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At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

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STRONG WINDS. A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Oct. 30, 2017) — At least 5 people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, October 29, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions. Continue reading At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

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TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy/LamaLens/AFP

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms, known variously around the world as cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons

PARIS, France (Aug. 30, 2017) — Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends – rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air – and warn of “bigger and stronger” storms to come. Continue reading ‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

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A woman drinks water from a plastic bottle on June 20, 2017 in Quimper, western France, as 51 departments have been placed on heatwave alert. / AFP PHOTO / Fred TANNEAU

There is a 5% chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers say

PARIS, France (Aug. 1, 2017) — There is a 5% chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers said on Monday, July 31. Continue reading Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

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

Climate change set to worsen inequality in US if greenhouse gases aren’t reduced

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Each 1C of temperature rise is forecast to cost the US economy 1.2% in lost GDP, on average. Photograph: John Giles/PA

New research shows that by 2100 the economic loss from warming temperatures will be on par with the Great Recession, with states in the south most affected

June 29, 2017 — Climate change is likely to worsen existing inequalities in the US, with the poorest areas of the country poised to lose as much as 20% of their income by the end of the century if greenhouse gases are not significantly reduced. Continue reading Climate change set to worsen inequality in US if greenhouse gases aren’t reduced

Wild weather hits South Australia after mass blackout

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DAMAGE. A photo taken on September 28 and obtained on September 29, 2016, shows transmission towers carrying power lines, toppled by high winds near Melrose in South Australia. Debbie Prosser/AFP

The total blackout caused chaos and widespread damage was reported, as authorities warned of more wild conditions to come including floods, high winds, heavy rain and surging tides

SYDNEY, Australia (Sept. 29, 2016) — South Australia braced for a second night of severe weather Thursday, September 29, with tens of thousands of homes still without power after “catastrophic” storms knocked out supply to the entire population.  Continue reading Wild weather hits South Australia after mass blackout

Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm

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TROPICAL STORM MIRINAE. A fallen tree blocks a street in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 28, 2016. Photo by Luong Thailinh/EPA

At least one is killed and hundreds of trees are brought down as Tropical Storm Mirinae hits Hanoi

HANOI, Vietnam (July 29, 2016) — A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam on Thursday, July 28, killing one person, delaying flights, and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.  Continue reading Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm

El Niño begins decline after ‘powerful’ impact

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EXTREME WEATHER. Many districts in Thailand, as many parts of the world, are battling changing weather patterns and record-breaking droughts. File photo by Barbara Walton/EPA
The weather phenomenon passes its peak, but it will still remain until the middle of 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland (Feb. 19, 206) — The 2015-2016 El Niño weather phenomenon, one of the most powerful on record, has begun its decline but continues to have a strong influence on global Continue reading El Niño begins decline after ‘powerful’ impact