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16 11 2021 | 11:25

‘The weather keeps playing tricks’: living on the frontline of global heating

From extreme weather obliterating homes to rising sea levels ruining crops, climate breakdown is a terrifying daily reality for many. Daharu Isah in Gusau, Nigeria I knew farming through my father…

14 11 2021 | 09:21

Climate: Making the BBC’s Life at 50C season

As the planet heats up, the number of days where the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, global BBC analysis has found. The BBC’s Life at 50C season, produced by BBC News Arabic…

14 11 2021 | 08:51

‘Like a scene from Arachnophobia’: large Joro spiders invade northern Georgia

Yellow, blue and red spiders, native to east Asia, thriving in warm weather and sending experts scrambling Northern Georgia has found itself besieged by millions of large yellow, blue and red…

10 11 2021 | 13:10

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report

Research from world’s top climate analysis coalition contrasts sharply with last week’s optimism The world is on track for disastrous levels of global heating far in excess of the limits in the…

09 11 2021 | 13:20

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

Climate crisis is driving up deadly combination of temperature and humidity, says study released at Cop26 A billion people will be affected by extreme heat stress if the climate crisis raises the…

03 11 2021 | 13:50

Europe’s record summer ‘impossible’ without global heating

Cop26 countries must take action to stop record heat becoming an annual event, say experts The heatwaves and wildfires that caused devastation in Europe this summer would not have happened without…

02 11 2021 | 11:18

What will climate change look like near me?

How much rain might fall in your area and how high might temperatures climb? The BBC and the Met Office have looked at the UK's changing climate in detail to find out. The UK is already experiencing…

21 10 2021 | 11:37

Too hot to handle: can our bodies withstand global heating?

Extreme heat can kill or cause long-term health problems – but for many unendurable temperatures are the new normal The impact of extreme heat on the human body is not unlike what happens when a car…

21 10 2021 | 10:17

Life at 50C: The Baghdad traffic cop who works in 50C heat

Iraq is one of the most climate-vulnerable places on Earth. In Baghdad, traffic police sergeant Sa’d Saddam Abdulhasan is responsible for one of the city’s busiest junctions. He keeps the city moving…

09 09 2021 | 14:23

Why are the wildfires in Greece and Turkey so severe?

‘Nightmarish summer’ in southern Europe coincides with publication of devastating new UN climate report.

03 09 2021 | 14:23

Record-breaking drought in Chile is vision of the climate crisis

While Chile has been going through a drought for the past decade, July was particularly dry Andres Couve, the science minister of Chile, has said addressing the climate crisis is a “national…

03 09 2021 | 13:08

People get meaner and fight more when it’s hotter, research reveals

Violence and aggression increase as temperatures rise, according to new studies If you find yourself more irritable as summer temperatures soar, there’s a reason for that: New research reveals that…

31 08 2021 | 09:33

Wildfire smoke linked to 19,000 additional Covid cases in US West and 700 deaths

‘It’s a horrible combination – together, the wildfires and Covid-19 make us even sicker’ Wildfire smoke is linked to at least 19,000 additional cases of Covid-19 on the West Coast, and 700…

31 08 2021 | 09:17

Are we prepared for 50C heat in Europe?

A Met Office scientist warns that parts of Europe could see 50C heat in the future. Daisy Dunne explores whether countries are prepared

30 08 2021 | 15:53

‘Lucifer’ heat dome is causing wildfires and record-breaking temperatures in Europe

The hot, dry weather has been brought on by a weather phenomenon known as an anticyclone An anticyclone named ‘Lucifer’ sweeping across Europe is set to bring further record-breaking temperatures…

27 08 2021 | 16:02

The entire Mediterranean region is burning. Here’s why it will get worse

Wildfires have raged through southern Europe in the past few weeks, and the apocalyptic scenes are just the beginning, reports Borzou Daragahi

27 08 2021 | 15:27

July 2021 officially the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

Global land and sea temperatures were 1.67F above the average for July, making it the hottest month since records began 142 years ago. July 2021 has earned the “unenviable distinction” of being…

26 08 2021 | 07:44

Here in British Columbia, we have spent the summer running from cruel wildfires

Blazes are destroying whole communities. The Canadian government must act now to tackle this existential threat

26 08 2021 | 07:30

Wildfires ravage Greek island of Evia

Parts of the Mediterranean and central Europe have experienced extreme temperatures this summer, with wildfires causing devastation in both Turkey and Greece. The blaze on Evia, Greece’s second-…

26 08 2021 | 07:23

Denser cities could be a climate boon – but nimbyism stands in the way

Drawing people into cities could cut emissions and combat housing crises. But even progressives are hard to convince In San Francisco’s Sunset District, rows and rows of pastel-colored, two-storey…