Europe is warming faster than the rest of the world and scientists are puzzled

Disaster risk management must be at centre of climate fight, say experts

African governments need to combine their work on climate change and disaster risk management if they are to respond effectively to the fallout of the climate crisis, according to a senior United Nations official.

Speaking at the African Risk Capacity Lecture on the side-lines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Loretta Hieber Girardet, head of risk knowledge, monitoring and capacity-development at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, led the call for alliances across disciplines and sectors.

Yet finance remains a major problem. Panellists emphasised the need for disaster risk management to be well funded in order to be factored into African countries’ planning and climate change preparation.

“We need to break down our institutional silos, understand risk is everyone’s business and work differently, because there’s a new normal. The way many countries manage climate change is that it’s sitting in a ministry of environment, and disaster risk management is sitting in a national disaster management agency…READ ON

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire in photos

Europe is warming faster than the rest of the world and scientists are puzzled

Europe’s climate is warming much faster than the rest of the world and scientists are trying to understand why.

“Scientists think that the greater resilience of Antarctica might be due to the fact that it is a proper continent and not just a floating ice mass.”

The world is nowhere near on track to limiting the global temperature rise to the 1.5 degrees Celsius required by the Paris Agreement, the international treaty negotiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in 2015. In fact, latest predictions show that globally, the climate is set to get on average 2.4 degrees C warmer compared to the pre-industrial era, unless emissions of greenhouse gases are drastically cut…READ ON

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