RedskyNews Category: Europe

Climate Change To Drive Disasters

Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning

Lloyds Suffer Heavy Disaster Losses

Lloyd’s of London insurance market on Wednesday posted its second-largest annual loss owing to record claims for catastrophes including Japan’s earthquake disaster and floods in Thailand. The company suffered a pre-tax loss of £516 million ($822 million, 615 million euros)

35 Caspian Sea Seals Found Dead

The Kazakhstan government and environmentalists Tuesday sounded the alarm over the declining numbers of endangered Caspian seals after 35 animals were found dead over the weekend. “During the inspection on March 25th 35 dead seals were found on the sea

Gas Cloud Leak In North Sea

An exclusion zone has been put in place around a North Sea oil and gas well, where a plume of gas was seen rising above the water after a “serious” leak. The potentially explosive natural gas is escaping from Total’s

2001-2010 Warmest Decade On Record

Climate change has accelerated in the past decade, the UN weather agency said Friday, releasing data showing that 2001 to 2010 was the warmest decade on record. The 10-year period was also marked by extreme levels of rain or snowfall,

1.6 C Temp Rise Will Melt Greenland

The Greenland icesheet is more sensitive to global warming than thought, for just a relatively small — but very long term — temperature rise would melt it completely, according to a study published on Sunday. Previous research has suggested it

Temp To Plummet To -13C In Britain

Parts of the UK will see temperatures dive to -13C on Wednesday night as two weather fronts create a “battleground” over Britain, the Met Office has warned. Though there has been limited snowfall across the country since last week, freezing

Snow Cuts Off Hundreds Of Villages

Heavy snowfall across eastern Europe cut off hundreds of villages on Tuesday and rescue teams struggled to evacuate people in southern Bulgaria where rain and melting snow had caused a dam wall to break, flooding an entire village. A river

30 More Deaths In Europe Freeze

More than 30 more deaths have been reported as a result of the bitterly freezing weather that has swept across Europe. A dam wall broke and flooded an entire village in southern Bulgaria when snow melted rapidly as a result

Cold Kills 33 More In Europe

Europe’s bitterly cold weather killed another 33 people on Monday and melting snow caused a dam wall to break and flood an entire village in Bulgaria. Gas supplies to the European Union from Russia improved at the weekend but have

Greenpeace Warns Of Perfect Storm

..The head of environmental pressure group Greenpeace warned Friday the world faced a “perfect storm” of crises and was heading for what he termed a crisis of “epic proportions.” Speaking for the first time at the Munich Security Conference, Kumi

Yellowstone Mirrors Atlantis Volcano

Around 1630 BC, a super-volcano blew apart the Aegean island of Santorini, an event so violent that some theorists say it nurtured the legend of Atlantis. More than three and a half millennia later, the big blast is yielding forensic

30 Dead In European Freeze

A cold snap that killed 30 people in Ukraine over the past five days spread Tuesday to swathes of eastern and central Europe with record lows in Bulgaria and heavy snow in Switzerland and parts of Italy. Emergency services in

6.2 Earthquake Rattles Peru

An earthquake has hit coastal Peru, shaking buildings in several cities, including in the capital Lima.Officials say about 60 people suffered minor injuries, mainly from being hit with falling objects. The injuries included broken bones, concussion and cuts caused by

World Running Out Of Resources

A major United Nations report has called for a sustainable “evergreen revolution”, warning that time is running out to ensure there is enough food, water and fuel to meet the needs of the world’s rapidly growing population. In a grim

200,000 Homes Fear Flood Insurance

Around 200,000 homes at a high risk of flooding could be priced out of insurance when a Government guarantee runs out in 2013, it has been warned. MPs from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have raised concerns over whether there