Articles by Jonathan Tirone

War-Damaged Ukraine Nuclear Plant Could Threaten Europe’s Energy Grid

Diplomats concerned about an atomic accident at a war-damaged nuclear power plant in Ukraine should also turn their attention to a larger and looming danger, according to engineers who study critical infrastructure. Already only two of six reactors at the …

Global Warming Could Kill 83 Million People by Turn of Next Century: Study

A population equivalent to that of Germany — 83 million people — could be killed by 2100 because of rising temperatures caused by greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a new study that might influence how markets price carbon pollution. The research …

Central Europe Could Face Megadroughts as Climate Change Hits

Policy makers who are raising the alarm over water scarcity could still be underestimating the scale of droughts in store for central European economies, according to new research. More frequent dry spells over the last decade have already impacted European …

Climate Change Is Causing Sea Levels to Rise Faster than Most Forecasts

Climate change is causing oceans to rise quicker than scientists’ most pessimistic forecasts, resulting in earlier flood risks to coastal economies already struggling to adapt. The revised estimates published Tuesday in Ocean Science impact the two-fifths of the Earth’s population …

European Researchers Turn to AI to Build Better Weather Data

European scientists who feed critical climate data to industry and researchers said that their next great breakthrough in weather forecasting will be powered by artificial intelligence. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is turning to machine learning in order …

Here’s How European Satellites Can Help Predict the Next Weather Disaster

Spain began the new year battling Storm Filomena, a once-in-a-generation weather event that blanketed Madrid in snow and paralyzed the economy. Health workers were stranded, supermarkets shut, and the army was called in. At least four people died. “Now, consider …

Earth Draws Closer to Climate Change Tipping Points After Another Year of Record Heat

Another year of record-high heat punctuated a decade-long increase in global temperatures that has placed the Earth’s economies dangerously close to climate tipping points. Those are the conclusions published Friday by European Union scientists. Despite pandemic-induced lockdowns of the global …

Europe Faces Sweltering Summer with Below-Average Rainfall: Scientists

Europe is set for a sweltering and tinder dry summer this year, posing trouble for farmers, utilities and transportation on inland waterways. That’s the conclusion of scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who published the seasonal outlook this week. …

Earth Is Hotter Than at Any Time Since Start of Industrial Revolution: Report

The last five years on Earth have been hotter than at any time since the industrial revolution kicked off almost two centuries ago. That’s the conclusion of Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, which published data on Wednesday showing that global …

Driverless Bus Hits Pedestrian in Vienna, Halting Trials

Authorities are investigating why a driverless bus struck a pedestrian in Vienna, an incident that resulted in minor injuries but stopped Austrian trials of the technology. The Navya SAS vehicle was driving at 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) an hour on …