6.2 Earthquake Hits Chile

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted northern Chile on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of any damage and the linchpin copper mining sector was not affected. The quake struck about 108 kilometres north-east of Arica,

Tornado Kills One In Louisiana

Video Report: A young mother is dead, and 11 others are injured after an EF2 tornado hit Rayne, Louisiana on Saturday. The tornado packed winds of more than 110mph.

Can Coral Reefs Survive Bleaching ?

Red anthia fish and rainbow-coloured wrasse dart among the glittering reefs of Indonesia’s Wakatobi archipelago, as eagle rays and barracudas cruise past in the blue depths. It’s hard to believe Wakatobi is anything but a thriving marine paradise, packing a

EU To Increase Climate Targets

Fresh from the launch of a trillion-euro bid to slash dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas, Europe sets out this week its most ambitious targets yet to offset climate change. The European Union, home to half a billion

Floods Kill At Least 25 In Angola

LUANDA (Reuters) – At least 25 people have been killed in heavy rains and flooding in the southwestern Angolan province of Namibe, a report said on Sunday. “We flew over some areas and we learned that the situation was serious,”

Mass Extinction Is Under Way

Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But

Dead Dolphins Linked To Oil Spill

The discovery of more than 80 dead dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico is raising fresh concerns about the effect on sea life from last year’s massive BP oil spill. The dead dolphins began appearing in mid-January along the coasts

New Locusts Invade Victoria

Just when you thought you’d heard the end of the locusts, another species is now causing havoc around Mildura, in the state’s north-west. Dryland farmers and public land managers spent a good part of last year battling Australian plague locusts,

10 Years To Rebuild Christchurch

There are predictions that the devastated CBD of Christchurch will not be able to open until the end of the year and that it could take at least 10 years to rebuild the city. The warnings, outlining the scale of

Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies

Researchers combing the rainforests of Brazil have uncovered four new species of fungi that turn ants into zombies. Although it is not the first time the fungi has been seen affecting ants, the discovery of four distinct species in close

Antarctic Ice Forms From Bottom

Some of Antarctica’s ice sheet is formed by water re-freezing from below not just by snow falling on top as was traditionally thought, findings showed on Thursday that will help scientists project effects of climate change. Experts are seeking to

Ocean Acidification Picks Up Pace

As politicians debate the merits of a carbon tax scheme, antarctic waters are being used to create an early warning system for oceans affected by climate change. Carbon dioxide does not just affect global warming. Ocean acidification is picking up

On-Going Drought Cripples China

Yu Ruicheng’s weathered face creases with worry as she stands on her dry wheat field in eastern China, where a record drought is threatening to send soaring global food prices even higher. “If it doesn’t rain next month, we won’t

Maersk Shuts Leaking North Sea Rig

Danish Maersk Oil on Wednesday shut down a North Sea rig after oil was observed on the surrounding water. Production will resume when the technicians have located the source of the leak and made the necessary repairs, the company said,

Global Warming Means More Snow

Climate Change is not only making the planet warmer, it is also making snowstorms stronger and more frequent, US scientists have said. “Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” said scientist Jeff Masters, as part of a conference

Climate Scientists Enlist Public

Meteorologists launched a new campaign Wednesday to get people in England involved in measuring climate change by using a mirror, soap bubbles or simply looking up at the sky. The Met Office national weather service is asking people to complete