Tag: extreme weather

‘Atmospheric rivers’ threaten new floods in hard-hit Washington state

Western areas still assessing millions of dollars’ worth of damage from flooding earlier this month Residents in Washington state were on Saturday preparing for possible flooding as “atmospheric rivers” once again threatened parts of the US north-west, which saw heavy damage from such extreme weather earlier this month. Flood watches were issued for much of […]

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 Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Rock art that has lasted tens of thousands of years is being destroyed by the climate emergency in a matter of years. Coastal erosion, fires, floods and cyclones are among […]

Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows

Climate crisis brings stark intergenerational injustice but rapid emission cuts can limit damage People born today will suffer many times more extreme heatwaves and other climate disasters over their lifetimes than their grandparents, research has shown. The study is the first to assess the contrasting experience of climate extremes by different age groups and starkly […]

Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups

Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said. The Global […]

How climate change gave rise to a monster mosquito season

Summer may be officially over, but mosquito season is showing no sign of abating. If you’re cursing the influx of winged whiners, save some vitriol for climate change, which definitely played a role in exacerbating this year’s mosquitogeddon.  It was an unusually warm summer — the hottest summer on record for the contiguous United States […]

Floods, power outages, no running water: Jails during Hurricane Ida

Sadadra Davis spends hundreds of dollars every month to talk to her fiancé, Johnion Davis, on the phone. They’re inseparable, she says, even though he has spent the last few months incarcerated at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, and each call runs about $5. But then Hurricane Ida made landfall on […]

Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation

National disaster declared as crops fail after poor rains and locusts, while ethnic conflicts add to crisis An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests. The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said people living in 23 counties across the arid north, northeastern and coastal […]

States across American west see hottest summer on record as climate crisis rages

California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah faced historic heatwaves, which were made possible by human-caused global heating, a study found California experienced its hottest summer on record this year as the climate crisis caused deadly heatwaves and intense wildfires in the state and across the American west. Related: ‘Fire weather’: dangerous days now far more […]

3 ways to prevent the next mass power outage

Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to hit the U.S. on record, intensified so rapidly before hitting New Orleans that city officials did not have enough time to issue a mandatory evacuation order. Limited exit routes from the city meant that people would have been stuck in traffic on the highway when the storm […]

Ida’s aftermath shows the risks of petrochemical production in a hurricane zone

NORCO, LOUISIANA — More than 72 hours after Hurricane Ida made landfall, plumes of dark black smoke were still rising from four towers at the Shell plant in Norco, Louisiana. Enormous flames billowed out of these towers in the heart of the petrochemical region known as “Cancer Alley,” and a thick smudge of smoke floated […]