Kiwi and British researchers extensively reviewed the evidence of how climate change has influenced five kinds of extreme weather events, the impacts of these events in recent years, and just how much these impacts are directly linked to climate change. For example, heatwaves have increased in likelihood and intensity around the world due to climate change, with tens of thousands of deaths directly attributable. In another example, climate change has increased rain during tropical cyclones and storm surge heights. This increased rain has caused around half a trillion US dollars in damages in the North Atlantic. The research team calls for such extreme weather events to be more systematically recorded around the world, saying a lack of data is a major barrier to mitigating future damages.
Journal/conference: Environmental Research: Climate
Organisation/s: Victoria University of Wellington, University of Oxford, UK
Funder: This work was supported by a NERC Doctoral Training Partnership grant NE/L002612/1 and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 01003469. R.F.S.-S. acknowledges support from the Natural Environment Research Council grant NE/S007474/1, Climate Analytics and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition. L.J.H acknowledges funding from the New Zealand MBIE Endeavour Fund Whakahura programme (Grant ID: RTVU1906).
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