Research briefs

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has issued an analysis of the persistent extreme drought, which started in 2019 and is impacting the La Plata Basin, the second largest river basin in South America and the fifth in the world.
Until now, there is been no way to measure objectively whether the potential benefits of disaster risk insurance outweigh the costs and risks. New research is making that possible.
A traffic officer drinks water during a hot day in Kolkata, India
Analysis reveals that extreme events linked to human-caused climate change are at unprecedented levels, and scientists say that these events must be expected to increase further.
Researchers investigate the factors that affected decisions to evacuate during and after the 2018 Montecito debris flow.
Forests help us in many ways. They preserve biodiversity, combat climate change, and even protect us from floods. However, quantifying the value of these benefits has been a challenge for many years.
Pollution from smoke is responsible for a higher percentage of health problems in the Western U.S. but affects a greater number of people in the East.
Economic losses in Europe are projected to increase by almost a factor of five by 2060 compared to the historical damages experienced and will affect more the areas where heatwave-induced productivity damages are already pronounced, with a clear north
Early warning is a critical potential tool for mitigating the impacts of large mass wasting and flood events, a major hazard in the Himalaya.
Vietnamese woman wear glasses, face mask, coat, gloves to sun protection, ride motorbike under high temperature in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam (2019)
Researchers reveal the growing threat extreme heat poses to urban populations.
Traditional houses by the river in Manaus, Brasil.
Large-scale deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, combined with climate change, will increase the number of people in northern Brazil who are exposed to extreme heat.