Burning Hail Struck India In 1991

At Redsky News on 24th December 2010, we received an eyewitness account of burning hail striking the Chittagong area of India in the 1990’s. An email describing this event was sent to our office by Nakul Jana who is an

Arctic Much Worse Since 2006

US federal officials have said the Arctic region has changed dramatically for the worse in the past five years. It is melting at a near record pace and is darkening and absorbing too much of the sun’s heat. A new

Fuel Rods Burn Through Concrete

Molten fuel rods at the Fukushima nuclear plant may have eaten two-thirds of the way through a concrete containment base, the plant’s operator says. The statement from TEPCO is based on a new simulation of the March meltdowns.

Climate To Cause Global Exodus

Rising sea levels and droughts associated with climate change threaten to force vast shifts of populations, yet states have so far been slow to react, the Global Migration Group (GMG) warned Thursday. The body, made up of 14 United Nations

Jakarta Prepares For Flood Deluge

With meteorologists predicting Jakarta will be deluged with heavy rains from December through early February and tidal waters already swamping Jakarta’s northern suburbs, the city’s governor is busy marshaling resources to mitigate against a flooding disaster. From raising seawalls, training

Permafrost Loss Gets Worse

The threat to climate change posed by thawing permafrost, which could release stocks of stored carbon, is greater than estimated, a group of scientists said on Wednesday. By 2100, the amount of carbon released by permafrost loss could be “1.7-5.2

Sumatra Landslide Kills 4, Injures 30

Four people are dead and 30 others are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide on the Indonesian island of Nias, officials said. The landslide slammed into a village in Majo Kampung Barije district on the island in North Sumatra

Toxic Timebomb In South Africa

We meet Mariette Lieferink in a McDonalds near Gauteng, on the edge of Johannesburg, buying a dozen sickly sweet drinks. She’s no one’s idea of a leading environmental activist. She wears a tight-fitting, scarlet, embroidered Chinese dress, high heels, and

Past Decade Is the Hottest Ever

Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half, proving that global warming is a reality, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record

The Danube River Is Drying Up

A major drought along the lower Danube has highlighted the river’s reduced ability to buffer extreme weather events and has hampered navigation, environmental group WWF said on Tuesday. The Danube is currently seeing its lowest levels since 2003, with bigger

More Extreme Weather Expected

The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World

Big Quake Hits Off Papua New Quinea

A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says the

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

The UN food agency warned Monday that a quarter of the world’s landmass is “highly degraded,” making it difficult to meet the food needs of a booming population. “Humankind can no longer treat these vital resources as if they were

Climate Denial Still Strong In US

..On the US political stage, skepticism and denial of climate change are as popular as ever, and experts say that world talks which opened Monday in Durban, South Africa are unlikely to turn the tide. But while a binding deal

Ski Resorts Still Waiting For Snow

If the strong Swiss franc fails to keep holidaymakers away from Switzerland’s luxury resorts, then the current lack of snow certainly will. Operators are desperately waiting for the first fall of flakes to draw in ski tourists who are putting

Ecuador Volcano Spews Ash

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is spewing out red-hot rocks and billowing coarse ash. The South American country’s Geophysical Institute says the increased activity began Sunday afternoon. It says the volcano has thrown pyroclastic boulders up