Wednesday, October 16, 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...

More storms and flooding: How we’ll need to adapt to extreme weather

In general, we are seeing an increase around the world of the risk of a range of types of extremes, including rainfall extremes that may cause flooding events like what we have here. We see more people and assets at risk in places that can get flooded. In addition, people tend to not be aware enough of that risk, and...

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...

Russian weather station on the edge of melting permafrost

The tiny island of Vize in the Kara Sea is fast disappearing as a warming atmosphere melts Arctic sea ice and the Russian permafrost. That’s the warning from WWF Russia, which has released pictures of what it says is a government weather station about to topple into the sea. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...