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Monsoon ‘fury’ batters India, leaving more than 100 dead

Monsoon ‘fury’ batters India, leaving more than 100 dead

The scenes in India echoed disasters around the world caused by deadly floods in recent weeks in China and in Germany and Belgium.

  • by Sammy Westfall

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Typhoon the latest threat to Tokyo Olympics

Typhoon the latest threat to Tokyo Olympics

Tropical storm Nepartak has formed south-east of Japan and could make landfall north of Tokyo early next week, worrying forecasters. But surfers are not too unhappy.

  • by Brian K. Sullivan
‘Asking for your forgiveness’: German reporter suspended after mud fakery is revealed

‘Asking for your forgiveness’: German reporter suspended after mud fakery is revealed

After rubbing mud on herself, Ohlen presented a news package at the scene of floods under the heading “RTL presenter Susanna Ohlen lends a hand in Bad Münstereifel”.

  • by Daniel Wighton
Climate crisis poses threat to world’s underground transportation

Climate crisis poses threat to world’s underground transportation

The designs of underground trains, based on the expectations of another era, are being overwhelmed, and investment in upgrades could be squeezed by the pandemic.

  • by Hiroko Tabuchi and John Schwartz
‘Perilous moment’: Global supply chains buckle as variants and disasters strike

‘Perilous moment’: Global supply chains buckle as variants and disasters strike

Events have conspired to drive global supply chains towards breaking point, threatening the fragile flow of raw materials, parts and consumer goods.

  • by Jonathan Saul, Muyu Xu and Yilei Sun
How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather

How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather

Scientists who once studied climate change as a future threat are now grappling with the immediacy of violently altered weather patterns.

  • by Peter Hannam
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‘Please save us!’: panic on Chinese subway as flood filled carriage
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‘Please save us!’: panic on Chinese subway as flood filled carriage

More than 500 were pulled to safety after a subway tunnel flooded, state media reported, as dozens are reported dead in the Chinese region’s record deluge.

  • by Alfred Cang
It’s so hot in Dubai the government is paying scientists to make it rain

It’s so hot in Dubai the government is paying scientists to make it rain

Scientists created rainstorms in the United Arab Emirates by launching drones, which then zapped clouds with electricity to make it rain.

  • by Jonathan Edwards
Warming Indian Ocean sets stage for spring floods in NSW and Victoria

Warming Indian Ocean sets stage for spring floods in NSW and Victoria

A key climate influence for southern and eastern Australia has shifted to favouring wetter than normal conditions, raising the odds of a damp spring, a late start to the fire season and even floods.

  • by Peter Hannam
Death toll rises as Merkel promises billions in flood recovery funds

Death toll rises as Merkel promises billions in flood recovery funds

The German government is readying more than $478 million in immediate relief and billions more as part of a reconstruction plan following catastrophic floods.

  • by Ralph Brock and Romana Fuessel
Death toll rises dramatically in Germany and Belgium floods

Death toll rises dramatically in Germany and Belgium floods

The death toll in devastating flooding in western Germany and Belgium rose to at least 170 on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and ripped up roads and power lines.

  • by Petra Wischgoll and David Sahl