B R E A K I N G


Sarah McConnell

Series of 57 monoprints on Japon paper

24 x 32cm

2017


$85 each

Drought worsens deadly battle between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria

A Fulani herdsman waters his cattle on a dusty plain in Adawama state. 

Tuesday 3 January 2017


Tornadoes bear down on south-east US

Amid rough weather across the US southern states work proceeds on power lines and trees in Georgia. 

Wednesday 4 January 2017


Record-breaking extreme weather in Australia in 2016 devastates ecosystems

Australia’s extreme weather in 2016 was driven by humankind’s burning of fossil fuels as well as a strong El Niño.

Thursday 5 January 2017


Bushfire in Perth's north-east threatens lives and homes

A bushfire in Waroona, Western Australia, in January 2016.

Sunday 8 January 2017


Icy winter storm causes accidents and deaths in south and eastern US

An image provided by the Connecticut state police shows the scene of a crash involving as many as 20 vehicles on Interstate 91 in Middletown, Connecticut Saturday. 

Sunday 8 January 2017


Firefighters battle out-of-control blaze near Canberra and dozens of others

An aerial shot of a fire burning near Taylors Creek Road at Tarago. The fire reportedly had a front 18km long.

Tuesday 17 January 2017


Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years

Cars swept into a pile by torrential rain in Genoa, Italy Saturday. 

Thursday 19 January 2017 


Four dead after tornado strikes Mississippi inflicting 'massive damage'

 Trees and debris cover the ground after the tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on 21 January.

Saturday 21 January 2017


Chile battles devastating wildfires: 'We have never seen anything on this scale'

 A Boeing 747-400 supertanker, flown in from a US air force base, drops its load south of Santiago.

Wednesday 25 January 2017


NT flooding cuts off remote communities from food supplies

Heavy rain causes flooding at the entrance to Nitmiluk national park near Katherine, Northern Territory. 

Wednesday 25 January 2017


Deadly wildfire razes entire town in Chile: 'Literally like Dante's Inferno'

Firefighters retreat from the flames in the town of Florida in the Biobio region

Thursday 26 January 2017 


Last bodies recovered from Italian avalanche hotel

Rescuers at the scene of the avalanche last week.

Thursday 26 January 2017


Three die after vehicle swept off flooded road in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has been hit by high rainfall.

Saturday 28 January 2017


Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point

Children unload fish from a boat at San Pya fish market in Yangon, Myanmar. The opening up of the economy has triggered a demand for child labour. 

Tuesday 31 January 2017


Hot, dry conditions fan wildfires in Chile

A volunteer tries to extinguish a forest fire in Concepcion, Chile on 28 January. 

Wednesday 1 February 2017 


Afghanistan avalanches death toll passes 135

Afghan tea seller Imran, 15, on the outskirts of Kabul on Saturday.

Monday 6 February 2017


Tornado rips apart homes and businesses in south-eastern Louisiana

A police officer walks through a damaged gas station after a tornado touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, Louisiana Tuesday.

Wednesday 8 February 2017


Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn

People wait for food and water in Werder district, in Ethiopia’s Somali region. In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, 12 million people are affected by food insecurity.

Sunday 12 February 2017


Lake Oroville dam: emergency staff race to fix spillway before more rain strikes

A water utility worker looks towards discharging water as it is released down a spillway as an emergency measure at the Oroville dam. 

Monday 13 February 2017


Antarctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever extent

Satellite data showing shrinkage in Antarctica is yet to be confirmed.

Tuesday 14 February 2017

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Bushfire destroys more than a dozen homes in Carwoola, say NSW firefighters

Smoke from an out-of-control grassfire is seen at Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra on Friday. 

Friday 17 February 2017


California 'weather bomb': at least three dead as torrential rain hits state

A firefighter carries a woman from her car after it was caught in street flooding.

Sunday 19 February 2017


Australia’s new normal … as city temperatures hit 47C people shelter from the deadly heat

Scott Morrison brings a chunk of coal into parliament

Sunday 19 February 2017

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Queensland and NT brace for wild weather as Cyclone Alfred forms in Gulf of Carpentaria

Sustained gusts could develop near coastal and island communities including Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. 

Monday 20 February 2017 


Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn

Ice covering the ocean surface along lower Baffin Island, in the Hudson Strait and the Labrador Sea. 

Friday 24 February 2017


Chile floods leave millions of people without drinking water in Santiago

 People walk along a damage road after a flood near Santiago.

Monday 27 February 2017


As water scarcity deepens across Latin America, political instability grows

Ecuadorians clash with police 30km from Quito in 2010 in a protest over proposed water privatisation. 

Wednesday 1 March 2017 


Gulf of Carpentaria's record mangrove dieback is a case study of extremes

‘Mangrove dieback has been recorded in Australia in the past but over decades, not months.’

Monday 13 March 2017

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NSW thunderstorms: severe weather, hail and flash flood warnings

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned people in the central west slopes and plains, and northern tablelands to prepare for extreme weather. 

Monday 13 March 2017 


‘Countless lives at stake’ warn NGOs as hunger in east Africa prompts major appeal

 People wait for food and water in eastern Ethiopia, 28 January. Drought has left 5.6 million people in the country in urgent need of assistance. 

Wednesday 15 March 2017


‘Airpocalypse’ smog events in China linked to melting ice cap, research reveals

Thick haze in eastern China during the extreme air pollution event January 2017.

Wednesday 15 March 2017


Peru floods kill 67 and spark criticism of country's climate change preparedness

Peru flooding: woman scrambles out of vast mudslide

Friday 17 March 2017


NSW floods: SES responds to hundreds of calls for help after deluge

Spontaneous waterfalls hit the roads, Bellingen

Saturday 18 March 2017


As drought sweeps Kenya, herders invade farms and old wounds are reopened

A herder watches his livestock grazing near Mugie Wildlife Conservancy. 

Sunday 19 March 2017 

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Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'

Such thin ice now could see record low summertime sea-ice conditions in the Arctic next September. 

Wednesday 22 March 2017


Storms lash America and Australia, and chill returns to Spain

A storm cell which battered north western Sydney on Wednesday 22 March, causing flooded roads, fallen trees and property damage.

Sunday 26 March 2017


Japan avalanche kills seven students and teacher

Seven students and a teacher die after Japan avalanche – video report

Monday 27 March 2017


Climate change: ‘human fingerprint’ found on global extreme weather

Global warming makes temperature patterns that cause heatwaves, droughts and floods across Europe, north America and Asia more likely, scientists find

Monday 27 March 2017 


Queenslanders wake up to devastation following 'monster' storm Cyclone Debbie

Tropical Cyclone Debbie hits Airlie Beach on Tuesday.

Tuesday 28 March 2017


Thousands of pollution deaths worldwide linked to western consumers – study

Chinese emissions caused more than twice the number of deaths worldwide than the emissions of any other region, followed by emissions produced in India and the rest of the Asia region. 

Wednesday 29 March 2017


Cyclone Debbie rescue efforts hit by flooding amid 'phenomenal' rain

Locals inspect damage caused by Cyclone Debbie to the marina at Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach. 

Wednesday 29 March 2017 


Colombia landslide leaves at least 254 dead and hundreds missing

A picture provided by the Colombian army shows some of the damage caused by the landslide in Mocoa.

Sunday 2 April 2017 


Search resumes for woman and children feared dead in Tweed river

Three people are believed dead in flood waters that have swept across northern New South Wales in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. 

Monday 3 April 2017


Colombia landslide: search continues for missing after mud deluge kills hundreds

Residents of Mocoa desperately searched for loved ones on Monday after devastating mudslides slammed into the remote Colombian city, killing more than 250.

Monday 3 April 2017

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‘Disaster alley’: Australia could be set to receive new wave of climate refugees

A king tide crashes through the sea wall, flooding Pita Meanke’s family home on the low-lying South Pacific island of Kiribati. 

Tuesday 4 April 2017


After the flood: 'No tourists please. Help welcome'

Cleaning up after the flooding in Tumbulgum on the Tweed river, northern New South Wales. 

Wednesday 5 April 2017


New Zealand towns hit by 'once in 500-year flood' as storm system sweeps in

New Zealand town evacuated in wake of ex-cyclone Debbie

Thursday 6 April 2017


Queensland city of Rockhampton's flood peaks at 8.75 metres

Floodwaters resulting from ex-Cyclone Debbie inundate houses in Depot Hill, Rockhampton, Queensland on Thursday. 

Thursday 6 April 2017 


Great Barrier Reef at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

Aerial surveys of the world’s largest living structure, scoring bleaching at 800 individual coral reefs across 8,000km

Sunday 9 April 2017


Cyclone Cook strikes New Zealand, felling trees and causing power failures

Firefighters clean up after winds from Cyclone Cook blow down a shed in Napier, North Island. 

Thursday 13 April 2017


Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river. 

Monday 17 April 2017


Winter returns to Europe with a vengeance

Wrecked cars on the snowbound D1 highway in Slovakia.

Sunday 23 April 2017 


Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

Drought is killing thousands of animals in Marsabit, in northern Kenya. The programme could bring crucial relief to thousands of families on the brink of hunger. 

Tuesday 25 April 2017


Girl, 2, killed by falling goalpost as tornadoes hit south and midwest

Cars and trucks are damaged after the walls blew out of the I-20 Dodge dealership. 

Monday 1 May 2017


Brown and barren land: Bolivia's historic drought – in pictures

The combined impact of the El Niño weather cycle, poor water management and climate change helped cause the country’s worst drought in 25 years. Water rationing was used for the first time in La Paz, affecting 80,000 people.

Friday 5 May 2017


'Our country will vanish': Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

The Betio hospital in Kiribati, which sustained damage during Cyclone Pam in 2015.

Saturday 13 May 2017


Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters.

Friday 19 May 2017