Aug 2, 2014

Three campers drown in Kanagawa after car overturns in river

A car carrying a family of four overturned Friday while attempting to ford a rain-swollen river at a mountainous camping site in the town of Yamakita, Kanagawa Prefecture, killing the mother and two children, local police said. Their bodies were found from late Friday ...

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

Jul 19, 2014

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

The strongest storm to hit southern China in more than 40 years has killed at least eight people there, state media said Saturday, after causing devastation in the Philippines. Rammasun first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds ...

Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on Thursday after a ferocious typhoon paralyzed the capital and wrecked flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 40 lives. Utility crews scrambled to repair thousands of toppled power pylons as well ...

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

Jul 10, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for corruption during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. A jury in February found Nagin, a Democrat, guilty on charges including ...

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Jun 22, 2014

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Just over a year ago, tribal elder Gordon Yellowman watched on the TV news as a giant tornado roared toward the homes of his Cheyenne-Arapaho people in Oklahoma. Sirens blared, warnings were issued and many people rushed to shelters as the weather radar warned ...

Ladykillers: Hurricanes with feminine names 'most deadly'

Jun 3, 2014

Ladykillers: Hurricanes with feminine names 'most deadly'

Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina’s death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with ...

Warm Pacific may have caused U.S. cold

May 25, 2014

Warm Pacific may have caused U.S. cold

Unusually warm western Pacific waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States earlier this year, a new scientific study says. The theory contrasts with some other experts’ views, including that the freeze ...

Balkan floods, landslides take toll

May 19, 2014

Balkan floods, landslides take toll

Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines left over from the region’s 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons. The Balkans’ worst flooding since record-keeping ...

Balkan floods called worst in a century

May 18, 2014

Balkan floods called worst in a century

Packed into buses, boats and helicopters, carrying nothing but a handful of belongings, tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia to escape the worst flooding in a century. Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sometimes reaching up to the second ...

Storms are expanding global reach

May 15, 2014

Storms are expanding global reach

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes worldwide are shifting out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don’t follow this trend. While other studies have looked at the storms’ ...

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coasts

May 15, 2014

Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coasts

Coral reefs are as good as concrete defenses at protecting tropical coastal cities from rising seas, and it can be cheaper to conserve or restore damaged reefs than to erect new breakwaters, scientists said in a newly published study. The paper, published in the ...