Motorists Stuck on Indiana Road

LAPORTE, Ind. – More than 70 motorists were stuck for hours Monday in biting temperatures on snow-covered highways in northwest Indiana as strong winds hampered snow plow drivers’ efforts to free them. By Monday afternoon, most had been rescued safely,

Praise for Cancun Logging Deal

One of the key agreements from the Cancun climate summit is a deal to pay poor countries to stop chopping down their rainforests. The agreement, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), was completed at the weekend.

Trawler Sinks in The Antarctic

New Zealand officials have scaled back the search for 17 fishermen missing after a South Korean trawler sank off Antarctica, saying it was unlikely they survived the icy waters. Five men are confirmed dead, while 20 other crew members were

2011 Climate Talks to be in S. Africa

The world’s governments face a new battle in South Africa in 2011 between rich and poor about slowing climate change, buoyed by some progress in Mexico but with faded hopes for a new treaty in coming years. In 2011, governments

Pike River Mine in Receivership

The company at the centre of last month’s deadly mine explosions in New Zealand has been dealt another blow as it was placed in receivership. Pike River Coal says it is in a precarious financial position and is unlikely to

6.1 Quake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (AFP) – Papua New Guinea was rattled by a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake Monday, seismologists said, but the deep tremor was unlikely to have caused damage or sparked a tsunami. The quake struck at a depth of 144 kilometres (90

US Midwest Hit By Blizzards

CHICAGO (AFP) – A fierce early winter storm pounded several Midwestern US states, shutting busy airports and highways and dropping enough snow to cause the roof of Minnesota’s famed Metrodome football stadium to collapse. Icy temperatures, and brutal snow and

Metrodome Roof Collapses in Snow

MINNEAPOLIS – The inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium collapsed Sunday and roads were closed throughout the upper Midwest as a storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas crawled across the region. A blizzard warning

Raw: Metrodome’s Collapsed Roof

Video Report: Raw footage of the Minnesota Metrodome’s collapsed roof. Please note: There is no comentary with this video.

Storms Hit Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE – Heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest have triggered mudslides as they swell rivers and place small towns in Washington and areas of Portland under flood threat. Forecasters say storms are expected to dump up to 6 inches of

Pacific Tuna Catches to be Reduced

Fishing nations have agreed to hold their catches of young bluefin tuna in the central and western Pacific in 2011 and 2012 below the 2002-2004 annual averages, press reports said Sunday. The agreement was reached at an annual meeting of

Storms Batter the Middle East

BEIRUT – Heavy rains and fierce winds pummeled countries across the Middle East over the weekend, sinking a ship off Israel’s coast and killing a woman in Lebanon whose car was crushed when a tree fell on it. The storm

Locust Spraying Ends Across SA

Aerial spraying of locusts across South Australia has officially ended. A control centre at Loxton in the Riverland has now closed after another at Orroroo was closed at the end of last week.

UK: 10 Die of Swine Flu in 6 Weeks

HEALTH chiefs are urging people to get the flu jab after 10 adults in the UK died from swine virus in the last six weeks. The Health Protection Agency have confirmed that the deaths were in adults under 65 and

Climate Disasters to Cost Billions

THE 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season may be over but there are lingering signs of the impact of climate change which scientists predict will result in an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. According

Drought Spreads in New Zealand

An official drought already declared for Northland could spread to much of the upper North Island by Christmas. Federated Farmers and Ministry of Agriculture representatives met this week to determine whether a wider drought should be declared. December 22 was