• Talks on climate change impact in Africa

    Climate change could worsen Africa's struggle to feed itself, but simple steps - a cistern to catch rainwater, a solar panel, or hardier seeds for crops - could help the continent's subsistence farms, specialists and activists said Friday. About 250 researchers, donors, and officials met in Oslo this week for the Second Green Africa Revolution Conference, which follows up a 2004 challenge from former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to revolutionize African farming. >> Read the Full Article
  • Power Outage From California Heat Wave

    Dozens of cooling centers opened across California as a scorching heat wave strained the state's electrical grid and left many residents without power. Nearly 14,000 customers were without power late Sunday, largely because of increased demand on air conditioners. Highs reached 109 degrees in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley and more than 100 degrees in other parts of the state. >> Read the Full Article
  • Thousands Flee Hurricane Felix

    TEGUCIGALPA - Tens of thousands of people, including Miskito Indians and foreign tourists, began fleeing low-lying coastal areas on Central America's Caribbean coast on Monday to escape the approaching Hurricane Felix. The highly dangerous Category 4 storm charged toward Nicaragua and Honduras with top sustained winds of 145 mph, provoking fears of a repeat of Hurricane Mitch, which killed some 10,000 people in Central America in 1998. "We are faced with a very serious threat to lives and property. The most important thing is that people pay heed to the call for evacuation so that we don't have to count bodies later," said Marco Burgos, head of Honduras' civil protection agency. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed

    U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations. >> Read the Full Article
  • Carbon From Cars Drops

    Climate-warming carbon emissions from new cars and light trucks in the United States dropped 3 percent in 2005, the first decrease in nearly two decades, Environmental Defense reported Thursday. "We see some signs of good news here," said the group's Jon DeCicco in a telephone news briefing announcing the findings. >> Read the Full Article
  • APEC Set For World Trade, Climate Change Talks

    U.S. President George W. Bush hopes to spur momentum for a world trade pact and a global target on climate change at this week's APEC summit in Sydney, but host Australia has warned not to expect binding greenhouse targets. Organizers anticipate violent demonstrations at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, which will be attended by 21 leaders including Bush, and are staging the nation's biggest ever security operation. >> Read the Full Article
  • Millions Try To Rebuild Lives After South Asia Floods

    PATNA, India - Millions across South Asia are struggling to rebuild their homes, and their lives, as receding flood waters reveal the massive devastation caused by monsoon flooding in the region. More than 2,000 people in eastern India and Bangladesh were killed by snake bites, drowning, diarrhea or from houses collapsing after swollen rivers burst their banks, inundating huge areas since July. >> Read the Full Article
  • Pope Urges, Save The Planet Before It's Too Late

    LORETO, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, leading the Catholic Church's first 'eco-friendly' youth rally, on Sunday told up to half a million people that world leaders must make courageous decisions to save the planet "before it is too late". "A decisive 'yes' is needed in decisions to safeguard creation as well as a strong commitment to reverse tendencies that risk leading to irreversible situations of degradation," the 80-year-old Pope said. Wearing green vestments, he spoke to a crowd of mostly young people sprawled over a hillside near the Adriatic city of Loreto on the day Italy's Catholic Church marks it annual Save Creation Day. >> Read the Full Article
  • Greek Forest Fires Could Be CO2 Threat

    ATHENS - Greece's huge forest fires have been blamed by some on global warming, but satellite images of smoke plumes drifting as far as Africa prompt the question: are forests a major source of greenhouse gas? Usually it is cars, factories and power stations that are most often mentioned as sources of carbon dioxide (CO2), a gas which traps heat in the atmosphere. Trees, considered the "lungs of the planet", soak the gas up. But what if they burn? >> Read the Full Article
  • Tropical Storm Henriette Kills 6 In Mexico Resort

    ACAPULCO, Mexico - Tropical Storm Henriette swept by Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday, killing six people in the resort of Acapulco before moving out to sea, where it could become a hurricane. A man and his two children were killed in a poor area of Acapulco overnight when heavy rain dislodged a boulder from a hill and sent it crashing down on their house. >> Read the Full Article