A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned.
This grim prospect is sketched out in a journal paper that climatedroughtextremefloodshothousesea level rise Read More
The NHS is experiencing a “summer crisis”, with increased emergency admissions and uncomfortable conditions in buildings not equipped for the heat, while the Met Office has warned that the UK temperature record of 38.5C could be broken on Friday. Authorities in Greece are dealing with the aftermath of devastating wildfires that killed at droughtEmissionsheatwaveresiliencewildfires Read More
THIRTY YEARS AGO, while the Midwest withered in massive drought and East Coast temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I testified to the Senate as a senior NASA scientist about climate change. I said that ongoing global warming was outside the range of natural variability and it could be attributed, with #keepitinthegroundclimate actiondroughtFossil FuelsJames Hansennasa Read More
In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California:
California will get the worst of all possible worlds – more flooding in the winter, less available water californiaclimate changedroughteconomyJames HansenJerry BrownPeter Gleick Read More
UNITED NATIONS – World Water Day is celebrated at the U.N. as a call to action to recognize that fresh water is not something to take for granted.
"More than 2 billion people lack access to safe water, and more than 4.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation services," Secretary General Antonio Guterres Brenden VarmadroughtMahmoud SaikalMiroslav LajčákPitbullScarcitywater Read More
Once a conference room talking point, Climate-smart agriculture is now an action item for farmers, extension workers, agribusinesses, and other stakeholders throughout the agricultural sector.
In the last few years, CSA—which is an approach to agriculture that boosts productivity and resilience, and reduces GHG emissions- has gained momentum as understanding of agricultureClimate-smartCSAdroughtfood securityworld bank Read More
A surcharge on energy producers would fund climate adaptation and the low-carbon transition, suggest Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke.
Governments juggle too many interests to drive global action on climate change. But the insurance industry is ideally placed. With annual premiums amounting to between US$4 trillion and $5 trillion, climate risksdroughtfloodsinsuranceRichard H. Clarke Read More
Secretary-General's Message for 2016
“Protect Earth. Restore land. Engage people”
Desertification, land degradation, drought and climate change are interconnected. As a result of land degradation and climate change, the severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing, along with floods and extreme temperatures. More than 50 per cent of agricultural land is 2050Ban Ki-Moonclimate changedroughtland degradationSDG'ssustainable agriculture Read More
Impacts Will Be With Us for Many Decades,Says WMO Head
The trend for increasingly extreme and frequent weather matching climate change forecasts has been put into stark perspective by the latest data while the economic impact of one of the strongest El Nino's on record is acting as a red warning 1.5 degreesagricultureclimate changeCOP21droughtel ninoEnergyfaminefood securityFossil FuelsIMFIndustrymichael mannnasaparis agreementrahmstorfWMO Read More