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30 11 2021 | 09:46

Epic storms on two coasts have parliament talking climate action, adaptation

This story includes details about the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to…

28 11 2021 | 08:41

India’s apple farmers count cost of climate crisis as snow decimates crops

Kashmiri farmers lose half their harvest to early snows for third year, with fears for future of the region’s orchards The homegrown apple is in danger of becoming a rarity in India, as farmers have…

21 11 2021 | 11:19

Canada hit by heavy rains and floods in British Columbia – in pictures

An aerial image of the flooding on the Sumas Prairie. Photograph: CITY OF ABBOTSFORD/AFP/Getty Images 

21 11 2021 | 11:13

‘A tipping point’: how poor forestry fuels floods and fires in western Canada

Clearcutting worsens heavy rain events but selective logging is needed to limit wildfire threat, experts say Adevastating string of floods and landslides have shocked residents in British Columbia,…

21 11 2021 | 11:08

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Exclusive: Investment would avoid disruption to communities as coastal floods and erosion worsen with rising sea levels, insurance council says Australia will have to spend $30bn over the next half…

19 11 2021 | 14:47

Revealed (The Guardian): the places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos

Tiny proportion of world’s land surface hosts carbon-rich forests and peatlands that would not recover before 2050 if lost. Detailed new mapping has pinpointed the carbon-rich forests and peatlands…

19 11 2021 | 14:26

Canada floods: 18,000 people still stranded in ‘terrible, terrible disaster’

Alarm grows about climate change in British Columbia after summer wildfires wiped out vegetation that could have slowed flooding Emergency crews in western Canada were still trying to reach some 18,…

17 11 2021 | 18:39

Global heating is destroying rock art tens of thousands of years old, experts warn

Serious damage has already been done as erosion, fires, floods and cyclones increase in intensity Rock art that has lasted tens of thousands of years is being destroyed by the climate emergency in a…

17 11 2021 | 18:16

The man turning cities into giant sponges to embrace floods

Yu Kongjian can remember the day he nearly died in the river. Swollen with rain, the White Sand Creek had flooded the rice terraces in Yu's farming commune in China. Yu, just 10 then, ran excitedly…

17 11 2021 | 14:56

Egypt floods kill 3, put 500 in hospital with scorpion stings

Heavy rain and flooding in southern Egypt has left three people dead and more than 500 others hospitalized from scorpion stings, state-run media reported. Downpours, hail and thunder in the province…

16 11 2021 | 09:16

Record rainfall prompts evacuations along the Pacific north-west

Communities in western Canada and Washington state forced to flee homes after record downpour leads to severe floods Communities in western Canada who were forced to flee their homes this summer by…

16 11 2021 | 08:53

Floods, sewage and crocodiles: the crisis of the Gambia’s sinking city

Those living in Banjul’s slums face the effects of a climate crisis they did little to cause – and will need more help than the Cop26 deal promises Yedel Bah would move home if she could, but she…

14 11 2021 | 08:54

Climate change: Extreme weather events are 'the new norm'

Extreme weather events - including powerful heat waves and devastating floods - are now the new normal, says the World Meteorological Organisation. The State of the Climate report for 2021…

12 11 2021 | 15:00

Op - Madagascar is drying out – there’s no harvest, only hunger

A doctor in the south of the country says people are eating cactus leaves and ashes as the rains become more erratic There’s nothing to harvest any more, nothing that can be taken from the land,…

11 11 2021 | 14:19

‘It’s alarming’: intense rainfall and extreme weather become the norm in northern China

Meteorologists link such weather patterns to the climate crisis, which exacerbates the frequency and severity of climatic extremes and variations The unusual rains began to fall in Shanxi on 3…

04 11 2021 | 09:37

Op - Pacific islanders aren’t just victims – we know how to fight the climate crisis

We are resilient in the face of worsening floods and drought, but refuse to accept more failures from world leaders

31 10 2021 | 20:49

Climate change: The environmental disasters we've almost fixed

There are no simple solutions to complex problems like climate change. But there have been times in the past when the world has come together to try to fix an environmental crisis. How did we deal…

30 10 2021 | 09:30

A 7m wall has gone up on a Sydney beach: are we destroying public space to save private property?

Beachfront residents back the Collaroy wall but other locals worry the beach will disappear for longer periods as climate change increasingly drives coastal erosion. “We really didn’t want to build…

25 10 2021 | 15:11

Climate crisis likely to fuel conflicts over water and migration, US analyses say

The Biden administration has released three reports on security and humanitarian disasters that could strike as world heats up The climate crisis is likely to intensify cross-border clashes,…

23 10 2021 | 09:25

It's almost too late to stop global warming – so what's Malaysia doing about it?

It was almost 25 years ago when I was in the office of the CEO of the Multimedia Development Corporation in Bangunan Getah Asli, Kuala Lumpur. Outside the window, through the haze, you could see the…