climate disasters

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25 05 2020 | 08:20

Which Countries Are Most Vulnerable to Locust Swarms?

Massive swarms of the voracious desert locust have been damaging crops and pastures and crippling communities in the Greater Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia since October 2019.…

25 05 2020 | 08:17

Tropical cyclones have become more destructive over past 40 years, data shows.

US study identifies statistically significant trend in line with climate scientists’ predictions. Tropical cyclones have become more intense around the globe in the past four decades, with more…

25 05 2020 | 08:01

Alaska Faces Major Tsunami Threat, Scientists Warn.

As the climate crisis takes hold, the effects are noticed most conspicuously at the extremes like the poles and the desert, where the harsh environments are drastically altered by a changing climate.

24 05 2020 | 09:30

A moment of reckoning - when coronavirus meets climate change.

Cyclones in the Pacific and pandemics tell us a lot about global inequality and highlight our futile pursuit of profit. In the midst of economic shocks and border closures caused by the coronavirus…

21 05 2020 | 10:36

Amphan: Indian city of Kolkata devastated by cyclone.

The eastern Indian city of Kolkata has been devastated by a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people as it lashed…

15 05 2020 | 06:44

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Increases for 13th Consecutive Month.

Despite the global economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be continuing largely unabated with forest clearing over the past 12 months…

14 05 2020 | 06:58

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds.

Scientists identify thousands of extreme events, suggesting stark warnings about global heating are already coming to pass. Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat which could threaten human…

09 05 2020 | 11:21

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

'Coronavirus could kill, but hunger kills many more people' COVID-19, desert locusts or torrential rains and floods — where should East Africa focus its attention among this “triple threat”? As the…

08 05 2020 | 10:01

Kenya floods kill 194, people evacuated from risk areas near dams.

NAIROBI - Floods and landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the…

07 05 2020 | 07:25

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?

We found the first fire without looking, crackling and roaring on farmland beside the busy Amazon highway, the flames consuming a road sign with its name – BR-163 – lying in the grass. Trucks…

06 05 2020 | 08:47

Human-caused warming will cause more slow-moving hurricanes, warn climatologists.

Hurricanes moving slowly over an area can cause more damage than faster-moving storms, because the longer a storm lingers, the more time it has to pound an area with storm winds and drop huge volumes…

06 05 2020 | 08:26

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?

Few places on the planet are more at risk from the climate crisis than south Florida, where more than 8 million residents are affected by the convergence of almost every modern environmental…

02 05 2020 | 07:53

Weatherwatch: deadly tornadoes hit US while Cuba has hottest day.

Four twisters hit Mississippi while Cuban town of Veguitas has hottest day on record.

27 04 2020 | 06:26

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030.

New research finds 147 million will be hit by floods by the end of the decade – ‘the numbers will be catastrophic’. The number of people harmed by floods will double worldwide by 2030, according to…

25 04 2020 | 13:56

The age of stability is over, and coronavirus is just the beginning.

Humanity has only recently become accustomed to a stable climate.

25 04 2020 | 12:14

Second wave of locusts in east Africa said to be 20 times worse.

UN warns of ‘alarming and unprecedented threat’ to food security and livelihoods in the region. A second wave of desert locusts is threatening east Africa with estimates that it will be 20 times…

25 04 2020 | 12:03

Move to safer grounds, people near overflowing dams told.

Car owners underestimate total vehicle costs. Giving consumers this information could encourage the switch to cleaner transport and reduce emissions. The government has told people living in Tana…

19 04 2020 | 07:48

Locust invasion creates food crisis for 1 million Ethiopians.

The UN says locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200,000 hectares of cropland, as region braces for new swarms. Some one million people in Ethiopia require emergency food aid after swarms of desert…

19 04 2020 | 07:16

Cyclone Harold and coronavirus: Pacific Islands face battle on two fronts.

After a deadly cyclone slammed through several countries in the Pacific, there is growing concern that the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt efforts to help the survivors undo early work to protect…

17 04 2020 | 10:29

High winds kill thousands of migrating birds in 'disaster' over Greece.

Thousands of swallows and swifts migrating from Africa to Europe have been left dead by high winds battering Greece, bird watchers say. The birds have been found in the streets of Athens, on…