UN: ‘Droughts increase nearly a third in a generation’

These have cost the world $124bn since 1998

Humanity tangled in ‘spiral of self-destruction’

The world could face 1.5 disasters every day by 2030, a new UN report has warned

Natural disasters ‘have claimed more than 3,700 lives in the UK since 2000’

Extreme temperatures are to blame for 3,626 deaths registered in the UK, according to new research

Tajikistan to boost climate resilience with $45m World Bank support

The project aims to support sustainable land management in the Central Asian country and promote collaboration with other nations in the region on landscape restoration

From lab to market: Next-gen UK science leaders set for £113m boost

Projects supported include autonomous four-legged robots given the ability to navigate through difficult terrain, including in construction and agriculture, as well as during natural disasters and measuring and mapping the origins of and reducing methane emissions

Billion-dollar natural disasters: Natural catastrophes in 2020 ‘create global economic loss of $210bn’

A new study shows six-in-ten of the costliest natural catastrophes during 2020 occurred in the US

New $250m loan for climate resilience in Kerala

The 2018 floods and landslides in Kerala affected around 5.4m people and 1.4m people were displaced from their homes

UK Foreign Office appoints new chief scientific adviser

Carole Mundell will also continue in her role as Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at Bath University

UK pledges £8.2m for nations to fight climate change

The funding will help countries prepare for natural disasters and lower greenhouse gas emissions

US natural disasters cost record $306bn last year

Weather and climate disasters cost the US a record $306 billion (£216.5bn) in 2017, the third warmest year. The nation experienced 16 natural disasters, each with losses exceeding $1 billion (£0.7bn), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That included one drought, two flooding, one freeze event, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones […]