Climate

Calif. Heat Wave Blamed for 14 Deaths
September 5, 2007 08:05 AM - Thomas Watkins -Associated Press

Scorching heat that has gripped Southern California for more than a week is responsible for at least 14 deaths, authorities said Tuesday. Temperatures were down slightly Tuesday as the heat wave entered its eighth day, with a high of 101 degrees reported in Los Angeles.

Climate petition signed by 500,000
September 5, 2007 07:45 AM - Associated Press

Climate change campaigners have appealed to world leaders attending the APEC summit to take notice of a petition signed by half a million people around the world. Believed to be the largest worldwide petition on climate change, it contains the names of about 91,000 Australians.

Brazil cool on Bush's global warming meeting
September 5, 2007 07:26 AM - Reuters

Brazil on Tuesday played down the importance of a meeting on climate change called by U.S. President George W. Bush, and said the issue should be tackled at the United Nations.

Greek forest fires: An update from WWF-Greece
September 5, 2007 07:19 AM - WWF

The forest fires ravaging Greece in recent weeks have been unprecedented. More than 60 people have lost their lives, thousands left homeless, and over 250,000 hectares of forests and agricultural land (mainly olive groves and vineyards) have burned. The fires are still burning and many have yet to be put under control. The burned area represents almost 2% of the surface area of the country.

Typhoon Fitow heads for Japan, may hit Tokyo
September 5, 2007 07:10 AM - Reuters

A typhoon moving towards Japan was forecast on Wednesday to hit a region near Tokyo later in the week and bring heavy rains and strong winds to the capital. Typhoon Fitow, which means "beautiful fragrant flower" in a Micronesian language, was located some 650 km (400 miles) south of Tokyo and moving northwest at 15 km (9.4 miles) per hour as of 4 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

Felix rains on Honduras, mudslides feared
September 5, 2007 07:04 AM - Noel Randewich -Reuters

Rains from Hurricane Felix soaked Honduras on Wednesday, threatening dangerous flooding and mudslides after killing nine people in neighboring Nicaragua. The storm, which was a powerful Category 5 when it struck the Caribbean coast of Central America, revived memories of the killer Hurricane Mitch in 1998 but residents of Tegucigalpa appeared to have got off lightly this time around.

Hurricanes Felix, Henriette, Set Records, Wreak Havoc
September 4, 2007 09:10 PM - Paul Kiernan, Associated Press

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Felix walloped Central America's remote Miskito coastline and Henriette slammed into resorts on the tip of Baja California as a record-setting hurricane season got even wilder Tuesday with twin storms making landfall on the same day. Felix roared ashore before dawn as a Category 5 storm along Nicaragua's remote northeast corner - an isolated, swampy jungle where people get around mainly by canoe. The 160 mph winds peeled roofs off shelters and a police station, knocked down electric poles and stripped humble homes to a few walls.

Global Warming Link To Hurricanes Dean And Felix, Possible But Unknown
September 4, 2007 05:25 PM - Michael Christie, Reuters

MIAMI - Despite growing consensus that global warming may spawn stronger tropical cyclones, weather experts believe it is too soon to blame climate change for the unprecedented punch of back-to-back monster hurricanes. Hurricane Felix, a top-ranked storm on forecasters' Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, slammed into Central America on Tuesday. Hurricane Dean, also a Category 5, battered Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on August 21. It was the first time on record that two Atlantic hurricanes had made landfall as Category 5 storms in the same season, and only the fourth time since records began in 1851 that more than one Category 5 had formed in a year.

Protests, Heavy Security, Bush Arrives Australia For Asia-Pacific Summit
September 4, 2007 03:53 PM - Michael Perry and Caren Bohan, Reuters

SYDNEY - After a lightning visit to Iraq where he hinted at possible U.S. troop cuts, President George W. Bush arrived in Australia on Tuesday for an Asia-Pacific leaders' meeting amid heavy security and anti-war protests. Trade and climate change will top the agenda at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, and Bush wants the forum's 21 economies to agree to a strongly worded pledge to reinvigorate the Doha round of world trade talks.

WWF Says Asia-Pacific Coal Rush Worsens Global Warming
September 4, 2007 08:11 AM - Reuters

Growing dependence on cheap coal to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is blamed for harmful changes in the world's climate, experts said on Tuesday. Between 2001 and 2006, coal use around the world grew by an unprecedented 30 percent. Asia, led by China, accounted for almost 90 percent of the growth, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said at the launch of a climate change report in Sydney.

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