Drought

Drought-ruined crops and a government mandate to sell harvests to the state raise fears of food insecurity
This image shows a thermometer indicating high temperatures. The sun is shining brightly in the sky.
New research led by the University of East Anglia quantifies the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and identifies the hotspot regions for climate change risk in the future.
The dangerous extremes are expected to topple records as the effects of climate change continue to shift weather patterns.
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This article reviews current knowledge of the influences of climate change on five different extreme weather hazards, impacts of recent extreme weather events of each type, and thus the degree to which various impacts are attributable to climate change.
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The following report explores how C40 cities are set to see an increase in the different types of flooding that occur in urban areas and what this means for people and public funds, and how cities are working hard to keep their populations water safe.
Assam is experiencing devastating floods. But large parts of the state were recently stricken by drought. It took just a week for the situation to change from drought to deluge, a classic case of how climate change is exacerbating extreme weather events.
Cello taxis in the flooded streets in China.
C40 Cities has revealed new research quantifying the dire impacts of climate-driven drought and flooding on the world’s largest cities and its residents.
New research has found suicide increases during drought among men in Australia’s rural communities, and the problem may be exacerbated due to climate change. Our findings call for urgent plans for adaptation, and global action.
African women carrying water back to their villages.
Large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are currently in the grip of a severe drought. An estimated 16.7 million people face acute food insecurity. That’s more than the combined populations of Austria and Switzerland.
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This assessment presents qualitative research exploring two Kere-affected communities’ experiences of the phenomenon. Kere is a recurrent famine occurring in the south of Madagascar that emerged substantively in the 1930s.