Tag: Natural disasters and extreme weather

‘The sea is rising, the climate is changing’: the lessons learned from Mozambique’s deadly cyclone

As another severe tropical storm hits Mozambique, people still struggling to rebuild lives destroyed by 2019’s Cyclone Idai tell their stories The tree had stood in the square for nearly 100 years. It was planted by his father, before Afonso Reis was born. He worked as a driver and “liked trees”, says Reis, who is […]

Where can you be safe in this world? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question | Jane Rawson

The overarching project of my life has been making myself safe. But what is the point if everyone else is drowning and burning and starving? This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 I am descended from people who factor a flat tyre into a drive […]

Extra 23 million people could face coastal flooding within 30 years, even with emission cuts, study says

Human-caused sea level rise, storm surges and high tides will put trillions of dollars of assets at risk around the world by the end of the century The combined impacts of human-caused sea level rise, storm surges and high tides could expose an extra 23 million people to coastal flooding within the next 30 years, […]

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Committee urges that companies must meet green standards to qualify for Covid-19 corporate bailouts Ministers are bracing themselves for a powerful new rebuke from the government’s own advisers over the nation’s inadequate response to the climate crisis. In its annual progress report, to be published on Thursday, the Committee on Climate Change will lambast continuing […]

More than a third of NSW rainforests found to have been hit by Australian bushfires

The updated assessment also shows the fire ground includes more than 3.5m hectares of the state’s best koala habitat More than a third of New South Wales rainforest was among 5.4m hectares hit by last season’s catastrophic bushfires, according to new state government data. The report, an updated assessment of the effect of the fires […]

Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears

Aircraft chief describes frustration at losing vital time while inquiry also told firefighter radios in different areas ‘largely incompatible’ Pilots flying water-bombing aircraft are “consistently tasked too late for fires” and sit idle on the tarmac until conditions worsen, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has been told. The inquiry also heard that […]

Australia’s severe bushfire season was predicted and will be repeated, inquiry told

Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific […]

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 destructive storms forming more often, according to a study that further confirms the theory that warming oceans would drive more dangerous cyclones. Analysis of satellite records from […]

Volcanic activity now believed to have triggered Triassic climate change

Research offers ‘a sobering warning’ on the impact of today’s climate emergency Volcanic eruptions played an important and direct role in triggering the extreme climate that killed off swathes of life at the end of the Triassic period 201m years ago, researchers have found. Experts say they have discovered bubbles of carbon dioxide trapped in […]

‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

People are increasingly looking to restore the soil’s ability to retain water, planting trees and hedges, and creating relief channels to tackle the recurring threat of high waters ‘The losses could be profound’: how floods are wreaking havoc on wildlife There is ponding on nearly every field in the valley where the rivers Severn and […]