Kenya drought leaves 4 million needing food aid

Three failed rainy seasons have left up to four million Kenyans needing food handouts and trucked-in water as the latest in a series of droughts sweeps through the Horn of Africa. As many as 19 million people are currently affected

Wheat Crop in Australia Cut 25% by Drought

Drought in Australia’s New South Wales, usually the nation’s second-largest wheat grower, has cut the state harvest by at least 25 percent, the government said. “It is estimated that the dry weather has already cut the state’s wheat crop by

Somalia faces worst food crisis in 18 years

ROME — Drought, conflict and displacement are causing the worst humanitarian crisis in war-torn Somalia in 18 years, the UN food agency has warned. Some 3.6 million people, about half the Somali population, need emergency aid including 1.3 million people

USDA calls most of California a drought disaster area

FRESNO, Calif.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared that 50 of California’s 58 counties are natural disaster areas because of crop losses due to the ongoing drought. The declaration by the department will make loans available to farmers who have

World leaders vow climate action but warn tough road ahead

The leaders of China and Japan pledged Tuesday to take stronger action to fight climate change, but US President Barack Obama warned prospects for a global warming deal faced tough political realities. Leaders of some 100 nations huddled at the

China pledges climate action

World leaders tried to inject momentum into climate change talks on Tuesday but new proposals by China and a rallying cry from U.S. President Barack Obama did little to break a United Nations deadlock. Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao,

Huge Hail Hits Buildings Across South Australia

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Huge hailstones, lightning, strong winds and heavy rain hit the Eyre Peninsula, west of Adelaide, on Monday morning before moving across the state. State Emergency Services (SES) west coast regional duty officer Tony Stockham said they have been have been

Large Earthquake kills at least 11 in Bhutan, shakes India

GAUHATI, India — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the remote mountain nation of Bhutan on Monday, killing at least 11 people, damaging an ancient monastery and forcing hundreds to flee, officials said. At least 15 people were also injured. The afternoon

Islands warn of extinction at UN climate week

As world leaders gather for key climate talks here, small island nations Monday warned they were running out of time with rising seas threatening to wipe them off the map. Spread across the Earth’s oceans, the planet’s tiniest members grouped

Population growth driving climate change, poverty

Unchecked population growth is speeding climate change, damaging life-nurturing ecosystems and dooming many countries to poverty, experts concluded in a conference report released Monday. Unless birth rates are lowered sharply through voluntary family-planning programmes and easy access to contraceptives, the