Australia mega-fire doused as torrential rain brings relief

Asia Pacific Feb 9, 2020

Australia mega-fire doused as torrential rain brings relief

A wildfire that burned out an area eight times the size of Manhattan has been put out as torrential downpours across Australia's east coast brought relief to firefighters who have been battling blazes for several months. The number of fires still burning across New South ...

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data published Friday. More than 280 square kilometers (110 square miles) were cleared, an increase of 108 percent. It was the largest area cleared in ...

Canberra breaks heat record amid wildfire threat

Asia Pacific Feb 2, 2020

Canberra breaks heat record amid wildfire threat

Temperatures in the Australian capital, Canberra, have set a new monthly record amid an advancing wildfire that has prompted a state of emergency declaration, weather service Meteo France said Sunday. The city declared its first state of emergency in nearly two decades last week in ...

Emergency declared for bush fire-threatened Canberra

Asia Pacific Jan 31, 2020

Emergency declared for bush fire-threatened Canberra

Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bush fire bore down on the Australian capital. The chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr, said the measure was "effective now and will be in ...

Probe into fire at Shuri Castle ends without identifying cause

National Jan 30, 2020

Probe into fire at Shuri Castle ends without identifying cause

Police have ended their investigation into the fire that devastated Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, last autumn, without identifying the cause. The fire was not caused by arson, negligence or other reasons for which a criminal liability can be established, according to a report ...