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The extreme weather and climate events of 2014 in 13 photos

Pakistani villagers wade through water to find safe shelters in Pindi Bhatian, 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Pakistani villagers wade through water to find safe shelters in Pindi Bhatian, 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

It’s been a rough year, meteorologically speaking, on the Blue Marble. We’ve seen record heat, record snow, record flooding, record drought, rising sea levels and super typhoons — and extreme climate events are expected to continue to worsen unless humans take action to reduce emissions and slow the rise in the planet’s average temperature…

 

South Australia bushfires: More than 800 firefighters tackle blaze as mercury rises

Sifting through the remains ... Ben Whiteway holds the remains of his fire proof safe.His property on Devils Gully Road was destroyed. Source: The Advertiser Source: News Corp Australia

Sifting through the remains … Ben Whiteway holds the remains of his fire proof safe.His property on Devils Gully Road was destroyed. Source: The Advertiser Source: News Corp Australia

MORE than 800 firefighters are in a race against time to contain South Australia’s raging bushfires before the mercury rises again today. Temperatures are forecast to hit 34C in Adelaide on Monday before surging to 38C on Tuesday as the Sampson Flat bushfire, which started just after midday on Friday, continues to burn. At least 13 homes were confirmed destroyed with fears for 20 more in the worst fire since the Ash Wednesday blaze in 1983 which killed 28 people…

 

 

 

 

Miss. legislators enact first statewide building codes to withstand greater hurricane force wind

Occasionally I get asked about the challenge of maintaining the momentum for positive change within the property insurance market in a year when hurricane season is relatively mild or catastrophic losses are not extreme. It is true that over time the sense of urgency from policymakers and the public can dissipate as the memories of the last major storm or crisis fade. However, at the same time the biggest benefit from a fairly normal year like 2014 is time…

 

Gut bacteria helped humans to be resilient: Study

The human race survived because our ancestors were robust enough to handle environmental changes and the natural disasters they encountered, it added.

The human race survived because our ancestors were robust enough to handle environmental changes and the natural disasters they encountered, it added.

A new study has found that microbes residing within the guts of our ancestors helped them thrive and evolve into more stable and resilient populations.   The human race survived because our ancestors were robust enough to handle environmental changes and the natural disasters they encountered, it added…

 

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