Better weather forecasts could help billions adapt to climate change

Weather balloons provide vital data for forecasting extreme weather events

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“Yesterday was a catastrophe,” said Ladislaus Chang’a at the Tanzania Meteorological Authority, speaking to a crowd at COP28 in Dubai on 4 December. The day before, heavy rains in northern Tanzania triggered mudslides that killed more than 63 people and injured more than 100 others.

But even as rescue operations continued, Chang’a said his mind was…