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The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit a remote Indonesian island chain at the weekend has climbed to five, with thousands living in evacuation shelters, an official said Wednesday.The shallow 7.

Days of extreme heat to become weeks as climate gets hotter

Nearly every part of the U.S. will face a dramatic increase in extremely hot days by mid-century, even if some action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If nothing is done to rein in climate change, the impact will be worse.

Seeking an insect superfood? Grasshoppers top the list

Consuming insects, if you can overcome the thought, is more sustainable for the planet in terms of providing a protein source, than eating meat. If you're looking for the 'superfood' of the insect world, then it's the grasshopper.

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Survivors scrambled for higher ground as torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia Tuesday, with millions of people affected and at least 180 dead, officials said.

Some reef islands resilient to climate change: study

The Pacific's low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found.

Extinct Mammoth may get protected status due to climate crisis

Activists and officials in northern Russia have warned of a “gold rush” for mammoth ivory as prospectors dig up tusks and other woolly mammoth remains that can net a small fortune on the Chinese market.

Fourteen killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

Fourteen people were killed when a building collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rains which have left more than 130 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday.

Two die, thousands flee after 7.3 quake in Indonesia

At least two people have been found dead and thousands were forced from their homes after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia, an official said Monday.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

Deaths from torrential monsoon rains in South Asia reach 85

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by two weeks of torrential monsoons in South Asia has reached 85, officials and news sources reported on Sunday.

At least 50 dead in Nepal's monsoon

Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people across Nepal while dozens more are missing, officials said Sunday.Northeast India has also been hit by floods with 11 deaths recorded as rivers burst their banks.

Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia: USGS

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northwest Australia Sunday, shaking buildings over a wide area but causing no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Barry back to Tropical Storm status but rain and floods continue

Following a brief stint as a Category 1 hurricane, Barry weakened once again to a tropical storm on Saturday after making landfall along the central Louisiana coast.

Severe turbulence seen on Air Canada flight will only get worse

An Air Canada plane on a flight from Vancouver to Australia experienced severe turbulence Thursday, injuring 37 passengers, nine of them seriously. However, with the climate crisis, this will become a lot more common in the future.

Canada needs a national cycling strategy, says Jagmeet Singh

To make areas safer for cyclists and to encourage people to take up exercise, Canada needs a national cycling strategy, according to NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. The politician is well known for carrying his folding bike almost everywhere he goes.

Barry is now a Category 1 Hurricane with 'rain off the chart'

The National Hurricane Center is saying Barry is now a Category 1 Hurricane with winds of 75 mph. Barry is still on course to make landfall near central Louisiana near Marsh Island.

Climate crisis drives record number of high-tide flooding days

Sea-level rise led to a record number of high-tide flooding days in the United States between May 2018 and April 2019, NOAA said Wednesday. And it could get worse as the climate crisis drives sea levels higher.

New Orleans prepares for extreme rainfall and flooding event

Tropical Storm Barry strengthened Friday as it crawled west-northwest over the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 65 mph. The NHC's 1:00 p..m. update anticipates the storm strengthening to at least a Category 1 hurricane.

UN chief makes climate change plea in cyclone-hit Mozambique

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday issued a strong plea for action on climate change as he visited Beira in central Mozambique, which was devastated by a cyclone in March.

Mediterranean sharks risk 'disappearing': conservationists

Sharks -- the sea's top predators for millions of years -- are at risk of disappearing from the Mediterranean as overfishing and plastic pollution choke populations of the endangered hunters, conservationists warned Friday.

Transforming electric cars into battery hubs to store energy

Electric cars could be used as battery hubs in order to store renewable energy. This concept, being considered for the U.K., is about capturing and utilizing some of the excess energy produced from electric vehicles.

Indonesia president vows to fight EU palm oil rules

Indonesia's president promised Friday to fight the European Union over plans to restrict the use of palm oil in biofuels.Brussels wants to limit the materials that can be used in fuel that is counted towards its renewable energy targets.

Braced for Barry: New Orleans girds for 'extreme' storm

Tropical Storm Barry gathered strength Friday as it chugged toward water-logged New Orleans, which girded for heavy rains, storm surge and flooding that pose a threat reminiscent of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina.

Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf — Expect epic rain event

A few hours after forming on Thursday, Tropical Storm Barry was slowly crawling across the northern Gulf of Mexico on a path toward the Louisiana coast where it was expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Friday night or Saturday.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Two — 10 p.m. update

The National Hurricane Center said Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is continuing to strengthen slowly, and the latest computer model guidance is leading forecasters to predict a Category 1 landfall of Hurricane Barry sometime Saturday evening.

Dramatic warming projected in world's major cities by 2050

By the year 2050, London's climate will resemble Madrid's today; Paris will be more like Canberra; Stockholm like Budapest and Moscow like Sofia, according to a new analysis published Wednesday that relied on optimistic projections.

New Orleans under water — Mississippi could breach levees

A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning near the city Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather is on the way to Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.

Antarctic glacial melt may cause irreversible sea level rise

A NASA-funded study has found that Antarctica faces a tipping point where glacial melting will accelerate and become irreversible even if global heating eases.

Ukraine inaugurates giant dome over destroyed Chernobyl reactor

Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort.

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Police across the globe have seized thousands of wild animals, including primates and big cats, and arrested nearly 600 suspects in a vast crackdown on illegal wildlife smuggling, Interpol said Wednesday.

Tropical 'Home Brew' system threatens Gulf Coast this week

A broad low-pressure area has emerged over Apalachee Bay in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In their 2 p.m. forecast Tuesday, forecasters estimated there’s an 80 percent chance of Tropical cyclone formation in the next few days.

French government is introducing an eco-tax for airline travel

Airline travel comes with a relatively high environmental impact. Adopting the 'polluter pays' philosophy, the French government is set to introduce a so-called 'eco-tax' each time an airline ticket is purchased.

US, Egypt warn Turkey over drilling off Cyprus

The United States and Egypt on Tuesday warned Turkey against escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over its attempt to drill for oil and gas in the waters off Cyprus.

Paris declares 'climate emergency'

Paris, which in 2015 hosted the signing of a historic agreement on fighting global warming, on Tuesday declared a climate emergency following similar moves by other cities and national parliaments.

Expert panel identifies Canada's top climate change risks

An expert panel has identified Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

Climate crisis emergencies are becoming a weekly event

A "staggering" new warning from a top United Nations official that climate crisis-related disasters are now occurring at the rate of one per week has provoked calls for immediate global action to combat the human-caused climate emergency.

New orphan dugong named 'handsome sea prince' by Thai royal

A second orphan baby dugong found stranded on a southern Thai beach has been named "handsome sea prince" by one of the country's princesses, officials said Saturday, as sea cow craze sweeps the kingdom.

Rattled nerves, minor damage from second major Southern California quake

Southern California appeared to have avoided the worst on Saturday after it was rocked by a second powerful earthquake in as many days -- a 7.1 magnitude tremor that revived fears of the so-called Big One the region has feared for decades.

Planet's largest seaweed bloom just keeps getting bigger

It weighs 20 million tons, stretches from western Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, and washes up on beaches creating a malodorous stench. Now scientists say a vast swathe of brown seaweed could be becoming an annual occurrence.

Baked-Alaska — Anchorage swelters under record-breaking heat

The temperature at Ted Stevens International Airport reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit at about 5 p.m. Thursday, crushing a 50-year record in Anchorage, Alaska.

Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decades

Southern California was rocked by its largest earthquake in two decades on Thursday, a 6.4-magnitude tremblor that caused "substantial damage" at a military facility but otherwise only minor injuries in the sparsely populated area.
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