The crop failures, famine and plague that earned sixth-century Europe its bitter reputation were caused by a series of volcanic eruptions Historians used to refer to the period from after the Romans left to about the Norman Conquest as the dark ages, mainly because there were few written records and the assumption was that civilization had disappeared, along with Roman central heating. But it seems that the description might be accurate. A
Authorities report two 6.5-magnitude quakes at opposite ends of country that were in fact drills Chinese authorities have admitted accidentally reporting two major earthquakes that had never happened but were instead drills unintentionally released to the public. Late on Thursday, China’s earthquake administration said on its website there had been two 6.5-magnitude quakes just 10 seconds apart at opposite ends of the country – in the far-western region of Xinjiang and the south-western province of Yunnan. Related:
Workers living paycheck to paycheck find they will not be paid for lost time – and without papers, many lack recourse to emergency funds After wildfire and mudslides ravaged Montecito, the little California town had at least one consolation: the trauma united the community.
Everyone had suffered in some way. Flames scorched the hillsides last December in the
The task ahead is immense, but New Zealanders know it can be achieved. We have a proud history of this kind of leadership Leaders of Commonwealth nations are meeting in London this week instead of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu because things did not go according to plan. In 2015,
Shane Fitzsimmons of the Rural Fire Service says evidence suggests fire that destroyed more than 2,500 hectares was deliberately lit The New South Wales rural fire chief has described the suspected deliberate starting of the Holsworthy fire as “sickening and reprehensible”, while urging residents in south-western suburbs of Sydney to remain vigilant despite easing conditions. Police have set up a strike force to investigate the bushfire that tore through vast areas of bushland and threatened homes on the weekend. Related:
Bushfires continue to burn but have been downgraded in severity. The NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, speaks to the media at Menai, saying the fire still poses an active threat despite the downgrade
Extent of property damage may become clear on Monday as firefighters expect a cooler day South-west Sydney residents have endured a second nervous night as hundreds of firefighters took advantage of easing conditions to battle a blaze that has blackened 2,500 hectares. The fire,
Those who have contributed the most to climate change are the real debtors so it is unfair that small island states be indebted as a result, write Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada, and Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Plus a coalition of organisations calls on Theresa May to apologise for the UK’s anti-gay legacy This week we will meet with fellow Commonwealth heads of government in Windsor. One of the most pressing challenges facing smaller Commonwealth governments is the impact of climate change, and the rising debt burden we face as a result. The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most devastating in Caribbean history. In Barbuda and Dominica destruction totalled more than twice annual GDP. The growing severity of hurricanes in the Caribbean is related to climate change, a major global threat primarily caused by countries far richer and larger than our own.
In June 1967 six tornadoes caused damage and death in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. New research reveals what we could expect from such an outbreak today For most of us the word “tornado” conjures up images of vast “twisters”, like the one that ripped through the US state of Kansas and whisked away Dorothy and her dog Toto in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. But
An internal battle is simmering among evangelicals in the US over whether climate change is a call to protect the Earth, the work of God to be welcomed, or does not exist at all.
Evangelicals have traditionally been the bedrock of conservative US politics, including on climate change. But a heated debate is taking place across the country, with some Christians protesting in the name of protecting the Earth, seeing it as a duty to be done in God’s name. One group has even built a chapel in the way of an oil pipeline and a radical pastor has encouraged his congregation to put themselves in the way of the diggers. But resistance remains – a climate scientist who denies the world is warming and a preacher in Florida who sees the fact his home was flood as a welcome sign of divine presence. Could a surprising section of Christian Americans offer hope regarding the country’s attitude to climate change?
A tropical cyclone brought floods to Fiji, spring storms brought hail and thunder to the southern states of the US, and Christchurch, New Zealand, had a first taste of winter Fiji has been in the firing line of heightened tropical activity over the last couple of weeks, with
State records for April broken in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, with heatwave set to continue Australian states in the heavily populated south-east are experiencing record high temperatures during an unseasonably hot autumn, prompting fire bans and warnings from authorities. This week has already broken state records in South Australia, as well as New South Wales and Victoria, where they could be reset again on Wednesday. Related:
Close to 25,000 under 18s suffering psychological damage in chaos and violence following catastrophic tremors, says World Health Organization As many as 25,000 children in Papua New Guinea are in desperate need of psychological support following a series of devastating earthquakes, warned the World Health Organization. The PNG government estimates 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance, including 125,000 children. Of these, 15% to 20% need psychological help, the WHO said. The
Authorities issue warning for Inman Valley as weather bureau says sustained mid-30s heat ‘has never ever happened before in April’ Record-breaking temperatures and fierce winds have left fire services struggling to contain a bushfire south of Adelaide, and residents are being urged to flee their homes or enact their bushfire survival plans.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued a watch and act warning for Inman Valley – near Stockwell and Kemmiss Hill road – saying lives could be threatened as the out-of-control fire moves north.
The Wahine Storm hit New Zealand in April 1968 causing considerable damage and flooding, and the loss of the inter-island ferry Wahine New Zealand experienced its worst-ever storm in April 1968 when Cyclone Giselle met a cold front from Antarctica over the islands and the two merged. The resulting tempest became known as the
Relief efforts hampered by instability in parts of Hela province, an area struggling since February’s 7.5 magnitude quake The UN has suspended relief efforts in areas of Papua New Guinea worst hit by February’s earthquake after violence and instability made it unsafe for its workers. More than 150 people died when a