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Parametric Insurance Cover Provides French Farmers with Drought Relief

Hundreds of French farmers who signed up for specialist policies aimed at insuring against freak weather are getting swift payouts which could help them recover from heatwaves and prolonged droughts that hit parts of the country. The payments underline how …

Climate Change Blamed for Europe’s Latest Heatwave

Europe’s latest summer heatwave broke heat records just weeks after the continent had its hottest ever June, fueling concern that a shifting climate is triggering more extreme weather. Germany probably set a new all-time temperature record of 42.6 degrees Celsius …

Rhine River Shipping Faces Another Historic Shutdown as Drought Hits Water Levels

The bustling boat traffic on Europe’s Rhine river ground to a halt for the first time in living memory last year, as shrinking alpine glaciers and severe drought made the key transport artery impassable. Those historic conditions could be repeated …

Blast of Hot Air from Sahara Triggers Record Heatwave Across Europe

Europeans fought to stay cool as a blast of hot air from the Sahara desert sent temperatures to records in large parts of the continent and whipped up concern about climate change. Germany imposed speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches …

Sweltering Heatwave in Germany Sparks Wildfires, Forces Speed Cut on Autobahn

A blistering heatwave prompted Germany to impose speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches of its high-speed motorways Wednesday, the latest sign of extreme weather events ruffling Europe’s largest economy. State authorities are reducing speeds to as low as 100 kilometers …

Rhine River Could Be Impassable to Ships this Summer if European Drought Returns

Germany’s Rhine River could be impassable to ships again this summer if Europe has another drought, a once-rare weather phenomenon that’s becoming more likely with an increase in the temperature. That’s the opinion of German and Swiss scientists who say …

Climate Change, Shrinking Glaciers Threaten Rhine River Shipping Access

Kevin Kilps’s car ferry churns the waters of Germany’s Rhine river as he steers toward the bank opposite Kaub, a scenic village just south of the rocky outcropping named after the legendary siren Lorelei. It’s typically a busy stretch of …

Sweden’s Wildfires Highlight Cost of Rapidly Changing Climate in Europe

Hannele Arvonen, the owner of one of Sweden’s largest lumber yards, is spending the winter months planning for a new and unexpected threat to her business: regular wildfires raging just south of the Arctic Circle. Her business, Setra Group AB, …

Navajo Nation President Extends Crop Insurance Amid New Mexico Drought

Outgoing Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has extended the tribe’s crop insurance amid ongoing extreme drought conditions. The Gallup Independent reports Begaye signed the insurance contract earlier this month. He says it will protect the tribe’s pastures, rangelands and forage …

Just Like Many British Homes, UK Insurers’ Shares Are Subsiding This Summer

Just like a lot of British houses this summer, U.K. insurance stocks are sinking. The country’s non-life insurers sector had its steepest drop in more than a year-and-a-half on Friday after its biggest constituent, RSA Insurance Group Plc, warned this …