Climate

Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart
September 6, 2007 11:15 AM - Maria Cheng -Associated Press

Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. "If it really is a few degrees warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

California heatwave ebbs after claiming 25 lives
September 6, 2007 06:45 AM - Reuters

At least 25 deaths were blamed on an excessive eight-day heatwave in Southern California that finally started to cool on Wednesday. Temperatures in inland and mountainous areas of Los Angeles dropped by about 20 degrees, bringing most places down below 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the first time in a week.

Hurricane Henriette pounds Mexico
September 6, 2007 06:44 AM - Frank Jack Daniel -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.

Flood warnings issued as typhoon nears Tokyo
September 6, 2007 06:42 AM - Reuters

A typhoon was approaching Tokyo on Thursday, forcing train and ferry cancellations and sparking fears of flooding, landslides and high winds in and around the Japanese capital.

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.

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