Heat risks are nearly unthinkable, as global warming remains major culprit behind extreme weather

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 Editor: Song Lifang GENEVA, July 18 (Xinhua) — Global warming remains the main reason for recent extreme weather conditions worldwide, including the long-lasting heat waves and scorching temperatures across the northern hemisphere, according to a latest study of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Using the climate assessment models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WMO predicted …

Climate change making heat waves 10x as likely in Europe

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 8 July 2017  Climate change, and more specifically the overall warming of the global climate, was a noted driver of the recent June 2017 heatwave in Europe, according to a new analysis from researchers involved with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program and partners. The analysis found that anthropogenic greenhouse-gas-driven warming has increased the intensity …

Deadly Heat Waves Could Endanger 74% of Mankind by 2100, Study Says: A new online tool explores the number of days per year in places worldwide when heat is likely to exceed a deadly threshold if nothing is done about climate change.

An increasing percentage of the planet faces deadly heat for 20 or more days per year, with one-third of the world’s population currently at risk. Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images Inside Climate News, June 2017 Deadly heat waves—already a risk for 30 percent of the world’s population—will spread around the globe, posing a danger for 74 percent of people on Earth …

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

By Justin Worland, Time Magazine, 23 June 2017 Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were unable to operate in such warm weather. Heat waves are nothing new, but they have increased in frequency and severity in recent decades as a result of climate change. And …

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change. Deaths up in the UK too, study shows public is not aware

23 June 2017.  The Guardian.  Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced ‘For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,’ says the lead researcher behind the new study. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images Nearly a third of the world’s …

Heat waves and heat risk: Phoenix and Las Vegas are experiencing the kinds of risks scientists have been warning about as greenhouse gas emissions fuel climate change.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 23 June 2017 Large parts of the U.S. Southwest have been feeling like Death Valley this week as a heat wave has boosted temperatures to 120 degrees and beyond. Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images The extreme heat baking the Southwestern U.S. isn’t finished yet. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning today for …

Declining precipitation in Colorado River Basin worsened by rising temperatures

Scientists found that another factor affected the runoff ratio: temperature. Over the last few centuries, the runoff ratio was reduced when temperatures were warmer. And the influence of temperature strengthened during drier years: When the snowpack was shallow, warm temperatures reduced the runoff ratio more than when the snowpack was deep, further exacerbating drought conditions. The low runoff ratios seen …

Significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses seen during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure

A mental hospital-based study in Hanoi, Vietnam looked at if there is a relationship between heat exposure and mental health problems. The results showed significant increase in hospital admissions for mental illnesses during periods of heatwaves, especially during longer periods of heat exposure. This is according to a doctoral thesis from Umeå University. The study, which looked at admissions data …

New study finds that higher temps in the Southwest since 2000 (1.6 F higher than average) is responsible for 1/6 to half of river flow reductions since 2000

New study found that the higher temperatures in the region since 2000 (1.6° Fahrenheit higher than the average since record-keeping there began) are responsible for between one-sixth to one-half of the river flow reductions seen since 2000.  By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica, 23 Feb 2017 The warming trend that has accompanied anthropogenic climate change to date has reduced …