Euronews | Nov 25
Indonesia has ordered a mass evacuation of 15,000 residents near steaming Mount Sinabung in Sumatra as authorities raised the alert for the volcano emergency to the highest level. As Sinabung continued to belch ash, authorities expanded the evacuation radius to three miles and residents hurriedly packed what they could and hit the road.
Euronews | Nov 26
A pond in the remote Bosnian village of Sanica disappeared overnight in a sinkhole, swallowing algae, fish and trees, and leaving a crater in its place. A small house now teeters on the edge. As the pond vanished "there was panic," said a villager. "Fish were jumping out, and a big plum tree was pulled down like someone yanked it with a hook."
The Wall Street Journal | Nov 25
The mafia and other illegal Italian garbage operations are burning toxic industrial refuse outside Naples, creating massive health dangers, activists charge. Thousands marched this month against unchecked contamination of the air and water for profit in the "triangle of death" in the province of Compania, where cancer rates among kids are skyrocketing.
Democracy Now! | Nov 21
Hundreds of environmental activists walked out of the UN climate change summit in Warsaw, Poland, today. "Our message to our political leaders is that nature does not negotiate," says Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. "You can't change the science -- we have to change political will."
Sky News | Nov 20
After calling her jailing the "worst experience of her life," freed Greenpeace activist Alexandra Harris stepped out from behind bars with eight other protesters after they paid bail in Russia. They're among 29 activists (and a reporter) who face years in prison if convicted of "hooliganism" after challenging a Russian oil rig in the Arctic.
Voice of America | Nov 19
Earthquakes, tsunamis, war. Don't have enough to worry about? Add killer asteroids to your list. Space is full of them. A "smallish" one could level a city; a big one could cause a global agricultural shutdown. One hope? The Sentinel Deep Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018, which will at least spot a mammoth rock hurtling our way.
Democracy Now! | Nov 19
The US doesn't care so much about its role in climate change; instead it's most worried about getting stuck with the bill. A leaked memo urges US negotiators at the UN climate summit to battle calls for reparations from poor nations. The talks will likely "focus increasingly on liability," which would be "counterproductive," the memo states.
Euronews | Nov 19
Italy has declared a state of emergency in Sardinia after a cyclone struck the Mediterranean island, killing at least 16 people and driving hundreds from their homes in devastating winds and flooding. In the northeastern town of Olbia, the mayor said floods burst "like a bomb." Prime Minister Enrico Letta called it a "national tragedy."
NTDTV | Nov 19
The wife of Greenpeace activist Colin Russell speaks of her disappointment after a Russian court nixed bail for her husband. Russell is one of 18 still in jail for challenging a Russian oil rig in the Arctic. Western leaders and celebrities, including Marion Cotillard and Paul McCartney, have appealed to President Vladimir Putin to release the activists.
Democracy Now! | Nov 18
In another sign of the uphill fight activists face, Poland is hosting a coal conference in Warsaw as the UN holds its climate summit there. Protesters from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and Europe, furious with the lack of action at the summit, marched in Warsaw calling for justice.
Associated Press | Nov 18
US contractors are finally destroying the last American sites that stored chemical weapons. The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning or neutralizing tons of deadly nerve gasin Alabama, Utah, Oregon and Arkansas. The last chemical was destroyed in 2011, and now remaining incinerators and buildings are being torn down.
Euronews | Nov 18
An Illinois homeowner prays as he watches a mammoth tornado funnel chew up a neighbor's farm. A storm system triggered multiple tornadoes in the US Midwest, killing at least two people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington in Illinois as it ripped up the region.
CNN | Nov 15
American conservationist M. Sanjayan tells Rosemary Church how climate change will continue to impact the Philippines. The country was recently judged to be the third most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as warming oceans fuel more powerful storms.
Democracy Now! | Nov 12
On the opening day of the UN climate change conference in Poland, the chief climate negotiator from the Philippines presented a tearful appeal to the world. "What my country is going through is madness. We can stop this madness," said Yeb Saño, who has started a hunger strike in solidarity with his countrymen. "If not us, then who?"
Channel 4 News | Nov 14
A US aircraft carrier strike group has arrived and begun unloading much-needed food and water supplies. But their arrival has been too late to head off a growing row over the slow distribution of aid by the Filipino authorities. John Sparks is there.
Associated Press | Nov 12
The environmental cost of ethanol production is far higher than earlier estimates, according to an AP investigation. Vast swaths of grassland, including conservation areas, have been converted to farmland, and streams polluted with fertilizer. Ethanol producers and farmers are blasting the report and tried to block it before publication.
ITN News | Nov 14
Typhoon Haiyan survivors are becoming increasingly desperate in their efforts to find food and clean water for their families. Anger and frustration have boiled over as food and goods remained stacked up at the airport in Tacloban.
ITN News | Nov 13
Amid the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan are moving scenes of resilience. Babies were born during the typhoon, and their proud moms lived to boast about it, even though they now face a future fraught with worry. All 50 kids in a Tacloban orphanage survived with the help of caregivers, who clutched them "as if they were their own," said the director.
Associated Press | Nov 12
Residents of typhoon-battered regions of the Philippines battle to repair the damage to their homes and lives, and hunt for food and fresh water amid mind-blowing scenes of utter destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes. Residents are growing increasingly desperate as they await aid from rescuers struggling to reach them.
Telegraph.co.uk | Nov 12
A somber survivor of Typhoon Haiyan, clutching his scared son, tells how he punched through the ceiling of his home so his family could huddle there close to the roof for hours as storm-surge water edged up. "We prayed that it wouldn't rise any higher," he said. "It's just death and devastation everywhere" now, he added. "People need help."