South-east forecast to be worst hit after Eastbourne has 1,000 lightning strikes overnight Thunderstorms and rain are expected across parts of the UK as the unsettled weather continues. About 1,000 lightning strikes hit Eastbourne in East Sussex overnight and a yellow weather warning remains in place for the east of England – covering Yorkshire, East Anglia and the south coast – with forecasters warning of the likelihood of more rain, hail and lightning. Homes were left without power and roads flooded in parts of southern England after an overnight deluge.
First ever financial study stresses need for investment in face of climate crisis Flood damage estimated at £1.1bn a year is being prevented by the UK’s network of river barriers and defences, according to research. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says it is the first time the financial contribution of river defences has been quantified.
They call it X Day – a major earthquake striking the heart of the world’s most populous city in the most calamitous event since the second world war. Can hi-tech solutions save Tokyo? Every day, at 5pm, the gentle melody of the children’s song Yuyake Koyake chimes across the Minato area of Tokyo from a loudspeaker – one of hundreds dotted across schools and parks throughout this megacity of 37 million people. The does more than signify the arrival of evening. It is a test for the system that is designed to save Tokyoites from what would be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded human history: an earthquake striking the centre of the most populous city on Earth. As Japan's capital enters a year in the spotlight, from the Rugby World up to the 2020 Olympics, Guardian Cities is spending a week reporting live from the largest megacity on Earth. Despite being the world's riskiest place – with 37 million people vulnerable to tsunami, flooding and due a potentially catastrophic earthquake – it is also one of the most resilient, both in its hi-tech design and its pragmatic social structure. Using manga, photography, film and a group of salarimen rappers, we'll hear from the locals how they feel about their famously impenetrable city finally embracing its global crown When you have a city this big and your basic lifelines are out, that’s a very significant problem
Heatwaves in Poland led to 33C temperatures while severe floods in China caused landslides Hailstones the size of golf balls rained down on Bavaria in Germany last week, part of a severe thunderstorm that resulted in damage to cars and property. The storm, linked to the same weather system that brought the first bout of to England and Wales, also had heavy downpours of rain and strong winds, along with the 5cm-wide hailstones. In neighbouring Poland and the Baltic countries, there was also an early-season heatwave, with temperatures reaching 33C in Warsaw last week – 10 degrees above the seasonal norm. A record demand for electricity on a summer morning in Poland resulted, as residents dramatically increased their air-conditioning use. This level of power demand was just shy of the highest ever recorded, in January this year.
At Milken Global Conference 2019, Petra Nemcova, model and Co-founder of All Hands And Hearts, tells Brian Sullivan, anchor of "Worldwide Exchange" and senior national correspondent, how her organization is filling a gap in disaster areas where there are not enough volunteers.
Mark Allison of Elders discusses the impact of a drought in Australia on farmers and the agricultural sector. He also says it is important for agribusinesses to offer diversified products and services.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the central Philippines on Monday, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) said, and a Reuters witness said office buildings swayed in the main business district of the capital, Manila.