The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said this El Niño was already "strong and mature" and the biggest in more than 15 years.
England's natural environment is in decline and its deterioration is harming the economy, an independent advisory group has told the Government. The Natural Capital Committee says pressures will rise with population growth and has called for a 25-year investment plan.
The committee also advised that creating hundreds of thousands of hectares of woodland and wetlands would lead to multi-million pound benefits, including avoiding flooding and improving health.
“Wherever you look there are huge risks,” he said. “The awful thing is that people in authority and power deny that, when the evidence is overwhelming and they deny it because it’s easier to deny it – much easier to deny it’s a problem and say we don’t care.”
Properties worth over £1bn will be lost to coastal erosion in England and Wales over the next century, with no compensation for homeowners, as it becomes too costly to protect them• After the floods: A year on, memories continue to haunt residents
This infographic is from the 2014 Environmental Performance Index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed-upon targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.
What is the biggest change in the new climate report from the IPCC by the world’s top scientists and governments, compared to the report that was released back in 2007? It can probably be summed up in one very foreboding word: “Irreversible.”
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