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”

Pacific Northwest braces for another multiday heat wave

People in the Pacific Northwest braced for another major, multiday heat wave starting Wednesday, just over a month after record-shattering hot weather killed hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable people when temperatures soared to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius). In a “worst-case scenario,” the temperature could reach as high as 111 F (44 C) inContinue reading “Pacific Northwest braces for another multiday heat wave”

Algeria forest fires: Dozens killed in Kabylie region

At least 25 Algerian soldiers and 17 civilians have been killed in wildfires to the east of the capital Algiers, the country’s prime minister has said. Several more soldiers were injured fighting the fires, in the forested Kabylie region. Temperatures of up to 46C were forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Fires have caused devastation inContinue reading “Algeria forest fires: Dozens killed in Kabylie region”

Severe weather warnings for Victoria and WA as cold fronts slam opposite sides of Australia

The wild weather continues for Western Australia today as a pair of cold fronts trigger damaging winds, hail and snow in the south west of the state. As the first front, which swept across the state over the weekend weakens, another system is approaching from the west. The second and stronger cold front began to charge across the southwestContinue reading “Severe weather warnings for Victoria and WA as cold fronts slam opposite sides of Australia”

Australia rejects climate targets despite damning UN report

Australia’s conservative prime minister rejected growing calls Tuesday to adopt more ambitious emissions targets, insisting the country was doing enough to tackle climate change. Hours after a landmark UN climate report warned catastrophic global warming is occurring far more quickly than previously forecast, Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled he would not adopt a net-zero target.Continue reading “Australia rejects climate targets despite damning UN report”

Greece wildfires: Thousands flee island of Evia as blazes continue to ravage lands

While progress was made in batting blazes near Athens, the island of Evia is still in the grips of uncontrolled fires. Thousands have fled their homes on the Greek Island of Evia as wildfires continued to rage uncontrolled on Sunday for a sixth day. While fires that had posed a risk to the northern suburbs of AthensContinue reading “Greece wildfires: Thousands flee island of Evia as blazes continue to ravage lands”

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