82,000 evacuated over Southern California wildfire

World Aug 17, 2016

82,000 evacuated over Southern California wildfire

Authorities in Southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people on Tuesday after a wildfire broke out in a mountain pass and rapidly engulfed 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) of terrain. Officials said about 700 firefighters were battling to control the blaze in an area called ...

World Aug 10, 2016

Eleven premature babies die in fire at Baghdad hospital

At least 11 prematurely born babies were killed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday on a maternity ward in a Baghdad hospital, the health ministry said. It said an electrical fault probably caused the fire. Seven other babies and ...

Earth stays on track for the hottest year ever

World / Science & Health Jul 22, 2016

Earth stays on track for the hottest year ever

The Earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the Northern Hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an ...

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

World May 8, 2016

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and insurance ...

Canadian wildfire explodes in size, approaches oil sands project

World May 8, 2016

Canadian wildfire explodes in size, approaches oil sands project

A raging Canadian wildfire grew explosively on Saturday as hot, dry winds pushed the blaze across the energy heartland of Alberta and threatened to burn close to an oil sands project. The fire, which has already prompted the evacuation of all 88,000 people who lived ...

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

World Jan 3, 2016

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve — the emirate's third high-rise fire in three years — has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region. Hundreds of gleaming towers ...

World Nov 26, 2015

Australia's bushfires leave trail of death and destruction

Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people and thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise. The fires, which stretch across 210 km (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heat-wave conditions ...