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Colombia mudslides kill more than 200; sweep homes away

by Luis ROBAYO / with Alina DIESTE in Bogota MOCOA, Colombia (AFP) — Rescuers clawed through piles of mud and twisted debris Sunday searching for survivors after violent mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more. They were the latest victims of deadly floods and mudslides that have struck the Pacific side of South America over recent months, also killing scores of people in Peru and Ecuador. In the […]

Huge Antarctic ice block set to break off: scientists

by Marlowe HOOD Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) – A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported Friday. A slow-progressing rift suddenly grew by 18 kilometres (11 miles) at the end of December, leaving the finger-shaped chunk — 350 metres thick — connected along only a small fraction of its length. The rift has also widened, from less than 50 […]

Remembering 9/11 — The Liberty State Park with the view of the Hudson River

Ellen Aguilar of Eagle News New Jersey Bureau revisits the Liberty State Park in Jersey City which played a big part after the September 11 attacks. It was here where many of the affected New York City residents were brought after the Twin Towers went down in 2001.   First responders crossed the Hudson River to ferry people from New York City to New Jersey for safety.    

Warming oceans are ‘sick,’ global scientists warn

HONOLULU, United States (AFP) – by Kerry SHERIDAN Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet, a major scientific report said on Monday. The findings, based on peer-reviewed research, were compiled by 80 scientists from 12 countries, experts said at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. “We all know that the oceans sustain […]

July was Earth’s hottest month in modern times: US

  MIAMI, United States (AFP) – by Kerry SHERIDAN Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth’s hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said Wednesday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the US space agency NASA released its climate data, which also found July was a record-breaking month. “July is typically the hottest month for […]