2010: Hottest, wettest, coldest, driest on record

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

New research has found that 2010 was plagued by some of the most extreme weather and temperatures in recorded history, according to the Guardian, following WMO reports that 2010 was the joint-warmest on record with 2005. And this year is shaping up to be one for the record books also, in particular the costliest year for weather-related disasters.

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Russia’s heat wave “not climate change”

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

Last year’s heat wave in Russia, which wiped out a third of the country’s wheat harvest and drove up global grain prices, was caused by natural weather variations, US scientists have found. They attributed it to the natural phenomenon of “atmospheric blocking”, Reuters reports, and not human-induced global warming as was initially thought. Nevertheless, extreme weather events like theseRead More …

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Severe drought in Uganda brings warning of famine

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Thousands of Ugandans face a humanitarian crisis as hot, dry weather seriously threatens water and food supplies in 30 per cent of the country’s territory, IRIN reports. Residents are being forced to walk long distances in search of water and crop yields are being hurt by the nine-month-long drought, caused by La Niña. Meteorologists say that expected rainfall inRead More …

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New studies strengthen case for man-made climate change

17 February, 2011 by (comments)

New climate modeling research shows that an increase in greenhouse gas emissions has a direct link to a changing climate, Nature reports. In two studies released by British scientists, computer climate simulation found that the biggest differential in rising precipitation is not natural variability in the atmosphere but rather greenhouse gases released by humans. In particular, this suggests links betweenRead More …

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Sri Lanka: one-third of rice “completely destroyed”

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Heavy monsoon flooding in the second-half of January has cut Sri Lanka’s staple rice crop by 35%, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced today. Reuters reports that the Ministry estimates that more than 300,000 hectares of rice has been “completely destroyed”, and while commodity traders expect the impact on world prices to be minimal, it nevertheless equates to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Rice @en