Tag: extreme weather

Tropical Cyclone Ana: Fiji suffers second deadly storm in a month

Three-year-old boy among those missing in floodwaters in the country’s northern and western islands One person has died, and five, including a three-year-old boy, are still missing after Cyclone Ana pummelled Fiji on Sunday, just over a month after category 5 Cyclone Yasa tore through the country’s northern islands. Two more cyclones are already forming […]

Climate crisis: record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather

Scientists say temperatures likely to be increasing faster than at any time in past 2,000 years Analysis: why are ocean warming records being broken year after year? The world’s oceans reached their hottest level in recorded history in 2020, supercharging the extreme weather impacts of the climate emergency, scientists have reported. More than 90% of […]

Climate crisis: 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded

Global heating continued unabated despite Covid lockdowns, with record Arctic wildfires and Atlantic tropical storms The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic. Despite a 7% fall in fossil fuel […]

Medicane Ianos turns towards Crete after sweeping across Greece

Two dead, one missing and nearly a thousand rescued as floods damage Thessaly in wake of rare Mediterranean storm After pounding parts of western and central Greece meteorologists have predicted a rare Mediterranean hurricane-like storm, or medicane, is headed south towards the island of Crete. Authorities struggling to contain the impact of the cyclone, Medicane […]

Weatherwatch: heatwaves become silent killer, hitting vulnerable hardest

At least 300 more people in UK died than average in second week of August While attention was focused on Covid-19, a spike in death rates in the UK during the second week of August slipped past almost unnoticed. At least 300 more died than average. This excess exactly coincided with a heatwave, when temperatures […]

Burning bush, melting Arctic, a deadly virus: nobody said the end times would be boring | John Birmingham

For one brief shining moment it seemed humanity’s inability to imagine much beyond our lived experience was irrelevant. Covid was coming for us all This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 The chicken shack was nearly an hour’s walk through Seoul in the subzero night, […]

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn

British building stock is ill-suited to modern heatwaves, infrastructure experts say Government advisers and leading infrastructure experts have said ministers must do much more to protect the UK’s infrastructure from extreme weather, as the fiercest heatwave in decades gave way to thunderstorms and deluges over large parts of the country. Storm warnings are in place […]

UK weather: temperatures hit 35C and above for three days in row

Heatwave continues to cause disruption as flooding and storm warnings issued This week’s heatwave is set to cause further disruption as temperatures above 30C continue in parts of central and southern England, accompanied by storms and torrential rain across the UK. The Met Office has issued a yellow storm warning for the whole of England, […]

UK weather: a month’s rain could fall in two hours as heatwave breaks

Fears of flash flooding in parts of country, while experts warn extreme heat could become the norm Over a month’s worth of rain could fall within two hours on parts of Britain this week, causing flash flooding, while an ongoing heatwave is set to break records. Police and the coastguard issued warnings over the weekend […]

James Lovelock: ‘The biosphere and I are both in the last 1% of our lives’

On the eve of his 101st birthday, the father of the Gaia theory discusses Covid-19, extreme weather… and freezing hamsters James Lovelock is best known as the father of Gaia Theory, the revolutionary idea that life on Earth is a self-regulating community of organisms interacting with each other and their surroundings. An independent scientist who […]