Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

DIGEST; 4 Crew Dead, 7 Missing, 13 Rescued after Cargo Ship Sinks in North Sea Following Collision

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

DIGEST; 4 Crew Dead, 7 Missing, 13 Rescued after Cargo Ship Sinks in North Sea Following Collision

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Arctic breaks records for melting

A fast-changing Arctic broke records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as the extent of the summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, federal scientists reported Wednesday.

The latest report about the melting Arctic comes as frustrations flared in Doha, Qatar, over the slow progress at U.N. climate talks to reach a global agreement on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The buildup of these gases is elevating average global temperatures, with the most pronounced changes in the northernmost latitudes.

Speaking at the fall meeting of American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, scientists announced the annual update of the Arctic Report Card.

Tornado kills 3 in New Zealand A rare tornado has killed three people in New Zealand, and forecasters say the same storm could generate more twisters.

The small tornado hit at about noon today in Hobsonville, a western suburb of New Zealands largest city, Auckland. The storm uprooted trees, damaged buildings and caused flooding that closed roads.

The New Zealand Herald reported two of the deaths occurred when a slab of concrete fell on a truck.

Typhoon toll hits at least 325 Officials say the death toll in a powerful typhoon that lashed the southern Philippines has risen to at least 325 as rescuers search through mud and debris for another 379 people missing.

The Office of Civil Defense reported today that more bodies had been retrieved from the hardest-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, as well as six other provinces.

At least 184 of the victims died in Compostela Valley when Typhoon Bopha struck Tuesday. That includes 78 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp.

Strike called in Tunisia Tunisias main labor union called on Wednesday for a nationwide strike next week, a move likely to exacerbate tension with the Islamist-led government. …

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