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UN chief says climate change as great a threat as war

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that global warming posed the same threat to humanity as war and warned of an "unconscionable legacy" being left for future generations.

In a speech to a UN International School Conference, Ban acknowledged that the "majority" of the UN's work still focuses on the prevention and resolution of conflict.

"But the danger posed by war to all of humanity -- and to our planet -- is at least matched by the climate crisis and global warming," he said.

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Canberra struck by 'supercell'

Canberra was last night bracing for a second major storm as it cleaned up from Tuesday night's damaging "supercell" storm, which dropped up to 1m of hail and caused chaos in the centre of the capital.

Hailstones as large as golf balls and winds over 50kmh lashed the city for less than 30 minutes on Tuesday night but left trees defoliated and turned nature strips into mud baths.

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At least 9 killed as tornadoes rake Alabama

A tornado struck an Alabama high school, Thursday killing at least eight people, believed to be students and teachers, a state official said. The storm that struck Enterprise was one of several tornadoes that ripped a swath of destruction across at least three states, including Kansas and Missouri.

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Storm! Dozens of Twisters threaten to disrupt rush hour for millions in SouthEast

WEST PLAINS, Missouri -- Storms that dumped heavy rains and tornadoes across the heartland Thursday, killing at least one person, made their afternoon trek through the Southeast and were expected to strike the region's largest metro area at rush hour, officials said.

In much of Georgia, the weather service issued a "particularly dangerous situation" watch until 9 p.m. ET as meteorologists were expecting a band of harsh storms to slam into Atlanta during its usually messy rush hour.

Bizarro Earth

Misleading: Tokyo had 1st winter without snow on record

Tokyo experienced the first winter without snowfall on record since 1876, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday.

The agency's observatory point in Otemachi, central Tokyo, did not record any snowfall from December to February, the period defined as winter in Japan.

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Rainier, third most dangerous U.S. volcano, USGS says

Mount Rainier looks constant and unchanging, an impassive landmark on the horizon. But the mountain hasn't always been so quiet.

About the time Christopher Columbus was arriving in America, a torrent of mud rolled down Rainier's western flank, burying the spot where Orting stands today. Five hundred years before that, an eruption sent a mud flow down the White River Valley to what is now Auburn.

Bizarro Earth

Last Winter 'second warmest on record' for UK

The UK has experienced its second warmest winter on record, with a mean temperature of 5.47C (41.8F), provisional Met Office figures show.

In southern England, the winter warmth set a new high, reaching 6.53C (43.8F), beating 6.49C (43.7F) in 1989-90.

All three winter months saw above average temperatures, and January also recorded its second highest UK-wide temperature, reaching 6.0C (43F).

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Trinidad earthquakes described as unusual

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: Two earthquakes have now been recorded in Trinidad and Tobago in the space of one week.

The lastest earthquake struck on Tuesday morning around 9:26 and was felt in several parts of the country, including areas along the Port of Spain east-west corridor and west of the capitol.

Attention

300,000 at risk in Vesuvius eruption

AT LEAST 300,000 Italians living near the Vesuvius volcano would be killed the next time it erupts if they are not evacuated beforehand, according to the first three-dimensional simulation by supercomputer.

However, up to 200,000 others living in the north-north-western areas of the high-risk "Red Zone" could have more time to escape thanks to the volcano's towering Mount Somma rim, which acts as a natural barrier, scientists say.

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La Nina's Brewing, Forecasters Warn

WASHINGTON - Forecasters warned Tuesday that a La Nina weather pattern - the nasty flip side of El Nino - is brewing, bringing with it the threat of more hurricanes for the Atlantic.

Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the official end of a brief and mild El Nino that started last year. That El Nino was credited with partially shutting down last summer's Atlantic hurricane activity in the midst of what was supposed to be a busy season.