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. ...

Mar 17, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Feb 24, 2014

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Volcanoes spewing sun-reflecting particles into the atmosphere have partly offset the effects of man’s carbon emissions over the last 15 years, a period that has become a battleground in the ongoing debate over global warming, researchers said Sunday. A so-called hiatus in warming since ...

Feb 7, 2014

U.K. deploys marines after worst floods in 250 years

Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst winter rainfall in 250 years. Around 40 marines were helping reinforce flood defenses near Taunton in Somerset, southwest England, parts of which have been under ...

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

Feb 4, 2014

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

by Jill Lawless

As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons are watching them and wondering how much and for how long ...

Jan 21, 2014

U.K. party suspends councilor who blamed floods on same-sex unions

The anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) on Sunday suspended a local councilor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government’s decision to legalize gay marriage. David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party in protest at last ...

Jan 21, 2014

Two dead, hundreds evacuated in 'historic' French Riviera floods

Two people were killed Sunday and more than 150 had to be airlifted to safety after “historic” floods struck southeastern France, local authorities said. A third man disappeared while out on his boat, and 4,000 homes had been left without power after the inundations ...

Thousands flee more floods in southern Philippines

Jan 17, 2014

Thousands flee more floods in southern Philippines

Thousands of people are fleeing rising floodwaters in a fresh round of evacuations in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday as the death toll from a week of bad weather rose to 34. At least 8,000 people fled villages along the flooded banks of ...

Warmer Pacific boosts East Asian typhoon risk

Jan 16, 2014

Warmer Pacific boosts East Asian typhoon risk

China, the Korean Peninsula and Japan are set to be nailed by powerful typhoons because water is warming in the western Pacific, according to a three-decade study published Thursday. Researchers led by Chang-Hoi Ho from Seoul National University looked at five sets of background ...

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

| Dec 25, 2013

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

Christmas lights blink in a handful of restaurants in Tacloban, but at nightfall, much of this city flattened by Typhoon Haiyan slips into darkness. A few downtown shops have reopened. Roadside vendors peddle fruits of the season: oranges and red apples. There is rebuilding, ...