Environment

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Published 23/10/2017

A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. [more…]

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Published 13/10/2017

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. [more…]

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

Published 13/10/2017

A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House of Representatives on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump expressing impatience with having to devote federal resources for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's recovery. [more…]

Trump picks coal lobbyist for EPA deputy role, drawing mixed reaction

Trump picks coal lobbyist for EPA deputy role, drawing mixed reaction

Published 06/10/2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday named Andrew Wheeler, a coal industry lobbyist and former congressional staffer, as his pick for deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prompting contrasting reactions from industry and environmental groups. [more…]

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

Published 29/09/2017

Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States on Friday to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which "completely decimated" the island of Barbuda. [more…]

France reaffirms opposition to license renewal for weedkiller glyphosate

France reaffirms opposition to license renewal for weedkiller glyphosate

Published 25/09/2017

France reaffirmed on Monday its opposition to plans by the European Commission to extend its approval for the weedkiller product glyphosate, the prime minister's office said. [more…]

Monster “fatberg” found in east London sewer

Monster “fatberg” found in east London sewer

Published 12/09/2017

One of the biggest "fatbergs" ever seen in Britain - a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches - has been found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer. [more…]

Monster “fatberg” found in east London sewer

Monster “fatberg” found in east London sewer

Published 12/09/2017

One of the biggest "fatbergs" ever seen in Britain - a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches - has been found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer. [more…]

Irma churns through central Florida, leaves trail of destruction

Irma churns through central Florida, leaves trail of destruction

Published 11/09/2017

Hurricane Irma took aim at heavily populated areas of central Florida on Monday as it carved a path of destruction through the state with high winds and storm surges that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets. [more…]

Trump on Hurricane Irma: `This is some big monster`

Trump on Hurricane Irma: `This is some big monster`

Published 11/09/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump called Hurricane Irma "some big monster" as it battered the Florida coast, saying he wanted to go to the state very soon and praising emergency officials for their efforts to protect people. [more…]