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Explaining extreme events in 2016 from a climate perspective

WMO

Previously, scientists have known that humans are changing the risk of some extreme weather events. Now, a new report shows that last year's record-high global average temperatures would not have been possible without human-caused climate change. The report shows that the influence has become strong enough to push heat events beyond the bounds of natural variability.

  • A little black box for detecting and tracking outbreaks

    WHO

    Without a rapid response, infectious diseases are more likely to spread in humanitarian settings, putting people’s lives at risk and costing more money and resources in the long run. WHO’s answer to this problem is the “EWARS in a box”, a box of transportable disease surveillance equipment for remote and difficult field settings.

  • Canada: New underwater sensors to watch for the Big One

    Hakai Magazine

    Canada's west coast is getting a new earthquake early warning system which will give people up to 90 seconds of warning for an earthquake and several minutes for a tsunami. The next challenge is finding the best way to get the warnings to the people who need them most urgently, such as public broadcasters, and those in schools, factories, and firehalls.

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