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World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather

By MARLOWE HOOD | AFP

PARIS: A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe’s national science academies jointly reported Wednesday.

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In Europe, where precise data reaches back decades, the number of severe floods has jumped five fold since 1995, according to the report, which updates a 2013 assessment.

“There has been, and continues to be, a significant increase in the frequency of extreme weather events,” said Michael Norton, environmental program director for the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council.

“They underline the importance of avoiding greenhouse gases, which are fundamentally responsible for driving these changes,” he told AFP.

For impacts that cannot be avoided, he added, “this makes climate proofing all the…

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