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On 29 May a volcano on Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula has erupted for the fifth time since December.

The town of Grindavik, as well as the Blue Lagoon Spa Resort have been evacuated. Two of the three roads that connect Grindavik with the rest of Iceland have been buried under lava.

Scientists think that eruptions will continue for decades to some.

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The northern parts of Texas have been hit by rain and hail storms and as a result more than a million homes were left without electricity. In the area around Dallas authoroties expect power to be off for several days to come.

In Houston heavy thunderstorms are expected with wind gusts of more than 110 km/h.

Meteorologists suspect the weather conditions are a result of extreme warm and moist air across the central regions of the U.S.

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On 26 May, Bangladesh has evacuated almost 800,000 people as a hurricane approaches the country.

In the Kalapara region wind speeds of up to 135 km/h are expected. It is expected that the wind will be accompanied by heavy rain.

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Papua New Guinea

Landslides in Papua New Guinea on 24 May have caused more than 2000 deaths. The landslides have buried more than 1100 buildings.

Numerous victims are still missing and rescue efforts are hampered by the unstable conditions of the soil, as well as the remoteness of the affected area, which is some 600 km northwest from the capital of Port Moresby.

On 28 May it was reported that an important bridge collapsed, which makes access to the region even more difficult.

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Could mud buildings protect us against climate change? In Agadez, a desert city in Niger, people think they can. Locals have been building mud houses there for centuries. The isolating effect is stunning. When it's hot outside, inside its cool and vice versa.

Newer dwellings in the city have been built using concrete and there is a notable difference. The concrete buildings are hot during the day and get very cold at night. It is more expensive as well.

Local architects hope that people in Agadez will continue to prefer mud buildings over concrete ones.

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On these pages a different destination will be highlighted every week. Sometimes it's a tourist trap like one of the Spanish resorts; sometimes we will bring you detailed information on some more exotic places.

This week we will have a closer look at MalawiMalawi

Malawi is often billed as 'the warm heart of Africa' and that is not far from the truth. The country's scenery is varied and gorgeous, while the people are very friendly toward travelers. Malawi is particularly famous for its orchids: more than 400 species have been recorded.

Malawi has numerous national parks and game reserves, as well as mountainous areas where hiking and trekking is possible. Malawi's parks boast many large animals, but they are not the vast herds that one can sometimes see in other countries in the region.

Malawi is a compact country with a reasonably developed transportation network and it is quite easy to get around. Accommodation is relatively easy found.

Some of the most interesting sights include the capital of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Malawi's main highland areas of the Nyika and Viphya Plateaux and Lake Malawi, which straddles the country along most of its eastern side. In the Lake live more the 500 animal species; more than any other inland body of water in the world. Lake Malawi is excellent for diving, boating or swimming.

The best time to visit the country is during the dry season, from May to October/November. In October temperatures average 32C (90F), while July is the coolest month, with daily highs around 21C (70F). From mid-October to the end of April is the wet season.

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Global warming could doom hundreds of land plants and animals to extinction over the next 50 years by marooning them in harsh, changed surroundings, scientists warn.

A sweeping new analysis enlisting scientists from 14 laboratories around the globe found that more than one-third of 1103 native species they studied could vanish or plunge to near extinction by 2050 as climate change turns plains into deserts or alters forests.

Among the already threatened species that could go extinct are Australia's Boyd's forest dragon, Europe's azure-winged magpie and Mexico's Jico deer mouse.

The researchers concede there are many uncertainties in both climate forecasts and the computer models they used to forecast future extinctions. But they said their dire conclusions may well come to pass if industrial nations do not curtail emissions of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere.