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6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Tonga

The quake hit 277 kms (172.12 miles) south-southeast of the capital Nuku'alofa at a depth of 66 kms, the USGS said.<p>The USGS initially tweeted that the earthquake was magnitude 5.8, later upgrading the number.<p>A powerful earthquakes hit Ecuador on Saturday, killing more than 70 people, and two …

U.S. Geological Survey

Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1238000/1238573_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522325737_ed821e7ac9ec984f3db337f4fbb86798<p><b>At least 413 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that struck Ecuador, the country's government says.</b><p>The 7.8-magnitude quake struck …

Natural Disasters

Ecuador earthquake: Aid agencies step up efforts

<b>Aid agencies are stepping up help following Saturday's devastating earthquake in Ecuador, amid concerns over the conditions faced by survivors.</b><p>Thousands of people were left homeless, making them vulnerable to dirty drinking water and disease.<p>The World Food Programme and Oxfam are sending supplies, …

Natural Disasters

Dozens killed as 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador

Ecuador’s Pacific coast has been struck by the country’s strongest earthquake in decades, a 7.8-magnitude tremor killing at least 77 people, flattening buildings and damaging roads near the epicentre, as well as in the country’s largest city of Guayaquil.<p>Ecuador: death toll rises after …

Natural Disasters

Japan earthquake: 250,000 people told to 'leave homes' amid fears of new tremors

More than 250,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes over fears of fresh earthquakes in Japan, according to aid agencies.<p>Naoki Kokawa, an advisor for the Japanese Red Cross Society, told the BBC that medical teams were on their way to evacuation centres.<p>On Saturday night, rescue teams …

Natural Disasters

Stronger Japan Earthquake Triggers Landslides and Collapses Homes

Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters
United Kingdom

Fracking firms to test ground without planning permission

<b>The government is set to remove another obstacle to the exploration for shale gas deposits in the UK.</b><p>Fracking firms will no longer need planning permission to drill boreholes to monitor water quality and carry out seismic monitoring.<p>The government says the same safety rules for oil and gas …

Oil & Gas Industry

To prevent all hydraulic fracturing from taking place within the Peak District.

In light to HM Government's recent decision to allow hydraulic fracturing via horizontal drilling, we state this decision should be repealed with an …

Stocks Extend Declines in Final Hour of Trading

Many investors look to spate of earnings later this week for keys to sentiment<p>U.S. stocks fell anew Monday, halting a rally that lifted major indexes to their first week of gains this year.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 208.29 points, or 1.3%, to 15885.22, with losses deepening in the …

Stock Markets
Stock Markets

Oil price fall blamed for sharp rise in UK firms folding

<b>Plunging oil prices have been blamed for a sharp rise in the number of UK oil and gas companies going bust.</b><p>Last year, 28 oil and gas service firms entered insolvency, up from 18 in 2014, according to research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens.<p>The company said the increase was "an almost inevitable …

Oil

Russian economy in turmoil as Putin is battered by falling oil price and sanctions

Embattled economy expected to remain in recession for a second straight year<p>Russia’s economy contracted at the fastest pace in six years in 2015, as plunging oil prices and sanctions over aggression in Ukraine took their toll.<p>The country’s GDP dropped by 3.7pc last year, according to state-run …

Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat

<b>Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world.</b><p>Researchers say extreme weather events that impact food production could be happening in seven years out of ten by the end of this century.<p>The authors argue that an …

Agriculture

‘We’ve just used our entire supply of resources for 2015’ – scientists

The day humans “overshot” the limit of Earth’s resources for 2015 comes six days earlier than previous year. Earth Overshoot Day is a day calculated …

Tianjin warehouse handled chemicals without licence, reports Chinese state media

Yu Xuewei, chairman of the Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics Company was taken into custody on Thursday but it is not clear if he and nine others have been charged<p>The owner of the warehouse that exploded killing over 100 people in Tianjin last week has been detained following the …

China
North Africa

Forced student labour is central to the Chinese economic miracle

China has an army of student labour making Apple products, Playstation consoles and other gadgets for the west. The teenagers' stories make upsetting reading<p>You'll hear a lot of pieties about China this week. As George Osborne and Boris Johnson schlep from Shanghai to Shenzhen, they'll give the …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Stunning images of deforestation (and other consequences of globalization) via Google Earth

Visuals are hard to shake. That’s why, on Nov. 20, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be addressing the issues of deforestation and other earthly destruction in an exhibition called Mind the Earth in Copenhagen, using images shot by none other than Google Earth.<p>The exhibition first started …

Google Earth
Rights & Freedoms

UK car production reaches six-year high, says trade body

<b>Car production in the UK in 2013 rose to its best level since 2007, according to the trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.</b><p>The SMMT says production rose 3.1% from 2012 and more than 1.5 million cars were made, one every 20 seconds.<p>It said sales surged at home and world demand …

Jaguar Land Rover

McDonald's opens first branch in Vietnam

Fast-food chain joins KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Burger King as communist country embraces foreign brands<p>Vietnam will soon be serving up cheeseburgers and fries alongside its traditional pho noodle soup after McDonald's announced it would open its first restaurant in the country early next …

Why Apple Is Spending $1.9 Billion To Open Data Centers In Denmark And Ireland

Apple follows Microsoft and Google by opening data centers in Europe. Whether that’s NSA-motivated is unclear.<p>Apple said Monday that it is investing $1.9 billion to open data centers in Denmark and Ireland, according to the AFP. It is a move likely to comfort European politicians and security …

Renewable Energy

When did globalisation start?

“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the …

Leaving the EU will protect UK from flooding, says Owen Paterson

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson says offering grants to farmers to take flood water will protect residential areas<p>The former environment secretary Owen Paterson says leaving the EU will help protect the UK from flooding by offering farmers grants to accept flood water in a bid to protect …

Weather

Record UK rainfall will not prevent water restrictions, experts warn

Southern England faces ‘tension’ over water supplies if the next few months are dry, leading hydrologists say, as not enough rain has fallen to recharge underground reserves<p>Despite December’s record rainfall, which led to thousands of people being flooded and the highest river levels ever seen in …

Weather