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Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly as heads for Jamaica and Cuba

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:22:39 -0400

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly on Saturday as it headed toward Jamaica and Cuba, but with winds reaching 155 miles per hour (250 kph) forecasters said the storm was still powerful enough to wreck homes as islanders braced for its arrival.(image)

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Pakistan, no damage, casualties reported

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:07:34 -0400

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An earthquake magnitude 5.4 struck northern Pakistan's Kaghan Valley on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and local officials said there had been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.(image)

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, local communities evacuated

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:41:24 -0400

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Colima volcano erupted on Friday, spewing a large plume of ash and thick black smoke into the sky and provoking the evacuation of two nearby villages.(image)

U.S. adds first bees to endangered species list

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:57:04 -0400

(Reuters) - Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii but now facing extinction on Friday became the first bees to be added to the federal list of endangered and threatened species, according to U.S. wildlife managers.(image)

EU fast-tracks Paris climate deal to brink of entering into force

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:10:48 -0400

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states agreed on Friday on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, pushing the landmark global pact to the brink of entering into force.(image)

Norway to research ways to capture carbon from industrial plants

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:13:40 -0400

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway will research ways to capture carbon dioxide from industrial plants including a trash incinerator in Oslo as part of plans to slow global warming, the government said on Friday.(image)

Quake in South Pacific strikes 268 km south of Tonga, no tsunami warning

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:20:53 -0400

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake in the South pacific measuring 5.7 magnitude struck 268 kilometers (166.53 miles) south of the island of Nuku'alofa in the Polynesian state of Tonga, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Saturday.(image)

Protesters blockading Goldcorp's Mexico mine say plan to stay

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:13:31 -0400

MEXICO CITY/TORONTO (Reuters) - Protesters blocking access to Goldcorp Inc's Penasquito gold mine in northern Mexico said on Friday they will not leave until there is an agreement with the company on its demands for jobs and compensation for water use and environmental damage.(image)

"Seismic swarm" rattles Iceland volcano, flight alert raised a notch

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:04:09 -0400

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland raised its aviation alert by a notch on Friday after several earthquakes hit one of the country's biggest volcanoes, the strongest tremors since a string of quakes last month raised concerns over a possible eruption.(image)

Rangers try gaming technology to protect African wildlife

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:51:42 -0400

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The campaign to track down poachers and protect endangered species in Africa's embattled reserves is tapping into the technology used in the virtual world of online poker and other computer games.(image)