News The Latest: Weather officials: 3 twisters hit North Texas• A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in the rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. (Jessica Pounds/Cleburne Times-Review via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest (all times local):10:35 p.m.The National Weather Service now says it was three tornadoes that hit North Texas.It says two of the twisters struck early Tuesday in a rural area near Joshua, destroying at least two mobile homes and severely damaging several others. A mother and her disabled daughter were injured when one tornado demolished their mobile home.The third tornado struck a short time later in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. No injuries were reported there.The weather service says all three tornadoes were weak EF0 ones with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).After the tornadoes came the rain. Up to 4½ inches of it fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 8 p.m. Tuesday, causing some flooding._5:25 p.m.Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in a rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto.At least two people were injured.The National Weather Service said they were EF0 tornadoes with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).The most damage was caused by the storm that struck mobile homes early Tuesday just outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth. James Woolard, fire chief from nearby Godley, told the Cleburne Times-Review that a mobile home „was completely ripped apart” and neighbors had to dig a mother and her disabled daughter from the wreckage. Both were taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment of their injuries.A short time later, the storm hit the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto, damaging the homes’ roofs.The storms occurred in advance of a strong cold front that threatened to bring wintry precipitation and freezing temperatures to parts of North Texas._2 p.m.A storm system that’s brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains is being blamed for a Nebraska traffic crash that left four people dead along with fatal crashes in Kansas and Minnesota.The accidents happened as a storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states.In eastern Nebraska, authorities blamed speed and slippery pavement for a Tuesday morning collision between a pickup truck and semitrailer that killed four people on Interstate 80. Police say the three men and one woman killed were from Colorado. Roads were snowy and icy.The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured late Monday in a collision on an icy highway.In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents._11:40 a.m.A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories Tuesday for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents. As much as a half-foot of snow is expected in some areas. Arkansas weather service forecasters say some areas could see 8 inches or more of rain this week.Schools in Missouri and Wisconsin canceled classes or delayed start times Tuesday. High water closed roads in Michigan._This story has been corrected to reflect that Nebraska is not under a winter weather advisory.
17 killed in garbage dump collapse in MozambiqueCHRISTOPHER TORCHIA • Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of the mound garbage. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search was underway. The garbage in the poor, densely populated area where the disaster happened rose to the height of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa.Lusa and Radio Mocambique both reported 17 deaths. Half a dozen homes were destroyed and some residents in the area fled for fear of another collapse.”The mountains of garbage collapsed on the houses and many families were still inside these residences,” Fatima Belchior, a national disaster official, told Lusa. Authorities are trying to help people who lost their homes, she said.The Hulene garbage dump is the largest such facility in Maputo. People often comb through the garbage, searching for food and items to sell.Health workers have long raised concerns about the impact of the fumes, flies and other hazards of the dump on the surrounding community. Municipal officials have previously discussed the closure of the dump.__This story corrects the spelling of name in paragraph 4 to Belchior.
U.S.The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end• \This Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, photo taken by the Bishop California Highway Patrol and released by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office shows smoke rising from wildfires near Bishop, Calif. A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said. (Bishop California Highway Patrol via AP)BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local):3:35 p.m.Related SearchesCalifornia WildfiresCalifornia FiresMost of the mandatory evacuations for a rural California area threatened by a wildfire have been lifted.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly says officials are allowing people to return home Monday.But she says the blaze near the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada is still burning and people need to stay vigilant.Mattingly says five Inyo County roads and the Pleasant Valley Campground are still closed.Several communities and campgrounds had been ordered to evacuate after the fire broke out Sunday. Officials say at least 500 structures were threatened, including a railroad station built in the 1880s.Fire crew made some gains Monday, reaching containment of 15 percent._1:55 p.m.Officials say they’ve made some gains against a wind-driven wildfire in rural central California that’s threatening hundreds of buildings.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire burning north of the town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada is 15 percent contained.It has scorched 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers).The agency said earlier Monday that 4 square miles (11 square kilometers) of chaparral bush and shrub oak had burned. It says the size changed after more accurate mapping by firefighters.Several communities and campgrounds were ordered to evacuate after the fire broke out Sunday. Officials say at least 500 structures were threatened, including a railroad station built in the 1880s._9:38 a.m.Fire officials say a wind-driven wildfire in Southern California tripled in size overnight and is threatening hundreds of structures, including a historic railroad station.Cal Fire spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly says that as of Monday morning the blaze burning through chaparral bush and shrub oak has scorched 4 square miles (11 square kilometers) north of Bishop in Inyo County.Inyo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carma Roper says mandatory evacuation remain in place for several communities and campgrounds.Roper says it’s not clear how many people had to evacuate after the blaze started Sunday but Mattingly says at least 500 structures are being threatened, including a railroad station built in the 1880s.Mattingly says the fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday near the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and Highway 395 and quickly grew to 900 acres.
FILE PHOTO: Uninhabitable apartments, in danger of collapsing into the Pacific Ocean, line Esplanade Ave. in Pacifica
FILE PHOTO: Uninhabitable apartments, in danger of collapsing into the Pacific Ocean, line Esplanade Ave. in Pacifica, CaliforniaJanuary 26, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger/File Photo By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday.Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications.Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.By 2300, the report projected that sea levels would gain by 0.7-1.2 meters, even if almost 200 nations fully meet goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in the second half of this century.Ocean levels will rise inexorably because heat-trapping industrial gases already emitted will linger in the atmosphere, melting more ice, it said. In addition, water naturally expands as it warms above four degrees Celsius (39.2°F).The report also found that every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions would mean an extra 20 centimeters (8 inches) of sea level rise by 2300.”Sea level is often communicated as a really slow process that you can’t do much about … but the next 30 years really matter,” lead author Matthias Mengel, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told Reuters.Governments are not on track to meet the Paris pledges. Global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels, rose last year after a three-year plateau.And U.S. President Donald Trump, who doubts that human activities are the prime cause of warming, plans to quit the Paris deal and instead promote U.S. coal, oil and natural gas.Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, who chairs the 44-member Alliance of Small Island States, said Tuesday’s findings showed a need for faster action to cut emissions, especially by rich nations.”Unfortunately, the study confirms what small island nations have been saying for years: decades of procrastination on climate change have brought many of us to the brink of inundation,” he told Reuters.Professor John Church, of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, who was not involved in the study, said 100 million people now live within one meter of the high tide mark.”More people are moving to live within the coastal zone, increasing the vulnerable population and infrastructure,” he said in a statement. „Adaptation to sea level rise will be essential.”
(Reporting by Alister Doyle; Editing by Catherine Evans)
More lives and property will be threatened if enough rain pours down and triggers lahars, the volcanic version of a mudslide, down the slopes of Mount Sinabung.The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre raised the alert level for aviation to red following the eruption, warning airplanes to avoid the area surrounding Mount Sinabung.The alert was later terminated once the volcanic ash had dispersed and air travel was deemed safe.Aside from ash cleanup operations around the volcano, the National Disaster Management Agency reports that daily activities resumed back to normal later on Monday.”People are accustomed to seeing the eruption of Mount Sinabung.”After being dormant for four centuries, Mount Sinabung came to life in 2010 and killed two people, according to the Associated Press. Two other deadly eruptions followed in 2014 and 2016.
The French government announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their sheep
The French government announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their sheep (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG)Paris (AFP) – The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks.A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023.Related SearchesWolf PackNevada Wolf PackBaby WolfWolf HowlingHunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy — currently home to around 2,000 wolves — before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.The regeneration of the population in France has led to tensions between the government and farmers in the Alps and Pyrenees mountains who complain that attacks on their livestock cause major financial losses.In a bid to respond to that anger, hunters will be allowed to kill 10 percent of the population every year, which can be raised to 12 percent if attacks are more frequent than usual.”We place trust in all of the stakeholders and local lawmakers to calm the debate and enable a co-existence over the long-term,” Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot wrote in a foreword to the report.Hulot, a celebrity environmentalist, spoke recently of how wolf culling „makes me sick to the stomach” but he accepted it was a necessary measure to take farmers’ concerns into account.Hundreds of sheep were let loose on the streets of the city of Lyon last November in one of a number of protests against the wolf, which has protected status.- Wolves on the move -The 100-page wolf strategy will also enable livestock owners to apply for state funds to shield their animals, but it will make compensation contingent on them installing fencing and taking other protective measures.Wolves eat between 2-4 kilogrammes (4.4-8.8 pounds) of meat a day on average and the predators have been blamed for an explosion in the number of attacks on livestock in mountainous areas.A total of 10,000 sheep were killed in the Alps region in 2016, according to official figures from the regional government, but the wolf is also known to feast on deer, wild boar or even domestic animals.
Damages paid out to farmers from the state for livestock killed by wolves rose to 3.2 million euros ($4 million) in 2016, up 60 percent compared with 2013.Scientists say that killing 10-12 percent of the total wolf population every year will not harm the animal’s reproduction ability, but environmentalists expressed anger at the authorised killings.A coalition of groups including the World Wildlife Fund and France Nature Environnement criticised a „lack of political courage” to stand up to farming lobbies.Jean-Marc Landry, a wolf specialist, said one of the problems for the government was that wolves were highly mobile and quick to move into new areas beyond the Alps.He said they had already been sighted in the Massif Central area in the middle of the country where France’s biggest sheep breeders are based.”The question is not whether we want the wolf or not — it’s here,” he told AFP. „We need to think about a third way, to find ways of co-existing.”