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  • The U.S., which ranks behind only China for total coal consumption and production, reportedly had 36 coal-fired power plants in the planning or early construction stages by the end of 2012. (Getty File)

    EPA Emissions Regulations Will Have Little Effect In Fight Against Climate Change

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out restrictive new greenhouse gas emissions standards for new power plants at the end of September, but they are unlikely to have much of an impact on the nation’s overall climate change-fueling carbon emissions.
    Part of the […]

  • Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), speaks next to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman Rajendra Pachauri (R) as they present the U.N. IPCC Climate Report during a news conference in Stockholm, September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Bertil Enevag Ericson/TT News Agency

    Scientists More Convinced Mankind Is Main Cause Of Warming

    STOCKHOLM – Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries.
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]

  • VIDEO: New Island Emerges From Deadly Pakistan Earthquake

    VIDEO: New Island Emerges From Deadly Pakistan Earthquake

    A deadly magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast, Pakistani officials said.

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  • Survivors collect their belongings from the rubble of a mud house after it collapsed following an earthquake in the town of Awaran, southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

    Death Toll From Earthquake In Pakistan Rises To 327

    QUETTA, Pakistan – The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan rose to 327 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on residents throughout the remote and thinly populated area, local officials said.
    Pakistan’s army airlifted hundreds of […]

  • VIDEO: Pakistan Quake Death Toll Continues To Rise

    VIDEO: Pakistan Quake Death Toll Continues To Rise

    Some outlets are already reporting more than 250 dead as a 7.7-magnitude earthquake destroys mud-walled homes and even creates an island.

  • People watch waves hit the shores as Typhoon Usagi approaches in Shantou, Guangdong province, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

    Powerful Typhoon Kills 20 In Southern China, Swipes Hong Kong

    HONG KONG – A powerful typhoon hit Hong Kong and the southern China coast on Monday, killing at least 20 people on the mainland, crippling power lines and causing flooding and gale force winds.
    Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm to hit the Western […]

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  • VIDEO: Hong Kong Braces for Typhoon Usagi

    VIDEO: Hong Kong Braces for Typhoon Usagi

    Businesses reinforced windows and shelters prepared as Typhoon Usagi made its way toward Hong Kong. Dean Napolitano and Deborah Kan discuss how the typhoon, which is expected to make landfall near Hong Kong late Sunday or early Monday, is already […]

  • A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel as residents try to clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.  Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Mexico Victims Recount Horror; Toll Rises To 97

    ACAPULCO, Mexico — With a low, rumbling roar, an arc of dirt, rock and mud swept down the hillside in the remote mountain village of La Pintada, sweeping houses in its path, burying half the hamlet and leaving 58 people […]

  • Ocean County prosecutors office arson investigator Thomas Haskell Jr., uses a laser-pointer on a photograph of a fire that started last Thursday near a frozen custard stand on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, during a news conference in Toms River, N.J., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013  Authorities said the massive boardwalk fire was accidental and linked it to electrical wiring and equipment that was compromised by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago.  Investigators say the fire, which destroyed more than 50 boardwalk businesses, started under a building that housed a candy store and an ice cream stand. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Sandy Continues To Damage Jersey Shore With Fire

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy still isn’t done with the Jersey shore – investigators are blaming the storm for damaging electrical wiring that touched off last week’s devastating boardwalk fire in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
    And they also […]

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  • A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed out by flooding along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colorado near Greeley, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.  Hundreds of roads in the area have been damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters that have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile (11,655-square-kilometer) area — an area the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut. (AP Photo/John Wark)

    Colorado Rescuers Urged Some To Leave Flooded Towns

    BOULDER, Colo.  — Rescue teams are warning people in some Colorado towns isolated by devastating flooding against remaining there, telling them that they could face weeks without basic supplies, including running water and electricity.
    Helicopters and truck convoys of the Colorado carried […]

  • Tropical Storm Ingrid is seen in this NOAA GOES-East satellite image captured at 11:55 a.m. EDT (15:55 GMT) on September 13, 2013. REUTERS/NASA/GOES Project/Handout via Reuters

    Hurricane Ingrid Soaking Mexico’s Gulf Coast

    MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Ingrid strengthened on Saturday night as it spun off Mexico’s Gulf Coast, dumping heavy rain across central and eastern Mexico.
    Rain from the Category 1 hurricane has caused river levels to rise and emergency services to prepare […]

  • Rescues Accelerate As Floodwaters Inundate Plains

    Rescues Accelerate As Floodwaters Inundate Plains

    LYONS, Colo.  — The rescue of Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding accelerated Saturday as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Authorities expected to find more fatalities when full scope of […]

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  • Floodwaters Cascade Downstream As More Rain Falls

    Floodwaters Cascade Downstream As More Rain Falls

    LYONS, Colo.  — Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into fast, unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain.
    The relentless rush of […]

  • Water, Fire Pummel Hard-Hit Jersey Shore Towns

    Water, Fire Pummel Hard-Hit Jersey Shore Towns

    SEASIDE PARK, N.J. — Two Jersey shore communities that share an iconic boardwalk find themselves having to rebuild it and help scores of businesses pick up the pieces for the second time in less than a year after a massive […]

  • Christie: Boardwalk Fire Is ’95 Percent’ Contained (Video)

    Christie: Boardwalk Fire Is ’95 Percent’ Contained (Video)

    SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Hot spots could keep flaring up for days on a New Jersey shore boardwalk where a fire leveled four blocks and about 30 businesses just 10 months after the same area was devastated by Superstorm […]

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  • Colorado Flooding Leads To Thousands More Evacuations

    Colorado Flooding Leads To Thousands More Evacuations

    LONGMONT, Colo. — Flooding that cut off dozens of people in Colorado mountain communities swept downstream Friday, spilling rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in towns and cities beleaguered by days of rain.
    National Guard troops […]

  • Onlookers watch from the shore as black smoke rises from a fire on the Seaside Heights, N.J. boardwalk Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop and burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Bob Bielk)

    Raging Fire Strikes At Heart Of Sandy-Hit NJ Town

    SEASIDE PARK, N.J.  — An official says a raging boardwalk fire has taken out virtually all boardwalk businesses in a New Jersey town that is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
    Seaside Park Councilwoman Nancy Koury told The Associated Press that Thursday’s […]

  • A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels on Boulder Creek following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    2 Dead As Flash Flooding Hits Parts Of Colo.

    LYONS, Colo. — Flash flooding in northern Colorado has left two people dead, and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered […]

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  • In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a Hotshot fire crew member rests near a controlled burn operation at Horseshoe Meadows, as crews continue to fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The massive wildfire is now 80 percent contained according to a state fire spokesman. The Rim Fire’s southeast flank in Yosemite National Park is expected to remain active where unburned fuels remain between containment lines and the fire. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan)

    U.S. Forest Service: Hunter Caused Huge Wildfire Near Yosemite

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.
    The agency said there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal […]

  • This Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a member of the BLM Silver State Hotshot crew using a drip torch to set back fires on the southern flank of the Rim Fire in California. The blaze has scorched 343 square miles of brush, oaks and pines and 11 homes, as of Saturday Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

    Sierra Wildfire Now California’s Fourth-Largest

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in California history.
    CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Sunday that the 2-week-old Rim Fire claimed the spot as it grew to […]

  • The Rim Fire burns through trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Firefighters gained some ground Tuesday against the huge wildfire burning forest lands in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    California Wildfire Prompts Unhealthy Air Warnings In Nevada

    GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — The giant wildfire burning at the edge of Yosemite National Park has not only destroyed buildings and threatened water supplies, electricity and sequoias, it has also unleashed a smoky haze that has worsened air quality more […]

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  • Sacramento Metropolitan firefighter John Graf monitors the Rim Fire line near Camp Mather, California, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

    Wildfire Expected To Burn Deeper Into Yosemite National Park

    (Reuters) – A wildfire raging in the northwest part of Yosemite National Park was expected to advance farther into the park on Tuesday and continue to threaten a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco’s water.
    The so-called Rim Fire has […]

  • A firefighter stands on top of a fire truck at a campground destroyed by the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Crews working to contain one of California's largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Crews Report Progress Against Yosemite Fire

    TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Crews were finally gaining ground by late Monday on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as officials also expressed optimism that no water or power disruptions would come from the blaze burning along […]

  • Inmate firefighters walk along state Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Crews Battle Huge Wildfire Raging In Yosemite Area

    TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters were digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets.
    Inaccessible terrain, strong winds and bone-dry conditions have hampered […]

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  • Yosemite Wildfire 2013: Blaze Poses ‘Every Challenge That There Can Be’ (PHOTOS)

    Yosemite Wildfire 2013: Blaze Poses ‘Every Challenge That There Can Be’ (PHOTOS)

    By BRIAN SKOLOFF and TRACIE CONE 08/25/13 10:53 PM ET EDT
    GROVELAND, Calif. — At Ike Bunney’s dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, all creatures have been evacuated as firefighters brace for an intense battle to keep a […]

  • Western States Ask Pentagon, Canada For Help Battling Wildfires

    Western States Ask Pentagon, Canada For Help Battling Wildfires

    Aug. 23 – Wildfires near Yosemite National Park, one of 50 wildfires throughout the Western states causing fire officials to request help from the military and Canada. Mana Rabiee reports

  • Jana Lutteropp, Shark Attack Victim, Dies After Losing Arm In Hawaii

    Jana Lutteropp, Shark Attack Victim, Dies After Losing Arm In Hawaii

    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER 08/21/13 11:28 PM ET EDT
    HONOLULU — A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died Wednesday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.
    Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life […]

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  • Volcano In Southern Japan Erupts

    Volcano In Southern Japan Erupts

    Aug. 18 – A volcano erupts in Japan’s southern prefecture of Kyushu, sending up a three-mile high eruption of ash, the highest volcanic plume ever recorded for the active volcano. Rough Cut (no reporter narration

  • Helicopters battle the 64,000 acre Beaver Creek Fire on Friday, Aug., 16, 2013 north of Hailey, Idaho. A number of residential neighborhoods have been evacuated because of the blaze.(AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith) MANDATORY CREDIT

    1,600 Homes Evacuated As Idaho Wildfire Burns

    BY JOHN MILLER AND BRADY MCCOMBS -ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug 17, 8:12 AM EDT
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire burned its way through sage and pine trees near the Idaho mountain resort community of Sun Valley as sheriff’s deputies expanded […]

  • 10 Years After blackout, US Grid Faces New Threats

    10 Years After blackout, US Grid Faces New Threats

    The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced.
    Many worry the grid […]

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  • The photo taken from the Maurole district of East Nusa Tenggara province with a camera phone shows Mount Rokatenda volcano spewing a huge column of hot ash during an eruption on August 10, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mount Rokatenda, Indonesia Volcano, Erupts Killing 6

    By JACOB HERIN 08/10/13 11:59 AM ET EDT
    MAUMERE, Indonesia — Hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on a small island in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke from the volcano […]

  • As Dolphin Deaths Rise, U.S. Declares ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

    As Dolphin Deaths Rise, U.S. Declares ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

    NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Federal scientists investigating an unusually high number of dead bottlenose dolphins washing up on the East Coast said on Thursday the carcasses are showing up at a rate that is seven times higher than […]

  • 1,500 Flee Growing California Wildfire

    1,500 Flee Growing California Wildfire

    Associated Press – ‎Thursday‎, ‎August‎ ‎8‎, ‎2013 11:33 AM
    BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A thousand firefighters battled a growing wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California early Thursday, trying to save small communities where some homes have been lost and an […]

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  • Sharks Target Butts In The Red Sea

    Sharks Target Butts In The Red Sea

    Look, it’s Shark Week, so we don’t want to make sharks the butt of any jokes in this article — that would be asinine.
    It’s just too bad that sharks are making meals of our butts. A series of recent shark […]

  • Surface temperatures in 2012 compared to the 1981-2010 average. NOAA map by Dan Pisut, NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab, based on Merged Land and Ocean Surface Temperature data from the National Climatic Data Center.

    Records For Arctic Ice Melt, Greenhouse Gas Emissions In 2012 As World Continues To Warm

    The year 2012 was a terrible time for the planet, according to a new report released by the American Meteorological Society this week.
    Edited by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the2012 State of the Climate report revealed that Arctic sea […]

  • 2012 Climate Change Report From NOAA Reveals Rising Seas & More Warming

    2012 Climate Change Report From NOAA Reveals Rising Seas & More Warming

    WASHINGTON — A new massive federal study says the world in 2012 sweltered with continued signs of climate change. Rising sea levels, snow melt, heat buildup in the oceans, and melting Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheets, all broke […]

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  • Men push their bicycles through flood waters on the outskirts of Karachi August 4, 2013. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

    Dozens Dead, Stranded After Flash Floods In Afghanistan, Pakistan

     
    Mon Aug 5, 2013 9:06am EDT (Reuters)

    KABUL – Flash floods caused by unusually heavy rain across Afghanistan and Pakistan killed more than 160 people and stranded villagers in remote areas without shelter, food or power in one of South Asia’s worst natural disasters […]

  • VIDEO: Explosions Rock Fla. Gas Plant, Workers Missing

    VIDEO: Explosions Rock Fla. Gas Plant, Workers Missing

    A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that 15 people who worked at the Blue Rhino propane plant were still unaccounted for. (July […]

  • Tropical Depression Flossie Is Leaving Hawaii After A Night Of Havoc

    Tropical Depression Flossie Is Leaving Hawaii After A Night Of Havoc

    HONOLULU (AP) — Flossie’s Hawaiian adventure: Short, scattered and more powerful than many believed it would be at first.
    National Weather Service officials say the tropical depression is expected to exit Hawaii on Tuesday as a weakened version of the storm […]

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