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Climate change risk threatens 18 U.S. military sites: study

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WASHINGTON Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Nepal quake survivors struggle with debt, raising trafficking fears

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Nepalis who had borrowed money to rebuild their lives after two earthquakes left them homeless are at risk of being trafficked or duped into selling their kidneys to pay off their debts, an international development organization said.

World, Jul 26 2016

Wildfires rage across Southwest, forcing home evacuations

Several destructive wildfires were raging across the Southwestern United States on Saturday, after consuming dozens of homes and forcing evacuations.

U.S., Environment, Jul 16 2016

Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards

TOKYO A former senior official of Japan's atomic watchdog has lashed out publicly at the agency's response to his concerns over the assessment of earthquake risks to nuclear plants, adding to a controversy over safety five years after the Fukushima disaster.

Environment, Japan Jul 15 2016

Potential earthquake in Bangladesh could jeopardize millions, research says

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A potentially giant earthquake may be building up beneath Bangladesh and eastern India and could endanger as many as 140 million people, a study said on Monday.

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes Ecuador's northwest coast, no deaths reported

QUITO A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck Ecuador's northwest coast on Sunday, in the region of April's deadly quake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. | Video

World, Jul 11 2016

Sinopec says more than 500 gas stations damaged by floods

BEIJING Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest oil refiner, said on Monday that more than 500 of its gas stations have been damaged and some refinery equipment temporarily shut due to severe flooding across central and southern China in the past two weeks.

Nearly half a million leave home as storm left by super typhoon Nepartak hits China

SHANGHAI The remains of super typhoon Nepartak made landfall in China's eastern Fujian province on Saturday, bringing high winds and heavy rain, and forcing the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people. | Video

World, Environment, China, Jul 09 2016

Super typhoon hits Taiwan, cutting power and transport

TAIPEI Super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan on Friday, driving thousands of people from their homes, disrupting power supplies and grounding more than 600 flights, authorities said. | Video

Environment, World, Jul 09 2016

Taiwan, China batten down hatches as super typhoon approaches

TAIPEI/BEIJING Taiwan and China began battening down the hatches on Thursday ahead of the arrival of super Typhoon Nepartak, the first of the year, with fears in China that storm could worsen already severe flooding in the east of the country.

Environment, World, China, Jul 08 2016

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.