The region has been hit by record-breaking rainfall

France hit by record-breaking rainfall

30 Sep France has declared a state of natural disaster in about 60 southern towns hit by torrential downpours, which also left the Mediterranean city of Montpellier under water.

Residents are rescued by police and rescue volunteers during the floods in Manila

Thousands return home following Philippine typhoon

20 Sep Thousands of people displaced by floods triggered by tropical storm Fung-Wong returned to their mud-caked homes in the Philippine capital of Manila, as the death toll from the disaster rose to five.

Rescue services worked through the night in Lamalou-les-Bains

Five killed in French flash flood

18 Sep Five people died when storms turned a peaceful river that bordered their camping site in southern France into a raging torrent that swept them away.

The resorts in Los Cabos are popular with American tourists

Hurricane Odile hits Mexican resort

15 Sep Hurricane Odile has whipped through the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, causing chaos as it uprooted trees, downed power lines and smashed shop windows, sparking looting.

A hawksbill sea turtle swims near the reed off Lady Elliot Island

Poor outlook for Great Barrier Reef

13 Aug Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef and the outlook for the natural wonder is "poor", an Australian government report has warned.

Portmarnock Beach is among those to have restrictions lifted

'No swimming' notice for Co Wicklow beach

07 Aug Wicklow County Council has issued a "do not swim" notice for Brittas Bay South, while Fingal County Council has lifted restrictions on some designated bathing areas.

Portrane beach is one of those affected

Water warnings over beaches in Dublin and Wicklow

05 Aug Fingal County Council has advised the public not to swim at 12 beaches because of worries over the water quality, while Wicklow County Council has issued an advisory notice about the quality of bathing water in Bray.

Trailers damaged by Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina earlier this month

Five die in storms in US east coast

09 Jul Thousands of people in the east coast of the United States woke up to power cuts and a major clean-up operation today after severe storms and high winds killed five people.

The storm cut power supplies to 25,200 utility customers

Dust storm brings winds of over 80km/h to Arizona

04 Jul The first dust storm of the 2014 monsoon barrelled into Phoenix, Arizona, last night, as winds of more than 80km/h tore down trees and cut power supplies to 25,200 utility customers in the city.