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Flash floods kill scores in Nepal, India


KATHMANDU/GUWAHATI, India Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 68 people in Nepal in the past three days and another 15 are missing, local authorities said on Thursday. | Video

Drought-hit Honduras needs new approach to tackle extreme weather: U.N. envoy

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Honduras must develop a long term approach to combat the impact of drought exacerbated by climate change and put the poorest and most vulnerable at the center of government initiatives and funding, a U.N. special envoy said.

Environment, 28 Jul 2016

U.N. warns of 'race against time' for 23 million drought-stricken African farmers

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 23 million farmers in drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next planting season with only a few weeks left before it begins, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday.

Environment, 28 Jul 2016

Philippine panel asks 'carbon majors' to respond to claim of rights violations

MANILA A Philippine rights body has set a deadline of 45 days for 47 global oil, mining and cement firms to answer a complaint that their carbon emissions caused human rights violations, in what rights advocates and green groups have called a landmark case.

Environment, 28 Jul 2016

BHP Billiton adds to red ink for 2016 with $1 billion-plus Brazil charge

MELBOURNE BHP Billiton will book a charge of up to $1.3 billion to cover the costs of a dam disaster last November at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil, putting it on course to report its worst ever annual loss.

Environment, 28 Jul 2016

Floods ravage northeast Indian state, kill 58 in Nepal

GUWAHATI, India/KATHMANDU Severe floods in India have affected more than 1.6 million people, buried hundreds of villages and almost submerged a national park, forcing wildlife to seek refuge on roads, authorities said on Wednesday. | Video

Environment, 27 Jul 2016

Canadian premier 'not satisfied' with Husky spill response

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said on Wednesday he was not satisfied with Husky Energy Inc's emergency response to an oil spill into a river that supplies drinking water, and said the western Canadian province needed to consider ways to avoid a recurrence.

Environment, 27 Jul 2016

From herdsmen to central bankers, southern Africa counts drought cost

SEKOMA, Botswana Molefi Ramantele, a small-scale livestock farmer who ekes out a living in Botswana's arid scrubland, lost a third of his cattle in the drought that has scorched southern Africa.

Health, Environment, 27 Jul 2016

Husky says Canadian oil spill started day before pipeline was shut

WINNIPEG/CALGARY An oil spill into a major Canadian river from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline started late on July 20, but flows were not shut down until the following morning, the company said on Tuesday.

Environment, 27 Jul 2016

Millions need aid as Zimbabwe battles drought

Mafios Ganyari tills a dry, patch of land, coaxing a few thin cassava tubers from the soil. This year's harvest has been poor. Mafios has barely enough to feed his family.

Environment, 26 Jul 2016

China’s cities see clean air, water as magnet for investment

Despite severe air pollution, local and provincial officials in the Chinese city of Nanchang are trying to clean it up and make it more attractive for foreign investment, making the city an important test case for efforts to ease the environmental damage from unchecked economic growth.