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Survivors ‘walk like zombies’ after Philippine typhoon kill estimated 10000

Reuters: One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away coastal villages and devastating one of the main cities in the region. Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan flattens houses, triggers floods in Philippines; at least four dead

Reuters: Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land, was barreling out of the Philippines on Saturday after it flattened houses, triggered landslides and floods and knocked out power and communications across a number of islands. In the central Philippines, nearly all houses in Tacloban in Leyte province with a population of about 220,000, were toppled and casualties were feared to be massive, a disaster official said. “Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged Continue reading

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Extreme weather bears down on rice

China Daily: Drought, heat, heavy rain and floods in China’s major rice-growing regions are likely to cut the country’s harvest and increase reliance on imports, industry experts have forecast. An ongoing drought has harmed rice crops in Central and East China’s major rice-growing regions such as Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. Meanwhile, heavy rain and floods have hit Heilongjiang province in Northeast China. Continue reading

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Fast-moving Arizona wildfire leaves 19 firefighters dead, destroys more than 200 homes

Washington Post: Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific leaders warn of water conflict threat

Agence France-Presse: Fierce competition for water could trigger conflict unless nations cooperate to share the diminishing resource, leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned on Monday. From Central to Southeast Asia, regional efforts to secure water have sparked tensions between neighbours reliant on rivers to sustain booming populations. Breakneck urbanisation, climate change and surging demand from agriculture have heaped pressure on scarce water supplies, while the majority of people in Asia-Pacific still lack… Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific leaders warn of water conflict threat

Agence France-Presse: Fierce competition for water could trigger conflict unless nations cooperate to share the diminishing resource, leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned on Monday. From Central to Southeast Asia, regional efforts to secure water have sparked tensions between neighbours reliant on rivers to sustain booming populations. Continue reading

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Mississippi barge traffic snarled by floods, accidents

Reuters: Commercial shipping traffic was moving again on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis after a pair of barge accidents that forced the U.S Continue reading

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U.S. drought easing slightly after week’s rains

Reuters: Drought conditions eased after storms moved across the central United States and the U.S. Plains in the past week, bringing much-needed moisture to some of the driest areas of the country, according to a report released on Thursday by state and federal climatologists. The Drought Monitor report, which tracks soil moisture on a weekly basis, said the Plains – the region hardest hit by the drought of 2012 – was seeing some relief from the drought Continue reading

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Storms bring heavy snow, hail, rains to central U.S

Reuters: High winds and heavy snow and rain whipped through parts of the central United States on Wednesday, knocking out power for thousands of people and closing schools and businesses. There were reports of downed trees, flipped vehicles and structural damage from a potential tornado touching down in Arkansas, as storm watchers tracked a line of severe weather stretching from Arkansas through southeastern Missouri into Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Continue reading

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Climate study of Mekong Basin projects crop shifts

Bangkok Post: A climate-change study on the Lower Mekong Basin says Laos’ and Vietnam’s central highlands can anticipate declines in production of robusta coffee and forecasts the cash crop will become more suitable for northeastern Thailand. “For robusta coffee, we found overall the central highlands will have reduced suitability,” said Jeremy Carew-Reid, the main author of Climate Change and Impact Study for the Lower Mekong Basin. “But other areas will open up, such as northeastern Thailand, northern… Continue reading

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