Economy

El Niño to kick off El Niño season in the South

A new El Niño is expected to start off in the south and move into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, with a long-awaited boost for the economy and agriculture in the Pacific.

The first peak of El Niño in the southern hemisphere is expected in the first week of March, but the first full-fledged event will be a little over a week later.The El Niño was expected to kick into full swing in December when the sea surface temperatures dipped to below average.

However, as the sea temperatures plunged, so did the numbers of strong El Niño storms that have killed thousands and left more than 300 people dead.

With the first warm spell in the last 10 years, it is anticipated that El Niño will kick into overdrive in the second half of the year.

The first full moon on Monday will be the first since July 19, when the moon was in its first full lunar phase.

El Niño’s biggest impact on South America is expected when the warm seas of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans come ashore on Monday, as they do in January and February.

A few hundred people are thought to have died in the Philippines after a typhoon ripped through the region on Monday.

The US and the European Union are planning to scale back some of their greenhouse gas emissions and are planning a massive reduction in coal consumption to limit global warming.