Researchers found 16% of coral species have not been seen for many years. This finding is alarming, because local extinctions suggest global extinctions may be looming.
A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.
Bureau of Meteorology
Climate change is likely to mean disasters such as Cyclone Seroja will become more intense, and be seen further south in Australia more often.
Migrant workers in a Florida community hit hard by Hurricane Irma line up for donated supplies.
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Misunderstanding disaster warnings can have catastrophic consequences for people who don’t speak the language used for emergency communications.
Waanyi Garawa Rangers (Jimmy Morrison)
By collaborating with Indigenous ranger groups, we can make strategic fire and land management practices economically sustainable for traditional landowners.
Wetlands bear the brunt of much storm damage to the coast. But over the past 300 years, 85% of the world’s wetland area has been destroyed.
The aftermath of Hurricane Delta. Louisiana, US, October 2020.
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Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.
Damage from category five Tropical Cyclone Yasi, 2011.
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A new statistical model predicts the number of tropical cyclones up to four months before the start of the season from November to April.
Hurricane Harvey set up a rare natural experiment to study the effects of fishing.
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Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.
The report by the World Meteorological Organisation shows that with large and rapid emissions cuts, we can still avoid the most severe climate change. But worryingly, we also have time to make it far worse.
Charipara village is flooded by the sea as Cyclone Amphan destroyed embankments in Kalapara Upazila in Patuakhali District, Bangladesh. Date: 3 June 2020.
Md. Johirul Islam
Cyclone Amphan was one of the worst cyclones to hit Bangladesh in modern times. But thanks to local action, many lives were saved.
Awaiting Amphan, May 2020.
Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.
Australian emergency services are using social media for a number of purposes during disasters. What they are not doing well is analysing social media data in real time to improve disaster management.
Concentrations of carbon dioxide are now 147% above pre-industrial levels, according to a definitive report by the World Meteorological Organisation released today.
Many houses still do not have cyclone-ready roofs, so are liable to lose them if hit by the full force of the storm.
Most homes are not as cyclone-ready as they could be. It seems lower insurance premiums aren’t enough of an incentive for owners to upgrade their homes, but a new study points to some solutions.
A massive rescue effort in the Bahamas has begun in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
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Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas, with the death toll expected to rapidly rise as rescue work gets under way.
People have tried to stop or slow hurricanes in the past.
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At best, nuking a hurricane will do nothing, and at worst it will spread radioactive fallout around the world.
South Africa’s annual sardine run is occurring increasingly late, and there have been instances where it doesn’t happen at all. Here’s why.
Half the deaths from Atlantic hurricanes are down to storm surge. People in vulnerable regions need to be aware of what it is and how it threatens their safety.
Cyclones Trevor and Veronica hit north Australia in 2019.
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In 1887 Queensland’s chief weatherman Clement Wragge began naming tropical cyclones, using names from the Greek alphabet, fabulous beasts and politicians who annoyed him.