Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Apr 7, 2016

Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Predictions of unprecedented rainfall extremes in the 20th century driven by global warming turned out wrong, a study said Wednesday, casting doubt on methods used to project future trends. A massive trawl of Northern Hemisphere rainfall data for the last 1,200 years revealed there ...

Mar 11, 2016

Record leap in carbon dioxide seen in 2015

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at a record pace last year, U.S. government scientists reported, raising new concern about one of the top greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming. The measurement came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Feb 24, 2016

Fiji cyclone death toll rises to 42: official

The death toll from the Fiji super-cyclone hit 42 on Wednesday, officials said, with fears it will rise further as relief teams reach isolated communities. “42 Fijians now confirmed dead — disaster officials continue to deploy team to help those affected across Fiji,” government ...

Fiji cyclone toll hits 20, is expected to grow as tourists flee

Feb 22, 2016

Fiji cyclone toll hits 20, is expected to grow as tourists flee

Tourists began fleeing cyclone-ravaged Fiji on Monday and aid efforts intensified as the death toll climbed to 20, with officials warning it could rise further as reports trickle in from devastated remote communities. Aerial photographs revealed entire villages were flattened when severe tropical cyclone ...

Jan 24, 2016

Blizzard turns traffic-free Manhattan into winter playground

An otherworldly quiet descended over the streets of Manhattan on Saturday as a muffling blanket of snow and a complete ban on private vehicles transformed a city renowned for its bustle and horn-blaring traffic into a tranquil pedestrian mall. As a blizzard that seemed ...

Blizzard brings much of U.S. East Coast to a standstill

Jan 24, 2016

Blizzard brings much of U.S. East Coast to a standstill

A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the U.S. East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet (90 centimeters) of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down Washington and New York City. After days of weather ...

China hit by eye-watering cold snap

Jan 23, 2016

China hit by eye-watering cold snap

Much of China shivered Saturday as a teeth-chattering cold snap broke decades-old records and snow fell in some parts for the first time in years, cancelling flights and forcing many indoors. An orange alert was issued across the country as forecasts predicted eye-watering lows ...

China finds storm caused sinking of cruiser that killed 442

Dec 31, 2015

China finds storm caused sinking of cruiser that killed 442

Chinese authorities blamed freak weather and failures in the crew’s judgment for the capsizing of a cruise ship that killed hundreds earlier this year, recommending that the captain be further investigated and representatives of the shipping company and local authorities be punished for management ...