Simon Collins

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Coastal flooding in Europe ‘could cost up to €1 trillion per year’ by 2100

The economic damage from coastal flooding in Europe could reach almost €1 trillion per year by 2100 without new investment in adaptation to climate …

Climate Change

Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise

<b>Scientists have described the serious concept of "Hothouse Earth".</b><p>An international team of researchers suggest that global warming will have severe consequences for the planet.<p>They paint a picture of boiling hot climates and towering seas in years to come if temperatures rise by just 2C.<p>That means …

Climate Change

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

Climate change explained

Climate change now<p>There is clear evidence to show that climate change is happening. Measurements show that the average temperature at the Earth’s …

Climate Change

Portugal fire: Firefighters battle deadly blaze as temperatures soar

<b>More than 1,000 firefighters are battling a forest fire in Portugal that has claimed the lives at least 64 people and injured more than 130 since Saturday.</b><p>Many of the victims died after becoming trapped in cars as they tried to flee.<p>Planes have been used to drop water over the Pedrógão Grande …

Fire Fighting

Canada's British Columbia battles wildfires

<b>A state of emergency has been declared by the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) as it battles over 180 wildfires.</b><p>The federal government says it is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to provide assistance upon request.<p>CBC News reported that an estimated 7,000 people had been …

British Columbia

Wildfires sweep areas of California

Wildfires

California governor declares wildfire state of emergency

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of starting the blaze was charged with arson.<p>A firefighter battles the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville, California. …

Death toll rises in Californian wildfires

The death toll from California’s deadliest fires in the state’s history has risen to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing.<p>More than 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters are battling 16 major wildfires in areas north of San Francisco that have consumed an area …

Ventura fire: Thousands evacuated in southern California

<b>Some 27,000 residents were forced to flee their homes in the middle of the night as a fast-moving wildfire ripped through southern California.</b><p>Several thousand homes are under mandatory evacuation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, some 70 miles (115 km) north of Los Angeles.<p>Firefighters …

Southern California

Fire reductions 'make methane numbers add up'

<b>Scientists think they can now better explain the recent surge in methane levels seen in the Earth's atmosphere.</b><p>Although only a trace component in the air, CH4 is a greenhouse gas and has been rising rapidly since about 2006.<p>Tropical wetlands and fossil fuels are suspected as major sources - but the …

Climate Change

California: Thirteen dead in Montecito rains and mudslides

<b>At least 13 people are dead amid "waist-deep" mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, say officials.</b><p>Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had "storm-related injuries" and four were critically hurt.<p>A group of up to 300 people are reportedly trapped in …

Weather

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here

An earthly paradise is ravaged by inferno and flood, the earth itself rising to proclaim a horrifying and deadly new normal<p>When people ask me where I live and I say, “Santa Barbara,” I wait for the inevitable reply, “Paradise,” and the quizzical look that says, how does one live there, rather than …

Santa Barbara

Arthur's Seat blaze amid wildfire warning

<b>A fire crew has returned to Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh after reports that a grass blaze on the hillside had reignited.</b><p>About 30 firefighters using backpacks tackled the flames for several hours after the fire was reported at about 13:40 on Sunday.<p>Crews left the scene at about 23:30, but one …

Wildfires

Thousands more evacuated from California's largest wildfire

(Reuters) - Thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of California's biggest wildfire on Friday as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons in a decade.<p>The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres (63,700 hectares) late …

Los Angeles

California wildfire will burn for the rest of August, say officials

<b>California's biggest wildfire on record is expected to burn for the rest of the month, fire officials said on Tuesday.</b><p>The Mendocino Complex fire has already engulfed 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) - almost the size of Los Angeles.<p>Barely a third of it is under control, according to the California …

Mendocino County

Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as …

Climate Change

California wildfires: Thousands evacuated as Lake Elsinore threatened

<b>More than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a fast-moving wildfire in Southern California.</b><p>The mandatory evacuation orders were issued as the blaze, dubbed the Holy fire, threatened homes around Lake Elsinore in Riverside County.<p>The fire, one of several across the state, has …

California Wildfires

Corals are far older than we thought – and might survive much longer than expected, scientists reveal

Coral is far older than we thought – and might survive much longer than we'd expected.<p>That's according to scientists who have discovered that we were …

Global Warming

Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state

Story highlights<p>An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even …

Climate Change

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

<b>It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, "Hothouse Earth" is a deadly serious concept.</b><p>Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come.<p>Even if countries succeed in …

Climate Change

Affordable homes on green belt 'a lie', say campaigners

<b>Plans to build 460,000 homes on land released from the green belt will not help young families get on to the property ladder, say campaigners.</b><p>The Campaign to Protect Rural England said 78% of planned developments on greenfield sites do not fall under the government's "affordable" definition.<p>Its …

Housing

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

<b>Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones.</b><p>This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.<p>Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California's San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within …

Natural Disasters

Six charts show mixed progress for UK renewables

Onshore and offshore wind power rose by 34% last year in the UK compared to 2016, new government statistics show.<p>The latest Digest of UK Energy …

Fossil Fuels

Lombok earthquake: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

<b>More than 500 hikers who were stranded on a mountain on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an earthquake have been safely evacuated.</b><p>The 6.4 magnitude quake on Sunday triggered landslides around Mount Rinjani, cutting off escape routes.<p>Most of the hikers and guides were able to walk down after a …

Natural Disasters

In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and …

Water

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts

<b>Japan's weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week.</b><p>An agency spokesman warned that "unprecedented levels of heat" were being seen in some areas.<p>More than 22,000 people have been taken to hospital with heat …

Weather

UK heatwave: A respite ahead as rain predicted in parts of UK

<b>Parts of the UK are continuing to experience a heatwave, as temperatures broke 30C on Tuesday, and forecasters say it will get hotter still.</b><p>The highest recording was in Cavendish, Suffolk, at 31.4C (88.5F). Wednesday's forecast predicts temperatures of 33C.<p>The heat could rise to 34C on Thursday, …

Weather

Greece wildfires: Dozens dead in Attica region

<b>At least 74 people have died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece's worst fire disaster in more than a decade.</b><p>Flames fanned by strong winds devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars.<p>The coastguard said it and other ships rescued almost 700 people who had …

Red Cross

Laos dam collapse: Many feared dead as floods hit villages

<b>At least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in flooding following the collapse of an under-construction dam in south-east Laos.</b><p>Workers found the hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province was partially damaged on Sunday, and villagers living nearby were evacuated.<p>The dam collapsed …

Hydroelectric Power