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2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record
2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world’s population now experience ‘extreme hot temperatures’ for at least several days each year

BONN, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017) — 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday, November 6. Continue reading 2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

Impact of climate change on health is ‘the major threat of 21st century’

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A sign cautions people not to dive from a bridge over the Kern River in Bakersfield, California. Credit: Scott London / Alamy Stock Photo

The health of millions of people across the world is already being significantly harmed by climate change, a major new report finds

November 1, 2017 — From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change has had far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health in last few decades, the authors say. Continue reading Impact of climate change on health is ‘the major threat of 21st century’

Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

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Researchers say that 50C summer days in Sydney could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Researchers say Sydney and Melbourne would have unprecedented temperatures even if Paris target met

October 3, 2017 — Even if the Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2°C is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50°C by 2040, a study published on Wednesday warns. Continue reading Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

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Global warming made this summer’s heatwave in Europe 10 times more likely, say researchers. Photograph: Nuno Veiga/EPA

Without action to tackle global warming, deadly summer temperatures of 40°C in Europe could be normal by 2050

September 27, 2017 — The scorching temperatures across Europe’s Mediterranean nations this summer were made at least 10 times more likely by climate change, according to scientists. Continue reading Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

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‘Unfair’: poor farmers are most at risk from future humid heatwaves but have contributed little to the emissions that drive climate change. Photograph: NurPhoto/via Getty Images

If warming is not tackled, levels of humid heat that can kill within hours will affect millions across south Asia within decades, analysis finds

August 2, 2017 — Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research. Continue reading Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

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Thirsty people drinking from a public fountain set up for Paris Plage, during the summer heatwave, Paris, France. Credit: Idealink Photography / Alamy Stock Photo.

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, heatwaves, droughts and storms

July 7, 2017 — Known as “extreme event attribution”, the field has gained momentum, not only in the science world, but also in the media and public imagination because of the power it has to link the Continue reading Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

Europe’s extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows

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Firefighters try to extinguish a forest wildfire in Colmeal in central Portugal on 21 June. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

Heatwaves that saw deadly forest fires in Portugal and soaring temperatures in England were made up to 10 times more likely by global warming, say scientists

June 30, 2017 — Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and Spain, new research has shown. Continue reading Europe’s extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

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SEARCHING FOR COOLER AIR. A notice board reading “fans and air conditioners are out of stock”, is displayed on a shelf of a shopping center in Lormont, on June 20, 2017. Photo by Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

As the northern hemisphere marks the summer solstice, the mercury hovers around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) across oven-like swathes of Europe, including Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and even alpine Switzerland

PARIS, France (Jun. 21, 2017) — Europe sizzled under a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, June 21, with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal struggled to stamp out deadly forest fires. Continue reading Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

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HOT CITY. This file photo shows informal settlers’ homes (foreground) dwarfed by highrise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

In future, the tropics will be hit hardest, according to the study, which forecasts the number of ‘deadly days’ under 3 different carbon pollution scenarios

PARIS, France (Jun. 20, 2017) — Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heatwaves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said Monday, June 19. Continue reading More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

UK heatwave triggers air pollution alert as people flock to beaches

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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