Islanders fail to get rising sea aid.

A group of Torres Strait Islanders say they are disappointed to be leaving Canberra without the assurance of new funding to save their homelands from rising tides. The Poruma Islanders visited Parliament House today to raise awareness of the threat

UN urges recycling of rare metals

The UN’s environment chief on Wednesday called for a global drive to recycle rare metals that have hit the headlines in a spat between Japan and China, warning that they are crucial for green technologies. Achim Steiner, executive director of

20% of all plants face Extinction

More than a fifth of the world’s plant species faces the threat of extinction, a trend with potentially catastrophic effects for life on Earth, according to research released on Wednesday. But a separate study cautioned that extinction of mammals had

Mexico revises landslide toll

OAXACA, Mexico (AFP) – A landslide has left 11 people missing in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, officials said, the latest toll from an intense hurricane season that has brought heavy rains and floods. President Felipe Calderon and the

Strong Quake hits New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND (BNO NEWS) — A strong but deep earthquake struck off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island on late Wednesday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake at

Tropical Storm hits Caribbean

MIAMI (Reuters) – A tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea brought heavy rains early Wednesday to southern Florida after soaking Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The system had top sustained winds near 35 mph and was expected to strengthen

Moderate quake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI (AFP) – A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan’s east coast Wednesday, the island’s Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning. The quake hit at 1:33 am (1733 GMT Tuesday) about 11

Up to 1000 dead in Mexico landslide

As many as 1000 people were feared dead on Tuesday after a landslide in a poor, remote area of south-western Mexico buried 300 homes, trapping hundreds of people as they slept, local authorities said. Heavy rains in the mountainous Oaxaca

Mexico landslide buries 500+

Video Report: Severe Weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes explains how remnants of Matthew contributed to a catastrophic landslide near Oaxaca, Mexico. The area has received 10-30 inches of rain. Early reports say 500 homes, and 1000 people might be buried.

BP should fund Gulf restoration, says report

President Barack Obama’s pointman on restoring the Gulf coast in the wake of the oil spill disaster recommended Tuesday the effort be funded in part by penalties levied against BP, which may reach into the billions of dollars. The report