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Natural disasters

​Virtual model of Arctic to monitor human impact and climate change
Russian scientists are working on a high-tech virtual map of the Arctic in order to keep track of climate change developments and monitor human impact on the area, in what may help pave the way for safer mining of the region’s oil and gas reserves.

19.12.2014 18:23

'Bird has flown': Warblers predict tornadoes, escape before they hit, report shows
Birds can predict tornadoes and hurricanes and move away before the disaster unfolds, US scientists discovered conducting a research on golden-winged warblers.

19.12.2014 07:09

11 trillion gallons of water to relieve California drought - NASA
NASA scientists say it would require 11 trillion gallons of water – more water than California's 38 million residents use each year for domestic purposes – to relieve the state’s record drought, currently in its third year.

17.12.2014 10:07

Wall of fire: Massive blaze swallows 120 hectares, encroaches on Perth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Towering flames near Perth, Western Australia (population 1.5 million) prompted the evacuation of homes on Sunday. Water-bombing helicopters and several fire crews battled the fire through the day, which has yet to be contained.

14.12.2014 12:44

Evacuations as storm strikes Southern California, mudslides bury homes (VIDEO)
Authorities are still on the lookout for mudslides after a major storm hit draught-suffering Southern California on Friday, causing floods and burying homes. Tens of thousands were left without power and dozens of evacuations were ordered.

13.12.2014 02:06

#WeatherBomb: Extreme wind & waves batter northern Britain (VIDEO)
As an area of low pressure, dubbed the ‘weather bomb’, makes landfall in Scotland and northern England, Brits have taken to social media to share their experiences of battling high winds and traversing snow. Others, predictably, are more flippant.

10.12.2014 10:25

California drought worst in 1,200 years – study
The state of California is going through the worst drought in at least 1,200 years, the US scientist said after analyzing tree rings.

08.12.2014 20:22

LA inferno: Apocalyptic scenes as enormous fire engulfs Los Angeles center (IMAGES)
The remnants of a smoldering building the size of a football field emerged as dawn broke in LA on Monday morning after 250 firefighters spent hours battling a blaze on the upscale-residential-building-to-be.

08.12.2014 17:24

4 killed, 1 mn evacuated as Typhoon Hagupit engulfs Philippines (PHOTOS)
In one of the world’s largest peacetime evacuations, 1 million people in the Philippines have flocked to shelters to take cover against Typhoon Hagupit, which has brought heavy rains and strong winds. At least four people are feared dead.

06.12.2014 20:25

Climate change could damage NASA’s space program
The effects of climate change are already showing up along American coastlines from Miami to Alaska, but Florida geologists are particularly concerned about sea level rise at Cape Canaveral – home to the Kennedy Space Center.

06.12.2014 01:17

Freak Russian blizzard: Mad snow storm swallows cars, streets, buildings in Far East
Winter has come with a vengeance: Russia’s snow-and-ice-bound Far East regions have declared states of emergency. Traffic chaos is rife, with cars stuck or sliding uncontrollably. Residents are trying to push cars, and also stop them with their bodies.

03.12.2014 13:37

60,000 killed annually: UK’s misjudged air pollution highlighted in upcoming report
A disturbing new analysis says that traffic pollution in Britain is to blame for as many as 60,000 premature deaths each year, double what was thought until now. Scientists are to present their critical report to the government in 2015.

01.12.2014 09:42