Guardian Climate Change Archive (2): 2000

[In 2000 storms, floods and snow are all blamed on global warming. In November the failure of the Hague talks on reducing greenhouse gases is blamed on the US, while John Prescott blames the French. And the Guardian starts quoting the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, and even some scientists, – and linking].  

Fun for some but misery for hundreds as freeze wreaks havoc with easyJet flights 31 Dec 2000: Hundreds of New Year travellers flying with the budget airline easyJet were facing chaos this weekend as staff struggled to clear a backlog that built up following heavy snow falls on Thursday.

Sleet and bitter frost to greet the new year 30 Dec 2000: As Britain struggles to return to normal after heavy snow and freezing conditions, forecasters warn of strong winds and rain to come.

Snow and ice bring travel chaos 29 Dec 2000: Arctic weather today wreaked havoc on Britain’s roads, railways and at airports.

Britain slithers to a halt in the snow 29 Dec 2000: A delayed white Christmas persuaded most of Britain to stay at home yesterday, and many areas were braced for fresh snowfalls overnight.

No region escapes disruption as nation is blanketed 29 Dec 2000: Snowfalls brought widespread disruption to the north-west yesterday, with road and air travel severely affected.

Fishermen survive night on icy seas 29 Dec 2000: Lucky escape for Skye boatmen as snow brings disruption.

Britain gets extended white Christmas 28 Dec 2000: Arctic conditions today blanketed much of Britain in snow, bringing travel chaos to road, rail and air services.

Snow sweeping across Britain 28 Dec 2000: Northerners who enjoyed a rare white Christmas can expect further snowfalls as the first big freeze of the winter continues.

Stormy weather but no sign of a thaw in frozen attitudes 27 Dec 2000: It’s an incontrovertible fact: we are all threatened by global warming

Damper on RMC profits 22 Dec 2000: RMC, the cement group, yesterday joined the growing list of companies warning shareholders of the adverse impact of the wet weather on profits for the current year.

Ministers ‘ignored flood warnings’ 21 Dec 2000: MPs say EU rules should have stopped farmers creating excess run-off of water, while conservators rescue business records

Paper chase to save money after the deluge 21 Dec 2000: Document restoration experts are on standby for a fresh deluge of soaked bank statements and inundated files, after days of painstaking rescue work following the October floods.

Sahara jumps Mediterranean into Europe 20 Dec 2000: Global warming threatens to create dust belt around the globe.

2000 was hot, say scientists 20 Dec 2000: High temperatures in non-tropical areas of the northern hemisphere this year have fuelled fears of global warming, marking the 22nd consecutive year of temperatures above the 1961-90 average and triggering extreme weather conditions around the globe, the World Meteorological Organisation said yesterday.

EU fails in bid to broker climate deal 19 Dec 2000: Europe’s final chance of clinching an agreement with the United States to cut global warming under a sympathetic Clinton administration ended in abject failure last night after the two sides failed to resolve their gaping differences and cancelled a meeting in Oslo due this week.

12 dead as winds of up to 200mph hit US 18 Dec 2000: At least 12 people were killed and hundreds were left homeless last night after tornadoes that whipped up winds of 200mph tore through the southern United States

Robot sub to find secrets of Antarctic krill 17 Dec 2000: Andrew Brierley will spend a lonely Christmas this year – on a boat in the Antarctic with a robot submarine, several million tiny shrimps and little else for company.

Wet spell – Magician caught by new floods 16 Dec 2000: Weeks of rain have forced undertakers to postpone funerals until the new year in Surrey and parts of London, writes Martin Wainwright.

President gives farewell warning on global warming 15 Dec 2000: Clinton says he hopes Bush ‘will not turn his back on the world’

Government extends emergency flood aid 15 Dec 2000: The government yesterday extended emergency flood aid, introduced for the October and November crisis, to cover the new spate of swamped houses and drowned roads.

Man feared drowned as storms continue 14 Dec 2000: Extreme weather brought fresh tragedy and further chaos across Britain yesterday as torrential rain and severe winds continued to cause widespread flooding, power cuts and transport disruption.

Britain faces more floods 13 Dec 2000: Parts of the UK today faced more floods, powers cuts and transport chaos after storms lashed southern England, East Anglia and the Midlands.

Rain helps to produce a dismal crop of inflation figures 13 Dec 2000: Britain’s dismal autumn weather is starting to have an impact on inflation, with supply problems caused by flooding pushing up the price of food, according to official figures yesterday.

Water, water … everywhere 11 Dec 2000: Seventy-three flood warnings were still in place last night as thousands of people were left clearing up after rain and storms lashed much of Britain, writes Keith Perry.

More floods on the way, warn glum Met men 10 Dec 2000: Britain was braced for more flood chaos last night as heavy rain and gale force winds threatened to swamp a country already reeling from fierce storms on Friday.

Extra misery on railways as storms take their toll 9 Dec 2000: Train passengers suffered further misery yesterday as storms took their toll on the battered rail network. Floods saw services cut in the west of England and Wales, while east coast services were disrupted by fallen trees. Heavy rain in Scotland severely affected ScotRail services.

Washed out farmer gets more of the same 9 Dec 2000: Yet another flood warning was issued for the river Dee yesterday as rain cascaded over the Welsh border near Wrexham.

Flooding fears as storms claim four lives 9 Dec 2000: Torrential rain and gales sweeping across southern England and Wales claimed four lives yesterday in road accidents. Two teenagers were killed in a head-on collision in Hampshire, while in Devon a couple’s car was swept off the road into a rain-swollen river.

Night of storms kills two 8 Dec 2000: A couple were today found dead in a flooded Devon river after a night of torrential storms and gales across southern Britain.

Going to war against climate change http://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/dec/08/globalisation.climatechange 8 Dec 2000: The post-Hague hiatus may provide an opportunity to address the problems of climate change, says Andrew Simms.

Under the weather 8 Dec 2000: Britain was back on weather alert last night as torrential rain and severe gales battered the south-west and forecasters predicted a repeat of the storms which wreaked havoc in October.

Maps chart flood risk as Britain braces for new storms 7 Dec 2000: As large parts of Britain face heavy rain and warnings this weekend of a repeat of November’s floods, the environment agency today for the first time publishes maps of the flood plains of England and Wales.

New talks lift hopes of climate breakthrough 6 Dec 2000: Key countries involved in the collapse of the climate talks in the Hague 10 days ago are meeting in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, today in the hope of striking a deal before the Clinton presidency ends in January.

Wild globalisation 5 Dec 2000: The breakdown of the meeting on climate change in the Hague and the continuing uncertainty surrounding the American presidency mark a new and dangerous point in international affairs.

Clearing the air 5 Dec 2000: Not all international climate conferences are gloom and doom. Just before the Hague meeting last month, scientists met in Buenos Aires under the world climate research programme and came to a surprisingly optimistic conclusion.

Flooded areas face shortages next year 1 Dec 2000: Britain’s worst flooded areas could next summer be faced with water shortages because of leaky pipes and rising demand from new homes and factories, parliament’s financial watchdog, the national audit office, reveals today.

Can the USA learn? 30 Nov 2000: While European politicians laid the blame for the collapse of the Hague negotiations squarely at the door of United States, the US media last weekend warned that the world may have missed its best chance to forge an effective climate treaty.

Severn Trent flood warning 29 Nov 2000: Britain’s second largest water company yesterday warned that the UK sewage system may soon be unable to cope with wetter winters brought about by climate change.

Multilateral thinking 29 Nov 2000: After the failure of international nerve at the Hague, it is surely time to set up new global institutions

Ros Coward 28 Nov 2000: The trashing of Dominique Voynet, France’s environment minister, by Prescott and sections of the British press was astonishing.

Men are from Mars 28 Nov 2000: A new attack on the masculinity of British politics has come from France’s environment minister, Dominique Voynet. Angered by John Prescott’s attack on her performance at the failed climate change summit, she branded him an “inveterate macho man.”

Prescott the ‘macho man’ refuses to back down 28 Nov 2000: A beleaguered John Prescott last night refused to back down over angry European accusations that he behaved like an “inveterate macho man” at last week’s climate change conference in the Hague – and warned his critics they may have to restart the negotiations from scratch next year with a much tougher US administration.

Euro Wars 28 Nov 2000: The French minister hits back, as an anti-Europe tone breaks out again in Britain. Dominique Voynet and Ros Coward write.

Views split: he’s out of line; she’s a wimp 28 Nov 2000: John Prescott yesterday mocked his French counterpart, Dominique Voynet, after she accused him of “deeply macho” behaviour when the climate change conference collapsed in the Hague at the weekend.

The Prescott empire 28 Nov 2000: The sprawling department John Prescott invented embraces environment, the countryside, transport, regional policy, housing, planning, local government and urban affairs. Some say it is too unwieldy and unable to focus clearly on the issues of the day.

Failed Norman conquest aids Prescott’s French war http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/28/globalwarming.politics3 28 Nov 2000: Simon Hoggart: Mr Macho Man, John Prescott, scourge of the Frogs, unreconstructed male chauvinist cochon, came to the Commons yesterday to give his version of the weekend debacle at the Hague talks on global warming.

After the deluge, a heatwave 28 Nov 2000: After the gales that turned seaside caravans into matchwood and the torrential rain that caused floods, Britain faces a further outbreak of freak weather: a heatwave.

Caught in a climate of change… 28 Nov 2000: Prescott faces a winter of discontent as French minister’s ‘macho’ attack may prove a problem too far.

Globalisation: it’s all or nothing 27 Nov 2000: The green lobby wants to curb the World Bank and the IMF yet expects the Hague climate summit to come up with solutions. You can’t have it both ways, says economics editor Larry Elliott. Special report: global warming

Climate talks failure ‘real disappointment’: Prescott 27 Nov 2000: European ministers trade insults after climate conference failure.Special report: global warming

Aussies take ostrich approach to eco threat 27 Nov 2000: They are mopping up in New South Wales after serious floods, but, as Patrick Barkham explains, global warming remains low down the political agenda.

The hot air balloon 27 Nov 2000: Paradoxically, such a failure of the climate change talks is the best chance to get the issue noticed

Leave US out of deal, propose greens 27 Nov 2000: The collapse of talks at The Hague sent shock waves round the world yesterday and left 160 nations wondering how best to proceed when the only fact on which they appear united is that climate change remains the most serious threat facing mankind.

Prescott: French sank deal on climate 27 Nov 2000: John Prescott was embroiled in an extraordinary international slanging match last night after accusing the French environment minister of scuppering 12 days of talks to agree legally binding reductions in greenhouse gases.

Sins of emission 27 Nov 2000: The US must act on domestic pollution.

How future of the planet grew dark 26 Nov 2000: Europe wants drastic cuts in carbon emissions. America wants to carry on guzzling. John Prescott thought he had a solution… and then it all went wrong. Robin McKie reports from The Hague.

Dirty Uncle Sam wrecks deal on global warming 26 Nov 2000: In the small hours of yesterday morning, John Prescott almost saved the planet. He thought he had a deal with the United States on ‘supplementarity’. It turned out he hadn’t.

Climate talks end in disarray 26 Nov 2000: Global talks aimed at saving the world from climatic mayhem collapsed in chaos yesterday, dealing a potentially fatal blow to efforts to cut industrial gases that threaten the planet.

US forces climate target climbdown 25 Nov 2000: Heated talks continuing in the Hague last night were expected to produce a watered-down agreement on cutting global warming gases – a backward step which might allow emissions to rise for the next 10 years.

‘No deal possible’ at Hague http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/24/globalwarming.climatechange1 24 Nov 2000: Head of UN global warming summit says broad agreement is the best that can be hoped for.Special report: global warming

In the grip of vested interests 24 Nov 2000: The United States is villain of the piece at the Hague environmental conference this week. Is it because the American government is merely anxious to avoid doing anything which might be unpopular with voters?

Islands in peril plead for deal 24 Nov 2000: As the deadline for agreement at the stalled climate talks in the Hague approached yesterday, 40 small island states made a dramatic plea to the developed world to reach a deal on greenhouse gases and to help them cope with the problems of global warming.

More rain to come for flood-hit regions, warns met office 24 Nov 2000: As life appeared to be returning to normal for flood stricken households across Britain, forecasters yesterday warned that heavy rain would continue well into next week.

Global warming: could there be a deal? 23 Nov 2000: There are signs that ministers are inching towards agreement at the United Nations climate change conference in the Hague where delegates from more than 180 countries are meeting to decide the rules for achieving a reduction of world wide emissions of heat trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Envoy eats cake as US quibbles 23 Nov 2000: The climate change talks at The Hague were disrupted yesterday by protesters who burst into a negotiating room and staged a sit-in, and by a separate incident in which a woman pressed a chocolate cream cake in the face of the head of the US delegation, Undersecretary of State Frank E Loy, as he gave his daily press briefing.

Counting the carbon cost of the Hague 23 Nov 2000: In December 1997 a group of 36 dedicated environmentalists from 14 countries decided to shun the use of aircraft and make their way to the COP3 Climate Change Convention in Kyoto using train, boat and bike. Their detailed calculations showed that by doing so they saved around 110 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Prescott looks to Europe for flood solutions 23 Nov 2000: The sandbag has had its day. In future British cities vulnerable to flooding, such as Shrewsbury and York, may be protected by collapsible rings of steel if John Prescott, the environment secretary, has his way.

Wet and forlorn, a village’s misery continues 23 Nov 2000: Stuck in a forlorn lagoon by the Aire in Yorkshire, with sewage-polluted water still in ground floor rooms, the people of Gowdall, near Goole, are planning a new road sign saying: “Welcome to the Forgotten Village.”

US berated for wriggling out of treaty pledges 22 Nov 2000: The EU launched a scathing attack on the US yesterday for attempting to avoid its commitments on climate change and undermining the credibility of the Kyoto agreement made in 1997.

Small is beautiful 22 Nov 2000: Whatever decisions are made in the Hague this week – if any – the energy industry faces important choices. One of the most fundamental is about scale.

If you can’t stand the heat, better stay inside 22 Nov 2000: Weather forecasts should in future carry more explicit danger warnings about hot weather to prevent an increasing number of people dying of heat stroke and other related illnesses, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said yesterday.

US concession fails to please experts 21 Nov 2000: There were few visible signs of progress at the climate talks yesterday, although the US made late concessions on the most contentious issue – its insistence that it can compensate for its own carbon emissions by removing carbon from the atmosphere by planting forests.

Sweetener for motorists to go green 21 Nov 2000: Tens of thousands of motorists will be able to claim a government subsidy to convert their cars to cheap gas power or buy new electric ones under a scheme announced yesterday by John Prescott, the deputy prime minister.

Global warming talks stalled as leaders arrive 20 Nov 2000: World leaders gathered in the Netherlands today at the start of the ministerial negotiating round of vital talks aimed at curbing climate change.

Climate talks fail to close rift with US 20 Nov 2000: There is a “huge distance” between the US and the European Union after the first week of talks between 160 countries trying to negotiate a legally binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it was warned yesterday.

Driving to doom 20 Nov 2000: Unless the winner, whether Bush or Gore, wakes up to global warming, we’ll all be the losers.

How the US consumer is pumping the world dry 20 Nov 2000: For latter day new agers, the believers in the digital economy, oil is such an old fashioned commodity that it barely rates a mention. In their visions of the future, the economy will run on ideas and computer codes, and somehow escape one of the iron laws of economics: scarcity.

US plays dirty as planet chokes http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2000/nov/19/globalwarming.theobserver 19 Nov 2000: Robin McKie: It took a surprisingly short time to sandbag the Hague yesterday. In only two hours, environmentalists managed to surround the city’s great conference centre with a 5ft wall made up of 50,000 sacks filled with soil and grit.

‘Too late’ to halt global warming 19 Nov 2000: John Prescott has warned that international efforts to curb greenhouse gases may only have a marginal effect on global warming.

A life less ordinary amid the wastes of Planet Wet 18 Nov 2000: Retired teacher Rosie Hick, 50, has finally rejoined the rest of Britain after 10 days marooned by floods in the North Yorkshire hamlet of Ryther, near York. Her daughter Kathryn, in the neighbouring village of Naburn, has rediscovered her cottage’s inundated ground floor. Rosie’s partner David, 44, has garaged the canoe – for now.

Prince tours flood-ravaged North Yorkshire 18 Nov 2000: Britain is down to its last severe flood warning today, three weeks after rivers across the country were trebled in size by torrential rain.

Britain ahead in greenhouse gas cuts 18 Nov 2000: Environmental measures applauded as international wrangling continues to bring US into line on harmful emissions.

High noon at the Hague [Leader] 17 Nov 2000: Ignorance is no longer any excuse. Most climate scientists now agree that human activity is the main cause of global warming. Millions from York to Rosetta in the Nile delta now have first hand experience of what it can do. Sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather are no longer theory but reality. Yet in spite of all this, there is still a widespread public apathy. There are no mass Seattle-style protests mustered at the convention now taking place in the Hague. The scale of this challenge appears to be simply too vast and too distant – we have 25-50 years before the direst predictions kick in – to penetrate popular consciousness. What will be needed over the next generation is a massive shift in individual consumer habits as well as popular pressure on the politicians. So far there is little sign of either.

Yesterday at the talks 17 Nov 2000: EU and US officials were inching towards a draft agreement last night which could be put before ministers at the climate talks in the Hague.

Blyth spirit can lead to greener Britain 17 Nov 2000: Wind, waves and sun could revolutionise how we generate electricity – but the UK is sluggish.

China wants the car economy but not the fumes 16 Nov 2000: Chinese leaders object to lectures about environmental pollution from high-consumption nations such as the US when a quarter of China’s population still lives on less than $1 a day.

Clean-up begins for flood victims 16 Nov 2000: The floods have started to retreat at last, but a fresh tide has washed through the village of Barlby on the banks of the temporary lake which was once the river Ouse in North Yorkshire.

EU and US square up for battle of the Hague 16 Nov 2000: The prospects are bleak of preventing a total breakdown of the climate talks in the Hague where 180 countries are trying to conclude three years of negotiations designed to save the world from the fast increasing threat of global warming.

The great climate sell-off 16 Nov 2000: The privatisation of Britain’s air traffic control systems is rather like the Millennium Dome. First the government backs it, then it tries to figure out what on earth it is for.

US takes the low road at a high cost 16 Nov 2000: When it comes to polluting the atmosphere, the US rules the world, mainly because the car is king. There are 1.3 people per car in the US compared to 125 people per car in China, and the scope of the problem from the consequent emissions is proportionately as great.

Climate talks stalemate as EU rejects US forests plan 16 Nov 2000: US and EU at loggerheads in Hague climate talks over “loopholes” to allow countries to plant forests and change farming practices to avoid cutting fossil fuel consumption

Why the current floods are not all caused by global warming 15 Nov 2000: There is no river anywhere near, but last week the Brighton suburb of Bevendean was drying out after a flood. Carpets, sodden furniture, washing machines and freezers were being thrown into skips, mud hosed out of houses. People knew what to do; it had happened before. Muddy water, runoff from fields planted with winter cereals, had flowed down a normally dry valley and into the houses. Four small dams meant to protect houses filled and overflowed. But much of the damaging flow resulted from a field that bypassed the dams. In this field, a gully 1.5 metre deep and several hundred metres long had been cut in the early hours of 12 October. It discharged hundreds of tons of mud into houses and roads.

What will the world be like in five years’ time? http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2000/nov/15/globalwarming.climatechange215 Nov 2000: Professor Jim Briden: In five years time our world will be different. We’ll all be older and hopefully a little wiser. And pressing climate change issues will still be with us. But what will scientists and technologists have achieved in the intervening years? What will be the challenges in developing the energy-efficient technologies needed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions?

Evidence piles up against human profligacy 15 Nov 2000: Tim Radford: The world is getting warmer, and by the end of the 21st century could have warmed by another 6C, according to research published this month. Warming on such a scale, over so short a time, has no precedent. And climate scientists at the heart of the research are now convinced that human action is to blame for some or most of this warming.

How one family became addicted to carbon 15 Nov 2000: Passing the Keswick family’s grand home in rural Surrey, one night in the early years of the 20th century, a villager might have seen an unusual sight through a window – a yellow light flashing on, or a brightly lit room turning black, with equal suddenness.

Stopping the cheats 14 Nov 2000: The international climate negotiations resume in the Hague from 13th -24th November and governments will have to take decisions on crucial issues. How these issues are decided will determine whether the Kyoto Protocol becomes a first step towards climate protection or a ‘Cheat’s Charter’ that will allow industrialised countries to increase rather than reduce emissions.

Confronting the perils of global warming in a vanishing landscape 14 Nov 2000: The town of Rosetta is spread along the last stretch of the Nile’s journey from the heart of Africa to the Mediterranean. Its muddy waters have supported along the way millions living on its densely populated banks and have fed the intricate web of irrigation channels which has made the desert bloom for thousands of years.

Welcome to the new world http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/14/globalwarming.climatechange2 14 Nov 2000: Floods in Yorkshire. Millions facing drought in China. Permafrost melting in Russia. Malaria spreading across Africa. And that’s just the start. Guardian writers on how global warming is wreaking havoc around the world.

Spell of dry weather eases flood worries 14 Nov 2000: The first consistently dry spell for almost three weeks moved the meteorological office yesterday to echo Mrs Thatcher’s celebrated Falklands instruction: “Rejoice, rejoice.”

Good and bad 13 Nov 2000: Friends of the Earth assesses the various positions of the countries at the Hague, and scrutinises some of the solutions proposed for cutting emissions.

Useful links http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/13/globalwarming.climatechange5 13 Nov 2000: Links to organisations and scientific research

The world as we knew it http://www.theguardian.com/science/2000/nov/13/scienceofclimatechange.activists 13 Nov 2000: Friends of the Earth explains why climate change occurs, and what will happen if we let it continue unchecked

Confused by the acronyms? 13 Nov 2000: From Aosis to Opec, here’s a glossary of terms, supplied by the RSPB.

No place to go 13 Nov 2000: Dr Ute Collier, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK, writes of the threat global warming poses to wildlife

Global warming treaty must not become a ‘cheat’s charter’ 13 Nov 2000: Opinion: The climate crisis will worsen unless the Hague conference makes the Kyoto agreement watertight, warns Stephanie Tunmore, climate campaigner for Greenpeace.

The cave people of Goreme 13 Nov 2000: Nick Banks reports on an exercise in sustainable living.

UK ‘jeopardising’ chance to create forecasting hub 13 Nov 2000: There could be storm clouds brewing – or at the very least a deep depression settling over the Met Office. A former chief has challenged the defence department’s decision to move Britain’s forecasters from Bracknell in Berkshire, their home for 40 years, to Exeter in 2003.

Pumps bail out coal mines as river levels start to fall 13 Nov 2000: Production at Britain’s biggest coalfield has virtually ceased since floods swamped power supplies to all but emergency and safety systems 900ft below ground.

Greening our electricity 13 Nov 2000: On the eve of the Climate Change Summit in the Hague, many consumers have still only a vague idea as to what they can do to reduce their own impacts on the earth’s atmosphere. Dr Mark Avery, Director of Conservation for the RSPB, explains what consumers can do – and why the RSPB has become an energy producer.

Floods of tears, gales of laughter 12 Nov 2000: John Sweeney travels the high streets and back gardens of underwater England by canoe.

Blair looks to the future, but the rains still fall 11 Nov 2000: The prime minister was barracked by flood victims yesterday as fresh warnings of heavy rain threatened to end a brief respite for thousands living near swollen rivers.

Freight ‘cancelling out’ warming curbs 11 Nov 2000: International trade growth, with more use of aircraft and lorries, is making a mockery of attempts by world leaders to curb global warming, according to economists.

‘Must keep smiling’ – Rosie’s diary charts a week cut off by the deluge 11 Nov 2000: Rosie Hicks, 50, a retired teacher, has been cut off for a week by the swollen Ouse in Yorkshire. She and her partner David, 44, get around the hamlet of Ryther, near Selby, by canoe. A few miles upstream David’s daughter Kathryn lives on the first floor of her flooded home in Naburn. Here is Rosie’s Diary of the Great Flood.

Misery continues for flood evacuees 10 Nov 2000: A lake as big as Windermere filled the lower Ouse valley in Yorkshire yesterday as hundreds of evacuees faced a second night in bedrolls at friends’ houses or on the floors of a local comprehensive.

Flood bill likely to top forecast 10 Nov 2000: The estimated bill for the floods that have ravaged Britain is beginning to exceed insurers’ initial expectations after Royal & Sun Alliance said yesterday it expects the damage throughout Europe to cost it up to £110m.

World may be warming up even faster http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/09/weather.climatechange1 9 Nov 2000: Tim Radford: Global warming could be faster and fiercer than expected, and new forests to soak up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide may not help, according to research today from British scientists.

Intensive farming blamed for swollen rivers 9 Nov 2000: Farmers, green groups, academics and the environment agency waded deeper into the flood debate yesterday – pinning much of the damage of the past few weeks on intensive farming and offering new ideas on how to avoid the same problems happening again.

Region by region floods and travel disruption 9 Nov 2000: Yorkshire

No respite down on the farm as floods return 8 Nov 2000: Almere Farm, about as close to England as you can get without leaving Wales, is set on the west bank of the River Dee; to the south flows the River Alun, to the north the Pulford Brook.

Waterlogged: catalogue of misery 8 Nov 2000: 18 severe flood warnings on the River Ouse, River Aire, River Derwent, River Calder, River Gaunless, River Wear, River Ouseburn, River Wansbeck and River Pont

Heavy rain threatens further chaos 7 Nov 2000: Fresh storms were forecast today across Britain as a record number of severe flood warnings was issued for more than 40 rivers.

Charles blames storms on society http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/07/themonarchy.weather 7 Nov 2000: Tania Branigan: The storms and floods ravaging Britain were the result of humanity’s “arrogant disregard of the delicate balance of nature”, the Prince of Wales said yesterday.

Back to the domesday scenario http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2000/nov/07/columnists.oilandpetrol 7 Nov 2000: Simon Hoggart: The cry of “doomed, doomed, we are all doomed!” has been going up from ministers over the past two weeks as they contemplate the horrors of global warming. They seem to believe that 2p off a litre of petrol will turn the planet into a spinning ball of dust, or alternatively a great sodden sponge. Our fate changes month by month.

Front-line Ouse battlers braced again 7 Nov 2000: The flood fighter It took nine men to carry the main freezer into Phil and Jackie Black’s sandwich bar in York when they set up the business two years ago. In less than nine minutes last week the swollen river Ouse flicked it over on its side.

Christmas delays on the cards 6 Nov 2000: The rail crisis is causing a backlog of 10m letters a day and tens of millions of greeting cards may not arrive by Christmas Day if the chaos continues, the Post Office warned yesterday.

Prescott’s £51m to beat floods ‘a drop in the ocean’ 6 Nov 2000: Adequate defences could cost billions.

UK hit by more flooding 6 Nov 2000: Special report: Weather events? Two dead in crash – Uckfield flooded again – 28 severe flood warnings

Joe Public fumes as chaos hits Blair’s watch 6 Nov 2000: The weather, transport and fuel chaos might not all be Labour’s fault, but, the public won’t see it like that, explains chief political correspondent, Patrick Wintour.

October’s weather 6 Nov 2000: Daytime temperatures

The great floods of 1947 6 Nov 2000: The floods have been described by the environment agency as the most widespread in Britain since 1947 and, in some places, more severe.

Recidivist rivers 6 Nov 2000: Ouse by name, not by nature.

Left high but far from dry as new flood threatens 6 Nov 2000: Bewilderment follows order to quit homes.

Rising Severn threatens chemical plant 6 Nov 2000: Prescott criticises insurance firms.

Storm brings more misery 6 Nov 2000: Flood-stricken areas of Britain were preparing for more misery and disruption last night as strong winds and torrential rain blew in from the Atlantic.

Floods leave York on edge of disaster 5 Nov 2000: The historic city of York was last night bracing itself for more chaos after escaping further devastation yesterday by just two inches.

Only the cash is drying up 5 Nov 2000: Who pays the UK’s multi-billion pound bill to avert another flooding crisis, asks Nick Mathiason

The heat is on for householders 5 Nov 2000: ‘I think the world, for far too long, has simply treated this issue of climate change as not sufficiently important – well that’s no longer an option,’ Prime Minister Tony Blair said last Thursday when touring inundated Bewdley in Worcestershire.

Flooded Britain: all down to the Ice Age? http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/05/weather.climatechange1 5 Nov 2000: Some scientists say man-made global warming is responsible for last week’s downpours. Others pin the blame on nature’s own long-term cycles. Robin McKie reports on a storm of controversy.

The last word on Weather 4 Nov 2000: We shall never be content until each man makes his own weather and keeps it to himself – Jerome K Jerome

Climate change may be down to farming http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/04/weather.globalwarming 4 Nov 2000: Until Thursday, when her house in Shrewsbury was flooded for the first time in 60 years, Denise Jones had barely considered global warming as a scientific theory, let alone a reality.

Analysis http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/04/weather.climatechange2 4 Nov 2000: John Vidal: Until Thursday, when her house in Shrewsbury was flooded for the first time in 60 years, Denise Jones had barely considered global warming as a scientific theory, let alone a reality.

Mozambique veteran aids Ouse’s marooned islanders 4 Nov 2000: One of England’s newest islands lost another metre of privet hedge and gravel drive to the river Ouse yesterday as dinghies manned by veterans of the Mozambique floods kept a lifeline open in the village of Naburn, only four miles from central York.

Britain faces new battering from storms 4 Nov 2000: Britain faces another battering from the elements tomorrow as a deep depression is expected to sweep in from the Atlantic bringing heavy rain and gales.

Thousands evacuated as floods worsen 4 Nov 2000: Up to 3,000 homes were being evacuated in the city of York last night as flood waters threatened to reach their highest level for more than 100 years.

Fresh storms heading for Britain 3 Nov 2000: Heavy rain will continue over the weekend and is likely to last until Tuesday, weather forecasters said today.

Record flood engulfs Britain 3 Nov 2000: An inch of rain in just an hour wreaked havoc across England and Wales yesterday in what is fast becoming the most widespread flood in British history.

Blair promises help as Britain is braced for more storms 2 Nov 2000: Heavy rain fell across southern Britain today, bringing the threat of further flooding.

Special report: the weather Europe told there is no choice but to adapt http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/02/weather.globalwarming

2 Nov 2000: Paul Brown: Europe must adapt to extremes of climate which will cause new deserts in the south and floods and wind storms in the north, according to a new report before the European commission.

Britain’s secret history of extreme weather http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2000/nov/02/weather.climatechange3 2 Nov 2000: A litany of floods, gales, blizzards and even sandstorms prompts northern editor Martin Wainwright to wonder why we expect our climate to be mild.

Alerts Eleven rivers rising 2 Nov 2000: Last night 14 severe flood warnings – meaning imminent danger to life and property – were in force across 11 rivers:

York struggles with sinking feeling again 2 Nov 2000: The Archbishop of York paddled disconsolately round his palace yesterday, wishing that his predecessor had left behind his celebrated “cellar boat”.

Forecast Europe in 2050 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/02/weather.climatechange 2 Nov 2000: UK: Cairngorms ski industry disappears; Mild winters with heavy rain in bursts causing floods. Hot summers with droughts every three years. Vineyards, sunflowers, soya become staple crops in south. Fewer winter deaths from hypothermia and bronchitis.

Britain in grip of worst floods for 50 years 2 Nov 2000: A large part of Britain remained in the grip of the most widespread floods in 50 years as forecasters last night warned of more misery to come.

RAF bid to rescue trapped islanders 1 Nov 2000: An air rescue operation is under way to free 17 people trapped on a tiny Welsh island by the storms.

Flood risk review may scrap plans for housing 1 Nov 2000: Plans for tens of thousands of new houses, particularly for the south-east and East Anglia, may have to be redrawn or scrapped because of poor flood defences, the environment agency warned yesterday.

Anxious time for home owners along Medway 1 Nov 2000: Susan Palmer cannot sleep. Since the rains fell two weeks ago she has been restless every night. On the night of the heaviest downpour she got up every half hour to check that her back garden was still there.

Weather: ‘action now essential http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/01/weather.climatechange3 1 Nov 2000: Paul Brown: Extreme weather events must now be regarded as normal in Britain as global warming takes hold, and the railways, power lines and flood defences must adapt to cope, John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, said yesterday.

Prescott in full flood overwhelms hapless House 1 Nov 2000: The deputy prime minister made a statement on the storm havoc yesterday. This is the man who, at the Labour party confererence, took credit for the weather. “No hosepipe bans!” he boasted.

Disruption goes on as storms abate 1 Nov 2000: The south-east

Global warming: it’s with us now http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/oct/31/weather.climatechange5 31 Oct 2000: Paul Brown: The worst storm for a decade, which caused road and rail chaos across the country, killed six people, and left hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage in its wake, last night prompted warnings that Britain is now beginning to pay the price of unchecked global warming.

Flood alert as heavy rain continues 31 Oct 2000: All of England and Wales was placed on flood alert today as the Environment Agency said the present severe danger could last for a week.

We’ve got to fix those cars http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/oct/16/comment.weather 31 Oct 2000: Madeleine Bunting:  The devastating floods in the south and in the East Midlands two years ago, without precedent in living memory, were just one sign. Now there are tornados in West Sussex. There are plenty of other signs. And they all throw the recent fuel crisis into sharp relief.

No, no November 31 Oct 2000: Weather chaos: Some of us grin and bear it, but to the government this bad weather is a worrying portent.

Twister Tornadoes put experts in spin 31 Oct 2000: The tornado that left a trail of destruction in Bognor Regis was one of the 30 or 40 that normally hit Britain every year. The tornado that apparently swept through a caravan park in Selsey in Sussex yesterday may yet prove to be something else.

Storms leave swath of misery 31 Oct 2000: Scores of householders were evacuated across southern Britain and thousands of homes plunged into darkness as fallen trees severed power lines. The environment agency issued eight severe flood warnings in south-east England.

A village under the weather 31 Oct 2000: As British Summer Time ended with a night of gales, blizzards and flooding which killed at least five people, residents of North Tawton evacuated their homes.

Cost of the clean-up could reach £1bn 31 Oct 2000: The final bill for the storms and floods that have lashed southern England is expected to reach £500m, making it the third worst British disaster on record, in insurance terms, and threatening a steep increase in premiums next year.

Britain hit by worst storms for 13 years 30 Oct 2000: – Three dead – Tornado hits Sussex town – 25 severe storm warnings – Transport chaos

Are storms the result of global warming? 30 Oct 2000: As Britain recovers from the latest storms to cause chaos, environment correspondent Paul Brown looks at what has triggered such violent weather.

South braced for more storms 30 Oct 2000: Storm force winds were forecast to lash parts of southern Britain last night, with swaths of the country on flood alert as severe weather continued to wreak havoc.

Earth will get hotter than expected http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2000/oct/27/globalwarming.weather 27 Oct 2000: John Vidal:  [IPCC, Hulme, Trenberth, Wigley] Leading climate scientists now agree that human pollution, mainly from fossil fuels, has added substantially to global warming in the past 50 years and that the Earth is likely to get far hotter than previously predicted, with immense consequences for people and wildlife.

Now Europe’s biggest glacier falls to global warming 22 Oct 2000: Europe’s biggest glacier is about to disintegrate. The mighty Breidamerkurjökull in southern Iceland is breaking apart and will slide into the north Atlantic in the next few years.

Winter blues hit Brits hard 22 Oct 2000: Counsellors are seeing record numbers of sufferers from seasonally affective disorder as winter arrives after one of the shortest summers in living memory.

Nothing natural about this disaster 18 Oct 2000: Decades of human greed, incompetence and complacency are to blame for the floods that have devastated Italy, writes Rory Carroll in Rome.

A week of despair in hunt for girl swept into river 18 Oct 2000: Police will today continue their search for Hannah Black, 13, a week after she was swept away by the swollen waters of a beck in the Yorkshire Dales.

Mekong takes its revenge for man’s ravages along river 18 Oct 2000: More than 350 people have died in Vietnam’s worst floods for 70 years. Most of the victims are young children who drowned while left unattended by their parents.

Let it rain http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/oct/16/comment.weather  16 Oct 2000: Madeleine Bunting: Apathetic about climate change and out of touch with the environment, Britain needs a short sharp shock.

Pollution warning as flood victims mop up 16 Oct 2000: The environment agency last night warned that the risk of pollution was a major problem facing hundreds of people returning to their flood-hit homes.

Floods still menace the South 15 Oct 2000: Building may be halted in risk areas, as insurers plan rise in premiums and mortage lenders expect falling house prices, reports Anthony Browne.

Low-lying homes may become uninsurable 14 Oct 2000: Premiums may rocket ‘due to global warming’.

Alerts remain as clean-up bill nears £2bn 14 Oct 2000: Gurkhas on standby as disaster eclipses 1987 hurricane.

Facing a vista of rack and ruin 14 Oct 2000: At 3 am yesterday the centre of the small Sussex town of Uckfield was under several feet of water. After the drama of the flood 24 hours earlier there was an eerie calm, even a surreal beauty as the waves rippled in the moonlight against the walls of McDonald’s, the bank and supermarkets.

Insurers face £2bn payout after floods 13 Oct 2000: Insurers were today facing a multi-billion-pound payout as the worst floods to hit south-east England for decades finally began to recede.

Floods chaos – and more rain on way 13 Oct 2000: The worst flooding in decades brought chaos to much of southern England yesterday, causing millions of pounds in damage as homes and businesses became waterlogged, thousands of people stranded and main roads blocked.

Rescue services call off river search for lost girl 13 Oct 2000: Police and rescue services last night called off the search for 13-year-old Hannah Black, who was swept away while walking in a swollen beck during a school trip in the Yorkshire Dales on Tuesday.

‘Unheard of’ rain swamps the south 13 Oct 2000: The pupils of Uckfield community college were enjoying the applause for their performance of the musical Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo – which features the song “Let it rain, let it rain” – when the heavens opened.

Awash with warnings 13 Oct 2000: The reports made it sound like a disaster from the developing world: a man trying to open his shop carried away by a fast flowing flood, fortunately found clinging for his life several hundred yards downstream, by a helicopter; inflatable lifeboats, overturned by the weight of water; stranded people climbing on to roofs of vehicles to escape the rising flood.

Sea ‘lawn’ clue to climate change 12 Oct 2000: Scientists who borrowed a leaf from the gardening manuals have confirmed that the oceans can bloom with trillions of tiny plants – if someone sprinkles a little mineral fertiliser first.

Town ‘under water’ as floods hit South 12 Oct 2000: Life-threatening levels of flooding cut a swathe across southern England this morning after a reported deluge of up to six inches of rain last night.

Two girls swept into river 11 Oct 2000: An air and land search was under way in North Yorkshire last night after two teenage girls were swept into a river during a school trip.

Flood alerts issued for 17 rivers 11 Oct 2000: A large band of wet weather expected to bring up to an inch of rain was heading towards the Channel yesterday, prompting warnings to homeowners to brace themselves for a second night of flooding.

Mexico hit by 135mph winds 2 Oct 2000: With winds of nearly 135mph, Hurricane Keith buffeted the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico yesterday, with heavy rains stretching to Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Extreme weather increases dramatically [Paul Brown] 29 Sep 2000: Floods, droughts and storms have dramatically increased over the past decades as global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels have risen.

Killer virus threatens Europe 24 Sep 2000: It is one of the deadliest new viruses to have emerged on the planet, and in the past few months it has begun to terrorise a growing list of victim nations. West Nile Fever looks set to become a global threat for the twenty-first century.

Floods return 22 Sep 2000: Villagers in large parts of north-east India were left reeling again last night after floods caused by three days of torrential rain engulfed entire communities, leaving around 50 people dead and 500,000 homeless.

Solar power must drive us forward 22 Sep 2000: The petrol crisis is an eerie harbinger of what’s to come when the pumps run dry for good. For that, and for the environment, we must begun turning to the sun, says environment editor Joanna Griffiths.

Mediterranean fish colonise North Sea 17 Sep 2000: Red Mullet – the exotic fish beloved of posher-than-thou dinner parties – are invading the North Sea.

Seven dead as record rainfall devastates central Japan 13 Sep 2000: Seven people were killed and 360,000 advised to evacuate yesterday as central Japan was lashed with the heaviest downpour the country has seen in more than 100 years.

Ice retreats to open North-west Passage 11 Sep 2000: Global warming in the Arctic may have finally achieved something that generations of explorers from Tudor times to the present day failed to accomplish – the opening up one of the world’s most fabled trade routes to international commerce.

Rain again 2 Sep 2000: Freak hailstones, snow and tornadoes might have prompted some to conclude that it has been a lousy summer.

Going up in smoke 1 Sep 2000: Little action will be taken to combat climate change while oppositions offer people an excuse to do nothing.

Warming threat to many species 31 Aug 2000: Global warming is likely to destroy more than half the earth’s colder habitats by the end of the century, causing the extinction of species which cannot adapt or move quickly enough to reach new homes, a report by WWF, formerly the Worldwide Fund for Nature, said yesterday.

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms forecast for bank holiday weekend 25 Aug 2000: Up to 1.5m people will leave Britain for the bank holiday weekend, avoiding the foul conditions forecast for the whole of the country.

Typhoon 24 Aug 2000: Taiwan was hit by a ferocious “super-typhoon” yesterday which killed at least 11 people, injured 78, uprooted trees and hurled cars across the streets.

Polar data left unused 23 Aug 2000: Data from top secret navy submarine missions under the North Pole holding vital clues to the nature and speed of global warming could end up lying unused because scientists have not been given the money to finish analysing it.

The heat is on 23 Aug 2000: That sinking feeling The North Pole is under water. Could it be East Anglia next? James Meek reports on the true cost of global warming.

All wind and water 22 Aug 2000: Freak winter blast strikes Yorkshire.

Bonfire of complacencies [Leader] 12 Aug 2000: Every evening this week two stories about the environment have been juxtaposed on our television screens. One has to do with a surplus of water. In Assam, four weeks of rain, ahead of the monsoon season, have devastated huge areas, making some 5m people homeless. The other comes out of the American west, from Montana, and the states around it. Here the problem is the reverse: prolonged drought, with little immediate hope of alleviation.

Washed out 12 Aug 2000: At least 4.5m people have been made homeless by the flooding in India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said yesterday.

Treeless hills send torrents into India 7 Aug 2000: More than 100 people have been killed and 2m left homeless by floods and landslides in north-eastern India and Bhutan during the weekend.

US troops mass to fight fire 7 Aug 2000: Thousands of troops have been deployed across the western United States as hundreds of wildfires yesterday burned out of control, apparently impervious to bombardments by flying water tankers attempting to halt the blaze.

Carry on sunbathing 22 Jul 2000: The inexhaustible optimism of the British sun worshipper received a boost yesterday as forecasters predicted a sweltering start to the peak holiday season.

Researchers find serious flood risk on US east coast 15 Jul 2000: American geologists say they have found evidence that large parts of the east coast of the United States are at risk from huge waves which could put cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington at risk from serious flooding.

Warmer weather due – 50 years from now 11 Jul 2000: Geoff Jenkins of the Met Office has some good news for rain-hammered Britons. He and other weather experts have been running data through some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and it’s going to get warmer and drier.

Rain and more rain wash out summer 10 Jul 2000: Torrential rain and icy winds cut a swath across Britain yesterday leaving thousands of sports and music fans damp, cold and shivering.

Europe’s heatwave death toll hits 100 9 Jul 2000: Ten thousand people have been treated in hospital and at least 100 have died as a heatwave which has seen temperatures of up to 48C (118.4F) continues to sweep across the Mediterranean.

Southern Europe swelters in African heat 7 Jul 2000: A freak heat blast from the Sahara subjected south-eastern Europe to sweltering temperatures yesterday with countries from Greece to Romania reporting heat-related deaths as the thermometer broke century-old records climbing to 45C (113F).

Just an everyday disaster 6 Jul 2000: We see the great tragedies but far worse things go on quietly, all the time, writes Tim Radford

Cooler days follow hottest June night for 60 years 20 Jun 2000: Britons continued to swelter in the summer heatwave as weather forecasters revealed that Sunday night was the hottest June night since 1940 – and was followed by daytime temperatures reaching 33C (91F), hotter than Rhodes and Alicante.

Heat wave 19 Jun 2000: Thousands of people headed for seaside resorts yesterday as parts of Britain enjoyed their hottest June day since 1996.

The heat is on as summer arrives at last 17 Jun 2000: Britain looks set to bask in the hottest weather of the year this weekend as a mini heatwave pushes temperatures as high as 30 degrees celsius (89F) over two sun-drenched days.

Heatwave blowing in from France 14 Jun 2000: Trooping the Colour on the monarch’s birthday, England at Charleroi, and outdoor dining prospects are all expected to benefit from a brief outbreak of summer when temperatures nudge up into the mid-20s Celsius (high 70s Fahrenheit) this weekend.

US gets warning on climate 13 Jun 2000: Picture New York as a tropical city, as hot and sticky as Miami, with much of downtown Manhattan frequently flooded. The Alaskan ice has melted leaving temperate agricultural land, while further south, the Florida Everglades disappear below the waves, changing the very shape of the US.

Rain hits north 5 Jun 2000: Emergency services were yesterday trying to reach hundreds of homes in the Calder Valley area of West Yorkshire after heavy rain hit many parts of the north of England.

More rain likely in flood areas 30 May 2000: Areas hit by torrential rain over the bank holiday weekend could face fresh flooding with more rain forecast for today – followed by heavy rain during tomorrow evening and night.

Flood warnings 29 May 2000: The tradition of awful spring bank holiday weather was maintained this weekend as floods closed roads and people prepared to be evacuated.

Weather likely to put damper on bank holiday 27 May 2000: Britain is set to maintain its tradition of truly awful Spring bank holiday weather this weekend as weathermen reported a wet and windy weekend.

Orchard of Spain crumbles into dust 25 May 2000: Ismael Verdu’s farm is a green oasis in a barren landscape of bare rock and grey dust just 25 miles from the Mediterranean skyscraper resort of Benidorm.

Swoop to conquer 24 May 2000: Butterflies are appearing up to two weeks earlier because of warmer temperatures, and some are living longer.

TV worsens global warming 17 May 2000: The phasing in of digital television is expected to increase domestic power consumption in UK homes by 7% by 2010 and could add to global warming, according to research by Oxford University’s environmental change unit.

Climate change to cost UK billions [Paul Brown] 16 May 2000: Adapting to climate change will cost Britain £95m a year for 50 years just to keep the sea and rivers from overwhelming existing flood defences, the Department of Environment said yesterday in the first assessment of the cost of the problem.

Global warming will cost UK ‘billions’ 15 May 2000: Defences against rising seas caused by global warming could cost £1.2 billion over the next 50 years, the government warned today.

Climate change warning signals ‘at red’ 12 May 2000: Two advisory bodies on the environment warned the government yesterday that its policies were not nearly ambitious enough and “the world is still proceeding at a reckless pace towards disaster”.

Phew, what a wash-out 29 Apr 2000: The Met Office has predicted sunshine and soaring temperatures for the bank holiday weekend. This will bring to an end what experts say has been the wettest April since 1829, with an average of 122mm of rain in England and Wales.

Prescott to back Gore on warming 26 Apr 2000: John Prescott is travelling to Washington to back Al Gore’s stance on global warming and warn leading Republican senators that they pose a threat to an international agreement.

Flood alert as snow melts 5 Apr 2000: Blizzards, sleet and torrential rain were seen in many areas of Britain yesterday and there were more than 60 flood warnings in force – three days before the start of the cricket season.

Nomads lost as icy death grips Mongolia 2 Apr 2000: Last week, as temperatures dipped to 30 degrees below zero, the Mongolian Prime Minister, Rinnchinnyam Amarjargal, made an impassioned plea for help. ‘We just can’t cope on our own,’ he said to reporters.

A modified crop could prevent starvation. But is it the only way? 31 Mar 2000: Yes: More people need more food. GM is the best option we have, says Anthony Trewavas. No: There are better solutions which avoid dangers to the environment, says Sue Mayer

Winter ain’t icummen in [Andrew Marr] 26 Mar 2000: There is nothing like the city on a warm summer night. Despite the petrol stink, somehow the tangy, exciting smell of greenery and flowers hangs in the street; people seem friendlier – informal micro-carnivals outside the pubs and couples chewing one another under the streetlamps. In central London this week for the opening of Tate Britain, I found myself adopting the slow, contented, living-is-easy lope of summertime. And then I thought – hold on, but it’s March.

Heatwave sets fire to Portugal 26 Mar 2000: Forest fires raging across northern and central Portugal have brought disastrous crop failures and raised fears that global warming presents a rapidly growing threat to the country’s ability to sustain itself. Hundreds of firemen, supported by helicopters, have been fighting the fires that have been fanned by strong winds in a heatwave that began at the start of February.

Research reveals how air pollution can stop rainfall 10 Mar 2000: Air pollution from heavy industry, power plants and oil refineries can prevent rainfall locally, according to researchers who have tracked plumes of smoke across the surrounding countryside.

UK leads world in carbon dioxide cut 10 Mar 2000: Britain will exceed its target for reducing carbon dioxide emission by such a large amount that it will have as much as £100 million worth of carbon credits to sell to the United States or any other country that will buy to meet its legally binding target.

It’s apocalypse now as world boils over 27 Feb 2000: In Mozambique, 300,000 people are left homeless and hundreds have been killed in devastating floods. In France, storms cause 90 fatalities, destroy 270 million trees and trigger £7.5 billion worth of damage. In Austria, a series of avalanches sweeps 11 people to their deaths. And in the Arctic, scientists discover that over the past two decades the polar ice cap has thinned from a modest 10ft thickness to a flimsy 6ft.

160mph wind hits flooded Mozambique 23 Feb 2000: Tropical cyclone Eline compounded Mozambique’s misery after the worst floods in decades when it hit the port of Beira with winds of up to 160mph yesterday.

Sweltering Atlanta shows summer in cities will get even hotter 23 Feb 2000: The long hot summer of the cities is here to stay. Nasa scientists have found that, day or night, the air over cities is invariably much hotter than over the surrounding countryside. And the heat is going to get worse.

Climate change warms outlook for English wine 23 Feb 2000: The south of England could soon rival France as a wine-growing region as evidence mounts that global warming is taking hold.

Nature loses plot in new winter’s tale 23 Jan 2000: It’s not just your rose-tinted childhood memory. The traditional British winter – depicted in paintings, Christmas cards and carols – really is becoming a thing of the past.

Climate shakeup: US faces weather extremes for next 30 years, say Pacific ocean watchers 21 Jan 2000: Californians could be forced to revive the tradition of spraying scorched grass green if scientists’ interpretations of new data are correct, and the unusual weather patterns of the past 18 months become the norm for the next 30 years.

Alps face disaster over warming 16 Jan 2000: Researchers have discovered that Europe’s permafrost – the frozen bedrock on which the Alps rest – is melting.

Le catastrophe 9 Jan 2000: Still struggling to clear up from violent storms that killed 90 people and an oil spill that has covered 250 miles of its Atlantic beaches in stinking tar, battered France is beginning to realise the full extent of the damage.

Britons battered 9 Jan 2000: More than 200,000 British families own homes in France, most of them teachers, businessmen and lecturers. The area most popular with them, the Dordogne, was one of the most badly hit.

Motorway mayhem 110 vehicles in crash on foggy German autobahn 3 Jan 2000: About 110 vehicles were involved in a crash yesterday on a fog-shrouded motorway in central Germany, killing two people and injuring at least 73 others.

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3 Responses to Guardian Climate Change Archive (2): 2000

  1. alexjc38 says:

    The history of climate change talks seems to be rather like a hologram, where each little fragment – the Hague in 2000, in this example – resembles the whole. All the elements look familiar – the usual chaotic “unprecedented” weather, the dire warnings, the build-up, then the arguments and falling-apart (with poor Frank Loy – representing the great Climate Satan – receiving a custard pie in the face) and banner-waving activists storming out of the talks in their customary tantrum. Even the recent Salerno-Hedegaard spat was but a pale echo of the somewhat more meaty Prescott-Voynet dustup in 2000. Reset and begin again… and again… Fascinating stuff. Thanks, Geoff!

  2. “Sweltering Atlanta shows summer in cities will get even hotter 23 Feb 2000: The long hot summer of the cities is here to stay. Nasa scientists have found that, day or night, the air over cities is invariably much hotter than over the surrounding countryside. And the heat is going to get worse.”

    glad to see that the Guardian acknowledges UHI effect. be careful the othodoxy will be on your back soon, geoff – beware the climate jesuits.

  3. Alex, after reading through Geoff’s summaries, I was about to make a similar comment! Never let it be said that the green-heart-on-sleeve crowd (who seem to be very slow learners at the best of times) do not recycle their actions and mantras!

    Geoff, my hat’s off to you for undertaking this daunting and depressing task!

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