Massive floods and heat waves hit Asia: the role of global warming in extreme weather events

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In this edition, we take a closer look at climate change in Asia and its impact on extreme weather events. Whether it’s scorching heat waves in Pakistan or devastating floods in Bangladesh, the likelihood of these events occurring increases with global temperatures.

Dr Friederike Otto is a lecturer in climate science at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. She is also one of the co-leads of World Weather Attribution, an international effort to analyze whether climate change has had an effect on extreme weather events. She shares her expertise on these subjects with us.

In recent weeks, India and Bangladesh have experienced floods that have killed nearly 200 people and displaced 7 million people. Beyond these figures, these events have serious consequences on the livelihoods of populations, whether in rural or urban areas.

Heat waves are also a major threat in the region. Pakistan, for example, is home to one of the hottest cities in the world, Jacobabad. After recording extremely high temperatures for several years, the city experienced up to 51°C at the height of the heat wave in May. France 24 correspondents Shahzaib Wahlah and Sonia Ghezali went there to report.

Teresa H. Sadler