A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura's damage in this area of oil fields and industry

A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.

John Pardue, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: hurricanes chemicals fossil-fuels oil-industry extreme-weather natural-disasters gulf-of-mexico

How animals are coping with the global 'weirding' of the Earth's seasons

New research on marmots in the US reveals how the topsy-turvy seasons are causing havoc among wildlife.

Line Cordes, Lecturer in Marine Population Ecology, Bangor University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change seasons extreme-weather phenology north-america small-mammals

Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture farming drought extreme-weather farmers oral-history

Bangladesh has saved thousands of lives from a devastating cyclone – here’s how

Cyclone Amphan was one of the worst cyclones to hit Bangladesh in modern times. But thanks to local action, many lives were saved.

Bayes Ahmed, Lecturer in Risk and Disaster Science, UCL • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: interdisciplinarity climate-crisis adaptation extreme-weather bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Advanced cyclone forecasting is leading to early action – and it's saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Cyclone Amphan: supercomputers predicted it well in advance – saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place

Extreme weather events prompt people to move, a trend that could accelerate in a warming climate. But the ability to migrate internally in the US depends largely on economic status.

Jack DeWaard, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change migration hurricanes extreme-weather natural-disasters census puerto-rico hurricane-maria census-data

Grounded aircraft could make weather forecasts less reliable

More than one million weather observations were made by aircraft each day in 2019. Since the pandemic started, these have dropped by 90%.

Matthew Blackett, Reader in Physical Geography and Natural Hazards, Coventry University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus extreme-weather meteorology weather-forecasting aviation aeroplanes flights natural-hazards

To protect people in the Great Lakes region from climate extremes, weatherize their homes

Climate change is making extreme weather events, both hot and cold, more frequent across the Great Lakes region. Weatherizing low-income residents' homes is an important way to prepare.

Nicholas Rajkovich, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change cooling heat-wave housing extreme-weather great-lakes insulation chicago air-conditioning us-midwest weatherization

Yes, climate change can affect extreme weather – but there is still a lot to learn

It is not the case that all extreme weather events are being made stronger or more frequent.

Friederike Otto, Acting Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change extreme-weather climate-science attribution-study

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