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Jet stream battle raging above our heads

Monday - When prolonged periods of severe weather strike, two things often get the blame these days: climate change and the jet stream.

Bigger hurricanes are now more damaging

Thursday - The biggest and most damaging hurricanes are now three times more frequent than they were 100 years ago, say researchers.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

4 Nov 19 - Ten years ago, British farmers were in revolt over a suggestion by economist Professor Lord Nicholas Stern that people should turn vegetarian to save the climate.

Scientists see stark future for oceans

26 Sep 19 - Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by 2050, according to a landmark report.

Climate models predict bigger heat rise ahead

20 Sep 19 - Scientists using new climate models say a bigger heat rise than expected is possible by the end of the century.

Economists launch study of droughts

4 Sep 19 - The impacts of climate change-induced droughts on New Zealand’s rural communities is under investigation.

Nationwide, it was an unusually warm July

6 Aug 19 - When it comes to temperature, New Zealand hasn’t had a below-average month for two-and-a-half years.


July shapes up as hottest month on record

17 Jul 19 - Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.

Grab your brolly, there's going to be a lot of heavy rain about

21 Jun 19 - Here is the long-term forecast: Rain will become more torrential, flash floods more frequent. Very heavy rain is a simple response to global temperatures.

Compound heat waves mean double trouble

6 Jun 19 - The risk of economically devastating, physically debilitating and potentially lethal extremes of heat will multiply, and in unexpected ways, according to US scientists.

April was second-hottest on record

21 May 19 - Last month was the second-hottest April since records began in 1891, rivaled only by April 2016.

El Nino becomes stronger and stranger

8 May 19 - The pattern of El Niño has changed dramatically in recent years, according to the first seasonal record distinguishing different types of El Niño events over the past 400 years.

NO DROUGHT ABOUT IT: The science says we are to blame

3 May 19 - Scientists have found evidence that humans are causing droughts.

How will climate warming patterns look in future?

26 Apr 19 - Regions such as the Arctic and most land areas have warmed more quickly than the global average, while many ocean regions have warmed only a little.

There's nowhere to hide, say weather experts

29 Mar 19 - New Zealand is not insulated from the accelerating climate change outlined in report out today.

Global climate impacts accelerating, says WMO

29 Mar 19 - The physical and financial impacts of global warming are accelerating, says the World Meteorological Organisation.

Warming world could mean a colder Europe

29 Mar 19 - The Gulf Stream is weakening, and Europe could expect a prolonged cold spell as the world warms – but not the day after tomorrow.

The day the Earth’s climate went berserk

26 Mar 19 - The day in 1815 when the world’s climate went berserk was only the start of months and years of global climate disruption and social unrest.

How Cyclone Idai was made worse by climate change

21 Mar 19 - The climate crisis that is driving sea level rises and more extreme rainfall is making deadly storms like the one that hit southern Africa in the past week more severe, according to experts.


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