Climate change has become a hot topic lately, and for good reason. In 2012 the Earth had more than its fair share of extreme weather, and experts predict these incidents are going to increase in number as time goes on. Some people think that climate change is the reason for our extreme weather.
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Let’s take a look at some examples of extreme weather that happened around the world over the past year. Read our Extreme Weather Forecast below:
Heavy rains, flooding and landslides hit Brazil and 13 000 people have to leave their homes. Officials in Brazil estimate that over 2 million people were affected by the bad weather. Chile experiences intense heat, dryness and winds that caused 50 massive wildfires to erupt. Thousands of people have to evacuate their homes and the country is left with millions of dollars in damages.
Europe has its coldest weather in 25 years and 650 deaths are reported. Blistering cold temperatures and heavy snowfall occurs for several weeks. Poland, Russia and Ukraine are hit the worst. Record-breaking flooding occurs in Australia and thousands have to abandon their homes. A terrible drought hits Sahel putting over 10 million people, including more than 1 million children, at risk of food shortages.
The USA has its warmest March ever, with record-breaking temperatures reported in every state.
Landslide (n) = when a mass of earth or rock slides from a mountain or cliff
Erupt (v) = to become active
Evacuate (v) = to leave a place of danger
Blistering (temperature) (adj) = very intense
Record-breaking (adj) = surpassing any previously established record