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Watch: Viral drone footage of damaged Gaoliao bridge in aftermath of Taiwan quake
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Watch: Viral drone footage of damaged Gaoliao bridge in aftermath of Taiwan quake

On 18 September, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan, causing widespread damage across the island nation and triggering tsunami warnings

Explained: What will happen if an extreme heat belt covers US by 2053?
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Explained: What will happen if an extreme heat belt covers US by 2053?

A key finding from the study was that heat exceeding the threshold of the National Weather Service's highest category — called "Extreme Danger”— was expected to impact 8.1 million people in 2023 and grow to 107 million people in 2053

How India can mitigate climate change impact
India

How India can mitigate climate change impact

If we all work together to improve our relationship with the environment, India can serve as a model for sustainability to the rest of the world

Western wildfires force thousands of evacuations in Arizona, California
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Western wildfires force thousands of evacuations in Arizona, California

Wildfires broke out early this spring in multiple states in the Western US, where climate change and an enduring drought are fanning the frequency and intensity of forest and grassland fires

North Korea mobilises white-collar workers to help fight against drought, says state media
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North Korea mobilises white-collar workers to help fight against drought, says state media

North Korea is highly vulnerable to natural disasters including flood and drought due to chronic lack of infrastructure, deforestation and decades of state mismanagement

Philippines: At least 25 killed as heavy rains trigger floods, landslides
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Philippines: At least 25 killed as heavy rains trigger floods, landslides

Nearly 200 floods were reported in different areas in central and southern provinces over the weekend, displacing about 30,000 families, some of which were moved to emergency shelters, officials said

By the numbers: Stats that tell story of President Joe Biden's first year
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By the numbers: Stats that tell story of President Joe Biden's first year

While Biden can lay claim to a banner first year in office, however, numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks

Earthquake: Strong quakes of magnitude 6.1 and 6.2 rock Hawaii
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Earthquake: Strong quakes of magnitude 6.1 and 6.2 rock Hawaii

The US Geological Survey says the first quake struck about 17 miles south of Naalehu and the second earthquake struck about 20 minutes later in the same area

Typhoon Conson causes power outages in eastern Philippines after landfall at Hernani
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Typhoon Conson causes power outages in eastern Philippines after landfall at Hernani

The metro region of Philippines' capital, Manila, is under level one warning, which means strong winds are expected within the next 36 hours

Fires rage in several states as heat wave broils US West, strains power grids
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Fires rage in several states as heat wave broils US West, strains power grids

The largest wildfire of the year in California, the Beckwourth Complex Fire, was raging near the border with Nevada. It doubled in size between Friday and Saturday.

Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods – Here’s how you can be more weather-ready
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Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods – Here’s how you can be more weather-ready

Apathy and complacency can also be dangerous when it comes to weather-driven disasters.

Climate change causing frequent cyclones as they draw energy from warm waters
India

Climate change causing frequent cyclones as they draw energy from warm waters

Cyclone Tauktae could be the biggest to hit western India in three decades.

India is home to 13 of 20 cities most vulnerable to environmental hazards worldwide: Report
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India is home to 13 of 20 cities most vulnerable to environmental hazards worldwide: Report

More than 400 large cities are at "high" or "extreme" risk due to a mix of pollution, dwindling water supplies, heat waves, natural disasters and climate change.

From locusts to fires: UN warns of growing threats to food systems, livelihoods in agriculture
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From locusts to fires: UN warns of growing threats to food systems, livelihoods in agriculture

Since 2000, disasters have taken a drastic leap in frequency and have continued to occur at a consistently high rate.

Over 4.8 lakh people died due to extreme weather events this century: Analysis
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Over 4.8 lakh people died due to extreme weather events this century: Analysis

Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti were among the countries worst-affected by extreme weather events.

Climate change will pose greater threat to human lives than COVID-19: Red Cross
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Climate change will pose greater threat to human lives than COVID-19: Red Cross

The World Disaster Report rated climate change as the greatest global challenge, finding disasters triggered by climate-related events had risen 35% since 1990s

In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma
Lifestyle

In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma

The Disaster Tourist challenges the reader to evaluate our curiosity about traumatised communities and landscapes that appear exciting for their unpredictability and history of ruin.

India recorded highest internal displacement of people in 2019; natural disasters overwhelmingly to blame, says UN study
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India recorded highest internal displacement of people in 2019; natural disasters overwhelmingly to blame, says UN study

One in four of all internally displaced persons due to conflict and violence in 2019 – 6.5 million people – were living in the Syrian Arab Republic alone.

A decade from space: 13 images that show natural, technological and political changes on Earth
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A decade from space: 13 images that show natural, technological and political changes on Earth

Maxar Tech, satellite imagery company, released images of some of the biggest events of the decade.

Extreme weather events through 2019: A record-breaking year for climate catastrophe in India
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Extreme weather events through 2019: A record-breaking year for climate catastrophe in India

Over half of India's population was gripped by intense heatwaves in June and July this year, killing more than 200 people.