extreme weather events

New York City Prepares for Higher Temperatures, Rising Sea Levels

New York City Prepares for Higher Temperatures, Rising Sea Levels

NEW YORK, New York, February 18, 2009 (ENS) – As a low-lying coastal city, New York will face higher temperatures and more rapidly rising sea levels, as well as more frequent and intense extreme weather events – like heat waves, heavy rainstorms, and coastal flooding – over the course of the century as a result…

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Natural Disasters

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Natural Disasters

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, December 2, 2008 (ENS) – Ministers from more than 40 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur today seeking ways to reduce the social and financial impact of natural disasters in the region – many of them linked to the rising global temperature. The ministers are developing regional cooperation systems for disaster preparedness…

A How-To Manual for Large Cities to Build Climate Resilience

A How-To Manual for Large Cities to Build Climate Resilience

NEW YORK, New York, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – With eight of the world’s 10 largest cities located near rivers or seas and exposed to such climate hazards as flooding, sea level rise, and hurricanes, a United Nations-World Bank report released today offers advice on how to make these population centers more resistant to the…

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – Government officials and policymakers from 30 cities meeting in New York City have spent the past two days considering urban public health issues related to global warming. The “Public Health and Climate Change: The Urban Policy Connection” summit began Thursday at Columbia University, and continued today…

Florida Urged to Heed Global Warming Survival Guide

Florida Urged to Heed Global Warming Survival Guide

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental groups have issued a coastal, marine system global warming survival guide for Florida in an effort to prod state officials into taking action now while disaster is still manageable. Florida has heated up by about two degrees Fahrenheit since the 1960s and scientists project that average temperatures…

Warmer Climate Hurting Birds New IUCN Red List Shows

Warmer Climate Hurting Birds New IUCN Red List Shows

BONN, Germany, May 20, 2008 (ENS) – One in eight of the world’s bird species are at risk of extinction, and climate change is accelerating many of the factors that puts these birds at risk, according to the newly published 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of birds. The list was presented Monday as…

UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 8, 2008 (ENS) – Bringing a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns, global warming endangers not only the planet but also threatens human health, top United Nations officials warned on Monday – World Health Day – which marks the founding of the UN World Health Organization on April…

Developing Countries Get Help to Cope with Climate Change

Developing Countries Get Help to Cope with Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – Assistance for developing countries to manage water resources, combat drought, and measure climate change will be forthcoming under a new agreement signed today by the World Bank and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. The first projects are planned for…

World's Environment Ministers Meet to Mobilize Global Green Economy

World's Environment Ministers Meet to Mobilize Global Green Economy

MONACO, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – A green economy is emerging worldwide as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions into clean technology and renewable energies, finds the 2008 United Nations Environment Programme Year Book. The Year Book was presented here today at the opening of the largest gathering…

Severe Cold Weather Sends Death Rate Soaring

Severe Cold Weather Sends Death Rate Soaring

BERKELEY, California, December 31, 2007 (ENS) – Fatalities in the continental United States tend to climb for several weeks after severe cold spells, numbering 360 per day and 14,380 per year, according to a new study co-authored by two University of California economists. Deaths linked to extreme cold account for 0.8 percent of the nation’s…