Aug 11, 2014

18,407 hospitalized for heat-related problems in July

Ambulances transported 18,407 victims of heat-related illnesses to hospitals in July, up fourfold from 4,634 for the previous month, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Monday. Extremely hot days of 35 degrees or higher that continued in late July in many areas are ...

Jul 22, 2014

World breaks monthly heat record twice in a row

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 16.2 Celsius, which is 0.72 degrees higher ...

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Jun 3, 2014

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Hospitals across Japan treated 1,637 people for heatstroke last week, including four fatalities, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The preliminary tally represents a more than sevenfold increase from 230 cases during the same period a year earlier, and compares with 352 ...

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

Aug 10, 2013

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

A severe heat wave struck the Japanese archipelago Saturday, topping the 40-degree mark for the first time in six years and nearing 41 degrees in western regions, the Meteorological Agency reported. The city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture recorded the day’s highest temperature, at ...

Jul 17, 2013

Body fat sheds calories when chilled

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like a fantasy — the ultimate form of weight control — but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according ...