Why the Extreme Weather?
One of our current risks is the climate change that has lead to more extreme weather.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported that “a changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration, and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events” The IPCC has also reported:
- It is likely that the frequency of heavy precipitation or the proportion of total rainfall from heavy falls will increase in the 21st century over many areas of the globe
- Average tropical cyclone maximum wind speed is likely to increase
- There is medium confidence that droughts will intensify
- It is very likely that mean sea level rise will contribute to upward trends in extreme coastal high water levels in the future
- Extreme events will have greater impacts on sectors with closer links to climate, such as water, agriculture and food security, forestry, health, and tourism