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7.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Peru-Brazil Border, Says USGS

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck along Peru's border with Brazil on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

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Transport Disruption as Typhoon Batters Japan

A strong typhoon barrelled toward Japan's northern island Friday after churning over parts of western Japan already hit by deadly flooding last month, but while transport links were disrupted, injuries and damages were limited.

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European Wind Survey Satellite Launched from French Guyana

A new satellite that will use advanced laser technology to track global winds and improve weather forecasts has been successfully put into orbit, launch company Arianespace said.

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'Trash is Gold' as Benin Community Turns Waste into Biogas

Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas -- and cash. 

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Hurricane Lane Grows to Category 5 as It Heads toward Hawaii

Hurricane Lane has grown to a category 5 storm as it approaches Hawaii with potential for torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides, forecasters said.

As per the latest models, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said.

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Science Says: Hotter Weather Turbocharges US West Wildfires

As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames.

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Choking Hazard: Air Pollution Hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.

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Brace for Extra-Warm Weather through 2022

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.

The double whammy of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, they reported in Nature Communications.

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California Fire Threatens Retirement Community

One of the fires scorching California Sunday moved in on a retirement community, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people.

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Crews Battle Growing Wildfire near Homes in California

Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two weeks.

Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest.

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