Locusts Hit Western Victoria

While farmers in Victoria’s Mallee say that the bulk of their locust work is done, those further south are now starting to bear the brunt. Geoff Anderson’s property is just south of Ouyen in Victoria’s Mallee.

Rich Nations Break Aid Promises

Poor nations accused donors on Thursday of failing to keep a promise of extra climate aid, which the U.N. says will be the “golden key” to successful global warming talks in Mexico this month. “The promises (of aid) are there,

last Chance to Save The Tiger

In a meeting billed as the final political chance to secure the future of the tiger, Russia on Sunday hosts an unprecedented summit of the last 13 states with populations of the fabled beast. The summit in Russia’s second city

Scientists: It’s Going to Get Worse


Hungry polar bears gathering along the tundra, twice as many record-breaking temperatures and stronger hurricanes are among the latest signs of climate change, scientists say. And we can expect more rain, more drought and fiercer storms in the future if

Colombia Floods Hit Over a Million

Video Report: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says that more than a million people have been affected by floods following the country’s heaviest rainfall in years.

Merapi Farmers Get Cash For Cows


Yogyakarta. The government has started to purchase livestock from residents forced to evacuate from the slopes of the erupting Mount Merapi. Mujilan, a resident of Hargobinangun village, in the Pakem subdistrict of Sleman in Yogyakarta, on Thursday became the first

Anti-UN Cholera Riots in Haiti

Clashes have erupted between United Nations forces and hundreds of stone-throwing Haitians in Port-au-Prince after unrest targeting peacekeepers blamed for the cholera outbreak spread to the capital. There had been fears violence could break out after protest organisers called a

Locust Plagues March on Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S worst locust plague in 70 years has marched into metropolitan Melbourne as federal and state authorities met to consider their plan of attack. Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig today met with ministers and officials from NSW, South Australia, Victoria

Bird Flu Lands in Hong Kong

A woman in Hong Kong is seriously ill in hospital with bird flu – the first human case of the disease to be diagnosed in the territory since 2003. Officials said the 59-year-old fell ill shortly after returning from a

Merapi Evacuees Get Bamboo Homes

The Yogyakarta administration is preparing to build temporary bamboo homes for residents fleeing the eruptions on Mount Merapi. The houses of many evacuees have been destroyed by pyroclastic flows.