Jul 17, 2015

Earth called 'gravely ill' after annual climate checkup

In their detailed annual physical of Earth’s climate, U.S. scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and rising water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Meteorological Society’s annual state of the climate report, released Thursday, delves into the details ...

Jul 10, 2015

Spanish wildfires burn more than 15,000 hectares

Forest blazes in Spain have ravaged more than 15,000 hectares this week as the country chokes in a record heat wave at the start of its wildfire season, officials said Thursday. At least 10 major blazes have broken out around the country as temperatures ...

Jul 9, 2015

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday. “The situation is urgent. But if we act now — by providing urgently needed expertise and pre-positioning ...

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Jul 3, 2015

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday. The Compact of States and Regions, launched last ...

Jun 25, 2015

Weather patterns that bring heat becoming more frequent

Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heat waves that go beyond global warming, a new U.S. study finds. A team of climate scientists at Stanford University in California looked ...

Jun 25, 2015

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee ...

Jun 22, 2015

Year's first typhoon set to hit China's Hainan Island

The first typhoon of the year to hit China was expected to make landfall on or near the southern island of Hainan on Monday, which should help ease a severe drought on the tourist center and rubber producer, the official Xinhua News Agency said. ...

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Jun 19, 2015

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Production in North Korea’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency says, leading to food shortages. U.N. representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on June 10 and found that the ...