Planet Far Away From Climate Goals

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The world remains far away from meeting UN-backed goals on holding back climate change, setting the stage for major damage without more ambitious efforts to cut emissions, a study said Tuesday. Scientists who support climate action said that China, the

Dozens killed In Philippine Typhoon

Dozens of people have been killed in Typhoon Nalgae, the second typhoon to hit the Philippines in a week. Nalgae pummelled the Philippines’ main Luzon island on Saturday, hitting many of the same areas Typhoon Nesat tore through five days

Austrian Glaciers Shrink Fast

Austria’s glaciers shrank dramatically this summer, the most since a record hot period in 2003, principally because of low amounts of snow the preceding winter, scientists said. The Goldbergkees glacier in the Alps, for instance, is on average two metres

Tuvalu Declares Drought Emergency

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The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because of a water shortage. With drought conditions and the breakdown of existing desalination plants, a state of emergency has been declared in the capital and also other

Man Dies In Himalayan Avalanche

A top Russian climber, who scaled many of the world’s highest peaks, has died in the Himalayas after being swept away by an avalanche. Sergei Cherezov was caught up by an avalanche when his five-member team from the Siberian region

UN Urges Cities To Protect Trees

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The United Nations urged the world’s cities on Monday to protect their trees, saying they can ease fallout from natural disasters and can help a metropolis mitigate the effects of climate change. “Good practices in urban and peri-urban forestry can

UK E-Coli Outbreak Affects 250

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An eight-month E coli outbreak across the UK left 250 people ill and one dead but was not publicised at the time because its origins were unknown, health officials say. After six months of investigations the infection was ultimately linked

Climate Threatens Cocoa Industry

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Climate scientists say that the booming cocoa industry in Ivory Coast and Ghana will be threatened by climate change. A report released by Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture says the expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees

9 More Years Of Texas Drought

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A devastating Texas drought that has browned city lawns and caused more than $5 billion in damages to the state’s farmers and ranchers could continue for another nine years, a state forecaster said on Thursday. “It is possible that we

Whale Found 800 Metres Inland

Marine experts have been left baffled after a rare whale was found over 800 metres from the shore in the Humber Estuary, Skeffling, East Yorkshire. The 33ft mammal is thought to have died after getting caught in shallow waters –