Extreme Weather Events

August 26, 2016--Climate change and flood in Baton Rouge (Democracy Now)

The floodwaters are receding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the scale of the damage is revealing itself. It has been described as a 1,000-year flood, leaving at least 13 people dead and close to 60,000 homes ruined. According to Weather Underground meteorologists Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, August has been the wettest month in Baton Rouge in 174 years, when records were first kept.


April 3, 2016--Climate change will blow a $2.5tn hole in global financial assets, study warns (Guardian)

Climate change could cut the value of the world’s financial assets by $2.5tn (£1.7tn), according to the first estimate from economic modelling. In the worst case scenarios, often used by regulators to check the financial health of companies and economies, the losses could soar to $24tn, or 17% of the world’s entire assets, and wreck the global economy. However,


January 27, 2015--Warming ups odds of extreme La Niñas, wild weather (Climate Central)

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest. The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be.


January 27, 2015--Why bigger snowstorms come with global warming (Inside Climate News)

As the oceans warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, the atmosphere above can hold more moisture, which in turn fuels the creation of the most intense precipitation events. The mid-Atlantic is currently 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In the spring, summer and fall, that translates into more of the most intense rainstorms.


December 23, 2014--U.N. disaster chief warns of more natural catastrophes to come (New York Times)

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, will be in Khao Lak on Friday for the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a message: “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before.


June 6, 2014--Billionaire sets up fund for victims of climate change (San Francisco Chronicle)

Billionaire Tom Steyer, the leading financial underwriter of campaigns to combat climate change, says he is putting up $2 million to start a fund for victims of wildfires and other "extreme weather events." Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, are announcing the establishment of the Climate Disaster Relief Fund on Friday.

July 1, 2013--Global warming may drive more active La Niña pattern (Summit Voice)

Climate scientists have long suspected that global warming has an influence on the Pacific Ocean El Niño- La Niña cycle (El Niño-Southern Oscillation), but instrumental records tracking the shift between above- and below average sea surface temperatures don’t go back far enough to provide context for any recent changes in the pattern.


June 26, 2013--Recent weather extremes tied to jet stream (Boulder Daily Camera)

Lately, the jet stream isn't playing by the rules. Scientists say that big river of air high above Earth that dictates much of the weather for the Northern Hemisphere has been unusually erratic the past few years. They blame it for everything from snowstorms in May to the path of Superstorm Sandy.


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