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A swollen river in Asayita, Ethiopia due to heavy rainfall
After years of drought the short rainy season in the Horn of Africa brought exceptionally heavy rains, particularly in November, leading to severe flooding in the South of Ethiopia, Eastern Kenya and many regions in southern and central Somalia.
World Weather Attribution
Woman raising her hand against domestic violence
We know extreme heat can pose health risks, especially for vulnerable groups. But increasingly, research is highlighting a relationship between hot temperatures and violence. We found violence increased with warmer weather and the reasons are complex.
Conversation Media Group, the
Rohingya refugee women wait to collect relief aid at the palongkhali makeshift Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on October 06, 2017
As the international community gathers in the United Arab Emirates for COP28, the converging effects of the climate crisis, violent conflicts, and geopolitical upheaval are increasingly clear.
World Bank, the
Repaul Kanji
Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City” for its captivating blue-painted houses. But, beyond their visual appeal, these houses hold a hidden secret; a revelation that could pave the way for a cooler, more sustainable urban future.
A man overlooks a wildfire visible from San Francisco under a hazy sky turned orange
Continued rising concentrations of greenhouse gases fuelled record land and ocean temperatures and turbo-charged a dramatic acceleration in ice melt and sea level rise, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Farmer in drought-struck field
UNCCD launches ‘Global Drought Snapshot’ report at COP28 in collaboration with International Drought Resilience Alliance (IDRA).
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
African children fetch water from a water source
Scientists have uncovered a connection between temperature gradients in the Pacific Ocean and deadly but predictable consecutive dry spells in East Africa.
Eos - AGU
A closeup of a seismograph machine needle drawing a red line on graph paper
Magnitude 6.8 and 7.4 earthquakes struck Mindanao Island in the last couple of weeks. The strong ground shaking caused significant structural damage, liquefaction, landslides, sea-level disturbance and tsunamis.
Big storm approaching the coastal front in Australia
More than half the global population – around 4.5 billion people – are at high risk of experiencing an extreme weather event, such as a flood, drought, cyclone, or heatwave.
World Bank, the
Bangladeshi woman washing clothes in a flooded house
The findings reveal the long term public health burden of environmental hazards that are predicted to worsen under climate change.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Bookshelves in a library.
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