20th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"Tiny bubbles of ancient air trapped in ice cores from Greenland suggest we've been seriously overestimating the natural cycle of methane, while vastly undervaluing our own terrible impact... "...our own methane emissions might be up to 40 percent higher than...

20th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"The coronavirus could cost the global economy more than $1tn in lost output if it turns into a pandemic, according to a leading economic forecaster. Oxford Economics warned that the spread of the virus to regions outside Asia would knock 1.3% off global growth this...

19th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"The record-breaking January temperatures appear to be caused by shifts in the Arctic oscillation, a wavy ring of powerful wind that circles the Arctic at around 20 degrees latitude. "Shifts in the AO have a direct impact on global weather by influencing how much cold...

19th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"In my 2010 book, Crisis Economics, I defined financial crises not as the “black swan” events that Nassim Nicholas Taleb described in his eponymous bestseller but as “white swans”. According to Taleb, black swans are events that emerge unpredictably, like a tornado,...

18th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"Hundreds of thousands of mussels have been cooked to death on a beach in New Zealand’s North Island, with experts saying more will die as the effects of the climate crisis accelerate. "The mass die-off in Northland was sparked by “an exceptional period of warm...

18th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"Extreme weather has the potential to trigger an economic recession worse than anything else in human history, experts warn. Current financial markets do not account for the risk posed by extreme natural disasters such as floods and droughts, according to a study...

17th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"A French ski resort has angered ecologists by using a helicopter to move snow from higher up the mountains after exceptionally mild weather left its slopes bare. "Officials at Luchon-Superbagnères in the Pyrenees authorised the “exceptional” emergency operation...

17th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"The novel coronavirus is spreading silently and invisibly through its human carriers, inflicting fear and sickness. Likewise, malaise can spread through the “carriers” of the global economy: the supply chains that link myriad manufacturing and service-sector firms...

14th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"Last month was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... "The record temperatures in January follow an...

14th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"The coronavirus outbreak could leave the world economy in its worst state since the global financial crisis, with economic activity tipped to shrink through the first quarter of the year as manufacturing and travel falters. "With the International Energy Agency (IEA)...

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