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  • Managing extreme weather events and risks

    A comprehensive international report on managing the risks of extreme weather events has confirmed what scientific evidence has already concluded; that climate change is a leading cause of dramatic weather extremes and without adequate preparation, the econnomic and social consequences could be dire. The 592 page Special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Weathering the Storm - Climate change as growing business risk

    Most major companies see extreme weather and other climate change impacts as current or near-term business risks, but lack the data and tools needed to effectively assess and manage these risks, according to a report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The report, Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change, provides a detailed snapshot of the state of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Extreme Weather poses significant risks for energy delivery in Canada

    As energy delivery systems age, communities continue to grow and an increasing amount of our economic activity relies on a continuous supply of electricity, natural gas, and thermal energy, Canadian homeowners and businesses are more at risk from widespread and prolonged outages from extreme weather events, says a report released today by QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Further severe weather expected

    Large waves and strong winds are threatening to cause further flooding along the Devon, Cornwall and Dorset coasts on Saturday (Feb 8) where some communities and defences are vulnerable after this week’s storms. Further heavy rainfall is expected starting on Friday evening (Feb 7) continuing into Saturday (Feb 8) , exacerbating the risks of flooding from rivers and surface water across the ...

  • Record heat and record rainfall. Climate change has altered the GCC’s weather systems and increased the risk and regularity of extreme weather events

    In order to support improvement in GCC weather forecasting ability Advanced Conferences and Meetings (ACM) launched the WeatherTech GCC conference in 2015 the first event of its kind in the region to provide a platform to discuss optimization of next generation technologies to revolutionize the collection, analysis and distribution of weather forecasting data in the GCC.  This year ...

  • Protecting outdoor workers in cold weather

    Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite. “Prevention is one of the best ways to deal with many freezing ...

  • Further severe weather expected this weekend

    England faced wettest January since 1766. Current situation Large waves and strong winds are threatening to cause further severe flooding along the Devon and Dorset coasts on Saturday where some communities and defences are vulnerable after this week’s storms. Further heavy rainfall is expected starting on Friday evening continuing into Saturday, exacerbating the ...

  • The Importance of a Dedicated Fire Weather Network

    Forest Technology Systems Ltd. (FTS) recently appointed an independent party to explore a common concern in the Fire Weather monitoring community: dedicated networks of remote automated weather stations (RAWS) for the primary purpose of predicting wildfire danger vs. repurposing existing networks of meteorological weather stations. With wildfires around the world increasing in frequency as well ...


    By FTS

  • Extreme Weather Map Shows 3,527 Monthly Weather Records Shattered in 2012

    In 2012, there were at least 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow broken by extreme weather events that hit communities throughout the U.S., according to an updated interactive extreme weather mapping tool and year-end review released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The 2012 tally exceeds the 3,251 records smashed in 2011 and catalogues these record-breaking ...

  • Human impacts that fuel extreme weather

    The serious floods that hit southern England in the winter of 2013-14 were at least partly a consequence of climate change driven by the global warming that results from fossil fuel combustion. To be precise, the extreme rainfall that led to £431 million (US$622 million) of damage was made 43% more likely by human-induced climate change, according to a new study led by the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Europe must prepare for extreme weather

    Extreme weather, high winds and flooding are causing increasing disruption and damage in European cities, and local authorities and scientists are being warned that they need to act together to lessen the impact. Because storms do not respect country borders, regional long-term weather forecasting needs to be developed so that early warnings can be given for all areas that may be in the path of ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Extreme Weather and Climate Change – They are linked!

    It is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events, such as heat waves, drought, and heavy precipitation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The relatively new science of extreme event attribution has advanced rapidly in the past decade owing to improvements in the understanding of climate and weather ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Risk of flooding continues along coast and moves inland to rivers as wet weather leaves ground saturated

    The South and West coast of England and the Severn estuary still remain at risk of coastal flooding throughout the weekend and into the early part of next week. Communities are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings. Parts of the North East coast including Whitby and South Shields could see flooding today, while parts of the south coast could see more coastal flooding ...

  • Weird winter weather and the climate connection

    Punxsutawney Phil may have forecast six more weeks of winter, but for much of the country winter has not yet arrived. Once again, weird weather is dominating the headlines. Temperatures have recently hit highs of 63F in New York City and 72F in Washington, D.C., where cherry blossoms are already flowering. The National Climatic Data ...

  • Flooding risk to continue into the weekend

    Communities in southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding, with further heavy rain expected to affect the country on Friday and into Saturday. Continued heavy rainfall means that flooding will remain for several days. Although water levels may fall throughout today, they are expected to rise again on the Thames and Severn, affecting places already experiencing flooding. ...

  • Strategic sustainability planning: how will you weather 2011?

    Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company As winter grips much of the Northern Hemisphere, many are taking  shelter in our homes.  For those brave souls who do venture out, the right ...


    By 3BL Media

  • UK Met Office advances severe weather forecasting

    The Met Office has announced significant developments in its science and technology capability to provide more precise pinpointing of where and when extreme rainfall will occur, helping to strengthen the UK’s resilience to major severe weather events. The latest advances mean that severe rainfall forecasts will now be available a further day in advance and the location of individual storms will ...


    By The Met Office

  • Bin collections during freezing weather - LGA response

    Responding to reports about problems with council rubbish collections during the current severe weather, Cllr Gary Porter, Chairman of the LGA Environment Board, said: “Councils have been collecting residents’ bins as normal, wherever possible, but the public’s safety always comes first. Sending a 26 tonne dustcart down an icy residential street packed with cars and pedestrians is extremely ...


    By Local Government Association

  • Forecast of less stormy weather is not good news

    Storms on fine summer days might be unwelcome to many, but at least the rain and winds does act like a big brush on the weather system − bringing fresh air and relief from oppressive heat. And scientists now warn that a decrease in the frequency of such storms across much of the US, Europe and Russia in recent decades − with climate change the probable cause – could mean that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Building communities in the Sahel that can weather shocks

    The time has come to break the "vicious circle" of crises in Africa's Sahel by proactively building up the ability of pastoralist and rural communities to weather drought and other shocks, rather than merely helping them recover from disaster after the fact. "We cannot prevent droughts or floods, but we can put in place measures that will help stop them from turning into famine," FAO ...

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