Jul 26, 2015

Typhoon Halola pummels Kyushu, expected to weaken Monday

A strong typhoon made landfall on Kyushu on Sunday after high winds and heavy rain left scores of domestic flights canceled in the nation’s southwestern islands. Typhoon Halola, packing gusts up to 108 km per hour, landed near Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, at around 7:00 ...

Strong typhoon draws bead on Okinawa

Jul 24, 2015

Strong typhoon draws bead on Okinawa

Powerful Typhoon Halola may move close to Okinawa and the Amami area of Kagoshima Prefecture from Friday night to early Saturday, and the Meteorologcal Agency warns of strong winds and high waves. The typhoon is expected to particularly batter Okinawa’s Daitojima area on Friday ...

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 ...

Wary of climate change, Vanuatu villagers seek higher ground

Jul 12, 2015

Wary of climate change, Vanuatu villagers seek higher ground

Many people living in this coastal village in Vanuatu believe the March cyclone that sent waves surging through their homes was the latest and most dramatic sign of climate change. They are now considering rebuilding their entire community on higher ground. Cyclone Pam struck ...

Jul 12, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 damaged by battery heat, won't fly again this month

The Solar Impulse 2 has been grounded by damaged batteries for at least a few weeks after completing its record-breaking five-day journey from Nagoya to Hawaii. The plane’s team says the batteries were over-insulated and became overheated on day one of the Japan-Hawaii leg. ...

Typhoon grounds domestic flights in South Korea

Jul 12, 2015

Typhoon grounds domestic flights in South Korea

Domestic flights were canceled Sunday in South Korea as Typhoon Chan-hom brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to southwestern provinces. The storm grounded 60 domestic flights linking Seoul with the southwestern coastal city of Yeosu and the southern resort island of Jeju, airport authorities ...

China evacuates over 865,000 as powerful typhoon nears

Jul 11, 2015

China evacuates over 865,000 as powerful typhoon nears

Typhoon Chan-hom barrelled toward eastern China near Shanghai on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of more than 865,000 people after lashing Okinawa and Taiwan. The storm could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang province, which borders Shanghai to the south, for the ...

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 ...