Authorities have begun evacuating parts of the Whitsunday region as the worst tropical cyclone since Yasi six years ago approaches Authorities have begun evacuating parts of the Whitsunday region as Cyclone Debbie continues to bear down on the north Queensland coastline. Residents are being warned to prepare now as the worst tropical cyclone since Yasi six years ago approaches.
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts has been grumbling again – should we be worried? Can volcanologists really be sure a massive eruption is not imminent? How potentially dangerous are other volcanoes around the world? Jane Hammond, Bristol
Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most One in four of the world’s children will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 as a result of climate change, the UN has warned. Within two decades, 600 million children will be in regions enduring extreme water stress, with a great deal of competition for the available supply. The poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer most, according to research published by the children’s agency, Unicef, to mark World Water Day on Wednesday.
Donald Trump has rejected global leadership on the issue, so now it’s down to us as individuals to plan, and push through new policies change where we can A little girl sits outside on her front stoop, watching the cars go by and the people trot to work in the early hours of the morning. She wears a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sneakers. Nothing is particularly shocking about this image, except the fact that it’s December in New York City (or Detroit, or London). In a “traditional” year, this girl would be wearing her winter coat, a hat that covers nearly her entire head, and potentially snow boots. But not in 2016. Or 2015. . It’s simply too warm for all those clothes.
High school students killed by falling trees while swimming at popular tourist spot during a storm, according to officials Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming. Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident, in which large falling trees trapped daytrippers in a pool at the bottom of the Kintampo waterfalls, one of the highest in the country, in the Brong-Ahafo region.
Residents in flood-prone areas ordered to evacuate ahead of Category 3 storm
South Carolina governor mulls evacuation of 1 million people
Florida canceled classes along its Atlantic coastline and theme parks kept a watchful eye as Hurricane Matthew picked up speed heading to the east coast. Officials in central Florida’s Brevard County are ordering residents on barrier islands and in flood-prone areas to evacuate on Wednesday in advance of the powerful hurricane. Residents who live in mobile and manufactured homes also are being ordered to leave.
Devastating downpour, caused by high ocean temperatures, could not have been predicted, president said, months after state of emergency declared for wildfires Sixty-seven people have been killed and thousands more forced to evacuate by intense rains which damaged 115,000 homes and destroyed more than 100 bridges in Peru’s worst floods in recent memory. “We are confronting a serious climatic problem,” said Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in a broadcast to the nation on Friday afternoon. “There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998.”
Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in path of hurricane which caused devastation in the Caribbean country of Haiti Hurricane Matthew, which smashed into Haiti with winds hitting 145mph, leaving a trail of devastation and at least 10,000 people in shelters, was on Wednesday reported to be travelling north-west and in the next two days or so about to threaten Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, probably as a very powerful category 3 hurricane.
The NSW mid north coast is enduring another drenching but forecasters say conditions will ease after Saturday’s downpour The SES received more than 550 calls for help on Saturday and responded to 2,748 requests after another drenching on the mid north coast of New South Wales. There were also more than 70 flood rescues, most on the mid north coast and in the Hunter, SES spokesman Brent Hunter said.
Heavy rainfall over NSW mid-north coast today. Warnings current for Orara, Bellinger and Hastings Rivers
We have called the to assist @ Audley Weir in the Royal National Park as ppl have disregarded warnings to stay out of floodwater.
Debris mounting against Bellinger River Bridge in Bellingen. 1615 ADST.
Devastating downpour, caused by high ocean temperatures, could not have been predicted, president said, as country reels from mudslides and destroyed homes Abnormally high ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean have been blamed for Peru’s worst floods in recent memory which killed 12 people, destroyed homes and swept away trucks and buses along the usually arid seaboard. The disaster caught the authorities by surprise and fuelled criticism that the country is ill-prepared for the growing challenges of climate change.
Boy’s body recovered from creek bed after he was sucked into a storm water drain in an Unanderra park while riding a bodyboard The body of an 11-year-old boy who was sucked into a storm water drain in the New South Wales Illawarra region has been recovered in a nearby creek bed. Ryan Teasdale was last seen riding a bodyboard with his brother and friends in Riley Park in Unanderra on Thursday afternoon as torrential rain swept through the area. His brother raised the alarm about 4.30pm when he couldn’t find him.
A woman stumbles across rafts of debris to make it to safety after being caught in a huge mudslide that crashed through the outskirts of Lima. Media reports in Peru said Evangelina Chamorro Díaz, 32, escaped without serious injury. “She is a little confused, but she is very well and will recover because she is a warrior and thank God nothing serious happened,” health minister Patricia Garcia said after visiting Díaz on Thursday. Several days of unusually heavy rains have killed at least a dozen people in the country.
captures the moment when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday. Ten people, including BBC crew members, were injured in the explosion, which pelted those nearby with boiling rocks and steam. Mount Etna, a Unesco world heritage site since 2013, can burst into life several times year
Group pelted with boiling rocks and steam in incident triggered when lava came into contact with snow A BBC crew was among 10 people injured after a flow of lava triggered an explosion when it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday. Six of the crew were taken to hospitals in Catania and nearby Acireale. Their injuries were not believed to be serious.
Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat (8)
Storms drench NSW towns from Taree to Byron Bay, with over 100mm of rain in 24 hours, prompting flood alerts across 11 river valleys Four people have been rescued from rising waters overnight as torrential thunderstorms continue to soak northern New South Wales and parts of south-east Queensland, causing flash flooding. Emergency crews in NSW received more than 80 calls for help on Wednesday night, mainly for leaky roofs, as heavy rain drenched the north and mid-north coast regions, from Taree to Lismore.
Flash flooding expected in northern NSW with heavy rainfaill to hit Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Grafton and Port Macquarie
Janelle & her son Ben sit in their flooded backyard in Sawtell, south of
Widespread heavy rain has affected coastal parts of SE QLD and NE NSW over the past 48 hours.
Study gets to the bottom of ‘musical symphony’ produced in regions prone to mega-quakes as scientists work toward better quake hazard forecasting You are at a classical music concert. There is an orchestra with three main sections. High up at the back, the percussion section has one very loud, large and moody-looking drum that gets struck very rarely. A handful of triangles produce occasional quieter “tings”. Further down, in the middle, there is a small band of violinists, but they are playing the strings so slowly the audience can barely hear them. Down at the front, a family of double bass instruments produces low-pitched, gentler hums from time to time. This somewhat unconventional orchestra is like a type of tectonic plate boundary known as a subduction zone. Subduction zones delineate the battle lines between the collision of two titanic tectonic plates. Yet, this encounter is rather one-sided. One plate firmly stands its ground; the other sinks into the depths of the Earth. The grinding and sliding of these two plates produces a musical concert that can be detected by sensitive geophysical instruments and by humans during large quakes. The shallow parts of subduction plate boundaries can produce devastating mega-earthquakes with magnitude eight or greater (like the giant drum in the percussion section). In the tens to hundreds of years between these massive quakes, scientists eagerly listen to the signals at subduction zones to estimate whether the plate boundary fault is primed for a future quake, and to forecast what a rupture may look like.
Damaging winds are forecast to hit parts of New South Wales on Monday, bringing large hailstones and heavy rain Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail and winds of up to 90km/h are forecast to hit parts of New South Wales on Monday. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned people in the central west slopes and plains, and northern tablelands, to brace for large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.
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Move needed to drive orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, Investor Group on Climate Change says The Turnbull government needs to put a price on carbon to unlock new investment in the electricity sector and drive an orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, according to the Investor Group on Climate Change. The group, which represents major institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand, has used its submission to the Finkel review to argue that the government’s oft-repeated concerns about network reliability, energy affordability and emissions reductions will be addressed if concrete steps are taken to unlock new investment.
Officials say no victims from avalanche, which swept across blue piste on Tuesday morning Skiers on a “family slope” in the popular French Alpine resort of Tignes that was hit by an avalanche on Tuesday morning have all been found safe and well, French officials have said. Two hours after the avalanche, local gendarmes who feared a large number of skiers were under the snow, said they had examined every metre of the piste and found no victims.
Several people buried under snow after incident on blue piste, say emergency services A rescue operation is under way after an avalanche struck the Tignes ski resort in the French Alps. Emergency services said several people had been buried under snow after the incident on a blue piste.