From cold snaps to super-storms, extreme weather affects many around the world.
Heavy flooding, severe storms, record heat waves: extreme weather is on the rise due to climate change. This is affecting people, ecosystems and economies around the world. Content relating to extreme weather is presented on this page.
We were on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic that's still raging around the globe. Restrictions here and elsewhere have been eased a bit, but it's still a far cry from anything that resembles normalcy. It's especially dire for those who were already living under difficult conditions — people who are homeless or living in slums. Extreme weather disasters also make matters worse.
Millions of people were displaced from their homes last year and are now particularly vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. Ajit Niranjan has done extensive research on the topic of displacement and extreme weather and joins us in the studio to talk about his findings.
A new study from the International Union for Conservation of Nature shows how the effects of climate change are linked to women becoming more vulnerable to sexual violence. In many cases, extreme weather events such as drought further reinforce gender inequality. Luckily, NGOs are coming up with creative ways to help women steer clear of danger.
East Africa is dealing with the worst locust infestation in decades. No one knows why millions of fruit bats descend on one particular spot in Zambia every year — but they are actually helping our environment. We also hear how South Africa's Black Mambas are keeping rhinos safe by stopping the invasion of poachers.
Billions of desert locusts have darkened the skies of East Africa. The infestation could have disastrous effects on the region that's still reeling from recent drought and aggressive flooding. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has warned locust swarms have already damaged tens of thousands of hectares and are threatening the region's food security. Andrew Wasike reports from Kenya.
As the Earth warms, climate change-related disasters are on the rise. More people are being killed as a result of heatwaves, droughts and storms. In 2018, Japan, the Philippines and Germany were hit particularly hard.