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Northern California besieged again, this time by wildfires

World Jul 11, 2017

Northern California besieged again, this time by wildfires

Five months ago, it was fears over flooding. Now it's flames. When Chuck Wilsey was ordered to flee over the weekend as a wildfire roared near his ranch home in Oroville, he was ready. He started keeping his truck and camper loaded with supplies back ...

As far as records go, none tops July's as hottest month ever: NOAA

World Aug 21, 2015

As far as records go, none tops July's as hottest month ever: NOAA

Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, U.S. weather officials said. And it's almost a dead certain lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record, they said. July's average temperature was ...

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

World Jun 30, 2015

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday. The so-called Sleepy Hollow fire has scorched an estimated 3,000 acres (1,200 ...

Environment Jul 22, 2014

World breaks monthly heat record twice in a row

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 16.2 Celsius, which is 0.72 degrees higher than ...

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

National Jun 3, 2014

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Hospitals across Japan treated 1,637 people for heatstroke last week, including four fatalities, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The preliminary tally represents a more than sevenfold increase from 230 cases during the same period a year earlier, and compares with 352 cases ...

World / Science & Health Jul 17, 2013

Body fat sheds calories when chilled

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like a fantasy — the ultimate form of weight control — but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according to ...