The world’s most devastating global weather phenomenon – the weather events associated with “El Nino” – will double in frequency to once a decade if global warming remains unchecked, according to what scientists believe is a major step forward in the understanding of such events.
The last extreme El Nino, in 1997-98, resulted in the hottest year on record, and the accompanying floods, cyclones, droughts and wildfires killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused (21bn-28bn)British pounds in damage, particularly to food production. But until now scientists have been unable to agree how climate change will affect the frequency of extreme El Ninos.
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