NEPAL: Global warming swells glacial lakes, endangering thousands

Source: IRIN Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone. BANGKOK, 16 September 2010 (IRIN) – As global warming shrinks glaciers along the world’s highest peaks, glacial lakes in Nepal are increasingly at risk of bursting the natural […]

A Changed Climate Skeptic?

It seemed too sensational to be true. On Aug. 30, the Guardian reported that one of the world’s most prominent “climate change skeptics,” Bjorn Lomborg, had made an apparent about face, now calling for $100 billion to be devoted to stopping global warming. This is a man who, for years, writing books with provocative titles […]

Landslide Buries Rescuers in Guatemala

A second landslide covered dozens of people on a highway in Guatemala Monday as they tried to dig out victims buried by a landslide the day before. “A wall of earth fell on a bus and around 100 local people organized themselves to dig out the victims. Then another landslide came along and buried them,” […]

No growth for Boulder fire overnight; 5 reportedly missing

BOULDER – Fire officials say new infrared mapping of the Fourmile Canyon Fire released on Wednesday reveals it is 6,168 acres. Five people remain missing. Twenty people were initially reported missing in the fire area and authorities say they have cleared 15 of those cases, but five people remain missing. “They’re open investigations,” Cmdr. Rick […]

New education system may rise from Haiti’s ruins

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Of the 800 children born each day in this luckless Caribbean nation, only 567 are fortunate enough to eventually attend school. One of three finishes sixth grade, and just seven of that original 800 ever see the inside of a university. And those numbers reflect the situation before the Jan. 12 earthquake wiped out […]

U.S. to boost aid as number of homeless doubles in Pakistan floods

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The number of Pakistanis rendered homeless by massive flooding doubled to 4 million, the United Nations said Thursday as Washington planned to ramp up assistance to aid the suffering. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she plans to announce an additional $60 million in U.S. aid to add to the $90 […]

Clean electricity from invasive trees in Namibia?

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AlertNet) – The area around Otjiwarongo in Namibia’s heartland is a green sea of short, shrubby trees as far as the eye can see. While beautiful to some, this bush is an invader species and seen by ranchers as a dreaded pest that pushes out nutritious grasses. Since the 1950s, bad grazing practices […]