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Severe drought hits SW China

Some 50,000 people are suffering from a severe drought that has plagued parts of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local flood control and drought relief authorities said Sunday. Several counties in the cities of Baise and Hezhou have received little

July 30, 2011

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Arctic tundra wildfires return after 10000-year absence

After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.In a study published in the July 28 issue of the journal Nature, UF ecologist Miche

July 30, 2011

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Devastating mudslides triggered by heavy rains hit South Korea

The heaviest downpour in a century devastated the country’s central regions  triggering multiple landslides and floods that killed at least 38 people and left 8 others missing. Flood waters inundated main roads, residential areas and basement facilities in and

July 29, 2011

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Wildfire smoke over the Sea of Okhotsk

Smoke from wildfires streamed across the Sea of Okhotsk in late July 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 27, 2011.Nearly 120 fires were burning in the Russian

July 29, 2011

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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes underneath South Pacific Ocean near Fiji island

A strong earthquake magnitude 6.7 strucks deep underneath the South Pacific Ocean at 7.42 p.m. local time (0742 GMT) and it was centered about 365 kilometers (226 miles) south-southwest of Ndoi Island, a small island which is part of Fiji. No tsunami alert was

July 29, 2011

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A massive ice island has drifted to within 10 kilometres of Canada’s Labrador coast

In August 2010, the Petermann Glacier along the north-western coast of Greenland calved an ice island roughly four times the size of Manhattan. Nearly a year later, on July 25, 2011, a piece of that ice island—named Petermann Ice Island-A (PII-A) – was still

July 29, 2011

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Dam disaster in Dominica

Officials declared a disaster in Dominica, after rainfall caused a dam to fail Wednesday night. It appears several inches of rain fell in a few hours during big thunderstorms. That rainfall was channeled down the mountainside into a small reservoir, overtopping the

July 29, 2011

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Russia battles fires amid tropical heat

Russia on Thursday sweltered in abnormally hot summer weather as the emergency services sought to control expanding countryside blazes to prevent a repeat of last year's devastating wildfires. The central city of Volgograd was Russia's hottest city with temperatures

July 28, 2011

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Philippines on alert for landslides

Geologists in the Philippines warn of further landslides in the wake of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten.According to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 31 people are now confirmed dead and more than 600,000 have been

July 28, 2011

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The heaviest downpours in a century pounded South Korea

The heaviest downpours in a century pounded Seoul and its surrounding areas on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing at least 36 and triggering multiple landslides, urban traffic chaos, power outages and flooded streets, roads and residential areas.The National Emergency

July 27, 2011

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Bangladesh floods displace thousands

The homes of more than 20,000 people have been completely destroyed by the floodwaters with another 84,000 homes partially damaged. Heavy flooding in southeastern Bangladesh has forced more than 20,000 people from their homes in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf districts, say

July 27, 2011

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Worsening drought threatens the Mauritania's livestock

An association of cattle breeders from south-eastern Mauritania on Tuesday called for urgent government assistance as a worsening drought threatens the region's livestock. Normally it should be 40 days into the rainy season, but this year the lateness of the rain is

July 27, 2011

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Snow causes travel havoc in South Africa

Parts of South Africa on Tuesday transformed into a winter wonderland, but the cold and frosty weather caused travel havoc as major highways and railways closed down. Most of the interior in the Eastern Cape and high grounds of KwaZulu-Natal are covered in snow, which

July 27, 2011

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Swarm of earthquakes rattles Gulf of California

Swarm of earthquakes rattles Gulf of California with strongest recorded as 5.9 magnitude according to USGS with epicentre 86 km (53 miles) SW of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico at depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles). Nine earthquakes was above magnitude 5. SCSN Recent

July 26, 2011

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Receding Aral sea sees some recovery

The size of the Aral Sea has long hinged on the Amu Darya, which flows from the high Pamir Mountains in central Asia, across the desert, and into the southern sea. While two rivers empty into the lake—the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya—the Amu Darya is the largest and

July 26, 2011

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Green algae to continue spread off China's east coastline

A break-out of algae bloom, or "green tide," has spread nearly 20,000 square km in waters off China's east coastline, sources with the country's maritime authorities said Sunday. The North China Sea Marine Forecasting Center of State Oceanic Administration

July 26, 2011

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Heavy rain causes waterlog, interfers traffic in central China

Thunderstorms have unleashed flooding rains on the metropolitan area of China's capital, Beijing. The storms, which struck the area Sunday night, poured forth rainfall that was called the heaviest in 13 years, Xinhua News reported. Two area deaths may have been

July 26, 2011