Extreme Weather

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Experts Warn that the West Coast of Africa will be Submerged by 2099

Swathes of West Africa’s coastline extending from the orange dunes in Mauritania to the dense tropical forests in Cameroon will be underwater by the end of the century as a direct consequence of climate change, environmental experts warn.“The coastline will be completely changed by the end of this century because the sea level is rising […]

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Changing Climate May Ruin Coffee Production in Uganda

Changing weather patterns in Uganda may lead to the extinction of the east African country’s key export, coffee, in coming decades, a report by British charity Oxfam states. Uganda is Africa’s second biggest coffee producer after Ethiopia and has become a major player in robusta coffee production since political unrest in the Ivory Coast slashed […]

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Australia’s Murray-Darling River System May Never Recover from Drought

The prolonged drought in Australia’s Murray-Darling river basin is worsening and the country’s food-producing region may forever be changed by accelerating climate warming, Australian government officials announced. Despite good autumn rains, June inflows into the river basin were the lowest in more than a century on record and climate experts are predicting a 60-70 percent […]

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Climate Change Causing Insurance Rate Hikes along the US Coast

Scientists say the jury is still out on whether rising sea temperatures will cause more hurricanes to hit U.S. coastlines. Yet some insurance companies are boosting premiums based on assumptions that they will. Others are withdrawing from coastal communities altogether. Last year, Leanne Lord of Marion, Massachusetts, decided to put her house up for sale […]

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Bangladesh Proposes Fund to Help Countries Combat Climate Change

Bangladesh has proposed the creation a fund to fight climate change in densely populated South Asia, which experts say is vulnerable to rising seas, melting glaciers and greater extremes of droughts and floods. Regional experts on climate change began two days of talks in Dhaka on July 1, ahead of a meeting of environment ministers […]

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Russia Recognizes Threats Global Warming Poses to Defence Infrastructure

Global warming could deal destructive blows to Russia’s defence infrastructure over the next 22 years, a top official recently told Moscow. Defence infrastructure, including key airfields, oil storage facilities and strategic oil reservoirs, face the risk of destruction from melting permafrost in Russia’s far north by 2030, Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Mr […]

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Pangnirtung Still Suffering From Flooding

Two weeks ago flash flooding prompted the Nunavut hamlet of Pangnirtung, on Baffin Island, to declare a state of local emergency. High winds and heavy rains damaged two bridges over the Duvall River, including a new bridge that was supposed to open this summer. With both bridges now closed, residents have no access to municipal […]

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UN Warns of New Refugee Crisis Fuelled by Climate Change

Climate change is fuelling conflicts around the world and helping to drive the number of people forced out of their homes to new highs, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). After a few years of improvement, thanks mainly to large-scale resettlement in Afghanistan, the numbers of civilians uprooted by conflict is […]

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