It is the middle of August in 2018 and I am in a small town in the Swiss Alps called Leysin. Beautifully situated in the mountains and not far from Lake Geneva, the temperatures here are in the mid-20s during the day, only to drop down to single digits at night. Leysin has a humid continental climate with annual precipitation averaging 1,481 mm, which equals more than twice that of London. Because the village is situated at an altitude of 1,565 m above sea level the average annual temperature is only 3.9°C.
Antibiotics are widely used in both animals and humans to treat bacterial infection. This use (and often overuse) has caused bacteria to evolve and develop resistances against the treatment, posing great risks for human health globally.
Episode 5 - WeatherLive - Gardening In A Changing Climate Interview
In the final interview from our WeatherLive Conference, we talk with two people from the Royal Horticultural Society about the challenges that gardeners face now and those they'll face in the future, as the climate changes.
We discuss the findings of the recent RHS report, "Gardening In A Changing Climate" with Dr Eleanor Webster, who is an Environmental Climate Scientist at The RHS and Robert Brett, the RHS Curator at Hyde Hall, in Essex.
by David Warrilow
RMetS Vice- President and Chair of the Climate Science Special Interest Group
Climate change is not just occurring at ground level, but also high up in the atmosphere – and it will have significant impacts on air travel. One of the ways in which it can impact air travel is by increasing the strength and incidence of clean-air turbulence (CAT), one of the leading causes of weather-related aviation incidents.
The last few years have seen several rainfall events cause widespread flooding in the UK, such as the extensive flooding in winter 2013/14 when the heaviest rainfall in 100 years fell in southern England and the Midlands, and flooding in the north-west as a result of Storm Desmond in December 2015.
WMO and Climate Central have launched a series of “Summer in the City” videos to explain the impact of climate change on temperatures in some of the world’s major cities. The short videos have been released in a year that is already experiencing multiple heatwaves across the globe and daily temperature records, and if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4°C by the end of the 21st century.
A panel discussion about climate change will take place at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, which runs 7th-11th June. The panel discussion will take place in the Garden Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 10th June and will be Chaired by Peter Gibbs, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Other panel members include:
Heatwaves, extreme storms and polar ice losses are often discussed as examples of the effects of climate change. ‘Hidden’ impacts occurring in the ocean may go overlooked, yet they can be some of the most disastrous.