Argentina, Uruguay pollution row reaches UN court

Argentina accused neighbouring Uruguay in the UN’s highest court Monday of reneging on a bilateral treaty when it authorised a paper mill that Buenos Aires says is now polluting a shared river. The mill built by Finnish firm Botnia on

Strong earthquake rocks Venezuela

A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook major oil exporter Venezuela on Saturday, causing panic in the capital, Caracas, and injuring at least seven people when houses in the countryside collapsed. The quake, the strongest in the South American nation in

Flooding and landslides wreak havoc in Brazil

(CNN) — Treacherous storm conditions have plagued southern Brazilian states for nearly a week, causing flooding and landslides and displacing thousands of people, a senior official told CNN Saturday. A power outage affects traffic lights in Brazil’s Sao Paulo area

Nine dead as fierce floods hit Algeria

Eight people were swept away by flash floods and a ninth was killed by lightning as more thunderstorms lashed southwestern Algeria, the civil defence agency told the state news service APS Saturday. Four people drowned at El Bayadh, some 700

Israel mourns the dying Dead Sea

The Middle East is famously a place of paradoxes, and perhaps the oddest paradox of all is this: the Dead Sea is dying. Edward Stourton, who has been to Israel to investigate, has found the Dead Sea is now shrinking

Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years

MEXICO CITY – Mexico is enduring its worst drought in six decades. Crops are drying up in the fields and water is being rationed in the capital. Residents of poor neighborhoods have hijacked water trucks, and there are other signs

2 German cargo ships pass through ‘Arctic Passage’

FRANKFURT – Two German merchant ships have traversed the fabled Northeast Passage after global warming and melting ice opened a route from South Korea along Russia’s Arctic coast to Siberia. Now the German-owned ships are poised to complete their journey

Drought-hit farmers in India sell wives to pay debts

Drought-hit farmers in northern India are resorting to selling their wives to repay debts to local loan sharks, activists say, as one of the weakest monsoons in years takes its toll. Poverty, poor administration and a lack of education means

Greenland’s Helheim Glacier melt doubles in pace

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland — Suddenly and without warning, the gigantic river of ice sped up, causing it to spit icebergs ever faster into the ocean off southeastern Greenland. The Helheim Glacier nearly doubled its speed in just a few years,

Australia overtakes US as biggest polluter

Australians have overtaken Americans as the world’s biggest individual producers of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global warming, a risk consultancy says. British firm Maplecroft placed Australia’s per capita output at 20.58 tons a year, some four percent higher

UK could face blackouts by 2016

A massive building programme which would “industrialise” large swathes of the countryside will be needed if Britain is to meet its own energy needs from renewable sources, a Government adviser has warned. Professor David MacKay, of Cambridge University, said there

Floods Destroy Indian Homes, Crops; 1.7 Million People Affected

Floods in an eastern Indian state destroyed homes, damaged crops and swept away roads this week, forcing authorities to airdrop food to some of the 1.7 million people affected and rescue others by boat. Monsoon rains lashed three districts of

Californian drought into third year – Special Video Report

Video Report: Three years of drought decimates Californian harvests

U.S. climate envoy notes “difficult” global talks

President Barack Obama’s top climate change negotiator on Thursday said international talks to cut carbon emissions were “difficult,” adding that the U.S. Senate must pass a domestic bill to fight global warming to give the talks a boost. “Let me

UN climate talks could fail, EU ministers warn

European ministers warned that December’s landmark UN climate talks could fail, as the EU Commission urged rich nations Thursday to stump up tens of billions of euros to help the developing world combat global warming. “The Copenhagen deal is hanging

EU offers climate aid

The European Union outlined a scaled-back offer to help poor nations combat global warming on Thursday as some nations expressed gloom about prospects of a new U.N. climate deal in Copenhagen in December. Many experts said a summit of world