Farmers Get Cash for Snake Fruit

Jakarta. Following the launch of its “cash for cows” program to compensate farmers who lost their livestock in the Mount Merapi eruptions, the government is now rolling out a similar scheme for snake fruit farmers. Fatchul Hadi, secretary of the

Massive Locust Swarm in Victoria


The first large-scale locust swarming is expected this week. Authorities are predicting the warm and dry weather conditions will cause major swarming in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Chris Adriaansen, from the Australian Plague Locust Commission, says it will be

Rescuers Drill Hole at NZ Mine

Video Report: Rescuers try to get a better idea of what’s happening underground at the mine where 29 men are trapped.

China Miners Pulled to Safety

Twenty-nine miners trapped in a flooded mine in China have been found alive and brought to safety. Being trapped in a Chinese mine is usually a death sentence, but in the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan villagers applauded at the

Indonesia Protects Coral Reefs

Indonesia on Sunday declared the coral-rich waters around Bali — a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish — a protected zone. The 20,000-hectare (49,500 acre) area around Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa

World Mayors Sign Climate Pact

Mayors from around the world signed a voluntary pact Sunday in Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a meeting meant as a precursor to UN-sponsored climate talks in Cancun opening next week. The gathering in one of the

A Million Sharks Killed Yearly

At least 1.3 million sharks, many listed as endangered, were harvested from the Atlantic in 2008 by industrial-scale fisheries unhampered by catch or size limits, according to a tally released Monday. The actual figure may be several fold higher due

Hope Fades for New Zealand Miners

Rescue teams in New Zealand admit they do not know the condition or even the location of the 29 men, including two Australians, trapped underground at the Pike River coal mine. Family members are saying privately that they do not

Strong Earthquake Hits Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) An earthquake centered in eastern Taiwan measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Taiwan at 8: 31 p.m. Sunday. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The Central Weather Bureau said the quake’s epicenter

Carbon Emissions on The Increase

Emissions of fossil-fuel gases that stoke climate change edged back less than hoped in 2009 as falls in advanced economies were largely outweighed by rises in China and India, scientists said Sunday. For 2010, emissions are likely to resume their