Extreme Weather

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Rising global temperatures and extreme weather: a time to act

Rising global temperatures and extreme weather: a time to act

2011 was a year of extreme weather events around the world with the average global temperature setting a new high. 2011 was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of record keeping. Janet Larsen and Sara Rasmussen from the Earth Policy Institute report that extreme weather is now upon us, and a warming climate may […]

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Leading Climate Change Experts To Gather in Vancouver to Discuss Fate of Cities Facing Rising Sea Levels

Leading Climate Change Experts To Gather in Vancouver to Discuss Fate of Cities Facing Rising Sea Levels

Researchers Warn that Metro Vancouver Is Threatened by Rising Sea Levels, Storm Surges and Flash Floods Leading Climate Change Experts To Gather in Vancouver to Discuss Fate of Cities Facing Rising Sea Levels  Vancouver, B.C.  – March 6, 2012 – Coastal cities such as Vancouver are in jeopardy due to rising sea levels compounded by […]

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The Importance of Grain in a Changing Climate

Ever since the global food price spike in 2007-2008, grain crops, which make up half of the total human caloric intake around the world, have been subject to much discussion as climate impacts such as droughts, heat waves and temperatures increases have continued to shift their prices upward. A recent article by Janet Larsen of […]

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New Approaches Required to Deal With Flooding

New Approaches Required to Deal With Flooding

A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Water Resources offers a discussion of flooding and how a new approach is required to help mitigate the increasingly fatal risks. Authors Matthias Jakob and Mike Church explain that river and coastal floods, in an average year, kill over 25,000, affect 520 million people, and render 3.2 […]

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Climate Change Triggers Winter Cooling in Northern Hemisphere?

Climate Change Triggers Winter Cooling in Northern Hemisphere?

In a twist that deepens the complexities of the impacts of “global warming,” a new study featured in Science Magazine reports that the warmer-than-average summers it is causing may be linked to colder and more extreme winter weather in the Northern Hemisphere. The general consensus among climate scientists is that global average temperatures have been […]

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Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

An article at EnvironmentalLeader.com says that water issues caused by everything from drought to flooding have hit food and clothing manufacturers hard. “The Gap cut its profit forecast by 22 percent after the Texas drought killed much of the year’s cotton crop, Reuters said. Kraft, Sara Lee and Nestle have all announced plans to raise […]

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Thailand Inundated With Deadly Floodwaters

Thailand Inundated With Deadly Floodwaters

Thailand is experiencing crippling floods that have caused scores of deaths and damaging property and crops, as well as imposing significant business interruptions on Toyota, Daimler and Apple, and delaying the national school term. World food supply may be affected too, as Thailand is the world’s top rice exporter. Traders and analysts estimate about 2 […]

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Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Elinor Ostrom, Distinguished Professor of political science at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington and the 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in economic sciences, is the principal investigator in a three-year project to study the impact of climate change on water resources and the ability of governance systems to adapt to the resulting challenges. “Much of the world’s […]

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