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Global hot spot: Exceptional heat pushes up ocean temperatures off Australia
Australia is home to a global hot spot for sea-surface temperatures, with a record burst of prolonged heat in the country’s south-east helping to make conditions several degrees warmer than average.
Daily weather charts generated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the unusual warmth is almost unmatched around the world, compared with normal temperatures…
A new European system to tackle natural disasters
The European Commission on November 23 revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe’s ability to deal with natural disasters.
The proposal is part of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker‘s agenda of a Europe that protects.
“Europe can’t be on the side-lines when our Member States suffer from natural disasters and need help,” said Juncker. “No country in Europe is immune to natural disasters which have sadly become the new normal. When a disaster strikes, I want the European Union to offer more than condolences. Europe is a continent of solidarity and we must be better prepared than before, and faster in helping our Member States on the frontline.”
A key part of the proposal is the creation of rescEU, a reserve at European level of civil protection capabilities such as aerial forest fighting planes, special water pumps, urban search and rescue and field hospitals and emergency medical teams. These will complement national assets and will be managed by the European Commission in order to support countries hit by disasters such as floods, forest fires, earthquakes and epidemics.
Alone in 2017, over 200 people were killed by natural disasters in Europe and over one million…