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Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

The catastrophic floods that soaked Europe last summer and the United Kingdom this winter are part of the pattern of things to come. According to a new study of flood risk in Nature Climate Change annual average losses from extreme floods in Europe could increase fivefold by 2050. And the frequency of destructive floods could almost double in that … Read More

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England, Australia's hottest year on record and the U.S. being hit by a polar vortex have a "silver lining" of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN's climate chief. Christiana Figue… Read More

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

From the next climate phenomenon to Australia's climate future, we breakdown the best from the week of climate news. … Read More

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

It’s easy to see why Venice is a World Heritage Site when taking in the view from the Rialto Bridge. The Grand Canal stretches into the distance as gondoliers’ voices mingle with the sound of motorboats and echo off the ornate pastel buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare. People bustle along the sidewalks that line the canal and disappear d… Read More

Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia’s temperature will continue to warm leading to decreases in rainfall in southern Australia, increasing numbers of hot days, higher fire risks, and more severe drought conditions, according to the 2014 State of the Climate report. The report is a joint undertaking by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, and found that Australia’s … Read More

New Satellite to Improve Climate and Weather Forecasts

New Satellite to Improve Climate and Weather Forecasts

In T-minus a few hours, global precipitation monitoring will receive a major upgrade. NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency are launching a revolutionary new satellite on Thursday afternoon that will provide important new data on precipitation, which will in turn help improve climate and weather forecasts. The new satellite is dubbed … Read More

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

In Texas, which straddles the wet-dry divide between East and West, drought likely exacerbated by climate change means that confronting the threat of wildfires has become a way of life. And nowhere is that better illustrated than here in Austin, a booming metropolitan area of 1.8 million people.… Read More