2020 picks from the Acclimatise article archive – Climate impacts and extreme events

2020 picks from the Acclimatise article archive – Climate impacts and extreme events

Our second article of top picks from our 2020 article archive features six articles related to climate impacts and extreme events. Despite COVID-19 dominating the news headlines this year, the climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic.

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WMO issue new warning as Earth approaches 1.5°C

By Lydia Messling

In July, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced that there was around a 20% chance that one of the next five years will be at least 1.5 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels. The earth’s average temperature is already over 1 degree warmer than pre-industrial levels, and continues to rise as more greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere. The WMO forecast is significant as, in November 2016, countries signed the Paris Agreement, which included a commitment to keep warming “to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C”.

Read the full article here.

Climate impacts outside Europe pose greatest risk to German economy

By Will Bugler

European countries that avoid the most severe direct impacts of climate change themselves will not be spared economic damage from climate change, so suggests a new study. The report from the German Environment Agency (UBA), shows that the effects of climate change on countries outside of Europe, pose a much larger risk to Germany’s economy that climate impacts within Europe, because of international trade networks.

Read the full article here.

5 honest truths about climate change and COVID-19

By Acclimatise News

There have been a proliferation of articles that have drawn connections between the COVID-19 and climate change. Many have been hasty to declare the ramifications of COVID-19 on climate change, as well as what this means for our goals and targets to minimise its impacts. The truth is that nobody really knows how this will unravel. But we can choose, to some extent, how we react.

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PLACARD report promotes CCA and DRR cooperation through the use of foresight methods

By Georgina Wade

The European research project PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction) has released a follow up report to their 2018 foresight report, expanding on the importance of collaboration between Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) communities. Through the establishment of a coordination and knowledge exchange platform, PLACARD aims to support multi-stakeholder dialogue and consultation between CCA and DRR research, policy and practice communities, and across scales. Specifically, the latest PLACARD report aims to promote cooperation through the use of foresight methods for policy and decision-makers.

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Climate linked to largest locust swarms in 25 years threatening East Africa food security

By Will Bugler

Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, according to experts. While desert locusts are not uncommon in the region, this years’ exceptionally high numbers have been driven by a dangerous mix of extreme weather events. At the end of 2019, the extremely wet conditions and a series of typhoons created favourable conditions for locusts to breed, and enter Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

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New review confirms climate change is increasing the risk of wildfires

By Sophie Turner

The ongoing fires in Australia have caused devastation of epic proportions. And with the end of the fire season still months away, it will be a long time before the full extent of the damage will become known. Most recently, it seems that some Australian journalists and politicians are looking to find someone to blame for the fires, with false information circulating online about arson or green policies being responsible – anything except climate change.

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