Large Earthquake kills at least 11 in Bhutan, shakes India

GAUHATI, India — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the remote mountain nation of Bhutan on Monday, killing at least 11 people, damaging an ancient monastery and forcing hundreds to flee, officials said. At least 15 people were also injured. The afternoon

Islands warn of extinction at UN climate week

As world leaders gather for key climate talks here, small island nations Monday warned they were running out of time with rising seas threatening to wipe them off the map. Spread across the Earth’s oceans, the planet’s tiniest members grouped

Population growth driving climate change, poverty

Unchecked population growth is speeding climate change, damaging life-nurturing ecosystems and dooming many countries to poverty, experts concluded in a conference report released Monday. Unless birth rates are lowered sharply through voluntary family-planning programmes and easy access to contraceptives, the

Thai rice region under climate threat

Part of Thailand’s main rice growing region is under severe economic and environmental threat from climate change which must be addressed by world leaders at a UN summit, Greenpeace said Monday. A study by the activist group revealed the dangers

Trafigura settles over Ivory Coast toxic waste claims

Oil-trading company Trafigura has agreed to pay 30 million pounds to victims of toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast in an out-of-court settlement, a spokesman for the firm said Sunday. The agreement with British lawyers Leigh Day and Company, who

Earthquakes hit Philippines, Mexico, Pakistan China and Indonesia

Strong earthquake jolts western Philippines Seismologists say a strong offshore earthquake has rocked the western Philippines and was felt in Manila and nearby areas. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

Kenya rainmakers called to the rescue

Long vilified as sorcerers, Kenya’s Nganyi rainmakers — with meteorological equipment consisting of trees, pots and herbs — are being enlisted to mitigate the effects of climate change. Kneeling in the dank shade of a small coppice near Maseno, in

World’s deltas subsiding, says study

Two-thirds of the world’s major deltas, home to nearly half a billion people, are caught in the scissors of sinking land and rising seas, according to a study published Sunday. The new findings, based on satellite images, show that 85

Turkey to up Euphrates flow to Iraq

Turkey has agreed to up the flow of water along the Euphrates river to Iraq for a month, Baghdad said on Saturday, amid tensions between the two sides over distribution of the precious commodity. The agreement came after talks in

Global Warming Apocalypse – James Lovelock

Five years ago, James Lovelock’s “The Revenge of Gaia” issued a terrifying warning: if humankind didn’t radically curtail greenhouse-gas emissions, there would, quite literally, be hell to pay. His new book out this year, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia,” says

Tornado causes chaos in Cyprus capital

Ten people were hurt when a freak twister hit parts of the capital of Cyprus on Friday, felling trees, closing roads and damaging property, police said. Emergency services fielded scores of calls when the tornado accompanied by strong rain and

Maldives aims for action behind words on climate change

White sand and crystal clear water that laps around the Maldives draw thousands to the islands every year, but in the waves lie the seeds of the country’s possible destruction. The archipelago is on the frontline of climate change in

Arctic ice melts to third-smallest area on record

The Arctic’s sea ice pack thawed to its third-lowest summer level on record, up slightly from the seasonal melt of the past two years but continuing an overall decline symptomatic of climate change, U.S. scientists said Thursday. The range of

World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in Denmark

The world’s largest offshore wind farm has been opened in the North Sea off the west coast of Denmark, the Danish company running the project said on Thursday. The Horns Rev 2 wind farm’s 91 turbines covers an area of

Six Volcanoes Erupt in Russia

Video Report: Six volcanoes erupt in Russia.

Malaysian police tear down Penan tribe’s anti-logging blockades

Malaysian police said Wednesday they had dismantled blockades constructed in the Borneo jungles by Penan tribespeople protesting against logging and plantations on their ancestral land. In a separate move police also arrested 17 people, including Penan and other indigenous groups,