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Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

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Extreme E, the new off-road, motor racing series set to launch next year are inviting applications from scientists to conduct ocean based research aboard their ship, the St Helena as it sails the cars and teams around the globe. Motorsport has long been a driver of science and innovation in areas such as aerodynamics, engines and car design, but rarely environmental research. In fact, the two might be considered to be at odds. But for Extreme-E, launched by the same team behind Formula E, the environment considerations have been central since inception. Electric SUVs will compete off-road in five races across a nine-month calendar, which has been specially designed to negate much of the need for air freight of the cars and teams - instead organisers are currently reconditioning the former...
Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

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Virus crisis could tip 90 million into ‘extreme deprivation’, IMF warns

Virus crisis could tip 90 million into ‘extreme deprivation’, IMF warns

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More than 90 million people could be forced into "extreme deprivation" this year as developing and emerging economies are hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.In its latest World Economic Outlook, the world's lender of last resort predicts the pandemic will undo decades of progress in reducing global inequality and poverty, leaving the poorest nations worst affected. The report forecasts a global contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) of -4.4% in 2020, slightly more positive than its last forecast in June, followed by a recovery of 5.2% in 2021, leaving global output smaller than it was pre-pandemic in 2019. The IMF sees the UK economy shrinking by 9.8% in 2020, implying further retraction this year after the latest GDP figures ...
Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

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A new UN report says the world needs to rapidly raise investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events.Over the past 50 years, recorded disasters have increased five-fold, thanks in part to climate change.The study warns that one in three people on Earth are not adequately covered by warning systems.The numbers of people in need after natural disasters could increase by 50% over the next decade. The State of Climate Services 2020 has been produced by experts from 16 international agencies and financial institutions, and co-ordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Over the past 50 years, it says, some 11,000 disasters involving weather, clim...
Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

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Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series from 1884. Although it does not make the top 10, the report says 2019 was remarkable for high temperature records in the UK.There was also a severe swing in weather from the soaking winter to the sunny spring.The temperature extremes were: A new UK maximum record (38.7° C) on 25 July, in Cambridge A new winter maximum record (21.2° C) on 26 February, in Kew Gardens, London - the first time 20C has been reached in the UK in winter A new December maximum record (18.7° C) on 28 December, in Achfary, Sutherland A new February minimum record