Natural Disasters

Massive wildfires in U.S. Northwest destroyed habitats, threaten wildlife

SALMON, Idaho - A heavy toll may be exacted on elk, moose and other wildlife whose habitat has been destroyed by wildfires that have charred hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) of forests and grasslands across the U.S. Northwest this summer, wildlife managers said on Thursday.

Dutch court: gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners in quake zone

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners for falls in the value of their properties due to earthquakes linked to gas production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands.

Environment, 02 Sep 2015

Largest wildfire in Washington state history claims 176 homes

SEATTLE - Crews battling the largest array of wildfires in Washington state history gained more ground against the flames on Tuesday, as property assessors reported the deadly conflagration had destroyed more than 170 homes and dozens of other structures.

U.S., Environment, 01 Sep 2015

Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington

- A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Grand Coulee Dam, the largest U.S. hydropower facility, in northeastern Washington state on Tuesday, prompting an immediate inspection of the facility but leaving no visible damage, a spokeswoman said.

U.S., Environment, 01 Sep 2015

Hurricane Fred forms, flooding in South Carolina from Erika's remnants

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Hurricane Fred strengthened on Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde islands but was forecast to weaken in the coming days, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters. | Video

U.S., Environment, 31 Aug 2015

Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of Somalis in hunger has risen in the past six months, the United Nations said on Monday, predicting a further spike as the Horn of Africa nation braces itself for the worst flooding in decades.

Environment, 31 Aug 2015

Hurricane Ignacio weakens, forecast to just miss Hawaii

- Ignacio lessened in intensity but was still a major Category 3 hurricane as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Monday, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

U.S., Environment, 30 Aug 2015

Tropical Storm Fred strengthens over eastern Atlantic

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Fred strengthened in the eastern Atlantic off the coast of Africa on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Environment, 30 Aug 2015

Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

MIAMI - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago.

U.S., Environment, 30 Aug 2015

Ten years later, 'unbowed' New Orleans reflects on Hurricane Katrina disaster

NEW ORLEANS - From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. | Video

U.S. 30 Aug 2015

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.