Natural disasters

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Watch out for the Sharkcano! What happens when an underwater volcano erupts?
An active crater in the South Pacific – in which hammerhead and silky sharks have been found – is about to blow. Could this be a real-life sequel to the sci-fi hit Sharknado?

23, May, 2022 @2:48 PM

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‘Nothing to go back to’: the way of life lost to New Mexico’s historic fire
The largest wildfire in state history has torn through centuries-old rural communities, displacing thousands

Annette McGivney in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with photographs by Adria Malcolm

18, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Queensland floods: woman dies after vehicle is swept away as more heavy rain forecast
Two fellow passengers had a narrow escape at Mount Ossa, north of Mackay, as SES responds to more than 100 calls for help in Queensland

Eden Gillespie

11, May, 2022 @6:47 AM

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‘Disaster’s in the recovery’: bushfire survivors still waiting for homes
Two years on, many residents are still in temporary housing and left to fend for themselves in a ‘worse position’ than they started

Natasha May

29, Apr, 2022 @8:00 PM

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One dead and thousands forced to flee as wildfires sweep across US
One person killed in Nebraska, while hundreds of structures damaged in New Mexico, where thousands forced to leave

Staff and agencies

24, Apr, 2022 @5:00 PM

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‘This is not typical’: Arizona wildfire fighters brace for threat ‘on steroids’
Winds and dryness heighten danger from Tunnel fire as teams battle blazes in American south-west

Gabrielle Canon and agencies

22, Apr, 2022 @5:34 PM

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Extreme Atlantic hurricane seasons now twice as likely as in 1980s
Climate breakdown has fueled ‘decisive increase’ in intensity, researchers say, as separate study links crisis to increased rainfall

Oliver Milman

13, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Lismore residents’ flood response was a DIY model of emergency management
As climate change pioneers, communities are being called upon to respond to disasters that overwhelm emergency services

Christine Tondorf

01, Apr, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘One traumatic thing after another’: New Orleans homes flattened by giant twisters
Residents of Arabi were still feeling the effects of Hurricane Ida, six months ago. And then the black, spinning tornadoes came

Drew Hawkins in New Orleans

23, Mar, 2022 @6:53 PM

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UN chief calls for extreme weather warning systems for everyone on Earth
António Guterres says entire planet should be covered by early warning systems within five years

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

23, Mar, 2022 @1:00 PM

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SES units in flood-hit NSW raised alarm in 2020 that restructure threatened ‘future of the service’
Exclusive: Budget cuts and ‘efficiency dividend’ blamed for closure of regional offices and decreases in membership, morale and responsiveness

Paul Karp

15, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Mayor defends planning decisions ‘made 150 years ago’ amid calls for flood insurance support
Home owners are being left to cover ‘catastrophic’ financial risks as the climate crisis and a legacy of poor planning coalesce, expert says

Joe Hinchliffe

13, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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