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Europe suffers in sweltering heat

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A heatwave is sweeping large parts of Europe and causing discomfort. Temperatures have been hovering around 40 degrees Celsius in many capital cities.

In the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius broke all records.

The city’s fountains have become the place to cool down for local residents.

Streets in the city are quiet after authorities warned residents not to go outside.

The hot weather is expected to continue in Georgia for the next few days.

Other cities in Russia and Poland continue to be gripped by a heatwave. In some areas, temperatures soared to 35 degrees Celsius.

The most popular seaside resorts in Poland saw an influx of tourists.

Local government has warned the very young and old of the danger. It’s advised people to drink plenty of water, and stay out of the sun.

Source: Europe suffers in sweltering heat - english.cntv.cn

Date: 13 July 2010

Heat wave warnings for all Croatia

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

With temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius, Croats are being warned to take care.

The hottest areas will be Knin and Slavonia where even higher temperatures are expected.

The Adriatic will be slightly more bearable, the Croatian daily Jutarnji List writes.

UV radiation is also expected to be high, so residents are warned to layer on the sun cream. Experts recommend staying out of the sun between hours of 10am and 5pm, and remind people to drink a lot of liquids.

Source: Heat wave warnings for all Croatia - croatiantimes.com

Date: 13 July 2010

Vietnam capital hit by floods

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Heavy rains after weeks of drought turned the streets of Vietnamese capital Hanoi Tuesday into rivers up to half a metre deep.

A heavy downpour that lasted for more than two hours forced motorbike commuters to push their machines through the dirty water and trees were down.

Police said on state radio that scores of locations in the city of several million people were flooded or snarled by traffic jams.

A meteorologist said the city centre was hardest hit, with about 120 millimetres of rain falling in the rush-hour period.

Hanoi had been suffering for weeks from a drought which meteorologists said was the worst in decades.

It worsened power shortages and led to blackouts in the country, which gets more than one-third of its electricity from hydropower.

Source: Vietnam capital hit by floods – straitstimes

Date: 13 July 2010

Dozen villages inundated in Haryana floods

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Large swathes of agriculture land were inundated and nearly a dozen villages submerged in flood waters in Haryana’s Sirsa and Fatehabad districts due to breaches in the Ghaggar river, officials said Tuesday.

The water level in the Ghaggar river in Sirsa district was flowing above the danger mark, posing a threat to many villages.

According to officials, 33 people have died due to floods in Haryana and Punjab.

In Punjab, the water level in most of the affected districts has receded and no fresh breach in the Ghaggar was reported.

The weather office has predicted moderate to heavy rain in most parts of Punjab and some places in Haryana till Wednesday.

Source: Dozen villages inundated in Haryana floods – Thaindian

Date: 13 July 2010

First half of 2010 sets heat records

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Just as climate skeptics cited this winter’s snowstorm as evidence that global warming was overhyped, some environmental activists might be tempted to point to this summer’s heat waves to bolster their case.

But instead, they’re pointing to a more scientific measurement: The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies now reports that the first six months of 2010 are the warmest on record, both in terms of atmospheric data and in combined atmospheric/ocean readings.

In some cases the atmospheric readings for some of the first six months of the year are between 1.8 and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above what they were in previous years.

And on top of that, last week Arctic sea ice extent hit the lowest level ever for June.

A senior fellow, Rafe Pomerance, at Clean Air Cool Planet said:

“The 2010 temperature data is evidence that the planet is continuing to warm,”

“The absolute numbers indicate that the earth’s climate is moving into uncharted territory, as reflected by the massive retreat of Arctic sea ice.”

Source: First half of 2010 sets heat records – views.washingtonpost

Date: 12 July 2010

Mangrove forests could combat tsunamis

Monday, July 12th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) — Coastal mangrove forests could substantially reduce the damage from tsunamis like the 2004 disaster that struck Indonesia, researchers say.

A study of an Indonesian coastline ravaged by the December 2004 tsunami has estimated the buffering capacity of intact mangrove forests, which could protect homes and buildings, ScienceNews.org reported Friday.

Forests of mangroves, with their dense, broad networks of thick roots that prop up the trees’ trunks, can absorb the coast-battering energy in tsunamis of various heights, the study says.

Shunichi Koshimura, a civil engineer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and his colleagues estimate that a 500-yard-wide forest of 10-year-old mangroves would reduce the force of flowing water in a 10-foot tsunami by 70 percent.

Koshimura said:

  • Mangroves make an effective bioshield against tsunamis,
  • It is not possible to build concrete walls along all the coasts.

They reported their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research–Oceans.

Source: Mangrove forests could combat tsunamis – upi.com

Date: 12 July 2010

Staggering tree loss from 2005 Amazon storm

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A single, huge, violent storm that swept across the whole Amazon forest in 2005 killed half a billion trees, a new study shows.

While storms have long been recognized as a cause of Amazon tree loss, this study is the first to produce an actual body count. And, the losses are much greater than previously suspected.  This suggests that storms may play a larger role in the dynamics of Amazon forests than previously recognized.

The new study says that a single squall line had an important role in the tree demise. This type of storm might become more frequent in the future in the Amazon due to climate change.

Tropical thunderstorms have long been suspected to wreak havoc in the Amazon,

The storm’s associated strong vertical winds, with speeds of up to 145 km/hour (90 mi/hour), uprooted or snapped in half trees that were in their path. In many cases, the stricken trees took down some of their neighbors when they fell.

In the most affected plots, near the centers of large blowdowns, up to 80 percent of the trees had been killed by the storm.

The researchers estimate that between 441 and 663 million trees were destroyed across the whole basin. This represents a loss equivalent to 23 percent of the estimated mean annual carbon accumulation of the Amazon forest.

Source: Staggering tree loss from 2005 Amazon storm - physorg

Date: 12 July 2010

Millions affected by floods in regions along Yangtze River

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Vehicles are immersed in the floodwater at a bus terminal in Youyang County of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, July 9, 2010. The electricity supply was interrupted by a heavy rainfall in Youyang on Friday and vehicles were immersed in the ensuing flood.Vehicles are immersed in the floodwater at a bus terminal in Youyang County of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, July 9, 2010. The electricity supply was interrupted by a heavy rainfall in Youyang on Friday and vehicles were immersed in the ensuing flood.

Rain-triggered floods are affecting millions of people in regions along China’s longest river, the Yangtze, China’s flood control authority said Friday.

The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH) said on Friday that:

  • Provinces including eastern Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui and Chongqing Municipality were all affected by swelling rivers after heavy rain in these regions,
  • More than 2.48 million people were affected, with some areas in Hubei and Chongqing completely flooded.
  • At least 15 people were dead from rain-triggered disasters, with 5 others still missing.
  • 176,000 people had so far been evacuated from flood-hit areas.
  • An emergency flood response and ordered local bureaus to closely monitor the weather and issue alerts promptly.

Source: Millions affected by floods in regions along Yangtze River – news.xinhuanet.com

Date: 09 July 2010

Storms and floods hit central, SW. China

Friday, July 9th, 2010
Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods.

Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods.

Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods. It comes just days after the regions sweltered through a record breaking heat wave.

The National Meteorological Center has raised the storm alert level to “orange,” that’s one step below the highest rating on a four-color scale. Heavy rains are already pounding central Hubei and eastern Anhui provinces. In Hubei, one person was killed after floods hit three counties and a city in the province’s north, affecting half a million residents.

The Hubei Provincial Civil Affairs Department says more than 10,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, 242 homes have collapsed and over 27,000 hectares of farmland flooded.

Source: Storms and floods hit central, SW. China – english.cntv.cn

Date: 09 July 2010

Torrential rains hit China

Friday, July 9th, 2010

China’s National Meteorological Center has raised the nation’s storm alert to “orange”, one step below the highest rating.

Heavy rainfall has been forecast in at least ten provinces and regions, in central and southwest China.  It began to ravage Chongqing Municipality on Thursday, causing mud flows and landslides in many parts of the region.

At a coal mine in Yongzhou district, flood-triggered disasters have damaged nearly 100 nearby homes.

A national highway was cut off by the downpours.  Most flights to and from Jiangbei International Airport have been delayed.

East China’s Jiangxi Province issued a yellow storm alert on Friday. Fuzhou county, along with many its surrounding areas that were pounded by floods last month, are once again experiencing heavy downpours. Roads, bridges and farmland have been submerged.

A rainstorm alarm sounded in the mountainous Dabieshan areas in central China’s Hubei Province. Local weather officials forecast more rainfall in eastern parts of Hubei province.

In neighboring Anhui, authorities launched a level II emergency response on Friday, and raised the storm alert to “orange”.

The provincial government has called an emergency meeting to discuss plans to counter the damage from what officials said might be the worst storm to hit parts of Anhui in a decade.

Source: Torrential rains hit China – english.cntv.cn

Date: 09 July 2010

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