California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Friday as result of "a vast tree die-off throughout the state" and deteriorating forest conditions that have increased the risk of wildfires.
Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, and more costly. According to one estimate, natural disasters caused about $340 billion in damage across the world in 2017. And insurers had to pay out a record $138 billion. The $5 trillion global insurance industry plays a huge role in the U.S. economy. Insurance spending in 2017 made up about 11 percent of America's GDP. So, how will insurance companies remain profitable in an era of climate change? And what does that mean for the rest of us?
The powerful late winter storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone, left blizzards, floods and tornadoes in its wake after hitting the U.S. Mountain and Plains states this week, before pushing east into the Midwest and the Great Lakes Region early Friday.
Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself? On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by that devastated the country in 2011. “We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.” By having these facilities in the centre of town we hope that we will be able to attract a new energy and a new vibe
We hope that the way we rebuild the town will serve as a model to deal with how to bring people back to the community and stay in the community
"Risks such as sea-level rise and heat stress will increasingly highlight the vulnerability not only of individual assets and locations, but of entire metropolitan areas," a new report from the Urban Land Institute said.
Superheated gases and rock fragments can reach speeds of up to 400mph by travelling on cushion of air, say scientists Crouched figures, a child with its mother, a dog writhing on its back – the harrowing plaster casts of the dead of Pompeii reveal that when the end came in AD79, it was as swift as it was final. Caught in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, many died when buildings collapsed under heavy ash and pumice. But for those still alive, another catastrophe was about to hit as deadly currents of superheated gases, ash and rock fragments raced through the streets.
Powerful storms swept across the southern US on Sunday, after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people, including three children, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Nearly 90,000 customers in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia as of midday Sunday.
The federal government's spring weather outlook issued Thursday shows flooding risk will remain high through May for 25 states, as Midwestern states are still coping with the disastrous effects of last week's "bomb cyclone" storm.
Within three decades more than 386,000 homes in US coastal areas will be at risk of permanent submersion or regular flooding due to climate change, according to a study by real estate website Zillow and nonprofit weather news site Climate Central.
A new theatre backed by George Clooney is giving hope to some, but the city where thousands were left homeless is still a building site As the world’s on the earthquake-ravaged central Italian city of L’Aquila for the G8 summit in July 2009, a more discreet gathering was about to steal the limelight. San Demetrio ne’ Vestini, a village about 13km away welcomed its own illustrious visitor when George Clooney flew in from his Lake Como home to inaugurate the construction of a new theatre to replace one destroyed in nearby Casentino earlier that year. The Hollywood actor’s support helped to boost donations, and the restoration of the theatre has become one of the few sources of civic pride in an area that is still a long way from a full recovery.