Island nations can expect to see more drought and flooding
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Already under the gun from rising sea levels, some South Pacific island nations could also be swamped by more extreme floods and hit by drought as global temperatures rise in response to more heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The international study, led by CSIRO oceanographer Dr. Wenju Cai, examines how the South Pacific rain band will respond to greenhouse warming.
The South Pacific rain band is largest and most persistent of the Southern Hemisphere, spanning the Pacific from south of the Equator, south-eastward to French Polynesia. Occasionally, the rain band moves northwards towards the Equator by ip to 1,000 kilometers, inducing extreme climate events. Continue reading
Filed under: climate and weather, El Niño, Environment, flooding, global warming, La Niña | Tagged: climate change, CSIRO, extreme weather, flooding, global warming, South Pacific rain band | Leave a comment »