Extreme weather: here to stay?

2 February, 2011 by (comments)

As Australia feels the force of one of the biggest tropical storms in its history, extreme weather in Asia has also been wreaking havoc recently. Month-long heavy rains in the Philippines have killed at least 75 people, and caused US$45 million in damage to infrastructure and agriculture. Fortunately, major rice and maize crops have so far escaped the worstRead More …

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Understanding La Niña

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

There’s a great article by IRIN today about La Niña, the cyclical weather system which has been blamed by many for extreme weather events around the world in the past few months. Apparently the current La Niña cycle is one of the strongest in the last century – but what exactly is it, and why is it happening? UnpackingRead More …

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WMO – 2010 was the warmest year on record

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has concluded that 2010 was the warmest year on record since global temperature records began in 1850. It found that 2010 was 0.53 degrees Celsius warmer than the average for the commonly-used baseline period of 1961-1990. While 2010 was marginally warmer that the other two warmest years on record – 1998 and 2005 –Read More …

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La Niña drought threatens millions of livestock – KENYA

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

The La Niña weather system, which has brought torrential rains and devastating floods to Colombia in recent months, has left Kenyan livestock keepers in the north of the country facing severe drought. The United Nations news service IRIN reports today that up to 22 million livestock could die unless urgent action is taken to address water shortages and toRead More …

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