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Hundreds evacuated as Romanian floods wreak havoc

Hundreds evacuated as Romanian floods wreak havoc
Photo: Bogdan Cristel

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: ROMANIA
Author: Bogdan Cristel
One person died and three others were missing after heavy rain caused floods in southwest Romania over the past three days, forcing hundreds of villagers to flee their homes, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Record low July temperatures in southern U.S., Alabama at 49 degrees

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: David Beasley
Record-breaking low temperatures across the southern United States on Wednesday made July feel more like October, with the mercury dipping to 49 degrees Fahrenheit in Alabama.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.7 reported off Papua New Guinea: USGS

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 was recorded off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

NHC says 50 percent chance of cyclone off southern Windward Islands

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Vijaykumar Vedala
An area of low pressure located about 1,000 miles east of the southern Windward Islands now has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

Indian landslide kills 10, scores feared trapped

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Sruthi Gottipati
Heavy rain triggered a landslide in rural western India that killed at least ten people and trapped up to 150 more after thick mud came crashing down on thatch huts and brick houses on Wednesday, a national disaster official said.

Dead anchovies delight sea birds, disgust Oregon beach town

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: Seattle
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up this week in the town of Seaside, Oregon, providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beachside village northwest of Portland.

Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years
Photo: Robinson et all

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

Date: 31-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday.

Threat of El Nino eases, says Australian weather agency

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Pacific Ocean temperatures have eased in recent weeks and an El Nino weather event later this year is now indicated by only a slight majority of climate models, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.

NHC says 70 percent chance of cyclone in mid-Atlantic

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Anupam Chatterjee
An area of low pressure located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, about 1,000 miles (1600 km) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, has a high, or 70 percent chance, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday in its latest update.

Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power

Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power
Photo: Dominick Reuter

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone
Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a rare tornado that knocked out power and damaged homes and buildings.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries
Photo: Claudia Daut

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Gabriel Stargardter
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damages.

Whale-watching tour stranded overnight off Boston

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Elizabeth Barber
A planned three-hour whale watching cruise off the Massachusetts coast turned into an all-night affair for 163 people aboard a boat that limped back into Boston Harbor on Tuesday morning.

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Roberta Rampton
Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack Obama has proposed to address global warming.

More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: RUSSIA
Author: Alexei Anishchuk
Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported.

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters.

Opponents fail to kill crow hunting proposal in Utah

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: Utah
Author: Jennifer Dobner
Wildlife enthusiasts in Utah failed on Tuesday in their bid to block a crow hunt planned in the state for this fall, but said they had seen no evidence that killing the birds was necessary.

U.S. EPA kicks off hearings on power plant emissions rules

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Environmental Protection Agency launched public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country's power plants, and interested groups ranging from coal miners to senators made their views known.

No Fukushima radiation in tests off U.S. West Coast: scientists

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: PORTLAND Ore.
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Tests of water off the U.S. West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the U.S. shore, scientists said on Tuesday.

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds
Photo: Zachary Fagenson

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ryan McNeill
Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday.

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported
Photo: Dominick Reuter

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone
Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change
Photo: Edgard Garrido

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Harriet McLeod
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency's controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe.

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast
Photo: Gene Blevins

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman
Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday.

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

U.S. proposal to ban import of boa constrictors draws backlash

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A U.S. proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators who fear it could lead to more reptiles being released into the wild.

Storm leaves over 183,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, East

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino and Robert Gibbons in New York
Over 183,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. East and Midwest, mainly in Michigan, remained without power early Monday after severe storms rolled through the region over the weekend.

Drought hits China food production: Xinhua

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Reporting by Stian Reklev
Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China's Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China needs to import more food to ease water, energy shortages: official

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China should boost imports of food so it can dedicate more of its scarce water supplies to energy production, especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior environmental official said on Monday.