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World Weather WatchER Series: October 12, 2021

National Geographic this week highlighted the risk of increased deaths due to climate change as our atmosphere warms and extreme weather increases in frequency and intensity. The World Meteorology Organization (WMO) published its “Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes” that attributed 2 million deaths and $3.6 trillion in damage due to extreme weather events. The WMO points out that 91% of the deaths occurred in Developing Economies. This highlights the urgent need for weather-based insights to enhance infrastructure in emerging economies, especially Africa where the population is projected to double over the next three decades. In this edition we track the movement of the Intertropical Conversion Zone in Central Africa and the start of the cropping season in Kenya and Somalia.
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