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In 2020, the World Food Programme and the Burundi Red Cross launched a new partnership-based project to develop anticipatory actions for various hazards, including floods caused by extreme rainfall and drought.
Anticipation Hub
Field of dead corals, due to warming oceans
A recent study led by Koll on future projections for the Indian Ocean, published in Science Direct, projects marine heatwaves as increasing from 20 days per year (during 1970–2000) to as much as 250 days per year.
Science and Development Network
Arial view of rainforest jungle in Brasil
In Rio Grande do Sul - an area larger than the UK - is currently affected by unprecedented floods. The flying river has acted like a firehose, fuelling five months of rainfall in just two weeks.
Conversation Media Group, the
Heat Wave, Montreal
As South and Southeast Asian countries sweltered in extraordinary heat this year, new data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) says that April 2024 is the hottest April on record.
Climate Adaptation Platform
compilation of images of different types of weather like sun and rain separated by diagonal lines
It was the warmest April on record – the eleventh month in a row of record global temperatures. Sea surface temperatures have been record high for the past 13 months. Extreme weather caused many casualties and socio-economic disruption.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Wildfire damage, Santa Rosa, California
To investigate trends in fire weather, a key factor of wildfire risk, Climate Central analyzed data from 476 weather stations to assess trends in 245 climate divisions spanning the 48 contiguous U.S. states during the last 51 years (1973-2023).
Climate Central
Heat Wave, Montreal
Climate change is here, in Europe, and it kills. This is the warning of 69 contributors of the 2024 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown , published today in the Lancet Public Health.
Barcelona Institute for Global Health
Green sprout growing on the coals after a fire showing resilience.
In a recent study, a team led by scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California was able to detect signs of flash droughts up to three months before onset. In the future, such advance notice could aid mitigation efforts.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Tree rings show historic climatic changes
Across this vast area of land, encompassing Europe, Asia and North America, surface air temperatures were more than 2°C higher in June, July and August 2023 than the average summer temperature between AD1 and 1890, as reconstructed from tree ring records.
Conversation Media Group, the
An elderly man drinks from a water bottle on a hot day
Over 200 million more elderly people worldwide are expected to face dangerous heat exposure by 2050, compared to now.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
Bookshelves in a library.
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