Extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent, according to a new IPCC report.
Threat of floods, drought expected to grow
By Summit Voice
A new report by some of the world’s top researchers suggests that a steadily warming planet will probably contribute to more frequent and intense extreme weather events during the coming decades.
“We’ve all been experiencing these extreme weather events, and this report provides the strongest evidence of the links between impacts dangerous weather and climate change,” said Steve Hamburg, chief scientist for Environmental Defense Fund. “Now we need to start using this data to find ways to protect ourselves and our communities.”
The November 18 report is from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It synthesizes two years work from 100 experts who analyze data from all over the world. Their conclusion: climate change is bringing us more extreme weather, and it’s likely to get worse and have greater negative impacts over the next century.
Impacts in the United States include:
- Higher temperatures and more hot days through the next century (Record-breaking heat that would have been a once-in-20-year high are likely to become a one-in-two-year event)
- More frequent and heavier rains, especially in winter
- Stronger hurricanes that will do more damage
- Increased droughts, especially in the center of the country
- Higher sea levels, which means more coastal erosion and other damage
All these changes will affect agriculture, water supplies, health, and tourism, the report concludes, advocating for more proactive planning to manage the risks associated with more extreme weather. Another recent report shows that extreme weather events are taking a huge economic toll.
Researchers expect drought to become frequent and last longer. MAP COURTESY IPCC.
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