Flooding in the state of Queensland, Australia, that began in late December has killed at least 22 people, left thousands homeless, destroyed countless buildings and devastated highways and rail lines. Overall, the flooding has affected 70% of Queensland, an area the size of France and Germany combined. Photo: AP/Wideworld Flooding that began in late December has affected 70% of the northeastern state of Queensland. As of early February, residents were bracing for more coastal flooding, which was expected to accompany Cyclone Yasi, a Category 4 tropical storm that was forecast to hit the northern coast on Feb. 3. Queensland has
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.