Storm Karl Hits Mexico, Threatens Gulf Oil Installations

CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – Tropical storm Karl soaked parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and headed toward Gulf oil installations, as a rare duo of powerful hurricanes roiled waters far out in the Atlantic. Karl, the 11th named storm of

Japan Heatwave Kills 170, Sends More Than 54,000 To Hospital

Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2010 – At least 170 people have died from heatstroke and more than 54,000 have been rushed to hospital in Japan’s hottest summer on record, the government said Tuesday. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said

Arctic sea ice shrinks to third lowest area on record

Arctic sea ice melted over the summer to cover the third smallest area on record, US researchers said Wednesday, warning global warming could leave the region ice free in the month of September 2030. At the end of the spring

US Orders Idle Wells Plugged In Gulf Of Mexico

The United States on Wednesday ordered oil and gas firms to permanently plug nearly 3,500 unused wells and dismantle hundreds of idle platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, in a bid to shore up industry safety after the disastrous BP

No Fears Over BP’s North Sea Drill

The outgoing boss of BP, Tony Hayward, has rejected claims the company’s North Sea oil platforms are unsafe for drilling. Mr Hayward told a committee of MPs he “did not believe” earlier newspaper reports which claimed to show a “fundamental

Scientist Warns Of Global Famine

At an international agricultural biotechnology conference in Canada, an Australian scientist and journalist gave a dire keynote address Monday, warning global governments to pay greater attention to the possibility of coming global famine. “This is a big issue — it

France Reports First Dengue Fever Infection On Mainland

France reported a first case of dengue fever infection on its mainland Monday, in the southern city of Nice, and is trying to kill mosquitoes which might be carrying the deadly disease in the area. The health ministry said it

Christchurch State Of Emergency Extended

Civic officials in the earthquake-ravaged Christchurch region of New Zealand have delayed plans to lift a state of emergency. Local mayors say the state of emergency needs to remain in place until at least noon tomorrow (local time).

Major Climate Change Talks Set For Next Week In New York

Representatives from the 17 nations responsible for 80 percent of the emissions thought responsible for global warming will meet in New York next week, a US envoy said Tuesday. US special envoy for climate change Todd Stern said the meeting

Large 5.9 Earthquake Hits Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Islas Marias region of Nayarit, Mexico Tuesday, according to U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered offshore — 755 kilometers (469 miles) west-northwest of Mexico City and 113 kilometers (70

UK Considers Green Bank

Britain has begun the process of setting up its Green Investment Bank to help fund the shift to a low-carbon economy and could make it commercially independent, the minister of state for energy and climate change said. “We have begun

Home of “Ice Giants” thaws, shows pre-Viking hunts

Climate change is exposing reindeer hunting gear used by the Vikings’ ancestors faster than archaeologists can collect it from ice thawing in northern Europe’s highest mountains. “It’s like a time machine…the ice has not been this small for many, many

Europe’s climate chief scolds and praises China

China’s climate negotiators are moving too slowly, but the country’s green energy companies are advancing at an “astonishing” pace and threaten to outpace western competitors, Europe’s climate chief said on Tuesday. Connie Hedegaard’s comments were delivered alongside a warning that

Pakistan: Overflowing lake washes away towns, villages

DADU: Water overflowing from the Manchhar lake inundated two towns and 70 villages in Sehwan and Johi talukas on Monday. After flooding Jhangara town, the water from the lake has entered Bajara town and is now gushing towards adjoining villages

Rapidly Melting sea ice forces tens of thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted. U.S. government scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States.

Aircraft ready for locust swarm

Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) says it will redeploy aircraft to spray a 40 kilometre-wide swarm of locusts spotted in central Queensland. Officers surveyed the area today after sightings around Clermont, north-west of Rockhampton.