Earth ChangesS

Bizarro Earth

Dead ducks a mystery to officials

Ducks are dying at the Metro Wastewater treatment facility in Denver and officials want to know why.

Over the past two weeks 200 ducks have been found dead in the treatment plant's chlorine contact basin and wastewater officials have summoned the help of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help figure out what's happening.

Cloud Lightning

New winter storm stalks Southern Plains

EL PASO, Texas - A storm carrying the threat of more snow and ice moved across the Southern Plains on Friday as more than 100,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark from earlier blasts of cold, wet weather.

Winter storm warnings covered much of New Mexico and parts of Texas and Oklahoma, with a half-foot to more than a foot of snow and sleet expected. In Texas, 90 National Guard members were activated.

Cloud Lightning

Europe counts cost of storms as stricken freighter is beached

Salvage crews were beaching a badly holed, waterlogged British freighter carrying hazardous cargo while Europe counted the cost of the deadly storms that battered the continent earlier in the week.

Tens of thousands of homes across Europe were still without power on Saturday.


Mild winter rattles Russians

Psychiatrists warn lack of cold, sun, snow lead some into depression

Bizarro Earth

Prince Charles's "sacrifice" - what a joke!

Prince Charles, criticised for booking a trans-Atlantic flight to collect an environmental award, has cancelled a ski trip to Switzerland to reduce greenhouse gases, a palace source said on Saturday.

The decision not to take the annual holiday in Klosters was made some time ago and was part of the heir-to-throne's commitment to reduce his "carbon footprint", the source said.

Better Earth

Sex and the seahorse

They are among the most graceful and intriguing animals of the ocean and their strictly monogamous lifestyle breaks one of the golden rules of biology - it is the male rather than the female who is left holding the baby.

Scientists have unravelled another mystery of the seahorse and in the process discovered that these unusual fish may be more vulnerable to environmental pollution than was previously believed.

Bizarro Earth

One third of fish species in Yellow River dead

Human encroachment, pollution, overfishing and dam-building have killed one third of fish species in the Yellow River, China's second-longest waterway. Its increasingly desperate plight is also threatening economic growth.

The mighty Yellow River once made its away along 3,395 miles through nine provinces, supplying water to more than 150 million people and watering 15 per cent of China's scarce agricultural land.

Bizarro Earth

5.1 Earthquake shakes Panama

PANAMA CITY - A moderate earthquake shook Panama on Thursday, startling people but producing no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake measured a magnitude of 5.1 and originated close to Cerro Punta, a coffee-growing area in Chiriqui province near the Costa Rican border, the University of Panama's geoscience institute said.

Bizarro Earth

5.3 Earthquake hits Iran, no casualties reported

TEHRAN - An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit an area in southwest Iran on Friday, state television reported, but did not report any casualties.

The brief headline on state television said the tremor hit an area around Ramhormoz in Khuzestan province at 3.56 p.m. (1226 GMT)

Better Earth

Australia Braces for Renewed Bushfire Threat

CANBERRA - Bushfires killed one and threatened a major Australian alpine resort on Thursday as firefighters prepared to face three days of searing temperatures and high winds expected to fan flames across two states.

Fire crews discovered a body in a gutted house in South Australia, which has so far escaped the worst of the summer fire emergency touching five of the country's six states.