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Preventing water crises

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

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.

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