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Climate disasters in the US broke records in 2020. Scientists may now know why: Earth was the hottest it has ever been.

Sled dogs wade ankle-deep through water on top of a melting ice sheet in northwestern Denmark. Steffen Olsen/Danish Meteorological Institute NASA announced that 2020 was likely Earth's hottest year on record, just edging out 2016 (though the difference was small enough to consider it a tie). Last year brought a record-breaking hurricane season, extreme wildfires, heat waves, and flood-inducing storms to the US. The intensity of these climate disasters is, in part, linked to rising temperat...
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Countries adapting too slowly to climate breakdown, UN warns

Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weatherMillions of people around the world are facing disaster from flood, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather, as governments fail to take the measures needed to adapt to the impacts of climate breakdown, the UN has warned.Nearly three-quarters of countries around the world have recognised the need to plan for the effects of global heating, but few of those plans are adequate to the rising threat, a...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, United Nations, Un, Flooding, Extreme Weather, Climate Finance, Hurricanes


Climate Change Drove $75 Billion in Rainfall Damage Over the Past 30 Years

Extreme weather disasters are costing the country billions of dollars in damages each year. A new study from Stanford shows that over the past three decades, the U.S. has seen nearly $75 billion in damage from floods fueled by the climate crisis.Read more...
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Los Angeles Is the Most Climate-Vulnerable County in the U.S.

Thanks to global warming, climate disasters are set to impact pretty much every corner of the world, but of course, some places are getting hit first and worst. A new federal report shows which parts of the U.S. are most in danger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Los Angeles, Tornado, Floods, Natural Disasters, Hurricanes, Heat Wave


Weather disasters cost $150bn in 2020, revealing impact of climate change – report

From Australian bushfires to Atlantic hurricanes, insurance damages were the highest annual total ever, says Christian Aid studyThe world’s 10 costliest weather disasters of 2020 saw insured damages worth $150bn, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, according to a new report.The same disasters claimed at least 3,500 lives and displaced more than 13.5 million people. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Atlantic, Bushfires, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes


2020 as seen from space: Satellite images reveal wildfires, oil spills, hurricanes, and catastrophic explosions

Five tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin on September 14, 2020. NOAA GOES-East Satellites orbiting Earth photographed the most devastating and world-changing events of the year from above. When wildfires engulfed Australia, protests erupted across the US, and a historic astronaut mission launched, satellites tracked it all. The 21 satellite images below also reveal oil spills, explosions, and pandemic lockdowns. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Anybody can see that ...
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Every region of the US suffered record-breaking extreme weather in 2020. Find yours on the map.

Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside the house as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, January 4, 2020. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy Extreme wildfires, hurricanes, heat waves, and flood-inducing storms battered all regions of the US in 2020. The interactive map below shows the weather events and disasters that set records this year. As global temperatures rise, expect to see more extreme weather across all seven continents. Visit Bus...
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FEMA Wants to Cut Disaster Aid at the Worst Possible Time

The U.S. saw a horrific hurricane season, unprecedented wildfires, and a powerful derecho this year alone. A record-breaking 16 climate disasters caused at least $1 billion in damage each. And yet the Federal Emergency Management Agency is pursuing a plan that would cut disaster aid to certain states. Read more...
Tags: Science, Wildfires, Fema, Hurricanes, Disaster Aid, Trump, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Covid 19


Hurricane Season From Hell Ends—With the Potential for Another Storm

Atlantic hurricane season began early, ran wild all year, and is now, officially, at an end. Just don’t tell that to the actual Atlantic, which may well churn out another cyclone.Read more...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Make It Stop, Hurricanes, Hurricane Season


Hurricane Iota: at least six killed and 60,000 evacuated in Nicaragua

Joe Biden warns on climate emergency as powerful storm inflicts catastrophic damageAt least six people have been killed and more than 60,000 evacuated after Hurricane Iota smashed into Nicaragua, prompting Joe Biden to say that a surge in the number of powerful storms meant fighting the climate crisis was vital.Reports in the Nicaraguan press said at least three children were among the victims as the hurricane hammered the Central American country on Tuesday after making landfall the previous ni...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Americas, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Nicaragua, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes


Hurricane Iota wreaks havoc across Central America – in pictures

The storm caused swollen rivers to burst their banks, flipped roofs on to streets, and killed at least nine people across the region Continue reading...
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Hurricane Iota lashes Central America – video

Hurricane Iota has made landfall on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, threatening catastrophic damage. Huge waves crashed into the Colombian island of San Andrés as the storm churned through the region, lashing Nicaragua with winds of up to 155mph (250kmh). The latest storm hit just two weeks after Hurricane Eta, which caused havoc across the same parts of Central America. The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala have called on wealthier countries to help deal with the cost of the climate crisisHurri...
Tags: Americas, World news, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Central America, Caribbean, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes, San Andrés, Associated Press Continue


Hurricane Iota hits Nicaragua threatening catastrophic damage

Storm hits Caribbean coast less than two weeks after Hurricane Eta carved a swathe of destruction Hurricane Iota has made landfall on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, threatening catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by equally strong Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago.Iota had intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm early on Monday, but the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it weakened slightly to Category 4, with maximum sustained winds of 155mph (...
Tags: Americas, World news, Nicaragua, Central America, Caribbean, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes, IOTA, US National Hurricane Center NHC, PUERTO CABEZAS, Hurricane Eta


Hurricane Iota strengthens to catastrophic category 5 storm as it hits Central America

Iota due to collide with north-eastern Nicaragua overnight, and has maximum sustained winds of 160mph, reaching category 5Hurricane Iota exploded into a catastrophic category 5 storm on Monday and bore down on a remote Central American coastal region already reeling from another major storm, Hurricane Eta, with efforts to evacuate villagers hampered by shortages of fuel for boats.Iota is the record 30th named storm of an extraordinary Atlantic hurricane season. Such activity has focused attentio...
Tags: Americas, World news, Atlantic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Central America, Caribbean, Hurricanes


Hurricane Iota strengthens to catastrophic category 4 storm as it nears Central America

Forecasters say Iota’s winds reached 155mph and were growing stronger, potentially making for category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches coastHurricane Iota became a very dangerous category 4 storm as it swept over the western Caribbean early on Monday, approaching the same part of Central America battered by Hurricane Eta just over a week ago.Iota is the record 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. Such activity has focused attention on climate change,...
Tags: Americas, World news, Atlantic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Central America, Caribbean, Hurricanes, IOTA, Hurricane Eta


Hurricane Iota is 13th hurricane of record-breaking Atlantic season

30th named storm threatens Nicaragua and HondurasScientists link record-breaking season to climate crisisIota became the 13th hurricane of the Atlantic season early on Sunday, threatening to bring another dangerous system to Nicaragua and Honduras – both recently battered by a category 4 hurricane, Eta.Iota was already a record-breaking system, the 30th named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. Such activity has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wet...
Tags: Americas, World news, Colombia, Atlantic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Hurricanes, Eta Iota


Tropical Storm Iota may bring more damage to Caribbean after Eta

Storm may bring dangerous winds, storm surge and as much as 30in of rain to Nicaragua and HondurasTropical Storm Iota was brewing in the Caribbean early on Saturday, threatening a second tropical strike for Nicaragua and Honduras, countries recently ransacked by Eta, a category 4 hurricane. Related: Devastating 2020 Atlantic hurricane season breaks all records Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Atlantic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Caribbean, Eta, Hurricanes


Hurricane Eta leaves trail of destruction in Central America

Nicaragua and Honduras bear the brunt as storms cause landslides and flooding, and leave 100 deadThe active north Atlantic hurricane season continued through last week with Hurricane Eta making landfall as a category 4 storm to the south of Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua. The storm weakened as it moved slowly inland towards Honduras through the week. Some areas saw as much as 550mm of rain (22 inches), leading to landslides and flooding. At least 100 people have died as a result.Spain and Portugal ...
Tags: Americas, Spain, Atlantic, Portugal, Honduras, Nicaragua, Central America, Extreme Weather, Valencia, Hurricanes, Eastern Spain, PUERTO CABEZAS, Hurricane Eta


Florida braced for Eta as new study finds hurricanes staying stronger for longer

Central Florida set for category 1 hurricane to make landfallUS officials say ‘life-threatening storm surge’ possibleStorm Eta regained strength to become a hurricane again on Wednesday morning off the west coast of Florida after earlier devastating Honduras as a category 4 that had raged across Central America leaving death and destruction in its wake. Related: 'Everything buried in mud': Hurricane Eta's devastating blow to Honduras Continue reading...
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Eta Is a Hurricane (Again) as It Threatens Florida (Again)

Last week, I kindly asked then-Tropical Storm Eta to go away because it was clearly drunk. It did not listen.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Make It Stop, Eta, Hurricanes, Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Eta


Florida braced as Eta strengthens in Gulf to become hurricane again

Central Florida set for category 1 hurricane to make landfallUS officials say ‘life-threatening storm surge’ possibleStorm Eta regained strength to become a hurricane again on Wednesday morning off the west coast of Florida after earlier devastating Honduras as a category 4 that had raged across Central America leaving death and destruction in its wake. Related: 'Everything buried in mud': Hurricane Eta's devastating blow to Honduras Continue reading...
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Theta named 29th storm of Atlantic hurricane season, record broken: most named storms in a single season

• Subtropical Storm Theta sets a new record for the most named tropical systems in the Atlantic basin in a season. Breaking news tonight, Theta becomes the 29th storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season. 2020 has seen the highest number of named storms in a single recorded season. — Read the rest
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Miami Covid testing site suffers major damage as Eta dumps heavy rain

Hard Rock Stadium site, under 16in of rain, forced to closeStorm leaves scores dead in Mexico and Central AmericaFlorida officials said on Monday that one of the major Covid-19 testing sites in the state suffered major damage due to the extensive rain dumped by Tropical Storm Eta in the south of the state. Related: Was Donald Trump's White House watch party a super-spreader event? Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Mexico, White House, Americas, World news, US news, Donald Trump, Eta, Hurricanes, Tropical Storm Eta, Miami Covid


Tropical Storm Eta brings heavy rains to already flooded Florida Keys

Eta reaches Florida after leaving scores of dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central AmericaBeaches and coronavirus testing sites were closed, public transportation shut down and some evacuations in place early on Monday after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys, bringing heavy rains to already flooded city streets after leaving scores of dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.Eta is the 28th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, tying a record se...
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Tropical storm Eta makes landfall in Florida after leaving dozens dead and missing

State officials closed beaches, ports and Covid testing sites ahead of Eta’s arrival Sunday nightA strengthening Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Florida’s Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday night, days after leaving scores of dead and more than 100 missing in Mexico and Central America.The US National Hurricane Center in Miami declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay. Continue reading...
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Hurricane Eta lashes Nicaragua, raising fears of disastrous floods

Many thousands evacuated as outer bands of storm wrench roofs off houses, down trees and sever power lines in Puerto CabezasHurricane Eta, an unusually powerful storm, has slammed into Nicaragua on Tuesday, bringing potentially disastrous flooding to one of the country’s poorest regions.The outer bands of the storm have already wrenched roofs off houses, downed trees and severed power lines in Puerto Cabezas, plunging much of the city into darkness. Shelters for evacuees are already full after s...
Tags: Americas, World news, Nicaragua, Eta, Hurricanes, PUERTO CABEZAS


Tropical storm Eta expected to become hurricane and heads to Central America

System formed in the Caribbean and tied record for most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane seasonForecasters said they expected the newly-formed Tropical storm Eta to become a hurricane by Monday, shortly after the system formed in the Caribbean and tied the record for most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane season. Related: Is climate change making hurricanes worse? Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Atlantic, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Central America, Caribbean, Eta, Hurricanes


Hurricane Zeta wreaks havoc across southern states of US – video

Hurricane Zeta has wreaked havoc across southern states of the US, killing at least six people and leaving 2.6 million without power. Zeta brought damaging winds of 100mph across states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, while flooding also occurredHurricane Zeta kills at least six as 100mph winds race through south Continue reading...
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Hurricane Zeta kills at least six as 100mph winds race through south

More than 2.6 million without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, with life-threatening weather to continueMore than 2.6 million customers were without power on Thursday morning across several southern states and at least six people had been killed after Hurricane Zeta howled ashore in Louisiana with winds over 100mph then weakened to a tropical storm and raced through the region.According to the website PowerOutage.us, shortly after dawn at least 2 million were without electri...
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Hurricane Zeta kills at least three in Louisiana as category 2 storm bashes coast

More than 2 million customers without power across several southern states, after storm brought winds over 100mphMore than 2 million customers were without power on Thursday morning across several southern states and at least three people had been killed after Hurricane Zeta howled ashore in Louisiana with winds over 100mph then weakened to a tropical storm and raced through the region.According to the website PowerOutage.us, shortly after dawn at least 2 million were without electricity in Loui...
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