Climate change pushing weather extremes ‘off scale’

People collect drinking water from pipes

People collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring, in St. James, about 25km from the city center, on Jan 19, 2018, in Cape Town. (RODGER BOSCH / AFP)

MEXICO CITY – Storms, floods and other extreme weather events are hitting cities much harder than scientists have predicted, said the head of a global network of cities tackling climate change. The severe water shortages pushing drought-stricken Cape Town toward “day zero”, when it runs out of water, are proving a wake-up call to other vulnerable…

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