Food Security To Dominate Rio Talks


Boosting energy efficiency and renewables and providing food for a future world of eight billion will dominate next year’s UN Rio+20 conference, the talks’ co-coordinator said on Thursday. The June 4-6 event in Rio de Janeiro is taking place 20

Greenpeace Paints Trawlers Green


Greenpeace activists on Monday painted “Stop Subsidies” in large white letters on the side of four fishing trawlers in Spain’s northwestern port of Vigo to denounce overfishing. The trawlers use nets that are dragged across the seabed to capture their

Bangkok Losing To Mega Floods

Residents are fighting a losing battle against huge floodwaters encircling Bangkok, despite authorities insisting the capital would escape major flooding. A big industrial area in the north of the city was the latest victim overnight after flood protection barriers failed,

Climate Change Threatens Health


Climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to global health and stability, as floods and droughts destroy people’s homes and food supplies and increase mass migration, experts warned Monday. In a statement issued at a meeting in London, they

Radioactive Plankton Discovered


Researchers say high concentrations of radioactive caesium have been detected in plankton in the Pacific Ocean off the shattered Fukushima nuclear plant. The Fukushima nuclear plant was badly damaged in the March earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and has

2-Headed Snake Found In Garden

Video Report:A surprised Tennessee man found this two-headed snake in his backyard. State wildlife officials say this little reptile’s biggest problem will be how to safely navigate obstacles without becoming trapped by its two heads.

300 People Dead In Thai Floods

Video Report:Almost 300 people have been killed and a third of the country devastated by heavy monsoon rain, floods and mudslides.

Deadly Mudslides Hit Guatemala

Video Report:At least 22 people have been killed after torrential rain and mudslides hit parts of Guatemala. Thousands have been left homeless, and a new storm with more rain, is on its way. Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports.

Big Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck near a major town in Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. A subsequent reading put the quake at 6.7 and said it occurred 103 kilometres east of Lae, the country’s

Hungary Faces New Sludge Threat


An Austrian government expert criticised on Thursday a toxic red mud reservoir bordering the Danube in northern Hungary as a “high risk site,” questioning the stability of the dyke. The bottom of the reservoir in Almasfuzito was water-permeable, allowing hazardous