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NEWS: New resource kit for communicating on climate change attribution

A new toolkit from the Raising Risk Awareness project aims to help journalists and communicators report on the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events.

The Raising Risk Awareness initiative assesses whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves in several countries of East Africa and South Asia.

The initiative brings together scientists, vulnerability experts and knowledge brokers and is formed of CDKN, Climate Central, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), University of Oxford and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

By determining whether an extreme weather event was the result of climate change, scientists can make quantitative statements about how climate change has altered the risk of an event occurring in the future. This can help decision-makers and the public to prioritise adaptation solutions and reduce vulnerability.

One of the project’s principal goals is to increase understanding of the impacts of climate change and help journalists and other communicators to spread accurate information. For this purpose, the partners are offering infographics, presentations and high-quality images to help communicate the findings of the initiative. The resources are free to use by anyone reporting on the initiative, or communicating the implications of attributing extreme weather events to climate change.

Check out the communications toolkit here: www.cdkn.org/climaterisk

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CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network) uploaded a new Document 1 March 2017

A relentless downpour pounded Tamil Nadu’s capital city of Chennai on 1 December 2015, flooding and submerging one of India’s largest cities.

CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network) uploaded a new Document 1 March 2017

On Thursday 19 May 2016, India experienced an all-time record high temperature for any calendar day. The high temperature reached 51°C in the city of Phalodi in the Jodhpur district of the state of Rajasthan. By some accounts it was the third-highest temperature ever documented globally.

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