New York,  From deforestation to soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and its use by consumers, is “tremendously destructive” for the environment, although control measures can help curb its negative environmental effects, including the damaging impact of climate change, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog – formally known as the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC - has told UN News. more
Japan: Typhoon Jebi kills at least 9, leaves a trail of destruction

Tokyo: A powerful typhoon, Jebi, has killed at least nine people in Japan, while leaving behind a trail of destruction, reports said on Wednesday.

China: M5.5 earthquake hits Xinjiang, no casualty

Beijing: An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday.

Iran: Magnitude 6 earthquake kills at least 2, injures over 300

Tehran: A magnitude 6 earthquake killed at least two people, after it struck Iran on Sunday, reports said.

7.3M earthquake hits Venezuela, no casualty

Caracas: An earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit Venezuela's northeast coast on Wednesday, US Geological Survey (USGS)   said.

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

New York, An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of sm ...

6.4 earthquake hits Alaska, no casualty

Washington: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit a remote part of Alaska on Sunday, as per US Geological Survey.

Indonesia: Fresh 6.2M quake strikes Lombok, triggers panic

Jakarta: A new earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude in the Richter Scale struck Indonesia's Lombok region on Thursday afternoon, triggering panic.

Indonesia: Psychological impact on earthquake survivors turns villages into ‘ghost towns’

New York: Following the magnitude 7 earthquake which rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok at the weekend, more than 130 aftershocks have been felt with some villages being turned into & ...

Entire New South Wales now drought affected: Government

Sydney: The entire state of New South Wales in Australia is affected by drought, its government has said on Wednesday.