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Thousands evacuated in Canada

In the last days of April 2019, after days of heavy rain, rivers flooded and reservoirs overflowed in eastern Canada. The situation was so severe that several thousand people in the region had to leave their homes.

The crisis is the most severe in the town of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, west of Montreal, which was flooded by water from the Lake of Two Mountains after a natural dyke breached in the evening of the 27th of April.

More than 6500 people had to be evacuated from the town, while in the whole of rain-drenched Quebec province the number of flooded homes rose to 5600.

The provinces of New Brunswick and Ontario are also hit by floods. The minister of defence has stated that some two thousand soldiers have been mobilised to the flooded regions that have requested assistance from the Army. Volunteers and desperate homeowners have also joined the flood protection work to defend their homes against the rising waters.

Policemen wading in water check homes in Rigaud in Canada’s Quebec province Photo: MTI/EPA/André Pichette

Falling blocks of ice: people were running for their lives in Iceland

Climate change is causing increasingly horrifying disasters around the world. In April 2018, a video went viral on the Internet in which several massive blocks of ice could be seen breaking off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland.

What will happen if all the ice in the world melts? We have a video to show you the answer

Based on data from NASA, Business Insider have produced a video about the consequences that would result if all the ice on Earth melted. According to the space agency’s calculations, sea level would rise by as much as 65.8 m if all the glaciers and polar ice caps melted.

Glaciers lose 335 billion tonnes of ice per year

Many frightening facts have been published about climate change, but increasingly shocking pieces of data keep coming to light again and again. Recently, an international study has shown that along with the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps, glaciers are also losing a tremendous quantity of ice.

Will rising sea levels drive the population away from Saint-Louis?

Saint-Louis is a coastal city of almost 300 thousand people in Senegal. It is situated by the mouth of the most important river of West Africa, the Senegal, and its old town is on a peninsula between the ocean and the river. Its highest point is less than four metres above sea level, so the city is particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change.

Ports need to be redesigned due to rising sea levels

Melting glaciers, devastating storms and floods – these are just a few of the disasters attributable to climate change, along with the rise of global sea levels. It is a startling piece of news that global sea levels may rise by a great deal more than previously estimated, by as much as 1.32 metres by 2100, which may have grave consequences.