The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captures an infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall on August 25, 2017 along the Texas coast. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images Hot oceans fueled Hurricane Harvey, generating more intense rainfall
May 23, 2018 — Last summer, the United states was pummeled with three severe hurricanes in rapid succession. It was a truly awesome display of the power of weather and the country is still reeling from the effects. In the climate community, there has been years of
Continue reading Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive VIOLENT SEA. Huge waves strike the harbor wall and lighthouse at Porthcawl, South Wales, on October 16, 2017 as Storm Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland. Geoff Caddick/AFP Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc
DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 17, 2017) — Ireland was hit by what officials called an “unprecedented storm” on Monday, October 16, that left 3 people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools as well as government offices.
Continue reading 3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland RECURRING PROBLEM. In this file photo, residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, wade the knee-high flood in Veterans Village. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler This comes as the Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan is expected to be fully implemented in 25 years
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 1, 2017) — Will modernizing pumping stations fix the problem of heavy flooding in the Metro Manila?
Continue reading WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods Image by Rappler.com According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2023, an estimated 244,997 people are highly susceptible to landslides, with Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, and Rizal having the highest population exposure
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — With the rainy season in full swing, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here has reminded communities residing in hazard-prone areas to always be prepared for disasters.
Continue reading Palawan’s hazard-prone towns identified Joseph Billy says his community is losing land to climate change every year. Photograph: Brian Cassey/Oxfam Australia In Boigu, part of Australia but just six kilometres from Papua New Guinea, roads are being washed into the sea
July 12, 2017 — Torres Strait residents face being forced from their homes by climate change, as their islands are lost to rising seas.
Continue reading ‘The island is being eaten’: how climate change is threatening the Torres Strait El Niño-fuelled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima last month. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty After record rains caused $3bn worth of damage, Peru must build infrastructure to prepare for any more extreme climate events in the future
April 13, 2017 — For most Peruvians, this year’s floods have been the worst in living memory. Ten times the usual amount of rain has fallen on Peru’s coast, swelling rivers which caused widespread flooding, and triggering huge landslides which tore through shanty towns.
Continue reading How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides Rescuers search for victims following mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. The death toll from a devastating landslide in the Colombian town of Mocoa stood at around 200 on Sunday as rescuers clawed through piles of muck and debris in search of survivors. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO Survivors describe gruesome scenes in the Colombian town of Mocoa as rescuers keep up a desperate search for victims in the muck and debris
MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 3, 2017) — Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, April 2, in yet another sharp rise in the death toll.
Continue reading 254 dead in Colombia mudslides The felling of commercial forests in the North Yorkshire Dales, National Park, UK. Land use change like deforestation was a significant early human contributor to global warming. Photograph: Mar Photographics/Alamy A new study identifies an extra 0.1°C of human-caused warming
January 26, 2017 — We don’t want the Earth to warm more than 1.5–2°C (2.7-3.6°F) compared to the pre-industrial climate. These targets are not magical; they are expert judgements about what it
Continue reading We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds 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 February 2016 was the warmest February in 136 years of NASA’s modern temperature records. Global temperature records were broken throughout 2016. Photograph: GISS/NASA Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels
January 24, 2017 — According to NASA, in 2016 the Earth’s surface temperature shattered the previous record for hottest year by 0.12°C. That record was set in 2015, which broke the previous
Continue reading We’re now breaking global temperature records once every three years