Severe Storms and Flash floods kill 20 in southern China

BEIJING, May 27 (Reuters) – Floods triggered by rain and hail storms in southern China have killed at least 20 people and left 16 missing, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing local authorities.

White House hopefuls serious on climate change

LONDON (AFP) – The three main US presidential hopefuls all bode well for the fight against climate change, the UN’s top climate official said in an interview published Tuesday.

Heavy pollution warning issued in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Pollution levels rose sharply in Beijing on Tuesday, just 2-1/2 months before the Olympic Games in the city, prompting authorities to warn residents with respiratory problems to stay inside.

‘Quake lake’ fears in China

Vast lakes formed by landslides following the Sichuan earthquake threaten to flood devastated areas. Meanwhile, two aftershocks have destroyed about 420,000 houses in the region.

Man speeds animals’ decline

A third of the world’s animal species have become extinct in the last three decades, figures show.

There is Nowhere to run from Global Disasters

Norman Myers, a world renowned British environmentalist and authority on biodiversity, forecast more than a decade ago that as the impact of climate change intensified, the number of people fleeing natural disasters could climb to at least 50 million by

AFGHANISTAN: Flash floods displace 1,200 people in Samangan

KABUL, 26 May 2008 (IRIN) – Flash floods have displaced about 200 families (roughly 1,200 individuals) in the Hazrat Sultan district of Samangan Province in northern Afghanistan. The families urgently need food and shelter, according to the Afghan Red Crescent

Agreement on 2020 emissions target eludes G8 ministers

KOBE, Japan – Under pressure to boost talks on a new global warming pact, Group of Eight environment ministers on Monday endorsed slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by mid-century, but failed to agree on much more contentious near-term targets.

Revelation Chapter 6 V 6 On The Horizon

The World Food Crisis is highlighted in The Book of Revelation in the following scripture: Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts

Fears for China quake dams

An aftershock has hit the Chinese province of Sichuan nearly two weeks after the devastating earthquake. Around 300 dams have been affected by the quake and Chinese authorities have warned 69 in Sichuan could burst. Report courtesy of

Natural Disasters Become More Catastrophic

A research suggested that the number of natural disasters stemming from geological reasons such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis increased from an annual average of one incident in the 1950s to two in the 2000s. The number of natural calamities

China says at least 75,000 dead or missing from quake

China raised the number of dead or missing from a devastating earthquake to be at least 75,000, as rescuers found another survivor eight days after the huge tremor hit. Vice governor Li Chengyu of the southwestern province of Sichuan said

Brazil says Amazon deforestation rising

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Destruction of the Amazon is again on the upswing despite a recent crackdown on illegal logging, Brazil’s new environment minister said Wednesday. Carlos Minc said official calculations of how much rain forest has been cut

Alps hit by two-decade decline in snowfall

PARIS (AFP) – A forthcoming study has added to worries that the Alpine ski industry will be badly affected by global warming, the British weekly New Scientist reports on Wednesday. A “dramatic step-like drop” in the amount of snow falling

Italy hit by flash flood

Heavy rains in Italy have caused the River Aniene in Tivoli to burst its banks. Hundreds of people looked on as water levels rose by over a metre in one hour. Report courtesy of

Woman rescued after 196 hours

A 60-year-old woman has been rescued from rubble eight days after the earthquake hit Sichuan province in China. Wang Youqiong was inside a temple in her village near Pengzhou and was knocked unconscious by a girder. She survived drinking rainwater.