World Meteorological Organization

Natural Disasters on the Rise

According to a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the world is nearly five times as disaster-prone as it was in the 1970s. The WMO researchers attributed this to increasing risks brought by climate change. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves.

July 14, 2014--8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous (The Guardian)

Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves.

January 11, 2013--Heat, flood or icy cold, extreme weather rages worldwide (New York Times)

Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace. Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell.

December 27, 2012--Angry weather: The new norm? (Durango Herald)

As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy. This year’s weather was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere – but especially in the United States. If that sounds familiar, it should.

September 4, 2009--Arctic thaw could cause massive flood, curbing non-CO2 pollutants could help (Environmental News Service)

Continued warming of the Arctic could lead to global weather changes and flooding that affects one-quarter of the world's people, finds a new report by the global conservation organization WWF. The report was released in Geneva at the World Climate Conference-3, hosted by the World Meteorological Organization.

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