Italy judge says deadly L'Aquila quake was foreseeable
17/05/2013 10:12 am
A deadly earthquake in the Italian town of L'Aquila in 2009 which killed 309 people "was not unforeseeable", a judge said Thursday, reigniting a heated scientific debate over whether experts should have warned the population beforehand.
China pandas 'panicked' as forest home jolted in quake
23/04/2013 8:41 am
Pandas living in a reserve near the epicentre of China's weekend quake clambered up trees in panic as their forest home was jolted, but none were injured, officials said Monday.
Land degradation causes up to 5% loss in farm output
10/04/2013 9:05 am
Loss of land through desertification and drought costs up to five percent of world agricultural gross domestic product (AGDP), or some $450 billion (340 billion euros), every year, said a study presented at a UN conference Tuesday.
Economist warns of 'radical' climate change, millions at risk
03/04/2013 9:54 am
The author of an influential 2006 study on climate change warned Tuesday that the world could be headed toward warming even more catastrophic than expected but he voiced hope for political action.
Half of Indonesians at risk of landslides
28/03/2013 9:09 am
More than half of Indonesia's population live in areas at risk of landslides, an official said Thursday, with traditional farming methods blamed for the widespread vulnerability.
Haitian farmers call for 'food sovereignty'
22/03/2013 10:04 am
Hundreds of small farmers have converged on the central Haitian city of Hinche to demand more space to grow their own crops in a country that imports more than half of its food.
Governments falling short in drought fight: UN
08/03/2013 10:42 am
Governments worldwide are failing to do enough to tackle drought, which lacks the headline-making punch of a hurricane but can have an equally devastating human and economic impact, the UN weather agency warned Thursday.
IOC assured Tokyo is earthquake, nuclear safe
08/03/2013 8:46 am
Organisers of Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics said Thursday the Japanese capital was safe, despite fears of earthquakes and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011.
Bushfire ends 15-month Australia tree-sit protest
07/03/2013 10:39 am
An Australian anti-logging campaigner who has spent the last 15 months living 60 metres (196 feet) up a tree was Thursday forced down by an approaching bushfire, but vowed to continue her protest.
Australia's nocturnal bilby under threat after floods
07/03/2013 9:33 am
Australia's desert-dwelling bilby is under threat after floods destroyed a predator fence which allowed feral cats to kill 150 of the newborn marsupials, conservationists said Thursday.