Countries contributing to the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative have announced commitments for new investments of US$ 20 million for early warnings systems in Africa, and additional financing for the Caribbean region. The initiative has been widely lauded as a success story in terms of building resilience to extreme weather and saving lives and livelihoods.
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Offenbach, 30 August 2021 – During the last month of summer 2021, Germany was mainly under the influence of low-pressure areas centring over the British Isles from where they gradually moved to southern Scandinavia. These resulted in frequent rainfall, which was accompanied at first by violent thunderstorms, extremely heavy localised precipitation and even tornados. Periods of high pressure and sunshine were generally only brief. The initially summery temperatures fell in the course of the month and were at times autumnal during the last ten days of the month. Consequently, August 2021 was slightly too cool, with very significant rainfall and little sunshine. This is the summary announced by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.
Offenbach, 30 August 2021 – In 2021 Germany experienced its rainiest summer for ten years. The extreme rainfall from the low-pressure system 'Bernd' in mid-July severely affected North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate. It caused devastating floods, resulting in one of the most serious natural disasters for the Federal Republic of Germany since the North Sea storm surge of 1962. Overall, the months of June, July and August were too warm and with average sunshine. This is the summary announced by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations.
Climate change has made extreme rainfall events similar to those that led to last month’s floods in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg between 1.2 and 9 times more likely to happen, according to a rapid attribution study by an international team of climate scientists, which also found that such downpours in the region are now 3-19% heavier because of human-caused warming.
Water-related hazards dominate the list of disasters in terms of both the human and economic toll over the past 50 years, according to a comprehensive analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).