State-of-the-art Himawari-8 weather satellite goes active

Jul 7, 2015

State-of-the-art Himawari-8 weather satellite goes active

The world’s first geostationary weather satellite capable of taking images in full color began regular operation Tuesday, with scientists hopeful it will help forecast typhoon movements and heavy rainfall. Japan’s Himawari-8, placed in a geostationary orbit about 36,000 km above the equator, can shoot ...

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 ...

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

Jun 30, 2015

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday. The so-called Sleepy Hollow fire has scorched an estimated 3,000 acres ...

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 ...

Heat wave kills 400 in Karachi; rain expected

Jun 23, 2015

Heat wave kills 400 in Karachi; rain expected

A devastating heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday, as paramilitaries set up emergency medical camps in the streets. The heat wave, which coincides with major power ...

Jun 19, 2015

Last month was the hottest May in modern history

Last month marked the hottest May in modern history, continuing a troubling trend of rising global temperatures, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. “This was the warmest May on record,” said Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Jun 16, 2015

Tornado unconfirmed after powerful gust causes damage, injury in Gunma

The Meteorological Agency will thoroughly investigate Monday’s sudden wind torrent that blazed through Gunma Prefecture, blowing away roofs of houses and shattering windows. Damage has been reported in Gunma cities including Isezaki and Maebashi. In Isezaki, at least two people in a car were ...