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Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards? — (MANILA, Philippines) The catastrophic damage left behind by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Palu, Indonesia still leaves people shaken to their very core. According …

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Making Sense of Landslide Danger After Kerala’s Floods

Scientists traveled to Kerala, a state in India recently devastated by severe monsoon rains. They found a vulnerable population that will soon face fresh landslide risks as a new monsoon approaches — Every summer, monsoon rains come to southwestern India. This summer, however, the deluge brought the worst flooding in a century. The resulting destruction …

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Mapped: The Mediterranean world heritage sites at risk from sea level rise

On the eastern coast of Gibraltar, steep cliffs conceal a network of caves containing artwork and engravings that were created by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago — However, this world heritage site, along with dozens of others found across the Mediterranean coast, is now at risk of being damaged or destroyed as a result …

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We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or face more floods

The world heating up by even 1.5°C would have a brutal impact on future generations — The authoritative new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sets the world a clear target: we must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of …

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Global warming must not exceed 1.5°C, warns landmark UN report

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC — In a stark new warning, the world’s leading climate scientists have shown that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C to lessen the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of …

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From London to Shanghai, world’s sinking cities face devastating floods

Threat to major population centres is increasing as planners fail to prepare for impacts of global warming, report says — London, Jakarta, Shanghai and Houston and other global cities that are already sinking will become increasingly vulnerable to storms and flooding as a result of global warming, campaigners have warned ahead of a landmark new …

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Millions More Americans Face Flood Risks Than Previously Thought

A different modeling approach fills large gaps in the U.S. government’s flood risk estimates, revealing previously overlooked at-risk areas often surrounding small flood-prone streams — Over the past week, the United States saw floodwaters rise near the coast of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Swollen rivers have effectively cut off Wilmington, a …

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Weatherwatch: climate change raises flood risks for river communities

People living near waterways must choose between moving away or building ever-larger flood defences — Most of our oldest towns and cities are on rivers, often in the upper part of the estuary where ships could easily come in on the rising tide. They were founded in an era where boats were the easiest and …

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Kerala shows how floods are changing

Across the world, cities and communities are underprepared for the new flooding regime that climate change is ushering in — The Indian state of Kerala has been devastated by severe floods. More than 350 people have died, while more than a million have been evacuated to over 4,000 relief camps. Tens of thousands remain stranded. …

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World weatherwatch: Iberia’s terral blows in with oppressive heat

Hot dry air from Africa nudged up the mercury and then came flash floods and thunderstorms — In the first week of August the heatwave conditions in Iberia broke up. Described in Spain as a terral wind, such oppressive heatwaves occur when hot, dry, air advances from north Africa. There was speculation that maximum temperature …

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