Long-delayed BP well kill back on in Gulf of Mexico

BP began drilling Monday the final stretch of a relief well that will allow engineers to permanently seal its disastrous Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling stopped more than a month ago due to the threat posed by

Australia hopes for carbon capturing ‘sponges’

Australian scientists said Monday they are working to develop “molecular sponges” that they hope will soak up carbon gases and help in the fight to contain greenhouse gas pollution. Researchers at Sydney University have produced crystals full of minute holes

5.9 Earthquake Hits Southern Peru

A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 hit southern Peru early Monday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 2:15 am (0715 GMT), was located in the mountains 123 kilometers (77 miles) northwest of Juliaca, Peru,

13,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Hong Kong In One Hour

Record lightning strikes pounded Hong Kong today in its most violent electrical storm, which caused flooding and left people trapped in elevators. The Hong Kong Observatory reported 13,102 bolts of lightning struck ground across the city in the hour after

Cruise Ship Hit By Storm: CCTV

Video Report: Video footage has emerged of passengers and furniture being thrown across the floor of a cruise liner as the ship was battered by stormy seas. The P&O Pacific Sun hit rough waters 400 miles off the coast of

Man Dies Of Rare Flesh-Eating Bug

A Hong Kong man has died of a flesh-eating bug in the territory’s second case of the rare disease in two months, the health department said. The 48-year-old tested positive after his death on September 10 for a type of

Protesters condemn ‘dirty oil’ at World Energy Congress

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the streets of Montreal Sunday, calling for an end to “dirty, risky” oil exploration, ahead of a global gathering of energy experts. A dozen protesters covered in molasses staged a “Black Tide Beach Party,” while

Flooding And Animal Sickness Hit Farmers After New Zealand Earthquakes

Farmer Paget Milsom last night worried that a rising river could top its banks and flood a faultline cutting through his property towards his house. Mr Milsom has spent the past week digging out the bottom of the Hororata River

Tropical Storm Julia nearing Cape Verde Islands

MIAMI – Forecasters say Tropical Storm Julia is nearing the southern Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center said Julia is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of the southernmost islands early Monday. The storm has maximum sustained winds of

70,000 Left Homeless by Chad Floods

Heavy rains in Chad have caused flooding in more than half of the country’s regions, leaving nearly 70,000 homeless and threatening the country’s food security, a UN agency said Saturday. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it

Hurricane Igor leaps to Cat 4 status over Atlantic

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Igor strengthened quickly over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, becoming a large and dangerous Category 4 storm as it churned menacingly westward. Igor, now capable of causing catastrophic damage, posed no immediate threat to land or

Indonesia Floods Kill 10, 14 Missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Flash floods in central Indonesia have killed 10 people and left 14 others missing. Local media reports say the flooding occurred Saturday morning on the swollen banks of the Kinarum River, a popular tourist spot on Borneo

Christchurch reopens no-go zones after quake

New Zealand authorities have lifted the cordon in the heart of quake-hit Christchurch, one week after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the country’s second largest city. And as aftershocks continued to hit and a state of emergency remained in place in

Haiti Quake, 98% Of Debris Remains

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — From the dusty rock mounds lining the streets to a National Palace that looks like it’s vomiting concrete from its core, rubble is one of the most visible reminders of Haiti’s devastating earthquake that killed almost

Cholera Kills 300 in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — UNICEF says more than 300 people have died in the West African nation of Cameroon from the country’s worst cholera outbreak in 20 years. UNICEF said Monday that more than 4,500 people have been sickened by the

Mudslide Hits Italian Village

ROME – A river of mud unleashed by heavy rains has flooded a tiny village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and at least one person was reported missing. Video obtained by APTN on Friday showed a river of mud running through