Week-long blaze engulfs 2,300ha on South Island, leading to largest aerial firefight in country’s history Strong winds are expected to fan forest fires that have been through New Zealand’s South Island, forcing thousands of people from their homes. Early on Sunday, 155 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground with air support from 23 helicopters and three fixed wing planes, making it the largest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand.
Police search murky water for 35-year-old as rainfall in Queensland’s north eases A man remains missing in flood waters in north Queensland as police continue to search the area. The 35-year-old Townsville man was one of three on board a boat at Groper Creek when it crashed into a submerged jetty close to Hinkson Esplanade about 5.35pm on Friday.
Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged moist air south from the equator to Australia’s top end. It dumped an unprecedented 1.4 metres of rain in less than two weeks – roughly double what falls on London in a year. If anyone mentions [climate change], I’ll punch ‘em.
The prime minister is still pandering to the right-wing sceptics in his party
Annapolis is seeing seas rise at about twice the global rate, and flooding there foreshadows the problems other coastal communities can expect When the parking lot in the bustling tourist zone of downtown Annapolis floods, the employees at Pip’s Dock Street Dogs restaurant take off their socks and shoes, wrap their legs in trash bags and wade out into the water. A lot of the time, it’s not even raining. High tides intensified by sea-level rise are just pushing the water inland, overwhelming the drainage system.
The Michelin-starred mastermind behind a 31-restaurant empire gained a new level of recognition with his relief efforts in disaster-hit zones such as Puerto Rico A nonstop stream of people of different ages, races and genders gawked, high-fived or chatted excitedly to chef José Andrés as he attempted to pose for pictures in the last shreds of daylight earlier this week in Washington, DC. One woman didn’t know his name but did know he was the man she had seen on television feeding federal workers during the government shutdown. A heap of praise spilled from her mouth and she asked if she could simply shake Andrés’s hand.
Homes destroyed in mudslide as residents flee areas hit by last year’s wildfires, as system moves across US west Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, flooding streets, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.
Record cold in the Midwest grounds more than 1,500 flights as the polar vortex curtails operations at some of the country's busiest airports for a second day. Package deliveries in some areas are also suspended.
Recent wildfires scorched 90% of the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains – destroying a 1950s Hollywood set and affecting biodiversity. But life is slowly coming back The fire came quickly. Fueled by dry, blustering winds, officials were unable to contain before it scorched the canyons of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, taking close to 97,000 acres and 1,500 properties with it. One of was the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area. Nearly 90% of the federally owned land burned in the November 2018 blaze. The park is home to popular hiking trails, a rich ecosystem of plant and wildlife, including mountain lions and coyotes, as well as famous spots such as the Paramount Ranch’s “Western Town” (a well-known Hollywood set location), the historic 1927 Peter Strauss Ranch house, a and ranger residences. Nearly all of them burned to the ground.
Decisions were based on the risk of a ‘one-in-100-year’ flood, but the downpour was much more severe Like most doctors, Michael Clements says he’s “risk-averse”. When he established his medical practice in the Townsville suburb of Idalia, he checked the area’s flood history. He hired surveyors and spoke to the council. There was, they all said, little to worry about.
An estimated 700 people have already been evacuated after blaze took hold on parched countryside A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their homes and prompted fears that climate change has caused the nation to become “more flammable”. Firefighters have been working for most of the week to put out fires covering more than 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) around Nelson on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.
People are prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis and volcanic activity, but I don’t think most people would have thought about fire
Premier distances herself from decision to open Ross River dam floodgates, which sent water into Townsville suburbs The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall. The independent inquiry will look into “key preparedness and response elements” to the storms that dumped more than one metre of rain on Townsville in less than a week.
“You should direct that question to the Townsville City Council” deflects responsibility for the controversial decision to delay opening the Townsville dam during the flood disaster.
Almost overnight we have transitioned from drought to a flood disaster zone. There are kangaroos dead in trees, birds drowned in drifts of silt and our beloved bovine family perished in huddled piles After what can only be described as an environmental massacre of mammoth proportions throughout the whole of north-west Queensland, the people of this country are heartbroken. We live on a family cattle station 60km north of Cloncurry, where we have just received 700mm-plus of rain over seven days, with the majority of that falling over four days. This extreme weather event, , has decimated much of our native wildlife, along with our domestic livestock. They were constantly exposed to wind and cold driving rain for far too long. The majority of the country was either covered in flood water or churned into a bog, making their feed inaccessible.
Up to 10 others in intensive care after exposure to melioidosis during clean-up Receding flood waters after Queensland’s once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge have left people exposed to a disease that has already killed one person in Townsville. Up to 10 more people have been infected by melioidosis, a soil-borne bacteria which has been stirred up by heavily contaminated flood waters.