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3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

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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

Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

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Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming

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Afternoon sunlight casts long shadows from thunderhead anvils down onto southern Borneo Credit: NASA Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists have been making projections of future global warming using climate models of increasing complexity for the past four decades

October 5, 2017 — These models, driven by atmospheric physics and biogeochemistry, play an important role in our understanding of the Earth’s climate and how it will likely change in the future. Continue reading Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming

‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

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Aerial view of homes submerged in floodwaters along the Pearl and Leaf Rivers after record breaking storms dumped rain across the deep south, 13/03/2016, St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: US Army Photo/Alamy Stock Photo.

The El Niño event of 2015-16 was one of the strongest on record, bringing flooding to much of South America, southern US and East Africa, and severe drought to Australia and southeast Asia

July 24, 2017 — Now a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, suggests that similar “extreme” El Niño events could become more frequent as global temperatures rise. Continue reading ‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

Travel and pollution warnings as UK’s cold, foggy weather continues

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People cross the Millennium Bridge in London near St Paul’s while freezing fog covered the capital on Monday. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Motorists told to take extra care, flights are disrupted across south and air quality plunges in cities from London to Belfast

January 26, 2017 — The ongoing cold, still weather is expected to send pollution levels soaring in London as freezing fog brings more disruption at airports and on the roads across the south of England. Continue reading Travel and pollution warnings as UK’s cold, foggy weather continues

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