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San Francisco Chronicle (November 18)

2021/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Officials are concerned hospitals could be strained this winter as COVID-19 cases increase across the region ahead of Thanksgiving weekend.” In San Francisco infection rates have already “risen sharply in recent weeks…. With people expected to travel, gather with friends and spend more time indoors over the next few weeks… the region could soon head for another surge.”


South China Morning Post (October 18)

2021/ 10/ 18 by jd in Global News

Coal prices have “more than tripled in a year to near historical highs” and look poised to keep climbing, driven by a coal shortage that could threaten the global economic recovery. “Blackouts could spread from China and India to all the emerging economies still mostly reliant on coal. As supply can’t be ramped up in the near term, the shortages could worsen as energy demand rises with winter’s arrival. That may trigger another emerging-market crisis.”


Plain Dealer (September 28)

2021/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The Cleveland Clinic is now seeing its highest volume of COVID-19 patients since last winter” and looks likely to worsen. “The Clinic’s forecasts predict the highest volumes of COVID-19 patients will come in the next several weeks, as this current pandemic wave peaks in northern Ohio.”


USA Today (February 18)

2021/ 02/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The U.S. lost a whole year of life expectancy – and for Black people, it’s nearly 3 times worse.” These preliminary results are based on only the first half of the year. Full year figures for 2020 will almost inevitably paint an even grimmer picture as they will include “the fall and winter surges that led to record COVID-19 deaths.”


Wall Street Journal (January 29)

2021/ 01/ 30 by jd in Global News

“You know political spin is at work when the economy grows by 4% in the fourth quarter but the headlines are that growth fell for the entire pandemic year. Everyone already knows the economy fell off the cliff in the first half of 2020. The news is that the economic recovery is continuing despite the winter Covid surge.”


The Guardian (October 11)

2020/ 10/ 12 by jd in Global News

Weekly new Covid cases rose alarmingly in the UK from 116,000 to 224,000 leaving the UK perched “at a ‘tipping point’ in the Covid-19 crisis.” Only swift action will “avoid history ‘repeating itself’” according to deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam” whose “stark warning” emphasized that “the worst is yet to come if we do not ‘all act now’… and that the approach of winter made the situation even more grave.”


New York Times (August 17)

2020/ 08/ 19 by jd in Global News

“As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a new surge of Covid-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season, resulting in a ‘twindemic’” with more sufferers and similar symptoms. “Even a mild flu season could stagger hospitals already coping with Covid-19 cases.”


Institutional Investor (April 14)

2016/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

In the U.S., “freakishly mild meteorological conditions this winter gave a major boost to the economy, which otherwise would likely have contracted in the first quarter. Moreover, the weather has set investors up for a shock.” With a return to the recessionary trend likely during the second quarter, there will be “exaggerated drops from the weather-boosted first-quarter figures.”


Washington Post (July 18)

2014/ 07/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter.” Despite the roll out of stronger penalties by Washington, the Europeans were dragging their feet, “a sign that many of its governments fear Moscow’s energy leverage more than U.S. displeasure.” With the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight, Europe may finally be forced to react and Europeans “may be facing a cold winter.”