Flooding in UAE and Oman likely linked to warming: comment

World Weather Attribution group found that global warming is the most likely explanation for the recent heavy rainfall and flooding in UAE and Oman.

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Commenting on analysis from the World Weather Attribution (WWA) group which found that warming, caused by burning fossil fuels, is the most likely explanation for the heavy rainfall and flooding in UAE and Oman recently [1], Gareth Redmond-King, Head of International Programme at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Nowhere is immune or protected from the realities of dangerous climate impacts, nor from the devastating human and economic costs they impose. The only solution to avoiding ever worsening impacts is for the world to get to net zero emissions by mid-century. That means rapid emissions cuts as we rapidly bring an end to burning fossil fuels.

"For major oil and gas producing nations like UAE and Oman, that means ramping up investment in clean energy to replace fossil fuels – renewable power, electric vehicles, and clean heating and cooling of buildings. For all nations, the evidence couldn’t be clearer that the costs caused by climate extremes are far higher than the cost of acting to speed transition to a clean energy future. Recent analysis shows climate change could cut global GDP by 17% by 2050, where the cost of tackling climate change is just a sixth of this." [2]

Notes to editors:

1. The WWA analysis, Fossil fuels emissions increasing deadly flooding in the UAE
and Oman, is published on 25 April.

2. PIK: 38 trillion dollars in damages each year: World economy already committed to income reduction of 19 % due to climate change: https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/38-trillion-dollars-in-damages-each-year-world-economy-already-committed-to-income-reduction-of-19-due-to-climate-change

For more information or for interview requests:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: +44 (0)7894 571 153, email: george.smeeton@eciu.net