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Massive stream of lava plunges into sea in stunning new video

A stunning new video has captured a huge fire hose of lava streaming into the ocean at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.<p>The stream of lava is currently pouring into the ocean from a sea cliff near Kamokuna on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). When this massive …

10 Essential Stories About Hurricane Katrina

<i>It was Aug. 29, 2005, that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, leading to one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in U.S. history.</i> …

New Orleans

The Lasting Effects of Hurricane Katrina

Even as a 14-year-old at a new school 2,000 miles from home, Kenyon Dunbar understood his new teacher’s intentions were good. But the single topic …

Asteroid Mining 22,000 Miles Above Sea Level

<b>$20 Trillion</b>: That’s how much mineral wealth is buried in 3554 Amun, a tiny asteroid that crosses Earth’s orbit, as estimated by planetary scientist …

Goodbye metals, hello marijuana: Mining firms are switching as the lure of commodities fades

Economic turmoil in China, the world’s second-largest economy and top consumer of industrial metals, has hit commodity prices hard. For the smaller players in the mining industry, that’s made business difficult, and the future uncertain. The solution for some? Enter a booming field that’s …

This Crazy Sky Pool Is Either Incredible or Terrifying

It's made entirely of glass and suspended 10 stories in the air.<p>Warning: If you're afraid of heights, you might want to look away. A South London apartment complex is building the first-ever Sky Pool, made of eight-inch-thick glass and suspended 10-stories above ground. At 90-feet-long it will …

London

Starting Over

Many Katrina victims left New Orleans for good. What can we learn from them?<p>The first time that David Kirk visited New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was at the end of 2005. His in-laws were from the city. Kirk and his wife visited them at Christmas, just four months after the storm hit, and then …

Is Post-Katrina Gentrification Saving New Orleans Or Ruining It?

<b>NEW ORLEANS</b> — “This is where I'm from, this is me, right here,” Domonique Meyers, 28, says as we walk up to his family’s home in the 5th Ward.<p>Rows of slender, single-story shotgun houses crowd together along the narrow streets of the neighborhood, with only a few feet separating them. But the …

New Orleans

We could end famine if we cut food waste by a quarter – so why don’t we? | Jonathan Kent

It’s not supermarkets’ fault – consumers are the biggest culprits. But until we know what it is like not to have enough to eat, this obscenity is likely to continue<p>As Miss Piggy once sagely advised: “Never eat more than you can lift.” The trouble is that we seem to buy food as though we intend to …

Mudslides Claim 30 Lives in Nepal

The monsoon season has brought yet another tragedy to the beleaguered people of Nepal. Yesterday, heavy rains caused massive mudslides near Pokhara, …

How Obama's new emissions rules will likely shape the White House race

With Monday's release of landmark rules to combat global warming, President Obama is putting into place what probably will be the last piece of his ambitious second-term agenda – one that highlights deep divisions in the country and helps shape the race to succeed him.<p>On immigration, healthcare, …

Carbon Emissions

Liquid Solar Technology Could Be Next Gen of Renewable Energy

Look out solar panels, there’s a new “first of its kind” solar technology in town!<p>Its makers said it’s engineered to outperform rooftop panels by …

Nepal Earthquakes: A Race Against Time

<b>In the first of two blog posts, Jo Joyner writes about her trip to Nepal where she met communities severely affected by the recent earthquakes.</b><p>The …

We Need Clean-Energy Innovation, and Lots of It

Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a …

The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal</b><p>In retrospect, the choice to book a ground-floor room was a sound one.<p>On Saturday, April 25, Andy Fraser lay in bed at the Rokpa …

Nepal Earthquakes: Three Months on We Mustn't Forget

<b>In the second of two blogs, Jo Joyner writes about her trip to Nepal where she met communities severely affected by the recent earthquakes. Read the</b> …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

Tea lovers beware, climate change is threatening your favorite beverage

A myth ties the origins of tea to an errant gust of wind that blew tea leaves into a Chinese emperor’s hot water more than 4,700 years ago.<p>Since that lucky first brewing, tea has become the second most popular beverage in the world (behind water, of course). The industry has grown into a $20 …

Climate Change

Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?

<b>On 1 April, 2014, a Magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked northern Chile. Six people died, 2,500 homes were damaged and 80,000 people were displaced. Just over one year later, a M7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal. Over 6,200 people (and counting) have been killed, entire towns and villages flattened and</b> …

Nepal earthquake: Incredible moment journalist drops report to perform brain surgery on young victim

<b>This is the incredible moment a journalist dropped his report to perform brain surgery on a child caught up in the Nepal earthquake disaster.</b><p>Dr …

Katmandu's poorly constructed buildings worsen quake outcome

An exploding urban population that led to taller and often poorly constructed buildings, along with an unusually hazardous combination of geological conditions, had for years prompted warnings from scientists that the Katmandu Valley of Nepal was a seismic time bomb waiting to go off.<p>Saturday …

Natural Disasters

Nepal earthquake: 'Terrible destruction' at epicentre

The epicentre of the earthquake which devastated Nepal, in the district of Gorkha, has suffered "terrible destruction".<p>At least 4,000 people were killed across the country as a result of the disaster.<p>Rescuers are still trying to reach many of the areas affected, some of them remote and …

Nepal earthquake: How India and China vie for influence

<b>The alacrity with which India and China have reacted to the massive earthquake in Nepal again demonstrates how the two Asian giants continue to vie for influence in the tiny, landlocked Himalayan country.</b><p>India lost no time in sending aircraft to Kathmandu carrying disaster response forces, medical …

Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal: Pictures

Nepal earthquake: what the thousands of victims share is that they are poor

Nepal earthquake 2015,Natural disasters and extreme weather,Nepal,South and Central Asia,World news<p>‘If we had money we would have built a strong house,’ says one woman who, like hundreds of thousands of others across Nepal, has been left homeless<p>After more than 36 hours of darkness, Garima Saha, …

Breathtaking Aqua Lagoons Amid Brazil Sand Dunes

What a surreal sight! If you ever travel to Brazil make sure to visit Lenis Maranhenses National Park, especially between the months of January and May. The rainy season, it's during that time that Brazil's white sand dunes, which are spread across 570-square-miles, transform into an amazing …