Mass Burial for Volcano Victims

SIDOREJO (Indonesia) – DISASTER-PRONE Indonesia paused on Thursday to bury victims of Mount Merapi’s violent eruption, including an elderly spiritual leader appointed to hush the volcano’s restless spirits. More than 20 of the 32 victims were buried in a mass

US Secures Gulf BP Oil Spill Site

A security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster earlier this year, the Justice Department said Wednesday. “In response to a

Food Riots to Become Commonplace

Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods. Although food stocks are generally good

Africa: Floods Affect 1.8 Million

Over 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in Central and West Africa, which have also killed nearly 400 people, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, adding that Benin remains the country hardest hit by the disaster. Elisabeth

Indonesia’s Disasters Kill Over 300

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) – A tsunami and a volcanic eruption in Indonesia have killed more than 300 people with over 400 missing and tens of thousands displaced, authorities said on Wednesday. One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes spewed out clouds

Fisheries Will Collapse by 2035

Pacific island fisheries face collapse in the next 25 years as overfishing, population growth and climate change threaten one of the region’s main economic resources, a study warned Wednesday. The report, published by the Noumea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community,

Climate Change Destroying Species

Scientists are struggling to get a full picture of the variety of wildlife species around the globe as climate change, human exploitation and pollution threaten “mass extinctions,” a series of studies published on Wednesday showed. The 16 studies in a

Indonesia’s Volcano Kills 28

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia – Rescuers scoured the slopes of Indonesia’s most volatile volcano Wednesday after it was rocked by an eruption that spewed clouds of searing ash, killing at least 28 villagers including an old man known as the mountain’s

Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 154

PADANG, Indonesia – Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed Wednesday to remote Indonesian islands that were pounded by a 10-foot (3-meter) tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 154 people. Rough seas and

Severe Storms Hit US Midwest

A band of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the US midwest has left tens of thousands without power and caused widespread damage. The massive storm front stretches over 1,000 kilometres.

Locusts Soon to Be Flying

Farmers are being warned locusts which have hatched in the western region could begin flying within days. The Livestock Pest and Health Authority (LHPA) says the nymphs in the Nyngan district, which have not been sprayed, will be almost mature.

Apple iPhones Paralyse Workers

Workers in southern China, who say they were assembling Apple laptops and iPhones, have become seriously ill after using a dangerous chemical. The Number Five People’s Hospital in Suzhou has been treating workers who breathed in vapours from the chemical

Tsunami Toll: 113 Dead, 500 Missing

PADANG, Indonesia – Rescuers battled rough seas Tuesday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by a 10-foot (three-meter) tsunami that swept away homes, killing at least 113 people. Scores more were missing and information was only beginning to trickle in

Missing Australians Found Alive

A group of nine Australians missing after a deadly tsunami hit the west coast of Indonesia have been found alive and well. At least 108 people have been killed and more than 500 are missing after a powerful earthquake triggered

EU: Clean up Naples or Face Fines

The European Commission has warned Italy it may face sanctions if it doesn’t remove the 2,400 tons of trash that have piled up in the streets of Naples in the country’s latest garbage crisis. For over a week, protesters in

Indonesia: Merapi Erupts, 20 Hurt

INDONESIA’S most volatile volcano started erupting after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. Up to 20 people were injured by hot ash spewed from Mount Merapi, said an AP reporter