Leaders meeting at the World Humanitarian Summit could transform the way we respond to the increasingly severe disasters caused by climate change. Her...
It was my first time to Hong Kong and I didn't really know what to expect before arriving. After taking a quick trip to Google, the city appeared as tall buildings, bright lights and a scattering of boats.
Climate change happens on such a big scale and over such long time periods it is hard to comprehend at human scale. But we can already see its impact in extreme weather events that are becoming more common.
In the endless debate over climate change, conservation and environment, we pay a lot of attention to endangered animals and to the effect on our cities and established western culture.
Ever since I became Channel 5 weather presenter in 2010, I've been aware of this growing problem. In that year, we had one of the coldest winters on record - 'Snowmageddon', the tabloids coined it. But this movie-like scenario had no happy Hollywood ending. Thousands of 'excess' deaths were caused by the extreme conditions five years ago, and the death toll has been rising ever since. So, you're probably thinking, how can this be possible in a first world, affluent country? Surely we're all used to the British weather by now?
As is becoming an annual event, 'once in a lifetime extreme weather' has brought climate change issues to the fore. More on this December later - let's start at the beginning, and the sunniest winter on record and the start of some very unpredictable seasons.
In addition to the objects of our desires becoming far more interested in the sharing of our suddenly precious body heat surpluses (and the acts of depravity that inevitably accompany it) we also benefit from body heat and bulk as regards our own comfort- as comedian Dara O Briain puts it, we "winter well".
Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.
What is it to be British? What are those peculiarly British traits which set us apart from other nationalities? What is a cliché and what is actually for real? Here is a definitive guide to the basics of being British.
The weather also helped birds - some of our nuthatches even managed to have a second brood at Llanerchaeron, while in late August some of our swallows in the barns still hadn't fledged, having arrived right on cue in the second week of April, exactly the same date as last year.
The UK and Irish national meteorological offices recently announced a pilot scheme to name severe wind storms that will affect Ireland and the UK this winter. Why? Giving a wind storm a name raises awareness, it gives the storm personality and ultimately helps people prepare for severe weather.
Apparently spiders are good news, however intimidating they can look. Before you squish the next one to invade your home try to remember they eat pests such as clothes moths, flies and mosquitoes, and that can help curtail the spread of disease.
Two beloved UK institutions have, it appears, fallen out. I am sure there are lots of reasons behind the BBC's decision but what I am not convinced of is that any of them are good enough to justify our national broadcaster ending a near century old relationship with our national Met Office.
While engrossed in grief, the seasons sadly don't always represent their metaphorical meanings. Good weather does not always bring with it good times. Relationships that had remained strong and fulfilling in fair weather had turned to destructive depressions in grayer times.
The sight of a wasp/bee/hornet makes you convulse and scream on impact like a deranged psychopath. You add a can of Raid to your weekly shopping order and feel mighty powerful taking out half of the insect population with one lingering blast of the can.
If we eat locally produced healthy food, we reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from the risks of various chronic diseases. So each one of us has a challenge - for the sake of the planet and for future generations - to claim the the co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions and improving our health.