Arctic Ozone At All Time Low

The ozone layer has seen unprecedented damage in the Arctic this winter due to cold weather in the upper atmosphere. By the end of March, 40% of the ozone in the stratosphere had been destroyed, against a previous record of

Jordan Grapples With Water Crisis

In its desperate efforts to battle chronic water shortages, Jordan, one of the world’s 10 driest countries, is mulling “unconventional” and “environmentally unfriendly” plans, experts say. The challenge is huge for this tiny country where desert covers 92 percent of

Chernobyl Still Contaminates Food

Radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster still affects food sold in village markets in rural areas of northern Ukraine, Greenpeace campaigners said on Tuesday. The environmental group published the findings of a small investigation into food purchased from village

Storms Hammer Southern US 8 Dead

JACKSON, Ga. – An enormous tree limb that crashed through a Georgia family’s bedroom killed a father and the young son he was holding in his arms Tuesday as a fast-moving storm system pounded the South with tornadoes, hail and

Storms Kill 13 In Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – News reports say tropical storms that tore through parts of Bangladesh have killed 13 people and injured about 100. Dhaka’s Prothom Alo newspaper and private television station Desh TV are reporting that the rainstorms hit six northern

5.4 Quake Shakes Sunda Strait

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the capital Jakarta, the country’s quake agency said. The agency said the quake was at a depth of 23 kilometers and about 83 kilometers

Storm Brings Down UN Jet

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Thirty-two people died when a UN plane crashed as it tried to land in torrential rain in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital on Monday, a UN spokesman said. It is one of the worst disasters

Toyota Shutdowns Inevitable

NEW YORK (AFP) – Toyota said Monday that stopping some production in its US car plants was inevitable after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami crippled the supply of parts. Mike Goss, a spokesman Toyota US, said some shutdowns were “inevitable” but

Japan To Review Food Distribution

Tokyo (CNN) — The Japanese government is re-evaluating restrictions on the sale and distribution of produce in areas where radiation has been recorded, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday. Farmers have been pushing Japanese authorities to lower standards

Japan Dumps Nuke Water In Sea

Japan has started dumping more than 10,000 tonnes of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific. The government insists the water is contaminated with only low levels of radiation and is not harmful to humans.