• Expert warns of tsunami risk in Bay of Bengal

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Scientists Say Global Warming To Hit Africa Hardest

    PRETORIA (Reuters) - Africa will suffer the most if the world fails to reduce global warming, with parts of the impoverished continent becoming uncultivable or uninhabitable, top British government scientists said on Wednesday. In a presentation in Pretoria, David King, the British government's chief scientific adviser, warned climate change, if unchecked, would lead to worsening drought in Africa as well as flooding along much of its coastline. He said an additional 70 million Africans could be at risk of hunger by the 2080s as a result of continued global warming -- temperatures in Africa have risen by about 0.7 degrees Celsius during the last century. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hurricane Henriette Approaches Mainland Mexico

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • North Carolina Drought Worsens, Lowest Streamflows In More Than 110 Years

    North Carolina - August was a hot, dry month in North Carolina bringing record lows to many of the state's rivers and streams and worsening the drought conditions. The lowest average August streamflow in 110 years of record was recorded on the Tar River at Tarboro. The lowest average August streamflow on record was measured at 12 other monitoring stations in the state, with 9 of those sites located in central North Carolina, 2 sites in the coastal plain, and 2 sites in the mountains. All of these sites have at least 35 years of record, and most of the sites have more than 50 years of record. >> Read the Full Article
  • Calif. Heat Wave Blamed for 14 Deaths

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate petition signed by 500,000

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Brazil cool on Bush's global warming meeting

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Greek forest fires: An update from WWF-Greece

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Typhoon Fitow heads for Japan, may hit Tokyo

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Felix rains on Honduras, mudslides feared

    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. >> Read the Full Article