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Historic devastation: images about nature’s ruthlessness

A seven metre-tall coastal surge, winds raging at 300 km/h. The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Bahamas has left tremendous devastation in its wake.

Hurricane Dorian, a storm in the highest class, Category 5, has claimed many lives and destroyed thousands of homes. The storm made landfall in the early afternoon on 1 September on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

Satellite image taken on 29 August 2019 by the GOES-16 satellite of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical storm Dorian over the Atlantic Ocean near the British Virgin Isles (right) and the Dominican Republic (centre) Photo: MTI/AP/NOAA
Store shelves are empty of bottled water in a shopping centre in Doral, FL, on 29 August 2019 Photo: MTI/AP/Marcus Lim
Workers cover stained glass windows with plywood sections at the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Friday, 30 August 2019, in Flagler Beach, FL Photo: MTI/AP/John Raoux
NASA astronaut Nick Hague on the International Space Station in orbit around Earth captured this photo of
Hurricane Dorian's eye on 2 September 2019, as it moved across the Atlantic
No vehicular traffic at all prior to the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Daytona Beach, Florida, where a compulsory evacuation order was issued on 3 September 2019 Photo: MTI/EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
Volunteers at work in the storm caused by Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island on
3 September 2019
Photo: MTI/AP/Ramon Espinosa
A boat thrown onshore by Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island on 3 September 2019 Photo: MTI/AP/Ramon Espinosa
An aerial photo taken on 3 September 2019, from a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft shows devastation caused by
Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas
Photo: MTI/EPA/U.S. Coast Guard/Adam Stanton
A boy wades through waist-deep water in the town of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island on 3 September 2019 Photo: MTI/AP/Tim Aylen
Mangled airplane at the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport in the aftermath of Dorian on
4 September 2019
Photo: MTI/AP/Ramon Espinosa
A former home destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in the town of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, photographed on
4 September 2019
Photo: MTI/AP/Ramon Espinosa
The Bahamas face massive devastation. Photo was taken on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas on
5 September 2019
Photo: MTI/AP/Gonzalo Gaudenzi

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

The moment caught in the act – Ice melting through the eyes of a nature photographer

“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine. It’s the place where we can see and touch and hear and feel climate change in action.” Internationally recognised nature photographer James Balog believes it is extremely important to pay attention to the processes underway in the polar regions.

Dutch use innovative device to protect against sea level rise

Rising sea levels caused by climate change and global warming are an increasing threat to the Netherlands, so the Dutch have started using an innovative device, a storm surge barrier to protect against them. The world’s largest storm surge barrier was built in the south of the country, at Maeslantkering.

Switzerland’s glaciers have lost 10 percent of their ice mass in five years

The melting of glaciers has broken new records in Switzerland this year; they lost two percent of their ice mass this summer, while over the last five years, they have lost 10 percent of their volume altogether, which is unprecedented in the existing records spanning over 100 years.

Typhoon Hagibis wreaks tremendous destruction

The typhoon raging in Japan has claimed more than fifty lives; the number of injured has exceeded two hundred.

Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones – what’s the difference?

As a result of climate change, humanity is expected to face growing numbers of destructive storms in the future.

An important agricultural region is the latest victim of climate change

The rising sea levels and melting permafrost caused by climate change are causing crisis situations in a number of places around the world, resulting in tens of thousands of people having to leave their homes, while important agricultural areas also fall victim to the changes.

A new sign of the climate crisis: tens of thousands of meltwater lakes were found in Antarctica

Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.

State of emergency declared in Montana due to early snow

Massive snowstorms hit a number of north-western and northern states of the USA on 29 September.

Monsoon claims over a hundred lives in India

Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.

Mont Blanc glacier in Italy threatened to collapse

On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.