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Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the caribbean
Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

Hurricane Irma cost Antigua and Barbuda $250m but insurance paid out just $6m, says diplomat, calling for more support at UN climate talks in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — After one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, some Caribbean nations are facing heavy losses. Continue reading Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

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PORTUGAL WILDFIRES. Firefighters inspect a burnt house in Lufreu near Penacova following wildfires on October 17, 2017. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Portugal’s civil protection agency says the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the center and the north of the country, had been brought under control. In Spain, the death toll rises to 4 from the fires

PENACOVA, Portugal – Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday, October 17, helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another 4 in northern Spain. Continue reading Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy

localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down
“Localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down.” (Photo: Deposit Photos)

As the world resumes climate talks in Bonn next month, island states will use the devastating hurricane season to fuel calls for expanded renewable energy investment

October 17, 2017 — It is an exciting time for renewable energy with the price of solar and wind now outcompeting fossil fuels in many markets around the world and the technology getting better by the day. Continue reading Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy

3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

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VIOLENT SEA. Huge waves strike the harbor wall and lighthouse at Porthcawl, South Wales, on October 16, 2017 as Storm Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland. Geoff Caddick/AFP

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 17, 2017) — Ireland was hit by what officials called an “unprecedented storm” on Monday, October 16, that left 3 people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools as well as government offices. Continue reading 3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

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Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

hurricane irma's destruction through caribbean
Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up

October 16, 2017 — Harvey, Irma, Ophelia. This year’s devastating and record-breaking hurricane season reminds us that storms turbo-charged by human-caused climate change are not a distant future threat, but a reality faced by people around the world. Continue reading Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

devastation on the island of dominica in the wake of hurricane maria
Devastation on the island of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Photograph: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive

October 6, 2017 — As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. Continue reading Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

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DEADLY BEAUTY. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NASA

A tropical cyclone is one of the Earth’s strongest forces, a combination of strong, howling winds and heavy precipitation. How do these forces of nature form?

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 28, 2017) — A tropical cyclone – whether called a typhoon, a cyclone, or a hurricane – is one of the most destructive disasters known to man. Continue reading EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

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DOMINICA. An aerial view of Roseau, capital of the Caribbean island Dominica, shows destruction September 21, 2017, three days after passage of Hurricane Maria. Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

‘For now our urgent, urgent matter is to get supplies to the affected people. We’re going to need all of the helicopter help we can get, because we need to ferry the supplies to people,’ Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says

ROSEAU, Dominica (Sept. 22, 2017) — The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. Continue reading Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage