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World Environment Day homes in on fear of melting ice

TROMSOE, Norway - The world marked Environment Day on Tuesday with cheerful events like tree-planting and solar cooking in the heat of Asia, but also gloomier talk in the not-so-frozen north of melting polar caps.

The United Nations chose Tromsoe in Norway to host the day this year to highlight the dangers of melting snow and ice.

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Cyclone Gonu's Winds Blast Oman Coast

MUSCAT, Oman - Thousands of people fled low-lying areas as the strongest cyclone to threaten the Arabian Peninsula in 60 years blasted Oman's eastern coast early Wednesday with strong winds and waves, Civil Defense officials said. Southern Iran and the oil-rich Persian Gulf were next in its path.

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Jungle For Sale: Going... Going...

A charity is appealing for people to buy up small patches of rainforest to help prevent it disappearing forever and combat climate change.

Every year, the destruction of tropical land releases more climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the entire USA.

The trees are felled for logging and farming.

Cool Earth - launched today - leases and maintains endangered land, giving local people access.

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Bali suffers climate change effects

Bali's tourist pulling-power may be a thing of the past.

In the West Bali National Park, the once common sight of vibrantly-colored clown fish swimming among healthy pink anemones is becoming rare. And larger fish are increasingly uncommon.

Rising sea temperatures are aiding the bleaching process on coral reefs.

Experts say climate change is hitting Bali's coral reefs hard, turning once vibrant diving locations into bleached shadows of their former glory.

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Cyclone Gonu heads for Oman

Cyclone Gonu packing winds of up to 260km an hour advanced on Tuesday towards the oil-producing Gulf state of Oman where it was expected to make landfall within 24 hours.

The sultanate's weather service said the cyclone formed in the Indian Ocean and reached the Gulf of Oman on Monday, some 280km off the east coast of Oman.

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Update! 180,000 displaced after strong quake hits SW China city

About 180,000 people have been displaced and 90,000 houses have collapsed following the earthquake in Yunnan Province, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

At least three people, including a four-year-old boy, were killed and 313 injured in the quake which hit the tea-producing Pu'er City and its surrounding area early on Sunday morning, when most people were in bed. Twenty-eight seriously injured people arestill receiving treatment in hospital.

Comment: Though it doesn't get much attention in Western media, it still has affected many people.

Imagine for instance if an earthquake in the US displaced 180000 and collapsed 90000 houses. It would be covering the news for weeks round the clock.

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Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Philippine capital, no damage or injuries reported

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 shook the Philippine capital's seaside tourist district and outlying rural regions late Sunday, but was not strong enough to cause any injuries or damage, officials said.

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Greenland ice melt speeds up

NASA scientists reading signals from a satellite in orbit, and flying aboard a low-flying plane over Greenland, are finding fresh evidence of melting snows and thinning glaciers in vast areas of the massive island.

Their observations confirm the climate's warming trend in the far northern reaches of the world, they say, where changes in the circulation of waters feeding into the Arctic Ocean are altering crucial patterns of ocean currents there with effects that are increasingly uncertain.

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Russia: Three die, 52 injured in violent storms on the weekend

Raging storms that started on Friday killed three people and injured 52, including three children, in Russian regions from the Volga to the Urals over the weekend, a local emergencies spokesman said.

"A storm front and gusts of wind of up to 30 meters per second swept across a number of regions in the Urals and the Volga area, including Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Mordovia and the Chelyabinsk Region," the source said.

One person was killed in Bashkortostan, and two died in the Chelyabinsk Region. Fifteen people were hospitalized.

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3 mild earthquakes rattle New Hampshire

After people called to report hearing explosions, emergency officials initially thought there had been underground methane gas blasts. But it turns out that New Hampshire actually had three small earthquakes over the weekend.