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  • Crews begin to gain ground against fierce northern California wildfire

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A fierce wildfire that has devoured drought-parched terrain in northern California with remarkable speed raged on for a sixth day on Monday as evacuations expanded and firefighters began to gain some ground against the flames The blaze, dubbed the Rocky…

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  • India retains monsoon rain forecast in drought territory

    By Rajendra Jadhav and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has retained its forecast for this year's monsoon rains at 88 percent of the long-period average as a strengthening El Nino weather pattern is likely to trim rainfall in August-September to 84 percent, raising fears of the first…

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  • Floods, landslides kill 75, displace thousands in eastern India

    At least 75 people have died and tens of thousands have had to take refuge in state-run relief camps after heavy rains caused floods and landslides in eastern India, government officials and aid groups said on Monday. Exacerbated by Cyclone Komen which struck the east coast on Friday, the rainfall…

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  • Tent collapse kills one, injures 15 at festival outside Chicago

    Fifteen people were taken to hospital around 2.40 p.m., after the collapse at the city's annual Prairie Fest, the Wood Dale Police Department said. City resident Steven Nincic, 35, was killed in the incident, which is being investigated, police said. "Everybody started screaming, and we saw…

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  • From open sewage to high-tech hydrohub, Singapore leads water revolution

    By Alisa Tang SINGAPORE, August 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and toilets that emptied directly into streams. "In about a lifetime, we have transformed…

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  • U.N. states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

    The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September. After two weeks of final negotiations and several…

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  • Northern California wildfire grows, closes two highways

    A raging wildfire along northern California’s inland coastal range has now burned about 47,000 acres (18,615 hectares) and forced the closure of two highways, officials said on Sunday, while a blaze near the Oregon border also expanded a day after it killed a firefighter. The Rocky Fire in Lake…

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  • Thai Aphibarnrat secures dramatic victory

    Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in a dramatic final to win the Paul Lawrie Match Play title in Aberdeen, Scotland on Sunday. Aphibarnrat birdied the final hole to fend off an inspired fightback from Karlsson who won three holes in a row to send the pair…

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  • California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

    By Alex Dobuzinskis SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said. Experts have…

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  • Myanmar leader goes to disaster zones as floods batter countryside

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president headed to devastated rural regions where a state of emergency was declared after deadly monsoon rains displaced tens of thousands of people, flooded swathes of rice paddy and prompted fears of dams collapsing. Thein Sein was due to arrive…

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  • California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfires

    By Curtis Skinner and Victoria Cavaliere SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. The firefighter, David Ruhl of…

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  • Tribal Alaskans light on walrus meat getting tons of halibut

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - About 10,000 pounds (4.5 tonnes) of frozen halibut is being sent as food aid to four rural tribal Alaskan communities beset by a lean walrus hunting season caused by climate shifts, a representative for a group coordinating the distribution said. The fish…

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  • Aid rushed to Myanmar flood victims, as more heavy rains forecast

    By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities and relief workers in flood-hit Myanmar are rushing to provide aid to thousands of people after weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 21 people this month, aid agencies said. Seasonal rains since late June have inundated…

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  • Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee. The blaze, which has nearly doubled in size from late Thursday morning to scorch…

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  • Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding…

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  • California wildfire forces evacuation of more than 500 people

    (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco forced the evacuation of more than 500 people less than a day after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday. The blaze, named the Rocky Fire, is one of a string of wildfires threatening homes and…

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  • Drought-hit forests store less carbon dioxide than thought: researchers

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's forests are taking longer than expected to recover from increasingly frequent droughts, meaning their ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide is smaller than previously thought, Utah University researchers said on…

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  • Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

    By Gopal Sharma LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said. Heavy monsoon rains have also caused flooding and fatalities…

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  • Californians divided along party lines on combating climate change

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Californians link the state's ongoing catastrophic drought to climate change, and most support Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to combat it – but that's also because most Californians are Democrats, a new poll shows. The survey…

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  • Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday

    A searing heat wave forecast to sweep through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day holiday starting on Thursday and order regular power cuts at state institutions. The weekend in Iraq is Friday and Saturday. Summer temperatures normally reach up to the mid-40s Celsius and can cause…

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