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  • NEW DELHI, Jan 13- India's cabinet has cleared the launch of the country's first major crop damage insurance scheme from the next fiscal year, a move that would further strain government finances but help Prime Minister Narendra Modi to woo rural voters ahead of key elections. Modi is trying to placate rural voters after the impact of unseasonal rains and two...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 12- Indonesian energy company Lapindo Brantas plans to resume drilling for gas near the site of a mud volcano, its CEO said, referring to a disaster that some scientists say it helped to create around 10 years ago. The Sidoarjo mud volcano, which started erupting in May 2006 near Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya, inundated 12 villages and...

  • Azeri oil disaster an open wound for survivors Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 | 2:00 AM ET

    BAKU, Jan 12- For the survivors of a lifeboat which hung between a blazing oil rig and 10- metre waves on a wind-lashed sea, the horror lives on while the search for the comrades they saw die is not complete. A fire still burns from the worst ever accident in Azerbaijan's oil industry. An enquiry continues on the Dec. 4 disaster which took around 30 lives when a 27- hour...

  • Relief for BHP in Brazil dam disaster probe Friday, 8 Jan 2016 | 5:50 AM ET

    A smaller amount of mining waste was released during the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil than previously thought, BHP Billiton has said.

  • El Nino rains down on business Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 2:15 PM ET
    El Nino rains down on business

    The first wave of El Nino storms hit California this week. Roofers are booked solid with repairs, and Californians are flooding insurers with requests for flood insurance. Jane Wells discovered that when it rains, it pours, in more ways than one.

  • NOAA says 2015 was U.S.' second hottest year on record Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 1:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 7- Last year was the second hottest on record in the contiguous United States, and included 10 major weather and climate events, such as droughts and storms, that each led to over $1 billion in damages, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday. Much warmer than average annual temperatures were recorded across the West,...

  • Flooding hits California: Here are the winners Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 11:10 AM ET
    Vehicles drive on the flooded 5 freeway after an El Nino-strengthened storm brought rain to Los Angeles, California, United States, January 6, 2016.

    Homeowners and renters up and down California are signing up for flood insurance for the first time as severe weather hits the state.

  • *Millions face hunger as drought scorches parts of Africa. The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern and follows dry spells last year that affected countries from Zimbabwe to Malawi. Aid agency Oxfam has said 10 million people, mostly in Africa, face hunger because of...

  • LONDON, Jan 6- Extreme weather in the United States during the last 10 days of December could bring insured losses for the month to more than $2 billion, reinsurance broker Aon Benfield said on Wednesday. At least 64 people were killed in the United States as a result of tornadoes, flooding, snowfall, hail and winds during that period, Aon Benfield said in its monthly...

  • Magnitude-4.5 earthquake shakes Los Angeles Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | 10:00 AM ET
    Magnitude-4.5 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

    An earthquake occurred 85 miles east of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 6- South Africa may need to import as much as 5 million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of its requirements, because of its worst drought in three decades, the country's largest producer group said on Wednesday. That would raise practical problems of who can supply the required commodity and whether South Africa is able to handle such a...

  • Large earthquake reported in North Korea Tuesday, 5 Jan 2016 | 9:15 PM ET
    Large earthquake reported in North Korea

    There are reports of an earthquake 49km from a North Korean nuclear site, while South Korea said it was watching for suspicious activity along the border.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 4- Insurers paid out around $27 billion for natural disaster claims last year with weather causing 94 percent of incidents, underscoring the challenge posed by climate change, data from reinsurer Munich Re showed on Monday. Munich Re said floods in the UK and Scandinavia from storm "Desmond" early last month may cause about 700 million euros in...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 4- Insurance claims from natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes fell to $27 billion in 2015 as the overall cost of natural catastrophes dropped to its lowest level since 2009, reinsurer Munich Re said on Monday. Insurance claims totalled $31 billion in 2014 and were also below the 10- year average of $56 billion, Munich Re said.

  • Strong earthquake hits northeast India Monday, 4 Jan 2016 | 5:07 AM ET
    Strong earthquake hits northeast India

    A powerful 6.7 magnitude quake hit the remote northeastern region of India killing at least eight people and injuring fifty, reports CNBC's Wilfred Frost.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 31- Within hours of a deadly mining spill in November that would become Brazil's worst environmental disaster, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie was in front of a camera offering his sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, his counterpart at joint venture partner Vale SA, Murilo Ferreira, took nearly a week after the mine wastewater flood...

  • Record flooding in US Midwest Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Record flooding in US Midwest

    The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for 12 million Americans living in the Midwest.

  • Midwest braces for more flooding as rivers rise Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 6:02 AM ET
    A house is under water on the banks of the Pea River in Elba, Alabama, December 26, 2015. Alabama has been hit with storms and heavy rain since Wednesday, and the Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around the region for Friday.

    Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding as rain-swollen rivers left thousands of people displaced from their homes.

  • Record flooding hits US Midwest, threatens South Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 4:10 AM ET
    A gas station in Missouri is submerged by flooding

    Swollen rivers in the U.S. Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday.

  • The Environment Agency said Britain had faced an extraordinary period of severe weather and flooding in December, with consultants PwC warning that the latest deluge from Storm Frank could take total losses above 3 billion pounds. Further heavy rain was predicted to fall throughout Wednesday as the latest storm swept across northern England, Scotland and...