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Extreme weather events marked the course of 2020

The past year has seen a number of extreme weather events, including storms, wildfires and heat waves. The causative link is climate change. A number of the events have caused considerable damage. Some of the most extreme events are presented.

Climate change impacts on size and spread of hurricanes

Climate change can impact on extreme weather, especially violently strong winds. New research finds that climate change impacted Hurricane Florence's precipitation and size, based on computer modelling.

A look at how the climate crisis has progressed since 1992

World leaders held the first United Nations conference to tackle climate change in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. On December 2, COP 25 will take place. Since that first meeting, the world has gotten hotter, spewed more GHG, and seen more extreme weather events.

Essential Science: Changes to weather events 'could be lethal'

The world faces extreme weather events leading to environmental change. This is impacting on animals and plants. Predictive analytics has helped to map out the changes and shows if a certain species could be driven to extinction.

Canada will not pay for people to rebuild homes in flood zones

Gatineau - With the increase in severe flooding occurring more frequently in Canada, the cost of rebuilding a home or business in the same area is escalating. Canada is testing a very different idea of disaster recovery: Forcing people to move.

Extreme weather has displaced seven million in first half of 2019

A record seven million people have been displaced globally due to natural disasters including storms and floods between January and June 2019 and the number is estimated to more than triple by the end of the year.

World's biggest chemical company slashes earnings forecast

The world's largest chemical producer, BASF SE, fired a warning shot across industries, saying slowing markets from cars to crops and the impact of the U.S.-China trade war threaten to cut profits by 30 percent this year.

Baked-Alaska — Anchorage swelters under record-breaking heat

Anchorage - The temperature at Ted Stevens International Airport reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit at about 5 p.m. Thursday, crushing a 50-year record in Anchorage, Alaska.

BP Report: Carbon emissions rise at fastest rate since 2011

Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand over the past 12 months, causing carbon emissions to grow at the fastest rate since 2011.

The impact of burning fossil fuels on today's extreme weather

A new study warns that the continued burning of fossil fuels will likely lead to even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream.

Extremely dangerous California wildfire burns near Yosemite

Sacramento - A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing the closure of a major access road to the park.

World Economic Forum - Greatest risks facing the world in 2018

A global survey of experts and decision-makers shows they believe nuclear war, cyberattacks and environmental disasters are the likeliest threats to the world in 2018.

Connecting the dots between 2017's natural disasters and climate

From hurricanes to wildfires, heatwaves, and droughts, 2017 was a devastating year all across the planet, and while we tend to use the term "natural disaster," in most cases, they have been climate disasters.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in Houston

After making landfall on Friday night as a powerful Category 4 storm, Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm that has created a disaster of epic proportions in southeast Texas.

US Wildfire threat levels - How technology helps in preparedness

At the end of last week, U.S. fire managers raised the National Fire Preparedness Level status to its highest level for the first time in two years as California and a number of other Western states are at high risk for lightning storms.

Firefighters battling wildfires in four states during heatwave

Firefighters are battling home-threatening wildfires in four southwestern states today, along with gusting winds and extreme, possibly record-breaking heat.

Exeter study says extreme weather will put world at risk

University of Exeter researchers are playing a crucial role in our understanding of climate change. They have created a comprehensive new report detailing the increasing risk to the global population due to extreme weather.

What is making Lake Erie sick?

Toledo residents get their water from Lake Erie, but they had to avoid drinking water from their taps this past weekend because the water contained a toxin from blue-green algae that had showed up in the municipal water supply.

Hurricane Arthur's early 2014 hurricane season opener

Ocracoke - Hurricane Arthur kicked off the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season along the United States’ eastern seaboard, Thursday night, making landfall as far north as North Carolina.

France: Burgundy vineyards 'machine-gunned' by hailstorm

Pommard - Hailstones like “bursts of machine-gun fire” laid waste to large parts of one of France’s leading wine regions, the Burgundy vineyards, at the weekend.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Boiling water turns to snow in seconds, in big freeze USA

As parts of the US remain gripped in a big freeze, one of the worst on record, news reports of strange events continue. The latest is a Wisconsin video which shows boiling water turning to snow in seconds.

Typhoon Haiyan's death toll in Philippines could exceed 10,000

Tacloban - The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines, Nov. 7, is likely to escalate to five figures as officials in the Philippine island of Leyte, hardest hit by the monster storm, began assessing the damage.

Link between Pacific Ocean temperatures and tornado locations

Columbia - A researcher at the University of Missouri (MU) has found a link between Pacific Ocean temperatures and the locations where tornadoes occur in the United States.

India threatened by ‘very severe' superstorm Cyclone Phailin

Bhubaneswar - Residents along India’s Eastern Seaboard battened down Saturday, as Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful cyclone in more than a decade, bore down on the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

The U.S. has to get used to extreme weather warn scientists

Boston - Scientists meeting at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston have warned that extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and the Texas drought are here to stay.

Sunshine Coast of Australia gets a blanket of sea foam (video)

Burleigh Heads - After extreme weather and floods in Australia, the Sunshine and Gold Coast has now been blanketed with several feet of "sea foam," astonishing local residents and tourists.

Cities can alter weather systems thousands of miles distant

According to a new study published at the weekend in the journal, Nature, large cities, most of which lie in the northern hemisphere, could be affecting weather systems more than 1000 miles away.

Winter deep freeze a challenge for Canadians

Edmonton - Cold winters should be no surprise to Canadians. Winter, for those living north of the 49th parallel should be second nature and relatively easy to cope with. It seems that the cold snap has most Canadians running for cover and somewhat unprepared.

Avalanche in Scottish mountains claims lives of four climbers

In one of the worst ever tragedies in the Scottish mountains, four mountaineers died and one was seriously injured when a party of six climbers fell victim to an avalanche at Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe in Scotland.
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Screen shot from CTV News video showing damage from extreme wind event in Red Deer, Alberta Tuesday night.
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MIT scientists have found that extreme precipitation events in California should become more frequen...
MIT scientists have found that extreme precipitation events in California should become more frequent as the Earth’s climate warms over this century.
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Schematic from Accuweather showing projected course of super-storm Cyclone Phailin toward the east c...
Schematic from Accuweather showing projected course of super-storm Cyclone Phailin toward the east coast of India
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this image of Hurricane ...
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this image of Hurricane Sandy at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (17:45 Universal Time) on October 28, 2012. A line of clouds from a continental weather system runs south to north along the Appalachians, approaching from the west to meet the offshore storm.
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A three minute hailstorm devastated large tracts of France s famed Burgundy vineyards June 28  2014.
A three minute hailstorm devastated large tracts of France's famed Burgundy vineyards June 28, 2014.
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By the end of the century, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho could well have more days above 95°F each year than there are currently in Texas; babies being born right now in the Southwest could see nearly four additional months of days over 95°F within their lifetimes.
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The U.S. Climate Extremes Index documents the area of the contiguous United States (or a region therein) that experienced extreme conditions (as defined by the index) during various time periods.
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