Toxic Algae Hits French Beaches

Video Report: Workers have been trying to clear tonnes of toxic seaweed which have accumulated on beaches in Brittany in France. As well as being hazardous to health, the problem has had a negative impact on tourism. The BBC’s Hugh

Tata Launches $700 Flat-Pack House

The Indian company that launched the world’s cheapest car has unveiled its latest product for the fast-growing nation: a flat-pack house that costs just $700 and can be built in a week. The Tata group, maker of the $2,500 Nano

150,000 Affected In N.E. India Floods

GAUHATI, India – Heavy monsoon rains have led the mighty Brahmaputra River to overflow its banks and submerge scores of villages in India’s remote northeastern state of Assam. District magistrate Anwaruddin Chowdhury says more than 150,000 people have been hit

500 Dead Or Missing In China Storms

BEIJING (AFP) – More than 460 people have died or gone missing in China since June, after extreme summer weather triggered huge floods and deadly landslides, government authorities said. Torrential downpours have pummelled large swathes of China since the beginning

Rain Leaves Korean Homes Destroyed

SEOUL (AFP) – Floods triggered by torrential rain that hit North Korea last week washed away homes, roads and farmland and caused unspecified casualties, according to state media. Heavy rain from July 12 to 15 left more than 20,000 hectares

Global Effort Needed In Africa

Britain’s aid secretary has urged the global community to help people in drought-hit east Africa avoid a “catastrophe”. It comes as the UK pledged $80 million in emergency aid to help millions of people affected by the disaster. The United

Bangladesh’s Toxic Leather Trade

Video Report: Bangladesh’s booming leather industry brought in more than $460 million in revenue last year. But the human cost is also high, with many workers suffer from diseases related to exposure to the fumes of a toxic chemical called

Mount Lokon Erupts 2,500 Flee

An Indonesian volcano has erupted, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air, just days after the country’s alert status was raised to the highest level. There has been a significant rise in volcanic activity at Mount

26 Dead In Japan Heatwave

Cases of heatstroke in Japan have hit record levels as people switch off air conditioners in the summer heat to save power after the nuclear crisis. At least 26 people have died this month alone.

Forests Absorb A Third Of CO2

Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate

5.5 Quake Hits Japan No Tsunami

TOKYO — An earthquake has been felt in Tokyo. But the shaking caused no apparent damage and no tsunami. The magnitude 5.5 quake hit at 9:01 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Tokyo in

Two-Headed Snake Stuns Visitors

.A snake with two heads, each able to think and eat separately and even steal food from each other, has become a popular attraction at a Ukrainian zoo. The small albino California Kingsnake, now on show in the Black Sea

Quake Hits The English Channel

.An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 has struck in the middle of the English Channel, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said.Residents in parts of West Sussex reported buildings shaking for a few seconds but no injuries or damage

Pirates Disrupt Climate Research

Piracy in the Indian Ocean is hampering the efforts of climate change researchers to the point where they have had to call in the Australian Navy. Pirate activity off the coast of Somalia has increased dramatically over recent years, so

GreenPeace Destroys GM Wheat

Greenpeace protesters have broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Canberra to destroy a crop of genetically modified wheat. In the early hours of this morning a group of Greenpeace protesters scaled the fence of the CSIRO experimental station at

India’s Food Security Crisis

The proposed introduction of the Food Security Act by the UPA Government is a welcome and much needed step towards securing the right to food for all of India’s citizens. The right to food is the basis of the right