Environment News


One dead after lightning strikes crowd at California beach


- One man died and at least eight people were injured on Sunday in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials said.

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

BOSTON - Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

U.S., Natural Disasters 12:39pm EDT

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds

- Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday.

U.S., Natural Disasters 1:41pm EDT

Storm leaves over 183,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, East

- Over 183,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. East and Midwest, mainly in Michigan, remained without power early Monday after severe storms rolled through the region over the weekend.

8:36am EDT

Drought hits China food production: Xinhua

BEIJING - Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China's Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight, state news agency Xinhua reported.

5:56am EDT

Medium chance of cyclone off the west coast of Africa: NHC

- A tropical wave located about 550 miles (885 km) southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, off the west coast of Africa, has a medium, or 30 percent chance, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday in its latest update.

6:00am EDT

China needs to import more food to ease water, energy shortages: official

BEIJING - China should boost imports of food so it can dedicate more of its scarce water supplies to energy production, especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior environmental official said on Monday.

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

- A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said.

U.S., 26 Jul 2014

Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

SALMON Idaho - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history.

U.S. 26 Jul 2014

Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

- A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday.

U.S., 25 Jul 2014