Climate Impacts Stories

How climate change fuelled extreme weather in 2013

From Australia’s off-the-charts heatwave, to Europe’s scorching summer, from New Zealand’s intense drought to Northern India’s heavy rain storms, many of 2013's most extreme weather events were caused, at least in part, by climate change.

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Momentum gathers around UN climate summit but more needed from world leaders

A weekend of unprecedented public calls for climate action and the UN Climate Summit has put climate change back to the top of the political agenda.

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Illegal deforestation is growing problem for climate

A report by the US non-governmental organisation, Forest Trends, says 49% of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture.

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Brazil’s drought: Sao Paulo – 100 days till rockbottom

The ongoing drought crisis in Sao Paulo has reached a critical level that continues towards rock bottom.

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Nearly 10 percent of the world’s intact forests have been lost since 2000

A new mapping project shows that some of the planet’s most important forest ecosystems are in danger of disappearing.

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‘Unprecedented’ Kashmir floods: A lesson in climate adaptation

The Himalayan Kashmir Valley six days of torrential rain has caused Kashmir floods tipped as the worst in 50 years in what the Indian Prime Minister has deemed a "national level disaster”.

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Food insecurity to intensify for countries hardest hit by climate change

As climate change impacts compound across the globe, recent reports reveal that food insecurity will be one of the leading threats to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Water stress could limit fracking worldwide, says WRI

Doubt has been cast over the future of fracking, a new research from the World Resources institute warns the process of extracting shale oil and gas across the world could be hindered by global water shortages.

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Small island states stranded without action on global warming

The third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is now underway in Samoa, in the hope of gathering momentum for climate action ahead of the Ban Ki-moon summit later in September.

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Solomon Islands town first in Pacific to relocate because of climate change

Threatened from rising sea levels and tsunamis, a small town in the Solomon Islands is planning to relocate its entire population to a neighbouring island, the first time a provincial capital in the Pacific Island will have done so.

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