Climate change implicated in France floods

The torrential rain that caused flooding in France recently bore the unmistakable fingerprint of climate change, according to research recently submitted to a scientific journal. Global warming, especially in the past 50 years, had almost doubled the likelihood of the kind of three-day downpour that burst the banks of the ...

51 dead in extreme weather in eastern China: Xinhua

Jun 23, 2016

51 dead in extreme weather in eastern China: Xinhua

Extreme weather, including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado, killed 51 and injured dozens in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. The storms hit Yancheng city in the province around 2:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, levelling homes, it ...

Jun 18, 2016

Overfishing threatens dozens of Philippines marine species

Dozens of fish species have disappeared or are on the verge of being lost from marine biodiversity hotspot the Philippines, an environmental group said on June 10, citing a new study. Fishermen reported that 59 coral reef species had gone missing from catches since ...

Waves of dead sea creatures hit Chile beaches

Jun 11, 2016

Waves of dead sea creatures hit Chile beaches

Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months. Last year, scientists were shocked when more than 300 whales turned up dead on remote bays of the southern coast, the first ...

Desert antelope faces 'imminent extinction'

Jun 11, 2016

Desert antelope faces 'imminent extinction'

The Saharan Addax antelope has been pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and loss of habitat to the oil industry, the international organization that tracks threatened species warned. An extensive aerial and on-the-ground survey in the antelope’s native region in Niger found ...

One-fifth of world's plants at risk of extinction: study

May 28, 2016

One-fifth of world's plants at risk of extinction: study

One-fifth of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned on May 10 in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. ...

Canada wildfires in 'bullseye' of warming trends

May 21, 2016

Canada wildfires in 'bullseye' of warming trends

Experts say climate change is contributing to the wildfires raging across Canada, and the increasing frequency of such fires may overwhelm one of Earth’s most important ecosystems, the boreal forest. In just over a week, an out of control blaze has charred more than ...

El Nino dries up Asia as its sister La Nina looms

May 7, 2016

El Nino dries up Asia as its sister La Nina looms

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina. The current El Nino which began last year has been one ...