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Climate Change Extreme Weather

CO2 CLIMATE CHANGE EXTREME WEATHER IT'S TIME TO CONNECT THE DOTS Across the planet, we're seeing more most people to see that it's all connected. flooding, more drought, and more extreme But it's now undeniable-awarming world is storms than ever before. People are dying, a dangerous world. You can see it in graphs, communities are being wrecked-but or you can just look outside your window. because the globe is so big, it's hard for It's time to connect the dots. THE FREQUENCY OF GREAT FLOODS HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. PAKISTAN In 2010, heavy monsoon rainfall caused extreme flooding across parts of the country. These were the worst floods since 1929 with 2.5 million people affected. The U.N.'s unanimous resolution to strengthen emergency rellef to Pakistan noted that the unprecedented floods reflected "the adverse Impact of climate change and the growing vulnerability of countries to climate change." NUMBER OF HYDROLOGICAL EVENTS Flood, Mass Movement with Relative Trend 400% 300% ........ 200% 100% 0% 1980 1990 2000 2010 4 THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF HOT EXTREMES. EAST AFRICA In 2011, crippling drought gripped the Horn of Africa with two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall that contributed to one of the driest years since 1950-51. Beyond the debate on climate change's role in the current crisis in East Africa, one thing is clear. If nothing is done, climate change will in the future make a bad situation worse. NUMBER OF CLIMATOLOGICAL EVENTS Extreme Temperature, Drought, Forest Fire with Relative Trend 400% ...................... 300%...... ........ ..... ..................... 200% ........................ ++...- ............................... 100% .....•........*...................... ... ...... ...... ... ..................... ...... 0% 1980 1990 2000 2010 RISING TEMPERATURES PRODUCE The death toll from the Washi Cyclone that struck on December 15-17 was by far the highest for any tropical FIERCER, MORE FREQUENT STORMS. yclone in 2011 with 1249 dead and 79 still missing. "Every day, every week, another piece of the puzzle falls into place. More extreme weather seems to have become the rule, not just in the U.S. but in Europe and Asia." Paul Douglas, founder and CEO of WeatherNatlon NUMBER OF METEOROLOGICAL EVENTS Storms with Relative Trend 400% *.*... .......... ................. .. 300% ............ •·•............. ... 200% ....+ ....... 100% .**.... 0% 1980 1990 2000 2010 The evidence is in: global warming has caused severe floods, droughts and storms. More violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation. O Global Extreme Weather Events June 30, 2011, John Carrey from Scientific American In 2010, 950 natural disasters occured making it the second worse year since 1980. Nine-tenths of these were weather-related events such as storms and floods. N Alaska May 2011 tied with May 1974 as the driest May since records began in 1918. * Norway A Canada 2010 was the warmest year since national records beganin 1948. Russian Federation Moscow recorded its highest termperature ever in 2010. The extreme warmth exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in worst drought since 1972. Wettest summer in 2011 since records begain in 1900. A USA Persistent, scorching heat across the US during the summer of 2011 contributed to several southern states experiencing their warmest summer since records begain in 1895. A Europe During August 2011, central and southern Europe experienced one of its worst heat waves since 2003. Pakistan In 2010, heavy monsoon rainfall caused the worst floods since 1929 with 2.5 million people affected. Japan Warmest summer in A India * Western Africa Hit by heavy rain in 2010 with thousands of homes destroyed and nearly 200,000 people affected. 2010 since national records began in 1898. O Central America In 2011, large amounts of rainfall triggered major floods and landslides during October with over one million people affected. 2010 the warmest year since national records began in 1901. Philippines Tropical Storm Washi causeddeadly flash floods Hurricane Celia Maximum winds of 260 km/hr in June of 2010. Second strongest A Eastern Africa Crippling droughtgripped much of the Horn of Africa during most of 2011. and slides in 2011. O Colombia Heavy rains in 2010 trigger deadly floods and landslides, affecting nearty 2 milion people. O Thailand June storm on record and second known Category 5 hurricane to develop during June. * Zimbabwe During January 2011, the heaviest rain in 30 years fell across the nation. Storms and heavy monsoonal rains from July-October 2011 contributed to the worst flooding in Thailand since 1942. Chile In 2011, the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, has its heaviest snowfall in 20 years. A Brazil In 2010, North and west Amazonia was in the midst of its Australia Unusually heavy rain fell across the country during the summer of 2010-11, resulting in the second wettest summer since national records began in 1901. worst drought in four decades. Global Tropical Cyclones Well below average activity. "THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE RISE IN WEATHER-RELATED CATASTROPHES IS CLIMATE CHANGE." -- Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurance company The view that weather extremes are more frequent and intense due to global warming coincides with the current state of scientific knowledge as set out in the Fourth IPCC Assessment Report. 5/5/12 JOIN CLIMATE IMPACTS DAY AND HELP CONNECT THE DOTS. On May 5, we will Connect the Dots between extreme weather and climate change. We will rally, protest, educate, volunteer, build, dig, and and create. We will stand in solidarity with communities who are at the front lines of this crisis all around the world. We will take action as a united global community, and issue a powerful wake-up call to our elected leaders. SOURCES: Munich Re, OxFam, Climate Progress, Weather Underground, NOAA, Scientific American CLIMATEDOTS.ORG

Climate Change Extreme Weather

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Across the planet, we're seeing more flooding, more drought, and more extreme storms than ever before. People are dying, communities are being wrecked - but because the globe is so big, it's hard for ...



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