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A view from the top of the levee that protects the Ninth Ward from the Industrial Canal is pictured as Tropical Storm Barry approaches land in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hurricane Barry could breach New Orleans’ river levees. Here’s how the levee system works and how much it can withstand.

Hurricane Barry could raise the Mississippi River 19 feet in New Orleans. The levee system might not be able to hold it. Here's how it works.

By 2050, Singapore and KL will have climates that have never been seen before, report warns

Over 20 per cent of the world's cities are expected to experience never-before-seen climate conditions in 2050, with the majority of these located in the tropics.
Tropical Storm Barry approaches Louisiana on Friday morning.

Unusually high water levels could cause life-threatening flooding in New Orleans from a tropical storm likely to become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Barry will likely test New Orleans' defenses and the Mississippi River's levees as the water already in the river is unusually high.
An Indian passenger passes plastic bottles for drinking water in train during a hot day at India's Allahabad Railway station on June 11, 2019.

India is battling intense heatwaves that have killed more than 100 people, and experts warn some areas could soon be too hot for humans to survive

Parts of India exceeded 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Farenheit) this summer while the state of the capital city had its hottest June on record.
The temperature anomaly across Europe on June 26, 2019.

‘Today is the hottest day in the history of France’: Europe’s hellish heat wave is caused by a high-pressure weather system unlike a...

France and Spain, among other nations, are experiencing a record-breaking heat wave this week. The cause is an abnormal high-pressure weather system.
Tourists and Parisians bathe at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in the water of the Trocadero fountain to cool down on Monday.

Paris opened extra swimming pools, set up mist machines, and postponed thousands of school exams ahead of a killer heat wave looming over Europe

Parts of France are due to hit 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit, this week. Similar past heat waves have been linked to thousands of deaths.

At least 2 people have died in massive floods swallowing eastern Nebraska. Photos show what the damage looks like on the ground.

Flooding originated from the rivers in the eastern part of the state caused evacuations as crews work to rescue residents from the waters.
How the jet stream impacts the polar vortex.

The polar vortex engulfing the US has left 21 people dead. Here’s why events like this might be getting more common.

A record cold snap in the US has left 21 dead. Here's what makes these polar-vortex events so dangerous and why we may see more of them in the future.
A Metra train in Chicago runs along tracks that have been set on fire on Tuesday, to stop them from fracturing in the extreme cold.

It’s gotten so cold in Chicago that workers are setting the train tracks on fire to keep them from fracturing

Metal contracts in the cold, which can cause the train tracks to unbolt or break. Heating them up allows the steel to expand so it can be repaired.

Last year was Singapore’s eighth-warmest year – and December had the hottest day in the nation’s history

Singapore's 10 warmest years all occurred within the past 25 years, with past decade being the warmest on record, the Meteorological Service said.