Simon Armitage

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Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

It’s going to be terrifying for many people when they turn on the tap and nothing comes out Christine Colvin<p>Joggers who go out at 5am hear the 'phut phut' of sprinklers being used to water lawns before most people are awake<p>The head of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre is drawing up a plan he …

Unequal protection: Climate change and the acceleration of global inequality

UNDP Around the world<p>×<p>A<p>B<p>C<p>Cambodia Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo (Dem. Republic of) Congo …

Death of the Nile

By Peter Schwartzstein<p>The world's longest river is sick -<br>and getting sicker<p>Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow.<p>And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict.<p>The rains<p>The rot starts at the source.<p>…

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A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes

As the hurricane approaches, the wealthy residents of Miami Beach can afford to play golf, their homes primed to withstand the wind and rain. In Liberty City, just a few miles away, they’re crossing their fingers<p>This is a tale of two Irmas. First, there’s the Hurricane Irma facing Max Borges as he …

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This Guy Knows How to Explain Hurricanes

As of this writing, Hurricane Irma is likely about 24 hours away from hitting the mainland U.S. as at least a Category 4 storm, apparently riding up …

Hurricane Irma highlights the great divide in disaster vulnerability

As Hurricane Irma whipped its way through the Caribbean and headed for Florida, its catastrophic impacts further east put into stark relief the …

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China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

<b>China, the world's biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans.</b><p>The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.<p>"Those measures will certainly bring …

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Harvey aftermath: Region begins long road to recovery

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Harvey's rainfall tapered off over the weekend in Texas, the region is starting to take stock of the damage as it enters the next phase of recovery.<p>Cleanup efforts are underway after the deadly storm. But, with rivers still full and floodwaters only starting to recede, officials say it …

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Fire ants, alligators lurking in floodwaters

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shares some of the dangers that could be lurking in Harvey's floodwaters apart from sewage and bacteria.

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Petrol prices may rise within days as Hurricane Harvey shuts refineries

Houston floods: Storm Harvey 'affected 100,000 homes'

<b>About 100,000 homes have been affected by Storm Harvey and the flooding it brought to parts of the southern US, a White House aide has said.</b><p>Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the White House would ask Congress for emergency funding to help those affected, some of whom are …

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Harvey aftermath: Death toll rises; so do the floodwaters

<b>(CNN) —</b> With countless Houstonians still awaiting rescue, Tropical Depression Harvey devoured another Texas city.<p>The unrelenting storm unleashed its wrath on a wide swath east of Houston, leaving thousands stranded in flooded homes and forcing the evacuation of a nursing facility and even an …

Why was Houston not evacuated before Hurricane Harvey?

<b>More than 30,000 people have fled their homes as catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey continues to soak Houston, Texas.</b><p>The nation's fourth largest city has endured five days of rain as the tropical storm barrels toward Louisiana, where residents are bracing for the same type of flooding that …

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Houston floods: Night curfew bid to stop robbery and looting

<b>The US city of Houston is under a night-time curfew as it battles the impact of Hurricane Harvey.</b><p>The storm has dumped record rainfall, leaving large parts of the Texas city underwater, homes destroyed and more than 20 people reported dead.<p>Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said the curfew was needed to …

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Houston flood: Dams begin overflowing amid record rainfall

<b>Two major dams outside Houston have begun overflowing as Storm Harvey pushes reservoirs past capacity.</b><p>Flood control official Jeff Lindner said nearby communities could face further flooding as a result.<p>President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in Texas to see the devastation caused by …

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What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?

The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact<p>Flooding is nothing new to Houston residents. Over the past five decades no other urban area in the country has experienced as many casualties and …

Hurricane Harvey continues to strengthen

Hurricane Harvey: What we know

Hurricane Harvey slams auto industry

With hundreds of auto dealerships closed and vehicle imports slowing down, or in some cases stopping completely, Hurricane Harvey is slamming the …

Houston floods: 'Catastrophic' flooding from Harvey to worsen

<b>"Catastrophic" flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions.</b><p>A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.<p>But forecasters say …

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Hurricane Harvey much less damaging than Katrina, Sandy: Hannover Re

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Damages from Harvey, the hurricane and tropical storm ravaging Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, are estimated to be well below those from major storms that have hit New Orleans and New York, according to Hannover Re on Monday.<p>Flooded downtown is seen from a high rise along …

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National Weather Service issues grim warning calling Harvey 'unprecedented,' with impacts 'unknown'

The National Weather Service is pulling no punches when it comes to Hurricane Harvey.<p>The federal agency is now calling the storm battering Texas and …

Full extent of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath starts to come into chilling focus

By Kevin Sullivan,Robert Samuels and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, (c) 2017, The Washington Post<p>HOUSTON – In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston and …

Houston, you have a problem, and some of it of your own making

The nearby Gulf Coast is also one of the biggest oil-refining centres anywhere. Not for nothing, the local football team was named the Houston Oilers …

Trump to visit Houston as storm death toll rises under 'historic' flooding

Up to 50in of rainfall expected as storm pours on to a city poorly prepared for inundation, prompting recommendation that residents should take to rooftops<p>Donald Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday, the White House said as tropical storm Harvey brought intense rainfall that threatened “historic” …

Hell and High Water

Return to Map<p>It is not if, but when Houston’s perfect storm will hit…<p>They called Ike “the monster hurricane.”<p>Hundreds of miles wide. Winds at more …

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Flooding persists as Harvey downgraded to tropical depression

Total rainfall 8 a.m. Aug. 24<p>to 8 a.m. Sept. 1<p>0<p>50 inches or more<p>8 p.m.<p>Wednesday<p>TEXAS<p>LA.<p>Austin<p>9”<p>Beaumont<p>44”<p>Houston<p>43”<p>8 a.m.<p>Saturday<p>Rockport<p>22”<p>Gulf of<p>Mexico<p>Harvey’s<p>path<p>100 MILES<p>8 p.m.<p>Wednesday<p>TEXAS<p>LOUISIANA<p>Austin<p>9”<p>Lafayette<p>7”<p>Beaumont<p>44”<p>Houston<p>43”<p>San Antonio<p>3”<p>Galveston<p>25”<p>8 p.m.<p>Saturday<p>Gulf of …

Compare these two shots of the same spot in Houston to understand the level of the floods. https://t.co/4apTzuzNck

Harvey: Too poor to flee the hurricane

<b>In the detritus of Hurricane Harvey a splash of red, white and blue catches the eye.</b><p>It is a rain-sodden American flag, half-hidden under the green leaves of fallen trees.<p>A few paces away Judie McRae, 44, is inspecting the damage to her trailer home.<p>Judie has lived more than half of her life here …

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A Makeshift Navy Struggles to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

Last August, when a freak storm unexpectedly dumped three times more water on Louisiana than did Hurricane Katrina, John Bridgers got his twenty-and-a-half-foot bass boat out. He lives in Watson, a town of nine hundred people northeast of Baton Rouge, which was battered by thirty-one inches of rain …

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