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Wet and dry extremes in climate models questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 7th, 2016.

International scientists have pooled together data from the last 1,200 years on the relationship between water and the climate in the Northern Hemisphere, and say they’ve found some holes in the existing climate models for the twentieth century. The researchers analysed previous studies on rain, drought, tree rings, ice cores and many other indicators, and […]

2015 likely hottest year on record – WMO – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 26th, 2015.

2015 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year’s global average surface temperature is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era, according a statement from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). […]

Climate change a ‘medical emergency’ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 23rd, 2015.

Climate change threatens to unravel the last 50 years of health gains, but also presents an opportunity to boost global health, say the authors of a new report. The comments come from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a group formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary […]

Climate change and extreme weather in the news

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2015.

Crazy surf at Lyall Bay – awesome stuff #whywellington pic.twitter.com/w3y9f3R2yZ – Mike Cousins (@orbzuc) June 14, 2015 Flooding in Dunedin, wild waves in Wellington and drought in Canterbury – will there be more of the same in a warmer future? Recent extreme weather events have got the media asking about the role of climate change […]

Cyclone Pam recovery – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2015.

Humanitarian aid is en route to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu, but in the midst of the devastation, where do you begin to start on the road to recovery? Cyclone Pam has torn through Vanuatu causing wide spread destruction to infrastructure and homes across the island nation. At least 24 are dead and 3,300 people displaced in Vanuatu by […]

Cyclone Pam hits New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2015.

Wild weather is expected across much of the country as Cyclone Pam tracks close to New Zealand. Severe weather warnings are in place across the country as the extra tropical cyclone approaches New Zealand. The cyclone comes fresh from Vanuatu where it has wreaked havoc, damaging homes and infrastructure. Early reports from Vanuatu suggest that […]

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Brace for extreme weather – report – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Society needs to act now to build resilience to increasingly common extreme weather such as floods, droughts and heatwaves, says a new report. The report from the UK Royal Society, ‘Resilience to extreme weather’, outlines the current understanding of the future risk posed by extreme weather events and how policy makers can adapt to and […]

BRIEFING: Do-it-yourself climate modelling

John Kerr posted in on March 26th, 2014.

Any Australian and New Zealander with a home computer and an internet connection will soon be able to power up their own climate model. The work will help scientists find the causes of the record high temperatures that hit Australia and New Zealand in 2013. The online climate experiment, Weather@Home, created by a group of […]

PODCAST: Climate, extreme weather and polar forecasting

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 27th, 2014.

The president of the World Meteorological Organization, Dr David Grimes, and over 30 international experts on polar weather and climate are in New Zealand for a week-long meeting of the WMO’s specialist polar advisory panel. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on […]

Typhoon Haiyan – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on November 11th, 2013.

Our colleagues at the UK and Australian Science Media Centres gathered the following experts comment on the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Professor Priyan Mendis is Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He comments: “Although Typhoon Haiyan is a severe Category 5 storm with reported maximum sustained winds of […]

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