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Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

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POWERFUL CYCLONE. Strong winds batter seaside houses ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What’s missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past, the kind of decades-long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence

PARIS, France (Aug. 28, 2017) — Scientists freely acknowledge they don’t know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the one pummeling southeast Texas. Continue reading Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

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The increasing frequency of storms is hindering the beaches’ ability to recuperate, leading to erosion along stretches of the shoreline at Copacabana beach and others. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defenses are ill-equipped to cope

November 1, 2016 — Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, Continue reading Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

Hurricane Matthew damage to US sand dunes less than forecast

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A surfer makes his way out into increasingly rough Atlantic Ocean waters before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Waves or storm surge overwhelmed an estimated 53 miles (86 km) of dunes and other coastal structures in Florida

October 31, 2016 — Hurricane Matthew washed away at least 162 miles (261 km) of U.S. Atlantic sand dunes this month, less than predicted for the powerful storm, a government agency said on Monday.  Continue reading Hurricane Matthew damage to US sand dunes less than forecast

Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands

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CLIMATE CHANGE. A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls. File photo from Wikipedia
A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls this week, tossing rocks and debris into roads, backyards and homes

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Residents in low-lying areas of the Marshall Islands were braced for ongoing flooding Friday, March 11 as a series of inundations underscored the Pacific island nation’s vulnerability to climate change.

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Schools constantly at risk of natural, man-made hazards

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In this file photo, Marilyn Indiano, 35, carries her two-month-old baby Justine inside an evacuation building in a slum area in Baseco district, Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2014, during Typhoon Hagupit. Dennis Sabangan/EPA
Philippine schools are battered every year by typhoons and floods. In some areas, they have to somehow go through an academic year amid the threat of armed conflict.

February 18, 2016 — Schools in the Philippines regularly face challenges few other educational systems around the world have to deal with: frequent exposure to different kinds of hazards or disasters.

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Warmer oceans, sea levels up; PH highest rate

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The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated

MIAMI, USA (Jan. 26, 2016) — The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated and is likely about twice as much as previously Continue reading Warmer oceans, sea levels up; PH highest rate