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The winner of the World Meteorological Organization’s most prestigious award has called for an international centre for climate modelling and prediction, saying that this is vital for leveraging scarce financial and human resources.
Stormy sky above Mexico City
When a severe hailstorm hit Mexico’s capital last week, citizens began to wonder whether climate change could be the cause. But is that the right question to ask?
New research has found suicide increases during drought among men in Australia’s rural communities, and the problem may be exacerbated due to climate change. Our findings call for urgent plans for adaptation, and global action.
African women carrying water back to their villages.
Large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are currently in the grip of a severe drought. An estimated 16.7 million people face acute food insecurity. That’s more than the combined populations of Austria and Switzerland.
City landscape with park
Can nature-based solutions (NBS) lead to greener and more livable cities in Asia? Recent experiences from Bangkok and Hangzhou show that for NBS to work, the needs of local communities need to be put first.
People walk in the street of central Athens during a heatwave in Athens, Greece (2017)
The Municipality of Athens is launching a messaging service that will provide immediate information on the weather conditions that prevail in Athens during the summer period, as well as on the measures that must be taken for people’s protection.
A city is rising from the waters of the Indian Ocean. In a turquoise lagoon, just 10 minutes by boat from Male, the Maldivian capital, a floating city, big enough to house 20,000 people, is being constructed.
It’s a little before noon and Khalida, working as a domestic helper for a family in Islamabad, is late for work for the third time this week. Sweating profusely and realizing that she might blackout from the heat soon, she scans the road for shade.
Riksha drivers walking through the flooded streets in Bangladesh in 2020.
State of the Planet collected expert comments to learn more about what conditions may be behind these recent tragic disasters, how climate change is contributing to heavier downpours, and how societies can adapt in an increasingly inundated world.
The Environment Agency has begun introducing planning assumptions for a global rise of up to 4°C due to climate change, with a shift to resilience rather than an onus on protection of properties in the future.