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Mexico City shaken by 7.1 magnitude quake

Mexico - A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, destroying buildings and causing an unknown number of casualties on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

Dominica braces for Hurricane Maria

Castries - Dominica braced for Hurricane Maria on Monday as the "potentially catastrophic" Category Five storm bore down on the island nation, packing winds of 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour.

British Virgin Islands under curfew as new hurricane approaches

London - The British Virgin Islands was under curfew Tuesday as the Caribbean archipelago, still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, braced for another megastorm.

Carbon 'budget' may be bigger than thought: study

Paris - An ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still within reach, said researchers Monday who calculated humanity may have a larger allowable "budget" for burning carbon than previously thought.

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Jarry - Hurricane Maria strengthened into a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five storm as it barrelled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain.

Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef

Sydney - A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of the rare species.

Pollution abatement technology extended to Asia Pacific

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., the U.S. environmental, pollution abatement and energy solutions company has initiated projects in Asia aimed at reducing environmental pollution from shipping.

Norma weakens near Mexican resort, Maria threatens Caribbean

Washington - Norma weakened to tropical storm strength Saturday as it moved in the direction of Mexico's Baja California in the Pacific, the US National Hurricane Center said, even as Tropical Storm Maria threatened the battered Leeward islands.

France's hurricane-hit St Martin on guard for health threats

Jarry - The French-Dutch island of St Martin, where white sands and turquoise waters once drew foreign visitors in droves, is now attracting a different kind of population: rats and mosquitoes.

US says it will withdraw from Paris accord without more favorable terms

Montr - The White House pushed back Saturday at a European suggestion it was softening its stance on the Paris climate accord, insisting Washington will withdraw from the agreement unless it can re-enter on more favorable terms.

Widespread destruction in central Vietnam after major typhoon

Ha Tinh - Shaken residents in central Vietnam were piecing their homes and businesses back together Saturday after a powerful typhoon hammered large swathes of coast and killed at least four people.

Three dead as Typhoon Doksuri lashes central Vietnam

Typhoon Doksuri wreaked havoc on central Vietnam Friday, lashing the coast with fierce winds and heavy rains as tens of thousands were evacuated and three people were reported dead in the country's worst storm in years.

Canada, China, EU and partners push forward on Paris climate accord

Montr - Some 30 environment ministers will push forward on the Paris climate accord at a meeting Saturday requested by Canada, China and the European Union.

Max threatens earthquake-hit area of Mexico with 'torrential' rains

Mexico - Hours after barreling into Mexico's Pacific coast as a Category One hurricane, Max was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday, threatening parts of Mexico's southwest with inundating rains.

Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists

Geneva - An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species.

Hurricane Max forms off Mexico's southwestern coast: forecasters

Miami - Hurricane Max formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Thursday, triggering warnings of life-threatening storm conditions for a long stretch of coastal communities including the resort city of Acapulco, forecasters said.

Greek minister defends 'improving' oil slick clean-up

Atenas - Greece's merchant marine minister defended on Thursday the government's response to an oil spill that has spread across beaches near Athens following criticism from environmentalists and calls for his resignation.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report titled "Commercial Drone Adoption in Agribusiness: Disruption and Opportunity” has been issued by Ipsos Business Consulting. The report highlights the opportunities for adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia.

Portugal struggles to rise from the ashes of its deadliest fire

Pedr - Joaquim Godinho and his wife Edite watch with blank faces and heavy hearts as a bulldozer demolishes the charred remains of their home of nearly 30 years.
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