Apr 19, 2014

Forecasters issue alert on El Nino

by Seth Borenstein

U.S. federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. The warming, called an El Nino, can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops. Australia and South ...

Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

Apr 12, 2014

Cyclone batters Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast

A tropical cyclone battered Australia’s Barrier Reef coast Saturday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south toward major tourist resorts. Tens of thousands of people hunkered down overnight as strong gales and ...

Sahara dust brings smog to Britain

Apr 3, 2014

Sahara dust brings smog to Britain

European pollution and dust swirling in from the Sahara created a “perfect storm” of smog in Britain on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn people with heart or lung conditions to cut down on tough physical exercise outdoors. Air pollution in some areas reached the ...

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Mar 28, 2014

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public Thursday for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected criticism of the early disaster response. At least 25 people are ...

U.S. mudslide fatalities to rise substantially

Mar 28, 2014

U.S. mudslide fatalities to rise substantially

Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and a perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris from the mudslide that laid waste to a town in Washington state and killed at ...

U.S. mudslide victims 'knew of risk'

Mar 26, 2014

U.S. mudslide victims 'knew of risk'

A scientist working for the government issued a warning 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the northwestern U.S. fishing village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 16 people and left scores missing. ...

Gains in U.S. jobs despite harsh weather lift hopes

Mar 8, 2014

Gains in U.S. jobs despite harsh weather lift hopes

U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year. February’s gain of 175,000 jobs, up from January’s 129,000, coincided with a rise in the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent from ...