Billion-dollar natural disasters: Natural catastrophes in 2020 ‘create global economic loss of $210bn’

A new study shows six-in-ten of the costliest natural catastrophes during 2020 occurred in the US

Climate-related disasters ‘almost doubled in the last 20 years’

China and India have the highest share of disaster-hit populations with more than 2.8 billion people affected, according to a new report

Changing climate ‘worsens Somalian locust plague’

The United Nations suggested unseasonably heavy rainfall and floods in the region were causing the locusts to stay in one place, meaning they are likely to breed again

Are extreme weather events making spiders more aggressive?

Scientists found more aggressive spiders fared better and were more likely to survive extreme weather conditions and pass on their traits to new generations

New £67.4m Ipswich tidal flood defence barrier opened

More than 1,600 homes and 400 businesses are to be protected from flood risks associated with climate change

Flooded cars on a US street
Climate change ‘could see floods and storms triple’

A new report says this could cause significant economic and social damage across Europe and North America by the end of the 21st century

Storms steal power in south east England

There are 1,649 people still without power after storms swept through central southern England last night. Customers in areas ranging from Reading, to Southampton and the Isle of Wight are waiting to be reconnected, as of noon today (15 January). Forecasters at the Met Office had predicted the “volatile” weather at the start of the week […]

Storms leave 800,000 without power in Brazil

Heavy rains and thunderstorms in Brazil left hundreds of thousands of people without power earlier this week. Sao Paulo’s power distribution company AES Eletropaulo said rainstorm with winds of more than 85 kilometre per hour and close to 8,000 lightning strikes on Monday night left around 800,000 customers without electricity. It added the storms knocked […]

Last push to restore power to 1,100 Scots

Engineers are on a final push to reconnect 1,100 customers in the Highlands and Western Isles still without power after treacherous storms this weekend. More than 120,000 homes have been hooked back to the grid by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and its sister firm SEPD. SSE, which owns the firms, says engineers battled […]

“Hurricane winds” plunge Scots into blackouts

Nearly 70,000 people are without power after intense storms and “hurricane winds” slammed Scotland. Power cuts were flagged up across the country by energy company Scottish Hydro which is owned by SSE. So far its network distribution arm has restored power to another 27,500 customers. But wind speeds of 113mph are “hampering” efforts of engineers […]