Globally, the air is getting hotter and drier, which means flash droughts and risky fire conditions are developing faster and more frequently.
The Met Office has predicted that England is to be affected by flooding this February.
The report synthesises the latest science about Australia’s climate – and paints a worrying picture.
The growing threat of flash flooding as a result of more intense rapid rain bursts means the city needs to update its flood defences.
Processes like La Niña set the scene for the sort of extreme weather that has hit eastern Australia. But what decides which towns and suburbs are hit hardest, and which ones are spared?
Catchments are full. Dams are at capacity, soils are saturated and rivers are high. In some cases, there’s nowhere for the rains to go except over land.
Storms and flash floods often follow a heatwave.
Extreme downpours caught people off guard from Las Vegas to Kentucky in July 2022.
Extreme downpours brought deadly flooding to the Appalachian region, just a few weeks after the destructive Yellowstone River flood.
Driving into floodwater is the leading cause of flood-related death. So why do people do it?
South Africa’s dams are overflowing but the country is still facing water supply challenges.
By following moisture from the oceans to the land, researchers worked out exactly how three oceans conspire to deliver deluges of rain to eastern Australia.
As history shows, many natural and human factors determine how water will behave during a flood.
Many farmers are welcoming an expected summer of La Niña rain, while others have been hit by heavy rain and floods
Southern Québec is warming twice as rapidly as the rest of the world due to the progressive loss of snow cover. An average annual warming of 3 C to 6 C is expected by the end of the century.
Water-related hazards are exceptionally destructive, and the impact of climate change on extreme water-related events is increasingly evident, a lead author of the new report warns.
The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.
New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.
Downpours in eastern Australia this year have been good for crops and some dams. But when it comes to drought, Australia is not out of the woods yet.
Lagos is vulnerable to heavy storms but the impact can be mitigated with better preparation.