Environment

Typhoon Saola bringing torrential rains to Taiwan

August 1, 2012

“Torrential rains spawned by the approaching Typhoon Saola battered eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, after the slow-moving storm killed at least 12 people and displaced 154,000 in the Philippines.”

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Typhoon in the Philippines kills 7 and displaces over 20,000 people

July 31, 2012

“Initially a tropical storm, Saola strengthened late Monday into a typhoon with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour and gusts of 93mph.”

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United Nations Envoy to visit parts of North Korea afflicted by floods to assess the damage and consider possible aid

July 31, 2012

“An official with the U.N. Children’s Fund said U.N. workers already in North Korea would go to the two areas most affected by the flooding that began July 18.”

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Corn Prices hit record-high levels due to crop shortages created by massive droughts

July 31, 2012

“Corn prices have soared more than 50% during the past six weeks as the crops continue to shrivel in relentless dry heat throughout the Midwest.”

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Rare Mountain Tornado touches down near Denver, Colorado

July 30, 2012

“The National Weather Service is estimating this to be the second highest tornado ever recorded in the United States. The spot where the touchdown occurred to be roughly at 11,900 feet.”

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Typhoon Vincente leaves Hong Kong in shambles & delays the stock market opening until 1 p.m. local time

July 23, 2012

“Typhoon Vicente grounded flights and shut port operations by Monday evening and authorities hoisted the highest N. 10 tropical cyclone signal for several hours overnight, making it one of the strongest to hit the city in the past decade.”

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Vast aquifer discovered in Namibia that could provide water in Sub-Saharan Africa for centuries

July 20, 2012

“A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.”

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Severe storms and tornadoes in Poland kill 1 and injure 10 people

July 17, 2012

“Power lines were downed and roads were closed as hundreds of firefighters worked to clear away fallen trees. Some trains had to make detours after debris fell onto tracks.”

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Japanese Troops airlift supplies to thousands of people trapped by flash floods

July 15, 2012

“The death toll has now risen to 26. Hundreds of thousands have been affected. Many of them are staying in evacuation centres.”

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Flash floods and mudslides in Japan force 400,000 people to evacuate

July 14, 2012

“The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimeters (4.33 inches) per hour was recorded yesterday.”

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Woman fleeing the Colorado wildfires crashes her car, starting a wildfire in Idaho

July 14, 2012

“The crash ignited a wildfire that burned about 2,000 acres. It was fully contained by Friday morning.”

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Massive Landslide in Alaska sweeps across the Glacier Bay National Park

July 13, 2012

“The rumbling was enough so that it showed up as a 3.4-magnitude earthquake in Alaska. The seismic event also was recorded in Canada.”

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Avalanche in the French Alps kills 9 climbers near the Chamonix ski resort

July 12, 2012

“Those killed were reported to be from the UK, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Nine other climbers were injured. Local authorities deployed rescue teams in helicopters and said it was the deadliest avalanche in recent memory.”

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Report: 61% of America is currently in a drought

July 12, 2012

“Twelve states — Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri — are completely in a drought, according to the government’s U.S. Drought Monitor.”

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Record Rainfall in Japan displaces over 50,000 people

July 12, 2012

“Emergency workers in Kumamoto prefecture responded to multiple reports of mudslides swallowing houses and people being trapped, with access roads blocked by mud or gushing water.”

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