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Drought

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Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate-science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, h... Read More

Attribution | Aug 4. 2022.
Drought in the Amazon. Credit: Pulsar Imagens / Alamy Stock Photo. FTPJG9

Declining ‘resilience’ pushing Amazon rainforest towards tipping point

Three-quarters of the Amazon rainforest has lost “resilience” since 2003 – making it more vulnerable to extreme events such as droughts – acc... Read More

Tipping points | Mar 7. 2022.
A villager is seen in a sugarcane field in Shiguoxia Village in Xuwen County, south China's Guangdong Province

Two-fifths of EU agricultural imports could be ‘highly vulnerable’ to drought by 2050

At least 40% of the European Union’s agricultural imports will be “highly vulnerable” to drought by 2050, new research finds. The paper, pub... Read More

Food and farming | Jun 15. 2021.
Forest and water vapour, Iguazu National Park in Brazil

Satellite data reveals impact of warming on global water cycle

Update on 09/03/2022: This paper has been retracted by the authors after an error was discovered in their approach, which “alter[ed] some results... Read More

Temperature | May 26. 2021.
Dry maize plants and corn cobs in field in Serbia, Eastern Europe

Increasing droughts will drive ‘billions’ in economic losses in Europe

Economic damages from droughts in the EU and UK could rise by one third by the end of the century, new research finds – even if warming is limited ... Read More

Drought | May 10. 2021.
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Guest post: How climate change drove food insecurity in the 2007 Lesotho drought

Lesotho is one of the least developed countries in southern Africa and has a precarious food security balance. Almost all of its main staple food of ... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 22. 2021.
Firefighters watch the intense flames at the Pine Gulch Fire, Colorado.

US sees ‘alarming’ increase in combined heatwaves and droughts

Climate change has driven an “alarming” increase in the number of years with both heatwaves and droughts across the US over the past five decades... Read More

Extreme weather | Sep 23. 2020.
Dry and cracked rice field after harvest in winter, Thailand.

Scientists discover new ‘human fingerprint’ on global drought patterns

Human-caused climate change has “intensified” patterns of extreme rainfall and drought across the globe, a new study finds. There is a detecta... Read More

Drought | Jul 6. 2020.
Aerial view of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, on 31 August 2017. Credit: UPI / Alamy Stock Photo. W03888

Guest post: Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Over the past decade, a compelling body of evidence has linked a range of extreme weather events to human-caused climate change.  This area o... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 12. 2020.
Parched fields in London, UK, caused by a prolonged summer heatwave, July 2018. Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo. PAD2KA

Warm spring worsened Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought, study says

Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought was worsened by an unusually warm and sunny spring in the same year, a new study finds. Sunny weather in th... Read More

Drought | Jun 10. 2020.
A woman collects water from a well during a heatwave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 20 May 2019. Credit: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo.

World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050 as climate warms

The number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels... Read More

People | Jun 2. 2020.
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