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04 06 2020 | 08:02

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods.

The impacts of floods can exacerbate existing racial and social inequality. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in 2017, the neighborhood that suffered the worst flood damage was a section of…

31 05 2020 | 07:45

Cyclone Slams India, Bangladesh, Leaving 84 Dead and Millions Displaced During Pandemic.

At least 84 people were killed when Cyclone Amphan walloped India and Bangladesh Wednesday, bringing "war-like" destruction to the city of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal, The Guardian…

31 05 2020 | 07:31

Locust Swarms Head for India Ahead of Planting Season.

Indian authorities are helping farmers mount a pesticide spraying campaign to fight the swarms of desert locusts which have already devastated crops across Pakistan and 

31 05 2020 | 07:12

10,000 Flee Record Flooding in Michigan After 'Catastrophic Failures' of ​Dams.

Around 10,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in central Michigan after heavy rain prompted what the National Weather Service called "catastrophic failures" at two dams.

31 05 2020 | 07:11

Climate Crisis Brings India's Worst Locust Invasion in Decades.

India is facing its worst desert locust invasion in nearly 30 years, and the climate crisis is partly to blame.

28 05 2020 | 09:00

Many will starve': locusts devour crops and livelihoods in Pakistan.

Farmers faced with worst plague in recent history say they have been left to fend for themselves. Mir Gul Muhammad, a farmer in Balochistan province, was blunt. “The worst that we have ever seen,…

28 05 2020 | 08:26

World Bank approves record $500m to battle locust swarm.

In Kenya, the locusts are eating in one day the amount of food consumed by all Kenyans in two days, World Bank says. The World Bank has approved a record $500m in grants and low-interest loans to…

25 05 2020 | 08:20

Which Countries Are Most Vulnerable to Locust Swarms?

Massive swarms of the voracious desert locust have been damaging crops and pastures and crippling communities in the Greater Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia since October 2019.…

25 05 2020 | 08:17

Tropical cyclones have become more destructive over past 40 years, data shows.

US study identifies statistically significant trend in line with climate scientists’ predictions. Tropical cyclones have become more intense around the globe in the past four decades, with more…

25 05 2020 | 08:01

Alaska Faces Major Tsunami Threat, Scientists Warn.

As the climate crisis takes hold, the effects are noticed most conspicuously at the extremes like the poles and the desert, where the harsh environments are drastically altered by a changing climate.

24 05 2020 | 09:30

A moment of reckoning - when coronavirus meets climate change.

Cyclones in the Pacific and pandemics tell us a lot about global inequality and highlight our futile pursuit of profit. In the midst of economic shocks and border closures caused by the coronavirus…

21 05 2020 | 10:36

Amphan: Indian city of Kolkata devastated by cyclone.

The eastern Indian city of Kolkata has been devastated by a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people as it lashed…

15 05 2020 | 06:44

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Increases for 13th Consecutive Month.

Despite the global economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be continuing largely unabated with forest clearing over the past 12 months…

14 05 2020 | 06:58

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds.

Scientists identify thousands of extreme events, suggesting stark warnings about global heating are already coming to pass. Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat which could threaten human…

09 05 2020 | 11:21

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

'Coronavirus could kill, but hunger kills many more people' COVID-19, desert locusts or torrential rains and floods — where should East Africa focus its attention among this “triple threat”? As the…

08 05 2020 | 10:01

Kenya floods kill 194, people evacuated from risk areas near dams.

NAIROBI - Floods and landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the…

07 05 2020 | 07:25

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?

We found the first fire without looking, crackling and roaring on farmland beside the busy Amazon highway, the flames consuming a road sign with its name – BR-163 – lying in the grass. Trucks…

06 05 2020 | 08:47

Human-caused warming will cause more slow-moving hurricanes, warn climatologists.

Hurricanes moving slowly over an area can cause more damage than faster-moving storms, because the longer a storm lingers, the more time it has to pound an area with storm winds and drop huge volumes…

06 05 2020 | 08:26

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?

Few places on the planet are more at risk from the climate crisis than south Florida, where more than 8 million residents are affected by the convergence of almost every modern environmental…

02 05 2020 | 07:53

Weatherwatch: deadly tornadoes hit US while Cuba has hottest day.

Four twisters hit Mississippi while Cuban town of Veguitas has hottest day on record.