Nature & Environment

Quake-Hit New Zealand City Hit By New Shocks

The New Zealand city of Christchurch has been rocked by another series of strong tremors, four months after 181 people were killed in a catastrophic earthquake which damaged thousands of buildings.

Scientists: ‘Super’ Wheat To Boost Food Security

Scientists say they’re close to producing new “super varieties” of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world’s food supply.


Five Seals Found Shot To Death

CBS Boston 10.06.2011
Five Seals Found Shot To Death

Five gray seals have been found shot to death on Cape Cod beaches in recent weeks. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team, all five seals died from those gunshot wounds.

'Kill a camel' to cut pollution concept in Australia

Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change.


The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines

California's attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the state’s golden eagles at risk. Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines.

'Horrific' Arizona fire blankets towns in smoky fog

One of the biggest wildfires ever in Arizona grew even larger Sunday and authorities ordered more people in White Mountain communities to abandon their homes as the 287-square-mile blaze burned closer to buildings.


Could the Net be killing the planet one web search at a time?

It's Saturday night, and you want to catch the latest summer blockbuster. You do a quick Google search to find the venue and right time, and off you go to enjoy some mindless fun. Meanwhile, your Internet search has just helped kill the planet. D...

1,600-plus Florida beachgoers stung by jellyfish, county officials say

More than 1,600 people within a 10-mile stretch of central Florida's Atlantic beaches have been stung in the past week by a distinctive species of jellyfish not indigenous to North America, a rescue official said Tuesday.


116 killed by Missouri tornado, tying it for deadliest on record

The toll from the tornado that ripped through Joplin soared to 116 on Monday, a city official said, tying it for the single deadliest twister to ever hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago.

Tornadoes batter central US, kill unknown number

KURT VOIGT Yahoo! News 23.05.2011
Tornadoes batter central US, kill unknown number

A massive tornado that blasted its way across southwestern Missouri on Sunday slammed into this city with apocalyptic force, tearing into a hospital, upending dozens of cars and scrubbing entire neighborhoods to the earth, leaving only a forest of...


Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city's depleted marine environment.

Plan to put down stray dogs causes howl in Romania

They cross the street at crosswalks, stroll through parks and occasionally take the bus. Stray dogs are part of daily life in Romania, where plans to put them down have triggered a howling debate.


Deadly Horse Herpes Virus Outbreak Spreads To 4 States, Canada

At least 10 horses in California have tested positive for a deadly horse virus in an outbreak that has hit several Western states and Canada that has spread since a horse competition earlier this month in Utah.

Farmers Along Mississippi See Crops Washed Away

MARY FOSTER and HOLBROOK MOHR AP 14.05.2011
Farmers Along Mississippi See Crops Washed Away

In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger dis...


Italians evacuate Rome over 'big one' fears

Nick Pisa Telegraph 11.05.2011
Italians evacuate Rome over 'big one' fears

Italians are fleeing Rome todayover fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist's 1915 prediction that "the big one" will strike on May 11, 2011.

Mississippi floods force evacuations near Memphis

The rising Mississippi river lapped over downtown Memphis streets on Thursday as a massive wall of water threatened to unleash near record flooding all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.


World population to reach 10.1 billion by 2100

The number of the world's people is expected to grow from nearly 6.9 billion currently to 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100, U.N. population experts said Tuesday.

Prince Charles an 'eco-hypocrite,' film-maker charges...

After the delights of last week’s royal wedding, back to the day job for Prince Charles, who will be arriving in Washington in the coming days to a full-frontal assault from some of America’s noisiest climate change sceptics.


A record 226 tornadoes recorded over 24 hours last week in US

According to the National Weather Service, 226 tornadoes were recorded from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, and that's a record for a 24-hour period.

US tornadoes toll rises over 350, thousands homeless

The death toll from the second deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak on record rose above 350 on Saturday as thousands of stunned survivors camped out in the shattered shells of their homes or moved into shelters or with friends.



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