Flooding in Paris: Exceptional Weather or the New Normal?

Alex Verbeek

Alexander Verbeek is a diplomat and Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Until January 2016 he was the Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues in the Netherlands MFA, working on international issues related to climate, water, food, energy and resources. He developed the Planetary Security Initiative that fosters cooperation on the impact of climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity on security. He organised the international conference in the Peace Palace in November last year where participants from 75 countries joined in the launch of this initiative. In Sweden he continues to collaborate with governments, businesses, think tanks and civil society agencies to find connections between these issues and create solutions for the environmental, resource and demographic challenges of the 21st century. Since 2014 Alexander is a Yale World Fellow. He is often asked for public speaking, lecturing at universities or chairing international meetings. He is in the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. Twitter: @Alex_Verbeek Instagram: @alexanderverbeek

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2 Responses

  1. Patrizia says:

    The flood in Rome on 20 October 2011. In just four hours fell down more than 180 millimeters of rain. Never seen before.

  2. Tim Read says:

    It hit me on 7 February 2009 in Melbourne, Australia where the temperature got to 46 degrees and just as we welcomed an evening breeze, the sky turned brown as the fires outside Melbourne killed 173 people. Our solar hot water system boiled and burst. In the preceding week-long heatwave there were about 350 deaths above the average weekly mortality. The morgue had to hire freezer vans. And the Australian government still wants to expand coal mining.

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