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$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

heavy waves caused by hurricane matthew pounds the boat docks at the sunset bar and grill
DAMAGE. In this file photo, heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 ‘extreme’ events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

PARIS, France (Nov. 1, 2017) — Extreme weather caused some $129 billion (111 billion euros) in economic losses last year, said a report Tuesday, October 31, that warned the bill will keep climbing as climate change boosts droughts, storms and floods. Continue reading $129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

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Experts say the consequences of the contracting winter season are ‘really negative’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists find that climate change has helped push first frosts later across the country

October 29, 2017 — The length of the US winter is shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one later than it did 100 years ago, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Continue reading US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

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

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

Earth is Experiencing a Global Warming Spurt

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High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr
Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years.

January 7, 2016 — While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change.

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