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Extreme weather is battering the world. What's the cause?

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

Illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Deutsche Welle or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: Extreme weather, including floods, heatwaves, and droughts, is intensifying globally, with 2024 witnessing severe events across all continents
• The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) attributes these trends to climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emission

🔭 The context: Climate change increases atmospheric water vapor, leading to heavier rainfall and flooding in some regions, while higher temperatures exacerbate droughts and heatwaves
• The WMO notes that these changes disrupt global weather patterns, making extreme weather more frequent and intense

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The rise in extreme weather events poses significant risks to health, livelihoods, and infrastructure worldwide
• These impacts highlight the urgent need for climate action to mitigate further damage and adapt to changing conditions

⏭️ What's next: As greenhouse gas emissions continue, the likelihood and severity of extreme weather events will increase
• Countries must enhance efforts to protect vulnerable populations and reduce climate-related risks

💬 One quote: "We no longer know what is normal in the climate, because we see an increasing trend of extreme events." — Alvaro Silva, WMO climate expert

📈 One stat: In 2024, India experienced a heatwave 45 times more likely due to climate change, with temperatures reaching 47°C and significantly impacting voter turnout

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