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A damaged bridge caused by flooding near Durban, South Africa, 16 April 2022. Credit: Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo. 2J4KM20

Climate change made extreme rains in 2022 South Africa floods ‘twice as likely’

The extreme rainfall that triggered one of South Africa’s deadliest disasters of this century was made more intense and more likely because of clim... Read More

Attribution | May 13. 2022.
Army and local emergency services evacuate Fayetteville residents from floods caused by Hurricane Matthew_KHA8JE

US flooding increase will ‘disproportionately’ impact black and low-income groups

Climate change and population growth could drive a 26% rise in US flood risk by 2050 – disproportionately impacting black and low-income groups –... Read More

Floods | Jan 31. 2022.
Two people hurry along the Southbank in London as torrential downpour continues

Guest post: How hourly rainfall extremes are changing in a warming climate

The floods across Europe, China and the US in recent months have again brought to the fore the ability of extreme rainfall to take lives, destroy hom... Read More

Guest posts | Nov 18. 2021.

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 | Feb 25. 2021.
The Nandi Devi mountain in Uttarakhand is the source of the Rishi river, which flooded this week

Factcheck: Did climate change contribute to India’s catastrophic ‘glacial flood’?

On Sunday 7 February, a sudden flood devastated a Himalayan valley in the Indian province of Uttarakhand. It tore through two hydroelectric dams, kil... Read More

Factchecks | Feb 9. 2021.
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Guest post: The role of ‘atmospheric rivers’ in UK winter floods

The arrival of Storm Christoph last week has led to widespread flooding across northern regions of the UK, affecting thousands of homes. At the peak ... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 26. 2021.
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Met Office: A review of the UK’s climate in 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a dramatic and memorable year for the UK – and our weather and climate is no exception.  We... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 12. 2021.
Visualisation using NASA's MERRA dataset to model the jet stream over North America, between June and July, 1988. Credit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo. T81PF2

Jet stream: Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events?

The past few months have seen some remarkable weather, from the UK’s sunniest spring on record to Siberia’s dramatic heatwave and “zombie wildf... Read More

Extreme weather | Jun 12. 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.

Met Office: The UK's wet and warm winter of 2019-20

As the UK begins to see the longer, warmer days of spring, it leaves in its wake a winter that broke records for both temperature and rainfall. Th... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 3. 2020.
Flooded fields in Worcestershire, UK, on 27 February 2020. Credit: Shaun Davey / Alamy Stock Photo. 2B1Y2HB

Met Office: Why the UK saw record-breaking rainfall in February 2020

February 2020 was the UK’s wettest February on record in a series dating back to 1862. England, Wales and Northern Ireland all saw their wettest Fe... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 5. 2020.
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