Tag Archive for 'flood'

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 […]

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° […]

World Water Day is 22 March

February 9th, 2011 by Events

World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.  It is observed each year on 22 March. Too often we take water for granted and waste it. In Guernsey we open the tap and it pours out; clean, potable water that we can drink.  It […]