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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.

During the research led by Yizhak Yosef from the Israeli Meteorological Service and Tel Aviv University, the researchers studied records of extreme weather events from 94 meteorological stations around Israel.

The results show that average minimum temperatures increased by about 0.24, while average maximum temperatures increased by about 0.19 degrees Celsius in each of the last three decades.

According to the paper, over the last thirty years the incidence of ‘periods of high temperatures’, meaning heat waves lasting at least six consecutive days has increased significantly. In addition, the frequency of especially hot nights increased by 7 percent, while the number of exceptionally cold nights has dropped.

The data also shows that with the exception of five years, in the last thirty years winters have been warmer than the multi-year average between 1961 and 1990. The number of days with precipitation of 10 millimetres or more has also declined.

Over the last thirty years, the number of ‘periods of high temperatures’, i.e. heat waves of at least six consecutive days has increased significantly in Israel Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Haaretz

The poor must fight for every drop of water in India

The Indian water shortage resulting from unprecedented drought intensifies already significant social inequality.

The UN is worried about climate apartheid

Philip Alston, a UN expert on human rights claims that the world will soon face the risk of climate apartheid, as we are progressing towards a future in which only the rich will have the opportunity to escape the negative consequences of global warming while the poor suffer from the heat and famines.

What will become of you, Africa?

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Wild animals auctioned in Namibia because of drought

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Crisis in South Sudan caused by drought

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Lost treasure: are water shortages a global or a local problem?

24 years ago, the UN designated June 17th as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The importance and the relevance of the topic is marked by the fact that water shortage is one of the main themes of this year’s greatest event in diplomacy, the Budapest Water Summit 2019.

Warming can directly affect the risk of armed conflicts

A new study published in Nature, authored by 11 internationally recognised experts on climate and military conflicts has looked at the impact of the global increase in temperature on the incidence of armed conflicts.

Disappearing lakes

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Freshwater acidify due to carbon dioxide emission

Many studies warn us that rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere caused by the burning of fossil fuels is making the oceans grow acidic, a major threat to marine life. Comparatively less attention has been paid to freshwater ecosystems from that perspective...

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