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Hurricane Sandy, One Year On: ‘It’s Like a New Chance in Life’ – October 30, 2013

A year after Sandy struck the north-east US, a view from Staten Island, the hardest-hit New York borough

I remember the water coming from the ocean," says Anna Maglione-Buono.

"And the thing I remember most is that I was very guilty that the kids were in the house with us. I was not scared for me and my husband. I was more scared for the children."

Staten Island after Hurricane SandyPhoto by Tommy MilesThe day after Sandy, along the north shore of Staten Island.

A year ago, as hurricane Sandy approached America’s north-east, Maglione-Buono, 49, was in her home in South Shore, just 200m from Staten Island’s eastern coast. As the ocean rose amid the howling winds, water washed up over the… more

by: The Guardian

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Is the IPCC Right on Climate Change? Just Ask the World’s Farmers – September 27, 2013

Observations by farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America confirm reports of rising temperatures and extreme weather

European development groups have reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest scientific assessment of the phenomenon matches the observations and experiences of farming and other groups they partner in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

dry field in KenyaPhoto by Neil Palmer/CIATA livestock carcass in Marsabit, in Northern Kenya, which has suffered prolonged drought in 2011.

The IPCC scientists, who acknowledge they often have only sketchy rainfall and temperature data for many areas in developing countries, say global temperatures have risen, extreme weather is more frequent and rainfall less predictable. If emissions are not… more

by: The Guardian

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Fukushima: Japan Promises Swift Action on Nuclear Cleanup – September 2, 2013

Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised to act quickly to address the buildup of huge quantities of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

photoname Photo Wikimedia CommonsJapan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised prompt, comprehensive steps to clean up the
wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant amid growing concern at scale and complexityof the
operation.

Abe, who recently suggested that the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), was incapable of overseeing the operation on its own, said the government would soon announce a comprehensive plan to deal with the world's largest nuclear cleanup.

The prospect of greater state involvement in… more

by: The Guardian

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Environmentalists Blast Plans to Frack in South African Beauty Spot – August 23, 2013

Activists promise to fight government's plans to drill for shale gas in the Karoo

A South African government plan to allow fracking in the vast Karoo semi-desert has been condemned as "completely irresponsible" by environmental campaigners, who have vowed to fight it in court.

Photo by Wildlife Wanderer/Flickr
The name Karoo derives from a San phrase meaning Land of the Great Thirst. The region is bigger than Germany at more than 154,500 square miles and has been celebrated by poets for its bleak beauty.

The Karoo, the name derives from a San phrase meaning Land of the Great Thirst‚ is bigger than Germany at more than 154,500 square miles. It contains about 100 towns and a million people… more

by: The Guardian

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Fukushima Warning: Danger Level at Nuclear Plant Jumps to ‘Serious’ – August 22, 2013

Japan's nuclear agency dramatically raises status after saying a day earlier that radioactive water leak was only an 'anomaly'

Japan has issued its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a half years ago.

Inspectors at Fukushima nuclear plantPhoto courtesy Nuclear Regulatory Commission
A file photo of Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials' visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Complex in December. The NRA considers the leakage a "serious incident".

The new warning, announced yesterday, comes only a day after the nuclear watchdog assigned a much lower ranking when the plant's operator, Tepco, admitted about 300 tons of highly… more

by: The Guardian

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