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- Mexico earthquake: helicopter carrying officials crashes, killing 13 peopleMilitary aircraft had interior minister and state governor on board when it crashedA military helicopter carrying officials assessing the damage caused by a powerful earthquake has crashed in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15. The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and […]
- Ai Weiwei: The artwork that made me the most dangerous person in ChinaIn 2009, the dissident artist created a work to honour the thousands of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake. He recalls how the project, Remembering, angered China’s rulers – and changed his career for everThis is an edited extract from The Start podcastI trained as an artist in New York, but I never really knew how my art would function in the so-ca […]
- World weatherwatch: from drifts in Paris to drought in Cape TownThe French capital’s heaviest snowfall since 1987 caused major disruption, even closing the Eiffel Tower for daysSix inches (15cm) of snow blanketed the city of Paris, France, last week in what was the heaviest snowfall event since 1987. Although a picturesque scene, it caused major disruption, with the Eiffel Tower being closed for multiple days due to the […]
- Cyclone Gita: Tonga devastated by worst storm in 60 yearsWinds of more than 230km/h recorded as parliament building flattened and power lines brought downThe islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom. Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked […]
- Cyclone Gita: Tonga declares state of emergency as storm strengthensThe category four storm has already caused widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa and is due to hit Tonga at nightThe island nation of Tonga has declared a state of emergency as it braces for the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is bearing down on the island nation after causing widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Sa […]
- South-east Queensland storms: more wild weather as 50,000 without powerFierce weather to lash region for second day as repair crews scramble to restore electricity South-east Queenslanders could face a second round of ferocious storms after severe cells lashed the region on Sunday night, dumping huge hail and wreaking havoc on the power network.Repair crews were scrambling to restore power to about 57,000 properties that remain […]
- 'We've been forgotten': Hurricane Harvey and the long path to recoveryNearly six months after the storm, residents of a Texas town face red tape, long waits and ‘a gigantic housing crisis’As Hurricane Harvey howled through the night and the roof and walls of their island home collapsed from the pressure of 130mph winds, the immediate task for Melani Zurawski and Tim Yoke was survival.The couple climbed to the attic of their re […]
- I travelled 11 hours with my two-year-old to tell our leaders: stop Adani | Marnie CottonHaving children made me realise the urgency of climate change action. Why can’t politicians see it?My little girl was born over seven years ago. Two weeks into her life the Brisbane floods arrived. It was a gut-wrenching slap in the face for me. Not because we were terribly affected but because it was the compounding evidence I needed to understand what clim […]
- Taiwan earthquake leaves tall building on dangerous lean – videoThe Yun Men Tsui Ti block of flats near Taiwan’s east coast has been left leaning at a dangerous angle after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night. At least four people were killed and more than 170 remain unaccounted for in the area Continue reading...
- What Cape Town can learn from Australia’s millennium droughtAs Day Zero looms and the South African city gets set to run out of water, experts say lessons learned during Melbourne’s brush with a similar fate may help avert a global crisis In December 2017, Seona Candy drove through the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley near Cape Town towards the banks of the Sonderend river. In the late 1970s, the waterway was damm […]
- Mexico earthquake: helicopter carrying officials crashes, killing 13 people