World’s most advanced weather supercomputer will help predict natural disasters

Crises collide as climate emergency pushes America’s homeless population to the brink

It’s an immutable truth of the climate crisis that the most vulnerable are hit first and hardest. At a time of rising homelessness in the US and as climate-related disasters become common – wildfires in California, monster hurricanes that thrash the east coast and the Gulf of Mexico, an arctic blast in Texas – the rule holds.

For the homeless, natural disasters prove torturous for more than the obvious fact that it’s worse to be outside than inside during a storm.

“We’re definitely seeing more homelessness, more housing disruption, as a result of these disasters,” said Steve Berg, programs and policy director at the Washington-based National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Climate change didn’t directly cause the midwest derecho last year or any of those other disasters. Scientists are clear, however, that a warmer planet makes extreme weather more likely and more ferocious. For people experiencing homelessness, like Domer, the storms make matters only more difficult. Others are made homeless. In both cases, government agencies and non-profits provide support, but increasingly the needs exceed their capacity…

World’s most advanced weather supercomputer will help predict natural disasters

In line with the UK’s environmental commitments, the new supercomputer will also be powered entirely by renewable energy and optimized for efficient energy usage.

The UK Meteorological Office has announced a new deal with Microsoft to build the world’s “most advanced” weather and climate supercomputer.

Situated in the south of England, the new supercomputer will be built using the $1.67 billion in government funding announced last year.

According to a Microsoft blog post, the new supercomputer will help improve the accuracy of everyday weather forecasting, but also provide advanced warning of extreme weather events.

The Met Office will also utilize additional computing resources for more advanced climate change modelling, which will inform UK government policy in its quest to reach “net zero” by 2050.

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