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Violent weather expected amid climate change

The Local · 25 May 2011, 16:52

Published: 25 May 2011 16:52 GMT+02:00

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According to the report seen by the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, severe storms will hit the country every ten years on average, instead of the current average of 50 years.

Storm damage will increase by more than 50 percent by 2100 and heat waves and floods will also increase in severity, according to the study, which was produced in cooperation with universities in Berlin and Cologne.

The report is especially alarming to the insurance industry because of high payouts they may have to make as severe weather increases. That means premiums are likely to rise for insurance customers.

“For a long time, Germans have seen the consequences of climate change only in foreign countries," the head of the Association of German Insurers (GDV), Rolf-Peter Hoenen told Rundschau. "Those days are over."

Of particular concern, said PIK researcher Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe, are the big floods that will hit the country about two to three times more often in the coming years, he told Frankfurter Rundschau.

“It is no longer acceptable that development is still taking place in flood planes,” he said.

Europe has been hit by repeated bouts of severe weather over the last few years amid fears that global warming was stoking violent storms around the world.

Among the most severe was Kyrill, a 2007 winter storm that killed 47 people across Germany and Europe.

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But much of Germany also sweltered under atypically hot temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for several days last summer.

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18:58 May 25, 2011 by neunElf
Evidence? Methodology?

Long on fear, short on facts. What the hell, lets destroy our economy based on baseless claims of the "global warming industry"!

You must know that all of these fear mongering groups must stir up public attention in order to continue their funding and their employment.

Today in Germany fear rules the agenda, everyone is scared of something and we have leadership who should be leading and reassuring the public, but instead they pander to their worst fears.
20:55 May 25, 2011 by The-ex-pat
I wonder how much that will equate in tax increases to use our cars or fly.........
02:02 May 26, 2011 by Larry Thrash
The fraudsters are at it again. They just want give up on their greed for money.
04:22 May 26, 2011 by DrStrangelove
This is great news. Insurance business will flourish, and the salespeople will get their well-deserved rewards, leading to unheard of prosperity in Budapest and elsewhere.
08:36 May 26, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
yeah, you gotta admire those shifty lefties -- the've got the world's whole scientific community conspiring to lie and cheat and fabricate and scare and fear-monger outta sheer greed... sneaky devils...it just goes to show we can't learn nothing from science.
08:41 May 26, 2011 by asteriks
Germany is big, they should tell us which regions will be hit more and which less. I suppose the most secure place is south from Munich in the Alps, Wallberg or anywhere above Tegernsee (the lake is 700-800m elevation). But many high places are "national parks", protected area and people can't build houses there. Beside it, Tegernsee has expensive property, it is tourist place.
08:59 May 26, 2011 by Gilly58
well i never...it just goes to show you how clever Noah was when he built the Ark, it amazes me though, how he new about global warming without the aid of today's modern technology, all those century¦#39;s ago.
09:49 May 26, 2011 by auniquecorn
pretty dam cool, these guys can predict the future 90 years in advance.

I guess thats a good enough reason to increase their funding and their employment contracts.

I wonder if they turn in their vacation schedules every 10 years?

( well it´s gonna be sunny aug. 2nd in 2068, maybe I´ll go to Italy9
13:35 May 26, 2011 by ron1amr
The weather patterns around the world have already changed forever as a direct result of humans. Probably more so since the industrial revolution but accelerating more in the last 20years because of the increase of industries, air-flights, mass clearing of forests. But at what level will the rising temperature level out? The one consolation I see with heat entrapping particles is there will be an increase of humidity opposed to the world actually burning up. World wide there has been less rainfall which have seen many sink holes appear on roads normally associated with limestone underneath which may have collapsed because of dropping water table. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know we cant keep living the way we are and expect the world to provide for us. More extreme weather means it is harder to grow crops as there may be a storm or frost. But I remember being young and already at that time we were thinking we may have to live in a dome. This one day may turn to a reality because it may be the only way to have a stable environment where crops may grow and have enough rainfall and the right temperatures.
00:47 May 27, 2011 by c12dat
Greetings ron1amr,

Sir. I beg to differ. I am not a rocket scientist but I have read scientific reports that indicates that the planet Mars average temperature has also increased. Since there are no humans on the planet Mars that I know of, how do you account for the rise in temperature?

You mentioned "cant keep living the way we are", may I ask what drastic change have you personally made to reduce the demand you make to on the world.

Personally, I don't believe in the man made global warming or man made climate change. Almnost all natural disasters are blamed on man made climate change. Too hot; man made climate change. Too cold, man made climate change. Too wet, man made climate change. Too dry, man made climate change.

This article feeds the fear in people. Don't fall for it.
00:55 May 27, 2011 by Gretl
c12dat - Absolutely agree. We CAN describe and measure that change is happening. Is it our position in the Milky Way? The whole solar system has seen a rise in temeperature. Does the fact that we have an atmosphere perhaps amplify the heating? Maybe. Are we still warming from the last Ice Age? Yes.

On the flipside, I have no problem with going to more "green", less polluting technology. Less pollutants make for a safer world for my children. I prefer to keep it real and just do it because it is a good idea. However, the masses may need the extra motivation through scare tactics to get off the blocks.
00:03 May 28, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
The world average surface temperature has risen by 0.8 degrees C since 1900 but has already had a big impact on climate as set out in a power-point lecture by Obama's chief science adviser Professor John Holdren (Harvard) entitled "The science of climatic disruption" in which he describes glacier melting, Arctic ice melting, increased precipitation, increased drought and forest fires, increased Arctic and sea temperature, and changes to key weather patterns. It is evidently only going to get worse as temperatures rise thus century to a predicted 2C average due to climate change inaction.

The EU has a science-informed policy of trying to minimize temperature rise to 2 degrees Centigrade. Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) has determined that for a 67% chance of avoiding a 2C temperature the World must get o zero (0) carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050, that high per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter countries like the US and Australia must get to zero by 2020 and for intermediate per capita GHG polluters like Germany by about 2030 (for details Google the words terra incognita ).
02:59 May 28, 2011 by MfromUSA
@ ron1amr and DrGideonPolys,

There are people who will always argue about whether or not climate change is real. Mostly those people are not well educated or well read with re. to the scientific literature. In America, these people have a mentality very much like George W. Bush, the war monger.......he believed what he believed no matter what evidence pointed elsewhere.

I did know that the US is full of idiots who are very poorly educated, very poorly read, and just plain STUPID .......I am dismayed to see that stupidity here, in Germany as well.

It is a waste of energy and a waste of breath trying to offer these people information, as they have already made their decision about climate change.

I find it best to put my energy into getting ready to live with much less carbon footprint.
11:07 May 30, 2011 by nolibs

Well, you are arguing about whether or not climate change is real, so can we count you as not well educated or well read too?

Your comments about Americans aside, I'd like to see this evidence you are referring to. Scientific "consensus" isn't evidence (just to put that to bed quickly). Perhaps you are referring to referring to the now debunked as fraud hockey stick graph, and deleted raw data by the University of East Anglica? You know, the research that was the basis of all the global warming hysteria for the past decades.

Did you notice that after that fraud was uncovered we changed from "global warming" to "climate change"? Yep, "climate change" pretty much covers everything doesn't it? Too much snow, "climate change". Too little snow, "climate change". Too hot, "climate change". Too cold, "climate change".

Sounds like you've already made your decision about "climate change" too. Hypocrite.
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