All posts tagged: natural disasters

Southern Brazil Has Been Hit by the Worst Floods in More Than 80 Years. at Least 39 People Have Died

Southern Brazil Has Been Hit by the Worst Floods in More Than 80 Years. at Least 39 People Have Died

[ad_1] SAO PAULO (AP) — Heavy rains in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul killed 39 people, with another 68 still missing, the state civil defense agency said Friday, as record-breaking floods devastated cities and forced thousands to leave their homes. It was the fourth such environmental disaster in a year, following floods in July, September and November 2023 that killed 75 people in total. The flooding statewide has surpassed that seen during a historic 1941 deluge, according to the Brazilian Geological Service. In some cities, water levels were at their highest since records began nearly 150 years ago, the agency said. On Thursday, a dam at a hydroelectric plant between the cities of Bento Goncalves and Cotipora partially collapsed and entire cities in the Taquari River valley, like Lajeado and Estrela, were completely overtaken by water. In the town of Feliz, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the state capital, Porto Alegre, a massively swollen river swept away a bridge that connected it with the neighboring city of Linha Nova. Operators reported …

Study Says It’s Likely a Warmer World Made Deadly Dubai Downpours Heavier

Study Says It’s Likely a Warmer World Made Deadly Dubai Downpours Heavier

[ad_1] Circumstantial evidence points to climate change as worsening the deadly deluge that just flooded Dubai and other parts of the Persian Gulf, but scientists didn’t discover the definitive fingerprints of greenhouse gas-triggered warming they have seen in other extreme weather events, a new report found. Between 10% and 40% more rain fell in just one day last week — killing at least two dozen people in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and parts of Saudi Arabia — than it would have in a world without the 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) warming that has come from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas since the mid-19th century, scientists at World Weather Attribution said Thursday in a flash study that is too new to be peer-reviewed. In at least one spot, a record 11 inches (28.6 centimeters) of rain fell in just 24 hours, more than twice the yearly average, paralyzing the usually bustling city of skyscrapers in a desert. One of the key tools in WWA’s more than 60 past reports has …

UK research advances tsunami warning systems and quantum tech

UK research advances tsunami warning systems and quantum tech

[ad_1] A collaborative project between the UK and New Zealand is set to create an advanced earthquake and tsunami warning system. The £750,000 joint research project will leverage underwater fibre optic cables to improve earthquake and tsunami warning capabilities, an innovation that could benefit millions worldwide. The project could revolutionise ocean monitoring, providing coastal communities with extra time to prepare for devastating natural disasters. The agreement will be announced at the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy Ministerial in Paris. Additionally, the UK will also announce a partnership with Denmark at the OECD to combine efforts in quantum technology research and innovation. UK Science Minister Andrew Griffith said: “Global issues require global collaboration, which is why we need to build more and stronger partnerships on science and research with like-minded nations, just like the ones I am delighted to announce with New Zealand and Denmark today. “That shared endeavour is precisely what we will focus on with colleagues from across the OECD to ensure we can all benefit from the improvements to health and wealth that science and …

AI weather forecasts can accurately predict the path of major storms

AI weather forecasts can accurately predict the path of major storms

[ad_1] A new study has suggested that AI weather forecasts can produce predictions of similar accuracy, faster and cheaper than traditional methods. The University of Reading study, published in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, highlights the rapid progress of AI weather forecasts. Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez, who led the study, said: “AI is transforming weather forecasting before our eyes. Two years ago, modern machine learning techniques were rarely being applied to make weather forecasts. Now we have multiple models that can produce ten-day global forecasts in minutes. “There is a great deal we can learn about AI weather forecasts by stress-testing them on extreme events like Storm Ciarán. We can identify their strengths and weaknesses and guide the development of even better AI forecasting technology to help protect people and property.” Comparing AI and physics-based forecasts The scientists compared AI and physics-based weather forecasts for Storm Ciarán, which hit northern and central Europe in November 2023. The storm claimed 16 lives in northern Europe and left millions of homes without power in France. The researchers used …

All-in-space solution: Revolutionising disaster response efforts

All-in-space solution: Revolutionising disaster response efforts

[ad_1] RSS-Hydro discusses a prospective all-in-space solution that leverages high-resolution satellites to revolutionise disaster response and enhance global security for a more resilient future. The Earth, a vibrant tapestry woven from diverse ecosystems, faces a growing threat from natural disasters. From the fury of hurricanes and tsunamis, to the silent creep of droughts, and the destructive force of wildfires, these disasters disrupt lives, displace communities, and inflict massive economic damage. While existing Earth Observation (EO) satellites offer valuable insights, their effectiveness is hampered by a silent enemy – latency. The time it takes to process data and deliver actionable information to those on the ground can be the difference between a well-co-ordinated response and a desperate scramble for resources. This delay can prove catastrophic in critical situations, hindering rescue efforts, jeopardising lives, and amplifying the overall impact of the disaster. Closing the latency gap: A high-tech network in space Now, with all possible space technology, we could start thinking about an innovative all-in-space solution that tackles latency head-on by creating a comprehensive network of satellites …

Donald Tusk calls out Benjamin Netanyahu after Israel kills aid workers – POLITICO

Donald Tusk calls out Benjamin Netanyahu after Israel kills aid workers – POLITICO

[ad_1] “The tragic attack on volunteers and your reaction arouse understandable anger,” Tusk added. Poland and Israel have been trying in recent years to restore frayed diplomatic relations, which had deteriorated after the previous, nationalist government in Warsaw brought in a law limiting Jews’ ability to recover World War II properties. World Central Kitchen, a U.S.-based organization that said it had supplied 42 million meals over 175 days in Gaza, suspended its operations in the region following the Israeli strike. The dead aid workers included Australian, Polish and British citizens, according to the nonprofit organization.  On Tuesday, Netanyahu admitted that an “unintentional” Israeli airstrike killed “innocent people” in Gaza. Israeli forces have been bombarding Hamas in Gaza for months, after Palestinian militants killed 1,200 people and took hundreds of others hostage in a deadly attack on Oct. 7 last year. [ad_2] Source link

Aid group accuses Israel after 7 workers die in Gaza airstrike – POLITICO

Aid group accuses Israel after 7 workers die in Gaza airstrike – POLITICO

[ad_1] World Central Kitchen added that its convoy was hit “despite coordinating movements with the IDF.” A Palestinian and a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen were also killed in the strike, the group said. The IDF said it was conducting “an in-depth examination at the highest levels” into the “tragic incident” but did not say whether it was responsible, according to the Times of Israel. One of the aid workers killed has been identified by authorities as 43-year-old Australian Lalzawmi Frankcom. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Frankcom’s death as “completely unacceptable” and said he had summoned the Israeli ambassador. “We want full accountability for this because this is a tragedy that should never have occurred,” Albanese said. [ad_2] Source link

Drones offer a glimpse inside Fukushima nuclear reactor 13 years after disaster

Drones offer a glimpse inside Fukushima nuclear reactor 13 years after disaster

[ad_1] A team of miniature drones recently entered the radioactive ruins of one of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors in an attempt to help Japanese officials continue planning their decades’ long cleanup effort. But if the images released earlier this week didn’t fully underscore just how much work is still needed, new footage from the tiny robots’ excursion certainly highlights the many challenges ahead. On Thursday, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO), the Japanese utility organization that oversees the Fukushima Daiichi plant reclamation project, revealed three-minutes of video recorded by a bread slice-sized flying drone alongside a snake-like bot that provided its light. Obtained during TEPCO’s two-day probe, the new clip offers viewers some of the best looks yet at what remains of portions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility—specifically, the main structural support in its No. 1 reactor’s primary containment vessel. ???? Fukushima: Vídeo de drone mostra interior do reator da usina nuclear danificado em 2011 pic.twitter.com/xs6HIGBLyV — UOL Notícias (@UOLNoticias) March 22, 2024 The Fukushima plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown on March 11, 2011, after …

The EU has a €30 billion hidden fees problem – POLITICO

The EU has a €30 billion hidden fees problem – POLITICO

[ad_1] Last year, European consumers and businesses lost €30 billion to hidden fees when sending and spending money internationally. And it is only getting worse, in 2019 it was €22 billion. But there is an easy way to crack down on these hidden charges: taking the opportunity to maintain strong transparency rules through the Payment Services Regulation, currently going through the EU legislative process. Hidden fees are what happens when you leave the market to do what it wants, with vague and unenforced rules. We hear the words “outcome-based regulation” thrown around a lot, but when the outcome isn’t in the interests of EU citizens — it’s time to intervene. Now is the time. Today, providers hide fees in inflated exchange rates — it’s usually a good few percentage points worse than you’d see on Google (what we’d call the mid-market rate[1]). But your provider won’t tell you that you’re paying those extra fees. And that’s why there’s a complete lack of awareness of these hidden charges, which means people can’t make an informed choice. There …

Better weather forecasts key to battling billion-dollar disasters, experts tell House panel

Better weather forecasts key to battling billion-dollar disasters, experts tell House panel

[ad_1] Experts told representatives Wednesday that supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve weather models and predictions is crucial to saving lives and lowering recovery costs.  The U.S. was hit by 28 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2023, making the costs related to helping communities recover from natural disasters the highest on record, according to NOAA.  Chairman Max Miller (R-Ohio) told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Environment subcommittee that natural disasters impact a wide variety of people and businesses, from farmers in Ohio to large manufacturing plants. “It’s easy to see that weather data doesn’t just help determine the day’s clothing,” Miller said. “It enhances our national economy and security by assisting long term decision-making. There are serious economic and humanitarian implications to not being able to predict weather correctly or precisely, and we cannot afford to let the United States fall behind on the world stage.” The U.S. has a unique challenge in predicting weather. Its weather events are more varied, frequent and intense than that …