Extreme Weather Events: Action Alert
Climate Scorecard Releases Report Showing No Country Or Region Is Being Spared
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 10, 2017
MILTON, MA – Climate Scorecard compiled a comprehensive report on extreme weather events in the Top Greenhouse Gas Emitting Countries. This report focuses on documenting extreme weather events over the past three years in the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitting countries, and it shows that throughout the world, the effects of climate-change induced extreme weather is being critically felt.
The growing prevalence of climate change related extreme weather events in countries around the world closely matches what was, and is, predicted by climate scientists. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Meteorological Association, and other groups have documented global warming trends. This report puts meat on the bone to these aggregate statistics.
Some of the examples covered in the report include: severe flooding in Argentina, multi-year droughts in Northeast Brazil, devastating wildfires in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, and a Category 5 hurricane in Mexico. The report also covers the worst flood in 40 years in Nigeria, severe extended country-wide drought in South Africa, and rare extreme rainfall and flooding in Jeddah City in Saudi Arabia.
Lack of preparedness and responsiveness to these extreme weather events is a major lesson to be learned from the information in this report. In country after country, governments fail to adequately invest in better infrastructure to mitigate damage.
“It’s time to take action, whether you are in the government, the NGO community or the business community,” said Ron Israel, Climate Scorecard Director. “Much can be done, from implementing policies that will invest in early warning systems, to providing financial assistance to victims and investing in research and development.”
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