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What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme weather?

The UK is set to be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century.<p>Seven of our 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. 2013 had the UK’s wettest winter in history, and it was followed just two years later by the next …

Weather

Why is the world at war?

Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine – the globe is scarred by violence<p>We live in a world of trouble. Conflicts today may be much less lethal than those that scarred the last century, but this brings little comfort. We remain deeply anxious. We can blame terrorism …

Middle East

A major South African city is about to run out of water, and officials say it will be the worst disaster since 9/11

Cape Town, a coastal South African city of about 4 million people, is about to run out of fresh water.<p>After three years of persistent drought, the government is warning that "Day Zero" — when it will be forced to turn off most faucets — will be May 11. That's when reservoirs and water sources are …

Cape Town

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Climate Change

Mexico got early warning before deadly earthquake struck. When will California get that system?

Mexico’s massive earthquake Thursday night offered another example of how an earthquake early warning system can provide crucial warnings for preparation.<p>Mexico, Japan and other countries have early warning systems. California is developing one, but the effort has been threatened by budget cuts …

The city that won't stop growing

How can Lagos cope with its spiralling population?<p>By Alastair Leithead<br>21 August 2017<p>The lagoon metropolis<p>A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.<p>This man-made mist that clings to the rusted shack rooftops …

Africa
Geography

Larsen C Ice Shelf Break is Only Start of Antarctica Melting From Climate Change

Seen from above, the Pine Island Ice Shelf is a slow-motion train wreck. Its buckled surface is scarred by thousands of large crevasses. Its edges are shredded by rifts a quarter mile across. In 2015 and 2016 a 225-square-mile chunk of it broke off the end and drifted away on the Amundsen Sea. The …

Earth has now seen an unprecedented 12 straight months of record-shattering warmth

Each of the past 12 months has set a record for being the warmest such month in 137 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and …

Global warming won’t just change the weather—it could trigger massive earthquakes and volcanoes

Bill McGuire is not optimistic about humanity’s future. In his book, <i>Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes</i>, he explains why.<p>By his estimation, carbon dioxide emissions from human activity since industrialization began have changed the trajectory of …

Climate Change

Coal made its best case against climate change, and lost

A Minnesota judge found the preponderance of evidence did not favor coal industry climate science denial<p>Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company (now bankrupt), recently faced off against environmental groups in a Minnesota court case. The case was to determine whether the …

Climate Change
Mexico

Climate change could erase years of global anti-poverty efforts, study finds

Climate change could mean a lot more than rising temperatures, rising sea levels and increased risks of natural disasters — it might also erase years …

Tired of the Tube? There's now an official London Underground walking map

LONDON — The Tube: It’s the bane of many commuters' lives and even minor disruptions can send the city into a complete meltdown.<p>If you’ve ever dreamt …

Deaths in Austria, Mediterranean raise migration's grim toll in Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> The discovery of dead migrants in the back of a truck in Austria, just a day after the Italian coast guard said 54 people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, has highlighted once again the scale of the migration crisis gripping Europe.<p>An Austrian Interior Ministry statement …

North Africa
Teaching
Teaching