2020 was a year of extreme weather around the world.
Hot and dry conditions drove record-setting wildfires through vast areas of Australia, California and Brazil and Siberia. A record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season landed a double blow of two hugely destructive storms in Central America. Long-running droughts have destroyed agricultural output and helped to push millions into hunger in Zimbabwe and Madagascar. A super-cyclone unleashed massive floods on India and Bangladesh.
Here is a round-up of where we are on climate change in the middle of 2021!
A rise of a few degrees may not sound like much, but it has huge implications for the weather we’ll see in the coming years.
It’s impossible to know if 2021 will be as record-breaking as 2020, but it’s highly likely that more extremes are on the way.
Climate scientists aren’t sure if climate change will cause an increase in the number of hurricanes generally.
But climate change is affecting the characteristics of hurricanes and making them more destructive.
Yesterday news reports suggested that a tropical cyclone is expected to intensify and could become one of the strongest to threaten parts of western India and eastern Pakistan in more than two decades.
Tropical Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced TAU-te) continues to organize in the southeastern Arabian Sea, a hundred miles west of southern India’s Kerala coast.
Tauktae is currently the equivalent of a strong tropical storm poised to become a hurricane.
Given an ample supply of warm – about 88 degrees Fahrenheit – deep ocean water, humid air and low wind shear, Tauktae could rapidly intensify into the equivalent of a formidable hurricane this weekend.
We have harmed nature and now nature is giving it back to us!
We must be ready to bear the consequences of our deeds.