Tag Archive for 'drought'

Climate change doubles risk of extreme El Niño events

January 19th, 2014 by University of Exeter

The risk of extreme versions of the El Niño weather phenomenon will double over the coming decades due to global warming, new research has shown. The frequency of ‘extreme El Niños’ could see a twofold increase as the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean warms faster than the surrounding regions. Similar events were experienced in 1982 and […]

Guernsey Water offers advice to waste less water and reduce bills

July 25th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water encourages customers to be mindful of their water usage habits during this hot and dry weather, and to think about reducing wastage wherever possible. The latest water storage figures show that Guernsey’s reserves are still in a healthy state, but the utility are aware that prolonged dry weather spells can put pressure on […]

Atmospheric waves amplified and stuck in their tracks during recent extreme weather events

April 4th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes in recent years, such as the heat wave in the United States in 2011 or the one in Russia 2010 coinciding with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. Behind these devastating individual events there is a common physical cause according to scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate […]

Report outlines impacts of climate change in Europe

November 23rd, 2012 by European Environment Agency

Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency this week. The report, ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012’ finds […]

Insurers can play leading role in mitigating climate change risk

September 21st, 2012 by Ceres

According to a Ceres report “Stormy Future for U.S. Property and Casualty Insurers: The Growing Costs and Risks of Extreme Weather Events, published in September 2012, worsening weather in a warming world poses a growing risk to the financial stability of insurance companies and has broad ramifications for the economy and society. The report outlines a […]

Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Advisor, speaks about climate change to Channel 4 News

August 24th, 2012 by Channel 4 News

Tom Clarke, Channel 4 News Science Editor, interviews Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Adviser, about the peril of human induced climate change. Sir Bob Watson steps down from his role at DEFRA at the end of August 2012.  Professor Ian Boyd has been appointed to replace Sir Bob Watson as DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Planning and preparing for extreme weather events

July 11th, 2012 by Committee on Climate Change

The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the UK’s Committee of Climate Change, which assesses progress on the UK Government adaptation programme for issues such as floods and water policy, finds that four times as many households and businesses in England could be at risk of flooding in the next twenty years if further action is not […]

Greenhouse gases altering patterns of rainfall and ocean salinity

April 27th, 2012 by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world’s oceans, signaling shifts and acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle tied directly to climate change. In a paper, ‘The Greenhouse Is Making the Water-Poor Even Poorer‘ published on 27 April 2012 in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and […]

Climate change causing increasing number of extreme weather events

March 25th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental. From the many single events a pattern emerges. At least for extreme rainfall and heat waves the link with human-caused global warming […]

WMO reports that last decade saw climate changing more rapidly

March 24th, 2012 by World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate said that 2011 was the 11th warmest since records began in 1850. It confirmed preliminary findings that 2011 was the warmest year on record with a La Niña, which has a cooling influence. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2011 were estimated to be 0.40° […]