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Mozambique: Escaping 'the land of fear' - Crisis as half a million people flee Islamist insurgency. You can see the boats sail into Pakaquiteta beach every morning, carrying people and possessions from an area in Mozambique that is known as "the land of fear".

Mozambique: Escaping 'the land of fear' - Crisis as half a million people flee Islamist insurgency

More than half a million people have fled from northern parts of the country's most northerly province, Cabo Delgado, and thousands of evacuees have sought sanctuary on this scruffy-looking beach, located in the heart of the region's biggest city, Pemba. This exodus has been fuelled by a vicious band of Islamist extremists who have opened a new front in the war on terror.

Explained: Why have 500,000 people been forced to flee their homes in Mozambique? The conflict began in late 2017 and has cost the lives of at least 2,500 people - but it has gone largely unnoticed in the rest of the world. The consequences are impossible to miss in a spot like Pakaquiteta, however. "How long can you go on living like this?

" "We don't know how we are going to get out of this situation. California wildfires: A smoke cloud spreads over North America, North Atlantic and towards Europe. Huge wildfires are scorching parts of the state of California.

California wildfires: A smoke cloud spreads over North America, North Atlantic and towards Europe

Soon after the extreme heatwave in the western United States, the fires have started in California. They exploded in the last days as weather conditions significantly worsened. Beirut explosion: Massive blast devastates city's port area. Satellite images show scale of Beirut blast. Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves after Beirut blast. What it Takes to be a Hong Kong Frontline Protester. George Floyd death: Black activist delivers powerful message to 16-year-old protester in viral video. How Can We Win Kimberly Jones Video Full Length David Jones Media Clean Edit #BLM 2020 What Can I Do. WhatsApp Video 2020 06 07 at 18. Belarus: tens of thousands of protesters flood Minsk demanding Lukashenko's removal. Inside a ‘Culture of Abuse’ at U.S.A. Gymnastics. Time's up for toxic hockey culture? Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame? What is a hurricane, exactly?

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame?

A hurricane is a large rotating storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters in the Atlantic. These low pressure weather systems draw upon warm water and atmospheric moisture to fuel their strength and will gather pace if not slowed by patches of dry air, crosswinds or landfall. “They are very tall towers of winds that move at the same speed, sometimes 60,000ft tall,” says Jim Kossin, a scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “If they are unmolested by wind shear or run over land they will continue on their merry way.” Storms are given names once they have sustained winds of more than 39mph. Once a storm gets to category three it is classed as a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111mph and enough force to damage homes and snap trees. This strongest class of hurricanes includes Hurricane Katrina, which caused the inundation of New Orleans in 2005, and Hurricane Maria, which flattened much of Puerto Rico in 2017.

Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean. The British street artist Banksy has financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach Europe from north Africa, the Guardian can reveal.

Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean

The vessel, named Louise Michel after a French feminist anarchist, set off in secrecy on 18 August from the Spanish seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, and is now in the central Mediterranean where on Thursday it rescued 89 people in distress, including 14 women and four children. It is now looking for a safe seaport to disembark the passengers or to transfer them to a European coastguard vessel. Greece has a deadly new migration policy – and all of Europe is to blame. A vital part of international refugee law is the principle of non-refoulement: the idea that states should not push people seeking asylum back to unsafe countries.

Greece has a deadly new migration policy – and all of Europe is to blame

In a country like the UK, which does not sit next to a war zone, advocates of “tougher” policies to deter asylum seekers will claim that the principle does not apply, since people who reach Britain’s shores will have passed through several peaceful countries before they get there. But if every country looks only to its own interests, and behaves as if asylum seekers are someone else’s problem, then you very quickly end up with a system that traps people in situations where their lives are at risk. That is the system bequeathed by Europe’s panicked response to the 2015 refugee crisis, and in recent months, partly under cover of the emergency conditions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, it has got worse.

Australian 2019 Fire Recovery. Rollingstone. Wade Davis holds the Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.

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His award-winning books include “Into the Silence” and “The Wayfinders.” His new book, “Magdalena: River of Dreams,” is published by Knopf. Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. For the first time in the history of the world, all of humanity, informed by the unprecedented reach of digital technology, has come together, focused on the same existential threat, consumed by the same fears and uncertainties, eagerly anticipating the same, as yet unrealized, promises of medical science. Biden vs Trump: US presidential election 2020 poll tracker.