Tag Archive for 'extreme weather'

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 […]

Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan most affected by weather catastrophes

November 14th, 2013 by Germanwatch

Germanwatch presented the 9th annual Global Climate Risk Index at the onset of the Climate Summit in Warsaw (COP 19) while overshadowed by the ongoing human catastrophe in the Philippines. “The index shows that the most severe weather related catastrophes in 2012 occurred in Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan,” said Sönke Kreft, Team Leader International Climate […]

Atlantic hurricane storm surges will increase with global warming

March 26th, 2013 by National Oceanography Centre

Extreme storm events of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina will occur more frequently because of climate change, according to a study involving the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool. The research, published in the paper ‘Projected Atlantic hurricane surge threat from rising temperatures‘ in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) concludes […]

CEO survey reveals greater concern for energy and raw material costs

December 10th, 2012 by PwC

According to preliminary results from PwC’s Global Annual CEO Survey, concern about energy and raw material costs as a threat to business growth prospects are at a three year high. Fifty-three percent of CEOs – a 7% increase on last year’s results – said the issue had now overtaken consumer spending and behaviour as a […]

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 […]

Oxfam highlights impact of extreme weather on global food prices

September 11th, 2012 by Oxfam

According to international agency Oxfam, new research shows that the full impact of climate change on future food prices is being underestimated. Oxfam’s report, Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices, highlights for the first time how extreme weather events such as droughts and floods could drive up future food prices. Previous research only tends to consider gradual […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global temperatures in 2011 higher than in any previous La Niña year

December 4th, 2011 by World Meteorological Organization

Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the tenth highest on record and are higher than any previous year with a La Niña event, which has a relative cooling influence. The 13 warmest years have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997. The extent of Arctic sea ice in 2011 was the second lowest on […]

Christian Aid Supporter Day. Be Inspired. Be Active. Create Change.

October 20th, 2010 by Martin John Nicholls of Christian Aid

On the 20th October this year, thousands of Christian Aid supporters from churches all over the UK, made their way to London to lobby their MPs. Not on domestic matters, but on an issue that will affect the whole world and its people. Climate Change. Why would they do such a thing? Well, because they […]