UK Foreign Office appoints new chief scientific adviser

Carole Mundell will also continue in her role as Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at Bath University

UK pledges £8.2m for nations to fight climate change

The funding will help countries prepare for natural disasters and lower greenhouse gas emissions

US natural disasters cost record $306bn last year

Weather and climate disasters cost the US a record $306 billion (£216.5bn) in 2017, the third warmest year. The nation experienced 16 natural disasters, each with losses exceeding $1 billion (£0.7bn), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That included one drought, two flooding, one freeze event, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones […]

Extreme weather ‘has caused $1.7tn climate risk gap’

Natural disasters and extreme weather have created a global climate risk protection gap of $1.7 trillion (£1.3tn) over the last decade. That’s according to insurance industry network ClimateWise, which suggests this figure arises from just 30% of catastrophic losses having been insured. The group suggests 2017 is on track to become one of the most […]