19 Killed In Sri Lanka Storms

At least 19 people in Sri Lanka have been killed and more than 40 others are missing after two days of heavy rains and gale-force winds. Sri Lanka’s navy has three vessels searching at sea for missing people, while the

Rhine Drought Exposes WW2 Bombs

Bomb disposal experts have already had to blow up an incendiary bomb near Cologne and have yet to decide how to deal with a larger bomb spotted lying in 16 inches of water near Koblenz. River traffic was also disrupted

Homes Lost In Aussie Bush Fire

..Hot, dry conditions and high winds Thursday hampered fire crews as they battled to control bushfires raging through parched Western Australia state, destroying around 30 homes. The first blaze erupted when a controlled burn-off in a national park near the

Elephants To Be Saved By Bees

Elephants do not like bees. Indeed just the sound of an angry bee is enough to make whole herds of mighty elephants flee in fear. Now African scientist Lucy King has been awarded one of the United Nations’ top environmental

UK Wants Climate Pact By 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – The government wants a new globally binding climate deal to be “operational” by 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep world temperature rises to a limit of 2 degrees Celsius, the UK’s minister for energy

Two Big Quakes Hit Japan

Two strong earthquakes rattled northern Japan on Thursday,* TOKYO (AP) — Two strong earthquakes rattled northern Japan on Thursday, but neither caused any apparent damage or a tsunami.

NZ To Be Hit By Rising Seas

Rising sea levels will make it riskier to live in New Zealand and render parts of the coast uninhabitable over the next century, a climate scientist says in the wake of an international report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Toxic Metals Contaminate China

A new report on environmental pollution in China has shown that around ten per cent of the country’s farmland is heavily contaminated with lead, zinc, and other heavy metals. China’s Southern Metropolitan Daily reports that Wan Bentai, the chief engineer

Chile Volcano Disrupts Air Travel

Flights were canceled for several hours in Uruguay and Argentina Tuesday due to volcanic ash from the four-month-long eruption of the Puyehue volcano in Chile, airport authorities said. Laura Vanoli, Uruguay’s chief aeronautic meteorologist, said the country was almost entirely

5.3 Earthquake Hits Athens

ATHENS, Greece — Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 2:17

6.2 Quake Rattles Bolivia

LA PAZ — A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Bolivia on Tuesday and was also felt in Peru and Chile, but the epicenter was deep underground and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The US Geographical Survey said

Earthquakes Are On The Rise

In reviewing seismic activity around the world as reported by the U.S.G.S. prior to writing this article the author also noted the number of earth quakes worldwide in the 5.0 to 5.9 range over the past ten years have nearly

‘New Release’ Of Climategate Emails

A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet. There are more than 5,000 emails, while other documents include working papers relating to the Intergovernmental

China Wants Kyoto Extension

China, the world’s top greenhouse gas emitter, said Tuesday it will push at next week’s climate talks for an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, which requires rich nations to reduce their emissions. Beijing’s top climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua also called

Fukushima Radiation Stunts Growth

Eight months on from the nuclear meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima plant the long-term cancer risks for children are in the spotlight, but a new study has highlighted more immediate problems. Thousands of children living in the fallout zone are confined

Radiation Covers 8pc Of Japan

Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It says more than 30,000 square kilometres of the country has been blanketed by radioactive caesium.