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After oil and gas, Europe is now running out of wind

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Thorntonbank Wind Farm off the Belgian coast. Last year, average wind speeds in the North Sea declined by up to 10%.
You might think it's impossible to run out of wind, but Europe's "wind drought" proves otherwise. And it's only going to get worse.

Energy-wise, Europe is between a rock and a hard place: it needs so much, yet has so little of its own. That's why decarbonization is an opportunity as well as a challenge.

The first goal of eliminating coal, oil, and gas as the power sources that keep Europeans warm and working is to get rid of greenhouse gases to keep the planet from boiling over. And as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has underscored, another worthy goal is weaning Europe off its dependency on less-than-friendly foreign suppliers like Vladimir Putin and others whom you would normally cross the street to avoid, geopolitically speaking.


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More than 1 foot of October snow hits the Rockies

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ABC News' Mola Lenghi reports on the first widespread snowstorm of the season in the western United States.


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Alta, Utah receives over 2 feet of snow, passes monthly average

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Alta is off to a good start this season after a weekend storm brought more than two feet of snow to the area.

The official snow total was 25 inches, The National Weather Service reported.

This total passes the October monthly average, which is 24.4 inches.

Other areas of Utah also saw significant snow totals. Solitude received 18 inches, Summit Park got ten inches and Tooele saw seven inches.


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Calgary hit with Canada's first hefty snowfall of the season - 10 inches of snow

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It wasn't just Calgary's first significant snowfall of the season on Saturday, it was Alberta's. It was a memorable event as the system overachieved in parts of the province.

We knew it was only a matter of time before a major city in Canada was hit with its first significant snowfall of the season. However, many Calgarians wish they weren't the first to deal with this much of it.

It wasn't just Calgary's first significant snowfall of the season, it was Alberta's. Saturday was a memorable day for some as the system overachieved with snowfall amounts in parts of the province.

Third-party websites such as Twitter and Facebook reported that Cochrane saw 15-22 cm while Kananaskis Valley recorded 27 cm.

Snowfall records, which began in 1881 were broken at Calgary International Airport. The area reported a one day total of 19 cm on Saturday, October 22, setting a new record for this day. The entire snowfall event total for Calgary -- from Friday night to Sunday morning -- has been reported as 23 cm.


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First major snowstorm of the year hits Montana - over a foot of snow reported

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MISSOULA, Mo

The first significant snowstorm of the year is currently impacting parts of Montana with heavy snow and gusty winds.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until later this evening for the Great Falls area.

The wet snow has caused power outages and downed numerous tree limbs as many trees still haven't dropped their leaves. More impactful snow amounts were occurring near the foothills of the Little Belt and Highwood Mountains where over 1 foot of snow has been reported.

This storm brings a major pattern change to the Northern Rockies where unseasonable warm and dry conditions have persisted for much of this years Fall season.


Comment: 17 inches of fresh snow fell at Big Sky Resort, Montana over weekend


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Benin - Over 40 dead, 1,300 households displaced after weeks of flooding

Floods in Adhamè in Benin, September 2022.
© Agence Nationale de Protection Civile Benin
Floods in Adhamè in Benin, September 2022.
Over 40 people have lost their lives and hundreds of homes have been destroyed by flooding in Benin since September this year.

According to reports from the Benin Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) significant rain fell throughout September 2022 in Benin.

Several rivers including the Mono, Oueme and Niger broke their banks. The situation was worsened by the release of waters from the the Nagbéto dam in Togo.

High levels of the Niger river among others have also resulted in widespread flooding in neighbouring countries Niger, where over 160 people have died, and Nigeria, where 1.3 million have been displaced and 603 people have died.



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Colombia - Flash floods in Cesar leave 1 dead, 4,500 families affected

Flood damage in Bosconia, Cesar, Colombia, October 2022.
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Flood damage in Bosconia, Cesar, Colombia, October 2022.
At least one person has died and 2 are missing after flash flooding in the department of Cesar, Colombia overnight 22 to 23 October 2022.

Flooding has affected around 4,500 households (around 15,000 to 20,000 people) in the municipality of Bosconia in the north west of the department. The departmental government reported severe damage in the areas of San Martin, Nueva Esperanza, Cañahuate, El Instituto and El Paraíso. The government also confirmed the death of a young child in the floods. Local media added that at least 2 other people are feared missing.

"The volume of the flood was so strong that it swept away vehicles. This situation is strange and unprecedented, the Government of Cesar will advance an analysis of the causes of this problem," the Cesar government said.


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Gabon - 7 killed in Libreville landslide after heavy rainfall

A landslide at Pk18, in Libreville.

A landslide at Pk18, in Libreville.
Heavy rainfall overnight 20 to 21 October 2022 caused severe damages in the city of Libreville, capital of Gabon.

One landslide buried a home in the PK 8 area of the 6th arrondissement of the city. Seven members of the same family died as a result.

Deputy Prime Minister, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, expressed "immense sadness following the tragedy that took 7 members of the same family, aged 7 to 50, in a landslide in Libreville".

"The government, which dispatched the Minister Delegate for Social Affairs to the scene, offers its condolences to the bereaved family and stands by its side," he added.


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17 inches of fresh snow fell at Big Sky Resort, Montana over weekend

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter.
© Big Sky Resort
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter.
An October winter storm has delivered more than a foot of snow at Big Sky Resort, MT, and it's still snowing.

Big Sky Ski Patrol observed snow drifts more than two feet deep at the top of the Challenger lift at 9,600 feet.

Today, Big Sky Resort also saw its first snowfall in the base area at 7,500 feet.

Big Sky Resort opens for the winter season in just over a month on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

Let it snow!

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Giant hailstones pummel communities in central Queensland, Australia

Belinda Cosgrove had large stones fall near her place at Machine Creek, west of Gladstone.
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Belinda Cosgrove had large stones fall near her place at Machine Creek, west of Gladstone.
Parts of central and north Queensland have been hit by hail storms this afternoon, as a heatwave lashes the state.

"[We] saw it coming on the radar and decided to get everything in the shed," Ms Crooks said.

"Glad we did. The rain and hail was literally coming in sideways to the carport."

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for a large part of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology said locations that may be affected included Roma, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Kingaroy, Blackwater, Barcaldine, Yeppoon, Mount Morgan and Nanango.