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After a long gap, scientists in Nepal have embarked on the first field studies of Himalayan glacial lakes, some of which are feared to be swelling dangerously due to global warming.

2009-06-23

 Himalaya glacier lake global warming flood Nepal
Research has revealed details of the catastrophic Zanclean flood that refilled the Mediterranean Sea more than five million years ago. The flood occurred when Atlantic waters found their way into the cut-off and desiccated Mediterranean basin. The researchers say that a 200km channel across the Gibraltar strait was carved out by the floodwaters. Their findings, published in Nature, show that the resulting flood could have filled the basin...

2009-12-09

 Mediterranean sea ocean flood geology
Authorities in Peru have ordered the airlift of nearly 2,000 tourists stranded by heavy rains in the country's top attraction, Machu Picchu. Days of heavy rains triggered up to 40 landslides, one of which blocked the railway connecting the Inca ruins with the city of Cuzco...

2010-01-26

 Peru Machu Picchu rain flood train
Police in Peru say they have airlifted the last of the tourists stranded near the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu after floods destroyed road and rail links. Nearly 1,300 travellers were flown out by helicopters on Friday, a local policeman told the Associated Press. A total of nearly 4,000 tourists and local residents have now left the area following last Sunday's heavy flooding. The Machu Picchu site, which attracts more than 400,000...

2010-01-30

 Machu Picchu Peru flood helicopter tourism
At least 32 people have been killed in floods and mudslides after torrential rains hit the Portuguese island of Madeira, local authorities say.

2010-02-20

 flood Madeira Portugal
A tiny island claimed for years by India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared beneath the rising seas, scientists in India say.

2010-03-24

 Bangladesh island flood ocean global warming
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is going to govern temporarily from a tent so that families made homeless by recent floods can take refuge in his office.

2010-12-11

 Hugo Chavez Venezuela flood populism tent Libya
The local farmers call it a flood; an inundation that happens every 50 years. Others believe it to be an act of God, an inevitability. It isn't water flooding the precious farmland in north-eastern India, but rats. A once in a generation, gigantic plague of rats, that ruins crops and leaves people starving. A rat army so big, so mythical, that until now some scientists did not believe it was real...

2010-11-19

 rat India flood overpopulation Burma Myanmar plague pest