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New FAO deforestation survey: Planet lost 10 hectares of forest per minute over 15-year period

The world's deforestation rate has accelerated to 6.4 million hectares a year, a new UN survey showed on Wednesday, but Asia showed net gains in forest land-use largely due to extensive planting in China. A new, satellite-based survey released by the UN Food and

December 01, 2011

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Heavy rains caused floods and deadly landslides at Nias, Indonesia

The deadly landslide buried at least 37 houses in the village Moze in the district of Majo Kampung Barije on the island of Nias, off Sumatra, following three days of rain, according to multiple reports. The combination of heavy yearly rainfall and steep slopes make

December 01, 2011

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Tungurahua volcano begins to erupt

The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador (IGEPN) reported that  eruption of Tungurahua volcano created large clouds of gas and ash above the summit and it's directed towards the southeast and the west, near city of Banos. Ash cloud up to 4 kilometers in the sky and

December 01, 2011

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2011: Fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters, most in U.S. history

Through August, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) estimated that ten weather disasters costing at least $1 billion had hit the U.S., at total cost of up to $45 billion. However, the October 29 snow storm brings us up to eleven billion-dollar disasters. Flood

December 01, 2011

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Sea ice loss and coastal erosion

Declining sea ice in the Arctic has led to increasing erosion rates along the coast of the Beaufort Sea over the past fifty years, according to a new study led by Irina Overeem of the University of Colorado Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Their

November 30, 2011

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WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate - 10 warmest year on record, lowest sea ice volume

WMO issued preliminary Status of the Global Climate report. Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the tenth highest on record and are higher than any previous year with La Niña event, which has a relative cooling influence. The 13 warmest years have all occurred

November 30, 2011

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New floodings in Australia

New Australia floods are starting again. Flooding isolated communities in northern New South Wales in late November 2011 battled with rising waters which cut off roughly 1,800 residents of Wee Waa, and about 200 rural properties in the vicinity of Moree, according to

November 30, 2011

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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake - Luzon, Philippines

A strong earthquake 6.0 magnitude occurred in the Philippines at 00:27 UTC. Preliminary data are reporting the epicenter at 152 km from Dagupan, Luzon and it is almost on top of the subduction fault line along the coast.USGS registered magnitude 6.0 with

November 30, 2011

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Unjustice: Depopulation of Chagos Archipelago must not be forgotten

Officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Chagos Archipelago were home to the Chagossians for more than a century and a half until the United Kingdom evicted them in the early 1970s in order to allow the United States to build a military base on Diego

November 29, 2011

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SREX summary by IPCC - Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a summary of its special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation - SREX. The summary was released after three years of assessing climate

November 29, 2011

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Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews red-hot rocks, billows ash with pyroclastic flow

The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is spewing out red-hot rocks and billowing coarse ash with pyroclastic flows. The South American country's Geophysical Institute - IGEPN says the increased activity began Sunday afternoon. It says the volcano has thrown pyroclastic

November 29, 2011

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Eruption warning for Galeras volcano in Colombia

The Colombian volcano monitoring institute INGEOMINAS has raised the alarm level for Galeras volcano, after a number of  a characteristic seismic signal often preceding eruptions at Galeras. One phenomenon, which seems to be a reliable precursor to eruptive activity,

November 28, 2011

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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit near New Ireland, PNG

Very strong earthquake magnitude 6.4 struck today at 12:26:48 UTC near the Papua New Guinea islands coast (5.532°S, 153.680°E) according to USGS. The earthquake epicenter is on top of a steep subduction zone at depth of 50.4 km (31.3 miles) located 137 km (85 miles)

November 28, 2011

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Nuclear waste train protests in Germany and France

A controversial rail consignment of nuclear waste headed for Germany through France has continued on its 1200km long way from Valognes to a storage site at Gorleben in northern Germany unfortunately without further interruptions from environmentalists. Valognes, on the

November 25, 2011

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Heavy rains hit Italy and Spain

Following several deadly incidents in the past month, residents of Italy may be thinking that the nation has become a magnet for flooding rainfall, AccuWeather wrote.The most recent flooding event occurred late Tuesday when torrential rain triggered a massive

November 24, 2011

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Ash plume visible from Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat

A dark plume of volcanic ash drifted from the Soufriere Hills volcano southwest across the Caribbean Sea on November 21, 2011. Although the hazard level was recently lowered, the potential for reoccurring eruptions remains quite real. On November 4, the National

November 24, 2011

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6.2 earthquake struck near Hokkaido, Japan

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 10:25:34 UTC with epicenter 122 km (75 miles) SSW of Obihiro, 124 km (77 miles) SE of Tomakomai, 164 km (101 miles) E of Hakodate and 734 km (456 miles) NNE of Tokyo, Japan (41.877°N, 142.710°E) with depth of 42.3 km (26.3 miles)

November 24, 2011