Texas lawmakers mull tax breaks for disaster-struck property

U.S. 05/06/19, 17:21

Lawmakers are considering a bill that could grant Texas homeowners a tax break when their property has been damaged by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017.Bill sponsor Sen. Paul Bettencourt said it would allow homeowners to challenge unjust property tax bills after a natural disaster, the Houston Chronicle reported."Nothing ...

Update: DHS likens border issues to Category 5 hurricane

Politics 04/02/19, 20:00

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says in an emergency call with Cabinet members and White House aides that the administration will treat U.S.-Mexico border issues "as if we have been hit by a Category 5 hurricane." That's according to a ...

Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in disaster relief

Politics 03/27/19, 12:09

The Air Force said on Wednesday that it needs $4.9 billion in extra funding over the next three years to rebuild and repair two key bases heavily damaged by natural disasters. "We desperately need the supplemental funding," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, citing hurricane damage to Tyndall Air Force Base ...

Floods, destruction from cyclone continue in Mozambique

Africa 03/21/19, 04:54

A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the storm's aftermath of flooding, destruction and death continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region's recent history.Floodwaters are rushing across the plains of central Mozambique, submerging ...

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

U.S. 03/06/19, 15:59

After a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week, rescue crews didn't have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims. Instead, they used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins.In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public ...

Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties

U.S. 02/04/19, 20:47

Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday after federal authorities threatened to cut off funding for the state's biggest natural disaster cleanup.The Paradise Town Council unanimously rescinded a two-month-old law allowing residents to ...

Forest fire insurance costs soar

Enviroment 01/08/19, 16:32

The California wildfire that devastated the small town of Paradise in November was the costliest natural disaster in 2018, with Munich Re reinsurer saying climate change was making fires more common

Texas report says ‘changing climate’ intensifying disasters

U.S. 12/13/18, 14:04

Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.But the report makes no mention of ...

Fires, floods and other disasters await new governors

New York 11/24/18, 10:09

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump talks with Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, as California Gov. Jerry Brown listens during a visit to a neighborhood impacted ...

Japan’s exports recover but reports trade deficit in October

Business 11/18/18, 22:24

Japan recorded a trade deficit in October but a recovery in exports after getting slammed by natural disasters in September, according to government data released Monday.Exports grew 8.2 percent from the same month the previous year, the Finance Ministry said. In September, exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year ...

The risk of ‘cascading’ natural disasters is on the rise

U.S. 10/22/18, 21:42

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Farshid Vahedifard, Mississippi State University and Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine (THE CONVERSATION) In a warming world, the dangers from natural disasters are changing. In a recent commentary, we identified a number of costly and ...

Japan exports fall in September, first decline since 2016

Business 10/17/18, 22:35

Japan has recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year, marking the first decline since 2016, after several natural disasters. Trailing exports are also reflecting uncertainties over trade tensions set off by President Donald Trump's policies. Declining U.S.-China ...

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