Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

Almost a billion people are at significant climate-related risk

According to the Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), headquartered in Australia, 971 million people around the world live in areas facing high or very high exposure to climate hazards.

The founder and leader of IEP, Steve Killelea, told the Australian TV channel ABC that all of the nine countries facing the highest risks are in Asia, with the Philippines at the top of the list.

The areas in question have a particularly high risk of cyclones, floods, bushfires, rising sea levels and desertification.

“Pacific islands are going to be massively impacted by rising sea levels,” Mr Killelea said.

In Australia, where some 2.4 million people are impacted, the greatest risks come from rising sea levels in the south and east, drought and desertification, and hurricanes and cyclones in the north.

According to the report, 60 percent of all the people displaced in 2017 left their homes due to disasters associated with climate, while 40 percent did so due to armed conflicts.

Many countries will face the crisis of too much and too little water in the coming decades Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: ABC

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.