"Pakistan -- a Sad New Benchmark in Climate-Related Disasters"

"UNITED NATIONS -- Devastating flooding that has swamped one-fifth of Pakistan and left millions homeless is likely the worst natural disaster to date attributable to climate change, U.N. officials and climatologists are now openly saying.

Most experts are still cautioning against tying any specific event directly to emissions of greenhouse gases. But scientists at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva say there's no doubt that higher Atlantic Ocean temperatures contributed to the disaster begun late last month.

Atmospheric anomalies that led to the floods are also directly related to the same weather phenomena that a caused the record heat wave in Russia and flooding and mudslides in western China, said Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Programme and WMO. And if the forecasts by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are correct, then Pakistan's misery is just a sign of more to come, said Asrar."

Nathanial Gronewold reports for ClimateWire August 18, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

Australia: "On the Frontline of Climate Change" (UK Independent)

"Food Supplies Most At Risk In Afghanistan And Africa" (Reuters)

"Pakistan Flooding Because of Farms?" (NatGeo Daily News)

Documentary Film: "Climate Refugees"

"The Coming Flood of Climate Refugees" (GreenBiz.com)

"Australian Greens Want Visa for Pacific Climate Refugees" (ABC Radio Australia)

"Experts Warn of Climate Refugee Crises" (DailyGreen)

Excerpt: "The Climate War" (Eric Pooley/New York Times)

"Climate, Security and Politics" (Dot Earth)

"Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security" (New York Times)

Thursday, August 19, 2010