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Mercury to hit 43 degree Celsius in Karachi today

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned the citizens of Karachi to observe caution as the mercury in the city will likely to reach to 43 degree Celsius on Thursday (today). The weather pundits have advised people to avoid unnecessarily going out of their homes or offices in the scorching weather. They should cover heads to avoid the brunt of extreme heat, doctors advise. The doctors have also advised maximum use of water and beverages during the hot spell. The spell of extreme hot weather…

World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather: report

PARIS: A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe's national science academies jointly reported Wednesday. In Europe, where precise data reaches back decades, the number of severe floods has jumped five fold since 1995, according to the report, which updates a 2013 assessment. "There has been, and continues to be, a significant increase in the frequency of extreme weather events," said Michael…

Extreme weather to rise even if climate accord goals are met: study

MIAMI: The risk of extreme weather such as heat waves, floods and drought will rise significantly even if the commitments in the 2015 Paris climate accord are met, a study warned on Wednesday. The report in the journal Science Advances analyzes the likelihood of hot spells, dry periods and excess rain in the coming years, all phenomena that are exacerbated by global warming and rising seas. Already, the dire consequences of climate change are becoming clear. A new record was shattered in 2017 for the costliest year in…

Extreme weather caused $129 bn in economic losses last year: report

PARIS: Extreme weather caused some $129 billion (111 billion euros) in economic losses last year, said a report Tuesday that warned the bill will keep climbing as climate change boosts droughts, storms and floods. There was a 46-percent increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 "extreme" events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. These "resulted in $129 billion in overall economic losses" -- a figure roughly matching the budget of Finland. Losses were…

Climate change making extreme weather events worse: UN

MARRAKESH: Climate change has made deadly heatwaves and hurricanes, along with droughts and flooding, both more frequent and more intense in recent years, according to a UN report released on Tuesday. More than 50 per cent of major extreme weather events from 2011 to 2015 showed the telltale fingerprint of human-induced global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on the sidelines of United Nations climate talks in Marrakesh. The last half-decade was the warmest five-year stretch on record, with…