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Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

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The dry Var riverbed in Carros, southern France, September 2016. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study

January 25, 2017 — Europe’s Atlantic-facing countries will suffer heavier rainfalls, greater flood risk, more severe storm damage and an increase in “multiple climatic hazards”, according to the most Continue reading Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

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Internally displaced women carry jerry-cans of water on their backs from a well in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 6, 2011. Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

The planet just saw the hottest five years on record

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Nov. 8, 2016) ― The five years from 2011 through 2015 were the warmest on record, a trend that’s increasing the prevalence of extreme weather, including flooding and drought, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization has found.  Continue reading Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

Global temps soar in February, setting new heat record

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CRACKED EARTH. In this photo taken on February 11, 2015, the sun scorches an already cracked earth on a farm in the Australian agricultural town of Walgett, 650 kilometers (404 miles) northwest of Sydney. File Photo by Peter Parks/AFP
With an average temperature that was 2.18 Fahrenheit (1.21 Celsius) above the 20th century average, the month marked ‘the highest departure from average among all 1,646 months in the record’

MIAMI, USA (Mar. 18, 2016) — Temperatures across the planet soared again last month, setting a new heat record with the warmest February since modern records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, March 17.

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Intense heatwaves could become ‘annual events’ by 2075

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Researchers warn that more areas of the world will swelter more often in potentially lethal heatwaves unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically curtailed

March 4, 2016 — Heatwaves that used to arrive once every 20 years or so could become annual events by 2075 across almost two-thirds of the planet’s land surface – if humans go on burning ever more fossil fuels and releasing ever more greenhouse gases.

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January 2016 hottest since records began

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The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.87ºF (1.04ºC) above the 20th century average for January

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 18, 2016) — Last month was the hottest January in modern times, US data showed Wednesday, February 17, the latest in a string of heat records fueling concerns over the pace of climate change.

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Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

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LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP
One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 30, 2016) — World Heritage-listed forests whose origins pre-date the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bushfires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever.

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Earth shatters warming records, 2015 hottest ‘by far’

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HOTTEST IN MODERN TIMES. This picture taken June 15, 2010 shows cracked and parched earth at central Thailand’s biggest water reservoir, the Pasak Cholasit Dam in Lopburi province, northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. File Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA
Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed

MIAMI, USA (Jan. 21, 2016) — Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.

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Was the 2015 Wildfire Season Just a Warmup for Climate Change

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Photo by Revolve Solar

January 18, 2016 — There’s no doubt that most wildfires are sparked by human activity, but thanks to warmer temperatures and extreme drought conditions these disasters are lasting longer and becoming more difficult to control. Continue reading Was the 2015 Wildfire Season Just a Warmup for Climate Change

In Age of Extreme Weather, Industrial Farming Threatens Us All

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A sign on the side of a truck in Buttonwillow, California reads, “Food grows where water flows.” (Photo: Getty)
New study reveals even developed nations are on the front lines of food insecurity

January 13, 2016 — Extreme weather is damaging to crop production and threatens food safety worldwide, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday.

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Weather extremes slash cereal yields

Wheat and other cereal crops in developed countries such as Australia have been decimated. Image: CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons
Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused worldwide cereal harvests to be cut by up to a tenth since the mid-1960s

January 13, 2016 — Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations.

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