With countries around the world continually beating their own records for both heat and rainfall year on year, extreme weather is becoming more common. Now, as the planet heats up, natural disasters are on the rise. We have seen events from wildfires to hurricanes increasing in frequency and intensity, but how exactly can our changing climate have an effect on natural disasters?
From melting ice caps to record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes and floods, the deadly consequences of human-caused global warming are here.
At least 20 people are dead in the Bahamas after the record-breaking storm pounded the islands for days.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis said he expects the number of victims of Hurricane Dorian to rise from seven as rescue and recovery efforts continue. The hurricane has destroyed or severely damaged around 13,000 homes, leaving many people homeless. Hurricane Dorian is expected to come very close to the Florida coast, where more than a million people have been ordered to evacuate.
The president incorrectly warned Alabama, then attacked a reporter who pointed it out.
Hurricane Dorian became the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves and damaging winds as parts of Florida evacuated before it took aim at the U.S. mainland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 storm on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour) and gusts of more than 220 mph (354 kph).
A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse.
The storm is estimated to be a category 4.
Just days after Hurricane Irma's devastation, several storms are gaining strength.
Emergencies like the hurricanes in the Americas or the floods in South Asia are prompts not just for government action but also for a new spirit of self-help and mutual aid.