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Climate change threatens Nile and Limpopo Rivers

Rising global temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns could affect water flows on Africa's mighty Nile and Limpopo rivers. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, a global think-tank, warned the changes could have major effects for countries

November 24, 2011

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Heavy rains flood Nairobi, Kenya

Several days of heavy rain have left many residents stranded across the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. As some parts of the country are celebrating the abundant rainfall, and looking forward to bumper harvests, residents in Nairobi have had to cope with the...

November 24, 2011

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6.1 (5.9) magnitude struck near Fukushima, Japan

UPDATE: USGS has revised magnitude to 6.1 A strong earthquake has struck near the Japan nuclear power plant that was hit by a tsunami earlier this year. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.9 6.1

November 23, 2011

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Vultures dying at alarming rate

Vultures in South Asia were on the brink of extinction until Lindsay Oaks and Richard Watson, from The Peregrine Fund in the US, undertook observational and forensic studies to find out why the number of birds was falling so rapidly. They discovered the vultures were

November 23, 2011

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Concerned UK citizen warns: false black widow spiders are everywhere

We have just had false black widow spiders confimed in our home but I have also found them in the shed, outbuildings and even polytunnel, a concerned citizen from South Wales, UK, warns her fellow citizens and continues our local authority have said due to climate

November 23, 2011

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Fin whale carcass off San Diego coast

The 50-foot-long female whale was spotted Saturday morning in San Diego in a secluded part of the coast unreachable by the public. San Diego lifeguards hope a high tide could helps float a dead 50-ton fin whale carcass off the coastline near Sunset Cliffs so it

November 22, 2011

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San Pedro landslide - Sections of road fell into the ocean

Heavy rains two days ago caused a  274 metre section of the road near San Pedro, south of Los Angeles crumbled and fell into the Pacific Ocean, leaving a gaping hole in a cliffside.The road had already been closed to pedestrians and vehicle traffic after cracks

November 22, 2011

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Guatemala’s Fuego volcano unleashes 2 km ash cloud

The Guatemalan geophysical survey SERNAGEOMIN reports increasing explosive activity from Fuego volcano, one of the country's most active volcanoes. Fuego was observed producing ash clouds reaching 1500-2000 m above the summit crater (at ca. 3600 m altitude) which

November 22, 2011

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Magnitude 6.6 - Beni, Bolivia

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit Bolivia at at 18:48:15 UTC. The epicenter was 60 km (37 miles) SSW of Trinidad, 251 km (155 miles) NNE of Cochabamba, 342 km (212 miles) NW of Santa Cruz and 350 km (217 miles) ENE of La Paz, Bolivia (15.345°S, 65.110°W) according

November 22, 2011

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Polynya near Ross Island, off the Antarctic Coast

In some places in Arctic and Antarctic where sea ice should occur, open water appears instead and those persistent areas of open water amidst sea ice are known as polynyas. They can happen as a result of the upwelling of warm ocean water and also from winds.Recent

November 22, 2011

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Texas drought causes water shortages

Latest projections indicates that state's population will double to 46 million over the next half-century. It means that the days of cheap and abundant water are coming to an end, and where the additional supply will come from is not clear.Sixty years after the

November 21, 2011

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Suguta Valley and dissapearing Lake Lopigi in Kenya

The Suguta Valley is one of the driest places in Kenya, and may be one of the driest places near Earth's Equator. The remote location limits field studies, but data indicate that annual precipitation is less than 300 millimeters (12 inches) a year, while evaporation

November 21, 2011

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Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash 5 kilometers into the air

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has spewed a burst of ash 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air after breaking through a dome of lava. The Popocatepetl volcano erupted with a plume of ash after shaking for several minutes early on Friday. The volcano's activity has

November 20, 2011

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Record early winter season cold in Alaska

Much of interior Alaska experienced record-setting early winter season cold temperatures during the middle of November 2011. Frigid temperatures are not uncommon in Alaska this time of year, but the brutal cold currently gripping Fairbanks has reached a historical

November 20, 2011

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Extreme winter brings hunger to Afghanistan drought-affected provinces

More than 2 million Afghans are at risk of hunger and many are bracing to be stranded for months without help as the country prepares for a harsh winter. Save the Children and Oxfam agencies called for a redoubling of the aid effort to reach people in need before the

November 20, 2011

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Fish becoming rare at shrinking Hongjianzhuo Lake in China

Hongjianzhuo Lake in Yulin city, China's biggest freshwater lake in desert areas, Northwest China's Shaanxi province is rapidly shrinking. The fish output of the lake used to reach 360 tons a year. However, it is rare to see any fish in the lake now, as they are dying

November 19, 2011

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Atmospheric rivers caused the UK's worst floods

Huge atmospheric rivers that wind their way through the skies have been linked to the 10 largest winter floods in the UK since the 1970s. A study of similar systems in California suggests that such floods could become more frequent and severe if greenhouse gas

November 19, 2011