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More dangers loom after Guatemala volcano eruption kills over 60 people

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rescuers braved scalding ash and the risk of mudslides and more explosions to retrieve survivors and dead bodies as the death toll from Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption rises.<p>At least 69 people were killed after the volcano erupted Sunday, spewing a river of lava and plumes of smoke …

Natural Disasters

US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin

The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers.<p>The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, …

Economy

'Don't toast marshmallows on Hawaii volcano' says US government

<b>The US Geological Survey has responded to a social media query on whether it is safe to roast marshmallows over a volcanic vent.</b><p>The answer is no.<p>Kilauea in the US state of Hawaii is one of the world's most active volcanoes and it has been very active in recent weeks.<p>Its red-hot rivers of lava have …

Hawaii

Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people — more than 70 times the official toll of 64, study says.

Hurricane Maria likely killed thousands of people across Puerto Rico last year, more than 70 times the official estimate, a Harvard study released Tuesday says.<p>Authorities in Puerto Rico placed the death toll at 64 after Maria roared through the island Sept. 20, destroying buildings and knocking …

Caribbean

Villagers, lured by new jobs and rich rewards for selling their land, now face poverty and heartbreak as claims of corruption engulf £2.5bn transport project<p>‘They promised us we would get jobs there,” says Tadele, nodding at the grand, almost baroque edifice at the bottom of the hill. Adama’s new …

Africa

Over the next six months, Boracay’s roads will be widened, its wastewater systems will be upgraded and non-compliant buildings will be demolished. It …

Australia to invest millions in Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection

<b>(CNN) —</b> Australia has pledged more than 500 million Australian dollars ($379 miillion) to help preserve the Great Barrier Reef, in an attempt to help better protect the world heritage site from the effects of climate change.<p>Marine heat waves caused by global warming killed off and damaged corals in …

Great Barrier Reef

Globalisation has marginalised many regions in the rich world

EVEN before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century. In 1902 the Lackawanna Steel Company left north-east Pennsylvania in search of …

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

<b>Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones.</b><p>This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.<p>Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California's San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within …

Huge crack opens in Kenya's Rift Valley

Part of a highway has collapsed after a crack opened up in Kenya’s Rift Valley.<p>Several families have been evacuated from the Suswa area in the south-western part of the country.

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?

Bangalore is the worst city in the world for unchecked urbanisation TV Ramachandra, Indian Institute of Science<p>The city stretches so far. It is like a new world where I know no​​ one and nothing Tan Guo, returning resident<p>African cities cannot become sustainable by building roads. They must embrace …

Geography

Life expectancy of poorest girls in England falls for first time on record since 1920s, figures show

The life expectancy of the poorest girls in England has fallen for the first time on record since the 1920s, new figures show, in what charities and …

Radiation Therapy

Measuring well-being

HOW do you measure the well-being of a country’s citizens? Looking at wealth alone is clearly not enough: oil-rich states in the Middle East may have …

11 Billion Pieces of Plastic Are Riddling Corals With Disease

In Asia-Pacific reefs, the majority of corals with junk on them have some kind of infection.<p>Coral reefs are meant to be riots of color, but those that Joleah Lamb studied in the Indo-Pacific were colorful for all the wrong reasons. Their branches and crevices were frequently festooned with plastic …

Is solar power shining again in the UK?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In December 2011, BP shut down its solar energy arm, BP Solar, claiming the business could not make any money.<p>Fast forward six years, and the oil and gas giant has once again thrown its weight behind the power of the sun. Last month, it announced a $200 million stake in a company called …

Renewable Energy

Trump says no trade war despite Asia outcry over tariffs

<b>US President Donald Trump has brushed off concerns that new tariffs the US has imposed on imported washing machines and solar panels will lead to a trade war.</b><p>The announcement of the tariffs - of up to 50% - have prompted outcry from China and South Korea, the primary targets of the measure.<p>Some US …

Cape Town in South Africa may run out of water by April 22

When taps run dry, residents will have to stand in queues at water collection centres.<p>Cape Town in South Africa could run out of water by April, as …

Mudslides, Wildfires, and Drought—California's Deadly Weather Explained

A warming planet is at least partially to blame for the state's recent weather woes.<p>First came the drought. Then came the fire, and then the flood.<p>Mudslides plowed through southern California in early January, killing more than a dozen people as coursing rivers of mud drowned the landscape. The …

Weather

Earthquakes don’t kill people (generally), collapsing buildings do – meaning it is cities where the most lives can be saved. Here are their smartest ideas so far<p>Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to earthquakes, with another 118.3 million affected. A …

Natural Disasters

Starbucks Just Made a Major Announcement That Will Stun Customers | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You go to Starbucks every morning.<p>You buy your life-saving, bean-based potion.<p>And what do you do with the cup?<p>Many people just throw them away. They don't recycle them.<p>Worse, many of the cups …

Coffee

Urban planners in Lanzhou have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal.<p>China is reportedly considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water all the way from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest.<p>According to reports in …

Water

Massive mudslide in Chile kills 5, with 15 missing

Heavy rainfall caused an enormous mudslide in Villa Santa Lucia, Chile that killed 5, injured 8 and left 15 missing. Chilean President, Michelle …

Mudslides

African regional consultations on UN global compact on migration begin in Ethiopia

“Today's consultation is an opportunity to analyse migratory trends, challenges and opportunities at the regional and sub-regional levels,” the …

Africa

We Need To Talk About The Cow In The Room

Next month, world leaders will convene at COP23 in Bonn to embark on the second round of discussions about the future of our planet following the …

Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar

A new study of China’s one-child policy is roiling demography, sparking calls for the field’s leading journal to withdraw the paper. The controversy …

The Cambodian government threatens labour rights

AT THE Gladpeer Garments Factory outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, seamstresses, dyers and embroiderers huddle over rows of work stations. It …

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear …

Energy

African regional consultations on UN global compact on migration begin in Ethiopia

“Today's consultation is an opportunity to analyse migratory trends, challenges and opportunities at the regional and sub-regional levels,” the …

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.<p>He has an apartment, a car, a smartphone and a long-distance girlfriend he met on a dating …

University of Washington

10 toughest places for girls to go to school

<b>Debates about schools in richer countries are often about the politics of priorities, what subjects should be given most importance, who needs extra help and what needs more public spending.</b><p>But for families in many developing countries questions about education can be a lot more basic - is there …