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Climate Swat Team Aims to Identify When Global Warming Causes Extreme Weather

When weather disaster strikes, observers near and far ask the same question: Climate change—is it or isn’t it? The simplest answer, yes, lacks specificity. All weather is a joint human-nature venture, because we’ve made the atmosphere hotter than it’s been …

What Smart People Get Wrong About Climate Change Extremes: Opinion

If anyone should be attuned to the real-world impacts of global warming, it’s the policy makers and business heads that have to deal with the fallout. But even the most well-intentioned can fail to grasp just how bad things could …

China’s Cities Aren’t Prepared for Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Change

Climate change is making China’s annual summer floods worse, and cities housing millions of people aren’t prepared to handle the damage. Record-breaking rainfall in the central province of Henan killed more than 300 people last month, while downpours continue to …

Rain Falls at Highest Point on Greenland’s Ice Sheet for 1st Time on Record

Rain fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet last week for the first time on record, another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet already melting at an increasing rate, scientists said on Friday. “That’s not …

How Extreme Weather Makes Everything Harder, Except Climate-Risk Analysis

It’s been a momentous week for our understanding of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth report on the physical science of global warming last Monday brought home the connection between burning fossil fuels …

Blistering Heat in Sicily May Have Just Smashed European Record

The Italian island of Sicily may have just smashed continental Europe’s heat record, the latest example of how climate change is causing extreme weather events around the globe. Temperatures there reached 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, Sicily’s weather …

China’s Extreme Weather Provides Wake-Up Call for Under-Insured Local Authorities

BEIJING – Devastating summer floods in the populous province of Henan in central China are a wake-up call for local authorities to seek better insurance cover against natural disasters, potentially opening up a huge market for insurers in the country. …

Once-in-50-Year Heat Waves Now Happening Every Decade: U.N. Climate Report

Extreme heat waves that previously only struck once every 50 years are now expected to happen once per decade because of global warming, while downpours and droughts have also become more frequent, a U.N. climate science report said on Monday. …

Greek Citizens Angry With Government Over Reponse to Wildfires

As flames threatened to engulf the home of Stelios Kokkinelis in a suburb north of Athens at the weekend and the emergency services failed to respond to his calls for help, he decided to ignore an evacuation order and take …

This Summer’s Extreme Weather Hitting World’s Wealthier Countries

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021’s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past. Wealthy countries such as the United States, …