The Biggest Refugee Camp Braces for Rain: ‘This Is Going to Be a Catastrophe’
Nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees live in the camp, at Cox’s Bazar, near the southern tip of Bangladesh. Cyclones, which can occur from March to July, would considerably worsen the situation beyond the dangers of flooding and landslides.
Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest
According to recent research, the region dried faster in the 20th century than at any time over the last 2,000 years. Four severe droughts have walloped the area in the last two decades, a rapid succession that has pushed millions of the world’s poorest to the edge of survival.
Is India's Bangalore doomed to be the next Cape Town?
The Bangalore water supply and sewerage board (BWSSB), the agency that provides drinking water and manages the city's sewage system, acknowledges that in 2014, a survey predicted Bangalore was on the verge of running out of water.
Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'
The region experienced its warmest winter on record. Sea ice hit record lows for the time of year, new US weather data revealed on Tuesday.
Icy Europe, balmy North Pole: the world upside down
On Sunday, meanwhile, air temperatures at the North Pole—which won't see the Sun until March—rose above freezing.
"In relative terms, that's a 30 C (54 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature anomaly," Robert Rohde, lead scientist at Berkeley Earth in Washington, tweeted.
It will be warmer at the North Pole next week than much of Europe, as sea ice melts
In the Bering Sea in particular, sea ice has been at record low levels for much of the fall and winter. As if spooked by a ghost, much of the ice that had been covering the region vanished during February, a time when it would normally be at its peak extent and thickness.
Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises
The north pole gets no sunlight until March, but an influx of warm air has pushed temperatures in Siberia up by as much as 35C above historical averages this month. Greenland has already experienced 61 hours above freezing in 2018 - more than three times as many hours as in any previous year.
Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA
Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days
Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives.
Helping refugees help themselves
What's Actually Behind Cape Town's Water Crisis
In 2008, Barcelona came close. Sao Paulo, the biggest city in the Western Hemisphere, teeters on the brink. The government of Indonesia has given serious consideration to abandoning chunks of Jakarta, which is paradoxically sinking below sea level, drowning in torrential rains, and running out of potable water.
Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'
“If Europe thinks they have a problem with migration today … wait 20 years,” said retired US military corps brigadier general Stephen Cheney. “See what happens when climate change drives people out of Africa – the Sahel [sub-Saharan area] especially – and we’re talking now not just one or two million, but 10 or 20 [million]. They are not going to south Africa, they are going across the Mediterranean.”
Floods Leave Paris Contemplating a Wetter Future
PARIS — Must France simply get used to flooding?
The Seine River overflowed its banks again in Paris and several nearby cities this week, a mere 18 months after reaching its highest level since 1982.
Billion-Dollars Storms: Is This the New Normal?
The superstorms and wildfires of 2017 cost a record-breaking $306 billion.
Worse climate change in the offing
BONN, 13 November, 2017 – The world has been given a stark warning by some of its leading scientists: there is much worse climate change on the way.
NASA, NOAA data show 2016 warmest year on record globally
Asian temperatures could rise disastrously
Profligate fossil fuel use could cause Asian temperatures to rise by 6°C, bringing floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions.
LONDON, 21 July, 2017 – Unrestrained climate change could have serious consequences by forcing Asian temperatures drastically upwards; it could limit economic growth and reverse recent human advances for hundreds of millions, according to a new study.
Climate refugees will search hard for homes
Where can the climate refugees go, if 2 billion are driven away by rising tides, and the interior available becomes ever more inhospitable?
LONDON, 29 June, 2017 – By 2060, around 1.4 bn people could be climate refugees, driven from low-lying coastal cities by sea level rise. By 2100, as the global population may have reached 11bn, there could be 2bn climate refugees.
Climate change causes killer heatwaves
LONDON, 14 June, 2017 – In southern Asia, mortality is likely to rise with the thermometer. Researchers have established a direct link between global warming and heat-related deaths from killer heatwaves.
A tiny rise of 0.5°C in mean summer temperatures in India or another comparable tropical developing nation could result in a 146% rise in mass death from the heat.
The message is that even moderate increases in mean temperature will have negative effects on human health. And for the poorest – and in India more than 300 million people live on an income of less than $1.25 a day – the effects could be fatal.
Weekly Arctic sea ice age between 1984 and 2016
Paris 1.5°C target may be smashed by 2026
What appears to be a recent change to a positive phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation is likely to accelerate global warming, breaking through the agreed Paris target of 1.5°C by as early as 2026.
As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open
As global warming melts sea ice across the Arctic, shipping routes once thought impossible — including directly over the North Pole — may open up by midcentury. But high costs may keep the new routes from being used right away.
About 13.1 Million People Could Be Displaced by Rising Sea Levels, Study Suggests
As of January 4, 2017, the sea level is about 88.2 milliliters, as per NASA's Vital Signs of the Planet. The rate of change of sea level is estimated to be 3.4 milliliters per year.
We owe our planet this climate march. But we also owe it – very faint – hope
If the capitulation of some parts of the establishment, and the invigoration of some progressive leaders, count as two small positives, there’s also a third: the unleashing of the full energy of lots and lots of people who have had to speak more softly in the past.
Cold snap: massive iceberg just off coast draws Canadians eager for close-up
The iceberg, which has dwarfed the nearby small town of Ferryland, is estimated to measure some 46 metres (150ft) at its highest point. “It’s the biggest one I ever seen around here,” mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press. “It’s a huge iceberg and it’s in so close that people can get a good photograph of it.”
Rising Walls, Falling Bridges
Even more than politics, all weather is local. So, while most of the nation basked in record warmth this week, the West Coast was battered again by a system carrying enough water vapor to equal the flow of about 10 Mississippi Rivers.
The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record
There have been 3,146 record highs set for the month-to-date compared to only 27 record lows, ensuring February will go down as the 27th month in a row with more highs than lows. The astonishing 116-to-1 ratio of highs to lows would easily set a record for the most lopsided monthly ratio in history. There have also been 248 monthly record highs and no monthly record lows.
Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons
Long-term sea level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world. Here we present paired images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban and New York — could fare under scenarios of business as usual vs. a sharp transition to clean energy.
Australia’s new normal … as city temperatures hit 47C people shelter from the deadly heat
Australians are no strangers to hot weather. But for the past week large parts of the continent have suffered a heatwave of unusual length and intensity. Temperature records were beaten in cities and rural towns around the country.
It's more than just climate change
The disparity is even greater when inequality within countries is included. For example, about 50 percent of the world's people live on less than $3 per day, 75 percent on less than $8.50, and 90 percent on less than $23. One effect of this inequality is that the top 10 percent produce almost as much total carbon emissions as the bottom 90 percent combined.
Heat waves are not unusual in Australia
This map shows peak land surface temperatures between February 7 and 14, 2017, a period when some of the most extreme heating occurred. The map is based on data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Heat Is On for 2017, Just Not Record-Setting
While that streak is expected to end, in part because of the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record, 2017 is still expected to be among the hottest years in more than 130 years of record keeping, according to a forecast from the U.K. Met Office.
Arctic ice melt 'already affecting weather patterns where you live right now'
The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists have told the Guardian.
2016 Is Days Away from Sealing Record-Hot Spot
It will be the third straight record-setting year — and of the 17 hottest years, 16 have been this century — a clear sign of the human-caused rise in global temperatures caused by the buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases over the past century.
Climate Change Will Stir ‘Unimaginable’ Refugee Crisis
Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of “unimaginable scale,” according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration will become the “new normal”.
Temperature and Precipitation Maps
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for October 2016 tied with 2003 as the third highest for October in the 137-year period of record, at 0.73°C (1.31°F) above the 20th century average of 14.0°C (57.1°F).
Was that climate change? Scientists are getting faster at linking extreme weather to warming
Is it still true to say you can’t point to any single extreme weather event and claim you can’t link it to human-caused climate change?
Plenty of people seem to think this is still the case. But a rapidly evolving field of climate science suggests that it’s not.
Cumbrian lakes hold a centuries-long flood record
Any plan to protect homes and businesses from flooding has to understand the scale of the problem being confronted.
These Images Show Near-Record Low 2016 Arctic Sea Ice
This year has been exceptional by many standards. March saw the lowest sea ice maximum ever recorded followed by a string of record low months. The Northwest Passage opened up, allowing a luxury cruise ship to travel from Anchorage to New York. And a freak storm in August turned ice thin and brittle near the North Pole.
August Ties July as Hottest Month Ever on Record
In NASA’s dataset, August marks the 11th record-setting month in a row. That streak goes back 15 months through July in data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each agency handles the global temperature data slightly differently and uses a different period of comparison, leading to slight differences in the monthly and yearly temperature numbers. Overall, though, both datasets show clear agreement in the overall warming trend.
FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?
Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect
Climate change could have a domino effect on key infrastructure in the UK, government advisers have warned. FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?
Temperatures in India reach a terrifying 123 degrees
India is no stranger to high temperatures and large disasters: 2015 was an especially devastating year for the country, with heat, drought, and floods killing hundreds of citizens. All of these disasters have been linked to climate change, which especially affects developing nations like India, where over 20 percent of the population lives on less than $1.90 a day and 300 million lack electricity.
World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns
Last year, earthquakes, floods, heatwaves and landslides left 22,773 people dead, affected 98.6 million others and caused $66.5bn (£47bn) of economic damage (pdf). Yet the international community spends less than half of one per cent of the global aid budget on mitigating the risks posed by such hazards.
Why is 2016 smashing heat records?
January and February have both broken temperature records. Karl Mathiesen examines how much is down to El Niño versus manmade climate change http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/04/is-el-nino-or-climate-change-behind-the-run-of-record-temperatures
NOAA and NASA Team Up to Investigate Strong El Niño
America’s two leading climate science agencies are conducting an unprecedented survey via land, sea and air to investigate the current El Niño event and better understand its impact on weather systems that have brought both parched and soaking conditions to North America.
How melting Arctic ice may have set off era of vicious East Coast snow storms
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/02/05/how-melting-arctic-ice-may-have-set-off-era-of-vicious-east-coast-snow-storms/‘Absurdly’ high Arctic warmth drives sea ice to record low
Record warm Arctic air temperatures running an astonishing 11 degrees F above average at the surface helped drive sea ice to a record low in January.
With its latest annual effort at what is known as decadal forecasting, the Met Office is predicting that global temperatures will continue to rise from 2016 through 2020, with those years likely falling between 0.5° and 1.4°F (0.28 and 0.77°C) above the 1981-2010 average.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/five-year-forecast-more-warming-in-store-19988Climate change in charts: from record global temperatures to science denial
So here are six that you might have missed, but that tell us a few things about the state of the climate and the state of the public’s thinking on global warming.
Watch All of 2015’s Weather in Super High-Def
Another year of wild weather is behind us. But thanks to EUMETSAT, you can now relive it in amazing high-definition video from space. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/2015-weather-high-def-19981
Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds
Globally, surface temperatures in 2015 broke a record that had been set only one year before. The change in the phase of the ocean cycle is also expected to flush surface waters back across the Pacific Ocean toward the West Coast, where sea level rise will worsen flooding.
2015 becomes warmest year on record, say meteorologists
The Met Office figures show that 2015 was 0.75C warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990.
Climate Change: 2015 Was The Hottest Year On Record, And This Year Is Likely To Be Even Hotter
How This El Niño Is And Isn’t Like 1997
So it’s no wonder that it is the touchstone event that people think of when they hear that name. And naturally, as the current El Niño event has gained steam, the comparisons to 1997 have been increasingly bandied about.
Strong El Niño Brings Warmer Global Temperatures
The strong El Niño is likely playing a role as the average global temperature of an El Niño year is 0.4°F higher than a La Niña year. However, the strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase. In fact, La Niña years in the 21st Century are now warmer than El Niño years just 30 years ago.
Climate Chart of the Year? Record Heat, Of Course
The world is getting hotter. And hotter, and hotter...
The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year
The rate of global warming has increased with each passing decade. A couple of studies published this year show that the rate will not only continue to rise, but soon be one the earth hasn’t seen since the Vikings found their way to Greenland (and possibly longer than that). Warming will be fastest in the northern hemisphere, which just so happens to be where most humans live.
El Nino weather: Worries grow over humanitarian impact
The strongest El Nino weather cycle on record is likely to increase the threat of hunger and disease for millions of people in 2016, aid agencies say.
The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen-and much faster than climate scientists expected
2016 set to be hottest year on record globally
The forecast comes just five days after 195 nations agreed a historic deal to fight global warming at a UN summit in Paris by keeping the world’s temperature rise under 2C, with an ambition to restrict the rise to 1.5C.
Arctic Gets Check-Up: Temperature Highest on Record
The Arctic has just received its yearly checkup from a group of international scientists, and the patient isn’t looking well.
The Globe’s Hottest Year Just Keeps Getting Hotter
On Monday, NASA released its latest monthly temperature data for the globe. And it’s perhaps no surprise that this November was the warmest on record for the planet.
Weather disasters occurred almost daily over last decade, UN says
Floods and heatwaves frequency almost double in two decades, but scientists say ‘jury is out’ on how much is due to climate change.
Extreme Weather Tied to Over 600,000 Deaths Over 2 Decades
GENEVA — Weather-related disasters in the past two decades have killed more than 600,000 people and inflicted economic losses estimated at trillions of dollars, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that the frequency and impact of such events was set to rise.
What Passing a Key CO2 Mark Means to Climate Scientists
This week is a big one for our world. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels climbed above the 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory and it’s distinctly possible they won’t be back below that level again in our lifetimes.
Climate Change Could Drive More Than 100 Million Into Poverty by 2030, Report Says
Poor countries face the most risk as global warming worsens. For one, regions in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be worst hit by higher temperatures, according to the report. Globally, poor households are more vulnerable to increases in food prices, and poor communities are often built in areas most susceptible to the risks of climate change like flooding.
New York Prepares for Up to 6 Feet of Sea Level Rise
About 500,000 people live on the 120 square miles of land that lie less than 6 feet above the mean high tide line in the state of New York. More than $100 billion in property value exists in that area.
2050 weather forecasts
The UN’s mock weather forecasts from the future are part of the cultural revolution needed to address global warming
Pentagon: global warming will change how US military trains and goes to war
Global warming is changing the way the US trains for and goes to war – affecting war games, weapons systems, training exercises, and military installations – according to the Pentagon.
Pentagon to rank global warming as destabilising force
US defence review says military planners should factor climate change into long-term strategy
September 2014 Was Warmest on Record, NASA Data Shows
Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013, study finds
Norwegian Refugee Council finds ‘mega disasters’ such as typhoons and hurricanes drove 22 million people from homes
Natural disasters displaced three times as many people as war last year – even as 2013 was a horrific year for conflict – with 22 million people driven out of their homes by floods, hurricanes and other hazards, a new study has found.
Twice as many people now lose their homes to disaster as in the 1970s, and more people move into harm’s way each year, the study by the Norwegian Refugee Council found.
2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency
Global average temperatures in September were highest ever, following warmest year to date since 1998
All of the world’s top 10 warmest years have occurred since 2000. Climate studies have shown the world is poised for more warmth as the amounts of carbon dioxide rise. Last month, figures revealed carbon dioxide levels rose by the highest amount in 30 years in 2013.
NASA, Other Data Show Globe Had Warmest October 2014
Data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) show this October was 1.4°F above the 1951-1980 average they use as their baseline. That didn’t set a monthly mark, as did August and September, but rather tied 2005 as the warmest October since 1880. That keeps 2014 on track to be the hottest year on record.
Climate change is increasing the intensity of extreme weather events
Far from being isolated, the Philippines typhoon Haiyan followed other extraordinary meteorological events that are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe
13 of 14 warmest years on record occurred in 21st century – UN
Hottest on Record for a Fifth Month This Year
“It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record,” said Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring for NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. “The remaining question is: How much?”
2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events
John Vidal looks back at a year of record heatwaves, floods, rainstorms and cyclones
Australia's spring was the warmest on record, climate records show
Daytime maximums were 2.07C above average in 2013, with temperature rises recorded across virtually entire country
Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless'
It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm).
The Arctic's Northern Sea Route by on Prezi
Watch 27 years of 'old' Arctic ice melt away in seconds
A video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a disturbing trend in the age of Arctic ice
The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future
A world that does not manage to curb global warming is an insecure world. A series of recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it abundantly clear.
Extreme weather 'will cost lives and billions of pounds of damage'
Lives could be lost and billions of pounds of damage caused to households and businesses as a result of extreme weather, a senior climate researcher has warned, as Britain is about to experience its warmest year since records began.
Climate change will increase extreme rainfall; drought, NASA says (VIDEO)
A new report by the US space agency NASA says that temperate regions will experience more drought while the tropics more extreme rains in the future.
2012 among the 10 warmest years on record, figures show
Climate change threatens emerging superpowers, warns report
Arctic ice melting at 'amazing' speed, scientists find
UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance
“Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history,” the report states. “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia.”