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Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

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SUMMIT. The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) concludes on Saturday morning in Bonn, Germany. Photo courtesy of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

BONN, Germany (Nov. 21, 2017) — The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Saturday, November 19, at Bonn, Germany. But for the climate groups, the work is far from over. Continue reading Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

More than 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

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Destroyed buildings in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, where nearly 100 died. Photograph: Pouria Pakizeh/AP

Rescuers battle to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings after the 7.3 magnitude quake

November 13, 2017 — More than 140 people have been killed in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the border region between the two countries, state media said. Continue reading More than 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

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INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP

The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2017) — A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12, killing at least 36 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said. Continue reading At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

Dozens killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

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An earthquake victim receives help at Sulaymaniyah hospital in Iraq on Sunday. Photograph: Shwan Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

More than 60 deaths in Iran reported with over 300 injured and Iranian media say at least six also dead in Iraq

November 12, 2017 — A powerful earthquake struck the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official has said. Continue reading Dozens killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

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AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation

November 5, 2017 — What is happening?

The world’s nations are meeting for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous Continue reading The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

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STRONG WINDS. A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Oct. 30, 2017) — At least 5 people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, October 29, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions. Continue reading At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

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Tricia Campbell McAvoy looks for mold in the garage of her home in Brick, New Jersey. Photograph: Bryan Derballa for the Guardian

Survivors of the 2012 storm remain haunted. As hurricanes continue to batter the US, many say plans to mitigate climate change have not gone far enough: ‘People need to open their eyes’

October 29, 2017 — Hurricane Sandy still assails the thoughts of Annie Willis, haunting her with its onrushing black water and the harrowing sound of shattering windows. The storm mauled a Continue reading Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

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PORTUGAL WILDFIRES. Firefighters inspect a burnt house in Lufreu near Penacova following wildfires on October 17, 2017. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Portugal’s civil protection agency says the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the center and the north of the country, had been brought under control. In Spain, the death toll rises to 4 from the fires

PENACOVA, Portugal – Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday, October 17, helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another 4 in northern Spain. Continue reading Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

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TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far