Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Feb 26, 2015

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, ...

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. home sales plunged 4.9% in January

U.S. home sales hit a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That ...

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Feb 22, 2015

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Australian officials Sunday said all efforts were being made to help those affected by tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones that hit northern Australia within hours of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pair of strong cyclones hit remote parts of northern Australia

Two powerful cyclones smashed into northern Australia on Friday, knocking out power to thousands, tearing roofs and doors off houses and prompting coastal residents to flee their homes, but appeared to have spared the region earlier predictions of a “calamity.” The twin storms, dubbed ...

January was second-warmest on record globally

Feb 20, 2015

January was second-warmest on record globally

Last month was the second-warmest January on record globally, behind only January 2007, with temperatures 0.77 degree Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average for the 20th century, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in ...

Icy snowstorm paralyzes eastern United States; more to come

Feb 18, 2015

Icy snowstorm paralyzes eastern United States; more to come

The aftermath of a deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another Arctic front this week. The storm dumped snow and spread ice from New England into the ...

Feb 18, 2015

Kanto told to brace for blizzard

Heavy snow is expected to fall Wednesday in wide areas in the Kanto region, including Tokyo’s 23 wards, with the weather agency alerting commuters in the capital over possible disruptions of public transportation. According to the Meteorological Agency, low atomospheric pressure is moving from ...

Feb 11, 2015

Is climate change fuelling war?

For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest. Storms, droughts, floods and spells of extreme heat or exceptional cold — all can destroy wealth, ravage harvests, force people off land, exacerbate ancient ...