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Bizarre weather events from the last year

Stacker Logo By Jennifer Billock of Stacker | Slide 1 of 11: A startling announcement about climate change had people around the world chilled to the bone.

Australian think thank Breakthrough - National Centre for Climate Restoration released a report in May 2019 claiming that if without major changes to human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, the world could see the beginnings of the end of civilization as we know it as soon as 2050. Breakthrough's report further states the need to address climate change immediately—or risk being set on a course that can't be changed.

Experts have pointed to the potential for mass die-outs from starvation due to droughts, rising sea levels that have already caused several once-populated islands to be abandoned, an expansion of disease, and the already-in-motion mass refugee crisis due to dwindling agriculture and lack of access to fresh water. 

The effects of climate change (and the role humans play with the global rate of greenhouse gas emissions) appear to be growing and influencing massive weather complications that devastate populations around the world. 2019 has already seen a spike in major weather events compared to previous years, from rare fire tornadoes in California and Arctic browning to snow in Hawaii and record numbers of tornadoes in the United States.

Stacker looked at weather data over the past year and compiled some of the most outrageous and rare weather events that occurred. Below, Stacker explains what happened, how it happened, and what the effects were—including the amount of damage or deaths when they happened.

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Bizarre weather events from the last year

A startling announcement about climate change had people around the world chilled to the bone.

Australian think thank Breakthrough - National Centre for Climate Restoration released a report in May 2019 claiming that if without major changes to human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, the world could see the beginnings of the end of civilization as we know it as soon as 2050. Breakthrough's report further states the need to address climate change immediately—or risk being set on a course that can't be changed.

Experts have pointed to the potential for mass die-outs from starvation due to droughts, rising sea levels that have already caused several once-populated islands to be abandoned, an expansion of disease, and the already-in-motion mass refugee crisis due to dwindling agriculture and lack of access to fresh water. 

The effects of climate change (and the role humans play with the global rate of greenhouse gas emissions) appear to be growing and influencing massive weather complications that devastate populations around the world. 2019 has already seen a spike in major weather events compared to previous years, from rare fire tornadoes in California and Arctic browning to snow in Hawaii and record numbers of tornadoes in the United States.

Stacker looked at weather data over the past year and compiled some of the most outrageous and rare weather events that occurred. Below, Stacker explains what happened, how it happened, and what the effects were—including the amount of damage or deaths when they happened.

You may also like: States with the most federal emergencies and disasters

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