Storm Grounds French Cargo Ship

RENNES, France (Reuters) – Storm winds and torrential rain lashed France on Friday, cutting off electricity supplies to hundreds of thousands of homes and sending a cargo ship aground off the northwestern Brittany coast, where it sprang a fuel leak.

Disaster Losses Hit Record In 2011

The disasters that plagued the globe this year will send 2011 into the record books as the most costly year for catastrophes on record. Japan’s powerful tsunami, earthquakes in New Zealand, floods in Thailand and a series of severe tornadoes

New Zealand Floods Worst In Years

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand’s Tasman district after the worst flooding there in decades. Communities along the coast and in the back country of Golden Bay and Nelson have received up to 420 millimetres of

Climate Kills 1000’s African Trees

Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Rainfall in the

Arsenic Found In More U.S. Water

An environmental monitor Tuesday identified 19 new sites across the United States where groundwater near coal-ash dumps from power plants was found to be contaminated with arsenic and other pollutants. The Environmental Integrity Project said the pollution — in some

Red Tide Shuts Oyster Industry

PORT LAVACA, Texas – In better days, the loading dock in this East Texas harbor city would be a bustle of activity: fishermen unloading sacks filled with fresh oysters, dealers paying by the sack for the bivalves, 18-wheelers hauling them

7.3 Quake Hits Off PNG No Tsunami

A 7.3 magnitiude earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The US geological survey said the quake’s epicentre was 87 kilometres southwest of Lae Province at a depth of 115 kilometres. So far, there’ve been no reports

Mexico Is Becoming A Dustbowl

At least five states in Mexico’s northwest say they are on the verge of disaster following the worst drought in living memory. Peter Greste in Mexico: “Some areas haven’t seen a drop of rain since last August.” On Thursday the

6.1 Quake Hits Indonesia No Tsunami

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck off the shore of a central Indonesian island. Local officials say there have been no initial reports of damage and that there is no danger of a tsunami. The

Canada Withdraws From Kyoto

Canada became the first country to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, saying the pact on cutting carbon emissions was preventing the world from effectively tackling climate change. “We are invoking Canada’s legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto,” Environment

Planet Earth Prepare To Burn

Video Report:Two minute video that ‘shows how the Earth’s temperature has risen 1C since the 1950s’.

Island States Prepare To Drown

Video Report:A three-year study by Australia’s CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology suggests the Pacific’s small island states can expect rising sea levels, more heavy rainfall events, more very hot days and more cyclones.

Storms And Gales to Lash Britain

.This time last year, most of the country was knee-deep in snow, in a freeze that seemed to last until the New Year. This December seems to have a different disruptive agenda. It was only last week that Scotland was

Strong Quake Rattles Mexico

A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico, killing at least two people, knocking out lights in parts of the capital and sending people rushing into the streets. There were no immediate reports of severe damage or injuries in Mexico City

Activists Unhappy At Climate Deal

European ministers say they have made a significant step in securing a deal to draw up a new international climate treaty, but campaigners warned it would not be enough to tackle global warming. The deal, which was finally agreed as

Scotland Lashed By Monster Storm

Scotland was battered by winds of more than 150 miles an hour Thursday as a monster storm swept in, causing widespread travel chaos and leaving thousands of homes without electricity. Authorities ordered the closure of thousands of schools and motorists