Diplomats, military officers and experts gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to discuss energy security and future challenges facing the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. While discussing what the alliance may be up against 70 years from now, some argued that the impacts of climate change are likely to be the main threat.
The relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic for the time of year –
with daytime highs of around 10 degrees Celsius – is set to continue
until Wednesday, when it will begin to gradually get warmer, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute says in a regular four-week forecast.
However, the next month will see lower than average temperatures for the period in question, though daytime highs will slowly increase. Precipitation should be in line with the seasonal average, the forecasters said.
Record low temperatures for the 8th of May were recorded at every sixth of
the 150 weather stations in operation for at least 30 years, meteorologists
The lowest temperature of all on Wednesday morning, -8 degrees Celsius, was registered at the Kvilda-Perla weather station, although it did not break a record for that location.
Among the new record lows was a -3.8 degrees Celsius measurement at Vyšší Brod, in the Český Krumlov region, not reached since 1979.
The bout of cold weather has brought snow to the mountain regions of the Czech Republic. Up to four centimetres of fresh snow fell on Sunday in areas above 600 metres in the regions of Olomouc, Moravia-Silesia, and Zlín regions and night temperatures dropped to below minus five degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last throughout Monday.
High school students across the Czech Republic joined the global student
strike on Friday aiming to raise awareness of the need to fight climate
In Prague, students gathered on Malostranské náměstí and marched to the Office of the Government. Students in Ostrava, Olomouc, Liberec and other Czech towns and cities also took part in the protest.
The students have received support from over 100 Czech scientists and academics and from the environmental groups Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Thousands of high-school students across the world are preparing to take part in a big protest against the lack of action being undertaken to stop climate change. The movement, known as Fridays for Future, also has a Czech branch, which has attracted over a thousand of students and a hundred academics.
The state forestry company Lesy ČR said that around million cubic metres
of timber were damaged by the windstorm Eberhard that swept through Europe
Damaged trees represent around eight percent of the annual quota of felled trees with damages estimated at half a billion crowns.
The biggest calamity in the state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.
Emergency work to restore power to thousands of homes continued for a
second night in succession in the wake of damage caused by the windstorm
Eberhard which swept through central Europe on Sunday night damaging roofs,
felling trees and bringing down power lines.
In the initial phase of the storm hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power, on Monday night emergency crews restored power to some 35,000 homes in hard-to-reach destinations.
Clean-up work continues in the country’s forests where the storm felled around a million trees and people around the country have started reporting damages to insurance companies. The damages are expected to be in the tens of millions of crowns.
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