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

California 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threatened to cut off funding for the state's biggest natural disaster cleanup.The Paradise Town Council unanimously rescinded a two-month-old law allowing residents to ...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

Texas 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

California 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 ...

UN: Losses from natural disasters surge over last 20 years

Europe 10/10/18, 02:56

The U.N. office for disaster risk reduction said Wednesday that worldwide reported economic losses from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes and other climate-related disasters surged to total nearly $2.9 trillion over the past 20 years.UNISDR, as the office is known, said the reported loss of resources and assets like homes, ...

PHOTOS: Scenes of destruction and suffering in Indonesia

World 10/01/18, 01:25

The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, people survey outside the flooded shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, ...

String of disasters exacts heavy damage, human toll in Asia

World 09/30/18, 22:03

A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in economic damage and human lives throughout Asia. The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, says up to 1.6 million people could be affected by the magnitude ...

US House approves $1.7 billion in disaster aid for Carolinas

Business 09/26/18, 18:02

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters.The aid was added to legislation to keep Federal Aviation Administration programs running beyond Sept. 30. The bill passed 398-23.Lawmakers describe the disaster aid as a ...

After Florence, what to know about your insurance coverage

U.S. 09/22/18, 08:20

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, thousands of people in the Carolinas are still waiting to return to their homes. Those who have are assessing the damage.Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates insured wind and storm surge losses for Florence between $1.7 billion and $4.6 billion. The exact financial impact ...

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

U.S. 09/17/18, 02:07

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

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