Monday, September 23, 2019

Farmer suicides soar in India as deadly heatwave hits 51 degrees Celsius

India has set a new record for its highest-ever recorded temperature – a searing 51 degrees Celsius or 123.8F – amid a devastating heatwave that has ravaged much of the country for weeks. Hundreds of people have died as crops have withered in the fields in more than 13 states, forcing tens of thousands of small farmers to abandon their...

‘Climate crime scene’: Eco-activists block coal mine, power plant in Germany (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Over a thousand environmental activists from across Europe have blocked a railway line that transports coal from one of Europe’s largest open-pit mines in Welzow, Germany to a nearby power plant in the country’s eastern state of Brandenburg. At least 1,600 people took part in Saturday’s protest, according to the organizers, while police estimated the number at around 1,000. One...

Here’s the Climate Context For the Fort McMurray Wildfire

An unusually intense May wildfire roared into Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in province history. The flames rode the back of hot, windy weather that will continue through Wednesday and could pick up again this weekend. The wildfire is the latest in a lengthening lineage of early wildfires in the northern reaches of the...

Punishing Heat Wave Sets Records Across Asia

Record-high temperatures and severe drought are causing misery for hundreds of millions of people in Asia. “In Southeast Asia this heat wave joins the historical ones of 1960, 1983 and 1998, but as for duration, intensity and affected area it is definitely the strongest heat wave for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia,” said Maximiliano Herrera, a prominent climatologist who investigates world...

Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s

Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog has uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing “problem” well understood within the company. More...

Mourning Loomis Reef – the heart of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral bleaching disaster

Stretching for half a kilometre or so, Loomis Reef is the place where the alarm bells started going off. Prof Justin Marshall has been diving this reef, about 270km north of Cairns, for 30 years. Right now he is, to say the least, angry. “My veil is down,” he says, no longer bothering with the kind of polite niceties common among...

Noah’s Ark flooded in western Siberia as animals rescued in emergency operation

Residents marooned on rooftops after snow melt and heavy rain causes Karasul River to burst its banks. More than 500 houses were flooded in the town of Ishim, with 830 people evacuated and an operation undertaken to save animals in the local petting zoo called Noah's Ark. Locals clung to their rooftops rather than abandon their homes and risk looters stealing...

World Bank head warns against new coal power plants

The planet is in a race against time to stop construction of new coal-fired power plants across the globe, Word Bank head Jim Kim told media on Thursday.     Read more...

India weather: Dangerous temperatures arrive early

A heatwave across most of India has led to a hotter than usual summer in much of the country. Broadcast meteorologist Peter Gibbs describes the situation. Dozens of deaths have been reported in the south Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the city of Bhubaneswar in Orissa experienced its hottest April day on record on Monday, temperatures peaking...

Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists

SYDNEY, Australia — Kim Cobb, a marine scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, expected the coral to be damaged when she plunged into the deep blue waters off Kiritimati Island, a remote atoll near the center of the Pacific Ocean. Still, she was stunned by what she saw as she descended some 30 feet to the rim of...