Extreme weather will get more extreme

UN scientists warn extreme weather will only get worse

This century will likely see an increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather the world over, United Nations scientists warn.

The effects of human-induced climate change will become more apparent as droughts, heat waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and the like will become more pronounced, according to Reuters. The report, conducted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, gave various probabilities based on possible greenhouse-gas emission levels, but all scenarios concluded extreme weather is likely to increase. The panel urged countries to develop disaster-management plans to manage the resultant, growing risk of natural disasters.

“A 1-in-20-year hottest day is likely to become a 1-in-2-year event by the end of the 21st century in most regions,” the report said.

The analysis comes on the heels of news that the world released a record amount of CO2 into the atmosphere last year.