Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

Torrential rains in Spain

A massive storm hit the south-eastern part of Spain in the middle of September: the storm has caused some fatalities, and many people were caught in their cars carried away by rising waters. More than five thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, roads and railway bridges were closed off and a number of rivers have flooded their banks.

Some areas received more than 300 litres per square metre of rain in just six hours, which is roughly equivalent to half a year’s rain. The locals have no memories of such terrible floods hitting the region ever before.

Water flooding Molina de Segura in the Murcia Region of Spain on 12 September Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Marcial Guillén
Dozens of vehicles flooded in Orihuela in Alicante Province in the southeast of Spain on 12 September Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Morell
Rescue worker on a jet ski along a flooded road in the town of Pilar de la Horadada in the east of Spain
on 13 September
Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Morell
An almost completely submerged lorry in the town of Pilar de la Horadada in Eastern Spain on 13 September Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Morell
A couple looks at the flooding from inside their house in El Raal, near Murcia, on 14 September Photo: MTI/AP/Alfonso Duran
People on bicycles in a flooded street in El Raal, near Murcia, on 14 September Photo: MTI/AP/Alfonso Duran
Muddy water flowing along a street in Arganda del Rey, in Madrid Province, on 16 September Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Victor Lerena
Water pouring out of the door of a flooded home in Dolores, Alicante Province, on 16 September Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Manuel Lorenzo

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.