Drought in Brazil’s Amazon Basin Forest, Pantanal

Brazil’s Amazon basin forest and the Pantanal area, both home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, are experiencing a severe drought, officials have said. After record floods last year due to a historic rise in water levels in

Colorado Wild Fires Destroy Homes

BOULDER, Colo. – David Myers knew it was time to leave when he looked out into the forest and spotted bright red flames towering skyward. Then came a blinding cloud of smoke and a deafening roar as the fire ripped

Australia: Homes escape damage as flood peaks

Floodwaters at Shepparton in northern Victoria are holding steady at a peak of 11.1 metres. The State Emergency Service (SES) says there have not yet been reports of damage to houses. The SES says they expect less than 100 houses

Hermine lashes south Texas, 3 other storms possible

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Hermine barely maintained its tropical storm status on Tuesday as 40 mile per hour winds kept lashing south Texas and the storm moved further inland about 15 miles south-southeast of San Antonio, Texas, the

Death toll rises to 45 in Guatemala mudslides

Guatemala City – Searchers on Monday pulled five more bodies from a mud-covered highway where back-to-back landslides buried bus passengers and then the people trying to save them. The deaths raised the confirmed toll from mudslides in Guatemala to 45

Experts to Assess Acid Mine Water

Pretoria — A team of experts is expected to assess the extent of acid mine drainage in the country and report back to an inter-ministerial committee appointed by Minister of Water Affairs Bulelwa Sonjica. Cabinet last month mandated the minister

Map shows carbon in Peru’s Amazon

A new, highly detailed map of part of Peru’s Amazon shows how much climate-warming carbon is stored there, and where cutting down vegetation has sent this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, scientists said on Monday. The three-dimensional map could help

New Zealand hit by 5.2 Quake

A MAGNITUDE-5.2 earthquake has hit New Zealand’s North Island, the US Geological Survey says. The quake struck the east coast of the North Island, near Palmerston North, at 10.48am local time today (8.48am AEST), the USGS reported on its website.

Aftershocks rattle Christchurch recovery efforts

The New Zealand government has extended the state of emergency in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch until Wednesday and appointed a special minister to oversee the recovery effort as aftershocks continue. There have been about 100 aftershocks since Saturday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake with some

Tense wait for flood-affected towns

As floodwaters continue to rise in Victoria the State Emergency Service (SES) says its biggest concern is Shepparton in the the state’s north-east. Up to 200 homes in the town could be affected by flooding from the Broken and Goulburn

Greenpeace activists get suspended jail terms

A Japanese court has found two Greenpeace activists guilty of stealing a box of whale meat, handing them a one-year suspended sentence. Prosecutors asked the court to jail Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki for 18 months over the theft of

Hurricane watch issued for coasts of Mexico, Texas

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexican authorities urged people to move to shelters while officials in Texas distributed sandbags and warned of flash floods as Tropical Storm Hermine headed toward the northwestern Gulf coast on Monday. It is the second major

Storm-hit areas of NSW declared disaster zones

Parts of southern New South Wales ravaged by a violent storm have been declared a natural disaster zone by Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan. The area includes the Illawarra and Wollongong, the Shoalhaven on the south coast, the far south

Earthquake damage: $1.4 Billion

Video Report: Aftershocks continued on New Zealand’s South Island Sunday after a powerful quake struck in the early morning hours Saturday. Christchurch’s business district was especially hard hit.

Guatemala: Landslides Bury Dozens

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) – The death toll from landslides in Guatemala rose to 36 on Sunday as President Alvaro Colom declared the disaster a “national tragedy.” Officials had earlier put the death toll at 27, but the figure was rising

NZ Quake Residents Trapped

Rescue teams in Christchurch are searching for any residents they fear may be trapped as much of the city remains without power and water following yesterday’s devastating earthquake. Two people were seriously injured in the 7.0 magnitude quake, while another