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Flooding in England, bushfires in Australia, high temperatures in eastern NZ and now flooding in Singapore, supposedly a once in 50 year event has all taken place in the last 48 hours.

The big clean—up is underway in many areas across Singapore which were flooded due to the heavy rainfall.


Britain's worst flood in 1000yrs "of biblical proportions"

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COCKERMOUTH, England - Raging floods engulfed northern England's picturesque Lake District yesterday following the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain, killing a police officer and trapping dozens in their swamped homes.

Military helicopters winched dozens of people to safety and emergency workers in bright orange inflatable boats rescued scores more after an unprecedented deluge.


Aussie heat wave sparks 100 bushfires

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NSW officials are hoping to avoid catastrophe with state-wide fire bans. Photo / Getty ImagesUp to 100 fires are burning across NSW as a large swathe of the state begins a day of total fire bans.

Record-breaking hot temperatures, storms and wild winds on Friday sparked and fuelled a series of bushfires, mostly in remote and inaccessible terrain in the Blue Mountains, the Hawksbury region and the state's northeast.


Ice traps tourists

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More than 100 penguin-loving tourists are trapped by ice off Antarctica aboard a Russian ice-breaker cruise ship.


Is it too late to halt global warming?

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U/S. President Barack Obama and leaders from the rest of the world's top economic powers acknowledged Monday NZT that there is no hope of a major breakthrough over climate change by the end of the year.

Are world leaders taking climate change seriously?


'Significant' water found on moon: NASA

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NASA has discovered water on our moon, opening "a new chapter" that could allow for the development of a lunar space station.

The discovery was announced by project scientist Anthony Colaprete at a midday news conference on Saturday NZT.

"I'm here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn't find just a little bit; we found a significant amount" -- about a dozen, two-gallon bucketfuls, he said, holding up several white plastic containers.


Former hurricane slams eastern USA

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Governors in three Eastern Seaboard states have called on National Guard troops to help evacuate people from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida.

Strong winds and rain from the powerful storm have left thousands without power across the eastern United States, reports CNN.


Landslide kills 20 in Tanzania

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Four days of heavy rains triggered a landslide that killed 12 children and eight adults near Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, authorities said Friday.


NASA finds 'significant' water on the moon

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NASA calls discovery of water on the moon "a new chapter."


Global warming: Regions at risk

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Bangladesh People living in the flood-prone delta nation are feeling the full force of climate change. Frequent flooding wipes out crops, spreads disease and destroys homes.

Sudan Rising temperatures are causing the Sahara Desert to expand, eating into the farmland on the edge of the wastelands and causing immense pressure for food.