Central-Southern Italy is, once again, in the news for what will be remembered for decades as a domino-effect disaster that has wiped out a luxury resort on the late afternoon of January 18.
At least 91 people are still missing after the landslide that buried dozens of buildings in Shenzhen, in south-east China. The incident occurred on December 20, in an industrial park in the northeast of the city.
The current drought in California, which has wrought havoc to farmers statewide since 2012, has been attributed by climate scientists to the presence of the now infamous “Ridicolously Resilient Ridge”, an extraordinarily persistent region of high pressure over the northeastern Pacific Ocean in the middle atmosphere that forced that has prevented winter storms from reaching California.
Time is running out in Italy to securely store the 80,000 tons of radioactive waste scattered across the country, 30 years after the last nuclear reactor was shut down.
Signboards pointing to the “Spiagge bianche” (“White beaches”) in Rosignano Solvay, a small town in southern Tuscany, have been luring many thousands of tourists to this stretch of Tyrrhenian shoreline for years. Continue reading A Caribbean beach in Tuscany? No, it’s just an illusion…
A spectacular natural-color Landsat 8 image taken by NASA shows emerald-coloured Hanhowuz artificial lake situated in Turkmenistan, a country in Central Asia with an annual precipitation from 300 millimeter in the mountains to 80 millimeters in the desert northwest. Continue reading The Aral Sea is drying up
The shimmering lights of Las Vegas won’t be illuminating the night sky for ever: not because of lack of energy, but due to shortage of water that might lead to the collapse of Sin City. Continue reading Sin City running dry
On May 13, 2014, a huge low-pressure system designated “Yvette” formed when a cool mass of polar air from Central Europe mixed with humid, sub-tropical air from the Mediterranean Basin.
The low-pressure area moved to the Balkans, where it remained stationary for about two days, causing unprecedented rainfall over Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Continue reading Floods devastate the Balkans, causing epidemics and washing away landmines
A study, led by a the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published on May 15 in Nature, has revealed key information about the linkage between cyclone activity and the expansion of the tropics. Continue reading Cyclone poleward shift threatens previously unaffected areas
A disaster occurred in Turkey on May 13, when 787 miners were involved in an explosion due to technical problems at depth of 2000 m, in the Earth’s interior. They were working in an underground private coal mine located in Soma, 120 km away from Smirne.
A blaze, probably induced by a spark from a broken down transformer, killed 282 of them due to scorching heat and consequent lack of oxygen. Continue reading Coal mine explosion causes mayhem in Turkey, sparks mass riots