The findings were published in Nature Climate Change

Global warming 'to blame for most heat extremes'

27 Apr Today's global warming is the driving force behind nearly a fifth of heavy downpours and three quarters of extremely hot days, according to new research by scientists in Switzerland.

A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific of a man walking by severly damaged boats and yachts washed ashore on Vanuatu island

Aid begins to arrive in Vanuatu following cyclone

15 Mar The first shipments of aid have landed in Vanuatu as authorities declared a state of emergency and global relief agencies geared up after a "monster" cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation.

A family carries their belongings on the outskirts of Port Vila

Utter destruction as at least 24 dead in Vanuatu

16 Mar Reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu paint a picture of utter destruction after a cyclone tore through the South Pacific island nation, flattening buildings and killing at least 24 people.

The southwest, west and northwest of the country were worst affected

Thousands without power after bad weather

24 Feb Thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity this morning due to bad weather conditions, with the southwest, west and northwest of the country worst affected.

Students play football on the campus of Harvard University in Boston

Boston worst hit in US blizzard

27 Jan A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States, closing schools, cancelling thousands of flights and leaving residents in the hardest-hit parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut digging out as much as 60cm of snow.