-out-in-attica-evros-and-parga/


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“South Africa’s Tourism Mecca Hit by Torrential Rain, High Winds…

“Cape Town, South Africa’s tourist capital, has been battered by torrential rains and howling winds that have caused extensive damage to infrastructure and driven thousands of shantytown residents from their homes.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-07-09/cape-town-south-africa-s-tourism-mecca-hit-by-torrential-rain


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“SOUTHERN AFRICA COLD SPELL – Frost spread to the highlands of Namibia, Botswana (-6.4 Tsabong) and Zimbabwe (-3.5 West Nicholson).

“In Botswana also -4.5C in the capital Gabarone just 2C above its coldest ever temperature. Very light frost also in Zambia. No records but rare cold.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811040848995389650


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“Double tragedy: the Zimbabwe farmers affected by illegal mining and climate change.

“Smallholder farmers in rural Gwanda, a region in Zimbabwe that borders South Africa, have been affected by a double shock – a combination of heat, droughts and floods caused by climate change, and water contamination and damaged land caused by illegal, small-scale mining.”

https://theconversation.com/double-tragedy-the-zimbabwe-farmers-affected-by-illegal-mining-and-climate-change-230987


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“Records everywhere, every day… In SAUDI ARABIA minimum of 34.8C [94.6F] at Wadi Dawasser at 622m asl, hottest night in its climatic history.

“Heat waves are sweeping all Continents and breaking records all over the world, like never before 2024.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1811022560609362027


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“RECORD HEAT ALLOVER THE INDIAN OCEAN.

“More records broken this month in the tropical Indian Ocean islands include 34.0C [93.2F] Diego Garcia CHAGOS ISLANDS – US Base in the British UK Territory (disputed with Mauritius). 33.5C Male MALDIVES.”

https://x.com/extremetemps/status/1810965576107299244


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“2 killed, 30 injured in Bannu rain, hailstorm [Pakistan]…

“The rescue 112 teams rushed to various areas… district administration has declared emergency in the three major hospitals while the leave of doctors has been cancelled owing to the emergency situation in the district.”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1208485-2-killed-30-injured-in-bannu-rain-hailstorm


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“India: Extreme weather fuels migration-related challenges…

“”With increasing frequency of extreme weather events, people are losing the ability to cope and have no alternative but to migrate. The challenge is for all countries, particularly the rich, to take climate change targets seriously,” Narain stressed.”

https://www.dw.com/en/india-extreme-weather-fuels-migration-related-challenges/a-69609397


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“Uttarakhand breaks rainfall and heat records in past two months.

“In Uttarakhand, the warming temperature trend is worsening forest fire events to a greater extent. Human-caused climate change is influencing weather and climatic extremes in higher elevation places.”

https://www.deccanherald.com/india/uttarakhand/uttarakhand-breaks-rainfall-and-heat-records-in-past-two-months-3101134


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“38 killed in a day due to lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh as rain batters state.

“At least 38 people were killed in separate incidents across Uttar Pradesh due to lightning strikes on July 10. Pratapgarh with 11 fatalities accounted for the most deaths, followed by seven in Sultanpur.”

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/37-people-killed-uttar-pradesh-lightning-strikes-2565119-2024-07-11


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“Record rainfall, 573mm [22.6 inches] in 24 hours, in Kanchanpur [Nepal] causes catastrophic flooding.

“Kanchanpur, a southwestern Tarai district in Sudurpaschim Province of Nepal, has been severely impacted by floods and inundations over the last 24 hours… four young girls drowned in flooding on Monday at Ratokhali, Punarbas Municipality Ward 5.”

https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/274449082/record-rainfall-573mm-in-24-hours-in-kanchanpur-causes-catastrophic-flooding


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“Some 31,000 evacuated as monsoon floods devastate Myanmar.

“About 31,000 people have been evacuated since the beginning of July due to floods affecting several parts of Myanmar, according to the country’s Department of Disaster Management on Wednesday (July 10).”

https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2024/07/11/some-31000-evacuated-as-monsoon-floods-devastate-myanmar


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“Forest fires devastate Russia in record numbers.

“Forest fires have burned 3.5 million hectares in Russia since the start of the year, already one and a half times more than last year. Nearly 6,000 forest fire hotspots have been recorded across the country, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.”

https://www.lesprom.com/de/news/Forest_fires_devastate_Russia_in_record_numbers_114002/


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“A Smoky Summer in Amur [satellite photos]…

“Large numbers of intense, smoky fires spread across eastern Russia in the summer of 2024, shrouding the region’s skies, forests, and communities in smoke. One of the most active areas has been the Amur oblast, which borders China’s Heilongjiang province.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/153051/a-smoky-summer-in-amur


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“Breaking News! Code Yikes!

“Global sea surface temperatures are back at record levels after large gains the last 3 days.”

https://x.com/EliotJacobson/status/1810694868479758696


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“Antidotes to despair’: five things we’ve learned from the world’s best climate journalists…

“There is good news on the climate beat. Solar, wind, storage batteries and other pillars of the green economy are growing by leaps and bounds… solutions are emerging from the grassroots, including in some of the most climate-vulnerable locations on earth.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/09/covering-climate-now-lessons


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“The Climate Comedy Cohort Wants to Make Global Warming… Funny?

“In 2022, Esteban Gast, a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, helped launch the Climate Comedy Cohort, a nine-month paid fellowship for comedians to learn from climate experts and develop content aimed at raising awareness and driving action.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-07-10/meet-the-comedians-turning-climate-change-into-a-laughing-matter


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“The plague may have wiped out most northern Europeans 5000 years ago.

“The Neolithic culture in Europe that produced megastructures such as Stonehenge went into a major decline around 5400 years ago. Now we have the best evidence yet that this was due to plague.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2439016-the-plague-may-have-wiped-out-most-northern-europeans-5000-years-ago/


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“A new plague case is a reminder: The ‘Black Death’ lingers in the US.

“A case of plague has been confirmed in a person in Pueblo County, Colorado, officials said Tuesday. The case was flagged Friday from preliminary test results, and the potential source of the infection is still under investigation.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/07/09/health/human-plague-case-colorado/index.html


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