Tag Archive for 'extreme weather events'

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° […]

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased UK flood risk in 2000

February 16th, 2011 by University of Oxford

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased the odds of damaging floods occurring in England and Wales in Autumn 2000 according to new research published in the journal Nature this week. Although the precise magnitude is still uncertain, the researchers found a 2-in-3 chance that the odds were increased by about a factor […]

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reports on why climate matters for business

September 18th, 2010 by Confederation of British Industry

The CBI‘s report on adaptation recognises that our infrastructure is not ready for the radical changes ahead to Britain’s climate and call for the Government to make its environmental data more easily available to help businesses prepare for the risks of climate change. To find out more about the CBI’s work on climate change visit […]