RedskyNews Category: Europe

Storm Grounds French Cargo Ship

RENNES, France (Reuters) – Storm winds and torrential rain lashed France on Friday, cutting off electricity supplies to hundreds of thousands of homes and sending a cargo ship aground off the northwestern Brittany coast, where it sprang a fuel leak.

Disaster Losses Hit Record In 2011

The disasters that plagued the globe this year will send 2011 into the record books as the most costly year for catastrophes on record. Japan’s powerful tsunami, earthquakes in New Zealand, floods in Thailand and a series of severe tornadoes

Storms And Gales to Lash Britain

.This time last year, most of the country was knee-deep in snow, in a freeze that seemed to last until the New Year. This December seems to have a different disruptive agenda. It was only last week that Scotland was

Scotland Lashed By Monster Storm

Scotland was battered by winds of more than 150 miles an hour Thursday as a monster storm swept in, causing widespread travel chaos and leaving thousands of homes without electricity. Authorities ordered the closure of thousands of schools and motorists

Many Without Power In Scotland

Severe storms and high winds caused widespread disruption to parts of Scotland on Thursday, leaving thousands without power, causing roads and schools to close and hitting air travel. The Met office issued a red alert warning, after winds of up

Chile Glacier In Rapid Meltdown

The Jorge Montt glacier in southern Chile is melting at a rate of a kilometer (0.6 miles) per year, making it one of the world’s most visible milestones of global warming, according to researchers. Chile’s Center for Scientific Studies (CECs)

World Must Manage The Planet

The Rio+20 summit next year should focus on reshaping the world economy to better “manage the planet,” the UN’s top environment official told AFP at climate talks in Durban. “Rio will help the world look at climate change in the

World ‘Heading For 3.5 C Warming’

Current pledges for curbing carbon emissions will doom the world to global warming of 3.5 C, massively overshooting the UN target of 2 C, researchers reported at the climate talks here on Tuesday. Output of heat-trapping carbon gases is rising

Cornwall Shaken By Earthquake

An earthquake shook Cornwall in the early hours of yesterday morning when tremors with a magnitude of 2.2 rolled out of Bodmin. Experts at the British Geological Survey said the quake struck at 2.40am with its epicentre close to Bodmin,

Arctic Much Worse Since 2006

US federal officials have said the Arctic region has changed dramatically for the worse in the past five years. It is melting at a near record pace and is darkening and absorbing too much of the sun’s heat. A new

Climate To Cause Global Exodus

Rising sea levels and droughts associated with climate change threaten to force vast shifts of populations, yet states have so far been slow to react, the Global Migration Group (GMG) warned Thursday. The body, made up of 14 United Nations

Permafrost Loss Gets Worse

The threat to climate change posed by thawing permafrost, which could release stocks of stored carbon, is greater than estimated, a group of scientists said on Wednesday. By 2100, the amount of carbon released by permafrost loss could be “1.7-5.2

Past Decade Is the Hottest Ever

Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half, proving that global warming is a reality, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record

The Danube River Is Drying Up

A major drought along the lower Danube has highlighted the river’s reduced ability to buffer extreme weather events and has hampered navigation, environmental group WWF said on Tuesday. The Danube is currently seeing its lowest levels since 2003, with bigger

More Extreme Weather Expected

The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

The UN food agency warned Monday that a quarter of the world’s landmass is “highly degraded,” making it difficult to meet the food needs of a booming population. “Humankind can no longer treat these vital resources as if they were