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Month: October 2017

California fires: At least 10 dead as 20,000 flee flames whipped up by strong winds

Raging wildfires in California's wine country have claimed at least 10 lives and forced thousands to flee, authorities said on Monday. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through the region, destroying at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sending an estimated 20,000 people on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames.  At least 10 people died and two were seriously injured in the blazes that started on Sunday, fire officials said. The flames were burning "at explosive rates" because of 50 mph winds, said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry...

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Israel shells Gaza after failed rocket attack: army

An Israeli tank has shelled a post of the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza after Palestinians attempted to fire a rocket into Israel, its army said. The rocket, initially believed to have hit southern Israel late Sunday, fell inside the Gaza Strip but had been intended for the Jewish state, it said in a statement. “As the rocket fire endangered Israeli citizens and violated Israeli sovereignty, a tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas observation point in the southern Gaza Strip,” the English-language statement said. Source...

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How high is air pollution in your city and how does it compare to the most polluted cities in the world?

Pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV, according to warnings by the World Health Organisation.  According to its recent report, one in four deaths among children aged under five are now due to environmental hazards such as air pollution and contaminated water. Previously this year, air pollution levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for a brief period – with the UK capital's pollutants frequently breaking UK limits.  Now, the UK Government plans to tackle such dangers by banning diesel and petrol cars by 2040. But how bad is air pollution in other areas...

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