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Cloud Lightning

Storm drenches China with heavy rains

A storm drenched China's southeast on Sunday after killing five people on Taiwan and prompting the evacuation of 1.4 million people on the mainland, officials said. In Vietnam, the death toll from a separate storm rose to 55.

Krosa came ashore as a typhoon in China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, but weakened and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Bizarro Earth

Typhoon Krosa lands in east China, forcing evacuation of one million

Powerful Typhoon Krosa made landfall in east China on Sunday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of more than one million people in provinces Zhejiang and Fujian.

Krosa, the 16th typhoon this year, landed at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday near the borders of Zhejiang's Cangnan County and Fujian's Fuding City, packing winds of up to 126 km per hour, the Zhejiang Provincial Flood Prevention and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

Cloud Lightning

Typhoon Batters Taiwan; 4 Dead

A typhoon lashed Taiwan Saturday with intense winds and rains, killing four people and cutting power to thousands of homes. But the storm weakened as it moved toward mainland China, where authorities ordered hundreds of thousands to higher ground.

Two people were still missing in Taiwan, the Disaster Relief Center said.

Typhoon Krosa was forecast to strike China's southern Zhejiang and northern Fujian provinces late Sunday, China's national flood control office said in a notice on its Web site.

Bad Guys

Big Banks Are Selling Us Out on Climate Change

Comment: While we all should support the efforts to turn to clean energy and getting rid of those companies who pollute our environment, let us not forget that it has been scientifically proven that climate change is, indeed, a cyclical phenomena. One that has happened over and over throughout the history of the earth. For more on this, read the SOTT Focus article Fire and Ice: The Day After Tomorrow

Whether we avert catastrophe with climate change may actually be decided by Citibank and Bank of America.

We're nearing the end of the window of opportunity we have to avert the catastrophic effects predicted from the earth's changing climate. We're either going to sink or swim. Our best hope at this time is to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, like carbon dioxide.

Global leaders are putting their heads together to come up with solutions. Across the world, countries and municipalities are passing legislation to limit GHG emissions; people are cutting consumption; new technologies are being developed to further alternative energy sources. And yet, in the United States, the coal industry has us poised to move in the absolute wrong direction. Right now, there are about 150 new coal-fired power plants on the drawing board. The amount of polluting emissions they will release is staggering -- between 600 million and 1.1 billion tons of CO2 emissions every year, for the next 50 years. And this, according to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), will basically negate every other effort currently being considered to fight climate change.

Bizarro Earth

Quake hits northeastern Iran

An earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Esfarayen in this northeastern province Friday night.

The seismological base of Qouchan affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, registered the quake at 19:08 hours local time (1538 GMT).

Bizarro Earth

Vietnam: Northern, central regions reel from worst floods in decades

Nearly 20 people are dead or missing in the worst floods to hit northern and central provinces in the last 20 years, Tuoi Tre newspaper said on its website.

Bizarro Earth

Hydropower Doesn't Count as Clean Energy

Think hydropower helps in the fight against climate change? Think again.

Opponents of dams have long argued against putting barriers in the natural flow of a river. Dams, they point out, prevent endangered fish from migrating, alter ecosystems, and threaten the livelihoods of local communities.

Native Americans, fishing communities, and environmentalists have made these arguments in their quest to decommission four dams on Klamath River, which runs from southwest Oregon to the coast of California. But with California requiring a 25 percent reduction in the state's carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, clean energy has suddenly entered the Klamath dam debate.

Better Earth

Ozone Hole Shrunk by a Third

The ozone hole over Antarctica has shrunk 30 percent as compared to last year's record size. According to measurements made by ESA's Envisat satellite, this year's ozone loss peaked at 27.7 million tonnes, compared to the 2006 record ozone loss of 40 million tonnes.


Philippine Volcano Eruption: 16 Villages Hit By Volcanic Ash

7:58 p.m. A pair of mild eruptions hit Mt. Bulusan, a volcano in Sorsagon Province, which is part of the Bicol Region on Luzon Island. Relief and disaster teams report that an estimated 10,000 people are affected by clouds of ash. Some residents were reported to have suffered breathing problems, from the effects of thick, sulfur-laden ash and were hospitalized.


Update! Yemen volcano erupts again

A volcano which erupted on the Yemeni island of Jebel Al Tair began spewing lava again on Wednesday evening. The news was confirmed by Hussein Abdul-Rahman, head of control center at the Naval Operation Room.

According to the Yemeni state news agency, Saba, the lava started to come out again from the western part of the island at 6pm UAE time.