Of the traumatic consequences of climate change, scientist consider increasingly ferocious wildfires to be one of the most starkly apparent Ruth McLarty, an experienced surgeon, was fairly certain she was about to die in a particularly grisly way. Surrounded by a hellish inferno of burning trees and cars, McLarty reasoned the flames would engulf her long before the smoke could choke her to death. Trapped in nearby vehicles, some of McLarty’s colleagues made similarly macabre calculations. Two nurses, stuck in the back of a stalled police car, contemplated shooting each other. Another nurse rolled down her window and gulped in the smoke. McLarty edged her car away from a burning wreckage, fired off some final messages to her sister and called her daughter, who said she could hear the roar of the blaze over the phone. Of the 10 most destructive fires in California’s history, five have occurred since October last year
I grew up in this state and you’d never really get fires like this in November or December
Strong winds and high temperatures test exhausted firefighters battling more than 110 blazes across the state The bushfire emergency in central Queensland flared up on Sunday evening with residents in the path of the massive Deepwater blaze told to leave immediately. Strong winds and high temperatures tested exhausted firefighters battling more than 110 blazes across the state throughout Sunday.
With schools damaged or destroyed by the Camp fire, many children will head to unfamiliar locations next week Just before the Camp fire came upon Paradise, Jori Krulder, an English teacher, was at the town’s high school. She spent the morning of 8 November in her classroom at Paradise high – and it was there Krulder and her students first saw the ash and leaves raining down.
Back-to-back earthquakes, measuring 7.0 and 5.8, rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage on Friday, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The warning was lifted a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries. Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because of tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region
The earthquakes, measuring 7.0 and 5.8, triggered a tsunami warning but no deaths or injuries were reported Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage on Friday, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The warning was lifted a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.
The Western Isles depend on the CalMac ferry services for vital supplies and the service keeps going in all weathers. But climate change could mean trouble ahead Anyone who has been to the islands off Scotland’s west coast will be familiar with . On a clear still day in summer there can be no better way (for the price of a ferry ticket) to view the beauty of the mountains and islands set against clear blue water. But winter brings a different face to the Sea of the Hebrides, which can be amongst the roughest in the world. Despite this, CalMac as the service is known, keeps going because there is no other way of supplying the islands and carrying back fish and other exports essential to the islands’ economy. These crossings are frequently not for the faint hearted, but of the 79,203 ferry crossings between January and the end of July this year fewer than 2,000 were cancelled because of the weather. The major problem for these ferries in rough seas is safe docking at the island harbours, often on exposed slipways, which is why most terminals are built in the lee of the islands, away from the full force of westerly gales. CalMac, , is saying cancellations are more likely in future as climate change makes winter storms increasingly violent, and more sweep in from the north-east and the south, making safe docking impossible.
Vivek Pathak of the International Finance Corporation says it makes "a lot of business sense" to focus on climate-related investment opportunities, which are estimated to be worth $29.4 trillion globally.
The raging wildfires in Northern and Southern California have killed at least 31 people. The fires rank among the deadliest in the state’s history, and hundreds of thousands of residents have fled their homes. More than 200 people remain missing.
Studies have shown that bad weather can depress turnout, particularly among groups likely to vote for Democrats. But meteorologist Al Roker said, "I think people on both sides are motivated enough to go out and vote."
In the fourth part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we examine how sea-level rise will reshape the population The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We will explore the key findings each day this week. Donald Trump doesn’t believe his own government’s major report on climate change – which the administration tried to bury over the Thanksgiving break. It warns that rising temperatures are America and will cause huge damage globally.
World running out of time to combat climate change, warns meteorological organisation Global temperatures have continued to rise in the past 10 months, with 2018 expected to be the fourth warmest year on record. Average temperatures around the world so far this year were nearly 1C (1.8F) above pre-industrial levels. Extreme weather has affected all continents, while the melting of sea ice and glaciers and rises in sea levels continue. The past four years have been the hottest on record, and the 20 warmest have occurred in the past 22 years.
The administration tried to bury the assessment, but as residents flee wildfires and wade through flooded streets, let’s hope decision-makers get the message Talk about cognitive dissonance. Just two days before 13 federal agencies released a report laying out the devastating human and economic toll that climate change already is taking in the United States, Donald Trump tweeted: “Whatever happened to global warming?” The tweet was based on a spurt of cold weather in the north-east, never mind that the rest of the world was experiencing higher than normal temperatures. The administration was so concerned about what the report, called the National Climate Assessment (NCA), would reveal – including the fact that the president’s thinking on climate change is hopelessly flawed – that it chose to , hoping no one would pay attention. A member of Trump’s transition team, Steven Milloy, was candid about this strategy, saying: “Do it on a day when nobody cares, and hope it gets swept away by the next day’s news.” Fortunately for the Earth and its residents, news coverage about the report continued over the weekend and into the following week. Ken Kimmell is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environment. Brenda Ekwurzel is the director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists
With more than 100 fires burning across state, people in Tinnanbar have been cut off and told to seek shelter One community has been cut off by bushfire and told to seek shelter and six other towns are packing up valuables and evacuating their homes as fires continue to rage in central Queensland. Firefighters can’t stop the fire advancing towards the seaside hamlet of Tinnanbar, which is between Maryborough and Gympie, and say the blaze has reached the road.