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Cyclone Harold flattens homes, brings injuries in Fiji

Sydney, April 8 (Reuters) - A powerful tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, witnesses said, destroying buildings and causing injuries in Suva, the capital, pressuring a population already bracing for the coronavirus outbreak. Cyclone Harold, its strength ranked in the highest category of five, passed over Fiji’s south at about midday, levelling homes and...

Laboratory research and computer modelling suggest Covid-19 will be less able to survive in warm and humid conditions (Credit: Getty Images)

Will warm weather really kill off Covid-19?

March 24 (BBC) - Many infectious diseases wax and wane with the seasons. Flu typically arrives with the colder winter months, as does the norovirus vomiting bug. Others, such as typhoid, tend to peak during the summer. Measles cases drop during the summer in temperate climates, while in tropical regions they peak in the dry season. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many people are now asking...

People ride motorcycles along a flooded street in Bekasi, near Jakarta, Indonesia February 25, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Fahkri Hermansyah/ via REUTERS??ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.

Indonesia’s capital hit by serious flooding for second time this year

Jakarta, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Torrential rain brought floods to Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday, paralyzing large parts of the city as rescue workers used boats to navigate streets turned into murky, brown waterways to get people to safety. Indonesia’s weather agency linked the rains to tropical cyclones that brought bad weather to southern parts of the archipelago. It also warned...

The flooded crypt of St Mark's Basilica is pictured during an exceptionally high water levels in Venice, Italy November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Venice devastated by second highest tide in history

November 13 (Reuters) - Venice’s mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep under water. A local man from Pellestrina, one of the many islands in the Venetian lagoon, died when he was struck by lightning while...

Extinction Rebellion protesters demonstrate at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

‘Sorry, this is an emergency’: Climate protesters block streets around the world

October 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of climate-change protesters took to the streets in cities around the world on Monday, launching two weeks of peaceful civil disobedience to demand immediate action to cut carbon emissions and avert an ecological disaster. In London, police arrested 276 activists from the Extinction Rebellion group as they blocked bridges and roads in the city center,...

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