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
Continued risk of flash-flooding and damaging winds after storm downgraded to category 2 system Tropical Cyclone Owen has weakened but will bring the risk of flash-flooding to the Queensland coast after making landfall on the western Cape York. Owen brought winds of 120km/h after crossing near remote Kowanyama as a category 3 cyclone early on Saturday, before being downgraded to a category 2 system later in the morning.
Severe weather warnings as storm downgraded after it hit land on the western Cape York Tropical Cyclone Owen has weakened to a category 2 system after crossing the Queensland coast south of remote Kowanyama on the western Cape York. The storm hit land as a category 3 cyclone early on Saturday, with winds of 120km/h near the centre and wind gusts up to 165km/h, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Storms hit near peak hour in both capital cities, prompting traffic chaos and calls for assistance A thunderstorm sweeping across is causing widespread flash flooding prompting numerous calls for assistance. Sydneysiders are also dealing with traffic chaos as residents along the length of the coast are being told to prepare for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones.
Victoria still at risk of flooding as storms hit NSW from Tamworth to Snowy Mountains A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of and flooding is still a risk for parts of after more than a month’s worth of rain deluged the southern state in just one day. Victoria’s north-east and north-west have been the worst-affected by the deluge so far, with a number of areas breaking their daily rainfall records.
NSW Move your car undercover or away from trees. Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony that could blow away.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says state has done all it can to prepare for severe category-four storm Cyclone Owen will “wreak havoc” across Queensland, with remote communities braced for 280km/h winds and much of the state on flood alert, the premier has said. Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state had done all it can to be ready for Owen, which is expected to hit as a severe category-four storm late on Friday or early on Saturday.
Hail stones about 2cm in size could fall as damaging winds gusting up to 90km/h sweep through the warning areas More than a month’s worth of rain has already fallen across parts of north east as wild weather threatens to rage across the state. The moisture from is feeding the low-pressure system over Victoria on Thursday, which is forecast to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The Hume Freeway remains closed both ways between Barnawartha and Wangaratta due to flooding. Southbound traffic is being diverted at The Murray Valley Highway. Northbound detours have been set up at the Goulburn Valley Highway. Don't drive through flood waters.
Whole islands disappeared and cities were destroyed after the 1287 flood hit the Netherlands One of the most catastrophic floods in history occurred on 14 December 1287, the day after St Lucia’s day. Conditions were similar to the disastrous floods of 1953, in which a storm surge combined with a high tide. The village of Hickling in Norfolk was flooded with great loss of life, but this was minor compared to the damage elsewhere. killed at least 50,000 people in Holland and northern Germany and changed the face of Europe. Before the flood, there had been a lake in the north-west of the Netherlands, known as the Almere or Eel Lake. The storm surge swept away sand dunes and natural clay barriers separating it from the sea, turning the lake into a bay. This became known as the .
Storms, hail and wind expected to lash state as cyclone bears down on Northern Territory and Queensland A month’s worth of rain is expected to crash down on Victoria in one day as people are being warned to brace for wild weather. A low-pressure system was expected to dump between 50mm and 100mm of rain in the state’s north-east and central areas, including Melbourne, depending on thunderstorm activity. Other areas were forecast to have between 30mm and 50mm.
Survivors of the 2015 quake that killed almost 9,000 people around Kathmandu now face another challenge they didn’t expect Ratna Awale counts herself lucky. She and her husband, Prem, and their two sons survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015 that killed almost 9,000 people. But her narrow four-storey home in Patan, a sprawling, historical city south of Kathmandu, was badly damaged. “There were big cracks from the back of the house to the front wall, and half the ground floor collapsed,” she says. We are caught between paying the loan and feeding ourselves There are more than 820,000 houses – the scale is massive
Some escaped Malibu by yacht while people fled Paradise on foot. But both cities face a brutal new normal, writes the scholar and urban theorist Mike Davis California’s catastrophic wildfires – 25,000 homes destroyed over the last 18 months – have exposed and in some cases reinforced the socioeconomic inequalities that rend this state-nation of 40 million people. If Malibu, where some residents were rescued by yacht, defines one side of the class fault line, , where many tried unsuccessfully to flee on foot, clearly represented the other. The median value of the homes destroyed in Malibu was $3,470,000; in Paradise, $200,000. One location is universally enviable; the other was affordable. Although both communities were relatively geriatric, with double the California average of over-65s, the Sierra Nevada foothill city of 27,000 also housed an extraordinary number of people with officially recognized disabilities, almost one-fifth of the under-65 population.
37,000 homes left without power as gales fell trees and damage roofs Severe storms have swept across Queensland, bringing flash flooding – and much-needed rain – to communities that. At the height of the storm on Tuesday evening, more than 37,000 homes between Rockhampton and Gympie were without power as gales felled trees and damaged roofs. On Wednesday morning a few thousand people were still waiting for their electricity to be restored.
With cyclone season under way, exhausted emergency services are more aware than most that climate change is beginning to pose impossible challenges Late on Sunday night, a tropical cyclone formed off the north Queensland coast. The storm has begun a track towards the coast, where after week-long heatwaves and “unprecedented” conditions. Tropical cyclone Owen will bring some relief from the stinking heat; lower temperatures and rainfall that should help firefighters control the most threatening fires by midweek.
Australia, literally on fire. Via the satellite viewer:
Rare event will create thunderstorms from Queensland to Tasmania A tropical cyclone will hit Queensland this weekend, and rain and flooding will affect New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania as sweeps over nearly all of eastern Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has declared two simultaneous extreme weather systems on the east coast – a rare event that will create thunderstorms from Queensland to Tasmania.
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.
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.