transport
Good Rail News Shocker! Flood-Hit Dawlish Line to Re-Open Ahead of Schedule

It's been a rough start to the year if you live in the South West of England, with terrible weather and flooding offering little to smile about. Read More >>

earthquakes
Earthquakes Join in With Kicking the UK While it's Down

It's all gone biblical down in the south west, with the epic flooding now joined by a new form of catastrophe -- the earthquake. Residents in as far afield places as Ilfracombe and Swansea experienced a 4.1 magnitude quake yesterday, as God callously moved another chess piece on his board of doom. Read More >>

environment
Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

environment
Locals Suggest £90k Anti-Flood Sausage Won't Work

This enormous thing has become known as the Chertsey Sausage, the media-friendly name for a temporary flood barrier the army and Environment Agency have stuck alongside roads in Surrey. Some like it, some try to climb it, some think it's a waste of time. Read More >>

environment
UK Flood Panic Triggers the Largest Emergency Response Since WWII Blitz

The UK is currently gripped by the sort of "Blitz Spirit" not seen since we all cheered when that nice man won his gold medal in the long jump back at London 2012, with a government minister claiming the fire and rescue response currently bailing out houses across the country is the largest mobilisation of trucks and blokes since WWII. Read More >>

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This Man's £10K Mud Fortress Can't Defend His Home from Flooding

Even the best-laid plans are being dashed by the flooding affecting large swathes of the south-west of Britain at the moment. If this man's £10,000, JCB-built mud walls can't stop his home from being overwhelmed, what chance do those making do with sandbags have? Read More >>

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The UK Floods in Pictures: South West Submerged as Waters Break Defences

Two months of heavy rains and stormy weather has left large swathes of the UK a soggy, sodden mess. Floods have caused damage to some 1,600 properties (mainly in the South West of England), and there seems little sign of the sorry weather abating. Read More >>

design
This Home is Designed to Stand Up to a Tsunami

Little can actually be guaranteed to survive the high-velocity wave walls and pummeling winds of a tsunami—but this house will at least put up a damn good showing. Read More >>

wtf
Ukip Councillor Suspended After Suggesting Gay Marriage Caused the UK's Floods

The latest bizarre rant by a Ukip councillor has earned him a suspension, after David Silvester wrote an incredibly weird letter to a local newspaper in which he blamed the UK's recent spate of floods on the government's decision to allow same-sex marriages. Read More >>

environment
Thames Barrier Saved Huge Chunks of London From Wet Carpet Misery Last Week

The rare tidal surge that caused so much damage to many coastal areas late last week was kept at bay by the Thames Barrier, with the Environment Agency releasing this image to show how London would've been soaked had the flood defences not been put in place. Read More >>

environment
Watch this Island Appear Out of Nowhere Off the Coast of Pakistan

NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured the birth of the new island off the coast of Gwadar, Pakistan after this week's 7.8 earthquake. Read below for a longer look at this rocky, flammable gas-emitting landform that scientists are calling a "mud volcano" and why this little island might not last very long. As of today, the earthquake has claimed 515 lives, with attacks from insurgents hampering relief efforts. Read More >>

environment
What Happens When Natural Disasters Instantly Change Our Maps?

Pakistan's devastating earthquake this week killed hundreds, with a death toll that's certain to rise. While the country recovers, the world has become fascinated by a geographic side effect of the disaster: the quake was so powerful that it created a new island in the Arabian Sea. And as of Wednesday morning, people were already exploring it. Read More >>

architecture
This Submersible Skatepark Is Drainage in Disguise

Skateboarding's earliest shredders cut their teeth in empty pools and drainage pipes, but extreme sport-boardin' has come a long way in the years since. There are plenty of devoted skateparks out there now, but this one in Denmark goes back to those roots by doubling as a functional drainage system. Read More >>

toolkit
Everything You Need to Survive a UK Flood

The UK's famed for its rather dismal weather, but you might've noticed that the weather's been more wet and torrential than damp and dreary recently. So, we've rounded up a list of flood-busting items you might want to stick under your bed. Y'know, just in case. Read More >>

environment
Flooded Out? Surf Your Way to Work

If your road has turned into a river and your car is upside-down and blocking a bridge half a mile down the road thanks to the latest bizarre weather to hit the UK, there's still a way to travel -- surf those roads. Read More >>

cameras
Sony's NEX and SLT Cameras Back in Production After Thai Flood Stoppage

Sony has managed to get its NEX and SLT camera lines up and running again, following a break in production caused by the relentless flooding that's been hammering Thailand over recent months. Read More >>

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