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The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action | Observer editorial

The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action | Observer editorial

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get itFor tens of millions of people around the world, 2017 has
Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

World faces disaster if those who contributed ‘lion’s share’ to global warming don’t aid low-income countries, IMF saysThe International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help
Europe storms: at least six dead as winds and flooding create chaos

Europe storms: at least six dead as winds and flooding create chaos

Trains suspended in parts of northern Germany as storm knocks out power for thousands of Czechs and Poles Strong winds battered northern and central Europe on Sunday, killing at least six people in
Hamburg under water after storms batter Europe - video

Hamburg under water after storms batter Europe - video

German city is hit by widespread flooding after storms battered northern and central Europe. At least six people have died in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic as a result of the weather, while
FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy's Puerto Rico power contract

FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy's Puerto Rico power contract

Bureau said to be looking into how the Montana company, which has just two full-time employees, won contract despite never having handled similar project The FBI is reportedly investigating the $300m
Satellite eye on Earth: September 2017 - in pictures

Satellite eye on Earth: September 2017 - in pictures

Algal blooms, hurricanes and volcano fields are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last monthA potentially harmful algal bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of
'It feels like Dominica is finished': life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria | Janise Elie

'It feels like Dominica is finished': life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria | Janise Elie

With almost every building damaged or reduced to rubble, no power and little water, survivors of September’s storm are relying on shelters and a trickle of aidWhen it rains or the wind blows in the
'Shameful': UK and US under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims

'Shameful': UK and US under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims

China, France and Russia also among major UN donors resisting appeal to spend $40m of UN money on victims of cholera epidemic, claim lawyersHuman rights lawyers have accused the UK and other large
The three-degree world: cities that will be drowned by global warming

The three-degree world: cities that will be drowned by global warming

The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the worldWhen UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new
From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis showsHundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the
Several dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam – video

Several dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam – video

Typhoon Damrey has made landfall in south-eastern Vietnam, bringing downpours and heavy winds. It is the strongest typhoon in at least 16 years to hit the country's central and southern regions, with
Typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam with deadly force

Typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam with deadly force

At least 15 killed by flooding or collapsed buildings as typhoon causes extensive damage to houses, boats and crops Typhoon Damrey has made landfall on Vietnam’s south-central coast, killing at least
Typhoon Damrey kills at least 27 along Vietnam's south-central coast

Typhoon Damrey kills at least 27 along Vietnam's south-central coast

Powerful typhoon battering Vietnam also leaves 22 people missing amid extensive damageA powerful typhoon battering Vietnam has killed at least 27 people and left 22 others missing amid extensive
The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensationThe world’s nations are meeting for the 23rd
'They let people die': searching for justice after Florida's nursing home tragedy

'They let people die': searching for justice after Florida's nursing home tragedy

When a care home lost power during Hurricane Irma, 14 died in the sweltering heat. Two months later, a family is demanding answers Erika Navarro finds it hard to hold back the tears when she talks of
Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans still waiting for help from Fema

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans still waiting for help from Fema

Federal agency still hobbled by lack of electricity and reliable cell and internet service – stopping Puerto Ricans from getting the help they desperately needOnline aid forms that can’t be filled out
Puerto Ricans face rain and floods in wrecked homes still without roofs

Puerto Ricans face rain and floods in wrecked homes still without roofs

The distribution of tarpaulins, a standard emergency aid response, has not happened smoothly in Puerto Rico – leaving many braced against the elementsOf all the basic necessities still missing for
Vietnam braced for second storm after devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey

Vietnam braced for second storm after devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey

As 400,000 people in coastal communities await emergency assistance after first deadly cyclone, aid workers warn Typhoon Kaikui will inflict further misery Almost 400,000 people are in need of
Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll climbs to more than 400

Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll climbs to more than 400

Rescuers battle to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings after the 7.3-magnitude quake A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake has rocked the northern border region between Iran and Iraq,
Live TV interview interrupted by Iran-Iraq quake - video'

Live TV interview interrupted by Iran-Iraq quake - video'

A TV interview is interrupted by a powerful earthquake which shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday evening, killing at least 300 people. A Rudaw TV reporter, based in Erbil, was conducting a