Haiti Cholera Toll Creeps Past 300

The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic has risen to 303, the World Health Organisation has said as the number of cases creeps towards the 5000 mark. “As of 27 October, the Ministry of Health in Haiti reported 4722 cholera

Megi Destroys 500,000 Tonnes of Rice

MANILA – THIS month’s Typhoon Megi destroyed nearly half a million tonnes of rice in the Philippines, the world’s largest importer of the grain said on Thursday. The data is equivalent to 2.69 per cent of the country’s 2010 output

Mount Merapi Erupts Again

SLEMAN (Indonesia) – INDONESIA’S Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, blasting vast ash clouds into the sky and unleashing jets of searing gas, two days after an initial eruption killed at least 34 people. There were no immediate reports

Merapi Buries Indonesia in Ash

Video Report: Raw footage of the aftermath of the Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia. (No comentary).

Tsunami Aid Response of Concern

The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami that hit the islands off the coast of Sumatra has risen to 343 and aid is only just beginning to trickle in. Another 338 people remain missing after the wave that was generated

Companies Keep Climate Data Secret

WASHINGTON – Some of the country’s largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don’t want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute. Oil producers and refiners, along with manufacturers of steel,

Mass Burial for Volcano Victims

SIDOREJO (Indonesia) – DISASTER-PRONE Indonesia paused on Thursday to bury victims of Mount Merapi’s violent eruption, including an elderly spiritual leader appointed to hush the volcano’s restless spirits. More than 20 of the 32 victims were buried in a mass

US Secures Gulf BP Oil Spill Site

A security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster earlier this year, the Justice Department said Wednesday. “In response to a

Food Riots to Become Commonplace

Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods. Although food stocks are generally good

Africa: Floods Affect 1.8 Million

Over 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in Central and West Africa, which have also killed nearly 400 people, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, adding that Benin remains the country hardest hit by the disaster. Elisabeth