Extreme weather, such as droughts in Australia, pose significant risk to growth, IMF warns The International Monetary Fund has lifted its forecasts for global growth, saying momentum is building in global economic activity and Donald Trump’s tax cuts in the US are likely to stimulate activity further. It says the growth momentum is expected to carry into 2018 and 2019, and it has revised upwards its global growth forecasts by 0.2 percentage points for both years, from 3.7% to 3.9%. Related:
Officials say eruption could be imminent as volcano sends up lava fragments, ash and steam The Philippines’ most active volcano has exploded thunderously, sending a huge grey column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent. The noon explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam cascading down Mount Mayon’s slopes and shrouded nearby villages in darkness, said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology and other officials.
Western Sydney residents to sweat through third day over 40C on Monday while state’s north-west predicted to hit 48C More hot weather is on its way with no relief in sight as much of New South Wales continues to bake under severe heatwave conditions and firefighters continue to battle blazes across the state. Penrith residents in western Sydney were expected to sweat through their third consecutive day over 40C on Monday and in parts of the state’s far north, the mercury was forecast to go above 45C. Related:
Blaze contained as most of state swelters through temperatures above 40C, with the heat set to continue Firefighters continued to battle two out-of-control blazes across New South Wales while investigations were under way into a suspicious fire which tore through bushland in the Royal national park south of Sydney. The Royal national park was set to remain closed on Monday after a raging bushfire, which appeared to have been deliberately lit on Saturday, forced hundreds of hikers and tourists to be rescued by boat. Related:
Temperatures did not go below 30C overnight in parts of Victoria, with health authorities and sporting bodies on alert Much of south-eastern Australia can expect more fierce heat in coming days, as authorities warn of the health threat and sporting bodies field concerns from elite and amateur competitors. The extreme temperatures may ease slightly in Victoria and South Australia by Saturday but many parts of New South Wales can expect a brutal weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned. Related:
Storm lashes Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and parts of UK, uprooting power lines and trees, and killing at least seven people Violent gales have battered north-west Europe, killing at least seven people, toppling trees and trucks, bringing down power lines, grounding aircraft and halting road and rail traffic across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. All long-distance train services were cancelled in Germany after the Netherlands bore the early brunt of the second major winter storm this month, with Schiphol airport in Amsterdam suspending all traffic for two hours and closing two of its three departure halls as tiles flew off the terminal building.
Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.
A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. Related:
Data collected by Himawari-8 weather satellite paired with supercomputer programme A project harnessing data from a Japanese satellite could improve weather forecasting and allow officials to issue life-saving warnings before
In mid-January 1968 winds gusting to well over 100 miles per hour caused devastation in central Scotland – and the London-based media took not the slightest notice In mid-January 1968, a weather system moved across the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe. Sometimes these weaken as they near our coasts, but this one deepened, dropping to a near record low of 956 millibars. As the gale began to strengthen, no one was prepared for the
When a quake devastated Sicily in 1968, a bold plan was hatched – to build entirely new towns and move the inhabitants. But what looked futuristic on paper would herald a new decay Fifty years ago, the ground began to shake in Poggioreale, an ancient village in the Belìce Valley of south-west Sicily.
Calogero Petralia was eating spaghetti with his family, just as he did every Sunday lunch. By the time the initial earthquake and the aftershocks that night had quietened, the house where Petralia was born and raised was gone. It was 15 January 1968 and he was 18 years old. “My heart remained in that room,” he says. We were victims of an urban experiment, imposed on us from the top Related:
Thousands of villagers evacuated after authorities warn ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible within weeks or even days The Philippines’ most active volcano has rumbled back to life with lava fragments rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.
Authorities raised the alert level at the Mayon volcano to “level 3” on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.
After wildfire and floods, nature has again taken its toll in California, from the rustic Verdugo mountains to Montecito’s celebrity homes Jeanette Abney owns a big, fancy house and Elizabeth Terry rents a room in a boarding house. But this week they both ended up sleeping on cots in the same American Red Cross evacuation centre, sipping the same instant coffee, nibbling the same pastries and huddling under the same blankets. A rain-sodden poster at the entrance declared “disaster services”. Both women were in need. A storm had drenched the Verdugo mountains, a rugged, rustic outpost of
Cyclone expected to cross Kimberley coast as a category one cyclone as Broome records 88mm in the past 24 hours
Residents in the Western Australian tourist town of Broome have been spared the worst after Tropical Cyclone Joyce failed to intensify to a category three system and headed down the Kimberley coast. A yellow alert had been in place for the town since Wednesday afternoon and remained in place on Friday afternoon for areas south of the Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga to Wallal Downs as Joyce continued to journey down the seaboard. The Bureau of Meteorology said Joyce was now expected to cross the Kimberley coast as a category one cyclone.
Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 17 and eight missing Rescue teams continued combing the ruins of Montecito on Thursday amid dwindling hope of finding more survivors from the debris and mud flows that engulfed the California town earlier this week.
At least 15 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise, after heavy rains caused a violent mudslide exacerbated by recent wildfire damage
The mud cascaded down scorched, blackened slopes still blanketed with ash. With no trees or vegetation to slow the surge it swept rocks and boulders from the Verdugo mountains into a thunderous river. Jeannette Abney, 88, watched in horror not believing slopes could so quickly turn to sludge and so quickly surround her home in La Tuna canyon. Related:
A 14-year-old girl covered in mud is pulled from a collapsed home in Montecito, California, after being trapped for hours following mudslides. She told firefighters working on the ground: ‘I thought I was dead for a minute there’
Waist-deep mudflow in Montecito knocked houses from their foundations after heavy rain pounded southern California. The area had been left vulnerable after recent wildfires stripped hills of vegetation. The mud was reported to be up to 5ft (1.5 metres) deep in places