Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows

Global heating continued unabated with extreme weather rife and greenhouse gases hitting new highs The last seven years were the world’s hottest on record, with the first analysis of global temperature in 2021 showing it was 1.2C above pre-industrial levels. The assessment of the year, by the European climate agency Copernicus, also found carbon dioxideContinue reading “Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows”

Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 2021 brought more than its share of natural disasters. And as well as claiming around 10,000 lives, they also took a major financial toll. German reinsurer Munich Re says it was one of the most expensive years on record, with global damages estimated at around 280 billion dollars – only 120 billionContinue reading “Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News”

Tornadoes sweep US states, killing up to 100 people – DW News

As many as 100 people may be dead after one of the most devastating tornado storms in years struck the US. The state of Kentucky is hardest hit. Dozens there are feared in a single factory. Many more were trapped in an Amazon site in Illinois as twisters ripped across state lines. Kentucky Governor AndyContinue reading “Tornadoes sweep US states, killing up to 100 people – DW News”

Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)

Number of extreme weather disasters shot up nearly fivefold from 1970s to most recent decade due to global warming. The number of weather disasters – such as floods and heatwaves – driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in totalContinue reading “Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)”

Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW

Germany has rejected calls from Minsk for the European Union to take in migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border. EU member states have also made it clear they won’t be blackmailed by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. He is demanding they take in thousands of migrants. They’re facing harsh winter conditions out in the forests alongContinue reading “Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW”

Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

‘Losses will be high’: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti as Tropical Storm Grace approaches

A massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti early Saturday morning as tropical Tropical Storm Grace raced toward the island, potentially complicating rescue efforts.  The storm is expected to arrive late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The quake has sparked comparisons to a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people, according to theContinue reading “‘Losses will be high’: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti as Tropical Storm Grace approaches”

Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade

Politicians face criticism over preparedness for floods Government plans initial emergency aid up to 200 mln euros Minister says more funds can be made available if needed A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many GermansContinue reading “Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade”

Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides

President Xi Jinping says situation “extremely severe” after city of Zhengzhou saw a year’s worth of rain in just three days. At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou. About 200,000 residents were evacuated asContinue reading “Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides”

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