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Christmas chaos: Hundreds of flights delayed as fierce storms rage worldwide

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame
A grey sky is seen over Madrid on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
A man looks at waves crashing onto rocks as a storm brings heavy winds to Saint-Guenole, western France, on December 23, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry) Over a million homes and businesses without power, holiday plans destroyed over flight cancelations – that’s how Christmas panned out for some people across the globe, as deadly storms swept the planet.

The disaster is expected to carry on at least for a few more days.In the UK, stormy weather has killed five people since Monday. 150,000 homes were left without electricity. Scotland and Northern Ireland are also due to be hit by powerful winds of 140 kilometers per hour.

Weather and flood warnings have been issued across the country, leading to hazardous driving conditions.

A grey sky is seen over Madrid on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

A power cut at the North Terminal of London’s Gatwick airport caused flight cancelations, before all flights were transferred to the South Terminal. “I’m across plans to get electricity to many without power. My thoughts are with them and those facing travel problems this Christmas Eve,” British prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) 

Parts of the roof of the Theatre Hangar are seen on the Dakota airplane after the roof was partially blown away by strong winds at the former airfield in Valkenburg on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bas Czerwinski)Parts of the roof of the Theatre Hangar are seen on the Dakota airplane after the roof was partially blown away by strong winds at the former airfield in Valkenburg on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bas Czerwinski)

In Belgium, winds reached 100 kilometers per hour. Traffic was disrupted in the capital Brussels, after uprooted trees crashed through power cables.

A teenager has died in Normandy in France, following a wall collapse at a building site. Extremely strong winds and torrential rain hit the country, especially in Brittany and Normandy.

Naval authorities also reported a Russian sailor missing after having been flown off board a vessel off the coast of Brest in Brittany, according to Reuters. 120,000 homes across France are experiencing a power blackout due to the disaster, according to Le Nouvel Observateur media outlet.

In the south of France, the situation isn’t any better: a ski resort at La Pierre Saint Martin was closed over the dangerous weather conditions, its manager, Dominique Rousseau, told Euronews.The international airport at Nice was closed down, with all incoming and outgoing flights canceled until at least 12.00 GMT, due to poor visibility on the runway, a spokesman said as quoted by Reuters.

Heavy downpours also caused cancellations of rail, flight and ferry services.The storm largely subsided in the north of France on Wednesday, but continued to batter southeastern France and the Mediterranean coastline.

A man carries a boy in a flooded street in Morlaix, Britanny, where the city center is under 1.4 metres (four feet) of water on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry)
A man carries a boy in a flooded street in Morlaix, Britanny, where the city center is under 1.4 metres (four feet) of water on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Frank Perry)

Moving further south in Europe: in Spanish airports such as Bilbau, Asturias, Santander and Vigo, flights are being canceled. Red alerts – the most dangerous possible – have been issued in two districts in Portugal, while another 15 districts are under orange alert, the second highest level.

Authorities have also warned the population to stay away from the coast until Thursday, with waves expected to reach seven meters. Portugal is also experiencing major power cuts, with the electricity supplier EDP saying that 1,000 of its staff are currently carrying out emergency works in north and central areas of the country.

Waves break along the shore in Portstewart in Northern Ireland, on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Peter Muhly)

Waves break along the shore in Portstewart in Northern Ireland, on December 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Peter Muhly) Across the Atlantic, 14 people have been killed in ice and snow storms that battered central, northeastern US, and Canada.

Over 500,000 homes and businesses have experienced a major power blackout in the US. Power provider, Consumers Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, told AP that the area hasn’t seen so many storms since the company’s founding 126 years ago. About 17 percent (over 300,000) of all customers lost power on Saturday, and half remained without power on Tuesday.
More snow is expected to hit the US, as the storm is moving into the Great Lakes region and Midwest on Wednesday.

US authorities are keeping emergency shelters open for those who have experienced a power blackout in their home.
In Canada two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas generator to heat their home northeast of Toronto, Ontario, after a power blackout. 90,000 homes were without power in Toronto, according to the authorities, as quoted by AP.

http://rt.com/news/christmas-storm-weather-batters-762/

Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/aug/16/nature-economic-security

Britain and other countries face a collapse of their economies and loss of culture if they do not protect the environment better, the world’s leading champion of nature has warned.

“What we are seeing today is a total disaster,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, the secretary-general of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. “No country has met its targets to protect nature. We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. If current levels [of destruction] go on we will reach a tipping point very soon. The future of the planet now depends on governments taking action in the next few years.”

Industrialisation, population growth, the spread of cities and farms and climate change are all now threatening the fundamentals of life itself, said Djoghlaf, in London before a key UN meeting where governments are expected to sign up to a more ambitious agreement to protect nature.

“Many plans were developed in the 1990s to protect biodiversity but they are still sitting on the shelves of ministries. Countries were legally obliged to act, but only 140 have even submitted plans and only 16 have revised their plans since 1993. Governments must now put their houses in order,” he said.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/aug/16/nature-economic-security

 

 

 

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London: Islam : They want Sharia Law in Lybia but in ALL Western European Countries as well….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

A protest march against allied action in Libya hit central London today, Friday.

Dressed in black and white, supporters of Sharia law chanted claims that Sharia law is the only option, not only for Libya, but for theWest as well.

A spokesman for the demonstrators – who nationality is unknown – referred to the “changing tides of the world”: for the demonstrators, events in North Africa are indicative of something more than the expulsion of dictators.

Uk : London tours with homeless guides

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

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