Climate

Felix kills 38 in Nicaragua; survivors wash ashore
September 6, 2007 06:40 AM - Oswaldo Rivas -Reuters

Soldiers searched for more bodies on Thursday after Hurricane Felix killed 38 people in Nicaragua, while 52 members of a group of Miskito Indians washed ashore alive in neighboring Honduras. Dozens were still missing after Felix tore into Nicaragua's swampy Caribbean coast late on Tuesday, destroying thousands of flimsy homes and making tracks through barely developed jungle areas even less passable than normal.

APEC rift opens over climate change debate
September 6, 2007 06:38 AM - Bill Tarrant -Reuters

Leaders at an Asia-Pacific summit appeared deadlocked on Thursday over what their "Sydney declaration" on climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions should say. China's President Hu Jintao gave only qualified support to Australia's initiative on climate change, while some developing nations criticized Australian and U.S. moves to put climate change at the top of the agenda of the APEC gathering in Sydney.

Hurricane Henriette Bears Down On Mainland Mexico
September 5, 2007 06:15 PM - Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette roared toward farming states in mainland Mexico on Wednesday, threatening heavy rain and winds for large corn and tomato crops after pummeling the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos. Henriette, a relatively weak Category 1 storm that killed seven people including a foreign tourist on its route up the Pacific coast, swept into the Gulf of California with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Large waves were expected to batter the coastal states of Sonora and Sinaloa, where a storm last year ripped through the tomato crop, pushing up prices blamed for a brief inflation spike.

Expert warns of tsunami risk in Bay of Bengal
September 5, 2007 03:08 PM - Reuters

Powerful earthquakes could rock the Bay of Bengal, triggering tsunamis that would inundate Myanmar, Bangladesh and possibly India, an Australian geologist has warned. It was known that the risk of another large quake off Indonesia's central Sumatra was high, but a large subduction zone in the Bay of Bengal along the coasts of Myanmar and Bangladesh appeared to have been forgotten, Phil Cummins of Geoscience Australia wrote in a letter in the latest issue of the journal Nature.

Hurricane Henriette Approaches Mainland Mexico
September 5, 2007 02:15 PM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette roared toward farming states in mainland Mexico on Wednesday, threatening heavy rain and winds for large corn and tomato crops after pummeling the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos. Henriette, a relatively weak Category 1 storm that killed seven people including a foreign tourist on its route up the Pacific coast, swept into the Gulf of California with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Large waves were expected to batter the coastal states of Sonora and Sinaloa, where a storm last year ripped through the tomato crop, pushing up prices blamed for a brief inflation spike.

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.

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