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Bizarre toxic hairy tumbleweed takes over Australian city Wangaratta

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Walls of tumbleweed from neglected farmland are causing havoc in the Australian city of Wangaratta, encircling homes and threatening livestock. It might sound like the unlikely plot of a 1950s B-movie, but the weed – also known as hairy panic grass or witchgrass – has blown into a residential neighborhood. The invasion has prompted local authorities to hold an emergency summit, reports... 

Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts some 50km from nuclear plant

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Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, situated about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted with the country’s meteorological agency issuing an orange warning not to approach it. Residents in the area were evacuated in August last year after an alert for the volcano was raised to its second highest level. When Sakurajima erupted in 1914, it was Japan’s most powerful of the 20th century.... 

Zika virus suspected of causing brain damage to babies to spread throughout Americas

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus is set to spread in all countries across the Americas, except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization has warned. Women planning to travel to areas where Zika is circulating should consult their healthcare provider before traveling and on return, the WHO said. In Brazil 2,700 cases of birth defects are suspected to have been triggered by Zika and authorities urging... 

Streets littered with rubble as 6.1 quake strikes off coasts of Spain, Morocco

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An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale has struck the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. Buildings have been damaged by the quake, which was felt in Spanish cities, including Seville and Malaga. The earthquake struck in the early morning around 160km south east of Malaga and 62km north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports, as cited by AFP. The... 

Huge snowstorm comes to end leaving at least 25 dead on US East Coast

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The Huge snowstorm, ‘Jonas’, which hit and paralyzed the US East Coast has moved away, leaving at least 25 people dead. A travel ban has already been lifted for New York, but not for Washington – and 700 flights are not expected to take off on Monday. The deadly blizzard killed at least 25 people, according to officials. Most of them – 14 – died in car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina,... 

EPA head in charge of Flint resigns as Obama pledges $80 million for poisoned water crisis

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President Barack Obama announced his administration is giving $80 million to help repairs Flint’s water infrastructure and make the drinking water safe, calling the situation “inexcusable.” The head of Michigan’s Environmental Protection Agency resigned. “We’re going to have that funding available to you by the end of next week, and that includes $80 million for the state of Michigan,”... 

Thousands of dead squid wash up on beach in Chile

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Thousands of dead squid have washed up on the Chilean shores of Santa Maria Island over the past week. The reason for a mass die-out of these large cephalopods is so far a mystery. The mass death has prompted health concerns locally as around 10,000 decomposing squid bodies have invaded a beach on the small island, causing something of a stench, according to Latin Correspondent Technicians from the... 

Scientific report prompts talk of catastrophic ‘volcano season’

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A volcanic eruption with the potential to “return humanity to a pre-civilization state” could happen within the next 80 years, according to a study by the European Science Foundation. Have we now heard the last argument in the debate the study triggered? Authors of the Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience say the threat from low-probability, high impact disasters... 

17 million people face flood threat as Missouri rivers reach record high level

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Missouri is in a state of emergency as flooding continues with record water levels expected over the coming days. 17 million people in the US are currently living in areas with flood warnings, with 400 river gauges nationwide over their flood capacity. Missouri is one of the worst affected areas with three major rivers, the Missouri, the Meramec and the Mississippi all above the flood stage. The St.... 

Massive bushfires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Christmas day

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Victoria state in Australia is suffering raging bushfires that have already claimed over 100 homes in one of the country’s famous tourist areas. Emergency authorities scrambled to fight the disaster and warn more fires will come by the New Year. Massive bushfires were fanned by winds and rapidly made advances across residential areas in the townships of Wye River and Separation Creek on Friday. Victoria... 

Christmas 2015 is now officially the Warmest Christmas on Record

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Records are being shattered this holiday season as cities around the US are experiencing their warmest Christmas on record. If you were dreaming of a white Christmas, chances are you can forget it this year. Records are being broken around the country as temperatures are reaching between 20 and 35 degrees above their historical averages and even as much as 15 degrees above previous record highs. ​The... 

Fukushima radiation detected off US and Canadian shores again

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Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) workers standing before the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan. Researchers detect higher levels of radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster off North America’s shores. Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said on Thursday recent tests of Pacific Ocean water revealed... 

Not Another "Last Chance" at Paris! A history of "Last Chances" of Global Warming

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On the eve of a global climate summit in Paris, activists across the US marched in support of new environmental initiatives, calling for meaningful discussions and decisive actions from world leaders at the “last chance” conference. More than 5,000 people flocked to City Hall in New York to take part in an environmental gathering there. “The climate is changing. It’s our fault, and we have... 

China issues high pollution alert in Beijing over heavy smog

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China has raised the air pollution alert level to its second-highest for the capital city of Beijing, calling on residents to stay indoors. Authorities issued an “orange level” alert in Beijing on Sunday after pollution readings reached 17 times the level deemed safe by the World Health Organization. The declaration of the orange level will mandate air polluting factories and industrial plants... 

Qatar & Saudi Arabia Struck By Heavy Flooding

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Cars floating in rivers that were once streets, water gushing through ceilings and people sailing to work on boats – that’s the current picture in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, both desert countries, which should be dry and sunny for the whole year. Qatar’s capital Doha was apparently unprepared for the deluge and flooding that damaged many buildings in the city. The area near the capital’s Hamad... 
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