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Increased flooding driven by climate change: study

PARIS – Global warming driven by human activity boosted the intensity of rain, snow and consequent flooding in the northern hemisphere over the last half of the 20th century, research released Wednesday has shown. Two studies, both published in Nature, are among the first to draw a straight line between…

California’s ‘Big One’ could be massive ‘superstorm’ that floods state: scientists

The planet’s rising temperatures mean California is at greater risk of a “superstorm” that could flood the state’s Central Valley, causing damage that would dwarf even a major earthquake, scientists have warned. At a conference in Sacramento last week, 117 researchers brought together to study flooding risks in California presented…

Floods hit Australian tourism

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) – Brisbane is a travel hub for tourists and the gateway to the pristine beaches, rugged outback, tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef of Australia’s famed ‘Sunshine State’. But the floodwaters that surged through the city last week, depositing tonnes of putrid mud and debris, have shut…

Watch: Coffins by the truckload in Brazil

(Reuters) Pressure mounts to bury the dead in Brazil as the body count rises from massive flooding. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.…

US sends helicopters, boats, bridges to flood-hit Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States is rushing helicopters, boats, bridges, water units and other supplies to flood-hit Pakistan as part of an initial 10-million-dollar aid pledge, the government said Sunday. “The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United States is standing with them as the tragic human toll…

UN to transfer 8,000 Haitians to new camp Saturday

The UN will move 8,000 Haitians out of a makeshift camp to a new site almost three months after a huge quake ravaged the country, officials said Wednesday, but many more remain at risk as the rainy season approaches.…

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