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California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Firefighters fight a blaze in Anaheim Hills, in southern California. Around 8,000 firefighters are working across the state. Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented wildfires raging in California’s wine country leave enormous devastation as fire agency says situation still ‘very serious’

October 12, 2017 — The death toll climbed to 29 on Thursday as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

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Hurricane Maria was the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’. Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels

September 22, 2017 — Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods. Continue reading Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

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‘For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,’ says the lead researcher behind the new study. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced

June 19, 2017 — Nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it Continue reading A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

Washington DC digs out after monster blizzard

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BREAK TIME. Joel Clement, 50, left, and Brad Farster, 35, right, both U.S. government employees, take a break in front of the U.S. Capitol building after a day of cross country skiing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. USA, January 25, 2016. Allison Shelley/EPA
For many the thrill of a weekend spent playing in the snow, or in warm homes watching a stunning display of nature’s power, gave way to the realization that, in Washington DC at least, the cleanup will be long and messy

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 26, 2016) — The US capital struggled to plow and shovel its way back to life Monday, January 25, after a blizzard smothered the East Coast, with mountains of snow lining streets, and schools and the federal government shut down.

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Storm-hit US digs out as death toll rises to 25

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AFTER ‘SNOWZILLA’ People take photographs in the snow with the New York City skyline in the background in Central Park in New York, New York, USA, January 24, 2016. Peter Foley/EPA
The eastern United States emerge wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 25, 2016) — The eastern United States emerged wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people, but Washington was still reeling, with government offices and schools to remain closed Monday, January 25.

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Massive blizzard paralyzes eastern US

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FROZEN. People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 23, 2016. Photo by John Taggart/EPA
16 die in Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia, while more than 200,000 people are left without power and 2,200 National Guard personnel are drafted in

NEW YORK, USA (Jan. 24, 2016) — A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, January 24, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out.

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Mammoth ‘Snowzilla’ blizzard blankets Washington

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SNOWSTORM. Pedestrians walk during snowfall, on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, January 22, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA
‘I want to be very clear with everybody. We see this as a major storm. It has life and death implications,’ Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser warns

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 23, 2016) — A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on Friday, January 22 quickly blanketing the nation’s capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm’s path to seek shelter.

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Millions in US brace for monster blizzard

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PREPPING FOR THE STORM. A picture made available on January 21, 2016 of fire truck drives down a snow-covered road during snowfall, in downtown Washington, DC, USA, late January 20, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA
Forecasters say the US capital and the surrounding area could see up to two feet of snow accumulate in a short time from Friday to Saturday, January 22 to January 23, coupled with fierce winds

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 22, 2016) — The eastern US braced Friday, January 22, for a monstrous blizzard that has prompted thousands of flight cancellations and the looming shutdown of Washington’s public transportation system.

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Fears of more deaths, devastation in flood-hit Missouri

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REELING FROM FLOODS. A man removes debris from a business on December 30, 2015 in Fenton, Missouri. The St. Louis area and surrounding region are experiencing record flood crests of the Mississippi, Missouri and Meremac Rivers after days of record rainfall. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urges residents to follow orders amid the historic flooding

CHICAGO, United States (Jan. 1, 2016) — Residents in the flood-ravaged US state of Missouri waited anxiously Thursday, December 31 (January 1 in Manila) to see how high the mighty Mississippi River would rise, as the death toll from the record-breaking deluge rose to 14.

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