Jul 27, 2015

Fatal plane crash leaves Chofu residents fearful

Sunday’s fatal plane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, has incited fears among residents of the normally quiet neighborhood that they might be involved in a similar accident in the future. The accident, in which a light plane slammed into a residential area, left three ...

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 2, 2015

Second death in Taiwan water park disaster

A second young victim died Thursday after being engulfed by a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan “color party” at which plumes of decorative powder ignited. Student Liu Chih-wei, 19, suffered burns to almost his entire body in the disaster, which ...

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 ...