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Mexico shaken by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

Mexico - Tourist hotspots in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula were shaken Friday by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake -- but no injuries or damage were reported, authorities said.

Storm caused 90 mn euros in damage: Dutch insurers

Den Haag - Dutch insurers said Friday that fierce storms that whipped across The Netherlands caused 90 million euros ($111 million) in devastation, as the country's train service slowly creaked back into gear.

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin - Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.

Last three years hottest on record: UN

Geneva - The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet.

Cape Town water ration to be slashed as drought bites

Cape Town - Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said Thursday, as the city battles its worst drought in a century.

China spots four oil slicks from sunken tanker

Bejing - The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China's east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage.

Dozens of historic sites in Scotland at risk from climate change

A climate change risk survey has just been completed for historic sites in Scotland, and the news is not good. Dozens of Scotland’s most famous historic sites are at very high risk of being badly damaged by climate change and need urgent protection.

Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Legazpi - Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days.

Daimler struggling with European emissions standards

Detroit - The chief executive of Daimler said Monday at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years.

Turkey unveils route of 45 km 'Istanbul Canal'

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez.

China races to prevent environmental disaster after tanker sinks

Bejing - Chinese ships scrambled Monday to clean up a massive oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life.

Philippines' Mayon volcano alert raised as eruption feared

Manila - The Philippines raised the alert level for the country's most active volcano twice in 24 hours Sunday, meaning that a hazardous eruption is possible within days.

Two dead in Peru after 7.3-magnitude quake

- A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook southern Peru on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 65, the South American country's civil defense agency said.

Fluctuating jet stream may be causing extreme weather events

A new study suggests that the polar jet stream has been fluctuating more than normal as it passes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and that's affecting weather in Europe and North America.

Iranian tanker sinks engulfed in flames, official says no hope of survivors

Bejing - A Iranian oil tanker burst into flames from end to end and sank Sunday, eight days after a collision with a cargo ship off China, state media said.

Wolf found in northern Belgium, first time in over 100 years

Brussels - A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday.

Fossil fuels blown away by wind in cost terms: study

Paris - New onshore wind and solar energy projects are set to deliver electricity more cheaply than fossil fuels plants, with other green technologies also rapidly gaining a cost advantage over dirty fuels, a report published Saturday said.

Death toll from California mudslides rises to 18

Los Angeles - Authorities in southern California said Friday they had discovered the body of an elderly man killed by mudslides that battered the region earlier this week, lifting the overall death toll to 18.

Blue skies in China's capital spark joy, scepticism

Bejing - Every day for the last five years, Zou Yi has photographed Beijing's smog-cloaked skyline from his 13th-floor apartment, but there is something different in the air this year.
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