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Business execs launch alliance on climate change
Top business executives yesterday launched an alliance aimed at pooling private sector support for global efforts to improve the resilience of communities from disasters. The Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) is a network of private sector entities whose members committed to adopt the 15-year global roadmap for disaster risk reduction and management signed in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. It was launched during the 2015 Top Leaders Forum at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay. The framework aims to curb disaster mortality and economic losses through an inclusive approach that involves both the public and the private sector. It also seeks to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk and strengthen resilience to natural and man-made…
14 Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change
The report, Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, uses research from 32 groups of scientists from around the world. Scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) served as four of the five lead editors on the report. The study says, for instance, that the drought in East Africa, extreme rainfall in France, and heat waves felt on nearly every continent can be linked to climate change. However, though California’s wildfires have definitely increased over the years due to climate change, the study notes that there was no specific link to the wildfires last year…
Hurricane Kate weakens, now a tropical storm
Kate, the fourth named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, weakened into a tropical storm late Wednesday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm is located about 455 miles (735 km) south of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), the NHC said “Kate is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone on Thursday” the Miami-based weather forecaster said.