Western U.S. Faces Extreme Heat Wave as Sweltering Summer Begins

A significant early-season heat wave is set to impact western North America, bringing potentially record-breaking temperatures and raising wildfire risks, signalling the onset of a scorching summer. A mighty high-pressure ridge, known as a heat dome, will drive unusually high temperatures across California by mid-week, extending into the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern Canada, according to Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.

The heat wave is expected to last 10 to 14 days, with Northern California and the Sierra Nevada foothills experiencing the highest temperatures. The Sacramento Valley could see widespread triple-digit temperatures, potentially exceeding 110 degrees, which is about 20 degrees above normal. The National Weather Service forecasts that far northern California will likely see its first 100-degree day of the year by Wednesday, while the Central Valley is under an excessive heat watch, with the San Joaquin Valley possibly reaching 110 degrees.

This event resembles the historic heat dome of June and July 2021, which lasted 27 days and caused hundreds of deaths, marine life die-offs, crop losses, and infrastructure damage. Although this year’s heat wave is predicted to be less intense, it could still exacerbate the fire season, especially with the increased vegetation from recent wet winters. California has already experienced several small fires, including a 1,300-acre blaze in Santa Barbara County, highlighting the heightened fire risk from the incoming heat. Read More

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Picture Credit: The latest seasonal outlook from NOAA indicates a high likelihood of warmer-than-normal temperatures across most of the U.S. in June, July and August. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ex-BA Chief Calls for Sustainable Fuel Investment, Questions Costly Green Policies

Green aviation policies should be abandoned if the costs outweigh the benefits, according to the head of the world’s most influential airline organization. Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and former British Airways CEO, emphasized that achieving net zero by 2050 is “existential, not optional.”

However, he suggested that governments should have the courage to halt green policies and shift strategies if they fail to deliver the intended results. Read More

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Abu Dhabi and Dubai Ban Styrofoam and Single-Use Plastic Bags

The Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced the ban on styrofoam products. This ban is part of the emirate’s larger policy on single-use plastics, which aims to reduce reliance on harmful products.

The list of banned products includes cups, lids, plates and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene.

Similarly, food container vessels for products intended for immediate consumption, either on the spot or for takeaway, and containers that contain a product that is typically consumed from the receptacle and is ready to be consumed without any further preparation, such as cooking, boiling, or heating, will also be prohibited. Read More

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Braving the Tide: Madagascar’s Fishers Face Climate Challenges

In the face of climate change, fishers in Madagascar are forced to navigate increasingly treacherous seas. The warming oceans and unpredictable weather patterns have made traditional fishing methods dangerous, compelling these resilient communities to adapt their techniques and equipment to survive. This image captures the bravery and determination of Madagascar’s fishers as they continue to earn their livelihoods amidst the harsh realities of a changing climate.

World Bicycle Day, 2024

Bicycles are a sustainable mode of transportation. They are eco-friendly and great for exercise. Cycling every day can improve heart health and muscle strength. Cycling is also extremely liberating in nature—it helps us feel happy and elevates our mood. It helps us reach places without adding to air pollution. Cycling is a great means of transportation as well as a way of getting our lower-body exercise done simultaneously.

Every year, World Bicycle Day is observed to raise awareness about the benefits of cycling and urge more people to adopt this mode of transportation to enable a sustainable way of life. As we gear up to celebrate the special day, here are a few things we should keep in mind.

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Climate Change Impact: Economic Damage Six Times Worse Than Predicted

New research shows that the economic damage caused by climate change is six times worse than previously thought. Global warming is set to shrink wealth at a rate comparable to the financial losses of a continuous, permanent war.

Researchers found that a one °C increase in global temperature leads to a 12% decline in world gross domestic product (GDP), a far higher estimate than previous analyses. With the world already having warmed by more than one °C (1.8°F) since pre-industrial times, many climate scientists predict a three °C (5.4°F) rise by the end of this century due to ongoing fossil fuel burning. This new, yet-to-be peer-reviewed paper highlights the enormous economic cost of such a scenario.

According to the paper, a three °C temperature increase will “cause “precipitous declines in output, capital, and consumption that exceed 50% by”2100.” The economic loss is so severe that it is “comparable to the economic damage caused by fighting a war domestically and permanently,” the authors write.

“There will still be some economic growth happening, but by the end of the century, people may well be 50% poorer than would’ve been weren’t for climate change,” said Adrien Bilal, an economist at Harvard who co-authored the paper with Diego Känzig, an economist at Northwestern University.

Bilal emphasized that purchasing power—how much people can buy with their money—would already be 37% higher than it is now without the global heating observed over the past 50 years. This lost wealth will continue to spiral if the climate crisis deepens, causing an economic drain often seen during wartime. Read More

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Brazil’s Worst-Ever Floods: Rising Death Toll and Thousands Displaced in Rio Grande do Sui

Three weeks after devastating floods struck Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, the situation remains dire. The floods have claimed 155 lives and displaced 540,000 people. Experts warn that water levels will take at least another two weeks to recede.

An aerial view of the Mathias Velho neighbourhood in Canoas, a suburb of Porto Alegre, shows extensive flooding. The death toll continues to rise daily, and over 77,000 displaced individuals are still in public shelters. In response, the state government has announced plans to build four temporary “tent cities” to accommodate them.

Governor Eduardo Leite revealed that the rebuilding costs will be “much higher” than the initially estimated 19bn reais (£2.9bn). Many cities, including the state capital Porto Alegre, remain underwater, with 46 of its 96 neighbourhoods flooded. Even residents in non-flooded areas have faced days without electricity and potable water.

Of the state’s seven main rivers, five are still above the maximum water level, and there is little hope of the waters receding anytime soon. Read More

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World Meteorological Day!

𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲!
This year, we focus on the theme “𝐀𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.”
As climate change poses an undeniable threat to our civilization, this day highlights the crucial role of meteorology in combating its impacts. Meteorologists and hydrologists worldwide work tirelessly to improve weather predictions, enhance climate monitoring, and develop early warning systems, all of which are essential for protecting lives and fostering sustainable development.

The 2024 theme emphasizes urgent climate action and the need for global cooperation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The day is marked by activities and campaigns, such as the hashtag#WeatherKids initiative, which envisions future weather forecasts to raise awareness and mobilize action today.

Let’s honour the invaluable contributions of meteorological services in building a safer, more resilient world.

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World Bee Day

🌍🐝World Bee Day! 🐝🌍

Today, we celebrate our tiny yet mighty friends – the bees! 🐝✨ These incredible pollinators play a crucial role in our ecosystems, supporting the growth of plants, flowers, and crops that feed our planet. 🌸🌿

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the hard work of bees and raise awareness about the importance of protecting their habitats. 🏡💚 Small actions like planting bee-friendly flowers, avoiding pesticides, and supporting local beekeepers can make a big difference. 🌺🌼

Join us in buzzing about bees and spreading the word on how we can all contribute to a bee-friendly world! 🐝💛

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Activists Sue Russia Over ‘Weak’ Climate Policy

A group of activists is fighting for the right to scrutinize Russia’s climate policies, particularly its substantial methane emissions, in court. Russia’s constitutional court is considering a claim brought by 18 individuals and the NGO Ecodefense. They argue that the Russian state’s insufficient action to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions violates their rights to life, health, and a healthy environment.

Another organization that planned to join the case, Moscow Helsinki, was shut down last year by a different Russian court. It was the country’s oldest human rights group.

The claimants initially asked Russia’s supreme court to examine the national climate policy, but it refused. They then brought a new claim to the constitutional court, which was responsible for upholding the country’s constitution. While the court has decided on some environmental cases in the past, including state liability for the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, it has not yet addressed climate breakdown. Read More

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