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Weather disasters in Germany? Researchers sound the alarm and warn of a "hostile world"


Flood disasters, forest fires, rising temperatures: climate change is no longer to be belittled in Germany. Experts sound the alarm at the extreme weather congress.

Flood disasters, forest fires, rising temperatures: climate change is no longer to be belittled in Germany.

Experts sound the alarm at the extreme weather congress.

Hamburg / Munich - Climate change has long been an omnipresent topic.

Last but not least, climate change is one of the key issues in the federal elections.

A factual paper from the German Weather Service (DWD) now provides new information - and gives cause for concern.

For example, the amount of extreme precipitation that led to the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, without climate change, is very likely to be lower.

The fact sheet plays a central role at the extreme weather congress in Hamburg.

At the start (September 22nd), experts once again found clear words.

Climate change: researchers sound the alarm at extreme weather congress

"Unfortunately, all the important screws are still turning in the wrong direction," said Gerhard Adrian, President of the DWD, at the beginning of the event.

The greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere would still increase.

It therefore needs “a lot more tailwind” for climate protection measures - this is shown not least by the fact sheet of the DWD.

Germany is disproportionately affected by the rise in global temperature that has been observable for decades, it says. While the mean value of the temperature in the so-called linear trend has increased worldwide by around 1.1 degrees Celsius from 1881 to 1910, it has now risen by almost 1.6 degrees in Germany.

According to the fact sheet, this can be explained by the fact that rural regions are warming faster.

The consequence is, among other things, an unprecedented accumulation of heat records and heat events in recent times.

The mean temperature in Germany in seven of the past 20 years was even more than two degrees above the value for the comparable period from 1881 to 1910.

According to the analysis, the number of hot days with more than 30 degrees has tripled since the 1950s from around three days a year to an average of nine days a year. 

"What we know today about the #extremweather in #Germany".

On the occasion of the ongoing extreme weather congress, the fact sheet was updated by @DWD_klima and EWK ( #Klimawandel

- DWD Climate and Environment (@DWD_klima) September 22, 2021

Climate change in Germany: Scientists warn of a "hostile world"

"After thousands of years of a relatively stable climate, we are leaving the climatic comfort zone", says the Kiel climate researcher Mojib Latif.

"The effects are also increasing in Germany." Mankind is on the way to a world in which the temperature is three degrees above the previously known level, said the scientist.

As the


reported, he warned of a "hostile world".

The world must act now.

According to the newspaper, meteorologist and television presenter Sven Plöger also chose clear words: "In 30 years we will experience changes that would take nature 100 years for itself." The experts agree that humans are the drivers of climate change, according to the



According to reports, Frank Böttcher from the German Meteorological Society made demands on politicians.

The new federal government must not only catch up, but also "take away the competitive disadvantages that still exist from the companies that are driving the transformation process".

After all, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also forecast drastic consequences of climate change.


Source: merkur

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