Tag: natural disasters

Emirates CEO issues apology after Dubai flood chaos; says airline has 30,000 suitcases to return

People queue at a flight connection desk after a rainstorm hit Dubai, causing delays at the Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates, April 17, 2024.  Rula Rouhana | Reuters The CEO of Emirates Airline issued an apology letter to customers over the weekend after historic rains in the United Arab Emirates caused record flooding and […]

Photos show heavy rain and severe flooding in the United Arab Emirates

Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in some Gulf states, leading to the Tuesday closure of Dubai’s airport — one of the busiest in the world. The United Arab Emirates, usually known for its hot and sunny weather, reportedly saw over 100 mm of rain in a 24-hour period in some places, marking a […]

Singapore’s economic losses due to heat stress could nearly double to over $1.5 billion in 2035

People sitting by a pier during sunset in Singapore. Roslan Rahman | Afp | Getty Images Singapore’s economic losses due to heat stress could nearly double to $1.64 billion in 2035 from pre-pandemic 2018 due to a decline in labor productivity, a recent study by the National University of Singapore showed. Back in 2018, heat […]

Last month was the hottest August ever recorded, as year of climate extremes continues

Palestinian Mustafa Abdo, 75-years old, repairs a fan at his shop amid a heat wave at Shati refugee camp. Abdo has been working in the maintenance of electrical appliances for more than 30 years, until now. Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Multiple heat records have been shattered this summer. Last month was the […]

Aerial photos show total destruction as wildfires ravage historic Lahaina, Hawaii

The hall of historic Waiola Church in Lahaina and nearby Lahaina Hongwanji Mission are engulfed in flames along Wainee Street in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug. 8, 2023. Matthew Thayer/ | The Maui News | AP Wildfires in Hawaii have devastated the historic city of Lahaina, the former capital of the islands when they were an independent […]

Northeast flights delayed as Canada wildfire smoke cuts visibility

Smoke from Canada’s wildfires blanketed New York City on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Leslie Josephs/CNBC Smoke from wildfires in Canada delayed flights at New York-area airports and in Philadelphia on Wednesday as haze blanketed the region and cut visibility. “The FAA is now slowing traffic from the East Coast and Midwest bound for Philadelphia International […]

These were the best and worst places for air quality in 2021, new report shows | CNN

CNN  —  Air pollution spiked to unhealthy levels around the world in 2021, according to a new report. The report by IQAir, a company that tracks global air quality, found that average annual air pollution in every country — and 97% of cities — exceeded the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines, which were designed […]

Not only is Lake Powell’s water level plummeting because of drought, its total capacity is shrinking, too | CNN

CNN  —  Lake Powell, the second-largest human-made reservoir in the US, has lost nearly 7% of its potential storage capacity since 1963, when Glen Canyon Dam was built, a new report shows. In addition to water loss due to an intense multiyear drought, the US Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation report found, Lake […]

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