Climate costs deal struck at COP27 but no fossil fuel progress

A historic deal has been struck at the UN’s COP27 summit that will see rich nations pay poorer countries for the damage and economic losses caused by climate change. It ends almost 30 years of waiting by nations facing huge climate impacts. But developed nations left dissatisfied over progress on cutting fossil fuels. “A clear commitment to phase-out all fossil fuels? Not in this text,” said the UK’s Alok Sharma, who was president of the previous COP summit in Glasgow. This year’s talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, came close to collapse, and overran by two days. Luke-warm applause met the … Continue reading Climate costs deal struck at COP27 but no fossil fuel progress

Florida braces for unusual November storm

Florida is bracing for a rare November hurricane as Nicole churns off the state’s Atlantic Coast. The huge category one hurricane has lashed Grand Bahama Island and is forecast to hit Florida overnight. Nicole has already grounded flights and shut theme parks and schools in the state ahead of its projected landfall. Since record-keeping began in 1853, Florida has had only two hurricanes strike in November, in 1935 and 1985. Nicole would be the first hurricane to make landfall in the US this late in the season in 40 years. The storm is expected to hit south-eastern or east-central Florida … Continue reading Florida braces for unusual November storm

France and Spain to experience an unsually warm weather stream

Parts of France and Spain are seeing an unusually warm late October, with bathers enjoying water temperatures of 20-21C on the French Riviera. “This year is exceptional,” Rose-Marie Martini told Reuters news agency as she tanned on the beach at Nice. “At the end of October it cools down normally and by All Saints Day [1 November] it usually rains.” Millions anxious about the jump in Europe’s fuel prices will not have to turn on their heating just yet. However, it may also be a sign of changing weather patterns after a summer which saw extreme heat in Europe, with … Continue reading France and Spain to experience an unsually warm weather stream

Australia passes major new climate bill

Australia has legislated a climate target for the first time, with a promise to slash emissions by at least 43% by 2030 passing the parliament. The country is one of the world’s biggest emitters per capita, and the target brings it more in line with other developed countries. But critics say government plans to reach the target are lacking detail. Some have been demanding a higher goal as well as a ban on new fossil fuel projects in the country. But Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had lauded the new law – the Climate Change Bill, as an end to a … Continue reading Australia passes major new climate bill

PSG football coach faces backlash over ‘sand yacht’ response to private jet question

Top French football club Paris St-Germain has been criticised following a joke about the team using a private plane for a short journey. Head coach Christophe Galtier and star player Kylian MbappĂ© were asked about the French champions’ recent jet trip to the western city of Nantes. Mbappe laughed and Galtier said the club was looking into the possibility of travelling by sand yacht, instead. French politicians urged the club to be more responsible over the environment. PSG won 3-0 at Nantes on Saturday, but the controversy started on Sunday when a senior official from French train operator SNCF tweeted: … Continue reading PSG football coach faces backlash over ‘sand yacht’ response to private jet question

US state of Mississippi has ‘no water to drink or flush toilets’

Some 180,000 residents in Jackson, Mississippi have “indefinitely” lost access to reliable running water after excessive rainfall and flooding. Rising floodwaters over the weekend breached the city’s main water treatment facility, bringing it to the brink of collapse. A state of emergency has been declared, and schools, restaurants and businesses have temporarily closed. The city had already been under a boil-water notice for a month. Problems at the OB Curtis Water Plant began after heavy rains caused the Pearl River to crest and spill over onto city streets over the weekend. City hall confirmed on Monday that river water had … Continue reading US state of Mississippi has ‘no water to drink or flush toilets’

Historic Floods: One third of Pakistan is under water

One-third of Pakistan has been completely submerged by historic flooding, its climate minister says. Devastating flash floods have washed away roads, homes and crops – leaving a trail of deadly havoc across Pakistan. “It’s all one big ocean, there’s no dry land to pump the water out,” Sherry Rehman said, calling it a “crisis of unimaginable proportions.” At least 1,136 people have died since the monsoon season began in June, according to officials. The summer rain is the heaviest recorded in a decade and is blamed by the government on climate change. “Literally, one-third of Pakistan is underwater right now, … Continue reading Historic Floods: One third of Pakistan is under water

Tragic:13 people including children dead in Europe storms

Powerful storms have battered areas of central and southern Europe, killing at least 13 people including three children. The deaths, most from falling trees, were reported in Italy and Austria, and on the French island of Corsica. Heavy rain and winds wrecked campsites on the island, while in Venice, Italy, masonry was blown off the belltower of St Mark’s Basilica. The storms follow weeks of heatwave and drought across much of the continent. In Corsica, winds gusting up to 224 km/h (140mph) uprooted trees and damaged mobile homes. Authorities there said a 13-year-old girl was killed by a falling tree … Continue reading Tragic:13 people including children dead in Europe storms

OMG: Dried-up Italian river reveals unexploded WWII bomb

An unexploded World War Two bomb submerged in an Italian river has been revealed due to an extreme drought. The 450kg (1,000lb) bomb was found by fishermen on the banks of the depleted River Po. Large sections of the 650km (400 mile) river have dried up in Italy’s worst drought for 70 years. Unusually hot weather and low rainfall levels have compounded northern Italy’s water shortages and heightened fears about the effects of climate change. “The bomb was found by fishermen on the bank of the Po river,” army official Colonel Marco Nasi told Reuters news agency. The unexploded device, … Continue reading OMG: Dried-up Italian river reveals unexploded WWII bomb

California wildfire spreads rapidly in north of state

Hundreds of firefighters in California are battling the largest wildfire to spread in the state so far this year. The McKinney Fire, which started in the northern Siskiyou county on Friday, has already burnt 21,000 hectares (52,500 acres), the state’s fire service said. At least 2,000 residents as well as trekkers on the Pacific Crest hiking trail have left the area, authorities said. Homes have been destroyed. It was 0% contained as of Sunday, the emergency service’s latest report said. A red flag warning indicating the threat of dangerous fire conditions is in place, as California suffers from persistent drought … Continue reading California wildfire spreads rapidly in north of state

Death toll rises as Mediterranean wildfires spread

France has evacuated more than 16,000 people threatened by wildfires in the south-west, as fires also spread in Spain, Croatia and Greece. Authorities in France’s Gironde, a popular tourist region, have evacuated guards from campsites – the tourists left earlier. Fires have spread in the Teste-de-Buch and Landiras areas. In southern Spain, more than 3,200 people fled fires in the Mijas hills, though later some were able to return. Portugal’s fires are contained for now. More than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heat in Portugal and Spain in recent days. The Mijas fires in Spain are not far … Continue reading Death toll rises as Mediterranean wildfires spread

Indian city on red alert for further rain

India’s weather department has issued a red alert for Mumbai as heavy rains continue to lash the city and its neighbouring districts. The city is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Friday, leading to more floods, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Parts of the city have been inundated in waist-deep water since Monday, bringing life to a standstill. Monsoon rains are common in Mumbai around this time of the year. But experts say climate change and unchecked urban development has made rains more intense and less predictable in recent years. Thousands of people migrate to Mumbai … Continue reading Indian city on red alert for further rain