Hottest year ‘ever’ is 2014
It’s official, this year has been the warmest on record since 1880. The Earth’s temperature registered 1.22 degrees Celsius more than the average of the 20th century. That is according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Glaciers in Norway have acted like a sort of thermometer: this year, out of 38 of them, 33 have receded. The Grafjell glacier has lost 120 metres in length since 2000. Palaeoclimatologist Jostein Bakke said: “The shrinking we’ve seen over the last ten years is dramatic when considered over a longer perspective.” The Bondhusbreen glacier today is a trickle of what it was in 1981 — a massive cake of ice…
Europe’s space-based, laser-powered data highway offers faster monitoring of earthquakes, floods
A European satellite has beamed images to Earth using new laser-based communications technology, opening the way for uninterrupted and near-instantaneous viewing of natural disasters being sent to governments and relief agencies. Marking a first in space, the satellite Sentinel-1A and Inmarsat’s communications satellite Alphasat linked up by laser stretching almost 36,000 kilometres across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured…
Pet Talk: Emergency plans should cover pets
Natural disasters can strike at any time, so it is essential to have a plan in place to be ready. According to Yvette Johnson-Walker, a veterinarian and epidemiologist at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, emergency preparedness plans should cover the animals, as well as the people in a home….
In Colombia, floatable housing a solution for adapting to climate change
This week’s “Game Changer” is Lina Marcela Cataño Bedoyo. Her mission is to make floatable housing solutions for the adaption to climate change. With over 350 fatalities, two million people displaced and an estimated $6 billion worth of damages, the rainy seasons of 2010 and 2011 proved to be devastating for Colombia. The heavy rains triggered landslides and mass floods throughout the country. Many attribute these heavy, reoccurring rains to climate change, and believe they’ll continue to deluge the country for future seasons to come. In fact, Colombia has the highest amount of natural disasters in Latin America, of which flooding constitutes almost one third…
2 dead, 9 missing after tropical storm hits Philippines
A tropical depression has left two people dead and nine others missing after slamming the central and southern Philippines, the country’s disaster agency said Friday. A man and a woman died from drowning when the storm – known locally as “Queenie” – hit Malabuyoc town of central Cebu province Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Only six of the reported nine missing people have been identified while a 30-year-old man from the nearby island province of Bohol was injured, according to an update issued by the council. Queenie intensified into a storm Friday and has displaced around 1,617 families — or 7,528 people — in Central Visayas region and parts of Mindanao, the country’s second largest and southernmost major island….