Leprosy & Cholera in New York

When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases.

Mexico Freeze Wipes Out Crops

Freezing temperatures across a wide swath of Mexico the night of Feb. 3-4 could have a huge effect on supplies of tomatoes, peppers and other winter vegetables. The freeze reached fields as far south as southern Sinaloa. Crops in the

Victorians Beg For Rain To Stop

Heavy rain in Victoria is expected to ease today but large parts of the state are still struggling to cope with the extreme wet weather. Lachlan Quick from the State Emergency Service (SES) says volunteers are braced for another potentially

Two Big Earthquakes Hit Chile

A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile, followed hours later by a second lesser quake. There have been no reports of casualties or damage.

Iceland’s Bardabunga Ready To Blow


Researchers say Iceland’s second-largest volcano seems ready to erupt and might create an ash cloud bigger than one that disrupted European air travel in 2010. Geologists say an increased swarm of earthquakes around the Bardarbunga volcano tell them there is

Wild Weather Hits The US Mid South

Video Report: This week we have seen record breaking snow and cold temperatures across part of the Mid South. We have also seen some amazing video.

Dengue Fever Hits Queensland

The number of cases of dengue fever in cyclone-hit north Queensland has more than doubled this week. Authorities say they have identified 15 cases of the mosquito-borne illness in East Innisfail. Two different strains are present in the town.

China Swine Flu Claims 20 Lives

BEIJING (AFP) – At least 20 people have died of swine flu in China this year, the health ministry said, but officials said there was no reason to panic even as the flu season reaches its peak. The fatalities from

First It’s Floods, Now It’s Locusts

Australia: It’s been almost two months since the worst flood on record ripped through their crops, and now Carnarvon producers in Western Australia are facing a plague of locusts. Growers who have begun re-planting crops like melons and pumpkins say

Rapid Deforestation In Malaysia

New satellite imagery shows Malaysia is destroying forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined, and its carbon-rich peat soils of the Sarawak coast are being stripped even faster, according to a study released yesterday. The report