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Strong winds, heavy rains lash Portugal leaving one dead

Heavy rain and wind lashed Portugal Wednesday, knocking down trees, triggering landslides and causing localized flooding that disrupted road and rail travel and left one woman dead, officials said.

The central city of Pombal, located some 170 kilometres (105 miles) northeast of Lisbon, was especially hard-hit with most of the historic city centre under water, local officials said.


Warming link to amphibian disease

A fungal disease that threatens to wipe out many amphibians is thriving because of climate change, a study suggests.


Climate Change 'Will Cause Refugee Crisis'

Mass movements of people across the world are likely to be one of the most dramatic effects of climate change in the coming century, a study suggests.

The report, from the aid agency Tearfund, raises the spectre of hundreds of millions of environmental refugees and says the main reason will be the effects of climate - from droughts and water shortages, from flooding and storm surges and from sea-level rise.


2 Arrested at Protest at NOAA Office

Two environmentalists spent about four hours Monday perched on a ledge over an entrance to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building to protest what they said is the agency's suppression of information on global warming.


After a Year, Hurricane Katrina Still Pummels Workers

The first week he was in New Orleans, Juan Sifford was recruited on a street corner to tear down a chain-link fence and dig up some bamboo roots. The contractor promised him and three other workers $100 each for the job.

When the work was done and the men piled back into the contractor's truck, he drove them to what Sifford calls "a really bad neighborhood. He climbs down off the truck and he gives us $120. Not individually, collectively. Then he showed me his sidearm."


Strong earthquake rattles Japanese island group; no tsunami warning

TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rattled a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo early Tuesday, Japan's weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.


Colder-than-normal Nov-Jan for U.S. Northeast: WSI

NEW YORK - The U.S. Northeast, the nation's top heating oil consuming region, will face colder-than-normal weather during the early winter period, private forecaster WSI Corp. predicted on Monday.

The November to January outlook, following the mildest winter on record last year, comes as U.S. energy companies built up healthy inventories of heating oil and natural gas ahead of seasonal cold weather.


Photos Capture Melting Splendor of Alaska's Glaciers

All Things Considered, October 23, 2006 - About 70 years ago, pioneer aerial photographer Bradford Washburn flew over Alaska's glaciers, documenting their splendor while looking for mountain-climbing routes.

Now, a Boston photojournalist is following in his footsteps with a very different purpose. He's reshooting Washburn's images to demonstrate global warming's impacts. Ed Schoenfeld of CoastAlaska News reports from Juneau.


Hurricane Paul becomes Category 2 storm

MEXICO CITY - Hurricane Paul strengthened to a Category 2 storm off Mexico's western coast on Monday and was threatening southern Baja California, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Paul had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and had shifted direction, moving west-northwest at about 5 mph. The center said Paul could strengthen further and pick up speed Monday.


Storms, floods hit Greece for second time this week

ATHENS - Torrential rains caused flooding in parts of southern Greece, just three days after storms triggered a state of emergency elsewhere in the region, authorities said.

Around 30 homes were flooded in the southern Peloponnese and several occupants had to be rescued by firemen. Three cars were swept away by torrents, while landslides halted road traffic in parts of the region.