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Early 2007 Saw Record-Breaking Extreme Weather
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The world experienced a series of record-breaking weather events in early 2007, from flooding in Asia to heatwaves in Europe and snowfall in South Africa, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday.
Gulf of Mexico Plagued By Record
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Researchers have found 9,650 square miles of "dead zones," or oxygen-depleted water, in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, the biggest area since tracking of the annual phenomenon began.
Flooded China Warns of Heat, Drought - And Snow?
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China, where more than 700 people have been killed in floods so far this summer, has now warned of the dangers of heatstroke and drought and said lightning killed a record 141 people last month.
Drought Hits 1.2 Million in Central China
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More than 1.2 million people in the central Chinese province of Hunan are facing a "water crisis" after four weeks of drought and high temperatures, which are also straining power generating capacity, state media said on Tuesday.
S.Asia Floods Leave Hundreds of Thousands Stranded
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Flooding caused by monsoon rains have stranded hundreds of thousands people in Bangladesh and India, and a lack of boats, food and drinking water has hit rescue and relief work, officials said on Tuesday.
Environmental Hazards Kill 4 Mln Kids A Year
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Four million children under the age of five die every year due to environmental hazards including polluted air or water, or exposure to chemicals, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
Fires Devour Forests, Homes In Southeast Europe
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Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers on Thursday fought over 200 blazes across Greece that have killed two people and burnt down dozens of homes as southeast Europe scorches in a week-old heatwave.
Britain Faces More Rain As Floods Death Toll Rises
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Hundreds of thousands of Britons hit by the worst flooding in 60 years faced further misery on Thursday as forecasters predicted more rain in the areas most badly affected.
Magnitude 6.2 Quake Strikes Northern Argentina
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck northern Argentina on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said.
Southeast Europe Sizzles
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Temperatures across central and southwest Europe threatened to top 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) on Saturday in a heat wave that has killed nine people in Romania and caused havoc from Hungary to Greece.