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Bomb Cyclones, Nor’easters, and the Messy Relationship Between Weather and Climate

How to incorporate resilience thinking into policy making, development programming

Countries in Asia-Pacific are increasingly exposed to a variety of risks, including physical and financial, undermining the region’s potential to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new report published Wednesday.

Climate change, for instance, is exposing more populations to natural hazards such as flooding. But it is also impacting livelihoods and putting a strain on people’s income and other natural resources…

 

Bomb Cyclones, Nor’easters, and the Messy Relationship Between Weather and Climate

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Could extreme winter storms in the United States be driven by conditions in the Arctic?Photograph by Gregory Rec / Portland Press Herald via Getty

After three frigid nor’easters in less than two weeks, even the most devout prophet of climate change could be forgiven for echoing the sentiment that President Trump tweeted a few months ago, to much ridicule, shortly before one of the coldest New Year’s Eves on record: “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming.” By this point, most people outside the White House understand that climate is not the same as weather—that climate is the forest and weather is the trees. Yet the global climate system is enormously complex, and there is, in fact, a lively scientific debate in progress about the relationship between human-caused climate change…

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