Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis

Moldova has received its “first” delivery of non-Russian gas as the country grapples with a severe energy crisis. The delivery of one million cubic metres of natural gas was supplied by Poland’s PGNiG. Chisinau said the “sample purchase” from Poland is meant “to test the ability to import gas from alternative sources and balance theContinue reading “Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis”

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”

The IPCC’s New “CODE RED” Climate Report – Second Thought

Rain Observed at Greenland Ice Sheet Summit for First Time on Record

This past weekend, researchers at the National Science Foundation’s Summit Station observed rainfall at the peak of Greenland’s rapidly melting ice sheet for the first time on record — an event driven by warming temperatures. “This was the third time in less than a decade, and the latest date in the year on record, that the NationalContinue reading “Rain Observed at Greenland Ice Sheet Summit for First Time on Record”

Brazil forest fire season begins with concerns of mass destruction

The season of Brazilian forest fires has begun, and early data plus severe drought is sparking concern that nationwide destruction in 2021 will stay at the high levels recorded in the past two years, despite efforts to tamp down the blazes. The government space agency that uses satellites to monitor fires reported more area burned in theContinue reading “Brazil forest fire season begins with concerns of mass destruction”

Spain launches inquiry after dams drained for profit during drought

Firm used water to generate cheap electricity while price to customers in grip of heatwave is at record high The Spanish government has launched an inquiry after it emerged that a power company drained two reservoirs during a heatwave and drought in order to profit from exceptionally high electricity prices. Iberdrola, the country’s second biggestContinue reading “Spain launches inquiry after dams drained for profit during drought”

‘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”

Japan: ‘Unprecedented’ rains trigger evacuation in Hiroshima

Japanese officials warned that a “grave disaster” may occur as heavy downpour continues. Nearly 70,000 people were asked to evacuate in the Hiroshima prefecture. At least one person died and tens of thousands of people were told to evacuate as “unprecedented” levels of torrential rain hit western Japan on Friday, authorities said. “There is a possibility that a graveContinue reading “Japan: ‘Unprecedented’ rains trigger evacuation in Hiroshima”

Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined

Smoke just reached the North Pole in a first. Smoke from massive wildfires in Russia’s Siberia region has reached the geographic North Pole “for the first time in recorded history,” according to NASA — while the forest blazes themselves are bigger than all the other wildfires currently burning in the world combined, one expert said.  The U.SContinue reading “Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined”

Huge California fire grows as Montana blaze threatens towns

California’s largest single wildfire in recorded history continued to grow after destroying nearly 550 homes while authorities in Montana ordered evacuations as a wind-driven blaze roared toward several remote communities. The dangerous fires are among some 100 large blazes burning Wednesday across 15 states, mostly in the West, where historic drought conditions have left landsContinue reading “Huge California fire grows as Montana blaze threatens towns”

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