Medical journals seek urgent action on climate change in unprecedented plea

Editors of 220 medical journals worldwide have called for urgent action on climate change in a joint editorial published on Sunday, according to an AFP report quoted by “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” the editorial, published ahead of the COP26 climate summit, read. … Read more

Climate change is bankrupting America’s small towns

It has been almost five years since Hurricane Matthew flooded the small town of Fair Bluff, on the coastal plain of North Carolina. But somehow, the damage keeps getting worse. The storm submerged Main Street in 4 feet of water, destroyed the town hall and the police and fire departments, and flooded almost one-quarter of … Read more

China warns US envoy John Kerry that bad ties could set back climate talks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned United States climate envoy John Kerry that deteriorating US-China relations could undermine cooperation between the two on climate change. Wang told Kerry by video link on Wednesday that such cooperation cannot be separated from the broader relationship and called on the US to take steps to improve ties, a … Read more

Weather disasters killed 2 million in last 50 years, UN agency says

The number of disasters, such as floods and heatwaves, driven by climate change have increased fivefold over the past 50 years, killing more than 2 million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a UN agency said on Wednesday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says its “Atlas” is the most comprehensive review of mortality … Read more

A new breed of crisis: war and warming collide in Afghanistan

Parts of Afghanistan have warmed twice as much as the global average. Spring rains have declined, most worryingly in some of the country’s most important farmland. Droughts are more frequent in vast swaths of the country, including a punishing dry spell now in the north and west, the second in three years. Afghanistan embodies a … Read more

Climate change made deadly floods in Western Europe at least 20% more likely: Study

Climate change has made extreme rainfall events of the kind that sent lethal torrents of water hurtling through parts of Germany and Belgium last month at least 20% more likely to happen in the region, scientists said Tuesday. The downpour was likely made heavier by climate change as well. A day of rainfall can now … Read more

22 dead, many missing after 17 inches of rain in Tennessee

At least 22 people were killed and rescue crews searched desperately Sunday amid shattered homes and tangled debris for dozens of people still missing after record-breaking rain sent floodwaters surging through Middle Tennessee. Saturday’s flooding in rural areas took out roads, cellphone towers and telephone lines, leaving families uncertain about whether their loved ones survived … Read more

Athens is only getting hotter. It’s new ‘chief heat officer’ hopes to cool it down

On the hottest day of Greece’s record-breaking heat wave, when temperatures in Athens rose to 111 degrees Fahrenheit and wildfires choked the air, Eleni Myrivili stopped hanging laundry on her rooftop behind the Acropolis because she could hardly breathe from the heat. “I could only take short, kind of burning breaths,” she said, recalling that … Read more

Amid extreme weather, a shift among Republicans on climate change

After a decade of disputing the existence of climate change, many leading Republicans are shifting their posture amid deadly heatwaves, devastating drought and ferocious wildfires that have bludgeoned their districts and unnerved their constituents back home. Members of Congress who long insisted that the climate is changing due to natural cycles have notably adjusted that … Read more

Global sizzling: July is Earth’s hottest month on record

Earth sizzled in July and became the hottest month in 142 years of recordkeeping, U.S. weather officials announced. As extreme heat waves struck parts of the United States and Europe, the globe averaged 62.07 degrees (16.73 degrees Celsius) last month, beating out the previous record set in July 2016 and tied again in 2019 and … Read more