Europe Science & Nature
Revolutionary new 'battery' could let us bottle sunshine
Global warming will expose millions more to floods
BirdLife upbeat about impending EU Court decision to ban bird trapping
At least 5 dead as 'bomb cyclone' snowstorm slams East Coast
Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc in New York
Florida sees snowfall as winter weather grips East Coast
Winter storm sweeps across U.S. ahead of white Christmas
#AskSpace: What's up with ESA's 'village on the Moon' concept?
2018-01-19 12:08:10 Space fan Cadar Felician from Romania would like to know what's happening with ESA's concept of building a village on the Moon. We put the question to astronaut and Head of ESA's European Astronaut Centre, Frank De Winne. "The first step into this Moon village concept I would say is what we are doing today for example with our partners of NASA, building the Orion spacecraft, and the ESA service module to the Orion spacecraft, to be able to fly to the Moon," explains De Winne   Read More ...
Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm
2018-01-19 09:06:36 A winter storm sweeping west across northern Europe has left travel chaos in its wake - leading to the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the suspension of all rail services in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia and widespread delays and cancellations elsewhere. Europe's third busiest airport closed completely for around two hours, due to winds gusting to 70mph or more near the Dutch capital   Read More ...
EU cereal crops in good shape after mild, wet weather - analyst
2018-01-19 06:29:09 PARIS (Reuters) - Cereal crops in the European Union are in decent condition after mild temperatures and abundant rainfall so far this winter, analyst firm Strategie Grains said on Thursday. The rain has boosted groundwater reserves - an important factor for crop development during spring and summer - including in Spain where water reserves had been partially replenished after drought last year, it said in a monthly report   Read More ...
Poland says new EU renewables target very hard to meet
2018-01-19 06:28:55 WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will find it almost impossible to meet an ambitious new target for renewable energy use backed this week by European lawmakers, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said on Thursday. Under draft measures approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent of the EU’s overall energy use by 2030. Tough negotiations involving EU national governments and the European Commission now lie ahead   Read More ...
EU suspends Kenya water conservation funding over killing
2018-01-17 22:39:36 NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The European Union has suspended funding for conservation of Kenya's natural water towers after a tribesman was shot and killed by government forest service guards. The European Union's ambassador to Kenya, Stefano Dejak, said Wednesday the shooting took place in the Embobut Forest after the EU warned it would suspend the $35 million project if force was used against locals   Read More ...
EU lawmakers back more ambitious renewables, energy saving goals
2018-01-17 15:45:22 STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European lawmakers approved draft measures on Wednesday to reform the power market and reduce energy consumption that envisage more ambitious climate goals, setting the stage for tough talks with reluctant EU member states. Under the plan backed by the European Parliament, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent of the EU’s overall energy use by 2030   Read More ...
Volcanologist suggests Mt. Etna is actually a giant hot spring
2018-01-17 15:00:14 Carmelo Ferlito, a volcanologist at Università di Catania, in Sicily, has suggested in a paper published in the journal Earth-Science Reviews that Mt. Etna behaves more like a giant hot spring than a volcano. He is not, as some publications have suggested, claiming to have found evidence showing that Mt. Etna is not a volcano, but suggests that it has some properties that are different than other volcanoes   Read More ...
Severe Storm Fionn to slam northwest Europe
2018-01-16 12:03:55 A winter storm is heading towards Europe, threatening widespread disruption on Wednesday night and Thursday. The region is already facing an onslaught from brisk winds and squally showers, with thunder snow likely across the British Isles on Tuesday. The conditions are expected to go further downhill on Wednesday night as a weather system rapidly intensifies as it hurtles across the Atlantic   Read More ...
The sun also rises in Murmansk
2018-01-13 04:06:10 Residents of the northern Russian port city of Murmansk have experienced the sun rise for the first time in 40 days due to a natural phemonenon called 'polar   Read More ...
Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars
2018-01-12 13:45:28 Huge ice sheets more than 300 feet deep have been discovered on Mars, making it possible that human astronauts could have access to almost limitless water, scientists said Thursday. "Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need," said one of the report's authors, Shane Byrne of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona   Read More ...
Revolutionary new 'battery' could let us bottle sunshine
2018-01-11 16:00:02 Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn't work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, but that's complicated and expensive. And much of the time, what you really want isn't electricity but heat for tasks like cooking or warming homes. What you want, in other words, is a way to bottle the heat of the noonday sun and then uncork it on demand   Read More ...
Global warming will expose millions more to floods
2018-01-11 13:00:21 Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken—such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and managing rivers—the number of people affected by devastating floods could skyrocket, warns the report, based on models that are 10 times more precise than commonly used climate computer simulations   Read More ...
How life before the dinosaurs could help us understand the consequences of global warming today
2018-01-10 22:03:16 A new study revealed more about life before the Permian mass extinction, or 'The Great Dying' which opened up evolutionary opportunities for the very first m   Read More ...
BirdLife upbeat about impending EU Court decision to ban bird trapping
2018-01-10 20:00:13 A decision by the court of the European Union could be expected to deal a deadly blow to bird trapping in Malta. Conservationists BirdLife Malta sounded upbeat about an imminent decision from the European Court of Justice after a stern opinion from the EU’s advocate-general that the Maltese government had no justification to seek an exemption from the EU ban on finch trapping   Read More ...
Bulgaria joins Poland in an appeal against EU pollution crackdown
2018-01-10 17:11:23 SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in its appeal against a European Commission’s decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday. The Balkan country, where coal-fired power plants produce about 40 percent of its electricity, have said the new rules pose risks to its energy security and economic competitiveness. “We will make all efforts to protect the interests of the coal mines and the big thermal power plants,” Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said in a statement after the decision   Read More ...
France's Macron calls for Europe-China alliance on climate, Silk Road
2018-01-09 20:01:13 XIAN, CHINA French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday urged Europe to take part in China's Silk Road revival plan, despite some European misgivings about the massive project, as he began a state visit. Mr Macron also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change, in the face of US plans to withdraw from the Paris accord. "Our destinies are linked," he said in a keynote speech on the future of Sino-French relations during a visit to the northern city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road   Read More ...
2017 costliest year yet for US natural disasters
2018-01-08 22:03:08 At 16 billion dollars of damage the year of drought, floods, hurricanes and fires has meant the last 12 months are the worst on record in the USA.… READ   Read More ...
Ozone layer recovering thanks to chemical ban, NASA confirms
2018-01-06 15:00:02 The hole in the ozone layer has shrunk thanks to a worldwide ban on damaging chemicals, according to NASA scientists. In a study published this week, scientists found that a decline in levels of ozone-destroying chlorine had resulted in a 20 percent decrease in ozone depletion during the winter months from 2005 to 2016. NASA credited the recovery to the Montreal Protocol, a 1989 initiative to phase out man-made ozone-depleting chemicals called chloroflurocarbons (CFCs), which were once widely used in aerosols, fridges, packing materials and air conditioning   Read More ...
Snow and wet weather wreak havoc across Europe
2018-01-06 14:02:50 Heavy snow and rainfall have prompted several countries to issue alerts and order evacuations amid threats of floodings, landslides and avalanches… READ   Read More ...
Europe weather: Heavy snowfall in Alpine regions leaves skiers stranded
2018-01-06 06:08:18 Winter storms have swept across western Europe, with the blizzard conditions turning chairlifts into swings and leaving thousands of people stranded in ski resorts. Heavy snowfall saw the avalanche risk raised in Alpine regions across Italy, France and Switzerland, and resulted in the closure of roads and railways leading into popular resorts. Up to 10,000 tourists were stuck at the Cervinia ski resort in Italy, local media reported   Read More ...
At least 5 dead as 'bomb cyclone' snowstorm slams East Coast
2018-01-05 14:45:28 A deadly winter storm crawling up the East Coast clobbered the Northeast on Thursday with blinding blizzard conditions and coastal flooding, which snarled travel and left millions of Americans bracing for potential power failures. Whiteout conditions were reported from New York City, where snow was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, to New England, where Providence, Rhode Island, was being buried under snow falling at 3 inches per hour   Read More ...
Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc in New York
2018-01-05 09:00:02 It is not like this in the holiday guides! It is a whiteout in New York's iconic Times Square, which has been hit by the winter storm that has brought death and destruction to the east coast of the United States. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a winter weather emergency for the city where locals and tourists alike are making the best of the big freeze   Read More ...
Florida sees snowfall as winter weather grips East Coast
2018-01-04 22:00:03 The South became a winter wonderland on Wednesday when flakes fell in northern Florida — part of a larger storm system that spread freezing rain, snow and sleet into Georgia and the Carolinas in the afternoon. The storm is forecast to keep moving further north and is threatening to drop more than a foot of snow in New England this week   Read More ...
2017 was 2nd hottest year on record, European data shows
2018-01-04 21:06:48 Signs of climate change included raging wildfires and thawing Arctic ice Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016 with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring centre said on Thursday. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report global 2017 temperatures, said they averaged 14   Read More ...
2017 was second hottest year on record, after 2016 - European data
2018-01-04 15:48:27 OSLO (Reuters) - Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016 with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring centre said on Thursday. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report global 2017 temperatures, said they averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58   Read More ...
2017 was second hottest year on record, after 2016: European data
2018-01-04 15:42:07 OSLO (Reuters) - Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016 with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring center said on Thursday. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report global 2017 temperatures, said they averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58   Read More ...
The 'bomb cyclone' is coming. Here's how to stay safe.
2018-01-04 12:45:27 You've probably heard about the snow, ice and wind that's about to pummel the East Coast. The National Weather Service is predicting a massive storm they're calling a 'bomb cyclone' or 'bombogenesis.' What in the world is bombogenesis? It may sound like a 1970s band name, but it happens when a weather system undergoes a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure and quickly intensifies   Read More ...
Winter Storm Eleanor Leaves at Least 3 Dead in Europe
2018-01-04 00:47:32 Winter storm Eleanor reached Europe on Wednesday, bringing heavy winds and flooding and leaving at least three people dead. The storm battered France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands on Wednesday, after hitting the U.K., where thousands of homes are still without power and winds reached 100 miles per hour, according to the BBC. A skier in the French Alps died after being hit by a falling tree, the   Read More ...
Storm Eleanor hits parts of Ireland and France with strong winds
2018-01-03 18:00:12 Strong winds, high tides and heavy rains from Storm Eleanor have battered parts of Ireland, France, and Germany. The storm hit the Irish city of Galway particularly hard with high tides that cut electricity and forced road closures across the region. Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said in a statement that 27,000 homes remained without power on the morning of January 3   Read More ...
South braces for possible snow as cold weather ravages East Coast
2018-01-03 15:45:22 Florida will not escape the arctic chill gripping the nation this week as parts of the state prepare for the possibility of snow Wednesday morning. Some areas of the Northeast could also get snow if the storm undergoes bombogenesis, a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, which can intensify a system. But in the South, even a moderate amount of snow is enough to shock Floridians   Read More ...
Monster Storm Forecast to Move Up East Coast
2018-01-03 10:04:46 Meteorologists say a monster storm called a "snow hurricane" or "bomb cyclone" is expected to bring wintry weather to Florida and Georgia on Wednesday. Forecasters expect it to make the East Coast even colder and drop heavy snow on New England. (Jan. 3) Subscribe for more Breaking News Get updates and more Breaking News here The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings   Read More ...
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet: To the ISS and beyond - France 24
2017-12-31 11:01:15 This time a year ago, Thomas Pesquet was orbiting planet Earth on board the International Space Station. As we round off 2017, France’s 10th ever astronaut joins FRANCE 24 for a look back on a year that, for him, was literally out of this world. Join us inside the historic cupola of the Paris Observatory for this exclusive interview with FRANCE 24's European Affairs Editor Catherine Nicholson   Read More ...
Winter storm sweeps across U.S. ahead of white Christmas
2017-12-25 12:45:14 Dreaming of a white — and windy — Christmas? About 55 million Americans were under winter weather alerts Sunday from Iowa to Maine, and could see anywhere from a dusting to several inches of snow as a winter storm and gusty winds continued to sweep across the northern United States. The snow was already falling in the Midwest, with a half-foot or more recorded in parts of western Nebraska and more than 3 inches to parts of the Midwest   Read More ...
Philippines: More than 130 dead after tropical storm Tembin hits Mindanao
2017-12-23 13:45:05 At least 130 people have been killed and dozens are missing after after a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines. Storm Tembin triggered mudslides and flooding to parts of Mindanao island. Emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers have been digging through mud to try and search for survivors. The towns of Tubod and Piagapo, were badly hit with a number of homes buried by boulders   Read More ...
2017: terrorist attacks, natural disasters and political upheaval
2017-12-22 23:45:05 Islamist attacks Nations around the world are hit by Islamist terrorist attacks, starting with New Year’s Day, when a gunman from Uzbekistan opens fire in a nightclub in Istanbul killing 39 people. The so-called Islamic State claims responsibility. The gunman had trained in Afghanistan according to Turkish authorities. On March 22, a man drives a car into pedestrians on a pavement along Westminster Bridge in London   Read More ...
A provocative new study says climate change will make Europe’s migrant crisis even worse
2017-12-22 14:46:52 A new scientific study published Thursday reawakened a fraught debate over one of the more contested, and potentially devastating, consequences of a warming climate: changing patterns of human migration. The work, by two researchers at Columbia Universityexamined potential links between swings in temperature in 103 countries and the volume of asylum applications to the European Union over the 15-year period between 2000 and 2014   Read More ...
Global warming may boost asylum-seekers in Europe: study
2017-12-22 12:03:40 Climate change is forecast to massively boost the number of asylum seekers in Europe by century's end if warming trends continue, US researchers said Thursday. The study in the journal Science is the latest in a body of research that shows how weather shocks such as droughts -- made worse as the planet warms -- can stoke conflicts around the globe   Read More ...
Global warming could cause asylum applications in Europe to nearly triple, study suggests
2017-12-22 08:06:30 Asylum seeker numbers in Europe could rise dramatically due to climate change, even in optimistic warming scenarios, according to new research. Researchers at Columbia University found a worst-case scenario for climate change could increase the number of asylum seekers in EU countries in 2100 by as much as three times the number seen at the beginning of the century. The migrant crisis, which came to the world’s attention in 2015, saw increasing numbers of people seeking asylum in Europe   Read More ...
Global warming may boost asylum-seekers in Europe: study
2017-12-22 07:00:56 NEW YORK (AFP) - Climate change is forecast to massively boost the number of asylum seekers in Europe by century's end if warming trends continue, US researchers said Thursday. The study in the journal Science is the latest in a body of research that shows how weather shocks such as droughts -- made worse as the planet warms -- can stoke conflicts around the globe   Read More ...
Climate change predicted to drive more migrants to Europe, seen as conflict ‘threat multiplier’
2017-12-22 00:14:44 BERLIN – Europe could see a surge in “climate refugees” as global warming increases poverty and hardship elsewhere in the world, scientists said Thursday. Experts have long warned that rising temperatures and extreme weather could increase the number of people in poor countries seeking refuge in richer, more temperate nations, but the phenomenon has previously only been studied at a small scale   Read More ...