23 Oct Weather News From Around The World
With extreme weather conditions making headlines in the news more often than not, we take a look at some current situations around the world and compare the differences.
In Zimbabwe, October brings high temperatures and dry conditions. This year these near record-breaking high temperatures were experienced throughout the whole country, with the low-lying areas such as the Zambezi and Limpopo valleys forecast got to as high as 43 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile in neighbouring South Africa - Climate Induced - Flash Floods
Something different occurred in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal residents in Durban were urged to stay indoors as a massive storm hit the coastline on a Tuesday morning a few weeks ago.
With winds measured at 70km/h, "and extremely dangerous.
Road closures were experienced and all residents were warned to stay
And within the same boarders we have the water crisis in Western Cape
Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history
Further a field we have Irma, Jose and Katia, the three hurricanes that brewed in the Atlantic basin.
Hurricane Irma — a Category 5 storm — hit the Caribbean,
Jose was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.
Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph
What is climate change? The definition, causes and effects
Climate change is one of the biggest crises facing humanity. Let's all get a grip on exactly what it is
What is climate change ?
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) defines it as a change of climate that is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity, altering the composition of the global atmosphere.
Human activity includes the pollution that arises from industrial activity and other sources that produce greenhouse gases. These gases, such as carbon dioxide, have the ability to absorb the spectrum of infrared light and contribute to the warming of our atmosphere. Once produced, these gases can remain trapped in the atmosphere for tens or hundreds of years.
The projections of future climate changes are already happening; microcosmic events that stand as hints of future effects. Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is being absorbed by the oceans, increasing their acidification – damaging coral reefs and marine life. Areas that were once white with snow are now retreating to only the highest points of the world. Incidents of extreme weather are increasing, from flooding to tropical storms. Further ecological issues are the threat of species extinction and major changes to the global landscape. Pressure is mounting on water and food sources, as ecosystems change and global populations continue to increase.
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