Pacific island nations are already being battered by king tides, catastrophic cyclones and sustained droughts
Global heating above 1.5C will be “catastrophic” for Pacific island nations and could lead to the loss of entire countries due to sea level rise within the century, experts have warned.
The Pacific has long been seen as the “canary in the coalmine” for the climate crisis, as the region has suffered from king tides,
The number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels and future population growth is high, a study finds.
This means an additional 380 million people could face water stress by mid-century, when compared to the number in 2010.
Even if the world does meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature target of limiting warming to
A trend of warming and drying
Global warming has pushed what would have been a moderate drought in southwestern North America into megadrought territory. Williams et al. used a combination of hydrological modeling and tree-ring reconstructions of summer soil moisture to show that the period from 2000 to 2018 was the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s and the second driest since 800 CE (see the Perspective by Stahle).
Photo: A travel camper sits in the driveway outside of a home in the process of being raised after being damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Conway, S.C. Multiple residents in the neighborhood near the Crabtree Swamp are currently living in campers as their homes are repaired.
Dealing with the consequences of natural disasters is daunting even when residents receive advance notice
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