Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

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WIDESPREAD FLOODING. Waist to neck-deep flood engulfs parts of Legazpi City, prompting the city government to suspend classes in all levels on Wednesday afternoon, January 3. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 3, 2018) — Torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Agaton, aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Albay province. Continue reading Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment

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Tsunamis, such as the one in 2011 triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan, are rare yet devastating natural events. Credit: Warren Antiola ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes a probabilistic method for evaluating tsunami location, size, and risk to human populations

January 3, 2018 — Many of the world’s natural events from earthquakes and volcanoes to tornados and landslides affect human populations. Estimating the likelihood of occurrence and frequency Continue reading Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment

Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

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Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West)

The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020

January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement. Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

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Firefighters lighting backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on on December 09, 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Climate scientists predicted the rapid rise in global surface temperatures that we’re now seeing

January 3, 2018 — 2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event: Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’

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Aridification is a serious threat – as well as leading to droughts and wildfires it can also have an impact on agriculture, water quality, and biodiversity. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA

A global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels could see many regions facing an increased threat of drought and wildfires, study suggests

January 3, 2018 — More than a quarter of the planet’s surface could become significantly drier if global temperatures rise 2°C above pre-industrial levels, scientists predict. Continue reading Keep global warming under 1.5C or ‘quarter of planet could become arid’