Tag Archives: heatwave

UK heatwave triggers air pollution alert as people flock to beaches

sunbathers pack the beach at barry island
Sunbathers pack the beach at Barry Island, south Wales, on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Teenager and woman drown in separate incidents as sweltering heat forces Royal Ascot to consider relaxing dress code

June 20, 2017 — The heatwave that has brought the longest spell of high June temperatures for two decades has also triggered an air pollution alert in London, with southerly winds due to bring toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday. Continue reading UK heatwave triggers air pollution alert as people flock to beaches

London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave

high level of pollution
High levels of pollution are forecast for London along with large parts of England and Wales. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Rising temperatures and southerly winds expected to bring toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday

June 20, 2017 — The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has triggered the capital’s emergency air quality alert as soaring temperatures combined with southerly winds are expected to bring dangerously toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday. Continue reading London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave

Extreme summers surging due to global warming

the probability of extreme weather is increasing
The mean temperature in Sydney was 2.8C above average in December, January, and February, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, and climate scientists say the probability of extreme weather is increasing. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP

Report’s authors say Sydney unprepared for knock-on effects of a significant increase in average summer temperatures

March 1, 2017 — New South Wales, which has just experienced its hottest summer on record, is 50 times more likely to experience another similarly hot summer and 10 times more likely to Continue reading Extreme summers surging due to global warming

We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds

deforestation was a significant early human contributor to global warming
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

Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

elephants heading towards a waterhole
Elephants heading towards a waterhole in Hwange national park. Photograph: Alamy

Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park

January 11, 2017 — As a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.  Continue reading Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels
Natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images

Increased growth of plants fertilised by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude

November 8, 2016 — A global “greening” of the planet has significantly slowed the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the start of the century, according to new research.  Continue reading Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

coral reef
A tropical coral reef off Fiji. Photograph: Alamy

Grim backdrop to vital global emissions talks as new analysis shows 1.5°C limit on warming is close to being broken

August 7, 2016 — Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5°C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set.  Continue reading Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’

greenland ice sheet
A scientist leaps over water during a trip to the Greenland ice sheet, which saw melting over more than 50% of its surface last year. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds

August 2, 2016 The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs Continue reading Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’

World weather – 2016’s early record heat gives way to heavy rains

floodwaters
Indian villagers salvage logs of wood brought by floodwaters. The Brahmaputra river has burst its banks in many places and has been at danger levels for weeks. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

The record-breaking heat of the first six months has turned to severe seasonal flooding across Asia in one of the strongest monsoon seasons in many years

August 1, 2016 — The record-breaking worldwide heat of the first six months of 2016 has turned to abnormally severe seasonal flooding across Asia with hundreds of people dying in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan and millions forced from their homes.  Continue reading World weather – 2016’s early record heat gives way to heavy rains

Study links heatwave deaths in London and Paris to climate change

london
View of City of London’s high rise architecture at sunset. Credit: _ultraforma_/Getty Images.

In 2003, more than 70,000 people across Europe died in a sweltering heatwave that spanned much of the summer.

July 8, 2016 — France was among the worst-affected countries, with 15,000 deaths in August alone. In the UK, the summer saw more than 2,000 heat-related fatalities.  Continue reading Study links heatwave deaths in London and Paris to climate change