Wild Australian Storms close beaches; power outages

WILD weather has closed beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coasts and caused power outages throughout Queensland’s south-east.

UN biodiversity conference ends with package to protect wildlife

BONN, Germany (AFP) – UN talks on Friday yielded a package of measures aimed at staving off what scientists fear is a mass extinction of Earth’s species and blocking irreparable damage to the ecosystems on which human life depends.

Environment minister recommends Turkey joining Kyoto protocol

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey’s environment minister said Friday he has recommended that the government sign the Kyoto Protocol on fighting global warming, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Islanders return to peat heat

The high price of fuel has led to a resurgence of people using peat to heat their homes in the Western Isles.

White House issues climate report 4 years late

WASHINGTON – Under a court order and four years late, the White House Thursday produced what it called a science-based “one-stop shop” of specific threats to the United States from man-made global warming.

Climate change threat to US crops and water

The US south-west, a region that is experiencing one of the fastest rates of population growth, faces dramatic challenges in the next 50 years from drought, wild fires and changing ecosystems caused by global warming, a report from the Bush

Scientists, economists press for US pollution cuts

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Scientists and economists urged the United States Thursday to pass laws to cut greenhouse gases, as the Senate prepared to debate a sweeping climate change bill that is opposed by the White House.

Ecosystem damage costs trillions per year

BONN, Germany (AFP) – Environmental damage and species loss costs between 1.35 and 3.1 trillion euros (2.1 to 4.8 trillion dollars) every year, according to a report released Thursday at a major UN conference on biodiversity.

Earthquake shakes Iceland

A strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has struck Iceland damaging buildings in the southern town of Selfoss. Video footage from various locations in the country, including inside the parliament, caught the moment the quake hit.

Runaway Global Warming “635 Million Years Ago”

A sudden and extreme case of runaway global warming “635 million years ago” (See Note at bottom of page) was caused by an abrupt release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, scientists said today. The methane seeped from ice sheets

Scientists Warn Of Rising Pacific Ocean Acidity

SEATTLE – A panel of marine scientists are warning that the Pacific Coast’s increasing acidity could disrupt food chains and threaten the Pacific Northwest’s shellfish industry. The increasingly corrosive water threatens the survival of many organisms, from microscopic plants and

Canada House gives green light to biofuel bill

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Government legislation that will require all gasoline sold in Canada to contain 5 percent ethanol by 2010 passed the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Global warming to deplete Great Lakes even more

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Global warming will likely drain more water from the Great Lakes and pose added pollution threats to the region’s vulnerable ecosystem, environmental groups said in a report issued on Wednesday.

Food promise for Mexico poor

The Mexican government is to give its most needy citizens cash subsidies to help them cope with rising food prices. President Felipe Calderon also said he would guarantee supplies of basic produce at minimum prices. Duncan Kennedy reports from Mexico

Quake lake mass evacuation

Almost 160,000 people have been evacuated from areas below a rising “quake lake” in Sichuan, following China’s earthquake on 12 May.

Six-year-olds forced into sex for food, group finds

LONDON, England (CNN) — Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said.