Army To Evacuate Victorian Flood Victims

The Defence Force will help evacuate residents in Victoria’s north as the flood crisis worsens and scores of homes remain under water. Floodwaters are expected to rise in Gippsland and the north-east, particularly around Benalla and Wangaratta, in what residents

Gale force winds smash NSW coast

Emergency crews in New South Wales have received around 2,500 calls for help and up to 40,000 homes are without power after a severe windstorm battered the state. At the peak of the storm 100,000 houses in the Illawarra and

Earl loses tropical storm status after soaking Canada

MONTREAL (AFP) – Earl lost its tropical storm status over Canada, US government forecasters announced, but the storm still left one person dead and nearly one million people without power in northeastern Canada. The storm also menaced the US East

Curfew in Quake-Hit Christchurch

New Zealand authorities have declared an overnight curfew in Christchurch after a major earthquake hit the country’s second biggest city, bringing down power lines and bridges and wrecking roads and building facades. A state of emergency has been declared and

Greenpeace Affair: EDF Energy May Face Criminal Charges

Prosecutors have called for French state energy giant EDF, accused of spying on environmental campaigners Greenpeace, to face criminal trial, EDF lawyer Alexis Gublin said Saturday. The energy company, and former executives Pierre Francois, who was the company’s second highest

42,000 Australians in blackout

There are still 42,000 homes without power in South Australia after gale force winds tore through the state on Saturday. Wind gusts of over 100 kilometres-an-hour have been recorded in various locations and the State Emergency Service is warning people

Busted BP well no longer ‘threat’ to Gulf: US official

The Macondo well, which spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, has been secured and no longer constitutes “a threat,” a senior US official said Saturday. “I’m very pleased to announce that with the

Earl Causes Outages in Canada

MONTREAL (AFP) – Resilient Tropical Storm Earl raked over eastern Canada Saturday, leaving nearly one million people without power, the last gasp of what was once a monster storm that menaced the US East Coast but left it largely undamaged.

Quake-hit Christchurch Evacuated

Authorities are evacuating residents from earthquake-hit Christchurch as New Zealand prime minister John Key visits the city to assess the damage. Mr Key travelled to Christchurch with civil defence minister John Carter after the 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the country’s

Christchurch resident describes scene after earthquake

Video Report: A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has struck New Zealand’s South Island, causing widespread damage and power cuts.

7.4 Earthquake Hits New Zealand

A large earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has rocked New Zealand’s second biggest city, Christchurch. The quake, which had a depth of 33km, was felt throughout much of the South Island and southern parts of the North Island. It

Did Methane Cause latest Gulf Fire?

Mariner Energy (NYSE: ME), owner and operator of the Vermilion 380 offshore production platform that exploded and caught fire about 9:30 am Central Daylight time on Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico, reports a “slight sheen” on the water measuring

Earl Heads for New England

CHATHAM, Mass. – A weakening Hurricane Earl swiped past North Carolina on Friday on its way to New England, where officials warned residents that it still packed dangerous winds that could topple trees or damage the area’s picturesque gray-shingled cottages.

Website tracks Copenhagen pledges

Six rich economies joined a website unveiled on Friday detailing pledges in short-term aid they made at last December’s climate summit, a move aimed at restoring damaged trust with developing countries. The portal showed that Britain, Denmark, France, the

Mount Sinabung Eruptions Intensify

An Indonesian volcano has spewed ash thousands of metres into the air in its most violent eruption since rumbling back to life earlier this week for the first time in 400 years. Thousands of people have fled their homes since

Dam threatens to burst in Australia

A dam is threatening to burst on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula while more than 500 people have called emergency services due to storm damage. Thunderstorms have brought strong winds, heavy rain and local flooding to most areas of the state.