Montserrat’s devastating volcano – which has left two-thirds of the Caribbean island an exclusion zone and the former capital city buried deep in ash – may now hold the key to its future.
The area is estimated to have received more than 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone. Rivers burst their banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities.
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Saharan dust, traffic fumes and smog from Europe may be clogging up London’s air at present – and causing alarm in the newspapers – but in the world’s most polluted city London’s air would be considered unusually refreshing. That city is Delhi, the Indian capital, where air quality reports now make essential reading for anxious residents.
The East of England could become a hub for trade in renewable energy with Scandinavia if the proper regulation is put in place, says an industry group.
The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.
A brilliant in depth case study (more higher tier suitable but a good read for all!) on how Alpine resorts are coping with climate change.
Iceland is rising at a faster pace as global warming melts the island’s ice caps, scientists say. We learnt several of the waterfalls we visited in Iceland were a result of isostatic rebound. This article takes this into more depth.
Thousands of homes are still without power and more disruption was expected as the second of two storms is due to hit.
High winds and huge waves have affected north-western parts of the UK as bad weather hit power supplies and travel.
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
The Royal Society warns that the risk of heatwaves to an ageing population will rise about ten-fold by 2090 if greenhouse gases continue to rise.
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050.
A very interesting article on population growth and control. The authors of this new study said roughly 14% of all the people who ever existed were alive today.
Cyclone Hudhud is pounding the eastern Indian coast, causing extensive damage and prompting the evacuation of some 300,000 people.
Syllabus link: Tropical revolving storms.Their occurrence, their impact, management of the hazard and responses to the event. Two case studies of recent (within the last 30 years) tropical revolving storms should be undertaken from contrasting areas of the world.
The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted at about noon on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks.
Authorities on Hawaii’s Big Island have declared a state of emergency as lava from the Kilauea volcano threatens residential communities and roads. Is there any way to stop a lava flow and save the homes in its path?
Update on volcanic activity in Iceland. Updated 5th September with radio interview.
Iceland has restricted travel around a cluster of volcanos, following an eruption near the Dyngjujokull glacier just after midnight.
A red alert warning issued by the Icelandic Met Office – the highest possible – indicates that “an eruption is imminent or in progress, and that a significant emission of ash into the atmosphere is likely”.
The magma from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano could be moving towards another large volcanic system. “We know there is a lot of molten rock sitting under the ground beneath Askja, which is a major volcanic system. If this molten rock hits that, we know it is likely to trigger it to erupt.
“But who knows, it may just stop. It is still at 5km-depth, and it is possible it could freeze there and not a lot more will happen. That is perfectly plausible.”
Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely. At least the volcano is getting this over and done with before we visit!