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13 04 2021 | 10:27

China sandstorms highlight threat of climate crisis.

Experts say extreme weather including droughts will become more common as planet heats. Recent sandstorms that shrouded Beijing in a post-apocalyptic orange haze and intensive droughts in other…

13 04 2021 | 10:06

Rapid global heating is hurting farm productivity, study finds.

Research shows rising temperatures since 1960s have acted as handbrake to agricultural yield of crops and livestock. The climate crisis is already eating into the output of the world’s agricultural…

07 04 2021 | 11:58

China Experiences Worst Sandstorm in a Decade.

Beijing skies turned yellow Monday as air pollution reached hazardous levels after the worst sandstorm in a decade coincided with an industrial boom following last year's COVID lockdown.

07 04 2021 | 11:55

Once-in-a-century wildfires in the UK could happen ‘most years’ by 2100 due to climate crisis.

In future decades large wildfires could pose similar level of threat to Britain as they currently do in the south of France or parts of Australia, say researchers. Wildfires which ordinarily only…

07 04 2021 | 10:07

Measuring shoreline retreat.

Climate change is having an undeniable influence on coastal areas. A substantial proportion of the world’s sandy coastlines are already eroding owing to increased storm surges, flooding and sea level…

07 04 2021 | 09:00

Damage to crops from heatwaves and droughts ‘tripled’ in Europe over past 50 years

Exclusive: Crop losses caused by extreme weather disasters can drive food shortages and price spikes, says study lead author The impact of heatwaves and droughts on crop production in Europe has…

03 04 2021 | 07:22

Naming Hurricanes and Storms After Greek Letters to Be Discontinued.

The international body that names hurricanes and tropical storms will no longer name storms after Greek letters after the record-shattering 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The World Meteorological…

31 03 2021 | 12:40

WRI: Primary rainforest destruction increased 12 per cent between 2019 and 2020.

Update from NGO’s Global Forest Watch scheme highlights that deforestation of tropical forests crucial for biodiversity and storing carbon continue to rise 2020 was meant to be a landmark year in…

26 03 2021 | 16:48

Penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns environmental scientist

In case you needed another reason to care about the climate crisis, it has been found that pollution is causing human penises to shrink. A leading epidemiologist and environmental scientist has…

22 03 2021 | 14:41

Climate crisis: recent European droughts ‘worst in 2,000 years’.

Study of tree rings dating back to Roman empire concludes weather since 2014 has been extraordinary. The series of severe droughts and heatwaves in Europe since 2014 is the most extreme for more…

22 03 2021 | 09:50

National Trust launches ‘worst case scenario’ map showing impact of climate crisis on UK heritage sites

Stark warning from charity highlights risks to properties, monuments and landscapes in Britain as planet heats up. The National Trust has developed what it has described as a “game changing” map…

22 03 2021 | 09:11

Extreme rain three times more likely thanks to climate change, Met Office warns.

Enough rain to fill Loch Ness fell on 3 October 2020 — an extreme event that’s already three times more likely because of global warming. Record-breaking rain and “days with extreme rainfall…

22 03 2021 | 08:52

Kentucky Experiences Historic Flooding Following Record Rainfall.

Kentucky is coping with historic flooding after a weekend of record-breaking rainfall, enduring water rescues, evacuations and emergency declarations.

18 03 2021 | 08:52

Climate crisis altering the flow of rivers worldwide, study suggests

Scientists have detected the ‘fingerprint’ of the climate crisis on increasing river flows in some regions and decreasing river flows in others. The climate crisis is altering the flow of rivers …

12 03 2021 | 11:03

A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved.

The fossil fuel industry is using the same playbook to fight city climate plans around the country. When the city of Austin drafted a plan to shift away from fossil fuels, the local gas company was…

12 03 2021 | 10:19

A Small Hint of Big Trouble in the Oceans.

Some scientists fear that meltwater from Greenland may be affecting ocean currents that help regulate far-reaching weather patterns. A northern branch of the Gulf Stream — the vast ocean current…

12 03 2021 | 09:54

The Texas blackouts showed how climate extremes threaten energy systems across the US.

Pundits and politicians have been quick to point fingers over the debacle in Texas that left millions without power or clean water during February’s deep freeze. Many have blamed the state’s …

03 03 2021 | 09:51

Assessing Social Equity in Disasters.

Disasters stemming from hazards like floods, wildfires, and disease often garner attention because of their extreme conditions and heavy societal impacts. Although the nature of the damage may vary,…

21 02 2021 | 08:43

Bermuda's hurricanes are twice as strong as they were six decades ago.

Ocean warming is fueling stronger hurricanes. Hurricanes are blasting Bermuda with wind speeds that have more than doubled in strength over the last 66 years, due to rising ocean temperatures in the…

21 02 2021 | 08:26

Heating Arctic may be to blame for snowstorms in Texas, scientists argue.

The wintry weather that has battered the southern US and parts of Europe could be a counterintuitive effect of the climate crisis. Associating climate change, normally connected with roasting heat,…