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Cyclone Ianos: Greek authorities issue warning for ‘rare extreme weather phenomenon’

Greece is bracing to be hit by a rare Mediterranean cyclone. A “deep barometric low” is expected to start on Thursday afternoon in the west, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a statement yesterday. The cyclone, named Ianos, should come close to the Greek western coastal area by Friday morning, according to the European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX).[contfnewc] [contfnewc] Maximum sustained winds were near 90 km/h on Thursday with higher gusts, the organisation said. Ianos will cause heavy rainfall that will reach up to 400 mm in some areas, which could result in flash floods, it added. There is a risk of tornadoes developing, according to ESTOFEX. “We are preparing to face a rare extreme weather phenomenon,” Hardalias said, adding that citizens living in regions likely to be affected by the weather front should limit their movements to only those that are strictly necessary. Ianos is predicted to first hit the islands of Zante, Kefalonia and Ithaca, a..

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Road planners accused of rigging carbon emissions rules

Road planners in England have been accused of rigging accounting rules to disguise the climate impact of new roads. Environmentalists say the Department for Transport has under-counted CO2 from its road improvement programme. That’s because the DfT measures emissions against national CO2 targets, whilst measuring benefits of a new road against the local economy. A Treasury spokesperson said this was a reasonable approach. But critics say the resulting calculation exaggerates the benefits of new roads, whilst downgrading the negatives in terms of carbon emissions. Chris Todd, director of pressure group Transport Action Network, told the BBC it proved the government has one rule for its £27bn road-building programme, and another rule for everything else. He said: “This is like someone who’s morbidly obese insisting they can gorge on another cream cake, because no single cake will have a ‘material impact’ on their well-being.” The Treasury strongly rejects the allegation. A spokes..

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Gulf Coast braces for ‘unprecedented’ challenge as Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura surge toward landfall

Tropical Storm Marco grew to hurricane strength Sunday, one of two powerful storms marching toward the Gulf Coast and threatening a historic double slam of landfalls within miles of each other. Hurricane Marco is likely to make landfall in Louisiana late Monday. Tropical Storm Laura is expected to reach hurricane status before it roars into the state Wednesday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Benjamin Schott said such a confluence of storms hasn’t happened in the Gulf of Mexico in recorded history. Isolated areas could see 15 inches of rain from the two storms, he said. “We have a very unique situation with two storms that unfortunately are headed to Louisiana,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday. “They pose a challenge we have quite frankly not seen before.” Edwards said the “one-two punch” of hurricanes will blanket the state’s coastline with storm surge as high as 10 feet in some areas and prompt flash flooding in others. He said residents should be ready to shelter in pla..

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Britain to scorch in 24C heat TODAY

BRITONS are bracing for temperatures to rise to a scorching 24C today following a miserable week of heavy rain and thunder.24C Todays forecast is likely to contain warm periods but also showers which could be thundery. The heaviest ones probably affect the south-west and Scotland, whereas locally temperatures could reach 24C (75F), hot weather charts from Net Weather have revealed. Today’s forecast on Weather Outlook said: “There will be warm periods but also showers which could be thundery. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] “The heaviest ones probably affect the south-west and Scotland. “Locally temperatures could reach 24C (75F).” According to the Met Office, across the UK there will be cool and grey weather in the northeast with rain at times before the sun shines. With a slightly brighter spell further south and west with some sunshine but also showers. These will particularly come for north Wales and northwest England where they could be thundery. But for those living in the south-w..

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UK weather:rain to BATTER Britain this weekend

UK WEATHER forecasts for the next couple of days suggest torrential rain could be possible in some parts of the UK with thunderstorms possible, while other regions could see highs of 26C. Here are the latest Met Office weather warnings, forecasts and maps. The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain on Friday until 2pm for parts of northeast England. While the Met Office has not issued a weather warning for the weekend, the meteorological agency told Express.co.uk it was “keeping an eye” on the weather this weekend, with thundery downpours forecast for much of the UK. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] A Met Office yellow warning for rain has been issued until 2pm on Friday, affecting cities such as Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough and Scarborough. Much of the UK is expected to see heavy rain this weekend, but in between showers some areas could see patches of sunshine, with temperatures up to 26C possible. Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey told Express.co.uk: “In general weve ..

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Met Office issues weather warning for rain as nearly 3 inches to fall in 6 hours TODAY

THE MET OFFICE has issued a rain warning for the UK as torrential downpours are expected to batter regions of Britain today through to Thursday, but are you likely to be affected? The Met Office has put a severe weather warning for rain in effect across Britain. The weather warning was issued on Wednesday morning and advises Britons of heavy rain which may cause some flooding and travel disruption to impacted regions. But where exactly is the warning in effect? [contfnewc] [contfnewc] The Met Office weather warning is in effect from 4pm on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday reads: “There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater and some communities could be cut off by flooded roads. “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings “Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer and may lead to some road closures. “Where flooding occurs, there is a chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus ser..

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25C summer scorcher to return on THIS date – latest forecast

HOT weather could soon be making a return after thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast to batter the UK. Here are the latest weather forecasts, maps and charts. This week the UK is forecast to see a return to “unsettled” weather, according to the Met Office. However, the warm weather the country witnessed in May could soon be making an appearance. WXCHARTS maps, which use weather data from MetDesk, show some parts of the UK could see temperatures as high as 25C next week. [contfnewc] Netweather forecasts suggest high pressure will provide a more settled start to this week than the UK experienced over the weekend. However, a low pressure system will lead to a “more showery picture by midweek”, along with the risk of “heavy thundery downpours”. The Netweather forecast for later this week states: “Wednesday will be a cool unsettled day with outbreaks of rain. Early in the day, these will be sharp over Scotland. “A dig of cool north to NW air will keep temperatures down for Northe..

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Factoring in climate protection

At the start of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, experts and companies called for the climate to be factored into any planned economic stimulus and investment programmes. Berlin (dpa) – The call for more climate protection, and that includes during the Coronavirus crisis, is becoming louder. Prior to the international climate talks which the Federal government is convening, more than 60 corporations have joined forces to call for economic stimulus and investment programmes to be “systematically given a climate-friendly thrust”. Gerhard Adrian,President of the German Meteorological Service (DWD), said: “It would be terrible if climate protection were to be consigned to a backseat given the fight against the virus. How combatting the pandemic and the fight against climate change can be combined will be the topic of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on Monday and Tuesday. For the first time, the annual top-level meeting will take place as a video conference. In addition to Germany, it is ..

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What effects has the coronavirus crisis had on climate change?Professor Peterson answers

Professor Peterson, what effects has the coronavirus crisis had on climate change? Do you have current figures for Germany, Europe, and the world? In the short term, the suppression of economic activity as a virus control measure has also reduced emissions. For example: during the financial crisis in 2009, global gross domestic product shrank by around 1.7 per cent compared with the previous year. This led to a 1.4 per cent reduction in global emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and cement production. Because of the coronavirus crisis, a global decline in GDP of 2.5 to 3 per cent is predicted. This could lead to corresponding emission reductions of 2 to 3 per cent. But the financial crisis also shows that this is a unique, short-term effect that is negligible compared with long-term trends. I doubt that the coronavirus crisis will have any noticeable long-term effects on emissions and climate change. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Unusual picture: the Frankfurt Airpor..

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Coronavirus: Will Europe’s cities become greener after lockdown is lifted?

As shutdowns are eased, social distancing will become the new normal across Europe. From compulsory face masks to strict one way systems in shops, our daily lives are going to look and feel very different. The lockdowns have also accelerated much deeper changes that were already underway in our cities, in particular, the drive to push cars out of key areas. They have the potential to permanently affect how we commute, work, shop and socialise. In Milan, plans have been brought forward for 70 km of new cycle lanes along with the expansion of pedestrian areas. The first phase of the project will be completed in September with the remainder opening next spring. [contfnewc] Work has begun on 35km of new cycle lanes in MilanProject Plans [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] The Open Roads project aims to radically reduce the use of public transport during the pandemic – and will remain in place after it ends. This will permanently shrink the space given to vehicles along k..

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