Tag Archives: drought

Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

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Global warming made this summer’s heatwave in Europe 10 times more likely, say researchers. Photograph: Nuno Veiga/EPA

Without action to tackle global warming, deadly summer temperatures of 40°C in Europe could be normal by 2050

September 27, 2017 — The scorching temperatures across Europe’s Mediterranean nations this summer were made at least 10 times more likely by climate change, according to scientists. Continue reading Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast

September 11, 2017 — For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days. Continue reading Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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

Floods in drought season: is this the future for parts of India

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A Mumbai street after flooding that left more than 20 people dead. Photograph: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Mumbai, Assam and other regions are used to extreme weather, but the recent flooding was not ‘normal’. The powers that be must adjust, and fast

September 5, 2017 — It is possible to be killed by floods in Mumbai, but not really to be surprised by them. On 29 August, the city was battered by a monsoon storm which left homes, highways and Continue reading Floods in drought season: is this the future for parts of India

In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

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Residents are evacuated during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue

August 30, 2017 — The 17tn US gallons of rain (roughly 26m Olympic swimming pools) dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey has set a new high for a tropical system in the US, but it is unlikely to Continue reading In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last

Tagus river at risk of drying up completely

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Entrepenas reservoir on the Tagus river in Guadalajara, Spain. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Climate change, dams and diversion bring Iberian peninsula’s longest river, on which millions depend, to brink of collapse

August 14, 2017 — The Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely as Spain once again finds itself in the grip of drought. Continue reading Tagus river at risk of drying up completely

Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

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Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon Basin on November 5, 2010 in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia/LatinContent/Getty Images

Deforestation and climate change appear to be amplifying droughts in the Amazon

August 3, 2017 — If you are like me, you picture the Amazon region as an ever lush, wet, tropical region filled with numerous plant and animal species. Who would imagine the Amazon experiencing Continue reading Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

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A tourist shelters from the sun near the Colosseum in Rome. Italy is gripped by drought as the summer heat continues with no sign of rain. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Half of capital’s 3 million residents could have water switched off for eight hours a day after Italy’s driest spring for 60 years

July 24, 2017 — More than a million residents of Rome are facing water rationing for up to eight hours a day as the prolonged heatwave that has ravaged southern Europe takes its toll on the Italian capital. Continue reading Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

Vulnerable ‘chokepoints’ threaten global food supply, warns report

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A map of global marine traffic on 26 June 2017 at 15.30 GMT. Photograph: Marine Traffic

Fourteen critical bottlenecks, from roads to ports to shipping lanes, are increasingly at risk from climate change, say analysts

June 27, 2017 — Increasingly vulnerable “chokepoints” are threatening the security of the global food supply, according to a new report. It identifies 14 critical locations, including the Suez Continue reading Vulnerable ‘chokepoints’ threaten global food supply, warns report