Disease Threatens Food Security

Scientists believe stem rust, which looks like red dust on wheat, could threaten global food security. A new strain of the disease is spreading throughout eastern and southern Africa and researchers say it could arrive in Australia on high winds.

Iceland: 400 Quakes in 24 Hours

After four days of continues earthquake activity it appears that Krísuvík volcano has stepped up it’s activity by a order of magnitude. Since midnight there have been over 400 earthquakes in Krísuvík volcano. The activity is continuing when this is

Pollution Curbs China Development

Beijing. China faces acute environmental and resource strains that threaten to choke growth unless the world’s second-biggest economy cleans up, the nation’s environment minister said in an unusually blunt warning. In an essay published on Monday, Zhou Shengxian also said

4.5 Quake Tremor Hits Wellington

A fresh tremor has rocked Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, just hours after the country observed two minutes of silence to mark a week after the deadly earthquake in Christchurch. The 4.5 magnitude quake hit Wellington, just hours after a traditional

Google Backs Weather Insurance

Google on Monday was among investors pumping $42 million into a climate change inspired technology startup that calculates the chances of crops being ruined by weather. WeatherBill launched Total Weather Insurance in 2010 as a way for US farmers to

Quake Amputee ‘Wanted To Die’

Pinned under a concrete wall and in agonising pain, a Christchurch quake survivor wanted to die before penknife-wielding surgeons hacked his legs off in a remarkable rescue. “I just wanted there to be a decent aftershock to finish it,” Brian

New Zealand Mourns Quake Dead

Communities in Christchurch have rallied together in prayer hoping that survivors will be found six days after the devastating tremor hit New Zealand’s second largest city. Church services in the city have been taking place in makeshift churches and Anglican

Severe Storms Hit Mississippi & Ohio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A severe weather front was bringing high winds, lightning, hail, flooding and a few tornadoes to the Southeast and mid-Atlantic on Monday, forecasters said. The storm ran through the Mississippi and Ohio valleys overnight, causing flooding that

Scientists Warn Of Water Woes

Demand for water in agriculture and energy production could spike in the coming decades while catastrophic floods and droughts strike more often, a water conference in Canada is to hear this week. “At unpredictable times, too much water will arrive

N. American Pines May Vanish

The narrow, towering lodgepole pine trees that populate North America’s western forests may disappear in the coming decades due to climate change and attacking beetles, a study said Monday. The trees are tough and adaptable, particularly in areas prone to

5.2 Earthquake Off Crete

ATHENS, Greece – Seismologists say a moderately strong earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 has struck off the southern Greek island of Crete. There have been no initial reports of damage or injuries.

Green Wall To Stop Sahel Advance

Bonn — Imagine a green wall – 15 kilometres wide, and up to 8,000 kilometres long – a living green wall of trees and bushes, full of birds and other animals. Imagine it just south of the Sahara, from Djibouti

NZ Quake Toll Likely To Top 200

The death toll from the massive Christchurch earthquake will be more than 200, police said tonight. Superintendent Dave Cliff confirmed the death toll in Christchurch had increased to 147.

Rabies Claims 124 Lives In Bali

Denpasar. Despite an ongoing canine vaccination campaign, rabies has claimed the lives of three people in four days on the resort island of Bali, a health official said on Wednesday. Ketut Karnu, a 62-year-old from Bunutin village in Karangasem district,

John Key Launches Quake Appeal

New Zealand’s prime minister John Key has announced the establishment of an international fund to help the victims of the Christchurch earthquake and help rebuild the city. The official death toll stands at 147 and grave fears are held for

NZ Families See Homes Demolished

More homes in Christchurch are being demolished or have been evacuated, as the death toll rises to 147 following Tuesday’s powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Police say there are grave fears for another 200 people who are unaccounted for and warn that