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Feb 10, 2011

North Australia set to face more weather extremes, corals show

SINGAPORE, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Flood and storm-battered
northern Australia is likely to suffer more frequent weather
extremes, according to a study of coral cores that reveal a
centuries-old climate record for the region.

Like pages in a book, corals can help scientists go back in
time by revealing years that were unusually wet or dry. The
annual changes or variations in weather are recorded in growth
rings that can be studied by drilling and extracting long cores.

Feb 8, 2011

Asia-Pacific at risk from climate migration: ADB

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Governments in the Asia-Pacific region face the risk of unprecedented numbers of people displaced by floods, storms and other impacts of climate change, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report on Monday.

The bank and climate scientists said the region, home to 4 billion people, will be among the regions most affected by the impacts of climate change, leading to major migration both within and between nations, stretching resources.

Feb 8, 2011

Wild weather could push miners to reassess contracts, risks

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A surge in
weather-related disasters in Australia could push global mining
firms to overhaul supply contracts and rethink how bad weather
will affect their operations and customers worldwide.

Miners needed to better assess the threats from floods,
storms and droughts and include weather data and risks in mine
management and commodity contracts, said Robert Milbourne, a
mining and resources lawyer for global law firm Norton Rose.

Feb 7, 2011

Asia-Pacific at risk from climate migration: report

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Governments in the Asia-Pacific region face the risk of unprecedented numbers of people displaced by floods, storms and other impacts of climate change, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report on Monday.

The bank and climate scientists said the region, home to 4 billion people, will be among the regions most affected by the impacts of climate change, leading to major migration both within and between nations, stretching resources.

Feb 2, 2011

Cyclone may be tipping point in Australia climate policy debate

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia has endured two of its deadliest summers on record, blamed in part on global warming, but record fires, floods and cyclones have not persuaded it to take strong action on climate change.

But some experts hope that Wednesday’s arrival of giant Cyclone Yasi on the coast of Queensland, already hit by massive floods last month, will help bring more of a sense of urgency to the political debate over climate policy.

Feb 2, 2011

La Nina helps fuel monster Australian cyclone Yasi

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Record ocean temperatures and an intense La Nina weather pattern have helped spawn one of the most powerful cyclones in Australia but whether there’s a direct climate change link is less clear.

Cyclone Yasi, a maximum category 5 storm, was within hours of making landfall in far northern Queensland state and zeroing in on urban centres where more than 400,000 people live.

Feb 2, 2011

Yasi not the only monster storm to hit Australia

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Cyclone Yasi is the strongest storm to threaten Australia in living memory, but the country has long record of powerful cyclones causing death and destruction.

Only Australia’s relatively sparse population along much of its northern coastline has limited the damage in the past. But booming mining communities, ports, agriculture and tourism businesses mean more property in the path of storms.

Jan 31, 2011

Antarctic glacier mission seeks global climate clues

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The breaking off of a Luxembourg-sized iceberg in Antarctica could affect ocean circulation patterns and be a harbinger of changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say.

Last February, a 2,500 sq km (965 sq m) iceberg broke off from a giant floating tongue of ice from the Mertz Glacier after being rammed by an even larger iceberg.

Jan 19, 2011

Climate change growing risk for insurers: industry

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Insurers are struggling to assess the risks from climate change, industry officials say, with the floods in Australia and Brazil highlighting the potential losses from greater extremes of weather.

Scientists say a warmer world will cause more intense drought, floods, cyclones as well as rising sea levels and the insurance industry says the number of weather-related disasters has already soared over the past several decades.

Jan 13, 2011

Climate change link in hurricane losses decades away-study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Tropical cyclones are expected to cause more damage in the United States and Asia but it could be more than a century before insurers can point to climate change as a factor in losses from storms, scientists say.

In a study that focuses on the predicted threat to the United States from Atlantic hurricanes, researchers say their findings also apply to other regions hit by tropical storms, such as Australia, China and India.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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