Articles by Jonathan Tirone

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 …

Remembering Chernobyl As Nuclear Industry Seeks Role in Future of Sustainable Energy

A television series about the world’s worst nuclear accident is refocusing millions of viewers on atomic risks just as the industry struggles to gain traction in markets flooded with renewable power. Home Box Office Inc.’s mini-series “Chernobyl” is set to …

Vienna Insurance Hurt by Spring Flooding Losses

Vienna Insurance Group AG, Austria’s biggest insurer, reported second-quarter profit plunged after the worst central European floods in a decade caused damage compensation to triple. The shares fell. Pretax profit for the period ending June 30 dropped 69 percent to …

Security Analysts Warn About Terrorism Risk After Fukushima Meltdown

Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, whose 2011 meltdowns dislocated 160,000 people, may provide a new blueprint for terrorists seeking to inflict mass disruption, security analysts said at a United Nations meeting. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency convened a week-long …