extreme weather

flooding in the tana river area of kenya in 2018, when 60,000 people were forced to move home

Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods

New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production.

waves crash against the pier wall at seaham lighthouse near durham

Weatherwatch: Britain battered as jet stream meanders

For the last week Britain has been encircled by a gigantic loop in the jet stream, the result of which has been some remarkably wet weather for the east of the country. While welcome for places that had been suffering a long drought, it is a stark warning of weather patterns to come.

bp’s report states carbon emissions from energy use have risen at the fastest rate in nearly a decade

Atmospheric carbon levels are leaping. We can’t afford more years like this

One of the many ironies of the climate crisis is that as temperatures change and extreme weather becomes more common, we need more energy to maintain comfort. Hotter summers have driven an increase in power-hungry air conditioning and cooler temperatures in some places – which may be driven by the melting Arctic – raise demand for heating.

people take shelter under umbrellas during a heatwave in moscow

Northern hemisphere’s extreme heatwave in 2018 ‘impossible’ without climate change

Scientists are “virtually certain” that the three-month event – which saw temperature records broken from Belfast to Montreal and wildfires in places such as the Arctic circle, Greece and California – could not have happened in a world without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

cockermouth, cumbria in november 2009

Floods in 2009 and 2015 were worst in Cumbria for centuries – study

Residents have long suspected that the devastating floods were the worst in living memory, but this confirmation – from an analysis of lake sediment layers – provides a unique window on to the history of flooding in one of the wettest parts of England, and reveals the global climate crisis.

debris covers parts of a highway as hurricane irma lands in delray beach, florida

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame

Once a storm gets to category three it is classed as a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111mph and enough force to damage homes and snap trees. Category five storms, of at least 157mph, can raze dwellings, cause widespread power outages and result in scores of deaths.

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