Nov 23, 2014

Series of storms raises hopes in California's drought

Hours of steady rain Saturday from Northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state is moving out of its driest three years in history — while still deeply locked in drought. After the past week’s three back-to-back winter storms, ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...

Sep 19, 2014

Arson arrest over raging California wildfire

U.S. police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of starting a wildfire that doubled in size overnight and is threatening over 2,000 homes in northern California, officials said Thursday. Some 2,800 people have evacuated their homes in the face of the raging king fire, ...

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Aug 25, 2014

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how much he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new front yard in Long Beach, California, carpeted with ...

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Aug 14, 2014

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Brazil’s biggest city is running out of water and options. The worst drought to hit the Sao Paulo region in 84 years is forcing local authorities for the second time in a year to put water pumps below the gates of the main reservoir, ...

Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

Jul 31, 2014

Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

A fire raging in California’s Yosemite National Park advanced Wednesday, threatening a grove of famous giant sequoia trees. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 3,545 acres (1,234 hectares) of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for ...

World still warming: climate report

Jul 18, 2014

World still warming: climate report

The world is getting warmer as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday. The annual State of the Climate report 2013 is a review of scientific data and ...

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

May 25, 2014

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

Researchers are working on fighting out-of-control bush fires with explosives, likening the process of using the sound wave produced by a blast to blowing out a candle. Graham Doig of Sydney’s University of New South Wales has been examining how blasts can extinguish fires, ...