Humans Push Plants to Extinction

Humanity is pushing the Earth’s plant resources faster towards extinction as population continues to grow and countries develop modern economies, a NASA report says. A NASA research group says an increasing amount of Earth’s total annual and plant production is

Australia: Pine Forest Blown Away

Forestry SA says nothing could have prevented 130 hectares of pine forest from blowing over in a gale-force storm near Jamestown in South Australia’s mid-north. The forest manager, Gary Pearson, says a combination of 137 kilometres per hour winds, wet

Aus: Record Floods Hit Carnarvon

The town of Carnarvon is on track to break its annual rainfall average in less than two days. It has already broken records for the wettest day and the wettest month.

Gold Coast 1,000’s Without Power

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says severe thunderstorms stretch from the far north to southern Queensland, but the main activity has been around Toowoomba and the Gold Coast this afternoon. BOM senior forecaster David Grant says the storms have dumped

Nigeria Floods Displace 258,000

Abuja — The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said over 258,000 people were displaced as a result of flooding this year alone. He also said over 1,555 persons lost their lives to cholera epidemic due to contamination of drinking

Environmentalists Sue ExxonMobil

Two environmental groups have announced a lawsuit against oil giant ExxonMobil, claiming the company’s Houston, Texas-area oil refinery and chemical plant complex has generated illegal amounts of air pollution. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed the suit Tuesday in

Locusts Make it to Tasmania

Australian plague locusts have been found on the north-west coast of Tasmania. There have been at least three sightings of small numbers on beaches and in crops.

China: Fishing Boat Sinks 27 Missing

Rescuers are hunting for 27 people who are missing after a Vietnam-registered vessel sank in the South China Sea, officials said. The Xinhua news agency identified the vessel as a trawler, the Phu Tan, saying those on board were fishermen.

Indonesia Starts Disaster Tourism

Indonesia appeals to visitors with tropical beaches, beautiful mountains, spectacular reefs and exotic cultures. But now the country, which lies along the Pacific Rim of Fire and suffers from frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions, is

Desertification is Greatest Threat

UN’s top drylands official says people must be paid via global carbon markets for preserving the soil. Desertification and land degradation is “the greatest environmental challenge of our time” and “a threat to global wellbeing”, according to the UN’s top