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Slower cyclones will mean more damage

Monday - Tropical cyclones are slowing down. Hurricanes have lost their hurry. Paradoxically, this is bad news: they have more time to work their mischief.

Climate change dust storms can kill

Thursday - The US Dust Bowl in the 1930s was one of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th century.

STORM SEASON: Category 5 warning is no longer enough

7 Jun 18 - As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, scientists are worried that US coastal communities could face more storms so intense that current warning categories don't fully capture the threat.

US battens the hatches for season of storms

16 May 18 - The US is bracing for another harrowing spate of hurricanes this year, with forecasts of an active 2018 season coming amid new research that shows powerful Atlantic storms are intensifying.

Seeding clouds is common ... but does it work?

16 Mar 18 - Cloud seeding has been used to influence weather conditions in in more than 50 countries worldwide. But we still don’t know whether it works.

We might need a new storm scale of category six

23 Feb 18 - The increasing strength, intensity and duration of tropical cyclones has climate scientists asking whether a new classification needs to be created: a category six storm.

We've just had the hottest month on record

5 Feb 18 - New Zealand continues to tick off the climate records, with January the hottest month ever recorded.


2017 hottest year on record without help from El Niño

22 Jan 18 - Last year was the hottest since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data.

Spring is second-warmest on record

6 Dec 17 - This spring has set a mark as second-equal warmest on record.

November shapes up as record dry month

24 Nov 17 - Parts of New Zealand are on track for the driest November on record.

Get yourself ready for a world 3deg warmer in 80 years

2 Nov 17 - The UN expects a world 3deg warmer by 2100, even if countries cut their greenhouse gas emissions as they promised in 2015.

Thunderstorms set to grow stronger

18 Oct 17 - Thunderstorms are set to become more intense throughout the tropics and subtropics this century as a result of climate change, according to new research.

Stormy outlook for insurance-linked securities

6 Oct 17 - Recent extreme weather events highlight the significant changes have taken place in the insurance and reinsurance sectors to cope with the mounting exposure of private and public sectors to disaster...

Does Irma mean we need a new measure of hurricane strength?

13 Sep 17 - Hurricane strength is measured on the Saffir–Simpson scale, ranging from one (the lowest) to five (the highest) After Irma, is it time to introduce a category six?

It’s here, it’s happening, it's time to stand up

12 Sep 17 - By BILL McKIBBEN | Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast.

In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won't be the last

1 Sep 17 - From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue.

It's time for cities to ready for bigger rainfall

1 Sep 17 - With rainfall amounts on the rise globally, it’s crucial to examine how cities can retrofit buildings to alleviate flood damage and deal with stormwater in a more sustainable manner.

What links Hurricane Harvey and climate change?

29 Aug 17 - The unprecedented amount of rainfall accompanying Hurricane Harvey immediately raised the question whether and to what extent climate change is to blame.

Crazy climate records from 2016 you might know

14 Aug 17 - Last year was the hottest on record with heat-trapping greenhouse gases hitting their highest concentration ever, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in nearly a million years.


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