The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world’s most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change.
Green roofs could play a critical role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall events in the age of climate change. The roofs essentially suck up stormwater like sponges if designed properly.
One of the impacts of climate change is an increase in the frequency of heavy rain events.
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The Trump administration's decision to dismiss or accept a government-prepared climate report will have life-or-death consequences, says a climate scientist involved in the previous report.
Searching for respite from the heat in one of Rome’s fountains.
Parts of Europe are having a devastatingly hot summer. Already we’ve seen heat records topple in western Europe in June, and now a heatwave nicknamed “Lucifer” is bringing stifling conditions to areas…
Floods in places such as Queensland may depend on how soaked the catchment is, not just on how much it rains.
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Analysis of flood gauge data suggest that floods are becoming less frequent in many parts of the world. Despite that, more people and property are at risk, particularly in developing countries.
The U.S. failing to meet its Paris commitment would cause about $100 billion of damage to the global economy.
A climate scientist and policy scholar sees three possible scenarios following Trump's plan to pull out of the Paris Agreement –
ranging from a small uptick in emissions to a global recession.
Tornado seven miles south of Anadarko, Oklahoma, May 3, 1999.
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More tornadoes occur in the United States than in any other country, mainly in the Great Plains, the Midwest and southern states. Two meteorology professors explain what causes these dangerous storms.
Nowhere to hide? With 2℃ of global warming, the stifling heat of January 2013 would be the norm for Australia.
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Global warming of 2℃, the higher of the two Paris targets, would see current record-breaking temperatures become the norm in the future, potentially bringing heatwaves to both land and sea.
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What if extreme weather events could be attributed to human-induced climate change with confidence?
Sea ice in the Arctic.
The link between melting sea ice and extreme weather has been known for a while, but now it's happening further afield.
Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
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The record floods of 1954 and 1974 still stand as Lismore's high-water marks. But Tropical Cyclone Debbie delivered her deluge far more abruptly than the rains that triggered those historic floods.
Sydney’s summer was the hottest on record.
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New South Wales has just had its hottest summer on record – an event that was made 50 times more likely by humans' impact on the climate.
Cows don’t do well in the heat.
As the climate changes and extreme weather effects become more common, cattle and other livestock are becoming more stressed.
One primary concern in rural areas: higher temperatures put strain on water and energy sources.
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With little action at the national level on climate change, state and city officials are taking the lead – but by emphasizing local benefits.
Emergency crews tackle a bushfire at Boggabri, one of dozens across NSW during the heatwave.
Heat records have tumbled across New South Wales as the state suffered through the weekend's heatwave. A new analysis shows that climate change made this kind of event much less of a rarity.
Sydneysiders cool off in heatwave conditions gripping eastern Australia in January 2017.
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2016 is the third consecutive hottest year on record. How can we adapt?
Cyclone Oswald caused flooding that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane in January 2013.
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
Union workers supporting coal energy (right) face off against environmentalists in Pittsburgh, 2013.
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Most Americans care about the environment, but they didn't vote that way this year. Two political scientists urge the movement to build better connections with blue-collar workers and immigrants.
National Guard soldiers inspect homes in Rockaway Park, Queens, New York, after Superstorm Sandy, 2012.
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As Atlantic hurricane season opens on June 1, eastern U.S. cities can prepare by updating laws, codes and ordinances that hamper rebuilding after storms.
Hurricane Pali churns over the eastern Pacific on January 11.
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January hurricanes are rare events, but two have already formed this month. Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel explains the conditions that generated Pali and Alex.
People stand on a pier as waves crash into the beach as the beginning effects of Hurricane Sandy are felt in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 29 October 2012. US President Barack Obama urged residents to follow warnings from local officials as hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast. Many areas from the mid-Atlantic to Northeast have declared a state of emergency as Sandy is expected to bring flooding and widespread power and commuication outages.
Superstorm Sandy has flooded seven subway tunnels in New York City and flooded cities after killing at least 69 people in…