Climate

Typhoon batters Tokyo, moves on
September 7, 2007 06:39 AM - Hiroaki Watanabe -Reuters

A typhoon pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least one man and snarling transport and power supplies, before weakening and moving north. The typhoon, the biggest to hit Tokyo since October 2002, brought down record rainfall in many parts of the capital, but by afternoon it had weakened to a tropical storm.

Climate talks will test U.S. resolve
September 7, 2007 06:31 AM - Noah Barkin and Markus Wacket -Reuters

A climate meeting in Washington later this month will show whether the United States is really serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions after years of playing down the problem, Germany's environment minister said. In an interview with Reuters, Sigmar Gabriel welcomed President George W. Bush's vow at a G8 summit in June to work with the United Nations to fight global warming, but said it was now time for Washington to take firmer steps.

New faraway sensors warn of emerging hurricane's strength
September 6, 2007 05:01 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

A new study supported by NASA and the U.S. Office of Naval Research takes forecasters one step further to improving their ability to predict just how powerful an oncoming storm may become by using highly-sensitive sensors located thousands of miles from the storm to detect lightning outbreaks within a hurricane’s most dangerous area.

Hurricane Henriette Pounds Mexico, 2 Reported Dead
September 6, 2007 04:14 PM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

LOS CABOS, Mexico, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Hurricane Henriette pounded an already flooded northern Mexico with driving rain and shrieking winds on Wednesday, as local media reported two fishermen were killed. Henriette was downgraded to a tropical storm as it raged over farming states, having pummeled the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos on Tuesday then crossed the Sea of Cortez to the mainland, snapping palm trees on the coast. The storm killed two fishermen from a village in Sonora state, the daily Reforma said in its online edition, citing the local attorney general's office. The deaths could not immediately be confirmed.

La Nina May Strengthen In Coming Months
September 6, 2007 12:59 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The La Nina weather anomaly is gathering steam and will possibly strengthen in the next three months, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center predicted Thursday. In its monthly update, the center said conditions in the equatorial Pacific already reflected La Nina, in which waters in the area become cooler than normal. In the more famous El Nino phenomenon, waters in the Pacific turn abnormally warm and cause havoc around the Asia Pacific rim.

Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart
September 6, 2007 11:15 AM - Maria Cheng -Associated Press

Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. "If it really is a few degrees warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

California heatwave ebbs after claiming 25 lives
September 6, 2007 06:45 AM - Reuters

At least 25 deaths were blamed on an excessive eight-day heatwave in Southern California that finally started to cool on Wednesday. Temperatures in inland and mountainous areas of Los Angeles dropped by about 20 degrees, bringing most places down below 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the first time in a week.

Hurricane Henriette pounds Mexico
September 6, 2007 06:44 AM - Frank Jack Daniel -Reuters

Hurricane Henriette roared toward farming states in mainland Mexico on Wednesday, threatening heavy rain and winds for large corn and tomato crops after pummeling the Pacific beach resort of Los Cabos.

Flood warnings issued as typhoon nears Tokyo
September 6, 2007 06:42 AM - Reuters

A typhoon was approaching Tokyo on Thursday, forcing train and ferry cancellations and sparking fears of flooding, landslides and high winds in and around the Japanese capital.

Felix kills 38 in Nicaragua; survivors wash ashore
September 6, 2007 06:40 AM - Oswaldo Rivas -Reuters

Soldiers searched for more bodies on Thursday after Hurricane Felix killed 38 people in Nicaragua, while 52 members of a group of Miskito Indians washed ashore alive in neighboring Honduras. Dozens were still missing after Felix tore into Nicaragua's swampy Caribbean coast late on Tuesday, destroying thousands of flimsy homes and making tracks through barely developed jungle areas even less passable than normal.

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