Italy Earthquake Toll Reaches 247

The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors. Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy. The search

6.8 Earthquake Hits Myanmar – 1 Dead Temples Damaged

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person. The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey

Air Pollution is Making China Sick And Hot

Here’s another way China’s notorious air pollution is making citizens’ lives uncomfortable—it’s making the country’s cities hotter. Researchers have found evidence that the pollution engulfing China’s cities enhances the warming effect of cityscapes, raising the temperature by one degree Celsius.

Drought Devastates Lesotho As Water Is Exported

Lesotho is experiencing food insecurity as a result of drought despite being the site of the second largest dam in Africa, because water is being exported to its neighbour South Africa. An estimated 680,000 people — more than a quarter

Yellowstone River Closes Over Deadly Parasite

Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish. A 183-mile-stretch (294km) of the river is closed to prevent infected fish from spreading to other waterways. Wildlife workers are

Puerto Rico Expects Up to 270 Zika Microcephaly Cases

U.S. health experts estimate that as many as 270 babies in Puerto Rico may be born with the severe birth defect known as microcephaly caused by Zika infections in their mothers during pregnancy. The estimate is the first to project

6.2 Earthquake Off Indonesia No Tsunami

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the Flores Sea off Indonesia on Wednesday, but no tsunami alert was issued. National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Anadolu Agency that the temblor struck at around 2.39 a.m. while residents of

Italy Earthquake Toll Rises To At Least 120

At least 120 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, PM Matteo Renzi has said. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome,

Earthquake Kills At Least 37 In Central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 37 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say. “Half the town is gone,” said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected. A family

Giant Green Lake Turns Blood Red

Like the famous Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Salton Sea in California, the salty expanse of Lake Urmia in Iran has been drying up and shrinking for decades. Now the lake, once one of the largest in

Congo Mines Cause Toxic Damage

IN THIS stream, the fish vanished long ago, killed by acids and waste from the mines,” says Lubumbashi resident Heritier Maloba, staring into the murky waters of his childhood fishing hole. Pollution caused by copper and cobalt mining has not

80 Mile Crack Threatens Antarctic Ice Shelf

A huge crack that scientists found across a fragile ice shelf in Antarctica is continuing to widen and grow, a new study reveals. For some time now, experts have been observing the progression of a large rift in Larsen C,

Flash Floods Hit San Bernardino County

A and of thunderstorms and heavy rains in eastern San Bernardino County led to powerful flash flooding Monday evening that washed vehicles off the roadway. The storm system extended into western Arizona and southern Nevada, including northern Las Vegas, flooding

Indiana Residents Evicted After Arsenic And Lead Contamination

After decades of nearby industrial pollution, residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana, were abruptly warned that they must vacate their homes for demolition given hazardous levels of lead and arsenic in the soil. More than

Pearl Delta Water Is Arsenic Ridden

Environmental authorities in South China’s Guangdong Province have questioned a Canadian scholar’s claim that arsenic levels in groundwater in some parts of the Pearl River Delta are 15 times higher than the international standard, while experts affirmed the situation is

Shellfish Infected As Temperatures Rise

Norovirus is the least of your worries. A sometimes-fatal bacteria is infecting more shellfish, even as those species are moving northward to escape warmer ocean waters. Vibrio has been making humans sick for a long time, but is more common