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2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

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Global temperature map, January to December 2017. Photograph: NOAA

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’

January 18, 2018 — 2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded. Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

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

Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

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Internally displaced women carry jerry-cans of water on their backs from a well in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 6, 2011. Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

The planet just saw the hottest five years on record

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Nov. 8, 2016) ― The five years from 2011 through 2015 were the warmest on record, a trend that’s increasing the prevalence of extreme weather, including flooding and drought, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization has found.  Continue reading Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows before praying at the altar during the funeral of late Prince Mikasa, uncle of the current Emperor Akihito, at the Toshimagaoka cemetery in Tokyo, Japan, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai – RTX2RU0K

Japan aims to play a leading role in crafting arrangements that raises transparency in each country’s emission cuts to help accomplish the spirit of the Paris agreement

November 8, 2016 — Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global pact officially entered into force.  Continue reading Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

Tropical storms to get fiercer as the world warms

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The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Tropical storms are expected to get less frequent but fiercer with climate change (Pic: Flickr/Claudio Accheri)

Turbocharged weather events like Typhoon Nepartak, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are expected to become more common with climate change

July 18, 2016 — Powerful tropical storms − known variously as cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes − bring death and destruction to huge swathes of the Earth’s surface. And new research suggests that they are likely to become even stronger.  Continue reading Tropical storms to get fiercer as the world warms

FPH, subs to draw up low-carbon roadmap

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First Philippine Holdings Corportation’s Chairman and CEO Federico R. Lopez at the FPH Annual Stockholders’ Meeting at the PSE Centre in Pasig City

Two subsidiaries of Lopez-led corporation will spearhead decarbonisation efforts of the group’s non-energy subsidiaries as added support in their campaign vs climate change

May 25, 2016 — Scientific studies have identified the power generation industry, especially carbon-intensive coal-fired power plants, as one of the main reasons behind adverse weather patterns associated with climate change, such as floods, droughts, as well as more destructive and more frequent typhoons. Continue reading FPH, subs to draw up low-carbon roadmap

Time to take climate action to next level, UN chief

China’s take on the Climate Action summit in Washington, DC.

May 6, 2016 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the world’s nations to “take climate action to the next level,” two weeks after 175 governments signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change in New York. Continue reading Time to take climate action to next level, UN chief

Climate change, Is the 1.5ºC target a mirage

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Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, April 1, 2016. Francis R Malasig/EPA

The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change – but scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled

PARIS, France (Apr. 23, 2016) — The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change.

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Abandon coal, oil or face climate disaster

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CLIMATE WARNING. In this file photo, steam rises from coal power plants in Germany on March 4, 2014. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA
Experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos urge mankind to prevent a global catastrophe

DAVOS, Switzerland (Jan. 21, 2016) — Humanity must stop burning coal, oil and gas to power the global economy or face an irreversible climate catastrophe, scientists, business chiefs and analysts warned at an elite gathering in the Swiss Alps.

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Fears of more deaths, devastation in flood-hit Missouri

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REELING FROM FLOODS. A man removes debris from a business on December 30, 2015 in Fenton, Missouri. The St. Louis area and surrounding region are experiencing record flood crests of the Mississippi, Missouri and Meremac Rivers after days of record rainfall. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urges residents to follow orders amid the historic flooding

CHICAGO, United States (Jan. 1, 2016) — Residents in the flood-ravaged US state of Missouri waited anxiously Thursday, December 31 (January 1 in Manila) to see how high the mighty Mississippi River would rise, as the death toll from the record-breaking deluge rose to 14.

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