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A third of tropical African plants face extinction

A third of tropical African plants face extinction

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A third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, according to a new assessment.Much of western Africa, Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, standing to lose more than 40% of their richness of plants. Species at risk include trees, shrubs, herbs and woody vines.Threats include deforestation, population growth and climate change, the scientists said."Biodiversity provides countless benefits to humans and losing diversity jeopardises our future," said lead researcher Dr Thomas Couvreur of the French National Institute for Sustainable Development. Loss of biodiversity will be particularly problematic in tropical Africa, "a region of incredible diversity...
Tropical Storm Lorenzo expected to strengthen into major hurricane

Tropical Storm Lorenzo expected to strengthen into major hurricane

World
Sept. 23 -- facebook twitter Email linkedin pinterest reddit tumblr Linkhttps://intranet2.upi.com/wdb/cms2019/stories.php?storyid=7671569262394&st_year=2019&story_only=1&jwsource=cl A batch of thunderstorms AccuWeather meteorologists have been tracking since they formed over Africa became Tropical Storm Lorenzo early Monday and is likely to become the next hurricane of the 2019 season. The feature was dubbed Tropical Depression 13 Sunday night. Lorenzo joins Jerry and Karen in the Atlantic basin. There is now a trio of active tropical cyclones spinning in the basin at the same time, and the latest addition is intensifying quickly. This image, taken on Monday midday, Sept. 23, 2019, shows Tropical Storm Lorenzo just west of the coast of Africa. Image courtesy ...
Tropical Storm Lorena will target Mexico with torrential rainfall into this weekend

Tropical Storm Lorena will target Mexico with torrential rainfall into this weekend

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Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A tropical storm that developed in the East Pacific Ocean on Tuesday will track near the western coastline of Mexico in the coming days. Tropical Storm Lorena is currently 185 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is forecast to track northwestward in the coming days. As of 10 p.m. CDT, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving at a speed of 15 mph to the northwest. The Mexican government has issued a tropical storm warning from the city of Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes. Locations near the coast in the states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco will endure the bouts of heaviest rainfall in the coming day. Multiple days of heavy rainfall will raise the risk of flooding and mudslides in these communities and may also result in travel disrup...
Tropical storm warning issued in Bahamas as potential storm develops

Tropical storm warning issued in Bahamas as potential storm develops

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Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Forecasters on Thursday continued to keep a close eye on Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, a cluster of showers and thunderstorms slowly organizing over the Bahamas. While the tropical disturbance could strengthen and move over the eastern waters of the Gulf of Mexico, new information suggests it could also become more organized late this week and perhaps turn northward along the United States Atlantic coast early next week. The disturbance, originally dubbed 95L, became Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Thursday afternoon and follows Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which slammed the northern Bahamas last week. If this system were to become a tropical storm, it would be called Humberto. A potential tropical cyclone means that it is expected to bring tropical storm or hurri...

Hurricane Barbara weakens to tropical storm in open Pacific

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Hurricane Barbara weakened into a tropical storm in the open Pacific Ocean far east of Hawaii on Friday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Barbara's maximum sustained winds decreased to 60 mph (195kph) after reaching powerful Category 4 strength earlier this week. The storm's center was located about 1,330 miles (2,145 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii on Friday. The hurricane center forecast Barbara to degenerate further and likely become a remnant low system Saturday as it heads in the general direction of the islands.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International