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California’s Wasteful Water Habits Run Up Against a Dry Future – and Past

You don’t know you’re in a megadrought until you’re many years, if not decades, into one. So conditions in California could still turn around (which could lead to a “shock to trance” effect on water conservation efforts).<p>But lots of signs are pointing to the current extraordinary dry spell, likely …

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands.<p>It's actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie.<p>The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad.<p>"SolaRoad is a world first that will put the …

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Environment

This Amazing Animation Shows An Erupting Volcano From Space

The Kuril Islands, found off Russia's Pacific coast, are a volcanic archipelago — and Sarychev Peak is among the most active of all the volcanic mountains there.<p>Sarychev has erupted 16 times since 1760, and its most recent eruption was just five years ago, in June 2009.<p>Luckily, the International …

An ultra low emission zone won't clean London's air alone

Boris Johnson’s plan to improve the capital’s air quality by making central London an ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) has now gone out to consultation. It will require all motor vehicles driven within the zone to spew little if any bad stuff from their exhausts by 2020, four years after Johnson’s …

What is HS3?: proposed sub-Pennine rail line explained

What is this HS3 thing?<p>This is the name the government is giving to its ambition to speed up connections between the big cities of the north from east to west. At the moment, the £50bn HS2 network is planned to run from London to Birmingham and then in two forks north, to Leeds and Manchester. HS3 …

Arctic Ice Melt Doubles Risk of Frigid Eurasian Winters, Study Finds

Global warming-related sea ice melt in a portion of the vast Arctic Ocean has doubled the risk of colder and snowier winters in Eurasia since 2004, a …

World's Oceans Set All-Time Heat Record for Third Time This Year

For the third month this year, the world's oceans set a record for the warmest they have ever been since at least 1880, the National Oceanic and …

Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record

In an appeal to negotiators at the six-day meeting, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said renewed commitments made at a world summit on September 23 to curb climate change should prompt negotiators to "build bridges."<p>Their discussions must lay the foundations for the annual ministerial-level …

These Last 6 Months Were The Warmest Humans Have Ever Recorded On Earth

Last month was the warmest September humans have recorded, according to both NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.<p>September came at the end of a record-breaking six months: April, May, June, and August of …

These five charts—and one child—show why the Indian Nobel prize winner’s work is so important

In the three decades since Kailash Satyarthi—who has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai—began work as an activist, the number of underage Indian children being exploited for labor has fallen, even as the risks faced by minor girls in the subcontinent has …

Nobel Prize

The World Needs 4 Million More Teachers To Get Every Child In A Classroom

In order to get every child in an elementary school classroom by the year 2015, the world would need 4 million more teachers.<p>That's according to a new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which details the acute global teacher shortage currently …

Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption

At the time of writing at least 43 people are thought to have died, and dozens have been injured, during the eruption of Japanese volcano Mount Ontake. It was a well-monitored volcano, so why wasn't there more warning?<p>"The sudden nature of the eruption suggests that it may have been caused by a …

Once World's Fourth Largest Lake, Aral Sea Is Now Nearly Dry

In the short space of about fifty years, what was once the world’s fourth largest lake has almost completely dried up.<p>Located in the arid deserts of Kazakhstan, the Aral Sea basin has for all practical purposes ceased to exist.<p>In the 1960s, the Soviet Union diverted the two major rivers feeding the …

TRAINING THILLIST 2

When it comes to eating, everyone's got their own style -- Americans generally put things on sticks and deep-fry them, while other cultures use forks and knives. But when it comes to manners, what passes for polite in Poland might be taboo in Djibouti. <b>Here's a list of some of the weirdest</b> …

Incredible Video Captures Volcano Eruption In Japan, Climbers Fleeing For Their Lives

Mt. Ontake volcano erupted Saturday in Japan, sending a massive ash cloud into the sky. Update: 36 people are believed to have died in the eruption.

Natural Disasters

Protesters demand action on climate change ahead of major summit

Protesters demanding action on climate change have marched through London to parliament. Amongst the crowd were high profile celebrities, such as actress Emma Thompson, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and musician Peter Gabriel.<p>“Well I have been convinced, and I have been pretty rubbish about …

Forests and Food Are on the Front Line of the Battle Against Climate Change

The planet's forests are essential for life. They support a staggering 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity, and many of the 'ecosystem services' that we depend on -- food security, watershed protection and fertile soils.<p>1.6 billion people worldwide depend on forests for food, medicines and fuel, …

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong: Philippines Authorities Evacuate 200,000 as Storm Hits Manila

Five killed in severe flooding as tropical storm brings one month's rain in one day<p>More than 200,000 people in the Philippines have been evacuated as …

Hundreds Now Dead in India, Pakistan Floods as Rescue Efforts Slammed

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Lava flow from Hawaii volcano has residents on the Big Island nervous

Lava from one of the world’s most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island.<p>Lava from Kilauea volcano was still at least a mile from any homes in Kaohe Homesteads, Hawaii County civil …

Wildfire burns near Yosemite park

Firefighters near Yosemite National Park made gains Saturday afternoon on a wildfire that torched 300 acres, injured one person and forced the evacuation of some nearby homes.<p>More than 745 fire personnel contained 60% of the wildfire, which ignited Friday, the California Department of Forestry and …

Monsoon rains kill 128 in Pakistan, 108 in India

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 128 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as …

Pakistan and India hit by deadly flooding

Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people and injured 148 across Pakistan, while nearly 100 have died in India-administered Kashmir, as officials warn of more rain in coming days.<p>Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority, said on Saturday that …

A look at the Hawaii volcano sending lava toward some rural homes

Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos is creeping slowly but steadily through cracks in the earth toward a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Scientists warn that if the lava flow from Kilauea continues on its path, it could reach a small patch of homes in about a week.<p>Here's a …

Astronauts Spot Cities From Space For A Geography Lesson That's Out Of This World

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are taking sightseeing to new heights.<p>In the video above, viewers are invited to join Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio as they pick out various cities on the planet's slowly spinning surface.<p>The footage was taken from the …

Barcelona locals rebel at drunken, naked tourist high jinks

Long popular with foreign merrymakers, the beachside district of La Barceloneta surged to notoriety last month when newspapers published photographs of smirking tourists shopping stark naked in a supermarket there.<p>Local families soon took to the streets themselves in angry demonstrations, …

Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.<p>Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. …

Papua New Guinea

Iceland Investigating Two Volcanoes After Overnight Eruption

The Icelandic Meteorological Agency lowered its aviation alert from code red to orange on Friday morning following an eruption on Thursday night.<p>The …