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Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – The Zika virus has spread to 24 countries in the Americas, creating “a public health emergency of international concern,” the head of the World Health Organization declared...

 

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2015 (ENS) – The same storm system responsible for the extreme weather that claimed 43 lives in seven states over the past week has caused temperatures to rise about 50 degrees Fahrenheit above normal...

 

Russian Tanker Spills Oil Near Sakhalin Island

Russian Tanker Spills Oil Near Sakhalin Island

  MOSCOW, Russia, December 1, 2015 (ENS) – A Russian-flagged oil tanker has run aground off Nevelsk on the southwest coast of Sakhalin Island, spilling oil into the sea, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations reports. The...

 

Two Dead in Brazilian Iron Mine Tailings Dam Collapse

Two Dead in Brazilian Iron Mine Tailings Dam Collapse

  MARIANA, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 6, 2015 (ENS) – Two people are dead and at least 13 others are missing after two tailings dams collapsed Thursday at an iron mine near the rural village of Bento Rodrigues in the state of...

 

Raging Amazon Forest Fire Menaces Uncontacted Tribe

Raging Amazon Forest Fire Menaces Uncontacted Tribe

  SAO LUIS, Maranhao, Brazil, November 1, 2015 (ENS) – A stubborn forest fire in the Brazilian Amazon is threatening to consume the forest home of one of the last remaining uncontacted tribes on Earth – the awá-Awá. Despite...

 

Afghan and Pakistani Quake Survivors Appeal for Help

Afghan and Pakistani Quake Survivors Appeal for Help

  KABUL, Afghanistan, October 28, 2015 (ENS) – Frantic and freezing, survivors are begging for food and blankets Tuesday after a severe earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing more than 360 people in the two neighboring...

 

Smoke From Indonesia’s Illegal Fires Chokes SE Asia

Smoke From Indonesia’s Illegal Fires Chokes SE Asia

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 19, 2015 (ENS) – Fires started illegally to clear land for oil palm and acacia pulp plantations in Indonesia are sending thick smoke over the Southeast Asian region, making breathing painful, closing...

 

Flooding Rains Claim 10 Lives on U.S. East Coast

Flooding Rains Claim 10 Lives on U.S. East Coast

  CHARLESTON, South Carolina, October 5, 2015 (ENS) – Record rainfall resulting from Hurricane Joaquin could taper off across much of the Carolinas late Monday, but not before leaving at least 10 people dead and about 40,000 others...

 

Chilean Quake Claims 13 Lives, One Million Evacuated

Chilean Quake Claims 13 Lives, One Million Evacuated

  SANTIAGO, Chile, September 18, 2015 (ENS) – Thirteen people died and about one million others were forced to flee their homes after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck off Chile’s central coast Wednesday night. But wise investments...

 

Fierce Wildfires Force Thousands of Californians to Flee

Fierce Wildfires Force Thousands of Californians to Flee

  SACRAMENTO, California, September 14, 2015 (ENS) – One person is dead and up to 1,000 homes and buildings have burned down in a fast-moving northern California wildfire that exploded through dry brush and trees, fire officials said. Started...

 

Evacuation Order Lifted on First Town Near Fukushima

Evacuation Order Lifted on First Town Near Fukushima

  TOKYO, Japan, September 5, 2015 (ENS) – On Saturday, Naraha became the first town to allow evacuated residents to return after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant more than four years...

 

Three Firefighters Die as Wildfires Scorch the West

Three Firefighters Die as Wildfires Scorch the West

  OLYMPIA, Washington, August 20, 2015 (ENS) – Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died Wednesday night when a wildfire near the small town of Twisp in southeastern Washington overtook their vehicle after it crashed. Four other...

 

Active Volcano Near Japan’s Only Working Nuclear Plant

Active Volcano Near Japan’s Only Working Nuclear Plant

  TOKYO, Japan, August 19, 2015 (ENS) – Mount Sakurajima is about to erupt again, the Japan Meteorological Agency warns. The volcano is located 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the newly restarted Sendai Nuclear Power Plant. Residents...

 

Death Toll in Tianjin Blasts Now 114, Cleanup Underway

Death Toll in Tianjin Blasts Now 114, Cleanup Underway

  TIANJIN, China, August 17, 2015 (ENS) – The death toll has risen to 114 after a warehouse storing hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals exploded last Wednesday in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, about 90 miles southeast of Beijing. Another...

 

Chinese Port Hazmat Explosion Kills at Least 44

Chinese Port Hazmat Explosion Kills at Least 44

  BEIJING, China, August 13, 2015 (ENS) – An explosion and fire at a hazardous materials warehouse in the north China port city of Tianjin Wednesday night, has killed 44 people and sent more than 500 to hospital. At least 21 others...

 

Deadly Typhoon Soudelor Batters China, Taiwan

Deadly Typhoon Soudelor Batters China, Taiwan

  BEIJING, China, August 9, 2015 (ENS) – Typhoon Soudelor dumped the heaviest rainfall in more than 120 years on eastern China on Saturday and Sunday, leaving 22 people dead or missing and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their...

 

EPA Workers Spill 1M Gallons of Colorado Mine Waste

EPA Workers Spill 1M Gallons of Colorado Mine Waste

  DENVER, Colorado, August 8, 2015 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that its workers caused the spill of one million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine in the mountains of Colorado. The EPA...

 

Wildfires Set the Western United States Ablaze

Wildfires Set the Western United States Ablaze

  BOISE, Idaho, August 5, 2015 (ENS) – Wildfires are devastating western forests, forcing hundreds of evacuations and keeping thousands of firefighters working overtime. Last week’s blistering heatwave gave the fires an upper...

 

Shell Icebreaker Eludes Protesters, Leaves Portland

Shell Icebreaker Eludes Protesters, Leaves Portland

  PORTLAND, Oregon, July 30, 2015 (ENS) – Greenpeace activists who rappelled from the St. John’s Bridge in Portland and hung there overnight, today blocked Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling support icebreaker, the MSV Fennica, as...

 

Global Sea Levels Could Soon Rise 20′ as Climate Warms

Global Sea Levels Could Soon Rise 20′ as Climate Warms

  GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 12, 2015 (ENS) – Global sea levels have risen at least six meters, or about 20 feet, above present levels many times over the past three million years, finds a new review analyzing three decades of research...

 
 
 
 

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