MMDA trains 100 dogs in UP to help save lives during disasters

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SEARCH AND RESCUE. The University of the Philippines adopts the MMDA K9 Corps search and rescue training at the UP vanguard. Photos by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Dogs undergo a life-saving training every weekend for 8 weeks at the UP Vanguard grounds

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 7, 2017) — University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) adopted the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) K9 Corps search and rescue training. Continue reading MMDA trains 100 dogs in UP to help save lives during disasters

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

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Cars piled on top of one another in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on Saint Martin, following Hurricane Irma Photograph: Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images

The worst-hit islands are barely habitable after enduring the destructive power of hurricane’s 185mph winds

September 7, 2017 — “We had cars flying over our head, we had 40ft containers flying left and right,” said Knacyntar Nedd, chairwoman of the Barbuda council. “People were literally tying themselves to roofs with ropes to hold them down.” Continue reading ‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

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Waves crash against the seawall in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

At least eight reported killed as unprecedented hurricane continues towards Haiti, Cuba, and possibly Florida, leaving devastation in its wake

September 7, 2017 — The death toll from Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has risen to eight as the category 5 storm advanced across the northern Caribbean towards the US mainland on early Thursday morning. Continue reading Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

Where is Hurricane Irma heading? Mapping the path of destruction

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Here’s what kind of damage storms like Irma and Harvey can do – Business Insider

Track the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean as it heads towards Florida

September 7, 2017 — Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has been advancing across the northern Caribbean, leaving a trail of devastation in its path, and at least eight dead. Continue reading Where is Hurricane Irma heading? Mapping the path of destruction

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

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‘If we are to respond effectively to these impending crises—if we are, like the women of Gorgeysa and Saylabari, to ensure that nobody goes without, especially those most vulnerable—we must take action now to ensure that women are equally represented in leadership positions’ Photograph: Holly Miller, ActionAid Australia

As in any emergency, women are most affected by the drought in Somaliland. There is much that Australia could learn from how they respond to the disaster

September 7, 2017 — For three years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. Drought that has become more and more severe, until earlier this year, with Continue reading Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota

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A wildfire burns in the Lolo national forest in Montana in August. The severe drought has served as ideal conditions for continued fires. Photograph: Rion Sanders/AP

It came without warning, and without equivalent. Now a flash drought is fueling fires and hurting the lives of those who work the land

September 7, 2017 — When Rick Kirn planted his 1,000 acres of spring wheat in May, there were no signs of a weather calamity on the horizon. Three months later, when he should have been Continue reading The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota

Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds

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An assortment of specimens from the Smithsonian’s parasite collection. Photograph: Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution/Courtesy of Science Advances

Parasites such as lice and fleas are crucial to ecosystems, scientists say, and extinctions could lead to unpredictable invasions

September 7, 2017 — Climate change could wipe out a third of all parasite species on Earth, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. Continue reading Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds