Bankrupt California utility blamed for deadly wildfires agrees to $11bn payout | US news

Bankrupt California utility blamed for deadly wildfires agrees to $11bn payout | US news

A utility company with a history of sparking wildfires has agreed to pay $11bn to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The tentative agreement includes insurance claims from the town of Paradise, where 86 died last November, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said in a […]

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Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence | US news

Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence | US news

They descended the cruise ship’s gangplank at the Port of Palm Beach looking like refugees from a war zone. Some carried babies and small children; others clutched small bags of possessions snatched hastily from the rubble of their ruined homes; most had just the clothes they stood in. For the 1,435 weary Hurricane Dorian evacuees […]

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Disaster tourism arrives in Whaley Bridge after dam incident | UK news

Disaster tourism arrives in Whaley Bridge after dam incident | UK news

Six weeks ago, Whaley Bridge was on few tourism itineraries. The pleasant small Derbyshire town tended to be overlooked by its more famous neighbours: the spa town of Buxton over the hill and the Peak District national park on its doorstep. What a difference near-obliteration makes. Since making headlines around the world when a reservoir […]

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Donald Trump displays Hurricane Dorian map doctored with marker pen – video | US news

Donald Trump displays Hurricane Dorian map doctored with marker pen – video | US news

Donald Trump has caused uproar on social media after displaying a map of Hurricane Dorian’s path featuring an extra loop drawn in Sharpie extending it to Alabama – in an apparent attempt to validate previous baseless claims the state could be affected. Over the weekend, as Dorian struck the Bahamas, the president issued a torrent […]

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Trump shows fake hurricane map in apparent bid to validate incorrect tweet | World news

Trump shows fake hurricane map in apparent bid to validate incorrect tweet | World news

To the annals of American political scandal, we must now add Sharpiegate. In the Oval Office at lunchtime on Wednesday, Donald Trump held a briefing on Hurricane Dorian. At one point, the president held up a National Hurricane Center (NHC) map from 29 August, displaying the hurricane’s track and intensity. Bizarrely, someone had apparently used […]

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'Dragon' drones: the flame throwers fighting wildfires with fire | US news

‘Dragon’ drones: the flame throwers fighting wildfires with fire | US news

The drone propels a stream of flaming gasoline on to the treeline or drops self-igniting “dragon eggs” that spark a cluster of flames. Managed properly, it will chew away atovergrown forests and help prevent deadly and destructive megafires. Aerial ignition with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft has long been a key component of fighting fire with […]

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Global heating made Hurricane Dorian bigger, wetter – and more deadly | Michael Mann and Andrew Dessler | Opinion

Global heating made Hurricane Dorian bigger, wetter – and more deadly | Michael Mann and Andrew Dessler | Opinion

The Bahamas, for those who live there, is simply a place to call home. For many Americans, it’s a dream vacation spot. But Hurricane Dorian turned that dream into a nightmare. And the worst part is this is only the beginning. Because unless we confront the climate crisis, warming will turn more and more of […]

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How much destruction is needed for us to take climate change seriously? | Opinion

How much destruction is needed for us to take climate change seriously? | Opinion

News of Hurricane Dorian’s first casualty came early on Monday morning from the Bahamas Press. A seven-year old boy named Lachino Mcintosh drowned as his family attempted to find safer ground than their home on the Abaco islands. Dorian is reportedly the strongest hurricane to have ever hit the Bahamas and the second most powerful […]

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