• Bush shows gift of gaffe at APEC summit

    Even for someone as gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush, he was in rare form on Friday, confusing APEC with OPEC and transforming Australian troops into Austrians. Bush's tongue started slipping almost as soon as he started talking at a business forum on the eve of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney. >> Read the Full Article
  • Typhoon batters Tokyo, moves on

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate talks will test U.S. resolve

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Congressional Report: Climate Change Hitting Federal Lands And Waters Hard

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More beetles and fewer spruce trees in Alaska, whiter coral and fewer scuba-divers in Florida and more wildfires in Arizona already show the impact of climate change on U.S. lands and waters, a congressional watchdog agency reported on Thursday. But the federal agencies that manage over 600 million acres of federal land -- nearly 30 percent of the land area of the United States -- and more than 150,000 square miles of protected waters have little guidance on how to deal with the effects of global warming, the Government Accountability Office said. >> Read the Full Article
  • New faraway sensors warn of emerging hurricane's strength

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hurricane Henriette Pounds Mexico, 2 Reported Dead

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • La Nina May Strengthen In Coming Months

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • California heatwave ebbs after claiming 25 lives

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hurricane Henriette pounds Mexico

    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. >> Read the Full Article