Average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to 1951–1980 baseline.
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Already heat-stressed countries will see the largest absolute increases in humid-heat and have the least ability to adapt.
Warmer oceans are contributing to more frequent tropical cyclones.
Women and girls are at high risk of sexual exploitation in disaster situations.
Women in disaster zones are frequently targeted by sexual predators who take advantage of their vulnerability.
Flood waters cover large tracts of land in Mozambique after cyclone Idai made landfall. Rapidly rising floodwaters have cut off thousands of families from aid organizations.
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Climate change is making hurricanes more destructive, and may have boosted the intensity of cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.
Heavy rains driven by a cyclone in Sana’a, Yemen.
The frequency of intense tropical cyclones is increasing in the South Indian Ocean - a region that previously didn't have these.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s tropical cyclone outlook is out today.
AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology, Japan Meteorological Agency
Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist.
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Australia must come to terms with some fundamental shifts in our weather patterns. This month, Andrew Watkins from the BOM and climate scientist Joelle Gergis explore what's in store.
Storms Florence, Isaac and Helene on September 9.
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An 'ex-hurricane' will hit the UK and Ireland for the second consecutive year.
Hurricane Florence, as seen over the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 9.
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center/Handout via REUTERS
How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? A look at the complicated science of forecasting.
A NASA satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
Weather forecasters sounded the alarm for the record-breaking Hurricane Irma with several days' notice.
Houston’s Interstate Highway 45 was totally submerged in the deluge.
The unpredictability of hurricanes makes it hard to say for sure whether climate change is making them worse. But we do know that sea-level rise and increased evaporation will worsen the impacts.
‘Tropics’ may conjure images of sun-kissed islands, but the expanding tropical zone could bring drought and cyclones further south.
The global tropical climate zone is expanding. At the current rate, by 2100 its edge will stretch from Sydney to Perth.
Cyclone Debbie looms over Queensland on Monday afternoon March 27.
The category 4 cyclone - the fifth storm of this year's season, and the strongest so far - has buffeted the Queensland coast across a wide area centred on Airlie Beach.
Tropical Cyclone Carlos approaches Western Australia in February 2011.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
Australia is facing an above-average cyclone season, with at least 11 cyclones likely in the region.
Only a Category 1 at landfall, Hurricane Irene had plenty of energy.
Everybody wants a quick shorthand for a storm's damage potential. But the index we hear used most often isn't the best option.
Luckily, we have more to go on now than just knowing the tracks of previous named storms.
We're no longer caught off guard when hurricanes make landfall, the way people were into the early 1900s. Better communications, measurements and observations all feed into better forecasts and more warning.
Hurricane path forecasts are good, but even the ‘cone of uncertainty’ doesn’t fully describe where the hazards could be.
National Hurricane Center
Forecasting successes can breed complacency in the general public. But all hurricane damage isn't necessarily contained within the "cone of uncertainty."
Is this image of destruction after Cyclone Pam a sign of things to come?
Sgt Neil Bryden RAF, British Ministry of Defence/AAP
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent, with more people with less money exposed to a greater number of hazards.
It’s hard to know for sure what role climate change played in the intensity of Cyclone Pam.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
A causal relationship between cyclone behaviour and anthropogenic global warming is a very real possibility. But most climate scientists hesitate to attribute any single event to global warming.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Destruction caused by Cyclone Pam is visible on the outskirts of Port Vila.
AAP Image/ Care Australia, Tom Perry
We now have more people, infrastructure and assets exposed where tropical cyclones make landfall.