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Top Ten Tropical Cyclone Events of 2016 Potentially Influenced by Climate Change

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Figure 1. Global Category 5 tropical cyclones from 1990 – 2016, as rated by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. This time series is too short to make definitive conclusions about how climate change may be affecting these storms, though the past three years have had the highest 3-year total of Category 5 storms on record. The seven Category 5 storms of 2016 was the fifth highest yearly total on record.

January 1, 2017 — Tropical cyclones—which include all hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms and tropical depressions—are expected to change in intensity, frequency, location, and seasonality as a result of climate change. Many of the tropical cyclones of 2016 exhibited the type of behavior we expect to see more of due to global warming. Here, then, is a “top ten” list of 2016 tropical cyclone events of the type we should expect to see more of due to global warming. Continue reading Top Ten Tropical Cyclone Events of 2016 Potentially Influenced by Climate Change

Offshore carbon, why a climate deal for shipping is sinking

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Image by Climate Home

The Cook Islands, a tiny Pacific state vulnerable to sea level rise, is vocally opposed to action at the International Maritime Organization

July 16, 2016 — Eight months after world leaders struck a historic climate pact in Paris, most UN bodies are – more or less – getting with the programme.  Continue reading Offshore carbon, why a climate deal for shipping is sinking

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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