Indonesia needs earthquake-proof houses. Building them is a huge challenge

CNN – A deadly earthquake that reduced buildings to rubble in West Java, Indonesia has once again exposed the dangers of living in poorly built homes in one of the most seismically active zones on the planet. Since Monday’s quake, survivors have been sleeping rough or in shelters away from homes vulnerable to collapse as … Read more

Indonesia earthquake leaves 268 dead and counting, search efforts intensify

CIANJUR, Indonesia – More rescuers and volunteers were deployed Wednesday in devastated areas on Indonesia’s main island of Java to search for the dead and missing from an earthquake that killed at least 268 people. With many missing, some remote areas still unreachable and more than 1,000 people injured in the 5.6 magnitude earthquake, the … Read more

Tonga volcano: How ‘seafloor detectives’ uncovered its secrets

CNN – When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in Tonga in January 2022, it became the largest eruption ever recorded with modern technology. The blast, estimated to be hundreds of times stronger than the Hiroshima nuclear explosion, was heard in Alaska, more than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) away. A plume of ash, smoke and … Read more

Arctic permafrost is thawing rapidly. It affects us all

CNN – Four years ago, Morris J. Alexie had to move out of the house his father built in Alaska in 1969 because it was sinking into the ground and water was beginning to seep into his home. “The bogs are showing up in between houses, all over our community. There are currently seven houses … Read more

COP27: What is ‘loss and damage’, the climate summit’s key issue

CNN – Aftab Khan felt helpless when torrential floodwaters submerged a third of Pakistan, his home country. Khan’s hometown was completely underwater. His friend rescued a woman who had walked barefoot, carrying her sick child, through stagnant floodwaters for 15 miles. And Khan’s own mother, who now lives with him in Islamabad, was unable to … Read more

COP27 climate summit: Here’s what to watch

CNN – As global leaders converge in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the UN’s annual climate summit, researchers, advocates and the United Nations itself are warning the world is still wildly off-track on its goal to halt global warming and prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Over the next two weeks, negotiators from nearly … Read more

Tonga eruption’s towering plume reached the third layer of Earth’s atmosphere

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN – When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted underwater in January, it created a plume of ash and water that broke through the third layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. It was the highest-recorded volcanic … Read more

Tonga eruption was the highest-recorded volcanic plume

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN – When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted underwater in January, it created a plume of ash and water that broke through the third layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. It was the highest-recorded volcanic … Read more

Glaciers at Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park are on track to disappear in the next 30 years, the report says

CNN – The climate crisis is touching almost every region of the world. But perhaps one of the most visible indicators of its impact is its effect on Earth’s iconic glaciers, a major source of fresh water supply. Glaciers have been melting at a breakneck pace in recent decades, leading to around 20% of global … Read more

Displaced by devastating floods, Nigerians are forced to use floodwater despite the risk of cholera

Bayelsa, Nigeria CNN – Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state is officially nicknamed the ‘glory of all lands.’ But much of it is now a river that has driven entire communities away from their homes. Desperate to survive, many locals fleeing raging floods which have wrecked their homes and livelihoods are also forced to depend on floodwater … Read more