Big brands and the eco-revolution

Poisonous pesticides, soil pollution and water waste: high-street fashion has a lot to answer for in the environmental game. But can big brands use their global clout to drive the green revolution? If green is the new black on the

30,000 Quakes caused by volcano

A swarm of small earthquakes that struck western Saudi Arabia last year was the rumbling of a volcano, geologists reported on Sunday. More than 30,000 minor quakes occurred between April and June 2009 within an ancient solidified lava field called

Wisconsin Levee fails Residents flee

PORTAGE, Wis. – Some residents in the central Wisconsin town of Portage fled their homes after a levee started to fail, sending water from the rain-swollen Wisconsin River onto a major roadway in one neighborhood and threatening to leave some

Big floods over Central America

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – The remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew have dumped torrential rains on southern Mexico and much of Central America, killing at least four people as it let loose floods and mudslides across the water-logged region. In El

Climate raises clothes prices

Bargain clothing chains like Primark, New Look and Peacocks may have to raise their prices to cope with a hike in the cost of cotton. Many crops across Asia have been destroyed by floods, resulting in cotton prices rising to

Climate raises NZ Beef prices

Prices for New Zealand beef farmers are being boosted by global events from droughts in Argentina to bans on exporting wheat from Russia. Beef shipments from Argentina for the first seven months of this year fell by about half to

Greenpeace in oil ship protest

Environmental activists have swum in front of an oil drill ship in a fresh attempt to halt its operations. Greenpeace said campaigners wearing drysuits dived into the North Sea one day after legal threats put an end to earlier action

Strong quake strikes Indonesia

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Indonesia’s eastern Aru Islands, though there was no immediate warning of a tsunami, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at 9:12pm (local time) at a depth of 8.7 kilometres and 63 kilometres

Floods Cause Mayhem In Minnesota

Video Report: Flood water is receding in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin after a storm system dumped several inches of rain on the region.

Major Global Food Crisis Ahead


BBC – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is holding an extraordinary meeting in Rome sparked by global fears about high food prices. Are you concerned? The meeting will include Russian grain executives. Moscow banned exports after its harvest