Iceberg Stops Centenary Plans

An iceberg nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) long was Wednesday preventing tourist ships from reaching Antarctica to mark the centenary of an Australian explorer’s epic polar voyage. Douglas Mawson, among Antarctica’s earliest pioneers, led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition between 1911

40 Years To Scrap Fukushima Plant

..TOKYO (Reuters) – Decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will take three or four decades, Japan’s government said on Wednesday as it unveiled plans for the next phase of a huge and costly cleanup of the tsunami-wrecked complex. The plant,

Taiwan Culls 1000’s Pigs

Taiwanese authorities said Thursday they had slaughtered nearly 1,000 pigs following the island’s worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in more than 14 years. The pigs were culled earlier this week at a farm in the southern city of Tainan after

Pilbara Hits Trough Record Heat

A town in Western Australia’s Pilbara region has been feeling the heat, sizzling through the second-hottest December day ever recorded in Australia. The mercury tipped 49.4 degrees Celsius in Roebourne yesterday. The record temperature in the town was also the

Philippines Appeal For Flood Aid

The United Nations is calling for about $28 million in funding to help those affected by last weekend’s devastating tropical storm in the southern Philippines. The UN has likened the scene in the region after tropical storm Washi to the

Scientists Create Killer Bird Flu

A Dutch laboratory claiming to have developed a deadly strain of bird flu wants to publish its research, sparking fears that terrorists could use the information. Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam say they have been able to

Philippine Death Toll Hits 1,000

More than a thousand people are dead or missing after flash floods that ravaged the southern Philippines, the government said Tuesday as cities prepared for mass burials. Some 957 people have been killed and 49 others are missing after tropical

Small Quake Rattles Lancashire GB

A small earthquake occurred in Lancashire over the weekend, seismologists have confirmed. The British Geological Survey (BGS), which records all earthquakes across the UK, said the epicentre was five miles (8km) south-east of Blackburn.

650 Dead After Philippine Typhoon

Philippine rescuers have struggled against mud, fatigue and the stench of death to help dazed survivors of devastating flash floods that have killed more than 650 people. Entire villages were washed away when tropical storm Washi whipped the south as

Philippine Typhoon Searches Begin

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (Reuters) – Rescuers searched for more than 800 people missing in the southern Philippines on Sunday after flash floods and landslides swept houses into rivers and out to sea, killing more than 650 people in areas

13 Dead In Russian Oil Rig Disaster

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after a Russian oil rig capsized and sank in frigid waters in the country’s far east. The exploratory oil rig was being towed to Sakhalin Island, north of the

Rapid Rise In Arctic Methane

Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The scale

Philippine Floods Damage Revealed

Video Report:Aerial views show the destruction left behind by typhoon Washi after it lashed the southern Philippines, killing over 250 people. Sunita Rappai reports.

100’s Dead In Philippine Floods

More than 600 people were feared killed on Saturday when tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas of the country. Relief workers said that 440 people had died and nearly 200 left missing after

Tsunami Debris Hits U.S. West Coast

Vast expanses of floating debris have slowly been making their way across the Pacific since the powerful tsunami swept inland across swathes of eastern Japan in March. More than nine months after the disaster, oceonographers have located what is believed

Fukushima Plant In Cold “Shutdown”

Japan says it has finally brought leaking reactors at Fukushima under control in a move authorities say is a vital step on the long road to recovery, nine months after its nuclear crisis began. Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda told a